company leadership


    Joe Jones, President and CEO of Skyonic, earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas and spent the first 25 years of his career in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, working at Texas Industries, Cypress Semiconductors, and others. He participated in the start-up and operation of five wafer-fabrication plants (TI, AMD, and Cypress), the development of one of the first fabless semiconductor companies (Ross Technology), and an independent outsource semiconductor company he founded (BridgePoint Technical Manufacturing). His credits include numerous contributions to the chemistry of wafer-fabrication and semiconductor testing, and his goal is to apply the low-energy lessons he learned in semiconductor development to the problem of creating a low-energy method of sequestering CO2. A businessman, as well as an engineer and an environmentalist, Joe left his position as CEO of BridgePoint when his belief in the need for clean, sustainable energy led him to begin development of the SkyMine technology and found Skyonic Corporation in 2005.


    Mark Clayton joined Skyonic as Vice President of Corporate Relations in March of 2007 after spending almost 30 years in the semiconductor industry where he worked in engineering, quality, marketing, and sales. He is alumnus of Texas Instruments, Aeronca Electronics, Silicon Materials Service, Rodel, and Wacker Siltronic. He has a BA in Chemistry from Austin College and an MA in Education, and has also worked as an educator.


  • Scott Gardner joined Skyonic as the CFO in May of 2011. Prior to joining Skyonic, Scott was the Vice President of Operations at Pivot3, a late-stage startup in the data storage market for surveillance applications. In his role at Pivot3, he was responsible for the production and logistics chain, the reduction of product costs, and the improvement of working capital efficiency. Scott has also worked for Metrosol, Inc., Active Power, Inc., Crystal Semiconductor and Texas Instruments in various financial management positions. At Active Power, he was part of the three-person team that took them public in August of 2000.  Scott has a BBA in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an MBA in finance and an MA in international management from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is active in the Austin community, having served on the board of the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation, as an adjunct professor for the MBA curriculum at St. Edwards University, and as the treasurer for the Four Points Pop Warner organization.