Press Release

Kirk Roller Joins ClearFlame Engine Technologies as Vice President, Business Development

April 8, 2021

Geneva, IL, April 8, 2021 – ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology for the commercial truck, off-highway and industrial markets announced today that Kirk Roller has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. Kirk will guide the company’s continued growth in key market sectors and solidify industry partnerships while also supporting its regulatory strategy.

Kirk Roller

With more than 35 years in the renewable energy and high-tech industries, Kirk has diverse experience providing business strategy and guidance to startups and early-stage companies. Most recently, he served as a consultant for Hyliion and Terminus AI, where he led business development and regulatory compliance.

Prior to his consulting role, Kirk held leadership positions in sales and marketing at Hyliion, Cenergestic and CommScope.  Before that, he led sales and business development efforts for the solar industry, supporting building management and infrastructure development. He also served as president and COO for Emulex, a computer hardware company, where he grew the company’s market cap from $30 million to a $7 billion. He began his career in sales at Thomas-Conrad and Compaq Computer.

“Kirk brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team, along with a strong track record of delivering results,” said BJ Johnson, ClearFlame CEO and co-founder.  "We’re pleased to have him join ClearFlame, as we continue to make heavy-duty decarbonization more practical and cost-effective for heavy-duty sectors like long-haul, agriculture and power generation sectors.”

“I’m thrilled to be part of the ClearFlame team and look forward to supporting our work of providing innovative solutions that deliver emissions reduction in a fast and cost-effective way,” said Roller.

Kirk earned a BBA in business administration and management from the University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as chairman of the board of the Discovery Science Center Southern California.

About ClearFlame Engine Technologies
At ClearFlame Engine Technologies, we’re breaking the bond between the diesel engine and diesel fuel, accelerating the path to true emissions reduction for the heavy-duty and off-highway markets. Our technology meets global emissions regulations using climate-friendly fuels available throughout the world. Our technology lowers costs by negating the need for complex aftertreatment technologies without compromising the practicality or performance of traditional diesel engines. For more information, visit, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter (@ClearFlameEng).

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Michelle Caldwell