About Us

Scott Massey met Ivan Ball while working together on a NASA funded research project at Purdue University as undergraduate students under Dr. Cary Mitchell. What started as an introduction to the innovating technology of hydroponics, left them both wondering why there was not a standard, aeroponic device for consumers to grow their own produce. At that moment, Heliponix™ (formerly Hydro Grow) was founded. What started as a dream for these young engineers who wanted to make a difference in the world became a literal kitchen startup in an apartment on campus at Purdue University as Ivan and Scott built their initial prototypes which were funded by working night shifts as full-time students.
Scott Massey
Scott Massey - CEO

While pursuing his B.S. at Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Scott exited a career as an engineer in the oil and natural gas industry and part time patent drafting for a local patent attorney to become a research engineer at the Purdue University Horticulture College under Dr. Cary Mitchell. This inspired him to found HELIPONIX© (formerly Hydro Grow) his senior year. He is responsible for overseeing next generation products, manufacturing operations, and overseeing the strategic plan of the entire business.

Ivan Ball - CTO

Ivan obtained his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University. Throughout the completion of a 5 session Co-op during his undergraduate, Ivan advanced his knowledge with focus towards automation controls in a large scale food processing facility. The NASA research project sparked his fascination with the idea that anyone could continually grow their own produce without having to manually labor an outdoor garden. Ivan is responsible for the electrical hardware design, software/web development, and cloud network architecture.

Ivan Ball
Bryan Lemon
Bryan Lemon - Software Development Lead

Bryan Lemon has an extensive background in developing Smart Home and IoT systems. He has experience with backend development, website development, and android/iOS app development. Bryan Lemon also has experience with data mining, allowing us to better monitor and improve your growing experience. He is responsible for the cloud system design, firmware development, and mobile application development.

David Bowes - CFO

Director of Operations & Strategy, Nutritional Health at Elanco after directing Corporate Finance & Investment Banking at Eli Lilly for over a decade. Purdue University Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree with an Indiana University Master of Business Administration. David is an entrepreneurial professional with fourteen years of experience in business development, finance, and manufacturing, including supervision of an eleven-person team. Strong analytical skills and a born problem-solver. Experience in various sectors, including animal nutritional health, pharmaceuticals, defense, energy, manufacturing, and telecom.

David Bowes
Joe Ellsworth
Joe Ellsworth - CMO

Founder and retired Principal/President of Fire & Rain, a company involved in corporate marketing and communications. Specializes in corporate communication strategy, creative direction for tools of corporate communication, and the production of corporate meetings, product launch events, etc.

Stephen Paddock - Board Member

Functionally lead Research and Engineering, Industrial Design, Project Management and Strategic Product Planning as leader of Whirlpool's Global Product Development. Key responsibility was to insure Whirlpool branded products were the products of choice in all markets served. Included products in production as well as a pipeline of products required to maintain Whirlpool's Product Leadership. Scope of assignment included staff of 3500+ technical resources, located in 23 globally dispersed development centers, with an annual budget of capital and expense of $900m. Lead transformation from a regional development to global development, major relocation of the R&E organization from developed to developing regions, and an extensive refresh of product platforms.

Stephen Paddock