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Lee Enterprises Consulting has assembled a network of consultants with broad expertise in Corporate Finance & Transaction Support.  In addition to these consultants, we maintain strategic partnerships and working relationships with the world’s top alternative fuels legal and accounting professionals. The Executive Vice Presidents responsible for the Functional Divisions serve a leaders who select the teams from our group of more than 100 consultants. Our number of Corporate Finance & Transaction Service consultants offers great breadth and depth as the premier Bio-economy consulting group with a team approach; and it is our combined talent and expertise that offers comprehensive project support and business advice.

 

Meet Our Corporate Finance/Transaction Services Team

Terry Mazanec (Executive Vice President) - U.S.

Dr. Terry Mazanec has been involved in the renewable fuels and chemicals area for much of his 35 years in R & D.  Terry worked 21 years at BP in alternate energy R&D, and then as Chief Scientist at Velocys for 9 years where he led the team developing microchannel processes for natural gas upgrading and chemicals production, including catalyst development, corrosion resistance, and metals coating.  He has been an independent consultant for the past 5 years serving clients in the USA, Europe, and Asia.  He has authored 20 refereed publications and has been granted more than 60 US Patents as well as numerous international patents. He has experience in biomass upgrading, natural gas conversion, solid oxide fuel cells, algae production, chemicals process development, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, FEMA/risk analysis, and intellectual property protection.

Gerald Kutney (Senior Advisor to CEO) - Canada

Gerald has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and over 15 years of executive management experience with global corporations in technology development and commercialization, biomass economics and procurement, biorefining, bioenergy, and bioproducts. He is a founding member of the Canadian Biochar Initiative and was an Adjunct Professor and Instructor in the Environmental Science Program at the University of Northern British Columbia.  He led the biorefining business of a major forest products company, which included the largest cellulosic ethanol business in North America, a biomass-to-energy CHP facility and an international bioproducts business. Gerald is a published author and his work has resulted in new technological processes, patented inventions and scientific publications. He is Managing Director of Sixth Element Sustainable Management.

Joel Stone (Executive Vice President) - U.S.

Joel Stone is the President of ConVergInce Advisers and has been a long term visionary and respected leader in commercialization of industrial biotechnology. Joel is the former President of Green Biologics Inc. where he led the development of the commercial platform of the company in North America for renewable n-butanol for use in the renewable chemical markets and ultimately “Advanced” biofuels. He now serves as President and Founder of ConVergInce Advisers and offers adviser services for industrial biotechnology companies including Green Biologics Limited based in Abingdon, England. Prior to the merger in 2011 with Green Biologics, Joel was CEO of butylfuel™ Inc.   Previously he was responsible for leading Osage Bio Energy in establishing new product and business opportunities where as the company Chief Operations Officer he was instrumental in ushering BioRefining to the forefront of biofuel facilities. Joel has served as the Chief Operating Officer for both AS Alliances Biofuels LLC and previously Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation. During his tenure with ASAlliances, Joel’s accomplishments included the planning, construction, and startup of three 100 MMGPY fuel grade ethanol plants. Mr. Stone provided operations leadership as Vice President of Operations of Balchem Corporation, a manufacturer of controlled release food ingredients and animal feed nutrients; and 11 years as Vice President of Operations for Opta Food Ingredients, a developer and manufacturer of functional starch, protein, and fiber ingredients. Earlier in his career Joel served as Director of Manufacturing for Genencor, a biotechnology developer and manufacturer of food and industrial grade enzymes. During the 1980’s Mr. Stone provided leadership in the design, startup, and operation of three fuel ethanol facilities. Mr. Stone holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic University; and an M.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Joel was a previous Board Member of Green Biologics and presently serves on the Technical Advisory Board for the BioRenewable Deployment Consortium.

Alan Jacobson (Director, Investor Support/Finance Division) - U.S

Alan offers extensive biomass-to-energy expertise. During the past thirty years, Alan has specialized in biomass availability and cost studies of agricultural residues, urban wood residues, forest residues, and sawmill and remanufacturing residues for financial institutions and project developers. These studies have been conducted in the states of California, Montana, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Florida, Washington, Alaska, Arkansas, the Country of Tanzania, Africa, the Provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and throughout the Country of Italy.

Alan has extensive experience developing the infrastructure required to collect, process and transport all types of biomass, in negotiating long-term biomass fuel supply contracts, and in biomass fuel handling and inventory management. Alan was responsible for the procurement of wood fuel for the first stand–alone biomass power plants in northern California.  Alan has also prepared biomass feedstock supply plans and negotiated contracts for delivery of rice straw and wood waste to potential ethanol projects.

Alan has qualified as an expert witness in litigation of biomass facilities. Alan has a diverse professional forestry background in California, Oregon and Idaho spanning sixteen years of managing timberlands and procuring raw materials for sawmills.

Bob Kodrzycki (Due Diligence, Technical Assessment, Biotechnology, Biomass Feedstocks, Biofuels, Emerging Technologies, Project Development) – U.S.

Bob Kodrzycki has 28 years’ experience in synthetic biology, genomics and biofuels in the Ag Tech, Industrial and Renewable sectors. A PhD scientist who understands business, Bob started his career by building industrial R&D programs with an eye on commercialization and later made the transition to business development and supporting the investment community.

He has performed technical and operational due diligence, data verification as well as competitive analysis for investors in biotech. He excels at understanding the critical points within the background sea of information. A skilled manager, Bob provides interim leadership during times of transition and as a fractional CSO to startups. With his deep understanding of how technology and markets interact he has been effective at identifying emerging technology, evaluating markets and adapting them to biotech businesses.

The Principal at Encompass Biotech LLC, Bob has worked in varied situations from Fortune 500 companies to startups. He is active in SCBC, the South Carolina Biomass Council, was involved in developing the SC Clean Power Plan and has acted as industry liaison for several academic consortia to develop commercial-ready technologies. He is an inventor on 12 granted patents and 39 patent applications.

Mindy Collier (Grants) – U.S.

Mindy has a B.A. from Indiana State University and an M.A. in Planning & Management from Indiana University.  She is the founder and President of Collier & Associates and has over 25 years of consulting experience, including “hands on” experience in biodiesel plants.  Mindy is also an experienced grant writer and has successfully written grants for solar, biodiesel and other alternative fuels projects.  She works with our clients in identifying and writing all types of alternative and renewable grants.   For our biodiesel clients, she is available to direct the setup, monitoring and tracking of data for EPA and IRS reporting, RIN generation, tax incentives, and the purchasing of process chemicals and feedstock.

Zoltan Kish (Technical Due Diligence, Waste-to-Energy, Waste-to-Gas, & Gas-to-Liquid, Gasification, Pyrolysis, Biomass, & Biochar) - Canada

Zoltan Kish received his Ph.D. in Chemistry/Materials Science from the N. S. Kurnakov Institute of General & Inorganic Chemistry, Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia. He has over 25 years of diverse industrial and academic experience and has authored 75 scientific publications, including a book, 2 patented inventions, 4 monographs, and 68 Articles and Abstracts of Papers.

Dr. Kish is fluent in English, Hungarian, Russian, and Ukrainian. He has been the Director of Research & Development at two major Canadian energy companies, where he focused on Waste-to-Gas & Gas-to-Liquids technologies, gasification & pyrolysis of biomass, municipal solid waste reformation into syngas, unique scrubbing and gas cleaning systems, mass & energy balances, process modeling & optimization, clean energy, catalysts, and gas chemistry for power generation and higher value products, such as hydrogen, synthetic liquid biofuels and chemicals.

He also contributed to the advanced materials developments for many fields of applications, such as CleanTech, ceramic engine components, materials processing, and electronics. Dr. Kish provides science and technology assessments and technical due diligence in the fields of Clean Technologies & Energy, Materials Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Sustainable Products, and Advanced Materials Applications. He works as a consultant for Lee Enterprises Consulting and he is Principal and Owner of Quasar ScienceTech in Canada.

John Diecker (Environmental Issues, O&M, Technical Due Diligence, Southeast Asia Projects) - Southeast Asia

John holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MS degree in Environmental Engineering from  the University of Missouri–Rolla along with an MS degree in International Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University.  He has thirty eight years of experience in the electric power generation and transmission industry with over three decades of that experience in Southeast Asia.  John has served as a technical, project management and project development consultant to power project owners, developers and contractors.  He has consulted extensively to governments, state-owned enterprises, financial institutions and insurance firms.   John has been involved with many types of renewable energy projects and his experience with biomass includes virtually all stages of project development from site selection, engineering, feasibility studies, fuel availability studies, environmental and community impact review, licensing, permitting and construction supervision through operations & maintenance.  He has particular expertise with grid connection and system integration issues.  John is a Senior Member of IEEE and Managing Director of APT Consulting Group Co., Ltd., a Thailand-based engineering, planning and consulting firm.

Daniel Lane (Technical assessment, due diligence, scale-up planning & management, process & technology development, project management, commercialization) - U.S.

Daniel Lane is an engineering leader with 20 years’ experience and success in process & technology development in multiple fields, including consumer products, specialty chemicals, and renewable fuels and chemicals. As founder and president of Saille Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in advancing the growth of startup firms in the bioprocess industries, he serves both potential investors and stakeholders by evaluating technologies for funding and to identify key areas to focus R&D efforts. Dr. Lane has held executive and senior leadership roles with multiple start-up companies in the renewables industry focusing on biomass conversion and scale-up of technology and processes. He has been instrumental to the design and construction of seven pilot- and demonstration-scale facilities around the world, producing first- (corn) and second-generation (cellulosic) ethanol, cellulosic sugars, and bio-based animal feeds from a variety of lignocellulosic feedstocks. Dr. Lane spent the first half of his career in process engineering and project management, commercializing technology with such companies as Procter & Gamble and Degussa, performing process and equipment troubleshooting, benchmarking, feasibility studies, and installing and commissioning myriad process packages. With his proficiency in process simulation and technoeconomic modeling, Dr. Lane is a recognized expert in technical assessment for both private and government funding sources and has helped companies secure over $170MM in financing. Dr. Lane was awarded the James W. Stewart Jr. honor scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University, where he earned his B.E. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.  He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech.

Mark Farrer – (Biodiesel & Biogas/AD) - U.S.

Mark earned his degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1993. He has been involved in many aspects of biodiesel since 2003. His work includes research and development of new production methods and processes, including one of the first commercial applications of a solid catalyst used in biodiesel production. Mark has designed process equipment and managed the entire process of constructing of biodiesel plants. This work included the process engineering, project management of the equipment fabrication and facility construction. Mark also commissioned and led the operations for two separate biodiesel facilities as General Manager and Director of Operations, respectively. Mark continued working with other remote facilities to provide technical expertise for engineering and operations improvement and troubleshooting. Mark has led the effort working with other consultants to secure BQ-9000 accreditation for multiple biodiesel facilities. This included the needed training for the staff to follow the required operation and laboratory procedures.

Mark’s knowledge and expertise in biodiesel includes process engineering, operations, staffing, laboratory analyses, feedstock sourcing and biodiesel sales.

In addition to Mark’s experience in biodiesel, he also has experience in biogas production and processing, water and wastewater treatment, natural gas processing including refrigeration, separation and liquids fractionation / distillation, and glycerin refining.

David Nash (Financial & Acquisition Management Services; Waste to Energy Fuels and Construction Programs; Project Management) – U.S

Dave has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Financial Management. He has over 50 years’ experience in leading large organizations. He is currently the President of Sustainable Biofuels Solutions, a waste to energy company with two technologies to convert carbon based waste into either a high BTU gas or drop in fuels. He is also President of Dave Nash and Associates, LLC which is a company that provides consulting in construction program and project management. He was in the U. S. Navy for 33 years where he was a uniformed Civil Engineer responsible for construction and maintenance of Navy facilities around the world.   He was responsible for the initial set up and management of an $18 billion reconstruction program in Iraq after hostilities ceased. He is a registered engineer in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

He is a fellow in ASCE, a member of the National Academy of Construction, a member of the National Academy of Engineering where he is the current chair of the Civil Engineering Section, a fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers and many other professional organizations. He has lead several committees doing research for the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academies.

Lorenz Bauer (Bio Oil Upgrading, Catalytic Pyrolysis, Catalyst Hydroprocessing and Hydrocracking, Hazardous Waste Recycling, and Contaminant Removal, Commercialization) - U.S.

Lorenz earned a degree in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.  He is the inventor on more than 18 patents with 8 more pending and 15 technical papers.   He had 26 years’ experience at UOP, the premier licensor of refining and petrochemical catalysts and processes.  While at KiOR, a biofuel start-up, his team successfully upgraded about 1 million gallons of catalytic pyrolysis oil to a drop in fuel that was directly blended with commercial fuels and sold to consumers.  He has a unique blend of process, catalyst and characterization skills.    His ideas increased yields by 10% and saved millions of dollars in capital equipment.  He is an expert in catalyst preparation and applications for both direct conversion, liquefaction and upgrading.  He participated in the commercialization and scale up of new technologies for Catalytic Pyrolysis, Upgrading non-traditional Feeds, Contaminant Removal, Hydroprocessing and Hydrocracking Catalysts, Heavy Oil and Hazardous Waste Recycling.  He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and an expert statistical analysis, data mining, experimental design and modeling.   Lorenz is also knowledgeable in carbohydrate and petrochemical processes to produce high purity small molecules.

David Dodds (Due Diligence, Patent Liaison, Industrial Biotechnology, Process Development & Scale-up) - U.S.

David has a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry under Bryan Jones at the University of Toronto, post-doctoral work in molecular biology with Marvin Caruthers at the University of Colorado, and over 30 years’ experience leading interdisciplinary process development groups using biological methods to perform organic synthesis. He established Dodds & Associates in 2002, to provide technical consulting and management to start-up pharma & biotech companies, and now the growing industrial biotech and renewable chemicals companies. David provides technical strategy, project management, and due diligence across multiple disciplines; organic synthesis, chiral chemistry, biocatalysis, synthetic biology, fermentation and strain development, industrial biotechnology and renewable / biobased chemicals. In joining Lee Enterprises Consulting, David is able to expand his capabilities by engaging with engineers and other experts in the renewable chemicals area. David also provides expert witness service for patent litigation, and serves on a number of scientific advisory boards..

Tim Hoy (Biomass Energy; Cogeneration Projects) - Canada

Tim has a background in Electronics Engineering Technology,and is a member of both ASTTBC and IEEE. Tim is the President of our strategic partner, Clean Energy Consulting. He has 20 years of experience designing and directing projects and is innovative, analytical, and results driven with proven success and a track record in managing multiple large complex projects. Tim’s recent efforts have been focused on small and large scale biomass energy and cogeneration projects (2 MW to 60 MW). His responsibilities have included project concept development, energy sales and generator interconnection agreements, contract development, structuring project plans for financing, estimating, and overall project management.

Scott Warfield (Renewable Chemicals, Ethanol, Biogas & Anaerobic Digesters) - U.S.

Scott is an executive manager and leader with more than 35 years of management experience in engineering, construction and facilities operations in several industries including defense and government, manufacturing, semiconductor production, electrical and gas utilities and several renewable energy, fuel or chemical production start-up companies.  He recently completed construction of the first commercial scale, renewable acetone and butanol (ABE) production facility. Scott has managed all aspects of the project life cycle from concept and due diligence through engineering, permitting, construction, commissioning, operations and retirement and has more than 15 years in EPC contract management and execution.  His projects typically range in value from $10’s of million up to $500 million with two projects exceeding $1.5 billion.   Scott has worked internationally in Mexico, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Asia and Australia.

Scott earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1981 and his MBA from Webster University in 1998.  He was formerly a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.  Scott has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Departments of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for his expertise in renewable energy technologies and has been a guest speaker and panelist at numerous renewable energy conferences.  He also served on joint EPRI and Sematech industry councils to improve power quality for the semiconductor industry.  Scott has been the recipient of three national awards for excellence in EPC construction.

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Bernard Cooker (Economic Assessments, Process Design, Due Diligence, Risk Mitigation and HAZOP Analysis) - U.S.

Bernard, a chemical engineer, with his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, has worked in industrial process R&D, design and scale up for 35 years. He founded his consultancy, Chemical Processing Solutions in 2015, having worked at two biotechnology startups. He deconstructed lignocellulosic biomass by high shear rates, with enzymic saccharification. He led a team which developed, piloted and costed a continuous saccharification process in segmented augers. At the second company, he designed the continuous PP for furan intermediate dechlorination, via a supported reduction catalyst, in a cellulose to p-xylene process. He improved and optimized the existing PP. His biotechnology output includes a 2013 – 2017 spreadsheet of over 500 biomass-fed process projects, on all scales, and “Lignocellulosic Biomass Deconstruction”, in the 2017 issue of Biofuels Digest.  He is co-inventor on 20 issued U.S. patents, and in two biotechnology process patent applications.

Previously, Bernard gained wide chemical process R&D experience. This comprised process conception, safety engineering, design, scale up and plant startups. This included: the powder mechanics of a gas phase polypropylene process, continuous gas phase PVC, polyarylether sulfone process development, and scale up of styrene/butadiene block copolymers. Bernard was a team member for development of new propylene oxide processes, via four routes, two being catalytic. He is experienced in catalyst development and manufacture and collaborated to successfully improve the commercialized PO/TBA process epoxidation yield.

Ronald Newman (Formulation Chemistry, Quality Assurance, Risk Assessment, Process Startup, Complex Chemistry, Troubleshooting, Supply Chain Intelligence) - U.S.

Ronald has a PhD in chemical engineering & chemical technology from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, UK, and a diploma in cosmetic science from the London College of Fashion. He spent 17 years in the chemical industry leading multi-functional teams for the identification and commercialization of new chemicals, followed by 18 years working on the development & commercialization of new consumer products. Ronald started his own consulting business in 2012 with the principal goal of providing “ecologically sound product development” to companies with the aim of commercializing new product based on renewable materials. He has been a frequent contributor to “Household & Personal Care Today” technical journal writing articles about promising consumer product applications of renewable materials.

James R. Hettenhaus (Commercializing Applications of Biotechnologies) - U.S.

Jim has a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an M. S. in Engineering (Servomechanisms) from St. Louis University in Missouri. He co-founded Biomass Supply Systems LLC, a consulting firm commercializing industrial applications of biotechnology. Since 1997, Jim has successfully led projects across the cellulosic biomass supply chain to accelerate biorefinery commercialization to fuels, chemicals and other value added products. His clients have included small, early stage start-ups to Fortune 50 companies in addition to DOE’s National Laboratories: NREL, ORNL and INL.  He has served on the BOD and SAB of biotech companies, NGO, Academic and Government Advisory Boards.  Prior to his consulting work, Jim’s career included assignments with Monsanto’s Chemical and Fisher Control Divisions, Anheuser Busch’s Corn Wet Milling Division, and Royal Gist-brocades Enzyme business (now DSM). He also participated in three early stage start-ups that were successfully sold: Econics, DDS Sugars and Carolina Intl Textiles.  Jim has authored many publications covering biomass commercialization and reports for the National Renewable Energy, Idaho and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.  He has made numerous presentations to investment, scientific, and government forums on subjects across the cellulosic supply chain for biorefineries.

Michael Wild (Biomass Torrefaction, Biomass Supply Chain, Municipal Energy Planning ) - Austria

Michael is an economist and engineer by education.  He has been active in renewable energies during his 26 year professional career and is President of the International Biomass Torrefaction Council (IBTC). He pioneered biomass fired district heating systems in Austria and conversion of coal fired systems to biomass in former socialist countries.  Michael started the first internet based biomass trading platform (ABEX) in 1999, and for over a decade, led the international biomass trading company, EBES, in creating numerous intercontinental supply chains for palm kernel shell, pellets and wood chips.  Since 2007, he has been a world leader in torrefaction technology development, supporting producers and trading houses in the US, Eastern Europe, Russia and Malaysia developing their trade into Europe.

Irshad Ahmed (Project Finance, Business/Project Development) - U.S.

Irshad has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduate degrees in engineering from MIT, Cornell University, University of New Hampshire and IITC, India.  He has advanced management certifications in Agribusiness from Harvard Business School.  He has served as an adjunct at Lehigh University and is on the Board of Advisors of the Speed School of Engineering at the Univ. of Louisville.  Irshad is a recognized expert in the renewable energy with over 20 years of experience. He is the inventor of E-Diesel and cellulosic ethanol biorefinery technology platforms and fuel additives.  He hold 31 patents, has written four books and over 100 publications, and manages over $200 million in ethanol, biodiesel and waste-to-energy projects.  He has raised over $250 million in equity and project financing for renewable energy projects. He has served in lead corporate management capacities at the US EPA, Booz Allen & Hamilton, as the President of National Biodiesel Foundation.  Irshad is the CEO of Pure Energy Corporation and an associate at MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Loos, Charles (Biomass Power Generation, Plant Operations, Project Development, Environmental Permitting) U.S.

Charles has 35 years of experience in the power industry, including extensive work in the field and overseas. He has deep skills in engineering, operations management, startup, project development and environmental permitting. He has held senior-level engineering management positions at power development companies where he was responsible for the EPC contracting process.  Whether a wood-fired project in timberland, or an industrial cogeneration plant, Charles excels at judging the suitability of a proposed power plant site, with due consideration for technical, operational and environmental factors.

Charles’ operations experience includes both startup and ongoing plant operations. He has served as Plant Engineer at a biomass plant, and Operations Manager in charge of cogeneration plants. He has also been the Startup Manager for the commissioning of several power facilities. As a Plant Engineer, he was responsible for wood fuel handling, ash disposal and front-line operations supervision.

In addition to a balanced background of both operations and development, Charles has a full range of environmental permitting experience. He has prepared numerous permit applications, including several in the challenging California environment. He has also administered and amended permits at existing facilities.

Charles is an accomplished writer with over 20 published articles in fishing and boating magazines.  He brings this skill to his consulting work, preparing clear, concise specifications and reports.

David Edwards (Pilot Plant Design & Manufacture) – Canada

David is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at our strategic partner, Zeton Inc., the recognized world leader in the design and fabrication of lab scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants and small modular production plants. David studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham in England, completing his M. Eng. in 1987. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, and a Chartered Engineer in the UK. He is a member of AIChE and IChemE. David is involved in all aspects of supplying turnkey, fully-automated pilot plants to its customers.

Terry Podgorski, ASA (Machinery and Equipment Appraisals) – U.S.

Terry holds a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Grand Valley State University and has over 23 years’ experience as a machinery and equipment appraiser.  He has considerable experience in manufacturing including chief operating officer and plant manager.  He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers and holds a Machinery and Technical Specialties designation.  He owns Machinery Valuation Specialists, LLC, based in Holland, Michigan.  He has performed hundreds of machinery and equipment appraisals, including many in alternative fuels and other energy related fields.  His appraisals have been used for a variety of purposes including financing, tax, accounting, insurance, buying and selling, litigation support, and auctions.  He also consults and assists companies and financial institutions with the selling and disposition of assets.