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Leadership Team

Brian Thome

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Thome joined Edeniq in 2010 as the Company's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Thome has deep experience as a senior level executive and leader in the biofuels industry. Before Edeniq, Mr. Thome was the Founder, President and CEO of TH Partners, where he assisted biofuels companies with operational planning and improvements. As the former President of the U.S. BioEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: USBE), he led the operational team during the company’s early growth and completion of its 2006 IPO. Prior to U.S. BioEnergy, Mr. Thome was Director of Financial Investments at Fagen, Inc., a leading builder of ethanol facilities. Mr. Thome started his career in the biofuels industry at First National Bank of Omaha. Mr. Thome earned his executive MBA and BS in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Lily Wachter

Chief Financial Officer

Lily Wachter joined Edeniq in 2012 and is the Company's Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Wachter has 15 years of experience in clean energy and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. Before Edeniq, Ms. Wachter was an equity research analyst following clean energy companies for Goldman Sachs, where she worked on a number of biofuel and biochemical IPOs. Ms. Wachter earned a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. As a graduate student, she collaborated with the International Energy Agency, the World Bank, and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies on climate, energy and clean energy projects in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Wachter also holds a BA in Earth and Environmental Science, with a concentration in Mathematics, from Columbia University. She started her career as an outdoor education and environmental science teacher at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon.


Michael Russell

Vice President, Administration and Human Resources

Mr. Russell joined Edeniq in 2009 and is the Company’s Vice President of Administration and Human Resources. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in various government, non-profit, private and public sector organizations. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator, he worked as a civilian employee for the Dept. of Navy in the Civilian Human Resources Office. He then worked for Gap Inc. as a Regional HR Director in the Logistics Division, as a Tribal Administrator for a local Tribal Government, and as President/CEO of a start-up company developing a data center complex in Eastern Kentucky. In 2005, Mr. Russell helped establish a non-profit organization serving Veterans in need, and he currently serves in a volunteer role as a member of the Board of Directors of that organization. Mr. Russell has a BS in Cartography, an MS in Human Resources Management, and holds a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification.


Dan Michalopoulos

Vice President of Technology

Dan Michalopoulos joined Edeniq in 2012 and is the Company’s Vice President of Technology. Dr. Michalopoulos has more than 20 years of leadership experience in technology development and implementation across a wide range of fields including specialty chemicals, biotechnology and alternative fuels. Before Edeniq, he was Director of Technology at INEOS Bio, where he was responsible for successfully leading a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists in designing an ethanol manufacturing process that couples biomass gasification with anaerobic fermentation. Prior to his role at INEOS Bio, Dr. Michalopoulos served as a Business Vice President at enzyme supplier Dyadic and Senior Program Manager with specialty chemical manufacturer Hercules, where he led R&D programs in surface and polymer science, microbiology and enzyme applications. Dr. Michalopoulos earned BS and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Lowell Technological Institute and Colorado State University, respectively, and served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Rice University.


Jim Kacmar

Director of Engineering and Operations

Jim Kacmar joined Edeniq in 2011 and is the Company's Director of Engineering and Operations. He is currently leading Edeniq’s Intellulose technology business after leading the effort to commercialize the technology. Previously, he was the Section Head for Edeniq’s Process Synthesis Group where he helped develop technology for producing low cost sugars from cellulose. Prior to joining Edeniq, he was the Director of Application Development at SmartFlow Technologies, where he engineered, installed, and performed troubleshooting on tangential flow filtration (TFF) systems in the biopharmaceutical, animal health, dairy, and biofuels industries. Dr. Kacmar has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.