Mr. Thome has deep experience as a senior level executive and leader in the biofuels industry. Most recently, 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, 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.
Mr. Cast is a technology and operations veteran with over 35 years of experience in the implementation and operations of biofuel and chemical operations as well as fuel and chemical distribution facilities. Mr. Cast spent 30 years with The Dow Chemical Company leading the development and installation of technology in agricultural chemical research and production facilities. He has spent the last seven years working with Primafuel and Edeniq in the biofuels arena developing technologies for the optimization of corn and cellulosic ethanol technologies. Mr. Cast received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.
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. Most recently, 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 Research 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.
Lily Wachter, CFA
Ms. Wachter is a veteran of the clean energy industry and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. Most recently, she was an equity research analyst following clean energy companies for Goldman Sachs in New York. While at Goldman, she worked on a number of biofuel and biochemical IPOs. Ms. Wachter earned a PhD in sustainable development from Columbia University. While 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 US 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.
Mr. Russell has been with Edeniq since 2009 in the Admin and HR Leadership role. He has over 25 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 currently serves in a volunteer role as President of that organization. Mr. Russell has a BS in Cartography, an MS in Human Resources Management, and a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification. He is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP).
Mr. Kacmar has been with Edeniq since 2011. He is currently leading Edeniq’s Pathway technology business. 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. Mr. Kacmar has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.