Flint Hills Resources
Jeremy Bezdek is Managing Director, Corporate Development/M&A at Flint Hills Resources, LP (FHR), the petroleum refining, chemical and biofuels wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Mr. Bezdek has been with Koch companies for over 20 years and has held a variety of finance and commercial roles within the petroleum refining and biofuels industry. Prior to 2010, Mr. Bezdek led the External Supply group for the refined products business within FHR. In early 2010, Mr. Bezdek was asked to lead the newly created innovation group for FHR. Over the next five years, FHR acquired seven corn ethanol production facilities and one biodiesel production facility, as well as making multiple investments in early stage development companies related to the petroleum refining, biofuels and chemicals industries. Between 2015 and 2017, Mr. Bezdek led the Biofuels and Ingredients business for FHR, before returning to the M&A leader role for FHR in 2018. Mr. Bezdek also serves on the board of directors of two development companies in which FHR has an investment, as well as on the Board of Advisors of the Fuels Institute.
Alexander Nevinskiy is a partner at I2BF Global Ventures, a global investment firm focused on U.S. clean technology. Mr. Nevinskiy has been with I2BF since 2007 and oversees the fund’s investments in alternative fuels and chemistries, as well as LEDs and energy efficient technologies. Prior to I2BF, Mr. Nevinskiy worked as a biophysics researcher. He graduated with a biophysics degree from Novosibirsk State University and an MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics.
John Rockwell has more than 25 years of experience managing and developing companies commercializing products in numerous cleantech markets, as well as making venture capital investments in these markets. Mr. Rockwell is currently CEO and President of Accelergy Corporation, which produces high value, profitable specialty products such as waxes, lubricants, drilling fluids and fertilizer from low cost, carbon feedstocks such as vegetable oils, biodiesel, and CO2. Previously, he was a Founder and Managing Director of Element Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on cleantech investments. Prior to Element, Mr. Rockwell was a Partner at Advent International Corporation and managed the firm’s California office for nine years. Before Advent, John served as CEO of Luxar Corporation, a manufacturer of CO2 lasers for the medical market, and as President of SSC, Inc., a manufacturer of high performance ceramic oxide materials used in superconductors, fuel cells, catalysts, and other applications. Mr. Rockwell received a BS in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
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.
Daniel Weiss is a co-founder and managing partner of Angeleno Group. Mr. Weiss oversees Angeleno Group’s investment activities in the areas of power infrastructure, emissions control, renewables, and clean transportation. Prior to Angeleno Group, he was an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, working in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions, international, and high technology practice groups. He represented multiple Global 1000 clients, including utilities and energy-related companies, in a wide array of private equity and corporate finance transactions. Mr. Weiss has a significant history of involvement in government, regulatory and public policy entities that deal with the energy sector, including work experience in the White House and the United States Congress. Additionally, he has taught, lectured, and published articles on the topics of law, business, and public policy. Mr. Weiss holds a JD from Stanford Law School, an MA from Stanford University, and a BA with high honors from U.C. Berkeley.