Mr. Bezdek is Vice President, Biofuels & Ingredients at Flint Hills Resources, LLC, the petroleum refining, chemical and renewable fuels wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. He has been with Koch companies for over 20 years and has held a variety of finance and commercial roles within the petroleum refining and renewable fuels industry. Prior to 2010, Bezdek lead the External Supply group for the refined products business within Flint Hills. In early 2010, Bezdek was asked to lead the newly created innovation group for Flint Hills. Since that time, Flint Hills has acquired four 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, renewable fuels and chemicals industries. Bezdek also serves on the board of directors of three development companies in which Flint Hills has an investment.
Alexander is a partner at I2BF Global Ventures, a global investment firm focused on US clean technology. Alexander 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, Alexander 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.
Mr. Rockwell has more than 20 years of experience making venture capital investments and developing companies commercializing products in numerous cleantech markets. He has invested broadly across the cleantech sectors including energy storage, smart grid, materials substitution, manufacturing efficiency, supply chain, cleaner fuels and solar. During his career, John has invested in 20 companies in the cleantech space, with 14 of those investments having realized an exit. Most recently, John was a Founder and Managing Director of Element Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on cleantech investments. Prior to Element, John was a Partner at Advent International Corporation and managed the firm’s California office for 9 years. John received a BS in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. John is a member of the Michigan Technological University School of Business and Economics’ Dean’s Advisory Board, past Chairman of the CleanTech Venture Network Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Michigan Technological University Hockey Enrichment Campaign. He is a member of the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
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. Weiss is co-founder and a 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 the 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.