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Expert in Oil, Gas, Petrochemicals and Renewable Fuels & Chemicals, Biomass and Biorefineries

Expert ID: 722672 South Carolina, USA

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Designed three state of art methanol fed biodiesel plants in US and one for Petrobras in Brazil. Developed Kreido biodiesel technology and advised the leading financial firms on biofuel investments. Served on ASTM biofuels committees and spoke at conferences on petroleum and biofuel projects and markets.

He is a world class expert on biomass conversion to fuels. Biodiesel and ethnaol plant expert. He spent the last four years developing the biodiesel market in Brazil, US and Canada. He started the biodiesel market in Delta-T. He enjoys a 24 year career of developing new businesses that are profitable. At Conoco and Dupont, he led teams that developed new fuel to chemical technologies.

He led the energy industry in adoption of new technology in process engineering from wells to refinery to fuels.

He developed the low cost feed filter business at Dover RPA for refinery hydrocrackers. He started a new business at Cortec in refinery overhead corrosion control. Both increased refinery process efficiency.

He advises world petroleum firms in using renewable energy in fuels. He advised leading algae companies on biofuels production.

He advised investment bank Goldman Sachs on refinery processes as part of a bankruptcy acquisition.He advised IMin Partners investment fund on acquisitions in chemical companies.He managed ethylene oxide project and refinery economics for new contracts with oil price mechanisms.He positioned Dover RPA Process to grow in mature market.He advised Anchorage Capital on recent crude oil pricing and links to refinery margins.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Savannah, Georgia - Columbia, South Carolina - Charleston, South Carolina - North Charleston, South Carolina

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1993 Degree: MBA Subject: International Business Institution: Warwick University
Year: 1977 Degree: MA Subject: Geosciences and Planning Institution: Arizona State University at Tempe
Year: 1973 Degree: BA Subject: Geography Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Year: 1991 Degree: Certification Subject: Refinery and Chemical Engineering Institution: Oxford University
Year: 1987 Degree: Subject: Economics Institution: London School of Economics

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to 2018 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Consultant Department: Consulting Responsibilities: Provide expert engineering, financial analysis and program development in petroleum refining industry on consultative basis. Clients include Shell Oil, Conoco, Turner, Mason & Company (TMC), MWV, Gerson Lehrman Group and various private equity investors in oil & gas, biofuels, biomass and biotechnology.
• Completed due diligence for oil refiner acquisition of stranded ethanol plant assets.
• Advised GLG clients in 300+ engagements since 2004 in petroleum refining, biofuels, biomass and renewable energy and presented at more than 25 conferences.
• Saved Celanese Corporation $15M on biofuel project reporting issue.

Served as CTO of public traded (Undisclosed)(KRBF) in 2007 to 2009. Secured licensing agreements for PetroAlgae (PALG) and developed markets for biotechnology firm ArborGen (2011 to 2012) and its parent firm (MWV) in 2013. Served on DOE Peer Review Panel in 2015.
Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Business Development Director Department: R&D Responsibilities: Leader of the (Undisclosed)Team with role to develop strategy and position DTC as market leader. Provide Feasibility to DTC clients on biodiesel and renewable diesel projects. Assist financial institutions with due diligence on biodiesel investments. Assist with engineering designs for biodiesel plants. Designed new biodiesel systems.

• Presented R&D papers to management for technology selection
• Advised financial firms on ethanol investment
• Reviewed gasification and digester systems for ethanol plants
• Led DOE grant team and review of cellulose to ethanol projects
• Spoke at conferences to enhance the reputation of company
• Reviewed all design work for new projects for technical leadership
• Managed budget for feasibility income and costs for a 60% GM
• Negotiated role for DTC in the acquisition of NREL gasification technology
Years: 2002 to 2004 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Manager Department: Biodiesel Responsibilities: Led (Undisclosed) biodiesel initiative to position company as the leader in the growing biodiesel process technology market. Negotiated contracts for construction of two plants and developed international ventures with petroleum firms in South America. Managed the (Undisclosed) team and business unit with 30% GM.

• Positioned company with leading oil & gas companies with speech to World Fuels Conference.
• Positioned company with biotechnology venture capitalists with speech at Biotechnica America.
• Authored paper with engineering staff for presentation at Malaysian Palm Oil Conference.
• Managed the sales effort to secure company position in new market with new product.
Years: 2000 to 2002 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Product Manager Department: Oil & Gas Processes & Operations Responsibilities: Responsible for Sales, Strategy and Marketing for the Process Industries.
• Developed new plan for Marketing, Sales and Distribution Strategy.
• Trained sales representatives for international markets with strong commercial and technical skills.
• Wrote strategic plan for corrosion chemical products for VP Sales & Marketing and CEO/President.
• Advised on oil and gas market, engineering and international negotiations for business over $5M.
Years: 1998 to 2000 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Manager Department: Process Filtration Responsibilities: Provided leadership and merger skills to design new product line. Preserved gross margin and increased sales from merged units.
• Created one line of products from merger of two companies with gross margin of 55% and P&L for $21M. Achieved profit targets for product line for two years.
• Trained sales team with strong commercial and technical skills.
• Wrote strategic plan for filtration products for General Manager and CEO/President.
• Advised on oil and gas markets. Developed sales in Brazil and UK markets.
• Awarded Business Excellence Citation 1999 – 2000.

Years: 1993 to 1997 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Director of Sales & Marketing Department: Chemicals Responsibilities: Provided leadership and turnaround skills to family firm. Increased sales from $3 million to $17 million preserving gross margins over 50%. Developed marketing plan and strategy. Started five new products.
• Increased sales and penetrated new international markets.
• Developed new commercial literature and trained sales team and distributors.
• Organized American Petroleum Institute meetings in Bahrain and Canada
• Collaborated on the development of starch patent.
Years: 1990 to 1993 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Manager Department: Special Projects Responsibilities: Planning Manager – Europe 1992 – 1993
Coordinated refinery and petrochemical process and new product planning.
• Managed Specialty Chemicals businesses in Europe.
• Advised senior management on acquisitions and product strategy.
• Led Conoco’s effort in Dupont’s Aerospace Enterprise Team.
• Coordinated refinery planning to meet chemicals and fuel markets.

New Business Manager 1990 – 1992
Researched markets in Europe for Conoco and Dupont's new products for oil and gas, chemical process and filtration.
• Started four new products in pipeline flow control, aviation, solvents, oil and gas filtration.
• Merged US and European literature and product introduction planning.
• Interfaced Conoco Planning with Dupont Intermediate Chemicals.

Years: 1985 to 1989 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Manager Department: Scotoil Responsibilities: Recruited to lead ICI into oil and gas chemicals in Europe. Created start up company ScotOil in UK, wrote marketing plans, created $5M sales in three years. Promoted from field engineer to office based management.

• Transitioned conservative British chemical giant into dynamic supplier of chemicals to demanding oil and gas sector in Norway, UK, Holland, Germany, Italy and West Africa.
• Structured and negotiated license agreements with French Italian and US firms to start sales in West Africa.
• Advised oil and gas units of ICI in UK, Indonesia, USA, Canada and Italy on drilling technology.
• Led field engineering team and trained staff in field engineering.
• Negotiated agreement with ICI units in Europe to be agents for a variety of specialized chemicals sold on a technical basis to oil and gas firms worldwide.
• Reviewed contracts for inorganic chemicals markets, advised on acquisitions in bromine manufacturing. Graduate, ICI Advanced Management Program, Stratex, Paris, France 1988.
• Trained staff in ICI INSEAD Stradex Course for international sales and marketing skills.

Years: 2015 to 2018 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Adjunct Professor Department: Adjunct Professor Responsibilities: Professor of Economic Geography.
Years: 2013 to 2018 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Adjunct Professor Department: Adjunct Professor Responsibilities: Professor of World Regional Geography.
Years: 2007 to 2009 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Chief Technology Officer Department: Officer Responsibilities: Spearheaded leadership of public biofuel technology company, building biodiesel facilities with responsibility to develop engineering design, liaison with financial institutions and secure long- term strategic and technology-based advantages in biofuels markets worldwide. Key officer of public company for financial presentations with a role to commercialize new technology and gain widespread market acceptance by licensing technology. Managed CRADA with US EPA for new chemical process technology.

Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Engineering Manager Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Negotiated only PetroAlgae license agreement with Suriname national oil company Staastolie. Developed markets in Sri Lanka with power and biofuels companies. Developed process engineering models for solvent extraction of lipids from algae.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1978 to 1979 Agency: Texas Department of Water Resources Role: Planner Description: He wrote the state RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Plan with EPA funded Texas Department of Water Resources
Years: 1988 to 1989 Agency: UK Department of Energy Role: Advisor Description: He advised UK offshore regulatory minister on oil production issues.
Years: 2001 to 2001 Agency: Oil Minister of Romania Role: Advisor Description: He advised Oil Minister on future planning for privitization of Petrom and Romgaz.
Years: 2007 to 2007 Agency: Minister of Transportation ISRAEL Role: Advisor Description: Invited by Israel's Embassy in USA and invited to speak in Tel Aviv on biofuels.
Years: 2018 to 2021 Agency: United States Dept. of Energy Role: Member Description: Biomass Technical Advisory Committee

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Advised Brazil's national oil & gas company on biodiesel plant design and engineering.
Years: 2001 to 2001 Country / Region: Romania Summary: Consulted with national oil & gas firms (Petrom and Romgaz) on corrosion control as well as Oil Minister on Russian gas production issues.
Years: 2001 to 2001 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia Summary: Provided engineering and corrosion control technology to petrochemical company SABIC.
Years: 2001 to 2001 Country / Region: Kuwait Summary: Lectured to Kuwait Oil Company R&D Managers on novel corrosion control chemicals.
Years: 2000 to 2000 Country / Region: Czech Republic Summary: He engineered new refinery filtration systems for Chemepetrol in Prague.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Society of Petroleum Engineers,
American Petroleum Institute,
American Institute of Chemical Engineers,
ASTM International
Professional Appointments
Technical Editor for the Society of Petroleum Engineers
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 14 publications in 22 years.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Testified on drilling rig safety in 1990 for Dresser Industries in New Orleans Federal Court of offshore safety.
Gave biotechnology and chemical engineering witness testimony in class action suit.
Gave biodiesel expert witness reviews for case with accident and fire.
Gave biodiesel expert witness reviews for case with economic consequences.
Training / Seminars
Oil & Gas Process Chemicals at Oxford University College of Petroleum Studies in 1987 and 1990-91.
Vendor Selection
Selected supplier (SAP) for Osmonics. Provided the engineering and equipment reviews for all employers (Dresser, ICI, Conoco, Dupont, Chemstar, GE Osmonics, Cortec, Crown)
Marketing Experience
36 year career of starting new products and processes to oil, gas, petrochemical and chemical industries. World Class marketing skills that positioned companies in leadership roles.
Other Relevant Experience
Ten years of university education coupled with over 20 years of international petroleum management, leadership and consulting.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native language.
Italian He worked with national oil company AGIP for 5 years and became fluent in Italian.
French He worked with Total, Fina and Elf-Aquitaine in Africa and Middle East and developed average ability in 1980s.
Arabic He worked in Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and Tunisa where he learned basics.

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