ABOUT US

Our Management Team & Advisors

About Our Team

Our startup is seeking both capital to build the first production unit and additional capital to build the first few units to meet expected demand based on initial conversations with potential buyers within the treated wood industry. Our focus, initially, will be the U.S. railroad tie industry. We are also exploring ways to provide our units to destroy marine debris throughout the world, especially on islands that have severe landfill issues.

OUR TEAM

Rob Steir:

Based in NYC, Rob has been involved since March 2014 and has been responsible for all investor and marketing materials, and strategic business development. Since 2007, Rob has also been the managing director and founder of MindForce Consulting, a technology commercialization firm. He also served as founder and CEO of MBA GlobalNet, a leading marketplace for jobs for experienced MBAs from 1997-2009. In 2002, he conceived of and co-founded a 501c3 non-profit MBAs4NYC that was awarded a $250,000 grant from the State of New York. It provided, in about 18 months, volunteer consulting services (200 volunteers/3000 volunteer hours) to 90 small businesses in Lower Manhattan which were directly affected by 9/11.
He earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and graduated from Georgetown University. http://www.linkedin.com/in/robsteir

Bernie Podberesky:

Bernie has over 25 years of experience in founding and managing companies both in the service and technology sectors. Bernie is one of the founders of FBB Combustion and has been involved with the technology utilized in the FBB mobile combustor for the last 10 years. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Bernie held senior management positions with General Electric with responsibility for procurement, quality assurance and strategic planning. His last position was General Manager in the Nuclear Energy Business reporting to the Vice President of the Business. In this position he was responsible for over $300 million in procured components. Prior to this position he held senior procurement positions at the GE Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. His career at GE spanned two decades. He holds a BS in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Perry McLain:

Perry has over 30 years experience in product development and manufacturing of consumer products, industrial and agricultural equipment. He has founded several companies to pursue these opportunities. Customers have included such well known names as Sears & Roebuck, FMC Corporation, Sony Development, ConAgra, Simplot, as well as others prominent in defense and agricultural products manufacturing. He is an inventor of multiple products, and has been awarded multiple patents. Currently the principal owner and operator of his own design and manufacturing company, he has spent over 10 years in the design, development and testing of the combustion technology.

Advisors:

Randy Wolf:

Randy has spent 40 years in the alternative fuel, paper manufacturing, recycling, and waste business. He participated in the start-up and fiber sourcing for five new recycled de-inking pulp mills and represented these mills at many paper industry conferences, including the White House Recycled Paper Conference. He coordinated the design, permitting, construction and operation of a 1000 ton per day integrated Construction and Demolition(C&D) transfer station in PA. For the past 14 years his focus has been on alternative fuels, working with companies like Kimberly-Clark, 3M, PepsiCo, Toyota, Georgia-Pacific and International Paper. This work has been focused on the creation of “zero-waste” and/or “landfill free” programs that maximized the value of waste generated and minimize the amount of waste that goes to a landfill. He designed, built and operated an alternative fuel plant in Little Rock, AR. This fuel plant operated for 14 years. He has frequently spoken at biomass/waste to energy conferences on the subject of waste management, logistics, feed stocks and feed stock preparation for emerging technologies. He is a member of Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association. Mr. Wolf holds a BBA from the Temple University School of Business, Philadelphia, PA.

Frank Raschke

Based in Myanmar and UK, Frank is a strategic consultant possessing extensive experience in the financial and alternative energy sectors within Europe and developing countries with a focus on developing new technologies in the Waste and Energy technology. He gained his expertise in marketing, distribution, commercial and business development with a number of multinational financial institutions, including BNP Paribas and MF Global, and small start up companies. The majority of his career has been spent in Germany and the U.K. where he combines an analytical and professional approach to solving problems with focus on value and long term sustainability. He will be working with us to develop our international markets.

Lisa Bowers

Having launched and managed multimillion dollar consumer products at Revlon and Nabisco, and sold and managed integrated media programs at WNET/PBS and National Geographic, Lisa has increasingly focused on brands and projects making a difference in people and planet. As President of Smoothsailing Marketing, a marketing and sales consultancy, since January 2002, Lisa has worked on nonprofit and for-profit partnerships, sponsorship marketing, and branding and communications strategy and planning. Projects and clients include By Kids for Kids’ Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club public television’s popular Wild Travels series, marketing plan and partnership programs for the Living Oceans Foundation, and impact investing communications for a wealth management firm. Lisa has earned Acumen+ certificates in Storytelling for Change and Adaptive Leadership, has a BS Finance from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. She blogs for Cultural Weekly.

Patricia Sendin

Patricia is an architect and urban planner with over 20 years of experience. She is the founder of a social enterprise that designs and structures sustainable infrastructure in rural and peri-urban areas. Prior to establishing her own venture, she worked as an architect for over a decade for Pritzker Prize-winning Richard Rogers Partnership (now RSHP) in London, and for further practices in Florence, Frankfurt and Paris, where she started her career working on World Bank-funded infrastructure projects in Africa.

She holds a Diplom-Ingenieur degree from the TU Darmstadt in Germany, with further studies on design at the University of Florence in Italy, on global poverty at the MIT and on entrepreneurship at the IESE Business School.