Business Briefs

By Staff | September 25, 2014

AST adds consultant
American Science and Technology has added Jim Lunt to its team as a consultant. He will assist AST in developing aggressive marketing and business strategies. Lunt has served as the head of product development for NatureWorks LLC. Prior to NatureWorks, he pioneered the development and commercialization of TPEs, vulcanized polyolefins, environmentally-friendly phenolic foams, and long glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics. In recognition of his significant contributions to the PLA process, Lunt was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 2002.


Morbark promotes team member
Morbark Inc. has promoted Larry Voelker to vice president of engineering and product development. Voelker previously served as director of engineering and was responsible for the planning and implementation of all engineering activities and providing the strategic technical leadership in continuous improvement of equipment and process capability. Prior to joining Morbark, Voelker held positions at QuickSet International, IMM Inc. and AAR Mobility Systems.


Sapphire Energy appoints new president, CEO
Sapphire Energy Inc. has appointed biotechnology veteran James Levine as president, CEO and member of the board of directors. Levine replaces Cynthia ‘CJ’ Warner, who is stepping down from her post in July. She will remain chairman of the company’s board of directors. Levine previously served as president and CEO of Verenium Corp., where he fostered and managed the company’s most critical partnerships, including BP, which acquired the company’s cellulosic ethanol unit in 2010, as well as DuPont, Royal DSM, Bunge North America, Cargill, Novus International Inc., Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Tate & Lyle PLC, among others. Prior to Verenium, Levine was a managing director in the global energy group at Goldman Sachs & Co.


Cool Planet adds team leaders to commercial plant project
Cool Planet Energy Systems has announced the team that will lead construction and operations of its first commercial plant in the U.S. Randy Tucker will serve as vice president of capital projects, with overall responsibility for directing the project. He is joining the company after more than 25 years in project management and technical leadership roles. Before joining Cool Planet, he served as vice president of IT services for Peabody Energy. Robert Djelveh will serve as vice president of supply chain. He is an internationally recognized leader in supply chain management and procurement, having worked extensively in Europe, North America and Asia. Most recently, he co-led Pricewaterhouse-Cooper’s and PRTM’s supply chain and energy groups in China. Rex Downen will serve as construction manager on-site at the facility in Alexandria, Louisiana. He brings more than 30 years of experience as a project manager and site construction manager in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation industries. He has managed refinery construction and other large-scale projects for ConocoPhillips and others. Tim Palculict will serve as plant manager, with responsibility for plant operability, bringing the plant online and leading the plant’s operations. Palculict has more than 25 years of experience in plant management, having started up 12 plants in the fuel and petrochemical industries. He began his career with Mobil and has managed plant operations for a number of companies.


PFI announces new chairman, board members
Darryl Rose, senior vice president of marketing for Energex Pellet Corp., has been elected chairman of the board of the Pellet Fuels Institute for 2014-’15. He has served two terms on the PFI board and as a member of the membership, standards and conference committees. Stephen Faehner of American Wood Fibers will serve as vice chairman, and John Utter of Lignetics Inc. will serve as secretary/treasurer. Scott Jacobs of AgriRecyle, outgoing chairman, will remain on the executive committee as past chairman. Chris Amey of Rentech, Stan Elliot of Olympus Pellet/Pacific Coast Fiber Fuels, Nathan Smith of Koetter & Smith, and Don Wagener of Appalachian Wood Pellets have been elected as new directors to the board. Those elected to new terms on the board include Troy Jamieson of Somerset Pellet Fuels, Gary Moore of Forest Energy Corp., Darryl Rose of Energex Pellet Corp., Bob Sourek, of Bear Mountain Forest Products, Jeff Thiessen of Dansons/IBL, and Utter.