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Dan Wilson
Wilson Engineering
BTEC Chairman

Dan is a Vice President at Wilson Engineering Services, PC (WES).  WES is a full service engineering firm operating in the energy and environmental sectors.  Dan has overseen WES’s role in over fifty (50) biomass thermal and combined heat and power projects.  WES’s role in these projects has included concept development, design, permitting, and construction management.  Dan is a professional engineer and has a BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Penn State and a Masters in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins.

Dan Arnett
Ernst Conservation Seeds
BTEC Vice-Chairman

Dan Arnett is the Biomass Coordinator for Ernst Conservation Seeds. For the past two years, he has also held the position of Manager for Ernst Biomass, LLC, a startup company focusing on the production of solid fuels utilizing native grass biomass as feedstock. In these roles he has gained experience in the establishment, harvest, and particularly the densification of grass biomass.

Rob Davis
Forest Energy Corporation
BTEC Treasurer

Rob Davis is the President and Owner of Forest Energy Corporation of Show Low, Arizona— a wood pellet manufacturer founded in 1991. Forest Energy’s subsidiaries include Forest Energy Colorado, New Mexico Fuels, and Forest Energy Systems distributes a European biomass boiler in the US and provides a biomass boiler system supplier.

Mr. Davis is also a founding partner of Future Forest, LLC, which is the primary contractor for the White Mountain Stewardship Project within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. This contract is for a 150,000-acre, ten-year forest restoration and fire mitigation project.

Mr. Davis is on the Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Council in AZ and CO. He is the past President and current Director of the Pellet Fuels Institute.

John Ackerly
Alliance for Green Heat
BTEC Secretary

John Ackerly is the President of the Alliance for Green Heat, a non-profit that promotes cleaner and more efficient residential biomass heating, with a strong focus on low and middle-income families.  Previously, Mr. Ackerly was the President of the International Campaign for Tibet and worked with many human rights and environmental groups in Washington, DC.

He attended Dartmouth College and American University Law School.  He is an avid rock climber, skier, outdoorsman and wood stove aficionado.  He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife Nina Smith and son Sammy.

Charlie Niebling
New England Wood Pellet
Policy Committee Chairman

Charlie Niebling is General Manager with New England Wood Pellet LLC, the largest manufacturer of wood pellet fuel in the northeastern US.  He is responsible for sales, wood procurement for the company’s three plants, corporate communications, and government and public affairs. 

From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Niebling was vice president for policy and land management with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, a non-profit land conservation and environmental advocacy organization.  Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Niebling was a consultant for two years in the firm Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, specializing in natural resource policy, research, advocacy and public relations for corporate, government and non-profit clients.  From 1987 to 1995, Mr. Niebling served as executive director of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, the state’s forest landowner and forest industry trade organization.  From 1984 to 1987 he worked as a research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest & Range Experiment Station in Berkeley, CA.
Mr. Niebling holds forestry degrees from the University of Vermont (BS) and the Pennsylvania State University (MS).  Mr. Niebling is a licensed professional forester.

Mike Jostrom
Plum Creek

Mr. Jostrom is responsible for managing and growing Plum Creek's renewable energy efforts. Mike has worked for Plum Creek extensively in the management of Forest Operations, development of regional conservation plans, and directing of forest health investments company-wide.

He has a Forest Management degree from Washington State University and has completed executive education at Harvard Business School.

T.J. Morice
Marth

T.J. Morice has over 20 years business experience since graduation at UW-Madison.  Since 1998 he has been devoted to the development and advocacy of biomass fuel markets in the Midwest in addition to related enterprises.  In addition to his VP position of Marth Companies, in the past he was an vital part of the PFI board, participating in Wisconsin activities including the Governors Woody Biomass Taskforce and other industry trade conferences.  He also enjoys volunteering on the board of WCLQ (Religious radio station) and is a member of NSP (National Ski Patrol).

 

Kristen Cofrancesco
Turboden (A Pratt & Whitney Company)

Kristen is responsible for developing sales strategies and facilitating execution plans to realize organic rankine cycle unit sales growth in the North America region for heat recovery and biomass projects.  Kristen brings 15 years of experience to her current position, and has held increasing levels of responsibility throughout her career at Pratt & Whitney in Materials, Operations, Worldwide Procurement, and Sales.  In her most recent assignment as Sales Manager of Aftermarket Services, for Pratt & & Whitney’s Commercial Engines and Global Services organization, Kristen was successful in growing sales for the Engine Centers during her 8  year tenure, including closing key long-term contracts with strategic airline customers.  Kristen also contributed to the Sales Organization achieving ACE Silver through her work leading the Internal Market Feedback Analysis Team.

Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Albertus Magnus College, an MBA with a minor in Marketing and a Masters in Management from University of Phoenix.

David Dungate
ACT Bioenergy

David Dungate is the Founder and President of ACT Bioenergy, which is the first U.S. boiler
manufacturer to target the market for fully‐automated, high‐efficiency, small‐scale commercial
biomass wood chip and wood pellet boiler systems. ACT boilers are manufactured in
Schenectady, N.Y. and recent customers include: US Army, US General Services Administration,
U.S. Coast Guard, State University of New York, Cornell University, and Clarkson University. The
ACT boiler installation at the Natural History Museum of the Adirondack’s was awarded the
“Bioenergy Project of 2011” by the Renewable Energy World Media Group.

David holds a Masters degree in environmental engineering from Hokkaido University in Japan.

Jesse Dickerman
Zilkha Biomass Energy

In addition to his work in communications and outreach, Jesse Dickerman heads Zilkha’s efforts to ensure sustainability throughout the biomass supply chain. Jesse came to Zilkha after a decade in campaigns and government affairs, including four years as Southwest Political Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He has worked on a variety of state and federal campaigns and has a BA in Political Science & History from Rice University.

Stephen Faehner
American Wood Fibers

Stephen J. Faehner is the Vice President of Industrial Sales & Business Development at American Wood Fibers and an owner and son of the original founder of AWF, Frank Faehner. Over the past 40 years AWF has processed millions of tons of woody biomass into value added products.  As part of the “4th Generation” he has been immersed in the wood fiber and biomass business his entire life.

Mr. Faehner graduated with a B.B.A. in Business Management from Andrews University in 1993.  Early in his career he spent 5 years managing the Jessup, Maryland facility of AWF.  In 1998 he moved into Sales and was promoted to Vice President of the $25+ million industrial business unit in 2007, working directly with Fortune 500 companies in the retail, building products and automotive sectors. In 2005 Stephen lead AWF into the wood pellet fuel business and directed AWF's largest acquisition in 2006. 

Mr. Faehner resides in Maryland with his wife Hollie and his "5th Generation" sons Owen, Jack and Sam. His hobbies include family, water and snow skiing, golf, coaching youth sports and of course, Sawdust.

Bob Sourek
Bear Mountain Forest Products

Bob Sourek is the owner and founder of Bear Mountain Forest Products Inc., a wood pellet fuel producer established in 1988.

Mr. Sourek is a graduate forester from the University of Montana. He is on the Board of Directors of the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) , a member and on the Board of Directors of the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI), and a member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF).  As a field forester Mr. Sourek explored the potential of the forest ecosystem to reliably provide biomass resources and in the process of building Bear Mt., he gained experience in collecting and utilizing Biomass in all forms available. Mr. Sourek has traveled throughout Europe investigating the technology available to not only harvest/collect biomass but also process and utilize the resulting fuels. Through his association with BTEC and PFI, and on behalf of these organizations Mr. Sourek has traveled to the Oregon and Washington State capitols and Washington DC to educate and advocate for the efficient use of biomass energy. These experiences have given him an appreciation for the complex interactions between business, public policy and societal good.

Angela Visintainer
Cambridge Environmental Technologies

Angela is the Sr. Brand Manager for Cambridge Environmental Technologies (CET), a manufacturer of pollution control equipment, filtration systems, and other engineered process solutions.  Prior to joining CET, Angela was the International Business Manager for a manufacturer of green cleaning chemicals for the aviation industry.  Angela’s ten years of experience in green manufacturing include product development, supply chain management, and business strategy.  In her current role, Angela is focused on determining the feasibility of new biomass projects and technologies.  The Maryland Clean Energy Center selected Angela for its Industry Leadership Award in 2012.

Angela has a B.S. from the University of Maryland in Marketing and International Business and an MBA from the University of Florida with concentrations in Marketing and Competitive Strategy.  Outside of work, Angela is a volunteer with her local library and arts council, an avid tennis player, and a dedicated fan of Florida Gators football.  

Scott Nichols
TARM BIOMASS

Scott is the President of Tarm Biomass and has previously served as Secretary for the Biomass Thermal Energy Council.  His company is a third-generation, family owned business that has pioneered the sales and service of European residential central heating equipment to North America for over 30 years.  Scott has also been active in the Heating the Northeast Conference Steering Committee in 2009 and 2010 and is working with the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group (NEBTWG) on bulk wood pellet storage and delivery recommendations.

Christine Donovan
Managing Consultant & VEIC Biomass Energy Team Lead

As part of her role at VEIC, Christine serves as the Team Lead for the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), which was acquired by VEIC in 2012.  Previously, Christine was President of C.T. Donovan Associates, Inc. (CTD), a renewable energy consulting firm founded in 1986 that specialized in biomass applications for thermal energy, electricity generation, and liquid biofuels. CTD gained a national reputation for: (1) its expertise in conducting comprehensive biomass feedstock supply assessments for wood-fired power plants and cellulosic ethanol facilities throughout the eastern U.S.; (2) advancing sustainable biomass energy policies and regulations through the leadership and management of complex, multi-state stakeholder engagement processes; and (3) seminal work identifying opportunities for utilizing various sources of clean wood waste for fuel.  Christine served as Technical Consultant to the Biomass Energy Resource Center for the two-year Northern Forest Biomass Energy Initiative led by BERC, the Northern Forest Center, and the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.  In addition, she designed, organized, and led the two-day Biomass Energy District Heating Roundtable convened by BERC, and served as Technical Consultant on many other BERC projects.


BTEC SUSTAINING MEMBERS

Bear Mountain Forest Products
Central Boiler
Forest Energy Corporation
Marth
New England Wood Pellet

Plum Creek

 


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