|Jay Toups, CEO/Managing Partner
Jay Toups has guided Bioroot Energy, LLC, from its inception in 2008 to one of today’s best positioned clean fuel startups. Mr. Toups has excelled for 30 years in the fields of information technology, real estate, music, and enterprise marketing communications. His professional background includes 16 years as an information technology consultant and 12 years with Novell, Portlock Software, and Ford Sherman, Inc. in technical, managerial and executive positions.
Mr. Toups’ interest in producing clean liquid fuels from diverse carbon feedstocks began in 2007 with the Big Sky Coalition, a community-led Montana non-profit (now defunct) dedicated to addressing Montana forestry and forest management policy issues. This community-focused mission to “do something about our overgrown forests, jobs and the environment” carries on with Bioroot Energy and opens up new possibilities for clean, sustainable, renewable fuel production and responsible economic development leveraging abundant biomass and other carbon resources such as municipal solid and liquid wastes, coal, methane and CO2.
| Heath Nicolas Carey, Environmental Scientist
Heath Carey was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and was raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He spent the majority of his childhood blazing trails in the wilderness, boulder climbing, hunting, fishing, mountain biking and most preferably, wading in streams.Following completion of a 2001 BA in English at Shippensburg University, Heath moved west and enrolled as a Post Bach. at the University of Montana. Over the following years he was employed by various agencies, as a hydrologic technician in Arizona and New Mexico, a biologic technician in the Sonoran Desert and a Stream Ecological Investigator in Glacier National Park.
While enrolled as a University of Montana Resource Conservation graduate student, Heath took an opportunity to spearhead the Missoula Hybrid Poplar Demonstration Project, which focuses on the reuse of treated wastewater as a source of irrigation and fertilization for a 1.6 acre poplar plantation. Upon receiving his MS in May 2010, Heath established Terra Mater Solutions, an environmental consulting firm, where he continues his work with the Missoula Poplar Project and developing a full circle transformation of America’s wastes into clean energy sources.
“Joining the Bioroot Energy team is a simple no-brainer – commonality in utilizing waste as an under-appreciated and all too often overlooked resource is just the beginning. Throw in the shared ideals of making a difference while triggering a global phenomenon – well now we’re talking!”
Craig E. Thomas, Biomass Consultant
Craig Thomas was raised on a farm and proceeds of their beef operation went to defer the cost of college at the University of Montana at Missoula. As a graduate of the Forestry class of ’71, Craig began his forestry career with Tree Farmers of Missoula as a Sawyer and Cat skinner, and has worked in most aspects of field forestry such as timber marking, cruising, sale layout, surveying, logging Foreman, Logging Supervisor, etc. While scaling and later as a Mill Processor Foreman, Craig developed a log quality program for Champion International that has become the standard for the forest products industry in the Northwest. This program significantly increased the utilization of forest products and standardized the manufacture of logs. Craig has founded a consulting firm specializing in forest restoration and remains as vice president.
Craig’s first book, titled “Just the Tip: Regurgitations of a Montana Woodsman” explains his passion for and experiences in forestry activities.
In his “spare time” Craig attends government meetings and enjoys, hunting, camping, and flying in the NW USA.
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