|Note: Technical team members not listed due to non-disclosure agreements. Please contact us to learn more.|
|Jay Toups, CEO/Managing Partner
Jay Toups has guided Bioroot Energy from inception in 2008 to one of today’s best positioned clean fuel startups. Mr. Toups has excelled for 30 years as an entrepreneur and consultant in the fields of information technology, real estate, music, and enterprise marketing communications. His professional background includes 18 years as an information technology consultant and 12 years with Novell, Portlock Software, and Ford Sherman, Inc. in technical, managerial and executive positions. He studied English and Business at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mr. Toups’ interest in producing clean liquid fuels began in 2007 with the Big Sky Coalition, a community-led Montana non-profit 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 sweeping 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.
|David Butler, Finance/Operations
David Butler has over thirty years of business experience including twenty years as a financial and operations executive, primarily at smaller privately held companies. He has supported or managed five preferred stock rounds, two convertible bridge debt transactions, multiple bank lines of credit and venture debt transactions totaling nearly $60 million, debt restructurings and buy-outs during times of duress, and six different M&A transactions both selling and buying. In addition to the core CFO functions of fund raising, accounting, treasury and financial planning, and the broader CFO functions such as legal, human resources and information systems, he has directly managed most non-financial functions such as sales, marketing, manufacturing and engineering. David recently served as CFO, COO and eventually President of Alara, an x-ray imaging company serving medical and security markets. Previous roles have included CFO at Integrated Insurance Technologies, VP of Finance and Administration at Rivio, VP and Controller at Diamond Multimedia, and CFO and General Manager at Plextor. David holds a BS in Finance from San Diego State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
|Dr. Mary C. Ritz, Business Development
Dr. Mary Ritz is a seasoned executive officer with extensive experience and knowledge about the opportunities and challenges associated with start-up and emerging companies. Dr. Ritz co-founded Regenesis Biomedical, serving as President & Chairperson, 1997 – 2003 and President & Chairman from 2003 – 2009. As an Entrepreneurial Consultant, Dr. Ritz has mentored and guided founders of early stage companies to define and focus on key milestones to prepare their companies for successful launches and new funding, with a strong focus on development of management teams, engaging key opinion leaders as members of Advisory Boards, considerations of the initial product, determination of initial end users, entry into market, regulatory pathways to successful revenue generation, appropriate patent protection, and mechanisms for funding successive stages of business development. Recognized as a leader and an effective communicator of key technological concepts to investors and other non-scientific audiences, Dr. Ritz earned her Ph.D. in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota, and her B.A. in Psychology from DePauw University. She completed Post-Doctoral education at Johns Hopkins University.
| 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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