David Sjoding

David Sjoding has 31 years of experience in the energy field, focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, energy policy, bioenergy, clean heat and power, district energy, farm energy and distributed generation. He is a Renewable Energy Specialist at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program; serves as Team Leader of the 6-state Pacific Region Bioenergy Partnership http://www.pacificbiomass.org/; and leads the 5-state U.S. Department of Energy Northwest Clean Energy Application Center http://www.northwestcleanenergy.org/.

Anthony E. Cone

Westhoff, Cone & Holmstedt’s lead banker in the environmental financing sector, Mr. Cone has 37 years of experience structuring bond financings in California and in 32 additional states. Mr. Cone held similar positions with Bank of America, PaineWebber, Dean Witter and Bear Stearns before becoming a principal at Westhoff, Cone & Holmstedt. In addition to his solid waste and environmental expertise, he is experienced with a diverse range of credits and bond structures for infrastructure, housing, industrial development and assessment bonds.

D. Nathaniel Mulcahy

Ten years of stove design and production. Soil restoration and applications in 13 countries.

Catherine Brewer, Ph.D.

Catherine (Catie) Brewer completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biorenewable Resources & Technology at Iowa State University under the supervision of Robert Brown and David Laird. Her dissertation topic was biochar characterization. Her interests include thermochemical processing of biomass, especially fast pyrolysis technologies, and engineering biochars for specific soil applications.

Kevin Schreiber

Kevin Schreiber is graduating this May with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Last summer, Kevin worked as an assistant in the business development office of EcoTechnologies group, a leader in the nascent biochar industry. Currently Kevin is in Uganda visiting Eco-Fuel Africa and he will return with biomass and biochar samples with which he will be conducting research.

Raymond Baltar

Raymond is currently pursuing a second career in sustainability, with biochar as the focus. For his Capstone project in the Green MBA he was the lead writer for a proposed gasification facility in Sonoma County called Sonoma Green Energy. He recently completed an assignment as consultant and lead writer for a biochar/renewable energy business plan for an Eco Commercial Park in Moss Landing California.

Jenny Kassan

Jenny Kassan is an attorney at Katovich & Kassan Law Group, a law firm that serves social enterprise. Her legal practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives. Jenny is CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps small businesses raise community capital and pioneers tools for a more inclusive and values-driven economy.

Michael Urban

With Mr. Ric Beddingfield, Mr Urban is the co-founder of Biochar Merchants - a business whose purpose, since 2009, has been the re-sale of horticultural charcoal including chars that result as a by-product of lump charcoal production. Mr. Urban, a father of six, holds a BA from Ohio State University and an MBA from Syracuse University.

Robin J Cook

Robin Cook has been in the native seed business for over 18 years. His experience specializes in new technology development based on natural processes. This experience in seeding, erosion control and streambank restoration, has helped many industry Architects and Engineers to implement complex designs for ecological restoration. Robin is a Certified Installer of the Envirolok Vegetated Slope Protection System, and is a Certified River Restoration Professional thru Portland State University.

Jeff Wallin

Jeff is a co-founder of The Biochar Company (formally EcoTechnologies Group) a whole-systems development company and the senior partner of HMI Biochar in Kauai, Hawaii. He is one of the foremost biochar entrepreneurs in the country, with a focus on advancing new technologies, launching projects, building supportive teams to demonstrate and prove biochar's sustainability, while creating trusted biochar brands with The Soil Reef and Hawaii Biochar Product. Jeff is also the founder of the Char Alliance for The First Tier.


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