Robert A. Peiser
, Chair of the Board of Directors
Mr. Peiser has broad and deep experience with companies in a variety of domestic and international industries and has helped enhance shareholder value at many companies. Mr. Peiser currently serves as Chairman of USA Truck, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company which has introduced many transformational activities to effect improved operations since he assumed that post. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Chairman and CEO of Omniflight Helicopters, an air medical services provider based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and formerly served as President and CEO of Imperial Sugar Company from 2002 to 2008, which, during his tenure, saw a very significant increase in shareholder value. He is also the immediate past Chairman of the Texas TriCities Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and is also a former director of Solutia, Inc. (NYSE), a specialty chemicals company. Mr. Peiser holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard University.
Mr. Boulanger first joined the board in 2008. Mr. Boulanger has 17 years of experience as a CEO and another 24 years of experience in executive management. Mr. Boulanger was previously the President and CEO of Midland Cogeneration Venture, which is the only conversion of an abandoned nuclear plant to a natural gas fired combined cycle cogeneration plant. Formerly, Mr. Boulanger was the CEO of the ANG Coal Gasification Company, operator of the Great Plains Coal Gasification project, a project which produces high Btu substitute natural gas from lignite coal, and CMS Generation, which builds and operates electric power plants around the world. Mr. Boulanger holds a B.S. in Accounting from Ferris University and an MBA from the University of Detroit.
Brian P. Greene
Mr. Greene has been a shareholder of the Company since 2010, and currently manages a portfolio of investments. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Greene worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its New York investment banking department where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, and financing transactions as part of Goldman's energy and power team. He has also worked on project financings, long term power purchase agreements, and as an advisor to independent power producers. Prior to Goldman, Mr. Greene, who is currently based in Chicago, served a judicial clerkship from 1994 to 1996 for the Hon. James H. Alesia in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern University School of Law.
A. Michel Lavigne
Mr. Lavigne is a director of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Canada Post Corporation, TVA Group Inc. and Quebecor Media. Until May 2005, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in Montreal, Quebec, Chairman of the Board of Grant Thornton Canada and was a member of the Board of Governors of Grant Thornton International. Mr. Lavigne is a fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He received his Certification in Science Administratives from the Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal, Quebec in 1972.
From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Pether served as President and CEO of steel manufacturer Dofasco prio to the company's acquisition by ArcelorMittal. He was appointed Chair of Dofasco in 2006, before retiring in 2007 after 37 years with the company. Mr. Pether has held leadership positions with several steel industry-related associations, including past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, and past Vice-Chair of the American Iron and Steel Institute. He currently is Chair of the Board of McMaster University and sits on the Board of Directors of packaging and metal processing company Samuel, San and Co., Ltd and Emera Inc., an energy services, infrastructure and utility company. Mr. Pether holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Honourary Doctorate of Laws from McMaster University.
John D. Prunkl
Mr. Prunkl is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Primary Energy and is a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Prunkl’s experience includes leading EnerTech Environmental as its President and Chief Operating Officer during the commissioning of the world’s first SlurryCarb renewable fuel facility in Rialto, California. Mr. Prunkl held the position of President of Primary Energy and President of EPCOR USA, serving as manager of Primary Energy from 2006 to 2008. From 2001 to 2006 he held the position of Executive Vice President of Operations when Primary Energy and its predecessor Private Power experienced significant growth from a series of successful acquisitions.
Earlier in his career Mr. Prunkl co-founded MetroGen LLC, an energy start up company that was instrumental in the aggregation of standby generators in New York City that prevented brownouts and blackouts. In 1996 Mr. Prunkl joined Illinova Generating Company (now part of Dynegy) as Vice President of Operations where he managed a global portfolio of diverse power generating assets from wind to coal. During this same time period he also served as President of Illinova Resource Recovery, a subsidiary specializing in the generation of electric power from industrial waste byproducts. John Prunkl began his career at GE Power Systems holding a variety of management positions including leading the technical and commercial sale of gas turbines, steam turbines and turnkey power plants primarily in the Asian market.
John holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mathematics from Huntingdon College.
Mr. Redmond has more than 23 years of experience in the development, structuring, financing and management of power plants, pipelines, and gas storage fields, and in the marketing of wholesale power and gas. Mr. Redmond is a co-founder of both CP Energy Group LLC and Paragon Energy Holdings LLC. Paragon manages a portfolio of investments in energy assets totaling over $350 million in value. While at UBS, Mr. Redmond was responsible for power marketing and origination. While working at Enron he held positions as President of Houston Pipe Line Company, President of Louisiana Resource Company, and as a Managing Director. Currently, Mr. Redmond serves on the Board of Directors of Deepwater Wind LLC, which is a leading developer of offshore wind power projects in the US. Mr. Redmond has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from VA Tech, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from GA Tech, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Waisberg joined Primary Energy Recycling Corporation as a Director on March 13, 2008 and was appointed to the board of managers on March 20, 2008. Mr. Waisberg practiced as a corporate lawyer in Toronto, Ontario for thirty years until August, 2000. Mr. Waisberg served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration and a director of Co-Steel Inc., a steel producer, from August, 2000 until October, 2002 when Co-Steel Inc. was acquired by Gerdau SA. Mr. Waisberg is Chair of the Board of Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund and a director of Norant Resources Ltd., Metalex Ventures Ltd. where he is Chair of the Audit Committee, Chantrell Venture Corp. and Tembec Inc. Mr. Waisberg received a B.A. and M.A. in History and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. from Harvard.