Richard d’Abo (Chairman): Richard is a Co-Founder of NPE. His early backing was responsible for securing the Vero Beach site for NPE’s initial project in Florida. Richard’s strategic business and financial counsel has proven invaluable for NPE. Richard is a partner in the private equity firm The Yucaipa Companies in Los Angeles, California. Richard is Chairman of Eimskip, a publicly traded Icelandic shipping company, and a trustee of Americold Realty Trust, a privately owned REIT, which is the largest cold storage company in the world.
Jay Johnson (Vice Chairman & Treasurer): Jay is a business owner and entrepreneur based in Springfield, IL. After graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Finance from Illinois Sate University in 1990, Jay began his professional career with the First National Bank of Chicago as a financial analyst. Jay founded Johnson Risk Management in 1999, which continues to serve farmers and land owners with their risk management, including crop insurance and marketing and hedging services. In 2003, Jay founded Johnson Grain, a grain handling and storage facility, shipping unit trains on the BNSF railroad. Jay served as President and CEO of Johnson Grain until it’s merger with the Scoular Company of Omaha, NE in 2010. The success of Johnson Grain earned Jay the Small Business Association Person of the Year award for the state of Illinois in 2007. Jay went on to compete for the 2007 National Small Business Association award in Washington, D.C. and was selected First Runner Up from the winners of all fifty states. Jay and the Johnson family were honored to be chosen as the agricultural spokesman family for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, IL upon its dedication in 2005. Jay currently serves as Chairman and principal owner of HomeWAV, and Vice Chairman and Treasurer of New Planet Energy. https://www.illinois.gov/alplm/library/collections/oralhistory/agriculture/modern/Pages/JohnsonJay.aspx
John Cruikshank: John is a Co-Founder of NPE. Since 2001, John has focused exclusively in the environmental fields of waste management and renewable energy. John’s strength is in business development. He leads NPE’s efforts to site new project opportunities, develop and manage critical relationships with communities, as well as with political and regulatory leaders, and effectively oversee the permitting and development process. John received his B.A. in Business and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University.
Charlie Appleby: Charlie Appleby served as the Chairman, Director, and Chief Executive officer of Advanced Disposal, the fifth largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in the United States, from August 2006 to June 2014 Charlie grew Advanced Disposal into a leading growth-oriented environmental services company providing integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, recycling, transfer and disposal services throughout the eastern U.S. Charlie built Advanced Disposal’s network of vertically integrated facilities with 91 operating facilities, 42 landfills, 72 transfer stations and 25 recycling operations in 17 states, employing over 5,000 people and operating a 3,000 truck fleet Charlie completed over 115 acquisitions, totaling in excess of $2.5B, including the US solid waste operations of Veolia Environmental ($~800MM of revenue) and Interstate Waste Services (~$200MM of revenue). Charlie has won numerous industry awards, including introduction into the National Waste & Recycling Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Charlie is also a Colonel (Retired) of the Florida Army National Guard, selected for promotion to Brigadier General prior to retirement in August 2001 after 31 years of service to the U.S. Armed Forces, including Active Duty from August 1970 to August 1973.
Andrew Watts: Andy sits on the board of directors of New Planet with a desire to add value through the areas of strategy, M&A, finance, and strategic planning. Andy also currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Brown & Brown Inc., one of the largest insurance companies in the nation Andy brings more than 25 years of experience working with and for large global organizations, mid-sized companies experiencing significant growth and start up organizations. Prior to his career with Brown & Brown, Andy held CFO and Senior Management positions with such firms as Thomson Reuters, Textera Inc. and as a Senior Manager with PwC. Board Experience: Andy has held Chairman of the Board, Treasurer and key Investment Committee positions with notable companies including the National Leadership Council (New Jersey Chapter), Make a Wish Foundation (New Jersey Chapter).