Jay Johnson: Jay Johnson is a business owner and entrepreneur based in Springfield, Illinois. After graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Finance from Illinois State University in 1990, Johnson began his professional career at the First Chicago Corp in Chicago. Jay has since founded an insurance agency, hedge fund, agricultural grain company, and a communications company. Jay served as President of Johnson Grain, LLC from it inception in 2003 until its merger with The Scoular Company in 2010. Jay serves as Board Chairman of Homewav, LLC and Johnson Risk Management, LLC. Jay also serves on the Board of New Planet Energy, LLC where he has a significant investment in New Planet Energy-NY Drop-In BioFuels. Jay was selected in 2007 for Small Businessman of the year for the State of Illinois and runner up in the United States by the Small Business Administration. Jay and the Johnson family have the distinct honor of being in the Lincoln Presidential Library.
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
Gary Smith: Gary is a retired executive with an extensive background in the engine and alternative fuels businesses. As CEO of High Plains he led a turnaround of the company that led to its sale to Abengoa. Gary served on the Abengoa board for three years and was Chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association for two years. Gary currently is a consultant in the alternative fuels industry and for 15 years has served on the board of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
George N. Bauer: George Bauer is a 30 year veteran of the financial services industry having served as a Corporate Client Group Director at Legg Mason and Smith Barney. He has served a number of community organizations with positions including the Alexandria Symphony Board and Director of Budget and Finance for the Mt. Vernon Council of Citizen’s Association. He received both a BS in Molecular Genetics and a BA in Biochemistry with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 1976. He lives with his family in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dolf Kahle: Dolf Kahle is a business owner and entrepreneur based in Vero Beach, Florida. Kahle graduated cum laude from both the University of Colorado (business) and the University of California (law). After law school, Mr. Kahle practiced in Chicago with Winston and Strawn. In 1994, he established a series of agricultural and land development enterprises. Mr. Kahle is now developing an oceanfront neighborhood (Sandy Lane) in Vero Beach, Florida. Kahle has served as Vice President of Brooks Tropicals, President of the Polo Grounds Real Estate Development, and is a Board Member of New Planet Energy, LLC. In addition to Mr. Kahle’s significant investment in New Planet Energy, LLC, Mr. Kahle was instrumental in garnering community support for the Ineos New Planet BioEnergy facility in Vero Beach, Florida.