Mel Luetkens serves as Chief Operating Officer of Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. since November 2007. Mr. Luetkens has over 23 years of experience enhancing value delivery in the chemical industry across global operations in Amoco, BP, Innovene and most recently INEOS. Mr. Luetkens served as Europe Technology Director of Innovene and was responsible for leading an organization of 330 technologists across five European sites to meet the process engineering, catalysis, technical services, technical development, and Health, Safety and Environmental objectives. Mr. Luetkens's background includes P&L management, R&D leadership, new business & product development, strategy development and execution within Amoco, BP, Innovene and INEOS. He has a PhD from the University of Michigan and an MBA from University of Chicago.
Mr. Polanco, a former California State Senator and State Assembly Member, served from 1986 until his retirement in 2002. Polanco was Senate Majority Leader from 1998-2002, and chaired the California Latino Legislative Caucus from 1990-2002. In 2002 Polanco established the California Latino Caucus Institute for Public Policy, a non-profit development organization focused on public policy, education and leadership. Prior to elected office, Polanco served on the staff of Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman, Assemblyman Richard Alatorre and former Governor Jerry Brown. Mr. Polanco attended East Los Angeles College, the University of Redlands and the Universidad de Mexico. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. and California Delta Dental, Inc.
Mr Rubin has over 35 years in the energy,refining and petrochemical sector. He was the former SVP of Sunoco Inc and CEO of Sunoco Chemicals, generating over $ 4 Billion annually. Mr Rubin also served as the first CEO of Braskem America and oversaw the successful transition of Sunoco Chemicals to Braskem , as well as supporting the acquisition of Dow chemical's polypropylene business worth $ 325 Million. Bruce continues to serve as an advisor for Braskem America. He also served as an Executive and Operating Advisor for Court Square Capital and serves as a Director for DISA Global Solutions ( A Court Square Capital Company). He is currently serving as an Operating Advisor for the Carlyle Group. In that capacity, he is helping to evaluate and source deals in the Chemical sector. Bruce has also served on a number of other boards including the American Chemistry Council, AFPM, and The Franklin Institute.
Mr. Shafer is a founder of 2 leading bio-material companies with a long track record establishing compelling value propositions and creating growth from disruptive innovations, building corporate and product brands, and establishing and leading business strategies, commercial capabilities and teams. His background as an executive at NatureWorks, LLC and Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. and with Cargill, Inc. and The Dow Chemical Company gives him a unique understanding of the dynamics required for success at both start-up and Fortune 50 multi-national companies.
Dr. Wright is retired from Chevron where he was employed for over 32 years. Ron had positions in Refining, Supply & Distribution, Strategic Planning, Commercial Aviation marketing and Diesel Fuel Marketing. He was the Manager for New Business Development with the Downstream Business, with prime focus on acquiring and developing externally sourced technology. His specialties are focused in business negotiations and extensive experience in all phases of downstream business development.
Dr. Anton has brings nearly 30 years of relevant experience, including prior technology and business leadership roles at some of the industry’s most innovative companies. Currently he is COO of Cellana Inc prior to that he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Joule, spent five years at Codexis in multiple leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Bioindustrials, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Process Development & Manufacturing. During his tenure, he oversaw development and commercial application of the company’s bioindustrial platform and led the global R&D and manufacturing organization. He previously spent 25 years at DuPont in multiple senior management positions across bioprocessing and biocatalysis, including the role of global business lead for development of DuPont’s advanced biofuel. Dr. Anton holds a BS in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota.[/member]
Mr. Cooper has substantial experience in IP prosecution, licensing and litigation. His technical background is in chemistry and materials science, and his legal experience has involved IP work concerning a wide variety of technologies, art and brands. His firm, Kolisch, Hartwell, PC–a nearly 60-year-old firm specializing in IP–is based in Portland, with a Palo Alto office and a long list of both foreign and domestic clients.[/member]
Ms. Schena has 26 years of experience in international business, including translation, contract documentation, commodities trading and management. She was a commodities trader for ConAgra (1985-1988), and was promoted to chemical department manager, and later President of NuSource Chemical Corporation (1988-1993). Ms. Schena co-founded TeleChem International, Inc., and expanded into government contracting and the biotechnology sector in 1996. TeleChem was acquired by Arrayit Corporation (OTCQB: ARYC) in 2008.
Bob has an extensive background in bringing renewable fuels to market. Mr. Ames served as Vice President, Fuels Commercialization at Solazyme. He previously led Tyson Foods' renewable energy business where he was responsible for commercializing Tyson’s portfolio of renewable energy initiatives, which includes a joint venture with Syntroleum Corporation called Dynamic Fuels, an alliance with ConocoPhillips, and other energy projects now in development. Prior to this position he served in roles with increasing levels of responsibility with Tyson’s international, corporate strategy and business development groups. Prior to Tyson Bob spent 9 years with Arthur Andersen’s tax practices in the United States, Russia and Kazakhstan, most recently in charge of the energy-focused Kazakh tax practice. Mr. Ames also serves on a joint USDA / DOE panel advising the Secretaries on biofuel research and development, and is a member of the MBA Executive Advisory Committee at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he holds a CPA license (inactive) from the state of Minnesota and an MBA from Yale where he was a John M. Olin Foundation fellow.
Susan spent 12+ years in the global financial data & technololgy sector. As a senior executive at SNL Financial, she ran a start-up business unit and also led the company’s European expansion from London, U.K. Susan is now the Principal at One+ Leadership, a boutique leadership development firm and a Director of TheAngelFund. Susan holds a BA as an Echols Scholar from the University of Virginia and a MAPP from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on behavioral science and positive organizational leadership. [/member]
Mr. Weaver is the president and founder of Engine, Fuel, and Emissions Engineering, Inc., an international consulting, research, and development firm that specializes in mobile-source emissions, alternative fuels, and environmental issues. He invented, directed the development, and wrote all of the control software for the Ride-Along Vehicle Emission Measurement (RAVEM) system.
Ms. Miller has over 29 years of experience in the telecommunications and computer industries, and over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurial - venture backed start-ups. Jo Anne began her investing career with Nokia in 2003, and as Managing Partner at Brown Dog Partners, Investor/Managing Partner at Golden Seeds, Investor at Sand Hill Angels, and Partner at Milk Street Ventures, Ms. Miller brings a wealth of investment experience to Sylvatex. The Former President and CEO of Gluon Networks, Ms Miller is also aboard member at MentorNet and former board member at Astia. Jo Anne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, and an MBA the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.