Business Briefs

By Anna Simet | April 26, 2017

Newman appointed to NIST-MEP National Advisory Board
Matt Newman, director of business management at Covanta, has been appointed to the advisory board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Newman will join a team of 10 manufacturing professionals nationwide chosen to provide advice and guidance to NIST-MEP. The board is expected to assist in identifying proactive actions that will enable small manufacturers to successfully address and implement changes in technology and the business environment in the future.

In his current position at Covanta, Newman is responsible for all business matters pertaining to the financial management and public affairs initiatives of Covanta Tulsa, an energy-from-waste facility that serves the city of Tulsa, neighboring communities and area businesses. Newman is also charged with leading special projects that advance Covanta’s strategic growth strategy in the U.S. His career has focused on business development, turnaround projects, modernization initiatives and sustainability, leveraging and improving energy conversion assets, management of construction projects and mission-critical initiatives.

Boivin named president of  Northeast Wood Products 
Mohegan Holding Company LLC has named Mark Boivin as president of Northeast Wood Products. In this position, Boivin will act as corporate liaison to the Northeast Wood Products board of directors, and will develop, implement, monitor and measure strategic plans; identify opportunities to improve projected returns; develop and manage budgets; and negotiate company agreements. Boivin succeeds Guy Mozzicato, who has been named managing director of the organization.

“We are thrilled to have Mark join the Northeast Wood Products executive team,” said Jeannette Ziegler, chief operating officer for Mohegan Holding Company. “We are confident that Mark’s experience and background in the renewable energy business will allow Northeast Wood Products to grow and thrive into new regions.”

Boivin brings to the role over 14 years of experience in leading manufacturing, chemical, and renewable energy businesses. Most recently, he served as CEO of WoodFuels Companies in Quincy, Massachusetts, for three years, where he merged and led two companies to launch a renewable energy business focused on supply chains of biomass from the U.S. to Europe. Prior, he served as vice president at Ensign-Bickford Industries Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Komptech names employee award winners
Komptech Americas recognized the achievements of three exceptional individuals during a recent company customer appreciation event.

A Salesperson of the Year award was presented to Ryan Puckett, area manager at Henderson, Colorado-based Power Screening LLC. Puckett is the first two-time winner of this award, which originated in 2008 and recognizes the Komptech Americas dealer representative with the highest total machine sales volume each year. “Ryan’s leadership skills and accomplishments with the Komptech product line are all that you could ask for in a dealer,” said Komptech Senior Area Sales Manager, Todd Dunderdale. “Year after year, Ryan has demonstrated an ability to build customer relationships and sell a wide range of product types into the marketplace, which is a testament to his work ethic and dedication.” 

Mike Smith, sales representative at California-based Bejac Corp., was honored with the first annual Spirit of Komptech, award which was created in memory of Komptech’s late founder, Josef Heissenberger. This distinction recognizes the dealer representative who best demonstrates the ideals and passion of Komptech.  “Mike’s willingness to always go above and beyond to support his customers, coupled with his vast product knowledge and passion for the industry is exemplary,” said Dunderdale. “He embodies what this award is all about and we could not have a better representative as the inaugural recipient.” 

The award for Service Technician of the Year was presented to Keith Hennen, owner of Hennen Equipment in Chaska, Minnesota. Hennen is a two-time winner of this award, which recognizes service excellence, technical expertise and an unwavering commitment to the industry. “Keith is a true professional with an outstanding work ethic and deep knowledge of the Komptech product line,” said Garrett Lapsys, Komptech are a sales manager. “He works closely with his customers to consistently provide reliable support and does whatever it takes to make sure their equipment is running smoothly.”

BTEC appoints new technical engagement manager
BTEC is pleased to welcome David Bancroft as its new technical engagement manager. David has a broad range of experiences in government, nonprofits, and renewable energy over a 30-year career. In addition to augmenting BTEC's management team, he will be the lead on technical projects, including completing BTEC’s Commercial Thermal Efficiency Protocol, the first U.S. efficiency test standard for commercial-sized biomass boilers.

Through his experiences in the wood energy sector and association management, David will also be looking for new technical areas in which BTEC can engage. His work in developing technical codes and standards will help move the industry forward towards higher efficiencies, gain recognition for biomass thermal as a clean form of energy, and engage new industry stakeholders in the high-performance building and engineering communities.

David has served in executive roles in multiple environmental and energy nonprofits, including the Council for Environmental Affairs, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Environmental Business Action Coalition, American Consulting Engineering Council, Solar Energy Industries Association, and the Council of Great Lakes Governors. He was also director of Washington, D.C., relations for the University of Wisconsin Foundation. He is also the author of Obama Green, an examination of President Barack Obama’s environmental leadership and the policies implemented during the first two years of his administration. He has also been appointed to numerous environmental boards by the governor of Maryland. He holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and a master’s degreein technology and policy from Washington University in St. Louis.

PHG Energy rebrands to Aries Clean Energy
PHG Energy has rebranded itself and changed its name to Aries Clean Energy, in a move to introduce an expanding future for the gasification company, which has already installed multiple commercial energy projects. “The old name, PHG Energy, worked well for us when we basically offered industrial fuel gas conversion equipment,” said CEO Greg Bafalis. “By design, we have evolved into a clean energy and sustainable waste disposal company.”

The company holds eight patents in the biomass and biosolids gasification field, and has deployed those for both industry and city governments. Aries Clean Energy’s most recent installation was commissioned in late 2016, and cleanly converts a mixture of commercial wood waste, municipal biosolids and scrap tires to electricity. The company deployed the world’s largest downdraft gasification unit in that project.

“Our downdraft and fluidized bed gasification projects have proven themselves viable with over 50,000 hours of commercial production,” Bafalis said. “Putting these clean and sustainable energy innovations to work in more locations, and bringing some of our latest research and development efforts to the marketplace this year, are going to be exciting for our company. We believe the name Aries Clean Energy and the new pulsar icon logo clearly say energy, innovation and commitment to sustainability.”

2017 National Bioenergy Day planned for October
The fifth annual National Bioenergy Day will be held Oct. 18, an event that aims to unite businesses, organizations, stakeholders and communities across the country that support bioenergy, as well as showcase its benefits and educate the public on how it works.

The goal of National Bioenergy Day is to increase awareness that, in addition to serving as a major domestic energy source, bioenergy generates tens of thousands of jobs, many of them in rural communities, and industry stakeholders work together to keep American forests healthy, putting organic byproducts like forest trimmings, industry byproducts and agricultural residuals to good use.
“This year, our focus will be on the role of bioenergy in a larger forest products economy that promotes forest health,” said Carrie Annand, Biomass Power Association vice president of external affairs. “We invite you to participate by holding a facility tour, panel discussion or other event focused on bioenergy and its many benefits.”