Shawn Kreloff, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kreloff has a 30-year history of successful entrepreneurial ventures and investments. Throughout his career he has participated in the founding, operating, financing and advisory of over 25 different companies.
Bioenergy DevCo (BDC) began as a research project for Kreloff. Through his research, he quickly discovered the far-reaching benefits of anaerobic digestion technology including environmental sustainability, the creation of renewable energy, and excellent plant economics. Kreloff also recognized the urgent need for this technology to help tackle our planet's growing organic waste problem. Anaerobic digestion's natural microbial process is a truly sustainable solution to waste management yielding healthier and cleaner air, water and soil while simultaneously creating renewable energy and organic fertilizer.
Kreloff's investment thesis for BDC is to marry BTS's proven anaerobic digestion technology with plant financing, engineering, project development, and to guarantee energy yields and plant performance. The last part of the thesis is to bring this solution to the United States and the rest of the world.
Peter Ettinger, Chief Development Officer
Mr. Ettinger is focused on the complex chessboard that makes up the business of anaerobic digestion centered on corporate growth, product development and the forming of innovative partnerships. From municipalities and large food companies searching for solutions to combat incineration and landfill use, to energy and utility companies looking for sustainable sources of truly renewable natural gas, Ettinger ensures that BDC meets the financial, operational and sustainable solutions to the challenges presented by this diverse group. Whether it be business development planning and implementation or the high-level contacts needed to move projects forward, his success has been centered around first defining the vision and then surrounding yourself with really smart people. A believer in “doing well, by doing good”, Ettinger started out in the field committed to finding a solution to the issues surrounding healthy soils along the Chesapeake and found digestate from the anaerobic digestion process fit the bill. His insight and direction on what it takes to transition an idea from the bench to the marketplace has been credited with sales, operational growth, as well as helping raise millions in the venture and investment markets.
Christopher Galle, Chief Operations Officer
Christopher worked in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays from 2011 to 2018 focusing on financial institutions. While at Barclays Mr. Galle executed both M&A transactions as well as a variety capital markets offerings including debt and equity for clients. Prior to his time at Barclays, Mr. Galle worked in Lehman Brothers Private Equity Group from 2005 to 2009 where he conducted analysis on private fund investments as well as direct co-investment opportunities. Before joining Lehman Brothers, he worked at Commerce Street Capital (fka SAMCO Capital Markets) focused on providing advisory services to community banks in Texas. Mr. Galle has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA with Honors from Texas Tech University.
Vinnie Bevivino, Director of Organics
Vinnie has been a leader in food waste recycling and soil fertility in Maryland for more than a decade. He was a co-founder of ECO City Farms, where he demonstrated and taught intensive and sustainable urban agriculture based on composting and soil health. He went on to start Seed and Cycle, a construction company that built greenhouses and composting systems for many of the small rural and urban farms in the DC/Baltimore region. He then started and operated Chesapeake Compost Works, at the time the largest food waste composting facility in Maryland. There he and his team received material from many of the region’s largest food waste generators and processed it into a line of bagged compost-based soil amendments sold throughout the mid-Atlantic. Now, as the Director of Organics for BioEnergy DevCo, he is responsible for analyzing and sourcing feedstocks and developing markets for digestate for a series of AD facilities in and around the east coast of the United States and beyond.