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 organics recycling challenges. Anaerobic digestion's natural microbial process is a truly sustainable solution to organics 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.
Scott Warfield, Director of Engineering and Construction
Scott is a highly experienced engineer and manager with 40 years of experience in multiple industries and multiple roles specializing in new, leading-edge technologies and the engineering and construction of large scale, industrial and commercial production facilities with the most recent 15 years devoted to renewable energy and fuels and biomass to energy plants.
Prior to joining BDC, Scott provided independent consulting services in the biogas industry for developers, owners, operators and investors. Scott is recognized in the industry as a subject matter expert and an invited speaker to numerous conferences, a published author of several articles in trade publications, co-author and author of technical white papers and a book on the Production and Utilization of Biogas.
Scott has served in several companies in roles as Vice President of Operations, Director of Projects, Director of Project Management and Construction, Vice President of Construction, Director of Construction, EPC Project Manager, Senior Construction Manager, and Facilities Operations Manager.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MBA from Webster University. He was formerly a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. Scott has been nationally recognized by US Departments of Energy and Agriculture for his expertise in renewable energy technologies and has been the recipient of numerous national awards for excellence in EPC construction.
Christine McKiernan, Director of Engineering and Construction
Ms. McKiernan has more than 30 years of experience in the renewable energy and waste recovery industry. Prior to joining BDC she led project development efforts for organics recovery projects in the US for SUEZ North America and served as vice president of technology and development for BIOFermTM Energy Systems, leading a multinational team in waste to energy process development. Christine’s experience includes the design, construction and operation of anaerobic, aerobic, waste and gas treatment projects serving clients in industrial and municipal markets handling wastes as varied as manures, biosolids, MSW, and a wide range of food processing residues. As Director of Engineering and Construction, Christine will deliver project solutions and execution incorporating BTS technology, design and operating expertise to the US.
Chip Hoagland, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hoagland has more than 25 years of experience in corporate financial leadership roles in the infrastructure sector.
His infrastructure experience began at an independent power producer that initially helped to transform the US electricity generation industry into its current competitive landscape and then later expanded to 39 countries globally. He supported the funding, management, development and acquisition of electricity assets around the world in his role as VP & Treasurer of the NYSE-traded company.
Mr. Hoagland switched industries and joined a startup as the CFO & Treasurer in the then-nascent industry of LNG liquefaction and exportation from the US. There he helped raise a substantial amount of initial capital to fund the development of a large LNG export facility in Louisiana while also building out the finance function.
He later joined a solar electric energy firm that focused on development, trading and investor fund management headquartered in Washington, DC. He served as their CFO & Treasurer.
Mr. Hoagland began his career at an international public accounting firm in Washington, DC where he was an Audit Manager. He has a B.S. in Finance from George Mason University and a CPA with inactive status.
Christopher Galle, Chief Operating Officer
Christopher joined Bioenergy Devco as the Chief Financial Officer in 2019 and became the Chief Operating Officer in 2020. He leads the Company’s evaluation of new project and strategic acquisition economics. In addition, he oversees the administrative and corporate operations of Bioenergy Devco. Prior to joining BDC, Mr. Galle 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.
Benjamin Israel, Chief Legal Officer
Benjamin has been involved in the energy industry throughout his career, most recently serving as Lead Counsel to WGL Energy Systems and leading recent transactions for WGL's affiliate, AltaGas Power Holdings (U.S.). Last year he led the sale of WGL Energy Systems’ solar and fuel sell assets in a $720 million transaction selected as the "M&A Deal of the Year" for 2019 by a leading trade magazine. Wearing many hats, Benjamin also served as Lead Counsel to WGL Energy Services and as Associate General Counsel to Washington Gas, providing both companies with guidance on various transactional matters. Benjamin has led clients in the electric power sector on the development, acquisition and/or sale of over 14,000 MW of utility-scale natural gas-fired electric generation and commercial-scale renewable energy projects (solar, wind, hydro, waste wood, and fuel cell). Before joining WGL in 2015, Benjamin was a partner in three AmLaw100 law firms, focusing on the merger, acquisition, financing, development, management, and sale of power assets and related companies both domestically and globally. Benjamin graduated from Syracuse University (BA) magna cum laude and The George Washington University National Law Center (JD) with honors.
R. McClain Porter, Senior Director of Energy
As Senior Director of Energy, R. McClain Porter leads one of three main pillars of Bioenergy Devco (BDC) in accessing a wide range of markets for end use of renewable energy production. BDC’s process of developing renewable energy projects from recycled organics requires a great deal of coordination among many moving parts and bringing it together to commercialize energy production is vital to the company’s success.
Before joining BDC, Mr. Porter was Founder and President of Catalyst RNG, where he and his team provided services in renewable energy project development such as securing funding, feedstock acquisition, and energy offtake for both internal and client projects. Prior to founding Catalyst, he worked in the renewable energy space as a consultant for FreemanApplegate Partners, a commercial energy efficiency auditing service provider, where he held responsibilities in communications for client origination, project conception, and execution. In prior years, he worked with a small governmental agency and local business owners to eradicate invasive species from populated areas in central Idaho, thus protecting the watershed and securing the future of related jobs in the region.
Mr. Porter holds degrees in Environmental Policy and Business Administration and looks to continue utilizing the effective pairing of his environmental experience and business acumen.