We developed technology based on the best synthetic biology, best classic biology, and best chemical industry production techniques to convert carbohydrates to low carbon chemicals and fuels. Our source of carbon is CO2 in the atmosphere, the GHG itself, captured by plants in the form of carbohydrates. The plants are grown with sustainable growing methods wherever possible, building soil quality and carbon levels. We like to capture the protein produced by the plants, add more from fermentation, and supply it to the feed and food markets. The carbohydrates are separated from the protein and fermented via specially designed yeast to make low cost alcohols like ethanol, isobutanol, and higher alcohols. The alcohols can be sold directly for chemical or fuel use. We especially like to take the alcohols and convert using chemical industry catalytic processes to produce jet fuel, gasoline, polyester, rubber products, as well as specialty chemicals, fine chemicals, and ingredients for flavors and fragrances.
Patrick R. Gruber, Ph.D.- Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Patrick Gruber is the Chief Executive Officer of Gevo and has served as a director of the company since 2007. Previously, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Outlast Technologies Inc., a technology and marketing company primarily serving the textile industry. In 1997, Dr. Gruber co-founded NatureWorks, LLC (formerly Cargill Dow, LLC), and served as Vice President of Technology and Operations and Chief Technology Officer until 2005. Dr. Gruber spent 16 years with Cargill Incorporated and its renewable chemical JV’s. His role was to evaluate, develop, and bring new renewable resource-based technologies and businesses into Cargill.
In 2008, Dr. Gruber was awarded the first ever George Washington Carver Award. The award recognizes significant contributions by individuals in the field of industrial biotechnology and its application in biological engineering, environmental science, biorefining and biobased products.
Dr. Gruber received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in 2011. This award recognized Dr. Gruber as an extraordinary visionary, a revolutionary scientist, and a transformational leader in his work in the development and commercialization of green chemical production processes, his contributions to industrial biotechnology.
Dr. Gruber holds an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of St. Thomas.
Christopher Ryan - President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Christopher Ryan is the President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Technology Officer at Gevo. He started his tenure at Gevo in 2009 with more than 20 years of experience in strategic leadership, business development and research and product development in biobased materials. Most recently, Dr. Ryan was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for NatureWorks LLC, which he co-founded in 1997. While at NatureWorks, Dr. Ryan was involved in the development and commercialization of the Company’s new biobased polymer, polyactide (PLA), from lab-scale production and the introduction of PLA, through its $300 million world-scale production facility. He also spent four years working in Corporate R&D for HB Fuller, a specialty chemicals company.
Dr. Ryan completed the Management of Technology program at the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Geoffrey T. Williams, Jr. - General Counsel & Secretary
Geoffrey T. Williams, Jr. has served as General Counsel and Secretary at Gevo since January 2016. Prior to joining Gevo, he served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary at Alacer Gold Corp., a publicly-traded gold mining company. Prior to Alacer Gold, he served as the Assistant General Counsel and Secretary of Intrepid Potash, Inc., a publicly-traded mining company. Prior to Intrepid Potash, Mr. Williams practiced corporate law for several large law firms where his practice focused on public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities offerings and regulation and corporate governance matters.
Tim Cesarek - Chief Commercial Officer
Timothy J. Cesarek has served as Chief Commercial Officer of the Company since March 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cesarek was the Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, of Enerkem, a waste to chemicals and fuels company, where he was responsible for leading the commercial and project development efforts from 2012 to 2018. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Cesarek served as Managing Director in the Organic Growth Group and Organic Recycling business for Waste Management, Inc., where he was responsible for directly investing in opportunities for Waste Management to optimize the value of the waste it managed, particularly through waste conversion into biofuels, renewable chemicals, energy and lawn and garden products. Prior to Waste Management, Mr. Cesarek was the President of Koch Genesis Company LLC, an investment arm of Koch Industries, Inc., from 2001 to 2009, specializing in commercial ventures, licensing and early stage investments in the petrochemicals, forest products, polymers, resins and consumer products industries. Mr. Cesarek has over 30 years of business development and private equity experience with over 15 of those years in renewable fuels, chemicals and energy.
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