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President and Chief Executive Officer - Douglas Rodante

Mr. Rodante is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Flight International and is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of company operations. As an accomplished Entrepreneur, Doug has founded and financed various commercial and industrial start-ups during his 25 year career ranging from Aviation, Television Broadcast, Advertising and Marketing to RE Development.

His companies have contributed to successful product development for HSN Direct, Johnson and Johnson and The Home Shopping Network, provided programming for clients such as The Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Oprah, and supported aviation resource services for various N.A.S.A.  missions, including  the Space Shuttle Atlantis, Space Shuttle Discovery, Space Shuttle Endeavor and  Space Shuttle Columbia .

Under his leadership, he has successfully established a strong industry presence for Green Flight International and secured key strategic partners with the technical and financial capabilities of accelerating the commercialization of advanced cutting-edge “green” technologies.

Mr. Rodante and his Green Flight Team are known as innovators in the renewable fuels industry. Doug designed a unique public relations campaign, initiated the first turbine experimental fuels test program for the Federal Aviation Administration, and subsequently set two world aviation records with Green Fuels, by flying the first jet aircraft on renewable fuel, and the first United States Transcontinental jet flight on biofuel.

Prior to the inception of Green Flight International, there was skepticism and doubt that an aircraft could safely fly on traditional renewable fuel due to numerous concerns, such as material compatibility, energy content and cold flow temperatures. By compiling a highly skilled team of industry professionals, he was able to alleviate all FAA technical issues and was successful in generating massive media attention, not only to the potential of renewable fuels in mainstream transportation systems, but the capabilities of the Green Flight International Team.

Mr. Rodante is a commercially rated pilot, contributor to The Aviators code of Conduct,  financial institute advisor, Host of the Orlando Challenge Air (a charitable organization giving airplane rides to terminally ill and disabled children), key team member and contributor to Air Mobile (airlifting relief aid to disaster victims world-wide to include Indonesian tsunami victims-Northern Sumatra, Haitian flood victims, Pakistani earthquake victims and hurricane Katrina relief aid ). Mr. Rodante also organizes coordinates and contributes his aircraft, personal and company facilities, to assist a multitude of corporate and private charities in their fundraising efforts.


Director of Environmental Sustainability - Dr. Don Proebstel

Don’s career spans 20 years to include research in conservation biology, environmental consulting, and scientific advisor to NGOs, and academia.

Don has a special interest in biodiversity offsets and sustainability and spearheaded the development of a partnership with Conservation International (CI). He was previously a Senior Environmental and Biodiversity Consultant with AATA International. He was also the Director of the World Salmonid Research Institute, which includes some of the most distinguished scientists in this field, and worked closely with the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Moscow State University and the Wild Salmon Center.

Don is responsible for Green Flight International’s program of Environmental Sustainability, Project Management, Licensing, Project Development and Carbon Credit Consulting.

 


Director of Finance - AJ Monte

AJ has over 23 years in the financial industry, ten of which were spent as a trader on the floor of the NY Commodity Exchange where he specialized in Gold & Silver Options. During his time on the trading floor he served for two years as the Chairman of the Option Floor Trading Committee for Comex.

Several years later AJ pioneered the Trading Analytics Group for Charles Schwab & Co., which is a team of professionals who educate both clients and high profile brokers in the areas of Technical and Fundamental Analysis.

AJ is the co-host of the syndicated financial program "Wealth & Wisdom" which is aired on PBS television and is heard on NPR Radio as well.

AJ is responsible for investor relations, contract negotiations and finance.

 


Financial Advisor - Larry Rosenberg

Mr. Rosenberg was an active member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade for over 30 years. He served on the CME Board of Directors from 1970 to 1995 and the maximum allowable term as Chairman from 1977 to 1980. Also, during his tenure on the CME Board,

Mr. Rosenberg was Chairman of the Executive Committee, Chairman of both the International Steering Committee and Strategic Planning Committee, and Chief Legislative Liaison and Senior Policy Advisor to the Board.

Larry is responsible for cash flow management, regulatory affairs and investor relations.

 


Project Management - Adam H. Morgan

Adam has over 20 years of experience in the Environmental and Aquatic Biology fields. Adam constructed and operated the first commercial fish hatchery in South Carolina and developed biochemical techniques for altering the nuclear density of fish reproductive cells for purposes of sterility in the wild. He developed methods of managing water quality in ponds for maximizing the growth of certain species of phytoplankton. Adam implemented Water Management Plans for public and private lakes and ponds throughout SC and GA, involving water quality monitoring, fish stocking and population assessments, and biological and chemical aquatic weed control. He performed wetland delineations and interfaced with state and Corps of Engineers officials on permit applications and mitigations, and wrote Endangered Species Assessments, Phase I
Environmental Assessments, and NEPA Reports.
 

Adam spent three years as Program Manager at the Institute for Energy Studies at Clemson University, where he managed federally funded research and development in the fields of waste reduction, energy efficiency and life-cycle cost analysis. Adam has consulted to the National Stormwater Center on the development of Pollution Prevention Plans for municipalities and the private sector.

 

Adam is responsible for management of day to day bio-refinery processes.


Chemical Engineer Benjamin Jay Scheffres


Chemical Engineer/Project Mgr, Global Renewable Energy, Sebastian, FL

• Responsible for all research and technical aspects of projects, including test planting, growing, harvesting, and processing (pressing, fermenting, distilling) of potential energy crops.
Project Manager, Dow Chemical Company, Institute, WV
• Accountable for cost, schedule, and performance of three capital projects with a total investment of over $25 Million. Projects were capacity expansion and process automation.
Global Improvement Leader, Dow Chemical Company, Institute, WV
Engineering Manager, Union Carbide Corporation, South Charleston, WV
• Accountable for five lines of business with manufacturing facilities in four US States and three international locations. Served as key interface between business and the Engineering Dept.
• Major responsibilities included prioritization of engineering resources, capital program management, and work execution to meet business needs
• Accountable for all Engineering and Capital budgets
• Other key results included two new $10 Million modular plants in < 12 months (conception to start-up) and engineering support of $10 Million/yr reliability/technology improvement effort
Operations Improvement Group Leader, Union Carbide Corporation, S. Charleston, WV
Process/Plant Engineer with Special Manufacturing Assignments, Union Carbide Corporation, WV
• Provided Process/Plant Engineering support to operations and business teams for various UCC business areas that included facilities at Institute WV, Sistersville WV, Aratu Brazil, Antwerp Belgium, and Bound Brook NJ (Pilot Plant). Work included HSE and capacity improvement studies and projects, from feasibility studies to commercial implementation.
 
 
 

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