- Case Studies
Robert is an architect, environmental designer, industrial designer, and environmental technology entrepreneur. Over his 29-year career building sustainability-driven enterprises, he has been awarded Entrepreneur Magazine’s Environmental Innovator of the Year, the American Lung Association of California Clean Air Award, the Edison Award for Environmental Achievement, “Best of What’s New” – Popular Science 100 Best of 1993, Popular Mechanic’s “Top Ten for Driving Green”, InterPV Magazine’s Top 10 PV Picks for 2010, MIT Forum, San Diego CONNECT and awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, the US Green Building Council and many others. Robert attended UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School and Cambridge University.
Mr. Moody is a widely recognized leader in steel production and manufacturing industry. He recently retired from Nucor Corporation – the largest recycler in North America – after serving for more than 12 years as the President and General Manager of NUCONSTEEL’S, a fully integrated designer and manufacturer of light-gauge steel framing solutions. During his career, Mr. Moody has had full P&L responsibility for both public and privately held companies and has extensive hands-on domestic and international experience. He previously held a number of leadership positions in the steel industry, including serving as President of the Steel Framing Alliance in Washington, D.C., and was President and CEO of Western Metal Lath in Riverside, California.
Derek McSpadden has more than 25 years of experience of accounting, finance and consulting with a heavy focus on operations in a variety of industries. He is highly regarded in the sustainable building products and construction industry and he spent almost 10 years at Nucor Steel, the largest recycler in North America, together with Don Moody at the Nuconsteel Division. Derek also spent over 5 years as Vice President of Supply Chain for a $2B worldwide distributor in the printing and printing products space. Derek holds both bachelors and masters degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of North Texas and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Jay Potter has been a director of the Company since 2010. He is responsible for Company funding and high level U.S. and international business and strategic partnering development. Over the past 10 years Mr. Potter has successfully participated, directed or placed over $60,000,000 of capital dedicated to clean technology, renewable energy start-ups and early stage companies. Mr. Potter has been a director and consultant of Envision Solar International, Inc. since 2011 and of International Woodfuels, LLC since 2010. He was the founder, president and chairman of Greencore Capital Corporation, an environmental and finance consulting firm. He was the founder, chairman and CEO of Nexcore Capital Corporation, a FINRA registered broker dealer firm, from 1995 to 2009.
Mr. Gann is a dynamic executive with a career spanning more than twenty five years of international management success in The Dow Chemical Company, and experience leading emerging enterprises. He served as CEO of Genomatica, a San Diego based chemical company which utilizes biotechnology to engineer bio-manufacturing. He has firsthand knowledge of an array of plastic and chemical specialties and commodities. Mr. Gann also served as the Treasurer of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association for 4 years.
Mr. Häusler spent 35 years working in management positions for IKEA. These positions included Chief Executive Officer IKEA Sweden, Chief Executive Officer IKEA Switzerland and Austria, and President and Chief Executive Officer IKEA USA West. Most recently, Mr. Hausler was the franchise owner of IKEA San Diego, a store with 300 employees, which he built to over $100 million in revenue, which became one of the most profitable IKEA stores in the United States. Mr. Hausler also serves on the Board of Directors of Noble Environmental Technologies.
Meltem, CEO of Noble Environmental Turkey, has worked in a number of management positions and as Chair Person at Kurtsan Group, a group of family owned pharmaceutical, cosmetic and medical companies. In 1999 She was nominated as Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2002 She founded KAGIDER, Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (www.kagider.org) and has lead working groups on gender equality and intellectual property rights for the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD). She has served on the Board of the Turkish Association of Corporate Governance (TKYD), as a member of the Supreme Board of Women Entrepreneurs Committee at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and as President of the Women Entrepreneurs Committee at the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO). Meltem completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy and her Master’s Degree in Phytotherapy at the Pharmacy Faculty of Istanbul University, and attended the Harvard Business School OPM (Owner President Management) Program.
Dejan Vujović brings over 10 years experience as a business manager with both line and staff responsibility in Sale, Logistics, Customer Service, and Operations. Prior to joining Noble Environmental, Dejan spent 8 years working for Carlsberg Group Serbia in a major line responsibility position in the Distribution Division culminating in the position of Regional Sales Manager for Serbia. In this position he had overall responsibility for managing and directing Marketing Sales; accelerating growth, best practice and service levels within the search market and sales. Dejan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and has attended various training and development courses.
Eric Logtens began his career as an occupational healthcare therapist and ergonomist. In the early nineties, he founded and grew one of the first Dutch consultancy firms specializing occupational healthcare, ergonomic training, and ergonomic advisory services. Eric worked simultaneously as turnaround consultant through interim management appointments. He later built an international sub distribution network in the office furniture industry with key activities as strategic marketing positioning, sales, logistics, service and repair. In early 2003, Eric chose to focus on C2C and gained in-depth knowledge and experience with the implementation of the principles in practice. Consequently, he later founded WSolve, the first Dutch full operational lease company for office furniture. This company’s first leasing projects started in 2009, when WSolve transformed the Total Cost of Ownership into Earning by Usership. As a result, WSolve was seen as one of the very early adopters and a prime model of how to apply and implement the principles of the Circular Economy. This recognition led Eric to search for innovations and materials that would replace the “less bad” paradigm and eliminate the concept of linear production and waste. ECOR, Eric believes, is the answer to it all.
Mr. Stapley has 25 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in both the private and public sector serving in various roles. Previously, Mr. Stapley served as a senior executive in a publicly owned food safety equipment company manufacturing and selling to Fortune 500 customers. Mr. Stapley has personally been involved in raising over $150 Million dollars for various stage companies as a licensed investment banker. He started his entrepreneurial career in Asia with his own import/export company as well as being a restaurateur owning and operating 8 different concepts. Mr. Stapley received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.