The D'Arcinoff Group, Inc. announced that Dr. Robert L. Freerks has joined its Advisory Board. Dr. Freerks will direct the formation and implementation of DG Energy's enhanced product development and certification programs for its Fischer-Tropsch (FT) transportation-and-aviation fuels and chemicals. Dr. Freerks will be responsible for the coordination of these programs with both governmental and private sector technical committees for approval of the products for commercial use.
Dr. Freerks comes to DG with over 29 years of experience in the formulation and development of FT synthetic fuels, synthetic lubricants, oil-based lubricants, oil and fuel additive packages and biofuels. From 1999 through 2013, Dr. Freerks was the Director of Product Development at Syntroleum Corporation in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then Product Development at Rentech Inc.. While at these position, he developed synthetic jet fuel produced via the FT synthesis and hydroprocessing technology. He worked closely with the Department of Defense to qualify the fuel for military aircraft and equipment under the JBUFF program (Joint Battlespace Use Fuel of the Future). While at his previous position, Dr. Freerks also conducted an extensive testing and development program under a Department of Energy contract. This program successfully demonstrated FT synthetic fuels performance in Diesel engines run under laboratory and field conditions. Additionally, from 1981 until 1999, Dr. Freerks was employed by Chevron Research and Technology Company where he developed and formulated several lines of heavy duty diesel products, base oils, additive packages and synthetic lubricants.
"We are very pleased to be welcoming Dr. Freerks to DG," stated Michael C. Darcy, president and CEO of the D'Arcinoff Group, Inc. "Robert's extensive leadership experience in product development programs and the formulation and certification of FT fuels and lubricants will enhance the Company's technology commercialization efforts. His addition to our technical staff is another example of D'Arcinoff's intent to build its domestic leadership role in the commercialization of the FT process for the production of ultra-clean fuels."
Dr. Freerks was awarded a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach and a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine.
Rennemo holds over 25 years of International Sales and Marketing experience within the Computer Software Industry where she has achieved positive results from sales, business development and marketing antivirus, visualization, networking, and messaging solutions into the design, technology, automotive, banking, and telecom industries.
Prior to Earth Minded Online, Rennemo held the position of European Corporate Marketing Director for Trend Micro, Inc. She impacted revenue growth in EMEA region with global branding and communications campaigns enhanced brand equity and expanded product recognition. She was instrumental in building the relationship with Cisco whom Licensed Trend Micro Technology by integrating solutions into their business ecosystem and enhancing competitive position.
Rennemo’s International Sales and Marketing experience included tenures at Network Computing Devices Inc., where she held International Marketing and Management positions. She has extensive experience working with partners and leading cross-functional, multi-cultural teams to achieve success, and has a successful track record building strong relationships with customers, channels, and alliance partners. Alliance partnerships included Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Nokia, and DuPont. Donna has worked as a consultant regarding the use of cutting edge automotive design technologies where she worked with Ford Motor Company (FMC) and Global Trustmark Companies; Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, as well as PSA Peugeot Citroen and Pininfarina. Donna holds a B.A., Business Administration; emphasis International Marketing from California State University and a Certificate in International Business from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Languages; Norwegian, Italian, English.
DG is pleased to announce that Mr. Dov Kawamoto has joined its Advisory Board and will provide advice and guidance primarily in areas of the automated system development.
Mr. Kawamoto served 15 years in the United States Marine Corp. While serving he gained valuable experience in innovative start-up organizations and specializing in complex integration and project management.
In November 2001, served as member of team that planned and executed the seizure of Objective Rhino in Afghanistan as a part of a 400-mile amphibious assault, the longest in history. He then served as a member of the three-man, advanced party sent to Kuwait in preparation for the invasion of Iraq and, integration under the British Royal Marines, a first since WWII. Following his experience as one of the first advisors to the Iraqi army in 2004, he was one of the founders of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command. He then developed the Marine Corps Information Operations Center; and lastly deployed again to Afghanistan as the first operations planner for the newly established US Cyber Command. After leaving the Marine Corps, he became the Director of Operations for Bear & SEA llc.
Mr. Kawamoto has a Bachelors degree in philosophy from the University of Mississippi and a MPA from Troy University.
Mr. Jack Stallings – Advisory Board, Community Development
Mr. Stallings has recently retired from the position of Economic Development Representative under the Rural Economic Development Division of the Texas Department of Agriculture. During his employment he coordinated the department’s economic development efforts in far West Texas. Mr. Stallings focused on enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life in rural Texas and provided rural communities with tools needed to attract and retain businesses, expand and improve public infrastructure, and secure quality health care. During Mr. Stallings 26 year tenure, he played a significant role in recruiting businesses to far west Texas resulting in capital investments of over $500 million and significant job creation.
Mr. Stallings ‘professional work experience has included management of a diversified farming operation and consultation with federal, state and local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Jack Stallings earned his BS Degree in Agriculture Economics at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Mr. Philip Puccia – Advisor
DG is pleased to announce that Mr. Philip Puccia has joined its Advisory Board and will provide advice and guidance primarily in areas of finance and strategic planning.
Mr, Puccia has extensive experience in public finance, project management, and governmental turnarounds. He has worked as an Executive Director for J.P. Morgan Securities, providing investment banking services to state level issuers of municipal debt throughout New England. He has extensive experience in managing and improving governmental operations and finances. As Executive Director of a state appointed Control Board, he led the successful turn-around of the City of Springfield’s, MA finances by balancing three consecutive budgets, eliminating a deficit of $41 million, successfully negotiating labor contracts and improving the City’s bond rating from junk to investment grade.
He worked at three Massachusetts transportation agencies where he focused on budget and operational improvements and efficiencies. Mr. Puccia’s transportation experience includes service as both Chief of Staff and Deputy General Manager of the MBTA, where he managed a budget crisis, instituted a new capital planning process and served on the MBTA Pension Board. In addition, he served on the MBTA Forward Funding Commission in 2001 and participated in several transportation industry interest groups.
Mr. Puccia holds a B.A. from Fordham University and an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Mr. Puccia is also a member of the Advisory Boards of both the UMass Boston College of Management and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Kennedy School, Harvard University.