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Advisory Board Appointment of James McVaney

posted Nov 12, 2013, 8:36 AM by Website Manager   [ updated Nov 27, 2013, 10:15 PM ]

James (Jim) McVaney has more than 20 years as an effective advocate and executive across three trade associations, one corporation and the Congress of the United States. He has demonstrated success in producing tangible positive results for his clients and association members. His experience reaches across conventional and alternative energy, defense, aviation, transportation, chemicals and manufacturing, as well as the retail sector and agriculture.

Jim is the Founder and President of the Kinetic Solutions Group, a consultancy developing and implementing cost effective advocacy and business strategies for companies and organizations in the energy, clean-tech, transportation, manufacturing and financial sectors, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to this Jim served as Vice President, Government Affairs & Aerospace Business Development for Rentech Inc, a chemicals manufacture and renewable power and synthetic fuels technology company. While at Rentech he led the company’s effort to secure US$22.6 million in USG funding to demonstrate its ClearFuels biomass gasification system as an integrated materials processing systems for the production of cellulosic biofuels. The project was the critical gateway for demonstrating the both the Rentech ClearFuels biomass gasifier, but also further improving the operational performance of the Rentech Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels and chemicals conversion process in preparation for deployment or sale.

Jim also led the company’s relationship development with the airline industry, leading to the first flight using synthetic fuels by United Airlines, a fuel supply contract for LAX airport and a memorandum of understand with a consortium of 13 airlines for a multi-year jet fuels supply agreement.

Jim has also demonstrated he effectiveness in finance and business development, serving as the primary catalyst for numerous bilateral and multilateral commercial agreements within the energy sector, winning U.S. Government funding for various projects, as well as State and local support for both commercial scale projects and research and development efforts. While at Rentech Jim served on the Executive Committee and as Treasurer of the Advanced Biofuels Association, the Chairman of the Low Carbon Synthetic Fuels Association and as Chair of the Energy Committee of The Fertilizer Institute.

Prior to joining Rentech, Jim was Director, Government Affairs for the Air Transport Association of America, Inc, the leading trade association for the U.S. passenger and cargo airlines, where he led the Association’s energy and fuels advocacy initiatives. He was a co-founder of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration led effort to facilitate the development of cleaner, non-crude oil derived fuels for U.S. aviation.

Before ATA Jim served as Team Leader, Energy & Climate Policy at the American Chemistry Council, and before that was Director of Government Affairs for the Food Marketing Institute, the trade association for the domestic supermarket industry.

Jim holds his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and is completing is Masters in Business Administration at Georgetown University in Washington DC.