Don Sleight, General Manager
Don Sleight is president and general manager of AgriNorthwest—a large irrigated farming operation located near the Tri-Cities. Prior to 1998, he spent twelve years as the general manager of a citrus and tomato farming operation in Ruskin, Florida. Don chairs the agribusiness committee of the Tri-City Development Council and serves on the board of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce.
While in Florida, he served six years on the executive committee of Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and was vice-chairman of their board from 1996 to 1998. He also served terms as vice-president of the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau and president of the Ruskin-Apollo Beach Rotary Club.
Don graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy with a minor in chemistry. He received a Master of Science degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska in 1981 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Brigham Young University in 1984.
Chemical Processing & Manufacturing
W. Densmore (Denny) Hunter, VP Technology Cellulose Fibers
Paper and Packaging
W. Densmore Hunter is Vice President of Technology responsible for leadership Weyerhaeuser's Biofuels R&D efforts. Denny joined Weyerhaeuser Company in 1980 and has held a number of key positions dealing with energy, process and manufacturing technology and new product development.
Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, Denny worked at Shell Chemical Company and the M.W. Kellogg Company where he held various process engineering and management roles. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1969 with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering.
Brian Moreno, Chief Marketing Officer
Original Co-Founder Brian Moreno has been an advocate for biofuels in the Mid-Columbia and national communities. Specializing in Legislative relations and marketing, Moreno spends most of his time addressing the issues hindering biofuels production in Washington State. Recipient of the 2006 President's Award from the Tri-Cities' Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Brian has served on their Board of Directors for the last two years and continues to dedicate his time in the community.
Jeffrey E. Surma, President & CEO
Integrated Environmental Technologies, LLC
Jeff Surma is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Environmental Technologies, LLC (IET). He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University. In 1985, he joined Battelle at PNNL and has been involved in several design projects in the area of high-level radioactive and hazardous waste treatment. Jeff previously led the Electrochemical Engineering Group in developing technologies for remediation and waste treatment based on electrochemical principles. He has also managed projects involving a variety of vitrification technologies. Through these projects, Jeff has been involved in the design of radioactive waste technologies at various U.S. Department of Energy installations. Additionally, he was program manager for the MK-42 Processing Project which involved processing special nuclear materials for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Jeff has received citations for his work including the Pacific Northwest Directors Award for excellence in engineering in 1990 and the R&D 100 Award in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1998. In addition to his position at Battelle PNNL, he has been on staff at MIT's Plasma Fusion Center as a Visiting Engineer. Jeff has been the author or presenter of over 50 technical papers, has been awarded 25 U.S. patents and has managed a broad multi-institution research program investigating DC arc plasma processing of mixed wastes, involving Battelle PNNL, MIT and T&R Associates.
Eric Leber, Director of Research & Development
Dr. Eric Leber is President of AprèsVin, Inc, a Prosser, Washington-based company extracting high value, 100% varietal, grape-seed culinary oils and other products from the remains of winemaking in the Northwest. He is also Director of Research & Development for Prosser's FruitSmart, Inc., where he provides technical insights and recommendations on the extraction of value from agricultural byproducts and is FruitSmart's manager of the Clean Energy & Environment Project (a partnership among FruitSmart, the Port of Benton, the Center for Strategic Alliance, and Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), which is converting local agricultural wastes into heat and power for economic development.
Previously, Eric was Director of Economic and Community Development, Professor of Chemistry, and Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences for Heritage University in Toppenish. During his time at Heritage, he was active with the National Business Incubation Association and was also Founding Director of "EcoVino...more good from the grape," which recovers value from the byproducts of winemaking and grape-juice production. He served the prior decade as head of College and University Relations for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Eric spent the preceding 15 years in Washington, D.C., initially as Staff Scientist to Congressman Mike McCormack (4th District of Washington). Subsequently, he was Director of Energy Research at the American Public Power Association, Director of Public Policy and Communication for the American Chemical Society, Executive Director of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, and Smithsonian Fellow coordinating the permanent exhibit on "Science in American Life" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Eric attended Lycée de Mathematiques et Sciences (Lyon, France), Reed College (Portland, Oregon), and Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut), where he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry.