Marshall Mermell, Chief Executive Consultant, has assembled a team of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and industrialists from around the world to join in a collaborative initiative for improving global quality of life by restoring environments, sequestering carbon, and generating renewable energy. Applying his Risk-managed Marketing™ business development skills, Marshall has directed his team to create a highly profitable, commercial enterprise based on the transformation of organic waste into multiple valuable resources, including electricity, heat, and Biochar. In 2014, he presented a keynote talk, “Commercialization of Biochar,” in Scotland for the EU COST Action; he helped organize its working group tasked with enabling commercial implementation of intelligent material flow management systems, which convert organic waste into Biochar; and participated in its 2013 meeting in Hungary and the recent 2015 meeting in Germany. Marshall holds an MBA in marketing management and has earned a certificate in Biochar Training for Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
John Zajac, Chief Technology Consultant, holds patents in plasma and engine development. With equal parts of technical innovation and business acumen, John focuses on design and development of the ART engine configurations—a ground-breaking approach offering at least 25% greater fuel efficiency. John helps develop and manage ART's technology and intellectual properties.
Ziya Gökçek, Chief of Manufacturing, is president of Istanbul-based UMDE Muh. Mut. Tic. Ltd. UMDE manufactures turnkey factories and facilities including wastewater treatment, sewage treatment, and renewable energy facilities around the world. Ziya is a chemical engineer and has managed UMDE for over 20 years. UMDE holds five percent equity in ART.
Taner Yöney, Senior Engineering Manager, is in charge of research, mechanical and industrial engineering. As business development manager for UMDE Energy, ART’s contract manufacturer in Istanbul, Turkey, Taner has acquired extensive experience in identifying and researching new and existing technologies for waste-to-energy projects. He has also worked as a project manager, coordinating the transformation of waste biomass into electricity and biofuel. In addition, he has researched new and existing technologies for the treatment, recycling, and reuse of wastewater. At UMDE, Taner has coordinated turnkey manufacturing processes, handling technical preparations; overseeing and delegating responsibilities to project engineers; evaluating their performance; and managing key equipment procurements. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara.
Gerald Dunst, Director of Soil Innovations, is a member of ART’s Global Biochar Initiative. He owns and operates Sonnenerde, Europe's most successful Biochar company. Sonnenerde is ART’s joint venture partner in the commercialization of Biochar.
Gerald was awarded the European business award 2015/2016 for his leadership in the development and marketing of Biochar. In the Cradle-to-Cradle recycling economy of the model region, Ecoregion Kaindorf, he directed the creation of fertile soils using a CO2-neutral method. A composting expert for more than 30 years, Gerald set up a carbon credit system in Austria, organized and led the first International Humus Experts Meeting, and won Austria's 2012 Climate Saving Award.
Christoph Pollatos, Eco-Solutions Consultant, is a pioneer in the field of Pyrolysis and has been instrumental in developing environmentally sustainable solutions since 2003. An electrical engineer by training, Christoph began his career in the energy sector before dedicating himself exclusively to renewable energy. He founded BioChar Central Inc., in 2011, and led the company’s mission to transform biomass waste streams into useful, profitable, organic soil building products and water purification products. Christoph brings his experience in renewable energy, biochar production, sales and applications, proprietary pyrolysis technology, aquaponics, and recognized brands of biochar-related products and technology to ART.
Marc Sabin, Chief Marketing Consultant, has served the past 11 years as the executive Vice President of MKTworks where he has headed up project management, client relations, and media relations, as well as developing and executing marketing communications for established clients and start-up ventures. Before joining ART, Marc was instrumental in facilitating venture development for several disruptive technology companies. With a background as marketing research project manager, real estate manager, and international theatre producer, Marc has led several entrepreneurial enterprises in California, London, and New York.
Joseph R. Spina
Joseph R. Spina, Field Engineering and Automation Consultant, is responsible for engine development and deployment. Joe began his career in the field of machine tool technology and now has an extensive background in internal combustion engine repair and maintenance. As an automation mechanic at Eastman Kodak in the late '70s and early '80s, he acquired expertise in: electricity, electronics, applied physics, advanced math, computer logic, mechanical power transmission, hydraulics, pneumatics, rigging, welding & soldering, and blueprint & technical design implementation. Joe is also experienced in entrepreneurial enterprises, having founded, managed and grown businesses including international import, glass and metal fabrication facilities, classic automobile restoration, automobile salvage and repair, and construction and building management.
Catherine Gonick, Chief Communications Consultant, helps develop marketing communications strategies and materials and oversees copy for all external and internal communications, both for ART and MKTworks. Before joining MKTworks in 2002, she worked as a financial writer/editor on Wall Street, for the Federal Reserve Bank and the Chase Manhattan Bank, where she helmed the bank’s International Department magazine, and for various Wall Street subscription newsletters covering the securities markets. She has a background in writing on waste management, for McGraw-Hill and wastewater engineering clients of MKTworks, and has worked as a copy editor for Random House.
Dominik Dunst, Chief of Biochar Development, brings to ART his experience as an electrical engineer and as an entrepreneur in the field of Biochar production and sales. As owner/operator of CharLine GmbH, a limited liability company, Dominik is engaged in Biochar trading, as well as providing pyrolysis technology for projects throughout the European market. Dominik has advanced programming skills in addition to his Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University in Graz, Austria.