About
Impact Bioenergy

Impact Bioenergy’s distributed bioenergy solutions reduce energy & disposal costs by generating energy from adjacent organic waste streams. Our prefabricated bioenergy units are uniquely engineered and sized to allow organizations and communities to practice onsite bioenergy food waste diversion, thus substantially reducing multiple costs and generating a faster ROI than wind or solar.

Impact Bioenergy™ develops and manufactures bioenergy products that allow communities and commercial food waste generators to lessen their environmental footprint and conserve local soil resources, while also reducing their waste disposal and energy costs.

Impact Bioenergy™ is an experienced team of professionals with a singular focus: create a community of bioenergy customers who operate as part of an open-source network of small, decentralized facilities wherever high operating costs, environmental principles, or social principles are moving customers away from disposal. We build engineered products and provide the necessary support services to our customers to make new resources from organic materials. We make bioenergy systems happen quickly and cost-effectively. Our team has millions of tons of organic material diversion experience, and deep credentials in communication, technology sharing, new facility development, and team collaboration. Our core values and competency in biomethane, composting, soil manufacturing, gasification, and operations are specifically designed to make our customers successful and sustainable in the new environment of zero waste, distributed energy, renewable energy, and farm-to-table food supply.

We are defined by what we do rather than what we say. This will demonstrate what we stand for, what we believe, and why we do what we do. Our promise is to design with economics, environment, and society in mind. Ask us for our operating precepts to learn more about how we live our company culture.

Why We Were Founded

Impact Bioenergy™ was formed in 2013, with the mission to construct and deliver the best bio-conversion technologies and services available, which will empower communities by making renewable energy and soil products locally through organic materials recycling. We have professionals located on the West Coast and East Coast, and in the United States and Canada. The corporate home town is Seattle, Washington. The company manufacturers the equipment in the Pacific Northwest and considers simplicity, local equipment sourcing, and local empowerment to be the foundation of success. The old mind-set that exporting waste to regional processors and large facilities wins by economy of scale is not the ideal model anymore. We are focused on proving that a new model of local energy, recycling, and food production can be connected in a real and powerful way.

Management Team

Jan Allen

P.E, CMQ/OE

Jan Allen

P.E, CMQ/OE

Jan leads Impact Bioenergy as Chief Operating Officer. He is a Professional Civil Engineer and a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence. He has been involved in design, construction, and operation of organics facilities since 1988, at Cedar Grove Composting, CH2M HILL, Concept Kinetics, and Harvest Power. He is the registered holder of 7 US Patents for composting, digestion, and biofiltration. Jan is a Certified Compost Facility Operator. He has 40 years of experience in waste treatment design, organic waste processing, marketing of recycled organic products, and environmental controls, and has designed over 50 organic waste recycling facilities which have diverted over 10 million tons of organics from disposal, including bioenergy facilities with an installed capacity of over 10 MW of renewable energy generation. He was awarded honor and recognition award by the Washington Organic Recycling Council as Regulatory Subcommittee Chair. He graduated from Purdue University, School of Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering Department.

Srirup Kumar

MBA

Srirup Kumar

MBA

Srirup leads Impact in the areas of Community Engagement, Operations, and Partnerships. He is a 2015 graduate of Presidio Graduate School where he received his MBA in Sustainable Business and a Certification in Sustainable Energy Solutions. During his graduate studies he served as a due diligence project manager for E8 cleantech investors. Srirup has fifteen years of technology development and implementation experience across public, private and non-profit sectors. He is a board member of Washington Green Schools and has been an advisor to Zero Waste Vashon. He graduated from Boston University with BS degrees in Business Administration and MIS before earning his value driven MBA in Seattle and Bainbridge Island, WA.

Michael J. Smith

Attorney, LEED AP

Michael J. Smith

Attorney, LEED AP

Michael serves as LEED AP, Land Use, Real Estate, and Legal Expert. He also works on Business Development and as a Lead Transaction Specialist for Impact Bioenergy. He co-leads our IP and Licensing Team. He is a real estate/land use attorney with a passion and focus on clean energy business development. He has handled over $200 million in acquisition work with Wyndham Vacation Ownership, remodeled a land use code into a unified development code for Snohomish County, WA. Michael is an Element 8 Fellow, having served as a due diligence project manager for the clean energy angel group. He is a member of the Cascadia Green Building Council and a Living Future Ambassador (sponsor of Living Building Challenge). Michael received his JD from George Mason University School of Law and a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from American University.

Tim Murphy

EIT

Tim Murphy

EIT

Tim Murphy is a Technologist at Impact in the areas of Engineering and Operations. He specializes in mechanical systems and anaerobic digestion for community-based systems and is responsible for design review and construction of the bioenergy systems. He is the Lead Operator for the initial commissioning of new systems. He also manages collection of organics, contaminant control measures, and liquid products from the digestion process. Responsibilities include design support, construction, operation, field measurement, and data management. This includes quality control and operational excellence. Tim graduated from Seattle University with a BS in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Department.

Taylor Knoblock

EIT

Taylor Knoblock

EIT

Taylor Knoblock is a Technologist at Impact in the areas of Engineering and Operations. He specializes in biochemical process engineering and anaerobic digestion and is responsible for process and instrumentation design review. He is the Process Optimization Lead for the ongoing operations of new systems. He manages alkalinity, pH, FOG, and biogas generation dynamics. Responsibilities include design support, construction, operation, field measurement, and data management. This includes quality control and operational excellence. Tim graduated from The Cooper Union with a BS in Chemical Engineering.

Andrew Corbin

PhD, ASA

Andrew Corbin

PhD, ASA

Drew leads Impact in the areas of Agronomy and Organic Food Production. He specializes in field testing, education and training in sustainable agriculture, especially as it relates to the use of organic matter, compost, reduced tillage, and organic farming practices. He has 28 years of experience in Agronomy and serving as a County Agricultural Agent and Specialist. His record of publishing and teaching is supported by his awards and honors awarded in 2010, 2013, and 2014. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a BS degrees in Forestry, from Cornell University with a MPS in Plant Protection, and a PhD from Michigan State University in Soil & Crop Sciences, focusing on the value of converting conventional cropping systems to certified organic farming.

Paco Joyce

Distiller

Paco Joyce

Distiller

Paco leads Impact in the operation of the wholly owned LLC called Vashon Bioenergy Farm. He specializes in feedstock management, bioenergy sales, plant food sales, regulatory compliance, and is a community liaison. He has a long list of collateral skills sets including distilling, information technology, foundry casting of various metal products, carpentry, and project management. He is also a machinery operator with a tractor for hire. He built, operated, and sold Seattle Distilling prior to joining Impact Bioenergy. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Psychology.

Professional and Advisory Support

Elisabeth Allen

MBA

Elisabeth Allen

MBA

Lisa is our Finance Manager at Impact. She has served as controller for five real estate entities, three construction companies, and as Treasurer and Payroll Manager for a neighborhood organization. She also served as the finance lead for the Northwest engineering group for GTE, which then became Verizon, which then became Frontier Communications. She has been managing receivables, payables, and electronic banking for a number of years. She graduated from Purdue University Krannert School of Management (BS), University of Washington School of Industrial Engineering (BSIE), and Seattle Pacific University School of Business and Economics (MBA).

Pete Agtuca

LCNW

Pete Agtuca

LCNW

Pete is serving as a Director of Manufacturing and Advisor for Business Development. He is President of LCNW; Laser Cutting Northwest, and Founder of Pacific Air Cargo Transfer Systems, 3 Phase Energy Systems, and Powersails. He leads Impact Bioenergy’s manufacturing, forming, fabrication, and robotic welding. He has over 28 years developing and manufacturing innovative products related to clean technology and renewable energy solutions. Pete is also leading a rare manufacturing accelerator for select startup businesses that can benefit from his manufacturing capabilities. He is the registered holder of nine US Patents and eleven 11 US and International Patents Pending. Pete won the 2013 Washington Manufacturing Small Firm Innovator of the Year Award for 3 Phase Energy Systems.

Robert B. Joel

MBA

Robert B. Joel

MBA

Bob serves as our Technical Project Manager for the southern California region. He has a substantial amount of experience successfully leading Operations, Business Development, New Product Design and Development, and Program/Project Management Organizations within the medical device and biotechnology markets. Significant work experience includes companies such as: General Electric Healthcare Systems, Acuson (acquired by Siemens), Nexus Dx (acquired by Samsung), and Alere (acquired by Abbott Laboratories) at senior levels of management leading organizational transformations. Bob graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and received an MBA (Finance major) from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

Samuel Do

B.Com

Samuel Do

B.Com

Sam leads Impact as Business Development Manager for Pacific Rim and Western Canada. He has served as organics field expert during source separation, feedstock preparation, and conversion to energy. Sam developed proprietary systems for automating load identification, quality control, scoring, documenting, and connecting with scale and accounting systems from the field. He graduated from University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business with a double option in Marketing and Real Estate, including a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

Stephanie Ellis

BS

Stephanie Ellis

BS

Stephanie is serving as a Carbon Management Subject Matter Expert for enumeration of carbon and energy credits, emission reductions, carbon drawdown, and aggregation of the environmental attributes distributed across multiple locations. She provides advice on individual projects and helps the company identify markets and specific market opportunities aligned with both our equipment and the service delivery groups in the company. Her role ultimately helps ensure the equipment or services delivered meet or exceed the customers and business expectations. She graduated from Washington State University, school of Natural Resource Sciences.

Elizabeth Lowell

BA

Elizabeth Lowell

BA

Elizabeth is serving as an Urban Organics Subject Matter Expert and Advisor to Impact Bioenergy. She provides strategic advice on branding, operations, and communications. She has served as Project Developer and Manager with cross-functional responsibilities in the bioenergy field since 2010. She manages strategy, community engagement, and marketing programs. Her skills are focused in closed-loop, low-impact development in urban areas, zerowaste, low impact food systems, and effective communication. She graduated from The George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs.

Tamara Thomas

P.E.

Tamara Thomas

P.E.

Tamara is serving as a Design and Operations Subject Matter Expert to Impact Bioenergy. She owns her own consulting firm focused on helping the composting and recycling industry with education, permitting, compliance issues, design, construction, process efficiency, product quality, outreach and marketing. She has worked with a number of operators in the industry over the past ten years and served as President and Board Member for the Washington State Organic Recycling Council. Tamara graduated from University of Washington (Civil Engineering, MSE) and Washington State University (Crop and Soil Sciences, MS).

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