James S. Lamoureaux
Managing Director, Board Chairman
Mr. Lamoureaux is an entrepreneur, start-up company specialist, and chemical patent holder who has successfully brought new products and technologies to market over the past 30 years in the chemicals and building products industries. He has been active in business development in China for the past 11 years, and has established extensive contacts in the areas of methanol production and consumption. The China National Level Joint Venture that Mr. Lamoureaux was able to secure with the Yankuang Group (the largest methanol producer in China) to promote the commercialization of pollution-reducing petrochemicals, was one of the first National Level JVs to be established with a development stage company.
Mr. Raman has been structuring large scale energy and petrochemical transactions over the past 25 years. Initially working as a project finance lender, he completed debt financings in excess of $100 billion as a senior lender with Sakura Bank (SMBC), Dresdner Bank, and Bank of Tokyo Trust. Over the past 14 years he has worked as both a senior energy industry project, transaction, and due diligence advisor, and as a developer of his own projects, ranging from $650 million to $2.5 billion in the U.S. and overseas markets. Mr. Raman has worked with institutional investors for all of his development projects, and has a proven track record in managing the interface between engineering, EPC, permitting, community relations, and suppliers, and in bringing transactions to financial closing.
Keith N. Vidalin
Mr. Vidalin is one of the most experienced methanol plant developers and construction project managers, having spent the majority of his 32 years building, commissioning, staffing and operating some of the world’s largest methanol plants for Methanex, the largest methanol producer in the world. He has served as Project Director, Project Manager or Construction and Completions Manager for the following projects: the 1.1 MM TPA Geismar plant in southern Louisiana ($750 million), the 1.3 MM TPA Damietta plant in Egypt ($ 1 billion), the 1.8 MM TPA Atlas plant in Trinidad ($700 million), the 2.2 MM TPA Karratha plant in Australia, and the 0.65 MM TPA conversion of an existing ammonia plant into a methanol plant in Louisiana ($150 million). Mr. Vidalin also served as the Maintenance Manager for Methanex’s methanol and ammonia plants at Kitimat, Canada, and as Special Projects Manager for a 700 employee, 7 unit petrochemical facility in Louisiana.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Harris held a wide variety of roles during his tenure at the United States Department of Energy including: Regional Manager of the Office of Advanced Fuels, Senior Engineer/Advisor to the Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and a Project Manager of the Los Alamos and the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Following his 18 years working with various governmental agencies, he worked on a number of initiatives on coal conversion into chemicals, liquid fuels and electricity, partnering with many of the world’s largest technology and engineering firms.
Director, Partner Relations
Mr. Redeker has 39 years of experience in the energy industry. During his first 19 years with Amoco, he held a number of positions ranging from gas marketing representative, to Director of Business Development. In this later position, following the acquisition of Dome Petroleum, he was part of a small team that developed Amoco’s North American Natural Gas Strategy and established a new Natural Gas Business Unit. He also led the natural gas evaluation for the project team which won the bid for 50% of the Bolivian National Oil Company. During his 16 years with BP, Mr. Redeker became the company’s VP of Competency and Capability Management, following periods where he led the company’s implementation of a global strategy for Gas-to-Products technology. Additionally, he also led the Projects and Engineering Academy (a partnership with MIT) and the Projects and Engineering College where he was responsible for the maintenance and delivery of over 20 development programs delivered to 2,000-2,500 project management professionals annually.
President, IGP Methanol China
Having received a double major in Applied Chemistry and International Trade & Economics from Beijing Chemical University, Ms. Yuan has led the company’s business development and relationship management efforts in China over the past 7 years, after positions with international firms Randstad and Novo Nordisk. In this capacity she has developed key connections to senior management of China Top 100 chemical industry group. Ms. Yuan was the key leader to complete a national level joint venture company registration with one of the largest methanol and coal mining groups in China, and directly communicated with the National Development and Reform Committee.
VP, Marketing & Communications
Mr. Benson is a specialist in creating and maintaining corporate identities and in internal/external communications. Over his 40-year career, he has worked for such national and multinational companies as 3M Company, Target Corp, Fuji, Ecolab, Porsche, Tennant, Polaris, NRG, Blue Cross, Medtronic, Carmichael Lynch, and as a contractor with classified security clearance for the U.S. Navy.
Project Controls Manager
Brian joins the team with 31 years of Louisiana experience in home office Project Controls as well as Project Management for large and small EPC Projects. The Projects are typically from FEL to Start-up and ranged from $4MM to $1.4 Billion TIC. His background and experience is equally split between Engineering and Construction for the Refining and Chemical industries. Areas of expertise include: Interactive Planning/Scheduling, Cost Engineering, and TIC Estimating & Cost Reporting. Extensive expertise in various computerized scheduling software such as MS Project, Primavera, and Excel for enhancing reports. Brian has also successfully executed large scale Open book estimates that did proceed to the EPC Phase. Included in the project experience are 2 world scale methanol plant projects.
Process Engineering Manager
Neela joins the team with 20 years Process Engineering experience in the Petrochemical Industry, including 12 years with Methanex Trinidad as Operations and Technical Manager in the 2 Methanex Methanol plants as well as 3 years with Natgasoline Methanol plant in Beaumont Texas. Neela has a broad experience in the Methanol industry from Front end engineering, detailed engineering and construction, to start up and ongoing operations.
Mr. Gilmore has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University. Eric has two decades with Shell Oil & Gas conglomerates and venture project management and leadership roles in excess of $2bn. Several projects for shell in Louisiana and Texas along with offshore assignments. Offshore petro-chemical project work for three Shell projects in excess of $10-billion dollars each, including significant work for the Port Arthur Texas Crude Expansion Project, Mars B West Delta 143C and Stones Floating Production, Storage and Offloading Eric also brings to the project extensive experience in Modularized construction execution.
Board of Directors
Dr. Theo Fleisch
During his 30 year career with Amoco and BP, Dr. Fleisch became an internationally recognized expert in natural gas utilization, including gas conversion to liquid fuels and chemicals. He held numerous management and executive positions in energy technologies, clean fuels and renewables. He was the founder and director of BP’s Methane Conversion Consortium, a 20+ year partnership with universities in China and the US aimed at the development of gas to products technologies. He is well known for his recognition of methanol and DME as multi-source, multi-purpose clean fuels and chemical feedstocks. He also led the development of the then largest methanol park in the world, the Titan and Atlas plants in Trinidad. He was the CTO of the World GTL project in Trinidad and is now a consultant to the World Bank for the elimination of global gas flaring by 2030, especially through the application of mini-GTL technologies.
Mr. Glaess has over 30 years of senior management experience in the utility sector, including 6 years as the Manager of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and 22 years as the General Manager of the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA). With MREA, Mr. Glaess served as the CEO and spokesman for an association of 45 electric distribution and 6 six generation and transmission cooperatives serving 1.6 million consumers in Minnesota. He was also elected to the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative Board providing technology to 1500 rural utilities serving from 2002-2011.
Mr. Leonard has worked with a variety of companies in the clean-tech, biofuel, renewable energy and medical device industries. With a focus on new venture creation and business development, he has successfully secured early stage financing and government grants for a number of start-up ventures, and has successfully taken two companies public. He has served as a senior executive, including President, of a number of medical technology companies, and was the Director of Business Development for Corval Group, an international industrial construction company. Mr. Leonard served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Angel Investing Network and was a Special Expert Consultant-Technology Transfer to the U.S. Justice Department in Washington DC.
Mr. Simon is currently the President and COO of the Corval Group, a full service engineering, procurement and industrial construction contractor specializing in the food & beverage, power & energy, oil & gas and refining markets. Prior to this he served as the VP of Strategic Planning for Flint Hills Resource where he had profit and loss accountability for a $2 billion business unit. Later, as the Production Manager of Flint’s Corpus Christi Texas refinery, he managed operations of a +250 employee department with a $100 million operating budget, and $70-$150 million per year in capital spending.
Dr. Zach Chen
Dr. Chen has +30 years of experience in international technology and in the commercialization of new markets in China for international companies in a variety of market segments, including Petrochemical and Telecom. He has created new business models and markets, and his extensive high-level connections, strategy, analysis, planning, follow-up, relationships and network throughout China have formed the foundation of IGP’s activities in China.
General Richard L. Lawson (Director Emeritus)
General Lawson retired from the United States Air Force after a distinguished career spanning four decades. He achieved a four-star rank, received 22 military awards and decorations, and served in the White House as the Military Assistant to President Gerald R. Ford. In his final military assignment, he served as the deputy commander in chief of the U.S. European Command. With a degree in chemical engineering and deep interest in alternative fuels including coal gasification, General Lawson later served as president and CEO of the National Mining Association for 14 years. He continues to serve as vice chairman of the International Committee on Coal Research, on the board of directors of the U.S. Energy Association, and as vice chairman of the Atlantic Council with an emphasis on energy and environment and Asia. General Lawson has traveled extensively in China and India working with government officials and representatives on energy, transportation and environmental policy.
Mr. Chen is a Partner at TPG Capital Asia, where he is the head of TPG’s Beijing office, and co-leads investment opportunities for TPG in greater China. In this position, he was the lead on TPG’s acquisition and subsequent successful exit of Lenovo. Prior to joining TGP in 2011, Mr. Chen worked on the mergers and acquisitions team at Lehman Brothers in New York. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the board of United Family Healthcare and has served or currently serves on the board of Li Ning, HCP, UTAC, and Taishin Bank.