John Novitsky - CEO
John has worked in Silicon Valley since 1982. He started at Intel, working on technical, marketing and management positions on the 386, the 486, and the Pentium microprocessors. He’s been working in tech startups since 1993, and has done 1 IPO and 2 private acquisitions as part of the management team. He specializes in writing business plans, validating new business with initial customers, and fund raising.
Walter Kraus, President and Chaiman of the Board is co-founder of AquaPrawnics. He has a background in biophysics and communication technology. He built for the Nigerian Ministry of Power the first Renewable Energy Micro Utility, electrifying a Nigerian off-grid village. He also runs a European technology company and delivers optical wireless communication technology to the robot industry. Walter works from his office in Berlin, Germany. Together with John Sheldon, he developed the AquaPrawnics concept and technology.
John Sheldon, CEO emeritius is co-founder of AquaPrawnics and an accomplished real estate expert, graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. He founded Creston Seed Inc., a certified seed company, which he operated until 2003. His specialties are organic farming (certified for 35 years), and oilseed and gluten-free crop production. He also specializes in agricultural land development and resort projects. For the last twelve years, John has used his agricultural background as he works to promote the biofuels industry. John has operated pyrolysis systems on and off, since 2004. He lives in and runs the AquaPrawnics office out from Spokane, WA. Together with Walter Kraus, he developed the AquaPrawnics concept and technology.
Rod McNeil, Director of Shrimp Operations
Rod is one of the leading shrimp experts in the country. Achievements: Certified Aquaculture engineer since 2001, holds 9 relevant patents, 2009-2013 senior environmental scientist Dept. of Environmental Quality, Montana; 2008-2009 permitting environmental scientist, Montana DEQ; director of operations 2006-2007, Ocean Boy Farms, Clewiston, FL; director of engineering, 1996-2006, Meridian Aquatic Technologies Polson, MT; Rod field trained some 100 graduate technical specialists in China and received governmental award from government in China, established a water quality lab in Polson, Montana, developed biofiltration and much more.
Kim, Barstow is a successful Realtor with 19 years experience, specializing in land development, commercial and new construction. Prior to that, she was Global Process Architect and Project Manager with IBM for 10+ years, handling large clients like Proctor and Gamble and IDS.
Brandon Crowell: president, Sierra Gold Seafood, Sparks, Nv. (angel investor & customer) Advises on market conditions for shrimp/prawn, and on FDA food processing. Has issued a LOI to purchase all of the shrimp output from Loyalton, Ca.
Justin Eve: certified organic farmer, and composter. Expects to be a customer, and investment partner. Advises on issues related to organic farming, on compost/fertilizer use, on plant and soil interactions.
Sean Kelly: owner of JJ’s Ranch, 10,000 acres in Calif Central Valley. Expects to be a customer, and investment partner. Advises on how best to use the waste from his Almond orchards as our feedstock, and measures productivity boost in his almond orchards due to our organic fertilizer.
Frank Gibson: executive chef, Tamarack Junction restaurant (Reno, Nv). Advises on restaurant issues (size, market pricing, species, sustainable, chemical free, fresh vs frozen, etc) w.r.t shrimp and prawns.
Steve Mueller: 30 years experience running renewable bio-mass to electrical generation. Advises on regulatory and operational issues, w.r.t. renewable bio mass to electrical generation..
Joe Novitsky: licensed architect and Professional Engineer. Advises on construction costs and construction materials. Also expects to be a customer on Puerto Rico.
Ashley Hunter: former investment banker. (angel investor) Advises on banking/fundraising issues.
John Crawford: Intel chief architect, 386, 486, Pentium, Itanium microprocessors. IEEE fellow, Si Valley Computer Museum fellow. (largest outside angel investor) Really smart, and highly ethical (a moral compass for the company). John is also a key contributor to the R&D of the carbon footprint negative estimates and measurements.
Lisa Farmen: world class water engineer. She wants our shrimp shells, for use as an ingredient for her media in water purification. The chitin in the shells can be converted to Chitosan, which removes heavy metals (and other impurities) from water.
David Fox is a 5x CEO from Silicon Valley. He currently is CEO of Stellar Labs, a digital marketplace for sourcing private jet charter with over 400 operators and corporate flight departments. He is an angel investor in AquaPrawnics. His company is also working with his customers, to determine if they wish to purchase the carbon tax credits produced by AquaPrawnics, to offset the carbon produced in the private jet exhausts. David is a member of YPO and carries an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Shelly Hall, Team Leader: environmental attorney, previously served in the US Federal Dept of the Interior. Shelly manages the process, and interacts with the legislative analysts of the elected officials, both at the State and Federal level. She has been directly involved with multiple pieces of Federal legislation.
Josiah Hunt: CEO, Pacific Bio char. 14 years experience producing bio char both in Hawaii and in California, and applying bio char into multiple agricultural applications. Also experienced with a prior attempt to get the bio char producers / scientists to agree on standards for Federal tax credit. Also, as a potential “competitor” to ARM (as a bio char producer and seller), he helps make sure that any legislation is broad based for the industry, not narrowly targeted for any one company. Josiah is the check and balance on any proposed policy.
Justin Eve: certified organic farmer. Deeply involved in multiple USDA efforts to transform US agriculture practices, and experienced with bio char as a soil amendment. He gives the team the outside perspective as a farmer who would be purchasing the fertilizer, and sequestering the carbon in the form of bio char. Justin is the outside voice of “what makes practical sense?” as a farmer. He expects to use his organic farm in Central California as a R&D facility to experiment with multiple recipes, and to measure the results. (crop output increases, water usage reductions, soil health improvements, etc.)
Mitch Law: former commodities trader on Wall Street, now works for SAP as the lead technical person for their commodities trading SW platform. He models alternative bio char carbon tax credit/cap and trade alternatives, and discusses with the team. Whatever policy decision is adopted, he will put into the SAP commodities trading SW platform.
Dr Julio Briano: emeritus dean of the Chemical Engineering dept, University of Puerto Rico. He reviews our chemical calculations/models, and ensures that they are accurate.
Jessica Lambert: environmental engineer. She has worked in two administrations, shepherding Federal legislation through the US Congress. Has published some 20 refereed papers.
Joe Novitsky: Professional Engineer. He is technically deep and broad, and researches the #s carefully.
Candace Chan: PhD in Physical Chemistry, faculty member at Arizona State University. Performs some of the technical analysis of various forms of biochar and bio-char based soil amendments.