Peter Reimers, Ph.D., President and CEO
Dr. Peter Reimers joined Arisdyne Systems, Inc. as the Chief Executive Officer and President in August 2008. He possesses a global business background with strong bottom line results. He has extensive experience in process operations, global markets, strategic planning, commodities trading, and project management with a focus on biotechnology. His depth of experience benefits Arisdyne as the company develops new contacts and identifies new opportunities in biofuel feedstocks, production processes and technologies.
Prior to joining Arisdyne, Reimers worked for Archer Daniels Midland for more than 10 years, overseeing biodiesel operations in the European Union and in the United States. Most recently, he was the managing director of long-term technology strategy in which he was responsible for launching a new research and development center focusing on bioenergy technologies.
Reimers earned a Masters in Business Engineering from TU Hanover, Germany, TU Graz, Austria and CNAM Paris, France, and earned his Doctorate in Global Economics from TU Graz, Austria. He served on the board of directors of the European Biodiesel Board, the National Biodiesel Board and was a member of several biofuel/alternative energy working groups sponsored by the EU commission and the German government.
Reimers has spoken at several international conferences and seminars regarding biofuel, including a keynote presentation at the National Biodiesel Board Annual Conference in 2009.
Frederick W. Clarke, Executive Vice President
At Arisdyne Systems, Fred Clarke brings together proven planning skills, leadership management and entrepreneurial background with unique application of cavitation technologies for enhancing production of biofuels. His understanding of the needs of this emerging industry and his leadership of the Arisdyne team have resulted in breakthrough developments leading to new patents, equipment, and process improvements for biofuel producers and feedstock providers.
Prior to joining Arisdyne Systems, Inc., Clarke was president and CEO of a holding company that owned four mid-sized Midwest manufacturing firms serving the industrial, transportation, automotive and construction markets.
As former Vice President of Corporate Development with TRW, Clarke was responsible for automotive strategy and planning, as well as divesting more than 20 business units. As the vice president and general manager of a multinational advanced technology equipment and product manufacturing division of TRW, he was also responsible for global business operations, including planning and capital budgets.
Earlier in his career, he was a partner with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young). Fred is a retired Captain of the United States Navy Supply Corps, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Stanford.
Oleg Kozyuk, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer
As Arisdyne’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Oleg Kozyuk is responsible for leading the Arisdyne team in developing new applications for our patented cavitation technology.
Kozyuk received his master’s degree and his Ph. D. from Kiev Polytechnical Institute in Kiev, Ukraine. Kozyuk is a 2002 recipient of the NorTech Innovation Award and is a professional inventor. He is a key scientific resource and lead scientist in Arisdyne's recent Third Frontier Advanced Energy grant.
Kozyuk pioneered the concept of using hydrodynamic cavitation in technological processes and has more than 180 issued or pending patents worldwide. His issued patent holdings are in a variety of areas including hydromechanics, mixing, homogenization, dispersion, nanomaterials, sonochemistry, and biotechnology. He also holds a number
of fundamental patents in reactor technology, synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials, and new crystallization methods for active pharmaceutical ingredients. His patents have formed the basis for the launch of a number of companies in a diverse range of industries.
Nick Berchtold, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
As Arisdyne's CFO, Nick Berchtold oversees treasury and control functions and assists with investor relations and raising capital. Nick Berchtold began his career working for Roadway Services Inc. in 1988.
Responsibilities included operations finance/audit, strategic planning and acquisitions analysis.
From 1997 to 2000, Nick served as Corporate Assistant/Divisional Controller for Olympic Steel Inc. Nick managed the company's mergers, acquisitions and Greenfield growth initiatives. From 2000 to 2007, Nick served as Divisional Controller for Wellman Products Group (Hawk Corporation), a leading worldwide supplier of highly engineered friction materials. Nick directed the finance, information technology and inventory control functions of the company. During his tenure at Wellman, Nick led the centralization and standardization of the company's financial reporting structure and supported the start-up of Wellman's Suzhou, China and Tulsa, OK manufacturing facilities.
From 2007 to 2011, Nick served as CFO at Energy Focus Inc., a publicly-traded manufacturer of energy efficient lighting solutions. Nick directed the finance, accounting, treasury, cash management, HR, procurement and information technology functions of the company. Additionally, Nick completed strategic acquisitions and executed the divestiture of international non-core operations. From 2011 until October, 2012, Nick served as CFO at New Star Metals, Inc., a $250 million steel service center where he led the execution of its divestiture by its Private Equity sponsor. He also directed the finance, accounting, treasury, cash management and HR functions of the company.
Board of Directors:
Brian Coughlin – Chairman
Paul Mulhollem - Former President & COO, ADM Company
John Habbert - Queen City Angels
Jim Mazzella - TJ Investments, LLC
Jim Petras - Early Stage Partners
Dr. Peter Reimers - President and CEO
César Balmaseda - Balmaseda & Asociados
Richard Pardoe, Principal - Chevron
Robert D. Pavey - Morgenthaler Partners VII, L.P.