Leadership Team: Biogas Experience

Our Experienced Leaders are Building the North American Biogas Industry

Combined, quasar's Leadership Team has more than sixty years of experience developing successful projects in the biogas space.  Their expertise in developing, designing, engineering, financing, constructing and operating anaerobic digestion systems has set quasar apart as the industry leading technology.  

Mel Kurtz, President

For forty-five years, Kurtz has founded, directed, and operated businesses from start up to millions in annual sales through effective business planning, creative sales techniques, and innovative marketing.  Kurtz is currently the President of quasar energy group.  He has been repeatedly recognized by industry leaders for his experience in the biogas industry and role as a visionary for the growing US anaerobic digestion market. Kurtz has been with quasar since its' founding in 2006.

 

Kurtz was named one of the Plain Dealer's "2015 People to Watch"

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Mel Kurtz, President
Mel Kurtz, President

Steve Smith, Chief Financial Officer

Smith has 30 years of financial and operational experience in capacities ranging from Vice President to Chief Financial Officer.  Smith was formerly Vice-President of Finance for Next Media Operating, Co., a $750 million holding company specializing in the aggregation of out-of-home media.  Smith's responsibilities with quasar energy group include operational financing, establishment of financing options for clients, the negotiations of primary and ancillary sales, and securing other financial options with regard to investors and grant development programs and incentives.

Steve Smith, CFO
Steve Smith, CFO

Monte King, Vice President, Construction & Plant Operations

Monte has directed the construction of eleven of quasar’s anaerobic digestion facilities during his six years with the company. He closely collaborates with plant operators to ensure that digester construction and design are practical when compared operational knowledge. Monte consistently delivers turn-key systems to clients under budget and on schedule. Throughout the development process, King works with Civil, Mechanical, and Industrial engineers to produce engineering drawings and cost effective solutions for each unique customer.

Monte King, VP Construction & Plant Ops
Monte King, VP Construction & Plant Ops

Alan Johnson, Vice President, Project Management & Development

Johnson has 40 plus years of experience in manufacturing and business start-up having held positions in industrial engineering, human resources, quality, marketing and sales and general management primarily in the automotive industry in supply industries that included rubber, plastics, fiberglass, and steel.  Johnson is a registered engineer in Ohio and holds an M.B.A. from Lake Erie College and a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from the Fenn College of Engineering of Cleveland State University. With quasar, Johnson’s responsibilities are to manage quasar’s anaerobic digestion projects for high profile clients. 

Alan Johnson, VP PM and Dev.
Alan Johnson, VP PM and Dev.

Mark Suchan, Director Materials Management

Mark has been with quasar for 10 years. Mark’s responsibilities involve the planning, coordination and execution of all supply chain matters.  In his time with quasar, Mark has served as Manager for departments including Operations, Biomass, Logistics, and the Laboratory. He has also worked in quasar’s Project Development department. Mark has degrees from Ohio Northern University in Management and Accounting.

Mark Suchan, Supply Chain Manager
Mark Suchan, Supply Chain Manager