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.
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.
Monte King, Chief Operating Officer
Monte has directed the construction of 20 of quasar’s anaerobic digestion projects during his eight years with the company. He oversees Plant Operations while continuing his direction of the Construction division. King provides the experience, leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that our Operations division has the proper operational controls, administrative procedures and people in place to support quasar's financial strength, operating efficiency andcontinued growth as the most respected anaerobic digestion company in the US.
Alan Johnson, Vice President, Project Management & Development
Johnson joined quasar in 2009 and has been instrumental in the development, management and engineering of all 18 digester projects throughout his tenure. He has more than 40 years of experience in manufacturing and business start-ups. Johnson has held positions in industrial engineering, human resources, quality, marketing, sales and general management, primarily in the automotive industry in supply industries that include rubber, plastics, fiberglass, and steel. He is a registered engineer in 13 states and holds an MBA from Lake Erie College and a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering from the Fenn College of Engineering of Cleveland State University.
Mark Suchan, Director Materials Management
Mark has been with quasar for more than 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, Effluent, 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 and is a member of OWEA Young Professionals.
Xumeng Ge, Ph.D., Laboratory Director
Dr. Ge joined quasar as Laboratory Director in October 2016. He manages the daily operations of quasar’s state-of-the-art laboratory; and coordinates research and development to improve performance of digesters and addresses technical issues related to anaerobic digestion. He has made significant contributions to digester operation, biomass acceptance, and technology commercialization. Dr. Ge has a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering and Bachelor in Applied Chemistry. He previously worked as a post-doc at Arkansas State University from 2009 to 2012 and Post-doc/Research Scientist at the Ohio State University from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Ge has more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles published in fields of bioenergy and waste management. He has published nine book chapters, and served as co-editor of book series on Advance in Bioenergy, Elsevier. He has solid knowledge and skills in biological/chemical engineering and valuable experience in industrial applications such as anaerobic digestion and ethanol fermentation.