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

Mel Kurtz, President Mel Kurtz, President

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. He has been 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

Steve Smith, CFO Steve Smith, CFO

Smith has more than 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 is responsible for 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.

Alan Johnson, Vice President, Project Management & Development

Alan Johnson, VP Project Management and Development Alan Johnson, VP Project Management and Development

Johnson joined quasar in 2009 and has been instrumental in the development, management and engineering of 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 Suchan, Director Materials Management Mark Suchan, Director Materials Management

Mark has been with quasar for more than 12 years. Mark is responsibilities 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

Xumeng Ge 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 the performance of digesters and addresses technical issues related to anaerobic digestion. Dr. Ge also oversees operational and financial performance of quasar’s plants. He has made significant contributions to digester operation, biomass acceptance, regulatory affairs, and technology commercialization. Dr. Ge has a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering and a Bachelor in Applied Chemistry.

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