Liquid Environmental Solutions Board of Directors
Bruce E. Ranck, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Ranck is a partner in Bayou City Partners, a venture capital firm. Mr. Ranck was the Chief Executive Officer of Browning-Ferris Industries (“BFI”), the then second largest solid waste company in North America, from 1995 through its sale to Allied Waste in 1999. Prior to its sale, BFI had annual revenues in excess of $6 Billion and the transactions were valued at $9.1 Billion. Before assuming the position of CEO, Mr. Ranck served in various increasingly responsible roles at BFI beginning in 1970, including President and Chief Operating Officer. He was elected to the Board of BFI in 1990. After the sale of BFI, Mr. Ranck served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tartan Textile Services, a linen management services company serving the healthcare and hospitality industries from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Ranck has served on the Boards of Furon Company, Chase Bank of Texas, Dynamex, and SITA, the largest non-North American waste services company in the world. Mr. Ranck also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Quanta Services Inc. (NYSE: PWR), a specialty construction company serving the energy and telecommunications industries, with over $4 Billion in annual revenues. He is currently, or has served, on the Boards of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Memorial Healthcare System, United Way of Texas – Gulf Coast, and the Sam Houston Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Phil Clough, Director
Mr. Clough is a Managing General Partner at ABS Capital Partners. He also oversees the firm’s business and education services investment efforts. With extensive experience at the board level setting strategy and helping to assemble talented teams, Mr. Clough is an active partner in helping CEOs take growth companies to the next level of success. Mr. Clough currently represents ABS Capital on the boards of Accurate Group Holdings, Inc., Liquid Environmental Solutions, Teachscape, Inc., and Whitney International University System. He is also on the board of Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT).Mr. Clough attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and later the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining ABS Capital in 2001, Mr. Clough was the president and CEO of SITEL Corporation. While at SITEL, Mr. Clough grew both revenues and EPS significantly, managing operations in 19 countries and serving major corporate clients such as GM, America Online, Capital One and Microsoft. Most importantly, he learned the value of setting and clearly articulating goals and priorities, including regularly measuring against them, something he routinely helps his companies with today. From 1990 to 1997, he was in the Investment Banking Group at Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated, leading their business services efforts, where he advised clients on M&A transactions, as well as equity and debt offerings. He served in the United States Army from 1983 to 1988, rising to the rank of Captain in 1987.
Mary A. Gade, Director
Ms. Gade is the President of the Gade Environmental Group, an international consulting firm providing legal and strategic advice on environmental and energy issues. From 2006 to 2008, she served as Regional Administrator for Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), overseeing federal environmental programs in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Ms. Gade is an environmental attorney with more than 20 years of experience in environmental regulation and enforcement at the federal and state levels, as well as extensive private sector experience. From 1999 to 2006, she was a partner in the national environmental practice group of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal. From 1991 to 1999, Ms. Gade served as Director of the Illinois EPA. During her tenure, she was a co-founder of the national Environmental Council of States, and in 1997 was named as Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine. Prior to this, she served in various management roles at the U.S. EPA, including Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Her education includes a J.D. from Washington University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Michael Kahn, Director
Mr. Kahn is senior counsel at Crowell & Moring (“C&M”) and is a member of the Litigation Group. Mr. Kahn’s practice involves federal and state court proceedings throughout the United States. (C&M provides legal services to the Corporation.) Prior to joining C&M, Mr. Kahn was a senior counsel at the San Francisco firm of Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. A member of the California Bar since 1973, he has extensive environmental experience and has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in significant and complex environmental litigation and transactions. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Kahn has served as Chair of the California Independent System Operator Corporation Board of Governors. From 2000 to 2001, he served as chair of the California Electricity Oversight Board and in 2000, Mr. Kahn served as Chair of the California Green Energy Team. Mr. Kahn served as a Commissioner of the California Commission on Judicial Performance; in 1999-2000, he served as Vice Chair and in 2001-2002, he served as Chair of the Commission. Mr. Kahn previously served on the Boards of InPro Biotechnology, Inc., Premier Pacific Vineyards, Inc., the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, Board of Directors of Coro Northern California Foundation, and the Board of Visitors at Stanford Law School. His education includes an M.A. and J.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.).
Robert MacDonald, Director
Robert MacDonald is Managing Member and an Investment Committee Member of Craton Equity Partners and serves on the Board of two of its portfolio companies, Petra Solar and Rypos. Prior to Craton, Mr. MacDonald was President of William E. Simon & Sons Private Equity, a mid-market private equity fund focused on companies in the banking, food products, education, and manufacturing sectors. Earlier in his career, Mr. MacDonald founded and built Catalyst Energy, one of the largest independent power producers in the United States, which he took public. Catalyst developed 30 power generating facilities in 20 states. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in the Municipal Bond Department at Salomon Brothers where he headed the tax exempt state housing agency group. Mr. MacDonald earned a BS in Finance from Fairfield University.
Joseph A. Walker, Director
Mr. Walker is the Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan, a position he has held since rejoining the bank in 2012. His first J.P. Morgan career spanned 22 years with early assignments in South Korea and Japan. He helped build the firm’s mergers and acquisitions franchise, which he ran as co-head for three years, where his clients included a broad array of industries, including solid waste. He was a member of the Investment Bank’s Management Committee. Between his two tenures at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Walker served as a senior advisor to General Motors Corporation, working on an array of corporate finance, capital budgeting, and restructuring issues related to GM’s automotive businesses including, Hughes, Fiat, Isuzu, GMAC and Onstar, as well as the divestiture of Direct TV. Walker later co-founded KW Advisors, an advisory partnership, and became a strategic advisor to companies in various industries, including Dana Holdings Corporation as it went through a comprehensive turnaround. Mr. Walker served on the Board of the Hertz Corporation from 1997 to 2001, and currently serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. His education includes an M.B.A. and a B.A. from Columbia University.
Alan Viterbi, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Viterbi is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Liquid Environmental Solutions since the company’s formation in 2002. He was previously a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Public Technologies (USPT), the North American market leader in traffic photo enforcement, from its inception in 1988 until the sale of its business to Lockheed Martin in January 1999. He continued with Lockheed Martin for the two-year transition period as the Vice President of Photo Enforcement, also serving as a member of the Management Committee for Lockheed Martin’s state and local government subsidiary. Prior to founding USPT, Mr. Viterbi was the Mayor of West Hollywood, California, and a member of the City Council from 1984 to 1988. He has also served on various public agency boards, including as Chairman of Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 4, and most recently as a member of the California Export Finance Board. Mr. Viterbi’s education includes an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at U.C.L.A., where he was a Charles F. Scott Fellow, a Public Affairs Fellowship with the Coro Foundation, and a B.A. from U.C.L.A.
Liquid Environmental Solutions Corporate Officers
Gene Cookson, President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Cookson’s focus and responsibilities include the sales and operational oversight of the Company. Prior to LES, Mr. Cookson joined the SWS Environmental Services, private equity owned firm, in January of 2009 as Company President. He was responsible for all aspects of the business including corporate departments such as finance, human resources, information technology, legal, proposal development and waste services. In addition Mr. Cookson’s responsibilities included sales and operational oversight of the field service and remedial technologies business units. Mr. Cookson worked for Clean Harbors Environmental Services (NYSE: CLH), for nearly twenty years, where he held various Executive Management positions including SRVP of Sales and Operations, Chief Operating Officer, President of the Site Services Business Unit, and EVP of Business Line Management. He was an Executive Staff Member and the Executive Manager who attended Board of Director meetings for nearly fifteen years. Mr. Cookson holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree from Northeastern University in Civil/Environmental Engineering. In 2009, he attended and received certification at the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP176).
William Bergstrom, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bergstrom is responsible for the Company’s accounting, financial, information technology, human resources, and risk management functions. Prior to joining LES, Mr. Bergstrom served in increasingly responsible capacities for one of the nation’s largest charter bus operators through three different ownership structures (and company names): from 2006 to 2008, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Coach America ($450 million in revenues, 2,700 vehicles and 5,000 employees), majority owned by Fenway Partners, following its acquisition of American Coach Lines; from 2003 to 2006, he was President, Chief Operating Officer and/or Chief Financial Officer of American Coach Lines, majority owned by Lincolnshire Management, following its acquisition of Coach USA’s Southeast Region; from 2000 to 2003, he was Southeast Regional Vice President of Coach USA; from 1998 to 2000, he was Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations Analysis of Coach USA. Mr. Bergstrom worked for BFI from 1985 to 1998 in various capacities, including auditor, controller, business analysis manager and Vice President, Operations for BFI Medical Waste Systems. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.
Peter J. Crane, Vice President of Services and Solutions
Mr. Crane joined Liquid Environmental Solutions in 2007 and is responsible for managing the commercial services group that focuses on servicing food related customers; food service establishments, grocers, food manufacturers, and municipal collection contracts. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Crane served in various leadership roles with Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) from 1985-2001. In 2001, Mr. Crane joined Republic Services Eastern Region as its Regional Sales Manager responsible for sales and marketing activities within a 6 state operating region. In 2005 Mr. Crane joined Waste Management as its Market Area Manager overseeing revenue growth for Waste Management’s North Texas market which generates $ 160 million in annualized revenue. Mr. Crane has over 22 years’ experience in the solid waste collection and disposal industry and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.
Brian Bidelspach, Vice President of Expansion Operations
Mr. Bidelspach joined Liquid Environmental Solutions when the company acquired Resource Recovery Techniques of Arizona (RRTA) in 2005, and is responsible for the development of new branches and plants. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Bidelspach was co-founder and President of RRTA, which owned and operated a state of the art treatment facility for non-hazardous liquid waste. Prior to RRTA, Mr. Bidelspach was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Allwaste Recovery Systems, Inc. (ARS) based in Atlanta, GA. ARS owned and operated four non-hazardous liquid waste treatment facilities and a fleet of vacuum trucks that provided environmental services throughout the southern United States. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Bidelspach was Vice-President of National Waste Companies. Based in Dallas, National Waste was a leader in the private treatment of non-hazardous liquid waste and provided transportation services to over 5,000 customers throughout Texas. Mr. Bidelspach has over 20 years experience in all aspects of liquid waste management including transportation, compliance and final treatment. Throughout his career Mr. Bidelspach has been active in many trade associations and served on the board of the Dallas Restaurant Association. Mr. Bidelspach’s education includes a B.A. in Urban Planning and Regional Development from Bloomsburg University located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.