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Ecogensus is gaining global attention for its achievements in solid waste management and resource recovery. Our proprietary fuel, created entirely from residual waste, is engineered to replace coal in existing power plants and coal boilers.

As a technology company first and foremost, Ecogensus is committed to bringing innovation to the solid waste industry.

The company started operating its first facility in 2015, showcasing the possibilities of controlled, electric, non-combustion thermal systems. Today we have debuted the EGS-5000L that incorporates our new patented fuel processor vessel design. The EGS-5000L is a system that is a marvel in engineering, integrating processing and support systems (Balance-of-Plant) that fit into standard shipping containers within normal weight limits.

Ecogensus set out as an environmental technology, tackling landfills and replacing coal. With growing awareness of the nexus between waste and emerging pathogens, we have become just as much a public health company as an environmental company. These two mandates fit well together under our core vision – defending communities from the threats posed by unsustainable and dirty waste.

Board Members

Bjørnulf Østvik

Bjørnulf serves as the Chairman, CEO and CTO of Ecogensus LLC.

Bjørnulf has almost 14 years of experience in advanced technologies and complex systems, infrastructure, engineering, and large program management. He previously worked as a portfolio manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation, the largest defense contractor in the world and a leader in aerospace and security solutions. At Lockheed Martin, he was responsible for development of new advanced technology programs, including programs with: U.S. Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command, large and small commercial customers in the area of utility-scale power, mobile power and advanced synthetic fuels, and the Department of Energy (DoE) laboratories. After departing from Lockheed, he continued work with DoE laboratories and a number of research universities and institutes.

In his early career he worked in law, consulting, and economics. Bjørnulf is also Chairman and CEO of VikingPeak Energy Fuels LLC, which has holdings in waste and logistics infrastructure and is also developing facilities in the U.S. and U.K. that incorporate Ecogensus’ technology.

In early 2020, he launched the Center for Public Health and Global Infrastructure, an independent and nonpartisan research organization focused on developing solutions that protect global infrastructure from public health threats.

Bjørnulf has a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cornell University, and a law degree from The George Washington University Law School.

Steve Zelnak

Zelnak served as Chairman and CEO of Martin Marietta, stepping down from the board in May 2020. Martin Marietta has a market cap exceeding $14B and nearly 9,000 employees.

Zelnak led the highly successful IPO of Martin Marietta and grew it more than five-fold, causing Fortune Magazine to name it one of the "World's Most Admired Companies."

Zelnak has held numerous leadership positions, including as Chairman of Beazer Homes USA, Inc. and Chairman of the NC State Physical and Mathematical Sciences Foundation. He is an emeritus Board member of the Georgia Tech Foundation.

Zelnak began his career in the U.S. Army, where he was trained on explosives ordnance disposal. Zelnak graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology and has an MBA and an MS in Administrative Science from the University of Alabama system.

Peter Leemputte

Leemputte served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and, prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company.

In addition to Leemputte's positions at Keurig Green Mountain and Mead Johnson, he also served as CFO of Brunswick Corporation and Chicago Title Corporation, and held financial leadership positions at Armco, FMC Corporation and BP Amoco. Leemputte has also served on numerous Boards of public companies.

Leemputte holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University. Leemputte also served on the National Council of Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Bill Gress

Gress has 35+ years' experience in global supply chain management, manufacturing, and business development in Latin America, Asia and Europe. He served as President of South America, President of Latin America and Vice President of Supply Chain at Brunswick Corporation.

Gress also has been a VP of Global Supplier Operations for Goss Graphic Systems, Inc. and a VP at Mercury Marine.

Bill is an Operating Advisor for CORE Industrial Partners, a private-equity firm that invests in manufacturing and industrial technology companies. He currently serves as CEO of a CORE portfolio company, Prototek Holdings LLC, a rapid prototyping business.

Gress holds a B.A. in Management from the University of Illinois, Springfield. He completed Strategic Leadership Executive Study at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He has been a Member of the International Association of Purchasing Manager and American Production & Inventory Control Society, and was Fundraising Chair for United Way for Mercury/MerCruiser.