Eric A. McAfee, Chairman and CEO
Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist with lifelong commitment to agriculture and renewable energy. Founding shareholder of $800 million revenues Pacific Ethanol ($85m Bill Gates equity). Founding shareholder of several publicly-held energy companies: Evolution Petroleum, Pacific Asia Petroleum, Particle Drilling Technologies, World Waste Technologies and Solargen Energy. Has funded more than twenty-five companies as principal investor, and has founded seven public companies with a combined high market value of $4 billion.
Fran Barton, Director
Appointed to the Board in August 2012. From 2008 to present, Mr. Barton served as Chief Executive Officer in the consulting firm Barton Business Consulting LLC. During his career, Mr. Barton has served as CFO of UTStarcom, Atmel Corporation, Broadvision, Advanced Micro Devices, and Amdahl Corporation. Mr. Barton started his career with 21 years at Digital Equipment Corporation, most recently as CFO of the Personal Computer Division of DEC. Mr. Barton served for three years with the US Army Special Forces. Mr. Barton holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a focus in finance from Northeastern University, and has completed the Stanford University Board of Directors certification program.
John Block, Director
Served as Secretary of US Department of Agriculture from 1981–1985 as a member of Ronald Reagan Cabinet. Currently Senior Legislative Advisor at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz, P.C. Formerly member of Board of Directors of John Deere & Co. and Hormel Foods Corp. January 2002–January 2005, served as Executive Vice President of Food Marketing Institute. February 1986–January 2002, served as President of Food Distributors International.
Read John R. Block’s article in GazetteXtra addressing the question, “Should Congress renew the Renewable Fuel Standard?” Mr. Block has served on the Aemetis Board of Directors since 2008.
Steve Hutcheson, Ph.D., Director
Founder of industrial biotechnology company Zymetis which was acquired in 2011 by Aemetis. Dr. Hutcheson is a recognized leader in the field of bacterial molecular biology and is the world’s foremost authority on certain bacterium from which the company derives its unique intellectual property. Dr. Hutcheson has more than 211 formal research presentations and publications, multiple patents granted with seven patents pending, and has served on 18 advisory panels for Federal funding agencies. Dr. Hutcheson earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and served for 25 years at the University of Maryland as a professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics.
Harold Sorgenti, Director
Appointed to the Board in November 2007. Since 1998, principal of Sorgenti Investment Partners, a company engaged in pursuing chemical investment opportunities. Prior to forming Sorgenti Investment Partners, served distinguished career that included position of President/CEO of ARCO Chemical Company 1979–1991. Founder of Freedom Chemical Company.