John Sams - President & Chief Operating Officer
John Sams is a 30-year veteran in the energy, power, environmental and process sectors with specific experience in renewable fuels. Mr. Sams has over 20 years experience in senior management. He has held positions as President/CEO of a public company, a private Swedish company, President/COO of a startup clean energy company and a private process heating company. Three of these companies were turnarounds and one a startup. John has succeeded as a "hands on" manager with many large projects including own/operate facilities. He has B.S. in engineering and an MBA.
Joseph J. Titus, VP of Operations
Mr. Titus brings over 25 years operations and project execution management experience in the energy, environmental and process sectors. Joseph has a Bachelor of Science, Specializing in Paper Science & Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Loyola College of Maryland, Sellinger School of Business & Management. He has held multiple positions as Business Unit Manager and Director of Operations at Environmental Elements Corporation, an environmental process company and Alfa Laval Celleco, a Swedish pulp and paper process equipment company; Director of Operations for LPP Combustion LLC, a startup clean energy company and GTS Energy Inc., a process heating company with one of its key markets in the power sector. Mr. Titus will direct the engineering, construction and commercial operations of Raven’s proposed Washington State and British Columbia biorefineries.
Irshad Ahmed PhD Technology Inventor
Mr. Ahmed brings more than twenty years of technological, scientific and executive management experience to Raven and will focus his energies on developing Raven’s global technology platform. He was formerly in charge of alterative energy consulting for Booze Allen and advised the United States Governments National renewable Energy laboratories. He has a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Biological and Environmental Engineering from MIT and MA from the University of New Hampshire (joint degree program in biotechnology) and a BS with Distinction in Chemical engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Mr. Ahmed has also completed advanced executive management programs at Harvard Business School and MIT respectively.