Program Building & Startups in New Markets · International & Cross-Cultural Team Leadership
Cross-Functional Project Portfolio · R&D and Commcercialization · Higher Education
Strategic Management: CEO/Founder, Green Water Solution, Inc. (2017-2019). Technical
and operational leadership of startup introducing innovative technology in the wastewater industry,
achieving profitability within 2 years of operation.
CEO, Algae to Omega Holdings, Inc. (2015-2016). Turnaround management of a
stalling startup with initial commercial traction in the algae aquaculture/nutraceuticals industry by implementing
new corporate strategies and processes and heading successful $1 million funding round, investor
relations, and business development.
Senior Director and
Director of Research Facility, Algenol Biofuels, Inc. (2007-2015). Development of R&D department and facilities for an
industrial biotech/renewable energy startup from inception to $200 million capitalization. Led 38
member R&D department and 25 member cross-functional, multi-national project teams, developed patents, proprietary
technology, and regulatory frameworks and sustained a $25 million government grant. Maintained investor
relations and public company presentation.
Consulting: President/Founder, Blue Orchid Consulting, LLC (2015-current).
Technical-economic assessments of startups and projects for national and international government and private agencies,
companies, and startup projects; development of business plans and operational strategies for startups; operational management
and social media services, and web design for small private companies and sole-proprietor operations.
Research: Stanford University (1996), University of Texas
(1999-2000), Researcher pioneering adoption of innovative biomedical
technologies in marine science. Florida International University (2001-2007),
Assistant Professor, designed and operated new Marine Biology degree program, project managed
setup of 15,000 sq.ft. research and teaching building with $1.2 million equipment budget; maintained
research program by securing $3 million in extramural grant funding.
International: Co-founder and Scientific Editor, Dreiviertel Publishing
Company, Hamburg, Germany (1997-1999), business plan development and market placement of new public reading
magazine "mare" that won two World Press Photo Awards and several international photo
awards; strategic content planning, author relations, and journalistic writing. Research
Assistant Professor, Kiel University, Germany, (1990-1996), established first German multidisciplinary
working group in novel marine research field; led multi-national European Union research projects and represented
German Ministry of Research in European consultations.
Ph.D and M.Sc., Biological Sciences;
Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany
MBA, International Business; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL