ABOUT | Management

Leigh Freeman | Chief Executive Officer, Director

Leigh Freeman assumed the positions of CEO and Director of Blue Sun Energy after nearly three years as a strategic and financial consultant with the Company. In this latter role he has arranged the last three financings for Blue Sun. Leigh is a co-founder of BitterRoot Group LLC, a 'broodtank' for innovative, resource-based businesses and has been responsible for bringing a number of private businesses through the public financing process.

He has served in technical, managerial and executive positions with major and start-up companies over his 30+ year career.  Leigh is a regular speaker at domestic and international conferences on the topics of innovation, talent, team-building and business strategies in the resource industries. He sits on advisory boards for a number of US and Canadian universities.

Leigh earned a degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Montana at Montana Tech.

Bruce Baughman | Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Baughman has over 32 years experience in heavy industrial manufacturing, agri/chemical-process, energy/biofuels, food manufacturing and facility and corporate management; including process design, maintenance engineering, process optimization and major capital construction project management.

Mr. Baughman will initially direct activities at Blue Sun’s upgrade of the St. Joseph, Missouri biodiesel processing facility. Along with executive management Mr. Baughman will help set the strategic direction of the company and execute current strategic plans.

Mr. Baughman has worked with ADM, DuPont/Solae, Kraft, Cargill, Abitec Corp, ITG GreenHunter and Mission New Energy. Mr. Baughman is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Rolla.

Sean Lafferty | Vice President Technology & New Business

Mr. Lafferty, one of the founders of Blue Sun, had previously served as Vice President, Operations of Blue Sun and SunFuels since its founding in November, 2001. He had also served as Secretary, Treasurer and Director during his time with SunFuels, and has been a Vice President and Director of ARES Blue Sun Development, LLC since its inception. Prior to founding SunFuels Mr. Lafferty gained experience in the electric power and renewable energy fields while serving as an Electrical Engineer for Exponential Engineering Co. He has 15 years of applied electrical engineering experience with a focus on power systems. Mr. Lafferty earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University.

Jerry Washburn | Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Washburn has over 35 years of financial and technology experience in a variety of senior level roles (CFO, COO, CEO, Advisory and Fiduciary Board) and has spent much of his career leading early-stage and emerging market companies through rapid scale to their next levels. Mr. Washburn’s experience spans all the crucial facets of rapid growth companies including, successfully concluding multiple capital, debt/equity transactions, business development and strategic planning, technology and business process implementation, mergers and acquisitions and private-to-public transactions. 

Mr. Washburn is unusually well grounded in both corporate finance and technology systems and infrastructures and is particularly adept and a highly sought after business process and technology specialist for rapid growth companies. Prior to joining Blue Sun, Mr. Washburn led the successful GRC (corporate governance, risk management and compliance) implementation at Pacific Ethanol, Inc., (Nasdaq “PEIX”) in support of that company’s scale from a $70 million private company to its present $500 million public company status, including installation of new ERP systems for information collection, processing and reporting and successfully leading the company through its initial Sarbanes-Oxley assessment and evaluation.

Mr. Washburn commenced his career with Arthur Andersen & Company where he served as engagement head of Boise Cascade and Georgia Pacific Corporations and was a specialist in SEC matters and Internal Control systems and processes. Following Andersen, Mr. Washburn served in senior leadership roles at Total Information Systems, Inc., an ERP software developer, IPRO, Inc., an imaging technology developer and litigation support company and OneSource Technologies, Inc., (OTB “ORCS”) a large-scale equipment technology service provider.

Mr. Washburn, a CPA holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University.