President & Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Probst, who has a strong background commercializing new technologies, joined Blue Sun Biodiesel in November 2002 and was named President and CEO in January 2003. Previously, he held key management positions with leading American corporations that successfully launched innovative technologies and brands, both in the United States and internationally.
Mr. Probst's career in the consumer battery industry featured positions with Gould Electronics and subsequently with Duracell, now divisions of Gillette. Mr. Probst had high level involvement in the development and launch of virtually all of the new consumer battery technologies of the past two decades. In launching these products, Mr. Probst differentiated commodity-based sales to pioneer premium positioning, pricing, and strategic alliances, and develop substantial new business sales and margins.
At Ecolab Inc., the world leader in advanced cleaning technologies for the global hospitality, institutional and industrial markets, Mr. Probst expanded Japanese and Asia Pacific markets, and drove overall revenue growth through the development of new sales and marketing strategies as well as products.
Jeff holds a Master of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, and a B.S. in Economics from Miami University.
Chief Financial Officer
Justin Bzdek joined the founders of Blue Sun in January 2002 and helped develop Blue Sun's business model and business plan, as well as establishing Blue Sun's investor relations. With 20 years' professional experience in scientific research, R&D, financial management, writing, and human resources, Bzdek brings a breadth of knowledge and expertise to the Blue Sun team.
As Assistant Department Manager for the Department of Atmospheric
Science at Colorado State University from 1998 to 2002, Justin
tracked federally funded research and approved budget proposals,
managed budgets and database and accounting systems, and chaired
search committees for more than 70 research faculty.
A Colorado native, Justin holds a B.S. in Chemistry from
Colorado State University.
From 1995 to 1998 Justin was Marketing Analyst and assistant to
the Vice President of Marketing for Concepts Direct, Inc. in Longmont,
Colorado, developing modeling and reporting systems for marketing
and merchandizing analysis. His previous experience includes water
chemistry and environmental chemistry laboratory research. He also
has published articles on the Clean Air Act, alternative fuel vehicles,
and engineering systems. Justin leads Blue Sun's equity and debt
finance and directs business plan and grant writing. He develops
relationships and negotiates agreements with strategic partners,
directs product development R&D,
and manages investor relations, budgets, and human resources.
Vice President, Operations
Sean Lafferty co-founded Blue Sun in 2001 after 10 years' experience in the electric power and renewable energy fields. Lafferty helped develop and manages Blue Sun's oilseed agronomy research and development program, as well as managing Blue Sun's cooperative development.
From 1998 to 2002 Sean was Electrical Engineer II for Exponential Engineering Co., a leading electric power consulting company in Fort Collins, Colorado. At Exponential Sean designed substations for power companies and contributed to load flow studies, meter applications, safety, and innovative design. Sean's primary responsibilities at Blue Sun include evaluating technologies and managing the production facility construction project. Sean helps negotiate contracts and works closely with engineering companies, technology providers, contractors, and raw material suppliers, as well as managing agronomy R&D and cooperative development. Sean will manage inventories and overall operations at the production facility.
Sean holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.