President & Chief Executive Officer
is E2’s founder and has been associated with the creation and successful implementation of waste-derived alternative fuel programs at cement kilns throughout the US and Europe for over 35 years.
These initiatives created sustainable, beneficial use solutions for large energy users, waste service companies and private and public sector waste generators.
The typical project format was Design, Build, Finance, Operate & Maintain (“DBFOM”) at the energy user site, and providing “win-win” results to stakeholders and helped establish the mainstream business model for alternative fuel use as a partial replacement for burning fossil fuels as a viable environmentally friendly alternative to landfill and commercial incineration on a global scale.
Vice-President & Chief Technical Officer
has worked within the cement industry in various technical and management roles relating to the design, permitting and use of alternative fuels in kilns for 38 years. Prior to joining E2, Mr. Morton was a Vice President and Director of Operations for CEMTECH prior to its sale and until 2008 the North American Director of Alternative Fuels and Raw Materials for the HeidelbergCement Group. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a commitment towards the creation of industrial ecosystems where by-products are modified and recycled for their energy, mineral or physical value. Mr. Morton graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has had an extensive international career in recycling program development, cement manufacturing, project management and materials recycling. Mr. Morton was responsible for the design, permitting, public relations and oversight on the implementation of the first biofuels from municipal wastewater treatment sludge in North America, at Lehigh Cement’s Union Bridge, Maryland, US facility.
Since February of 2012, E2 has been supporting activities related to the integration of Gasplasma® technology within the cement and lime industries for the utilization of syngas produced from post use consumer and industrial wastes for LGE. These support services include certain due diligence services with the intent to participate in longer term project development.
Chief Development Officer
has over thirty years of experience in financial consulting and providing strategic advice to public and private companies. He is the managing director of Imagine Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment banking concern focused on supporting early stage growth and rapidly expanding companies. Mr. Long serves as the Chief Development Officer of E2 and was active in financing some of E2’s predecessor companies. Mr. Long has invested in and raised capital for companies in a variety of industries including but not limited to real estate, robotics, diagnostics, pollution control, entertainment and healthcare. He has served on the boards of various companies both private and publically traded including being a member of the audit and compensation committees. His expertise includes investor relations, communications, and corporate finance. From 2002 to recently Mr. Long founded and published the leading publication/daily E-Newsletter targeted at the New York City nonprofit community, New York Nonprofit Press. Prior from 1998 to 2001, he was the sole shareholder and founder of Longview Partners an investment banking and investor-relations company working primarily with publically traded healthcare companies. He started his career working from 1984-1997 for a family office investing in a wide range of industries. He received his MBA with a concentration in finance from The College of William and Mary in 1983 and a BA in Economics from The University of the South in 1981.
Chief Financial Officer
has over 25 years’ experience in private capital investing and management across numerous industries, capital structures and stages of development in companies located in the U.S., South America, Western Eu-rope and Asia. Currently, he is the Managing Partner of Stearns Associated Partners, a firm focused on assisting emerging growth companies accelerate their business plans and refine their strategic goals. In addition, Mr. Stearns serves as the CFO of E2. Prior to Stearns Associated Partners, he was a Managing Director with AIG In-vestments and its successor PineBridge Investments where he actively managed nu-merous private equity and private debt investments in the US and abroad in a number of industries with a particular emphasis on the education and mobile communications industries. Mr. Stearns has served on the Board of Directors of numerous private and public companies, including as Chairman and the head of audit, executive and human resources committees. Prior to joining PineBridge, he managed Abbott Capital’s private equity co-investment program from 2001-2006. From 1994 to 2000, he was a Managing Director of Equinox Investment Partners, a $300mm AUM private capital investment firm focused on growth oriented companies. Prior to Equinox, he was a Director with various subsidiaries of Kleinwort Benson where he managed private capital investments in the U.S. and Western Europe. Mr. Stearns received his BA in History and Political Science from The University of the South and studied economics and politics at the graduate school of Cornell University.
Business Development and Project Manager
of E2 Group has over 25 years’ experience working as a senior manager in business development and project management from various multi-national companies.
After graduation in Chemical Engineering he started his career as a lecturer at University of Benin-City in his native country Nigeria, from 1984 until 1989. During this period he spent one and a half years as a guest research engineer at University of Karlsruhe – Germany.
After that he worked as a product development and marketing engineer at the largest plastics manufacturing company in Hungary. He veered into management in the fields of telecommunications, logistics, IT, and Human Resources Management. In the process he worked for multi-nationals such as DHL, and a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. He set up departments from scratch, managing over 500 staff members at the peak. He acted as pioneer manager in IT Outsourcing for a subsidiary of Deutsche Telecom, where he rose to be a member of the board.
He worked with CEVA Ltd. a predecessor of E2 in lagoon clean-up projects, converting oil refinery wastes into alternative fuel for the cement industry. He assisted in the investment of an American fund in the purchase of a Hungarian company advising on business case, negotiations, and legal closing of the transaction.
He is founder and sole owner of Olu Consulting LLC since 2010 a company engaged in project management, consultancy, management training, coaching, mentoring. He developed training modules based on his experience as an active manager.
A good communicator, he speaks many languages including English, German, Hungarian as well as some Nigerian languages. He is a graduate of Technical University of Budapest, Hungary where he received his B.Sc, M.Sc and doctorate degrees.