The team of professionals at Restoration Fuels represents a diversity of expertise that ensures every aspect of our business gets the attention needed for success. Below are the biographies of a few key team members. Interested in joining us? Go to Join Our Team!
As the Vice President of Special Projects for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Matt is responsible for bringing to life the Endowment’s vision of a full-scale torrefied biomass facility. Matt currently oversees the design and construction of the Restoration Fuels facility, manages public relations and works with government entities, as well as coordinates the growing team of Restoration Fuels employees.
Prior to joining the Endowment Matt served as a Project Manager for an investor-owned electric utility; Director of Government Relations for a multi-state trade association; a Conservation Biologist for a state forestry department; and a Senior Policy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy where he was the program and technical lead for the State’s bioenergy programs. His initial work at the Endowment included guidance of torrefaction market development efforts through the Consortium for Advanced Wood to Energy Solutions. Matt led the formation of Oregon Torrefaction and a successful project to produce and deliver torrefied woody biomass for the largest utility-scale test completed to date.
Befitting his extensive work experience and education, Wayne handles the technical aspects of production at Restoration Fuels. His focus is on technology assessment, product quality assurance, and production troubleshooting as needed.
Wayne retired recently after a decade of service as the Director of Research and Development at Portland General Electric (PGE). Before this, he was Director of Environmental Policy at PGE. Wayne also has experience in the nuclear industry, where he worked for ten years and has served on numerous Boards including a current position with the Sightline Institute. Wayne holds a "courtesy staff" appointment at Portland State University. He also earned his doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences from New York University, as well as degrees from Oregon State University and Oberlin College. Wayne is known for always bringing high-quality donuts to the staff meeting from a bakery near his home in Portland, Oregon.
Working out of the Salem management office, Brooke oversees the financial and human resources aspects of Restoration Fuels, including record keeping, controls, and systems management. She helps Matt with his daily juggling act as well as supporting the team in John Day.
Brooke's background includes forming and managing a local grocery co-operative, where she wrangled a volunteer staff and vendors. She has also served as an Economist and a Research Analyst for the Oregon Employment Department and managed multiple non-union apprenticeship programs. Brooke is also highly skilled at hand-dipping small batches of chocolate from her years managing a candy store while she earned her B.A. in Economics and M.B.A. from the University of Oregon (go Ducks!).
While working with our industry partners and vendors, Joe keeps an eye on all aspects of the manufacturing site in John Day. His broad operational experience and engineering background make him an ideal fit at Restoration Fuels.
Joe has spent the last 20 years managing chemical production facilities. In this capacity, he has been responsible for all aspects of plant operations including development and implementation of safety programs and policies, environmental permitting and compliance, quality control and ISO 9000/14000 certifications, engineering oversight, staffing, and coordination of all production activities. Though he was raised in western Idaho, he earned both his B.S. and M.S. from Washington State University and has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. Joe has a particular attachment to Eastern Oregon.
Front row seating in John Day belongs to Brady Long, who manages the operations workers at the site. Brady has recruited and leads a skilled team of employees to operate the equipment around the clock in the facility, including the dryer, torrefier and densification equipment.
Brady spent the last seven years with a leading lumber manufacturer in Oregon where he held the positions of Production Coordinator, Quality Control Supervisor, and Finishing End Superintendent. He has been responsible for building and utilizing a production forecasting system from scratch, ensuring the maximum value was generated from every log cut, and ensuring the planer team operated safely and efficiently. He has spent most of his life in Oregon and has always thought of Eastern Oregon as his home. He holds a B.S. in Renewable Materials from Oregon State University.