Vanguard Renewables Executive Leadership

Neil H. Smith Vanguard Renewables CEO

Neil H. Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Neil H. Smith

Neil H. Smith joined Vanguard Renewables as Chief Executive Officer in 2021 with the goal to make a lasting impact on the renewable energy landscape and advance the critical path to decarbonization needed for the industry to thrive.
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John Hanselman

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

John Hanselman

John Hanselman’s focus is developing organic waste and decarbonization solutions for food manufacturers, corporations, and food retailers and enhancing regenerative agriculture practices alongside Vanguard’s farm partners.
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Kevin Chase

Kevin Chase

Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer

Kevin Chase

Kevin Chase is the Co-founder and Chief Development Officer of Vanguard Renewables overseeing the company’s nationwide expansion program anchored by its strategic partnership with Dominion Energy.

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Marc Steward, CFO Vanguard Renewables

Marc Stewart

Chief Financial Officer

Marc Stewart

Marc Stewart is Chief Financial Officer of Vanguard Renewables. Mr. Stewart has over 30 years of success both leading and transforming early stage and large international organizations in the energy industry.
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David Darr Vanguard Renewables Chief Sustainability Officer

David Darr

Chief Sustainability Officer

David Darr

David Darr is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Vanguard Renewables and has been passionate about sustainability, food, and farming his entire life. Mr. Darr has over 20 years of experience working with dairy farmers around the country to implement sustainable and regenerative farming practices.
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Mahyar Ghorbanian

Mahyar Ghorbanian

Vice President, Engineering and Technical Services

Mahyar Ghorbanian

Dr. Mahyar Ghorbanian is the Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for Vanguard Renewables, with a focus in directing and leading scope development, engineering design review, technology evaluation, pilot/field testing, cost/benefit analysis, startup and commissioning, and process and operation improvement across our fleet.

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Michael Routledge

Michael Routledge

Vice President, Operations

Michael Routledge

Michael Routledge is Vice President of Operations at Vanguard Renewables. Prior to joining Vanguard Renewables, Mr. Routledge was Senior Director of Operations at Energy Recovery, where he led Operations within the Company’s Oil & Gas Business Unit.
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Kimberly Walker

Kimberly Walker

Vice President, Information Technology

Kimberly Walker

Kimberly A. Walker is the Vice President, IT of Vanguard Renewables. Ms. Walker brings to Vanguard over 30 years of Information Technology management in the energy sector. Ms. Walker is experienced in strategic planning, operations, M&A, software development, and security.

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Jennifer Forbes

Jennifer Forbes

Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Initiatives

Jennifer Forbes

Jennifer Forbes is Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives for Vanguard Renewables. Ms. Forbes directs branding and marketing for the Company and relationship building with Farm Powered partners, organizations, and influencers in the environmental and renewable energy space.

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Ray Duerr

Vice President, Sales

Ray Duerr

Ray Duerr is the Vice President of Sales for Vanguard Renewables. Ray is responsible for the management and overall growth of the feedstock supply into all Vanguard anaerobic digesters & Organics Recycling/Depackaging facilities.

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Raycho Spilkov

Raycho Spilkov

Vice President, Organics Development

Raycho Spilkov

Raycho Spilkov is Vice President, Organics Development for Vanguard Renewables. Mr. Spilkov has over 20 years of experience in originating, structuring and executing equity investments and joint ventures in the renewable, thermal power and midstream energy sectors.

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Victoria Lepore

Victoria Lepore

General Counsel

Victoria Lepore

Victoria A. Lepore is the General Counsel of Vanguard Renewables.  Ms. Lepore brings to Vanguard over 20 years of legal and risk management experience. Prior to joining Vanguard, she held leadership positions at General Electric including General Counsel of Digital Solutions at GE Oil & Gas.

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Rebecca Soulliere

Rebecca Soulliere

Director of Human Resources

Rebecca Soulliere

Rebecca Soulliere is Director of Human Resources for Vanguard Renewables. Ms. Soulliere brings more than 25+ years of experience across HR and key business functions including legal and strategic operations to her role.

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