The BioUrja Group draws its strength from its people. We know that success does not occur in a vacuum, but rather is the result of the hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and uncompromising ethics of a team. Every team needs leaders to help unleash the full potential of its members, though, and we are proud to have some of the most experienced, dynamic and skillful leaders in the industry in our corporate family.
Amit is the founder of the BioUrja Group and serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He sets the overall direction for all group companies, defines the vision and mission, and directly oversees BioUrja Trading’s supply and trading activities. Immediately prior, Amit spent 13 years with ExxonMobil involved in the trading of ethanol, MTBE, petroleum coke and gasoline. He also developed technical operations experience at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery. Ever an entrepreneur, he has built numerous successful companies over the past twenty years, including childcare companies, real estate investment companies, and various energy and agricultural companies, all of which have been profitable, 100% owned, and successful. He received a B.S in Chemical Engineering, Suma Cum Laude, from Drexel University.
Shék oversees the operations of all group companies, as well as supervises all activities related to corporate development, legal matters, investments, and compliance. He has been with the BioUrja Group since inception, serving as an advisor to the Chairman & CEO throughout the growth of the group. He formerly served as the CEO of WTP Capital, LLC, a private equity firm; President of Global Services Partners Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded acquisition firm; and President of Megasoft, a publicly traded software services company. Shék also formerly practiced law with the international firms of Jones Day and Holland & Knight and has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maryland Law School. Shék received his B.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University, Magna Cum Laude, and his law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Lisa Bromiley, CPA, joined as the group CFO in 2018 and has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy industry. Immediately prior to joining BioUrja, she served as CFO of P3 Petroleum, LLC; Director of Finance and Accounting for Solomon Edwards Group, LLC; VP of Business Development for Epsilon Energy; CFO & Treasurer of Platinum Energy Resources; and CFO and SVP of Flotek Industries, Inc. She earned a BBA and Masters Degree in accounting from the University of Texas.
Anna Zhlitsova joined as the group Chief Risk Officer in 2018 and has over 15 years of quantitative analysis & risk management experience. In her most recent role, Anna worked as the Director of Quantitative Analysis, Finance, and Accounting at Calpine Corp, and has been a leader at several other companies, including JP Morgan, Louis Dreyfus Energy, and the Williams Companies. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Science degree in Finance at the University of Tulsa.
Arpita is the co-founder of the BioUrja Group and is responsible for all human resource related issues for the group of companies. In that capacity, she establishes and governs all employee policies, benefits administration, and career development programs. Arpita attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Dushyant is responsible for the accounting operations of all group companies. He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has more than 7 years of prior experience in senior management positions in manufacturing industries in India and Canada, in addition to approximately 5 years of experience in project financing and accounting. He also has worked for a boutique public accounting firm in New York for 2 years. Dushyant received his Bachelors of Commerce degree in accounting and auditing from Gujarat University in India.
Louis Storms joined as the group chief technology officer in 2018 and has over 20 years of experience in the IT sector. Immediately prior to joining BioUrja, he served as the global CTO for EDF Trading and EDF Energy Services, having been promoted over a period of years to positions of ever-increasing responsibility. He previously has been the founder of an IT start-up, as well as a consultant for Deloitte & Touche. Louis earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jordan is the head of our ethanol trading and supply business. Prior to joining BioUrja in 2010, Jordan worked for Racetrac Petroleum for five years in various positions, including, as a transportation analyst, commercial analyst, pipe and waterborne scheduler, Gulf Coast Gasoline trader, and ethanol trader. He earned his B.A. from the University of Tennessee in Logistics and Transportation with a concentration in management.
Steve heads all trading activities for BioUrja Trading. He has spent 35 years in international energy, the majority in the Louis Dreyfus Group as CIO, CCO, CEO, Head of Trading and Head of Natural Gas. In 1999 he became CCO and Head of Trading for EDFT, a venture created by Electricity De France and Louis Dreyfus Corp. At EDFT, Steve successfully built one of the largest energy trading companies in Europe overseeing all energy assets including fuel supply, economic dispatch, and power plants. Steve subsequently built a successful upstream business by hiring a team of technical experts focused on E&P assets in the Marcellus and East Texas. Prior to EDFT, Steve was Head of Trading at Duke/Louis-Dreyfus and before that Head of Trading at Louis-Dreyfus Electric Power. Other successful endeavors included refined product terminals and distribution, re-commissioning a German refinery, and serving as CIO of Louis Dreyfus Energy. Steve has a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York – Buffalo.
Pritesh is responsible for developing energy commodity trading opportunities in the Asia region for BioUrja Trading. He also manages the support services operations for all group companies via our affiliate, AB Technologies, in India as well. Previously, he worked in the finance department for a multinational IT company, Yash Technologies, LLC, and as a team leader with Arihant Capital Markets Ltd. He received his MBA with specialization in Finance/Marketing, from DAVV University, Indore.
John is responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing the day-to-day technical trading activities for BioUrja Trading. He brings 20 years of trading experience in achieving risk-adjusted returns by utilizing fundamental and technical methodologies employed in discretionary and systematic strategies through his work at Koch Supply & Trading, Dynegy UK Limited and the Dayton Power and Light Company. John holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.
Raul Salinas is our Head of Operations and has 17 years of experience in the metals industry, including commercial and operational roles. Prior to joining Hamilton Metals, LLC, he was the Vice President of Operations for Hamilton Metals Inc, which he joined in 2003. During his tenure at Hamilton Metals Inc, Raul held positions of increasing responsibility, ranging from inventory purchasing, sales, and warehouse management roles. His prior experience also includes positions with Howco Metals.
Arun is responsible for all operations and management of BioUrja Power as its Head of Power Trading. Prior to joining BioUrja Power, Arun had 14 years of experience in energy trading and asset management with a focus in the power industry, especially nodal trading. Arun’s record of success at companies like EDF Trading North America and Epic Merchant Energy has been built upon relationships with all of the significant market players, including merchants, utilities, municipals, cooperatives, and industrial end-users. Arun is a graduate of the Andhra University College of Engineering with a BS in Computer Science, and also has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Casey manages the commercial operations for LogiBio, in addition to providing logistics and business development support to other BioUrja Group companies. He has worked in the logistics sector for over 15 years, including having spent 9 years at CSX Transportation. He has deep experience in the movement of physical energy products by truck and train, as well as in the marketing of energy commodities. Casey has an MBA and a B.S. from the University of Florida.
BioUrja New Town Terminal
Casey serves as the Head of Commercial Operations for LogiBio, LLC, which has provided him with deep experience in developing, operating and managing terminals. Although BioUrja New Town Terminal is not a subsidiary of LogiBio, given its similar operations, Casey concurrently serves as the General Manager for BioUrja New Town Terminal. For more information on Casey, please see his bio under LogiBio above.
Darin is the head of trading and business development for West Plains. He has over 27 years in the grain industry beginning his career as a cross-country grain merchandiser with De Bruce Grain Inc and most recently as Vice President for Gavilon Grain. During this time he has managed grain facilities throughout the Midwest and Northern Regions of US handling wheat, oilseeds and feed grains. His industry experience has included Logistics, Project Management, Budget Development and Forecasting as well as Strategic Planning. Darin is a graduate from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Major in both Agriculture Business and Commercial Economics.
Paul is the head of operations for West Plains LLC, where he oversees all grain elevator operations, safety and compliance, and capital expenditure projects. He has 11 years of operations management experience with multiple grain companies, specializing in improving operational efficiencies that drive down overall costs. Past experiences include managing operations one of the highest volume BNSF rail shippers in the nation, a food grade corn processing facility, multiple country grain elevators, and multiple high volume frac sand transload and storage facilities. Paul received an Ag Business Management Degree from Southeast Community College in Beatrice, NE.