BioUrja Leadership

Leadership is the practice of giving people a platform to achieve greatness.

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, and we are proud to have some of the most experienced, dynamic and skilful leaders in the industry in our corporate family.

BioUrja Group Executives

Amit is the founder of the BioUrja Group and serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He sets the strategic direction, vision and mission for all group companies. 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 currently serves as the non-executive Vice Chairman of the BioUrja Group, after having retired from his prior role as Chief Operating Officer at the end of 2022. In his new capacity, he provides strategic and governance advice to the Chairman & CEO and the Group’s executive leadership as needed. Formerly, as the COO, Shék oversaw the operations of all group companies, including 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.

As the co-founder of the BioUrja Group, Arpita has held many roles since its’ inception and is involved in driving global efforts of continuous improvements for BioUrja’s workforce. Arpita attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Joseph Malikkal serves as a Senior Advisor to the Chairman & CEO of the BioUrja Group, as well as to its executive team. Joseph is a seasoned professional focused on strategic planning and growth with over 26 years of experience in various leadership roles across numerous verticals. Prior to joining BioUrja, he served as the CEO of JPM Enterprise Inc., a premier title insurance processing company, which was acquired by a publicly traded title insurance company. Joseph also has served in management roles with WNS Global Services and Unisys. He holds a Juris Doctor (law) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and International Business from Drexel University.

BioUrja Group Management

Kyle is the Head of our IT Infrastructure group. He has over twenty years of experience in IT with the last decade spent in datacenter operations in the energy industry. His team is responsible for service desk, datacenter, global network, and security operations. Kyle holds a B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and is a member of the Houston Chapter of InfraGard.

Joining BioUrja in 2019, Ben is responsible for the oversight and execution of corporate acquisitions and divestitures and interfacing with BioUrja’s commercial banking relationships. Prior to joining us, Ben spent 9 years with Brown Brothers Harriman in the firm’s commodity finance group. Ben is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Since 2018, Cassie has led the Human Resources function across all BioUrja Companies. She has extensive experience in strategic management, people selection & development, diversity & inclusion and operations in the energy/commodity sector. Having successfully led the HR function of several grassroots organizations, growth initiatives have been an integral part of her success in the People function. She attended Texas State University and received her SPHR certification in 2001.

Jessica Cortez is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and reports to the Chairman and CEO of BioUrja Group. Jessica oversees all legal functions for all BioUrja Group entities. Her extensive knowledge in the energy commodities sector and commodities finance law spans a career of almost 20 years. Prior to joining BioUrja, Jessica served as Senior Counsel to the Marketing and Midstream segment at Oxy; as Counsel at the international law firms of Reed Smith and Haynes & Boone; as Managing Counsel at BHP, and as Vice President (Legal) for the Commodities Department of Barclays Bank PLC. Jessica received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School.

Company Management

BioUrja Trading

Jordan is the President 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.

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 M.B.A. with specialization in Finance/Marketing, from DAVV University, Indore.

Energy Alloys Global Solutions

Daniel is the President of Energy Alloys Global Solutions. During his tenure at Energy Alloys Global Solutions, he has held various progressing roles while stationed in North America and the Middle East. Daniel has been responsible for the Middle East business for 8+ years prior to his promotion to President in January 2021. Daniel is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution.

BioUrja Renewables

Asif plays a key role in driving BioUrja Renewables strategic initiatives and operational excellence. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role with a proven track record of over two decades in international product lines and industrial operations leadership roles in the global food, feed, beverage, and ethanol industries. Prior to working with BioUrja, he served as COO for 8 years with Quad Country Corn Processors in Galva, IA, preceded by a role as Global Product Line Manager at Cargill’s Wayzata, MN facility, General Manager at MGP Ingredients in Atchison Kansas, and Plant Manager at Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation. Asif holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Science in Industrial Operations Management.

As Vice President of Operations Mark’s primary focus is the safe and efficient functioning of all operational aspects of the facility including regulatory compliance, quality assurance, production, yield and operations personnel. He brings over 25 years of experience in the corn industry with the last 12 years spent in dry milling. Mark has run the Peoria, Il plant since 2012. Mark holds a B.S. in Chemical engineering from Purdue University.

BioUrja Terminals & Land

As President, Casey oversees all aspects of operations and commercial activities for BioUrja Terminals & Land. He has been with BioUrja since 2011 and has been instrumental in building our energy commodities distribution system, as well as launching our crude by rail business. Casey is also involved in business development related energy assets for BioUrja Group. Previously, Casey spent nine years with CSX Transportation in Marketing and Sales leading the development of the ethanol market.

West Plains

With 27 years in the grain industry, Brian began his career with Louis Dreyfus Corporation in 1993. He has also worked with Con Agra Trade Group and Archer Daniel Midland managing and operating grain facilities across the Midwest. Most recently, Brian served as Vice President of Operations for Gavilon Grain, overseeing assets and operations for their North American Grain, Ingredient and Fertilizer companies, which includes 127 grain facilities, 27 fertilizer facilities, and two export facilities located throughout the United States and Mexico. Brian is a Texas Tech graduate with a B.S. in Range Management.

Wade is the Merchandising Manager for West Plains and also serves as Regional Manager of the Colorado Region. Wade began his career working for Debruce Grain which was later acquired by Gavilon. While there he traded cross country grains and feed ingredients as well as merchandised around multiple shuttle loading facilities. Since joining the West Plains team in 2012 Wade has managed the Colorado Assets and Trading office. He has a passion for his family, the agricultural industry, and livestock production. Wade is a graduate of The University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Agriculture Business.

BioUrja Capital

As Managing Director of BioUrja Capital, Adam originates and evaluates new investment opportunities across the energy sector for BioUrja, primarily focusing on energy transition. His responsibilities include deal origination, detailed technical and financial assessment, financial underwriting, due diligence, and execution.

Adam’s 10+ years’ experience specializing in technical evaluations and energy investment has served him well in supporting various BioUrja Group initiatives in addition to his role with BioUrja Capital. Prior to joining BioUrja, he worked with Auxano Energy Partners as Chief Technical Advisor, leading technical and financial analysis for A&D in oil field services and upstream opportunities. Before Auxano, he served as Executive Vice President at Green River Production, a PDP-focused portfolio company of Trilantic Capital Partners.

Adam’s earlier roles include Engineering/Finance Associate on the Integrated Subsurface Team in the Investment Banking division at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. and Perella Weinberg Partners where he was responsible for technical analysis across upstream, downstream, infrastructure, oilfield service, capital solutions, M&A, and restructuring for both domestic and international engagements.

Adam graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida.