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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BioUrja Terminals & Land
Casey heads our terminal businesses with oversight responsibility for operations and commercial activities. He has been with the Group since 2011 and has been instrumental in building our energy commodities distribution system, as well as launching our crude by rail business. Casey also focuses on business development related to energy assets for the Group, wearing a second hat as V.P. of Business Development. Previously, Casey spent nine years with CSX Transportation in various capacities, including as the primary manager for ethanol transport. He holds a BS and MBA from the University of Florida.
Raul is the Head of Hamilton Metals. He has over twenty years of industry experience, beginning his career at Howco Metals Management in 2000 as a sales order coordinator and holding several management level roles within the industry before joining Hamilton Metals, LLC in 2016.
Raul supervises all of Hamilton’s commercial and operational personnel, from sales to manufacturing, as well as business development. He currently serves as the President of this business, after having held management roles of successively increasing authority. Raul is API Q1 Practitioner Certified and is a Six Sigma Black Belt Professional.
Brian Carleton is the Chief Operations Officer of West Plains, LLC. 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 Bachelor of Science 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 Major in Agriculture Business.