Board Of Advisors

Dr. Louis Albright
Controlled Environment Agriculture Expert

Dr. Louis Albright has had an extensive career in research and teaching related to optimized environmental control and energy management in agricultural buildings, with a focus for the past twenty-five years on commercial greenhouses and plant growth chambers.  He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and is the current director of Cornell’s Controlled Environment Agriculture program.  His work has produced more than two hundred papers and publications, two textbooks and three U.S. patents on computer algorithms for daily light integral control with optimizing the combination of photosynthetic light and carbon dioxide concentration for computerized greenhouse crop production.  He has bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from Cornell University and, before joining the Cornell faculty, was on the faculty of the University of California, Davis.

Martin W. Hansen
Technical Process Advisor

Martin W. Hansen is currently a senior professional at Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S where he heads the effort to commercialize biomass combined heat and power opportunities for markets in Japan and Southeast Asia. Previously, he was VP Project Development at Solum A/S and President of Aikan North America, Inc.  Prior to Solum and Aikan, Martin was engaged in commercial business development in Southeast Asia, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Canada and the U.S. at various organizations including Bio-Feeders, TK Energi A/S, DONG Energy A/S, FORCE Technology and DK Teknik.

Martin has a strong technical background (M.Sc. Mechanical / Energy) and a commercial strategic degree Executive MBA.  Through his background and experience, he has gained broad industry insights, with a strong foothold in the energy sector – renewables including biomass and biogas, oil and natural gas, as well as water and utilities and environmental services.

Martin has complemented his career activities and achievements by attending management and strategy courses at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Wayne King, Sr.
Operations Management/Sales & Marketing Advisor

Wayne is a principal owner of ERTH Products, LLC, one of the largest compost manufacturing facilities in the Southeastern U.S.  Wayne serves on the board of directors of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, the Georgia Recycling Coalition, Georgia Water Wise and the US Composting Council (“USCC”).  Currently Past President of the USCC, Wayne was founding President of the Georgia Composting Association and Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Green Industry Association where he served as President of the Sales and Marketing Division.

Wayne has chaired and participated in numerous state technical advisory committees responsible for shaping legislation, policy, model ordinances and best management practices including the Governor’s Stormwater Advisory Committee, Georgia’s Statewide Advisory Committee charged with development of the state’s first Comprehensive State Wide Water Management Plan and the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commissions.

Wayne received the USCC’s Composter of the Year Award as well as the prestigious Southern Nursery Association’s Environmental Leadership Award in 2003.  ERTH Products received the USCC’s Clean Water Award in 2007 and the Georgia Recycling Coalition’s Spirit of Green Awards for Environmental Stewardship in 2011.

Wayne graduated from Midwestern University and served his country for 20 years as a U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer.

W. Blake Sturcke
Strategic
Advisor/Founder

Blake is a Founding Member of Turning Earth, LLC, where he served as Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Development from 2010 to 2015.  Prior to Turning Earth, Blake worked for 15 years for leading global investment banks as a capital markets and corporate finance advisor to high-growth companies in the U.S., Asia and Latin America.  Mr. Sturcke began his career at Morgan Stanley where he held a succession of positions, including leadership roles in the firm’s Investment Banking Division in New York, Hong Kong and India. Mr. Sturcke later held senior positions for Deutsche Bank where he led the Emerging Growth Equity Group and the Consumer Equity Capital Markets business.

Mr. Sturcke currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Encore Renewable Energy.

Mr. Sturcke received his MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business in 1998, where he graduated as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.  Blake earned his BA in Economics from Bucknell University in 1993.  Mr. Sturcke is the Co-Chairman of the Bucknell Finance Network, an organization that he jointly founded in 2007.  Mr. Sturcke has spoken and guest lectured on topics including corporate development, sustainable management and corporate finance at a number of academic institutions including Bucknell, Columbia, Quinnipiac and Villanova.

Flemming Viskum
Strategic
Advisor

For more than 30 years, Flemming Viskum has been working with industrial production companies within the energy and heavy steel sectors.  His primary achievements have been in production optimization and business turnaround.  He has been responsible for large investment programs within biomass power plants, production facilities and production plants in the wood and steel industries.

Flemming´s career began in the heavy steel engineering/construction business, where he fulfilled various positions in the shipbuilding and the boiler industry, with a focus on reduction of lead time and cost.

In the past 10 years, he has shifted focus to the cleantech sector, with a particular focus on areas including biomass, wave and wind energy.  As CEO of Solum Group he developed the business area of clean-tech solutions for the conversion of organic waste into energy and fertilizer, which included commercialization of the biogas and composting technology Aikan.

Alongside these duties, he has served on various boards of directors of industrial companies within the maritime industry (shipbuilding, offshore structures and windmill components) and sustainable energy development.

Flemming is a naval architect and welding engineer, and has also completed international courses at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.