Executive Leadership

Andrew C. Kessler

President/Founder
Andrew C. Kessler is President and a Founding Member of Turning Earth, LLC.  Prior to launching Turning Earth, Mr. Kessler spent fifteen years as an investment banker holding senior positions as a Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions professional at various firms including HSBC, Waller Capital, Morgan Stanley and Duff & Phelps.  He has executed a wide spectrum of equity, debt and M&A transactions across a diverse set of markets and industries.

Mr. Kessler writes and lectures on organics recycling and related topics and regularly speaks at industry forums and conferences.  He served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Composting Council from 2010 to 2012 and was elected to its Executive Committee in 2011 and 2012, as Vice President and Treasurer, respectively.  He is a Solid Waste Association of North America Certified Composting Systems Technical Associate.

Mr. Kessler received his MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1997, graduating with Distinction and as a Stern Scholar.  He received his BA in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1992.  During 2006 and 2008 he was a guest lecturer at New York University’s Executive MBA program and has served on the Board of Directors for early stage companies and non-profit corporations.

Amy McCrae Kessler, Esq.

EVP, Head of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs/Founder

Amy McCrae Kessler is EVP, Head of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs and a Founding Member of Turning Earth, LLC.  She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Biogas Council where she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Council’s Federal Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Anaerobic Digestion Co-Products Working Group.  A Member of the Board since 2010, she served as Vice Chair of the American Biogas Council from 2012-2013 and Co-Chair of the Council’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee from 2010-2012, building the ABC’s most popular program from the ground up.

Prior to launching Turning Earth, Ms. Kessler practiced environmental, international environmental and administrative law at Arnold & Porter, LLP in New York and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Ms. Kessler has advised clients on a broad range of environmental issues in the context of litigation, regulatory compliance, permitting and corporate, banking and real estate transactions.  In addition, she has counseled sovereign states on a variety of environmental issues.

Before joining the private sector, Ms. Kessler dedicated time to public service and non-profit organizations including the Office of International Environmental Policy at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Center for International Environmental Law.

Ms. Kessler has written about the importance of seeking a NAICS code for the composting industry as well as on the subjects of international environmental law and the environmental impacts of projects funded through multilateral lending institutions.

Ms. Kessler is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.   Ms. Kessler is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section.

Ms. Kessler received her JD, summa cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 1998 where she was a senior staff member of The American University Law Review.  She received her BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1992.

W. Blake Sturcke

EVP & Head of Corporate Development/Founder

Blake is a founder and Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Development of Turning Earth, LLC. 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.

Blake represents the organics recycling industry on the Steering Committee of Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee. He lectures on organics recycling and related topics and regularly speaks at industry forums and conferences.

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.