Leadership

Thomas Spangler, Founder and Managing Director

Thomas Spangler is a former senior Department of Defense official and electrical engineer. He is an entrepreneur, startup investor, and advisor to multiple defense, aerospace, and investment concerns. Tom is also the author of the article “A Pentagon Energy Plan” and was a founder of Cleanbay Renewables prior to the Globomass Investment.  He is well versed in US State and Federal Government Programs related to the Renewables Sector and continues to drive the firm’s expansion in the US Market.  Tom is also a principal of Osprey View, a game monitoring / land management geographical information service using multiple classes of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  He is also a principal of Spangler Strategic Advisors, a community development venture capital fund that invests (debt and equity) and provides technical assistance to early- and mid-stage small businesses. Tom holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Donal Buckley, CEO and Managing Director

Donal Buckley is a CEO with experience in all areas of project development in the clean-tech biomass sector. He has 12 years of experience in biomass in countries worldwide, including the UK, Ireland, the US, Brazil, Ghana, Latvia, Bulgaria and Serbia. Mr. Buckley was the founder and CEO of Kedco plc, where he developed the company into a successful leading project development company in the biomass, anaerobic digestion and gasification fields. He listed Kedco on the AIM market on the LSE in 2008 and guided it to signing very significant JV contracts with project values of over £80 million, with four times this amount of new projects in the pipeline when he sold his stock to set up Globomass and CleanBay. Donal also set up an agricultural financial advisory business in 2001, which became part of the larger SWS group in 2003. In 2009, he was one of 27 CEOs chosen by the Irish government to complete an executive education program in Stanford GSB based on his proven ability to build global companies. He is a life member of Stanford alumni.

Kevin Hill, Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Hill has an extensive capital markets background with 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. His transaction history includes the acquisition and financing of more than 30 assets, with $900 million in debt and equity and total capitalization greater than $2 billion. Prior to joining CleanBay, Kevin was a vice president of finance and capital markets at Continental Realty Corporation (CRC), where he managed CRC’s existing loan portfolio. Prior to joining CRC, Kevin worked at Javelin 19 Investments, The Meridian Group and New York Life Investment Management. He has executed equity and debt investments utilizing fund discretionary capital, institutional joint ventures and private-equity syndications. Kevin received an M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University and a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Bryan Train, Chief Investment Officer

Bryan Train has extensive international experience within project finance, capital markets and industry. Prior to joining CleanBay, he led international business development for Globomass. He was a Managing Director of the Worsham Group, a family office focused on private investments in real estate and was a co-founder and director of Asha Zuri Participacoes, which funded the development of 3,500 low income units in South Eastern Brazil. Mr. Train has also held executive positions at Coloplast, a maker of healthcare products, and the International Business Group at GMAC’s Rescap mortgage lending platform. He began his career in the accounting department of DuPont’s subsidiary in Spain. Bryan holds a BA (Hons) in International Business and German from the European Business School in London and an MSc in Logistics, Trade and Finance from City University, London.

Jason Levine, Chief Business Officer & General Counsel

Jason Levine is a growth stage veteran whose operating experience includes roles of Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, and senior corporate development executive. He was a founder of Cleanbay Renewables prior to the Globomass merger. Mr. Levine also has extensive venture capital and investment banking experience having managed Boston University’s Community Technology Fund venture capital portfolio, Friedman, Billings, Ramsey’s merchant banking portfolio, and having structured over a billion dollars of structured finance transactions while at Tucker Anthony and Merrill Lynch.  Jason holds a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University, an MBA from the University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a JD (Law) from the University of Virginia School Law School.

Alan Gilbert, Chief Operating Officer

Alan Gilbert has over 12 years of experience in renewables, particularly in biomass. From 2006 to 2011, he worked with Donal Buckley at Kedco, developing projects to generate electricity and heat. He successfully restructured a Latvian biomass business, increasing turnover fivefold, developing an energy project ready to finance. He also established the anaerobic digestion division, which went on to become one of the top AD solutions providers into the UK market. He was responsible for bringing several AD projects through the sales process into planning & permitting, establishing feedstock supplies and readiness for financing. Mr. Gilbert previously held management positions in the agri-food sector. He held management roles in a variety of locations for Kerry Group PLC in line supervision, production management and input procurement. He worked in the nutrition sector with Danone PLC in their infant formula division. Alan holds an B(Eng) in Agriculture and Food Technology from University College Dublin.

Dr. Shawn Freitas, Chief Technology Officer

Shawn Freitas has professional experience in a variety of organizations related to petroleum and renewable fuel/chemical production. In his most recent role, he worked at TRI, owner of the largest Fischer Tropsch biorefinery in North America and currently building the world’s first municipal solid waste (MSW) to jet fuels plant. Shawn holds a doctorate focused on biomass chemistry and considerable experience with both lab and commercial scale biomass and waste conversion technologies, as well as the associated methods and instrumentation required for their analysis. He is responsible for the development of a wide and growing selection of bioenergy and biofuels educational materials meant to improve communication between the various stakeholders involved in these projects. Shawn also has a background in project management and has demonstrated leadership and innovation in this field, expanding and improving earned value management methodologies for engineering and science and implementing them on major EPC projects.

Christi Hudgins, Director of Human Resources

Christi Hudgins brings with her a diverse human resource portfolio, with an ultimate focus on fostering the link between people and strategy, streamlining processes and implementing strategic initiatives to meet the global needs of CleanBay Renewables. Christi organized satellite launches – from initial development stages to implementation – and engaged with senior government and military officials, media outlets and international guests in her roles at the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2021, she will graduate with her Human Resource credentials through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Courtney Spangler, Director of Government Affairs

Courtney Spangler is CleanBay’s chief lobbyist and policy advisor for government affairs. She has been focused on environmental stewardship and economic development matters for more than two decades and is an enthusiastic champion of renewable energy. Courtney also serves as land use expert for the firm’s development portfolio and advises on communication strategy and marketing. Prior to joining CleanBay, Courtney was the senior policy associate at Rapoza Associates, a lobbying and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. where she led the firm’s clean energy, green jobs and environmental policy initiatives. Prior to that, she served as the government affairs coordinator at the American Planning Association in Washington, D.C. in a similar role. Courtney also worked as deputy policy director on a gubernatorial campaign in New York State, served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, and was a member of a DC-based political fundraising firm for the 2000 Presidential election campaign and the 2002 Senate races.  Courtney holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and an M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Dr. Kristi Shaw, Director of Environmental & Regulatory Compliance

Kristi Shaw held research positions within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and University of Maryland. She holds a Ph.D. in Marine, Estuarine & Environmental Sciences (MEES) from University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Environmental Health from Johns Hopkins University.  Kristi completed her Ph.D. in a microbial ecology laboratory, where she investigated bacterial community composition using molecular tools in collaboration with a larger NOAA-sponsored Integrated Environmental Assessment of Chesapeake Bay sub-estuaries. Additionally, she gained expertise in the field of marine pathogens causative of human illness, completing several studies associated with antimicrobial resistance, human exposure and environmental controls. Kristi also holds licensure in Maryland as a certified nutrient management consultant.

John Wall, President

John Wall is an engineer, entrepreneur and investor. Early in his career, he worked as an engineer, project manager and executive in a variety of locations throughout EMEA in the 80’s and 90’s with Kentz (now part of SNC Lavalin), an EPC multinational focused on the energy sector. In the late 90’s, he founded GxP Systems, a specialist industrial technology practice, which he ran as CEO and chairman until its acquisition by NASDAQ-quoted SRCL in 2015. John also served as a director to startups and non-profits, and as a mentor to young entrepreneurs. He successfully delivered significant projects in the 500,000+ mhr range and has a detailed knowledge of modular electrical, mechanical and process engineering from directing the successful turnaround of a troubled modular power projects company. John holds a degree in electrical engineering from University College Corkin and a masters degree from Imperial College, London in advanced control systems. His executive education began with the Open University in 1990 and culminated in Stanford GSB in 2009, where he remains a life member of Stanford alumni.