Thomas Spangler, Founder and Managing Director

Thomas Spangler, CleanBay’s founder, is an entrepreneur, startup investor and advisor to multiple defense, aerospace and investment concerns. Tom is the author of the article “A Pentagon Energy Plan” and is well versed in U.S. state and federal government programs related to the renewables sector. 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 worked on similar projects in the U.S., Ireland, Brazil, Ghana, Latvia, Bulgaria and Serbia. Donal was the founder and CEO of Kedco plc for six years where he developed the company into a successful leading project development company in the biomass, anaerobic digestion and gasification fields. Donal speaks to international audiences about the potential of biomass as a sustainable future energy source.

John Wall, President

John Wall is a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience in engineering, industrial technology, project and executive management. He began his career in hydrocarbons, working with an EPC multinational for 10 years across EMEA. He founded GxP Systems in 1997 and ran as CEO/Chairman until acquired by Chicago-based Stericycle in 2015. GxP Systems served the highly regulated BioPharma and Medtech industries. Other professional experience includes non-exec directorships, turnarounds, mentoring of entrepreneurs, voluntary service to industry bodies. Wall holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork, a Master’s degree in Control Systems from Imperial College, London and completed his executive education at Stanford GSB, Ca.

Kevin Hill, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hill oversees the finance and accounting functions at CleanBay Renewables. In this capacity, he is responsible for capital raising initiatives, corporate financial management and all financial models. Mr. Hill has an extensive capital markets background with fifteen years’ experience in the commercial real estate industry. His transaction history includes the acquisition and financing of more than thirty assets, with $900 million in debt and equity and total capitalization greater than $2 billion. Prior to joining CleanBay Renewables, Kevin was Vice President, Finance & Capital Markets at Continental Realty Corporation (CRC), where he managed CRC’s existing loan portfolio comprised of seventy five properties and over $1 billion of asset-level debt. Prior to joining CRC, Kevin was a principal at Javelin 19 Investments, Vice President at The Meridian Group and Second Vice President at New York Life Investment Management. Mr. Hill has executed equity and debt investments (common equity, preferred equity, mezzanine debt, bridge loans and permanent financing) 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. Kevin holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Bryan Train, Chief Compliance and Integration Officer

Bryan Train has extensive international experience within project finance, capital markets and industry. Prior to joining the CleanBay Renewables, he acted as an advisor on project finance and funding options for Globomass developed and emerging markets. He was a managing director of the Worsham Group, a family office focused on private investments in real estate. Bryan 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.

Alan Gilbert, Chief Operating Officer

Alan Gilbert has more than 10 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, particularly in the area of biomass. From 2006 to 2011, he worked with several companies that specialize in the biomass sector, including projects to generate electricity and heat. Of particular note was a Latvian biomass business which he restructured, increased throughput five-fold and developed an energy project ready to finance. While there, Alan also established an anaerobic digestion division. This division went on to become one of the top anaerobic digestion solutions providers into the UK market.

Jason Levine, Chief Development Officer and General Counsel

Jason Levine is a seasoned executive who has served as a chief financial officer, general counsel and senior corporate development leader. Jason 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. He 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.

Dr. Shawn Freitas, Chief Technology Officer

Shawn Freitas has professional experience with 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 to jet fuels plant. He has 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.  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.