INDUSTRY KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Global Plasma Solutions, Inc.
Charles “Charlie” Waddell is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Global Plasma Solutions, Inc., a manufacturer of Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) products for the indoor air purification market. His experience includes designing HVAC systems for the residential, commercial and industrial markets as well as for the automotive, hand dryer and aviation industry. Charlie holds a BSEE from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
Charlie is an active member of ASHRAE and currently a participant of ASHRAE SSPC 62.1, TC 2.3 (Gas Phase Filtration), TRG4-IAQP, and formerly the secretary of TC 8.12 (Desiccant Dehumidification & Components). Charlie has over 18 years of HVAC design and application experience. Charlie’s portfolio includes 30 patents granted, 28 patents pending, and an article published in Engineered Systems Magazine on desiccant dehumidification. Charlie is an instrument rated private pilot and enjoys flying for business and pleasure.
Vice President of Product Engineering and Quality, Huber Engineered Wood
Kurt is the Vice President of Product Engineering & Quality for Huber Engineered Wood and works out of the Charlotte, NC corporate office. Kurt manages the Quality Assurance teams, Building Code recognition for HEW specialty products, Architect, Engineer & Builder continuing education activity and technical support services related to in-field product use.
Kurt holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University as well as an MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle. Kurt is a professional engineer with registration in 20 States. After working as a consulting structural engineer and for Trus Joist/Weyerhaeuser as a General Manager for a new business unit, Kurt joined Huber Engineered Woods LLC in 2003.
Founder and CEO, Hexas Biomass, LLC
Wendy Owens is the founder and chief executive officer of Hexas Biomass LLC (Hexas), a role that allows her to use her experience as a serial entrepreneur in the communications technology, materials engineering, biotechnology, and healthcare industries. Prior to founding Hexas, Ms. Owens was in biotech as a clinical scientist and advisor to major bio-pharmaceutical companies. She led research studies funded by the CDC, Biogen, Shire, Genentech, and other biotech and bio-pharmaceutical companies.
Ms. Owens also co-founded and ran an advance composite materials engineering company taking the company from technology development to patenting and commercialization. Ms. Owens served as advisor to the US Secretary of Commerce and US Trade Representative on an International Trade Advisor Committee (ITAC 8) for 14 years.
President, Fram Renewable Fuels, LLC
Harold has been involved in the forest industry his entire working life. He spent more than 23 years in the Forest Resources Division of Hercules Inc. and held the position of Western Region Superintendent prior to his leaving Hercules in 1995. Since then, he has exported chips and other forest products through port facilities at Savannah, handled a variety of consulting projects for forest products industries in the South, and completed several international forestry related assignments as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development.
Harold joined Fram Renewable Fuels, LLC in October 2005. His industry knowledge led to the development of Fram’s first wood pellet facility in Baxley, Georgia. Appling County Pellets was constructed and began producing in late 2007. Since then he has played a pivotal role in the development of the business and customer relationships that are so vitally necessary in this business. As the industry continues to grow Harold enhances the profile of Fram to further develop the wood pellet industry in the Southeast United States.