Board of Directors

Robert Vogel, Chairman of the Board: Mr. Vogel served as an observer to the Red Leaf Board from 2008 to 2012, and became Chairman of the Board in 2012. He is an Associate Principal at Lucas Capital Management, a New Jersey Investment Manager. His responsibilities at Lucas include energy-income research, CFO of Lucas Energy Ventures funds, portfolio management and supporting Lucas’ private investments. Trained as a chemical engineer, Mr. Vogel began his career in California with Chevron in 1981. After receiving an MBA in Finance, Mr. Vogel worked for Hess from 1987 through 2008, serving as Treasurer for his last four years.

Adolph Lechtenberger, CEO and Director: Mr. Lechtenberger joined Red Leaf as CEO in the fall of 2012. Prior to joining Red Leaf, he spent many years in executive management, strategic planning, technical oversight and operations in the refining industry including three years with Petroplus in Switzerland, over 10 years with CITGO, and nearly 20 years with Exxon. Interestingly, during his tenure at Exxon, he worked on development of two Powder River Basin coal mines and Exxon’s oil shale project in Western Colorado.

Ed Bailey, Director: Mr. Bailey has served as a Director of Red Leaf since January 2009. He has over 25 years of experience as an investor and consultant in private funding, venture capital, corporate finance and development, strategic planning and marketing. In 2004 Mr. Bailey was a founding partner of Vision Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm focused on providing senior debt, private money loans and equity investments.

Russell Belinsky, Director: Mr. Belinsky has served as a Director of Red Leaf since early 2011. Mr. Belinsky is a Senior Managing Director of Duff & Phelps. Mr. Belinsky was the co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Chanin Capital Partners prior to its merger with Duff & Phelps. He serves at the behest of Perella Weinberg Partners.

Michael Binnion, Director: Mr. Binnion was appointed to the Board of Directors in the spring of 2017 following Questerre’s acquisition of roughly 25% of the outstanding common stock of Red Leaf. Mr. Binnion is one of the founding shareholders of Questerre and has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Questerre Energy Corp., since November 2000. Mr. Binnion is a Fellow of the Certified Public Accountants and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta. Questerre Energy is a licensee and is pursuing a large oil shale project in the Kingdom of Jordan.

Bruce Sherley, Director: Mr. Sherley has served as a Director of Red Leaf since mid-2010. Mr. Sherley is a Professional Engineer and is currently President and CEO of Dundee Energy Limited, President of Dundee Oil and Gas Ltd., the general partner of a subsidiary of Dundee Energy Limited that owns and operates oil and gas properties in southern Ontario, and a Director of United Hydrocarbon International Corp., a private company with exploration and development activity in Chad. From 1991 to 1999 Mr. Sherley served as Vice President, Production at Home Oil and Anderson Exploration and as President of Sterling Resources Limited.

Jean DeRidder, Director: Mr. DeRidder spent his entire career (1984-2019) at TOTAL, retiring in July 2019. In addition to being responsible for mega-projects like TOTAL’s investment in the Kashagan project in the Caspian Sea, Mr. DeRidder spent many years with TOTAL E&P in the U.S. managing their investments in shale gas plays like the Barnett and Utica, and their oil shale technology investments, including their investment in Red Leaf. He brings an unmatched resumé with experience developing both conventional and oil shale projects. Mr. DeRidder currently serves as a Director of Utica Resources, in Quebec, Canada. Mr. DeRidder has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louvain in La Neuve, Belgium and did his graduate work in petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

Red Leaf Management

Adolph Lechtenberger, CEO and Director: Mr. Lechtenberger joined Red Leaf as CEO in the fall of 2012. Prior to joining Red Leaf, he spent many years in executive management, strategic planning, technical oversight and operations in the refining industry including three years with Petroplus in Switzerland, over 10 years with CITGO, and nearly 20 years with Exxon. Interestingly, during his tenure at Exxon, he worked on development of two Powder River Basin coal mines and Exxon’s oil shale project in Western Colorado.

Dr. James W. Patten, Chief Technology Officer. Co-founder of Red Leaf Resources in December 2006. Past President and CEO, past Chairman of the Board of Directors. Co-author or author of all of the initial patents, and continues to author or co-author many of the new patents. Leads development of the intellectual property portfolio and validation of the technology in the laboratory and in the field. Previously with Battelle (1969-1982 and 2000-2007) as Vice President, Non-conventional Petroleum Resources. Also previously with Cummins Engine Co (1982-2000) as Executive Director, with responsibility for technology business ventures and technical strategy for the Off Highway Business Unit. BS, MS, PhD in metallurgy, engineering, physics from Case and Washington State University.

Keith W. Johns, Technical Project Manager, joined Red Leaf in 2013 as the Project Mechanical Engineer where he managed the design and de-risking of the elaborate array of heating pipes in the demonstration project. In 2016, he was asked to lead the team as the Technical Project Manager. Prior to joining Red Leaf, he spent 9 years with Bechtel where he was involved in constructing multi-billion-dollar power projects. At Bechtel, he excelled at organizing and leading multi-faceted teams and streamlining work processes. He also worked as a Project Manager for a regional industrial contractor where managed several capital and maintenance projects. Keith has a BSME from Brigham Young University (2002) and an MBA from Marquette University (2009).

Dean Anderson, Chief Financial Officer

Red Leaf Technical Talent

Adolph Lechtenberger, CEO and Director: Mr. Lechtenberger joined Red Leaf as CEO in the fall of 2012. Prior to joining Red Leaf, he spent many years in executive management, strategic planning, technical oversight and operations in the refining industry including three years with Petroplus in Switzerland, over 10 years with CITGO, and nearly 20 years with Exxon. Interestingly, during his tenure at Exxon, he worked on development of two Powder River Basin coal mines and Exxon’s oil shale project in Western Colorado.

Dr. James W. Patten, Chief Technology Officer. Co-founder of Red Leaf Resources in December 2006. Past President and CEO, past Chairman of the Board of Directors. Co-author or author of all of the initial patents, and continues to author or co-author many of the new patents. Leads development of the intellectual property portfolio and validation of the technology in the laboratory and in the field. Previously with Battelle (1969-1982 and 2000-2007) as Vice President, Non-conventional Petroleum Resources. Also previously with Cummins Engine Co (1982-2000) as Executive Director, with responsibility for technology business ventures and technical strategy for the Off Highway Business Unit. BS, MS, PhD in metallurgy, engineering, physics from Case and Washington State University.

Dr. James W. Bunger has devoted his entire career to developing the science and engineering for producing substitute fuels from unconventional resources such as oil shale and oil sands. His early work focused on the composition and chemistry of upgrading the raw material to specification fuels. He was one of the co-founders of Red Leaf Resources, Inc. In work conducted for Red Leaf he has used his knowledge of chemistry and process design to identify effective and energy-efficient approaches to retorting of oil shale to produce liquid products. His knowledge of both the science and engineering has been instrumental in designing and interpreting process results from the laboratory and field operations. BSc Chemistry, University of Wyoming, 1968. PhD. Fuels Engineering, University of Utah, 1979.

John Faull, Senior Technology Engineer. John is an R&D professional with a focus on process development and scale-up of chemical and energy related technologies. He has previously worked on projects in oil shale, hydrogen production from gasified coal, on-site generation of antimicrobials, and a number of chemical sensing platforms. John received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and went on to earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, also in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Keith W. Johns, Technical Project Manager, joined Red Leaf in 2013 as the Project Mechanical Engineer where he managed the design and de-risking of the elaborate array of heating pipes in the demonstration project. In 2016, he was asked to lead the team as the Technical Project Manager. Prior to joining Red Leaf, he spent 9 years with Bechtel where he was involved in constructing multi-billion-dollar power projects. At Bechtel, he excelled at organizing and leading multi-faceted teams and streamlining work processes. He also worked as a Project Manager for a regional industrial contractor where managed several capital and maintenance projects. Keith has a BSME from Brigham Young University (2002) and an MBA from Marquette University (2009).

James H. McCoy, BSChE Michigan Tech 1968, is a senior manager with international experience in refining, petrochemical and solvents, overall supply chain management and economics-planning including extensive M&A. Achievements include refinery startups, plant management, management of manufacturing division and overall supply chain management, strategic planning and execution of M&A activities. Additional achievements in refinery/petrochemical design and engineering as well as continuous improvement, process safety management, economics, corporate strategy and building refinery-marketing companies. Jim started his career at UOP, held senior management positions at TOTAL, CITGO and Petroplus and was a guest lecturer at Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Jeremy D. Pearson works as a Development Scientist in the Red Leaf Laboratory. His daily responsibilities include carrying out lab-scale experiments to collect performance data on Red Leaf’s Ecoshale® technology, and investigational research to improve key parameters such as oil yield and oil quality. Dr. Pearson joined the Red Leaf team in 2016 after completing a one year AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship in the Office of Senator Orrin G. Hatch in Washington D.C. While in D.C. Dr. Pearson also was selected to participate as a fellow in Securing America’s Future Energy Energy Security Fellows Program. He holds Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of California-Irvine and Brigham Young University respectively.

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