Carl Rush – Chief Executive Officer
Carl was formerly Senior Vice President of Organic Growth at Waste Management where he and his team invested in and oversaw a portfolio of some 35+technology investments primarily concentrated on deriving more value from waste. He started the group in 2006 and was its leader until his departure in 2012. Before assuming this role he was formerly Vice President of Upstream at WM for six years.
Before joining WM in 2001 Carl was the president and CEO of the GNI Group for 14 years. GNI is an enviromental service company providing hazardous waste disposal and specialty chemical manufacturing.
Carl holds a Bachelors and a Masters of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Randy Whitaker – Chief Financial Officer
Randy has spent the last 20 years developing a broad set of skills that includes managing portfolio investments and lines of business within a corporate venture capital group, as well as leading and managing complex finance and accounting functions within dynamic organizations.
Randy began his career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand LLP (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) and after nearly four years left to join Waste Management, where he was for nearly 16 years. Early in his career at WM, he was the Senior Director – Financial Accounting and Reporting in the Corporate Accounting Department, where he successfully completed many high profile assignments including directing the regular preparation of quarterly and annual reports. He gained experience in multi-layer operational and financial analysis as a Finance Director in WM’s Financial Planning & Analysis department, where he led a team of 12 senior analysts. When working directly for WM’s Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, Randy was a member of a team that evaluated and closed many strategic acquisitions and implemented strategic business development plans. More recently, as a Managing Director in WM’s corporate venture capital group, Randy led and completed several acquisitions and investments in technology development companies as well as developed, started up and managed several new lines of business within WM, including the development of WM’s waste to solid fuel business.
Randy holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University where he was honored for his academic achievement as a Jones Scholar. Randy is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Oklahoma.
Richard Toberman – SVP
Mr. Toberman came to Continuus Energy with over 35 years of experience in the chemical, oil & gas, and environmental industries where he held various engineering and operations management and business development positions. Mr. Toberman joined Waste Management in 2008, where he was tasked with developing and establishing the SpecFUEL platform throughout North America. He has a BS in Biochemistry from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and has completed graduate-level courses in Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering.
Rick Cochrane – SVP, Business Development
Rick has a wide range of experience in executive leadership, sales and marketing, business development and operations in the environmental services, recycling and chemical industries.
Prior to joining Continuus Energy, Rick was the COO and CEO, respectively, of two private equity owned businesses in the specialty recycling and plastics manufacturing industries. Prior to those assignments, Rick held various leadership positions at Waste Management, Inc. in the Organic Growth Group, National Accounts and Upstream/Sustainability Services.
Rick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Rick has participated in the Executive Scholars Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.