Hans J. Mende has been our Executive Chairman since inception. Mr. Mende co-founded AMCI in 1986, growing the company into a multi-billion dollar global enterprise with activities in commodity investing, operations and trading. During his career, Mr. Mende has been member of the Board of Directors of numerous public and private natural resources companies, including Whitehaven Coal (ASX:WHC) from 2007 to 2012, Felix Resources Limited (FLX:AX) from 2007 to 2010, Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR) from 2003 to 2007, and its subsidiary, Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc. from 2004 to 2005 and New World Resources PLC (WSE:NWR) from 2011 to 2012. Prior to founding AMCI Group in 1986, Mr. Mende served at Thyssen Group in various senior executive positions including President of Thyssen Carbometal Inc. from 1968 to 1986. He holds an M.B.A from Cologne University in Germany. Mr. Mende is well-qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive operational, industry and public and private company experience.
William Hunter has been our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as well as a Director, since inception. He has been the Chief Financial Officer of AMCI Group since 2017, and since 2015 he has been Managing Partner at Hunter Natural Resources LLC, a consulting firm in the industrial, consumer and natural resources sectors. Mr. Hunter has been involved in over $20 billion of transactions in the natural resources, transportation and industrial industries during his 25 years in the industry. He is currently a member of the board of Oroplata Resources (OTC:ORRP), which is an early stage exploration company focused on lithium brine. From 1999 to 2015, Mr. Hunter worked as a Director or Managing Director at Nomura Securities, Teneo Capital, Dahlman Rose & Co., Jefferies & Company and TD Securities. He holds a B.S.C. in Finance and an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University. Mr. Hunter is well-qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive corporate finance and capital markets experience.
Brian Beem has been our Executive Vice President since inception. He has been a key member of AMCI since 2006 and has served on the Board of Directors of numerous portfolio companies of AMCI and its affiliates. Mr. Beem joined AMCI from First Reserve Corporation, a private equity firm focused on the energy industry that co-invested with AMCI. Prior to First Reserve Corporation, Mr. Beem worked in the Leveraged Finance/Financial Sponsors group at Merrill Lynch. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University.
Nimesh Patel has been our Executive Vice President since inception. He has been a key member of AMCI since 2008, and has served on the Board of Directors of numerous portfolio companies of AMCI and its affiliates. Prior to joining AMCI, Mr. Patel worked in private equity at Great Hill Partners and ChrysCapital. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gary Uren, one of our independent directors as of the effective date of the prospectus of which this registration statement is part, is currently Global Vice President – Business Development and Strategy at Atkore International (NYSE:ATKR), a manufacturer of electrical raceway isolation and protection products (“Atkore”). Mr. Uren has 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the Electrical Products, Technology and Building Services sectors, focusing on Australia, North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Since 2010, he has served in increasingly senior positions at Atkore, including as President – APAC & EMEA, with responsibility for the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand and President – Atkore Brazil. Mr. Uren joined Atkore’s predecessor company, Tyco International, a diversified manufacturing and services company, in 2008 as Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region with responsibility for growing the Australia business as well as developing manufacturing capabilities in Changshu, China. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Uren was Managing Director of Legrand Australia/New Zealand, a subsidiary of Legrand SNC (EPA:LR) a French manufacturer of electrical and digital building infrastructures, and as Director of HPM-Legrand. Mr. Uren concurrently served as a Director of AEEMA, the peak representative body for the Australian Electrical ICT & Electronics industries. Mr. Uren holds a Diploma in Management from St. George Technical College and an M.B.A. in International Business from Southern Cross University. He is well qualified to serve as one of our directors due to his extensive operational, management and business development experience.
Lawrence M. Clark, Jr., one of our independent directors as of the effective date of the prospectus of which this registration statement is part, is the founder and Managing Member of BalanTrove Management, LLC (“BalanTrove”), a corporate advisory firm to middle market companies, investors and lenders. BalanTrove provides strategic advisory, interim executive management, and operational, financial and project evaluation and due diligence assistance to businesses in transition and capital providers. From 2015 to 2018, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Accordant Energy, LLC, a licensor of a patented portfolio of intellectual property for processing municipal solid waste into a low-carbon engineered fuel for use in utility and industrial boilers. Prior to that, he served for two years as President and Chief Executive Officer of JW Resources, Inc., a private operator of thermal coal assets in Central Appalachia. Before founding BalanTrove in 2011, Mr. Clark spent eight years at Harbinger Capital Partners LLC, most recently as Managing Director and Director of Investments, where he was responsible for investments in metals, mining, industrial and retail companies, among other sectors. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Clark was a Distressed Debt and Special Situations Research Analyst at Satellite Asset Management, L.P. He was Vice President in the Distressed Debt and High Yield Research Department at Lazard Freres & Co., LLC from 2000 to 2001, and an Associate in Credit Suisse First Boston's High Yield Research Group from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Clark started his investing career in 1997 in the Corporate Bond Research Department of Salomon Brothers. Mr. Clark received an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1998, and a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Villanova University in 1993. He is well qualified to serve as one of our directors due to his extensive operational, management, analysis and investing experience.
Jason Grant, one of our independent directors as of the effective date of the prospectus of which this registration statement is part, is a founder and Managing Partner of Headhaul Capital Partners LLC, a middle-market private equity investment firm specializing in acquiring and building businesses in the transportation, logistics and distribution industries, since 2012. Prior to founding Headhaul Capital, from 2010 to 2012, Mr. Grant was the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer of United Maritime Group LLC (“UMG”), a Jefferies Capital Partners LLC portfolio company. While running UMG, Mr. Grant helped lead an operational transformation that grew earnings and margins and executed the sale of UMG’s three operating divisions (inland barge, ocean shipping and dry bulk terminals) to three separate strategic buyers. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Grant was employed by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (NASDAQ: AAWW) where he held various financial and operating positions including as Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining Atlas Air, Mr. Grant worked for American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) from 2000 to 2001 and Canadian Airlines International from1997 to 1999, with a primary focus on Financial Planning and Analysis. Mr. Grant has previously served on the board of directors of Helm Financial Corp, one of the largest private lessors of railcars and locomotives in the United States. Mr. Grant received a B.A. in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and an M.B.A from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He is well qualified to serve as one of our directors due to his extensive operational, management and investment experience.