Management Team

Tim Eggeman Joe Regnery
Pete Wilhelm

Tim Eggeman | Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Tim Eggeman


Tim is an expert chemical process modeler and is a co-inventor of the ZeaChem process. Prior to founding ZeaChem, Tim was an independent consultant serving clients in the biofuels, syngas and Fischer-Tropsch areas. He was Process Development Manager at Chronopol, where he supervised a group that developed manufacturing technology to produce biodegradable plastics based on polylactic acid. He also served as Process Design Engineer with the C.W. Nofsinger Company, where he worked on projects in the pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, corn wet milling, corn dry milling, and petroleum industries. Tim has numerous patents, a Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Joe Regnery | Chief Commercial Officer

Joe Regnery


Joe has twenty years of experience providing business, legal and regulatory guidance to the traditional, alternative, and renewable energy sectors. Prior to joining ZeaChem in 2010, Joe was President of Sulde Ridge Investments where he provided business and project development services to entrepreneurial enterprises in the renewable alternative energy sectors. Joe has served as Director of Project Development for both Great Point Energy and Rentech, leading efforts to commercialize their synthetic natural gas and Fischer Tropsch technologies. Joe has also served as Regional Counsel at Calpine Corporation and Contracts Manager for Siemens and Westinghouse. Joe holds a BS in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and he received his Juris Doctor from Case Western School of Law.

Pete Wilhelm | Plant Manager

Pete Wilhelm


Pete is an experienced manufacturing leader having spent 25 years in the manufacturing, construction and engineering fields. He joined ZeaChem in June 2012 as Manager of the Demonstration Facility and with his team, successfully generated cellulosic acetic acid, ethyl acetate and ethanol in February 2013. He is now directing the plant through various trials proving capability of the operation. Pete is experienced in production operations, project management, strategic purchasing, leveraging best practices and business operations. Prior to ZeaChem, Pete was a Corporate Project Manager and Plant Manager with Cascades Tissue Group where he executed the successful turn-around of a failing tissue manufacturing operation. He worked with Boise Cascade in two different paper mills and eight corrugated container facilities over a seventeen year career serving in various production capacities rising to the position of Production Manager before moving to corporate position as Manufacturing Services Manager of packaging operations. Additionally, Pete spent several years with BE&K Engineering and Construction in the field as an engineer leading teams on several large industrial projects. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho and Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

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