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Timothy D. Tawoda, Founder & CEO; Partner

Mr. Tawoda is located in the Elmhurst Illinois office and has over 25 years of power industry sales and design experience involving both power quality equipment and distributed generation project development. From 1981 through 1995 Tim managed and directed various sales engineering operations on behalf of Westinghouse, Teledyne (NYSE: TDY), and Protech. Tim founded Preon in 1996. In 2000, Mr. Tawoda won the Charles Steinmetz Technical Merit Award from the Chicago Consulting Electrical Engineers. Mr Tawoda is the company visionary/architect and takes hands-on approach to facilitating major initiatives and is a speaker and presenter at numerous Industry events.  Tim earned a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University and is a Partner in Preon Carolina and Preon Nigeria


John Sumpter; Sr Vice President; Partner

Mr. Sumpter joined Preon Power in May of 2008 as Senior Vice President of Business Development. At Preon Mr. Sumpter focuses on two critical aspects of the company’s operations; the development of new markets and business sectors for Preon’s energy integration offerings, and on securing the development and investment capital required for Preon’s energy project clients. Prior to Preon, Mr Sumpter worked as an Investment banker for leading firm out of the Portland area. John also worked for both United Technologies and Carrier Corporation managing the Carrier Financing Solutions program that focused on commercial finance, HVAC and related energy projects. The experience involved business restructuring and recapitalizations, working capital and acquisition financing, as well as major project and equipment financing with particular emphasis on energy savings and large-scale retrofitting and renovation projects. Mr. Sumpter majored in Architecture at Washington State University.


Michael R. Judd, Director Preon Bio-Syn Fuels

Michael has project management experience of medium-to-large scale capital scientific and engineering-centric projects, acquisition of licensing for technologies as part of a “buy-or-build” business development process, research and development of new technologies in chemical and process engineering with a strong background and experience in the utilization of computer modeling, development of energy demand control systems and balancing of cogeneration operations for optimal use of by-product fuels and utilization of waste heat, kinetic modeling of complex biochemical systems – bioreactors and cell cultures, design and implementation of embedded control systems for process control, expertise in design and engineering of biomass-to-energy technologies including biomass-to-liquid, biomass gasification, and anaerobic digestion. Mr Judd is heading up Preon's development of their own Fischer Tropsch micro-plant to convert coal or biomass to bio-diesel fuel. Mike also works with key gasifier and anaerobic digester manufacturers in refining their products to accommodate Preon project-specific needs. Mr Judd has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at Washington University.


Sam Nwansi, CEO Preon Nigeria, LLC

Sam Nwansi has over eighteen years of experience in Project Management and Project Controls.  He has served the industrial, commercial, petrochemical, institutional, aviation and residential community development markets, as cost engineer, planner/scheduler, project manager, project controls manager, VP of operations and consultant.  He is fluent in resource loaded CPM (Critical Path Method) Scheduling and the use of Primavera project management program. Others include Quantity –Take-Off, Estimating, Access Relational Database design and the application of Earned Value Management System (EVMS), as key project performance metrics for cost and schedule.  Mr. Nwansi is a board member and past president of AACEI (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International) Chicago, Midwest Section.  He is a frequent proctor of AACEI certification exam and also past national chair for the Building Information Modeling (BIM) committee.  Mr. Nwansi has a Bachelors degree in Construction Management Engineering and a Masters Degree in Land-Use and Urban Planning, both from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He is a certified cost engineer and a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Sam and his family live in Skokie Illinois but is looking forward to relocating to his homeland in Nigeria to promote Preon Nigeria LLC


Hector M. Vidal, Reginal Manager, Southeast

Mr. Vidal has been active in the Construction Management, Operations, and Development of commercial, residential, hospitality and educational institutions throughout the State of Florida and Puerto Rico for over 24 years. His engineering background, and experience has enabled him to fill the role of Director of Construction for major developers on prestigious Hotel/Resorts and Multi-family, Multi-level Condominium/Apartment projects.

 Hector’s engineering, construction management and development experience includes working as Director of Construction and Operations for Park Development Corporation in Orlando Florida where he was very successful in the development of a multi-million dollar hotel, the Ravallo Resort & Conference Center, and the prestigious Villa Del Lago Apartment/Condominiums; Also in Orlando Florida he developed and managed the construction of various Multi-Family apartment complexes at Baldwin Park for Unicorp Development Corporation and Harbco Construction; In Naples Florida he developed the “Cottages at Naples Bay Resort” a condominium/apartment project for Antaranium Developers and Kraft Construction; In Puerto Rico, he was assigned Senior Project Manager at the Conquistador Hotel, Resort & Casino Reconstruction project in Fajardo; Also in Puerto Rico he performed as Director of Corporate Construction Operations for the Motorola Corporation in Vega Baja, responsible for Capital Improvements and New Facility projects in the Island and the Caribbean.

 As a veteran of the United States Armed Forces Mr. Vidal serves as a volunteer Teacher/Trainer in the Contractors Institute in the State of Florida teaching and training construction trades to ex-military serviceman and women in the community. He served as a volunteer Baseball Coach in the Little League Baseball program, and as AAU Amateur Baseball Coach in the Central Florida area for many years. His volunteer work assisting the economically disadvantaged at the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee, in the City of Immokalee, Florida is an example of his care and involvement in the community.

Within his personal interest he graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Puerto Rico,studied Construction Management at Gwinnett Tech in Lawrenceville Georgia, is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce both in Orlando and Ft. Myers, and a licensed Civil Engineer in Puerto Rico.