Our Management Team
Joel Butler — Chief Executive Officer
Joel Butler has over twenty years of management experience in both early stage and Fortune 500 firms. He has worked in the management consulting, high tech, software and defense industries. Prior to joining Solix, Mr. Butler was a founding member of Accenture’s supply chain strategy practice where he led transformation projects at large firms such as Verizon, Nokia and Best Buy. He also led projects to assist in the launch of new technology businesses at firms including Bright House Networks and TerreStar. Prior to Accenture, Mr. Butler was Co-Founder and CTO of SwiftRivers; an analytical software optimization firm. Mr. Butler has also worked at Quantum Corporation, where his roles included Director of Technology Licensing and Director of Software Applications. He has a B.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, an M.S. in Transportation Science and an M.S. in Management Science both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Richard Schoonover — Chief Operating Officer
Prior to his work with Solix, Mr. Schoonover was Chief Operating Officer for Enginuity, LLC, an industry leading company focused on the development, deployment and maintenance of technologies that enable the natural gas transmission industry to meet increasingly stringent and costly exhaust emissions regulations without sacrificing efficiency and reliability. Mr. Schoonover is an expert in directing programs for the applied development, demonstration and evaluation of key technologies with the focus on solving real world problems within industrial infrastructure. He has an extensive background in the design, construction, integration, and daily operation of industrial technologies within existing plant infrastructure. Mr. Schoonover has a B.S and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Bryan McCarty — VP of Engineering
Bryan McCarty directs the process and systems design and development work to produce biodiesel, oil and other biomass products from algal feedstocks. He has expertise in mechanical, electrical, software and systems design and development in both high and low volume manufacturing environments as well as plant engineering. He has specific expertise in fuel, ignition, air and engine emissions systems. He also brings experience in IP and patent management. Previously Mr. McCarty served in various engineering leadership roles at Combustion Engineering, Dana Corporation, Rostra Precision Controls, Woodward Governor, Enginuity, LLC. and R.E. Phelon Company. He has directed the launch of over 50 major products and systems during his career. Additionally, he has facilitated the engineering support efforts for two QS9000 and several ERP implementations. He was awarded a patent in 1998 for a low-cost seat belt retractor actuator. Mr. McCarty earned his BSME from the University of Toledo in 1980 and his Colorado P.E. in 2005.