owners and officers,
Thomas E. Baroody and W. Wes Berry, are the principal owners of K-Tech, and together have over 80 years experience in the minerals, chemicals and biofuels industries.
They have been with K-Tech since 1987 and 1991, respectively. Blake Winslow, a veteran of the phosphate, biodiesel and process chemical industry, serves as the Company’s Operations Manager.
Mr. Baroody serves as President and CEO of the Company. Previously, he was a vice president of two different companies in the fertilizer chemicals business (AMAX Chemical Corporation and Mulberry Corporation) and has been president of TEBCO Associates LLC, a consulting company serving the fertilizer, chemicals and minerals & metals industries for the last 25 years. From 1987-89, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Nu-West Industries, Inc., a publicly traded phosphate producer later purchased by Agrium Inc. He is an author of several papers in these industries and holder of one U.S. patent. Mr. Baroody has a BCE degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and an MSCE degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He is a member of SME-AIME and AIChE, and resides in Lakeland, FL.
Mr. Berry serves as Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of the Company. He is a holder of some 25 U.S. and foreign patents and an author of numerous technical papers covering a wide range of chemical processing technologies. He was employed in various management capacities with a number of fertilizer, engineering and technology development companies (Advanced Separations Technologies division of FP&L Corporation, Stearns-Rodgers Corporation, International Minerals & Chemicals Corporation, and Borden Chemical Co.), and has been president of his own consulting company W.W. Berry and Associates LLC since 1989. Mr. Berry has both a BSChE and MSChE degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, and is a member of AIChE, American Chemical Society, American Oil Chemists Association, Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. Mr. Berry resides in Lakeland, FL.
Mr. Winslow has had a 50+ year career in phosphate and biodiesel plant management and consulting, having extensive experience in all aspects of plant operations and maintenance. He has been president of his own management company Alternative Fuels Options Inc. for the past five years. Over the last 13 years, he has been associated with the general management of several biodiesel plants in Central Florida (Agri-Source Fuels, Purada Processing (World Energy), and Oceanair Environmental). Previously, he performed management consulting services (as Winslow & Associates Inc.) for engineering, construction, and operating companies such as Agrico Chemical Company, International Minerals and Chemical Co., and Jacobs Engineering Group. Earlier he was employed in various chemical plant area management functions for Agrico Chemical Co., Borden Chemical Inc., Wellman-Lord Engineering & Construction Co., and W.R. Grace Chemical Co. Mr. Winslow attended Louisiana State University for management training in 1983-85. He currently resides in Lakeland, FL.