Leading the Way
John J. Rockwell
John has more than 25 years of experience making venture capital investments, managing and developing companies commercializing products in numerous cleantech markets. He has invested broadly across the cleantech sectors including energy storage, energy efficiency, smart grid, materials substitution, manufacturing efficiency, supply chain, cleaner fuels and solar. During his career, John has invested in 20 companies in the cleantech space, with 14 of those investments having realized an exit. He has served as the leader of four companies with all of these companies becoming leaders in their industry and having successful exits for the investors. Currently John is Managing Director of Accelergy Corporation responsible for overall operations of the company. Previously he was a Founder and Managing Director of Element Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on cleantech investments. Prior to Element, John was a Partner at Advent International Corporation and managed the firm’s California office for 9 years.
Before Advent, John spent 7 years at Materia Ventures Associates, investing in and managing early-stage companies that were commercializing applications of advanced materials technologies. He also served as CEO of Luxar Corporation, a manufacturer of CO2 lasers for the medical market and as President of SSC, Inc., a manufacturer of high performance ceramic oxide materials used in superconductors, fuel cells, catalysts and other applications. Both Luxar and SSC had successful exits, the former through a merger with ESC Medical and the latter through a sale to Praxair.
Early in his career, John held various positions at 3M Corporation in its Acquisitions and Business Development Department including working in the company’s corporate venture capital program.
Prior to his business career John had a successful hockey career including playing professionally, being a member of the U.S. Junior National Team and of a U.S. Select Team that won the Spengler Cup.
John received a BS in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. John is a member of the boards of Accelergy Corp., Dhaani Systems, Inc., EdeniQ, Inc., Miartech, Inc., and PowerGenix Systems, Inc. Previous boards on which John has served include: Deeya Energy, Inc., FiveCubits, Inc., GarrettCom, Inc., Luxar Corp., OK International, Inc., RedPrairie Corp. and SSC, Inc. John is a member of the Michigan Technological University School of Business and Economics’ Dean’s Advisory Board, past Chairman of the CleanTech Venture Network Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Michigan Technological University Hockey Enrichment Campaign. He is a member of the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
Dr. Rocco Fiato
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Rocco Fiato brings over 25 years of experience in synthetic fuels catalysis science and process engineering, corporate strategic planning, and intellectual property management from the oil and gas industries to Accelergy. Before joining Accelergy, Dr. Fiato held various senior positions at Exxon’s Corporate Science Laboratories and executive staff positions in ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, including Technical Advisor to ExxonMobil Law Department, where he coordinated major gas-to-liquids (GTL) patent litigation cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was the Head of Competitive Assessment in the Gas Processes Division of the Engineering Department and, most recently, Intellectual Property Manager of the GTL Technology Division. Dr. Fiato managed the development of corporation-wide IP strategy and the enforcement and licensing of 3500+ patents in ExxonMobil’s GTL Technology portfolio.
Dr. Fiato has served as Chairman of Energy Frontiers International (EFI) and Finance Chairman of the Natural Gas Conversion Board (NGCB) since 2005. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, has been actively involved in programs for DOE 2011 Quadrennial Technology Review in the development of US Alternative Fuels Strategy and has participated in the NSF and National Research Council assessments of the future of catalysis in the US.
Dr. Fiato is a named inventor on more than 68 US patents and 280 issued or pending foreign patents. He has published over 44 scientific publications on a range of catalytic processes for CO2 utilization, high temperature oxidation chemistry and natural gas and coal conversion to fuels and petrochemicals.
Dr. Fiato received a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester and a BS in Physical Organic Chemistry from Clarkson College in New York.
Vice President - Engineering
Prior to joining Accelergy, Sam Zaczepinski served as Process Vice President of Carmagen Engineering, a consulting company employing over 180 engineers and researchers, where he was responsible for marketing consulting services to major technology licensors and the refining industry. Prior to Carmagen Engineering, Mr. Zaczepinski held a number of management positions, including Research Director and Licensing Manager. Mr. Zaczepinski has over 37 years of experience with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. He offers extensive expertise in the areas of process engineering, refining (technology, engineering, start-ups and management), synthetic fuels, research guidance and technology licensing.
Mr. Zaczepinski holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Tennessee.
Vice President - Technology
Prior to joining Accelergy, Richard Bauman worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company since 1965. Since then, he has directed the development of leading technologies in refining, coal liquefaction, shale retorting and natural gas conversion, including Single Stage Hydrocracking, Gofining, Residfining, Exxon Donor Solvent Coal Liquefaction, Microcat Coal Liquefaction, Exxon’s Shale Retorting Process and AGC-21 (Exxon’s Advanced Gas Conversion technology). He has been involved in a range of activities, from breakthrough research to operation of large Process Demonstration Units and, most recently, the development of Exxon’s AGC-21 technology. Mr. Bauman supervised the $500+ million program, which resulted in over 400 patents. He is the author on over ten of these patents.
Mr. Bauman holds a BS from Drexel Institute of Technology and an MS from New York University in Chemical Engineering. Since his retirement from Exxon in 2000, he has continued to evaluate advanced technologies.
Mark P. Allen
Vice President – Integrated Carbon Solutions
Mark Allen is a licensed professional engineer with more than 25 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of large-scale engineering, infrastructure and environmental projects, including biological process systems with capacity of more than 500 million gallons per day. As a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Allen co-founded A2BE Carbon Capture in 2007 and a corporate knowledge management company in 1999. Previously, he managed large engineering organizations for Rust Environment and Infrastructure, Metcalf & Eddy, SAIC, and others. Under these organizations he had full profit and loss responsibility for multiple lines of business, including water and wastewater engineering, environmental engineering, hazardous and solid waste engineering, transportation engineering, information technology and other professional service offerings. In the algal biomass industry, he focuses on process engineering, systems integration and systems architecture for scalable algal biomass production and deployment. He is a thought leader in carbon capture and reuse, employing algal biomass and terrestrial carbon sequestration integration with large scale industrial processes. Mr. Allen is a founding board member of the Algal Biomass Organization, has chaired several important committees and currently serves as its Chairman and President.
Mr. Allen holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a former Adjacent Professor of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.