Leadership Team

Richard MacPherson

President and CEO, Director

Richard MacPherson

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. Mr. Richard MacPherson is responsible for day-to-day operations of the company. Mr. MacPherson is the Founder of the Company, and successfully led the early development and commercialization of the firm’s technologies, dating back to 2008. Together with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), and their world-class research and development teams, Mr. Macpherson was able to successfully launch and continually grow the Midwest program into the successful business operation throughout Canada and the United States that it is today. One of his main strengths was bringing together the best group of professionals in the industry to meet the tasks and challenges of developing a multi-million dollar enterprise from the ground up.

MacPherson has spent over 25 years at the senior levels of management in many industries across Canada and the U.S. including communications, industrial production and internet marketing firms, prior to starting Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. During that time he was successful in building and creating continuous growth in enterprise value through results at every post.

Rich Gross

Chief Financial Officer

Rich Gross

Mr. Rich Gross became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of ME2C in October 2011. Mr. Gross has held CFO and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) roles for over 15 years. In his most recent position as CFO at S&G Manufacturing Group, Mr. Gross’s involvement was instrumental in turning around the company’s profitability. He successfully devised and implemented internal changes to adjust both the size of the company as well as its processes during a corporate restructuring effort. Prior to his position with S&G Manufacturing Group, Mr. Gross was the Associate Vice President of Business Development at JMAC, Inc., as well as the Controller for the Columbus Blue Jackets during its transition from a developmental-stage enterprise into a full member of the National Hockey League. Mr. Gross is experienced in successful mergers, having provided financial analysis as well as financial negotiation management. He began his career as an accountant at a private accounting firm where he performed attestation and tax services for a wide range of private and publicly listed firms valued up to $1 billion.

Mr. Gross graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Accounting from Otterbein University and became a CPA shortly thereafter.

John Pavlish

Chief Technology Officer

John Pavlish

Mr. John Pavlish has over 20 years of mercury-related experience and is regarded as an international expert on the topic of mercury. His primary areas of interest and expertise include research, technical consultation, and development of mercury control technologies, in particular, for coal combustion and gasification systems. He is an inventor of a number of patented mercury control technologies and has years of experience in development and testing of these technologies for commercial application. Over the last 10 years, he has spent much of his time evaluating the efficacy of a number of different mercury control technologies/approaches and their cost-competiveness in the commercial market. Mr. Pavlish also has years of power plant experience and has worked for engineering/consulting company Black & Veatch, where he served as Unit Leader/System Engineer.

Mr. Pavlish is a professional engineer, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the Air & Waste Management Association. He serves on numerous professional and technical committees and is a U.S. Representative on the Mercury Emissions from Coal International Experts Working Group on Reducing Emissions from Coal and a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Global Mercury Partnership, Reduction of Mercury Releases from Coal Combustion. Mr. Pavlish has published over 200 papers, articles, and reports on various mercury-related topics and issues.

Marc Sylvester

Vice President of Sales

Marc Sylvester

Mr. Marc Sylvester is a seasoned professional in business development and sales in the air pollution and control industry. Prior to ME2C, he was the Western Regional Sales Manager for the Fuel Chemistry Division as well as the Western Canada Air Pollution Control Sales Manager at Fuel Tech, Inc., where he was responsible for the development, sales, and implementation of slag mitigation control programs at coal-fired utilities in the western United States and Canada. Prior to Fuel Tech, Mr. Sylvester held various sales and sales management positions over 16 years with Nalco Chemical Company and Johnson Controls. Mr. Sylvester graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Biology, with minors in Chemistry, Military History, and Humanities.

Jim Trettel

Vice President - Operations

Jim Trettel

Mr. Jim Trettel possesses 25 years of experience in the dry bulk material-handling industry. His experience includes project management and engineering duties for numerous multimillion-dollar turnkey contracts. Additionally, Mr. Trettel has overseen day-to-day operations for 14 years as the Vice President of a sales, systems, and engineering organization specializing in bulk material handling. Mr. Trettel has extensive field experience with systems operating in a large variety of industry sectors including coal-fired utilities. Mr. Trettel graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds various state contractor licenses.

Dr. Nick Lentz

Field Technical Manager

Dr. Nick Lentz

Dr. Nicholas Lentz, Field Technical Manager for ME2C, has more than 7 years of experience conducting mercury research and testing, both in the lab and in the field, with over 30 full-scale mercury test programs and also numerous bench- and pilot-test projects. Dr. Lentz is also an expert in the identification and development of new analytical methods for the advancement of elemental and small-molecule analysis in a wide range of matrices, including coal and coal by-products, CO2 capture solutions, and oil and gas fuels analysis for combustion flue gas, syngas, fuel oil, and biowaste. Prior to his current position, Dr. Lentz was an Associate Director for Energy Technology Applications in the Institute for Energy Studies at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Lentz also previously was a CATM Program Area Manager and Research Scientist at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, where he was responsible for managing a portfolio of measurement-based research projects in the Analytical Measurement Area of CATM as well as experimental design and analysis-related control technologies to remove mercury, trace metals, and halogens from combustion and gasification systems. Dr. Lentz has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Bemidji State University and Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Iowa State University. He has authored and coauthored numerous publications.