Director & Co-promoter
Director & Co-promoter
Luke has been the driving force behind
several high technology environmental companies since 1979.
He founded and served as chief executive officer of three
companies involved in converting biomass to fuel, fiber,
feed and other high value products. In this capacity he
has lead and directed the design, construction and operation
of several plants which produced fuel ethanol from corn
and industrial wastes, using novel fermentation techniques
and high rate anaerobic digesters to treat the resulting
effluent. He helped develop technology which hydrolyzed
wood wastes into fermentation feedstock and other high tech
materials such as epoxies, carbon fibers, and resins. To
that end he co-founded the Bio-based Materials Center at
Virginia Polytechnic Institute with Dr. Wolfgang Glasser.
From 1980 to 1990 Luke also played a
very active role as an advocate for renewable fuels and
sustainable technologies. He co-founded and served as president
of the Virginia Ethanol Association, and served on the board
of directors of the national Renewable Fuels Association.
He had direct input into several key pieces of legislation,
such as the 1984 Clean Air Act. He also served on numerous
economic development commissions, and was a member of the
Planning Commission and the Grant Review Committee for the
Tennessee Valley Authority’s South East Regional Biomass
When in 1990 a combination of low crude
oil prices and declining federal and state incentives for
ethanol caused the demise of many bio-fuels companies, Luke
successfully retooled and retrained his companies into solvent
and oil recycling businesses. His companies recycled antifreeze,
industrial alcohols, acetic acid, many types of glycols,
oils and amines for Goodyear, Du Pont, Herculese, Dow, Abbott
Labs, Hoechst Celanese, and others.
In 1991, Luke founded Pragmatic Environmental
Solutions Company [PESCO] as an answer to the increasing
demand for on-site, reasonably priced, skid mounted solvent
and oil recovery systems. As president of PESCO he has led
it from modest beginnings to a company with international
recognition in the field of skid mounted solvent recovery
systems over a period of 18 years. PESCO systems are recycling
everything from acetone to xzylene and motor oil, in locations
ranging from Australia to Virginia.
In 1998, he co-founded VEDCO LLC, a
company which recycles non-hazardous solvents such as various
Glycols and NMP at its Roanoke, Virginia state of the art
stainless steel distillation plant.
In 2003, he co-founded Eden Custom Processing,
LLC, a company which recycles non-hazardous solvents such
as various Glycols and NMP at its Eden, NC state of the
art stainless steel distillation plant.
In 2007, due to rapid growth experienced
by his company, Luke merged his company with BEAM Engineering
of India, and attracted investment from UTI, a well known
investment group. The company, now known as PESCO-BEAM Environmental
Solutions Inc., has experienced meteoric growth and continues
to grow and expand even in the current financial melt-down.
The combined company now has 250,000 square feet of engineering
and manufacturing facilities in the USA and India, and is
building bio-fuels and recycling plants in the USA and other
parts of the world. In 2008 PESCO-BEAM delivered and commissioned
3 oil re-refineries, one bio-diesel plant, and one ethanol
Luke is a member of the Executive Committee
of NORA and a sought-after speaker at professional forums
and social events that focus on sustainable development.
- President and CEO, Floyd Agricultural
Energy Co-op, 1979 - 1985
- President and CEO, Sunshine Energy Corporation,
1983 - 1991
- President and CEO, FAEC, Ltd., 1985 -
- President and CEO, Bio-Regional Energy
Assoc., Ltd., 1985 - 1991
- President and CEO, PESCO, 1991 –
- President and CEO, PESCO-BEAM, 2007 to
Subramaniam (Subu), is a Graduate Chemical
Engineer with forty years of experience in the design, engineering,
manufacture, and marketing of process equipment and in the
management of projects.
He served with Larsen & Toubro Ltd
for six years as a Design engineer in their Research &
Development Division working on the design of process equipment
used for solid-solid reactions with high temperature gas-solid
heat transfer. The application areas for these include Cement
kilns and Calcination plants and the attendant mixing, feeding
and cooling equipment.
Subu then worked for seven years with
Macneill & Magor Ltd in their Industrial Machinery Division,
first in Bombay and then as in charge of the Southern Regional
Operations. He selected, sized, estimated and sold a wide
range of Industrial Drying Systems, Mixers and Vessels for
a wide variety of applications during this tenure.
For the next three years, he was with
Coromandel Steels Ltd as its General Manager during which
time he was successful in turning around the company by
securing and executing large value heavy engineering contracts
for the mining sector.
Subu founded BEAM Engineering Pvt Ltd
in 1989 as a first generation entrepreneur and grew it into
a well appointed, multi-disciplined process equipment engineering
and manufacturing company. BEAM executed several contracts
for PESCO between 1994 and 2007 and worked as PESCO’s
manufacturing arm before PESCO and BEAM came together in
2007, to become a single company.
Today, Subu heads the PECO BEAM operations
in India and works closely with the company President Luke
Staengl in Marketing, Execution and Project management of
PESCO BEAM, across the globe.
Subu is also a very active Rotarian
and is a Past District Governor of Rotary International
Shankar is a Fellow Chartered Accountant
with 24 years of rich and extensive experience in Finance
encompassing Accounts, Audit & Taxation, Forex management,
Treasury, budgeting and fund raising.
He started his career as a practicing
auditor before serving a well-known Non Banking Finance
Company heading its marketing division as a mid-level Manager.
He then joined Subramaniam in Beam Engineering as its Executive
Director in 1993.
During this tenure, Shankar was instrumental
in planning, staffing and in developing systems, procedures
and controls, and the creation of an effective Management
Information system that included designing a customized
platform using web based solutions and integrating it with
a SAP module which encompassed all areas of the organization.
He also implemented and evaluated the organization’s
programs and secured adequate funding for operations. He
also spearheaded and secured the investment of a Private
Equity Fund into PESCO BEAM.
Shankar currently handles the Business
Strategy function and plays an important part in the company’s
growth & diversification as the person in the front
line of the organization. His strategic approach grew BEAM
Engineering from its modest beginnings to an enterprise
Shankar is also a Rotarian and has
served his club in various capacities.
Ashok is a senior executive manager
and leader with extensive experience in both developed and
Ashok has spent a significant part of
his work experience in the chemical industry, with hands
on operations and marketing responsibilities. After completing
his Masters in Chemical Engineering and MBA from the University
of Akron, OH, he served for several years as Operations
Manager and Technical Director at Poly-Carb, Inc., in Cleveland,
OH, a high performance construction chemical manufacturer,
who is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemicals. During
his tenure there, he managed key high profile highway construction
projects which paved the way for their growth in the 90’s.
Prior to joining PESCO BEAM, he was Director – Sales
at BOSS, an Atlanta Software company, mentoring the delivery
team, and marketing their desktop management system to a
broad spectrum of market verticals such as Manufacturing,
Education, Healthcare, Legal, and Professional Services.
He is currently General Manager of PESCO
BEAM Environmental Solutions, Inc. The past 4 years, he
spearheaded PESCO BEAM’s undertaking of the installation
of its plant in Chester, SC. After its completion, he successfully
managed the Base Oil business on behalf of the plant owners
during its startup phase. Ashok is a member at NORA, the
Association of responsible recyclers of Used Oil and related
materials, and ILMA (Independent Lubricants Manufacturers
JOHN J WINNICKI
John Winnicki is the Chief Engineer
at PESCO BEAM Environmental Solutions Inc. He works as the
nodal point & fulcrum for the multi-disciplined design
team based both in the US and at Chennai, India. In August
of 2013 he celebrated his 20th year with the company.
John is responsible for Overall Process
Design; Detailed Process Design; Detailed Equipment Design;
Detailed Control System Design; Final Equipment QC; Plant
Commissioning; and, Plant Operational Overview. John is
always in the loop with customers after plant operation
has commenced in order to both continue to train plant management
as well as to work with plant management to work out individual
plant processing problems as they arise. John received his
BS Degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Virginia in June
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