Michael Harrelson

Mr. Harrelson is Founder and President of Epurga, LLC.  A second-generation landfill owner/operator and waste company executive, he has developed large scale projects for public and private companies for over twenty-five years.  He has been on over 2,000 landfill sites in his career, and participated in the execution of twenty-eight acquisitions and/or greenfield projects.  He holds landfill operator certifications in Louisiana and Mississippi, a bachelor’s degree in engineering after studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has completed post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins.

Mark White, Ph.D.

Dr. White is the inventor of the White Reactor process that is the foundation of Epurga’s technology.  As a chemical engineering faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Mississippi State University, he authored or co-authored ninety-eight peer-reviewed articles, presented over 142 podium presentations with proceedings, secured over $3 million in extramural funding, supervised seven post-doctoral fellows, advised twelve doctoral and fifteen MS candidates. He is the author of the textbook “Heterogeneous Catalysis” published by Prentice-Hall Book Company and co-inventor of ten US patents.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was named to the Earnest W. Deavenport, Jr. Endowed Chair at MSU.

Tom Francis

Mr. Francis joined Epurga after a successful career at Tetra Technologies and Dow Chemical, where, holding a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute he gained experience in R&D and pilot plants, process and plant engineering, sales, marketing, and product management and ultimately business director of their polycarbonates engineering plastics business. His experience spans numerous chemistries and markets and several geographies. He launched multiple new businesses into markets with entrenched competitors, notably DuPont, Hoechst, GE, Bayer, Martin Marietta and Premier. Subsequently he managed Tetra Technologies’ chemicals business as vice president and returned it to profitability and was project director of a new $130 million plant.

David Beverly

Mr. Beverly has provided professional civil engineering and surveying services to a wide array of clients since 1977 in all phases of completed projects from conception and design through construction. These projects have included highway and utility infrastructure improvements in coordination with various governmental agencies and funding grants, industrial expansions, landfills, transfer stations and solid waste management, surface mining design and permitting, environmental cleanup and monitoring, and SPCCC design and permitting.  Mr. Beverly holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Tennessee and is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Texas (inactive).

Riley Hagan III

Mr. Hagan holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in petroleum engineering from Louisiana Tech University and completed the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.  He was a reservoir engineer at Exxon Company USA in Houston involved in numerous projects including ground water studies and permitting, and later managed the special industries finance groups for several banks in Texas and Louisiana until co-founding an online automobile financing platform which grew to $100 million in annual revenues before being sold to a publicly-traded company.  He currently owns WRT America, which uses complimentary technology to the White Reactor process.  He is a registered professional engineer in Texas (inactive).

Doug Emlen

Mr. Emlen retired from Caterpillar after 36 years of dedicated service.  He held multiple senior level management positions in both the domestic and international commercial arenas.  Prior to his retirement in 2005 he designed, implemented, and managed a large diverse multi-country business group with staff deployed on four different continents. His international business experience is in-depth and supplements his knowledge of business modeling and diverse staffing while creating an atmosphere of business success leading to profitable business outcomes. He attend Illinois Central College in the early 70's with a focus on Business Administration.