Leadership for a Secure Sustainable Future

Our leadership team understands the waste disposal and energy acquisition challenges and costs that businesses, farms, and communities face. With backgrounds in food manufacturing, clean energy, anaerobic digester development and operations, and project construction, the Vanguard team is pioneering zero-waste, closed-loop Table to Farm organics reuse.


“Our team came together to be energy innovators. What we quickly learned was that helping support the American farm was the real motivating force.”

– John Hanselman, Executive Chairman, Vanguard Renewables

Based in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Vanguard’s goal is to place ADs on farms across North America. The organics to energy lifecycle that is Farm Powered solves the organics waste disposal challenges of American business and the farms, while it generates renewable energy and provides fertilizer to increase local food production and clean water for farm use.

John Hanselman
Executive Chairman

John Hanselman is Executive Chairman of Vanguard Renewables. He has thirty years of experience in renewable energy, environmental, and mission-based entrepreneurial companies. Mr. Hanselman is also a Managing Principal and Founder of Brightfields Development, a solar brownfields development company and Renova Partners, a brownfield redevelopment company. read more

William Jorgenson
Managing Director

Bill Jorgenson is the Managing Director of Vanguard Renewables. Jorgenson is also a managing partner of AGreen Energy (AGE) and BGreen Energy (BGE), LLC’s he formed in 2008 to make renewable electricity and fertilizer from dairy manure and food processing wastes in an environmentally friendly way. These two operating digesters on the Jordan Farm in Rutland, Mass. and Longview Farm in Hadley, Mass. have merged their assets into Vanguard where they are also now stakeholders. read more

Kevin Chase
Chief Investment Officer

Kevin Chase is Chief Investment Officer of Vanguard Renewables. He oversees the company’s investments and manages all permitting, design and construction initiatives. Chase comes to Vanguard with a proven real estate career spanning over two decades. Chase is also the President of Trilogy Development LLC, a boutique real estate acquisitions/development and advisory company specializing in a range of services for the residential, commercial and hospitality market sectors. read more

Topher Gudmand
Director of Sales

Topher Gudmand is the Director of Sales at Vanguard Renewables. He oversees the key relationships within the feedstock supply chain as well as procuring new client partners. In his 12 plus years of sales experience, Gudmand focused on all areas of foodservice. As National Foodservice Sales Director at Cabot Cooperative he managed a team of more than 50 broker sales representatives with a primary focus on direct to distributor sales. His leadership and the efforts of his team contributed to the well being of the more than 200 Cabot Cooperative farm families. read more

Daniel Voss
Director of Project Development

Dan Voss is the Director of Project Development for Vanguard Renewables. He drives the company’s asset development program spanning permitting, design and construction activities. In his 20 years of experience working with landowners, contractors, investors, and the public sector, Voss delivered over billion in renewable and conventional energy projects globally. read more