Vanguard Renewables Executive Leadership

Neil H. Smith Vanguard Renewables CEO

Neil H. Smith


Chief Executive Officer

Neil H. Smith

Neil H. Smith joined Vanguard Renewables as Chief Executive Officer in 2021 with the goal to make a lasting impact on the renewable energy landscape and advance the critical path to decarbonization needed for the industry to thrive.
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John Hanselman

Founder and
Chief Strategy Officer

John Hanselman

John Hanselman’s focus is developing organic waste and decarbonization solutions for food manufacturers, corporations, and food retailers and enhancing regenerative agriculture practices alongside Vanguard’s farm partners.
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Kevin Chase

Kevin Chase

Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer,
Vanguard Renewables

Kevin Chase

Kevin Chase is the Co-founder and Chief Development Officer of Vanguard Renewables overseeing the company’s nationwide expansion program anchored by its strategic partnership with Dominion Energy.

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Emily Smith

Emily Smith

Chief Financial Officer
 

Emily Smith

Emily Smith is Chief Financial Officer of Vanguard Renewables. Prior to joining Vanguard Renewables, Ms. Smith was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Operations at Energy Recovery, where she led the Company’s corporate development and marketing efforts in addition to overseeing the Company’s operations including manufacturing, procurement, quality and safety.

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Delissa Prideaux

Vice President, Finance

Delissa Prideaux

Delissa Prideaux is Vice President of Finance at Vanguard Renewables and plays a key role in guiding and implementing the financial and growth strategy for the Company’s Development and Operations Divisions.

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Jennifer Forbes

Jennifer Forbes

Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Initiatives

Jennifer Forbes

Jennifer Forbes is Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives for Vanguard Renewables. Ms. Forbes directs branding and marketing for the Company and relationship building with Farm Powered partners, organizations, and influencers in the environmental and renewable energy space.

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Michael Routledge

Vice President, Operations

Michael Routledge

Michael Routledge is Vice President of Operations at Vanguard Renewables. Prior to joining Vanguard Renewables, Mr. Routledge was Senior Director of Operations at Energy Recovery, where he led Operations within the Company’s Oil & Gas Business Unit.
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Ray Duerr, VP-Sales, Vanguard Renewables

Ray Duerr

Vice President, Sales

Ray Duerr

Ray Duerr is Vice President of Sales for Vanguard Renewables. Mr. Duerr is responsible for the overall growth of the feedstock supply into all Vanguard anaerobic digesters and Organics Recycing/Depackaging facilities.

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Andrew Stroud Jr. Vice President of Human Resources

Andrew Stroud Jr.

Vice President of People

Andrew Stroud Jr.

Andrew Stroud Jr. is the Vice President of People for Vanguard Renewables. Prior to joining Vanguard Renewables, Mr. Stroud has led Human Resources teams at HomeRise, Energy Recovery, Aramark, Insituform Technologies, and Great Plains Energy.
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