Passionate about the Environment his whole life, Michael always knew there must be a superior alternative to petroleum for fueling vehicles. After learning from his bud
Richard Spartos about
Greasecar, a vegetable oil (VO) fuel Diesel vehicle conversion company started
at Richard’s alma mater Hampshire College by Justin Carven, Michael proposed a closed-loop VO fuel system for his then-employer Whole Foods’ delivery trucks, whereby they could fuel up while picking up and delivering food. When the proposal was denied due to liability concerns, Michael set out to prove
the viability of VO fuel during a cross-country move from Massachusetts to Los Angeles in August of 2006 with his twin sister Nicole in his Greasecar-converted Ford Econoline Diesel ECOVAN. Whole Foods graciously donated food and fuel
along the way, but Michael and Nicole learned the hard way that fueling up on the road with an on-board filtration system was inconvenient (who wants to stick a suction strainer in a waste oil bin?) and illegal (the waste oil bin belongs to renderer / haulers who have contracts with restaurants to pick up the oil). Michael did work on the first version of the 100th Grease Monkey site with Siu Hin Lee of Activist Design Studio but was discouraged from pursuing the technology at the time due to California's Inedible Kitchen Grease Transporter License Requirement which overburdened drivers picking up waste cooking oil from restaurants with an expensive fee; thus precluding retail usage of the fuel.
It took Michael another 8 years after his California sojourn, but he finally designed the Flowtration Station, 100th Grease Monkey’s flagship
VO refinery / fueling station. As these stations are deployed to restaurants,
they will make VO fuel convenient for all involved – restaurants pour the
waste cooking oil in; the station automatically refines it; and drivers
fuel up with a credit or debit card just like any other gas pump.
With extensive operations and management (O & M) experience as well as a deep contact list through over 30 years of service in the Human Resource Provider industry, and as CEO of the highly respected Work, Inc., Jim is well positioned to broker contracts with other Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to act as hubs to bring Flowtration Stations nationwide. As Michael’s father, he has also graciously opened up Work, Inc.’s Massachusetts headquarters for production of the Pilot stations; whereby Michael is establishing a Flowtration Station service protocol to share with Veterans upon syndication.
More About Ann Marie
Ann Marie is THE flip-flop wearing, chocolate-milk drinking, sunshine, palm tree, music, and sports appreciating graphic designer/maker/builder/creator extraordinaire who designed our logo & all of our t-shirts; and will format ads for our fuel interfaces. Check out her greater body of work here.
More About John
John has led sales teams from start-ups through Fortune 500 organizations across a variety of technologies including Telecom, Datacom, InfoSec, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Services. John serves as a Senior Advisor to 100th Grease Monkey, facilitating channel and distribution partnering development for our innovative fueling system.
Schooled in the Jesuit tradition of service for others, John has a life-long passion for advocating technologies that improves the human condition. John was thus drawn to 100th Grease Monkey due to its commitment to help organizations reduce OPEX via better stewardship of our precious resources. John obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.
More About Karen
Dr. Karen Weber has a doctorate in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University, is LEED AP and her company, Earth Our Only Home, Inc. is certified as WBE – a woman-owned business in the state of Massachusetts. She has been working since 2006 to bring green roofs and living walls to the Greater Boston area. Earth Our Only Home, Inc. is responsible for the green roof on WGBH, Aircuity, Hong Lok Senior Residence, and several residential installations in Newton and Cambridge. She is the co-founder/Executive Director of the local nonprofit Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. and Boston GreenFest.
She has served on the planning committees of NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association), GreenBuild, and altWheels, and has been recognized for her work with awards from NEWIEE (New England Women in Energy and Environment), the City of Boston, and Green Schools. She was also a guest at the White House for the EPA's program on Environmental Education in May 2012.
More About Gordon
Gordon continues to serve the United States well after his Navy service. He promoted sustainable living through waste oil reuse and solar generation on tour with the Veterans For Peace, and When Katrina hit in August of 2005, he helped established relief efforts with other Veterans. He trained and managed Veterans on green construction and alternative energy installation projects with Veterans Green Jobs. He has been rebuilding community in Detroit with Veterans Village and Motor City Blight Busters through United Peace Relief. And he has been providing sustainable disaster response with the Veterans Green Bus. Gordon has signed on to spearhead Veterans’ employment for deployment and service of the Flowtration Stations through Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) nationwide.