Rick supports large organic recycling and waste-management businesses developing their capabilities to divert green waste from landfills, and originating related products and services for the agriculture industry.
His experience includes leading two Silicon Valley venture-backed startups. At Cool Planet, a British Petroleum (BP) and Google-Ventures backed company, Wilson built the team that developed the CoolTerra™ soil health additive, and established markets with major growers. At Cobalt Technologies, a biotech startup, he led the development of low-cost renewable chemical manufacturing technology from bench scale to commercial demonstration. Before leading startup companies, Rick had a 17-year career with BP at the executive level, heading both global chemicals and fuels commercial businesses.
He holds an MBA (Honors) from the University of Chicago (Booth), a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and a BA in Chemistry from UC San Diego.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Christian joined Purfresh in 2008 to help launch Purfresh’s global transportation product platform, after holding several positions he was appointed CEO in 2017. With minimal available funding, Christian restructured the business, grew revenues, achieved profitability, and improved the service and efficiency of the operations. Additionally he built a highly capable, reliable and committed team. Christian brought in the Wheatsheaf Group in January 2019 who acquired the company, bringing much-needed growth capital, positioning the company for rapid future expansion.
Prior to joining Purfresh, he served in key management positions at CP Ships, and Trinium Technologies.
Christian graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Marine Sciences. While at Texas A&M, Christian served as the Executive Officer of the Texas Maritime Academy, and received a US Merchant Marine deck officer license from the US Coast Guard. He first served aboard commercial maritime vessels in 1992.
Stephan is Founder and Managing Partner of Resourcient Group LLC in San Francisco, a new initiative to promote scalable investment in resource efficient businesses.
He has spent more than 30 years as a lawyer, investor, founder and director helping technology-driven Silicon Valley companies in the information technology, communications, biotechnology and clean energy fields grow to global scale. Until recently, he was also Managing Director at VantagePoint Capital Partners; leading its CleanTech Group since its inception. Prior to joining VantagePoint in 1999, he spent 17 years as a corporate and securities attorney, lastly as Chairman of the Life Sciences Group and Managing Partner for the Palo Alto office of the then 900-lawyer Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.
He is a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia (BCP) and the University of Virginia School of Law (JD).