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Rick Wilson. Ph.D.

Non-Executive Chairman

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.

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Christian DeBlasio

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.

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Bromley Beadle, Ph.D.

Director

Bromley is the CEO of TriStrata Group, which is wholly owned by the Wheatsheaf Group. TriStrata is a leading supplier of ozone technologies that add strategic food safety interventions for processors, distributors and storage facilities.

Bromley has significant experience integrating businesses and structuring complex operations both in the public and private sectors. His global business experience, with companies like PA&E, Spectris/NDC Technologies and Fisons/VG Instruments includes business & product strategy, operational support, acquisitions and divestment.

He holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Imperial College London and studied management development at Duke University and IMD Business School.