- TeamOver 125 years of experience in world-scale process plant development.
- FinancingBacked by one of the largest energy PE firms in the world with decades of experience in public and private equity and debt financing.
- Proven TechnologySelected technologies with proven industrial scale and billions of dollars in assets operating worldwide.
- ConstructionVeteran management team that has developed more than $5 billion of complex energy projects worldwide.
- OperationsBest-in-class operation capabilities with a proven track record in safe, efficient, and responsible operations.
- LogisticsDeep experience and relationships in safe, reliable, and efficient distribution of renewable gasoline and hydrogen.
Meet Our team
Timothy E. Vail
Tim has a long career of successfully building energy companies in the downstream and alternative energy arena. His latest venture, Arbor Renewable Gas, focuses on the conversion of waste wood biomass into pure hydrogen at industrial scale for chemical producers and refiners. Prior to Arbor, Tim founded G2X Energy in May of 2012. Tim’s central role at G2X was developing, financing and building of world scale energy infrastructure projects, using proprietary processes and a proven execution team, that convert abundant natural gas into methanol and ultimately automotive gasoline. Since the founding of G2X, Tim grew the business into one of the largest producers of methanol in the world, commissioning the world’s largest methanol plant located in Beaumont, Texas. In May of 2018, Tim sold G2X Energy to a group of private investors that included his largest investor, Consolidated Energy Limited of Zurich. Prior to his current position, Tim was President and CEO of Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc, a global developer of coal gasification facilities. During his tenure at SES, Tim successfully listed the company on the NASDAQ. Before SES, Tim held various leadership roles including Director of Commercialization of General Motors fuel cell program, head of alternative energy technologies at Enron Corporation and an MLP securities law practice with Andrews & Kurth. Tim holds a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Elizabeth, and eighteen-year-old twins, Peter and Alexandra.
John G. Kennedy III
John is a 30+ year veteran of investment banking. In 2010, John started and ran the capital markets group at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co until its sale to Perella Weinberg Partners. He was also a Managing Director and Partner at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette until its sale to Credit Suisse. John was also a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in New York City. John lives in Houston, TX with his wife and three children. He earned a B.S. from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. John also has served as a Director of public and private companies, and several not-for-profit organizations.
George E. (Ned) Crady
George E. (Ned) Crady has over 30 years of experience in the development, construction, financing, purchase and sale of large energy infrastructure projects including refining and processing facilities, transportation and storage facilities, liquefaction and regasification facilities, and power generation and distribution facilities. Prior to joining Arbor Renewable Gas, Ned was a senior partner at several global energy law firms representing private and public company investors develop, finance, purchase or sell tens of billions of dollars’ worth of energy infrastructure projects and commodities. Additionally, Ned worked in house at a Fortune 10 energy company to develop, finance and monetize numerous infrastructure projects including power generation and distribution facilities, refining and storage facilities, regasification facilities, and pipeline transportation and distribution facilities.
Trey’s energy career has focused on leading the successful execution of energy projects across all phases, including greenfield development, construction, commissioning, logistics and full operations. The most recent project was Natgasoline LLC, a $2+ billion methanol facility located in Beaumont, Texas. Trey served as Chief Operating Officer of Natgasoline LLC., a joint venture partnership between G2X Energy and OCI N.V. Prior to joining Natgasoline, Trey worked for G2X Energy as General Manager for Big Lake Fuels, another world-scale greenfield methanol project located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While at G2X, Trey also completed the construction of the Pampa Fuels methanol facility served and was Director of Business Development for other greenfield chemical projects. Trey has also successfully completed multiple pipeline projects for commodities such as hydrogen, methanol and natural gas. Trey also served as Director of Development for Synthesis Energy Systems (SES), a global developer of coal gasification facilities that cleanly produce transportation fuels from coal resources. Additionally, Trey’s experience includes business development and management in the technology field, working for companies such as Yahoo, Oracle and BEA Systems. Trey holds a BBA from the University of Texas and an MBA from SMU Cox School of Business.
As senior vice president of corporate business services, Heather is responsible for leading Arbor's overall human resources strategy, talent acquisition, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, organizational design and cultural development, employee education and development, compensation and benefits, HR and administrative operations and technology, employee relations, and security. Heather has over 20 years of experience in administration, organizational effectiveness, management, and human resources. She is an active member in the Society of Human Resource Management and the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She is married to David with one grown daughter, Madelynn.
Jim Bob Mitchell
Jim Bob started his career at Celanese Chemical Plant in Pampa, TX in 1989 working in the wastewater treatment laboratory. He spent the next 19 years in positions of progressively increasing responsibility. The last five years of his Celanese career were spent as the operations section leader for utilities managing the operation of the coal and gas fired boilers for the plant. This included the management of the electrical cogeneration unit for the local utility as well as the operation of the plant water and wastewater treatment systems. Jim Bob wrapped up his career with Celanese with the shuttering of the Pampa site in 2008. After a brief stint as the Plant Manager for the Tumbleweed project at the Pampa site, Jim Bob accepted the position of Operations Manager for the Cabot PDMC plant manufacturing specialty carbon black in a research and development setting. In late 2012, he got the opportunity to help start up a new company by accepting the General Manager role for the G2X Energy Pampa Fuels plant. He was directly responsible for the engineering, construction, staffing, commissioning, and startup of a 65,000 MT/year methanol plant that was constructed on the old Celanese Pampa site. After successfully operating the plant for two years, Jim Bob accepted an offer to relocate to Beaumont, TX to serve as the Operations Manager for the construction, commissioning, and startup of the Natgasoline plant which is a 1.7M MT/year methanol plant. This plant was successfully started in 2018 and Jim Bob returned to the Panhandle to be closer to his family. In May 2019, he accepted the position of Plant Manager for White Energy in Plainview, Texas. He is responsible for the management and operation of a 125M gallon/year ethanol plant that converts corn and milo into renewable energy. He possesses significant experience in the design, construction, commissioning, and startup of methanol plants including the staffing and budget development of new plants. Jim Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Tarleton State University and lives with his wife in the Texas panhandle. Jim Bob has two grown daughters.
Kalpana has extensive structuring, valuation and project finance experience working on gas, power and renewable assets. Prior to joining Arbor Renewable Gas, Kalpana worked on the Finance team at Total Gas & Power on Cameron LNG and led the financial planning process. Additionally, she worked over ten years at ENGIE NA and served as a manager in the Acquisitions, Investments and Financial Advisory team. She has been a key participant in transactions including asset optimization, refinancing and greenfield projects. Kalpana also worked in private equity on valuation and optimizing financing for acquisitions and global development opportunities. She holds an MS in Engineering from the University of Houston and an MBA with finance concentration from Rice Business.