Board of Directors

Earl Jones
Earl Jones is the Chief Executive Officer for Heartland Technology.  Earl is a recognized thought-leader in the Water Industry, and has built and led high performing teams for the past 25 years.

Prior to Heartland, Earl helped co-found the Private Equity Fund Liberation Capital, which provided project financing for distributed energy and water infrastructure.

Earl is formerly a Senior Executive at GE, serving in a variety of leadership roles, including as the Global Commercial Leader for GE Water responsible for Sales, Partnerships, Risk, and Project Development. Earl led the global eHealth Solutions business for GE Healthcare IT, and was GE’s Lean Six Sigma Leader for Supply-chain.

Prior to GE, Earl was a Partner and CFO in management consulting, a supply-chain leader at Dell, and served honorably as a Submarine Officer in the US Navy.

Earl holds a M.S. in EE/CS and an MBA from M.I.T., and a B.Sc. in EE from the US Naval Academy. Earl, his wife Sharon, and two sets of twins reside in Boston, MA.

Rob Cawthorn
Robert Cawthorn has over 50 years experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and banking industries at Pfizer, Biogen (President), Rhone Poulenc Rorer—now part of Sanofi (Chairman and CEO) and Global Health Care Partners of DLJ Merchant Banking (Managing Director).

Rob has had extensive board experience including Actelion Pharmaceuticals (Chairman), CBS, The Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds, Sunoco, First Pennsylvania Bank—now part of Wells Fargo, Leerink Swann and several technology start-ups, including Biodesix (Chairman).  He has been and is active on not-for-profit boards including The University of Pennsylvania, United Way of South Eastern Pennsylvania, Cambridge in America and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.

Rob is a graduate of Cambridge University and lives in Bermuda and France.

Bob Irwin
Robert Irwin is a founder, co-owner and financial consultant of Heartland and has over 20 years experience in the landfill industries.

Bob is also the Managing Member of Electrum Partners, LLC that invests and consults to ‘green’ companies. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Presque Isle Capital Management. He retired from Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette which consummated a long career in the institutional brokerage business and in the investment banking business.

Bob was responsible for the reformation and financing of Envirofil which acquired USA Waste, where he was a Board member. USA Waste then acquired Waste Management in a reverse merger. He co-founded Brandywine Asset Management, Rocking Horse Child Care Centers of America (now Nobel Education).

Bob resides outside Philadelphia.

Kevin T. Knobloch
Kevin T. Knobloch was most recently the Chief of Staff to Secretary of Energy Ernest Monitz at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he led initiatives to meet multiple critical missions including clean energy technology, R&D and deployment; nuclear and toxic waste remediation; and energy infrastructure and security issues. He also managed the agency’s $30 billion budget and the 110,000 person workforce. Mr. Knobloch is currently Senior Research Associate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he is spearheading a new initiative on the role of the private sector in energy innovation. Prior to his role at the Department of Energy, Mr. Knobloch served as the President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a national non-profit organization focused on bringing scientific integrity to policy and advocacy issues related to clean energy, sustainable agriculture, nuclear energy safety and nuclear weapons non-proliferation, a position he held for 10 years. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Christopher Beaufait
Christopher Beaufait is a technology-focused business leader with deep global experience. He was most recently Group Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & China for Vestas, the world’s leading wind power and services company. Prior to joining Vestas, he held a variety of senior executive roles within the General Electric Company including President of China Commercial Aircraft Programs for GE Aviation, President and General Manager for GE’s Avionics business, and served as the Global Business Development Leader for GE Corporate China, Aviation and Transportation businesses. While at GE, Mr. Beaufait led the creation of Aviage Systems, the first US-China joint venture focused on serving the global avionics market. In addition to holding multiple Six Sigma certifications, he has participated in the last two World Economic forums in China, with a focus on renewable energy and artificial intelligence/automation. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Beaufait is a former Naval officer and certified nuclear engineer.

Leadership Team

Craig Clerkin
Craig Clerkin is a Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Heartland Technology. Craig has over 20 years of manufacturing experience including more than 15 years in the landfill gas industry.

Prior to joining Heartland, Craig served as Vice-President for ANGI International, a leading provider of compressed natural gas equipment (CNG) process systems for the alternative fuels industry.

Craig is the co-inventor of a series of patents and pending patents supporting Heartlands Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and has received several awards for business development overseas including the Wisconsin Governor’s Export Achievement Award, the World Trade Association Export Award for Wisconsin, the World Trade Association Export Award for Midwest and the SBA Export Award.

Craig is a Professional Engineer (PE).  He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Shubha Inamdar
Shubha Inamdar is the Chief Financial Officer for Heartland Technology. Shubha is a CPA and MBA (M.I.T.) and brings considerable experience in Controllership, Tax, FP&A and Capital Structuring.

Prior to joining Heartland, Shubha was the VP of Finance and Analytics for Shipcom Wireless, where she is focused on financial operations, pricing and margin improvement.

Prior to Shipcom, Shubha spent 6 years at GE, where she was the CFO for the Thermal Products division of GE Water, and a Risk Leader for GE Transportation.

Shubha is a 2014 Graduate of MIT’s Sloan Fellows Program, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Pune University. Shubha will be relocating to Boston and will join Heartland on August 1, 2016.

Susan Portin
Susan Portin is the Vice President of Corporate Development for Heartland.  Susan has more than 25 years of diverse global experience as a corporate attorney, M&A specialist, senior business leader and strategic management consultant.

Susan has a deep understanding of how companies operate and the challenges they face, particularly in the many areas where business intersects with law, risk, compliance and governance. She has worked in a broad array of traditional corporate and entrepreneurial business models across many industries and her experience spans a variety of key functional areas including business operations, legal, risk and compliance, M&A, administration, corporate communications, human resources, board and investor relations and strategic planning.

Susan earned a BA degree from Union College, a Masters degree in Public Relations from Boston University and a Law Degree from Emory University. She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and an inactive member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Bernie Duesel
Bernie Duesel is a Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Heartland Technology. Bernie has over 40 years of professional experience as a chemical engineer including 25 years in the chemical process industry.

Bernie is the co-inventor of a series of patents and supporting Heartlands Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio.

Bernie served for 6 years as a director of the Council of Industry of Southeastern New York and has published various technical papers and articles specific to energy recovery and project development as applied to wastewater treatment.

Bernie received BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.