Robert E. 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.


robert F. Irwin IV

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. Kevin 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, Kevin 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, Chris 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, Chris 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, Chris is a former Naval officer and certified nuclear engineer.


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.