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Jane Graeffe (LaPorte) Witheridge

                       BA.Eng., MBA (University of Chicago)                       JaneGW@TechnologyEvaluations.com

With thirty years experience in the international environmental industry, Ms. Witheridge holds a unique perspective of solid waste management practices.  In the 1970's and early 80's, Ms. Witheridge developed standards  for environmental management controls at waste disposal sites in the United States, Canada, South America and Saudi Arabia. Much of her early career focused on permitting landfills, quantifying their risk, and performing due diligent reviews for facilities totaling in excess of $1 billion in revenue.  In the mid 80's she became Waste Management’s Regional Operations Vice President, holding P&L responsibility for over $250 million in annual revenue.
 
In the early 90’s, Ms Witheridge turned her attention to waste recycling, the fastest growth segment of the waste industry.  As Vice President of Recycling and Joint Ventures (with Stone Container Corp., American National Can/Pechiney, and DuPont) Ms. Witheridge introduced new efficiencies in waste processing at over 100 material recovery facilities.  Using activity based costing as a basis to promote public policy, Ms Witheridge executed a nationwide education initiative “Recycling in the 90’s: A Shared Responsibility” and was recognized for her accomplishments by Crain's Chicago Business as one of their "Top 40 Under 40". She was a frequent speaker before regulatory and legislative bodies, including Environmental Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
 
After leaving Waste Management, Ms Witheridge worked with clients such as Amoco (BP) to help better align their Environment, Health and Safety practices with their worldwide business needs.  In the late 90’s, Ms Witheridge formed a company, Organics Management (OMC) to acquire facilities which manufacture fertilizer, process organic matter and blend soils for use in large scale landscapes and home gardens.  As President and CEO of OMC, Ms Witheridge distributed soil additives and blends throughout the United States.
 
Having successfully sold OMC in 2001, Ms Witheridge maintains a presence in the environmental industry by providing her expertise to private and public companies in the areas of valuation and divestiture negotiations, start ups, market assessments for new business lines and products, permitting and strategic project management. Since joining TEI as President in 2006, much of her time is devoted to business development of the Company's TEI Fluidizer.
 
In 2003, President George Bush appointed Ms. Witheridge as one of three Federal Commissioners to the Interstate Commission of the Potomac River Basin.  She majored in Engineering at LaFayette College, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

 

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