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Board of Advisors


Evan Blumer, DVM


Dr. Evan Blumer has worked for more than 25 years to integrate wildlife, habitat and energy conservation strategies with new, sustainable development models. Trained as a Wildlife Veterinarian and Conservation Biologist, Blumer spent much of his career building the Wilds, one of the largest and most innovative Conservation, Science and Education Centers in the world. In addition to his work with wildlife and habitat conservation, Blumer’s efforts at the Wilds also resulted in the development of new models for the integration of advanced energy and land-use strategies, including (with David Wilhelm) the original ideas behind the Turning Point Solar project. Evan now works on numerous international sustainable development projects, including a broad array of advanced and transitional energy strategies. Blumer’s academic training includes Bucknell University (B.S.), State University of N.Y. at Stony Brook (M.S.), and the University of Pennsylvania (V.M.D. and Ph.D. program).

Robert Y. Farrington


Robert Y. Farrington has been affiliated with the company since 2005, where he was particularly involved in initiatives within the Taft-Hartley defined benefit fund universe. A veteran of the labor movement, he was formerly Deputy Director of the national Building Trades Organizing Project, where he administered a $6 million budget with actual expenses of $4.5 million. He is well known from his former role as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, where he was elected to four consecutive, four-year terms, having also negotiated 14 project labor trade agreements with Honda of America, providing millions of man-hours of employment for building trades unions. Mr. Farrington’s tenure included service on numerous public boards and commissions, including two terms on the Federal Reserve Board’s Bank of Cleveland, the Ohio Ethics Commission, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Columbus Center for Human Services, and the National Building Trades Development Committee. Having attended the Ohio State University and the George Meany Labor Studies Institute in Washington, DC, Farrington also is a journeyman electrician with more than 50 years membership in the I.B.E.W., Local Union No. 683 and service in areas as wide-ranging as the Alaskan North Slope and Saudi Arabia.

MacKenzie Land & Exploration, LTD


Martin R. Shumway, COO, MacKenzie Land & Exploration, Ltd., a fully equipped exploration geology, geophysics and engineering firm in central Ohio, providing a broad array of petroleum geosciences and engineering technical support, prospect and reserve evaluations and associated advisory services. Mr. Shumway, a certified petroleum geologist and professional engineer has spent the last 15 years in petroleum field services, including within the firm’s innovative, early tenure in the professional use of 3-D seismic design, implementation and interpretation within the Appalachian Basin for the exploitation of exploration-class oil and gas reserves.

Christopher A. Ott, Esq.


Attorney Christopher A. Ott practices law from, principally, Washington, DC and Hannover, Germany, where his over two decades of experience span senior governmental staff appointments, then partnership at two prestigious Washington law firms with significant Fortune 50 clientele. Mr. Ott’s US engagements include the representation of clients on complex matters before the U.S. Congress and the US Executive Branch agencies, most notably the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Department, the Department of State and the Department of Commerce. Mr. Ott’s European-based practice prominently includes work in matters of intellectual property and related financial considerations, various corporate transactions and particular engagements within the energy sector. In addition to his legal training, Ott holds degrees in engineering and philosophy.

David Wilhelm


David Wilhelm is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee in the 1990s, following his tenure as campaign manager for US President Bill Clinton in 1992. Today, Wilhelm’s varied entrepreneurial and investor activities include founding two regionally-focused venture capital funds— Adena Ventures and Hopewell Ventures—designed to invest in businesses with high growth potential in the central Appalachian and Great Lakes areas of the United States. With investments that prominently include forward looking projects in the energy sector, Wilhelm is also one of the founders of the newly-created Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth and in 2010 served as co-chair of a successful statewide campaign in support of the Ohio Third Frontier. He is co-chair of the advisory council for the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, serves on a variety of corporate boards and holds a B.A. from Ohio University, MPP from Harvard University and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Ohio University, Wheeling Jesuit University, and the University of Charleston.

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