Founder & CEO
Chris has over twenty years of experience in the development and financing of infrastructure projects. Chris was an early employee of Enviva, LP (NYSE:EVA), a producer of low carbon biomass fuel from wood waste. During his seven years with the company, Chris helped the company grow from $10 million to nearly $200 million in EBITDA.
Before Enviva, Chris held positions at leading renewable energy development and investment firms including Summit Power Group, Hudson Clean Energy Partners and EIF.
Chris received his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School where he received a Wharton Merit Fellowship.
VP – Engineering and Operations
Mike brings over 16 years of technical and operations leadership from a broad range of industries including textiles, communications, automotive, and biomass. Mike was also an early employee at Enviva (NYSE:EVA), and during the 4+ years with the company he stood up both the Centers of Excellence Engineering and the Small Capital Project teams, as well as led multiple operating assets in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Mike received both his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Co-Founder - Strategy / R&D / Company Building
Vanja Torbica brings 15 years of experience in building and operating early-stage companies. Vanja was employee #2 at Unity Biotechnology (NASDAQ: UBX) where he led corporate development and strategy from incubation until it was a 70-person, $400M company. In addition, Vanja has held operating roles at Moment, Mavrx, and Current Energy. He started his career working in project finance at Wellford Energy, a boutique investment bank. Vanja is an early-stage utility player that knows what it takes to stand up new companies and has a passion for building them from scratch.
Director - Origination
Director - Origination
Justin brings over 10 years of technical sales and business development experience in the Energy Industry. Justin has experience in growing consulting and chemical businesses across the Oil & Gas space with a focus on providing solutions to midstream and downstream processing facilities. Justin is passionate about developing and maintaining long-term relationships with an emphasis on trust and transparency.
Justin received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University.
VP - Finance and Capital Markets
Steve brings over twenty years of experience in originating, structuring, and financing complex transactions involving energy infrastructure assets, environmental attributes, equipment leasing, financial assets, and derivatives.
Prior to Burnham, Steve worked at NextEra Energy in which he focused on business development in the wholesale commodities and renewables markets. Before NextEra, Steve held positions in structured finance teams at banks including Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan. During his banking career he helped raise over $5Bln in debt and equity.
Steve holds a CFA, MBA from Drexel University and B.B.A. in Finance from Temple University.