Andrew West’s impact on a regional, state, and national level can be measured in less – 29% less greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the difference American Natural Gas (ANG) makes every time a customer chooses compressed natural gas (CNG) over diesel. And, with the introduction of ANG’s new supply of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) that difference will climb to 115% less emissions when compared to diesel.
Drew founded ANG in 2011 and has led it from a single-person venture into a national company with over 40 CNG stations across 14 states. The driving force behind his work is the fact that CNG is a cleaner, safer, cheaper, and more efficient alternative to diesel or gasoline. One client at a time, with a roster of names that includes Tops Friendly Markets, Frito-Lay, and Casella Waste, Drew has been entrusted with the future carbon footprint and global impacts of dozens of businesses.
A natural entrepreneur, Drew founded multiple companies before ANG. He was an instrumental member of eBay’s business development team for designing, launching, operating, and marketing a flash sale business model platform. Before eBay, he was a senior vice president of eFashionSolutions and the founder and chairman of auctionPAL, a concierge company for assisting consumers in online live auction marketplaces.
In 2018 Drew joined the board of directors of NGVAmerica. He is a 2016 recipient of the 40 under 40 award from the Albany Business Review and was named to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees in 2017. A graduate of Middlebury College, he enjoys partaking as a mentor and judge for the school’s entrepreneurial winter term classes. Drew is a frequent supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, which his great grandfather founded, and has supported New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) and other notable not-for-profit organizations in the past. An alumnus of NYSEF, he leads his business today with many of the skills he learned as a young ski racer – risk taking, confidence, and a willingness to take ownership of his own success.
Bryan Berry is a clean energy and venture development veteran with over 20 years’ experience as an innovator, engineer, and business leader. As Chief Revenue and Sustainability Officer, he is responsible for ensuring alignment and coordination across key lines of business, and for identifying and developing new opportunities. In addition to this, Bryan leads ANG’s renewable energy and sustainability efforts focused both on helping customers decarbonize, but also as part of ANG’s commitment to decarbonize its own operations through adoption of sustainable business practices, use of renewable fuels, energy efficiency, and use of renewable sources of electric generation.
Prior to joining ANG, Berry led the Research and Development unit at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) where he oversaw the development of strategies to stimulate clean energy innovation across New York State. Over a ten-year period, he managed projects focused on energy efficiency in buildings, led efforts related to new venture development and commercialization, and oversaw the organization’s $80 million per year portfolio of R&D investments across the buildings, smart grid, renewables, and transportation sectors. His efforts contributed to a significant expansion of New York’s clean energy market, including record levels of private investment raised by NYS companies and the formation of new clean energy businesses. Prior to NYSERDA, he held engineering, corporate management, and business development positions at design and technology development firms.
Berry has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and an MBA with a focus on New Venture Development from the University at Albany.
Bridget G. Buckley, CPA, ANG’s Financial Controller, brings over a decade of accounting experience to the team. Following a successful tenure in public accounting, Bridget transitioned to American Natural Gas in 2015. This allowed her the unique opportunity to merge both her professional experiences and passion for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Bridget is responsible for overseeing all functions within the accounting department, including financial reporting, risk management, regulatory compliance, contract management, and tax due diligence. While also guiding the accounting team, Bridget is a positive presence and is always eager to assist her colleagues and ANG’s customers.
When she’s not working, Bridget enjoys spending time with family, hiking, traveling and playing with her dog, Watson.
As VP of Operations, Brent Tesla is responsible for the national operations of the company. He brings more than 30 years of experience to American Natural Gas and has established a reputation of excellence amongst his industry peers. His expertise and leadership have focused on developing and delivering reliable alternative energy solutions, providing outstanding customer service, and driving profitable growth.
Responsible for over 60 fueling stations and thousands of customers, Tesla continues to innovate, developing new strategies to drive the alternative fuel industry forward. Tesla ensures that ANG’s highly-skilled team of technicians and operational professionals provide state of the art equipment and cutting edge technologies to customers. Tesla believes that domestic fuel sources play a vital part of a strong America.
Thomas West is the founder and managing partner of The West Firm, PLLC. He is recognized for his distinguished accomplishments in the environmental field by the Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Top Lawyers, and Strathmore’s Who’s Who. He is rated AV, Preeminent, by Martindale Hubbell.
At The West Firm, Tom represents clients in the oil and gas sector on a broad variety of issues involving legislation, compulsory integration, administrative adjudication, civil litigation, and investigations by the New York Attorney General’s office. He has more than thirty years of practice representing the oil and gas industry. Mr. West received a bachelor’s in political science from St. Lawrence University and his J.D. degree from the Albany Law School of Union University.
Greg Mountain, with The West Firm since 2008, presently manages an extensive array of legal areas, including general corporate matters, such as corporate formation and governance issues, real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, land use, development and zoning matters, regulatory activities, eminent domain proceedings, tax certiorari proceedings and complex commercial litigation. He has significant experience advising and representing clients with respect to real estate development and renewable energy projects.
Greg’s litigation experience includes appearances before the New York State Supreme Court in several Article 78 proceedings associated with government agency interpretation of its governing statutes, Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law Article 15 actions, and several plenary actions related to oil and gas lease issues. Additionally, he has extensive litigation experience with respect to real property disputes, building code violations, and the protection of corporate trade secret and proprietary information. His work also includes litigation before various tribunals, including: the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, in a successful challenge to a local municipality’s condemnation proceedings; the United State Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of New York, in the successful protection of a right of first refusal in a bankruptcy auction; and the New York State Division of Tax Appeals where he obtained an Administrative Law Judge decision overturning a long standing New York State Department of Tax and Finance policy on franchise taxes.
Philip A. Falcone is the director, chairman, president, and CEO of HC2 and has over two decades of experience in leveraged finance, distressed debt and special situations He served as a director, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of HRG Group, Inc. (f/k/a Harbinger Group Inc., “HRG”) from July 2009 to November 2014. From July 2009 to July 2011, Phil also served as the president of HRG. Phil is also the chief investment officer and chief executive officer of Harbinger Capital Partners LLC (“Harbinger Capital”), and is the chief investment officer of other Harbinger Capital affiliated funds. He co-founded the funds affiliated with Harbinger Capital in 2001.
Prior to joining the predecessor of Harbinger Capital, Phil served as head of high yield trading for Barclays Capital. From 1998 to 2000, he managed the Barclays High Yield and Distressed trading operations. He held a similar position with Gleacher Natwest, Inc., from 1997 to 1998. Phil began his career in 1985, trading high yield and distressed securities at Kidder, Peabody & Co. He currently serves on the board of directors of Novatel Wireless, Inc., a provider of intelligent wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. He received an A.B. in economics from Harvard University.
Michael Sena is the chief financial officer of HC2. He has over 20 years of diverse accounting, finance and M&A experience and an in-depth knowledge of US GAAP and SEC reporting requirements. Over his 20 year career, Michael has focused on developing people, processes and systems throughout various accounting and finance organizations to mitigate risk, ensure accuracy and create efficiencies.
Prior to joining the HC2, Michael served as senior vice president and chief accounting officer of HRG Group, Inc., where he was responsible for all aspects of the accounting, compliance and reporting functions. Michael also served as vice president and chief accounting officer of Zap.Com, a subsidiary of HRG Group, Inc., and served a director of Zap.Com. Prior to HRG Group, he served as the vice president and North American Controller of Reader’s Digest Association Inc., and was responsible for the North American and corporate accounting functions, technical accounting analysis, global accounting policies and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Before joining the Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., Michael served as director of reporting and business processes for Barr Pharmaceuticals, driving initiatives to streamline, automate and globalize the accounting close and consolidation process after a major business acquisition. Prior to that, he held various positions within PricewaterhouseCoopers performing buy-side financial due diligence for both private equity and corporate clients.
Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Syracuse University.
Wayne Barr, Jr. has served as a director of HC2 since January 2014. He is managing director of Alliance Group of NC, LLC, a full-service real estate firm providing brokerage, planning and consulting services throughout North Carolina to a wide variety of stakeholders including landowners, developers, builders and investors, a position he has held since 2013.
Wayne is also the principal of Oakleaf Consulting Group LLC, a management consulting firm focusing on technology and telecommunications companies, which he founded in 2001. He also co-founded and was president from 2003 to 2008 of Capital & Technology Advisors, a management consulting and restructuring firm. He has served on the boards of directors of Anacomp, Leap Wireless International, NEON Communications and Globix Corporation. He has served as a director of Evident Technologies, Inc. since 2005. Wayne received his J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University and is admitted to practice law in New York State. He is also a licensed real estate broker in the state of North Carolina.