Mr. Costenbader has served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer in both public and private entities. He gained international experience during his work in Shanghai, China as the Chief Operating Officer of Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc., a publicly traded entity listed on NASDAQ. Previously his position was Chief Financial Officer. He has 25 years of physical asset operations and commodity risk management experience in the power generation, refining, natural gas storage, biofuels, demand response, and renewable energy sectors, including 10 years in the Structured Finance Group of GE Capital and 6 years in the energy commodities division at Macquarie Bank. He has served as a Board Director for several energy companies in the United States and China as well as Board Chairperson for a 501(c)3 charity managing public funding to support local and state law enforcement. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, an M.B.A. in finance and operations management from Columbia University, and a B.A. degree in German Language & Literature studies, Oregon State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and has published a continuing education course for Professional Engineering License candidates titled “Design and Commissioning of Power Plants” .