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Tradewater has assembled a team of experts in environmental science, engineering, public policy, data analysis, and project development and implementation. Over their careers, the Tradewater staff have collectively developed carbon credit projects that prevented the emission of more than one million tons of greenhouse gasses.
taylor bradshaw
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Associate

Taylor works on carbon offset development as an associate at Tradewater. She earned her B.B.A. in Economics from Loyola University Chicago. At Loyola, she became passionate about environmental issues while researching the correlation between sustainable business practices and female executives. Before joining the team, Taylor worked in the economic development field at World Business Chicago. She's thrilled to join the environmental field and fight against climate change each day.
tim brown
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President

Tim provides strategic direction for the firm in all business areas. He is a founder of Tradewater, a new venture designed to expand the carbon offset development work he successfully accomplished for many years at his previous company, Wabashco, LLC. Tim has over 33 years of experience in environmental policy, hazardous waste cleanup, pollution prevention, and carbon programs. He has been a developer of carbon offset projects and a participant in carbon markets since 2005. Tim is co-founder of the Delta Institute, a nonprofit organization to improve environmental quality and promote community and economic development in the Great Lakes Basin. He ran the Delta Institute’s environmental program, which included a wide range of water quality, pollution prevention, toxic reduction, and carbon sequestration work. Previously, he opened and ran the Midwest office of Clean Sites, a national organized focused on hazardous waste cleanup and environmental facilitation and mediation. He has held positions at ICF Kaiser Engineers, Commnicore, and the Center for the Great Lakes. Tim holds a B.S. from Northwestern University. He has held leadership positions on many boards over the years and currently serves on the boards of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Lochland School.
linda doncsecz
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Operations Manager

Linda joined Tradewater in 2016 as Operations Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of refrigerant aggregation and processing. Prior to joining Tradewater, Linda worked in the field of consumer electronics as a Quality and Process Technician and holds an A.A.S. degree as an Electronics Technician. She is also a CORE Registered Paralegal through the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and a Certified Quality Auditor through the American Society for Quality.
chad dorger
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Associate

Chad is an associate at Tradewater working on carbon offset development. He holds a B.S. from Loyola University Chicago's Institute for Environmental Sustainability. Previously, Chad worked in Loyola's Biodiesel Program using waste vegetable oil to create biofuel, biosoap, and a whole lot of messes along the way.
erin fry
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Analytics Engineer

Erin joined Tradewater in 2017 as an Analytics Engineer. She is responsible for the management of Tradewater’s data systems and the employment of data analytics to improve the greenhouse gas identification and destruction programs. Erin comes from a background of Computational Biology, holding a M.S. in Genetics from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester. She has also contributed to many environmental projects, including the foundation of a sustainable laboratory program at the University of Chicago. She is glad to now be utilizing data analytics to fight climate change.
stephen hempel
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Program Director

Steve joined Tradewater in 2018 to lead the greenhouse gas identification and collection operations. Attracted by an interest in sustainability and environmental technologies, Steve is also fascinated with market-driven solutions for addressing environmental and social challenges. Prior to coming to Tradewater, Steve was a VP of Operations at a large market research firm in Chicago, where he developed and led a talented and collaborative global team. Throughout his career Steve has pursued opportunities to improve processes and make a positive impact – whether it be in manufacturing, project management, analytics or leading and mentoring others. He started his career as an environmental engineer, and expanded into process engineering, pollution prevention and manufacturing operations. He has held leadership positions in a variety of industries including energy-efficient lighting, electrical products, power generation, distributed energy technologies and market research. Steve holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of Michigan and a M.S. from Case Western Reserve University.
rachel kanan
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Finance and Administration Manager

Rachel joined Tradewater in 2016 and serves as its Finance and Administrative Associate. She is responsible for maintaining the company’s books and records as well as managing the office, and provides administrative and other support to the firm’s carbon offset programs. Prior to joining Tradewater, Rachel spent 9 years as a middle school math teacher, and also served as a bookkeeper for numerous other businesses. Rachel has a B.A. from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.
adam meszaros
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Process Technician

Adam joined Tradewater in 2018 as a Process Technician. He is an experienced bio-reactor operator and worked in the research and development of alternative fuels. He has also worked in manufacturing as a chemical blender for a variety of consumer products and has worked in logistics and distribution. Adam is now using his knowledge and experience to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances.
victor molina
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Process Technician

Victor joined Tradewater in 2017 as a Process Technician and works in the aggregation and processing of a variety of refrigerants. He also served in the United States Air Force as a Fuels Specialist, working with petroleum and associated equipment. Prior to joining Tradewater, Victor operated hydro- processing units at a Research & Development plant.
kameron perry
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Process Technician

Kameron joined the Tradewater team in 2017 as a Process Technician. He is a recent graduate from Joliet Junior College with a Process Operator Certificate in the field of Petrochemicals. Kameron has over ten years of experience in shipping and receiving. He has worked in logistics fulfilling many roles, from Customer Service Representative to Production Lead. Kameron also holds a Pharmacy Technician Certificate and is using his training and knowledge to reduce his carbon footprint.
gabriel bankier plotkin
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Vice President

Gabe is a founder of Tradewater and leads the company’s business development efforts to expand existing greenhouse gas mitigation programs. He also works to establish new ventures related to innovative technology and international carbon markets. Gabe began working in environmental project development at Wabashco, LLC, after a 12-year career as an attorney. He served first as a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois. He then joined the law firm of Miller Shakman & Beem, a commercial litigation boutique, where he became a partner. Gabe served as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Law School. In 2014, he was named by the Chicago Law Bulletin as one of the Forty Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. While in law school, Gabe founded Youth Rights Media, a non-profit in New Haven, Connecticut, dedicated to empowering youth to protect and advance their legal rights. He currently serves as Chair of the Rebuilding Exchange board of directors. Gabe holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
kevin schwartzenberg
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Director of Engineering

Kevin joined Tradewater as Director of Engineering in 2016. He leads engineering efforts related to the firm’s program areas, and technology development related to CFC destruction and abandoned coal mine methane. Prior to joining Tradewater, he worked in academic research on the development of catalysts for energy and environmental applications. He also has experience in the olefins processing industry. Kevin holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.
laurel stiff
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Project Manager

Laurel serves as Project Manager for Tradewater’s program to collect CFCs throughout the United States. She previously worked as an associate at Wabashco, LLC, supporting Wabashco’s carbon offset projects. Prior to joining Wabashco, Laurel worked for the American Institute of Architects on sustainability in the environment sector. Laurel provides volunteer support to the Academy for Global Citizenship. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
thom van ermen
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Associate

Thom joined Tradewater in August 2016 and serves as an associate in the company’s CFC collection program. Prior to joining Tradewater, he spent 30 years as an actor, director, stage manager, technical director, and production manager for various non-profit theatre organizations.