Industry Leadership

Driving Biofuel Progress, Not Just Keeping Up With It

At World Energy, company leadership means industry leadership. Our team strives to drive biofuel progress, not just keep up with it.

  • Gene Gebolys

    Founder, President, CEO

    For two decades now, Mr. Gebolys has championed biodiesel’s development in the U.S. and throughout the world. He founded World Energy in 1998 as the extension of an effort started in 1994.  He built a company that would play a leading role in building an industry.  World Energy has helped foster biodiesel’s growth in Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and all regions of the United States and has been among the most enduring and innovative forces in the space. The company has been recognized by Platts as its Global Downstream Company of the Year and by the US Department of Energy as its Stakeholder of the Year. World Energy now offers over 100 million gallons of production capacity from three manufacturing plants as well as targeted managerial and technical services to the biofuels market. 

    Mr. Gebolys was the founding Chairman of the National Biodiesel Political Action Committee and was a founding Commissioner of the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission (BQ-9000).  He was Chair of the National Biodiesel Board’s Regulatory Committee for five years during the establishment of the industry’s most critical public policy supports including the establishment of the Biodiesel Blenders Tax Credit and both Federal Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS1 and RFS2). He now chairs the industry’s RFS2 Task Force as he has since its inception in 2009, leading the US biomass based diesel industries annual policy and advocacy work regarding this bedrock national policy. 

    Prior to founding World Energy, Mr. Gebolys was Vice President for Alternative Fuels for Twin Rivers Technologies Inc, the United States’ first stand-alone biodiesel business. He previously served as a senior economic development official under former Massachusetts Governor William Weld and is a former urban planner.  Mr. Gebolys was once named one of Boston’s 40 most influential leaders under 40 by the Boston Business Journal.

    He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University and Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Business Management from The Ohio State University.


  • Michael Laznik

    CFO/COO

    Mr. Laznik joined World Energy in 2007 and since has emerged to lead the company’s finance, trading, risk, and business development functions.  He has played a critical part in the company’s expansion as a large scale manufacturer in the US and continues to play lead roles in all aspects of the company’s strategy, trading, and supply functions. 

    Mr. Laznik was formerly Vice President at Mesirow Financial and subsequently was Director of Corporate Finance at FTI Consulting prior to joining World Energy.  He was a senior consultant for many years advising clients and their stakeholders on matters of strategy, finance, valuation, and capital management.

    He is fluent in Russian and served in Russia as Manager of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development at KMOC, an oil E&P firm.   He was formerly a Senior Economic Analyst at the Economics Resource Group where he focused on regulatory and business strategy matters for energy industry clients.

    Mr. Laznik holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University.  He is a Certified Management Accountant.


  • Brendan Marusa

    Vice President, Logistics & Operations

    Mr. Marusa joined World Energy in 2006 and has led the company’s logistics operations on four continents.  He has emerged to lead World Energy’s sourcing, logistics, distribution, and operations as well as its co-product optimization activities. 

    Prior to joining World Energy, Mr. Marusa served as an officer for many years on oil and chemical tankers as a member of the American Maritime Officer Union. He has his Second Mate/1600 ton Captain’s license and his United States Coast Guard Third Mate unlimited ton license. He is a Certified Marine Firefighter, a P.I.C. Tanker man, and has a Tank ship Dangerous Liquids (TDL) certification.

    Mr. Marusa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation from The Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is a member of the Regiment of Cadets.


  • Ben Wootton

    Managing Director, Management and Regulatory Services

    Mr. Wootton joined World Energy in 2013 and now leads the company’s management services business.  He is a proven entrepreneur and a recognized leader in the US biodiesel industry.  Mr. Wootton founded Keystone Biofuels in 2006 near Harrisburg, PA and as its CEO led that company to become the first large scale producer of biodiesel on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard.

    Mr. Wootton founded the Pennsylvania Biodiesel Producers Group (www.PABPG.org), a trade organization which spearheaded the establishment Pennsylvania’s highly influential state incentives and its current mandate for biodiesel.   He is a former Chair of the National Biodiesel Board’s Regulatory Committee and has helped to establish many of today’s industry standards through his work on the EPA RIN Task Force, the IRS Tax Credit Task Force and the NBB Audit Committee.

    He is an active member of the Alternative Fuels Renewable Energies Council (AFREC), the Governor’s Renewable Energy Council, PennFuture, and the PA Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).  Mr. Wootton has spoken on behalf of the industry in front of the U.S. Senate, the White House, the EPA, the USDA, the PA House, and the PA Senate among others.

    He is the former CEO and Chairman of Elite Health Solutions and founded and managed Wootton & Knisely, Certified Public Accountants.  He has Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of South Florida in Business Administration and Business Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.


  • Greg Hopkins

    Managing Director, Engineering and Technology Services

    Mr. Hopkins joined World Energy in 2011 and leads the company’s production services business.  He has been an entrepreneur and innovator in chemical and biodiesel manufacturing and distribution for over 30 years. Mr. Hopkins founded US Biofuels in 2003 in Rome, GA and as its CEO built it into one of the country’s early leaders in the production of biodiesel from low cost high Free Fatty Acid feedstocks.  He is credited with many industry firsts including being the first to deploy cavitation reactor technology to biodiesel manufacturing to improve product quality and throughput.  He also served in leadership positions for many years with the National Biodiesel Board’s Governing Board.

    Mr. Hopkins was the founder of Hopkins Chemical Inc., a specialty chemicals manufacturer for the textile and paper industries. Throughout his career Mr. Hopkins has developed and produced new products including cross linkers for cellulose (condensation reactions), various esters, amides and quaternary amines, and proprietary blends. He developed a low temperature, atmospheric pressure method of making high purity biodiesel from 100% free fatty acid as well as a method of using shockwave technology to accelerate transesterification.

    Mr. Hopkins was Division Manager for Dexter Chemical Corporation and previously held management positions at Cranston Print Works, Dan River, Inc. and J.P. Stevens and Co. Inc.  A holder of numerous U.S. and foreign patents, Mr. Hopkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Shorter University.


  • Susan Purdue

    Vice President of Manufacturing

    Ms. Purdue joined World Energy in 2011 and now leads the company’s manufacturing operations.  She has over 20 years of experience in plant management, project development, project management, process engineering, environmental assessment, permitting, safety, and plant startup and operations within the biofuels, pulp & paper, and power industries.

    Prior to joining World Energy, Ms. Purdue held management and engineering positions at RBF Port Neches, LLC, the United States largest and one of the world’s largest biodiesel facilities. She founded and was CEO of Verencon, LLC, an engineering consulting company focusing on the biofuels, biochemical and biogas industries. She was also Executive Vice President for Engineering & Technology at NorthWinds Biodiesel, LLC where she was responsible for the technology selection, process design and engineering of a 30 million gallon/year multi-feedstock biofuel facility.

    Ms. Purdue has held engineering positions at Careba Power Engineers, LLC, and Parsons Main, Inc.. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pulp and Paper Technology from North Carolina State University.


  • Ignacio J. Diaz Bobillo, Ph.D.

    Managing Director, International Business Development

    Dr. Diaz Bobillo has lead World Energy’s international business development activities in Europe, Asia, and South America since 2007.  He played a significant role in the early development of the biodiesel industry in Argentina establishing World Energy as one of the country’s earliest and biggest international buyers. More recently he has also been helping international producers access the World Energy’s technology and industrial services. 

    Prior to joining World Energy he ran start up technology business geared at integrating home entertainment systems in Argentina.  He retired Loma Negra S.A., the leading industrial company serving the construction sector in Argentina (with about U$300 million in sales) in 2004.  As Director of Business Development there, he was responsible for establishing and implementing a long-term strategy for the company, by executing an ambitious plan which involved investing several hundred million dollars in field projects, technology, acquisitions and joint ventures throughout the Mercosur region, and in opening export markets.  He also led the company’s marketing and logistics divisions.

    Dr. Diaz Bobillo was previously a Director for Citicorp Equity Investments S.A. (CEI) where he participated in the negotiation, closing and monitoring of equity deals in the cable TV and communications sector.  He also structured debt instruments and managed a significant portfolio of derivative instruments.

    Dr. Diaz Bobillo earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he also later worked as a lecturer, researcher, and writer.  He also has a degree in Electrical Engineering from The Buenos Aires Institute of Technology.


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