Friday, January 27, 2012

CCIA Welcomes New Board Appointments

(Left: Chas Eggert) (Right: Steve Hane)

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) is happy to announce our 2012 board chair and vice chair appointments: Charles R. (Chas) Eggert as chairman, and Steve Hane as vice chairman.

Eggert and Hane, both CCIA founding board members, will fulfill traditional roles on the trade association board and bring unique cleantech and venture capital experience to the positions. For CCIA this will be a great opportunity to further take our organization into a leadership position for cleantech in the country.

Eggert is President and CEO of OPX Biotechnologies, a company that uses proprietary Leading EDGE™ technology to produce bio-derived chemicals and fuels to help industries better compete in the global economy with lower costs and higher returns. Prior to leading OPX Biotechnologies, Eggert was the president of Specialty Polymers Group, a $500 million revenue division of Akzo Nobel. He began his career with Monsanto Company where he progressed through a variety of leadership roles. Eggert also serves as a board director of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and is a founding director and past vice chairman of CCIA.

Hane will serve as the Vice Chair for CCIA’s board. Hane is currently president and CEO of Ampulse, a solar energy company that focuses on better efficiencies and performance for crystalline-silicon thin-film solar photovoltaic technology. Hane currently serves on the advisory board of the University of Colorado's Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, and is a founding board member of CCIA.

Both Eggert and Hane bring expansive executive and investment capital management experience to the cleantech industry.

“We’re excited to have such esteemed business executives assuming leadership of our board and bringing such a wealth of industry, fundraising and venture capital knowledge,” said Christine Shapard, Executive Director of CCIA. “The benefits will be great for CCIA as a whole and all our members.”

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