Rory Gaunt

Chief Executive Officer

Rory has served as President, CEO and Director since November 2009, and cofounded Lifecycle Renewables in 2008. Prior to founding Lifecycle Renewables, Inc., Rory spent seven years with RR Donnelley Logistics, a subsidiary of the global provider of integrated print communications leader, RR Donnelley & Sons Company. Responsible for business development and strategic solutions, during his tenure at Donnelley, Rory sold, implemented and managed critical logistics services for Fortune 500 corporations. Rory holds a Masters of Information Systems from DePaul University and a BS in Sales Management from Purdue University.

Rob Gaunt

Chief Financial Officer

Rob has served as CFO, Secretary and Treasurer since July 2010. Rob brings a strong finance and operations background to Lifecycle Renewables, Inc.’s management team. Rob has over 12 years of experience in a range of accounting, finance and operations positions. He started his career as an Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers , a large public accounting firm, in August of 1998. In April 2000 Rob accepted a position in the bulge bracket investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. He was part of the team responsible for pitching, structuring and executing collateralized debt obligations and other structured securities. From April 2004 to June 2008 he served as a Senior Vice President at Eastdil Secured, a real estate investment advisory firm owned by Wells Fargo. At Eastdil, Rob worked as a commercial real estate intermediary and helped his clients execute commercial real estate financings, equity raises, sales and loan sales. Prior to joining the Company, Rob ran Oriel Wines, an innovative wine company based in New York City. Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and International Finance from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University (May 1998).

Dick Hartmann

Chief Operations Officer

Dick joined Lifecycle Renewables in November of 2012 to manage all operational aspects of the company. Dick has significant management experience gained from early career leadership roles with Laidlaw Waste Systems and later with US Liquids and most recently he successfully managed the branch operations of Wind River Environmental. Dick has excelled at implementing valuable waste removal and recycling services that have created true differentiation. His ability to create valuable service businesses lead to lucrative sales of multiple companies and various entrepreneurial pursuits. In 1997 Dick took an equity position in a small septic service company called Suburban Waste Water Services and grew it 7X in revenue until it’s sale to US Liquids. Prior to joining Lifecycle Renewables, Dick was Director of Branch Operations at Wind River Environmental where he developed world class grease trap and commercial plumbing services. His exceptional experience will be utilized to manage and proliferate Lifecycle Renewables’ rapid expansion. Dick holds an AAS in Building Construction and a BS in Management Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.


James Barber, Ph.D.


Dr. Barber brings extensive experience in industrial biotechnology and clean tech.  He served as President and CEO of Metabolix, Inc. from January 2000 to May 2007.  During this period, he led the transformation of Metabolix from a research boutique to a world renowned, highly regarded leader in “clean tech,” building the company into a multi-disciplinary, industry leading, publicly traded enterprise with a market cap of over $500 million.  Prior to joining Metabolix, he served in various leadership positions with the Albemarle Corporation, Ethyl Corporation, Geltech Inc and Hyperion Catalysis International.

Dr. Barber received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.  He currently serves on the Advancement Council of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, and as a director of Graham Corporation, Nanocomp Technologies, Inc., and Itaconix.