Board of Directors

The SGB board of directors includes experienced entrepreneurs and representatives from leading venture capital firms, energy and biotechnology companies.

Board Members:

  • Jeremy Bezdek
    Director
  • Jerry Caulder, Ph.D.
    Director
  • Kirk Haney
    Director
  • Arama Kukutai
    Executive Chairman
  • Pratik Shah, Ph.D.
    Director
  • Randy Work
    Director

Jeremy Bezdek

Director

Mr. Jeremy Bezdek serves as the Managing Director for Innovation at Flint Hills Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Mr. Bezdek has been with Koch companies for 17 years and has held a variety of financial and commercial roles within the petroleum refining industry, including the management of the fixed price derivatives trading business, unbranded and branded fuels marketing, and most recently as general manager of the external supply and exchange group. Since the inception of the innovation team at FHR in 2010, Mr. Bezdek has led the team into major acquisitions in the renewables industry, including both dry mill ethanol and biodiesel asset acquisitions. Additionally, FHR has made investments in multiple renewable start-up companies and has consummated several joint development agreements and joint ventures to advance the maturation of new technologies. Mr. Bezdek serves on the board of directors of three companies in which FHR has made investments. Mr. Bezdek graduated from the University of Kansas in 1996 with a honors degree in Finance, and he previously served as a member of the Finance Advisory Board at The University of Kansas School of Business.