RWEs management team is in the process of growing – carefully. Currently the executive team includes its core founders of Richard Armstrong, President and Tim Tompkins, Chief Technical Officer. Together they represent a strong blend of complementary skills and business experience.
With a rich background in manufacturing, specifically with biodiesel and biodiesel generators, Rick has extensive experience in the construction of large chemical plants like the RWE facility currently in development. As Project Design Manager, he has been responsible for over 3 billion dollars in projects on pulp & paper & chemical processes, including the transesterification processes. His experience includes project design, start-up and commissioning of pulp dryers, bleach plants, paper machines, scrubber systems, electrical distribution, emergency generators, plant automation, system networks, electronic primary and final control elements and programming/configuration of PLC's and distributive control systems for boiler houses, chemical batch reactors, conveyor systems, Pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper plants as well as petrochemical. He also brings extensive experience in negotiating large equipment purchases. Every project over the last 35 years has been on budget and on time. Partial list of clients: Bowater Pulp & Paper, Rhone Poulenc Chem., BF Goodrich, Duke Power, Phillip-Morris, AMEX, GE, just to name a few.
Chief Technical Officer
Tim Tompkins received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pulp and Paper Technology from N. C. State University in 1987. He has been a member of the Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) since 1989 and a member of the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) since 1996. Mr. Tompkins has been an Engineer on over 2 billion dollars in projects for boilers, pulp & paper and chemical processes and often managing these facilities. His experience with pulping and bleaching projects include a new 50 ton/day chlorine dioxide plant and storage tank system, bleach plant modifications, de-ink and recycling.
Richard A. von Gnechten, MBA
Rick is President and CEO of Ravon Corporation and Managing Director of Global Kingdom Finance (GKF). Ravon and GKF provide corporate finance and going public services, including professional CFO, capital raising, transaction support and turn-around guidance for management groups, boards and shareholders.
Rick has over 25 years experience as CEO, CFO and Controller for small, medium and large companies, public and private (ranging from start-up to $2.0 billion). He has served as CFO for a $2 billion diversified U.S. public corporation, achieving record profits in a poor economy and managing/implementing Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC and NYSE compliance (recognized by a Dow Jones survey as one of the top 10 public companies for governance and disclosure practices); executed over $500 million in transactions, including debt, preferred, equity, PIPE and private placement funding and over $200 million in annual bi-lateral lines of credit; and led turn-around of four companies, including taking two companies from loss to profitability within one year and increasing profitability of a $110 million company by $10 million a year.
Rick has started, bought, sold and integrated companies, turned around financially troubled organizations, performed valuations, acquisition analysis and due diligence. He has experience managing capital structure, investment management, investor & rating agency relations, corporate & investment banking relations, debt/ equity and preferred financing, cash management, financial accounting, profit planning/budgeting/analysis, and risk management. He specializes in financial leadership, raising capital, mergers & acquisitions and CFO mentoring for public, private and emerging growth companies as well as turnaround and workout situations.
Rick has served on the board of directors, audit and investment committees of many companies and as an advisor to CEO’s, Board of Directors and government officials. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and Carmel Baptist Church. He has an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Financial Management Program graduate from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Denver. Rick is married to the former Denice Payne (an attorney) for 21 years and is the proud father of three daughters.