Leadership

Sustainable Waste Power Systems harnesses the skills of the founders, executives and employees. With diverse business backgrounds and highly evolved technical expertise of our personnel, SWPS utilizes this immense talent and functions to plan and drive our innovative product lines.

Andrew C. Jacobs Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Waste Power Systems

Andrew C. Jacobs Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Waste Power Systems

 

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Jacobs

Andrew Jacobs has a 35-year track record of successfully starting, managing and growing several small and medium sized companies. He currently serves as president of Sustainable Agriculture Fund, a small private (family) investment fund he founded in 2011 whose mission is to provide affordable capital to U.S. small and medium sized agricultural enterprises employing environmentally sustainable materials and processes. Andy was previously CEO, President and majority shareholder of PCCW Teleservices (US), Inc., a multinational call center service provider, until the 2011 completion of the sale of the company to PCCW Limited, the premier telecommunications service provider in Hong Kong.

Andy serves on the Board of Directors of two non-profit organizations – Urban Farms of Central Ohio, which he co-founded in 2013 to grow healthy food on abandoned or underutilized urban property, and Harlem Grown, a New York City based youth development and urban farming organization, where he currently serves as Chairman – as well as the Boards of several early stage for-profit companies. He is a member of the Donor Services and Development Advisory Committee of The Columbus Foundation, the seventh-largest community foundation worldwide, with assets totaling over $1.5 billion, and together with his wife, Cathy, owns Shaker View Farm, a 200 acre farm in the Hudson Valley of New York that is being transitioned to the production of certified organic grains, grasses, fruits and vegetables.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan Law School, Andy had previously founded, led and successfully sold Excel Retirement Communities, a builder, developer and operator of luxury multi-family independent and assisted living facilities. Prior to Excel, Andy was a securities and anti-trust litigator at the New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Michael Gillespie CTO of Susteainable Waste Power Systems

Michael Gillespie CTO of Sustainable Waste Power Systems

Chief Technology Officer

Mike Gillespie

Michael J. Gillespie left the engineering firm AECOM and has over 10 years experience working in several areas of engineering design and construction management. Michael has supported a variety of clients including NYC Transit, NJ Transit, the LIRR, NYC School Construction Authority and NY Power Authority. He has worked on large water and wastewater plants for the NYC DEP, and other municipal sewerage authorities as well as managed a cogeneration project for NY Power Authority. Michael has turnkey experience in designing power generation systems of over $75 million and Program Management in projects up to $500 million.Mr. Gillespie holds a BS in Marine Engineering Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering – Thermal Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a Professional Engineer and is licensed to practice in NY, CO, and CT. He is certified by USGBC as a LEED Accredited Professional and by the US Coast Guard as a 3rd Assistant Engineer for Unlimited Horsepower Steam, Diesel and Gas Turbine systems. Mr. Gillespie is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Chris Gillespie President of Sustainable Waste Power Systems

Chris Gillespie President of Sustainable Waste Power Systems

 

President

Chris Gillespie

Christopher P. Gillespie has over 28 years of experience in leadership and executive management. Having started his career with General Motors, then transitioning to Electronic Data Systems, Chris has held CTO, CIO, COO and Senior Vice President positions with Dime Saving Bank, Havas and Prestige Brands. He is an accomplished executive who with his extensive knowledge, has an innovative approach for delivering customer focused solutions for underperforming companies and programs and increasing their profitability and performance. Mr. Gillespie holds a BSEE from the University of Louisiana and received his leadership training at Electronic Data Systems. He is a member of the board of directors at the Society for Information Management.

Joseph Zambito

Joseph Zambito Assistant Chief Engineer at Sustainable Waste Power Systems

Assistant Chief Engineer

Joseph Zambito

Joseph Zambito has experience working in several areas of engineering design, as well as project and construction management. Joseph has supported a variety of clients with turnkey experience in the design and implementation of systems of over $200 million.  Mr. Zambito holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Systems and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.  In 2012, Joseph was named one of the “Top 20 Under 40 Engineers” in NY by ENR Magazine and featured in the February 2012 issue, as well as ASME’s top 5 “New Faces of Engineering,” in 2012.  Mr. Zambito is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an active member of Engineers without Borders, NY Professional Chapter working closely with students at Columbia University.

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