Verdanté Bioenergy Services is the leading software and information technology provider focused exclusively upon the biomass-to-energy sector. The Bioenergy Pro™ suite of products include software for business process optimization from stump/stubble to conversion as well as: remote sensors, field-based hardware, mobile applications, and integration in the field or the facility. The Bioenergy Pro™ product line is led by our flagship, Bioenergy ProEX™ and along with our support services and consulting, we are mobilizing the biomass industry. Our stable of consultants offer expertise in feedstock procurement, resource supply studies, supply chain management, export logistics, pile management, field-based studies, and commercial appraisals. Through our extensive network, our team is also able to suggest competitive pricing in ancillary services, machinery, equipment, construction, and other infrastructure requirements.
Founded in 2011, Verdanté BioEnergy Services is focused on making bioenergy the most reliable renewable energy available. The name Verdanté comes from verdant, meaning “green with abundant vegetation,” and Dante meaning “enduring, lasting or steadfast”. Verdanté, taken in sum, means “an enduring source of vegetation.” Verdanté is headquarted in Lenoir, NC, a land of rolling hills, blanketed with top-grade timber, and formerly known as “the Furniture Capital of the World.” Verdanté is built upon a culture that emphasizes sustainable and ethical business practices. We align with bioenergy firms to eliminate anxiety and frustration, solve problems, and save our clients time and money.
Led by Founder, Biomass Subject Matter Expert (SME) and IEP Certified Professional Energy Manager (PEM), David Waechter, the VBS team offers services that support the development of biomass energy conversion facilities in the United States and Canada. Our roots are in agriculture and forestry, so we understand the complexities of working with natural resources. We also understand that the allure of their abundance can overshadow the risk of their inconsistency. That is why we look for innovative ways to keep biomass energy projects on track and profitable. Our team includes professionals who share an understanding of these core values.
VBS is making biomass a commodity.
Our Management Team
G. David Waechter is Founder and Chief Revenue Officer and has a track record of innovation and cutting-edge business development experience. Understanding renewable energy needed to be reliable and provide baseload power, Waechter established a regional biomass supply chain consultancy beginning in 2011. Working as a consultant on projects, he recognized the opportunity to commoditize biomass. Today, Waechter’s team provides innovative solutions making biomass the most reliable renewable energy available. Prior to Verdanté, Waechter was a Partner with Williams Inference Center, bringing the power of inferential thinking to Fortune 100 companies and hedge fund clients. Waechter’s vision is driven by a breadth of knowledge and experience in a range of industries including sustainable agriculture, education, biological and agricultural research, public policy and petroleum distribution. Waechter has bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Anthropology, completed graduate work in Biology at Western Carolina University, and earned a Master of Public Administration from Appalachian State University. He is a certified Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner as well as a Professional Energy Manager recognized by the Institute of Energy Professionals. David is a proud Rotarian and strongly supports the 4-way test of ethics.
Tom Shea is Vice President of Operational Strategy for Verdanté Bioenergy Services. He brings his result-oriented approach from a career of leadership in software development and sales teams for Fortune 50 companies in the Western United States. Tom emphasizes corporate ethics and leads by example. Tom directs corporate strategy from headquarters in Lenoir, NC.
Jesse Braswell is Corporate Finance Officer for Verdanté Bioenergy Services. Jesse has over 35 years of experience managing all aspects of the financial and information needs of growing companies. He has extensive experience in transportation logistics having served as Controller in various trucking companies since 1974. He is an innovator in both technology and finance, and has served as a strategic advisor to numerous companies in the Catawba Valley.
Heather Porter has 20+ years cumulative experience in various industries including Retail Sales, as well as Call Center based Customer Service and On-the-Job-Training facilitation for Citi. While completing her B.S. in e-Business Management at the University of Phoenix, she held several roles in Administration, Six Sigma structured Change Management, Quality Assurance, documentation and Technical Support for Bank of America. Currently, Heather capitalizes on these experiences in her role as the Executive Assistant to Mr. G. David Waechter and the Verdanté team.