About Us

Our Mission:  BioEnergy Pro, LLC will deliver unique information technology solutions to enhance a reduced-Carbon energy infrastructure via increased biomass energy development. We maintain the highest regard for the wise use and value of natural resources to yield a stable global climate as humanity prospers on Earth. 
8655633084_a5861a373b_bDavid Waechter
Founder and President

G. David Waechter is the founder and President of Whistle Pig Enterprises, LLC and CEO of BioEnergy Pro, LLC in Lenoir, NC. David organized Whistle Pig Enterprises in 2009 to transform a family farm operation to provide regional aggregation and distribution of biomass feedstock for residential and commercial combined heat and power facilities. He rebranded the company as Verdanté BioEnergy Services in 2012. David has a track record of innovation and cutting-edge business development experience.  In conducting his work as a consultant on projects within the bioenergy sector, he recognized a significant need to commoditize feedstocks.  He set his team to work on developing risk management strategies, collecting data, performing research, and searching for enabling technologies. Prior to Verdanté, he operated a family farm for six years, surviving three of the most significant droughts ever in NC.  Prior to 2002, he was a Partner with Williams Inference Center headquartered in Longmeadow, MA serving as sales and service officer for Fortune 100 companies and several hedge fund clients with capitalizations over $300 million. David has knowledge and experience in a range of industries including sustainable agriculture, education, biological and agricultural research, public policy, and petroleum distribution. He earned 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.  David is a certified Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner recognized by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment 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 and the motto of Rotary, “Service above Self”.

Jesse Braswell
Corporate Finance Officer
Jesse Braswell is Corporate Finance Officer for Verdanté Bioenergy Services. Jesse brings over 35 years of experience managing all aspects of the financial and information needs of growing companies. He has extensive experience in transportation logistics as he has served as Controller in various trucking companies since 1974. He is an innovator not only in technology and finance, but also in social media and web presence.

JeremyJeremy Villalobos
Senior Developer
Jeremy Villalobos is Senior Developer for BioEnergy Pro and is an accomplished cloud/mobile software engineer.  Jeremy has worked in several computing labs within the University of North Carolina working on projects for computer vision and biomedical research, grid computing, configuring servers for parallel computing, and contributing to the Integrated Genome Browser program.   Jeremy has a bachelor’s of Science, a Master’s of Science in Computer Science, and a Doctorate in Information Technology.  He wrote his dissertation on Running Parallel Applications on a Heterogeneous Environment with Accessible Development Practices and Automatic Scalability.  Since graduating in 2012, Jeremy has developed a profitable mobile application named PDF to Speech rendering PDF documents accessible to those who would rather have content read to them.

PictureLeighandra Fitzgerald
Executive Assistant
Leighandra Fitzgerald is the Executive Assistant for Verdante Bioenergy Services. Leighandra is a native to the area and has lived in Granite Falls for the past 15 years. She plans to graduate in May 2013 from Caldwell Community College with an A.A.S. in Paralegal Technology, and an Office Administration-Receptionist certificate. Her history includes a background in transportation logistics, paralegal services, and a well-rounded expertise of over 16 years in administrative and secretarial work in a multitude of different industries.

Deena Thomas
Marketing Director
Deena Thomas is the Marketing Director for Verdante’ Bioenergy Services. She comes from a legal career with over 20 years’ experience working closely with Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. She received a B.S. in Forensic Accounting, thereby expanding her knowledge in the corporate financial and investment sectors. As part of the team at Verdante’ she uses creative strategies to develop and expand the company’s public and technological presence as a leader in the biomass industry.

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