Managing Partners

Ross Harding


Ross focuses on global resource intensive industries. He has specialized in industrial technology development and applications. Ross holds a BS in Chemistry from Queensland University of Technology in Australia, an MBA from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, and studied Finance at INSEAD in France.

During a career at Calgon Corporation, a subsidiary of Merck, as VP International Sales and Operations based from Asia, North America and Europe, Ross built worldwide specialty chemicals and technical support businesses, supporting process improvements and resource conservation in Petrochemical, Mining, Pulp and Paper, Metals and Desal and Potable production. He was later Executive Vice President of Acuity Specialty Chemicals where he led sales, marketing and distribution of a product and service focused company and leading supplier of industrial and process cleaning technologies servicing a customer base in the hundreds of thousands.

Ross served as Vice President of Business Development at the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, a world leader in materials commercialization where he also founded the Georgia Biofuels Commercialization Center to help build the new supply chains of the bio energy markets. Ross is a founder of Energy Launch Partners LLC, Lansera Group LLC, and Verdant Resources LLC, companies engaged in renewable energy commercialization. He is a Board Member of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and an Advisory Board Member of Radiance Solar. Ross is the current co-chair of the Pine2Energy Coalition and a regular speaker and contributor to technical, trade, media, legislative and board briefings.

email:  ross@energylaunchpartners.com

phone: +1 404 386 3120

skype: ross-harding

linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rossharding

Howard J. Morrison Jr.

Howard has a lifetime of service supporting education drive innovation and commercialization.

A graduate of Yale University and served for three years in the US Navy Howard went on to successful develop a banking career spanned nearly 30 years including being the chief financial officer of the NYSE listed Citizens and Southern Realty Investors (Southmark Properties) and in helping to develop the C&S Bank’s (now Bank of America’s) High Technology Banking Group and Atlanta’s high technology business community. For seven and one-half years from 1999-2007 Howard served as the board secretary, and chair of the Innovation and Technology Committee of the Georgia Department of Industry Trade & Tourism [GDITT] (now renamed the Georgia Department of Economic Development [GDEcD]). After retiring from banking in July 1996, Howard returned to his hometown of Savannah where he was instrumental in establishing the Coastal Business, Education & Technology Alliance (CBETA) [now the Creative Coast Alliance] (TCCa) and initiating and developing the Georgia Tech Savannah campus.

In 1995 Howard was inducted into the Georgia High Technology Hall of Fame. In October 2003 CBETA established an Outstanding Leadership Award in Howard’s name with Howard being honored as the inaugural recipient. In 2003 the Georgia Tech Alumni Association named Howard an Honorary Alumnus for 2004. In October Howard was inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Georgia – Savannah.

Howard currently serves as chairman emeritus of the Advisory Board for the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus, chairman of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and a board member of Georgia Tech Ireland, chairman of the Savannah Ocean Exchange, a trustee of South University, vice chairman of the board of Digitel Corporation, a board member of Vendormate, Inc., Ingenious Med, Inc. and Quadrant Financial Corporation, an affiliate of First Chatham Bank