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Providing global leadership at an industrial scale to produce the world’s cleanest methanol in order to make everyday materials a part of the global climate solution.


"In Kalama Washington we are investing over 2 billion in an innovative clean technology that will both create family wage jobs and reduce global greenhouse gasses. Climate change is real; while no single enterprise can solve every aspect, we are determined to do our part."

- Simon Zhang, CEO


SIMON ZHANG - CEO, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Simon Zhang has over 20 years’ experience successfully managing complex energy and industrial projects and has managed NWIW’s operations for the last four years. Before joining the NWIW development team, Mr. Zhang held a number of leadership roles at BP including Solar Global Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Chief of Staff of BP Global Chemicals, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer of BP-Sinopec Retail JV in Zhejiang, China. Mr. Zhang received degrees in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University (BS), Purdue University (MS), the University of Wisconsin (PhD), an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
MURRAY V. (VEE) GODLEY - Chief Development Officer, NW Innovation Works LLC
Vee Godley is NWIW’s Northwest-based executive. He has more than 30 years of project development and project management experience. Most recently, Mr. Godley served as Senior Site Manager for Industrial Piping, Inc. He previously held leadership positions at Sanders Bros, Inc., a capital construction company serving industry from southern Virginia to Mississippi. He studied electrical engineering at Beaufort County Community College and physics at North Carolina State University.
KENT CAPUTO - Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel, NW Innovation Works LLC
Kent Caputo serves as Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel for NW Innovation Works and Pan Pacific Energy.  As Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel, Kent is responsible for commercial opportunities and partnerships, legal and contractual issues, regulatory compliance and interaction, strategic business and financial relationships, policy interaction, and marketing communications strategy.  He oversees legal, regulatory, communications and external affairs resources, including internal and external management and staff, attorneys, consultants and issue experts.

Kent's 25t year career includes service as a legislative attorney and Legal Counsel to the Governor in Washington State, private legal practice representing developers, tribes, energy/pipeline and internet service providers, manufacturers and high profile media subjects, and executive experience as a COO with business, financial, project development and operational oversight.

Kent graduated as an Honors Scholar with a Bachelor of Science in Economics as well as a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.  He earned a Master of Laws from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

CLAY RIDING - Vice President of Energy Resources, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Mr. Riding has 34 years of experience in the energy industry covering a broad range of areas including resource acquisition, risk management, utility operations management, trading, and business development and marketing, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining NWIW, he held various roles in resource acquisition and management, trading, marketing and business development, and finance for Puget Sound Energy, The Energy Authority and The Williams Companies.

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