Genesis Industries Team

John Gelwicks

As Founder of Genesis Industries, John leads the Genesis team securing contracts with purchasers of machines, distributors of our products, while creating strategic partnerships and investment in Genesis Industries.

His environmental education began at a wildlife, forestry and sustainable agriculture college in Vermont called Sterling.  He later conceived, owned and operated Green Thumb, a successful French Intensive biodynamic vegetable gardening business in Cheviot Hills and Beverly Hills, California.  Green Thumb also acted as a solar distributor successfully representing Reynolds Aluminum Building Products Company.  John subsequently transitioned to the entertainment Industry.  Over the years, he has closed over $50 million dollars by representing talented academy award winning artists and facilities such as Sony Pictures Studios Combining these disciplines gives him a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of interdisciplinary applications to environmental conservation, green business, entertainment and education.

Lupe Rodriguez

Lupe Rodriquez – (Co-Owner) is a business executive who has excelled in numerous entrepreneurial ventures while maintaining his role as community activist. Lupe worked as a new accounts representative at Merrill Lynch and started several businesses, including Lucia’s Kitchen, a food supplier to the California Department of Corrections. Lupe has served as a board member of PIC (Private Industry Council)which audited and allocated funds to city facilities and programs in Los Angeles. In addition to his work with Genesis, Lupe brings the spirit of years as an entrepreneur and his experience of utilizing strategic partnerships in the business world.

Ron Flavin

As VP of Business Development Ron is an accomplished grant and funding proposal writer and has raised $65 million over the last ten years.  He is successful in creating strategic partnerships, with a broad range of business experience both in the United States and internationally. Ron, started his first business venture at the age of 21, and later launched a manufacturing company that sold its products to mass marketers such as Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Kroger and others. For the past 15 years, Ron has dedicated himself to providing strategic and operational consulting to start-ups in the United States, South America and Europe.  He is fluent in Spanish, holds a BA in Business Management, an MBA and has most recently completed the coursework for his Doctorate in Business Management.

Forest James

Forest’s mission with Genesis Industries is to create awareness and introduce the benefits of renewable energy and biochar for both tribal and non-tribal communities, farmers, and companies. In addition Forest will be documenting the process of generating economic growth and environmental stewardship through the application of biochar energy machines.  Forest (Ch’ee-taa-ghee-ne) is a member of the Tolowa tribe on the Smith River Rancheria. He works as a tribal consultant helping to build sustainable models for tribal communities, using technological solutions and renewable energy (  Forest has experience preserving culture through the medium of film for local content and educational purposes through his company Forest Media Productions.

James Gelwicks

Jim is currently the Head of Syndications and Investment Banking for Healthcare Finance Group LLC based in New York.  He is responsible for raising debt capital for the company, growing HFG’s current investor base, and improving the company’s overall financial liquidity.  Prior to joining HFG, Jim was a co-founder of the NASD (now FINRA) licensed broker dealer, and Artemis Global Finance, LLC  Artemis specialized in agenting, advising structuring and syndicating over $1 billion in a wide variety of transactions in both the developed and emerging markets. Prior to forming Artemis, Jim was a Senior Vice President and co-head of syndication in the Structured Finance Group of Daiwa Securities America, Inc.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, received his BA in Economics from Northwestern University, and his MBA in International Finance from the University of Southern California.

Kelly Crabb

Kelly, a partner in the law firm of Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles, is the companies outside council. The practice includes clients with an entertainment and media focus and consists of a mix of sophisticated and complex financing, production and content work for substantial U.S., Asian and European companies. His practice areas also include content rights acquisition and licensing; motion picture, television, Internet and other content production, financing, distribution and exhibition; music business contracts; commercial endorsements and advertising; live entertainment, sporting events and legitimate stage productions; and corporate mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions. Kelly’s was co head of his firm’s engagement as international counsel by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad He is highly experienced in the arena of international entertainment, media and technology, with high-level clients and cross-border deal experience in Japan, China, Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, the UK, Canada, Brazil and elsewhere around the globe.

Paul Ebeling

Paul is a strategic advisor to our Company, and brings dedication, effort and visionary business ideas to develop Genesis Industries. Paul’s 40-year business career embraces investment banking, and market and business analysis in diverse world public markets. He is a specialist in equities/commodities, design, engineering, construction, construction finance, real estate, planned community development, motion picture finance/production, art, literature, music, and charities. He is highly regarded as a financial expert and publishes an exclusive weekly market report distributed to high net worth individuals and organizations worldwide.

Dr. Thomas Goreau

Tom is President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, a non-profit organization for coral reef protection and sustainable management, and Coordinator of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Partnership in New Technologies for Small Island Developing States. He has dived longer and in more coral reefs around the world than any coral scientist. He developed the method to predict the location, timing, and severity of coral bleaching from satellite data with Ray Hayes. He holds patents with Wolf Hilbertz for new methods for preserving coral reefs from global warming and pollution, restoring marine ecosystems, shore protection, mariculture, and non-toxic methods of preserving wood from marine boring organisms, termites, rot, and fire, in order to increase the lifetime of wood and decrease logging. In 1998 he and Wolf Hilbertz were awarded the Theodore M. Sperry Award for Pioneers and Innovators, the top award of the Society for Ecological Restoration. Of Panamanian origin, he was educated in Jamaican primary and secondary schools, at MIT (BS in Planetary Physics), Caltech (MS in Planetary Astronomy), Yale, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Harvard (Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry), and is a certified nuisance crocodile remover.

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