Key Executives (please click for profile):
- Thomas L. Rich, Chairman and Founder
- Bruce I. Macphail, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
- Robert Finger, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
- Tom M. Chou, Vice President and President of the Asia Division
Thomas L. Rich, Chairman and Founder
Tom Rich is an entrepreneur with 50 years of dedication and experience as a management consultant to Fortune 100 Corporations such as: Colgate-Palmolive, American Express and American International Group (AIG). Tom is also the founder of various Phoenix Energy companies.
In the last 25 years, he has developed entrepreneurial projects in an array of important and timely sectors in agribusiness, nutraceuticals and real estate. In the last 10 years Mr. Rich has been working on projects that allow communities to create clean energy using the materials they have on hand. This aspect can make communities reliant on reconstituting waste by turning it into energy and freeing their community from imported fossil fuels from now and into the future. In the last few years Tom has dedicated himself to utilizing various wastes for creating sustainable energy systems by using his Phoenix Environmental Systems as his vehicle.
Finally, he is currently involved with digital products and services for mobile-web application development through DigiData Systems Inc., which he founded to address state of the art digital technologies.
Tom served his country honorably for four years in the United States Army, with extensive service overseas. He received his Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Saint Steven’s College at the University of Delhi in India.
Bruce I. Macphail, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Bruce initiated his legal career at Wyeth (formerly American Home Products Corporation, now merged with Pfizer) in the Law Department, where he was a Senior Attorney with responsibility for corporate legal affairs in Latin America and Asia. Responsibilities included supporting mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, litigation, and Patent and Trademark licensing. Bruce was promoted to management, where he was Group Vice President for the Ethical Pharmaceutical Division for Latin America and Canada having responsibilities for 10 vertically integrated subsidiaries (including pharmaceutical and infant nutritional manufacturing facilities) having sales in excess of US$ 1 billion. He was subsequently promoted to President, International for the Consumer Health Division with responsibility for 30 subsidiaries engaged in marketing and sales of global brands such as ADVIL, CENTRUM, CALTRATE, ROBITUSSIN and CHAP-STIK. At Wyeth, he served on the Operations Committee and carried out extensive government lobbying while Chairman of both the Latin America and Canada Committees of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. He maintains an independent law practice advising clients on transnational transactions and is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Phoenix Environmental Systems, Inc., engaged in developing sustainable development communities in the United States and several foreign countries.
Bruce holds a BA from Villanova University, a JD from Temple Beasley School of Law (where he is on the Board of Visitors) and an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU Law School. He is a member of the Bar in New York and Pennsylvania.
Robert Finger, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
For the past 30 years Robert has honed his technical, sales and management skills in the power and energy industry. His working knowledge of high and low pressure boilers, conversions of waste to energy, landfill installations, co-generation, natural gas engine and stand-by engine applications are superior by foreign and domestic standards.
Mr. Finger has provided energy conservation projects to industrial, medical and commercial facilities in both foreign and domestic venues. He was instrumental in the construction of more than 100 Mw of landfill, methane reclamation projects in the United States alone. In conjunction with his duties at Phoenix Environmental Systems, he operates CEI Energy. The CEI Energy Company is primarily a project management group specializing in co-generation applications. As COO of Phoenix Environmental Systems, Robert’s primary responsibility is to represent the project owner-customer as their Project Manager and Procurement Manager.
Robert Attended North Shore Community College and Northeastern University.
High Profile Projects:
- Ozzie Properties, Andover, MA - Boiler system for 2,000,000 sq. ft. building
- Simonds Saw, Fitchburg, MA – Co-Generation system to remove company for the LDC
- El Paso Gas & Electric, Manus Brazil – 100 Mw GT Barge
- LiFoam Industries, Peabody, MA – Design and Installation of fume incineration system
- Stop and Shop Warehouse, Readville, MA – Co-Generation system to remove bottling plant from LDC
Tom M. Chou, Vice President and President of the Asia Division
Tom Chou has over 20 years of experience in business development, management, marketing, sales, and manufacturing. He began his career as an engineer at Manufacturers’ Hanover Trust. In 1990, he started T.A.I. Computer Inc. in a basement. Within eight years, he had grown this business into an important computer manufacturer and distributor with annual sales exceeding 100 million dollars and 250 employees in seven east coast locations. In 1998, he was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of CTX International, one of the largest PC and monitor manufacturers, with responsibility for new product development and OEM manufacturing. He left CTX International in 1999 and entered into a partnership with China Telecom to provide residential and business international calling services with VoIP technology. This company partnership went on to provide more than 40% of the long distance phone cards in Tri-state New York, New Jersey Connecticut area. Currently he has oriented his entrepreneurial energies to participate in projects in environmental systems, health care, reusable energy, applications of information technology, telecommunications, interactive web programs, real estate, and the entertainment industry. Tom is responsible for the development of PES’ activities in Asia from his office in Beijing, China.
Tom attended State University of New York at Stony Brook and NYU-Polytechnic University at Brooklyn, where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. He completed further studies in international business and commerce at New York University.