Otoka's seasoned management team
consists of proven professionals who have successfully built,
commercialized, and monetized large-scale, profitable enterprises
including the largest, most efficient ethanol producer in the
world, among other agribusinesses.
Robert L. Broin - Chairman & Chief Technology Officer
Rob has over 25 years of experience in the biomass-to-energy industry. Since 2008 he has been involved in the biomass electrical power business, working to develop projects in Alberta, Canada and California. Prior to that, Rob was an industry leader in the domestic Fuel Ethanol Industry. In 1987, Mr. Broin co-founded Broin Companies, where he served as Chief Technology Officer until his departure in 2007. Broin Companies started as a single family-owned fuel ethanol plant and, during Rob's tenure, constructed additional facilities and subsequently operated them to an eventual capacity of over one billion gallons of ethanol per year. This group of plants became the largest and most efficient corn-dry-mill ethanol production group in the world. Rob led the design and construction of 25 ethanol plants, and oversaw the technical operations for many of them. Each of the projects was completed on time, on budget, and became successful, profitable facilities. Rob and his team pioneered and guided the implementation of many of the processing and plant design improvements that are considered to be the gold standard in today's dry mill ethanol industry. Rob has a degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Minnesota - Waseca.
Michael J. Muston - President & Chief Executive Officer
Mike has over 25 years of executive and management experience managing companies and large divisions of companies in the agricultural, energy and biotech industries. From 2006 to 2007, Mike was an Executive Vice President and Board Member for POET Energy. In this capacity, Mike was responsible for negotiating strategic agreements and successfully obtained $100 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Iowa. Prior to joining POET, Mike held the positions of Executive Vice President and Management Board Member of Advanta, an international seed supplier with $500 million in revenues and President of Mycogen Seeds, the sixth largest seed company in North America. He left Mycogen after successfully completing a $1.2 billion sale of the company to Dow AgroSciences, where after the acquisition, he was General Manager of the Western U.S. and also served as Global Business Operations Manager. Mike received a B.S. in Commercial Economics and Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University. Mike is a Partner of Edenriver, LLC a company focused on acquisitions and private investments.
Dodi D. Matti -
Director of Finance
As Director of Finance, Dodi is responsible for Otoka's initiatives related to the treasury function including corporate investment, cash management, financing, as well as accounting, economic incentives, carbon management, human resources, and IT. From 2006 to 2008, Dodi was senior finance manager for U.S. BioEnergy, a major ethanol producer, where she focused on providing financial perspective and analysis on a $750 million revenue business. In her tenure with U.S. BioEnergy, Dodi developed the treasury function within the organization and was responsible to the CFO and Treasurer for the cash management, investment portfolio, project finance, corporate financing, economic incentives, and management of bank relationships. From 1999-2006, Dodi held various finance and accounting roles with Honeywell, Inc. and the accounting firm of McGladrey & Pullen. Dodi holds an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, a BS in accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is Six Sigma Certified.