Renewable Nutrients is led by a highly experienced executive team, backed by nationally-recognized scientists and engineers with decades of experience in waste water management, water process engineering, and policy and agency management.  Renewable Nutrients enjoys broad technical and R&D expertise.

Together, the Renewable Nutrients team possesses an extensive body of knowledge and experience that is specifically tailored towards developing sustainable nutrient management solutions for industry, municipalities, and agriculture.


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Our Team
Jeff Dawson - CEO | Phone: 910.420.0052

Jeff Dawson brings to Renewable Nutrients more than 15 years of experience in the investment and capital markets industry. As CEO, Jeff is responsible for overseeing the development and strategic planning of the company, including market exploration and opportunities for expansion.


J. Garrett Pallo, PE - Technical Advisor | Phone: 541.290.4055

Garrett Pallo is the Technical Advisor to Renewable Nutrients.  Mr. Pallo had a successful 25-year career in the consulting arena providing professional engineering services.  Mr. Pallo’s focus has been in the water and wastewater markets where he served as a designer, engineer, project manager, and as principal engineer on numerous projects.  Until just recently, Mr. Pallo served as the Vice President of Technology for CLEARAS Water Recovery, Inc, 

Mathew Dyer - CFO | Phone: 910.418.0101

Matthew Dyer is a 10-year veteran in the field of green technologies and chemicals. As CFO, Matthew provides strategic and tactical financial analysis, budget management, and financial forecasting for the company.


Rick Johnson - Director Sales & Marketing | Phone: 440.415.2151

Rick Johnson is currently Director, Sales and Marketing for Applied Environmental Solutions (AES) representing Renewable Nutrients in the Great Lakes region.  Prior to his post with AES, Rick served as Director, Sales and Marketing for InNow Water and Environmental Services  and as Market Development for CLEARAS Water Recovery, Inc.  Both companies were focused on the improvement of water quality and recovery of nutrients in municipal and industrial wastewater streams. Mr. Johnson is recognized as a technical facilitator and has authored numerous ASTM Standards and co-authored several industry-specific Codes of Practices and is a co-inventor of 3 patents.

Ariel Szogi, Ph.D. | Phone: 843.669.5203 x 109

Ariel Szogi is a Research Scientist at the USDA-ARS Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center in Florence, SC.  From 1993 to 1999, Dr. Szogi worked with USDA-ARS on waste treatment technologies for hog farms. From 1999 to 2001 he worked at Washington State University, focusing on soil conservation and water quality improvement in irrigated agriculture. In 2001, Dr. Szogi returned to USDA-ARS Florence to continue his research career within the ARS Manure and Byproduct Utilization National Program. His areas of specialization include soil chemistry, water chemistry, and manure management.


Matias Vanotti, Ph.D. | Phone: 843.669.5203 x 108

Matias Vanotti is a Research Scientist at the USDA-ARS Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center in Florence, SC. Since 1995, Dr. Vanotti has worked on agricultural waste management at the USDA-ARS laboratory, producing 165 publications and 7 patents. His research has focused on advanced treatment processes for manure, including liquid-solid separation, nitrification/denitrification, anammox, phosphorus recovery, and nitrogen recovery. Dr. Vanotti has been awarded the ARS Scientist of the Year, ASA Fellow, and the Federal Laboratory Consortium National Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.

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