Ruben S. Martin III, Chief Executive Officer
An early investor in Oberon Fuels, Mr. Martin serves as CEO of Oberon Fuels where he has guided the company from a startup to an emerging growth company.
Mr. Martin currently serves as President of Martin Resource Management Corporation and President and CEO of Martin Midstream GP LLC, the general partner of Martin Midstream Partners L.P., a publicly traded master limited partnership (NASDAQ:MMLP).
As a veteran of the midstream oil and gas industry, Mr. Martin provides extensive knowledge and expertise in strategic planning, management, and operations of production and distribution companies.
Mr. Martin holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from the University of Arkansas.
Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., President
Trained as a chemist, Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D. is an entrepreneurial, technology executive with a unique blend of technical skills and business development expertise. She has served on the management team or Board of Directors of various startup companies in the clean tech, life sciences, high tech, and non-profit sectors. Presently, she is President and Director of Oberon Fuels, a San Diego-based company making DME (dimethyl ether) as a cleaner, alternative to diesel. In her role at Oberon, Dr. Boudreaux leads the customer development and strategic partnering efforts with OEMs, feedstock suppliers, and trucking companies. Additionally, she oversees the regulatory processes for the use of DME as a fuel including EPA Renewable Fuel Standard compliance and ASTM specification development.
In 2004, Dr. Boudreaux co-founded Intezyne Technologies, which developed polymer-based drug delivery systems to make existing cancer drugs work better. She served as CFO for four years and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Boudreaux has a broad range of academic and industrial experience, having performed research at MIT, Princeton University, University of Southern Mississippi, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and National Starch and Chemical. She earned a B.S. in Polymer Science (magna cum laude) from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Boudreaux has been an invited lecturer around the world, exploring the interface of science and business in the energy and non-profit sectors. Dr. Boudreaux has co-authored six peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on 12 patents and applications. Dr. Boudreaux is a member of the Executive Committee of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), an organization focused on building better fuels for today and the future. She presently serves as a Board Member of UrbanPromise International, an organization working in Malawi, Honduras, Canada, and the US to develop emerging leaders who will break the poverty cycle for children in under-resourced, urban communities.
Elliot Hicks, COO
Elliot Hicks is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Oberon Fuels, where he is responsible for technology development, financial forecasting, budgeting, business model development, strategy, and overseeing daily operations. In his role, Elliot works cross-functionally across all areas of the company aiding in the management of specific engineering projects and intellectual property development, while supporting business development efforts by providing engineering expertise.
Elliot has worked in senior management positions in several technology startups covering a broad range of industries, including LEDs, solar cells, online media, and software consulting.
In addition to startup roles, Elliot worked for The Wiremold Company as a manufacturing engineer focused on lean production methods, and for the US Navy providing software and IT systems management.
As an undergraduate, Elliot was a member of the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team and raced in the 1994 Tour de Sol. As a co-founder of Quanlight, he worked on novel material systems for high performance red LEDs and full-spectrum solar cells. With a lifelong interest in resource efficiency, alternative energy, and transportation technology, he has a broad understanding of the energy technology space and a passion for bringing novel solutions to market.
Elliot holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. from San Diego State University.
Dan Goodwin, Director of Business Development
As Oberon’s Director of Business Development, Dan Goodwin is responsible for DME market analysis and personal engagement with fleet owner/operators, equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), government officials, and advocacy groups. Dan leads the development efforts in bringing DME to market as a clean-burning, cost-effective, transportation fuel.
Prior to joining Oberon, Dan served as the Vice President of Engineering and Programs at CA-based defense electronics manufacturer, Aethercomm, Inc. He managed the engineering team and program managers responsible for designing and bringing new microwave radio-frequency (RF) solid-state power amplifiers and sub-systems to market for multiple prime defense contractors. He also served as the interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) managing manufacturing services, supply chain, and inventory management.
Before transitioning to the commercial sector, Dan served in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He brings a wealth of leadership and management experience from his time in government service. He served with Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force units as an F/A-18 and F-15C fighter pilot, with experience in combat aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers globally and land-based in Japan through multiple overseas tours. He commanded a 175-person F/A-18 “Hornet” squadron aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in central San Diego County in 2009-2010.
Dan also served as a staff officer in the Pentagon lobbying for Marine Corps issues with senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials and members of Congress. He completed his military service as the number two officer aboard the Miramar Air Station managing day-to-day base operations as well as serving as the Chair of the Executive Steering Committee for the annual MCAS Miramar Air Show – serving approximately 750-900,000 visitors over three show days.
Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree, with Merit, in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, earning the Brigadier General Hommel Award as the Outstanding Marine Graduate of his class. He holds an MBA degree from Norwich University in Litchfield, VT. He also completed a post-graduate certificate program in Project Management with Villanova University resulting in certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).