Gene Cotten brings 37 years of experience in project design, engineering and execution for the gas, oil and renewable energy industries. He has worked as a Senior Executive for several major energy companies, as well as performed third-party consulting in energy acquisition and technical due diligence. Over the last decade, he has performed scoping evaluations for more than twenty renewable diesel projects, reviewing technology selection, site selection, project scope definition and project cost estimates. For the past three years, Gene has been working on the NEXT Renewable Fuels project in Port Westward, overseeing all the technical aspects of process design and project execution.

Prior to NXTClean, Gene was the Vice President of Project Development for International Alliance Group, where he led the Project Development group executing project design reviews, project scope development, FEL1 project cost estimates and project due diligence engagements. He also served as Vice President of Refining for the Best West of California refinery and Vice President of Regional Refining and Plant Manager for both Valero Texas City and Houston refineries. Gene was responsible for overall facility operations and strategic development where he was instrumental in developing and executing several capital projects valued at more than $1 billion.