The FAS Team

FAS has assembled a core development team and a group of advisors to support its efforts for Phases 1 and 2 in the “Investor Relations” tab funding scenarios.  The organizational philosophy is to “own” the key skills in technology, project management, sales and new company formation.  The remaining needs will be outsourced.


Matthew McKean - Frontier Applied SciencesMatthew T. McKean

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

FAS Contributions: Co-Founder, board member, marketing and strategic partnerships, private placement, corporate finance, debt structure, regional knowledge.

Mr. McKean serves in management, business strategy and implementation for FAS, Co-founding the company in 2011. He has an entrepreneurial background, having Co-founded and “sunrised” several private companies.  His expertise lies in evaluating market dynamics and marrying that to a strategy to exploit opportunity.  As an executive, both as a CEO and Senior
executive he has managed the origination and placement of more than $3B in real estate secured finance.  He has been an active member of the CEO mentoring membership organization
Vistage where he consulted and strategized in various industries including: construction, heavy-equipment leasing, finance, green product development, advertising and public relations, highway
construction, private education and consumer goods. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition with emphasis in Chemistry from Arizona State University; he jokingly refers to himself as “A scientist trapped in the body of a Sales Person”.  Mr. McKean resides in Scottsdale Arizona and is the proud Father of four children.


Joe Witherspoon - Frontier Applied SciencesJoe Witherspoon

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President 

FAS Contributions: Co-Founder, technology developer, board member, chemical process engineering, detail and design engineering, prototyping, project engineering, and capital project management.

Joe is the inventor of the FASForm™ process and has authored the patents for FAS technology. He is an experienced Process Engineer and Capital Project Manager with a strong conceptual and practical understanding of petroleum refining processes, natural gas processing (including cryogenics), and other major chemical processes. Joe has performed extensive process design and detailed engineering for all aspects of oil refining, natural gas processing, and other energy and fuels related industries. As a Master Project Engineer his successful project resume’ (available upon request) has yielded hundreds of millions of dollars in new profitability for the companies he has served and the projects he has controlled.

His areas of expertise include distillation, hydro-treating, catalytic reforming, isomerization and polymerization, alkylation, amine treating, sulfur recovery, cryogenic separation, gas treating, heat-exchangers and fired heaters, pumps and hydraulics, piping systems, and compression. Joe has formerly held engineering positions with Chevron, Western Refining, Enterprise Products and Sinclair Oil. He holds a BS degree in Chemical & Fuels Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer.



Mark Lewis - Frontier Applied SciencesMark Lewis

FAS Contributions: Knowledge of the regulatory and funding process for alternative energy project knowledge of FAS’ potential customer base, regional knowledge, political and regulatory support.

Mark is currently a leading Energy Advisor to the AZ State Senate Energy and Commerce committee and the House Natural Resources and Energy committee, and is on the boards of the Central Arizona Project and Salt River Project. He has extensive legislative experience, and was instrumental in passage of energy development legislation in 2009. He is a 20 year veteran of public and private utilities construction and development starting at Robson Utilities in 1986. He holds an MBA and CGB.


Michael Outlaw - Frontier Applied SciencesMichael Outlaw

FAS Contributions: Operations of coal-fired generation plants and ancillary facilities.

Michael is currently with Sargent and Lundy. He has 37 years of experience in the operation of fossil fuel power plants and ancillary facilities, particularly coal fired generation. His work history includes positions in operations management with Edison Mission Energy and Salt River Project; and commissioning and consulting contracts with NRG Energy, Sterling Energy, Hitachi Power Systems and CBI- Shaw.


Jeff Shumway - Frontier Applied SciencesJeff A. Shumway

FAS Contributions: Co-Founder, capital structure, legal structure, executive management of startup ventures, regional knowledge.

Jeff was formerly Governor, Chairman and CEO of the National Hockey Leagues Phoenix Coyotes and President of Deer Valley Capital, which managed $1 billion in assets for the Jerry Moyes’ family business interests. He has been with prominent law firms including Lewis and Roca and Skadden, Arps. Jeff holds a BS in Finance and a JD.


Jeff Shumway - Frontier Applied SciencesKevin W. Richards

FAS: Contributions:  Investment structure and due diligence, financial modeling, market dynamics evaluation, historical development of FAS since inception.

Kevin W. Richards, Principal, has worked in banking, finance and commercial real estate for the past 17 years. His areas of expertise include loan origination, underwriting, loan structuring and financial modeling. Mr. Richards an been involved in structuring several transactions ranging from highway revenue bonds to equity investments in real estate developments. 

Mr. Richards has developed long lasting relationships with commercial and investment banks along private equity firms.  Mr. Richards started his career as an associate at local investment bank underwriting municipal and corporate bonds. Richards then was afforded the opportunity to be on the ground floor of a start-up community bank helping grow those assets from $6MM to $500MM in less than 5 years as a senior executive.

Currently Mr. Richards works with private investors and firms to structure debt and equity capital investments to fulfill the need left by the lack of credit available to real estate builders and investors. 

Mr. Richards received his BS degree from Arizona State University. Mr. Richards, age 42, lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife of 3 years. They have two beautiful girls. Mr. Richards can be found being active whether it is in the gym, on the mountain or on the golf course.

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