MR. GARY A. SANDEN - PRESIDENT / COFOUNDER is a nationally recognized executive and strategist in energy technologies, development of projects, and operation of facilities - - always focusing on the end-game of long-term commercial success. Mr. Sanden's success has hinged on applying his broad experience through facility life-cycles utilizing virtually all technologies, fuels, contexts, and regulatory structures - domestic and international. Thus he is able to apply lessons learned from one energy industry application or context to a new project. For instance, his experience with advent of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in the early '80s has been invaluable through the early maturation of the biofuel industry, and now is highly pertinent to the development of the Small Modular Reactor industry. Through the diversity of his roles he has gained keen insight into both personal and organizational dynamics of business relationships, including seller-buyer, developer-financer, client-contractor, technology-operations, and management-employment.
In 1994 Mr. Sanden co-founded Link Resources, creating a new model for energy facility management and rejuvenation of complex energy facilities and organizations, particularly those in the throes of acquisition, startup, or first-of-a-kind technology development. The considerable success of Link Resources has been driven by Mr. Sanden’s intense focus on strategic objectives, process design, organizational structure, transition management, technology utilization, and inclusive communications - - both internal and external. Mr. Sanden subsequently co-founded a spin-off, Link Solutions Group, consolidating the human capital and intellectual property that served the corporate development, marketing, and communications needs of clients.
Mr. Sanden’s background includes six years as an officer in the nuclear submarine program, two years as an instructor of Systems Engineering and the US Naval Academy, and is retired from the Naval Reserve. Mr. Sanden received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Iowa State University, and Masters of Science in Science and Technology Management from George Washington University.
- 1994-present: President of Link Resources, Inc., Kennesaw, GA, responsible for growth and profitability of the business involving project development, construction, commissioning, operations, and transitioning (rejuvenation) of energy facilities; see Link's sample project list which included:
- fossil (coal, waste coal, natural gas)
- biomass and MSW
- 2004-present: Managing Director of Link Solutions Group (marketing services to companies with technical products or within complex markets)
- 2002-2003: Chief Administrative Officer, United Energy Services Corporation (a sister company of Gilbert Commonwealth)
- 1987-2002: Vice President, Fossil Operations, United Energy Services Corporation, Atlanta, GA
- O&M of fossil power plants
- Consulting to fossil fuel facilities (training, process management, commissioning, maintenance management, etc.)
- 1985-1987: Babcock & Wilcox, Barberton, OH; Senior Project Manager for First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) projects, most prominently including the development, construction, commissioning, and early stage operation of a waste-wood fired circulating fluidized bed boiler as part of B&W's first Build-Own-Operate strategy.
- 1983-1984: Babcock & Wilcox, Barberton, OH; Senior Project Manager for Middle East Projects, primarily the engineering, construction, and commissioning of a 5 steam generation plants as part of a 875MW gas fired electric power generation plant and desalination plant in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, including consortium management within a 5-party international consortium
- 1981-1982: Babcock & Wilcox (McDermott, Inc.), New Orleans, LA, Administrator of International Marketing Agreement (technology transfer and license agreements, sales agent agreements, and similar in 36 countries; and included identification and negotiation of potential new relationships)
- 1979-1981: Babcock & Wilcox, Lynchburg, VA, Program Manager for construction and startup of German nuclear power plant
- 1977-1979: Instructor of Systems Engineering as Lieutenant, USN and U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
- 1971-1977: U.S. Navy, leading to tours on two nuclear fast attack submarines, qualified as Nuclear Engineer Officer
- Masters in Administration of Science & Technology, George Washington University, 1979
- Bachelor of Science in Physics, with minors in mathematics, psychology, philosophy, and education, Iowa State University, 1971
- Standard one year nuclear training for nuclear naval officers
- Qualification as Nuclear Engineer Officer
- Various management, organizational, safety, etc. courses provided by commercial employers
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