Synfuels TeamSynfuels International, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 in Texas with the challenge of developing,
marketing and commercializing a portfolio of natural gas conversion processes which began with licensing rights to a novel
technology from Texas A&M University. Under the guidance of management and the expertise of engineering, Synfuels
International developed and now possesses the best and most comprehensive non-Fischer Tropsch portfolio of natural gas
conversion technologies in the world.
Ben R. Weber, Jr.–Is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Synfuels International,
Inc. (Synfuels) since the inception and incorporation of the company in 1998. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Weber has served
as President and only Board Member of Weber Energy Corporation, a successful upstream oil and gas exploration and production
company. During this time as an upstream oil and gas producer, Mr. Weber gained knowledge of the financial potential of
downstream natural gas processing by way of his ownership and operation of various cryogenic gas processing plants within the
State of Texas. During the late 1990s, Mr. Weber became acquainted and involved with a team of chemical engineers and
professors within the College of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University who had devised a gas to liquid (GTL)
process to convert flared and vented natural gas into a sellable liquid fuel stock blend through high temperature conversion.
The combination of Mr. Weber’s due diligence of the process scheme idea, and the willingness of the Texas A&M
Technology Licensing Department to grant an entrepreneur such as Weber an exclusive license to develop and commercialize the
technology led to the formation and incorporation of Synfuels International, Inc. Mr. Weber’s business plan for Synfuels
has remained constant over the past 14 years, to find opportunities in the USA and worldwide to convert and monetize stranded
and surplus natural gases by way of the Synfuels process. Mr. Weber is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of
America (IPAA), Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Association (TIPRO), North Texas Independent Producers Association,
the Hard Hatters Club of Dallas and the Dallas Petroleum Club. Along with his business accomplishments, Mr. Weber is
Past-Chairman of the Lone Star Dallas Chapter of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and has served on the Board of
Trustees for Children's Medical Center of Dallas, The Science Place of Dallas, the Dallas County Heritage Society, and
the Board of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation.
Charles E. Matar– Vice-President of International Marketing for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Mr. Matar
focuses on managing strategic marketing and licensing of Synfuels GTL and GTE technologies, as well as supporting the efforts
of Synfuels’ agents and partners. In the past as President of a consulting firm specializing in international business
development, Mr. Matar has successfully advised a number of international companies and led multi-million dollar expansion
projects in several industries. As VP of International Development for ALAhram Beverages (ABC), Mr. Matar arranged the
largest ever beverage distribution contract with Saudi Arabia which led to a successful bid by Heineken. Mr. Matar has also
held senior positions at several trading companies and an investment bank. Mr. Matar holds a B.Sc. in Finance and a M.Sc. in
International Marketing, and is fluent in Arabic and several Middle Eastern dialects. Mr. Matar is very familiar with the
region’s geography as well as the laws and traditions which are important when conducting business successfully in the MENA
Allen Richmond– Licensing Attorney for Synfuels International, Inc. Mr. Richmond has assisted Synfuels in its
licensing business for a number of years and consults on many issues related to all aspects of the Synfuels’ technologies.
Mr. Richmond retired from Phillips Petroleum Company where he was Manager, Patents and Licensing. He has over 30 years
experience in licensing and intellectual property issues relating to the petroleum and petrochemical industry.
Bryan Research & Engineering– was awarded the initial engineering contract to lay the groundwork for the
research and development of the Synfuels GTL technology. They continue to provide engineering expertise on the project.
BR&E is a widely recognized privately owned provider of software and engineering solutions to the oil, gas, refining and
chemical industries. BR&E has combined company research and development in process simulation with state of the art
computerized engineering technology. Dr. Joel Cantrell, Keith Bullin and Duane Morrow are development engineers for BR&E
and have contributed to several patents in the Synfuels licensed technology portfolio.
Board of Directors
Ben R. Weber, Jr.Chairman - see reference above.
Dr. Kenneth Hallis currently the Associate Vice Chancellor of Engineering and Director of Texas Engineering
Experiment Station at Texas A&M University System in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Hall is one of the inventors of the gas-to-liquids
technology behind the Synfuels’ process, and was the motivating force which enabled Texas A&M and Synfuels to join
efforts to research, develop and implement the GTL technology.
Mohammad A. AlgharaballiMr. Algharaballi holds a B.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines
– USA, granted in 1993. He started with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) in 1993 as a Process Engineer looking after the daily oil & gas
production operations in the field and production plants. In 2000, he moved to KOC Corporate Planning as Senior Planner. In 2003,
Mr. Algharaballi was appointed Team Leader Performance Management where his role was leading and managing KOC performance
management processes including setting up company’s annual business plans, targets, and initiatives for maximizing the utilization of the company’s
capabilities in terms of oil production, capital investment, manpower resources and HSE. In 2007, Mr. Algharaballi joined Energy House
Holding Company (formerly AREF Energy) with the responsibility of managing existing investments in addition searching for new
investment opportunities that have added value to the company’s investments portfolio.
Phil Lacerteis one of Synfuels’ original investment partners. Mr. Lacerte is a partner/owner of several successful
businesses including Primo’s Restaurant, Lighting Science Group, Lacerte Software, and is the General Partner of the
Lacerte Capital Fund.
Robert Boggusis the President of Boggus Motors in McAllen and part of a family of strong Synfuels investment
partners. Mr. Boggus serves on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, Texas Automobile Dealers Association and
the Valley Baptist Medical Center.