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.
Nabil M. Al-SabihMr. Al-Sabih is the CEO at The Energy House Holding Co., a publicly traded company on the Kuwait Stock Exchange.
He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of oil & gas management, investments, structuring, marketing, sales, trading and business development.
Mr. Al-Sabih spent 15 years with Kuwait Petroleum Corporation in various capacities. His last position was as a Director of
Business Development responsible for their international downstream business development and merger/acquisition activities in Asia and the USA.
He also spent 10 years as an investment and strategic advisor for a number of regional and multi-national entities through a private
boutique investment and advisory company in Kuwait. He was responsible for the origination of advisory services and fund raising to large
clients in the GCC, USA and Asia across various sectors, including energy, real estate, commodities, infrastructure/construction and manufacturing.
Mr. Al-Sabih is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.
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.