fortera is dedicated to the global goal of reducing CO₂
emissions by a teraton
Execution Experience Scaling Innovative Processes.
Fortera is a team of highly skilled scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who know how to minimize risk through thought, design, and execution.
Ryan Gilliam, PhD
CEO & Co-Founder
15+ years chemicals and materials executive with track record forming strategic partnerships.
Mike Weiss, PhD
CTO & Co-Founder
20+ years leading R&D across multiple technology platforms. Lead inventor of Fortera process.
25+ years Lafarge/Holcim multi-country CEO leading transformation projects and upgrading plants globally.
Kas Farsad, M.S., M.B.A.
Vice President, Corporate Development
10+ years experience in technology and product development. Lead inventor of Fortera cement.
Vice President, Intellectual Property
15+ years experience leading IP strategy and analysis, 175+ personally drafted, prosecuted, and issued patents.
10+ years leading small and large corporate finance, audit, and administration responsibilities.
Vice President, Engineering
15+ years experience designing chemical processes and scaling first generation production plants.
Craig Hargis, PhD
Vice President, Product Development
10+ years researching and developing novel calcium cement chemistries and low carbon products.
Director, Environment, Health, and Safety
15+ years building, implementing, and leading Environment, Health, and Safety compliance programs.
Martin Devenney, PhD
Former President of CO₂ to Products leading process and product development & piloting efforts
Terry Holland, PhD
Former President of the American Concrete Institute, and lead author for new cement and concrete standards
Lee Styslinger, III
Chairmen & CEO Altec, Board of Vulcan Materials (largest US aggregate company for cement/concrete)
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, significant business experience in Asia (50% of cement market)
Board of Directors
Founding Partner and Managing Director at Khosla Ventures
Former CEO of LafargeHolcim
Political Strategist and Former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama