Management

Michael CattoMichael L. Catto
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Catto brings strong leadership to TekGar, LLC and extensive experience managing growth companies. Most recently, Mr. Catto was the Executive Vice President of Operations for Biothera, Inc., a start up Biotech Company that has two INDs in Phase 2 trials. Previously, Mr. Catto was President of Niro Atomizer Food and Dairy, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of the Danish company Niro A/S. He also managed his own Engineering and consulting businesses in which he specialized in engineering and operations related to food, dairies, pharmaceuticals, and municipalities and worked internationally on numerous design/build projects. As President and CEO of Catto Enterprises, LLC, Mr. Catto successfully built multiple companies that included trucking, engineering, construction and international development. He began his career in R&D at Kraft Foods.


Dr. Doug Van ThorreDr. Doug Van Thorre
Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

Prior to becoming a founding partner in TekGar, LLC in November of 2006, for the preceding six years, Dr. Van Thorre has been working exclusively in the research and development area of the extraction and manipulation of carbohydrates for a broad range of renewable resource or “green chemistry” applications.  This research and subsequent discoveries led him to the founding a Company, Biorefining, Inc., in 2000, one that is completely devoted to the maximum processing and utilization of annually renewable resources.  At Biorefining, Inc., Dr. Van Thorre was issued two patents and had fourteen patent applications pending.
Dr. Van Thorre served as a consultant for several medical injection plastic molding companies designing high precision, compression injection molding techniques for stress-free, optical lenses for arthroscopic and endoscopic medical applications.  During the same period, he also served as a consultant to several companies in the area of environmental recovery and reclamation with emphasis on natural biopolymer usage to recover feed/food products from water waste streams. One particular company included Biopolymer Engineering, Inc., now named Biothera, Inc. where Dr. Van Thorre served as VP of Science and Technology and as a consultant between December 1996 and May 2001. 

Dr. Van Thorre began his career building a successful private dental practice that he operated for 11 years, and was one of the first private dentists in the nation to be named a clinical investigator for the FDA regarding the application of dental lasers in private dental practice.


Milton Printemps
Director of Central American Operations


Michael CattoRicardo Palomo
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Mr. Palomo is a leader in renewable energy with over 30 years' executive experience in the energy industry in the US and Latin America. In addition to operational roles Mr. Palomo has successfully completed several waste-to-energy projects. Prior to joining TekGar, Mr. Palomo founded Renewable Energy Resources a company that offers solutions for management of waste streams and converting them into added value products that create a financially viable and self-sustaining energy campus.
Previously, Mr. Palomo worked with one of the largest Caterpillar dealers in the US and led the team that developed and successfully completed a Joint Venture for an Operation Center with Caterpillar Inc. He also managed the sales and the Operation and Maintenance contract with one of the largest producers of landfill gas to power projects in the US.
Mr. Palomo began his career at Onan Corporation, currently Cummins Power Generation, where his last position was Director of Sales for the Pan America region.


Nicholas Catto
Director of Information Technology

A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Information Management and Technology Systems, Nicholas is well versed in many technologies such as database administration, networking, computer support, programming, web design, and application development. Nicholas served as the director of web services at the University of South Carolina Upstate for seven years. During that time, he was responsible for developing and implementing the stragetic plan for USC Upstate's web presence, social media, and digital communications. For over eight years now, Nicholas has also operated his own web development and consulting business, MrCatto.com (http://mrcatto.com/).  Nicholas has presented on web design and web standards at conferences in both the UK and America. He has a passion for interface design and is a very accomplished web developer. Nicholas also serves as CIO and co-founder of nuCloud LLC, which is an interactive map design and development company that specializes in higher education.