About Bion

Bion’s 3G technology platform provides a pathway to true economic and environmental sustainability.

Bion is a public company (OTC QB: BNET) whose mission is to provide sustainable environmental and economic solutions to the challenges faced by the livestock industry and investment returns to its shareholders. Bion’s proven technology provides comprehensive treatment of livestock waste that largely eliminates its environmental impacts, while simultaneously recovering valuable assets from the waste stream, including renewable energy, nutrients, and clean water. Bion represents a win-win: for the environment, the farmer, and the consumer.

BION JUST MAKES SENSE

For an industry in need of sustainability

Mr. Tristao spent almost 33 years, last as the Environmental Affairs Officer, at J.G. Boswell Company, a large California agricultural producer and processor. He advises Bion on environmental regulations and policy, agricultural tech and engineering, and air quality issues, and he is experienced with California Air Resources Group (CARB), San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District, and the California State Water Resource Control Board.

Bion’s technology platform delivers sustainable results that are measurable and backed by third-party verification.

Bion’s 3G platform provides third-party verification of the environmental benefits it delivers, as well as the energy- and resource-efficiency improvements it achieves. Independent verification, supported by blockchain, is to satisfy EPA, USDA, and other regulatory agency requirements. This same verification process will support a sustainable brand, certified by the USDA’s Process-Verified-Program (PVP), the gold standard in food certifications.

Bion previously achieved conditional approval from USDA for the reduced carbon, nutrient, and pathogen footprint resulting from its second generation technology (pending resubmission and final inspections) and has begun the application process with the 3G platform.

Team Bios

Mark A. Smith
Chairman & President

Mark A. Smith has been President, General Counsel, interim Chief Financial Officer and a director of Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. since late March 2003. Since that time, he has also served as sole director, President and General Counsel of Bion’s wholly-owned subsidiaries including Bion Services Group.

Bill O’Neill
Chief Executive Officer

Bill O’Neill recently joined Bion as its Chief Executive Officer. He brings 30 years of experience developing distribution channels for specialty meat products. Throughout his career, he has partnered with leading retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Costco, Albertsons-Safeway, Ahold-Delhaize, HEB and Wegmans to create new product solutions for consumers. 

Ed Schafer
Executive Vice Chairman

Ed Schafer joined Bion in August, 2010, as Executive Vice Chairman, to provide Bion with strategic advice, focusing on areas of public policy related to the livestock industry both domestically and internationally. Mr. Schafer served as governor of North Dakota from 1992 to 2000 and served as Secretary of Agriculture under Pres. George W Bush from 2008 to 2009.

Jon Northrop
Secretary

Jon Northrop has served as our Secretary and a Director since March of 2003. Since September 2001 he has been self employed as a consultant with a practice focused on business buyer advocacy. Mr. Northrop is one of our founders and served as our Chief Executive Officer and a Director from our inception in September 1989 until August 2001.

Dominic Bassani
Chief Operating Officer

Dominic Bassani had previously served as Bion’s CEO, where he led Bion’s technology and business development for 15 years. Before that, he was the General Manager of Bion Integrated Projects Group (then Bion Diary)(‘Projects Group’) from April 2003 through September 2006 and as a consultant (through Bright Capital, Ltd. (“Brightcap”)) on a full-time basis with focus on strategic planning and special projects.

Craig Scott
Senior Vice President

Craig Scott has been involved with Bion since 1993. He rejoined the Company as a full-time employee in June 2006 as Bion’s Director of Communications. He is responsible for a wide range of duties: public policy, including public relations, social media communications and web presence for both Bion and CABS (Coalition for Affordable Bay Solutions); shareholder communications; and business development and intelligence.

Jeremy Rowland
Senior Consultant

Jeremy Rowland transitioned to a consultant in December 2013. Mr. Rowland earned his MS in Environmental Science in 1987 and his BS in Forest Ecology in 1985 from Southern Illinois University, School of Agriculture Science. Prior to joining Bion, he worked for URS Corporation, a major national engineering/ consulting firm, for 16 years, where he developed and lead URS’s efforts in the renewable energy marketplace.

Advisory Board

Bill Rupp

Mr. Rupp spent 25 years with Cargill, the last ten as President of Cargill Beef. He oversaw Cargill’s global beef business operations that did over $25 billion in annual sales in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, and Australia. Mr. Rupp also served five years as President of JBS Beef, where he led JBS’s North American beef business that did approximately $20 billion in sales. In 2021, Mr. Rupp was inducted into the National Provisioners’ Meat Packer Hall of Fame.

Dennis Tristao

Mr. Tristao spent almost 33 years, last as the Environmental Affairs Officer, at J.G. Boswell Company, a large California agricultural producer and processor. He advises Bion on environmental regulations and policy, agricultural tech and engineering, and air quality issues, and he is experienced with California Air Resources Group (CARB), San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District, and the California State Water Resource Control Board.

Matthew Lamb

Mr. Lamb is a third-generation dairy farmer in Upstate New York with extensive experience in agriculture, animal husbandry, dairy production, and beef-on-dairy. Lamb Farms is focused on sustainable dairy production at six locations, with a milking herd of more than 7,000 cows, as well as crop farming that provides feed for the cows and cash crops.

Dennis Bracht  

Mr. Bracht is the President at Seitec Genetics, an independent technology-based seed company that provides maximum flexibility in seed traits and genetics across all leading developers. He will advise Bion on organic seed, corn and feed grain cultivation, and related matters.

Stan Rapp

Mr. Rapp is the Senior Partner at Greenlee Partners, LLC, a prominent government affairs and lobbying firm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has worked with Bion for several years on environmental and clean water policy related to PA and the Chesapeake Bay and will continue to advise Bion on government affairs at both state and federal levels.