Don serves as the Managing Director and CEO of Glacial Lakes Capital, LLC as well as the CEO and co-founder of Novita, LLC.
Keith, our VP of Finance and Operations, brings over 20 years of renewable energy finance and project development management experience to the team.
Nadene is our Accounting and Operations Manager.
Don Endres serves as the Managing Director of Glacial Lakes Capital, LLC as well as the co-founder and CEO of Novita Nutrition, LLC.
Mr. Endres draws on more than 30 years of experience in building, operating and managing successful businesses. In 1985, he founded Special Teams, Inc. During his tenure as President and General Manager, Special Teams was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. in both 1994 and 1995. After Special Teams was sold to American Express in 1995, Mr. Endres assumed the role of President of American Express Special Teams.
In 1998, Mr. Endres co-founded and served as CEO of ExpressGold.com, Inc., an Internet payment company, and successfully spearheaded its merger with CyberSource Corporation(NASDAQ:CYBS) in January of 2000.
In 1999, Mr. Endres became a principal investor and Board member of CoEv, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic equipment. CoEv, which turned profitable within its first year of operations, later merged with Tyco International Ltd in August of 2000.
In 2000, Mr. Endres was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by South Dakota State University's College of Engineering and in 2005 was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award for "Emerging Entrepreneur." Mr. Endres holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science, with minors in computer science and economics, from South Dakota State University.
Mr. Endres has a long history of making valuable contributions to the alternative energy industry at large, and continues to actively participate in the growth of this sector. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Alternative Fuel Institute (AFI), and the Enterprise Institute at South Dakota State University.
In 2001 Mr. Endres co-founded and served as Vice-Chairman of Glacial Lakes Energy, an ethanol production facility in Watertown, South Dakota; and was an investor and Board Officer for Badger State Ethanol LLC in Monroe, Wisconsin.
In 2001 he also co-founded VeraSun Energy Corporation and served as its Chief Executive Officer. VeraSun grew to be a leading producer of renewable fuel building the nation’s first 100 million gallon per year dry mill ethanol facility in Aurora, SD. VeraSun built 4 other large scale ethanol production facilities throughout the mid-west and raised capital in a successful public offering in June of 2006.
In May of 2010, Mr. Endres was named to the South Dakota REACH (Research Excellence: A Critical Hallmark) committee. The REACH committee was formed as a liaison between South Dakota institutions of Higher Education, South Dakota’s EPSCOR, federal agencies, private science and/or engineering research organizations, state government and commercial interests.