Our Team



J. Alan Weber – Partner

weber2“Everything starts in the soil and ends up as money”; words by Alan’s father that have guided his training and professional career.  He is a founding partner of MARC-IV and has been a presence within biodiesel industry since 1991.  Alan assisted with the establishment of  the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) Washington, DC office  in 2006-07 and continues to provide economic & technical support to their efforts. He also currently leads industry feedstock development efforts to increase raw materials sources.  Alan was recently appointed by the U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture and Energy to serve on the Biomass Research & Development Initiative Technical Advisory Committee.  Maintaining his ties with agriculture, he remains actively engaged with the management and operation of his family’s 875 acre farm in central Missouri.  Alan completed his undergraduate and graduate training in agricultural economics at the University of Missouri.

Steve Howell – Partner

Mr. Steve Howell is president and founder of MARC-IV. Howell has worked closely with the National Biodiesel Board, American Soybean Association, United Soybean Board, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Energy, and the United States Department of Defense on a variety of projects. Howell is currently the chairman of the ASTM task force on biodiesel standards within the U.S.  and serves as the U.S. liaison for biodiesel standards development with both ISO and CEN. Howell is a member of the American Oil Chemists Society, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers and has authored many technical and other publications. Prior to M4, Howell was the Business Development Engineer for Stratco, a Kansas City based engineering firm, where he concentrated on the development of new biodiesel process technology. He has held various positions in quality assurance and production management with the Procter and Gamble Manufacturing Company in Iowa City, Iowa. Since graduating with distinction from Iowa State University with a Bachelors degree in chemical engineering.  Since forming MARC-IV, Steve Howell has dedicated his work to developing innovative industrial products from agriculture that support the family farm and a cleaner environment so his kids and grandkids can enjoy the same quality of life we do today.

Rebecca Richardson – Regulatory & Education Specialist

Rebecca Richardson currently serves as Regulatory and Education Specialist for MARC-IV, a consulting company that specializes in the development of industrial products from agricultural resources. Prior to joining MARC-IV, Richardson worked with the Illinois Soybean Association for more than eleven years. She has nearly twenty years’ experience with agricultural commodity and research organizations that began when she was education manager for the American Oil Chemists’ Society. In 2006, Richardson organized the Illinois Biodiesel Stakeholder group that still meets twice annually focusing on fuel quality and biodiesel acceptance in the state.

In 2004, Richardson was recognized by the National Biodiesel Board for leading the efforts of the Illinois Soybean Association to establish a sales tax exemption for biodiesel mid-blends (above 10%) in Illinois. She received the Certified Association Executive credential in December, 2006, and retains that certification. She received both a bachelors and masters degree in education and higher learning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Richard Nelson - M4 Associate

Dr. Richard Nelson, a M4 Associate, specializes in energy, environmental, and agricultural assessment & analysis. With more than 25 years experience in the biomass and bioenergy field, he has served as a consultant to the US Department of Energy’s national laboratories, the Western Governors’ Association, the National Biodiesel Board, and other public and private entities. Richard has also been a member of biomass and bioenergy-related task forces and working groups for the California Air Resources Board, the Western Governors’ Association, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Energy Agency and is a primary or collaborative author on more than 20 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Nelson holds degrees in both mechanical and agricultural engineering from Oklahoma State University. He was formerly at Kansas State University with the Center for Sustainable Energy.