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Meet The Team

Co-Founder & President

James McKissick

With a rich background in business administration, finance, and real estate, James McKissick has excelled in diverse leadership roles. As the Co-Founder of Kahuenergy, he is driving innovation in environmental solutions. Concurrently, his impact as President of USTA South Carolina and Eastern Medwaste showcases versatile leadership in sports and biohazard waste management. His long-standing role as Broker-in-Charge at Convergent Property Group underscores expertise in real estate services, while his tenure as Treasurer at USTA South Carolina reflects strong financial acumen. James McKissick is a dynamic professional with a proven track record across multiple domains.

Professional Experience:

  • Co-Founder at Kahuenergy (Dec 2021 – Present)
    Leading innovation in environmental solutions.
  • Eastern Energy & Environmental (Dec 2021 – Present)
    Co-Founder leading innovation in environmental solutions.
  • USTA South Carolina
    President (Dec 2019 – Present)
    Strategic leadership in the United States Tennis Association.
  • Eastern Medwaste, LLC
    President (Jul 2016 – Present)
    Spearheading a full-service biohazard/medical waste company in South Carolina.
  • Convergent Property Group, LLC
    Broker-in-Charge (Sep 2012 – Present)
    Leading a full-service real estate services firm in Greenville, SC.
  • USTA South Carolina
    Treasurer (Dec 2011 – Dec 2017)
    Successfully managed an annual budget, retired building debt, and generated surplus.

Education:

  • University of South Carolina – Darla Moore School of Business
    MBA in Finance (1994 – 1996)
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1988 – 1992)

Skills:

  • Financial Management
  • Business Administration
  • Real Estate Services
  • Environmental Solutions
  • Leadership and Strategic Planning
  • Budget Oversight and Financial Planning
Co-Founder & CEO

Mike McCuen

Experienced Co-Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Skilled in Coaching, Retail, Sales, Event Management, and Team Building. Strong business development professional equipped to join talent with opportunities.

Co-Founder

KAHUenergy, LLC
2020-Present
Utilizing gasification/plasma technology to reduce landfill waste and create a green energy source for future generations.

Co-Founder

Eastern MedWaste
2015-2024
Job role included permitting for both transporting and processing licenses. Day to Day Operations including Sales, Marketing and Customer Acquisition.

Developer

Renaissance Estates
2002-2024
Property acquisition, site development, and construction.

Tennis Coach

Greenville High School
2015-2020
Tennis coach for both girls and boys varsity teams. Proud of the girls 2016 – 2017 AAAA State Champions – 2019 State Runner Up. 2017-2018 South Carolina High School Girls Coach of the Year. 2018 USTA South Carolina Coach of the Year. 2018 NFHS (National Federation of State High School Ass.) Coach of the Year.

Public Relations

Zike
2010-2012
Traveled nationally promoting fitness bike while supporting retailers with sales/marketing. Appearances included The View, QVC, Extra with Mario Lopez, NY Toy Show, and Interbike.

Medic

American Medical Response
Serving Metro Atlanta
1988-2000

Chairman

Rowland Hanson

Visionary Branding Strategist and Business Leader

With an illustrious career marked by transformative achievements, Rowland Hanson is a distinguished branding strategist and business leader. His exceptional journey includes pivotal roles at Microsoft, Neutrogena, and a subsequent venture into consulting and entrepreneurship.

Microsoft:

  • VP Corporate Communications (Microsoft)
    • Crafted and executed Microsoft’s highly acclaimed branding strategy.
    • Led the global launch of Windows, becoming the most popular product in Microsoft’s portfolio.

Neutrogena:

  • VP Worldwide Marketing (Neutrogena)
    • Collaborated directly with the founder to expand the product line and globally build the brand.
    • Instrumental in Neutrogena’s acquisition by Johnson & Johnson for $1 billion.

Post-Microsoft:

Founded and led various emerging companies, including:

  • Amaze, Inc. – Launched theme calendars for computers, negotiated sale to Delrina Corp.
  • iTravel Corp. – Created CD-ROM marketed vacation packages, negotiated sale to StarPress.
  • bEQUAL Company – Developed family DVD games, negotiated sale to Specialty Board Games.
  • Nautilus Group – Board of Directors/Brand Development Consultant for Bowflex, Schwinn Fitness, & StairMaster.

Current Activities (as of December 2023):

  • The HMC Company (Founder & CEO): Consulting on branding and business development for emerging companies and Fortune 500 corporations.
  • KAHUenergy (Chairman): Leading the conversion of waste into clean energy.
  • ProVEDA (Co-Founder / Co-Chairman / Co-CEO): Directing the global launch of topical therapeutic products based solely on plant extracts, including CBD.
  • Microsoft Alumni Network & Foundation (Founder, Trustee & Board Member): Actively involved in strategic partnerships and fostering the creation of non-profits globally.
  • JW Maxx Solutions (Chairman): Proactively involved in online reputation management, ensuring clients’ online presence aligns with their brand.

Education:

  • BBA from Loyola University (Graduated Alpha Sigma Nu – Jesuit Honors Society)
  • MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania (Graduated on the Directors List of Distinction)

Rowland Hanson’s legacy as a branding pioneer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist continues to shape industries and impact communities globally. His leadership and strategic vision have left an indelible mark on the business world, embodying innovation and purpose-driven success.

Communications Specialist

Amanda Olson

Amanda Olson is an experienced public relations professional specializing in sustainability. After graduating with honors from UC Berkeley, Amanda worked in finance as a media relations and branding specialist for an investor relations agency before starting her own PR firm focused on green businesses. At UCLA, she was employed as a media relations specialist where she coordinated media interviews between faculty and top-tier outlets and wrote articles for the alumni magazine. With a passion for the environment, Amanda has helped many environmentally focused businesses develop and communicate their brands to target audiences, including key stakeholders, customers, and the media. She has a track record of securing top-tier, local, and trade media coverage, including placements in The Los Angeles Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, Reuters, AP, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and more. In addition to her work in public relations, Amanda is a grant writer and freelance journalist.