Our Team

Mike Otworth

CEO

Mike is CEO of PureCycle Technologies. Mike is also the CEO of Innventure, which manages PureCycle Technologies.

Prior to Innventure, Mike served as President and Founding Partner of Green Ocean Innovation for six years. Other founding partners included Dr. Harry Jacobson, Chairman of MedCare Investments and former CEO of Vanderbilt Medical Center, and Joseph Cook, Jr., Chairman of Mountain Group Capital; former CEO and Chairman of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Vice-President Global Operations, Eli Lilly and Company. Green Ocean provided technology sourcing and innovation strategy and development services to Lilly/Elanco Animal Health primarily focusing on therapeutics, diagnostics and various medical devices.

Prior to Green Ocean, Mike served as Vice-President and Founding CEO of multiple start-ups at XL TechGroup (XLTG). Mike was a key senior management leader of XLTG, which founded, capitalized and advanced companies successfully to late stage funding. Six of the late stage funding events included IPOs in New York and London creating $4.5 Billion of market value.

Mike began his career on Capitol Hill working as a legislative aide and committee staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives after Graduating from Otterbein University with a B.A. in Political Science & Biology.

John Layman

Chief Technologist & Founding Inventor

John is currently a Corporate R&D Section Head at The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). John is also the Chief Technologist and Founding Inventor of PureCycle Technologies; a start-up company that is commercializing a new recycled resin purification technology invented by John in P&G’s corporate research laboratories. He earned his Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.
David Brenner

David Brenner

Chief Integration Officer

David is a driven executional leader. He holds both a BBA & MBA from University of Texas and Texas A&M respectively. David brings over 10 years of experience in leading and delivering transformational projects across a wide range of industries and was hire #1 to bring PureCycle Technologies to life operationally. David has been critical in building the strategy, planning and overall execution for PureCycle Technologies.

Prior to joining PureCycle, David was a Senior Manager at Deloitte where he was part of leadership team that scaled Deloitte’s newest business unit (the US Delivery Center) to 1,500 staff in 18 months. David’s prior experience includes leading and executing the implementation of Electronic Medical Records for orthopedic surgeons, modernizing flagship applications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and supporting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC).

Jim Donnally

Chief Finance Officer

Jim has in-depth experience in treasury, asset management, lender and regulatory relations, and employee benefit administration.
In addition to his role at PureCycle Technologies, Jim serves as VP and CFP for Glockner Enterprises, southeast Ohio’s leading transportation solution organization. Previously, Jim was a CPA at Hayflich & Steinberg, where he prepared for-profit audit, review, compilation and tax engagements for regional wholesale, retail, manufacturing and service concerns, specializing in consolidations.
Jim received his bachelors in accounting with minors in economics, finance, philosophy, psychology and theater in 1991 from Marshall University.

Chris Talarek

Director of Operations

Chris is passionate about plastic recycling. He is a former entrepreneur who pursued this passion having founded, funded and led his own post-consumer recycling plastics facility in Ohio prior to being recruited to join the PureCycle team. His leadership will be instrumental in pulling together the infrastructure and creating the teams to build both our FEU & Commercial plant for PureCycle Technologies.

In addition, Chris has over 20 years of operations leadership experience and holds a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron. Throughout his tenure, Chris has held ever-increasing leadership roles for both engineering and operational teams in large and small manufacturing operations such as BP Oil, P&G, and TimberTech to name a few.

Jason Vititoe

Jason Vititoe

Director of Technology

Jason is a Chemical Engineer in heart and mind. He holds two product patents in polystyrene and has over 14 years of experience in both plastics and manufacturing. Prior to joining the PureCycle team, Jason led all operations along with all the capital projects for Americas Styrenics’ largest polystyrene site. His leadership will be key to bringing the P&G patented process to life at scale for both Plant One and Globally.

Jason has over 17 years of operations and engineering leadership experience with Dow Chemical and Americas Styrenics. He also holds both a BS & MS Degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University as well as the University of Michigan, respectively. As a child, Jason was taught to return things in better condition than they were received. He joined the PureCycle team to do just that with the world.

Scott Brown

Senior Project Leader

Scott has 36 years of experience in operations and maintenance management, operational readiness, operational excellence, process safety management, technology evaluation, new facility commissioning, operations start-up and project management in the military, food processing, photovoltaic/solar, electronic specialty chemical materials and extraction industries. He gained this experience working on major capital projects throughout North America, Taiwan R.O.C. and Germany. These projects have ranged in size from a few million to multi-billion dollar investments. He has also been involved in business development in the Middle East, India, Singapore, China, South Korea and Europe.

Scott has held a variety of executive and management positions while being an owner/principal partner in a business development consulting firm. He has worked in various capacities production, engineering, purchasing, production plant cost control and project management). He has work in the food industry with Frito-Lay, the specialty materials industry with Advanced Silicon Materials Ind and REC Silicon. Scott has B.S. in chemical engineering, and began his professional career by completing Officer Candidate School, Nuclear Power training and Submarine Officer Basic School. He then participated in the overhauling and re-commissioning of a Nuclear submarine as a Nuclear Propulsion Officer.

Rick Blakeslee

Senior Leader, Special Projects

Rick is a seasoned leader within the PET Recycling Industry, taking an active role in many of the original FDA-LNO programs, while leading commercial operations likely producing in excess of a billion pounds of recycled products, dating all the way back to 1991. Included in this experience was leading projects and start ups, in four different countries, ranging from internal expansions to greenfields. PureCycle is Rick's sixth start up endeavor.

A Chemical Engineer by heart and soul, and fueled with a passion for commercial development, Rick's decades of experience in plastic's processing is brought to the PureCycle team, working across various projects, with a focus on product flow for the commercial plant. Sustainability has been the bedrock of Rick's career and is excited to lead the charge into this new adventure of polypropylene recycling.

Mark Fields

Senior Quality Program Leader

Mark comes to PureCycle with a wide range of experience. He spent 23 years with Dow Chemical in multiple functions and roles. During this time he was part of several plant start-ups in both Germany and Thailand, where he implemented the quality and operating discipline systems. He most recently served as general manager for a modular systems provider, who delivers products to customers on an International scale. His experience as a Business Quality Leader as well as working in all facets of an organization, will contribute greatly as PureCycle brings our product to commercial scale and the global market.

Mark has a BS in Industrial Technology and also an MBA from Ohio University. Mark believes opportunities to truly impact the world are very rare in this life. He is excited and thankful to be part of the PureCycle team, and their vision of a Pure Planet.

Rachel Dial

Partnerships & Integration Leader

Rachel has spent the last five years building and leading high performing teams across telecommunications and federal technology industries. In her previous role at Deloitte Consulting, Rachel was consistently deployed to the project’s most critical work-streams to manage a range of complex interdependencies that took her to Hawaii and Japan for the implementation of a DoD system. Rachel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Central Florida.

Melissa Whitt

Business Administration Leader

Melissa, a native of southern Ohio, has more than 12 years of leadership experience in community engagement and development.

Her previous leadership roles include, community relations and development responsibilities for a regional FQHC and behavioral health center, where she worked on public relations and marketing projects, including chairing major fundraisers for youth outreach and drug prevention programs and setting record breaking numbers for both awareness, net profits, and engagement. She also successfully managed a University of Kentucky Research Lab, overseeing federally funded grants focusing on tobacco cessation for teenagers in southern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky. The lab was the first federally funded research center in southern Ohio.

Melissa earned a B.S. in Organizational Communications from Ohio University Southern, plus an A.A.S. in Electronic Media degree with a concentration in video production. She also holds a Marketing Certification from Ohio University Southern and Human Resource Certification from University of Kentucky.

Mike Otworth

CEO

Mike is CEO of PureCycle Technologies. Mike is also the CEO of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise partnership, which manages PureCycle Technologies.

Prior to Innventure, Mike served as President and Founding Partner of Green Ocean Innovation for six years. Other founding partners included Dr. Harry Jacobson, Chairman of MedCare Investments and former CEO of Vanderbilt Medical Center, and Joseph Cook, Jr., Chairman of Mountain Group Capital; former CEO and Chairman of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Vice-President Global Operations, Eli Lilly and Company. Green Ocean provided technology sourcing and innovation strategy and development services to Lilly/Elanco Animal Health primarily focusing on therapeutics, diagnostics and various medical devices.

Prior to Green Ocean, Mike served as Vice-President and Founding CEO of multiple start-ups at XL TechGroup (XLTG). Mike was a key senior management leader of XLTG, which founded, capitalized and advanced companies successfully to late stage funding. Six of the late stage funding events included IPOs in New York and London creating $4.5 Billion of market value.

Mike began his career on Capitol Hill working as a legislative aide and committee staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives after Graduating from Otterbein University with a B.A. in Political Science & Biology.

John Layman

Chief Technologist & Founding Inventor

John is currently a Corporate R&D Section Head at The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). John is also the Chief Technologist and Founding Inventor of PureCycle Technologies; a start-up company that is commercializing a new recycled resin purification technology invented by John in P&G’s corporate research laboratories. He earned his Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tayt Rule

Tayt Rule

Chief Operating Officer

Tayt is an inspired people leader and entrepreneur in spirit. Throughout his 18 year career, he helped every team he lead generate record operational & executional performances through his highly-engaging, visionary leadership style along with his radical candor with talent and overall risk-taking skills. In one example of his leadership style, one of his teams shattered a 20-year-old production record at M&M Mars and he brought a 145-person marching band on to the production floor to celebrate. These types of moments are not unique to him as he believes “how you make people feel” is paramount to any successful culture. Tayt will focus on overall operational strategy, execution and scale for PureCycle Technologies in its entirety to help deliver to the World the First Ultra Pure Polypropylene Recycling Process.

In his role prior to PureCycle Technologies, Tayt lead a team of over 5000 associates virtually, with over 400 leaders for Amazon Customer Service, and they ranked as the highest engaged team in the World during his tenure while achieving the lowest cost in the history of the virtual team. Tayt graduated with a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he attended one of the first Entrepreneur schools in the country. Over his 18 year career, he has lead in ever-increasing operational roles for Kraft Foods, M&M Mars, Target, and Amazon along with founding a High-End AV company in California.

David Brenner

David Brenner

Chief Integration Officer

David is a driven executional leader. He holds both a BBA & MBA from University of Texas and Texas A&M respectively. David brings over 10 years of experience in leading and delivering transformational projects across a wide range of industries and was hire #1 to bring PureCyle Technologies to life operationally. David has been critical in building the strategy, planning and overall execution for PureCycle Technologies.

Prior to joining PureCycle, David was a Senior Manager at Deloitte where he was part of leadership team that scaled Deloitte’s newest business unit (the US Delivery Center) to 1,500 staff in 18 months. David’s prior experience includes leading and executing the implementation of Electronic Medical Records for orthopedic surgeons, modernizing flagship applications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and supporting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC).

Jason Vititoe

Jason Vititoe

Director of Technology

Jason is a Chemical Engineer in heart and mind. He holds two product patents in polystyrene and has over 14 years of experience in both plastics and manufacturing. Prior to joining the PureCycle team, Jason led all operations along with all the capital projects for Americas Styrenics’ largest polystyrene site. His leadership will be key to bringing the P&G patented process to life at scale for both Plant One and Globally.

Jason has over 17 years of operations and engineering leadership experience with Dow Chemical and Americas Styrenics. He also holds both a BS & MS Degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University as well as the University of Michigan, respectively. As a child, Jason was taught to return things in better condition than they were received. He joined the PureCycle team to do just that with the world.

Chris Talarek

Director of Operations

Chris is passionate about plastic recycling. He is a former entrepreneur who pursued this passion having founded, funded and led his own post-consumer recycling plastics facility in Ohio prior to being recruited to join the PureCycle team. His leadership will be instrumental in pulling together the infrastructure and creating the teams to build both our FEU & Commercial plant for PureCycle Technologies.

In addition, Chris has over 20 years of operations leadership experience and holds a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron. Throughout his tenure, Chris has held ever-increasing leadership roles for both engineering and operational teams in large and small manufacturing operations such as BP Oil, P&G, and TimberTech to name a few.

Rachel Dial

Manager, Partnerships & Integration

Rachel has spent the last five years building and leading high performing teams across telecommunications and federal technology industries. In her previous role at Deloitte Consulting, Rachel was consistently deployed to the project’s most critical work-streams to manage a range of complex interdependencies that took her to Hawaii and Japan for the implementation of a DoD system. Rachel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Central Florida.

Melissa Whitt

Business Administration Manager

Melissa, a native of southern Ohio, has more than 12 years of leadership experience in community engagement and development.

Her previous leadership roles include, community relations and development responsibilities for a regional FQHC and behavioral health center, where she worked on public relations and marketing projects, including chairing major fundraisers for youth outreach and drug prevention programs and setting record breaking numbers for both awareness, net profits, and engagement. She also successfully managed a University of Kentucky Research Lab, overseeing federally funded grants focusing on tobacco cessation for teenagers in southern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky. The lab was the first federally funded research center in southern Ohio.

Melissa earned a B.S. in Organizational Communications from Ohio University Southern, plus an A.A.S. in Electronic Media degree with a concentration in video production. She also holds a Marketing Certification from Ohio University Southern and Human Resource Certification from University of Kentucky.

Operators

Sam Carver

Operations Technician II

Alex Holcomb

Operations Technician II

Michael Hollon

Operations Technician II

Ian Kearney

Operations Technician II

Shelley Massie

Operations Technician II

Brandon McDaniel

Operations Technician II

Jennifer Patrick

Operations Technician II

Rob Ramey

Operations Technician II

Sam Robinson

Operations Technician II

Advisors

Dr. John Scott

Founder Innventure, Founder XL Tech Group

Rick Brenner

Founder Innventure, CPG Experience