Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mike Kandris has served as CEO since October 2020 and as a Director of the company since June 2008. Mr. Kandris previously served as Chief Operating Officer since January 2013. He previously served as an independent contractor to the company with a primary focus on plant operations.
Mr. Kandris has over 30 years of general management experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Ruan Transportation Management Systems (RTMS) where he had responsibility for all operations, sales, finance, and administrative functions. He also served as President of the Western Division of RTMS, which was heavily involved in the dairy industry. Mr. Kandris served on the Executive Committee of the American Trucking Association and as a board member for the National Tank Truck Organization. Mr. Kandris has a BS degree in Business from California State University, Hayward.
Chief Financial Officer
Bryon McGregor has over 30 years of treasury and finance experience. Prior to joining Alto Ingredients in 2008, Mr. McGregor served as Brokerage Treasurer for E*TRADE Financial, where his responsibilities included international and U.S. brokerage treasury operations, corporate finance, and investor relations.
Prior to E*TRADE, he was a project finance head for BP (formerly ARCO) and a Director at Credit Suisse. Bryon has a BS degree in business management from Brigham Young University.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Auste Graham has over 15 years of legal experience working across multiple industries, including chemicals, packaging, and corporate securities. Prior to joining Alto in 2022, she served as Vice President, Legal, for Essentra plc, where she was responsible for all legal and compliance affairs in the Americas.
Prior to Essentra, Ms. Graham served as Senior Legal Counsel for AkzoNobel. She began her career at Schiff Hardin LLP, where she provided general corporate representation to public and private companies, managing mergers and acquisitions, governance and compliance matters, and corporate and securities transactions, including corporate debt and equity offerings and private equity investments.
Ms. Graham earned her J.D from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. from Vassar College.
Chief Commercial Officer
Jim Sneed has worked for over 20 years in various senior management and executive positions in the ethanol industry. Prior to joining Alto Ingredients in 2012, Mr. Sneed was Vice President – Ethanol Marketing & Trading for Hawkeye Gold, LLC.
Prior to that he was Vice President, Marketing & Logistics of Aventine Renewable Energy, an ethanol production and marketing company, where he helped build its operations from two ethanol plants in two states to marketing for fifteen production facilities in eight states. Mr. Sneed is a Certified Public Accountant, has a BS degree in Accounting from Olivet Nazarene University, and has an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.