We are focused on the development of innovative and environmentally-compliant oil refining facilities.

Ron Biagi

Mr. Biagi is the director of Biagi Management Group, LLC, a financial and consulting services firm specializing in mid-market companies. Mr. Biagi previously served as Chairman and CEO of Bank of America Texas and New Mexico. Mr. Biagi joined Meridian’s Advisory Board in May 2017 and serves as a financial advisor to the Company.

Don Heiser

Mr. Heiser has extensive roots in Billings County, having served on the City Council of Medora, the Billings County Zoning Board, and as the Fire Chief of Billings County for over 20 years. Mr. Heiser advises Meridian on its Emergency Action Plan and emergency preparedness. Mr. Heiser is a Master Electrician and currently owns and operates Don Heiser Electric, an electrical contracting company.

Michael W. Smith

Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of Meridian Energy Group, Inc., and has over thirty years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry and related fields, having worked for such companies as Northrop-Grumman Air Combat Systems, Boeing Space Systems, McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft, and Hughes Helicopters. Mr. Smith attended Orange Coast College and obtained his Certificate in Residential Building, followed by a Certificate in Financial Planning from University of California, Irvine. Mr. Smith also has a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of California in Los Angeles.

Claire Rauser

Mr. Rauser has been a lifelong resident of North Dakota. He grew up in Hillsboro, ND and graduated from North Dakota State University in 1979. With his agricultural and engineering expertise, he started Superior Manufacturing, LLC, a grain bin construction business manufacturing grain dryers, grain bins and all related accessories. Mr. Rauser has been intimately involved in many phases of the energy industry.

Thomas Williams

Mr. Williams co-founded Meridian in 2012, and currently operates Land Plan Real Estate Consultants. Mr. Williams previously worked in private commercial law practice, and also held executive level positions at Solar Turbines, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. and Joy Manufacturing. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California Los Angeles, a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, both in Los Angeles.

John Cloward

Prior to joining Meridian Mr. Cloward was employed by ConocoPhillips as their Senior Project Risk Analyst and Risk Manager. He previously worked for several major energy firms, including Exxon, and with major energy consulting firms, providing quantitative assessment of uncertainty in project design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up, resulting in more realistic schedule and cost targets and avoidance of overruns. Mr. Cloward provided cost savings and more efficient utilization of resources through developing risk mitigation measures, monitoring uncertainties, controlling risks, and planning & allocating contingency.  He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.