EHF Advisory Partners


Dr. Charles H. Gooding – Advisory Partner

Charlie serves as an advisory partner to EHF Capital. He has had a distinguished career in both the academic and professional world. He was a professor of chemical engineering at Clemson University for thirty-three years, retiring in June 2013. During his academic tenure, he served as Department Chair from 1996-2000 and as President of the University Faculty Senate from 2007-2008. His teaching and research interests encompassed chemical process design, analysis, optimization and control. His most recent work covered:

    • modeling and experimental verification of a chlorine scrubber for the US program to convert mixed oxide nuclear waste to fuel,
    • experiments and simulations on a chlorine-based thermochemical cycle for hydrogen production,
    • development of a carbon footprint tool and life cycle assessment for rendering operations and rendered products,
    • design of chemical processes to make high value products from rendered fat.
    • comparison of competitive processes to recover lignin from kraft black liquor.

Prior to joining the Clemson faculty, Charlie worked as an engineer for Duke Energy and a project manager for Research Triangle Institute. During his tenure at Clemson he consulted with numerous companies, including Roche Carolina, Procter & Gamble, Tektronix, Permea, Milliken, and International Bio Synthetics. In 2000-2001 he spent a sabbatical year working in process optimization and control at the Dow Chemical Company’s Freeport, TX operations.

Charlie graduated from Clemson University with two degrees in chemical engineering, a B.S. in 1970 and a M.S. in 1972. He then earned a Ph. D. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University in 1979.



Dr. Ronald W. Rousseau – Advisory Partner

Ron serves as an advisory partner to EHF Capital and holds the Cecil J. “Pete” Silas Endowed Chair as Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He served as School chair until July 2013. His leadership guided the School into microelectronics, biomolecular engineering, and nanotechnology, while simultaneously enhancing capabilities in separations, catalysis, and systems engineering. Ron has focused much of his recent effort on challenges associated with global energy demands and the associated impact on the environment and natural resources. His research has encompassed activities associated with the chemical, pharmaceutical, energy, and forest products industries. He has received numerous awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was awarded a Docteur Honoris Causa by L’Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse. Ron holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and was elected to the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction.



James F. Simmons – Advisory Partner

Jim serves as an advisory partner to EHF Capital.  In 2002, he co-founded Custom Solution Builders, LLC to service companies in the middle market.  Custom Solution Builders is a management consulting firm that provides and implements customized solutions in strategy, service delivery, technology, and business management for clients in the transportation, document storage, energy, chemical, filtration, fibers and digital printing sectors.  Projects include cost reduction, market development, technology development, strategic development for growth, and merger and acquisition.  Before 2002, Jim spent 32 years with the Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 chemical and fibers company.  From 1996 to 2000 he was Executive Vice President of the corporation and President of Celanese Acetate LLC in Charlotte, NC.  From 1990 to 1996 he was Vice President and General Manager of their Chemical Group in Dallas, TX.  During that time he served on the board of Grupo Celanese in Mexico City, Mexico, on the board of National Methanol Company in Al Jubal and Saudi Arabia, and on the National Petroleum and Refiners Association.  He began his career in 1967 with DuPont as a research scientist in the Textile Development Laboratories in Wilmington, DE.


Jim currently serves on the Georgia Tech Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering External Advisory Board and has been a past chairman.  He also was a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board.  He was selected by Georgia Tech in 1996 as a member of their Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni and in 2013 was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame.


Jim has served on the board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Arts and Science Council and was Division Chair for Central Carolinas United Way in 2000.  Today he is working with the Mecklenburg County Council of Boy Scouts of America.  Jim graduated with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1966 with a B.S. Textiles degree and in 1967 with a M.S. Textiles degree.


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