Our Team

John Ward, Principal


Wardo's colorful career has touched a wide variety of industries ranging from industrial and radioactive waste management to medical device manufacturing, with a healthy dose of counseling for local, state, and national political candidates along the way. He has particular expertise in fossil fuels. Wardo has worked in every level of the coal value chain, including mining, utilities, and coal ash recycling. Wardo was formerly Vice President, Marketing and Government Affairs, for Headwaters—a leading provider of pre-combustion and post-combustion clean coal technologies and services, as well as the world's largest coal ash recycler. He is a former board member and past president of the American Coal Council. He served on the National Coal Council as appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He is Chairman of the American Coal Ash Association’s Government Relations Committee and participates in numerous industry groups related to the manufacturing and use of construction materials containing recycled content. He is also chairman of Citizens for Recycling First and   

and serves as executive director of the National Coal Transportation Association.


John Simpson, Senior Writer/Editor


 John Simpson has over 30 years' experience as a writer, reporter, and public relations professional in the energy and manufacturing sectors. Opinion/thought leadership pieces, magazine/newsletter editing, and website development/social media are among his specialties—and his work has appeared in national publications including Industry Week, Crain's Business, and Public Utilities Fortnightly. When he's not formulating communications for corporate or association clients, John can be found prowling the rugby pitches of greater Denver, where he serves as a player, coach, and referee.


Jenny Maxwell, Event Planner


For the past 20 years, Jenny has pursued a diverse career in the marketing, advertising, and event planning industries. After several years as an advertising account executive, the Colorado native’s career took her to the Gulf coast, where she spent her days working in tourism marketing, publishing and event planning. Since her return to the Rocky Mountain State, she has focused on planning private events, corporate functions, and fundraisers for non-profit organizations of all sizes nationally and internationally. She prides herself on meticulously planning and executing events to ensure successful meetings for her clients. When she is not assisting Wardo, Jenny is most likely brainstorming a reason to have a party.