The Novus Team


Novus Energy’s management group is led by President and CEO, Joseph Burke. In concert with its highly qualified Board of Advisors and Board of Governors, Novus Energy has the scientific knowledge, applied experience, professional skills and strategic relationships to make a significant impact in the burgeoning renewable biofuels industry.

Joseph Burke – CEO & President

Joe Burke has over 24 years experience in project engineering, operations, general management and quality control. Armed with his B.S. in electrical engineering, he began his career at Raytheon Company supporting US Government defense projects. In 1988, he moved to G&K Services which today is a $1 billion international image and textile company. During 18 years, he advanced from Corporate Engineer to Vice President of Operations & Engineering; this role included creating operational strategies for over 50 processing sites, with more than 5000 production employees. Clients included Ford Motor Company, Cargill and the largest semi-conductor manufacturer in the world. He assisted in new product development, including BioSmart and ProSura in the highly regulated food processing market. Responsibilities also included the design, engineering, construction and start-up of new and remodeled plants. Mr. Burke has demonstrated his ability to lead teams organized around actionable strategies. This leadership capability plays a key role in effecting Novus Energy’s sustained growth.


Ann Lagorio – Senior Manager, Marketing and Finance

Ann Lagorio comes to us with 10 years of marketing and project management experience. Ann’s experience includes operations management, marketing and finance as well as project management and customer service with Fingerhut Corporation, Marshall Fields and Effective Learning Systems. Ann’s responsibilities at Novus include Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Investor Relations.  Outside of Novus Energy, Ann has held numerous leadership positions and has served on various Executive Committees and Advisory Boards throughout the Twin Cities.  Ann received her BSB degree from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, with a Marketing emphasis.