Strategic Sustainable Solutions
We are proud to be woman owned and operated and encourage and appreciate the diversity of thought and experiences our collective team shares. Our consultants have expertise in business, engineering, nonprofit leadership and capacity building, chemistry, biobased product development, commercialization, and DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion).
Whether you’re starting a new business, developing a new product, moving into a new market, or looking to enhance your business or organization with strategy, teamwork, and diversity education and tools …
We’d love to share our expertise to help you meet your challenges and achieve your goals.
Lee Ann Keller
LEAN STRATEGIC PLANNING | QUALITY | CAPACITY BUILDING | DEI
I am the president and chief executive officer of Omni Tech. Educated in mechanical engineering and business, I am also the chief strategist. I run the company, manage client relationships and specialize in Strategic Planning, Quality Management, Capacity Building and DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion). I am a problem solver by nature and apply my creativity and technical expertise to help clients make a difference in their world. I like working on a number of diverse projects at one time.
As a born and bred “Yooper” (someone from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan), I am an avid outdoor adventurer and love to travel. When I’m not working, I’m usually doing something artsy, or trying to cook something complicated! You can often find me biking or hiking through northern MI or playing fetch with our fur babies Rocco and Sasha.
Following a career of product and market development in the chemical industry, I currently manage technology and market development programs for biobased chemicals and materials at Omni Tech. I hold a Chemical Engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA from Central Michigan University, and have New Product Development Professional certification. Active memberships in the Product Development and Management Association, Toastmasters International, and the Leadership Midland Alumni Association augment my interests and skills in leadership, strategic planning, presentation skills, product market development and innovation.
LEAN STRATEGIC PLANNING | DEI
I am the senior non-profit advisor and a consultant for Omni Tech. My role is to position non-profits for long-term success by assisting them in all aspects of business development and management. To my role, I bring 25 years of executive non-profit experience including executing a $5 million annual community campaign. I truly believe relationships are the cornerstone to success which is why I enjoy working at Omni Tech. We make it a point to develop a trusted relationship with each client so we can help them reach their goals.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my high school sweetheart who I’ve been married to for many years and spoiling my two amazing grandsons.
Dwight A. Rust
I am a consultant for Omni Tech focused on composites, lubricants, surfactants, thermoset and thermoplastic resins, and specialty chemicals with a focus on biobased materials. This is my retirement job after decades of working at Ashland Performance Materials where I served in various roles including global business development manager for the Composite Polymers business unit, management positions in technical service, and a developer of resins with biobased content. I am a Purdue University alum where I majored in Chemical Engineering, and a University of Dayton alum where I received an MBA.
Outside of work I enjoy playing golf with my grandkids and traveling with my wife, Linda. Our interest in agriculture takes us to many county fairs in the State of Ohio (the best one is the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio that is also home to Annie Oakley who is Linda's great-great-aunt!).
I have worked in the chemical industry for over 43 years with the last 16 years focused on the bio economy. I bring extensive experience in new business development, innovation and technology analysis to the biobased sector. I joined Omni Tech 10 years ago and lead our efforts in assisting clients navigate commercial offerings with their sustainability strategy and biobased raw materials and products.I hold Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado.
With over 34 years of operations, marketing and commercial leadership roles in the chemical industry, I specialize in business strategy for both petrochemical and renewable specialty chemical companies. I have a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry-Business and an MBA in Operation and Production Management from the University of Wisconsin. I serve as vice-president on the board of directors for the Chicago Paint and Coatings Association. My other hobby is managing our other businesses — Environmental Testing and Remediation.
For the last 10 years, I have been a technical and marketing consultant regarding marketing agricultural products to replace petroleum-based materials. All in all, I’ve been in the polymers industry for over 35 years, 15 of which I spent at Bayer in a variety of roles. My studies began at Michigan State University then took me to Notre Dame and the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. I currently have two patents on the production of soy polyols.
I am the commercial manager for adhesives, as well as a senior development scientist and consultant with OmniTech. In my 41 years working in the coatings industry, I formulate coatings in all sub-industries, as well as provide market information on emergent segments to business leaders, assess capabilities and gaps and recommend actions for improvement. I write articles about paints, inks and adhesives for UL Prospector and mentor through Everwise.
In my spare time, I like to walk around the neighborhood with our two Cocker Spaniels.
I started working at Omni Tech in 2018 and currently serve as the director of business development. My expertise lies in soybean oil chemistry so my days are filled with developing new industrial uses for soy products. I coordinate activities among a soy commercialization team and work with leading research organizations in academia and the industry to bring new soy products to market.
I bring more than 25 years of agri-marketing experience as market development manager. In this role, I orchestrate a variety of communications and customer outreach programs, including trade shows and sponsorships. The value I offer is bringing a strategic focus in this role, helping to target outreach programs to develop new commercialization opportunities. My experience has been shaped by work at several public relations agencies with clients including DuPont, BASF, Bayer and various associations.
Over 40 years of industrial experience in materials manufacturing and agribusiness has allowed me to develop skills in commercialization and management of operations in a variety of corporate settings. As a biobased business development senior consultant for Omni Tech, I develop an industry network throughout the value chain and help drive new opportunities for biobased products such as bio-lubricants, coatings, plastics, surfactants and chemicals.
I work from a home office which doubles as a music room for playing guitar – my favorite pastime – and practicing the banjo (at the farthest corner of the house).
Bringing new chemical technologies to market has been the foundation of my work through commercial and technical leadership. I have been at the center of growing and building successful businesses, which is the intersection of addressing unmet customer needs and the development of technical innovations. Broad experiences in the Personal Care, Building Materials, Coatings, Home Care, Electronics, and Agrochemical industries have provided a broad set of opportunities to develop business involving biobased technologies. I have a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Missouri Science & Technology and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Wichita State University.
Away from work I enjoy playing tennis, cooking, running, photography, bike riding, reading, and spending time with family and friends.