President of Gas Technologies L.L.C. in Walloon Lake. The company has five sets of patents pending for their GasTechno process that can turn methane gas into liquid methanol in a single step, which is more efficient than the current two-step process. At present, he is focused on software development, building a renewable energy-based housing community in northern Michigan and patenting various oil and gas technologies. Breidenstein, 41, has conducted business in more than 28 countries and has 20 years of experience in several industries. He began his international career in 1994 by structuring an oil and gas processing agreement between the Petrobrazi Refinery in Romania and Neste, the Finnish National Oil Company. He later initiated a successful venture of trading food and commodity products between Russia and Europe in exchange for petroleum and other products. He earned an associate's degree in petroleum technology from Northwestern Michigan College and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ferris State University, where he co-founded and became president of FACE (Ferris Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs).