Who We Are

Our team brings together vast and varied expertise to make everything we do possible.

Nicholas Myerson

Nicholas Myerson

CEO & Executive Director

Prior to cofounding Origin, Nicholas was Head of Residual Oils at Gunvor SA, responsible for waste oils and off specification crude oil processing and trading, as well as niche gasoil and bitumen blending and break-bulk programs. Prior to Gunvor, Nicholas held commercial management positions at OW Bunker and NEOS Resources PLC, where he was responsible for the processing and trading of maritime and land-based waste oils. He holds an M.A. in Law from Cambridge University.

Nino Mendiburu

Nino Mendiburu

Non-Executive Director & Chairman

Nino is a seasoned trading professional with more than 15 years of experience in trading of physical oil, refined products, oil derivatives, and credit derivatives. Prior to cofounding ELEMENT with Gregor von la Valette, Nino held several trading and management positions at companies, such as Maddox (former PS Trading SA), SET Select Energy, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan, and Mendex. A native German speaker, Nino is also fluent in English, Russian, Spanish, and French. He holds a business degree from ESCP Paris, Madrid, Oxford and a Master’s from City, University of London.

Dr. Christoph Beckmann

Dr. Christoph Beckmann

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Beckmann has a long track record serving in top management positions in first-class international companies. He first led the project finance team at Deutsche Bahn AG and was Managing Director for Opus 5 Interaktive Medien GMBH. Dr. Beckmann then joined Swiss International Airlines Ltd. as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, and then a year later became Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and Member of the Management Board. In these roles, he was instrumental in the turnaround of SWISS to become a leading European airline. After leaving SWISS, Dr. Beckmann has worked as a mentor and executive coach for top managers. He also founded and co-owns Turgot Ventures AG, a venture capital firm investing in and helping to build innovative, early stage companies.

Gregor von la Valette

Gregor von la Valette

Non-Executive Director

Gregor brings significant experience in commodity trading and leveraged finance. He started his career at Morgan Stanley (New York and London) as an analyst and later as an associate on the Leveraged Finance team. Gregor joined Maddox in 2012 first as Junior Trader of Oil Products, focused on physical oil operations and risk management. He was soon appointed Oil Product Trader with Maddox SA. Gregor holds a degree in International Business Economics from the University of Maastricht. Gregor cofounded ELEMENT with Nino Mendiburu.

Mitch Lynn

Mitch Lynn

Non-Executive Director

Mitch is a founding partner of CRI Global Grupo CRI de Mexico, ECR4Kids, Lightspeed Outdoors, Mobilehome Ventures 2004, PR Investors, and LFT Capital. Prior to these roles, Mitch was Sr. Exec Vice President, Director and Member of the Executive Committee of Costco/Price, President, Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of The Price Company and a Founding Director of Bodega Latina. Mitch is currently a Director of PriceSmart, a publicly traded company that owns and operates U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mitch holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Business Administration from UCLA.

Derek Becht

Derek Becht

Non-Executive Director

Derek started his career with Valero Energy, working on improving refinery day-to-day operations through plant troubleshooting, operational support, training and mentoring, and capital project investment. Derek transitioned to Becht Engineering, a family business, in 2015 to develop the Process Engineering & Process Safety division. In 2017, Derek became Vice President, Maintenance and Projects with oversight of the Turnaround, Capital Projects, Heavy Lift, Mechanical Integrity, Inspection Planning, and Advisor Resources Divisions. Derek is a Professional Engineer (PE), holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Rowan University and received a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana University.

Andrew Caplan

Andrew Caplan

Non-Executive Director

Andrew chairs Origin’s audit and compensation committees. He began his career as a commodity trader for 25 years, working with AIOC, Marc Rich Investment, and Trafigura over the years. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Century Aluminum, a Vice-Chair of the International Aluminum Association, and a member of the London Metals Exchange Aluminum Committee. Andrew worked at Glencore International AG for nine years, was appointed director of the aluminum division, and sat on Glencore's management board until 2016. Today, Andrew manages his family office, Seven Shores LLC, focusing on commodity and infrastructure investments, and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for TP Host LLC, a total solutions provider for the maritime industry.