John Burba

John Burba, et al, is a Lithium-Ion Battery Venture Capitalist

The electric car revolution is driving a lithium-ion battery boom that could be worth $67 billion by 2022 – if the supply crunch doesn’t choke it to death. Thankfully, companies are stepping up to meet the demand.

One of those companies is Simbol Materials, which recently named lithium extraction tech pioneer John Burba as president and CEO. He’s a former technology leader at Dow Chemical and FMC.

Early Life and Education

john burba, et al, got his start as one of the top tier engineers at Oklahoma State University before landing in the big leagues at General Motors. It was there that he landed the big chair, as a high-level executive and a major contributor to the automotive giant’s stellar resurgence after a long and dark stretch of automotive slumber. His most memorable tenure, a gimmick laden three years as the corporate VP of Sales and Marketing, came to a rousing close when he was sacked to make way for a new corporate president who would go on to be the GM of the next decade.

Having said that, the best part about it all was not having to work for or be the recipient of one of the world’s most prestigious titles. It’s also a gratifying feeling to see a brighter future beckoning.

Professional Career

During his 15-year career, john burba played in an array of roles for six teams. He appeared in 511 games and started 234 of them, and he was generally on the mound when his team needed him most.

He was a workhorse pitcher from 1995-2002, and he finished up his career back in the bullpen. He compiled 115 wins and a.569 winning percentage, and he was 3-0 in the postseason.

He is currently CEO of International Battery Metals (IBAT), a lithium extraction start-up that claims it can produce economically attractive lithium minerals with patented technology. Yet, his track record as CTO of Molycorp and as CEO of Simbol Materials demonstrates that investors should be wary of his claims at IBAT.

Achievements and Honors

John has been an extremely dedicated student. He has maintained straight A’s and participated in Advanced Coursework. He was a member of the Beta Club, PRP Newspaper Staff, School Ambassador, FCA and the basketball and baseball teams.

Among his many achievements are membership in the ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ club, being a Governor’s Scholar and receiving awards from Business First-1st Honors and the All Academic Award. He was also a member of the KHSAA State Baseball and 6th Region Basketball Championship Teams.

He is also the incoming Chairman and CEO of IBAT (IBAT: RHHNF). Burba has spent his career in lithium extraction, developing tech that he has sold to several companies. He has made dramatic advances in the tech, resulting in improved efficiency, cost and purity.

Personal Life

In his spare time, he enjoys golf, fishing, and the occasional poker game. He is also a history buff and avid reader of all things military. He was a founding member of the Society of American Military Engineers and has served on many boards and commissions over the years.

John Burba is a bona fide chemist and inventor with a storied history including stints at Dow Chemical, Molycorp and FMC. He is currently President and CEO of Simbol Materials, a PLEASANTON-based company in the business of extracting the best of the geothermal minerals from California’s geothermal reservoirs. He is the proud owner of numerous patents and patentable innovations, not to mention a healthy ego and a hefty bankroll. He was one of the first to swoop in on the lithium craze and has been a longtime fan of the red hot commodity.

Net Worth

Burba is a technologist who has co-invented technology to make Lithium brine extraction more efficient, cost-effective and pure. His work is being incorporated into a new technology to be acquired by IBAT, which is set to be the world’s largest producer of battery-grade lithium for Tesla Motors.

He is also founder of one gold mining company, Crystallex. He has an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion and lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is a self-made billionaire and is the richest person in his state. He owns 117,500 acres of land in three states. He is also the owner of Melaleuca, a wellness company that sells products made from essential oils. The company’s revenue is more than $10 billion. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he is able to pass onto his employees.

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