Director of Market Activation and Policy, Greenworks Lending
Executive Director, Build San Antonio Green
Entrepreneur, La Flaca Urban Farms
Account Executive, Also Energy Inc
President & Founder, Flux Energy Systems
President & Co-Founder, A Work of Art Solar
CEO, EcoTropics Inc, & United Nations Climate Change Expert
Consultant, Impact and Sustainability
Founder, Chairman, & CEO, Labacorp Group of Companies
Business Development, Sun Action Trackers, LLC
Founding Partner, Farm from a Box
Co-Founder, President, SunSystem Texas
Analyst, Solar & Energy Storage, IHS Markit Technology
Principal and Owner, BBC Solar
Chief Commercial Officer, Dividend Finance
CEO, Quick Mount PV
CEO, Wave Solar
Managing Director, Grid Economics, LLC
Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute
Partner, Mercer Thompson LLC
CEO, Go Big Solar LLC
Business Development, Native
Regional Director, Smart Charge America, Inc
Chair, Texas Statewide Advocacy Committee, U.S Green Building Council
Market Growth Manager, Sunrun
Director of Strategy and BD, NextEra Energy Services and Gexa Energy
CEO & Co-Founder, Gridmates Inc.
Food Policy Manager, City of Austin
President of BWISE, Black Women in Science and Engineering
Director, Origination Strategy, 7X Energy
Candidate, Texas Congressional District 7
Founder & CEO, Solarugreen
Chief Diversity Officer, McKesson
Co-Founder, Partner Austin Foodshed Investors
CEO, Jason Safford, LLC
President & COO, CalCom Solar
Austin Market Leader, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
President, Module Division, Boviet Solar USA
Managing Director, Texas Pace Authority
President, Drone Dispatch
CEO, Fractal Energy Storage Consultants
Founder & CEO, Nikola Power
Chief Executive Officer, EPIcenter
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin
Manager, Advisory Services, Center for Sustainable Energy
Managing Director, TPG ART
CEO & Co-Founder, Agua Ducle Farm
CEO, ResilientGrid, Inc
CEO, Ross Solar Energy
Founder & President, Good Faith Energy
Director, SGP Energy
Sr. International Business Advisor, International Trade Center, SBDC Network
Founder & Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
Managing Director, REA Consult
Executive Vice President and Head of Solar, Crius Energy
President & CEO, Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)
Executive Director, 1PlanetSol
Partner, Asha Labs
President, Solar Ranch Development Company
President & CEO, Make It Modular, LLC
CEO & Founder, TouchLight Innovations
Development Project Manager, SunPower Corporation
CEO, Builder Homesite Inc
Chief Development Officer, Standard Solar
President & CEO, PowerFin Partners, LLC
Senior Consultant, Energy and Utilities Group, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
CEO and Founder, EnergySage
General Counsel, 7X Energy, Inc
Co-Founder, Everybody Solar
CEO and President, Global Green International Holdings Trust
Managing Partner, KAS Consulting Group
Commercial Business Development Manager, Clean Solar Inc
Vice President, Earthx
Co-Founder, African Business and Social Alliance
Executive Director, Good Faith Impact
Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Economic Impact & Diversity
Director of Applications Engineering, Ideal Power Inc.
Co-Founder, Yotta Solar Inc.
Lab Director, Pecan Street
Chief Technology Officer, Pecan Street Inc.
CEO & President, 1 Star Energy
Founder and CEO, Well Aware Nonprofit
Vice President of EHS, SolarCity
Owner, Francis Renewable Energy
Product Management & Business Development, Beam Energy Group
President and Founder, Roban Energy
Jr. Solar Technician, Lighthouse Solar Austin
Representative, Everbody Solar
CEO, Harris Energy Solutions
Vice President - Operations, Black Bear Energy
VP, Advisory Services, Kinect Energy Group
Filmmaker & Eco-Activist, Director, 7th Empire Media
Managing Director, Grid Economics
CEO, Caprock Renewables
Managing Partner, New Power Capital Group
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, O3 Energy
Director, Electric Power Engineers, Inc.
Vice President, Market Operations and Resource Planning, Austin Energy
President, Fundamental Advisory
Founder and President, Vianne Inc.
Director of Business Development for Stem, Inc
Head of M&A, Channel Partner Platform, GE Solar, Powered by Current
Founder & CEO, Jelani Consulting LLC
Sr. Manager for Utility Relations, Sonnen, Inc.
Partner & Global Section Lead, Foster LLP
Self Reliant Solar, Commercial Sales
Sales Manager, Vivint Solar
Sustainable Energy Engineer
Attorney, Foster, LLP
Owner Lighthouse Solar
Sales Director, ViZn Energy Systems, Inc.
Of Counsel, Jewell & Associates
Project Manager, SunPower Corporation
VP of Business Development, Nexus Energy Systems
Founder, Editions Himinbjörg LLC
Aaron has more than ten years of experience in the energy policy and markets space. He current serves as the Director of Market Actiation and Policy for Greenworks Lending. Greenworks is a rapidly growing firm focused on financing clean energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and water improvements for the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) segment of the market. The firm utilizes the innovative public/private partnership financing tool of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to reduce the cost of capital, create credit enhancement and improve project cash flow. Greenworks is the largest Commercial PACE financing provider in the country. Prior to Greenworks, he was a Director of Policy and Electricity Markets for SolarCity (now Tesla Motors), one of the largest solar and energy storage developers in North America. He led national policy activities for the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) segment of the market. He focused on legislative and regulatory activities while building broad coalitions of partners and stakeholders. In addition to federal, state and local government affairs matters, he worked on project diligence and market development.
Anita is the visionary of Build San Antonio Green, she has been at the helm for almost 11 years, since 2006, shaping the program into the success that it is today. Anita combines sociological insight and almost 20 years in the construction industry to give her a unique perspective in creating the Build San Antonio Green Green Building Certificaiton and Bring Solar Home programs. Her passion for community service runs deep. Anita is a Climate Reality Leader has served on numerous boards and committees, the Greater San Antonio Builder’s Association, the City of San Antonio’s Sustainable Building Code Task Force, the Mission Verde Alliance, SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan Committee, and San Antonio Bike Share.
As hard-working and engaged solar energy professional, Alison has been part of the conceptualization and realization of solar projects great and small since 2006. Having worked in B2C and B2B sales, design, and integration, she is familiar with various market sectors from small-scale residential to C&I and utility-scale projects. Alison got her start in the industry as a Fulbright Scholar interning with the German Solar Industry Association. As an Account Executive at AlsoEnergy Alison focuses her time developing mutually beneficial long-term relationships with various project stakeholders, and enjoys keeping up with the ever-evolving state of technology to provide efficient, synergistic monitoring and control solutions.
Alison Brown, P.E. is the President and Founder of Flux Energy Systems. Alison has over 10 years of experience in renewable energy working on projects ranging from residential smart grid, to commercial microgrids, to utility scale PV. As a female engineer in the construction industry, she has become passionate about encouraging women to excel in the industry, so she co-founded an afterschool program encouraging middle school girls to pursue careers in technical fields. Alison is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a B.A. in Physics from Middlebury College and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Art Crowell, President and Co-Founder of A Work of Art Solar, LLC has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience directing as many as 25 employees in companies with revenues in excess of 10 million. Art has led these companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes. Prior to founding A Work of Art Solar Development, Art spent 6 years in another solar company where he had leadership roles in operations, business and commercial development, product and sales development, and time management as Chief Operations Officer. During this time, he led the company to new success levels by achieving double-digit growth through the addition of new, value-added services. He learned everything from installing, to sales, to contract negotiations, to everything in between on how to truly run a successful, community-based, relationship-built company. Under his management, the companies he has worked with consistently achieve year-after-year growth, expanding their customer bases by 100 percent or more each year.
Arturo Restrepo Aristizabal, CEO, EcoTropics Inc, and United Nations Climate Change Expert
With 15 years’ experience in climate finance, solar agriculture projects, and sustainability in The Americas. Arturo Restrepo Aristizabal is a commercially-focused business developer and trader who builds disruptive technology and sustains relationships with international corporates and institutions; investment banks and funds; NGOs and governments.
Ashley provides project coordination, cultural consulting, and small business stratgy to clients across industries. Her passion is to connect, communicate and coordinate in order to link others to opportunities that expand their business impact. Ashley is seasoned in entrepreneurship, global travel and project management with a background in event production, international tourism and CPG. She speaks Spanish and has established networks around the globe. Ashley values work that connects, inspires and improves global community through efficiency, sustainability and a social conscience. Ashley has an MA in Media Studies from UT, and from Oregon State a BA in International Studies, a BS in Print Media and minors in Spanish and Music. She researched music in Costa Rica and music for social change in Brazil focusing on social entrepreneurship in low-income communities. She also taught business English in South Korea.
Bako Ambianda is the Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Labacorp Group, a diversified holding company with core business interests in key economic sectors, and has four wholly-owned and two partially-owned startups and fast-growing subsidiaries in four countries. The Group notable portfolio companies include Labacorp Industries, Global Attain Advancement, Labacorp Media, and Labacorp Empire Investments. With strong track record of operational excellence and extensive global network, Bako has played a leading role in the creation and production of high-profile business platforms in Africa, Middle East, and US. He founded, built and sold an agri-tech show attracting over 2,500 participants. He has facilitated several international projects in a variety of industries in emerging and frontier markets particularly in the renewable energy, agribusiness, and real estate sectors, with project partners from US, France, China, India, Turkey, UAE, Brazil, and Germany. A versatile and innovative young businessman, Bako works with companies around the world interested in doing business in Texas, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Africa. He is a notable published author of six books on economic development and personal development, speaks regularly at international gatherings, and has received various honors and awards for catalyzing significant development initiatives. He holds a BSc degree in civil engineering, with advanced professional certificates in international development, strategic project management, and economic diplomacy. He is a global citizen, born and raised in Cameroon, Africa.
Benjamin Quintana is the Sr. Business Development manager with Sun Action Trackers, a full line manufacture of solar tracking and racking systems. With over 795MW of dual and single axis projects throughout the world, the company offers bankable solutions to commercial and utility scaled projects in the U.S., and worldwide. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the company has expanded its services to include tracker installation complimented with in house engineering. Mr. Quintana joined Sun Action Trackers in 2014 and has played diverse key roles involving business development, production and quality. He has been engaged in the largest solar farm in the State of Texas of 400MW along with the largest dual axis deployment in the world. Prior to joining Sun Action Trackers, Mr. Quintana was a Project Manager at CEMEX, a global leader in the building materials industry. Mr. Quintana holds a B.S. from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
Camron Barati is a Research Analyst in the IHS Technology solar team. Camron is currently responsible for researching PV markets in North America, covering the supply chain and downstream markets. He is based in Austin, TX. Prior to joining IHS, Camron worked as an associate with GTM Research as part of their solar analyst team. He also has experience working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Enphase Energy. Camron graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Geography.
Christopher Doyle is a solar and finance industry leader who works with hundreds of solar installers and top finance companies across the country to address key challenges that face the industry. Mr. Doyle is Chief Commercial Officer at Dividend Finance and manages one of the largest networks of solar installers across the country. Mr. Doyle formerly served as Program Director at the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), where he built the largest residential solar PV quality assurance program in the country. While at IBTS, he also launched the Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) Installer Best Practices initiative through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Department of Energy. Combining relationships with leaders across the solar industry and a track record as the pre-eminent quality assurance and workforce training advocate in solar. He holds an MBA from Rice University, Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University and holds accreditations as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Business Energy Professional (BEP) through the Association of Energy Engineers, and as a LEED AP through the USGBC.
As CEO, Claudia Wentworth is responsible for Quick Mount PV’s strategic direction. She also serves as the company’s lead ambassador to the solar industry and was recently named one of the ‘Top 10 Women in Solar Energy’ by theenergycollective.com. Claudia had been active in the solar industry since 2000 and in the green building and construction industries for more than 20 years when she co-founded Quick Mount PV in 2006. Claudia has served on numerous industry association boards and is a passionate advocate of consumer and professional education in the solar industry. Claudia co-invented six utility patents on mounting technologies and has additional patents pending.
Prior to Co-founding Wave Solar, Colin was the SVP of Marketing for Mosaic, the nation’s largest home solar lender. Colin also founded and sold VisiSeek, a digital marketing agency that handled customer acquisition for COX Communications, and was the COO of Unite Inc, a data management platform used by enterprise clients such as Universal Music.
Dan Seif is Managing Director and co-founder of the Austin-based clean energy advisory firm Grid Economics. Grid Economics provides business and project development, investment strategy, and policy support services. Dan previously consulted with The Butler Firm, and before that led the solar program as a Principal at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). At RMI, Dan was the lead author on the Dept. of Energy’s distributed solar finance roadmap to 2020, project lead on the groundbreaking Economics of Grid Defection report focused on storage+solar off-grid parity economics for normal US homes and businesses, and creator of the RMI Business Renewables Center (BRC). Prior to RMI, Mr. Seif was with the private equity firm, US Renewables Group, where he was involved in new investments and portfolio company management across the renewable energy technology spectrum. Mr. Seif began his energy career as the energy optimization and carbon emissions mitigation lead for the semiconductor manufacturer, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Dan holds both a BS-with-distinction from the University of Virginia, an MS in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona, and an MPA with alternative energy focus from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Dana Harmon has 13 years of leadership and management experience in the energy and consumer products industries. As Executive Director of TEPRI, Ms. Harmon has overall strategic and operational responsibility for execution of TEPRI’s mission to collect actionable data that industry partners can utilize to mitigate the energy costs of low-income consumers across Texas. Ms. Harmon brings experience from two prior start-ups, an engineering background, and a broad skillset in project management, operations, marketing, business development, and technology commercialization. Prior to joining TEPRI, Ms. Harmon spent seven years in the oil and gas industry. She led the marketing and business development functions for an Austin Technology Incubator start-up providing geophysical technology to upstream operators. In this role, she drove the company’s first successful product launch, developed a robust opportunity pipeline, led demand generation activities, and managed several research projects with academia and industry in the United States and the Middle East.
David Cayce focuses on solar power, nuclear energy, and other conventional and renewable energy projects, including new power plant construction and procurement transactions. David also represents clients in mergers, acquisitions, and joint venture or joint ownership transactions. Prior to commencing his practice, David served in the United States Navy as a naval officer and naval aviator, flying several aircraft and specializing in antisubmarine warfare, armed surveillance, and search and rescue.
Go Big Solar was founded in 2013 as a full service solar and energy storage development company. Led by entrepreneur David M. Cox, Go Big Solar has teamed up with industry pioneers to provide intelligent and sustainable solutions that enable the next generation of renewable energy projects. David successfully developed one of the largest commercial renewable energy rooftop projects in Texas. The 624 KW DC system is now generating power on behalf of San Antonio’s municipal utility company, CPS Energy, under a 20-year PPA. The project was sold for over $3M in 2012 and was able to take advantage of a $1M U.S. Treasury Grant. David is also a real estate developer and investor in Austin and Central Texas. Armed with an MBA, cum laude, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas, David believes in the importance of doing good work in his community and the world.
David has been with Native since 2008 and is responsible for evaluating and implementing the technologies that enable zero energy home building. It is a dynamic and exciting environment and he continuously looks to improve the capabilities, comfort and sustainability of our homes. David earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science degree from the University of Connecticut in 1994. After five years in the HVAC industry, he returned to the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus in environmental science and solar design in 2000. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and two daughters. The days of ultimate frisbee and mountain biking have been supplanted with coaching his daughters’ sports teams and watching them grow too quickly.
Dr. George Koutitas is a serial entrepreneur and academic in electrical engineering and computer science. He has more than 7 years of business experience and applied research in smart grids, advanced metering infrastructure, load disaggregation, energy efficient networking and prosumer cooperation. George is also an adjunct professor at Texas State University and is funded for his post doc research from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly and the European Union. From 2010 he applies his scientific expertise on optimization algorithms, game theory and signal processing for the benefit of the community. His vision is to build the foundations for innovative and impactful services in the energy sector. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an M.Sc. degree (with Distinction and prizes from ‘Nokia’) in Mobile and Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey, UK and a PhD in Electrical Engineering under EPSRC scholarship from Centre for Communications Systems Research, UK. George is a member of IEEE and has more than 40 scientific publications.
Edwin Marty is the City of Austin’s first Food Policy Manager. He has consulted on numerous urban farm projects around the country, helped establish the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, and co-authored a book about urban farming in America called Breaking Through Concrete, published by University of California Press. Edwin is responsible for advancing initiatives that support the creation of a healthy and just local food system for Austin.
Erika Jefferson is the President and Founder of Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE), an organization focused on bridging the leadership gap for Black women in STEM. She received a MBA from Georgia Tech and a BS in Chemical Engineering from LSU.
Helen Brauner serves as the Director of Origination Strategy for 7X Energy, an Austin-based utility-scale solar developer. Helen has worked in the renewable energy sector for almost 15 years. Prior to joining 7X, Helen was an independent strategy and marketing consultant for cleantech companies. Before becoming a consultant, Helen spent nine years at Green Mountain Energy, a retail electric provider selling green power, where she served as the Senior VP of Strategic Planning and Marketing. She has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and a BA in Economics from Rice University. Helen serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of CleanTX and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Solar Power Association. She also volunteers on the marketing committee of Impact Austin and sits on the Advisory Board of a cleantech startup.
James Cargas first worked in the U.S. Congress as a Capitol Hill intern when Tip O’Neill was Speaker and Ronald Reagan was President. Then in 1988, after graduating from the University of Michigan with a double major in English and Communications, he returned to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Press Secretary to Michigan Democrat David E. Bonior. By this time, Texan Jim Wright of Fort Worth was Speaker. It was a time when the Republicans controlled the White House and Democrats the Congress. It was a time when they discussed their differences, put aside hardcore and obstinate ideologies, worked hard to find solutions that kept the federal government operating. It was a time when members of both parties focused on serving the American people that elected them. It was how Congress had operated successfully since its formation in 1789. James left the private sector to join the Clinton/Gore White House and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. There he promoted clean wind and solar energy, hybrid vehicles, sustainable resource development, and other means of improving the American economy without sacrificing the American environment. Two decades later many of these sustainable ideas and technologies are being adopted to increase economic efficiencies, boost the bottom line and mitigate climate change.
In 2011 visiting a Solar Decathlon in Washington DC, Janet realized that solar energy would transform the nation. Working as volunteer with Grid Alternatives in DC she received hands on experience with all aspects of solar design and installation. Janet has completed NABCEP Photovoltaic training. Janet has a MBA in Decision Support System (DSS) from Strayer University and a BS in Information Technology. Solarugreen operates in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Solarugreen has completed several solar installations where clients are experiencing the fin! ancial saving of the solar systems. A first 14,750 W ground solar array project in Heath Texas is due to complete in October 7, 2017. This will bring the installation wattage to 40.7 MW. Solarugreen is a PACE solar provider. Solarugreen is also a solar vendor for the Oncor “Take a Load Off, Texas” renewal program. Solarugreen mission expanding solar to every community with integrity, accountability and saving. Saving the planet, its resources with every installation.
Janice has enjoyed a career that aligns her personal passion and professional interest. As a trained financial professional that successfully transitioned to HR, she has a proven track record of getting results by implementing innovative strategies that support business objectives. Currently, as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Janice establishes the strategic direction for diversity initiatives at McKesson. She ensures diversity and inclusion is integrated into McKesson’s business, talent and culture strategies. Since joining McKesson in 2010, Janice has 1) Improved representation and inclusion; 2) Launched 7 national employee resource groups; 3) Developed a full education curriculum and 4) Created link between Diversity and business impact. Prior to joining McKesson, Janice led Diversity & Inclusion for a business unit, university and diversity recruiting, global employee volunteerism/giving programs and corporate responsibility report at Dell.
Jarred leads AFI’s venture relations, guiding them through the fundraising process, providing business analysis and assisting as they prepare to present to potential investors. Jarred has been the Local Leader for Slow Money Austin since 2011. He is dedicated to healthy food, local economic vitality, support of small-scale businesses, re-invigoration of small towns and small family farms and ranches. Jarred is an active angel investor in more than a dozen local socially responsible companies and helped found the Sustainable Texas Investment Club in 2010 to provide a mechanism for non-accredited investors to put some of their investment dollars into local food companies. In 2010 Jarred founded The Happy Land Company, which specializes in the acquisition, restoration and preservation of rural land, including large property acquisition and assemblage, range land restoration, and land trust filing. Prior to this, Jarred was a land broker and partner with the Luedecke Group of Austin for six years. He started his career as an engineer at Dell.
Jason Safford is a recognized thought leader and national speaker on the subjects of Executive Leadership, Innovation, Environmental Development and Design and more. He is a true Green Leader and advocate for economically friendly products and services which he also provides himself, as well as making sure sustainability is a key aspect in all things Jason puts his efforts in and is apart of. Safford is the CEO of Jason Safford, LLC., as well as Safflyn Green Industries, Inc. Additionally, Jason has published a book titled Think Green: The Future is Awesome, which is a collection of thought provoking essays about the environment and going green. His second book, Sun, Sand and Salt: The Collected Writings of a Green Mind, is scheduled to be published in the Summer 2017. Jason is currently working on Developing Your Green Mind, a platform dedicated to helping individuals self-actualize their goals and objectives in work and life. In the words of Jason A. Safford “We cannot use motivation to improve ourselves – this is not sustainable. Developing Your Green Mind will enable you to self-actualize your best self and reach your true power within – surpassing the goals and objectives you want to achieve and impacting the whole world far beyond, with a more sustainable result.”
Jason Smith is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of CalCom Solar, the leading solar and energy storage corporation providing energy solutions for commercial agricultural and water management agencies. Jason and the CalCom Solar team have been recognized as the #3 (2016) and #23 (2017) on the Inc. 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in America. Mr. Smith leads the company’s operations with a clear focus on creating and maintaining continuity between functions and delivering to customers what we said we’d deliver. He is directly accountable for all operations in the business including design, engineering, project management, construction procurement, and asset management. Mr.Smith has more than a decade of solar experience in a variety of operational roles and has completed over 250MW of PV Solar in more than ten states.
Joel Laubenstein, Principal, is a member of Baker Tilly’s Energy and Utilities team. He is the leader of Baker Tilly’s Austin office and leads the business strategy and business development efforts for the region. Since Joel joined the firm in 2008, the Energy and Utilities team has been involved in renewable energy projects in excess of $3 billion in capital deployed that are either operating or under construction. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Joel served as a project manager for a privately held renewable energy project developer, where he was responsible for technology transfer, site selection, contract negotiation, and capital structuring and acquisition. Joel specializes in the management of client energy and infrastructure initiatives. He provides support in technology due diligence, project feasibility analysis, financial modeling, contract structuring and negotiation, and debt and equity procurement.
John Bereckis is president of the Module Division for Boviet Solar USA. John joined Boviet in 2015 as Vice President of Finance, and has a decade of experience in business and project development, and structured finance. He holds a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy & Finance from Edinburgh Napier University.
Prior to moving to Austin, Jonathon lived in the UK and worked for a venture and commercialization firm developing technology startups. He co-founded a University of Cambridge spin-out that is building a mobile clean energy storage system. Jonathon started his career as an engineer at the electric utility Southern Company in environmental and energy policy, before moving to its wholesale division developing some of Sothern’s first utility-scale renewable energy power plants. Jonathon holds graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Duke University. He also has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Joshua Barnett is the the President and Co-Founder of Drone Dispatch LLC. We are a nationwide drone service provider headquartered out of Round Rock, TX, in the back yard of your conference. I am very interested in speaking at your event as a leader in the commercial drone space. I can present clearly how to bridge the gap between the solar and drone services industries. There are a great number of unique opportunities along these lines. Please let me know if you would like to have a more detailed conversation about the possibility of having a drone industry professional speaking at your event. Thanks so much for the time and consideration. I very much look forward to our future conversations. Have a great rest of your day.
Judy is CEO of Fractal Energy Storage Consultants (Fractal), a leading energy storage consultant firm, providing technical design and financial analysis of energy storage projects. McElroy is a chemist by trade with energy consultation services spanning over a Gigawatt of energy storage and hybrid generation. McElroy has expanded Fractal’s reach into regulated, deregulated and emerging markets around the world supporting electric utilities and major developers transition into energy storage. McElroy has devoted major efforts towards creating utility education, awareness and policy support to enable energy storage technology planning and procurement.
J.W. has been a co-founder and driving force behind multiple early innovative companies in the renewable industry. He was the co-founder of Main Street Power, a pioneer in the distributed generation power purchase agreement space and an innovator in clean energy finance, driving the first New Market and Investment Tax Credit portfolio. J.W. has also served as an executive, Chief Development Officer, and Chief Operating Officer with Milender White Construction, SunShare, and Clean Energy Collective — in addition to his work, he serves on the board of the Solar Electric Light Fund (www.SELF.org). J.W. is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Kimberly Britton is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCISolar, Silver Spring Networks and Landis+Gyr to focus on innovation in new energy. She relocated to San Antonio from Fort Worth in 2012 where her career spanned sectors including energy, government, nonprofit and health care. She was most recently the Director of Development for the San Antonio Museum of Art. Previous positions included Director of Community Relations for the Barnett division of Chesapeake Energy and as a co-founder of a hospital foundation in Fort Worth. Britton is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served on multiple boards and committees that include the Cliburn Foundation and as a trustee of the City of Fort Worth Employee Retirement Fund. She graduated from Texas Christian University.
Lucia Athens is the City of Austin’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Recognized internationally as an authority on sustainability, she is author of the Island Press book Building an Emerald City: A Guide to Creating Green Building Policies and Programs. Lucia began her career in public service at the City of Austin as a key member of the development team for Austin Energy’s Green Building program in the early 1990’s. From there, she spent 10 years leading the City of Seattle’s green building program; during her tenure, Seattle was widely recognized as a trailblazing leader in sustainability. She rejoined the City of Austin in 2010 and has successfully guided efforts to enhance Austin’s reputation as a leading green city. Lucia has served in an advisory capacity to the National Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council and Portland Sustainability Institute’s EcoDistricts. She also has collaborated on design projects with the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Rocky Mountain Institute, and U.S. Global Green. In 2014, Lucia represented the City of Austin at the C40 Mayors Climate Leadership Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, and facilitated the Sustainable Buildings Working Group at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. She was also a keynote speaker at The Economist’s Urban Infrastructure Summit in London. Lucia describes herself as a “spark plug for positive change” and a “practical idealist.” Fully embracing Austin’s vibrant and creative culture, she loves to meet with other change agents at local food trailers to discuss greening alleys, carbon neutrality, and the Rethink/ Austin mobile app.
Marcus Gilmore is a leader in engaging local governments and solar industry stakeholders throughout the northeast US and California to facilitate the adoption of industry permitting best practices for solar PV systems. He has developed and executed Department of Energy-funded programs that promoted expedited solar permitting resources for local governments. The streamlined solar practices developed by the program are now used by more than 300 jurisdictions in California and have informed similar approaches deployed by New York State and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
Michael Legatt is the CEO and Founder of ResilientGrid. He has been a programmer for over 20 years in the energy, financial, medical, neuroscience research, and educational sectors. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology/Neuropsychology, a Ph.D. in Energy Systems Engineering, and is a Certified Performance Technologist. Prior to founding ResilientGrid, Michael spent ten years as the principal human factors engineer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the flow of electricity to over 24 million Texas customers, about 90% of Texas’ load. There, his development of the Macomber Map® has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, T&D World, and Forbes. The Macomber Map was credited as being instrumental in helping ERCOT operators maintain grid reliability during several record setting wind generation levels since 2010, and through several severe weather events since 2009. As an amateur radio operator, he received a commendation for helping to provide emergency communications during the 2003 blackout in the northeastern United States, which sparked his interest in the psychology of critical infrastructure management. He also works on the behavioral aspects of consumer electric use, electric vehicle to grid integration, behavioral aspects of conservation and consumer awareness in grid management, and the cybersecurity, behavioral, and reliability issues that arise with integrating new technologies across layers of the grid.
Mohammed Abdalla is the founder of Good Faith Energy, a clean energy development company focused on delivering practical solar production and energy storage solutions. Mr. Abdalla is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and the University of Pennsylvania and believes the real added value of renewable energy is social impact and top-quality customer service. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Good Faith Energy operates in an incredibly rich energy-state. Texas is primed to become a world leader in renewable energy. We’re already the nation’s leader in wind. We have abundant sun, flat land, and arguably the most unique power grid in the world- not to mention, the largest hydrogen plant and pipeline supply network in the world. As a former oil & gas professional, Mr. Abdalla, transitioned his career to focus on leading local transformations, away from fossil-fuels, towards a more independent and sustainable energy future.
An educationist turned consultant and experience of 25 years, I overlook research, development and new innovations in the electrical field. I head Electrical & Project Management Consultation division of Lucent Worldwide – lighting design consultancy company apart from handling the training and Research and Development (R&D) of the organisation. I am known for my ability to build self – directed teams that cultivate the types of cultures that break down traditional barriers to engagement. As director of SGP Energy I am taking care of business development and smooth installation of solar projects
Peter had spent most of the 15-year period prior to joining the International Trade Center living and working on five different continents. Working with private companies, NGO’s, IGO’s, and academic institutions, Peter’s work has focused in the areas of Sustainable Economic Development, Good Governance, International Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education and Trade
With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and the systems sciences, Pliny has made pivotal contributions to the sustainability movement for more than four decades by developing replicable prototypes, protocols and policy initiatives. His prototypes challenge conventional wisdom about building design, engineering, materials, economic development, and landscape and regional planning. Pliny’s seminal life cycle-based protocols helped shape the first green building program, and influenced many more. He has collaborated on federal demonstration greening efforts, including the Greening of the White House and Greening of the Grand Canyon, and on scores of other pivotal projects such as the EpiCenter building in Montana, the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and the Seattle Justice Center, and on Solar Decathlon entries with the University of Texas (2002) and Texas A&M University (2007). His policy initiatives, including the Austin Green Building Program, the AIA’s Environmental Resource Guide, and greening the Texas Architecture + Engineering Guidelines, have established new protocols with broad implementation. Pliny’s has received several national and international recognitions including the Lewis Mumford Award, the 1992 Earth Summit Award (with the City of Austin), the U.S. Green Building Council’s Sacred Tree Award, and The Passive Solar Pioneer Award. In 2006, Metropolis Magazine recognized Pliny as one of 14 Visionaries; in 2008, Texas Monthly called him one of “35 People Who Will Shape Our Future”; his work has appeared in numerous media.
Rachel Engler Andalaft is the founder of REA Consult, a management and consulting company for sustainable investments. She has a decade of experience with international project financing and execution. From 2008 to 2015, Rachel worked for multinational organizations in the fields of infrastructure as well as renewable energy project financing and management. In 2016, she founded REA Consult to focus into emerging countries and to advise and promote direct foreign investments into renewable energy projects. Today, she advises investors internationally on successful transactions. Rachel is an industrial engineer, a certified M&A Professional and a certified Climate and Renewables Finance Professional. She is also a co-author of the book Corporate Social Responsibility in Brazil – From Goodwill to Necessity (Springer Verlag, 2017).
Ravindran is an energy industry veteran and innovator, with nearly 20 years of varied energy industry experience. Prior to joining Crius Energy as Executive Vice President and Head of Solar, Ravi was the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of LightWing Inc., an innovative residential solar energy sales and technology platform provider which was acquired by SunEdison Inc., and subsequently acquired by Crius Energy. Prior to that, Ravi served as President and Chief Financial Officer of American Solar Direct Inc. (ASD), and founded one of the industry’s first structured finance funds, growing it from USD $50 million capacity to USD $250 million in just three years. Ravi earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Toronto and holds a CFA Charter. He is an advisory Board member of the University of Toronto’s Engineering Science Program.
Mr. Zimmer joined CABA in 1997 working with industry leaders who promote integrated systems and home/building automation throughout the world. CABA’s members include manufacturers, dealers, installers, service providers, energy utilities, builders, consultants, research organizations, publishers, educational institutions, governments, associations and content providers. In addition to working closely with the CABA Board of Directors, Ron is actively involved with a number of industry committees/councils including the CABA Intelligent Buildings Council, CABA Connected Home Council, and represents CABA on the Automation Federation Board of Directors. He is also on the Advisory Board for IBcon, an intelligent buildings conference hosted by Realcomm. He was instrumental in establishing the CABA XML and Web Services Committee (oBIX), which now resides with OASIS. He was also on the transition team that integrated the Internet Home Alliance into CABA, which became CABA’s Connected Home Research Council. Ron is a Certified Association Executive with over 30 years of Association Management experience. He has authored a number of articles and documents including, “Smart Communities: A Concept Paper,” and he regularly makes presentations on integrated buildings and home/building automation at many international industry events.
Founder of 1PlanetSol, a non-profit bringing the benefits of solar to underserved communities. Dr. Nguyen has over a decade of experience in the energy industry at venture backed startups and major corporations. He is the holder of 15 USPTO patents and received his PhD in physics from Harvard University.
Seyi Fabode works on, writes and speaks about the future of technology, innovation, and business. Living, studying and working on three continents give him a unique lens through which he identifies global trends, opportunities and risks. He’s a partner at Asha Labs, a technology and innovation consulting firm, which serves start-ups and global enterprises. Previously, he founded, built and sold a venture capital backed energy technology company in the US. In 2016, Fabode was named a LinkedIn Global Top Voice in Technology. He has an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Warwick University, in the UK. He is the author of 40 Semi-Obvious Startup Lessons and writes well received articles on innovation, technology and global trends.
Dr. Bobst is a global business leader who has lead, managed, and supervised several program development projects and consulting jobs to successful completion with positive feedback. He is also a member of the Houston District Export Council, appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is an entrepreneur with experience as a successful self-employed consultant for almost 5 years. He is also an HSSE, food safety, product safety & compliance professional and board certified toxicologist with over 11 years of experience in environmental oil product & petrochemical, food, pharma, cosmetic and consumer products, forensic toxicology, and general consulting. Dr. Bobst expertise includes an MBA and a Masters in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston-Victoria. He has completed several economic development projects, including the City of Pasadena, TX, and the Economic Alliance, Port of Houston. Dr. Bobst has published a paper on global teamwork and trust building in a virtual, global environment, and is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Value Management and Ethics. He has also published a book as a co-editor with Springer Publishing, titled “Toxicological Risk Assessment for Beginners.” He is an enthusiastic mentor and has helped several mentees start successful careers. Dr. Bobst is passionate about using his work experience and interest in teaching to provide valuable training and education opportunities with Universities and institutes of higher education.
Stevie Bear has been involved in Central Texas real estate since 1997, and has been a licensed Broker/REALTOR in Texas since 1998, so rehabbing and investing in property was a very short leap, and leap she did, investing, rehabbing, and building properties in Central Texas since 2000. Stevie’s background and college work in business, psychology and social work, done at the University of Texas, and the University of Nebraska – Omaha, has served her well in her real estate and investing endeavors, and added to the network that MIM utilizes in its day to day dealings, as well as providing MS. Bear with her find a need fill a need business mentality. Make it Modular is the culmination of a long time dream of changing the way we live, work, play and create by delivering container based building for the masses. Ms. Bear and her team are looking forward to working with communities and housing initiatives across the country, in an effort to address homelessness and affordable housing issues, as well as sharing the MIM vision of Affordable, Dependable, and Sustainable housing nationally and internationally. Along with being the owner of Make It Modular, Ms. Bear also owns Four Directions Realty, Community Real Estate Investing, is partners in Unlimited Potential Capital Funding, a unique syndication based crowd funding opportunity, and also owns and operates The Bears Lair, a philanthropic performance venue for local and traveling artist.
Swarnav S Pujari is the CEO of TouchLight a power generation solutions company for commercial spaces. He is also a regional board member for the CleanTech Open Midwest. He brings experience in Materials Engineering and extensive knowledge of commercializing new technologies in the Clean Tech and software space.
Tim Costello is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of BDX, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Builder Homesite, Inc., and New Home Technologies, LLC. Prior to BHI, Mr. Costello worked for Applied Materials as Vice President, Global Operations. Prior to this position, Mr. Costello served as the Vice President of Strategic & Technical programs for the World-Wide Manufacturing Organization, Vice President of Production Engineering, Managing Director for the Common Module Manufacturing & Engineering (CMM&E) organization, and the Director of Engineering for the mainframe group in Austin, Texas. Prior to 1993 he held a variety of executive and management positions at General Motors Corporation covering a broad range from Strategic Planning to Engineering and Quality Management. In addition, Mr. Costello has consulted internationally on the development & implementation of world-class manufacturing, engineering and quality systems. Mr. Costello has also served on the boards of HelioVolt Corporation, a leader in the development on thin film photovoltaic technology; The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing, considered the Nobel Prize for manufacturing; The Trust for Public Land of Texas; The Trust for Public Land National Marketing Council; and the Cornell University Engineering Advisory Council.Mr. Costello received his BSME from Cornell University in 1981. He was also inducted into the Shingo Prize Manufacturing Academy in 2003.
Since 2007 Mr. Clifford has led Standard Solar’s rapid growth into a nationally known PV developer/ EPC. Mr. Clifford began his career at Solarex Corporation, later acquired by British Petroleum and known as BP Solar. Throughout his career, Mr. Clifford has served as chief executive officer or chief financial officer of three high growth technology companies that were acquired by major corporations. He is an elected board member of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), serves on SEIA’s Executive Committee and also served as the president of the regional chapter of SEIA, MDV-SEIA from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Clifford is the author of a DOE report entitled Tax-Advantaged Investments in Renewable Energy Projects; and received a “Special Achievement Award for Technology Demonstration” from the U. S. Secretary of Energy. He was awarded the 2011 Industry Leader Award by the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), for his contributions to the advancement of solar and other clean energy resources in the state. Mr. Clifford earned his MBA at University of Virginia’s Darden School and his undergraduate degree at Penn State.
Throughout his career, Tuan has focused on areas where energy and finance converge. Prior to his role in business development at HelioVolt, a thin-film solar company, Tuan covered energy and chemical companies at Morgan Stanley and Banc of America Securities in New York. During his time in leveraged finance, he worked on multi-billion-dollar transactions and was recognized as a leading analyst by Institutional Investor magazine. Tuan’s experience also includes time at the Austin Clean Energy Incubator and Strategic Value Partners, a $5 billion hedge fund, where he served as a Director overseeing energy and industrials investments. He holds the CFA charter, a BSBA (cum laude) in finance from the University of Tulsa, where he was a student in the Honors Program, and an MBA from the University of Texas, where he was a Venture Fellow and a founding officer of the Cleantech Group. Tuan also has served on the Austin Local Solar Advisory Committee, a City Council-appointed committee to devise a plan for citywide solar development.
Vijay Betanabhatla is a Senior Consultant in Energy & Utilities team at Baker Tilly. He works closely with utilities, renewable energy developers, manufacturers, and state/local/tribal governments to help meet their strategic, resource optimization, and capital procurement needs for energy projects. He leads the Smartcities strategy for Baker Tilly and plays a key role in the business development efforts for Texas region. Before joining Baker Tilly, Vijay worked in System Operations at ERCOT for over 10 years. He played a lead role in many prestigious ERCOT projects including the Texas Nodal project. He has a MSEE from UT Arlington and an MBA from UT Austin, McCombs School of Business.
Vikram Aggarwal is the founder and chief executive of EnergySage, the industry’s leading online comparison-shopping marketplace for rooftop solar, community solar, and solar financing. Backed by the U.S. Department of Energy and considered the “Expedia of Solar”, EnergySage efficiently connects solar shoppers with multiple solar installers. In 2016, the company sent nearly $1 billion in solar installation requests to its network of more than 400 pre-screened solar installation companies. EnergySage dramatically lowers ‘search costs’ for both parties by providing impartial content through a transparent marketplace, saving consumers 10-20% or more on installation costs, and installers over 50% on customer acquisition costs. Vikram’s thought leadership on solar industry innovation has appeared in Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Forbes, Kiplinger, Money Magazine and Scientific American. He was one of only two cleantech entrepreneurs named to the Boston Globe’s 2016 Game Changers list. Vikram holds an MBA from Northeastern University, and is a CFA charterholder.
Wade is the General Counsel for 7X Energy, an Austin-based utility-scale solar developer. Prior to joining 7X, Wade served as the Chief Project Development Counsel for SunPower, where he managed all legal aspects of the company’s utility-scale solar development program throughout the United States. Wade assisted in land acquisition for solar development and oversaw numerous projects from the origination phase through financing and construction. Before transitioning to the renewable sector, he served as Vice President, Land & Legal, for Gulf Exploration, LLC, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. Wade holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in Political Science from Yale University.
Kimo has 24 years of business development experience and 6 years of U.S. military experience. Kimo Storke is the Managing Partner of KAS Consulting group, an advisement and consulting firm specializing in business development and energy project finance solutions. The groups he partners with have funded over $12 Billion dollars of energy projects in US and Offshore. In 2011 Kimo was responsible for the business development services which created one of the largest solar PV project finance joint ventures in history, a $1.5 Billion dollar project value and $780 Million in equity and debt financing. In 2011 the JV has stood up over 120MW of solar projects worldwide. Kimo was a Global Offering Manager at IBM for 3 years working as a Global Offering Manager and as a team member was partly responsible for $450 million dollars in revenue for IBM in 2001-2003. He was a Regional Manager of Business Development at RSM McGladrey for 4 years, the seventh largest accounting/consulting firm in the nation. He specialized in the areas of knowledge management, CRM and workflow with Lotus Notes. He was awarded as the 2nd highest producer in the Midwest region
Ken Stout is currently the Commercial Business Development Manager for Clean Solar Inc., in San Jose California, since joining in May 2015, to manage the commercial division. Ken is a solar veteran and leader, who started from the bottom of the solar trenches, over 10 years ago with Citizenre. Ken has a vast amount of experience and knowledge working with many small to large commercial building owners, churches, non-profits, residential & multi-family, and large FIT- Feed-In-Tariffs utility scale solar projects, in successfully developing and funding solar projects with solar Site Leases, PPA’s, ESA’s, Operating Leases, Loans and PACE funding programs. As District Sales Manager for Pristine Sun, Ken successfully negotiated and closed over 50+ each signed “Utility-Scale Site Solar FIT Leases” averaging in kw size from 250kw to 1Mw each. Ken was a featured guest panel speaker expert for the California Black Chamber of Commerce: Ron Brown Business & Economic & Green Energy Summit Conference 2011, on California’s FIT- Feed-In Tariff Commercial Solar projects. Ken later encouraged Revolve Solar Inc. to open their third satellite solar sales & install office in Vacaville in April 2013, in which he successfully spearheaded, implemented and recruited a team of sales consultants, canvassing members, installation and design team, from the ground floor, providing residential and commercial solar installations for the SF Bay area. Ken has over a 30 years’ experience as a Professional MC/Speaker/Saxophonist/Entertainer, with over 10 years in the solar industry. Ken was Featured on a PBS National Television Documentary for business expertise and speaker in the music entertainment industry, and has performed on tour with the Lawrence Welk Show, The Temptations, Four Tops, The Contours, The Platters and Mary Wilson & the Supremes and others.
Co-Founder of Earth Day Texas’ inaugural clean tech investment conference, the E-Capital Summit, Co-Founder of EARTHACK, the largest environmental hackathon in the U.S. Guiding strategy of organization as we transition from Earth Day Texas to EARTHx
Tracy Wallace has over 30-years of experience working with non-profit and educational groups. A lifelong Dallas resident, Tracy is committed towards making her city a more equitable and just place. In 2016, she co-founded Good Faith Impact Fund through community-based partnerships with local organizations and advocacy groups. The mission has been to bring and advocate for renewable energy and solar educational resources in the South Dallas district, primarily zip-code 75215. Tracy Wallace leads the non-profit board as the executive director. The role is completely voluntary, where Tracy dedicates her spare time to lead meetings, public conferences and capacity building activities.
As Program Manager, Mrs. Bilal is responsible for collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to develop, implement and manage nation-wide initiatives to advocate for the engagement of Minority Serving Institutions and historically underrepresented communities in Departmental programs and the national energy sector. Before serving as Program Manager, Mrs. Bilal spent 6 years within the Department of Energy’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer serving as a Financial Specialist and Acting Deputy Director with the primary responsibility of managing the budget formulation process in support of the Department’s approximately $27B+ budget. She has also, supported the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) by serving as an Acting, Tech-to-Market Advisor, responsible for advancing innovative energy technology commercialization efforts. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mrs. Bilal spent 14 years in the private sector working at a software start-up company called Mural Consulting, America Online, AT&T, and MCI, respectively where she upheld key leadership positions in business development, integrated marketing, sales operations and finance. Mrs. Bilal holds a B.B.A in International Business with a Finance concentration from Howard University and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.
John has 30+ years of technical marketing experience spanning product marketing, product development, engineering, and project management in both high-tech and cleantech companies. Prior to joining Ideal Power in early 2013, he spent three years at Draker/Solar Power Technologies working on both solar monitoring and solar power optimization technologies. He is a hands-on and collaborative leader, dedicated to building strong ties between engineering, operations, marketing, sales and end-customers. In addition to his renewables, storage integration and smart grid interests, John is passionate about sustainable business practices, energy efficiency and water use. He possesses a broad knowledge about energy management technologies and their positive impact on the U.S. economy and the environment.
Omeed Badkoobeh is the CEO of Yotta Solar. After 5 years in the US solar market and 3 years in the international solar and development industry, he co-founded the start-up with a focus on simplified battery storage innovations. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in international development.
Scott leads activities and electrical research at the Pike Powers Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and reliability efforts. Prior efforts include work in the military, medical, consumer and oil industries developing power supplies, precision measurement equipment and inductive heating technologies. Scott received his B.S.E.E. from The University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate specializations in both communications systems and power distribution. Scott was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Engineering Award for “transforming the world’s understanding of consumer and community electricity usage” by the the IEEE Power Engineering Society Central Texas Chapter.
Bert is the CTO of Pecan Street, headquartered at UT Austin, which operates the Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization and the Pecan Street Research Institute. Previously he was the Vice President of Portable Electronics Product Research at MCC, and then was Director of Product Development for Heliovolt. He has held product development, product marketing and advisory rolls at a number of startups including Stellar Display Corporation, Wireless Age, Motion Computing and Portelligent. Bert holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester.
David Rose, CEO of 1 Star Energy has the experience to make any company in or out of the Alternative Energy Industry jealous. With his past experience in sales, construction, education, administration, energy sales and management, David has helped to consult, create and form companies such as Pacific Power Management, Stellar Energy Solutions (now Soligent), Inovateus Solar, Solar Point Africa, Solar Power USA, Turtle Energy, Solar Fusion, Rio Grande Solar, Anchor Products and others that have all made their mark in the Solar and Wind Energy market place. Mr. Rose is a graduate of Sacramento State University and has a BA in Spanish and holds an AA degree in Real Estate Finance. He is also a retired School teacher and Administrator with active credentials. 14 years ago David created 1 Star Energy, a company that specializes in Photovoltaic Integration for industrial and utility scale projects.
Sarah Evans is the founder and CEO of Well Aware , an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Well Aware is known for its sustainability model in building lasting water systems with high impact. Evans is also principal of Well Beyond , a worldwide for-profit business that advises organizations on water development efforts. Evans’ vision is to enable prosperity in impoverished communities by providing access to lasting, clean water. Evans has worked to change the way water projects are executed and managed in east Africa. She has built a team of staff and volunteers who implement projects that are realistic and lasting through strategic partnerships, true community involvement and empowerment, hygiene and sanitation education, and impact measurement. Evans’ model positions Well Aware and Well Beyond partner communities to thrive, and every dollar invested is at least quadrupled in productivity. Evans is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project, Social Capital Management, the Capital Project, the Rural Water Supply Network, and served on the board of the Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club. She was chosen to take part in the highly selective Entrepreneurs Organization Ignite Program. She was also chosen as Toyota’s 2017
David R. Jankowsky is currently the Founder and President of Francis Renewable Energy, LLC. Prior to founding the company, David was Vice President – International Business Development for SunEdison, Inc., an $8B market cap renewable energy company. While there, David was responsible for all aspects of corporate development in the Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa regions. In addition, from 2013-2014, David served as the general manager for Malaysia, where he developed, financed and completed 25 MW’s of solar installations, making SunEdison the largest solar developer in the country, and from 2010-2013, David served as the regional general counsel for Asia-Pacific and Africa, overseeing an internal legal team of 10 attorneys. Prior to SunEdison, David was an energy project finance attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in Washington, DC, where he closed over $2B of energy project finance transactions. David has an undergraduate degree from Middleburry College in Vermont, and a juris doctorate degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.
Katharine Beisner is passionate about developing innovative energy products. Working closely with development, sales, and marketing, and leveraging extensive market intelligence, Katharine develops superior applications that exceed customer expectations. Katharine builds strategic business development relationships, is an agile software product manager, and an experienced marketer.Katharine’s domain expertise is in solar, storage, and demand side management technologies. As a consultant for ResilientGrid and Beam Energy, Katharine’s contributions in product management and business development help build momentum for early stage startups. At SunPower and Incenergy, Katharine initiated and launched IOT applications supporting solar energy production, energy monitoring and thermostat management working in both the residential and commercial market. Katharine earned a B.S. in electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics. She began her career in semiconductor at Motorola. From there Katharine pivoted to a focus on software development and quality for enterprise and web applications. At Incenergy, Katharine was the product and quality leader for an IOT start-up managing thermostats and other devices for the small commercial market
Emmett Miranker volunteers with Everybody Solar, a charitable group providing solar to non-profit organizations and disadvantaged communities. In his professional life, Emmett works as Regional Sales Manager for CivicSolar, a national wholesale solar distributor with offices in Austin, Boston, and San Fransisco. Prior to returning to his hometown of Austin, Emmett worked in San Francisco as an Account Manager at CivicSolar. He earned a NABCEP Technical Sales Certification in 2014, and has additional experience in sales and marketing from his time at Kenergy Solar, a solar installation company based in Washington DC. Emmett attended the University of Maryland where he received a degree in Conservation Biology. His passions include the future of solar, environmental conservation, and distributed ledger technology.
Jessica has ten years and over 50 Mega-watts of experience with renewable energy projects in New Jersey and New York before moving to Texas last July. Some of the most prominent projects include the first photovoltaic module installation over a retention basin in New Jersey. The 1 MW project was located at Peddie School and not only did the project encompass two Townships which required two planning board approvals but also required special permission from the Mercer County Planning Board Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission.
Sam Ramirez is Vice president of Operations at Black Bear Energy, a buyer’s representative for renewables and clean-tech. Black Bear helps commercial property owners and users identify energy opportunities, competitively source the best market terms, and execute with the chosen vendor. Mr. Ramirez leads the Client Operations team and product manages Black Bear’s web based procurement platform. Prior to Black Bear Sam worked at Rocky Mountain Institute where he researched grid integration of renewables leveraging technologies like grid interactive water heaters, stationary storage, and shared electric autonomous vehicles. Sam received his M.S. in Sustainable Energy Deployment and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Kinect Energy’s Advisory Services team assists customers in analyzing renewable energy projects such as solar, wind or biomass. The team also provides economic and interconnection review for conventional self-generation and microgrid alternatives as well as combined heat and power (CHP). Matt’s team also considers opportunities for other sustainability initiatives including energy efficiency and carbon mitigation measures as well as electric, thermal and kinetic storage opportunities. Kinect Energy’s proprietary software permits real-time assessment of electric power market pricing and dynamics, helping inform decisions regarding whether to utilize generated power onsite, utilize onsite storage or to sell kWh back to the electric grid. Prior to re-joining Kinect Energy (formerly U.S. Energy), Matt was an Associate Director in Navigant Consulting’s Energy Practice managing energy efficiency evaluations, M&V (Measurement and Verification) analyses, benchmarking studies, and related projects. Prior to joining Navigant, he was a Director of Account management at US Energy Services, Inc., where he managed a team that assisted clients with plant site development, energy procurement, price risk management and energy efficiency and sustainability services for natural gas, electricity and other fuel sources. He also has extensive experience in industrial energy studies and re-commissioning analyses, and power industry forecasting software management and development.
Shalini Kantayya ‘s production company 7th Empire Media works to create a culture of human rights and sustainability through imaginative film and television. She directed Breakthrough for National Geographic: a series profiling trailblazing scientists transforming the future (which broadcast in June 2017, Executive Produced by Ron Howard). Kantayya’s recent film, Catching the Sun, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a 2016 New York Times Critics’ Pick. It’s also part of American Film Showcase, shown at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world. The film released globally on Netflix with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio on Earth Day 2016. Catching the Sun was nominated by the Environmental Media Association for the 2016 EMA Award for Best Documentary. Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s On the Lot, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. Her award-winning sci-fi film about the world water crisis, A Drop of Life, was broadcast on national television in the U.S. and India. A William D. Fulbright Scholar, Kantayya is a Sundance Fellow, and a TED Fellow, anda finalist for the ABC/Disney Directing Program. shalini.tv
Chad serves as a financial analyst and ERCOT Expert for Grid Economics, where his clients have included many of the world’s most successful solar development companies. Chad has built financial models for more than a billion dollars’ worth of PV projects, is an Air Force trained GIS specialist, is Co-Founder and CFO of Smart Power Maps, a geospatial cash flow modeling software as a service company, and he has been Chairman since 2013 of the ERCOT Emerging Technologies Working Group, where he has authored several ERCOT Nodal Protocol Revision Requests, each of which he has marshaled through to passage by the ERCOT Board of Directors. Prior employers include the Energy Resources Division of the General Land Office, a vertically-integrated grid-scale battery storage company, and at the Austin Technology Incubator. Mr. Blevins served as the President of the Energy Resources Group at the University of Texas while he was a graduate student in the Energy & Earth Resources masters program. Chad is an Air Force Honors Graduate and Distinguished Graduate, and is a Summa Cum Laude alumnus of Saint Edward’s University.
Mr. Thanasis Iatrou co-founded Caprock Renewables LLC in 2015 together with Raina Hornaday, ex-GM and co-owner of Cielo Wind. Caprock is developing 1GW of Utility scale solar projects and has recently sold a solar project of 150MW size in ERCOT to a US publicly listed energy investor. Prior to Caprock, Thanasis was CEO with the Pelagic Group, a private equity family investment office out of Miami, FL where he focused on solar and high-tech investments. Thanasis was also the CEO of Media Excel Inc., a high tech start up funded by the family investment office of Red McCombs, the Texas billionaire. Prior to Media Excel, he was with DELL, where he served as General Manager of the mid-Corporate Business Unit in the UK and USA and with FUJITSU as Vice President of Business Development in EMEA, where he was responsible for M&A and participated in $6bn of transactions. He received an M.B.A. from Aston Business School in the UK, and a B.Sc. in Physics from Athens University, Greece
Marc Natividad is the Managing Partner of New Power Capital and the Director of Acquisitions and Due Diligence for Renewable Energy Alternatives (REA). He has a BS degree in Finance from Arizona State University and an MBA from Brigham Young University. He spent the last 20 years in the finance industry specializing in equipment and project financing. He loves working in the renewable energy industry. He grew up in Arizona and from an early age wondered why every house didn’t have solar panels on it. A few did, but why couldn’t the hot Arizona sun be used to make electricity for everyone? Now that wonderment is turning into reality and Marc is doing his part to make it happen.
Bradley Stutzman’s career has encompassed a wide array of functions including executive positions in the finance, construction and renewable energy industries. After holding positions at both Blue Renewable Energy and Folium Energy, Mr. Stutzman joined the O3 Energy Solutions team. He has lead the development of over 50 megawatts of commercial and small utility scale photovoltaic projects. Most notably leading the development team for the Eubank Landfill Solar Array in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first dual axis tracking system installed on a capped landfill and the largest, at the time, commercial scale solar project in New Mexico. Mr. Stutzman’s expertise lies in developing internal management directives and structuring company processes. Currently Mr. Stutzman holds the role of Chief Operating Officer and Head of Project Development for O3 Energy. Mr. Stutzman received his BAAS from University of North Texas and has an AA in Computer Information Systems from Northwood University.
Ken joined Electric Power Engineers, Inc. (EPE) in October 2017. EPE is a lead engineering consulting and management service firm for electric utilities, municipalities, cooperatives as well as energy resource developers.Ken is leading teams focused on meeting customer needs related to transmission & distribution system analysis, substation and electric system design, energy market analysis, grid integration of energy resources, renewable energy, generation development, and design of wind, solar, biomass, as well as energy storage. Ken retired from Oncor Electric Delivery Co LLC in May 2017 as Director, Assets Planning, Distribution and Transmission. He received a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1982. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is married with one son and lives in Mansfield, Texas (relocating to Austin soon). His wife Judith retired from teaching elementary school and Sean is a student working with computers. He enjoys growing orchids, landscaping & gardening and traveling.
Khalil Shalabi Joined Austin Energy in December of 2013 as Vice President of Strategy, Technology & Market Operations. On his arrival Khalil worked with myriad stakeholders to develop and update the Austin Energy Generation Resource Plan which was approved by Austin City Council in December 2014. This far reaching plan provides for 950 MWs of solar energy, 1,400 MWs of wind, 1200 MWs of Energy Efficiency programs tied together with strategies for a large existing thermal generation fleet, this plan was further updated recently to achieve a 65% renewable goal by the year 2027. Additionally, Khalil manages the Strategic Planning group, Information Technology, and Cyber Security. Prior to Austin Energy Khalil was the Chief Technology Officer at the New York Power Authority where he worked from 2006 until 2013. He has also had assignments at Consolidated Edison and Entergy Nuclear in operations, maintenance, engineering, finance, risk management and business consulting in all aspects of the electric utility industry including distribution, transmission and generation. Shalabi has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA in Finance and Management from the Stern School of Business at NYU. Khalil lives in Austin with his wife Kristy and three children.
Mindy is the Founder and President of Fundamental Advisory, a consulting firm focused on advising businesses, organizations and educational institutions on issues related to Diversity, Inclusion, and Implicit Bias. The mission of Fundamental Advisory is to change the world through empathy, understanding and the ability to find common ground upon which to move forward. By opening minds and opening doors, her team gives clients—and their talent—what they need in order to experience fundamental growth and unlimited possibilities. Mindy started her career as a trial lawyer fighting injustice with humanity for indigent defendants, and later ran a successful law firm. Her years of work in these fields has given her both a unique perspective on societal bias and a passionate, relatable speaking style.Motherhood reignited Mindy’s long-standing passion for using education to identify and reduce bias in the various areas of our lives. As a mother of two amazing multi-ethnic children, she has experienced how bias affects everyone, including our youngest and most impressionable members of society.
Armand Ndomo is founder and President of Vianne Inc, a Texas based company with branches in Africa, that focuses in providing affordable and reliable turn-key solar powered energy solutions in Africa. Armand is an electrical engineer with African roots and it is his core belief that clean energy is a core need for productive and healthy communities. Building on more than 20 years of relevant international, technical and management experience in the energy industry, he created Vianne, Inc in 2009 in Houston and started activities in Cameroon, Africa in 2011. With more than 50 installations in Cameroon, Vianne focuses on microgrid and off grid residential, commercial solutions. Current projects include community area lighting, hospitals, schools, residential, rural, urban, clean water wells, training and consulting. Armand holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in in Belgium 1995, He became NABCEP certified PV installation professional in 2011.
Brendan Harney, Director of Business Development, oversees new market development and solar+storage at Stem. Prior to joining Stem, Brendan was Director of Business Development at Primus Power, a flow battery manufacturer, leading their product strategy, marketing and business development efforts. Mr. Harney previously managed commercial market development for SolarCity, a solar leasing and installation company. Mr. Harney began his career in finance, eventually serving as a Vice President for Daiwa SMBC, a Japanese investment bank. He later advised on energy and national security issues while at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and the International Energy Forum (IEF) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Brendan holds a Masters from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.
Affectionately known as “KP”, Dr. Kazique J. Prince (pronounced ka-ZEE-kay) is founder and chief executive officer at Jelani Consulting, LLC, based in Austin, Texas. Jelani Consulting, LLC, provides executive and leadership consultation and coaching services focused on cultural competency for individuals, teams, and organizations in business, education, government, healthcare, and for non-profit groups. Dr. Prince also serves as the senior policy advisor and education coordinator for City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler. In the Mayor’s office, education and public safety are under his portfolio as well as efforts to create equitable economic development and promote equity and inclusion to meet strategic goals within the Mayor’s agenda. Dr. Prince works on both the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism & Systemic Inequities as well as the Spirit of East Austin, an initiative to create equitable economic development. Recently, Dr. Prince began serving on the Civil Rights Advisory for the Travis Country District Attorney’s office and the Advisory Council for the Institution for Urban Policy on Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin. He’s also writes and produces Equity Turned Up, a blog and podcast reflecting on a variety of equity and inclusion topics. Throughout his career, Dr. Prince carved out a reputation as a dynamic and comprehensive communicator and trusted adviser. Governed by a focused vision for the future and fueled by a passion to make a difference in the new global economy, he has considerable experience in the areas of Project & Program Management, Diversity & Inclusion Management, and Cross-functional Leadership Development. He also owns a powerful understanding of people and what motivates them, drawing upon unique skill sets to sell, counsel and encourage others towards meaningful, lasting change. He collaborates with clients working on managing cultural differences by trailblazing through opposition, spearheading forward-thinking, cutting-edge initiatives and programs while successfully uniting team members behind common goals.
Olaf Lohr, born in Chemnitz, Germany, has a background in international businesses and market development with over 14 years of experience in market research, market entry and market expansion into the United States. Olaf is the Sr. Manager for Utility Relations for sonnen, Inc. (www.sonnen-batterie.com), the U.S. branch of the sonnen Group a global pioneer and manufacturer of residential energy storage solutions and provider of energy services. sonnen is headquartered in Bavaria, Germany, and its U.S. headquarters are located in Atlanta, GA. As the Director of Business Development at sonnen, Olaf provides leadership for the company’s expansion in specific US markets. He is primarily focused on developing new business models for the energy storage markets where end customers and utilities will benefit from sonnen’s discruptive technology. Olaf’s expertise in new technologies is key in educating stakeholders about the benefits of energy storage and defining new products and services for sonnen to meet the increasing demand for clean and reliable energy. Prior to sonnen, Olaf ¬managed sales and marketing and project development for a residential and commercial solar installation and engineering company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As an independent business consultant, he provided market research, business and product development, and sales and marketing services to several start-up companies. He served as the Director of Membership for the Surfrider Foundation for six years after moving to California in 2002. Olaf graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a Masters in Business and Sports Management, holds a dual-citizenship (Germany and USA) and lives and surfs in San Juan Capistrano, California.
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