║Founder and CEO / President of a highly successful, fast-growth renewable energy company. Expertise in multiple aspects of clean tech corporate leadership: cultivating investors, business development, teambuilding, technical expertise, raising capital, business development, government relations, and financial oversight.
║ Motivator and leader
Aligns individuals in common purpose and empowers team to focus on goals and capitalize on emerging opportunities.
║ Planner and strategist
Anticipates changes in the market and clearly articulates strategy to internal and external parties.
║ Operational manager
Develops systems to clarify roles, foster organizational efficiency, and promote growth.
║ Grew FLS Energy from a start-up to a $75 million company with 50 employees.
║ FLS Energy ranked by INC Magazine as 46th fastest growing company in the U.S. (2011)
║ Secured over $100 million in capital, including project equity, low cost debt, mezzanine debt, and corporate equity.
║ Transformed clean energy markets by spearheading breakthrough policy development on pollution, renewable energy, and climate change.
----------FLS Energy Co-Founder & CEO (2006 - 2013)
Built business model for the development, construction, maintenance and ownership of solar assets, including utility-scale solar farms. Set strategic direction of the company, assembled leadership team, raised capital. Held company accountable to its mission and core values, and created a strong company culture of integrity and customer service.
║ Fast growth. The company has grown from three founding partners to 50 employees, expanding from its North Carolina base to develop solar in key states across the nation. Gross revenue will be $75 million in 2013. FLS Energy earns millions of dollars in ongoing net operating income from its installed asset base.
║ Scale. By the end of 2013, FLS Energy will have developed and own over 50 megawatts of solar projects, including the largest solar thermal energy distributed generation project in the country.
║ Capital. Led the company in bringing in more than $60 M in project equity and $40 M in debt financing. Company is in closing process for a corporate equity investment of $20M.
║ Culture. Created company leadership philosophy promoting integrity and engagement. Company surveys show that employees are happy and proud to be part of the FLS Energy team.
---------Environmental Defense Fund Senior Policy Analyst (2000 - 2006)
Led team in the analysis, development, and negotiation of market-oriented policy solutions to promote clean air and renewable energy.
║ Negotiated with Duke Energy and Progress Energy to develop the landmark Clean Smokestack Act of 2002.
║ Collaborated with business, scientists, and others to develop national regulations to reduce interstate transport of air pollution and cut mercury pollution from power plans.
║ Led the development and negotiation of the North Carolina Renewable Energy & Efficiency Portfolio Standard.
----------State of North Carolina Senior Advisor (1995 2000)
Member of 10 person executive staff of 3400 person agency as special assistant to the Secretary. Led Governor Hunts initiatives on air quality, smart growth, water quality, and land conservation. Authored Governors plans for Clean Air, Million Acre Initiative, and Hog Waste Management. Also, championed pollution prevention and ISO 14000 to promote corporate stewardship.
----------Chatham County, North Carolina Recycling Department Head (1991 - 1993)
Coordinator of awarding winning county recycling/solid waste reduction program -- supervised staff, oversaw contractors. Developed and administered large annual budget. Provided technical assistance to commercial and industrial businesses to reduce waste.
Consultant, Research Triangle Institute, Tunisian Solid Waste Project (January - April, 1997). Worked with Tunisian Ministry of Environment performing national solid waste financing study; assisted in the development and teaching of a course on landfill operations for government personnel.
Instructor, J.E. Purkyne University, Czech Republic (Spring Semester, 1995). Developed and taught college courses (in English) on waste management and environmental science.
Consultant, Aquatest Inc., Czech Republic (April - June 1995). Subcontractor to Ford Motor Company, helping to develop an environmental assessment of a recently purchased facility.
Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, Mali, Africa (January 1988 - May 1990). Trained rural villagers in water and sanitation management. Introduced new garden varieties and techniques.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
M.C.E., Department of Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University (2001). Studies focused on air quality and power plant pollution control technologies. Licensed Professional Engineer.
M.S., Environmental Policy, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1994). Studies focused on economic aspects of environmental issues. Masters Thesis was a statewide survey and development of economic model of recycling and employment in North Carolina.
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1987)
Additional Continuing Education courses include:
║ CEO Project CEO training & coaching to promote fast and profitable growth
║ Leadership and team management training
║ FastTrac strategic planning training
║ Commercial-Scale Solar PV Design
SELECTED SERVICE AND PUBLICATIONS
Boards, Committees, and Service
║ NC Clean Energy Business Alliance, founding board member (2013)
║ Advanced Energy Economy advisory committee (2011 - 2012)
║ US Department of Energy Efficiency Leadership Group (2006 - 2007)
║ Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Taught classes in air quality and waste management (2006 2007)
║ Duke Energy/Progress Energy, Energy Advisory Council (2007 2011)
║ US Environmental Protection Agency Mercury Advisory Committee (2001 2003)
║ Clean Air Lessons from the Myth of Sisyphus, Environmental Management, August, 2005
║ Enlightenment, The Environmental Forum, September 2002
║ Costs & Benefits of Year-Round NOx Pollution Reductions, Environmental Defense, Dec. 2002