Established in 2012, sPower is led by a seasoned management team with a 20-year proven track record of working together to successfully manage multifaceted public and private organizations in the energy sector. sPower Executive Chairman, Steve Creamer and CEO, Ryan Creamer lead a strong team of professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in the renewable energy industry. Our expertise encompasses a complete range of in-house capabilities including assessing and executing land purchases and project acquisitions; permitting, regulatory, transmission and interconnection; finance; engineering and project construction; and operations and maintenance. sPower’s leadership is united in maintaining the highest standards and values in guiding the company's daily operations; setting and achieving strategic long-term goals; and establishing and cultivating longstanding partnerships with utilities, suppliers and host communities.
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sPower, 2180 South 1300 East, Suite 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, USA,
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Methods of processing
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The Data processing is carried out using computers and/or IT enabled tools, following organizational procedures and modes strictly related to the purposes indicated. In addition to the Data Controller, in some cases, the Data may be accessible to certain types of persons in charge, involved with the operation of the site (administration, sales, marketing, legal, system administration) or external parties (such as third party technical service providers, mail carriers, hosting providers, IT companies, communications agencies) appointed, if necessary, as Data Processors by the Owner. The updated list of these parties may be requested from the Data Controller at any time.
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Latest update: April 26, 2016
As the Director of Sustainable Property Holdings, Rob is responsible for managing the large portfolio of US landholdings (leased and owned) upon which sPower solar and wind facilities are located. Rob has 30 years of experience in land-intensive industries, including more than a decade as a commercial and agricultural real estate broker. When Rob was the Economic Development Director in Beaver County, Utah, he was involved in the recruitment of wind and geothermal generation projects to the area. Before his entry into the energy sector, he was the General Manager of Circle Four Farms during its land acquisition and start-up phase (Circle Four Farms, located on 47,000 acres of private land in southwest Utah, is the largest, single-location pork production operation in the world). Rob was the Vice President of Operations for Continental Grain Company’s Cattle Feeding Division; he held a board position with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development; and served on the Utah Water Quality Board.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University and an MBA with an operations emphasis from Brigham Young University.
Gordon has broad experience in renewable energy development, investment and financing. Prior to joining sPower, Gordon was General Counsel at Safari Energy, a commercial scale solar developer. He was also General Counsel at Ram Power, a utility scale geothermal power developer with projects in the United States and Latin America. Prior to that, Gordon was an executive at several investment banking, venture capital and private equity firms, including Abatis Capital, AllCapital, Allco Renewable Energy Group Limited and Allco Finance Corporation, where he was responsible for originating, financing, structuring and executing energy and infrastructure transactions. Earlier in his career, Gordon was a partner in the New York office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, an international law firm, where he advised clients on the acquisition and financing of energy, transportation and infrastructure assets.
Gordon holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law.
Kevin is a control room operator and works on the team that oversees the day-to-day operations of sPower’s solar and wind assets. He also supports the onboarding and integration of new facilities as they achieve commercial operations. Kevin is responsible for teaming with scheduling coordinators, O&M managers and other entities to coordinate day ahead, real time and emergency operations; provide troubleshooting support; coordinate outage scheduling; manage corrective maintenance; and ensure compliance with NERC and PPA requirements. Previously, Kevin did research for Bechtel (an EPC) where he performed design optimization studies for a concentrated solar power (CSP) facility. He also served on a research team focused on thermal energy storage (TES) systems at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Kevin attended Penn State and Shippensburg Universities where he earned a graduate certificate in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (RESS) - Solar Energy option; three bachelor’s degrees in Energy Engineering, Energy Business & Finance - Energy Systems option, and Applied Physics; as well as minors in Environmental Engineering and Mathematics. He is also an accredited LEED Green Associate and EIT.
Angela is a member of the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) team which provides financial support to senior management, department leaders and investors. The FP&A team maintains multiyear portfolio views of key financial and operations metrics including monthly cash flow projections, strategic forecasting, variance analytics and financial modeling. Angela previously worked at EnergySolutions as a Manager of Capital Projects and was responsible for capital expenditures processes and administration.
Jeff is a member of the Control Room team which oversees the day-to-day operations of sPower's assets. Jeff has an extensive operations background that started in 2001 when he joined the U.S. Navy as a submarine Nuclear Electrician. After eight years handling operations for naval nuclear power plants and electric plants, Jeff joined the civilian sector as an operator with a multinational industrial gases and engineering company. Most recently, he operated and maintained industrial gas plants including steam methane reforming hydrogen plants and air separation plants. Additionally, Jeff participated as the operations liaison in plant commissioning activities.
Jeff graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from The New School.
Brian is responsible for structured finance and due diligence economic evaluation and execution. Prior to joining sPower, he worked as Senior Analyst with the Commercial Execution group at NRG Renew in Carlsbad, CA. With NRG, Brian was responsible for project-level structured valuations, due diligence and the execution of key documents. His work led to the successful acquisition or development of domestic and international utility scale solar and wind assets. Some highlights include the acquisition of a 25% interest in the Desert Sunlight solar project as well as a landmark C&I PPA award with Cisco Systems Inc.
Brian is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, emphasis in Finance.
Michael is a development analyst on the Commercial Power Marketing team, focused on corporate and institutional business development. Michael previously served a 5-month internship with sPower, supporting the Business Development team in a variety of tasks, including: facilitating development assets, financial modeling, researching new power sales contracts and investigating market and demand research.
Michael graduated from the University of Utah having earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics.
Jess is UK Region Manager and Associate General Counsel responsible for supporting sPower’s United Kingdom assets and providing domestic legal support for real estate transactions, tax equity and debt financings, M&A transactions, contract negotiation and other corporate matters. Before joining sPower, Jess was a private practice attorney who assisted clients with corporate governance, M&A transactions, regulatory compliance, debt financings, technology licensing, trademarks, contract drafting, private placements of equity and other capital raising issues. Prior to attending law school, Jess was Director of Accounting for a health care provider that managed 27 healthcare facilities in five states.
Jess concurrently completed an MA, Economics from Duke Graduate School while earning his JD from Duke University School of Law. He holds an MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University and a BS, Accounting from the University of Utah (cum laude). Jess has extensive international experience including temporary relocations to London and Tokyo for work, study abroad experience at the University of Hong Kong and the Manchester Business School in Manchester, England as well as spending two years living in various Japanese Kens (Toyama, Nagoya and Ishikawa Ken). Jess is the co-chair of Wills for Heroes Committee of the Utah Young Lawyers Division, which provides complimentary estate planning documentation for first responders throughout the State of Utah.
Robyn is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, CFO and the Executive Chairman of sPower. She brings more than 25 years of experience in office administration.
Robyn attended the University of Phoenix in Salt Lake City studying Business Administration.
Henry is a member of the Control Room team that ensures sPower’s portfolio of solar and wind assets operates in a safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally-compliant manner. Prior to joining sPower, Henry was a Remote Operations Control Center (ROCC) specialist with EDP Renewables for its NERC-certified control room and held positions with Covanta Energy. Henry began his career with the United States Navy as a Machinist Mate responsible for monitoring, troubleshooting and maintaining steam propulsion plants, continuing on to work on green and natural energy plants.
Henry has completed a variety of O&M curriculum and courses. He was awarded both a Navy Achievement Medal for Outstanding Expertise and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Henry is certified as PJM system operator, as an ASME QRO Provisional Licensed Operator and as a CENACE Generator Operator.
Kirsten began her career with sPower as a project manager responsible for the successful development, construction and commissioning of four utility-scale solar projects simultaneously, totaling nearly 100MW across 600 acres. As a member of sPower’s Business Development team, Kirsten sources and evaluates greenfield development opportunities and contributes to policy, legislative and regulatory efforts.
Kirsten earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Utah.
Ryan manages accounting duties for sPower’s sale leaseback projects, including recording intercompany transactions, handling capital lease entries, reconciling GL accounts and other related tasks. Prior to joining sPower, Ryan was an accounting analyst for JCPenney and a senior accountant for Extra Space Storage.
Ryan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University – Idaho.
Sabrina is a paralegal supporting sPower’s land team on property acquisition closings. Her responsibilities include managing closing contracts, title policies, escrow activities and other related tasks. Sabrina is proficient in title work, escrow openings and closings, document recording, preparation and review of initial lease drafts and coordination with escrow and title officers and surveyors. Prior to joining sPower, Sabrina held paralegal positions with GE Capital Bank, Transfuels LLC and Snell & Wilmer.
Sabrina earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and PR from the University of Utah. She also holds a paralegal certificate from Weber State University.
Ryan leads sPower’s project management group in developing and constructing its large portfolio of solar and wind assets. Ryan has a broad range of development and construction management experience. Previously, he managed permitting and entitlement efforts across multiple local, state and federal jurisdictions for a number of sPower projects. Prior to joining sPower, Ryan was a Project Manager and Geologist for an environmental consulting firm where he specialized in oil field and gas plant abandonment, soil and groundwater remediation and land redevelopment activities.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Eva joined sPower from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where she provided tax reporting support to their wealth management and prime brokerage divisions. Previously, as a business development manager in Albania, Eva’s responsibilities included managing budgets, evaluating operational and financial performance and facilitating access to government bids by private- and public-sector companies. A common thread throughout her career is Eva’s ability to pair her business savvy with technical expertise to lead continuous process improvement efforts.
Eva is a graduate of The University of Utah with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics.
Ray directs M&A and structured finance efforts, which in 2016 resulted in securing more than $500 million in new tax equity commitments and $700 million in new construction debt commitments for projects under construction. Ray joined sPower from wind developer OwnEnergy, where he spent six years as the CFO and led M&A and finance during a time of rapid growth culminating in the sale of OwnEnergy to EDF in 2015. Prior to OwnEnergy, Ray was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse in investment banking with clients in the IPP, utility and renewable generation sectors. Ray’s 14-year banking career included positions with Wasserstein Perella, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) and Credit Suisse.
Ray holds a BA in Finance from Southern Methodist University.
A seasoned finance and development professional, Jim has an extensive background in solar development and has been on the forefront of PPA structuring and project development since the beginning of the utility scale solar industry. His unique and innovative development strategies were credited with standardizing best practices that drove down PPA prices in the Western US while maintaining above average project yields. Jim was a co-founder and Executive Vice President of Silverado Power, one of the first companies to develop sub-transmission voltage (below 70kV) interconnected portfolios along with strategic investments for large assets (100MW+) that connected to bulk transmission upgrades which was successful in every regulatory procurement channel in California. Previously, Jim was with Recurrent Energy, where he was a member of the team that developed a 350MW pipeline with 50MWs under PPAs. He later transitioned to lead the firm’s Nevada development operations and led all facets of project development, including real estate acquisition, interconnection and PPA negotiations. Prior to Recurrent, Jim originated structured short-term fixed-income products for the Debt Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role his work included contributions to various landmark public-private instruments developed to stabilize collapsing debt markets, new policy on short-term fund management and origination of complex warehousing facilities for financial companies.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Santa Clara University.
Corie is an Accounts Payable Specialist, responsible for processing vendor payments and maintaining vendor records. Corie has more than eight years of experience in accounting with a focus on AP. Prior to joining the sPower team, she was an Invoice Specialist at Safeway in Phoenix, AZ.
Corie is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Weber State University. She currently holds her Certificate of Accounting from Maricopa Community College.
Robert is responsible for administering and fulfilling diverse commercial management compliance obligations for sPower’s operating assets. Previously, Robert was an asset manager with NRG Renewables where he was involved with keeping C&I and community solar projects compliant with various underlying contracts. He has experience in managing project budgets and models; regulatory and environmental compliance; due diligence; effecting process improvement; and P&L management. Prior to his tenure in the renewable energy sector, Robert served as a senior financial analyst in the hospitality industry and was a business consultant with a leading boutique consulting firm in the Netherlands.
Robert holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Groningen and an MBA in Global Finance with honors from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
sPower’s VP of Marketing brings more than 20 years of client- and agency-side experience in marketing, new product development and general business management for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) and service industries. Naomi has worked on well-known brands like Keebler, Kellogg, Kraft, Ross Products Infant Nutritional Division, AT&T, Schiff Nutrition International and Northland Cranberries. Prior to joining sPower in 2014, Naomi had a management consulting practice whose clients included South Valley Large Animal Clinic (multi-DVM equine veterinary clinic); Asteris (digital radiology software company servicing the veterinary industry); Microlin Consumer Technologies (electrochemical engineering R&D firm seeking to commercialize its technology in various CPG markets); and American Nutrition (pet product manufacturer). In her current role at sPower Naomi leads brand building, marketing, direct response, corporate communications and PR efforts.
Naomi graduated with honors from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Volunteer work includes Director, Community Board for No More Homeless Pets in Utah; Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Seattle (a hippotherapy program supported by Costco HBA); Salt Lake City Open golf tournament; Special Olympics; Habitat for Humanity – Newark, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles; Chicago “Off the Street Club” (for inner city youths).
Denise is a member of sPower’s Asset Management team responsible for overseeing wind assets performance (operationally and financially) and compliance management of contracts and regulatory requirements. She works closely with all departments including project/corporate finance, accounting, O&M, land and legal to develop and manage project budgets and models; to support transactions and contract amendments; and to develop internal and external processes for efficient management of assets. Denise has 20 years of wide-ranging commercial real estate, paralegal, real property acquisitions and title curative experience.
Denise earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Brigham Young University.
Kyle is an O&M engineer. Prior to joining sPower, he worked for a startup company developing green technologies for converting plastic waste to usable fuels. He has also previously worked for GE Healthcare, helping to improve and manage existing products in the highly regulated medical device industry.
Kyle graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University.
Alex primarily oversees sPower’s debt accounting. Alex previously worked in public accounting overseeing numerous audits across a variety of industries. His expertise includes researching unique accounting issues; advising clients on financial reporting; and designing and implementing audit testing procedures.
Alex graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters in Accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Utah.
Pramod Krishnani is responsible for optimizing the performance of sPower’s rapidly growing renewable energy portfolio. He is a recognized industry subject matter expert specializing in power plant optimization and reporting; performance guarantee contract management; performance field fault detection analytics; lean project management; and industry standards development. Prior to joining sPower, Pramod was a Technical Services Manager – O&M for Terraform Power and a Performance and Operations Engineer for the O&M and EPC company, Belectric. Pramod previously worked for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District where he held various positions from Engineering Student Renewable Energy R&D Intern to Mechanical Engineering RE Tech in the Energy R&D Department.
Apart from work experience, Pramod is an appointed member of the International ElectroTechnical Commission (IEC), ASTM, NREL and SANDIA Solar PV Standards Committee. He has been a featured speaker and a technical writer for PV O&M conferences like IEEE PVSC, PVInsider, NREL and Sandia National Laboratory.
Pramod earned his Master’s degree with a focus on Mechanical Engineering and specialization in Thermal & Fluid Systems at California State University, Sacramento. He earned his Bachelor and Associate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University, India.
Topher is responsible for the maintenance and configuration of sPower’s IT resources. Prior to joining the sPower team, Topher was employed with Intermountain Healthcare where he performed multiple user support roles, acted as a steward for current and historic patient radiological data, as well as provided maintenance for the diagnostic workstations used to analyze patient radiological data.
Topher holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with emphasis on programming obtained from Stevens-Henager College; as well as a Master’s of Information Systems obtained from Independence University in Salt Lake City, UT.
James is responsible for the mapping and management of geographic information. James brings to the team five years of multidisciplinary experience in GIS. Prior to joining sPower, James leveraged his GIS skills in a number of disciplines including: emergency management, energy & geoscience, aerial survey and avalanche forecasting.
James holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Geography and a professional certificate in Applied GIS from the University of Utah.
Ryan oversees all accounting functions of the Company including financial reporting, taxes, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable. With more than 10 years of progressive accounting experience, Ryan brings a deep understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and financial processes to sPower. Prior to joining sPower, Ryan was the Manager of SEC Reporting and Internal Controls at Ancestry.com where he was responsible for all financial reporting filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Prior to Ancestry.com, Ryan was an Assurance Manager at Ernst & Young where he served several public and private clients in the energy, manufacturing, and technology sectors.
Ryan graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Professional Accountancy. Ryan is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Utah and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Kirstin works in-house in sPower’s real estate and title curative group. Prior to joining sPower, Kirstin assisted oil and gas industry clients with land due diligence and complex division order title opinions. She has a wide breadth of legal experience, from establishing the Wallace Stegner Environmental Dispute Resolution blog for the University of Utah to volunteering for community non-profits.
Kirstin earned a BA in History from Colorado College, an MA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a JD from the University of Utah.
Jeremy is an attorney with eight years of legal in the renewable energy industry. In his capacity as Associate General Counsel, he assists sPower in preparing solar projects for tax equity and debt financing and counsels sPower’s development team to ensure that EPC agreements, leases and other project documents are negotiated and executed in a financeable form. Prior to attending law school, Jeremy quantified threatened and endangered species habitat for Department of Justice water rights litigation. During law school, Jeremy interned at the Department of Interior Solicitor’s Office in Salt Lake City where he assisted federal attorneys by researching issues related to Bureau of Land Management energy leasing decisions and Bureau of Reclamation water rights lawsuits.
Jeremy holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Utah State University and a JD from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law.
Brandon has extensive experience in the energy, environmental quality and building maintenance industries from both technical and managerial perspectives. Brandon began his career as an environmental scientist with the Utah Division of Water Quality, after which he was a ceramics R&D specialist supporting a team that developed and commercialized a diesel engine NOx sensor. Brandon also managed the state of Utah’s anemometer loan program which commissioned/decommissioned meteorological towers; processed and analyzed wind data; and provided data-driven wind resource assessments.
Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Science from the University of Colorado.
Sean is sPower’s General Counsel and handles project financing, M&A transactions, contract negotiation and other corporate legal matters. Sean has a long history in renewables, acting as Vice President and General Counsel of a Utah-based renewable energy company prior to joining sPower, and as Associate General Counsel for Raser Technologies prior to that. Throughout his career in the renewables industry, Sean has overseen all legal aspects of the development and construction of more than 500 MW of solar, wind and geothermal projects as well as M&A transactions covering more than 2,500 MW of renewable assets. Sean has led project-related financings with multiple tax equity and debt partners adding up to more than $500 million in financing. Sean has experience drafting and negotiating PPAs with investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities and corporate power purchasers. He has also assisted in structuring several corporate level financings, including a $55 million convertible note financing, a $25 million ATM program, a $20 million private placement financing and a $25 million registered direct offering. Prior to entering the sustainable energy industry, Sean worked for Ballard Spahr, a national law firm based in Philadelphia, where his focus was public finance and included the financing of more than $1 billion in a variety of municipal and state bond offerings.
Sean received his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University where he graduated summa cum laude after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brigham Young University.
Suko is sPower's Human Resources Manager. She is a diverse and dynamic human resources practitioner with 10 years of cross functional HR experience including recruiting, training, employee relations, employee communications and benefits. She has held human resources positions with Boart Longyear Company and EnergySolutions.
Suko earned a Bachelor of Arts, Dual Honors Degree in French & Portuguese from the University of Zimbabwe. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Ange is responsible for payroll, fixed assets and construction accounting. She tracks accounting over the lifetime of a project, from construction to completion to transferring CIP costs to fixed assets. Ange began her career in public and corporate accounting.
Ange earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southern Utah University.
Bryan is a member of the Control Room team which oversees the day-to-day operations of sPower's assets. Bryan has held positions as a nuclear field electrician and power plant operator, including six years’ experience in high voltage electrical power distribution under dynamic and highly transient loading. He has expertise with SCADA, Cat ISO and DDC systems; is knowledgeable about steam plant dynamics; and has experience with shipboard industrial electrical maintenance. Bryan served in the United States Navy aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, where he supported long term maintenance in the wake of the Fukushima earthquake and the Daiichi reactor incident.
Bryan earned a degree as a Power Utility Technician from Ecotech Institute. He graduated first in his class from the US Navy Nuclear Power Training Program as a qualified Naval Nuclear Operator, Radiological Worker and Nuclear Electrician.
Peter is a wind project manager. Before joining sPower, Peter was instrumental in forming New Dimension Energy Company (subsidiary of Ogin, Inc.) and helped with the strategy for acquiring an existing wind farm from AES for repowering. Prior to that, Peter was with Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. (CPV) for 10 years, where he was responsible for renewable and traditional generation projects across the country. While at CPV, Peter built, monetized and recreated CPV’s wind and renewable energy programs.
Peter holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Maryland.
Amy provides legal support by assisting with the formation, maintenance and corporate compliance of various project entities. She collaborates with other members of the company and the legal team to help facilitate transaction closings. Amy works with the project managers and the land team in connection with title curative work including performing title/survey review and coordinating curative action items.
Amy has worked in various areas of the legal field including real estate law, corporate law, family law, criminal law, estate planning and probate, civil litigation and bankruptcy. She received a Paralegal Certificate from Weber State University and an Associate of Science Degree from Utah State University. Amy is a member of the Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar.
As the Director of Finance, Brent is responsible for due diligence on project economics and project feasibility. Previously, Brent worked as Director of Finance for another Utah-based renewable energy company, where he developed financial models for capital raises and project finance. While completing an MBA at UCLA, Brent supported the Financial Access at Birth (FAB) Campaign by completing an analysis of a unique, universal ID program and the potential feasibility of a FAB pilot program in rural India. Previously, Brent was a Manager for Bond Street Limited (Dallas, TX) and worked on mergers and acquisitions in numerous market sectors. He managed a team of analysts to help acquire six companies with a cumulative value of more than $50 million. Prior to Bond Street, Brent served as Chief Analyst for a private equity firm, Blackford Capital (Los Angeles, CA), where he conducted financial analyses and acquired financing for various deals. Brent also served on the financial team for TACA International Airlines in El Salvador.
Brent is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and earned an MBA with a finance concentration from UCLA Anderson.
Caleb provides financial support to senior management, department leaders and investors including monthly cash flow projections, strategic forecasting, variance analytics and financial modeling. Caleb has extensive experience in accounting and the management of direct reports. Prior to joining sPower, Caleb was the controller for Fanzz Sports Apparel, one of the largest sports apparel retailers in the U.S.
Caleb holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Weber State University.
Lucas oversees control room operations, NERC compliance and operations engineering. Lucas has a diverse background in solar energy, electrical engineering and atmospheric science. He previously served as the electrical engineer for one of the nation’s leading independent commercial PPA providers. As a multitalented member of fast-growing startup, Lucas fulfilled a variety of responsibilities including design engineer, QC engineer, project manager; and he oversaw daily operations and maintenance efforts on a portfolio spanning six time zones. Prior research in atmospheric science, primarily boundary-layer meteorology, afforded the opportunity to conduct experiments at world-class research facilities and to collaborate with leading national institutions. Past experience in software development, hardware development and data analysis augments Lucas’s solar expertise to allow him to take a unique and holistic approach to optimizing the operations of sPower’s portfolio of operating assets.
Lucas graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Prior to joining sPower, Patrick spent seven years working for Deloitte Tax LLP in both their federal taxation and M&A groups. Most recently, Patrick completed a two year Management Development Program within Deloitte’s M&A Transaction Services group facilitating buy- and sell-side transactions for both strategic and private equity clients.
Patrick holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting from the University of Utah. He is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the states of California and Texas.
Jacob works in-house in sPower’s real estate and title curative group. He has extensive experience as a real property attorney, having represented energy clients in a wide variety of matters. He also has experience as a non-profit environmental attorney with expertise in forest law and policy. Jacob has held positions with Lear & Lear, LLP; Randolph L. Marsh, PC; Utah Environmental Congress; Parsons Behle & Latimer; and Brandsness Brandsness & Rudd.
Jacob earned a BA in English from the University of Utah and a JD from the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah.
Adam leads sPower’s M&A activities and is also responsible for growth planning in new greenfield development markets. He has worked in the solar PV industry since 2007 in various roles including construction, policy, sales and project management. Adam has served on several legislative and regulatory committees focused on renewable energy portfolio standards, utility incentive program design and permitting standards.
He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science in Energy, Technology and Policy from Humboldt State University in California.
Joe brings nearly 20 years of technically sophisticated experience to his role of planning, implementing and managing sPower’s IT initiatives. His expertise includes project management; team supervision and development; systems analysis, network design and architecture; security compliance; and process development. Joe’s proficiency spans multiple disciplines developed via previous positions with companies such as ISG Resources and Headwaters Incorporated. He has also worked as an independent consultant managing multiple teams in domestic and international locations.
Joe completed a Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems with a Computer Science Minor from Southern Utah University.
Tyson’s primary responsibilities include managing tax equity fund accounting and related tax compliance. He also assists with other financial accounting functions. Prior to joining sPower Tyson spent two and a half years at public accounting firm, Mantyla McReynolds, focusing on tax preparation and compliance. He also spent seven years prior to that in various accounting roles at Utah law firms. For three years he was the Accounting Manager at the Intellectual Property law firm, Maschoff Brennan.
Krista is an accountant responsible for recording, managing, analyzing and reconciling inter-company transactions and accounts. Krista has accounting experience in cellular, manufacturing and energy industries.
Krista holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources; and Master of Science degree in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration from the University of Phoenix.
Josh leads sPower’s Project Development group. The Project Development team is comprised of engineers, construction managers and project managers who are responsible for developing, designing and constructing sPower’s multi-million-dollar renewable energy portfolio. Prior to a position as Project Development Manager with EDF, Josh orchestrated land acquisition efforts for regionally-diverse projects, resulting in more than 70,000 acres of renewable energy leases. He also has several years’ experience providing engineering design services for wind energy and land development projects.
Josh holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Montana State University.
Jim is a seasoned project manager with more than 25 years of project management experience in consultant engineering. He has managed hundreds of projects from concept through construction and has been responsible for many multi-million dollar budgets. Prior to joining sPower, Jim was the Vice President of a Civil Engineering firm located in southern Utah.
Jim is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Ashlee has 12 years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining sPower, Ashlee worked for Polaris Infrastructure Inc., a renewable energy company with a 72MW operating geothermal plant in Nicaragua, where over her five-year tenure she held many titles, including Acting CFO. Ashlee worked in public accounting for seven years before signing on with Polaris.
Ashlee graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science, Accounting and a Master of Accounting degree. She is a certified CPA in Colorado, Nevada and Utah.
Laura is responsible for vendor relationships, processing invoices and maintaining vendor records. She has more than 10 years’ experience in accounting as an AP Specialist and as an AP Staff Accountant. Laura is proficient in payroll, month/year end close procedures, tax reporting and audit preparation. Prior to sPower, Laura worked in the accounting field for a variety of large and small companies.
Laura earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Colorado.
Nanci has extensive experience as an administrative and accounting professional, working in both the private and non-profit sectors. Nanci’s background includes customer service, various accounting and human resources functions, financial statement preparation, and budgeting and analysis.
Isaac is responsible for maintaining the functionality and appearance of non-electrical assets at sPower’s Latigo Wind Park, including roads, fences, observation towers and the O&M building. He serves as the onsite liaison to contractors, landowners and the community at large.
Isaac has more than 35 years’ experience in industrial maintenance having held a variety of positions including mechanic, structural and HDPE welder, pipe fitter, millwright and small equipment operator. Over the course of his career, Isacc has successfully completed job-related training for safety, RAD, MSHA and OSHA.
Ray oversees the financial reporting of the Company. He has extensive experience researching new and existing accounting pronouncements and performing financial statement preparation and review. Prior to joining sPower, Ray was the Director of Accounting at Extra Space Storage where he oversaw the accounting for 300+ facilities, researched technical accounting issues, and performed various aspects of financial reporting. Prior to Extra Space Storage, Ray worked at Ernst & Young performing assurance and transaction related services for several public and private clients in the technology, retail, and utility sectors.
Ray graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Professional Accountancy. Ray is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Utah.
Yutaka is a member of sPower’s Asset Management team responsible for overseeing project performance (operationally and financially) and compliance management of contracts and regulatory requirements. He works closely with all departments including project/corporate finance, accounting, O&M, land and legal to develop and manage project budgets and models; to support transactions and contract amendments; and to develop internal and external processes for efficient management of assets. Prior to joining sPower, Yutaka held positions with Pattern Energy, Obayashi Corporation and PwC US.
Yutaka is from Wakayama, Japan. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Accountancy.
Sonali is responsible for financial- and reporting-related asset management functions at sPower. She liaises with sPower’s lending partners and fulfills the financial reporting requirements. She also manages the insurance requirements and for all projects and corporate policies. Previously, Sonali worked at Tioga Energy, Inc. where she had responsibility for key functions in accounting, audit, tax and asset management. Prior to Tioga, Sonali ran her own independent accounting practice in New York, where her clients included a high growth private equity firm, a financial software company and a media/public relations start-up.
Sonali passed the CPA exam in Michigan, where she worked in public accounting for a few years. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Economics from Babson College.
Polly Baranco has led utility scale development and financing efforts for sPower and formerly Silverado Power since 2012. Prior to that, Polly worked in commercial solar project development and project management, while beginning her experience in the industry working for Southern California Edison.
Polly has an MBA with an emphasis in finance and strategy from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and is on the board of directors for re-VOLV, a non-profit solar financing organization.
Garret is responsible for leading all aspects of land development, entitlement and environmental permitting efforts for sPower’s 5GW+ pipeline of projects. His group manages the full land and entitlement process from early-stage land development (including strategic project siting and land acquisition) to permitting to construction coordination to asset management permitting compliance. He has extensive technical experience in the renewable energy industry and a broad history of working with federal, state and local/county authorities to successfully permit more than 4.4GW of solar, wind and hydroelectric facilities on more than 30,000 acres across the US.
Garret holds a BS Geological Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Fluvial Geomorphology from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Adam has more than a decade of engineering, design, EPC management, utility coordination and permitting experience in the photovoltaic industry. He has been instrumental in project execution, design and construction process optimization, vendor relations, technical due diligence and business development throughout his career. Adam has managed preliminary design, resource assessment, performance modeling and project viability analysis of more than over 3.5GW of PV systems throughout the U.S.k
Adam holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Joe develops projects on sPower’s Origination Team, creating layouts and production estimates. Before joining sPower, Joe worked for residential and commercial solar companies, overseeing the design, installation and operation of projects up to 2MW. He has experience in developing projects, system design, installation, project management, commissioning and system maintenance.
Joe earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional.
Korina has been in the renewable energy industry since 2010. At sPower, she is responsible for permitting and entitlement efforts for more than 1GW of solar and wind projects. Korina has experience in various roles, including planning, development, implementation, construction and project management.
Korina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley, she studied various aspects of sustainability and natural resource management, with a focus on renewable energy.
Guillermo supports the sPower team in the development, financing and construction of projects as well as with strategic acquisitions. Prior to joining sPower, he represented clients or acted as in-house counsel in the financing/acquisition of 1GW+ of energy projects totaling more than $2 billion of debt or acquisition pricing. Guillermo’s experience includes negotiating joint ventures, PPAs, EPC, O&M and other project agreements; as well as financing and acquisition documentation. He brings extensive international expertise, having worked in Argentina and Chile; and having been involved with parties in more than 15 countries. During law school, Guillermo interned at the Federal Trade Commission and at the Chambers of the Honorable Judge John Mott, District of Columbia Superior Court.
Guillermo holds a JD from Georgetown University and a LLB (JD equivalent) from Universidad de Chile. He is admitted or registered to practice law in California, New York and Chile. Guillermo is an energy expert advisor to the Chile California Council and volunteers with the Center for Justice and Accountability, a San Francisco-based NGO.
Dang has diverse experiences in the solar photovoltaic industry including commissioning, SCADA, Operation & Maintenance and system performance. Prior to joining sPower as an interconnection engineer, Dang successfully commissioned PV projects ranging from 1MW up to 3MW. He is an avid troubleshooter with unique skills in IT and engineering.
Dang earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineer with a Technology Management minor from the University of California, Davis.
Adam leads sPower's interconnection and transmission efforts. He is an electrical engineering graduate with more than a decade of experience across all fields of the power industry including construction of traditional and renewable power plants, utility planning and implementation projects and renewable power plant development. Prior to joining sPower, Adam held positions at a major electric utility, a leading construction firm and a start-up renewable energy developer. He has experience in various roles, including planning, development, implementation, construction, management of direct reports and project management. Adam possesses expertise in generator interconnection, transmission planning and implementation and project management.
Adam earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a Business minor from The Ohio State University.
Hans is responsible for sPower’s origination and utility power marketing efforts. For the past 14 years he has led teams in diverse roles including utility engineering, power trading, regulatory affairs and generation development and finance. He has directly shaped policy at the CPUC; negotiated/signed 850MW+ of renewables PPAs; obtained 3GW of capacity on the grid; led permitting on 10,000 acres; and has seen 40+ utility-scale projects from development to construction. Hans was formerly Chief Operating Officer at Silverado, Recurrent Energy’s lead developer for California IOUs, and head of sales and trading at 3 Phases. Hans began his career as a utility engineer at PacifiCorp.
He holds an MBA from UCLA and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.
Trupti is an urban planner with more than 10 years’ experience managing land planning and public transit infrastructure projects. For the past five years, she has also been involved in business development and marketing efforts. Trupti is a trained community outreach coordinator and has facilitated public meetings and workshops in the Atlanta, Boston and New York/New Jersey areas. At sPower, Trupti works with the origination team and manages the office administration.
Trupti holds a Masters in City Planning from Georgia Tech and has studied Architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai, India.
Faris joined sPower’s project management team after spending more than seven years in the renewables industry, first with Borrego Solar Systems as a Project Finance Manager followed by a Senior Associate of Acquisitions with Renewable Energy Trust Capital, Inc. Faris is well versed in project development, acquisitions and sales of commercial and utility-scale PV projects.
Faris attended the University of Oregon, completing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration and Philosophy Minor.
Matthew is responsible for managing development stage projects, power marketing proposals and business development for sPower’s origination team. Matthew leads project development efforts, including land acquisition, permitting, interconnection and PPA negotiations, resulting in more than 500MW of PPAs. As a founding member of Silverado Power, Matthew initially lead permitting efforts in multiple State and local jurisdictions, receiving permit approvals on greater than 1,000 acres.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy with Highest Honors and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from UC Santa Cruz.
Nikki manages community outreach in areas surrounding sPower projects. She is responsible for coordinating and maintaining positive working relationships with political, permitting, residential and community leaders. Nikki has been in the solar industry since 2013 and has an extensive background in fostering collaborative partnerships, business development and grassroots outreach. Prior to joining sPower, Nikki handled community relations for SunPower’s Solar Star projects.
Srividya’s asset management responsibilities include all commercial, contractual, regulatory, property tax and reporting obligations for sPower’s growing portfolio of projects. She works closely with all departments including project/corporate finance, accounting, O&M, land and legal to develop and manage project budgets and models; to support transactions and contract amendments; and to develop internal and external processes for efficient management of assets. Srividya’s expertise in renewable energy economic and business concepts, financial reporting and project agreements and related material terms enables her to effectively monitor and analyze portfolio performance, operational and revenue variances and other key performance indicators.
Srividya earned a Bachelors in Commerce (accounting and business) from University of Mumbai and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) specializing in strategy and finance.
Serge has been in the energy industry since 2001, having developed a broad range of skills and knowledge in environmental permitting, environmental management, project management and program management for large capital projects in renewable generation, electric transmission and natural gas pipeline. He has extensive technical experience in energy infrastructure and a broad history of working for and with federal authorities, utilities and construction contractors. Serge has worked to successfully permit and construct more than $6 billion dollars of solar generation, high voltage transmission and natural gas transmission projects across thirteen western US states. Among the significant projects which Serge has served as environmental manager or project manager for are: PG&E North Baja Pipeline Project, Williams Gas Pipelines Northwest Pipeline Integrity Program and transmission system expansions, SDG&E Sunrise Powerlink, and SCE Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project. Serge has worked for FERC, the Williams Companies and PAR Electrical Contractors. Since joining sPower in 2014, he has led the development and execution of 250MW of sPower’s in-service solar projects.
Serge holds a BA Anthropology, Native American Studies from Humboldt State University (summa cum laude).
Daniel is responsible for interconnection distribution and transmission-level project work, which includes contract and process negotiations with utilities and independent system operators, driving project deadlines and compliance-based approvals of technical designs. Daniel joined sPower after spending several years with Pacific Gas and Electric as an Interconnection Manager, where he was responsible for FERC compliance for projects that exceeded an aggregate generation of 800MW. Daniel has experience with interconnection agreements, final testing procedures needed for commercial operation and finance portfolio management.
Daniel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California. He is fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.
Frank brings more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of the electrical trade and construction, specializing in AC and DC projects. Frank has extensive knowledge of electrical design, electrical estimating and reading prints and has been the construction manager on complex utility-scale projects with an emphasis on PV systems, generator installations and telecom and data center design-build. Prior to joining sPower, Frank worked for Belectric, Cenergy Power, BEI Construction, Worldwater & Solar Technology and Compel Corporation. He holds various industry certifications and licenses including being a certified journeyman and electrical contractor in the state of California.
Over the last decade, Colin has managed the construction of solar PV projects from commercial to institutional to utility-scale. His expertise spans rooftop, ground mount and canopy mounted systems for schools, large warehouse and logistics facilities, municipalities, utilities and the US Air Force. Colin’s background in information technology enables him to maneuver many technically challenging elements of solar installations. Prior to joining sPower, Colin was a project manager for Vanguard Energy Partners. Before that, he was a senior project manager with Pro-Tech Energy Solutions.
Randy is a solar industry and operation management veteran who possesses 35+ years of experience in construction, electrical, mechanical, engineering management, project management, manufacturing, customer service and supply chain management. Randy was promoted to COO after successfully delivering more than 650MW of operating projects over the course of 30 months as the SVP of Operations. Randy joined sPower after its acquisition of Tioga Energy.
Randy holds an Electrical Construction degree from Nova Scotia Community College; an Industrial Electrical degree from Nova Scotia Institute of Technology; and a Certificate, Financial Management from Saint Mary’s University.
Carisa brings valuable technical and political skills to the permitting division with her significant experience in land development and construction, having spent nearly 20 years as a geotechnical consultant. Her more recent experience in permitting and environmental compliance, associated with planning and development of multiple types of power facilities, provides the varied background needed for wading through the complexities of the permitting process.
Carisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Arizona.
Adam Furman is responsible for assisting project permitting and entitlement efforts, along with ensuring project compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations. Adam’s background spans across the environmental field, with a particular focus on environmental planning as it relates to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). His background enables him to navigate the complexities of project permitting with a particular focus on mitigating environmental impacts during all phases of project planning, construction, and operation.
Adam earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master of Science in Environmental Studies from California State University, Fullerton.
Bruce has decades of building management experience from Boston to Hawaii and was selected to work for some of the world’s greatest architects. An opportunity with Solar Design Associates translated into more than 150 solar photovoltaic projects managed nationwide. Prior to joining sPower, Bruce worked for Tioga Energy, SunPower Corporation and Solaire Generation and had been the construction manager on a significant portion of sPower’s portfolio.
Bruce is passionate about combatting climate change and has put considerable effort in lobbying the Massachusetts legislature, Governor and Treasurer for favorable actions to support fielding PV.
Mike has more than 20 years’ project management experience with domestic and international utility-scale renewable energy projects working for EPC contractors, engineers and owner/operators. Prior to joining sPower, Mike held various positions in the industry including project manager, CNF Constructors; construction manager, SeaWest Energy; VP construction, Terranova Energy; VP construction west, Gehrlicher Solar America. Mike has successfully managed EPC pre-construction and construction of utility-scale clean energy projects in California, Hawaii, Texas, Wyoming, the US Virgin Islands and Spain.
Mike is a graduate of Clarkson University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Sam's duties as a member of sPower’s on-site team of land maintenance technicians involve tasks such as ongoing vegetation control and panel washing. Sam’s prior work experience includes customer service, medical transport and retail positions.
Nancy is responsible for permitting, entitlement and environmental efforts for more than one gigawatt of solar PV projects. She has extensive experience in the renewable energy industry. Prior to joining sPower, Nancy was a project manager at a consulting firm and worked on several solar photovoltaic, wind energy, conventional energy and high voltage transmission system projects throughout southern California, Utah, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. Nancy possesses expertise in the environmental, permitting and planning stages of renewable energy and conventional energy projects.
Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California.
Mathieu is a member of the land maintenance team responsible for ongoing site management of sPower’s Southern California solar assets. Mathieu has extensive experience in residential construction, carpentry, diesel mechanics and other automotive diagnostics and maintenance; and holds certificates from Coastline Community College, Cerro Coso Community College and Antelope Valley Community College.
Nic has more than a decade of construction experience in the solar photovoltaic industry including project management, installation of various modern solar systems, quality assurance, bid and construction schedules and onsite operations. Prior to joining sPower, Nic worked for Reno Contracting, ACRO Energy, SolarCity, Ameco Solar and Clean Power Systems.
Nic earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego. He is a certified electrician and certified electrical contractor in the state of California and an NABCEP certified PV installation professional.
James has more than 30 years of experience with heavy equipment operation and general construction. He was the earthwork general foreman during Pioneer Wind Park’s construction. James has been a volunteer firefighter with the Glenrock Fire Department in Central Wyoming.
Sam performs on-site corrective, preventative and emergency maintenance and operations for sPower’s Southern California solar assets. He has experience with SCADA, commissioning, testing and inspecting solar PV systems including inverters, arrays, transformers, switchgear and metering systems. Previously at SunPower Corporate, Sam was a service technician/control room operator on the world’s largest solar facility, Solar Star 1 & 2. He also held positions with REC Solar and SolarCity. Sam completed a four-year electrical apprenticeship program; is a state-certified electrician in California; has a California state contractor license; holds a substation maintenance certification; and is in the process of obtaining a Colorado Master Certification.
Matthew is a member of sPower’s team of on-site O&M technicians responsible for performing corrective, preventative and emergency maintenance for its solar assets in Southern California. Prior to joining sPower, Matthew was employed by SOLV, the O&M division of Swinerton Incorporated, where he trained, scheduled and assigned preventative maintenance teams; built and delivered timely communications for internal and external customers; and live monitored sites to identify plant performance anomalies and system concerns. Matthew previously held positions with a variety of companies in the retail, janitorial and tree removal industries.
Jesse has been in the solar utility power industry since 2008, having managed the construction of various scales of projects ranging from commercial roof top installations, water treatment plant facilities, 20MW development projects to utility scale projects. Prior to joining sPower, Jesse was a construction manager for solar developers K Road Power and GCL as well as a construction manager for panel manufacturer, SunPower.
Jesse earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the California College of the Arts.
Dennis oversees land maintenance for sPower’s Southern California solar assets. He and his team are responsible for ongoing site management including vegetation control and panel washing. Dennis has experience in cell tower construction and installation, groundskeeping and landscaping.
Matt was with the Silverado Power development team prior to the merger with sPower where he worked for three years across multiple functions of the development and construction process. Initially a member of the sPower real estate team, Matt has transitioned to the operations team, responsible for managing timelines and requirements of the California Independent System Operator for each CA resource. Matt also interfaces with telecom companies across the US to deliver communications to all of sPower’s facilities.
Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Minor in Economics from the University of Oregon.
Robb has nearly a decade of experience in the utility solar market beginning with commissioning responsibilities for First Solar and more recently as an Operations and Maintenance Manager at NRG Energy. He has an extensive technical background and has worked closely across departments including asset management, procurement, business development, origination, contracts and cost estimation.
Logan is a talented veteran solar developer and a key member of sPower’s land team. He is responsible for land acquisitions and runs a proprietary GIS-driven site selection process that has provided highly suitable land for much of sPower’s robust operating and development portfolios. Logan is a well-rounded developer with substantial experience in use permitting, title curative, origination and power marketing.
Logan earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
John has been in the solar industry since 2006, having worked across various functions from physically installing residential and commercial projects, to negotiating SREC and EPC contracts, to permitting and developing projects, to financial modeling and selling panels for utility scale projects. Prior to joining sPower, John was a Project Developer for enXco Development Corporation and in Utility Scale sales for Suntech.
John earned a Bachelor of Science in Science/Business from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Tannenbaum formed Fir Tree Partners, a private global investment firm, in 1994 and serves as its President. Prior to Fir Tree, Mr. Tannenbaum spent his career in the private equity industry at Kohlberg & Co., beginning as the sole analyst for Jerome Kohlberg, the senior founder of KKR. Mr. Tannenbaum has chaired and served as a board member of numerous public and private companies. Mr. Tannenbaum has been a lecturer at Cambridge University and created and taught the first value investing course in the university’s history. Through the Fir Tree Philanthropies (“FTP”), Mr. Tannenbaum focuses on accelerating America’s energy independence and promoting sustainable capitalism through innovations in public policy, finance and entrepreneurship. FTP sponsors a variety of global sustainability projects and operates a Scientist in Residence program in Long Island. Through FTP, Mr. Tannenbaum organized our nation’s first major bi-partisan symposium focused on eliminating foreign oil dependence. FTP’s most recent project, PACE Finance, has led to the creation of a new form of financing for energy retrofitting our country’s homes and buildings.
Mr. Tannenbaum received a J.D.-M.B.A. degree from NYU and a Bachelor of Arts in economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Tulane University. He also received a General Course Certificate from the London School of Economics and did postgraduate work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Mr. Troeller joined Fir Tree in 2012 and is a Managing Director. Mr. Troeller directs the activities of Titan Grove Holdings, the private investment arm of the founders of Fir Tree. Mr. Troeller is responsible for sourcing, execution and monitoring of control-oriented private investments or meaningfully-sized structured investments in both public and private companies across a variety of industries. Mr. Troeller has more than 20 years of investment experience across control private investments, public investments, take privates of public companies, high yield and mezzanine debt financings, cross boarder M&A and corporate restructurings. He has led and completed 60+ private platform investments and related add-on acquisitions and has served on more than 15 public and private boards. Prior to joining Fir Tree, Mr. Troeller spent 15 years as a Partner at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a mid-market focused control equity buyout and mezzanine debt investor, where he served on the firm’s investment committee and management committee. Prior to that he was an investment banker at JP Morgan & Co.
Mr. Troeller is a graduate of Rutgers College with a dual degree in economics and communications.
Mr. Cohen joined Fir Tree in 2010 and is Head of Private Real Estate and a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee. Mr. Cohen is a Portfolio Manager responsible for private real estate strategy and leading the team’s real asset activities. Mr. Cohen’s responsibilities also include sourcing, underwriting and managing investments in public and private commercial real estate debt and equity across all of the Investment Manager’s investment funds. Mr. Cohen has extensive experience originating, structuring and managing joint venture relationships with operating partners as well as investing throughout the capital structures of real estate assets and companies. Prior to joining the Investment Manager, Mr. Cohen was a senior manager at Paramount Group, a private commercial real estate investment and management firm, where he was responsible for overseeing the Acquisitions Group. Before Paramount, Mr. Cohen worked in the principal investment group of Merrill Lynch’s global real estate practice, where he had responsibility for the U.S. portfolio.
Mr. Cohen received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Shah is an expert on energy project finance and changing energy policy. He works closely with a number of the world's leading influencers and guides policy makers around the globe on key issues surrounding renewable energy, climate change and sustainability. In 2003, Shah founded SunEdison, the world’s largest solar services company. Mr. Shah is the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy and the first CEO of the Carbon War Room (the global organization founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin United to help entrepreneurs address climate change). He is also on the board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to which he was nominated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and approved by the New York State Senate.
Mr. Shah holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and is a graduate from the University of Illinois.
Foster served as mayor of Long Beach, Calif., from 2006 to 2014. He worked at Southern California Edison from 1984 to 2006, most recently as president of the utility, where he led California’s largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis. During his tenure, SCE developed the biggest renewable, clean energy programs in the United States in solar, geothermal, biomass and wind. Before that, Foster was deputy executive director of the California Energy Commission, helping establish statewide energy efficiency standards, many of which are still in place today. Foster was appointed as the Environmental Committee Chair in 2008, elected to the Advisory Board in 2009 and elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Foster was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Board of Governors for CAISO in 2010 and was reappointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. to a second three-year term in January 2013. Foster is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in public administration.