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Jerry is the founder and CEO of Fair Horizon Capital, a private equity firm that invests in distressed real estate assets and alternative energy companies. Jerry has a successful 25-year career in developing corporate strategy and sales teams that deliver rapid revenue acceleration for innovative companies, as well as recruiting and building the necessary operational teams to achieve aggressive revenue expansion. He specializes in corporate product strategy development, effective/profitable negotiations, sales and sales management, and strategic market analysis.
Darren invented Sopogy’s core technologies at Energy Laboratories, a clean technology incubator where he held the position of Laboratory Director from 2000 to 2006. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Energy Industries Corporation, and energy services company which he founded in 1994. Darren studied electrical engineering at Portland State University and received a B.A. from the University of Hawaii.
Mike co-founded Kolohala Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to investing in Hawaii companies that have a global reach, in 2006. He has over 10 years of experience in venture and private equity investing and entrepreneurship. In addition to his corporate duties, Mike has also served the Hawaii community as a trustee for The Nature Conservancy Hawaii, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, Honolulu Symphony, and Chaminade University, among others.
Mike is the Corporate Development Principal of Ambri, a company which deploys liquid metal battery technology to make power cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable all over the world. He was previously an Operations Director for the MIT Energy Conference. He is interested in the interplay between energy and international relations—specifically, resource distribution, manufacturing growth, climate change, and their cumulative effect on war and peace. He holds a S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT.
Gene is the CEO and co-founder of People Power, an award-winning software company enabling remote control and management of connected devices from your smartphone. He was previously Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, an industry leader in mobile phone device management, which he sold to HP in 2007 for $160M. Gene was CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, which sold to Agilent in 2000. Gene was CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, which he led through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions and helped grow the annual sales from $172 million to $412 million. Gene was VP and general manager at Borland, where he drove sales of the C++ programming language to over one million copies. Gene was also co-founder and VP Marketing at Gold Hill Computers, an Artificial Intelligence company.
Sudhir brings extensive financing and structuring experience to TerViva, a company that develops and commercializes new crops that grow sustainably on underproductive agricultural land. Before joining TerViva in 2011, Sudhir was a Director in the Private Equity group at D.E. Shaw & Co. in New Delhi, India where he structured, negotiated and conducted due diligence on growth capital investments. Prior to that, he spent eight years at UBS in Asset Management and Investment Banking. Sudhir has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University.
Heidi has broad experience in both early stage ventures and with mature automotive and energy organizations, internationally and in the United States. Currently, Heidi is CEO of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies (HEVT), an early stage technology company based in Chicago that develops and deploys innovative technologies that will facilitate the emergence of electrified transport. Prior to joining HEVT, Heidi worked as an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP restructuring in excess of $10 billion in debt obligations for multinational public and private companies in varied industries, focusing especially on the automotive, oil and gas, and media sectors.
John is a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in establishing innovative technology companies and generating returns to investors and over 11 years of solar industry experience ranging from polysilicon to multi 100MW utility scale power plants. He is currently President of VDE Americas, which provides PV plant certification and quality testing. In addition to his position at VDE Americas, he is also co-Founder & Executive Vice President of Solaicx, which sold to MEMC/SunEdison in July 2010 for ~$100M.
Peter is a seasoned business executive with over 30 years of international experience growing high tech companies, in fields ranging from automotive electronics to solar energy. He is the Vice President of VDE Americas, a subsidiary of VDE Germany in partnership with Fraunhofer ISE, providing PV plant certification and quality testing. Peter is also the Co-founder of Solaicx and spent 7 years as VP of Business Development through sale of the company in 2010 to MEMC. In addition, he spent 25 years with Raychem Corp., a Fortune 500 California based materials science company.
Naveen is the Founder and CEO of TerViva. Since 2009, he has been recognized as a thought leader at the intersection of agriculture and renewable energy. Prior to starting TerViva, Naveen completed his MBA from UC Berkeley, where he focused on energy and resource economics. At that time, Naveen co-chaired the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC), which under his leadership formed the “Cleantech to Market Program” to spin off promising technologies at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Prior to getting his MBA, Naveen worked as a management consultant at Gemini Consulting and TPI (formerly a part of the Monitor Group), in the realms of biotech, finance, and human capital.
Will is the Manager of Grid Solutions at Stem Inc., a company that optimizes energy savings and minimizes needed battery size through data analytics and advanced energy storage solutions. He has experience in battery energy storage, low-carbon power generation, and electricity transmission and distribution. Will specializes in electricity power markets, energy storage, utility rate tariffs, solar and wind energy development, energy investment risk analysis, power system modeling, ArcGIS, and corporate finance.
Phil Giudice, Rodrigo Prudencio
Autowatts helps consumers pair the purchase of an electric vehicle with a photovoltaic system for clean and eventually free fuel.
Ballast Energy, Inc.
Ballast Energy, Inc. halves the cost of lithium ion batteries by pioneering a low-cost production process to unlock new markets.
Effortless Energy integrates innovative finance with technology and marketing to make energy efficiency the no-brainer it ought to be.
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