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Marc Gottschalk is one of a small inner circle in Silicon Valley who pioneered the U.S. cleantech sector and helped shape it into a new driver for global innovation and economic growth. His core areas of practice include representation of companies in complex real estate and environmental matters from property leasing, purchase and sale and development to environmental risk management, regulatory advice and permitting as well as advising cleantech and other emerging growth companies in corporation formation and venture finance transactions.
Prior to joining Sidley, Marc served as chief business development officer and general counsel for Proterra Inc, a manufacturer of advanced electric drive and energy storage solutions for heavy duty vehicles (including its industry leading fast charge EcoRide transit bus) and served as the co-chair of the Energy and Clean Technology practice at a well known high technology law firm. While there, he assisted dozens of innovative cleantech companies go to market.
He is the co-founder and board chair of the Cleantech Open, a world-leading organization that provides vital resources inventors and entrepreneurs need to take cleantech innovations from concept to operating business. He remains on the board of the Cleantech Open.
Mr. Gottschalk holds a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in Iowa and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Jeff Byron has more than 35 years of experience in emerging energy technologies, customer requirements, and energy policy. His focus has been on the technical, regulatory, and financial implications of clean-energy and smart-grid technologies. He consults with a number of startup companies developing unique generation and control technologies, energy storage, and consumer-oriented smart grid devices. He is a member of The Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest seed funding organization. He recently served for five years on the California Energy Commission active in numerous power plant siting cases, including permitting 3,500 megawatts of renewable energy projects. He began his career at GE’s Nuclear Energy Division and has been involved in all aspects of electric power generation and has held executive positions at NRG Energy and Calpine. He managed research at the Electric Power Research Institute in both fossil and nuclear power generation and commercialization roles culminating in the formation of the Hillview Group, a for-profit subsidiary. He co-founded BrightLine Energy, a distributed energy provider, and was Energy Director at Oracle Corporation. Mr. Byron is an expert on energy policy and clean-energy technologies who has developed strong relationships with energy companies, legislative, regulatory, and academic leaders. He received a BS and MS from Stanford University.
James has 15 years experience commercializing engineered technologies for the Industrial and Civil Infrastructure markets. As Co-Founder and CEO of HJ3, a technology transfer from the University of Arizona, James launched several composite products recognized worldwide, including StrongHold™ for basement repairs, BlastSeal™ for blast mitigation, CarbonSeal™ for repairing Pressure Pipe and Gas Transmission lines, and HJ3 Civil ™ for repairing bridges, water/waste-water pipe, and commercial buildings.
As a successful inventor of high strength composites, James is named on 2 issued patents and 3 patents pending. James was selected to the Arizona’s Daily Star’s 40 under 40, the University of Arizona’s Hall of Fame for Entrepreneurs at the McGuire Center, and finished 2nd in the National 2013 Cleantech Open Accelerator. He has spoken at events for the American Public Water Works Association, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, and the Cleantech Future III Conferences. Committed to community outreach, James launched HJ3’s philanthropic arm “George’s Dojo” in honor of a former employee who exemplified community outreach prior to his death. HJ3 employees donate over 1,000 hours to community outreach. James holds an MBA from the University Of Arizona Eller College Of Business and a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Trinity University.
Rick DeGolia is a cleantech and software entrepreneur who has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 25 years as a business attorney with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati), an entrepreneur (launching Genesys Telecommunications, Apptera and Green Wireless Systems) and an angel investor (with The Angels’ Forum). He also was a charter member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), where we has lobbied in Sacramento and Washington DC for environmental legislation. He has also been active in supporting political initiatives and candidates that promote environmental protection and a clean technology agenda. Rick has four US patents. He is a fourth-generation Californian with an AB from the University of California at Berkeley and a JD from Harvard Law School
Ashley Grosh, AVP, is Project Manager for Environmental Affairs at Wells Fargo. She focuses her efforts on furthering the connection between banking and environmental initiatives by working with customers, communities, environmental and clean technology organizations and non-profits, universities, research labs and multiple Wells Fargo business groups. Ashley manages the $100 million Wells Fargo Environmental Philanthropy goal by 2020; overseeing programs seeking out top environmental non-profits and projects that have national and local impact. She also collaborates with various business groups on the company’s strategic environmental commitment, supporting projects such as installation of solar panels on Wells Fargo stores. Ashley also develops marketing materials, helps develop green financial products and creates various in-depth internal and external environmental reports. Ashley has spent the entirety of her nine year professional career with Wells Fargo. Most recently Ashley was an Investment Management Associate with Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management Group in Chicago, working with high net worth individuals on financial solutions and alternative energy investments prior to joining the Wells Fargo Environmental Affairs team in 2009. Ashley earned a BA in Economics with a minor in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also earned a Certified Financial Planning Certificate from DePaul Universities College of Financial Planning. She also recently earned an energy certificate from the LEEDS School of Business at her Alma matter in Boulder.
Tim Hoffman has 19 years of experience providing consulting and investment banking services to a wide range of clients.
Tim is currently a Managing Director at both Green Owl Advisers, a consulting firm that provides financial and strategic consulting services, and Watts Capital, LLC, an investment banking firm that provides capital raising and M&A advisory services to renewable energy and cleantech companies.
Tim is the NYC Metro Director for the Cleantech Open, where he was awarded National Mentor of the Year 2012, Northeast Volunteer of the Year 2013 and National Volunteer of the Year 2013. He also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at NYSERDA and as a mentor to PowerBridgeNY.
Tim earned two B.A. degrees from Indiana University and an M.A.E. from the
University of Michigan. He is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and
holds Series 7, 79 and 63 securities licenses.
Dr. Hummel served as the Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy & International Affairs from 2009 through 2013. In that capacity, Dr. Hummel engaged a wide range of industry and public interest stakeholders to inform policies on such topics as strategic priorities for investments in energy innovation, water-energy interdependency, energy finance, utility business models for the power sector, innovative solutions for addressing climate change. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Dr. Hummel designed corporate energy strategies for clients of Silicon Energy, an energy software start-up acquired by Itron, and later consulted briefly with the Google Energy & Climate team. Dr. Hummel was first hooked on energy technology innovation 20 years ago as a co-leader of the Clarkson University Solar Car Team, which designed and raced a highly efficient experimental electric vehicle across the country using only the power of the sun. Dr. Hummel is on the Global Advisory Committee of Cornerstone Capital Group, which is among the world’s leading voices in the field of sustainable investment and finance.
Ron Lusk was born in Fort Worth Texas on March, 31st 1956 and moved to Dallas in 1991.
Ron entered the health care business in the late 80’s and sold the business in 1997. He remained in health care for years and still owns a hospice.
Ron acquired an LED company in 2004 and took it public. In 2007 merged it with a NYC Private Equity firm. Today it is one of the largest LED manufacturers in the world. He is the founder and chairman of Lumetech Group, a consulting firm and commercial distributor of energy efficient LED outdoor lighting solutions.
Ron is a director or advisory director to several companies and private equity firms across a wide array of sectors. He is very active in the energy space and the oilfield services industry.
Jim Matheson joined Flagship Ventures in 2000 and focuses on creating and funding new ventures in the sustainability, clean technology and special technologies (e.g. nanotechnology, materials and technology systems) arenas. Jim earned an MBA from The Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Science (with honors) from the United States Naval Academy and retired in 2008 as a Commander in the US Naval Reserves. Jim has over 20 years of technology and leadership experience across a variety of organizations and roles designing, engineering and deploying sophisticated technology platforms. He formerly served as a Navy F-14 & FA-18 pilot including duties flying over 200 combat missions from an aircraft carrier, as a TOPGUN Instructor and leading the Navy’s Adversary Program. He also gained broad experience in emerging aircraft & weapons system design, testing and procurement, and was deeply involved in many of the military’s IT modernization initiatives. Jim serves on the boards of Flagship portfolio companies Advanced Electron Beams, Black Duck Software, Frontier Renewable Resources, Mascoma Energy Corporation, Midori, Novomer and Oasys Water and is Chairman of the Board of Genstruct and Ze-gen. He was previously a director of e-Dialog (acquired by GSI Commerce), Yantra (acquired by Sterling Commerce / SBC), Flamenco Networks (acquired by SOA Software) and Zingku (acquired by Google). Jim has also spearheaded Flagship Venture’s role as the Department of Energy’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Jim is on the Board of New York-based hedge fund Black Horse Capital, the New England Clean Energy Council, the National Board of the Clean Tech Open, CLF (Conservation Law Foundation) Ventures, and the Center for Women & Enterprise, and is actively involved in numerous entrepreneurial and venture capital organizations including the Department of Energy’s Biomass Technical Advisory Committee, the MA Clean Energy Center, the MIT Enterprise Forum, The Deshpande Center, and The Service Academy Business Network.
Ben Matteo is Co-Founder, Eos Neuroscience. He founded Eos in 2007 with MIT classmate Dr. Ed Boyden and Dr. Alan Horsager to bring the benefit of optogenetics to help blind people see. Prior to Eos, Mr. Matteo was an entrepreneur and a consultant. He advised clients in the biopharmaceutical, cleantech, and software industries, and consulted on business and technical issues with companies ranging from startup to Fortune 500. He began his consulting career at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Post McKinsey, Mr. Matteo started his own independent consulting practice, serving as both advisor and interim management. He is a Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of the Cleantech Open, an international nonprofit focused on helping emerging cleantechnology companies succeed. He serves on the Board of Directors of Nila, a manufacturer of high-performance LED lighting systems. Mr. Matteo holds an SB in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Phi Beta Kappa, and MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University.
Tom McCalmont is President and cofounder of McCalmont Engineering, a five-year company that designs large scale PV power plants and energy storage systems. Tom has over thirteen years experience building successful solar businesses and 35 years experience developing innovative technology solutions. A serial entrepreneur and inventor with 13 U.S. patents, he has a successful track record of creatively applying new technology to solving real world customer problems.
Tom also serves on the Boards of Directors of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, an organization working to address regional problems through public-private partnership, JV’s Climate Prosperity Council, a Silicon Valley group dedicated to the proposition that we can fight climate change while simultaneously building economic prosperity for our society; and the Board of Trustees of Muskingum University.
Tom holds an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and both a Doctor of Science and B.S. degree from Muskingum University. Tom is a licensed Professional Engineer, a charter NABCEP-certified Solar PV Installer and a licensed C-10 (electrical), C-46 (solar), and B (general) contractor in the State of California.
A former cabinet member of Arizona Governor Napolitano, counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and graduate of Harvard Law School, Seth Mones has over 20 years of leadership experience in the private and public sectors. This experience spans economic development, public affairs, law, and sustainability. Seth practiced law in Washington, D.C., held counsel positions in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and was a trade association executive. While a majority counsel on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he helped develop and oversee Federal environmental laws and programs; and interacted frequently with U.S. EPA, Federal and State agencies, the scientific community, environmental groups, industry, and concerned citizens. As Deputy Director of the Arizona Commerce Department, he worked to attract and retain technology and other companies to Arizona; administer State energy programs; and facilitate economic development and sustainability planning. The Governor promoted him to her cabinet to head up the agency overseeing various consumer protection programs and fuel-related air quality regulations. Seth works to enhance corporate environmental performance and build environmental philanthropic collaborations.
Mairtini Ni Dhomhnaill is Leader of National Business Outsourcing Solutions Practice, Accretive Solutions. She leads the National Business Outsourcing Solutions Practice of Accretive Solutions. She has more than twenty years of experience in the fields of accounting and finance. Working with both public and privately held companies, she has provided senior level consulting services ranging from CFO services, strategic fundraising, financial planning, system implementation and project management services. Mairtini works extensively with venture backed Start Up companies in a CFO capacity. She is also a board member for Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network. Mairtini graduated from the Galway & Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Ireland, is a Fellow of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and is a Certified Internal Auditor.
Rex Northen is Executive Director of the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest clean technology accelerator. As founder and CEO of technology companies in both Europe and the United States, Rex is an entrepreneur who has worked with hundreds of diverse companies, ranging from startups to global corporations. Rex has led the Cleantech Open since January 2009, overseeing the growth of the California-based nonprofit from its Bay Area roots to a national organization with regional volunteer operations in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Boston, Austin and Washington, D.C., and the Global Cleantech Open, with 23 participating countries in 2011. Rex holds an M.A. from the University of Oxford.
L. Schindler is the founder and a Managing Partner of SAIL Capital Partners LLC, and co-manages all aspects of SAIL’s operations and investments. His primary responsibilities include capital, finance, operations, exits and communications. Under his leadership SAIL has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a member of its Community of Global Growth Companies and nominated for Private Equity Manager of the Year by Foundation & Endowment Money Management. In addition, SAIL Capital has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce to co-lead with Deutsche Bank the U.S. Trade Mission on Clean Energy to Germany and to participate in the first Impact & Sustainable Trade Mission to Europe with investor meetings in Zurich, Amsterdam, and London.
Prior to SAIL, Walter served as the partner in charge of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County, California office, one of the largest in its worldwide network. His 19-year career at this leading international law firm included advising clients on some of the most successful IPO’s and mergers in the US during that time, including Allergan, Callaway Golf, Fluor, Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company (PIMCO), PacifiCare, SafeGuard Health, and Ultrasystems. He was the lead strategic advisor in over 60 successful mergers, acquisitions, and IPO’s. His assignments included advising Pacific Mutual Life Insurance with regard to the creation and execution of the exit strategy for its investment in PIMCO and working on the IPO of Ultrasystems Inc., the first renewable power project developer to go public in the US. He has 30 years of broad and deep experience in energy and renewable power projects and related exit experience.
Walter is a native of New Orleans, earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. with honors from Yale University and his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School.
Jessica Smothermon has worked for Apollo Education Group since 2010. At Apollo Education Group, Jessica serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Corporate Social Responsibility. She is continually looking for opportunities to engage with non-profit organizations to further enhance Apollo Education Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility mission of increased access to education, workforce development, and sustainability.
Prior to joining Apollo Education Group, Jessica served as Director of Research and Population Statistics at the Arizona Department of Commerce where she conducted economic modeling and reporting for the State. Her work preparing population estimates and projections included serving as Governor¹s Liaison to the Census Bureau. Jessica led a team of researchers to assess and analyze economic and workforce development in the green economy in relation to job growth and creation for the State of Arizona.
Before joining the Arizona Department of Commerce, Jessica spent time applying her mathematical skills to the next generation as a high school Geometry teacher in Florida. She also worked for Rio Tinto to assess how the company should utilized its land and water assets not underdevelopment. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and International Business from New York University where she pursued a dual major and was an Honors Scholar. She also has earned a Masters of Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Phoenix.
Clark Waterfall is the co-founder and Managing Director of BSG Team Ventures. Clark’s practice area specialties include cleantech, software, medical devices, Internet/media, and Healthcare IT. Before starting BSG, Mr. Waterfall spent 6 years as Vice President at Management Recruiters International., specializing in the imaging and multimedia industries. During his 6 years there, Clark assumed co–management responsibilities for the New England Division’s flagship Boston office, growing it to more than a dozen consultants in five industry specialties. Prior to his career in executive search, Clark’s career began in the banking industry in sales and sales management, mostly with Citicorp/Citibank. Before receiving his MBA at Babson’s Olin School of Management, Clark did his undergraduate studies in a double–degree program at Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Russ Yarrow is general manager for corporate affairs at Chevron Corp. He is responsible for corporate marketing, executive communications and California corporate affairs. Prior to joining Chevron, he was senior vice president of global corporate relations at Visa International. Before that, he managed the corporate practice at Ketchum. From 1988 to 1997, Yarrow held a variety of senior corporate communications positions at Bank of America, including leading communications and stakeholder engagement for its CRA-related initiatives and BofA Community Development Bank. He has been a guest lecturer at professional functions and has served in senior positions at several nonprofits, including the Commonwealth Club (where he is currently on the Board of Governors), the San Francisco Global Trade Council and the Northern California Golf Association. An award-winning former journalist, he majored in journalism at San Diego State University and is a fellow of the San Francisco Academy, a graduate-level public relations seminar.
Laurent was instrumental to the Cleantech Open’s early success, taking the lead for marketing and fund raising strategy. Laurent continues to serve on the Cleantech Open’s Board of Directors. Prior to the Cleantech Open, Laurent was a senior marketing executive at Siebel System and Oracle. He is currently Chief Marketing Officer at FICO.
Leslie was the competition’s Financial Oversight Chair for 2006 and 2007. Leslie set up the competition’s financial and accounting systems and also managed the in-kind sponsor program. He continues to be an active volunteer and serves on the board of directors. Leslie was the founder of Murdock & Associates, now part of Accretive Solutions. He is currently co-founder of Murdock Martell.
Michael organized the competition’s steering committee in December of 2005 and served as a co-chair from 2006 to 2008. Michael is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors and remains an active volunteer. Prior to the Cleantech Open, Michael was the co-founder and CEO of Four11/YahooMail. Michael is currently a partner with the Cleantech Circle.
Patrick Stanton was the competition’s 2006 and 2008 Sponsor Chair. His business development expertise was instrumental to the competition’s fund raising success. He continues to be an active volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to the Cleantech Open, Patrick was Vice President of Business Development at Dealix and Autoweb. He is currently managing partner at Elcade, LLC and advisor to several clean technology and automotive oriented companies
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