President and CEO
Mr. James Nelson began his executive career 30 years ago at Bain and Company, the premier business strategy consulting firm in the world, where he managed teams of consultants on four continents solving CEO-level programs for global companies.
Mr. Hunt is the Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee. He is the owner of Hunt Business Consulting, a company that provides consultation to companies regarding current requirements under GAAP, where Mr. Hunt provides consulting service since 2010. Mr. Hunt has over 30 years of experience as a CPA and served as a member (partner) of HJ & Associates, LLC, a public accounting firm, from 1995 to 2010. Mr. Hunt has previously served on the board and advisory committee for both public and private companies. Currently, Mr. Hunt is serving on the advisory board for Independent Stock Market and American Gunity companies. Mr. Hunt served as the Audit Committee Chairman for Cereplast, Inc., a public company, from September 2010 until March 2014. Mr. Hunt received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. His thirty years of experience in public accounting bring to the Company a broad knowledge of public finance, audit processes, and compliance expertise.
Abe Emard is the CEO of SUNworks, a division of Solar3D, and is actively engaged in the design, installation and management of solar energy solutions for commercial, agricultural and residential customers. Mr. Emard is a co-founder of SUNworks and has served as CEO since the company’s inception in February 2011. From 2000 until co-founding SUNworks, he worked for Emard Electric, Inc. as its Project Manager, Vice President and Business Development Officer. Mr. Emard holds a construction management degree from the University of California at Davis extension program and a Journeyman State Certified License. He is a certified installer for Canadian Solar, Sharp, AE Solaron, and PV Powered.
Mr. Resch has served as President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the solar energy industry representing over 1,000 companies that manufacture, develop and install solar systems of all sizes and technologies. In this role, he was responsible for leading the growth of the industry by expanding markets, removing market barriers, increasing the availability of low cost financing and educating the public. Under Rhone’s leadership, SEIA’s recent legislative successes include the long-term extension and expansion of the investment tax credits for solar enacted at the end of 2015, creation of the Treasury grant program and the section 48C manufacturing tax credit, and expansion of the loan guarantee program for renewable energy. At the state level, SEIA has been the lead in expanding net metering, establishing strong renewable portfolio standards and creating markets for residential, commercial and utility scale solar energy. And in the regulatory arena, Rhone recently led the industry through an adverse customs ruling, guiding the industry through a complex legal, framework that saved U.S. companies several hundred million dollars. He has over 18 years of experience in the public and private sector working in clean energy development and climate change issues. In addition to serving as the Vice President for the Natural Gas Supply Association, Rhone has also served as Program Manager at the EPA’s Climate Protection Division during the Clinton administration.
Brigham Tomco is the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Zylun Global, a private equity backed investment holding company. Brigham’s experience also includes positions with Ocean Road Advisors and Meyer Ventures, an $800+ million portfolio. Mr. Tomco’s has a B.S degree in accounting and JD/MBA from Brigham Young University. His experience as a board member with other companies and with growing organizations will help bolster the Company’s corporate governance.
John Van Slooten
Mr. Van Slooten is the Managing Partner of Intrepid Equity Partners since 2013. From 2007 until 2013 he served as the Managing Partner of Atlanta-based VVS Capital. Prior, Mr. Van Slooten served as a Managing Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Capital Markets. He has over 25 years of experience in private equity and the capital markets. He has executed private equity investments in a variety of industries. He oversees the investment in Brown Integrated Logistics, the leading provider of transportation services to the paper industry in the southeast and serves on the board of Track Utilities. He has worked for Standard Chartered Bank and First Interstate Bank Ltd. He holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA from Brigham Young University. His twenty-five years of experience in management, public finance and private equity bring to the Company a broad knowledge of public company management, and investment community relationships among institutional investors, analysts and investment.
Shane Mace has served as a director of the Company since October 2015. Since 2004, Mr. Mace has been a member owner of Buffalo Hump, LLC, based in Meridian, Idaho, which is engaged in real estate development and property management. In 2013, Mr. Mace became a member owner of Long Rod Equipment, LLC, also based in Meridian, Idaho, which is engaged in aircraft and construction equipment leasing. Immediately prior to his current positions, from 2002-2012, Mr. Mace was the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Track Utilities, LLC (“Track”) in Meridian, Idaho. Track provides mission-critical electric and telecommunications infrastructure services in the Northwest and Intermountain West through its skilled labor force. Mr. Mace holds a BS degree in finance from the College of Idaho and is well versed in financial statements and analysis with more than twenty-six (26) years of experience performing accounting and financial tasks. Mr. Mace qualifies to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors because o his extensive experience as a member/owner of other businesses and his accounting and financial background.
Charles F. Cargile
Charles F. Cargile is an independent investor and advisor. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Newport Corporation from October 2000 until April 2016, when Newport was acquired by MKS Instruments. At Newport Mr. Cargile was responsible for all accounting, financial reporting, tax, treasury, investor relations and information technology functions. In addition, Mr. Cargile led Newport’s efforts in strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Newport, Mr. Cargile was Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development for York International Corporation (now a division of Johnson Controls, Inc.), a manufacturer of air conditioning and refrigeration products. He joined York in November 1998, and served in a number of executive positions, including Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, until his promotion to Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development in February 2000. Prior to joining York, Mr. Cargile was employed by Flowserve Corporation, a global company engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and service of industrial flow management equipment, in various positions, most recently as Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer from February 1995 to November 1998. Mr. Cargile has his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.View Bio
President and CEO
Mr. James Nelson began his executive career 30 years ago at Bain and Company, the premier business strategy consulting firm in the world, where he managed teams of consultants on four continents solving CEO-level programs for global companies. Prior to joining Solar3D, he spent 20 years working in the private equity industry as both a capital partner and operating CEO to portfolio companies. Mr. Nelson was a General Partner at Peterson Partners from 2007 to 2009, and at Millennial Capital Partners from 1991-2010. In addition to his responsibilities in acquisition and divestiture, Mr. Nelson worked as an executive in a number of portfolio companies. He served as CEO of Euro-Tek Store Fixture, LLC, Chairman of the Board of American Retail Interiors, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Panelview Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Critical Power Exchange, as well as serving on numerous boards of companies.
The companies led by Mr. Nelson have created exceptional returns for investors – sometimes over 20 times the original investment. Prior to his years in private equity, Mr. Nelson served as Vice President of Marketing at Banana Republic/The Gap, where he managed company-wide marketing, as well as the initial international expansion of Banana Republic. He was also General Manager for the highly profitable catalog division. He also served as Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development at Saga Corporation, a multi-billion dollar food service company.
Mr. Nelson received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Brigham Young University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named the Outstanding MBA Graduate. Mr. Nelson was recently appointed to the Director’s Council for The University of California, Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE). His leadership and insight is expected to provide the Council with industry-insider knowledge and experience as solar continues to garner mass adoption, not only in California, but throughout the world. Mr. Nelson’s expansive experience in global companies, worldview strategic thinking, and hands-on entrepreneurial and operating execution is ideally suited to help exploit Sunworks’ breakthrough Solar3D Cell technology in a multi-trillion dollar global market opportunity.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. McDonnel, a seasoned financial and executive leader, brings more than 30 years of experience to Sunworks including an extensive background with public company finance and accounting, executive suite-level operations management, acquisitions and sales. He began his career at Arthur Andersen& Co. and has since served in numerous C-level positions. Most recently, McDonnel was President of Vulcan Precision Linings where he grew sales by 35% year-over-year, strengthened the company’s cash position and returned capital to investors through a share repurchase program. Prior to Vulcan, McDonnel served as COO of Franklin Covey Products, LLC where he assisted the CEO in rapidly improving cash flow, reducing overhead costs and restructuring operations which resulted in a $5.7 million increase in EBITDA in the first year of implementation.
President of Commercial Solar
Mr. Kirk Short has been in the solar industry for over 15 years, focusing on the core business of providing solar. Mr. Short was formerly the President and CEO of Elite Solar. Since joining Solar3D as a division, Mr. Short has raised the bar on winning commercial project bids for his no-nonsense, get-it-done approach. This especially resonates with the agribusiness sector. Mr. Short brings the valuable experience of large-scale solar installation projects to the Company. Having worked on solar projects at international airports, Mr. Short was intimately involved in every part of the installation process. And that’s how he prefers to be: sleeves rolled up to get the job done for the customer. With his hard and honest work ethic, Mr. Short created a company culture that directly showcases the team’s knowledge and character. Mr. Short is presently the Director of Commercial Operations Northern California to fulfill the strong demand in for commercial and agribusiness solar.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Abe Emard is formerly the CEO of Solar United Networks (dba SUNworks), a division of Solar3D, and is actively engaged in the design, installation and management of solar energy solutions for commercial, agricultural and residential customers. Mr. Emard is a co-founder of SUNworks and has served as CEO since the company’s inception in February 2011. From 2000 until co-founding SUNworks, he worked for Emard Electric, Inc. as its Project Manager, Vice President and Business Development Officer. Under Mr. Emard’s leadership, the SUNworks division more than doubled its sales revenue through project bid wins and aggressive expansion in the residential market. Today, Mr. Emard serves as Chief Operating Officer at the consolidated Sunworks, Inc. company, overseeing the Company’s operations. Mr. Emard holds a construction management degree from the University of California at Davis extension program and a Journeyman State Certified License. He is a certified installer for Canadian Solar, Sharp, AE Solaron, and PV Powered.
Director of Engineering
Mr. Mikhail Podnesbesnyy was formerly the Vice President of Solar United Networks (dba SUNworks) since February 2011. From 2001 until joining SUNworks, he worked for Emard Electric, Inc. in various capacities, including photovoltaic design from 2009 to 2011, pre-fabrication manager from 2007 to 2009, job foreman from 2002 to 2007, and journeyman electrician from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Podnesbesnyy’s diligent work with the SUNworks Design and Engineering teams was instrumental in earning the Company lucrative project contracts that compounded its growth in 2015. Mr. Podnesbesnyy presently serves as Director of Engineering at Sunworks, where he will continue to push the boundaries of design and function, providing customers with highly efficient performing solar solutions. Mr. Podnesbesnyy is a certified journeyman electrician and has received WECA certified photovoltaic.
President of Residential Solar
Mr. Emil Beitpolous, was formerly the President of Solar United Networks (dba SUNworks) since early 2011. From late 2009 until joining SUNworks, he worked for Emard Electric, Inc. as its general superintendent where he was responsible for all solar field crews of up to 25 employees, project management of all commercial projects, recruitment of all field employees, project budgeting and forecasting, and strategy for all field operations. From 2007 to September 2009, Mr. Beitpolous was the solar superintendent of Rayco Electric, Inc. where he was responsible for all aspects of photovoltaic installation and performing quality inspections on system drawing and installations. Under Mr. Beitpolous’ leadership, the SUNworks team of solar installers performed installations on projects as large as 2.5 megawatts. The Company’s success was largely due to Mr. Beitpolous’ ability to always meet their project deliverables. As Director of Residential Operations, Mr. Beitpolous will oversee the rapid expansion into the residential solar market. Mr. Beitpolous’ achievements in the residential market includes sales revenue growth and the introduction of the Sunworks Design Center, a retail space where customers may come and experience what Sunworks has to offer. Mr. Beitpolous received his WECA IEC Journeyman Training Certification in 2009 and a California State License Board General B License in 2004.