Mr. Resor is groSolar’s CEO and a Member of the Board of Directors. He joined groSolar in 2007 and was CFO and COO before assuming the role of CEO. Prior to joining groSolar, Mr. Resor had 20 years of experience across all major corporate functions in large organizations and start-up companies. He spent the first part of his career with Bankers Trust and Mercer Management Consulting working with Fortune 1000 clients. During the 1990s, Mr. Resor developed and directed the pioneering Conservation Finance and New Ventures programs for World Wildlife Fund, the world’s largest environmental organization. In this capacity, he raised more than $150 million for environmental conservation projects through debt-for-nature swaps and other cross-border financing transactions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He also advised on the restructuring of more than $1 billion of debt owed to the U.S. Government from various countries in Latin America. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jamie Resor, Chief Executive Officer, Member of Board of Directors
Frank Griffin, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Construction
Mr. Griffin is groSolar’s Executive Vice President of Engineering and Construction with responsibility for EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) and O&M (Operations and Maintenance) of commercial and utility-scale projects. He joined groSolar in 2008, and under his direction groSolar has successfully completed design and construction of solar PV projects on the East Coast, Midwest and in California. Mr. Griffin has over 30 years of project development and project management experience. Recent commissioned solar PV projects include 7MW in MA, 8MW in PA, 4MW in NJ, 1.7MW in DE, and 6MW in VT. Prior to joining groSolar, he was Vice President and Regional Development Manager for Lane Company, a multi-family real estate developer where he developed projects valued in excess of $200 million. He was Senior Manager at Mesirow Financial Real Estate, Inc., dedicated to the University of Illinois at Chicago, South Campus Development, a $1.2 billion mixed-use redevelopment. Mr. Griffin’s landfill and brownfield remediation experience includes capping of more than 300 acres of landfills in four states and design-build of liquid and gas treatment systems. Mr. Griffin received his BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and received an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University.
Steve Remen, Executive Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Remen joined groSolar in 2012 as their Executive Vice President of Business Development and brings deep energy sector experience as an engineer and project manager, completing large-scale generation projects with a broad range of utility, corporate, financial, and government partners. In addition to serving as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Energy where he had responsibility for energy policy and programs within the state, Mr. Remen started and grew two successful sales and marketing teams which generated revenues in excess of $300 million annually. He’s also highly experienced in project development, having developed several power generation facilities totaling more than $250 million in value. Mr. Remen has an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and held Registered Professional Engineer licenses in the states of New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Florida.
Rod Viens, Executive Vice President of Operations
Mr. Viens is groSolar’s Executive Vice President of Operations and manages PV equipment procurement and logistics, as well project management in the Northeast. Prior to the company’s sale of its residential division, Mr. Viens oversaw the direct residential and small commercial installation operations, which constructed multiple megawatts of solar in ten states. Mr. Viens's commercial project management experience at groSolar has included multi-residential commercial buildings, schools, and the Air National Guard ranging in size from 100 kW to 2.3 MW. Prior to joining groSolar, he was Vice President of Operations and Business Development for Yankee Barn Homes, a nationally distributed post and beam home manufacturer, where he established and oversaw the installation construction division and was charged with improving overall company processes. Mr. Viens graduated from Keene State College with a BS in Management.
Jeff Wolfe, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Wolfe co-founded groSolar in 1998 and was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors for nearly 14 years until 2012, when he transitioned to solely the Chairman’s role. He is now Principal of Jeff Wolfe Consulting, providing strategic consulting to the energy industry. Mr. Wolfe is a recognized leader in the solar energy industry and a leading voice on solar energy policy throughout the U.S. He is the elected chair of the DG Division of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the country’s leading solar energy trade organization. He has testified at the US Senate, and state legislatures, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. He also serves on the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board and is trained as a Climate Reality presenter. Prior to forming groSolar, Mr. Wolfe was a partner at Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, where he started and ran branch offices in Hanover, NH, and Chicago, IL. Mr. Wolfe is a registered Professional Engineer, and received his BSME degree from Cornell University.
Steve Joseph, Member of the Board of Directors
Mr. Joseph has had a thirty year career highlighted by successful start-up and growth companies in the technology, retail and direct marketing, and distribution sectors. He has been an independent management consultant since 2002. Prior to that time, Mr. Joseph was CFO and COO of privately-held SmartBargains, an online direct marketer; he was CFO of Be Free, a provider of online direct marketing services, from its inception through its public offering and subsequent merger; and he was CFO of PCs Compleat, a direct marketer of personal computers, from its inception through its merger with publically-held CompUSA. Mr. Joseph also held various operating and consultative positions in publically- and privately-held companies and, during a six-year tenure at Ingersoll-Rand Company, held audit and distribution management roles. Steve earned a B.S. from Bentley College.
David Kirkpatrick, Member of the Board of DirectorsDave Kirkpatrick is Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, which focuses on high growth, positive impact ventures. The fund has offices in Durham, NC, New York and San Francisco, and was founded in 1999. SJF Ventures has invested in 47 portfolio companies and David also currently serves on the boards of EnTouch Controls, Community Energy, NEXTracker, and ED MAP. Previous to SJF, Dave founded and managed a cleantech investment consulting firm and SunShares, a solar energy and recycling company. Dave was named the national 2005 CDVC Practitioner of the Year by the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and Recycler of the Year in 1996 by the National Recycling Coalition. Dave earned a BA in Physics and History from Duke University in 1982 and an MBA from UNC Kenan Flagler Business School (KFBS) in 1991.
Philip J. Deutch, Member of the Board of Directors
Mr. Deutch is one of the earliest private equity investors to focus on energy technology in the United States and since 1997 has led investments in energy companies in the areas of renewable energy, power quality/reliability, distributed generation, energy management and control, and power electronics. Since 2005, Mr. Deutch has been the Managing Partner of NGP Energy Technology Partners (NGP ETP), L.P., a private equity fund that invests in companies that provide products and services to the oil and gas, power, environmental, energy efficiency and alternative energy sectors. NGP ETP manages approximately $500 million in committed capital, has extensive experience investing across the energy industry and is affiliated with NGP Energy Capital Management. Prior to joining NGP ETP, from 1997-2005, Mr. Deutch served as a Managing Director, and Member of the Executive Committee, of Perseus, LLC, a private equity fund management firm, where he co-led the Firm's investments in energy. Prior to joining Perseus, Mr. Deutch currently serves on the Board of Directors of Catapult Energy Services, LLC, Oilfield Water Logistics, LLC, GRO Solar, and LED Engin, Inc. Mr. Deutch formerly served on the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies including American Wind Capital Corp.; Satcon Technology Corporation (NASDAQ-SATC); Evergreen Solar (NASDAQ:ESLR); and Beacon Power (NASDAQ: BCON); and Renewable Energy Group (NYSE:REG) prior to its public offering. Mr. Deutch holds a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School. Mr. Deutch is Vice Chairman of the Folger Shakespeare Library and a founding Board Member of Capital for Children and currently serves External Advisory Committee of MIT Solar Study. Articles written on energy and technology issues by Mr. Deutch have appeared in Public Utility Fortnightly, Power Finance and Risk, and Foreign Policy.