Management with deep experience in renewable energy
Foundation's senior management team offers extensive backgrounds in renewable energy development including wind, solar, biomass, and building efficiency, as well as government service. Their experience includes working at such leading private and government institutions as Siemens, Pacific Ethanol, Inc., Bain & Company, AT&T, the State of California, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol. The team's technical, government and business acumen provides stable, forward-looking leadership and assures successful projects now and over the long-term.
Matthew Wilson, CEO
Matt created Foundation Windpower to establish a systematic approach to bringing large-scale wind power solutions to rural industrial facilities in California and medium-sized utility-scale wind projects throughout the United States. Matt previously served at Siemens Building Technologies, Energy Group as Director, Business Development. Prior to that he was Director, Business Development for Trapeze Networks, responsible for all OEM and strategic alliances. At AT&T Communications, Matt held the post of Director, Sales and Marketing. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
John Pimentel, President
John Founded White Hat Renewable, a renewable energy generation and clean technologies project development company. He previously served as turnaround CEO and Board Member at Vertex Energy/World Waste Technologies, a solid-waste-to paper-pulp and renewable-energy project developer, which ultimately invested in used oil recovery and processing. As cofounder and board member of Pacific Ethanol, he helped create and execute the strategy and develop financing for the company, which built four plants in the Western U.S, theses grew to a $750M revenue run rate and successfully went public eventually reaching nearly $2 Billion in market capitalization. John was also a consultant for Bain & Company, a private equity group and general consulting practice. He was also Deputy Secretary of Transportation for the State of California, where he managed Caltrains, CHP/State Police, the department of motor vehicles and the transportation commission. John holds an MBA from Harvard University and a B.A from U.C. Berkeley.
Robert Lewis, SVP Sales & Marketing
Bob co-founded Foundation Windpower after working at Siemens Building Technologies where he served as Senior Sales Executive, developing commercial-scale solar business plans. He has held the post of Director, Commercial Sales at Solar Depot, Inc. and was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Sales at Modern Media Ventures, a multimedia educational company. Bob holds a B.S. from UC Berkeley.
Steven Sherr, VP Business Affairs & General Counsel
Steve provides business, legal and policy expertise and leadership in support of Foundation Windpower's distributed wind energy generation strategies. He also plays a key role in effectively implementing wind energy solutions for each of our customers. Steve came to Foundation Windpower from the San Francisco law firm of Howard Rice. As a Partner there, he provided counsel to a wide range of clients, including start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, public agencies and industry leaders in energy, cleantech, semiconductors, software, real estate and financial services. Steve's career includes service as a federal judicial clerk for the U.S. District Court Judge Fern M. Smith, and as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Howard Berman. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley.
Kevin Hauck, VP Business Development
Before joining Foundation, Kevin was a Partner at White Hat Renewables, focusing on financing, business development and fundraising. Previously, he served as Senior Engineer at Broadcom, an enterprise-network switching company, and a chip designer at Juniper Networks, an Internet core router design and development. Kevin holds B.S and M.S degrees in Electrical Engineering, and an M.S. in Management Science, all from Stanford University.
Steven Grant, Director of Construction and Project Management
Steve previously served as Plant Construction Project Manager at Granite Construction Company, developing budgets oversaw bidding process and awarding contracts. He also managed the labor force, subcontractors and technical consultants in the design, permitting, construction and commissioning of plants. Steve also held the post of Plant Design and Construction Manager at Teichert Aggregates and served as assistant plant operations manager. Before that he was Manager, Safety and Training at American Civil Constructors. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.