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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Brion Fitzpatrick, Chair

Director of Project Development, Inman Solar

Brion Fitzpatrick serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Solar Energy Association (GSEA) AKA ‘GA Solar’. He has been a member of GA Solar since 2008 and has been working with the Board since 2010. In addition to his current board appointment,  he serves on the Policy Team and leads organization strategy. This position has allowed him to assist in the creation of local solar programs with Utility Providers, the Public Service Commission by providing industry feedback. He is an advocate for Solar and Sustainability and has been involved in promoting many environmental political initiatives in many forms including speaking at sustainability events, organizations, and universities. In 2010, Brion was awarded the Solar Advocate award from the Georgia Solar Energy Association.

Brion is the Director of Project Development for the U.S. based, Inman Solar, an installer and developer of commercial & utility grade solar projects throughout North America. Brion is responsible for new market development and project procurement. These activities include developing projects from the ground up with utility companies and businesses, and also responding to RFP from project developers and end users. He stays attentive to all solar initiatives throughout the US and has extensive experience in the procurement of hard to capture solar incentives and business development in emerging solar markets.

Inman Solar, a NABCEP Certified photovoltaic EPC, providing a full service turn-key process to develop, install, operate, and maintain solar electric installations up to 40MW. Based in Atlanta, GA, they have completed over 95 commercial and utility scale projects in 9 US states.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Brion moved to Chicago in 1992 where he attended Columbia College Chicago for Marketing Communications (B.A. 2001). In 2002, he moved to Atlanta and enjoys Traveling, Playing Music, Vintage Motorcycles and Sailing when he can. Contact him at Brion@inmansolar.com
Please keep up with Brion on Twitter, @SolarFitz



Sharon Lee, Vice Chair

Marketing Director, CantSink Manufacturing

Sharon Lee is the Marketing Director for Cantsink Manufacturing, a firm located in the Atlanta, Georgia vicinity. Lee has held this position since February 2010, where she coordinates the marketing efforts for the company as well as being involved with business development. Cantsink has been in business since 1988 as an installer and then manufacturer of helical piles, used for foundation support. In the past few years, the company has become focused on the solar energy market, providing foundations for ground-mounted solar arrays. Prior to her tenure with Cantsink, Lee has held a variety of sales and sales management positions in the fields of media, printing and marketing. Lee was born and raised in middle Tennessee. She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in Mass Communications and minors in Marketing and Psychology. In 2003, she moved to the Atlanta area, where she now lives with her husband and 2 boys.


Julie Hairston, Secretary

President, GigaWord Communications

Julie Hairston heads GigaWord Communications, an Atlanta communications and public relations firm. She specializes in sustainable products, and initiatives. She holds an ABJ degree from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia. Before joining the ABOA staff in October 2008, she was a staff writer with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She has been serving as the GSEA Communications Director since January 2011.


Stephen Elkind, Treasurer

Managing Partner, Beltline Energy

Mr. Elkind is a Managing Partner at Beltline Energy, a regional leader in renewable energy development. Beltline Energy is focused on marrying technical design, strong local relationships, and superior economic value to deliver stable renewable energy assets that achieve both fiscal rewards and positive community impact.

Prior to joining Beltline Energy, Mr. Elkind was the Senior Director of Development for OCI Solar Power, an industry-leading solar power developer that owns and operates renewable energy facilities ranging from 2MW to 100MW across North America. Mr. Elkind joined OCI in 2012 to head up their 700MW portfolio of projects in MA, NJ, TX, CA and AZ. He led project advancement of the first two 40MW facilities and first 105MW facility of OCI’s Texas-based 400MW initiative, bringing 805 jobs and over $700 million in economic development to the San Antonio area. He is an active member in the Georgia Solar Energy Association and serves on the GSEA policy committee.

Prior to OCI, Mr. Elkind managed the portfolio of solar projects in Massachusetts for Elm Solar, leading teams to identify rooftop and greenfield sites as well as assess acquisition projects for the 400MW Solar Carve-Out Program. He actively participated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for state legislation as an industry contributor for the net metering initiatives and was part of the initial SREC facility rollout in Massachusetts.

Mr. Elkind’s role in solar finance comes from his participation in the investment banking team at Bear Stearns where he was involved in over $500M of M&A transactions and $780M of IPO


 

 

 

Directors

 



Mark Bell, Past Chair

President, Empower Energy Technology

Mark Bell is the President of Empower Energy Technology (EET). Empower’s expertise includes design and engineering, project management, startup/commissioning and installation services for Energy Management and Renewable Energy systems – including solar. As President, Mark oversees all aspects of operations and business development. Mark has nearly 20 years of Engineering and Product Management Experience. Most recently Mark was responsible for the High Speed Internet Product portfolio for Cox Communications, which was, at the time of his departure, one of the fastest growing divisions within the company. Mark also worked for telecom leader Bellsouth and engineering firm Simons Engineering (acquired by Amec). Mark earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1990) from Georgia Tech and possesses a Masters of Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University (2000).

Allen Bradley, Public Policy Co-Chair

Attorney, Trusted Counsel

Allen focuses on corporate and technology law; corporate finance and private securities; corporate and partnership tax; executive and other non-qualified compensation; corporate and individual real estate (1031 exchanges) and wills, trusts and estate law. He is involved with renewable energy and sustainability initiatives and has assisted clients with obtaining federal and state grants and other subsidies with regard to renewable energy projects and also represents clients in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Allen is listed in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite for the practice areas of Taxes, Estates & Trusts and Corporate Law and is AV® Peer Review Rated in the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

Prior to joining Trusted Counsel, Mr. Bradley was a Partner at Stites & Harbison, as well as Foltz Martin, LLC, and Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis.  Before that he was vice president and general counsel for Shepherd Systems, Inc., practicing in the areas of general corporate and tax law, executive and other non-qualified compensation intellectual property licensing and portfolio management.

Allen lives in Atlanta with his wife Lila Bradley and enjoys canoeing and sea kayaking.

Thomas Dodson

AMEC E&C Services


William P. Ewing

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

William P. Ewing is a partner in the Atlanta office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Group and a member of the Corporate Department.

Mr. Ewing represents clients in the energy industry in a wide variety of transactions, including in partnership investments, financings, leasing transactions, acquisitions and sales of energy related assets. He has represented investors in a range of tax credit transactions, including renewable energy, refined coal, synthetic fuel, coke, new markets and affordable housing tax credit transactions.

Mr. Ewing has significant experience with corporate, partnership, international, tax credit and leasing tax issues. His corporate practice includes mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of business enterprises, spin-offs, complex partnership investments, and structuring for a number of U.S. inbound and outbound transactions. Mr. Ewing also assists businesses in the tax audit and controversy area.

Mr. Ewing received his B.S. in business administration/accounting from Washington and Lee University in 1986. He earned his J.D. in 1989 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his LL.M. in Taxation in 1992 from the University of Florida College of Law.

Mr. Ewing is a member of the American Bar Association (Tax Law Section), the International Fiscal Association and the Atlanta Tax Forum. He is admitted to practice in the states of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.


Mark Gould, Policy and Procedures Chair

Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

An At-Large Member of the Board of Directors, Mark Gould is a partner at the law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP and is Co- Chair of the firm's Renewable and Alternative Energy Team. He is also a member of the firm's International and Commercial Real Estate Practice Groups. His practice includes the representation of clients developing renewable and alternative energy facilities, multi-family housing complexes, mixed-use and urban redevelopment projects, and other transactions involving public/ private partnerships or financed with tax credits, tax exempt bonds, government grants and incentives and other types of conventional or subsidized financing. He also represents wind turbine manufacturers and the suppliers of other equipment and components used in the production of solar and wind energy.

Mark is Co-Chair of the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the American Bar Association's International Section and is also the Editor of the Committee's newsletter, the ENR Global Report. He is also active in the American Wind Energy Association and the State Bar of Georgia. Mark received an A.B. in Economics from Brown University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.




 

Dana Redden

CEO, Solar Concierge

Dana Clare Redden is CEO of Solar Concierge, an Atlanta, GA based consulting firm specializing in the evaluation, financing, design, specification, procurement, installation, operations, and maintenance of multiple solar energy applications including solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, solar lighting, and building integrated solar technologies.
Strategically positioned to represent the client in the solar procurement process, Solar Concierge fulfills a unique void for cities, municipalities, commercial entities, parks, k-12 schools, colleges and universities that desire an unbiased, professional evaluation of solar energy potential within their specific energy, education, and business goals. An educated and impartial decision making process is critical in the adoption of any technology, and with a combined 30+ years experience in solar procurement, Solar Concierge has lent its’ expertise to a multitude of sectors including healthcare, higher education, parks and recreational centers, primary and secondary schools,
multi-family, transit, and retail applications.

Prior to founding Solar Concierge in Georgia in 2012, Ms. Redden implemented various distributed generation solar projects in San Diego County, Riverside County, and Orange County, California.



Russell Seifert

Creative Solar, USA

Russell has over 6 years of experience in photovoltaic design and installation.  He received his Associate’s degree in electrical engineering from Broome Community College.  He has taken several photovoltaics classes and has worked hands-on for most of the installations his company has performed to-date.  Mr. Seifert is particularly gifted with regards to system design and overcoming potential installation obstacles.  Indeed, he has used these gifts to help clients become PV-system owners that had been turned away by other entities.  Furthermore, he has consulted with UGA, Cherokee County, EPA region 4, the state of Oregon’s “Mountain, Plains & Coast Broadband and Renewable Energy Program” and other government and private commercial entities.  Mr. Seifert’s expertise is in all phases of a solar installation including site analysis, energy auditing, design, engineering, procurement and project management.



Karen Stevenson

Principal, KYS Communications, LLC

Karen Stevenson is the owner and principal of KYS Communications, LLC, a strategic communications and public relations firm, specializing in transportation and clean energy issues. KYS has worked with nonprofits, government and private sector clients. KYS specializes in public education campaigns for nonprofits with limited budgets. Stevenson has lived in just about every region of the United States. A Chicago native, she formerly worked as a television producer for KPIX-TV in San Francisco and holds a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.


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