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Meet Our Team

Background

 

SunEast has an experienced senior management team with an average of 25 years’ experience in developing and financing independent power projects. Additionally, each member of the senior management team has extensive experience in structuring projects for non-recourse project financing.

Management Team
Tom Swank, President

Mr. Swank has over 27 years of energy industry experience, the past twelve years of which have been in the renewable sector.  As SunEast’s President, he is responsible for commercial execution of its projects and portfolios and for the strategic direction of the company.

Tom's extensive expertise includes capital investment, structuring and financing, executive management of project development and execution of long-term power purchase agreements and commodity hedges.  Prior to founding SunEast, Tom was the Senior Vice President of Quantum Utility Generation LLC, where he focused on investing capital in power generation facilities, in both renewable and conventional technologies.  Additionally, Tom served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer with Noble Environmental Power.

 

Tom was involved in the successful completion of development and construction of a generation portfolio which resulted in over 700 MW of installed wind capacity and an additional 200 MW of operating wind-parks.  He worked on successful financing of renewable energy projects totaling over $1.2 billion of third-party debt and equity funding, two of which earned multiple “Renewable Deal of the Year” awards in 2008 and 2009.  Tom also brings strong utility and commodity market relationships to SunEast, and over the past decade has been responsible for the execution of long-term commodity hedges and power purchase agreements for renewable energy facilities totaling over 50,000 GWhs.

Tom has a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

Reed Wills, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Wills has over 20 years experience managing energy development and finance teams, with a specific focus on the solar PV market since 2011.  As SunEast’s COO, he is responsible for the permitting, engineering, interconnection and execution of the company’s projects.  Prior to joining SunEast, Reed was Vice President at Duke Energy Renewables responsible for project development in the California solar market and served as Duke’s representative on the Large Scale Solar Association board of directors. Additionally, Reed held senior management positions with NRG Energy, United American Energy and Northstar Power.

Reed's considerable experience includes project development, project finance, asset management and negotiation of contracts for real estate, engineering and construction, operations and maintenance and long-term power sales agreements.  In the mid 1990's, Reed and his partner Tom Swank led the formation of West Coast Power, a joint venture between NRG and Dynegy, which ultimately purchased over 3,000 MW of utility assets in southern California.  Additionally, Reed has acquired and managed over 1,000 MW of independent power facilities.

 

Reed has an M.S. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Geography and Urban Planning from Temple University.  

Richard Squadron, General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. Squadron has over 30 years of legal and business experience, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances/partnerships, contract negotiations and due diligence.  As General Counsel and Secretary for SunEast, he is responsible for company legal matters, legal support provided by the company to its project owner partners and certain internal company support services.  Prior to joining SunEast, Richard held acting General Counsel positions with ADAGE, the Mid-Atlantic region of NRG Energy and the subsidiaries of Delmarva Power & Light Company.

​Richard has provided legal and consulting support in the energy, real estate and new business venture markets.  He led a team obtaining $1.5 billion in acquisition financing and assisted in transactions involving closely held businesses with revenues up to $50 million.

 

​Richard has an M.B.A./J.D. from Wharton Graduate School of Business and University of Pennsylvania Law School, a B.S. in Applied Mathematics/Economics from Brown University and is a member of the Bars of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Dave Ross, Vice President

Mr. Ross has over 30 years of engineering, financial and development experience in the energy industry, with a focus on power plant development since 2005. As Vice President at SunEast, he is responsible for project development and management in the eastern and midwest U.S. Prior to joining SunEast, David was the Manager of Business Development at Exelon, responsible for development efforts for utility-scale electric generating projects, supporting corporate acquisitions and served on Board of Directors for FutureGen.

David’s unique and comprehensive commercial experience encompassing fossil, renewables, energy storage and emerging technologies is based on a foundation of hands-on experience in project management, due diligence, market fundamentals, financial modeling and engineering. In the late 1990’s, David supported Independent Power Producers through 3,000 MW's of generating asset acquisitions and $6 billion of energy project financings.

David has an M.B.A. from Villanova University, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Mr. Beckner has over 12 years of project development and financial experience in the energy industry, with a focus on renewable energy development and project management since 2006. As Vice President at SunEast, he is responsible for project development, management, and origination throughout New England.

 

Mike's extensive experience includes project development, project finance, asset sales and acquisitions, and negotiation of contracts for real estate, engineering and construction, and long-term power sales agreements.  Prior to joining SunEast, Mike was Vice President at AWCC Capital, where he focused on solar project financing and structuring. Additionally, Mike served as Vice President of Renewables at Quantum Utility Generation and Vice President of Development at Noble Environmental Power responsible for managing the development of over 700 MWs of renewable utility-scale generating projects throughout the northeastern U.S.

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Mike has a B.S. in Accounting from Clemson University and served as an Armor Captain in the U.S. Army, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

Mike Beckner, Vice President

Development Team

Ms. Haas manages multiple areas of SunEast business, including community outreach, marketing and corporate business. Marcia has over 20 years experience focusing on marketing communications and business

management. 

 

Marcia holds a B.A. in Economics from Hood College and has taken additional Masters coursework.

Marcia Haas, Business Manager

Chet McLaughlin, Project Developer

Mr. McLaughlin is responsible for project development and land acquisition in the Northeast and Mid-west markets. Additionally, he supports projects with drone coverage. 

 

Chet holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Susquehanna University. 

Mr. Winter is a land origination specialist focused on New York state. His previous roles include positions with Bank of New York and Merrill Lynch.

John holds a B.A in Economics from Syracuse University.

 

John Winter, Project Developer

Ms. Janicek consults on commercial transactions for projects located in the Western U.S. She has over 20 years in wholesale power, transmission and renewables. 

 

Kristin holds a B.S. from Colorado State and has taken additional Masters coursework.

Kristen Janicek, Origination

Mr. McGehee consults on project development in the Northeast markets as a land origination and interconnection specialist.

 

Mike holds a B.A. in Geology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A from the University of Connecticut.

Mike McGehee, Project Manager

Development Team Consultants

Mr. Palumbo consults on projects in the Western U.S. market. David has over 40 years' experience in the energy industry and has led the construction program for thousands of MWs of power generation with all types of electric technology. ​

 

David holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Dave Palumbo, Project Engineering

 

Development Team

Mr. Elko is responsible for project origination, development, and management in New York State. He has over 12 years of project development experience in the energy industry, with a focus on renewable energy.

 

Greg’s renewable energy experience includes project development, origination, management, engineering and construction, project finance, asset sales, due diligence, acquisition, and negotiation of real estate contracts. Greg was previously Director of Development at E.ON Climate & Renewables for the midwest and northeast U.S., where he led the development of a 300 MW wind project.  Greg has managed the development of more than 750 MWs of utility-scale renewable energy projects throughout the eastern U.S., including development of multiple wind projects in New York State while at at Noble Environmental Power.

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Greg has a B.S. in Exercise Science from McDaniel College and served as an Engineer Captain in the U.S. Army deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Greg Elko, Development Director

Ms. Haas manages multiple areas of the SunEast business, including human resources, community outreach, marketing and corporate business. Additionally, she is the subject matter specialist on pollinators. Marcia has over 20 years experience in both large and small organizations focusing on marketing communications, project coordination, event planning and business management. 

 

Marcia has a B.A. in Economics from Hood College and has taken additional Masters coursework.

Marcia Haas, Business Manager

Chet McLaughlin, Project Developer

Mr. McLaughlin is responsible for project development and land acquisition in the northeast and midwest markets and supports projects with drone coverage. 

 

Chet has a B.A. in Public Relations from Susquehanna University. 

Cole Petrillo, Project Developer

Mr. Petrillo is responsible for land acquisition and project development in the northeast market. Cole’s previous roles include utility-scale solar development in Massachusetts and environmental consulting in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

 

Cole has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Economics from Northeastern University.

Development Team Consultants
Stefano Ratti, Project Development

 

Mr. Ratti consults on project development activities throughout the SunEast portfolio. Stefano has over 20 years of experience in energy project development and management. In his previous position at Enviva, Stefano managed the development of a nearly $1 billion of projects from origination and permitting through financing and start of construction.  He previously held management positions at Areva, the Boston Consulting Group and General Electric Power Systems.

 

Stefano has a B.S. and M.S in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan and has completed executive education programs at Duke University, Babcock University, and Harvard Business School. 

Tom Bankert, Origination

 

Mr. Bankert consults on energy and REC offtake transactions for SunEast projects. Tom has over 20 years experience in the energy markets with industry leaders such as Dynegy, Duke Energy and BP.

 

Tom has a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Hamilton College, and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University.

Mr. Winter is a land origination specialist focused on New York State. His previous roles include positions with Bank of New York and Merrill Lynch.

John has a B.A. in Economics from Syracuse University.

 

John Winter, Project Developer