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Meet Our Team

Background

 

SunEast has an experienced senior management team with an average of over 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, of which the past twelve years 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.

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'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.  Tom was involved in the successful 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 25 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 25 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 York and New England.

 

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.

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. 

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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

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.

 

Prior to joining SunEast, Greg was 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. 

 

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. 

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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

Marcia Haas, Project/Business Manager

Ms. Haas manages multiple areas of the SunEast business, including project management, human resources, community outreach, marketing and corporate business systems. Additionally, she is the subject matter specialist on pollinators and their habitat.

 

Prior to joining SunEast, Marcia held management positions with The Vanguard Group and ADAGE. She has over 20 years of experience in both large and small organizations focusing on marketing, communications, project coordination and management, human capital, event planning and business systems management. 

 

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

Chet McLaughlin, Project Developer

Mr. McLaughlin is responsible for land acquisition and project development and management in New York and the northeast  markets. 

 

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

Suriuyn Sukduang, Director Technical Services

 

Mr. Sukduang is responsible for interconnection and technical services for SunEast projects. He has over 19 years of energy industry experience ranging from power plant development, construction and operations to risk management and wholesale energy marketing.  

 

Prior to joining SunEast, Suri was Vice President and General Manager at Quantum Utility Generation, where he was responsible for development, construction, operations and asset management. Additionally, Suri served as Director of Business Development at Keystone Energy Partners where he was a lead member of a successfully exited private equity backed generation, wholesale, and retail energy company where he managed the acquisition and development of utility-scale power generation assets in ERCOT and the start-up and successful sale of a retail energy company. Suri also held various roles at NextEra Energy and GDF Suez Energy NA.

 

Suri has successfully acquired, developed, constructed, operated and divested 65 MW of renewable and 1200 MW of gas power projects. He has been involved in the development and construction activities of an additional 2100 MW of gas generation assets throughout North America and has participated in the structuring and execution of $800M in energy and power project financings. 

 

Suri has a B.S.in Systems Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and served as a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve.

Tom Bankert, Director Commercial Origination

 

Mr. Bankert is responsible for energy and REC offtake transactions for the SunEast project portfolio.

 

Tom has over 25 years experience originating in wholesale energy markets with industry leaders.  He spent a decade with BP focused on natural gas origination in the Northeast, and as a Partnership Advisor for BP’s refineries and chemical plants related to electricity, emissions, and natural gas purchases in excess of $1 billion annually. 

 

Prior to BP, Tom was a Northeast Power Originator for Duke Energy based in Houston.  Tom began his energy career at Dynegy in 1996, focused on acquiring and optimizing the Destec and Illinois Power merchant generation portfolios. 

 

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

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 Development

Mr. McGehee is a land origination specialist focusing on the PJM market. In his previous positions he was employed by Dominion Resources as a unit supervisor in their Dominion Nuclear Connecticut division. Additionally, he served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years in both officer and enlisted ranks, working extensively in the nuclear power and engineering departments aboard submarines.

 

Mr. McGehee holds a B.A. in Geology from the University of California, Berkley , and an M.B.A from the University of Connecticut.

 

Mike McGehee, Project Development