PALMETTO LEADERSHIP TEAM
Palmetto has successfully developed and financed more than $450 million in clean energy projects since its inception in 2009; we have an international presence with offices located in Europe and the United States. Our leadership team has originated, structured, financed and developed clean energy projects throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and America. In connection with these projects, the leadership team has provided services related to debt financing, equity financing and commodity structuring.
Chris Kemper, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
In his capacity as CEO, Mr. Kemper is responsible for strategy, business development and overseeing the day-to-day operations of Palmetto. Mr. Kemper built Palmetto’s North American and European operations with an emphasis on structured finance in the sustainable property and clean energy industries. Prior to founding Palmetto, Mr. Kemper worked for large financial entities such as Tradition, where he specialized in deal structuring. Mr. Kemper has also worked with the United Nations and World Bank.
David Burnett, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Burnett is responsible for financial strategy and implementation and oversees the corporate teams. Mr. Burnett has extensive experience in accounting, finance and investor relations. Prior to Palmetto, Mr. Burnett acted as the CFO for several publicly listed companies and has worked at large accounting companies such as Grant Thornton and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Trent Hawthorne, Technology Senior Vice President
Mr. Hawthorne oversees and orchestrates the design and development of proprietary software and hardware. Trent also oversees the manufacturing, shipment and quality of all technology-related products invented by Palmetto. Prior to Palmetto, Trent operated and led software companies from inception to divestment.
Jenn Ash, Marketing & Sales Operations, Senior Vice President
Ms. Ash leads our Marketing, Sales Operations and Customer Care teams. Her primary focus is to build the Palmetto brand and optimize our customer experience. She previously worked in innovation consulting and influencer marketing before earning her MBA.
James ("Jake") Wiley, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Mr. Wiley leads the Clean Energy division and oversees project management, technology procurement and implementation operational processes. Jake has ten years of extensive experience in the residential solar sector. Mr. Wiley holds many accreditations including general contractors license and NABCEP certification. Prior to his involvement in solar, Mr. Wiley was a manager at PricewaterhouseCooper.
Jim Oliva, Business Development
Mr. Olivia leads our new business development activities, including coast to coast market expansion. Mr. Olivia has over 25 years of experience in building and leading sales organizations for large clean technology and home improvement companies. Prior to Palmetto, Jim Olivia led sales at RGS Energy and SunRun.
Tara Torres, Channel Partner Accounts, Director
Ms. Torres heads Palmetto’s Channel Sales Partner Account program. Ms. Torres is responsible for all onboarding and ongoing management of channel sales accounts. Ms. Torres has developed a wealth of experience in entrepreneurial sales process development, team building and expansion. She has over six years experience building strong partner relationships and leading solar sales operations for at SunRun and NRG Home.
Sean Hayes, Business Development, Senior Director
Mr. Hayes oversees the Business Development team and identifies strategic partnerships. Mr. Hayes has helped facilitate the deployment of over $12m in solar energy financing. Prior to Palmetto Mr. Hayes worked for a boutique wealth management firm and a public policy consulting group. Mr. Hayes holds his Series 7 license and Solar MBA.
James Koehler, Energy Markets and Policy Vice President
James Koehler is Vice President for Energy Markets and Policy at Palmetto, where he tracks and forecasts policy and market developments in both current and potential future locations where Palmetto will be operating. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University teaching a course on energy structure, markets and regulation.