Chris Kemper, Founder & CEO

In his capacity as CEO, Mr. Kemper is responsible for strategy, business development and overseeing the day-to-day operations of Palmetto. Prior to founding Palmetto, Mr. Kemper worked for large financial entities such as Tradition, where he specialized in clean energy deal structuring. Mr. Kemper has also worked with the United Nations and World Bank.  Linkedin

Trent Hawthorne, CTO

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.

Sean Hayes, EVP

Mr. Hayes has helped facilitate the deployment of over $45 million 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.


Kim Wright, Business Development Director

Mrs. Wright leads our Business Development initiatives, identifying and managing our strategic partners. As a veteran of the solar industry, Kim developed a residential financing program with Bosch Solar and expanded the footprint of both SunEdison and Crius Solar using channel partnerships. Kim has also worked for CBS Television, selling more than $600 million in advertising.

James Koehler, Policy & Economics, VP

James Koehler is Vice President Policy & Economics 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.