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.

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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.

 

Ryan Willson, Chief Capital Officer

Ryan Willson is the Chief Capital Officer for Palmetto, responsible for all capital needs throughout the company. Before Palmetto, Ryan was Chief Executive Officer of Lateef Investment Management from 2000-2017, and he helped grow the firm from $300 million in assets under management to more than $6 billion. Prior to Lateef, he was the Founder and CEO of Willson Investment Management and started his career on Wall Street as a Financial Consultant with Dean Witter and Merrill Lynch.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Tara Torres, Director of Sales Operations

Ms. Torres is Palmetto’s Director of Sales Operations. Ms. Torres is responsible for driving and building efficiencies as it relates to the processing of all solar project related documentation. Ms. Torres has developed a wealth of experience in entrepreneurial sales process development, team building and expansion. She has more than six years experience leading solar sales operations at SunRun and NRG Home.

 

Kim Wright, Channel Partner Sales, Director

Mrs. Wright leads our Channel Partner Sales organization, 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, Energy Markets and Policy Vice President

James Koehler is Vice President 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.