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SAM FAIRCHILD - Chief Executive Officer
Sam joined Optiwind as CEO in 2011. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Broadwind Energy (NASDAQ:BWEN) and then as CEO of Energy Composites Corporation (NASDAQ:ENCC). At Broadwind, Sam helped to drive growth in market capitalization from $23 million to $2.4 billion in four years. He serves as Board Chairman of Schiphol International, owner of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and JFK Terminal 4 and is on the board of Chiapas Organic Farms, the landmark Mexican agricultural company he founded. Sam also served as shadow CEO of Air New Zealand. He was a sub-cabinet member of President George H.W. Bush’s team, and advised President Reagan and then-Vice President Bush on regulatory policy. He has held senior positions at the Carlyle Group and BDM International, and has advised American Express, Philip Morris, Honeywell, Motorola and other Fortune 100 companies at the boardroom level. Sam holds as BA and BS from the College of William and Mary’s Christopher Newport College (jointly with the University of Virginia).
DAVE LEACH - Chief Technology Officer
Dave joined Optiwind in 2008 to develop the system control architecture and to manage the company’s intellectual property. He directed the Electronics and Controls team at MTI Micro Fuel Cells where he also managed the company’s IP, designed and patented power-conditioning circuits, designed efficient low-power electronic drivers for piezo, electrostatic, and electrokinetic actuators, and developed the key control algorithms for fuel and air supply. Dave in an inventor on 16 patent applications from his years in alternative energy and is an author on 18 scientific publications from his years doing light scattering research. Dave holds a Ph.D from Yale University in Applied Physics, a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of CT.
DAVE HURWITT - Chief Commercial Officer
Dave joined Optiwind in 2008 and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the business globally. Dave served as Marketing Director for GE’s Electrical Distribution business launching multiple large-scale new products and revitalized the marketing communications process. Before that, he was Olympic Target Market Director for GE’s Industrial division, developing global projects for GE with the Beijing and Torino Olympic sites. Earlier, Dave ran the $1B washer and dryer business at Whirlpool, then served as Whirlpool’s Director for Global Brand Strategy and Advertising. Dave held various marketing and P&L leadership roles with several consumer products companies, including Pillsbury. Dave holds a BA from Principia College and an MBA from Northwestern University.
RONE BALDWIN - Chief Financial Officer
Rone joined Optiwind in 2011 following a noteworthy career in the financial services industry. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Guardian Life Insurance Company, President and CEO at Genworth Financial, Senior Vice President for Strategy at GE Capital (Insurance), CEO of GE Edison Life, President of GE Capital Japan, and Vice President for Mergers and Acquisition at Goldman Sachs. During Rone’s extensive executive management career, he has generated tens of billions of dollars in value for shareholders while managing risk effectively. His deep exposure to global commerce, coupled with his extensive M&A experience, drives substantial current and future benefit to Optiwind. Rone received an MBA from Harvard and a BS in Physics from Amherst.
TED CHADWICK - Chief Manufacturing Officer
Ted is a founding partner of Optiwind and is responsible for all sourcing and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Optiwind, he served as VP of Operations for Torrington Research Company where he was responsible for introducing motor and electronics manufacturing to the company. Ted established and managed an international supply chain for electronics, manufactured components and tooling. From 1996 -2001 he served as a Director of the Connecticut Development Authority and was a member of the Connecticut Lottery Board of Directors from 1998 thru 2002. Prior to 1996 he was the President of Asquared Industries Inc. Ted holds a BS from the University of New Haven.
JUSTIN MARRON - Vice President of Sales
Justin joined Optiwind in 2012 to develop, create and manage the company’s national sales and site approval efforts. Since 2001, Justin has been a successful entrepreneur and operator in several business sectors including renewables, wireless infrastructure, utilities and specialty finance. Justin co-founded Wind Farm Capital, a national specialty finance firm which sold and merged with American Wind Capital in 2010, where Justin served as Vice President of Acquisitions leading the company’s national acquisition platform. Prior to that, Justin was Senior Vice President of Wireless Capital Partners a national wireless infrastructure aggregator. He has held senior positions in LevelCom Consulting and Fidelity Communications. Justin holds a BA from Rollins College.
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