Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cleantech 2009 Speaker Profile: Scott Brown, CEO of New Energy Capital

Scott Brown
New Energy Capital

Scott Brown founded New Energy Capital in 2004 and has served as its CEO to date, overseeing all aspects of company formation, deal origination, execution and portfolio management. During the past 25 years, Scott was part of the founding management team at First Solar, has served as President and CEO of Glasstech Solar, Inc., a manufacturer of semiconductor equipment for the photovoltaic industry, and has consulted extensively with state agencies and private equity companies on renewable energy. Between 1999 and 2005, Scott served on the National Advisory Board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

New Energy Capital invests in, owns and operates renewable energy and distributed generation projects. Since 2004, NEC has invested in ethanol, and biodiesel production facilities, on-site cogeneration, and biomass-fired power generation assets.

Don't miss your chance to see Scott Brown speak at Cleantech Investment Strategies on October 7-9th in San Francisco, CA. Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cleantech 2009 Speaker Profile: Jonathan Bloch

Jonathan Bloch
Senior MD,
Managing Partner,
GKM Newport

Mr. Bloch is a Managing Director of GKM Ventures. Mr. Bloch previously was Managing Director of the Technology Group at Chanin Capital Partners where he specialized in corporate finance and principal investing. He led various early-stage and pre-IPO technology related investments including Software.com, now Openwave Systems (NASDAQ:OPWV).

Jonathan is a former Partner in the law firm of Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman, Kuchel & Silbert.

He received his BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his JD. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Presently, he is a director for TransDimension, Inc., Advanced Data Exchange, Ascendant Solutions, Inc., Santa Monica Amusements LLC, Silicon Bandwidth (observer status) and a member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Bio courtesy of GKM Ventures

Don't miss your chance to see Jonathan Bloch speak at Cleantech Investment Strategies on October 7-9th in San Francisco, CA. Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cleantech 2009 Speaker Profile: Tom Amis

Tom Amis
Alston + Bird

Tom Amis is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Washington office where he heads the firm’s Renewable Energy Group. He has developed and financed projects in a number of industry sectors over the course of his career, with an emphasis on electric power projects. For the past six years, his practice has focused on the renewable energy sector.

Mr. Amis leads an integrated renewable energy practice, incorporating expertise in project development and finance, renewable energy policy, carbon management and renewable energy technology. This synergistic approach positions the group to add significant value to renewable energy transactions.

Acting for both developers and lenders, he has negotiated joint development agreements; joint venture, partnership and other ownership documentation; turbine supply contacts; balance of plant contracts and REC sales agreements; transmission and interconnection agreements; operating agreements; financing documents; and land use agreements. He also is highly experienced in developing projects structured around CERs generated pursuant to the Kyoto protocol.

Tom Amis and his firm was also named one of The Best Lawyers of 2009.

Don't miss your chance to see Tom Amis speak at Cleantech Investment Strategies on October 7-9th in San Francisco, CA. Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cleantech 2009 Speaker Profile: Steve Westly

Steve Westly
Former Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer, State of California, and Managing Partner, The Wesly Group

Steve Westly is currently founder of The Westly Group, one of the larger clean tech venture funds in the US. In 2008 he served as the California Co-Chair for the Obama for President campaign.

Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California - the world's sixth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation's two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. During his four-year term, Mr. Westly spearheaded innovative tax programs that helped close the State's budget deficit and also led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments.

Before running for office, Mr. Westly helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Mr. Westly helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm's exponential growth.

Mr. Westly began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Westly returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities. Mr. Westly also held senior positions at Sprint Communications, Netcom, and WhoWhere?.

Mr. Westly holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he served on the faculty for five years. Mr. Westly and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California.

In this video below Steve Westly talks about the effect term limits reform and Proposition 93 could have on the environment. Take a quick look..

Don't miss Steve Westly's keynote speech "The Future of Cleantech Investment" at Cleantech Investment Forum October 7-9, 2009 at San Francisco, Ca.