CEVG’s members and affiliates are successful entrepreneurs and executives who’ve made a personal commitment to a clean energy future. We welcome inquiries from prospective members who share this commitment, who bring relevant business and technology experience, who are accredited investors, and who can actively participate and contribute to our group and our portfolio companies.

Executive Managing Director
David S. Miller

David S. Miller, Ph.D. is a founder and Executive Managing Director of CEVG. An engineer by training, he brings over 20 years of technology startup management experience and over 15 years of seed stage investing experience. He has been on the board of directors or advisory board of several clean energy companies, including Azima DLI, Next Step Living, MyEnergy, and Cambrian Innovation and has mentored many others. He previously served as Director in Lucent’s New Ventures Group and is currently a research affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

David is a New England Chapter Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national community of business leaders who advocate for good environmental policy while building economic prosperity ( and has developed relationships with state and federal policy makers to support the growth of the clean energy industry. He is a founding member of the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Energy Special Interest Group and has previously chaired the mentor program for what is now the Northeast Cleantech Open for four years. David also co-founded EPrime, which is a forum for clean energy entrepreneurs to network and support each other’s enterprises, was a board member of New England Energy and Environmental Funders, which educated investors interested in energy and environmental companies, and was a founding advisory board member of the New England Clean Energy Council.

Previously, David founded several companies, including Quantum Telecom Solutions which developed software for programmable switching equipment. He grew the company to profitability, with over 100% annual growth over a four-year period and then negotiated venture financing and sold the company to a division of Lucent Technologies. At Lucent, he served as Director in the New Ventures Group where he managed and evaluated a diverse set of early stage investments.

David was awarded a patent for co-developing a “one number” telecom service, and taught at Rutgers University in the Electrical Engineering Department. He received his BS and MS in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, and completed his doctorate at MIT’s Lab for Energy and the Environment where he studied the utilization and commercialization of distributed generation and energy efficiency measures. His dissertation examined the impact of a variety of management and investment strategies and public policy initiatives on the success of new clean energy ventures. As a research affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, he supervises the continuation of this work. David lives in Newton, MA with his wife and two children.


Bill Brady

William J. Brady, Jr. has served as Mascoma’s President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director since he joined Mascoma in January 2010. In addition, he is Chairman of the Washington D.C. based Advanced Ethanol Council which is working on the commercialization of advanced and cellulosic ethanol by establishing public policies and expanding the market for ethanol.

Previously, Mr. Brady was Executive Vice President of Cabot Corporation, a specialty chemical company. Throughout his twenty-three year experience, Mr. Brady held
numerous positions at Cabot in the United States and Japan, including General Manager of the Carbon Black business. Under his leadership, the business completed significant expansions in China and Brazil, and executed a major global initiative in energy efficiency. In addition, he led the commercialization of two start-up businesses at Cabot in ink jet colorants and elastomer composites.

Mr. Brady is a member of the Board of Directors at Hollingsworth & Vose, an advanced materials company, as well the Board of Trustees at the University of Scranton.

Mr. Brady is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Chemistry and received his M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Ben Chigier

Ben Chigier is an entrepreneur, consultant and investor. Ben holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mathematics (1985), and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1988)  from Carnegie Mellon University. Ben was the founder, CEO and Chairman of two companies. He founded PureSpeech in 1992 which was acquired seven years later in 1998. PureSpeech built automatic speech recognition software and toolkits that were embedded in other applications. PureSpeech sold it’s products and services horizontally across a broad range of markets from consumer PC’s to directory assistant applications.  Ben founded his second company, eScription in 1999 and it was acquired 9 years later in 2008. eScription was focused on medical dictation, transcription and workflow in the healthcare vertical market. Through the use of automatic speech recognition technology to produce a draft transcription, transcriptionists are able to produce documents in less than half the time it would take them if typing the documents from scratch. As a result eScription customers were able to document cumulative savings of $50MM by 2008. eScription was the pioneer in computer-aided medical transcription.

Ralph Earle

Ralph Earle is one of the founders of CEVG and an expert in environmental policy, strategy and investing. He is also Managing Director of the Assabet Group where he works with market leading organizations to catalyze superior environmental and financial performance.

Previously, Ralph was the founding Director of the Alliance for Environmental Innovation, a project of the Environmental Defense Fund and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Alliance’s projects with SC Johnson, Starbucks and United Parcel Service are widely hailed as examples of positive environmental change. Before the Alliance, Ralph led Arthur D. Little’s Competitive Environmental Strategy practice, where he helped corporations integrate environmental considerations into their long-term decision making. Prior to Arthur D. Little, Ralph served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ralph serves on the board of Skystream Markets and as a board observer on the Purpose Energy board; previously, he was a board member of eQuilibrium Solutions.  He also serves as Co-Chair of the American Cancer Society’s “Pay-If” Committee, a Director of the Concord Museum, as a Corporator at Emerson Hospital, on the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment,  and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sustainable Product Design. He is the author of numerous papers and speeches on environmental strategy, environmental management, recycling, life cycle analysis, and socially responsible investing.

Ralph holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA, cum laude, from Harvard College.

Daniel Goldman

Daniel Goldman is a co-founder of CEVG and brings 20 years of energy industry experience in strategy, corporate and project finance, project development as well as private equity and early stage venture investing. He has worked globally, with a focus on Asia, on energy related deals and has been involved in over $4 billion of financial transactions.

Currently, he is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GreatPoint Energy, Inc., a technology-driven natural resources company and the leading developer of a proprietary, highly-efficient catalytic process for converting coal into natural gas while capturing all carbon dioxide. GreatPoint is backed by leading financial firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Khosla Ventures, as well as strategic investors, including Dow Chemical, Suncor Energy, AES Corp. and Peabody Energy. Mr. Goldman led GreatPoint’s $103 million Series C financing; at the time, one of the largest venture investment deals ever completed in the clean tech segment and overall one of the largest venture capital deals of 2007, and he has overseen the Company’s development activities, finance function and strategic relationships.

Prior to joining GreatPoint Energy in July, 2006, he was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of New Energy Capital Corp., one of the first investment companies focused exclusively on investments in clean energy projects (renewable energy, renewable fuels and distributed generation). From 1996-2001, Mr. Goldman held regional and corporate senior development and finance positions in Hong Kong and Boston at InterGen, a leading power generation company co-owned by the Bechtel Group and Royal/Dutch Shell. He started his professional career at Arthur D. Little where he held positions of increasing responsibility as a senior member of the global energy consulting team in Cambridge and Singapore from 1989-1996.

Mr. Goldman has played a founding role in several clean tech companies and he serves as a board member and advisor to companies and investment funds, including: senior advisor to Asia Environmental Partners, a $200 million investment fund managed by Olympus Capital; co-founder and vice president of Minuteman Wind, a wind energy development company; Board member, Sunrise-ridge Algae, a biofuels technology company; board observer, Next Step Living, a residential energy efficiency service provider, and OutSmart Power Systems, a technology provider for management of energy in commercial buildings.

He is also a co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs in New England ( and has been actively involved in efforts to bring together the investment community, environmental groups, policy makers and clean tech companies to promote investment in the sector.

Mr. Goldman received a B.S. from Cornell and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. He serves on the Cornell University Council and on the Undergraduate Advisory Council of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Mr. Goldman lives in Newton, MA with his wife and three daughters, and he is an avid road cyclist in his spare time.

Gail Greenwald

Gail Greenwald is an active seed-level investor and an experienced senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience in technology-intensive companies. She is currently a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group and the Launchpad Venture Group, where she serves on the board of directors. She also serves on the advisory board of The Capital Network, and as a board director for EnergySage and board observer for WeSpire.

Formerly, Gail was executive vice president of Foliage, which provides consulting and software development services for the medical, aerospace, and industrial equipment markets. Gail was responsible for corporate-wide P&L management, restructuring and mentoring the current leadership team, and relationship management for major accounts.

Prior to Foliage, Gail spent five years as chief operating officer of Caveo Technology, an entrepreneurial company focused on advanced motion detection systems for computer security and other applications.

Earlier in her career, Gail spent seventeen years at Arthur D. Little, the international management and technology consulting firm. She was vice president and senior managing director of the company’s technology and product development group, and managed one of the company’s fastest growing and most highly profitable profit centers.

Gail holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from MIT and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Eric Guyer

Eric Guyer has worked for four decades as an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and author in the energy field. Early in his career, he managed a group of research and consulting engineers at the Dynatech R/D Co in Cambridge, Massachusetts who worked on solutions to the then new interest in alternative energy and energy efficiency. He moved on to found Yankee Scientific, Inc. and Climate Energy, LLC. Now for nearly 25 years, Yankee Scientific has been a creative engineering and technical resource for energy systems for industry, government, and trade associations. Climate Energy, LLC, in partnership with Honda, created and commercialized America’s first practical system for cogeneration of heat and electric power in the home. Along the way, he led a team of fifty technical experts to create the highly-regarded “Handbook of Applied Thermal Design”, originally published by McGraw-Hill in 1988. Career milestones including winning the “R&D 100” Award, the Department of Army Quality Research Award, the Breakthrough Technology Award of Popular Science Magazine, and the first ever “Energy Star Emerging Technology Award” of the US Department of Environmental Protection. His work includes major project undertakings for Fortune 500 companies, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Gas Research Institute, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and a number of consortia of gas and electric utility companies.

Eric now focuses on moving new energy conversion and use technologies out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. He works to bring together advanced technical concepts with product designs and business plans that make sense for the very competitive energy market place. His interests and activities involve cogeneration, thermal processing in materials manufacture, combustion, fluid power machinery, natural gas transport and storage technologies, and heating and cooling of buildings. In his work, he places high value on understanding and applying the long history of energy innovation and the lessons that have been learned and too easily forgotten.

In his current work with World Alliance for Decentralized Energy as Direct of Energy Technology, Eric looks to help energy users and investors connect with the technical innovation and innovators that can offer practical and affordable solutions for the supply of energy at minimum environmental impact.

Eric holds a Doctor of Science Degree from the School of Engineering at MIT.  He lives with his wife Deborah in Dover, MA and is the father of Brittany Guyer, a postdoctoral associate, who is researching nuclear power risk and reliability at MIT. Off hours, he can be sometimes found exploring the local seacoast on the Pelagic.

Steve Kaufman

Steve Kaufman serves as the CEO of Lexington Lighting Group, LLC, a manufacturer of energy efficient lighting for commercial and residential markets.  He also serves as Principal of Quasar Holdings, LLC, which makes angel investments in growing companies.

Previously he served as CEO of Alteris Renewables, the largest design-build renewable energy company in the Northeast, until its 2011 merger with RGS Energy (Nasdaq: RGSE), where he now serves as a director.  Alteris was recognized as one of America’s fastest growing energy companies on the Inc. 500 list in both 2009 and 2010.  The company won the ‘Green/Environmental Deal of the Year’ for the merger which created Alteris in 2008.

Earlier Steve worked as an operating partner for Riverside Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm that invests in growing technology and healthcare companies. Steve served on the boards of multiple companies at Riverside to help companies with their growth initiatives from investment until exit: SIXNET (now Spectris PLC), NDS Surgical Imaging (now GSI Group), Vocollect (now Intermec), Quantum Medical Imaging (now Carestream Health),  and Applied Precision (now Rudolph Technologies). He is currently a member of Riverside’s technology advisory board.

Earlier Steve was President and CEO of Avici Systems, a public telecommunications equipment company based in North Billerica, MA. Previously, he worked at Lucent Technologies in Westford, MA as President of their Multiservice Core Networks Division, a $2B business. He also served as VP and GM of Lucent’s core switching business, and GM of their consumer microelectronics business.  Steve earlier worked for Intel Corporation as one of the marketing managers who helped launch the Pentium processor family of products. He also worked for Kurzweil AI, now part of Nuance Communications, selling speech recognition systems.

Steve has been angel investor in over a dozen companies.  He also served as a director of One Laptop Per Child and Kovio in their founding stages. Steve currently makes angel investments as a member of the Launchpad Venture Group in addition to CEVG.

Steve serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts High Tech Council. He earlier co-chaired the state’s Northeast Regional Competitiveness Council focused on economic development initiatives. Steve has lived since 1999 in Lexington, Mass with his wife and 3 children, where he coaches youth soccer.

Steve holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.  He holds 7 US patents in the field of communications.

Deb Kemper

Deb Kemper is an experienced advisor with cross-cultural leadership experience.  She has provided leadership support to organizations in China, Peru and the United States. Deb recently worked with JUCCCE, a non-profit sustainability think tank in China.

Currently Deb is engaged in angel investing and is a member of two angel networks, Golden Seeds and Clean Energy Venture Group. Deb was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where she served clients in a variety of industries including energy, utilities, electronics, and healthcare. Her functional experience includes manufacturing, product development, operations, strategy, professional development, and leadership coaching.

Deb has served on non-profit Boards of Directors in the United States, Peru and China.  In addition, she was the founding organizer for TEDxShanghaiWomen in 2012, which was the first TEDxWomen event in mainland China.   She has spoken in various forums on women in leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Deb earned her MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where she was named an Edward Tuck Scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University where she graduated With Distinction and was a member of the Varsity Women’s Crew. She has recently repatriated after living overseas in Peru and China for 8 years. She resides in Boston with her husband and two children.

Carl Nelson

Carl Nelson has been a founder and CEO of successful technology companies in Massachusetts for the last 25 years. His first company was Access Technology, a Natick-based minicomputer productivity software company. It grew to over 400 employees with offices around the world before being acquired by CompuServe. He next started VIS Development in 1991, one of the first companies to successfully deploy video on large corporate networks.

In 1999 he founded Integrity Interactive a SAS (Software as Services) and consulting company that provides web delivered training and communications services on corporate ethics, sustainability, and corporate responsibility to the Global 2000. Integrity is based in Waltham with offices in San Francisco, New York and London. Carl has recently retired from Integrity after its acquisition by SAI Global.

A common thread of Carl’s companies is that they have all been “data driven”. The value proposition of each has relied not just on technology innovation but on how better data and analytics can lead to astonishing cost savings and efficiencies. The clean tech industry is just beginning to realize the gold mine that lies in data and Carl is especially interested in entrepreneurs with plans to exploit this value proposition.

All three of Carl’s companies were bootstrapped with the help of individual angel investors. Over the years he has seen first hand that early-stage funding from large VC’s is rarely the best solution for the startup company or its entrepreneur. As a partner in CEVG, he intends to help a new generation of entrepreneurs – as he was helped by angels 20 years ago.

Carl has a BA from Colby College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. His other passions are sailboats – a four thousand year application of wind power and the first hybrid vehicle (once the steam engine was invented). He lives in Weston with his wife, two college age sons, and a particularly lazy Golden Retriever who is personally committed to energy conservation.

Wanda Reindorf

Wanda Reindorf is a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group and is an experienced executive who has been a CFO and business consultant with VC backed start-ups through public companies. She has worked with energy companies in the areas of energy efficiency, utilities, renewable energy, smart grid, demand response and energy services, and was involved in developing early solar power plants. She brings 20 plus years of expertise in strategy, operations and finance with extensive global experience.

Ms. Reindorf is currently a board advisor to several clean tech companies and investor in a number of clean energy companies. Previously, she was Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Conservation Services Group for nearly a decade. CSG designs, develops, and delivers energy efficiency and clean energy programs and services nationwide. Prior experience includes PWC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers), Strategy and Operations Consulting Services in New York and Europe, work at the board level with a number of Wall Street firms, and SVP of Business Strategy at a financial services company.

Wanda is actively involved in the clean energy field in addition to advisory and investment activities. She co-chairs the Workforce Development Committee for the New England Clean Energy Council, has been appointed by Governor Patrick to the Workforce Investment Board representing the Clean Energy sector, is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competiveness, and received the Clean Energy Leadership Award by the New England Clean Energy Council.

Wanda has frequently spoken at industry events, conferences and educational institutions on the subject of clean energy. These include lecturing at Yale University School of Management, Yale School of Environmental Studies and Harvard University, Kennedy School: Asia Energy Leaders. She also has been a mentor for several MIT clean energy companies.

Wanda has an MBA from Yale University, School of Management and a BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a CPA license, is fluent in 5 languages and is a licensed pilot.

Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson has over twenty five years of management and investment experience in natural resources, investment firms and the environmental technologies sectors. In addition to being a member of CEVG, he is Managing Director of IRON Ventures LLC, an investment and advisory firm focused on growing companies offering technologies in the area of resource efficiency and renewable energy.

Michael has held senior management positions in start-ups and in leading international corporations, including various executive roles in the United Kingdom’s investment banking and oil industries, where he was a director of Mizuho International and IBJ International and a director of the corporate finance division of SG Warburg. Michael started his career in London with Shell International Petroleum Company, working in the European oil markets, and his investment industry experience at Merrill Lynch.

Michael holds Master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge, in Natural Sciences, and Yale University, in Environmental Management, and he was a 2012 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. He has dual US and UK citizenship and lives in Boston and Connecticut.

Mitch Tyson

Mitch Tyson is an experienced high tech executive and entrepreneur.  He serves on a number of corporate, non-profit, and governmental advisory boards. He advises start-ups, early stage companies, VC’s, angel groups, and private equity firms.  He also writes and lectures on sustainability, clean energy, entrepreneurship, management, and the triple bottom line.

Mitch was CEO of Advanced Electron Beams (AEB) between 2005 and 2010.  Mitch joined AEB, an industrial energy efficiency company, upon the completion of the company’s Series A round of venture funding.   AEB manufactures compact electron beam emitters which replace thermal and chemical processes, improving sustainability and reducing costs in a broad range of industries. During this period the company raised $50 million in venture funds, established a new business model and market strategy, shipped over 150 systems to 50 companies, and established 12 OEM’s that have designed AEB emitters into their manufacturing systems.

In 2003 Mitch served as interim CEO at AmberWave Systems, a venture backed IP company developing a range of material science technologies for the semiconductor and solar industries.

Prior to that Mitch was the CEO of PRI Automation, a publicly traded corporation that supplied automation systems including hardware, software and services to the semiconductor industry. From 1987 to 2002, he held positions of increasing management responsibility and helped transform PRI Automation from a small robotics manufacturer to the world’s leading supplier of semiconductor fab automation systems. Mitch managed the growth of the company from $4 million to over $300 million in revenue and 1800 employees in 14 countries, and guided the company through its successful IPO in 1994, 6 strategic acquisitions, international expansion, and acquisition by Brooks Automation in 2002.

Previously, Mitch worked at GCA Corporation as Director of Product Management (1984-1987) and served as science advisor and legislative assistant for energy policy to U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas (1979-1984).

Mitch is a co-founder and co-chair of the New England Clean Energy Council whose mission is to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy.   Mitch is also a founding member of the Progressive Business Leaders Network whose mission is to promote public policies and business practices that advance socially and environmentally responsible economic growth.  He is also a member of the boards of the Mass High Tech Council and the New England Israel Business Council.

Mitch is the co-chair of the Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative whose mission is to promote the advanced manufacturing sector in the state through public private partnerships.  He also serves on the executive and governing boards of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the John Adams Innovation Institute, a state agency focused on promoting the innovation economy and economic development in Massachusetts.  He is also on the Massport Security Advisory Council.

Mitch has served on the board of ten public, private, and venture backed company boards, including firms in the areas of automation, CAD, LED’s, materials, semiconductor equipment, and sensors.  He currently serves on the board Photronics, Inc., a manufacturer of photomasks for the flat panel display and semiconductor industries, 7AC a start-up developing next generation air conditioning technology, and the advisory board of Greener U, an innovative energy services firm that helps universities lower costs and become more sustainable.  Mitch is also a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG), which provides seed capital and management expertise to early stage clean energy companies.

Mitch is an Adjunct Professor at the International Business School at Brandeis University and has lectured on entrepreneurship, sustainable business strategy, and various management topics at numerous universities and industry forums.  In 2008, the Mass High Tech Journal named Mitch a Mass High Tech All-Star for his leadership in and commitment to the clean energy sector.

He has a Bachelors of Science in Physics, a Masters of Science in Nuclear Engineering, and a second Masters of Science in Political Science, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeffrey Weiss

Jeffrey Weiss is an active seed level venture investor with the Clean Energy Venture Group, and is currently a board member at Scalable Display Technologies (Cambridge Ma), a board observer at Voltserver Inc. (East Greenwich, RI), and Solantro Semiconductor (Ottawa, Ontario CA).   He assists new companies in building their management teams, identifying additional private and venture capital resources, and refining their business strategy. His current focus is on Clean Energy startups.

Jeff has been a founder of and held various technical and management roles in a number of hardware and communications companies.

Jeff was VP Engineering of Digital LightCircuits which researched photonic switching devices at Brown University, co-founder and CTO of Omnia Communications (acquired by Ciena), and later served as VP of Systems Architecture for Ciena. He also co-founded Magnalink Communications (acquired by Telco Systems and served as VP of technology for Telco Systems). He has been involved in engineering or management roles at a variety of other companies including Motorola (Codex Corporation), Sphere Technology, Cryptall Communications, and IBM’s TJ Watson Research Laboratory.

Jeff has been issued a number of patents pertaining to data encryption, data compression, switching systems, photonic devices, and parallel computer processing.

Jeff received a B.S.E.E. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S.E.E from Columbia University. He was elected and served for four years on Lincoln RI’s public School Committee (two years as its chairman). Jeff currently serves as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Brown University’s Electrical Engineering program, as an MIT Educational Counselor, and formerly as a member of the finance committee for Northern Rhode Island Community Services.


John Keane

John Keane, Jr. founded King Hill Capital in 2007 to invest in early stage cleantech companies that develop renewable energy or energy efficient technologies. He invests in cleantech companies to address two issues that concern him deeply: global climate change and the need for greater energy independence. John applies his nearly 20 years of operating experience when assessing investment opportunities and supporting the companies in which he invests.

Prior to founding King Hill Capital, John had been an executive in the software industry. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of ArcStream Solutions, a wireless systems integration firm. Prior to founding ArcStream, he held various leadership positions at Keane, Inc., supporting the company’s revenue growth from $60 million to $1.1 billion. John began his career in corporate finance at J.P. Morgan.

John currently serves on the board of Purpose Energy, RavenBrick, Solar Sentry, and Stellaris. He is a board observer for Greentech Media and Albeo Technologies. He previously served on the board of Cleantech America, Design2Launch, and Keane.

John graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Michael Rand

Michael Rand is the founder and Managing Partner of WindSail Capital Group.  WindSail takes a highly differentiated approach to investing in the clean energy sector.  WindSail acts primarily as a secured lender to companies within the clean energy sector, and on a selective basis, WindSail will invest in clean energy businesses experiencing financial or operational distress.

Prior to WindSail, Michael spent over eleven years as a private equity professional, most recently serving as a Managing Director of GB Merchant Partners (GBMP), a division of Gordon Brothers Group.  Gordon Brothers’ core expertise is its in-depth understanding of asset values and helping companies monetize underperforming assets.  It was Michael’s time at Gordon Brothers where he gained a strong understanding of asset values and significant experience working with and evaluating distressed businesses.  Michael was one of the founders of GBMP, helping to raise a $320 million private equity fund.  At GBMP, Michael took a very hands-on approach to investing, including sourcing and negotiating deals, working closely with management teams, and developing and executing upon strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Gordon Brothers in 2002, Michael served as a Principal at Palladin Capital Group, a middle market private equity firm.  While at Palladin, he was part of a team that advised Jones Apparel Group on its acquisition of Nine West Group and subsequently served on the transition team as the Director of Strategic Planning, focusing on the integration of the two companies.  Prior to Palladin, Michael was a member of the High Yield Corporate Finance department of CIBC Oppenheimer Corp.

Michael is a member of Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG), which provides seed capital and management expertise to early stage clean energy companies. In addition, Michael is also a member of Boston Cleantech Angels.  Michael has also served as a mentor in the Cleantech Open. Michael received a BS from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He currently lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two sons.

James Rosenfield

James Rosenfield is co-Founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a leading international energy research and advisory firm respected for its independent insight into the energy future, including technology, markets, geopolitics and strategy. Jamey has been a driving force behind the firm’s growth over 25 years, including oversight of strategy, new products, sales and marketing and operations. He was also engaged in digital strategies and emerging energy technologies and strategies. He created and produced CERAWeek, the foremost annual senior executive energy conference, ranked as one of the top five conferences for CEOs in the world. CERA was acquired in September 2004 by IHS (NYSE: IHS). Jamey now serves as Senior Vice President of IHS.

Jamey is also founding Partner in SourceSquared, LLC, a firm focusing on building technology-enabled information services businesses in energy, power and efficiency. He co-founded and serves on the board of Azima, Inc, a SourceSquared firm that is a leader in web-based industrial equipment diagnostics and reliability. He is Chairman of Acumentrics, a pioneering solid oxide fuel cell and power electronics firm. Jamey co-founded and previously served on the board of Xcellerex, LLC, a bio-technology manufacturing company nominated as one of the “Top Ten Companies to Watch” by ContractPharma Magazine, and which has received significant funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Vantage Point and others.

Jamey is on the Board of the New England Clean Energy Council and is an advisor to a variety of firms in energy and technology. He has presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; the United Nations in Geneva; CERAWeek, and at other international forums. He was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Business and Government, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2006-7). He is a Member of the Corporation of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Jamey attended Harvard College and holds an MBA from Boston University. He lives with his wife and three children in Lexington, MA.

Gene Zimon

Gene Zimon is currently president of EDGE Advisers, which he founded in 2009. EDGE Advisers’ primary mission is to assist early-stage companies gain traction in the marketplace. EDGE also provides advisory services to Fortune 1000 companies and venture capital funds seeking guidance on investment and acquisition opportunities. Gene frequently presents papers and participates in panels at conferences sponsored by organizations, such as IEEE, MIT, the American Capital Association, and TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur).

Gene is also Manager of JAZFund, LLC, a private equity fund that invests in early-stage companies primarily in the CleanTech, internet commerce platforms and medical technology markets.  He is a co-founder of Boston CleanTech Angels and an active member of Launchpad Ventures, Walnut Ventures and Clean Energy Venture Group, three Boston-based angel investing groups. He was a charter member of TiE, where he has been co-chair of the CIO Forum. Gene is on the Board of Directors of Alektrona, Third Solutions, TripServe and Vcharge and on the Advisory Boards of Amperion, CloudBeam, eCurv and Locus Energy. He is also on the Smart Grid Advisory Board of zPryme, a leading research and consulting organization in the CleanTech space.

Gene retired from NSTAR, a Fortune 500 utility in July 2009, where he was senior vice president and CIO for eight years. He led a transformational upgrade and modernization of the application systems portfolio and technical infrastructure that enabled NSTAR to achieve top quartile performance in customer service and financial performance.

In 2001, Gene worked for Oracle as vice president of business development for utilities where he spearheaded their product and go to market strategy that dramatically increased sales to utilities. From 1996 to 2000, Gene was vice president and CIO of Boston Gas where he re-architected the entire systems environment in a manner that enabled the acquisition and integration of three utilities in three years yielding immediate synergies and accretive earnings.

Earlier in his career, Zimon worked at Wang Laboratories as director of information technology and then, CIO of Wang Software. Gene also was regional director of Finance and Administration at the Employment and Training Administration for the U.S. Department Labor

Gene went to Graduate School at Boston University, receiving a Master of Arts in economics, and taught economics at Boston University from 1972 to 1978. Gene graduated cum laude from Tufts University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in economics.


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