The Soltage management team is made of highly trained and experienced individuals who are committed to realizing the success of your solar energy project.
Jesse Grossman (CEO, co-founder)
Jesse Grossman is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Soltage. He has held this position since the company’s founding in October 2005. Jesse has formal training in emerging markets, physical science and business development. Prior to Soltage, he worked in venture development and management, project finance, marketing, and resource use strategies — from the far reaches of East Africa and Indonesia to the East and West Coasts of the continental U.S. Jesse has experience in energy demand management for both solar and wind companies. He also has extensive experience working with project developers and has developed and managed projects for the USAID, USGS, and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation. Jesse has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Carleton College, and a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Business Development certification from Yale’s MacMillan Center. He speaks four languages and is a published author and speaker in the field of emerging markets and renewable energy.
Vanessa E-H Stewart (COO, co-founder)
Vanessa E-H Stewart is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Soltage. Vanessa has held this position since the company’s founding in October 2005. Prior to Soltage, she launched several clean tech products as Best Available Control Technologies for the Oregon and Washington Departments of Transportation and Caltrans under federal contract with the Environmental Protection Agency. Her energy management career includes utility-scale project finance consulting for Southwest utilities and Native American Tribes, resource analysis and business development for a cellulose ethanol company, and energy consulting for the establishment of cogeneration feedstock and supply chains for the state of Oregon. She has years of experience establishing policy on energy and emissions credit trading and air quality policy in California. Vanessa graduated with interdisciplinary honors from Stanford University, was a Dean’s scholar at the Yale School of Management and studied at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has acted under the U.S. Department of Energy as Solar Energy Liason in its Mission to the United Nations. She is a U.S. Green Building Council member.
Kwon-Kyun Chung (VP Finance)
Kwon Chung is the Vice President of Finance at Soltage. He has over a thirteen year career in the energy/power sector, including developing, arranging and financing the construction and operation on projects worldwide, including one of the largest merchant power plant in the US, Sithe Boston Generating (1,500 MW), located in Boston, MA in 2001. Most recently, he worked as a consultant in developing concentrating solar power plants in India and other emerging markets. He was a founder of Quantum Clean Energy where he was responsible for the preparation of offering memorandum, fundraising and operations of the project portfolio. Kwon worked for three years at Alinda Capital Partners, where he was responsible for the origination of investments in energy and infrastructure projects in excess of $2 billion. In 2000, he was at Sithe Energies, a large independent power producer, where he was responsible for the capital budget of all assets as well as managing corporate and project financings. Kwon has been with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and WestLB where he worked in project finance in excess of $1 billion. Kwon has his B.A. and Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University with a major in international finance.
Marc Miller (Sr VP Marketing and Sales)
Marc Miller is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Soltage. Marc has more than 25 years of combined business development, sales, marketing, procurement and R&D experience in both the energy and utility industries. Most recently, Marc was at Greenhouse Gas Services, a GE-AES venture, where he led the sales and marketing efforts. Prior to that, he was the business development director of energy services for Johnson Controls where he developed and sold total energy expense management solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. As enterprise business development director at Northeast Utilities Services Company, he was instrumental in integrating leading edge renewable energy technology deployment, including “Smart Grid” electric transmission and distribution technology. The Electric Power Research Institute honored Marc with the 2004 Delivery and Application Award in recognition of his “outstanding leadership.” Before this, Marc served as the global energy sourcing manager for GE Plastics where he originated and executed energy management activities valued in excess of $800MM in aggregate and worked with GE businesses for electricity and natural gas in Spain, Mexico, England, Holland, Germany, Italy and Hungry. Marc also served as the manager of gas supply planning and acquisition for Yankee Gas Services Company where he originated, structured and negotiated over $1.2 billion in energy contracts. Marc has a BS in Geology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a BA in English (Cum Laude) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, he has achieved Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, published articles, and been a panelist and presenter at various associations and conferences across the country.
Douglas Distefano (VP Sales)
Douglas Distefano is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Soltage. He has held this position since April 2007. Doug has more than 25 years of experience in hardware and software sales, and commercial and industrial sales for government sector clients. Douglas has successfully developed direct and channel sales programs to acquire and manage national customer bases of high profile clients with highly sophisticated products. He has held senior sales positions at BEA Systems, Cisco Systems, General Electric, RealNetworks, and Kidder Peabody & Co. He has dual undergraduate degrees in Business and Psychology from the University of Hartford.