David Sharpless, Interim Chief Executive Officer
David Sharpless has extensive experience as a business lawyer in international finance, corporate governance, structural finance and mergers and acquisitions. He served as the CEO of CIT Group International Technology Vendor Finance Group and Senior Partner of Blake, Cassels and Graydon, where he practiced corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on the financial services and equipment leasing industries. Mr. Sharpless assumed direct responsibility, as President International, for operating all of Newcourt Credit Group's businesses outside the U.S. including operations in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia & Australia/New Zealand.
Ron Smith, Co-Founder & President, Verdant Power Inc.
Ron Smith has served as an industry manager at Booz-Allen Hamilton, Bendix Corporation, and the U.S. Navy. At Booz-Allen, he had a lead role in building the firm’s Worldwide Technology Business Change Management Practice from a staff of 5 to over 100 consultants. For the Bendix Corporation Aerospace Group he provided strategic and operational consulting to over 20 mechanical and electronic manufacturing divisions as one of two members of the Group Management Advisory Staff. With the U.S. Navy, he was a carrier pilot in Vietnam and also served as an organizational development consultant to Navy units, commands and staff. He retired as a Commander and naval intelligence officer. Mr. Smith holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Trey Taylor, Co-Founder & President, Verdant Power International
Trey Taylor has over 30 years of experience in business management and development, marketing and communications. He founded and served as President of the Interactive Marketing Institute; worked with Baltimore Gas and Electric, Price Waterhouse World Utilities Group; and has held senior positions at Edison Electric Institute, ITT Corporation, British Telecom, Ogilvy & Mather and Procter & Gamble. He currently serves on the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the New York City Council Green Export Initiative Advisory Council. Previously he has served on the Board of Directors for the Hydro Research Foundation, as Chairman of the R&D Committee for the National Hydropower Association, as a Charter Board Member of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, and on the CEO Council for the American Council on Renewable Energy.
John Banigan, Chief Financial Officer
John Banigan is broadly experienced in international investment banking and corporate advisory services to private and public companies, as well as fund management companies. He has had extensive senior management experience -- with Chemical Bank and HSBC, and as a founder/principal of boutique merchant banks -- related to corporate and trade finance and investment banking operations in Asia, Latin America and the U.S. He has managed mature financial services operations, directed the finance function at a range of public and private companies, formed start-up businesses, and consummated foreign-based joint ventures. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with a BS in International Economics.
Dean Corren, Chief Technology Officer
Dean Corren has over 30 years of experience in the field of energy research and systems design. He is the innovator of the KHPS design, responsible for the research conducted from theory to model tests and full scale prototypes during his time as a Research Scientist for the New York University Department of Applied Science. He has also served four terms in the Vermont House of Representatives, and chaired the Burlington Electric Commission. He holds an MS in Energy Science from NYU.
Mary Ann Adonizio, PE; Director of Resource Assessment, RITE Project Manager
Mary Ann Adonizio has 30 years of experience in electric utility capital project implementation, in particular construction, operation and maintenance for small hydroelectric and transmission projects. She also provides feasibility and financial/economic planning; regulatory licensing and permitting; and environmental risk management services for renewable energy projects. She has co-authored several technical publications for the Electric Power Research Institute and American Society of Civil Engineers on the water power industry.
Jonathan Colby, Director of Technology Performance
Jonathan Colby has been with the company since 2006 after completing a master’s degree from the College of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology with an emphasis on experimental fluid mechanics. His work includes turbine blade design, hydrodynamic modeling, data processing and analysis, fieldwork, and general turbine operation responsibilities, as well as environmental monitoring of native fish and bird species, among others, to assist in federal permitting and licensing. He is a recognized leader on the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee for Wave, Tidal, and Other Water Current Converters (TC 114) developing International Standards, and is active on the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) supporting the creation of a Conformity Assessment System for the Renewable Energy industry, including the Marine Energy sector. He was elected as an IEC Young Professional Leader in 2011 and was the recipient of the ANSI Next Generation award in 2012.
Verdant Isles Ltd. Formed to Develop Tidal Energy Projects in Ireland and UK
(March 2016) -- Verdant Power has partnered with Belleville Duggan Renewables Ltd. to develop commercial tidal energy projects at sites in Ireland and the UK under the joint venture Verdant Isles Ltd. In parallel with developing sites in Ireland and the UK, Verdant Isles plans to establish a manufacturing base in the region that will become part of a global supply chain for marine energy devices. More >>
US Department of Energy Selects Verdant Power under $10.5 Million Award for Next-Generation Marine Energy Systems
(December 2015) -- Verdant Power is one of six organizations selected by the US Energy Department to receive up to $10.5 million to support the design and operation of innovative MHK systems through survivability and reliability-related improvements. More >>