We are engineers, technology experts and business leaders with a diverse array of accumulated experience in the solar space and large-scale entrepreneurial ventures.
Our vision is to maximize energy production for large solar plants thereby reducing global CO2 emissions, slowing climate change and creating the greatest possible positive impact on the planet.
Through long-term, collaborative customer relationships, we will provide continuous improvements to the solar energy landscape including maximizing clean-energy production, making advances in solar energy storage, improving the capabilities of solar EV charging and more.
Chief Executive OfficerDaniel is a highly accomplished leader of multi-billion-dollar organizations with thirty-five years of experience in the Energy, IT, AI, and Software industries. He is a start-up enthusiast with a passion for building businesses, accelerating growth and transforming companies. Early in his career he led MGE-UPS Systems through an acquisition by Schneider Electric, where he rose to become EVP of Global Solutions and a member of the Executive Committee. In 2017 he was lured back to the start-up world and served as President and COO of Cylance a hyper growth start-up specialized in AI applied to Cybersecurity and acquired by BlackBerry in 2019. Daniel received an Electrical Engineering Degree and an MBA from Pepperdine.
President & Chief Revenue OfficerOften referred to as the “voice of solar energy in America”, Rhone has 18 years of experience working in solar energy.
Previously, Rhone was President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade organization for America’s solar energy industry. During his 12-year tenure at SEIA, he worked with the top CEOs throughout the solar value chain to develop and build businesses that helped grow solar in the U.S. from 52MW to more than 16,000 MW/year. He holds an M.P.A. in management from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, a Master of Environmental Engineering from SUNY Syracuse, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He sits on the Board of Directors for SunWorks and Bright Night Energy.
MD EuropeThomas is a co-founder and the MD for Europe. His career includes work experience across four continents and over a decade of successful solar track record in utility scale photovoltaics at corporate, medium and start-up company environments.
Equipped with an electrical engineering degree from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, with his entrepreneurial spirit he negotiated and managed projects worth hundreds of millions, built up O&M services and country organizations for Siemens Energy, and was recognized as Siemens Corporate Expert. Subsequently he took over as executive board member and CSO of IBC Solar AG overseeing their triple digit million operations.
Vice President of EngineeringJohn is an experienced CEO, Board member, and entrepreneur. Getting his start in the aerospace industry, he rapidly rose through the ranks and spent over a decade as a turnaround specialist who took underperforming divisions and turned them into profit centers.
He has founded two companies, and his career span has covered a multiplicity of technologies and physical disciplines ranging from RF to advanced product development to software design projects. His deep understanding of supply chain has allowed John and his team to develop products and solutions that transacted over $54 billion of procurements annually. John received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and his AEA from the Stanford Executive Program.
Chief Information Officer, ControllerMichelle Setchell is a proven leader in the areas of Information Technology, Finance and Human Resources. Having spent almost twenty years at the helm of ExtraTeam, a Systems Integration firm bringing cutting edge technologies to Fortune 100 companies across the globe, she knows what it takes to create success within an organization.
Always ready to tackle the most difficult issues, she has a talent for bringing disparate groups together to find and implement effective solutions to business issues, balancing financial investment with company profitability. In her role as a business principle, she has been at the forefront of some of the most ground-breaking technologies to emerge over the past 20+ years, including the birth of cloud-based technologies and the Internet of Things. Most recently, she successfully managed the acquisition of ExtraTeam by Strategic Products and Services, now ConvergeOne, ensuring both companies merged smoothly throughout the transition, and shareholders received the maximum benefit for their investment.
Hank Van Leer
Vice President of ManufacturingHank came to Solarlytics with over 30 years’ experience in Supply Chain, Materials, and Manufacturing Management at Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies leading strategic partner engagements, operations, and executive program management initiatives worldwide.
Over the course of his career, he has led diverse mission critical initiatives including technical account portfolios, global programs and production operations and strategic alliances at world-class companies including StrataCom, Cisco, Brocade and Juniper. Most recently, Hank oversaw Google Fiber new product introduction launches from concept-to-volume operations for Actiontec Electronics, managing a PMO staff, cross functional development teams and EMS partners. Hank received his Program Management Master’s Accreditation from George Washington University. Global PMP, Six Sigma, PMI Institute.