Chief Executive Officer
Matt Cheney is CEO of MMA Renewable Ventures, a business
that is responsible for financing and investing in facilities
that generate renewable energy. Mr. Cheney joined MuniMae in 2006
in connection with the Company's acquisition of Renewable Ventures.
Prior to establishing Renewable Ventures, Mr. Cheney was CEO of
NUON Renewable Ventures USA LLC, and Director of North American
Business Development for NV in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mr.
Cheney has more than twenty-five years in civil engineering, energy,
and environment, including experience with the U.S. Agency for
International Development in South America, the National Rural
Electric Co-op Association's International Programs, the U.S.
Department of Energy in energy policy, and as the Director of
the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group, now the Solar Electric Power Association.
Mr. Cheney has a B.S. from The American University and a Masters
Degree from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International
Senior Vice President, Project Development and Finance
Chad Sachs is Senior Vice President, Project Development
and Finance, and is the principal architect of the company’s
project investment structure. He is responsible for raising tax-advantaged
equity capital and debt to support the financing of new company
projects. He is also responsible for sourcing and developing new
projects. Before joining MMA Renewable Ventures, Mr. Sachs worked
for JPMorgan Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase,
where he focused on growth equity and leverage buy-out opportunities
in the telecom sector. He helped raise more than $200 million
in financing (senior debt, mezzanine and equity) for portfolio
companies. Prior to JPMorgan Partners, Mr. Sachs worked as a financial
analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Sachs has a Master’s
Degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s
Degree in International Economics from Georgetown University,
School of Foreign Service.
Senior Vice President, Solar Implementation and Operations
Joseph Kastner is Senior Vice President, Implementation
and Operations. He is responsible for sourcing and developing
qualified renewable energy projects that fit the investment profile
of the company. He also oversees the management of assets under
construction and operation. Prior to joining MMA Renewable Ventures,
he was responsible for project implementation, operations and
maintenance as the U.S.-based renewable energy division manager
for NUON Renewable Ventures USA LLC. Mr. Kastner’s extensive
renewable energy background includes academic research and professional
experience. He has worked as a consultant to commercial and residential
building owners and investors in the areas of energy efficiency
and the use of photovoltaic and thermal solar energy systems.
Mr. Kastner has a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering
from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in Environmental
Science and Management from the Donald Bren School at the University
of California - Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor’s Degree in
Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Mark McLanahan is Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. He is responsible for sourcing, developing and negotiating
qualified renewable energy projects that fit the investment profile
of the company. Previously, Mr. McLanahan was with Gap Inc. for
seven years, most recently as Director of Company Planning with
responsibility for business planning and financial risk management.
Prior to that, he was on the EMEA financial planning team for
Compaq Computer in Munich, Germany. He has more than ten years
of business planning experience in corporate and startup environments.
Mr. McLanahan has a Master’s Degree from The Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in International
Business from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mr. McLanahan
has extensive international experience and is proficient in Spanish
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Bob Hopper, Senior Vice President, Business Development,
is responsible for developing and implementing the Company’s business
development strategy and establishing advantageous relationships
with ‘best in class’ service providers and other delivery channels.
Mr. Hopper also manages the Company’s relationships with solar
integrators; energy service companies (ESCOs), equipment suppliers
and trade specific contractors. He has more than 18 years of experience
in energy industry sales, management and operations. Prior to
joining MMA Renewable Ventures, he provided the leadership to
Siemens’ Western Region energy services business unit where he
was responsible for all strategic energy operations in the region.
Mr. Hopper also founded energy consulting company IEC, Inc., which
managed and negotiated more than $100 million in energy supply
contracts and $150 million in energy efficiency projects. His
experience includes six years with Honeywell in sales and management
roles. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Saint Bonaventure
University, New York.
Senior Vice President, Wind and Bioenergy Business
Development and Project Finance
Moira Geraghty is Senior Vice President, Business Development
and Project Finance. She is responsible for sourcing and evaluating
qualified wholesale renewable energy investment opportunities
and for project investment structuring and transaction negotiations.
Before joining MMA Renewable Ventures, Ms. Geraghty held positions
with the AES Corporation, GE Capital’s Structured Finance
Group and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In various business
development roles, Ms. Geraghty has negotiated more than $600
million of project financings and asset divestitures of energy
and environmental projects. At Pacific Gas and Electric Company,
she was one of the lead commercial negotiators of renewable energy
power procurement efforts. She supported renewable policy efforts
and closed more than $2 billion in renewable power purchase agreements.
Ms. Geraghty has a Master’s Degree from Yale University’s
School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical
Engineering from Villanova University.
Vice President, Solar Business Development
Paul Danielsen is Vice President, Business
Development for Solar, and is responsible for generating new solar
energy investment opportunities, as well as evaluating their financial
potential. Prior to joining MMA Renewable Ventures, Mr. Danielsen worked
for RewardStream where he repositioned the company’s product line and
developed a strategic sales and marketing plan for the North American
market. Mr. Danielsen has more than 25 years of experience in Business
Development and Marketing. He began his career at Levi Strauss, where he
developed the company’s sports marketing initiatives. With the advent
of the web, he was instrumental in the development of one of the first
online sports site, Sportsline. He then migrated to digital marketing
serving as the Sales and Business Development Vice President at
Netcentives and IQ Commerce. Mr. Danielsen brings a wealth of experience
in building markets to the renewable energy industry as it is on the
verge of rapidly accelerated growth. Mr. Danielsen has a Bachelor’s
degree in Economics from the University of Colorado.
Vice President, Energy Efficiency
Bob Hinkle, Vice President, Energy Efficiency, is responsible for
managing the Company's overall energy efficiency financing business as
well as identifying, developing, and negotiating investment
opportunities. Mr. Hinkle is also responsible for managing relationships
with electric utilities, industry associations, and large-scale
commercial and industrial energy users. He has more than 15 years of
experience in the energy industry and was previously with Nexant
(formerly Bechtel Consulting) with responsibility for developing and
implementing over $150 million of energy efficiency projects and
programs for utilities, energy end-users, and international donor
agencies. He has extensive experience in evaluating the financial
viability of energy efficiency investments and programs both in the U.S.
and abroad. Mr. Hinkle has a Masters degree in International Business
from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in
International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College.
Vice President of Wind and Bioenergy Business Development and Project Finance
Tim Lasocki is Vice President, Business
Development and Project Finance where he is responsible for origination
and investment in wholesale renewable energy projects including wind
energy, biomass, and biofuels. Prior to MMA Renewable Ventures, LLC, Mr.
Lasocki was the Director of Commercial Transactions at Clipper
Windpower where he negotiated multi-year turbine sale contracts valued
at over $4BN, which led to successful commercialization of the Clipper
“Liberty” 2.5MW Turbine. Prior to that, Mr. Lasocki held roles in sales,
development, and strategic marketing at GE Wind Energy during its
formative years, where he led complex negotiations for close to $1BN
worth of wind turbine and wind project purchases. Mr. Lasocki has also
worked for Orion Energy, a developer of wind energy projects that is now
a part of BP Alternative Energy and the Congressional Budget Office.
Mr. Lasocki holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master
of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a Bachelor of
Arts (BA) in economics from Carleton College.
Vice President and General Counsel
Steve Holman is Vice President and General Counsel of MMA Renewable
Ventures. He is responsible for the oversight of all legal affairs
and plays an active role in the company’s business development
efforts. Previously, Mr. Holman was a partner with the law firm
Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP, where he represented
some of the energy industry’s leading producers in connection
with their project development, financing and M&A transactions,
including Calpine, Orion Power, Reliant, TXU and Invenergy. Prior
to that, Mr. Holman was an attorney with the law firm Hogan &
Hartson where he also focused on energy transactional matters.
With over 13 years of experience, he has represented public and
private companies in over $6 billion of energy project development,
financing and acquisition transactions. Mr. Holman holds a B.A.
from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a J.D. from
Washington & Lee University.