MMA Renewable Ventures: A MuniMae Company



About Us: Management Team

Matt Cheney
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 Studies.

Chad Sachs
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.

Joseph Kastner
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.

Mark McLanahan
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 and German.

Robert Hopper
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.

Moira Geraghty
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.

Paul Danielsen
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.

Bob Hinkle
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.

Tim Lasocki
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.

Steve Holman
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.

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