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GlidePath is a leading independent developer and owner of advanced energy systems. With over 100MW of commercially operating battery projects, GlidePath is one of the largest energy storage developers and independent power producers in the U.S. Headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, GlidePath has experience as both an owner-operator and turnkey developer of renewable energy and storage facilities.

Glidepath’s nationwide portfolio includes 445 MW of battery storage and renewable energy projects. The company also has a 2.1 GW greenfield development pipeline of battery storage projects across the United States.

GlidePath’s expert team has experience across the energy industry, from project development and finance to engineering, technology and operations. GlidePath employs firsthand knowledge of energy markets to identify opportunities that push the industry forward.

Key Staff

Glidepath’s growing team of energy leaders is developing the next generation of advanced energy and storage projects.

Interested in joining our team? Get in touch here.

CHRIS MCKISSACK

CHRIS MCKISSACK

Chief Executive Officer

Read BioGlidePath CEO Chris McKissack has been with the company since its founding in 2014. He served as Chief Operating Officer prior to his role as CEO. Chris has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy sector. His career spans internal utility, renewable energy, storage development and Independent Power Producer environments. Chris’ expertise focuses on project life cycles, from initial concept through execution; into operations and maintenance, including successful M&A transactions.
Prior to joining GlidePath, Chris held roles in engineering, construction management, interconnection, and power marketing at Lincoln Renewable Energy (now Orsted). He was responsible for engineering, construction, and testing of critical transmission and distribution equipment at GE Energy and ComEd, an Exelon Company.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Chris is also a founding member of the CleanTX Advisory Board. CleanTX is a nonprofit with a mission to accelerate the growth of the clean tech industry in Texas through information exchange, thought leadership, and strategic partnerships.Hide Bio

PETER ROOD

PETER ROOD

Chief Development Officer

Read BioPeter has nearly 15 years of energy sector experience, primarily in development of renewable energy and energy storage projects throughout North America, Micronesia, and Australia. Peter’s career has included all aspects of energy project development, construction management, project finance, and M&A. Prior to joining GlidePath, Peter was VP of Project Development (North) for RES Americas. In this role Peter had direct P&L responsibility and a wind, solar, and battery development portfolio across the northern half of the US. Prior to RES, Peter worked at technology start-up General Compression and the Canadian storage developer NRStor, where he focused on energy storage development in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. Peter served as a Director of Development at Acciona Energy and was a developer at Gamesa Energy. Peter is a certified Project Management Professional and earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Hide Bio

MELISSA WHITE

MELISSA WHITE

Chief Financial Officer

Read BioMelissa White has over 10 years of financial management and energy sector experience. Prior to joining GlidePath, she held roles in financial reporting, audit and financial systems transformation as a Controller at ExxonMobil. In addition, she brings expertise in wholesale energy, capacity, and renewable attributes markets, having previously managed market bidding strategies and the origination and negotiation of voluntary and compliance RECs and carbon offsets for 600MW of wind assets at Acciona Energy North America. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Finance degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Hide Bio

BYRON BOONE

BYRON BOONE

Chief Revenue Officer

Read BioByron has nearly 20 years of energy sector experience, particularly in solar and wind project development, project finance, and the commercialization of new renewable energy technology. Prior to joining GlidePath, Byron served as Vice President of Development for RES Distributed, where he led the sales, marketing, and project development teams for distributed and behind-the-meter solar and storage projects throughout the United States. He has significant experience in developing and bringing new technologies to market including a novel generator for wind turbines at Boulder Windpower and spiral-welded tall towers at Keystone Tower Systems. Byron earned a Bachelor of Arts in engineering from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.Hide Bio

KEVIN JOHNSON

KEVIN JOHNSON

President, GlidePath Federal Solutions

Read BioKevin brings 10 years of energy sector expertise, primarily focused on business development for government and microgrids, as well as mergers and acquisitions. His previous roles include Cofounder, Board Advisor, and Chief Commercial Officer for CleanCapital; Managing Director of Federal & Microgrid Business Development for Canadian Solar (USA), Inc.; and Senior Manager of Mergers & Acquisitions for Acciona Energy North America. Prior to entering the private sector, Kevin served as a Captain in the United States Army. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University. Kevin’s awards and fellowships include Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow, Truman National Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project, Emerging Leader at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and White House Champions of Change, as well as membership on the non-profit Board of Directors for the American Resilience Project and Clean Energy Leadership Institute. Hide Bio

PETER ROOD

PETER ROOD

Chief Development Officer

Read BioPeter has nearly 15 years of energy sector experience, primarily in development of renewable energy and energy storage projects throughout North America, Micronesia, and Australia. Peter’s career has included all aspects of energy project development, construction management, project finance, and M&A. Prior to joining GlidePath, Peter was VP of Project Development (North) for RES Americas. In this role Peter had direct P&L responsibility and a wind, solar, and battery development portfolio across the northern half of the US. Prior to RES, Peter worked at technology start-up General Compression and the Canadian storage developer NRStor focused on energy storage development in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Peter served as a Director of Development at Acciona Energy and was a developer at Gamesa Energy. Peter is a certified Project Management Professional and earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Hide Bio

MATTHEW BOYS

MATTHEW BOYS

Director, Development

Read BioMatt has three years renewable energy development experience in utility scale wind and solar. Prior to joining Glidepath, Matt worked at RES Americas where he originated 11 solar projects totaling 1,125MWs in MISO and PJM while leading the development of three wind projects. 200MWs of solar are contracted and slated for 2021 construction. Previously he worked at Best Buy‘s Environmental Sustainability team, specializing in carbon emissions management and renewable energy procurement. Matt graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint John’s University (MN) with a BA in Management and Economics and holds a PMP project management certification.Hide Bio

ERIN HAZEN

ERIN HAZEN

Senior Director, Development

Read BioErin has worked in the renewable energy sector since 2007, with broad experience in wind turbine manufacturing; development and execution of complex wind, solar, and biomass energy projects; and CHP plant operations. Erin was the first hire for Acciona Windpower’s first North American wind turbine manufacturing operation and was responsible for supply chain management, logistics, and new supplier development. At Acciona Energy, Erin worked as a senior project development manager for wind and solar projects throughout the US, successfully navigating local, state, and federal permitting processes to bring multiple projects from greenfield through construction on schedule. Erin later joined the University of Iowa to lead their Zero Coal initiative, helping to convert a coal-fired CHP plant to biomass and alternative fuels. She managed a major expansion of the University’s miscanthus energy crop, harvest and supply chain cost reduction, development of biomass fuel densification options, and development of new alternative renewable fuels.
Erin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College, and is an avid runner and equestrian.
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BRAD LILA

BRAD LILA

Senior Director, Development

Read BioBrad has 12 years of development experience, primarily in the renewable energy field. Prior to GlidePath he worked at RES Americas and Apex Clean Energy where he developed three renewable energy projects (450MW) that are currently operating in the Midwest. An additional 300MW is currently near construction. Brad earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point with additional graduate coursework completed at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. Hide Bio

MICHELLE MATTHEWS

MICHELLE MATTHEWS

Senior Director, Development

Read BioMichelle has seven years of renewable energy development experience. Prior to Glidepath, she led the development of utility scale wind and solar projects (450MW) at RES Americas, including land acquisition, permitting, system engineering, commercial contracting and regulatory compliance. Additionally, she managed the region’s solar prospecting effort, coordinating resources and managing priorities for development. Prior to RES, she worked as a VP of Development and Regulatory Affairs for US Solar, developing a portfolio of community solar projects in Minnesota and working with utilities, developers, and the Minnesota PUC to shape the Minnesota community solar program. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of St. Thomas (MN) and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota. Hide Bio

MIKE WALLGREN

MIKE WALLGREN

Manager, Development

Read BioMike has three years of energy sector experience, primarily in development of renewable energy throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining GlidePath, he worked as an environmental consultant and project manager, providing permitting and due diligence services to several large utility clients developing wind and solar projects. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Saint John’s University (Minnesota). Hide Bio

CHRIS VICKERY

CHRIS VICKERY

Vice President, Business Development

Read BioChris has more than 10 years of experience in the energy business, primarily in North American power marketing and trading activities. Chris’s career has spanned all aspects of power marketing including settlements, environmental attribute and energy trading, origination, and contract negotiation. Chris has completed nearly 1,000 MW of power purchase agreements along with voluntary and compliance REC and carbon contracts across the North American markets. Prior to joining GlidePath, Chris held positions including Senior Director of Origination at Leeward Renewable Energy, Director of Commercial Transactions at Invenergy, and Director of Power Marketing at Acciona. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Engineering in Energy Systems from the University of Michigan along with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Hide Bio

DENIS LABIJ

DENIS LABIJ

Business Development Lead

Read BioDenis has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, primarily focused on business development, power marketing, and quantitative analysis. He has conducted fundamental research in the power industry, performed transmission sensitivity studies, developed financial models for pro forma project analysis, and priced energy derivatives for companies including Acciona Energy, Lehman Brothers, Citadel Investment Group, and Reliant Energy. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign and a Master of Business Administration in Analytic Finance from the University of Chicago. Hide Bio

GARY BRAUN

GARY BRAUN

Senior Director, Operations & Maintenance

Read BioGary has over 27 years of experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining GlidePath, Gary held various positions at Acciona Energy North America in numerous departments. His roles included reviewing power flow studies and negotiating interconnect agreements while in Power Marketing, budgeting for and overseeing operations of nine wind farms in the U.S. and Canada while the Manager of Operations and Maintenance, implementing a NERC compliance program, and directing the 24/7 remote monitoring and operation of more than 2,000 MW of wind projects while Director of the System Operations Center. Prior to that, Gary worked at ComEd mainly in the transmission planning and transmission operations arenas. Hide Bio

LON LINDSEY

LON LINDSEY

Operations Manager, Dandan Solar

Read BioLon Lindsey has 20 years of management experience across multiple industries, including project management, material logistics management, and facility maintenance.
Lon is a Registered Class A Superintendent with the GCSSA of America. Prior to his role at Dandan Solar, Lon held management positions in the Hospitality Industry and Federal Government.
Lon earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Hawaii.
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TONIA LOUGHREN

TONIA LOUGHREN

Asset Manager

Read BioTonia has 23 years of experience in the deregulated natural gas markets in the Midwest region. She brings to GlidePath expertise in energy operations management. Prior to joining GlidePath she held management positions in gas supply and scheduling, contract and billing operations, and account management. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Eastern Illinois University. Hide Bio

JENNIFER LUTHER

JENNIFER LUTHER

Asset Manager

Read BioJen brings with her over 11 years of sales, marketing, and operations experience in the deregulated electricity and natural gas markets. She most recently comes from Direct Energy Business as a Channel Development Manager growing the power, gas, and alternative energy solutions through brokers and consultants. Prior to DEB, she worked as a Sales Associate and Indirect Sales Rep for GDF SUEZ (now Engie).
Jen graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.Hide Bio

FRANK REICHERT

FRANK REICHERT

Manager, Operations & Maintenance

Read BioFrank joined GlidePath as the Manager of Operations and Maintenance and has over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy and power generation industry. Prior to joining GlidePath, Frank held roles solar and battery storage field service engineering at Invenergy where he managed construction, commissioning, troubleshooting, repair, and data analytics for a fleet of over 500MW of assets. Frank also worked in Acciona Energy North America’s system operation center, where he scheduled distribution to various U.S. and Canadian power markets as well as monitored and managed wind turbine operations, schedules and operators.
Before entering the private sector, Frank served the United States Navy for 14 years as a Gas System Mechanic aboard two Ticonderoga-Class Guided Missile Cruisers. His deployments include overseas tours to the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and Red Sea in support of Operation Southern Watch, Unified Spirit 2000 (NATO), and Operation Iraqi Freedom.Hide Bio

CHRIS MCKISSACK

CHRIS MCKISSACK

Chief Executive Officer

Read BioGlidePath CEO Chris McKissack has been with the company since its founding in 2014. He served as Chief Operating Officer prior to his role as CEO. Chris has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy sector. His career spans internal utility, renewable energy, storage development and Independent Power Producer environments. Chris’ expertise focuses on project life cycles, from initial concept through execution; into operations and maintenance, including successful M&A transactions.
Prior to joining GlidePath, Chris held roles in engineering, construction management, interconnection, and power marketing at Lincoln Renewable Energy (now Orsted). He was responsible for engineering, construction, and testing of critical transmission and distribution equipment at GE Energy and ComEd, an Exelon Company.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Chris is also a founding member of the CleanTX Advisory Board. CleanTX is a nonprofit with a mission to accelerate the growth of the clean tech industry in Texas through information exchange, thought leadership, and strategic partnerships.Hide Bio

SEAN BAUR

SEAN BAUR

Manager, Engineering

Read BioSean Baur has over five years of experience in the electric power industry. Prior to joining GlidePath, he worked as a contracting engineer, providing protection and control and electrical engineering services to several large utility clients in the Midwest. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Norte Dame, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois. Hide Bio

DAVE DU

DAVE DU

Vice President, Global Sourcing & Supply Chain

Read Bio Dave has more than 20 years of experience in global sourcing and supply chain. Prior to joining GlidePath, Dave was the Vice President of Global Sourcing and Supply Chain at Trina Solar. His experience also includes roles of increasing responsibility at Sony, Philips, GE, Whirlpool and Vestas. Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hide Bio

KATE HOWLING

KATE HOWLING

Director, Engineering

Read Bio Kate brings over five years of experience operating and developing energy storage systems, and over 10 years of engineering experience to her role as Engineering Director for GlidePath. Prior to GlidePath, she helped secure over 1,500 MWh of energy storage projects through her leadership focusing on contracting, procurement, and design of energy storage systems. Prior to her renewable energy career, Kate worked at an engineering design firm as an electrical consultant for building systems. Realizing her design experience would be strengthened by field work, she switched jobs and moved to New Orleans to rehabilitate houses. After two and a half years in the field, Kate was ready to bring her experience to the renewable industry. She received her Electrical Engineering degree in 2010 from the University of Virginia. Hide Bio

CRAIG NICKS

CRAIG NICKS

Vice President, Construction

Read BioCraig has over eight years of renewable energy construction experience and twenty years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry. Prior to joining GlidePath, Craig held construction project management roles with both E.ON Climate and Renewables and Acciona Energy, managing over 730MW of wind energy projects through construction and supporting an additional 1GW through development and construction. Craig has had numerous roles during his career including owner project manager and representative, general contractor, and consulting engineer. Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (New Brunswick, Canada).Hide Bio

KHARIELL PINKNEY

KHARIELL PINKNEY

Project Analyst

Read BioKhariell Pinkney joined GlidePath following his service in the United States Army via the United States Military Academy at West Point.
A Chicagoland native, he returned home and began focusing on the project and development space and is on track to receive PMP certification.
He brings with him over five years of project and project delivery experience. Hide Bio

ERIC WENGER

ERIC WENGER

Director, Engineering

Read Bio Eric has over 10 years of experience in the renewable energy industry with a principal focus in the areas of resource assessment, power marketing & emerging technology development. Prior to joining GlidePath, Eric held several advancing engineering & management positions at RES Americas, and later founded Meteora – an energy & technology consulting company supporting the growth of the renewables industry through technical & engineering guidance for an international portfolio of renewable energy assets.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and, through his continued passion for responsible & sustainable energy development, has supported the installation of over 1,000 Megawatts of wind capacity in North America. Hide Bio

MELISSA WHITE

MELISSA WHITE

Chief Financial Officer

Read BioMelissa White has over 10 years of Financial Management and Energy sector experience. Prior to joining GlidePath, she held roles in financial reporting, audit and financial systems transformation as a Controller at ExxonMobil. In addition, she brings expertise in wholesale energy, capacity, and renewable attributes markets, having previously managed market bidding strategies and the origination and negotiation of voluntary and compliance RECs and carbon offsets for 600MW of wind assets at Acciona Energy North America. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Finance degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Hide Bio

KARA KING

KARA KING

Controller

Read BioKara has over eight years of accounting experience, in both public and private industries. Prior to joining GlidePath, Kara spent five years with Ernst & Young, with a focus on financial accounting advisory in the transactional space. Following EY, Kara worked in Financial Reporting with Citadel LLC, specializing in international reporting. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and is a licensed CPA in the state of Illinois. Hide Bio

LUCAS MICHELINI

LUCAS MICHELINI

Director, Finance

Read BioLucas has over 10 years of experience in M&A and project finance for utility scale renewable energy projects. Prior to joining GlidePath, he was Associate Director of Structured Finance at Acciona Energy, where he supported over $1B of executed buy-side, sell-side, tax equity and debt transactions in addition to conducting due diligence and evaluating project economics of over 7.5 GW of renewable energy projects in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to his work in the energy sector, Lucas worked in the municipal bond industry by supporting management of a portfolio of tax-exempt bonds and related securitizations backed by affordable housing projects. Lucas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Northwestern University. HideBio

EMILY WU

EMILY WU

Manager, Accounting

Read BioEmily has over three years of accounting experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining GlidePath, Emily spent three years as an auditor with Grant Thornton, working primarily with manufacturing and nonprofit clients. Following GT, Emily worked in corporate accounting with R1 RCM, a revenue cycle management company, where she focused on cost reporting. She holds a Master of Science in Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and is a licensed CPA in the state of Illinois. HideBio

MAYARI GUZMAN-KATZ

MAYARI GUZMAN-KATZ

Director, Administration

Read BioMayari has over 20 years of experience in business operations in Hospitality, Finance, Legal and Renewable Energy environments. Prior to joining GlidePath, Mayari was the Director of Corporate Services at KSS Legal, LLC and oversaw all corporate level functions including, HR, IT, and Matter Management. Prior to KSS, she was the Director of Administration and IT Services at Acciona Energy North America where, among other achievements, led the build-out of Acciona’s North American headquarters, planned and executed high-level corporate events, and oversaw the programming, roll-out, and training in various IT systems. She holds an ABA in Operations Management from Universidad Tecnológica de Chile and earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with Marketing concentration from DePaul University. She is fluent in professional level Spanish, and sits on the board of En Las Tablas Performing Arts, a non-profit community arts organization providing affordable access to performing arts and professional artistic training in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood.Hide Bio

SARAH ZIMMERMAN

SARAH ZIMMERMAN

Manager, Shared Services

Read Bio Sarah joined Glidepath with over 20 years of experience in manufacturing, distribution, and construction environments. Prior to GlidePath, she worked in Accounting/Administration and Process Development at Skyline Design, one of the top 10 architectural glass companies in the United States. Her areas of expertise include comprehensive process documentation development; streamlining of company policies relating to expense reporting, HR administration, and Accounting; and implementation/management of various transitions in corporate environments. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Roosevelt University and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Illinois, as well as certification in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). Sarah’s favorite activities are reading, writing, and camping. Hide Bio

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