Founder and CEO
Russell is the Founder and CEO of United Wind, the distributed wind industry’s first and only developer offering third party financing solutions for distributed-scale wind projects in the U.S. Under Russell’s leadership United Wind has grown from concept to recognized industry leader since the company’s launch in 2013. Over that time Russell has led fundraising efforts for the company resulting in corporate and project level investments from Statoil Energy Ventures, Total Energy Ventures, TEPCO, U.S. Bank, New York Green Bank and Forum Equity Partners with over $20m in capital deployed into projects and over $10m in corporate capital raised to date. Russell’s role at the company is building a strong culture and dedicated team, driving strategic direction, and leading capital raising efforts.
Prior to United Wind, Russell was Founder and CEO of Wind Analytics, the leading distributed wind predictive and financial modeling company for distributed-scale wind projects globally. Wind Analytics provided data to NYSERDA, Energy Trust, Citibank, Chevron, and most distributed wind industry stakeholders before it was merged into United Wind in 2013.
Russell will complete the Owner/President Management Program (OPM49) at Harvard Business School in 2017, where he was the winner of the annual business pitch competition. Russell is a keynote and featured speaker on the topics of distributed wind energy and entrepreneurship globally.
General Counsel and Head of Policy
Jason Kaplan is General Counsel and Head of Policy at United Wind, where he leads all legal matters related to United Wind’s business including corporate governance and finance, project finance and development, residential and customer lease agreements, and turbine supply and vendor agreements. In his role as Head of Policy, Jason develops policy strategy and engages stakeholders at the federal, state, municipal, and electric cooperative levels. Jason joined United Wind in 2014. He graduated from Vermont Law School, cum laude with a joint degree in law and masters in environmental law and policy, and Colgate University, cum laude B.A. Geology.
Vice President, Projects
As VP, Projects, Ryan is responsible for the development and construction of all United Wind projects. Ryan has a Bachelors in Renewable Energy Technologies from Morrisville State College. He started his career working for a large John Deere company in upstate New York, starting out as a developer and moving eventually into a Division Manager role, where he was responsible for developing a range of renewable energy products, including wind, solar and hydro systems. Recognized early as a young leader in the small wind industry, Ryan is on the Board of Directors of DWEA (Distributed Wind Energy Association), the leading small wind trade association.
Vice President, Business Development
Joe is the Vice President of Business Development of United Wind. He has built successful lead generation, sales and customer experience teams throughout his entire career. Passionate about the environment, he has worked in the renewable energy industry for many years. Most recently, Joe led Roof Diagnostics Solar and NRG Home Solar as their Senior Vice President, helping transform the company into one of the largest residential solar companies in the country. Joe earned his degree in economics from Western Maryland College.
Vice President, Project Finance
Kyle Andrucyk is the Vice President of Project Finance at United Wind, where he oversees the procurement and structuring of tax equity, sponsor equity, and project level debt. Kyle joined United Wind in 2012 when it was formed from a merger between Talco Electronics and Wind Analytics, where he served as an analyst. He has helped build the WindLease platform from the ground up, and looks forward to expanding the role of small wind in the distributed energy market!
Vice President, Asset Management
A Chartered Accountant, Jodhi is responsible for monitoring financial performance of each turbine and the overall portfolio, benchmarking results against industry norms. Jodhi optimizes asset values by establishing operating profit expectations, monitoring performance, and working directly with the O&M team to maximize operating fundamentals. Jodhi comes to the Company with 10 years’ experience as a hands-on manager in finance, business planning, and budgeting in the energy sector, working in mid-stream trading companies and large utility scale wind projects. Jodhi received her Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honors in Accounting with a minor in Management at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Director of Analysis
Tyler Petit is responsible for providing guidance to the sales staff and company executives through the use of financial modeling and wind analysis. Tyler also works extensively with the project management, sales, and finance teams to develop financing terms and balance them with customer needs. Tyler comes to United Wind with small business experience as the Co-Founder of two companies, Yoga by Leigh and Insurance Prowler. Tyler received a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance with and a minor is Economics from Duquesne University. He also recently passed the first level of the CFA examination in June of 2013.
Director of Customer Experience
Joellen is responsible for ensuring that every customer interaction with United Wind is positive and productive. She manages the company’s relationships with customers, working across all corporate disciplines. She graduated from the University of Connecticut and has over nine years of experience in communications, having previously worked at holding company Interpublic Group and advertising agency Critical Mass.
Director of Sales Operations
Melissa is responsible for ensuring a seamless sales process for clients and the United Wind team. She comes to United Wind with over six years of experience in sustainable development, having most recently worked for a New York-based solar power developer. In addition to renewable energy, Melissa is also passionate about food systems, and acted as Assistant Farm Manager at an organic farm in its formative years. She continues to be involved with New York’s agricultural community, serving on the Advisory Committee of the Long Island Food Coalition and coordinating its events. She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at Adelphi University and a Masters of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Director of Sales
Guy is part the sales team at UW that is connecting with, educating and enrolling new customers into our wind energy programs. His primary focus is on adding value to the relationship between customers and Energy Consultants. Prior to United Wind, Guy worked for a start-up social venture called eithikus and more recently as the National Manager or Education and Training at NRG Home Solar. He holds a bachelor’s degree from CUNY Hunter in Environmental Studies concentrating on resource management and policy as well as an MS from Columbia University in Sustainability Management.
Senior Energy Consultant
Joe is responsible for business development in the Western New York region. His focus is on helping residential and commercial customers save money on their electricity bills through renewable wind energy solutions tailored to their unique needs. Joe brings broad sales and business development experience to United Wind through his years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Joe resides in Akron, NY and works with customers throughout Erie and Wyoming counties.
Eric represents business development in and around the gorgeous Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Eric has always had a passion for renewable energy. Coming from a background in the solar industry, Eric now wants to help homeowners take advantage of the most abundant renewable resource in Upstate New York – Wind Energy. With a bachelor’s degree in education, Eric is sure to fully educate you on how you can save money on your electric bill by switching to Wind Energy – “It’s a Breeze!”
Jessica is responsible for business development in the Central New York region. She is passionate about renewable energy and thoroughly enjoys helping customers save money on their electricity bills all while promoting clean, green energy. “I want to leave this world a better place than I found it.” Most recently, Jessica was Market Manager of Central New York at NRG Home Solar, helping develop and grow both the regions client base and sales team. She also has extensive sales, business development and marketing experience in the legal industry. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.
Brian is an energy consultant who is responsible for business development for the State of Colorado. He works mainly with agricultural-based businesses developing wind projects to save money on their utility bills while promoting clean, renewable energy. He brings years of experience to United Wind in sales and business development in the agriculture, real estate and finance sectors. Brian earned his Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Alex is responsible for managing all operations and maintenance (O&M) of turbines, installation of turbines (including foundation installation, tower erection, and electrical), building and managing installation teams, and permitting projects. He comes to United Wind with more than eight years in construction and has worked for numerous renewable energy companies in Central New York. Alex holds an associates degree in Residential Construction and Renewable Energy from Morrisville State College.
Tyler Palmer is leading the project development and permitting efforts in NY, steering our efforts for creating more efficiencies in the development of distributed wind turbines. Tyler graduated from Morrisville State College with an Associates degree in Diesel Technology and a Bachelors in Renewable Energy. Before joining United Wind, Tyler worked in the ethanol industry for three years.
Permitting and Development Administrator
Meghan is responsible for ensuring the turbine pre-construction process is as efficient as possible. Her focus is on administering all paperwork to local authorities for permitting project development. Meghan earned her Bachelors of Technology in Renewable Energy from Morrisville State College.
Andrew is an Installation Technician at United Wind, responsible for installing and maintaining wind turbines. Prior to United Wind, Andrew worked for Endurance Wind Power for two years as a field technician. He completed the Wind Energy & Turbine Technology A.A.S. degree program at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, NY.
Mike is an Installation Technician at United Wind, responsible for installing and maintaining wind turbines. Prior to United Wind, Mike worked at Jim and Dean Masonry for over six years. He has extensive knowledge in concrete and foundation work, and transitioning into wind technology was seamless thanks to the structural background gained at his previous employer, Pro-Tech. Mike graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College with his welding and fabrication degree.
Chief Technology Officer
Philip is responsible for the development and maintenance of all technology driving the United Wind platform forward. He is focused on streamlining internal processes and improving external customer experiences for the company. Philip has extensive experience developing software in various domains, including GPS systems, ad-hoc radio networks, and client side video conferencing solutions. He graduated with high honors with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at Rutgers College of Engineering and a Masters of Science at Stevens Institute of Technology.