SolaRover Mobile Solar Power Systems provide pure, consistent electricity for all types of commercial, industrial and emergency applications - wherever and whenever needed. Categorically clean, absolutely silent and far more economical than comparable diesel generators over the long term, SolaRover systems offer today's best investments in portable power generators. With unparalleled engineering, leading-edge components, rugged steel construction and a variety of practical options, SolaRover sets the benchmark high.
William J. Agee - Chairman of the Board
William J. Agee is to become the Chairman of SolaRoverTM and has just joined the company. Mr. Agee, 73, a distinguished graduate of the University of Idaho and the Harvard Business School, has over 50 years of experience in the defense, natural resources and engineering industries, having served as CEO of the Bendix and Morrison Knudsen Corporations and as a senior executive with Boise Cascade. Mr. Agee's vast and varied executive business building experience spans five decades in American industry and he is now active as an international strategic business consultant working with venture capitalists and on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Agee has served on numerous boards including Dow Jones & Company, General Foods, Equitable Life, ASARCO and Key Bank Corporation among others. He has served distinguished appointments to the Business Round Table, the Council on Foreign Relations, The US Economic Council, the Advisory council on Japan and as Chairman of the President's Industrial Advisory Subcommittee on Economic and Trade Policy just to name a few. Mr. Agee has a proven record of building stock value and growing businesses. He has served as an advisor to both the Harvard and University of Michigan Business Schools and has received numerous honorary degrees and medals.
John F. Spisak - Director and Chief Executive Officer
John F. Spisak is the President/CEO of SolaRover and joined the company in October of 2008. Mr. Spisak, 59, an honors science graduate of Purdue University has extensive experience in the development and growth of businesses, technology applications and governmental affairs. Over the past 36 years, he has managed an international mining company, restructured and run a $180 million annual revenue domestic copper refining and trading firm and also served on the Board of Directors of a South American minerals firm with the future President of Bolivia. He founded SP Environmental Systems, a full-service environmental engineering and remediation company for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Mr. Spisak has chaired a multi-company venture to permit and develop one of the largest integrated waste disposal systems in the US and develop clean air technology that would capture and recycle VOC's. Mr. Spisak served as one of only 13 CEOs on the United States Senate's Western States Coalition for the reform of the US Superfund Law. He managed the high profile 1991 Sacramento River toxic spill disaster for SP and has testified before the US House and Senate numerous times on major environmental regulatory issues. He has been an invited speaker and lecturer on governmental issues related to the environment and was one of the founding directors of the National Association of Environmental Management (NAEM). He holds a patent and has authored several environmental technology articles and was co-editor of a book on mineral industry environmental technologies.
William Wren - Director
William Wren is Managing Partner of William Wren & Associates (WWA), with responsibility for investing in both Napa, Sonoma, New Zealand & Australian wine projects, in addition to SolaRover, a start-up solar power project focused on the application of strategic mobile solar power deployment, of a small family LLC, William Wren & Associates. WWA is currently engaged in importing limited quantities of high-end wines from New Zealand under the Drystone label, and producing wine in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County under the Richard Berridge Estate label. The family also owns and manages seven acres in the Napa Valley that include leased and rented properties.
WWA is also invested in Wine Leverage, a start up company with proprietary software, focused exclusively on providing back-up services to individual winery consumer retail wine clubs and other winery direct to consumer programs. He has also actively worked with investment bankers to put together a $25 million investment package for the New Zealand wine industry. Mr. Wren is currently a director of SolaRover.
Prior to forming William Wren & Associates, Mr. Wren was EVP for marketing and sales at Spring Mountain Vineyard, a privately held 850 acre winegrowing estate managing the successful repackaging and repositioning of this historic Napa Valley brand following $50 million winery and vineyard purchase.
From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Wren was VP General Manager of Merryvale Vineyards, a privately held boutique winery, repositioning brand & positioning brand and winery property for sale to the Schlatter Family in Switzerland. Before Merryvale, Mr. Wren was Marketing and Export Director for Napa Valley wine companies owned by Heublein [$1.5 Bn] subsidiary of Grand Metropolitan PLC [$7.5Bn]. The Napa Valley wine companies generated $25,000,000 in revenue.
Mr. Wren received his BA from University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently participated in Graduate Studies in Executive Management at the University of Southern California, and Graduate Studies in Business Administration at Pepperdine University.
Damon Gasaway II - Director
Damon Gasaway has been a part of Winn Machine, Incorporated in Michigan City, Indiana since 1987. Winn Machine is a production machining job shop with 18 employees. In the early years, he worked as a general laborer during the day and attended Purdue University North Central in the evening working towards a Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree. In 1991, he became the Plant Manager of Winn Machine. As Plant Manager, he started the transformation of the business from all manual machines to fully programmable CNC equipment. This was instrumental in preparing the company for being competitive in the future.
In 1999, Damon and his wife, Dina, bought Winn Machine. Within 18 months, the two were able to increase sales three fold. Currently Winn Machine has 15 CNC machines and has added grinding and light fabricating to its capabilities.
In general, Damon handles the day to day operation of Winn Machine. This includes, quoting, purchasing, scheduling, supervising, and when time allows, writing programs for and then setting-up the CNC equipment.
On the personal side, Damon is an active participant at his church. He has been on the decision making board for two 4 year terms. He is also a sports enthusiast. He has coached volleyball, soccer, basketball and baseball at the grade school and junior high school levels for 20 years. Damon has been married to his wife Dina for 20 years and they have 3 children. Andrea-18 Jordan-16 and Adam-10.
Gary Cook - Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer
Gary Cook is SolaRover's Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Cook oversees all the tasks and responsibilities surrounding the office of the Chief Financial Officer for SolaRover. Mr. Cook received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is licensed as a certified public accountant in Colorado. In addition, he has held Series 7, 24, 27 and 63 licenses from FINRA successor to the NASD. Almost half of Mr. Cook's career has been spent in public accounting in the audit department with KPMG LLP in New Orleans and Denver. The remainder of Mr. Cook's career has been spent serving as secretary, treasurer, chief financial officer and director for public and private companies in various industries.
John S. Spisak - Lead Engineer
John S. Spisak, a Boston University Engineering graduate, is leading the SR engineering effort. Mr. Spisak oversees Solarover's Design and Engineering Operations from their Lone Tree, CO office. He is responsible for customer and reseller services and technical support. He is responsible for design modifications and improvements and systems integrations with ancillary components such as generators, water treatment systems, communications systems and the like. Mr. Spisak has worked closely with SR's Colorado manufacturing arm and various component suppliers to continually improve the efficiency and longevity of the units. He is currently engaged in next generation battery studies and in the development of performance enhancements for the mobile solar units. While at BU he won engineering awards, had a peer reviewed technical publication and conducted foreign engineering studies at the Technical Institute in Dresden, Germany.