Leadership

Anthony Smith, PhD

President  and  Chief  Executive  Officer
Anthony Smith
Tony brings over 30 years experience in energy efficiency, solar energy, and community economic development in Vermont, Pennsylvania and Virginia. He served as founding first chairman of the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association; founding Executive Director of the Community Energy Development Corporation in Philadelphia; business consultant in creating the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (which later formed the first energy efficiency utility in the country); Commodity Trading Advisor in energy futures; National Program Leader for USDA in Community-Based Entrepreneurial Development; and founding Executive Director of the Staunton Creative Community Fund, Inc. He serves as a board member of the Virginia Alternative & Renewable Energy Association (VA-AREA), and serves on the Virginia Committee of the Maryland, DC and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA). He earned his Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the Wharton School of Management, University of Pennsylvania.

Hugh Stoll

Chief  Technology  Officer
Hugh Stoll
Hugh is a master electrician with over twelve years experience in renewable energy generation (solar photovoltaic and hydroelectric facilities) as well as petroleum industry facilities, controls and automation. Hugh has designed, owned and/or managed several renewable power generation installations in Washington, Virginia and North Carolina. Hugh designed the plant automation system for the nations first variable speed permanent magnet hydroelectric generator – a DOE funded research project. He brings further capacity in commercial and industrial scale demand side energy management as a designer and installer of energy efficient control systems. Hugh was the owner/operator of an electrical contracting firm in Washington state and now resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia in a home with a 11 kW solar photovoltaic system he designed and installed. He holds a BA from Eastern Mennonite University.

Eric Hurlocker

Principal  at  GreeneHurlocker,  PLC
Eric Hurlocker
Eric Hurlocker is a principal at GreenHurlocker, PLC in Richmond, [where he has practiced since July 2012]. With over twenty years of experience in practicing and advising clients in the areas of energy law, commercial transactions and general corporate work, Eric brings a legal perspective to Secure Futures, LLC. Eric works closely with renewable energy development companies and has appeared on behalf of clients before the Virginia State Corporation Commission. He is a former partner in the Richmond, Virginia offices of Williams Mullen and former senior in-house corporate and energy attorney at PPL Corporation in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and at Virginia Power in Richmond, Virginia.

Matt Ferguson

Counsel  at  Kilpatrick  Townsend  &  Stockton  LLP
Matt Ferguson
Matt Ferguson advises clients on the tax aspects of transactions and business activities. He presently concentrates his client service work on finance and governance in energy innovation, infrastructure and the creative sector. His practice includes corporate tax, business governance, corporate finance (including structured finance and securitizations), project finance, mergers and acquisitions and international transactions. He also regularly counsels corporations and their directors on fiduciary duty and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, Mr. Ferguson was a Principal with CohnReznick, the 10th largest accounting, tax and advisory firm in the United States.At CohnReznick, he established the successful Renewable Energy Practice and served as its National Practice Leader. During that tenure he structured and closed tax equity transactions that generated energy from biomass, geothermal, solar and wind resources. In 2011, Mr. Ferguson was appointed to the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Board of Directors.

Calvin ‘Cal’ Redekop

Partner

Cal brings a lifetime of academic and business leadership experience, including positions as a professor, dean and vice president at numerous American and Canadian colleges and universities, and the successful development of farm equipment and solar companies. Growing up in Montana during the Dust Bowl (1930-1937) instilled in Cal a deep appreciation of the power of nature and faith, addressed in his (2000) publication of  Creation and the Environment: An Anabaptist Perspective on a Sustainable World (Center Books in Anabaptist Studies) and Enchantment and Despair: Montana Childhood Stories, 1925 – 1937. Cal earned a BA in social science from Goshen College, an MA in History and Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Karen Torrent

Chief Counsel and Strategy Officer

Karen E. Torrent serves as Secure Futures Chief Counsel and Strategy Officer. In this role, Ms. Torrent operates as the Company’s in-house counsel, and is responsible for the strategic direction of its market and policy leadership. Karen brings her experience as a former Capitol Hill staffer and government prosecutor with extensive regulatory, government and litigation experience in the public and private sectors. Her prior work includes reauthorization of the federal Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit, Title 9 Energy Programs under the Agricultural Act of 2014, and the Energy Independence and Security Policy Act of 2007.  Ms. Torrent previously served as a Majority Staff Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee of the United States House of Representatives, Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice and Federal Legislative Director for a regional environmental non-profit.  Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota.

Erik Curren

Chief Marketing Officer

Erik oversees marketing and public relations outreach for Secure Futures. He brings 25 years experience in corporate communications, including a stint at Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Hill and Knowlton, the world’s oldest and largest public relations agency. Since 2009, Erik has run the Curren Media Group, a marketing agency focused on the solar power industry. In 2016 he published The Solar Sales Leap, the first ever guide to online marketing for solar energy companies. Erik also draws from his experience as a local elected official — since 2012 he has served as a city councilman in Staunton, VA — to support the company’s public policy outreach.

Maggie Davison

Administrative Officer

Maggie joined the Secure Future’s team in June 2015 as Administrative Officer.  She manages the day-to-day operations, contract administration and human resources. She brings 25 years of experience in business administration, accounting, and human resources with telecommunications, highway construction, and retail businesses.  Maggie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Development from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA.  She received an MBA with non-profit specialization from Marylhurst University in Portland, OR.

Amory Fischer

Program Coordinator

Amory serves as the Program Coordinator for Secure Futures with responsibilities in business development and project coordination. He is responsible for communicating with current and prospective clients and strategic partners, coordinating solar feasibility studies and project installations, and conducting market analysis. Amory’s interest in solar began at Albemarle High School by founding a student campaign supporting renewable energy and has continued through his work with Secure Futures. He received a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning at Virginia Tech in 2016.

Jesse Reist 

Communications and Policy Coordinator

Jesse serves as the company’s Communications and Policy Coordinator.  His responsibilities include earned media and social media, monitoring energy-related policy initiatives in the state legislature, and serving as the Executive Director for the Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance (VA-REA). Jesse previously served as president of DivestEMU and internal communications director of the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition. A native of Lancaster Pennsylvania, Jesse graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2016 with a BA in Environmental Sustainability.

Sam Stoner 

Campus Sustainability Coordinator

Sam joined Secure Futures in 2016 as the Campus Sustainability Coordinator, under contract with Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA. In this role Sam brings to focus Secure Futures’ capacity for customer-focused resilient solutions to the environmental concerns and plans for conservation in the Mary Baldwin University community. Sam’s interest in conservation grew out of his experiences at Eastern Mennonite University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sustainability in 2016.

Andrew Yoder 

Technical Coordinator

Andrew serves as the Technical Coordinator for Secure Futures, managing the energy production of the installed solar systems, conducting technical and economic analysis for solar feasibility studies, and coordinating the operation and maintenance of installed solar systems. Andrew previously served as an intern with Secure Futures during his senior year of college. A native of Pennsylvania. Andrew graduated from Eastern Mennonite University (VA) in 2016 with a BA in Economics and Environmental Sustainability.

Loren Swartzendruber, D. Min

Business  Development  Consultant

Following several years as a parish pastor following graduation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Loren spent 35 years as an administrator in higher education. He served as president of Hesston College (KS) for 10 years and retired in 2016 after 13 years as president of EMU. Loren served as chair of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, as a board member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and on the board of the Evangelical Environmental Network. Loren was president of EMU in 2010 when the university partnered with Secure Futures to install a 104 Kwh solar array on the roof of the Sadie Hartzler Library. At the time it was the largest commercial solar array in Virginia.

R. Macon Rich

Financial  Adviser
R Macon Rich
Macon provides leadership in the area of financial analysis and management for Secure Futures’s solar projects and for Secure Futures as a corporate entity. He brings considerable experience in family-owned business development, credit analysis for Dominion Bank, financial management as a former Financial Director for a home healthcare agency, and production and logistics experience in the Staunton, VA with Gannett Company and Target. He received his MBA in Finance from Duke University.

Matt Ruscio

Program  and  Policy  Adviser
Matt Ruscio

Matt advises the Company’s program, policy, portfolio, and communications development activities. Matt has over three years of experience in the solar industry, focusing on marketing and sales, business transactions and policy. A native of Virginia, Matt graduated from St. Lawrence University (NY) in 2012 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Government. Matt is currently pursuing a MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

Johann Zimmerman

Structural  Engineer
Johann Zimmerman
Johann provides engineering design services for Secure Futures, LLC in developing dual use raised truss structures and solar panel installation and mounting systems. He has practiced engineering for over 30 years in areas such as structural renovation and alterations; analysis and design for new construction; and projects incorporating sustainable building practices and renewable and alternate energy sources. His services include existing condition inspections and analysis, construction inspections; analysis and design of structural systems including footings, columns, beams, and floor, wall and roof systems and retaining walls; plan review and value engineering; and Construction Consulting. He has worked extensively in the Central America and the United States. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Virginia.

Thane Hostetler

Policy Research Intern

Thane serves as Policy Research Intern. His responsibilities include developing a database detailing ordinances relating to solar energy in localities and utilities across Virginia, along with additional policy research projects. A Senior at Eastern Mennonite University, Thane is earning his degree in Environmental and Social Sustainability, as well as History.

 

 

Joseph Mumaw

Asset Analysis Intern

Joseph serves as Asset Analysis Intern. His responsibilities include daily monitoring of Secure Futures solar assets, generating the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), and creating annual reports. A Senior at Eastern Mennonite University, Joseph is earning his degree in Economics as well as Environmental Sustainability, and a minor in Spanish.

 



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