Mr. Munger is the Managing Partner of Vision Ridge Partners, LLC, a Boulder, CO-based clean energy oriented investment firm active in renewable energy, green building, future utility business models and advanced transportation. Vision Ridge endeavors to accelerate the execution of a low carbon future. Mr. Munger founded Vision Ridge in 2008 after a decade as a Managing Director with The Baupost Group, LLC, a leading investment firm with over $25 B in assets. Reuben led the firm’s European investing efforts, co-led the Trading Room Operations Committee and managed investments in telecommunications, media, shipping and other special situations in the United States, Canada and Asia. During his decade at Baupost, the firm compounded assets under management from $1 B to $12 B. Vision Ridge has invested across the clean energy spectrum, with investments in such companies as Blu Homes, Sungevity, Mercatus, Proterra, Simple Energy, and Wildcat Technologies. He is Chairman of Securing America’s Future Energy and a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Institute and League of Conservation Voters. Reuben received his BA in Political Science and Economics and his BS in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.
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Brian Jacolick has spent over twelve-years as an executive within the solar industry. Most recently, he co-founded the Global Special Situations Group at SunEdison where he served as SVP of Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions and previously served as Vice President of Sales and GM of North America—the company’s largest P&L. He previously founded and served as the CEO of New Vision Technologies, the largest solar installation business in Southern California, which merged with SunEdison (2005) and led the growth of the firm to its eventual purchase by the Fortune 1000 company MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR) and its current status as the leading solar service provider in the country. Brian studied Finance at Missouri State University.
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Tom Hutton is an entrepreneur and investor, based in Menlo Park, California. He has held a number of leadership positions in the information analytics and financial services industries, including 10 years as the first CEO of Risk Management Solutions (RMS) and later as CEO of White Mountains Re, a global reinsurance company. He has served on the Boards of several companies, including four public companies (Jefferson Smurfit, XL Capital, Safeco, and Montpelier Re). Tom is currently the CEO of New Energy Risk, a company he started to help finance renewable energy and energy saving projects through the use of insured performance warranties, and is a Director at SoFi, Inc. (student loans from alumni capital), Toa Re America (the only Japanese reinsurance company), and an Advisory Director to MAP (an investor in natural gas and wind energy royalties). Tom received a BA in Economics and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA with Distinctions from the Harvard Business School. He is President of the Board of Trustees of the Phillips Exeter Academy, and with his wife is a supporter of various not-for-profit organizations.
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As co-founder of the Global Special Situations Group at SunEdison and VP of Finance & Investment, Tomakin led the origination and execution of SunEdison Reserve, SunEdison’s largest multi-country solar fund, and oversaw origination and execution of multiple “first time” solar structures. Formerly a founding member of a wind and solar investment business and manager of solar investments at a Palo Alto based $1.5B USD fund, Tomakin oversaw solar investment strategy and execution. He also consulted at Rocky Mountain Institute and spent time as an energy design engineer for the National Park Service. Tomakin received his BS in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from University of Denver and his MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.
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Paul ‘Chip’ L. Lion, III (advisor)
Chip Lion is a partner in the Corporate Finance Group with Morrison & Foerster LLP where he is the co-chair of firm’s Private Equity Fund Group. Mr. Lion regularly advises institutional investors and fund sponsors in connection with the formation of venture capital funds, leveraged buyout funds, real estate opportunity and other private equity funds. Mr. Lion represents both public and private companies in a broad range of industries and sectors, including energy, biotechnology, finance, medical device and the information technology sectors. In addition to representing businesses and business leaders, Chip serves as Vice-Chair of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, representing its 55,000 members on cutting edge business issues. As Vice-Chair, Chip serves as editor-in-chief of Volume 68 of The Business Lawyer, the highly regarded journal of the Section. Previously, he served as Secretary of the Section (2011-2012) and served as co-editor-in-chief of the Section’s online monthly magazine He is the Past Chair of the Venture Capital & Private Equity Committee of the Section. He Graduated Phi Beta Kappa, University of California at Davis; Magna Cum Laude, Santa Clara University School of Law; and earned an LL.M. in taxation at NYU.
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