Managing Director and CEO
Tomakin oversees the strategic direction and financial performance of GSSG Solar and its investments. Tomakin plays a key role in fundraising efforts and is involved in the structuring of all GSSG transactions. Before founding GSSG Solar, Tomakin was the VP of Finance & Investment and co-head of the Global Special Situations Group at SunEdison and oversaw the execution of several creative financing structures. Previously, he was an original member of a wind and solar investment platform at a private investment fund where he originated, structured, and invested in solar portfolios across the U.S. Earlier in his career, he consulted at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Tomakin received his B.S. in mechanical engineering with honors from University of Denver and his M.S. in civil engineering from Stanford University.
Jason oversees technical activities and operations at GSSG Solar, including the technical diligence of potential transactions and is a member of the company’s investment committee. Jason is involved in assessing the technical and operational viability of all solar assets at GSSG Solar to ensure they meet all requirements for investment. A veteran of the solar industry since 2001 and an early employee of SunEdison, prior to his role as a co-founder at GSSG Solar, Jason was the Managing Director of Operations within the Global Special Situations Group. Previously, Jason was the VP of Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) for SunEdison where he led a several hundred person team responsible for the development, design, permitting, and construction of over 300MW of solar projects across a variety of applications, customers, and geographies. Prior to SunEdison, Jason worked in BP’s solar division in both a business and product development role. He has evaluated technical feasibility, operational optimization, and the resulting financial impacts across a wide range of solar project technologies. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VA Tech) and an MBA from University of Texas, Austin.
Managing Director, Origination
Charlie leads origination and acquisition activities. As a co-founder at GSSG Solar, he sources new investment opportunities for GSSG Solar and has overseen the diligence of over 4.0 GW of utility-scale opportunities in Japan. Charlie spent 5 years at SunEdison where he was most recently a Director of M&A within the Global Special Situations Group where he sourced and evaluated the preliminary financial, technical and strategic attractiveness of solar projects and led the acquisition of over 2 GW of project pipeline. He joined SunEdison in the distributed energy program and was an architect of SunEdison’s Channel Partner Program, which added over 100 MW of projects in the commercial sector. Prior to SunEdison, Charlie was an FP&A analyst at Mervyn’s department store, where he developed the solar program for their store rooftops. Charlie earned his B.A. from Truman State University and was a member of the collegiate soccer team. Charlie also holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Adrian manages the valuation team at GSSG that develops and audits the financial models used in structuring and valuation for each GSSG project and portfolio. Since joining as a co-founder in 2013, he has overseen the valuation of over 4 GW of pipeline and manages the tax and debt structuring of each of the Company’s projects (including successful debt syndication in both Mexico and Japan). He also performs most of the policy research in both the U.S. and Japanese markets. Adrian graduated phi beta kappa from Stanford University with a degree in earth systems and a minor in economics. He was the Lorry I. Lokey intern at Environmental Defense Fund and conducted carbon cycle research on the remote Pacific island of Palmyra Atoll.
Travis is involved in the entire investment lifecycle, from financial valuation to drafting definitive documents and portfolio management. Prior to joining GSSG, Travis worked as an M&A attorney for five years at SRS Acquiom where he closed over $4 billion in private equity- and venture-backed M&A deals. Concurrently, he managed an inhouse alternative asset investment fund. Travis specialized in clean energy policy during law school and, while interning at the Colorado House of Representatives, helped craft both the Colorado RPS and the legislation that enabled community solar. More recently, he taught an MBA-level course in M&A finance at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and a B.S. from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, where he graduated cum laude and as a Rath Foundation Scholar.
Senior Consultant, Project Operations
Rob leverages his 20+ years of Solar PV and construction expertise to optimize solar plant design and costs, implement global construction best practices, and ensure that each plant is built to the highest safety and quality standards. Prior to joining GSSG, Rob was the President of Primoris Renewable Energy, which is building one of North America’s largest solar facilities. He founded Northern Energy & Power, which he grew to $40M in annual revenues in 4 years, was an Executive Vice President at Quanta Renewable Energy Services where he oversaw a $300M P&L, as well as several other executive roles in the energy industry.
Kyle supports the technical assessment of target assets by identifying opportunities to increase returns through improved plant performance and design optimization. Prior to joining GSSG, Kyle supported the engineering of greater than 500 MW of utility scale PV as CAD Designer with Primoris Renewable Energy and worked as PV System Designer with Hannah Solar. Kyle graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Appropriate Technology (Technology and Environmental Design) from Appalachian State University and holds certifications from NABCEP and OSHA.
Nina Van Tries
Controller & Compliance
Nina manages the corporate finance activities of GSSG and its affiliates, including tax, accounting and compliance matters. For over a decade, she has actively worked in accounting and tax roles providing leadership and strategic direction on financial operations. Prior to joining GSSG, she held lead accounting positions with private investment firms managing diversified portfolios in the energy and real estate markets. Nina holds a BBA in Finance from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Accountancy from Texas State University.
Kara’s responsibilities include financial reporting, cash flow management, expense analysis, compliance reporting, and audit and tax support all related to the financial health and strategy of GSSG and its portfolio companies. Prior to joining GSSG, Kara held various accounting roles. Most recently she was a General Accountant for a Denver-based oil and gas company. Kara earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Makiko’s responsibilities include general accounting and administration for GSSG’s operating and portfolio companies and translation support between U.S. and Japanese operations. Prior to joining GSSG, Makiko was an auditor for KPMG and a local accounting firm. Makiko earned her B.A. in German Languages and Studies from the Sophia University in Tokyo and MBA with emphasis of Accounting from the University of Colorado, Denver. Makiko is a Tokyo native and fluent in Japanese and English.
Country Manager &
Director of Asset Management
Sumi manages GSSG’s Tokyo office and has developed the local asset management capabilities of the company in Japan. Prior to joining GSSG as Country Manager in 2016 (he started consulting for GSSG in 2014), he spent 6 years at Octave Japan KK and lead asset management, structuring, transaction management, reporting, accounting and compliance as an Executive Director. He worked on various transactions, including asset management of a loan portfolio for a major U.S. real estate fund ($1.0+ billion enterprise value), asset management of a European-based real estate fund, and the project development and asset management activities for two international solar investment funds. Previously, Sumi worked at Capmark Japan KK where he oversaw secondary market transactions, loan pricing on over 15 real estate backed syndication/securitization transactions and was responsible for working out defaulted real estate debt, developing pricing models, and implementing an in-house accounting management system. He started his career as a financial analyst at Hitachi Chemical and obtained a B.A. in economics from Keio University in Tokyo. Sumi is fluent in Japanese and English.
Manager - Project Management
Toshi manages GSSG’s project management and technical teams in Japan. He leads the portfolio technical operations team on all aspects of development, design, construction, and then through operations. He works to establish cross-functional, cross-disciplinary solutions for GSSG’s projects among the technical and asset management teams in both the US and Japan. Toshi brings nearly 20 years of engineering and project management experience to GSSG. Prior to joining GSSG, Toshi worked for Schlumberger Technology Corporation in both the USA and Japan. He held roles at Schlumberger ranging from design engineering to project management, where he most recently was a project manager in the Schlumberger’s Acoustics R&D department and lead multicultural and multidisciplinary teams of up to 20 engineers in Tokyo. Toshi received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Rice University. Toshi is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in both Japanese and English.
Yoko is responsible for project development, module design layout and construction of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants. She manages the plant design to ensure the projects achieve quality, budget, and schedule performance metrics. Yoko brings 2 years of project management experience to this role. Prior to joining GSSG in 2017, she held a project management and structural engineering role where she managed the construction of a portfolio of rooftop solar installations in Japan. Previously, Yoko held various project management, structural and lead application engineering, and technical manager roles. She began her career in the structural design department with a general construction contractor. Yoko received a B.S. in architecture and holds a Master of Engineering degree in architecture. She is fluent in Japanese and English.
Katsumi is responsible for overseeing project development, module design layout and construction of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants. His role involves managing the activities relating to these project stages, and ensuring the projects achieve quality, budget, and schedule performance metrics. He started his career managing telecommunication construction projects with a focus on quality control, safety and schedule management. Prior to joining GSSG in 2018, Katsumi worked as a project manager with experience in sales, PV design and construction management of 5 solar projects in Japan.
Manager of Asset Management
Koji manages renewable energy project acquisitions from initial diligence phase through documentation and closing. He provides asset management and reporting during development, construction and operations of the projects to both GSSG’s investors and the project lenders. Koji held over 10 years of international asset management and accounting experience to GSSG including experience at a Tokyo-based renewable energy firm where he managed the day-to-day operations of solar projects and supported the project financing process. Koji graduated a bachelor of business accounting at University of Western Sydney (Australia). Koji holds a CPA Australia. He is fluent in both Japanese and English.
Associate of Asset Management
Toshihiro manages current and future renewable energy project acquisition processes from initial diligence through closing, as well as the asset management activities during construction and operations of the projects. Prior to joining GSSG, he spent 6 years with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), both in Brazil and Japan. He held finance roles at JBIC, where he most recently was an Assistant Manager (Loan Officer) in the Marine and Aerospace Finance Department supporting Japanese-based companies looking to build business in overseas markets. Toshihiro received a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Management from Hitotsubashi University (Japan). Toshihiro is fluent in both Japanese and English.
Office Manager, Tokyo
Minami is responsible for the full range of general office operations and administrative functions of our Tokyo office. Minami brings over 15 years of hospitality and office management experience and has lived in both the USA and Japan. She is fluent in both Japanese and English, and designs jewelry in her free time.