Leslie Cole-Brooks is the Executive Director of the DER Council. Prior to joining the DER Council Leslie was the former Executive Director of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association, where she served as the organization’s advocate on all legislative, regulatory, and local governance affairs. Her work has included significant involvement in Integrated Resource Planning, Feed in Tariffs, Decoupling, On-Bill Financing, Green Energy Market Securitization, the Reliability Standards Working Group, 14H Storage and Interconnection Rules, Distributed Energy Resources, the Power Supply Improvement Plan, Community Solar, and the State Renewable Energy Investment Tax Incentive Program. Ms. Cole-Brooks has also worked extensively on local licensing and permitting issues, and she has made numerous radio and TV appearances, in addition to having authored several pieces for print media. Cole-Brooks is trained as a geologist, and is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law. She is a current member of the California and Hawaii State Bar Associations. Ms. Cole-Brooks will serve as the lead person representing the DER Council in all policy and public forums.
Chris DeBone is the Acting Director of the DER Council. Chris is Managing Partner of Hawai'i Energy Connection and acting President of the Distributed Energy Resources Council. He has over 20 years of business operations, management, sales and marketing experience in the printing industry which began in 1997 when he started working for Hawai‘i’s largest commercial printing company, Hagadone Printing. In early 2007, Mr. DeBone resigned from his position at Hagadone to start Hawai‘i Energy Connection (HEC). Fueled by the passion for creating affordable renewable energy options for the people of Hawai‘i, HEC launched the popular Kumukit solar packages in early 2008 with over 7,000 residential and commercial systems installed to date. In 2011, HEC was named third fastest growing company in Hawai‘i according to the Hawai‘i Business News. HEC was also accepted on the Inc. 500/500 list for 2012 and again for 2013 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the nation.
Tad Glauthier is Acting Vice President of the DER Council. Tad is Vice President of Stem Hawaii Operations and is responsible for executing on Stem’s market development activities in Hawaii including business development, marketing, regulatory affairs and utility relations. He is part of the founding team at Stem and, prior to moving to Hawaii, led the business development team through the first five years of the company's trajectory. Prior to joining Stem, Tad worked at the Boston Consulting Group, where he specialized in growth strategies for Fortune 500 Companies. Tad sits on the Steering Committee and Board of the DER Council of Hawaii. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and holds an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
Rich Brunt is the Finance Manager of Go Electric Inc. His background includes over 20 years in positions in accounting, banking, finance and regulatory affairs. Rich’s role prior to his position with Go Electric was in an advisory capacity for Indiana’s Utility Regulatory Commission under their Energy Division. Also, he served on Staff sub-committees at the National Association of Utility Regulatory Commissioners on Electricity, Critical Infrastructure and Accounting and Finance. Rich’s education includes a B.S. in Accounting and Finance as well as an MBA in Finance; both from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Ms. Lisa Laughner is the Founder, President and CEO of Go Electric Inc., a green-tech startup developing energy services solutions that accelerate a renewable energy future. A veteran at creating technology startups, she was formerly Vice President of Rolls Royce Corporate Ventures, and with her colleagues launched six technology companies. Go Electric is her ninth startup.
Lisa has 25+ years’ experience in new product development, program management and technology commercialization. She earned a Bachelor Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, a Masters in Business Administration from Open University (Milton Keynes England), and Professional Engineering Licenses in Indiana and Arizona.
Ms. Laughner is Board Member Emeritus and past President of Women & Hi Tech; a former member of IUPUI Kelley School of Business’s Board of Visitors and the Purdue University School of Technology Dean’s Executive Council.
Mr. Hindmarsh currently serves as Director of Engineering for Tabuchi America where he oversees product launch and advanced inverter development. Mr. Hindmarsh has worked with all aspects of strategic engineering and technical management for sustainable energy solutions with companies sized from Fortune 500 to startup organizations.
Prior to his work at Tabuchi, Tom served as Senior VP of Engineering and Operations at Quick Mount PV, a major manufacturer in the Bay area. Mr. Hindmarsh has also worked as the director of Research and Development at Sopogy, a solar systems manufacturer, and was with INTEL as a strategic technology manager, with worldwide plant automation responsibility. As a Director at PRI Automation, Mr. Hindmarsh was responsible for high value manufacturing automations completed at plants worldwide. Mr. Hindmarsh was a member of the executive staff with strategic planning responsibility during the transition of PRIA to a publicly traded company.
Mr. Hindmarsh has had budget and schedule responsibility ranging from $750 million per year to smaller focused programs that were essential to the technology roadmap of the semiconductor industry. Tom’s technology experience includes large-scale design and CM of DC power and Solar PV implementations, ranging from 30KW to 1MW in New Mexico and Hawaii. His R&D engineering experience ranges from geothermal systems integration for the Los Alamos down Hole project while at EG&G, to performing as an engineering lead in an extensive alternative energy project in Kona Hawaii.
Alternative Energy Patents:
COMPONENTS AND SOLAR ENERGY COLLECTION SYSTEM 13/374,670
COMPONENTS AND SOLAR ENERGY COLLECTION SYSTEM 61/430,334
TRACKER CONTROL MODULE 61/530,803
TRACKER CONTROL MODULE 61/470,041.
Theodore (Ted) Peck is a Steering Committee member of the DER Council. Ted is Chief Executive Officer and Lead Developer of Holu Energy, has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in business, government, and energy management, including development of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative as the state’s energy administrator. He led energy planning, shaping of the state’s approach to renewable energy permitting and facilitation, the state hydrogen program, the greenhouse gas emission reduction task force, energy assurance planning, and other strategic initiatives and programs. In 2010, Peck re-entered the private sector where he continued to focus on reducing the state’s dependency on fossil fuel through transformation, recapitalization, and the use of renewable energy. He is a seasoned expert in energy management and understands the unique challenges of Hawaii’s energy landscape and the value that efficiency and renewable energy brings to the islands he calls home.
Peck is a retired Navy nuclear submarine officer and earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. At Johnson Controls, he led the Solutions team that closed the largest performance contract in the company's history, a $150M retrofit of the 12 airports of the State of Hawaii. As a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, he opened the Honolulu office and led it through 40% CAGR growth in its first five years. In 2004, he was named a “Forty Under 40” by Pacific Business News and in 2006 became a Pacific Century Fellow. Peck was selected as one of state’s “20 Leaders For the Next 20 Years” by Hawai‘i Business Magazine in 2010.