Management and Staff
Jonathan Ricker, serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
For the past 20 years, Mr. Ricker has been involved in Product development, Strategic Planning, and Market Evaluations in growing businesses. He founded and operated a business consulting service for over 6 years. He also served as Senior Registered Options Principal in the Investment Banking industry for five years, which provided insight into the significant long-term opportunities provided by wind energy.
Mr. Ricker has been active in the wind energy research community since 1991. His involvement includes lobbying for the federal renewable energy tax credit in Washington, DC that was passed in 1998. He holds a BS in Business and AD in Accounting from Bentley College.
Gary Bedell, currently serves as Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Bedell has over 23 years of experience in electrical and engineering management with several years of technical experience including structural, mechanical, and computer engineering related work. Mr. Bedell has been involved with the planning and construction of projects requiring factory automation, production line planning and other process engineering related activities.
Michael A. Cook, serves as a consultant and Project Finance advisor for the Company on a part time basis.
Mr. Cook has over 25 years of experience in financial risk mitigation and management including a 15 year involvement with wind energy. He understands the challenges of renewable Technologies being experimental and lacking sufficient historical long life data of traditional energy projects. His first wind energy financial risk package was underwritten by Continental Insurance Company in 1984. Mike has been developing structured financial risk mitigation programs that give added assurance of debt repayment to project lenders involved in new energy technology. Mr. Cook gained his experience in new project finance risk mitigation during his 10 year post as the Pacific Regional Manger of Special Risk Property and Machinery Department of the Continental Insurance Company. Mike managed a staff, which included professional division managers and 5 satellite offices. He also served 3 years as an Executive Underwriter at the Special Risk Facilities/Energy Technical Department of the CIGNA Corporation. Mike was involved in the development of financial risk mitigation methods for new projects for several energy companies including Ormat, Mission Energy, TOSCO, PG&E, SMUD, Colorado Public Service, LUZ Solar, and many wind projects. Mike’s tools for mitigating risk include: Special Financial risk programs which may include financial guarantees, political risk coverage, physical risk protection and even weather risk insurance coverage including the lack of good wind. With proper documentation generated by project due diligence and local public data, financial guarantees of the course of nature are available.
Thomas M. Dill serves as Consulting Director of Corporate Services for the company.
Mr. Dill has over 25 years of Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering, and Facilities Management experience. Most recently, he was the Director of Real Estate and Facilities for MKE-Quantum Corporation responsible for three facilities with operations in the US and Indonesia. Prior to MKEQC, Mr. Dill spent nine years as Director of Real Estate and Corporate Planning for two high-tech companies. He worked as an industrial engineering manager in the semiconductor industry. His project management responsibilities included construction of a $20 million class 1, clean room facility for semiconductor manufacturing, a $35 million office building expansion, and a $6 million loading dock and chemical storage facility. Mr. Dill is a licensed Massachusetts Construction Supervisor. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Boston University.