Chief Executive Officer
Jason Crew is the Chief Executive Officer of Summit Power Group, LLC, joining Summit from a successful 9+ year leadership career with GE. Most recently, he was responsible for GE’s Distributed Power Specialty Fuels business segment, focusing on launching technology solutions for distributed biomass gasification-to-power, integrated systems, and the production of CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery. From 2011-2013 he led GE’s global Gasification and IGCC business, after relocating to Shanghai in 2009 to lead gasification product management for Asia.
Mr. Crew has significant depth in US-China bi-lateral energy relationships, and was the key architect of a 2010 Joint Venture between GE and Shenhua Group, China’s largest coal company. He led efforts for many of GE’s most critical technology platforms for the production of power and valuable products from coal, refinery byproducts, and biomass in the U.S., Asia, and globally. Prior to joining GE, Jason led engineering, product development, marketing strategy, and business development for high-growth technology businesses for over 10 years. Mr. Crew has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University, with honors.
Executive Vice President, Projects
Tom Cameron is responsible for project development, site acquisition and management, and engineering design. Prior to joining Summit, he was the founder of Power Development Associates, LLC and Cameron & Associates, a project management and engineering firm. Mr. Cameron has over 20 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines.
His responsibilities included project management, cost and schedule control, technical and commercial contract negotiations, selection and coordination of vendors, engineering firms, and erection contractors, supervision of engineering and site staff, preparation of bid specifications, coordination of construction management, startup coordination and customer interfaces. Mr. Cameron has successfully managed the development of multiple gas, solar and wind projects for Summit and other entities.
Richard W. Burkhardt, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President
Rick Burkhardt is responsible for planning, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of Summit. This includes direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, facilities and IT management, risk management and tax. Mr. Burkhardt also supervises Summit’s complex tax and accounting work on behalf of several of its clients as part of the Company’s asset management work.
Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Burkhardt held the position Director, domestic income tax for Starbucks and was responsible for the domestic income tax function including tax planning, tax accounting for the worldwide operations and federal, state and local income tax compliance. Mr. Burkhardt also worked extensively with Starbuck’s merger and acquisition team. Mr. Burkhardt received his BA in Business Administration from University of Washington and his Master of Taxation from University of Denver. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington and a member of the Washington State Society of CPAs.
Karl E. Mattes
Senior Vice President, Project Development & Engineering
Mr. Mattes oversees all aspects of project development and implementation at Summit, with specific focus on gas turbine, gasification and carbon capture projects. Mr. Mattes has more than 25 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines. Most recently, Mr. Mattes was the Combustion Turbine Business Segment Manager for a major integrated service provider.
Prior to this position, Mr. Mattes was employed as the Project Director for numerous turnkey combined cycle projects including in California, New York, Virginia and other locations in the US. In these positions, Mr. Mattes was in charge of design, procurement, equipment manufacturing, construction, and commissioning. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Kelly F. Goodman, JD
Vice President, Commercial Transactions
Kelly Goodman most recently served as the General Counsel and Secretary for Summit, managing all legal matters for the Company and handling various commercial relationships across Summit’s project disciplines. Her experience includes transactions related to financing and asset sales, product off-take, property, and other commercial matters within both the public and private sector. Ms. Goodman also handles issues related to low carbon energy and related assets for Summit’s projects, which included transactional experience outside the U.S.
Prior to joining Summit, Ms. Goodman practiced law at an international law firm. In addition to her work in the oil and energy sector, in private practice, her work included advising public companies and corporate boards regarding securities and corporate litigation and investigatory matters. Ms. Goodman holds a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law (with high honors) and a BA from Santa Clara University (phi beta kappa).
Vice President, Upstream Development
Summit Carbon Capture
Andy Lee leads Summit’s global upstream activities for secure geological sequestration of captured carbon dioxide, including selected enhanced oil recovery projects. Mr. Lee brings over 15 years of experience, with both technical and financial responsibilities in startup and large company operations.
Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Lee worked for a private equity company focused on domestic E&P companies including new drill projects. In addition, Mr. Lee has worked for ExxonMobil as an engineer with project experience in the Rockies, West Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Norway sector of the North Sea. Mr. Lee received BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Wharton School.
Carol Loughlin, MBA
Vice President, Project Finance
Carol Loughlin oversees financial analysis and modeling for renewable energy projects and is responsible for originating, negotiating, structuring and executing project finance transactions in the US and internationally. Prior to joining Summit Power Group in 2010, she analyzed energy efficiency procurement programs at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and co-authored an issue paper for the US Department of Energy addressing the impact of energy efficiency on housing affordability.
Ms. Loughlin’s finance experience includes serving as a Principal of BDS Securities, where she managed the senior debt facility investment and trading group, and participation in energy sector private placement and publicly offered transactions at RD Smith & Co., Paine Webber and Dillon Read. She has served on several non-profit boards, including the Deutsche Bank Microcredit Development Fund, which provides support to microfinance organizations worldwide. Ms. Loughlin holds a BA from University of Virginia and an MBA with a concentration in Environmental Management from University of Washington.
M. Chris Kirksey, PE
Director of Projects
Chris Kirksey manages a broad range of Summit project development activities, including permitting, land/easement acquisition, and contract negotiations. Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Kirksey held the position of Senior Vice President of Power Production for Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s municipally owned electric utility, where he was responsible for executive oversight of Austin Energy’s electric power generation facilities, including nuclear, coal and natural gas fueled plants.
During Mr. Kirksey’s tenure at Austin Energy, he worked in a variety of roles in generation, including engineering and plant management. Mr. Kirksey was also instrumental in the planning and development of the Sand Hill Energy Center, a 300 MW combined cycle and 180 MW simple cycle combustion turbine peaking generation facility, including all phases of contract negotiation and administration for technical services, equipment procurement and construction. Mr. Kirksey served as a director on the board of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company and on the owners’ committees for the South Texas Project and the Fayette Power Project. Mr. Kirksey received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a member of the Texas Tech Academy of Mechanical Engineers.
Director, Asset Management
Gerry Meyer is responsible for directing Summit asset management contract implementation. This includes maintaining relationships with project owners, vendors, energy purchasers and other stakeholders and ensuring compliance with governing agreements, production of budgets, performance reports and other financial work product. He works closely with Summit’s finance teams on tax and accounting matters related to the asset management division. Mr. Meyer brings extensive asset management, land and project development experience to Summit.
Previously, Mr. Meyer served as Executive Director of the Port of St. Helens where he was responsible for oversight of all development and operations, including the development of one of the largest energy industrial parks on the West Coast. He also served as the Development Manager for the Port of Portland where he held multiple leadership roles and was primarily responsible for land development and asset management. Mr. Meyer received his BS in Business Administration from Portland State University and is a retired captain from the United States Navy.