Our Team

  • Ann Banks

    Ann E. Banks, CPA, MBA
    Chief Commercial Officer

    In addition to her responsibilities as Summit’s CCO, Ann Banks directs all commercial arrangements relating to the development, construction and financing of the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP).  Ms. Banks brings 25 years of broad experience in business development, marketing, treasury operations and accounting within energy businesses, including extensive work with start-ups and turnaround businesses.

    Ms. Banks was Senior VP Business Development & Finance at Sindicatum Carbon Capital, a private equity company pursuing greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy project development. Previously, while at Calpine Corporation, Ms. Banks held various roles including Vice President Strategic Planning where she served as a member of the transition team to develop the Plan of Reorganization and Vice President Project Development responsible for identifying and capturing merchant power and cogeneration projects. Ms. Banks holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a BA in Accounting and is a CPA. She also serves on several non-profit boards in the Houston area.

  • Chris Brookhouse

    Chris J. Brookhouse, MBA
    Vice President, International Development

    Chris Brookhouse leads Summit’s efforts to develop large, clean-energy projects in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His more than 20 years of experience include senior management positions at Texaco, BG Group and Invensys. Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Brookhouse was CEO of Harvest Energy Limited and Managing Director at Blue Ocean Associates.

    Over his career, Mr. Brookhouse has successfully developed and financed in excess of $2 billion in power and technology-based projects in Europe and Asia, and has managed a vast number of up- and down-stream business units within the energy sector, such as energy production including biofuel production, fuel delivery and storage, and the opening of new retail markets. Mr. Brookhouse holds advanced degrees in economics and operational research from the University of Birmingham, UK.

  • Jeff Brown

    Jeffrey D. Brown, MBA
    Vice President, Project Finance

    Jeff Brown directs Summit’s corporate finance team, which selects an elite group of debt and equity investors to finance commercial transactions for Summit and its clients. Mr. Brown brings to Summit a history of varied and successful energy financing experience, including with municipal and private electric utilities, natural gas producers and pipeline operators and coal, hydro, nuclear and geothermal developers.

    Mr. Brown joined Summit after 26 years of domestic and international project finance and capital market experience in the energy sector, most recently serving as Merrill Lynch Managing Director/Senior Northwest Investment Banker. Some of his clients have included Modesto Irrigation District, SMUD/Nashville/Tallahassee municipals, State of Alaska, City of Spokane, Energy Northwest, City of Portland, Alaska Electric Light & Power and Bonneville Power Administration. While with Goldman Sachs, he advised the Qatar National Petroleum Corporation among other Mideast and Asia clients. Mr. Brown received his AB degree in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Rick Burkhardt

    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.

  • Tom Cameron

    Thomas Cameron
    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.

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    Ryan Cooper, JD, LLM
    Director, Corporate Finance
    Ryan Cooper is responsible for a broad range of Summit finance matters including legal entity and project structuring, tax management, risk management, and treasury/budgetary functions. In conjunction with providing internal finance services, Mr. Cooper acts as one of several Summit interfaces with the Department of Energy (DOE) and is responsible for an assortment of DOE reporting requirements.

    Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Cooper was with the international tax practice group of Deloitte Tax, LLP. During his tenure at Deloitte, Mr. Cooper assisted US multinational corporations with cross border tax issues, including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property management, cash repatriation strategy, and foreign tax credit planning. In addition to his international tax background, Mr. Cooper has consulted on a variety of domestic tax issues for C corporations and pass-through entities. Mr. Cooper is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and holds an LLM in taxation from the University of Washington, a law degree from Gonzaga University (with honors), and a BA from Western Washington University.

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford, MBA
    Vice President, Carbon Capture Projects

    Jim Ford has over 30 years of experience in the energy and power generation industries. He has served as Chief Operating Officer for a California generating company, President of a Canadian generating company and, most recently, as a Managing Partner of Tondu Energy Systems, an energy and industrial project development company.

    He has directed projects from concept to successful conclusion and established the entities to run and control those assets. His  career encompasses hands-on engineering and project management responsibilities and includes the negotiations for all major contractual terms during the development, permitting, engineering, financing, construction and operations of power plants fueled by oil, gas, coal, petroleum coke and biomass. Other project experience includes IGCC, hydropower, waste coal and municipal waste power plants, a direct reduced iron facility and a large corn to ethanol facility. Mr. Ford received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri and MBA from the University of Tennessee.

  • Bob Gavahan

    Robert Gavahan, PE
    Project Manager

    Bob Gavahan’s focus within Summit has been in the development and execution of wind projects and gas turbine projects. He has over 25 years of experience in the power generation industry with consulting engineering firms, equipment manufacturers and operators.

    Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Gavahan worked on Summit’s Bridgeport Energy, Blythe Energy, Lake Side and Summit Westward combined cycle projects in project management and engineering capacities with consulting firms and generation equipment manufacturers.  His roles in these and other power generation projects included specifying, selecting, and procuring equipment and services including negotiating for construction, operations, engineering and other professional services. Mr. Gavahan received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.

  • Earl Gjelde

    Earl Gjelde, PE
    Chairman

    Earl Gjelde was the Under (now called “Deputy”) Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, the Chief Operating Officer for the US Department of Energy, and the Deputy Administrator (Chief Operating Officer) of the Bonneville Power Administration. He served as Chief of Staff for the US Critical Materials Counsel, as special envoy for President Reagan to China and as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the US-Japan Science and Technology Treaty negotiations.

    Mr. Gjelde was appointed jointly by Congress and the President to the Special Commission on Electric Magnetic Pulse after the attacks on September 11, 2001. Mr. Gjelde served on the Boards of Directors of: The US Energy Association including its role as the USA Section of the World Energy Congress; AMEN Properties (a publicly traded oil and gas royalty, energy and office complex company);  CIGRE (an international organization for high-voltage electrical transmission); the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); and the National Wilderness Institute. He was an officer of Waste Management, Inc., then the world’s largest environmental services company, and the President and CEO of a number of its subsidiaries.

  • Eric Gjelde

    Eric Gjelde, PE
    Senior Vice President

    Prior to joining Summit, Eric Gjelde owned and held senior leadership positions in commercial real estate development, asset management and financial management firms.  As principal officer/shareholder of three privately held real estate consulting, development, brokerage and investment firms, he oversaw asset and property management for retail, office and industrial properties and participated in commercial real estate joint venture development with major Japanese banks and trading companies.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Gjelde was asset manager for the Carpenters’ Union retirement fund of Hawaii and owned and managed heavy equipment companies in California and Idaho.

  • Kelly Goodman

    Kelly F. Goodman, JD
    Vice President, General Counsel

    Kelly Goodman manages legal matters for Summit and handles various commercial relationships across Summit’s project disciplines. She has experience handling agreements related to project off-take, financing and asset transfer, among others. Ms. Goodman also handles issues related to carbon management and related assets for Summit’s projects. Ms. Goodman’s work frequently involves collaboration with industry environmental groups, and she co-authored a chapter in a Clean Air Task Force industry report entitled “Coal Without Carbon.”

    Prior to joining Summit, Ms. Goodman practiced law at a major international law firm. In addition to her work in the 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).

  • Donald Paul Hodel

    Donald Paul Hodel
    Chairman Emeritus

    Mr. Hodel served as Secretary (Cabinet Minister) of the US Department of Energy and later Secretary (Cabinet Minister) of the US Department of the Interior. He was the Chairman of the US Critical Materials Council. Mr. Hodel previously served as President of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC).

    Mr. Hodel was formerly on the Board of, and later on the Advisory Council of, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the World Energy Congress.  He also served as the Administrator (Chief Executive Officer) of the Bonneville Power Administration earlier in his career. Mr. Hodel has served on the Boards of Directors of several publicly traded and privately held companies and numerous public foundations and institutes.

  • Tom Johns

    Thomas Johns, CPA, MBA
    Vice President, Project Development

    Tom Johns has over 25 years of experience in the utility industry, including management roles in project development, origination and trading. Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Johns held the position of Vice President Development with Sithe Global where he was responsible for the development of coal, natural gas and renewable projects in the western US.

    Mr. Johns worked for 15 years with Avista Corporation including his role as Vice President Trading for Avista Energy. He also spent seven years managing power supply issues for Avista Corporation, including power plant operations, long-term fuel and power contracts, FERC reporting and resource planning. Mr. Johns received a BA in Accounting from Montana State University and a MA in Taxation from Gonzaga University.

  • Chris Kirksey

    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.

  • Andy Lee

    Andy Lee
    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.

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    Carol Loughlin, MBA
    Director, 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.

  • Sasha Mackler

    Sasha Mackler
    Vice President, Summit Carbon Capture

    Mr. Mackler manages commercial and policy matters for the Summit Carbon Capture business unit, focusing on the development of carbon-capture power projects and emerging technologies. He also pursues business opportunities for climate-friendly commercial uses of captured carbon, such as enhanced oil production. Over nearly two decades of professional work spanning the private, public, and non-profit sectors, Sasha has held leadership positions in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings.

    Prior to joining Summit, Sasha shaped federal energy policies in Washington, DC as the Research Director of the National Commission on Energy Policy and as a founding Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Project. Before that, he designed power sector emissions trading programs in the Clean Air Markets Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Mackler began his career at the engineering and design firm ARUP, where he focused on energy analysis and the thermodynamics of high-performance building design. His Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in geo-mechanical engineering is from the University of Rochester. He earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Science (MS) in earth resources engineering from Columbia University.

  • Karl Mattes

    Karl E. Mattes
    Vice President, Project Development

    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.

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    Gerry Meyer
    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 currently serves as a captain in the United States Navy Reserve.

  • Shawn Nichols

    Shawn Nichols, MBA
    Vice President

    Shawn Nichols focuses on business development and origination for Summit. Currently, he is engaged in power development activities for various opportunities throughout the US with a primary focus in the Midwest. Mr. Nichols brings more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry including asset acquisitions and divestitures, business development, contract negotiations, fuel transportation, gas supply, power origination and regulatory proceedings impacting existing power generation plants and the development of new transmission facilities.

    Throughout his career in the power sector, Mr. Nichols has been involved in numerous structured transactions totaling more than 5,000 MW across various regions including ERCOT, SERC and WECC. Mr. Nichols prior positions include Director, Power Origination at both LS Power and Entegra Power Group as well as Power Origination for Williams Energy.  In addition,  Mr. Nichols served as the Vice President of NGL Marketing and Gas Processing for KN Energy.  Mr. Nichols received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Oklahoma State University and MBA from Baylor University.

  • Eric Redman

    Eric Redman
    President & CEO

    In addition to his duties as President and CEO, Eric Redman heads Summit’s development of carbon capture projects. He is a frequent speaker and author on coal gasification, carbon capture and carbon management, enhanced oil recovery, and climate matters.  Mr. Redman’s seminal book on Congress, “The Dance of Legislation” was a bestseller; he has also written for many newspapers, anthologies, and magazines.

    He holds a BA and JD from Harvard and an MA from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Redman is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Gasification Technologies Council and has served on numerous non-profit boards.

  • Heather Redman

    Heather Redman, JD
    Principal & Senior Vice President, Strategy

    Ms. Redman was Executive and Senior Vice President at each of AtomShockwave, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., and PhotoDisc, Inc. While at PhotoDisc and Atom, Heather led the negotiations for the successful sale of these companies and negotiated many acquisitions on the buy side. She was also General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company, and managed that company’s relisting on NASDAQ.

    In addition, Heather has been responsible for substantial operational groups, including all product acquisitions at Atom. Ms. Redman has served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Software Alliance and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association and on the boards of several companies. Ms. Redman holds a JD (with distinction) from Stanford and her BA from Reed.

  • Rich Rosenberg

    Richard A. Rosenberg, BS, MS, CPA
    Director, Strategic Relationships
    Summit Carbon Capture
    Rich Rosenberg specializes in raising capital for Summit’s carbon capture and utilization projects. Prior to joining Summit, he spent 38 years with Exxon Mobil Corporation in a variety of financial management positions. As part of the merger of Exxon and Mobil, he designed the financial organization for the newly merged global upstream (exploration, production, and gas marketing) businesses spanning 26 countries.

    For 10 years post-merger, he managed the upstream financial functions (controllers, treasurers, and tax) as Vice President of Upstream Business Services. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate and Finance, for Exxon Company, USA, and a member of the management committee. He also served as Finance Director, Esso UK, in London England and a member of the board of directors.

    Mr. Rosenberg holds a MS degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University. He has served on numerous non-profit boards in the Houston area.

  • Erin Toland

    Erin Toland, JD, LLM
    Counsel

    Erin Toland is counsel to Summit and supports the project development and management teams. Previously, she was an associate in the tax section at Stoel Rives LLP, where she worked closely with her colleagues in the corporate and energy practice groups to advise clients on federal tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, LLC and partnership issues, and compensation arrangements.

    She also worked with tax-exempt organizations on formation and governance matters. Before attending law school, Ms. Toland  was a consulting engineer for high-end residential and commercial construction projects in the Pacific Northwest. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and a JD and an LLM in Taxation from the University of Washington.

  • Chris Tynan

    Christopher Tynan, MBA
    Director, Project Finance

    Chris Tynan brings more than 10 years of energy industry experience to Summit where he oversees project finance for the company’s gasification projects including the Texas Clean Energy Project. In this role, he manages various aspects of the fundraising process for both equity and debt including structuring, due diligence, economic analysis and relationship management.

    Prior to joining Summit, he led or participated in a number of project finance, corporate and commodity transactions for companies including AES Corporation, Hudson Clean Energy Partners and Energy Investors Fund. Mr. Tynan began his career at the Illinois Coalition for Science and Technology where he evaluated early stage energy technology investments and led a statewide initiative to advance energy technology in the state. Mr. Tynan holds an MBA from the Wharton School where he received a Wharton Merit Fellowship and a BSc from the London School of Economics.

  • Dana Zentz

    Dana C. Zentz, PE
    Vice President, Commercial Development

    Dana Zentz is responsible for project development and acquisition for the solar business line and is integrally involved in the marketing of all project output. Mr. Zentz has over 25 years of involvement in the energy industry with management roles in supply, marketing and project development. Previously he founded and managed Inland Energy Consulting, Inc., which assisted utilities, IPP’s and energy merchant firms with strategic and commercial matters related to power and natural gas supplies and energy project management.

    Mr. Zentz has previously served as Director of Business Development, Strategic Director, and Vice President of Wholesale Energy Marketing at various large scale and top 15 US energy merchant firms.  Mr. Zentz’ experience includes pricing, structuring, and negotiation of numerous long and short term natural gas and power supply agreements as well as development of strategic plans for energy firms and management of generation project development. He holds engineering degrees (with honors) from the University of Idaho (BSCE) and Washington State University (MSEng).