The capabilities from our various professional backgrounds provide a blend of skills that distinguishes New Energy Equity from the competition.
Matthew Hankey, President
Matthew Hankey joined New Energy Equity in 2013 as COO with responsibilities that include product and material sourcing, project development, and investment fund sourcing. Mr. Hankey was promoted to President in 2018. Prior to New Energy Equity, Mr. Hankey headed operations for a solar development and finance company where he was responsible for the sourcing and closure of over $25 million in total project value. Matt also previously held the position of Director of Business Development for Standard Solar Inc. where he was responsible for financing over $22 million of utility and commercial solar installations as well as the development of new business opportunities with current and potential strategic partners. Prior to entering the renewable energy industry, Mr. Hankey worked in mergers and acquisition (M&A) and corporate finance with M&T Investment Banking Group where he executed multiple corporate finance transactions totaling over $430 million in enterprise value. He received his BS in Finance, Magna Cum Laude, from The Ohio State University. Matt provides a unique blend of corporate finance and renewable energy experience to New Energy clients and investors.
Leo Nozeika, Chief Finance Officer
Leo Nozeika joined New Energy Equity as CFO in 2018. Mr. Nozeika, is an experienced business leader and advisor driving rapid, profitable organizational growth and delivering significant value creation for all stakeholders. Mr. Nozeika’s experience extends across both publicly traded companies as well as privately held organizations, including extensive renewable energy experience starting in 2007 with Sun Edison in their distributed generation and utility scale solar financial management team; working collaboratively to refine the solar business model with Developers, Project Finance, Accounting, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) as well as Operations and Maintenance. In addition, Mr. Nozeika has hands-on experience implementing processes and systems, growing infrastructure and partnering to create best practices when entering new markets. Mr. Nozeika graduated from Loyola University, Maryland with a B.B.A. in Finance and from the Sellinger School of Business and Management.
Lindsey Gillis, Vice President of Operations
Lindsey Gillis joined the team in 2014. Prior to joining New Energy Equity, Lindsey worked for eight years as Global Program Manager at 3Di Technologies and then as Director of Programs for L-3 Communications (3Di Division). Lindsey’s satellite communications project portfolio spanned geographic areas in SE Asia, Africa, and the Middle East with customers such as the DOD, DEA, UAE Special Operations Command, Lockheed, GD, IBM, Verizon, and many other multinational corporations and government entities. Lindsey is a dynamic and highly motivated individual experienced in global program and project management. Lindsey provides the project and operations oversight to assure that the appropriate resources are engaged at every phase of planning, design, implementation, and operations and maintenance. Lindsey works with our business partners and customers to assure that requirements are understood, that deliverable requirements are met, and that any escalations in the project are properly managed.
John Langhus, Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel
Mr. Langhus joined New Energy Equity as Vice President for Business Development and General Counsel in March 2017. John’s experience in the energy industry dates to 1990 and spans public policy, oil and gas, solar and geothermal energy as well as the commercial power industry both on the legal and commercial sides. Bringing a strong background in corporate and transactional law, John practiced initially with the New York law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. Later he moved to in-house counsel at Forest Oil Corporation, where his career bridged legal work and business management, ending as Managing Director of Forest’s International Business Unit, based in Cape Town, South Africa. John completed over $4Bn of acquisitions and divestitures at Forest. John graduated from Colorado College Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and then attended law school at New York University where he was an editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics.
Dean Eastlake, Director of Engineering and Construction
Dean Eastlake joined New Energy Equity in 2016 and currently leads all technical efforts as the Director of Engineering and Construction. Dean has been has been designing, constructing and managing solar projects for over 10 years. His professional experience began at Aurora Energy with the main focus as the lead design engineer for residential and small C&I solar projects. As a lean company, Dean wore many hats and had responsibilities ranging from residential sales, design and engineering, boots on the roof construction and operations and maintenance. As his desire to design and build larger scale projects grew, he joined Standard Solar where he served as senior project engineer and engineering manager. Here Dean expanded his solar design and construction experience to the large C&I and small commercial scale as he led a team of six engineers in technical project development, value engineering, full electrical and mechanical construction plan set creation, product selection and procurement, and construction support. He received a B.S. in Engineering with an Electrical Concentration from Messiah College.
Rocky Shoemaker, Project Manager
Mr. Shoemaker joined the firm in 2014 after running a leading solar industry engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in the mid-Atlantic region for 5 years. He brings a wealth of experience in technical project management, system design and electrical engineering. Rocky runs all project design activities at New Energy with CAD and PVSYST as primary tools for solar project optimization. As a licensed Master Electrician and NABCEP Certified Solar Installer, Mr. Shoemaker works closely on all electrical and solar design and coordinates closely with all contractors on New Energy projects.
Ian Palmer, Chairman of the Board
Ian Palmer joined New Energy Equity as CEO in 2013 and transitioned to Chairman of the Board in 2018following a 20-year career in the satellite communications and telecom network industry where he managed business divisions, ran business development teams, and operated companies. In 2008 Mr. Palmer joined 3Di Technologies as CEO and managed the company in their Middle East and global satellite business during a period of rapid expansion. The company was sold to L-3 Communications Corporation (NYSE: LLL) in 2010 and Mr. Palmer remained as Division President with L-3 until 2013. Prior to joining 3Di Technologies/L-3, Mr. Palmer served as executive vice president at KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI), from 2004 to 2008, and from 2000 to May 2004 as KVH’s vice president of satellite product sales. He served in a variety of sales and business management related positions at KVH from 1993 to 2000, during a time of rapid company growth. Prior to KVH, Mr. Palmer worked at Union Trust Bank in foreign exchange. He received a BA in International Relations and Economics from Boston University, Magna Cum Laude, and National Honors.
Don Baker, Co-Owner and Board Member
Don Baker spent 20+ years overseas: 10 with Textron Defense Systems in Saudi Arabia, 5 years with GE/Ericsson in the Middle East, 2 years with Motorola in Saudi Arabia, followed by 6 years as VP Technology and Special Projects of Atlas Telecommunications in the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Baker left in 2004 to form 3Di Technologies. Mr. Baker was a BSEE Degree Candidate, University of Texas Austin in 1978, and received a BSET from University of the State of New York in 1990.
Dan Throop, Co-Owner and Board Member
Dan Throop spent 26 years with Harris Corporation/ RF Communications before moving on to be the General Manager of Atlas Telecommunications in the United Arab Emirates for 6 years. In 2004, Mr. Throop left Atlas Telecommunications and was one of three founders that provided an integral piece to the formation of 3Di Technologies. Dan received a BS in Electrical Technology from The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1973 and holds two patents for Digital Video Image Transmission.