Mr. Tun has over 25 years of experience in all segments of US power business (Transmission, Interconnection, Operation, Development, Trading and Marketing). He has led over 10,000MW of business development and merchant PPA transactions, including development of over 2,000MW of solar and wind facilities in USA. His previous experience includes working for large multinational energy and power utility companies including - NextEra Energy, GDF Suez (Tractebel), BG Group (British Gas), Duke Energy (Cinergy), Navigant Consulting, and New York Power Authority. Mr. Tun earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Management. Mr. Tun was born and raised in Yangon and has extensive family and business connections throughout Myanmar.
Charles Costenbader - Acting CFO & Partner
Mr. Costenbader has served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer in both public and private entities. He has worked in Shanghai, China as Chief Operating Officer of Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc., a publicly traded entity listed on NASDAQ. Previously his position was Chief Financial Officer in this coal to syngas to chemicals company. He has 35 years of physical asset operations and commodity risk management experience in the power generation, refining, natural gas storage, biofuels, demand response, energy storage and renewable energy sectors, including 10 years in the Structured Finance Group of GE Capital and 6 years in the energy commodities division at Macquarie Bank. He has served as a Board Director for several energy companies in the United States and China. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, an M.B.A. in finance and operations management from Columbia University, and a B.A. degree in German Language & Literature studies, Oregon State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and has published a continuing education course for Professional Engineering License candidates titled “Design and Commissioning of Power Plants”. He is also co-author of “Scale up Practices for Today’s Breakthrough Technologies” written for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. On July 10, 2010 the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation granted him the Legion of Honor Award for his ongoing 31 years of voluntary service as a Eucharistic Minister in the US Military working with disabled veterans. He currently serves as 5th term re-elected Board Chairperson for www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org , a 501C3 charity supporting local law enforcement in Texas.
Mike tzougrakis - board member
Mr. Tzougrakis has more than 40 years experience in the Energy and Industrial Project Finance business with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of successful investing including Development, Design, Proposal, Bid, Manufacturing, Scheduling, Procurement, Turn-Key Construction, Commissioning and facility start up. Mr. Tzougrakis has an electrical engineering degree and worked for General Electric and the GE Capital Corporation from 1968 to 2002 where he later served as Managing Director responsible for managing one of the largest Energy and Industrial project portfolios in the structured finance sector. His career at General Electric began in the field usually under significant time pressure with hands-on startup commissioning and troubleshooting work in power plants around the world. He was directly responsible for properly managing and minimizing distressed assets while maximizing income from portfolio asset sales for GE Financial Service’s Portfolio that included the United States and overseas energy and industrial portfolio. In addition, he oversaw the underwriting of an average of 30 to 50 new energy and industrial project proposals each year in renewable energy, wood, wind, hydro, geothermal, solar and municipal waste, as well as industrial power and process facilities in the paper, steel, beverage and mining industries. He was a member of the Investment Committee responsible for the technical underwriting of all deals. After retiring from GE Capital Mike also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Division.