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Reagan Farr

As Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Ranch, Reagan is responsible for ongoing operations and execution of the company’s strategic growth plan. Under his leadership, Silicon Ranch has transacted in excess of $1.5 billion of project financing with regional and global financial institutions, while successfully commissioning every project the company has contracted since it began operations in 2011. From developing the initial ambitious plan for Silicon Ranch to growing a company that has earned a global reputation as one of the premier solar energy providers in the industry, Reagan has been instrumental to the company’s growth. Reagan also serves on Silicon Ranch’s Board of Directors.

Reagan grew up in Baton Rouge, LA.  He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1993 and from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1998 with a law degree.  He worked for both KPMG and Ernst & Young in the area of state and local taxes from 1998 until 2003, when he joined the Bredesen administration as Deputy Commissioner of Revenue.  He became Commissioner of Revenue in 2006, and when Bredesen left office in 2011 joined with him and Matt Kisber in forming Silicon Ranch.

      Matt Beasley

      As Chief Commercial Officer, Matt manages the interface between Silicon Ranch and external stakeholders, including customers, local communities, and the broader industry, with additional focus on business development and corporate strategy.

      Matt brings nearly twenty years of global communications expertise, business development leadership, and entrepreneurial experience to the company’s executive leadership team. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch in 2015, Matt held assignments in New York, Tokyo, and London to develop and implement marketing strategies for large multinational clients. He later led business development efforts across a range of strategic initiatives for one of the country’s premier infrastructure firms.  From late 2015 to early 2019, Matt served as President of the Tennessee state chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA).

      Matt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

          Peter Candelaria, PE

          Peter is responsible for the day-to-day technical operations of Silicon Ranch Corporation and is leading efforts to develop innovative power marketing strategies and comprehensive energy solutions for our diverse set of customers across the U.S. Peter brings 20-years of experience in the design/build and energy industry. His background includes EPC and asset management experience in conventional and renewable power projects, EHV transmission projects along with power procurement. As a professional engineer and general contractor, Peter brings tremendous operational depth to the Silicon Ranch team.

              Michael Payne

              Michael Payne, CPA

              Michael is responsible for managing all aspects of Silicon Ranch Corporation’s finance and accounting functions. Michael oversees the company’s internal and external financial reporting, regulatory and reporting compliance, and accounting operations. Michael brings over 16 years of financial reporting and accounting experience in a wide variety of industries for both public and private companies. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Michael worked on the corporate finance team of Asurion and previously worked for Ernst & Young in Nashville and Brussels, Belgium.

                  Richard Johnson

                  Richard is responsible for managing multiple aspects of the legal function for Silicon Ranch Corporation and its solar energy projects, including corporate governance matters, financing and development transactions, acquisitions, and project management. Before joining Silicon Ranch, Richard was an attorney in the corporate transactional group at Venable LLP in Washington, DC, where he represented clients in connection with M&A and financing transactions as well as general corporate governance matters.

                      Jim Bausell

                      Jim brings more than 40 years of technology and energy executive leadership to Silicon Ranch. For the past 20 years, he held two separate leadership roles at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). At NRECA, Jim built a national business development team and energized a key accounts program involving hundreds of utility professionals across 47 states. Jim also held the role of Chief Operating Officer at Touchstone Energy where he coalesced more than 750 electric co-ops into a unified national brand. Under his leadership, Touchstone Energy soared to the highest customer satisfaction score of any electric utility network in the country. At Silicon Ranch, Jim leads the company’s growth strategy as we expand our solar portfolio across the United States. Jim is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his MBA from the Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins University.

                          Nick de Vries

                          Nick is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s operating portfolio, as well as technology decisions for new projects. Nick has more than 20 years of diverse renewable energy, semiconductor, and military experience that inform his current work, including executive positions at SolarCity, Phoenix Solar, and Applied Materials.

                          Nick’s renewable energy industry expertise spans module and cell manufacturing, photovoltaic project design and operation, auxiliary grid services, as well as the prediction and demonstration of the energy harvest of novel PV technologies. He has also worked on manufacturing amorphous silicon modules, and on process machine control of cell splitting and cascading cell bonding processes with heterojunction crystalline cells. Silicon Ranch owns—and Nick now operates—projects that he himself designed nearly a decade ago, including the first transmission interconnected PV plant in the Southeast. Nick holds patents in both PV module manufacturing and design.

                          While at Applied Materials, he advanced the use of statistical process control to enhance the reliability of production equipment. He has led the commissioning of process equipment at Intel semiconductor factories in both the U.S. and Europe, and entire solar cell factories in India, Germany, Spain, and China.

                          Nick served his country on active duty as an Infantry Captain in the United States Army, with tours in Kuwait and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

                          Nick is a regular speaker at industry events and has authored several articles. His current passions are the use of predictive analytics to improve performance of solar power plants and the integration of solar farms with regenerative agriculture practices—mostly with sheep and cattle. Hear him talk about it about it on NPR.

                              Virginia A. Williams

                              Virginia directs Silicon Ranch’s project finance activities, including tax equity, construction debt and permanent financing. Since 2010, Virginia has worked in direct project finance and legal while executing and closing the financing on multiple renewable energy projects. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Virginia spent 6 years with US Bank in their renewable energy tax equity group rising from Asset Manager to Assistant Director of Renewable Energy Project Management. Virginia has a BA from Quincy University and a JD from St Louis University School of Law.

                                  Todd Aquino, PE

                                  As Vice President of Energy Delivery, Todd’s primary responsibility is to oversee interconnection, substation and generator tie-line design/build work and provide technical support to O&M for related services. Todd has provided quality Project Management and electrical substation designs for electric utility and other clients for over 26 years. His leadership role encompasses directing groups of multi-disciplined engineers and designers in support of engineering and construction projects. His engineering experience includes preparing and developing complex detailed design packages for the construction of new facilities as well as modifications of existing facilities. His design work includes electrical renewable intergration, enegery storage, substation physical layout, equipment selection, bus design, grounding design, panel wiring, and control house design. He has field experence installing and maintaining large scalle battery, inverters, and flywheel systems for industrial clients. He prepares construction specifications for use in bidding construction projects and equipment purchase, factory witness testing, and provides technical support for the construction, as well as testing and commissioning of the substation.

                                      Matt Brown

                                      Matt’s primary focus and work involves partnering with utilities across the country to develop project opportunities that are innovative and cost-effective solutions for growing solar energy into their resource mix. This includes developing utility scale projects, responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and creating community solar initiatives.

                                          Kati Cook, CPA

                                          Kati is responsible for oversight of the Company’s monthly financial close process as well as reporting and cash management. She also assists with complex accounting issues and coordination with audit and tax providers. Previously, Mrs. Cook was a Controller at W Squared, working with clients in the healthcare IT, retail and manufacturing industries.  She was also an Audit Manager with Ernst & Young, LLP (E&Y), where she managed audit engagements and quarterly reviews of publicly held companies in the retail, manufacturing, financial/banking, and healthcare industries. Mrs. Cook is a Certified Public Accountant and earned both her Bachelor’s degree as well as her Masters in Accountancy from Belmont University.

                                              Brian Clark

                                              As VP of Pre-Construction, Brian oversees new projects from Project Development and ensures a smooth handoff to Construction team. In addition, Brian assists the Business Development and Project Development teams in assessing opportunities and optimizing our offerings. Brian has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. He spent 15 years at Arizona Public Service and his last 8 years at First Solar, most recently managing their Pre-Construction and Estimating team. Brian holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University.