Advisor, Entrepreneur, Professor
Founder + CEO
IronOak Energy focuses on clean energy research, finance, and execution across its three divisions: IronOak Insights helps investors, developers, and executives gain competitive edge through analytics products, such as g-bit.com, with one of the country's largest databases of energy investors, investor maps, statistics, reports, executive briefings, quantitative tools, blogs, and analysis. IronOak Investment helps investors find clean energy projects to acquire. Its clients and their affiliates have developed over 1 GW of renewable energy projects and have more than $500 million to invest in solar projects in the near term. IronOak Implementation helps investors, foundations, and developers with business development, owner's representative roles, grant program management, deal sourcing, investment due diligence, strategy consulting, executive search, and executive education.
CO-FOUNDER + CEO
g-bit is a market research and advisory services company providing data subscription services, custom research, and project implementation support in clean energy and green building. g-bit has one of the country’s largest databases of curated data points, reports, trends, quantitative tools, energy investors, blogs, and analysis in these two sectors. Beyond data and insights, g-bit also serves as owner’s representative for clients to support execution on investments and programs related to its market intelligence. Key collaborators or clients include William McDonough + Partners, PwC, the American Institute of Architects, E Source, the US Green Building Council, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Make It Right, ScottMadden, Duke University, Cherokee Investment Partners, Mithun, Enterprise Community Partners, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, and UNC Chapel Hill.
Cherokee is an environmentally focused investment company that has raised over $2 billion in private equity funds and, separately, founded a number of environmental businesses and invested in over 80 startups and venture funds in the past 29 years. I provide expertise regarding innovation and sustainability to support strategic relationships and new ventures and also co-managed the Cherokee-McDonough Challenge, a competition and accelerator program for high impact environmental startups.
professor of the practice
UNC Chapel Hill's Business School is ranked as the 7th best business school in the world on sustainability (Bloomberg Businessweek); the 7th best business school in the world on leadership development (Bloomberg Businessweek); and the 11th best business school in the US (Forbes). I teach via the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and focus on strategy and entrepreneurship related to real estate and clean energy.
Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, with over 100 faculty, at the nation's 7th best university (US News), is one of the world’s "premier schools for the study of environmental science and policy." I teach about business and strategy related to green real estate development and clean energy via the Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) executive masters program.
FOUNDER + MaNAGING DIRECTOR
IronOak Innovations is a management consultancy providing investment due diligence and outsourced business development to investors, energy project developers, real estate developers, and cleantech companies. Our focus is solar power finance and green building innovation.
The IDB provides executive education to seasoned executives and high-potential performers in the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the private sector. The Institute focuses on logistics, technology, life cycle systems, leadership, organizational transformation, strategic studies, stabilization and economic reconstruction. I teach about the importance of energy innovation and entrepreneurship to the US military.
Duke CE, ranked #1 globally by the Financial Times and BusinessWeek in custom executive education, is a global learning and development company that uses innovative and flexible learning methods, processes and educators to help organizations achieve their goals. I focus on corporate sustainability strategy as a way to excel in leadership, new revenue, innovation and risk mitigation.
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