CEVG NEW YORK

CEVG NY has been funded in order to provide support to clean energy companies based in New York State. The group is composed of experienced executives, entrepreneurs and investors, who have deep connections to the clean energy economy, and work in partnership with the innovation ecosystem deployed by NYSERDA in New York state. CEVG NY’s goal is to provide not only capital, but also hands on support to clean energy companies. Entrepreneurs applying for funding in New York also have access to the group of investors and mentors from CEVG Boston.  CEVG NY was created with the support of Urban Future Labs / ACRE as a founding member

Jean-Noel Poirier – Managing Director

Jean-Noel brings over 20 years of global executive management and entrepreneurship experience, with a focus on environmental businesses. His background includes leadership positions at Honeywell International, in solar energy startups including First Solar and Global Solar Energy, and in specialty chemicals. He was CEO of Inventec Performance Chemicals USA which he co-founded. Jean-Noel is also an investor in and a mentor to a number of cleantech companies. He is a lead mentor at the Cleantech Open and an Entrepreneur In Residence for NYSERDA.

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Jean-Noel brings over 20 years of global executive management and entrepreneurship experience, with a focus on environmental businesses. His background includes leadership positions at Honeywell International, in solar energy startups including First Solar and Global Solar Energy, and in specialty chemicals. He was CEO of Inventec Performance Chemicals USA which he co-founded. Jean-Noel is also an investor in and a mentor to a number of cleantech companies. He is a lead mentor at the Cleantech Open and an Entrepreneur In Residence for NYSERDA.

Jean-Noel is founder and managing partner of Planet-A-Technology Partners, a group focused on licensing and technology transfer for sustainable businesses. In parallel, Jean-Noel serves as a Strategy Officer for the holding company of Inventec Performance Chemicals, a global manufacturer of environmentally friendly materials for precision cleaning and electronics assembly.

Prior to this, Jean-Noel was co-founder and CEO of Inventec USA, the North American subsidiary of Inventec that he created through the acquisition of a competitor. Prior to Inventec, Jean-Noel was Chief Sales Officer and SVP of Marketing at Global Solar Energy, a VC backed company that he positioned as a global leader of the flexible solar market, before the company was acquired by Hanergy. Jean-Noel was also Vice President of Market Development at First Solar.

Prior to this, Jean-Noel spent 7 years at Honeywell in global leadership roles, including Vice President of Global Marketing for the Honeywell Security Group (5 divisions, 10,000 employees, $3B in revenue), Director of Corporate strategy, Director of Worldwide Marketing of Honeywell Turbo technologies, and General Manager of the Turbo Racing unit.

Jean-Noel is actively involved in the Cleantech community, as an advisor to a number of startups, an entrepreneur in residence for NYSERDA (New York state Economic Research and Development Authority), a mentor at the Cleantech Open (international mentoring program for cleantech startups), and a contributor at NECEC (North East Clean Energy Council).

Jean-Noel has extensive global experience, as he lived and worked in the United States, Europe and Asia. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Bachelor in Applied economics and a Bachelor in Management Sciences from Dauphine University in Paris.

He has had a life-long passion for sailing and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1999 on Region Picardie, a maxi racing catamaran with 5 crew members in 17 days. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Betsy and his two children Juliette and Hugo.

Tom Blum

Tom Blum has spent over 30 years as an investment banker and investor in early stage companies. He joined a boutique investment firm, G.C. Andersen Partners, in 2006 where he focuses on companies in the clean tech, alternative energy and healthcare sectors. He spent his early career as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers and Bear Stearns including a three-year stint in Tokyo. He is a long-time member of the New York Angels and HBS Alumni Angels investment groups and treasurer of a non-profit, The Heart & Soul Charitable Fund, Inc. He received a BS in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is active as an EIR with Stevens Institute of Technology’s Venture Center where his family help sponsor the school’s winning entry into the 2015 DOE Solar Decathlon.

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Tom Blum has spent over 30 years as an investment banker and investor in early stage companies. He joined a boutique investment firm, G.C. Andersen Partners, in 2006 where he focuses on companies in the clean tech, alternative energy and healthcare sectors. He spent his early career as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers and Bear Stearns including a three-year stint in Tokyo. He is a long-time member of the New York Angels and HBS Alumni Angels investment groups and treasurer of a non-profit, The Heart & Soul Charitable Fund, Inc. He received a BS in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is active as an EIR with Stevens Institute of Technology’s Venture Center where his family help sponsor the school’s winning entry into the 2015 DOE Solar Decathlon.

Richard Klein

Richard Klein is President and Founder of Quixotic Systems, one of New York City’s oldest solar integrators. Founded in 1999, Quixotic has designed and engineered some of New York City’s largest and most innovative solar systems. Richard holds three solar-related patents.

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Richard Klein is President and Founder of Quixotic Systems, one of New York City’s oldest solar integrators. Founded in 1999, Quixotic has designed and engineered some of New York City’s largest and most innovative solar systems. Richard holds three solar-related patents.

Richard is also a seed- and early-stage investor in alternative energy technology and service companies. He has successfully guided start-up companies on advancing their technologies, identifying markets and managing their growth. Companies in which Richard has invested include:

  • Own Energy (wind project development, acquired by EDF Renewables 2015)
  • Thermata (industrial solar thermal technology, acquired by Solar Reserve 2012)
  • Ray Tracker (single-axis solar tracker, acquired 2011 by First Solar)
  • Q-Cells (solar cell manufacturing, IPO),
  • Wind Products (wind assessment software)
  • United Wind (wind energy financing) and predecessor company
  • Prism Solar (solar concentrator technology)
  • Tri-State Biodiesel (NYC biodiesel processing)
  • Solaria (solar concentrator technology)
  • Iosil Energy (silicon production and kerf recovery)
  • The Solar Center (downstream EPC solar integrator)
  • Sungage (residential solar finance company)

Richard holds a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University. He pursued postgraduate studies in mathematics and physics at Columbia University. He has a certificate in boilers and plumbing studies from the NYC College of Technology and he studied solar design at Solar Energy International. He is fluent in German and French, proficient in Italian, and currently is studying Latin.

John Owen

John is a full time angel investor and also a member of Golden Seeds, New York Angels and the Angel Investor Forum.  His specific areas of angel investing interest are clean energy, medical devices and travel.

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John is a full time angel investor and also a member of Golden Seeds, New York Angels and the Angel Investor Forum.  His specific areas of angel investing interest are clean energy, medical devices and travel.

Prior to his second career in angel investing, John spent over 25 years in the low cost airline business.  He served as Treasurer and later VP of Operations Planning and Analysis at Southwest Airlines.  His experience there included extensive negotiation of aircraft financing and aircraft acquisition contracts, including the launch contract for the next generation 737-700.  He was founding EVP and CFO of JetBlue Airways, where, in addition to responsibility for aircraft acquisitions and the finance function, he later added oversight of IT and Supply Chain.  He managed the company’s successful IPO in 2002 and negotiated the launch contract for the EMBRAER 190.

After departing JetBlue, he served as CFO of Volotea, a Barcelona-based low cost airline, during its formative years, working in a small team to refine the business plan and financial model, select the appropriate aircraft, negotiate the aircraft leases and successfully raise 65 million Euros of equity financing.   The airline commenced operations in April 2012.

John holds a BA in Economics from SMU, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School where he was a Mayer Fellow.

John Santoleri

John Santoleri has been a professional investor for the last 25 years.  He focuses on early stage investments in cleantech and fintech, and also serves as an Innovation Advisor for the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), helping bring an investment lens to the agency’s clean tech grant program ($80mm annual spend).  John mentors early stage companies through NYSERDA’s EIR program and NECEC’s Clean Tech Open.

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John Santoleri has been a professional investor for the last 25 years.  He focuses on early stage investments in cleantech and fintech, and also serves as an Innovation Advisor for the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), helping bring an investment lens to the agency’s clean tech grant program ($80mm annual spend).  John mentors early stage companies through NYSERDA’s EIR program and NECEC’s Clean Tech Open.

John’s career includes 15 years at Warburg Pincus, where he invested over $800 mm in equity and helped raise a further $1 bn in third party financing for portfolio companies in the tech-enabled business services, fintech, financial services, environmental, real estate, and retail and consumer products sectors. During John’s tenure, he served on 20+ boards ranging from start-ups to publicly-traded companies in the US and abroad, and was responsible for sourcing, negotiating, closing and ultimately exiting investments.  For 10 years John ran an ethically-oriented hedge fund, StoneWork Partners, which he co-founded; the fund invested primarily in publicly traded securities of small and mid-cap companies in a range of sectors, including cleantech; over that period John also made about a dozen early stage private investments.  John began his career at The Harlan Company, a New York-based real estate consulting firm.  John graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Decision Sciences (Operations Research).

John is also engaged in a variety of leadership roles in a range of non-profit board roles, with agencies involved in environmental and land preservation, human rights, youth service, and the arts.  His focus is on organizations with a unique mission and which are growing or otherwise undergoing meaningful change.

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