OUR TEAM

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Steve Geiger
CEO / Energy Consultant / Instructor

Steve brings nearly 20 years of professional sales, marketing and business development expertise to the photovoltaics industry. As an aspiring entrepreneur he has owned and/or helped start dozens of businesses over the years including 3 software companies and 3 advertising/pr firms.

Steve has worked in energy and photovoltaics (PV) being involved in the startup of 4 solar installation businesses, one of them named as a Top 10 installer in Northern California. Now he provides professional consulting and training for photovoltaic solar systems installers, as well as other green energy forums.

He has a broad depth of PV experience, including: leading installation jobs, supervising work crews, managing materials, and performing troubleshooting of electrical equipment and photovoltaic solar equipment. He has installed all major brands of photovoltaic panels, inverters and related power equipment. He has also trained hundreds of people in Photovoltaics.

He is a corporate photovoltaics trainer, and also teaches PV for the CA Laborers Union, and California Conservation Corp. He previously was an instructor of Solar Applications & Installation at the Metropolitan Education District (MetroED) Adult Education Program in San Jose, CA - all for the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge. He is a NABCEP PV Entry Level Certificate holder and instructor; a BPI (Building Performance Institute) Building Analyst Professional certified energy efficiency auditor; OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Authorized Construction Trainer; and certified administrator of the ETA (Electronic Technicians Association International) PV exam program.

He is an Advanced Photovoltaic Systems Instructor at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA, and American River College in Sacramento, CA. Steve's students have tested with one of the highest pass rates in the nation on the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam for three years in a row.

Steve holds a CA State General and Electrical Contractors License and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

Michael Dela Pena
President / Director of Operations

Michael is a sustainable enterprise manager with roles spanning across various organizations which include the three companies that he created, co-owns or operates, Green-Tern, Four Phase Energy and Sun Phase Energy. Each organization highlights his strengths obtained in a variety of conditions and environments including 10 years of service in the Army, multi-million dollar communications project management, program development, and executive roles in start-ups. He is a Beginning Photovoltaic Systems Instructor at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA, and American River College in Sacramento, CA.

Michael is a graduate of the Sierra Business Council's Sierra Leadership Institute - Energy and Climate Program and the Citrus Heights Green Planning Academy. Michael also serves as a member of the Small Business Economic Impact Alliance (SBEIA) Green and CleanTech leadership team.

He currently holds a business management degree with a focus in Green and Sustainable Enterprise Management from the University of Phoenix.

John Gildea
Chief Financial Officer / Principle Engineer
John Gildea leverages a diverse background with over twenty years of accomplishments in energy engineering, business, and finance management to support multiple functions at Four Phase Energy. As Chief Financial Officer he oversees all financial operations, ensures fiscal responsibility in business dealings, and focuses on financial strategy and planning. As Principle Engineer he provides technical expertise and consultation in support of energy solutions, design, and project management.

Prior to joining Four Phase Energy, John spent the last thirteen years in various Corporate Finance and Treasury Management roles at Intel Corporation. Most recently he served as Assistant Director, Portfolio Management for Intel Capital, the corporation's global investment organization, overseeing equity investments, conducting company analyses, and providing value-add assistance to portfolio companies.

Earlier in his career, John built a ten year track record as an engineer through work with a power generation and gas compression equipment manufacturer. He successfully led system design efforts and managed service projects related to, equipment installation and startup, contract maintenance, and control system retrofits.

He helped develop the solar photovoltaic training program and curriculum at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA where he has taught PV Solar classes since 2009.

John has a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of California, Davis. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Licensed Contractor with both General Engineering (A) and Electrical (C-10) classifications in California and is a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional. John is a combat military veteran and completed one combat tour in Afghanistan and a second to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He currently serves in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Civil Engineer Corp Officer.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS / ADVISORS:

Michael Dela Pena
Chairman of the Board

President
Four Phase Energy Corporation

Steve Geiger
Director

CEO
Four Phase Energy Corporation

John Gildea
Director

CFO
Four Phase Energy Corporation

Brian Hurd
Director
President
Hands on Solar, Inc.

Brian Hurd has been involved with solar energy, green construction, and energy efficiency for over 30 years, as a certified contractor, state building inspector, construction auditor, and teacher. Brian has been a “green” enthusiast since his days at Florida State University where he designed, constructed and installed a solar array in 1976. Over the years he has been active in the alternative energy movement and has participated in various workshops and conferences on solar energy, energy efficiency, and “green” building technologies...
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Michael A. Kane
Director
Dean, Sciences & Mathematics
Sierra College

Michael serves as a Dean of the Sciences & Mathematics Department at Sierra College. He is active in the development of PV, starting the highly-acclaimed and award-winning PV instruction program at the college. He is an expert in sustainability and "green" progress, being involved with several industry organizations and associations.

Rusty Everett
Director
Exec. VP, Sales
Speck Products

Rusty is the Executive VP of Sales at Speck Products. He is an entrepreneur and business development professional. He has been responsible for exponential global growth and brand management of his companies. He brings incredible business building experience to FPE.

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