Lighting the Way
Steve brings more than 30 years of experience in leading, operating, developing and creating technology businesses in the photonics, robotics, and automation industries to Powerlight. Under his leadership and with his market development expertise, his organizations have grown at rates well above industry standards with earnings consistently exceeding expectations. He has introduced a variety of new technologies to a variety of markets. His most recent tenure, leading the Newport Corporation’s ILX Lightwave and Oriel PV divisions, gives him unique experience on both Photovoltaics and Lasers – key elements of Optical Wireless Power. As a high-tech entrepreneur and investor, Steve has a strong appreciation of what it takes to make start-up businesses successful. And his additional experience in Hyperspectal imaging, high-tech food and material processing automation and engineering imparts a keen understanding of the obvious and subtle connections of the technology, industry, customer and end-user needs.
Leading Powerlight’s Business Development efforts, Steve is helping our customers understand the benefit and capabilities of Optical Power. His role and passion with Powerlight is connecting Powerlight’s capabilities with the needs of end-users to successfully implement this breakthrough technology.
Steve attended both the University of Washington and Washington State University where he was a Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor student, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business. Steve can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bert provides the PowerLight team the leadership to balance our emphasis on driving innovation and invention with our focus on delivering technology that can create near-term value for end users.
His background includes a CTO/VP of Engineering role at Alltime Power, a distributed energy startup backed by Entergy, and his time as CTO at Pecan Street, a globally known R&D consulting firm he co-founded. We also lean on Bert’s specific technology experience from his time as Director of Product Development at thin film solar firm, Heliovolt.
Bert holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in robotics and materials science from the University of Rochester and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Initially as an advisor and now as COO, Bob brings a mix of tech startup and large operational leadership experience to PowerLight.
As SVP at Ecova (now Engie), he led a diverse operational group 950+ strong and was part of the executive team that executed the sale of the company for over $330M.
Bob also has startup experience in the Smart Grid and Sustainability domains where, as a founder, he has painted the walls, built teams, raised venture capital, led development groups that produced scalable solutions and worked closely with international partners. He believes the key to working relationships, almost without fail, is being on the same page regarding expectations. Bob holds a B.S. in industrial distribution from Central Washington University and attended the University of Alabama Birmingham’s School of Business Special Studies, Industrial Distribution Program
Starting as an advisor in 2017 and now as CFO, Lily brings a mix of financial leadership skills to the Powerlight team. Lily is also currently a managing director and co-founder of HarvestWest Investments (“HarvestWest”) an agricultural investment fund with approximately $35 million under investment.
Lily’s background includes a CFO and EVP role at Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC (“IV”). In this capacity, Lily helped grow the IV funds under management from $250 million to over $5 billion while growing the finance staff to over 50 from 2, including international staff. Other finance roles included CFO at Cedar Grove Investments, LLC and Eagle River, Inc, both are private investment companies. At Eagle River, Lily worked closely with several of the Eagle River portfolio companies, including Nextlink Communications and Cable Plus, which she was named president. Lily was also an audit manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.
Lily has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington
Over the course of 45 years, Claes has held a variety of position across many industries. In addition to serving our company as the chairman of the board and previously as a senior business advisor, he is the director of the board for EoScene Corporation. He is also the president, CEO and founder of CRH International Inc., providing consulting, advisory, and management; extended knowledge throughout Europe and North America; venture and angel financing; and real estate investments.
Claes was also the president, CEO, founder and chairman of the board for PowerIt Holdings, Inc. Under his leadership, its subsidiary, PowerIt Solutions, completed successful funding rounds of more than $18 million, and grew to include more than 70 employees and contractors across three countries. Notably, in 2010, PowerIt Solutions was ranked No. 71 in the Deloitte Technology Fast™ 500.
From all of his years in building companies, he has learned that open communication is the key to success, believing “If you can’t talk about it, you can’t solve the problem.” He has also found that he particularly enjoys working with young entrepreneurs, giving them advice arising from his years of experience in supporting numerous international companies.
Claes graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1988, from Lunds University, Sweden, with a master of business administration in Finance and Accounting in 1973, and Helsingborg Technical College in Sweden with a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering in 1969.
Scott is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Northeast Wireless Networks, LLC, where he has served since 2013. He has significant experience & knowledge ranging from Telecommunication and Defense industries to mergers and acquisitions, having been involved in several successful exits.
Prior to joining Northeast Wireless Networks, LLC and since 1997-98, Scott has been a principal in Cedar Grove Partners, LLC and in Cedar Grove Investments, LLC, an investment partnership and a private seed capital fund, respectively. From 1986 until 1997, Mr. Anderson was employed by McCaw Cellular Communications and AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., where he served in various legal and M&A-related positions, including Senior Vice President of the Acquisitions and Development group.
Scott is also Chairman of the Board at Opanga, Inc. as well as serves as a member of the Boards of Kratos Defense and Security, Inc., Globys, Inc. and Anvil Corporation.
He graduated from the University of Washington magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in History. Mr. Anderson earned his Law degree (J.D.), with highest honors (valedictorian) from the University of Washington Law School.
Barrie is a senior advisor at WR Hambrecht+Co, an investment banking firm in San Francisco. Barrie is also an advisor to several startup companies and a board member of Truett Hurst Winery. Prior to joining WRH+Co, Barrie was the president and chief executive officer of Exchange Bank in Santa Rosa, California, and a senior manager of Wells Fargo in San Francisco.
He is on two for-profit boards and several not-for-profit boards. He serves as the chairman of the Marines Memorial Foundation in San Francisco, as a former marine infantry officer.
Barrie has a master of business administration from Golden Gate University and a degree in Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Harvard University, and a graduate and past chairman of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Retired Lt. Gen. Lanza has 30+ years of experience within the U.S. Army including many high-level senior leadership positions. As the Commanding General of the I Corps, he led the undertaking of several historic projects that ensured that more than 53,000 soldiers remained quick to react globally yet maintaining regional alignment. He did so with a focus on supporting comprehensive civilian and military efforts taken to simultaneously defeat and contain insurgency and address root causes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prior to his I Corps position, Lt. Gen. Lanza served as the Commander of the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. His operational deployments span from Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia to Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia-Herzegovina to Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn in Iraq. He is extremely decorated and well-renowned for his commitments, dedication and heroism. He is the recipient of The Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he also served as a National Security Fellow.
Kent is an advisor to innovative companies in the automotive, life science and alternative energy sectors. He assists companies commercializing efficient and environmentally friendly powertrain and lidar technologies. He advises battery and battery recycling companies.
He serves as managing member of Vista Asset Management LLC. He received his MBA from St. Mary’s College of California and BA from University of California at Berkeley.
Mike is an Advisor on the PowerLight team supporting our market development and commercialization efforts. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the international telecom, technology, and defense markets and has worked successfully from venture capital backed startups through multinational corporate planning.
Mike began his career as an Infantry Officer in the US Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Norwich University, a master’s degree in international security studies from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and is currently conducting Ph.D. research into how the global adoption and diffusion of technological innovations are impacting international security and development.