POWERING NEW YORK CITY

SAVING THE WORLD ONE ROOF AT A TIME

CHANGING THE WAY NEW YORK CITY IS POWERED


We are proud to have built a team of over a 100 New Yorkers devoted to bringing clean, green energy to the greatest city in the world. We help homeowners save money, while also replacing electricity produced from dirty oil with renewable energy from the sun. Based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, we are your local solar experts and also the only SunPower Master Dealer in New York City. With our world class solar systems, unbeatable warranty and exceptional service, our customers rest assured that they’re getting the best bang for their buck.

Meet Our Team


Alex Giles

Alex Giles

Co-Founder

Before founding Venture, Alex spent several years working for a solar energy company based in New York City. He joined the company when they first started off, and in his time there, grew it exponentially. His first hand experience there served as the foundation upon which he built Venture Solar. Alex has a BA in Political Science from Ohio Wesleyan University. He also brings his extensive knowledge of home energy solutions to Venture, having played an integral role at Rowayton Fuel, a family-owned oil delivery and heating system business, operated since 1929.

Alex Yackery

Alex Yackery

Co-Founder

Alex left the financial sector to enter the solar industry, after recognizing that solar energy, along with saving the planet, is also a way to help homeowners save money. Before Venture, Alex served as the sales director at one of NYC’s largest solar installation companies for several years. Alex is a former Division 1 national champion in lacrosse and has a BA in Economics with a Business minor from Loyola University in Maryland.

Achilles Tzoulafis

Achilles Tzoulafis

Partner

I have been working in the solar industry for a decade now. I first started out as a licensed electrician, to change the barbaric way our world is powered. As a co-owner, I am actively involved in every aspect of Venture, and am committed to ensuring that we maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction and impeccable installations.

Kate Gardella

Kate Gardella

Director of Operations

After managing solar operations teams all over the country, I brought my experience to Venture to grow and run our operations team. My job is to make sure we have the happiest customers in the world by enabling the team to complete projects as efficiently as possible. I love coming to work each day knowing that we are doing our part to save the world.

Ligin Varghese

Ligin Varghese

Director of Engineering

With a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, I started as a teacher, moving on to jewelry designing, followed PV designing, before I found solar. Solar is a unique source of clean, infinite energy that would go to waste if people like everyone in this company didn’t exist to actively and enthusiastically build a greener future. 

Neil Barth

Neil Barth

Director of Outreach

I have worked on successful solar campaigns in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. Today, I oversee Venture’s Outreach Team, which spends every day communicating with homeowners about the many environmental and financial benefits of our solar technology.

Cynthia Michaud

Cynthia Michaud

Human Resources Manager

I am Venture Solar’s in-house recruiter and human resources administrator. I am passionate about the opportunity to introduce people to Venture and to help the solar industry thrive in New York City.

Walter Murphy

Walter Murphy

Inside Sales Manager

My career is proof positive that you don’t need an academic background in sustainability or engineering or business to get into the solar industry. The opportunity to help build a fast-growing company that’s creating jobs for this community and fighting climate change is what makes all the hard work worth it.

Nikita Singh

Nikita Singh

Digital Marketing Manager

Born and raised in India, I moved to New York for my Master of Fine Arts at The New School. At Venture, I get to employ my writing, creative and public engagement skills to help a fulfilling and crucial cause.

Tom O'Hearen

Tom O'Hearen

Production Manager

I hate shade. Solar over everything! A solar panel + a 40′ ladder = gettin’ yuked. In a few words—running, sustainability, Columbia University and saving the world one solar panel at a time.

Nichole Byron

Nichole Byron

Customer Experience Manager

My role at Venture allows me to employ my background in Sustainable Energy Management and my interpersonal skills, in order to ensure that all of our customers receive the best service and care possible. 

Juan Perez

Juan Perez

Warehouse Manager

My work starts at ground zero—the warehouse. We make sure we start off every project on the right foot, paying close attention to detail in everything we do, and lay the groundwork for the installation teams.

Swapnil Prabhu

Swapnil Prabhu

Senior PV Engineer

I am extremely enthusiastic, passionate and experienced Photovoltaic System Engineer with a noble motive in mind to save the planet earth from the effects of global warming by supporting the green revolution.

Peter Geithner

Peter Geithner

Solar Analyst

I like helping people recognize the incentives available and how solar would work for them. It is my job to walk any solar candidate through the whole process start to finish.

Rochelle Smith

Rochelle Smith

Operations Associate

Having prior experience in solar, I chose Venture Solar because of its close knit environment, and superior service. I studied Business Administration, and at Venture, I’m responsible for billing and processing all paperwork for NYSERDA and utility companies.

Mike Pensabene

Mike Pensabene

Permitting Coordinator

With a background in environmental science, I have been working in the solar industry for almost three years. I chose Venture because here we pay very close attention to detail. My responsibilities include obtaining permits through Department of Building in NY.

 

Maya Cohn

Maya Cohn

Permitting Coordinator

My background in energy efficiency and environmental policy gave me a foundation to pursue this position at Venture and aid the progress and spread of solar power. Here, we treat our customers like family, by providing the best services and technologies with honesty and care. 

Wayne Feng

Wayne Feng

PV Engineer

I am passionate about the positive impact renewable energy has on the environment and am well informed on the ways solar can enhance everyday life. I like sharing the story of solar across the five boroughs.

Mazi Wallace

Mazi Wallace

PV Engineer

I make sure our customers qualify for solar and find the perfect fit for our panels on their roof. I love working with the best in the business to bring renewable energy to every home in New York City for a brighter future.

Mujun Chen

Mujun Chen

PV Engineer

I studied architectural technology as well as sustainability and disaster relief. With 4 years of experience in net zero home design, I joined Venture because Sunpower panels are the best on the market, and here we work together to improve our community.
Adam Strumpf

Adam Strumpf

Install Coordinator

Solar is such a huge opportunity for homeowners and I found it to be an interesting career path. I like knowing that I get to offer people a product that saves them money and helps the environment.

Sheavy LeBlanc

Sheavy LeBlanc

Customer Experience Representative

I honestly believe that happy customers make a happy company. At Venture Solar, it’s my responsibility to ensure that our customers are kept up-to-date on their projects, and also resolve billing issues, complete array maps and monitor accounts.

Brandon Davis

Brandon Davis

Commercial Business Developer

I have been involved in the solar industry for 7 years, starting with California, where I designed over 3mW of solar systems and achieved the highest certifications in solar design. At Venture, we are committed to finding the right solution for each customer and focus on high-quality products and installation practices.

Laura McCormack

Laura McCormack

Scheduling Coordinator

After working in the Boston solar industry for the last 3 years, I moved to NYC. As an environmentalist, I’m excited to join Venture and help people go green, even in this concrete jungle.

William Yancey

William Yancey

Community Solar Advisor

Raised in Cincinnati, I moved to New York when to study business marketing and management. My drive to make a difference in the world and is what led me to Venture. It feels amazing to do something I love in a very close knit, family like environment.

Angel Pressoir

Angel Pressoir

Sr. Inside Sales Consultant

I’m thrilled to be a part of Venture, because of our amazing work culture. Every one of us is equally passionate about making a difference in the world—by helping homeowners receive the best experience possible and reducing global warming with solar.

Kemar Johnson

Kemar Johnson

Permitting Coordinator

I am a proud army veteran and former track & field athlete from Queens, NY. My role at Venture is specialising in processing and receiving building permits. I love Venture because it feels like the perfect Gen-Y environment and company. I’m all about renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint.

Jason Sampogna

Jason Sampogna

Master Electrician

I am a licensed NYC Master electrician with Licenses also held in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester NY and the state of Connecticut with 25 years of experience in the electrical industry.

Douglas Segura

Douglas Segura

Site Accessor

Born and raised in Queens, I wanted to be actively involved in the emerging clean energy revolution in New York City. With a background in automotive technology, I find myself at home at Venture.

 

Brian Ferrell

Brian Ferrell

Sales Representative

I am passionate about helping my neighbors make the switch to solar – it is something I have been doing for the past several years and I find it rewarding.

Stephanie Olsen

Stephanie Olsen

Sales Representative

Born and raised in Los Angeles, I moved to New York 4 years ago to do something that would make a difference in the world. I started as a canvasser and quickly moved up. I now get to help homeowners save money and help NYC go green. 

Chris Sluyter

Chris Sluyter

Sales Representative

I left my job in the insurance industry to go back to school in Vermont and learn about solar energy. Upon my return to New York, Venture was the only company that did all of their work in-house and used the world’s most residential panel on the market—a winning combination.

Ilya Pisarevskiy

Ilya Pisarevskiy

Sales Representative

I come from a background of local, trusted contractors, working in construction with my father. I believe that solar is the way to go—to save money, to save the trees in this world and just get away from conEdison.

Brent Hebert

Brent Hebert

Sales Representative

I have been working for SunPower in NYC for over 3 years now. Being able to help educate and provide customers with the highest quality panel, installation and customer experience is the most gratifying part about my role in our company.

Pete Hryb

Pete Hryb

Sales Representative

I love traveling and helping my fellow New Yorkers save so they can have more capital to do the things that they love too.

Andrew Boye

Andrew Boye

Sales Representative

I am proud to work for Venture Solar, with a team of driven people, doing our part to help the environment, one roof at a time. I grew up off the grid in a straw-bale/solar house in Northern Vermont and am excited to help bring solar energy to families in the City.

Adolfo Tibana

Adolfo Tibana

Sales Representative

I am passionate about helping my neighbors make the switch to solar – it is something I have been doing for the past several years and I find it rewarding.

Braxton Kiess

Braxton Kiess

Sales Representative

I am saving the planet one solar project at a time.

Dan Willis

Dan Willis

Sales Representative

I am saving the planet one solar project at a time.

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