HOLOCENE BOARD OF ADVISORS

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Preston Nisbet
Project Executive
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Preston Nisbet brings over 40 years’ experience managing commercial and institutional projects to his Holocene position and is LEED AP Accredited. Preston previously served as Operations Manager for Turner Construction Company in Raleigh, NC, where he was responsible for overseeing estimating; preconstruction services; and construction operations. He was also former VP of Project Management for Shelco, Inc., where he oversaw construction team management for commercial and industrial projects. Preston earned his Bachelor of Arts from Lander University.

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Bob Sheppard
Corporate Counsel / Advisor
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Bob Sheppard’s experience includes serving as the former Global Co-Head of Project Finance for Bank of America. He also managed a project finance group which earned top global rankings in electric power project financing. Bob earned a bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now teaches as an adjunct professor of finance at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

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Jeff Colborn
Advisor
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With 30+ years’ experience in the utility industry, Jeff Colborn’s main focus includes operations, asset management and information systems; business planning and strategy; and engineering and maintenance programs. His experience also includes implementing asset management strategies resulting from mergers and acquisition; Fleet Operating Model implementations; business re-engineering and transformation; and technology refresh.

Other skills include business planning and strategy development for operating new asset build projects, project management, and capital program oversight. Jeff also knows how to develop and manage implementation of information technology for enterprise systems and process-based systems.

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Preston Nisbet
Project Executive
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Preston Nisbet brings over 40 years’ experience managing commercial and institutional projects to his Holocene position and is LEED AP Accredited. Preston previously served as Operations Manager for Turner Construction Company in Raleigh, NC, where he was responsible for overseeing estimating; preconstruction services; and construction operations. He was also former VP of Project Management for Shelco, Inc., where he oversaw construction team management for commercial and industrial projects. Preston earned his Bachelor of Arts from Lander University.

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Bob Sheppard
Corporate Counsel / Advisor
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Bob Sheppard’s experience includes serving as the former Global Co-Head of Project Finance for Bank of America. He also managed a project finance group which earned top global rankings in electric power project financing. Bob earned a bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now teaches as an adjunct professor of finance at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

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Jeff Colborn
Advisor
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With 30+ years’ experience in the utility industry, Jeff Colborn’s main focus includes operations, asset management and information systems; business planning and strategy; and engineering and maintenance programs. His experience also includes implementing asset management strategies resulting from mergers and acquisition; Fleet Operating Model implementations; business re-engineering and transformation; and technology refresh.

Other skills include business planning and strategy development for operating new asset build projects, project management, and capital program oversight. Jeff also knows how to develop and manage implementation of information technology for enterprise systems and process-based systems.

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HOLOCENE TEAM


Ralph Thompson
Partner / CEO
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With 40+ years’ experience in domestic and international construction, Ralph Thompson can confidently organize a construction project of any scale in any location. It’s that level of expertise with which he has managed over $3 billion in project value in Industrial, Manufacturing, Energy, Commercial, DoD and Federal installations. Ralph also managed the first LEED Platinum project certified in North Carolina. Previous positions include General Manager for Turner Construction and Project Executive for JA Jones. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Construction from NC State University.

Active in his industry, Ralph serves as the past chair of the NC Clean Energy Business Alliance (NC CEBA) and an Advisory Council Member for the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. Ralph’s past industry involvement includes being private chair of the NC Chapter of The Energy Services Coalition, a member of the Raleigh Stormwater Management Commission (SMAC) and a board member for Artspace in Raleigh, NC. He currently serves as an elder at The Summit Church.
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Stan Allison
Partner / CFO
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Stan Allison has 35+ years’ experience as an investment banker with international institutions focused on arranging capital in negotiated transactions. During that time, he raised $12.4 billion under a wide variety of financial arrangements, representing 140 transactions.

Stan is effective at originating, structuring, negotiating and executing complex transactions while maintaining strong relationships with a wide variety of institutional investors. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Lafayette College and his Master of Business Administration from University of Virginia.

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Scott Guyett
PMP, Engineering Manager
Scott Guyett is a certified Project Management Professional specializing in utility infrastructure engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and vendor management. Scott has extensive experience in renewable energy management, distributed generation product delivery, and professional services involving operations, budgeting, and scheduling. As a project manager, he is skilled in defining, validating and controlling project scope and is effective at leading diverse cross-functional teams to achieve success. Scott values building and maintaining relationships with key clients and driving stakeholder satisfaction.
Scott holds a B.S. in Geography from the University of Georgia and continues his education in all technical and constructible things related to EV fleets, charging stations, power generation, metering, solar, and energy storage at North Carolina State University’s NC Clean Energy Technology Center. He has a passion for building cool stuff and loves assembling diverse teams of talented people to make things work.

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Hunter Heinbach
Engineering Associate
Hunter joined Holocene in December 2018 as a recent graduate from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Hunters work with Holocene includes designing solar facilities, managing energy models and advising on technical aspects of solar development.
When Hunter isn’t busy siting solar facilities, he enjoys playing tennis, camping and reading sci-fi.

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Laura Merten
Marketing & Business Development Associate
Laura joined the Holocene team in July 2018. Her work at Holocene includes managing marketing communications, facilitating sales development, and conducting market research and analysis. Prior to Holocene, Laura graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics and Religious Studies.

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Ben Molthen
Manager, Project Finance
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Ben Molthen performs and manages development activities, participates in financial transactions and serves as Holocene’s asset manager. Ben has 5+ years’ experience in financial analysis and project management and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance from NC State University.

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Preston Nisbet
Project Executive
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Preston Nisbet brings over 40 years’ experience managing commercial and institutional projects to his Holocene position and is LEED AP Accredited. Preston previously served as Operations Manager for Turner Construction Company in Raleigh, NC, where he was responsible for overseeing estimating; preconstruction services; and construction operations. He was also former VP of Project Management for Shelco, Inc., where he oversaw construction team management for commercial and industrial projects. Preston earned his Bachelor of Arts from Lander University.

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Kevin Orchard
Power Marketing
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Kevin Orchard has eight years’ experience expanding solar business initiatives throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Kevin’s previous experience includes Manager of Solar Development at Citizens Energy Company, Vice President at Sunpin Solar, LLC and Associate at Brightridge Solar. Kevin successfully led both the project management and day-to-day operations management of a $13 million utility-scale photovoltaic solar facility. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Western New England University.

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Davis Plunkett
Development Project Manager
Davis Plunkett joined Holocene in December 2018. He works with our expert development team where he performs and manages a range of development activities from project inception through development completion. Davis has four years' experience developing utility-scale solar projects in various markets through the Southeastern United States. Davis earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jane Ralston
Controller
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Jane Ralston is a senior accounting professional with experience leading financial and accounting functions for multiple organizations. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in North Carolina. Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sciences Accounting from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Mount Union.

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Bob Sheppard
Corporate Counsel / Advisor
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Bob Sheppard’s experience includes serving as the former Global Co-Head of Project Finance for Bank of America. He also managed a project finance group which earned top global rankings in electric power project financing. Bob earned a bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now teaches as an adjunct professor of finance at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

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Dustin Soutendijk
Engineering Associate
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Dustin Soutendijk develops solar site designs, manages energy models and advises on technical aspects of development. With 2+ years’ experience at Holocene, Dustin also draws from his energy storage research at NC State and PV installation experience to generate best-practice site designs. Dustin earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Water Resources from NC State University.

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Laura Tillett
Marketing & Business Development Manager
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Laura Tillett has 12+ years’ experience in finance, operations and administrative management. Laura’s previous experience includes Director of Finance and Administration, Council for Higher Education Accreditation and Chief Operations Officer and Director of Finance and Administration, Construction Management Association of America. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina and her Master of Business Administration from John Hopkins University.

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Stephen Young
Solar Development Manager
Steve joined the Holocene team in October 2018. As Solar Development Manager, he is responsible for all project development across multiple states. Steve is a renewable energy leader with 13 years of industry experience in managing projects, assets, and portfolios from inception through full life cycle, always delivering optimal performance and results. Steve has worked in renewable project development, engineering and construction, operations management and business leadership with NextEra Energy and TransAlta in the US and Canada.
Prior to working in renewables, Steve worked in project and construction management for a national environmental engineering firm for major environmental remediation projects. He is experienced in all construction management processes including writing specifications, issuing RFPs, contractor pre-qualification, managing bid process, contract documents, interface with design engineers, scheduling, quality assurance, project reports, and interface with client and regulators.

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Ralph Thompson
Partner / CEO
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With 40+ years’ experience in domestic and international construction, Ralph Thompson can confidently organize a construction project of any scale in any location. It’s that level of expertise with which he has managed over $3 billion in project value in Industrial, Manufacturing, Energy, Commercial, DoD and Federal installations. Ralph also managed the first LEED Platinum project certified in North Carolina. Previous positions include General Manager for Turner Construction and Project Executive for JA Jones. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Construction from NC State University. He is certified LEED AP and licensed as a professional engineer in North Carolina.

Active in his industry, Ralph serves as the founding and current chair of the NC Clean Energy Business Alliance (NC CEBA) and an Advisory Council Member for the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. Ralph’s past industry involvement includes being private chair of the NC Chapter of The Energy Services Coalition, a member of the Raleigh Stormwater Management Commission (SMAC) and a board member for Artspace in Raleigh, NC. He currently serves as an elder at The Summit Church.

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Stan Allison
Partner / CFO
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Stan Allison has 35+ years’ experience as an investment banker with international institutions focused on arranging capital in negotiated transactions. During that time, he raised $12.4 billion under a wide variety of financial arrangements, representing 140 transactions.

Stan is effective at originating, structuring, negotiating and executing complex transactions while maintaining strong relationships with a wide variety of institutional investors. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Lafayette College and his Master of Business Administration from University of Virginia.

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Scott Guyett
PMP, Engineering Manager
Scott Guyett is a certified Project Management Professional specializing in utility infrastructure engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and vendor management. Scott has extensive experience in renewable energy management, distributed generation product delivery, and professional services involving operations, budgeting, and scheduling. As a project manager, he is skilled in defining, validating and controlling project scope and is effective at leading diverse cross-functional teams to achieve success. Scott values building and maintaining relationships with key clients and driving stakeholder satisfaction.
Scott holds a B.S. in Geography from the University of Georgia and continues his education in all technical and constructible things related to EV fleets, charging stations, power generation, metering, solar, and energy storage at North Carolina State University’s NC Clean Energy Technology Center. He has a passion for building cool stuff and loves assembling diverse teams of talented people to make things work.

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Hunter Heinbach
Engineering Associate
Hunter joined Holocene in December 2018 as a recent graduate from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Hunters work with Holocene includes designing solar facilities, managing energy models and advising on technical aspects of solar development.
When Hunter isn’t busy siting solar facilities, he enjoys playing tennis, camping and reading sci-fi.

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Ben Molthen
Manager, Project Finance
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Ben Molthen performs and manages development activities, participates in financial transactions and serves as Holocene’s asset manager. Ben has 5+ years’ experience in financial analysis and project management and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance from NC State University.

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Preston Nisbet
Project Executive
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Preston Nisbet brings over 40 years’ experience managing commercial and institutional projects to his Holocene position and is LEED AP Accredited. Preston previously served as Operations Manager for Turner Construction Company in Raleigh, NC, where he was responsible for overseeing estimating; preconstruction services; and construction operations. He was also former VP of Project Management for Shelco, Inc., where he oversaw construction team management for commercial and industrial projects. Preston earned his Bachelor of Arts from Lander University.

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Kevin Orchard
Power Marketing
Kevin Orchard has eight years’ experience expanding solar business initiatives throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Kevin’s previous experience includes Manager of Solar Development at Citizens Energy Company, Vice President at Sunpin Solar, LLC and Associate at Brightridge Solar. Kevin successfully led both the project management and day-to-day operations management of a $13 million utility-scale photovoltaic solar facility. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Western New England University.

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Laura Merten
Marketing & Business Development Associate
Laura joined the Holocene team in July 2018. Her work at Holocene includes managing marketing communications, facilitating sales development, and conducting market research and analysis. Prior to Holocene, Laura graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics and Religious Studies.

Read Bio
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Davis Plunkett
Development Project Manager
Davis Plunkett joined Holocene in December 2018. He works with our expert development team where he performs and manages a range of development activities from project inception through development completion. Davis has four years' experience developing utility-scale solar projects in various markets through the Southeastern United States. Davis earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jane Ralston
Controller
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Jane Ralston is a senior accounting professional with experience leading financial and accounting functions for multiple organizations. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in North Carolina. Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sciences Accounting from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Mount Union.

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Bob Sheppard
Corporate Counsel / Advisor
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Bob Sheppard’s experience includes serving as the former Global Co-Head of Project Finance for Bank of America. He also managed a project finance group which earned top global rankings in electric power project financing. Bob earned a bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now teaches as an adjunct professor of finance at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Read Bio
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Dustin Soutendijk
Design / Build
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Dustin Soutendijk develops solar site designs, manages energy models and advises on technical aspects of development. With 2+ years’ experience at Holocene, Dustin also draws from his energy storage research at NC State and PV installation experience to generate best-practice site designs. Dustin earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Water Resources from NC State University.

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Laura Tillett
Accountant/Administrator
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Laura Tillett has 12+ years’ experience in finance, operations and administrative management. Laura’s previous experience includes Director of Finance and Administration, Council for Higher Education Accreditation and Chief Operations Officer and Director of Finance and Administration, Construction Management Association of America. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina and her Master of Business Administration from John Hopkins University.

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Steven Young
Solar Development Manager
Steve joined the Holocene team in October 2018. As Solar Development Manager, he is responsible for all project development across multiple states. Steve is a renewable energy leader with 13 years of industry experience in managing projects, assets, and portfolios from inception through full life cycle, always delivering optimal performance and results. Steve has worked in renewable project development, engineering and construction, operations management and business leadership with NextEra Energy and TransAlta in the US and Canada.
Prior to working in renewables, Steve worked in project and construction management for a national environmental engineering firm for major environmental remediation projects. He is experienced in all construction management processes including writing specifications, issuing RFPs, contractor pre-qualification, managing bid process, contract documents, interface with design engineers, scheduling, quality assurance, project reports, and interface with client and regulators.

Read Bio