Leaders in Transforming an Industry

Our leadership team brings a worldly repertoire of solar experience and the highest expectations when it comes to safety, quality and long-term performance. With that focus on performance comes an inherent need to innovate, which is a shared ambition throughout all of Strata’s businesses.

Strata’s people are regularly seen at industry events, speaking on panels and authoring articles on new trends and best practices in developing, building and operating successful solar projects. Follow along with us on our blog and social media channels to see our people working together with industry leaders to advance the positive impacts of solar energy for business and communities.

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Markus Wilhelm, Chief Executive Officer

Markus Wilhelm has more than 20 years of experience in the media industry, primarily with Bertelsmann AG and Time Warner. He was a long-serving CEO for publishing and direct marketing firms including Bookspan and Doubleday Direct, and during his tenure, Markus oversaw an international staff of thousands in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, China and Korea. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board at the UNC School of Public Health and as a board member of NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

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Michael Belikoff, Chief Operations Officer

Mike Belikoff has been working in the energy industry for more than 24 years. He started his career at PS&S where he spent 18 years and then moved to First Solar. Working there for six years as a senior manager, he gained vast experience in all aspects of utility-scale solar with proven skills in engineering, project design, site layout, site optimization and plant architecture. Mike contributed to evolving First Solar’s EPC infrastructure systems that allowed their run rate to expand from 14 MW in 2008 to 1000 in 2012.

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Dave Scoglio, Chief Financial Officer

David Scoglio joined Strata Solar as Chief Financial Officer in September 2012. Prior to joining, he served as CFO of Asure Software, Inc., a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ, where he oversaw Finance, Accounting, Business Operations and Human Resources. Before that, he held a variety of positions, ranging from high net worth management to corporate finance, at Fidelity Investments from 1998 to 2009.

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Henry Dziuba, Chief Revenue Officer

Before joining Strata, Henry was President and General Manager of SMA America where he redefined the route to market approach, was involved in the development of their hugely successful O&M strategy and led them back to the position of number one inverter supplier in all markets in 2014. Henry set up and managed SMA UK in 2011-12, pioneering their development of a utility-focused market strategy in what was primarily a residentially oriented market, which became the biggest single utility scale PV market in Europe in 2014 and 2015.

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Blair Schooff, Chief Business Development Officer

Blair has been with Strata Solar since 2011. His current focus is creating opportunities for corporate customers to utilize solar energy to meet aggressive sustainability goals. In 2014, he took over the development department and was involved with developing utility relations with utilities across the country. Prior to this, Blair was a project developer and head of Strata Solar’s Marketing and Sales division. Before joining the company, he worked in the music and broadcasting industry in business development in both New York City and London for BMG Entertainment (RCA, Arista, J Records, Jive Records), AOL Europe, Box Television, MusicNet and Peter Gabriel’s We7.

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Cathy Wilhelm, Chief Administrative Officer

Cathy Wilhelm’s passion for the environment combined with her 20 years of real estate experience provided her with the skills and knowledge needed to co-found a green construction company, Strata Construction, and Strata Solar, where she works as the Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to Strata, Cathy worked on projects in China involving cost-benefit analyses of soil erosion management controls for the Yellow River. She also worked as an econometrician, managing energy forecast modeling projects for the Canadian public utility Ontario Hydro.

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Brian O'Hara, Senior Vice President Strategy & Government Affairs

Brian manages policy and regulatory affairs for Strata Solar, as well as overseeing strategic internal efforts like our “First Time Right” program. Before joining Strata Solar, Brian was President and Founder of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, where he led wind energy development, policy and advocacy efforts in the Southeast. He has also worked as an engineer on offshore oil and gas drilling in West Africa and has led development teams and finance efforts in the U.S. real estate industry. Brian has extensive experience in energy, project development, project management, engineering, policy and finance.

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Brian Herndon, General Counsel

Brian Herndon joined Strata Solar, LLC as general counsel in April 2015. In his former role as lead partner of Blanco Tackabery’s clean energy practice group, he and his team assisted Strata Solar in the development and financing of essentially all of its QFs and in many other matters. Brian’s law practice spans 30+ years, with substantial experience in tax credit finance, commercial real estate finance, structured finance, business organizations and mergers and acquisitions to name a few. While at Blanco, he and Blanco became the go-to firm for renewable energy developers with North Carolina projects. In addition to solar, Brian has represented developers of landfill gas-to-energy biomass and anaerobic digester (hog waste) projects.

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John Knight, Vice President Development - West

John Knight has been developing renewable energy projects for 14 years. As Vice President of Development in the West, John is responsible for origination and development efforts throughout the western United States. He has held senior management positions at SunEdison, Tradewind Energy and was a co-founder at Brightmark Energy. Early in his career he successfully started and built a nationally recognized renewable energy consulting company, KLS, Inc, and subsequently sold it to Westwood Professional Services. John has developed over 2,000 MW’s of renewable energy projects, of which 500 MW’s are either operational or under construction.

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Kevin Day, Vice President Development - East

Kevin serves Vice President of Origination and Development for Strata Solar. He manages complex energy projects from development through project financing. Kevin’s expertise includes traditional and renewable power industries and markets, including development, finance, M&A and operations, with almost $4.0 billion and 7 GWs of power project experience. Kevin holds a BBA from the University of Oklahoma, MBA in Finance from the University of Oklahoma, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

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