Anita Worden – Chairwoman
Mrs. Anita Worden is an experienced and successful business leader with a proven track record of creating solid management teams and financial backing. From 1989-2005, as the Co-Founder, President, and Board Member of Solectria Corporation, an internationally recognized leader in the electric and hybrid vehicle industry, she skillfully lead all aspects of operations and financing, resulting in the Company’s tremendous growth and its successful sale in 2005. Mrs. Worden is a Co-founder and Chairwoman of Solectria Renewables and continues to bring exceptional leadership, team building and financial relationships to the Company. Since 2005, she has lead the organization and increased the Company’s financial strength resulting in zero debt. Under Mrs. Worden’s leadership, Solectria Renewables’ revenues have grown multi-fold and it has become a leader in the Photovoltaic Inverter industry. Mrs. Worden is an active member of: Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), CT Solar Energy Association, American Solar Energy Society (ASES), SEIA, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), SEPA and the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Worden is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
James Worden – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Mr. James Worden is an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader with over 20 years of experience in solar photovoltaic (PV) component systems, including inverters, maximum power trackers, PV modules, arrays and complete PV systems. He co-founded Solectria Corporation in 1989 with Mrs. Anita Worden, and is an internationally recognized developer and manufacturer of electric & hybrid vehicles and components. He served as Solectria Corporation’s CEO until 2005 when the company was sold. After the very successful sale of Solectria Corporation, Mr. Worden was one of the four founding partners of Solectria Renewables which bases the inverter technology developed over 16 years in electric vehicle (EV) automotive applications. Mr. Worden sets the strategic direction of the company and has been instrumental in the design of the company’s inverters ranging in size from 13kW to 500kW. Mr. Worden is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Phil Vyhanek – President
Mr. Phil Vyhanek joined Solectria Renewables in 2010 based on the solid performance and growth since 2005 and in anticipation of the incredible opportunities in the PV market. Mr. Vyhanek comes to Solectria Renewables after holding senior management roles with Laird Technologies, Cushcraft Corporation and Honeywell where he developed expertise in strategic planning, sales, operations, engineering and finance for technology companies. He has a proven track record of delivering results and is experienced in driving systems key for rapid business growth. Mr. Vyhanek is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a Degree in Engineering and has an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Michael Zuercher-Martinson – Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Mr. Michael Zuercher-Martinson, one of the four founding partners of Solectria Renewables, is a distinguished electrical drive and power conversion innovator. He has been at the forefront of the photovoltaic (PV) industry for more than 10 years and is currently promoting the use of three-phase high-reliability inverters in smart grid applications. Mr. Zuercher-Martinson worked in the Biel Research Laboratory for Power Electronics in Biel, Switzerland, where he developed high efficiency motor drives, voltage converters and battery management systems for electrical glider planes, intelligent bicycles and solar race cars. He also has extensive PV installation experience, and has overseen design and startup of numerous solar power plants in the Developing World. Mr. Zuercher-Martinson is fluent in English, German and French and holds a FH degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bernese University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland.
Aybike Doganci Crott – Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Ms. Aybike Doganci Crott, one of the four founding partners of Solectria Renewables, is a successful business leader. By doubling production capacity each of the last three years, she has been instrumental in fostering the growth of the company to become the leading inverter manufacturer in the U.S.A. As COO, Ms. Crott oversees the daily operations of the Company, managing the Production, Purchasing and Quality Control departments. Prior to founding Solectria Renewables, Ms. Crott was the Technical Support Manager at Solectria Corporation and directed engineering projects including the first assemblies of 13kW and 75kW PV inverter prototypes. Ms. Crott holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Elizabethtown College in PA. Her background and training are in modern manufacturing techniques.
Dennis Cusick – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Mr. Dennis Cusick has spent the last 30+ years as a financial professional. For the last 4 years he has provided CFO Consulting services to various manufacturing companies. For the previous 12 years, he was CFO of Twin Rivers Technologies. During that time, the company’s revenues grew from zero to approximately $300 million. He developed and managed all financial and accounting and MIS systems. He also managed all aspects of capital management, banking requirements, and investor relations. Mr. Cusick was responsible for all M&A activities which resulted in three major acquisitions and expansion from a single-site facility covering New England, to a 12-site manufacturing/delivery/warehousing network servicing North America. Mr. Cusick is a graduate of Salem State College and has an MBA from Suffolk University.