Sara Ross

Chief Executive Officer

Sara founded Sungage Financial following her own experience purchasing solar.

After acting as the general contractor for an award-winning deep energy retrofit of her own home, she started a business to help solar contractors meet the needs of residential consumers. Sara was a speaker at the 2012 Building Energy Conference, and is a member of the New England Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), Solar Connecticut and the Renewable and Energy Efficiency Business Association (REEBA). Sara has worked previously for the City of New York, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, USAID, and Abt Associates performing policy and economic analysis. Sara holds an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Sylvain Mansier

President and Chief Product Officer

Sylvain has a range of experience in the renewable energy industry from corporate and project finance to business development and policy-making.

Sylvain advised utilities and private companies on energy financing matters at UBS Investment Bank, worked on raising funds for renewable energy projects at First Wind, and undertook a strategic planning process at solar project developer Recurrent Energy. Sylvain also served as Assistant Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce within the Government of Puerto Rico, where he promoted renewable energy through adoption of new policies and was instrumental in delivering the Commonwealth’s first Renewable Portfolio Standard and a new Green Energy Fund. Sylvain holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Giles

Chief Technology Officer

Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has focused on conceptualizing, creating and delivering successful software products for the past 20 years.

Those products have ranged from enterprise content management, business process automation and cloud-based, mobile communications to consumer social bookmarking and travel meta-search. In addition to founding several companies, most recently Otalo and Furl (sold to LookSmart in 2004), Mike has advised start-ups, helped grow Vitria from an early start-up to a multibillion dollar public company and raised four children. Mike holds a BA in Physics from Oberlin College.

Jeff Zissulis

VP of Channel Sales

Jeff is a seasoned sales executive with more than 15 years of sales and sales management experience across several industries.

Prior to joining Sungage, Jeff managed channel sales at SunPower, a leading solar panel manufacturer. At SunPower, Jeff was named Most Valuable Player for North American residential solar sales two years in a row. Jeff previously held a channel sales role at Watkins Manufacturing and a product manager role at Ferrotec.

Joseph Abel

VP of Operations

Joe has a passion for market-based solutions to climate change and has experience building and improving operational capacity for energy companies.

At Bain and Company, he worked with PG&E, a large investor-owned utility, to develop systems for tracking performance across a 20,000-person organization. After Bain, Joe joined Sungevity where he managed its fast-growing Remote Solar Design team, while leading the development of new products and business processes. He played a critical role in adding a financial product offering, adopting a subcontracting model, and expanding the company’s operations to include both coasts, growing annual bookings from $3 million to $100 million. Joe holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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