Jim Donovan

Mike Gilroy

CEO

Mike has over twenty years of experience growing specialty finance businesses by working closely with channel partners.

Mike’s involvement with solar began as an investor and board observer for Sungage starting in 2015. Until recently, Mike was also the CEO of Springstone Financial, a healthcare financing business he co-founded in 2006, that was acquired by LendingClub in 2014. Springstone partnered with over 20,000 medical and dental practices to provide affordable payment options for amounts up to $50,000.  Prior to Springstone, Mike led the scale up of AmeriFee, a patient financing business that was acquired by Capital One in 2001. Earlier in his career, he held sales, marketing and business development positions at Corning, Inc and Dentsply Intl. Mike is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Sara Ross

Co-Founder & CRO

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.

Jim Donovan

COO

Jim Donovan, COO, is a fintech entrepreneur with extensive experience in managing operations, risk and working with bank partners.

Jim was a co-founder of Springstone Financial, Premier Payment Solutions and AmeriFee in addition to credit positions held at Capital One and LendingClub. He has had a successful career working in operations and finance for the past 25 years. Jim holds a Master’s degree from Boston College.

Michael Giles

Chief Technology Officer & Chief Product 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.

Joseph Abel

Director of Business Intelligence

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.

Evan McDaniel

Director of Software Development

Evan has been leading software development teams for the past 20 years, with a focus on creating the structure and processes that allow for the efficient creation of complex web-based software systems.

As a marketing technologist, Evan has lead teams that delivered web applications for Fortune 100 companies including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and IBM. Some of the projects Evan has led include web-based e-learning management systems for HP, Honda, and Toyota Financial Systems, and mobile sales enablement tools for Fidelity National Information Services (FIS).

Megan Lucier

Director of Marketing

Megan brings 25 plus years of brand management and strategic marketing experience to the team.

Her career started in advertising but she honed her marketing skills in corporate marketing settings including Staples, TJX, Timberland and Lending Club. Megan is happiest when she is directing and motivating teams that deliver winning marketing campaigns.  She is a graduate of Colgate University and has served on her local Conservation Commission for years.

Matthew Thomsen

Director of Inside Sales

Matt came to Sungage from Accenture, where he spent many years growing and building sales teams to deliver industry leading management and technology consulting products.

He has a passion for the solar industry that he developed while working with SolBid, a solar engineering and procurement software company. Earlier in his career, Matt worked at Appneta, and also spent many years in the hospitality space. Matt has a proven track record of building and growing sales organizations in constantly changing industries.

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