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  • About UsHaresh Patel14 October 2013

    We believe Investing in Energy Projects should be simple.  At some point, it got way to complicated. We didn’t like that, so we built a product to make it easier for Energy Investors to deploy capital, manager their projects, and maximize returns.

    Powered by expertise in renewable energy markets and the energy finance industry, our Software Solutions and Managed Services operate globally, serving 12 of the world’s largest energy markets. We have appraised over 50 GW of renewable energy power at the utility, commercial and residential scale – more than all rating agencies combined. Mercatus was founded in 2009 and is based in San Jose, California.

     

    Management Team

    Haresh Patel

    Chief Executive Officer

    Haresh provides vision and leadership for Mercatus, Inc. Since co-founding the company in 2009 as an energy finance and services organization, he has led the evolution of the business strategy, service offerings, and the Mercatus Energy Investor platform.

    Haresh has more than twenty years of senior management experience driving high revenue growth through sales for electronics technology companies, including Agilent Technology, PMC-Sierra and Texas Instruments. He served as Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing at WJ Communications, Inc., Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Agilent`s $2B Semiconductor Products Group, and Vice President Sales at PMC Sierra Inc. Haresh has completed Senior Management programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford University Business School and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

    Tim Buchner

    Chief Operations Officer

    Tim is responsible for providing overall sales and operations leadership at Mercatus.  Since co-founding the company in 2009, Tim has led the deployment of the Mercatus platform and services to over 50 of the top lenders, independent power producers, utilities, and institutional investors.

    More than 18 years of sales and general management in the wireless and semiconductor industries accompanied Tim to Mercatus. He has a strong track record of driving significant growth at both start-up and public companies, transforming modest revenue to market leadership and profitability. Previous employers include the Magellan Corporation, CSI Wireless, and WJ Communications. Tim earned both his BS in Commerce and his MBA from Santa Clara University.

    Chetan Saiya

    Chief Technical Officer

    Chetan is responsible for Mercatus’ platform architecture and delivery of the product by coordinating engineering, product development and professional service.

    Mr. Saiya was the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Assetlink. Assetlink’s industry leading solutions for Marketing Operations Management are a result of Chetan’s vision and his understanding of marketing operations challenges faced by Global 2000 companies. SAS recently purchased Assestlink in February of 2011.

    Prior to starting Assetlink, Chetan was CEO of MediaWay, a multimedia database management company that he founded, and Tandem Computers, a fault tolerant computing company. Chetan has an MS in Computer Engineering from University of Notre Dame, Indiana and Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

    Cathy Grossi

    Sr. Director of Product Management

    Cathy is responsible for leading the product vision, strategy and roadmap at Mercatus and for providing leadership to the product management team.

    Prior to Mercatus, Cathy was part of the product management team at Ellie Mae, Inc, the leading provider of mortgage origination software, where she lead the strategy and product roadmap for multiple software solutions. During her nine year tenure, Ellie Mae grew from a start-up to a publicly traded company with a market cap of over $800 million. Prior to Ellie Mae, Cathy was a management consultant in Deloitte and Touche’s High Technology practice, where she consulted on product strategy and product marketing for fortune 500 companies. Cathy earned a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Booth School of Business.

    Jason Adams

    Sr. Director of Engineering

    Jason joined Mercatus, Inc. in 2010. He is responsible for driving product development and providing development resource management and product planning across all functional groups for the company’s product roadmap.

    Jason joined the company after 10 years energy-based product and business-unit development for Fortune 500 clients. He has developed and managed products and services accounting for over $1.6B in total constructed assets, and possesses a deep knowledge base and skill set for market understanding, product development, product definition, and project management. Jason received a BS from Haile US BANK College of Business at Northern Kentucky University.

    Sam Brown

    Director of Operations

    Sam joined Mercatus, Inc. in 2012. He directs Mercatus’ operations flow and interactions between departments, ensuring continued process improvement from client onboarding through transaction close. He established the Mercatus qualification and rating process with a focus on automation, standardization, and scalability. Sam also manages and oversees underwriting activities via a streamlined integration of regional market drivers, project development risk assessment, economic analysis, and the resultant project rating.

    With a background in Energy Finance, Sam has over six years of wind and solar project development experience, paired with 10 years experience with strategic development and project management for multinational companies. Sam has held senior management positions at Venti Energy, Pfizer, and Attenuon. Sam received his BS from the University of Colorado, and his MBA from the University of Texas.

    Tom Vogt

    Director of Finance

    Tom joined Mercatus, Inc. in 2009. He is responsible for the implementation and evolution of the Mercatus online and offline evaluation and analytical tools, in addition to customer adoption strategies. Tom also manages a team of financial analysts and project managers that support the Mercatus platform and professional services. He designs and oversees the development and application of the Mercatus financial models suite, and drives the development of short and long-term forecast of the company’s business.

    Tom has seven years of solar and wind financial modeling and asset management experience, and significant experience as a business consultant for multinationals. He has managed over 400MW of energy assets and P&Ls in excess of $100M with Fortune 500 companies in banking, semiconductor, and telecom sectors, including AES Corp., AT&T Corp., and Merrill Lynch. Tom received his BS from the University of Kentucky, and his MBA from the University of Texas.

     

    Board of Directors

    Reuben Munger
    Reuben Munger is currently the Managing Partner of Vision Ridge Partners, LLC. a clean energy oriented investment firm active in renewable energy, green building, future utility business models and advanced transportation. Prior to founding Vision Ridge, he was Managing Director with the The Baupost Group, LLC. a leading investment firm with over $25 billion in assets. He has also been a consultant to Texas Pacific Group and an investment banker with James D. Wolfensoln, Inc. Reuben is Chairman of Securing America’s Future Energy, a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Electrification Coalition, and a member of the League of Conservation Voters board of directors in addition to serving on the boards of a number of private companies. Reuben graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Politics and Economics and a B.S. in Business Administration.

    Scott Smith
    Scott Smith is the founder and Managing Partner of Viant Group, a Managing Director of Viant Capital and a founding member of Viant Green Capital. Scott founded Viant’s predecessor firm, Neveric Capital, in 1998 and has over twenty-five years of experience in investment banking, corporate law and company operations working primarily with technology, clean-tech, media and healthcare companies. Prior to Viant, Scott was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) where he was responsible for establishing the Silicon Valley office and was the co-head of the technology group. Before CSFB, Scott spent fifteen years with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro as a Partner where he was responsible for founding the firm’s Silicon Valley venture capital office. Scott earned a BA from Colorado College and his JD from UC Berkeley.

    Dan Gottlieb
    Dan Gottlieb serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Trepp, LLC. As an industry expert in fixed income, with over twenty years of experience, Dan focuses on applying innovation to align tactics and strategy, as the leader of the interrelated Product Management, Software Development and Infrastructure departments. He has played a large role in building Trepp to be the industry standard in Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) by leading the design of Trepp’s flagship CMBS Analytics and TreppLoan™ products. Dan leads the semi-annual ‘Insurance Company Portfolio Lender Survey’ for the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) and holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Stern School at New York University.

    Haresh Patel
    Haresh provides vision and leadership for Mercatus, Inc. Since co-founding the company in 2009 as an energy finance and services organization, he has led the evolution of the business strategy, service offerings, and the Mercatus Energy Investor platform.

    Haresh has more than twenty years of senior management experience driving high revenue growth through sales for electronics technology companies, including Agilent Technology, PMC-Sierra and Texas Instruments. He served as Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing at WJ Communications, Inc., Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Agilent`s $2B Semiconductor Products Group, and Vice President Sales at PMC Sierra Inc. Haresh has completed Senior Management programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford University Business School and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

    Tim Buchner

    Tim is responsible for providing overall sales and operations leadership at Mercatus.  Since co-founding the company in 2009, Tim has led the deployment of the Mercatus platform and services to over 50 of the top lenders, independent power producers, utilities, and institutional investors.

    More than 18 years of sales and general management in the wireless and semiconductor industries accompanied Tim to Mercatus. He has a strong track record of driving significant growth at both start-up and public companies, transforming modest revenue to market leadership and profitability. Previous employers include the Magellan Corporation, CSI Wireless, and WJ Communications. Tim earned both his BS in Commerce and his MBA from Santa Clara University.