Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of BlueWave, Trevor leads all aspects of the company’s finance, operations and expansion activity. Trevor joined BlueWave as a founding executive in early 2012 and helped grow the company into one of the most respected solar developers and financiers in New England. During his tenure at BlueWave, Trevor has played an integral role in driving growth and expansion to a national platform focused on community solar and residential home solar financing.
Prior to joining BlueWave, Trevor was a Senior Director of Acquisitions and Development at Tishman Speyer, one of the largest and most respected real estate companies in the world. As a real estate private equity professional he gained extensive expertise in acquisitions, development, financing and asset management. With more than a decade of experience in real estate, Trevor successfully closed $1.25 billion in acquisitions. He was also the Regional Finance Director of the Boston region and was intimately involved in all aspects of Tishman Speyer’s regional business.
Born in South Africa, Trevor was a Skye Foundation Fellow and also awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at MIT, where he completed MS degrees in both Design Technology and Real Estate Development. He also holds a Bachelor of Building Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Co-Founder & President
Eric Graber-Lopez is deeply involved in all aspects of BlueWave’s development activities with leadership responsibilities for project financing. He and Mr. DeVillars joined forces to launch BlueWave’s solar development activities.
Prior to joining BlueWave, Mr. Graber-Lopez served as Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst on the Specialty Equity Growth Team at Putnam Investments, where he helped manage $8 billion in U.S. mid- and large-cap growth equity portfolios. At Putnam, he focused on the energy, alternative energy, materials, and utilities sectors and was responsible for his team’s investments in those sectors in both public and private markets. Mr. Graber-Lopez started as a Senior Equity Analyst within Putnam’s Global Equity Research Group and was a member of the Natural Resources and Utilities fund teams. During his years on the sell-side, Mr. Graber-Lopez focused on the Energy and Utilities industries and was ranked by several leading industry surveys as being among the top analysts in his field. Mr. Graber-Lopez has extensive experience in firm valuation, mergers and acquisitions advisory services, private equity transactions, and portfolio management.
Co-Founder & Chairman
John DeVillars is a clean energy and environmental professional with substantial leadership experience in both the public and private sectors.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, in addition to exercising his responsibilities on behalf of BlueWave, Mr. DeVillars is serving as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. As a senior fellow at the Center, he will focus on the role of public utilities in meeting the climate change challenge. His faculty sponsor is Professor William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy and the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) Research Director.
Mr. DeVillars’ public service career includes service as Secretary of the Environment for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Chair of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and Chief of Operations for Governor Michael Dukakis. In 1993 he was appointed New England Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency by President Bill Clinton, a post he served in until 2000. He has received numerous awards for his environmental service, including the President’s Award of the Nature Conservancy, given annually for national leadership in environmental affairs.
His private sector career includes founding and leading the Environmental Management practice for the national accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand (PWC); serving as Executive Vice President of Brownfields Recovery Corporation, a brownfields real estate investment and development company with assets in Massachusetts and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and as Lecturer on Environmental Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. DeVillars serves on numerous public and private company and non‐profit boards including as a member of the Executive Committee of the New England Clean Energy Council; Chair of the Advisory Board of the Acadia Center, a leading research and advocacy group on the forefront of efforts to combat global climate change, and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust. In 2012 he was appointed by the United States EPA Administrator to serve on the agency’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology.
Mr. DeVillars earned his MPA degree from Harvard University and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Principal – Operations
Chris Gosline leads operations and product development for the company’s Community Solar and Home Solar Loan products. In this role, Mr. Gosline has led the build-out and expansion of these products across Massachusetts and the Southeastern U.S.
Mr. Gosline comes from EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), where he rose through EnerNOC’s operations organization, leading large teams, driving global expansion, and delivering on aggressive operational goals. Most recently, he led the Operations department, building out a 200 member team providing project management, engineering, environmental permitting, and customer support throughout Europe, UK, Asia-Pac, and the Americas. Prior to EnerNOC, Mr. Gosline worked in software engineering roles at several large multinational energy firms.
Mr. Gosline holds an MA in Energy Policy from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in Geography from the University of Vermont. He is also an Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).
Principal – Project Development
Mike Marsch is a Principal at BlueWave and a member of BlueWave’s executive and investment committees. Since joining BlueWave in June 2013, he has grown and managed the firm’s Development and Construction group, led the development of projects in excess of 50 MW, including over 25 MW for which he was the senior project manager with direct P&L responsibility, and played a key role in the development and financing of two early Massachusetts community solar projects. Prior to joining BlueWave, Mr. Marsch focused on real estate in his native Southern California, most recently as principal of Beckett Holdings, a firm he founded while in business school to capitalize on development opportunities in the multifamily sector. Earlier in his career, Mr. Marsch was a Development Associate with The Ratkovich Company, a highly respected Los Angeles‐area developer, and was intimately involved in the acquisition, development and management of over $500 million of residential opportunities with Briarwood Capital, a San Diego developer with over $1 billion of completed projects and a focus on master‐planned golf communities.
Mr. Marsch holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was named the John S. Long Outstanding Student in Real Estate. He is passionate about environmental sustainability and in addition to advancing the deployment of clean energy through BlueWave is an active volunteer with organizations seeking to reduce human impact on the world’s oceans.
Chief Financial Officer
Neal leads BlueWave’s finance and administrative functions, as well as legal, human resources, and facilities. He is a financial industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience managing and growing early stage companies, providing strategic financial planning, global cash management as well as debt and equity financings in the technology and cleantech industries. His diverse background blends public company experience with the high-growth, fast-paced environment of early-stage companies. Previous CFO roles include XL Hybrids, Open Blue, Ze-gen, EnerNOC (NASD: ENOC), Ucentric Systems; and founder, CFO and director of Cignal Global Communications. The Association for Corporate Growth Boston (ACG) and Mass High Tech named EnerNOC the 2007 Top IPO in New England.
Neal has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Chief Investment Officer
Craig Wetmore is a member of the executive team at BlueWave. He is responsible for overseeing all fundraising and investment activities at the firm. Prior to joining BlueWave, Craig Wetmore was a Principal at Captona Partners, a renewable energy infrastructure fund focused on the North American market. Previously, Mr. Wetmore was a founding member of CleanPath Ventures, a private equity firm focused on providing mezzanine stage capital and development expertise to pre-construction and distressed photovoltaic (PV) projects.
Earlier in his career, Craig worked on the development team at Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and in the residential finance sector at Sol Systems. Before his transition into solar finance and development, Mr. Wetmore was for five years responsible for business development efforts at American Technology Research, a boutique equity research platform focused on the technology, media, telecom, defense, and renewable energy sectors.
Mr. Wetmore has an MS in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA in Government and a BBA in Finance from the College of William and Mary.
Managing Director of Business Development & Sales
Larry Aller leads BlueWave’s Community Solar and Home Solar Loan product sales in North America.
Mr. Aller is an experienced cleantech executive with background building high-growth enterprises and developing and implementing strategy and investments.
Prior to joining BlueWave, Mr. Aller spent over five years at Next Step Living in senior business development and strategy roles where he helped the company grow from $1M in revenue to over $100M. At Next Step Living, Mr Aller led the development of the company’s community solar offering and oversaw sales and marketing, customer experience, new service development and policy and regulatory affairs efforts at the state level and federally. Before Next Step Living, Mr. Aller was a manager at Bain & Company where he led engagements with multi-billion dollar clients in technology hardware, software, and private equity diligence.
He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Aller is a runner and Ironman triathlete, and has led several fundraising initiatives for cancer research.
Managing Director of External Affairs
Mark Sylvia joined BlueWave as a Managing Director in January 2015 to help the company expand its solar development portfolio nationally and internationally. He has been responsible for Business Development activities and now leads External Affairs for the firm which includes Public Relations, Government/Policy Affairs, Communications, Community Affairs and Corporate Giving/Social Impacts. Mr. Sylvia participates on the Northeast Clean Energy Council’s Policy Committee and Solar Working Group and was recently elected to the New York Solar Energy Industry Association’s (NYSEIA) Board of Directors.
Mr. Sylvia is a former senior energy official in the Patrick Administration having served as the first Green Communities Division Director as well as Department of Energy Resources Commissioner and most recently as Undersecretary for Energy. He and his team have implemented nation-leading policies, leading to the number-one ranking in energy efficiency four years in a row and surpassing the Governor’s ambitious goal of developing 250 megawatts of solar energy by 2017 four years early. Under Mr. Sylvia’s leadership, DOER launched innovative programs to support energy resiliency, electric vehicle adoption, building labeling and renewable thermal technologies. There are now 155 cities and towns that have been designated as Green Communities, representing more than half of the Commonwealth’s population. During his tenure, Mr. Sylvia chaired the Energy Facilities Sighting Board and served on the National Association of State Energy Officials, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center boards.
Mr. Sylvia also spent 11 years in municipal government including as Town Manager for the Town of Plymouth from 2005 to 2009.
Mr. Sylvia earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington D.C. He lives with his wife, Veronique, and children, Mitchell and Scarlett, in his hometown of Fairhaven where he serves as the elected Town Moderator.
Principal – Construction Management
Aidan Foley is engaged in all aspects of BlueWave’s work with lead responsibility for project execution and contractor management. Prior to joining BlueWave Mr. Foley was an early employee of SunEdison, where he was responsible for Account Management, Program Management and Business Development over a five-year period. As Director of Real Estate Programs at SunEdison, Mr. Foley originated and managed solar programs throughout the US and in Puerto Rico; as Program Manager, Mr. Foley managed strategic accounts, resulting in over 37 megawatts and 135 completed projects in 12 U.S. states, including Massachusetts, New York and California.
Before SunEdison, Mr. Foley spent three years with Corcoran Jennison Companies, a real estate development group, renowned for their innovation in affordable housing development and management. At Corcoran Jennison, he established the group’s first overseas office in Dublin, Ireland, and managed pre-development activities of projects in Dublin and Mobile, Alabama. Earlier in his career, Mr. Foley was a construction cost estimator and project manager with Faithful + Gould.
Mr. Foley holds an MSc in Real Estate Development from MIT and a BSc in Construction Economics/Quantity Surveying from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
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