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Chris McCall

Founder & President

 

Prior to founding Compass, Chris was a Project Finance banker, Senior Vice President at Fortis Bank where he focused on energy financings. While at Fortis Bank, and previously at MeesPierson and Citibank, Chris worked on numerous conventional power projects, including combined cycle and simple cycle gas fired facilities, circulating fluidized bed boilers (coal fired) and pumped storage facilities (hydro), along with a number of electric distribution and transmission projects. Chris was twice honored by Project Finance magazine as the lead banker for Fortis Bank on the Desert Sky Wind Farm and Three Wind Holdings transactions, which received “North American Renewables Deal of the Year” in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Chris holds a BS in Economics from James Madison University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

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Ilan Caplan

Vice President

 

Ilan has spent over 15 years in the energy sector in various development, operating, and finance roles in the conventional and renewable power sectors with a particular focus on analytics, meteorological resource management, development, trading, and structuring.  Prior to joining Compass, Ilan was Director of Finance at Clipper Windpower and also spent time with GE Wind and Enron Wind, resulting in 850+ MW of installed wind project capacity. A selection of transactions Ilan was involved with include Titan Wind Farm (SD), Clear Sky (TX), Colorado Green (CO), Silver Star (TX), Endeavor (IA), Flying Cloud (IA), and Accroven S.R.L. OPIC/ExIm financing (Venezuela).  Ilan holds a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accounting, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Brad Haight

General Counsel

 

Brad has practiced law in the renewable sector for over 12 years. Before joining Compass, Brad focused on solar and wind development transactions, representing developers, landowners, equipment designers and manufacturers (including manufacturers selling to major wind turbine OEMs) in various transactions, involving development issues, renewable energy leases, and project sales.  Brad represented landowners in connection with projects involving over 20 different developers in five states. Brad has been invited to present on landowner & development issues at conferences in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Montana. Brad holds a BA in Philosophy from Millsaps College and a JD from Tulane University. Brad is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Louisiana (inactive) and is AV rated by martindale.com.

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Kyle Paulson

Director, Project Development

 

Kyle has been involved in the renewable energy sector for over eight years. He primarily focuses on land acquisition, government affairs, public relations, permitting, and environmental matters. Before joining Compass, Kyle spent several years at Clipper Windpower where he acquired permits and evaluated environmental constraints and risks for approximately 800 MW of the company’s development portfolio. Kyle’s prior experience includes advancing recycling policies and practices with the Container Recycling Institute in Washington, DC and implementing sustainable forestry initiatives with the Peace Corps in Ghana. Kyle holds a BA in Political Science from St. Olaf College and a JD from Vermont Law School, which has a nationally top-ranked environmental law program. Kyle is licensed to practice law in Maine and the District of Columbia.

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Doug Wesley, PhD

Consulting Senior Meteorologist

 

Doug serves as lead Senior Meteorologist consultant. His primary focus is on wind resource assessment in complex terrain, management and analysis of real-time meteorological tower data, wind prospecting, wind energy simulations, and meteorological modeling. Doug spent 12 years at UCAR/COMET and developed online and residence training materials primarily on winter storms in complex terrain for the National Weather Service, Environment Canada and the US Navy and Air Force Meteorology programs. Doug’s research background includes his dissertation in 1991 on Rocky Mountain Front Range winter storms, research on operational forecasting requirements, and three years as Visiting Scientist at NCAR/Research Applications Program. Doug also served as Science and Operations Officer at the NOAA/NWS office in Cheyenne, Wyoming for three years.  Doug’s background and experience in storm dynamics have provided a solid background for assessing long-term wind resources throughout the western US. Doug holds a BS in Engineering, Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech and MS and PhD degrees from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University.

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Rob Rahrs

Consulting GIS and Meteorological Specialist

 

Rob provides key GIS management and meteorological consulting services. Rob has built, managed, and maintained detailed maps of existing project sites and created, gathered, catalogued, and incorporated GIS data to assist in prospecting for new project sites in the western US. Rob has also developed an interactive web-based mapping tool for Compass using Flex programming. Prior to Compass, Rob spent several years as a Meteorologist and GIS Coordinator for HDR Engineering, where he focused on numerous types of flood related and modeling projects. Rob also spent time working at WeatherSource Inc. forecasting for clients scattered throughout North and South America and established a foundation in advanced research techniques in climate and climate impacts at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Rob holds a BS in Meteorology/Climatology from the University of Nebraska and Masters of Engineering–GIS degree from the University of Colorado. He obtained his Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certificate in 2009.

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