James A. Hebert, CEO / Chairman
Jim’s professional career has spanned over 40 years. He has been instrumental in founding, developing and forming various companies. Jim has significant experience in closing complex business transactions as well as raising capital through lending institutions and private/public offerings. As a result of his turn-around abilities and extensive business management skills Jim has been influential in the resurrection of a numerous troubled companies. This experience has allowed him to refine his skills in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing. In addition to his considerable business talents, Jim has achieved celebrity status, both on television and in the record books. For over 14 years he produced and hosted the successful television series, “International Sportsman”. He has also hunted big game through the world and as a result of his noteworthy achievements; Jim has been inducted into both “SCI Bow Hunters Hall of Fame” and the “Handgun Hunters Hall of Fame”. As Green Power’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Jim directs the company’s overall vision. Together with his executive team, Jim ensures that the Board’s objectives are implemented and the company’s operational activities provide stakeholder value.
David B. Thal, President, Founder
David’s professional career includes 24 years in the automotive industry where he gained extensive experience in engineering, manufacturing and management. He has served as Chief Operating Officer, Director and VP of Engineering, Plant Manager and Systems Manager, gaining knowledge and leadership skills necessary to drive a technology-based company. David began working with advanced waste processing technologies in 2003. It was his on-going efforts that created the vision for Green Power. As Founder and President, David guides the development and organization of the company. He has a thorough understanding of Green Power’s operations and its strategic advantage as a solution provider to the waste service and alternative energy industries. David provides the leadership and commitment necessary to advance the company’s mission and objectives, thereby ensuring revenue, profitability and growth. Leading a team of equally dedicated and qualified professionals, David oversees company operations to ensure production efficiency, quality, service, and cost-effective management of resources.
Steve Gilchrist, VP Global Communication & Public Affairs
Steve’s career includes serving as a Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament from 1995 to 2003. During that time he held a variety of important positions, including Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. From 2002 to 2003, Steve served as the province’s first Commissioner of Alternative Energy. Prior to entering elected office, Steve co-owned and operated a large department store in Canada for 25 years. Steve’s experience and career continues to be driven by an environmental focus. After leaving government, Steve became the VP of Canadian Hydrogen Energy Company, at that time the world’s largest manufacturer of hydrogen-based emissions reduction and fuel saving devices. He was an advisor to the Board of Skypower Ltd., one of Canada’s largest wind and solar power companies. Steve joined Green Power in 2008 and, as the company’s international presence, Steve continues to focus his efforts on developing business opportunities throughout Canada, the Caribbean, South America and Asia.
Keith W. Cooley, CTO
Keith’s professional career has spanned over 40 years including positions in both the private and public sector. He most recently held the title of President and CEO of NextEnergy, an accelerator for alternative energy businesses and technologies. Keith took the position with Next Energy at the request of Michigan’s Governor Granholm and led the creation of a robust sustainability plan; helped the organization reconnect to vital funding from the foundation community; and hosted VP Biden’s announcement of a $1.3 billion award to Michigan business for vehicle electrification. Prior to joining NextEnergy, he was the Director of the Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) and a cabinet member to the Governor. In this capacity, he directed the activities of more than 4,000 employees in 35 agencies and managed a $1.4 billion budget. Keith’s background includes work as an experimental physicist at General Electric’s Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories; as Director of Engineering and Strategic Planning in his 25 years at General Motors; and CEO of Focus: HOPE, a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization. Keith joined Green Power in 2010 as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. He has used his industry experience to enhance the company’s position in the alternative energy sector as well as with several energy-related agencies.