vision & mission statement
Envision Solar International, Inc. is a San Diego based sustainable technology innovation company. We invent, patent, design, engineer and manufacture unique and advanced renewably energized electric vehicle (EV) charging, outdoor media and energy security systems. Our product portfolio is based upon our patented EV ARC™ and Solar Tree® lines. All of our products are enhanced with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, ARC Technology™ energy storage and can include SunCharge™ Electric Vehicle Charging, outdoor media packages and emergency power panels.
We’ve ensured that our products can simultaneously be rapidly deployed, offer meaningful financial returns and improve the environment. Our San Diego based team of combat veterans, disabled workers and other valuable team members proudly produce our Made in America products. Our vision, experience and commitment to technology, the environment and ease of deployment has made us the market leader.
DESMOND WHEATLEY | PRESIDENT, CEO AND CHAIRMAN
Wheatley joined Envision Solar as a consultant in 2010 and has served as the Company’s CEO since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since 2016. He has two decades of senior international management experience in technology systems integration, energy management, communications and renewable energy. He was a founding partner in the international consulting practice Crichton Hill LLC. Prior to Crichton Hill, Wheatley was CEO of iAxis FZ LLC, a Dubai based alternative energy and technology systems integration company. From 2000 to 2007, he held a variety of senior management positions at San Diego based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, fka Wireless Facilities with the last five years as President of ENS, the largest independent security and energy management systems integrator in the USA. Prior to ENS, Wheatley held senior management positions in the cellular and broadband wireless industries, deploying infrastructure and lobbying in Washington DC on behalf of major wireless service providers. Wheatley has founded, funded and operated four profitable start-up companies and was previously engaged in M&A activities. Wheatley evaluated acquisition opportunities, conducted due diligence and raised commitments of $500M in debt and equity.
Katherine McDermott | Chief Financial Officer
Ms. McDermott is a seasoned financial executive with both Fortune 500 and small and medium-sized company experience. She has consistently contributed to growth in profitability while managing public offerings, acquisitions, and other strategic initiatives. Prior to her appointment at Envision Solar, she was the chief financial officer for Steico Industries, a subsidiary of global aerospace company Senior plc (LON: SNR). Prior to that, she served for 10 years as chief financial officer for LRAD Corporation (Nasdaq: LRAD), a directed sound technology company. She also served in leadership positions in the financial departments of National Pen, Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTX), Bausch & Lomb and with a component division of General Motors. Ms. McDermott holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester.
Sandra Peterson | Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Sandra Peterson brings 20 years of global technology marketing and business development experience in automotive technology, mobile, artificial intelligence and consumer electronics. Most recently Ms. Peterson led the AI and go-to-market strategy at Absolutdata, a leading AI and analytics company. Prior to that, she held leadership roles at both early stage startups and Fortune 500 companies including Apple, Nvidia, Adobe and Palm. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master’s degree in International Business from St. Mary’s College of Moraga.
Andy Ike | Sales Manager
Andy Ike is the Sales Manager of Envision Solar and has been with the company since April 2016. From 2010 to 2016, Ike worked for In-Flight Media Associates, where he was quickly promoted from an office administration position to a sales position. Ike went on become the company’s top grossing sales person and opened numerous new business markets worldwide, particularly with government entities. Ike was hired to help grow the Envision Solar sales team and oversees day to day operations within the department while also being involved in department strategy and implementation.
RICK ASSMANN | PRODUCTION MANAGER
Rick Assmann is a former United States Marine with over two decades of management and supervision experience in manufacturing. Rick currently is the Production Manager at Envision Solar responsible for all aspects of production, delivery, operations and maintenance. He is expert in production and maintenance planning, forecasting and supervision and is also a qualified Safety Officer. He has a track history of delivering products on schedule and safely.
Erick Castro | Fabrication Manager
Erick Castro is the Fabrication Manger at Envision Solar with close to 16 years of experience in welding and fabrication. Castro is responsible for all aspects of fabrication of the EV ARC™ structural elements and runs the team of welders and fitters employed by Envision to fabricate our products. Castro obtained his welding certification and finished his three-month program in only five short weeks. Soon after receiving his certification, he quickly moved up as a naval ship builder at General Dynamics. After his position at General Dynamics, Castro was the welding lead at Fabrication Technologies, Inc. Castro has a proven track record of reducing costs, while ensuring Envision Solar produces the highest quality products. Castro is responsible for training and managing all welders and overseeing proper fabrication procedures and techniques.
BRYAN KENNARD | CHIEF APPLICATIONS ENGINEER
Bryan Kennard is the Chief Applications Engineer at Envision Solar. Bryan has spent three years improving and perfecting the EV ARC™ product and creating code, monitoring and electrical engineering solutions for the products. Bryan is also the creator of the Envision Solar App available in the Apple App Store. Prior to joining Envision Solar Bryan was a data engineer for Capital One.
Bob Schweitzer | Board of Directors
Schweitzer has served as a director and executive in business and financial organizations for the past 44 years. He has held board positions with five public and four private companies. He is currently the Chairman of the Board at PetMeds (NASDAQ:PET) where he also serves as compensation committee chair and on the audit, nominating and investment committees. Schweitzer has held senior executive positions at Shay Investment Services, Equinox Bank, Union Planters Bank, Bank of America, Coopers and Lybrand, First National Bank of Chicago and Wachovia Corporation. Schweitzer is a retired US Navy Captain, who held six command assignments and was the FEMA representative for Florida. Previously he was a lieutenant and nuclear plant lead engineer/instructor on the nuclear-powered submarine, USS Lafayette. Since 2012, Mr. Schweitzer formed and currently serves as CEO of RCS Mediation & Consulting Services. In this capacity, he serves as a certified circuit civil mediator for the Florida Supreme Court as well as a certified FINRA arbitrator, a certified Appellate Court mediator and a mediator for the Office of Financial Regulation for Florida. He is also on the roster of the American Arbitration Association. Schweitzer is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has an MBA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
PETER W. DAVIDSON | BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Peter W. Davidson is Co-founder and CEO of the Aligned Intermediary (AI), an investment advisory group created to help large scale, long-term investors (LTIs) channel significant amounts of institutional capital into resource innovation. Prior to AI, Davidson was the Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office (LPO) at the U.S. Department of Energy. Appointed to that position by President Obama in May 2013, he oversaw the program’s $30 billion portfolio. Before LPO, Davidson was the Executive Director of New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation. Prior to entering government service, Davidson founded and/or managed six media companies. Since 2001, Davidson has also been chairman of the JM Kaplan Fund, a family foundation with over $150 million in assets. Earlier in his career, Davidson was an executive in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley & Co. He holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. For the past 25 years, Davidson has lived in Brooklyn, NY, where he also serves on a number of boards of local Brooklyn institutions.
TONY POSAWATZ | BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Posawatz currently serves as President & CEO of Invictus iCAR LLC (an automotive innovation consulting and advisory firm focused on assisting a number of energy & auto clean tech companies). He has served as President & CEO of Fisker Automotive (founded in late 2007 and producer of the award-winner Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, now called Karma Automotive) from August 2012 to August 2013, leading the company’s turnaround efforts which culminated in the sale of the Department of Energy (DoE) loan to new owners. He also served on the Fisker Auto – Board of Directors during this timeframe and currently serves on a number of other Boards including INRIX, Nexeon, SAFE – Electrification Coalition, Envision Solar International, Spiers New Technologies, Momentum Dynamics (Chairman-Tech), etc.