Management Philosophy

Tatleaux’s management team is comprised of longtime operating, financial and legal executives who have worked in renewable and alternative energy as developers, operators, engineers, financiers and lawyers as far back as the 1980s. Our executives actively micro-manage the operations and finances of our solar projects. In addition, some of our High Net Worth investors, who have run successful corporations themselves, are active Board members and advisors. Our heritage in investment banking and equity investing allows us to manage our projects acquisitions and funding far more effectively than our engineering-driven competitors. In summary, the breadth of our competencies enables Tatleaux to maximize all our operating and financial activities for the benefit of our partners, investors and communities.



Joseph Cortes, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Joseph Cortes is a senior strategy and finance executive who has successfully managed and advised companies, from start-ups to large corporations. He has formulated and executed growth and diversification strategies as a corporate operating executive, investment banker, investor and entrepreneur. His career in corporate America includes stints as President/General Manager of operating units in the financial services, biomedical and industrial technology sectors, as well as an Internet business-to-business firm. Mr. Cortes financed gas co-generation and geothermal energy projects as an investment banker. As Senior Vice President of American European Group, Mr. Cortes spearheaded a “roll-up” program to acquire regional financial services companies. Mr. Cortes began his career with a leading strategy consulting firm, Strategic Planning Associates (predecessor firm to Mercer Management and Oliver Wyman), and then Goldman, Sachs Investment Banking Division. Early in his career, Mr. Cortes led the Bank of Ireland’s U.S. merchant and investment banking division.

Mr. Cortes led the overall activities of the private equity firm, Tatleaux Partners, in its three primary sectors -- renewable energy, green technologies and consumer products. He has been Acting Chief Executive Officer of two Tatleaux Companies. One of these, an international auto parts distributor with a unique business model promoting worldwide eco-efficiency, he sold back to the original investor, a Forbes 400 family. He has been Acting Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of other Tatleaux Companies.

Joseph Cortes holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.


David R. Pearce, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

David Pearce has served as CEO, COO, CFO, Board and Audit Committee Chairman for various consumer products, multi-channel marketing and alternative/renewable energy companies. In the first decade of his career, Mr. Pearce developed, financed with debt and equity, constructed and operated alternative energy power plants in his various roles with engineering and construction firms, power plant developers and investment banks. He then entered the consumer products marketing arena and has been in various senior executive roles in the sector for the past 15 years.

Mr. Pearce has an extensive background developing, financing, constructing and operating alternative energy power plants, including plants powered by geothermal steam and hot water, wood waste, biomass, garbage, natural gas, water and waste coal. He started his career at Stone & Webster Engineering and managed the construction of one of the first geothermal power plants in the Geysers in California, a $280 million project that produced 80 MW. Mr. Pearce then developed and financed geothermal power plants powered by geothermal water located in the western U.S. for Trans-Pacific Geothermal Corp. He was Vice President of Operations of a small energy project development firm, EPC, and managed the development, construction and operation of $145 million and $200 million waste coal power plants located in Utah and Pennsylvania. As an investment banker, Mr. Pearce successfully raised nonrecourse senior and subordinated notes, unen- hanced, tax exempt bonds and equity to develop, construct and/or acquire a variety of plants in geothermal, composting, gas-fired, and wood waste technologies worth nearly $1 billion.

Mr. Pearce moved into the consumer products sector after 15 years in alternative/renewable energy. He has been CEO, COO and/or CFO of pioneering direct marketing firms and retailers.

Mr. Pearce was a Board member and CFO of two Tatleaux Partner Companies. He graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Brown University and completed his MBA at the Haas School of Business, University of California in Berkeley.


FRANK J. BUCCERI, Vice President of Project Construction and Operation

Frank Bucceri has 40 years of experience in general construction, plant engineering, solar photovoltaic system deployments and wireless telecommunications. His work in the solar energy sector has centered on project development, site acquisition, design and engineering, construction management and operation and maintenance management. Mr. Bucceri has personally directed the development, construction and operation of approximately 50 MW of ground mount and roof-top solar photovoltaic projects in the past few years. As Tatleaux De Pera’s senior project executive, he leads all site planning and acquisition, estimating, permitting, engineering, supply management, field construction management, delivery schedules and EPC negotiations.

Mr. Bucceri is an Engineering graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. He has received his EIT professional designation from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.


John W. Ganter, Senior member OF ADVISORY BOARD for capital funding management

John Ganter is a senior investments and insurance executive who has managed investment capital and risk management relationships with a large number of institutional and high net worth investors. John has spent 15 years in the insurance end of financial services. At Coventry, he managed multiple portfolios of life insurance totaling more than $5 billion in total assets. John was also a founding principal of 76 Capital Partners, an investment advisory company that counsels wealth managers such as Family Offices, Independent RIAs, Broker Dealers, Endowments and Foundations on alternative asset investment offerings. While helping build the firm, among other activities, he consulted with family offices and wealth managers in determining annual asset allocations and introduced alternative asset investment opportunities to such managers.

John received his BS from Fordham University. He holds Series 7 and 66, NJ Life and Health Licenses, and NJ Property and Casualty Licenses.


Leo Fajardo, Acting Director of Engineering

Leo Fajardo is a leading expert in renewable energy. Over the past 5+ years, Mr. Fajardo worked as one of the top senior wind analysts at NextEra Energy Resources, the largest Wind Energy Independent Power Producer in North America. In his tenure at Next Era, Mr. Fajardo designed over 1300 MW of Wind Farms in the US, Canada and Latin America. Leo became involved in all aspects of the development of Wind Farms for NextEra, from wind turbine manufacturer selection, prospecting, wind analysis, layout design, engineering, financial analysis, environmental and permitting. Mr. Fajardo is an expert in the following software programs: WindFarmer, OpenWind, WAsP, WAsP Engineering, ArcGIS, Global Mapper, MATLAB, Meteodyn, and PVsyst.

Prior to working for NextEra, Mr. Fajardo was formerly an officer in the United States Air Force. While I the Air Force, Leo obtained experience in leadership, handling of multi-million dollar budgets, and cross-functional management, where he worked as a project manager in the B-2 Stealth Bomber program and as a program manager in the Atlas V Space Launch Vehicle program.

Mr. Fajardo earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Math, from the United States Air Force Academy, Class of 2002.


HOWARD G. ULEP, Senior Member of Advisory Board for Project Sourcing and Development

Howard Ulep has spent 40 years developing, installing, financing, operating and managing complex information systems and projects.  This combination of skills and experience enabled Mr. Ulep to establish his firm in the renewable energy market.  Mr. Ulep has developed over 50MW of PV solar systems.  He has managed solar project developmental activities such as site development, environmental and geo-tech studies, electrical and civil systems design, the processes underlying solar project governmental approvals at various levels, and power purchase agreement pricing. Mr. Ulep has worked with organizations such as rural electric cooperatives, the U.S. federal government, commercial and industrial solar electricity users, as well as, non-profits.   Groups with which Mr. Ulep has worked have acquired ground mount, rooftop and canopies/carports PV solar systems ranging in size from 56KW to 25MW, all approved by respective political jurisdictions.

Mr. Ulep received his BS degree from Villanova University.  He founded two significant information technology firms that were acquired by public companies.  He was instrumental in taking another IT Managed Services firm public and established joint ventures with foreign technology firms in Asia, Europe, and South America.



Jay Nemeth is Director of Business Operations for GreenCo Solutions, Inc. where he is responsible for managing the strategy and execution of activities to ensure compliance with North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (“REPS” or “Senate Bill 3”) on behalf of GreenCo’s twenty-two member cooperatives.  Jay actively engages the REC and SREC marketplaces, oversees the development and support of energy efficiency programs and represents GreenCo in state regulatory filings and hearings.

Prior to joining GreenCo, Jay was Senior Trader at Progress Energy with responsibilities for natural gas and environmental markets.  He traded natural gas in all of the major southeastern markets and he led Progress Energy’s emissions trading and reconciliation activities related to the EPA-mandated cap-and-trade programs.  During his tenure at Progress Energy, Jay was also a Lead Risk Analyst, a Lead Fundamental Market Analyst and Program Leader for the Category Management group within Supply Chain Strategy.  Prior to his departure from Progress Energy, Jay supported the Duke/Progress merger integration as team leader re-negotiating supplier and equipment contracts and agreements.

Jay’s career began in software development, where he provided consulting services and product management for analytical tools used in electric utility planning and market price forecasting.  Jay holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.




Don is a founding member of Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP in Boston, Massachusetts and was the firm’s Managing Partner from 1991-2000. He continues to serve on the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a 1969 graduate from Harvard College and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1972. He has practiced as a corporate lawyer for over 40 years.

He has developed a sophisticated business practice, drawing on his experiences in managing the firm and as a practicing attorney, with a broad understanding of the business and legal issues common to growing businesses.

Don acts as general counsel and advisor to corporate clients in a wide range of industries, including software, internet, consumer products, technology, clean tech, telecommunications, retailing, and other industries, including both closely held private businesses, venture capital-and private equity backed companies and publicly traded entities. Don is a regular advisor to his clients on fiduciary duties with a focus on responsibilities of Board of Directors.

Don’s specialty is Financings, both debt and equity and Mergers and Acquisitions from start-ups to billion dollar corporations. His understanding and familiarity with complex capital structures and debt arrangements are what set him apart and above most of his peers and colleagues. His reputation as a top-notch attorney stretches from Boston, to Washington DC to San Francisco. In his spare time he is an avid golfer, a devoted husband and a father of three.


Robert L. Dewees, Solar Energy and Projects Counsel

Rob Dewees is a senior partner in the leading renewable energy law firm, Nixon Peabody. For more than 30 years, Mr. Dewees' law practice has focused on representing utilities, renewable energy firms, power suppliers and energy generation companies. He has served as co-chair of the Energy and Telecommunications Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association. Mr. Dewees attended Harvard University for his M.P.A degree, the University of New Hampshire School of Law for his J.D. and Wesleyan University for his B.A.




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