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Chris Brown, Solar Infrastructure & Finance 

Developed and constructed over 100 MW of utility-scale solar energy projects since 2008 with a focus on rural North Carolina, Appalachia, and New York as well as indigenous communities in the US Southwest and Canada. In charge of US East Coast business development for Lendlease Solar Engineering Procurement and Construction Team. Principal in Asia Cleantech Gateway, working as a liaison, interpreter, research manager for East Asian solar companies expanding into the North America. Managed China-related research projects for investor clients at Gerson Lehrman Group, Ergo Advisors in NYC and for US government customers at the CENTRA Company in D.C. US Army 35D Intelligence Officer, Department of Defense Civilian Intelligence Officer, and Mandarin Linguist.  Supported Joint Chiefs of Staff J2 North Korea Desk in the Pentagon.  Briefed the highest levels of Department of Defense leadership and wrote extensively on Northeast Asia political/military issues.  

                                   

Guymard Inc., New York, NY Partner, Energy Developer 2019 – Present

Developing solar + storage energy projects by in the US Northeast and with Native American communities in New Mexico and Arizona.

Eclipse-M, New York, NY Business Development CEO 2017 – Sept 2019

In charge of Business Development for Eclipse-M.  Utilizing lean thinking and SPWF (single-piece-work-flow), Eclipse-M organizes the work, trains the workforce and provides management assistance to lower the cost and increase efficiency on solar project construction and operations.

 

Lendlease, New York, NY Solar Business Development Manager Nov 2013 – Aug 2017         

Lead business development for the U.S. East Coast and Texas for Solar Engineering Procurement and Construction Team. Closed nearly 100 MW of solar projects for Lendlease

 

Asia Cleantech Gateway, New York, NY Director of Business Strategy, North America Aug 2011 - 2013

Constructed and implemented business development strategy for East Asian clients. Matched East Asian cleantech clients to US solar opportunities by thoroughly understanding client’s market strategy and in-depth analysis of US markets

 

Guymard Consulting, New York, NY China Renewable Energy Consultant 2008 - 2011

Managed North America energy market business plans for East Asian renewable energy companies. Represented Japanese client, Itochu, at a New Mexico solar plant Request for Proposal pre-bid meetings and led a group of Itochu leadership to New Mexico to meet state energy representatives.

 

US Army Reserves Company Commander, Intelligence Officer, Chinese Linguist 2000 – 2008

Active Duty: 2003 – 2004    

Commander of an Intelligence Company consisting of 29 soldiers and officers (2006 - 2008) Managed the unit’s budget. Scored highest Department of Defense Mandarin Chinese test ranking, qualifying as an interpreter for visiting Chinese military delegations. Battle Captain for the US Ground Force intelligence teams in South Korea and Okinawa (2006). Officer from (2003-2004)

 

Ergo Advisors, New York, NY Senior Research Manager 2007 - 2008               

Managed the finances, personnel, and the production of market research studies. Organized and produced quantitative models based on survey results. Created a client feedback program.

 

Gerson Lehrman Group, New York, NY Senior China Energy Research Manager 2005 – 2007

Managed research projects on China’s solar power, wind power, coal gasification and coal liquefaction technology. Interviewed top Chinese energy sector officials and business leaders in Chinese. Assisted US companies in starting China business ventures by utilizing extensive contacts.

 

CENTRA Technology, Washington, DC Senior Research Analyst 2004 - 2005

Provided senior expertise and leadership on projects relating to China’s emerging energy market. Managed the finances of major research projects. Wrote reports on China’s strategy to secure international petroleum sources.

 

Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC China Political Intelligence Analyst 2001 – 2004

Co-authored an influential National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) which shaped US policy toward China and Taiwan. Wrote economic analysis reports on China’s global attempts to secure energy sources. Briefed the highest levels of the US government leadership. Acted as interpreter, planner, and representative for top US government delegations to China.

 

Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Honolulu, HI China Political Intelligence Analyst 1998 - 2001

Wrote research products on China political and economic issues. Briefed the Commander of US Forces in the Pacific on Chinese politics and the nuances of Chinese negotiation tactics. Led groups of analysts into China, including Tibet and Xinjiang

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