Torch Renewable Energy
Torch Renewable Energy, LLC ("Torch") is a subsidiary of Torch Energy Advisors Incorporated ("TEAI"), a diversified energy company with nearly 30 years of experience developing, acquiring, and operating over $10 billion of oil and gas properties, gas pipelines and processing facilities, oil and gas services businesses, and renewable energy projects. TEAI provides 100% of Torch's funding. For more information about TEAI please visit www.teai.com. Torch is a wind energy project developer. We aspire to be a leading environmental steward, while maximizing project value for our stakeholders. Torch leverages the industry knowledge of the company's development team, and the transactional experience of TEAI to select, evaluate, and develop the most promising sites for utility-scale wind farms. The company's focus is long term. We build strong relationships with landowner partners, banks, and utilities. Torch currently has more than 12 projects in various stages of development in 7 U.S. states, representing greater than 1400MW of future wind generation capacity.
Jonathan Kilberg, President, Torch Renewable Energy LLC
Mr. Kilberg joined Torch Renewable Energy, LLC as President in 2007. Prior to joining Torch, Mr. Kilberg was a Principal at Akkadian Private Ventures LLC, a boutique investment bank, where he concentrated on power and water desalinization project finance in the Middle East and North Africa. He had previously worked for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) as Director of Technology Investments. Mr. Kilberg also worked for Verisign Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN), where he concentrated on small company mergers and acquisitions. In 1999 he started an information search and retrieval company funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson's, Draper Atlantic and Lazard Frere's Lazard Technology Partners, which was later acquired in 2001.
Chris Work, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TEAI
Mr. Work joined Torch in February 2007. In addition to his finance and accounting responsibilities, Mr. Work is also responsible for Torch's information technology functions. Prior to joining Torch, Mr. Work served for three years as Chief Financial Officer of a privately held residential mortgage bank. Mr. Work held senior level management positions with El Paso Corporation and Belco Oil and Gas, two publicly held energy companies. In addition, Mr. Work has nearly eight years of public accounting experience with Arthur Andersen LLP and Ernst & Young LLP, where he primarily served oil and gas clients. Mr. Work is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University, graduating with honors.
John J. ("Jay") Lendrum III, President and Chief Operating Officer, TEAI
Mr. Lendrum re-joined Torch as its President and Chief Operating Officer in 2005 having previously worked at Torch from 1986 to 1993. He was founder and President of Rockport Resources Capital Corporation, a firm that specialized in providing capital to the energy industry and has been a principal in a private mid stream gas company. Mr. Lendrum previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Torch and was involved in the management of Nuevo Energy Company, Bellwether Exploration Company, and Energy Assets International Corporation. He was also Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a private oil & gas exploration company for four years and worked with KPMG Peat Marwick for seven years. Mr. Lendrum graduated from the University of Texas in 1973 with an undergraduate degree in Finance and completed his graduate studies in Accounting Theory. He is also on the Board of Directors of BPZ Energy, a company with oil and gas activities in South America.