Vesper Energy provides innovative solutions to today’s complex energy challenges. Headquartered in the greater Dallas area, Vesper Energy is comprised of professionals who have collectively delivered more than 10 GW of renewable energy projects globally. Today, our pipeline includes over 49 renewable energy and storage projects with a generating capacity of 16 GW; enough to power more than 2 million homes. Working with our customers, communities, and business partners, we develop, own, and operate renewable energy projects across the United States with the goal to build a better energy infrastructure.
Founded in 2015 as Lendlease Energy Development, our team has delivered over 700 MW of renewable energy projects into commercial operation. In 2020, following the acquisition by Magnetar Capital, the company was rebranded as Vesper Energy. Since then, we have grown our pipeline and quadrupled our portfolio of renewable energy and energy storage projects all while expanding our footprint to cover more of the country. Most recently in 2023, GCM Grosvenor joined the company as an equity owner, and their investment will contribute to our continued growth and success.
With our diverse and experienced team, our growing pipeline of renewable energy projects, and the strength of our financial partners and investors, we are prepared and eager to build a clean energy infrastructure.
Craig is the President of Vesper Energy and previously at Lendlease Energy Development. Prior to joining Lendlease, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Infigen Energy US, where he was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s 1GW fleet of wind farms and 600 MW solar development business in the United States. Craig was also the Executive General Manager for Infigen Energy’s global operations and asset management functions. Before that, he served as the business unit leader for BP’s US Cogeneration business and as Vice President of projects, operations and asset management at BP Alternative Energy. He has also held senior management positions with ConocoPhillips and SkyGen Energy. Craig received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master Degree of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Mark is a member of the Vesper Energy board of managers and has day-to-day responsibility for leading origination, mergers & acquisitions, and asset management functions at Vesper Energy. Previously at Lendlease Energy Development Mark led origination and finance functions. Prior to joining Lendlease, he held commercial leadership roles at Solaire Generation (acquired by SunPower), NextEra Energy Resources, Smart Energy Capital (acquired by NextEra), Alteris Renewables (acquired by Real Goods Solar) and The Stone House Group. His experience includes strategy development, origination management, and contract negotiation. Mark has experience working with a broad cross-section of counterparties (corporations, government entities, public and investor-owned utilities, and community choice aggregators) and has previously served on the Advisory Board for the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College and Master Degree of Business Administration – Global Management from the University of Phoenix.
Juan leads all project development activities at Vesper Energy and was previously Vice President of Engineering Procurement and Construction for Vesper Energy and Lendlease Energy Development. Prior to joining the development business, he was responsible for transforming Lendlease’s Distributed Generation Construction Management business into a full engineering, procurement, and construction business. Before joining Lendlease, Juan held various EPC management positions at Gestamp and NRG. Juan was also Vice President at Unirac, a Hilti Group Company. He was a key leader in growing the company from $12M to $100M in revenue in five years. Juan earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University. He also founded and operated a development and construction company, raising capital, permitting, financing, and constructing residential subdivisions for nine years.
Robert is responsible for leading Vesper Energy’s finance function, including capital raising, project financing, budgeting, accounting and treasury. He has over 20 years of power industry and renewable energy experience. Prior to Vesper Energy, Robert was President of solar developer SoCore Energy until its sale to ENGIE in 2018. Before being promoted to President in 2016, he was SoCore’s CFO for 3 years where he raised mulipte debt financings and tax equity funds and led the company’s prior sale to Edison International in 2013. Previous positions include Senior Vice President of Finance at Wind Capital Group where he led the execution of over $1 billion of debt and tax equity financing commitments and Director at ABN AMRO Bank where he led the renewable energy tax equity initiative, investing approximately $600 million in thirteen wind projects. In addition with ABN AMRO Bank, Robert spent eight years in the Power & Utilities group focused on project finance and M&A advisory. Robert received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Business from Indiana University. He is a CFA Charterholder and an Illinois registered CPA.
Travis is responsible for designing, procuring and constructing Vesper Energy capital projects. He leads a team that manages construction projects from origination to commissioning for daily operation. Prior to joining Vesper, Travis held leadership roles within NextEra Energy Resources. While at NextEra, he managed preconstruction teams that delivered over 6GW of projects focused on wind, transmission, solar and energy storage. Prior to preconstruction, Travis successfully managed the construction and commissioning of 13 operating solar projects. Before NextEra, he worked in the field on project sites for Blattner Energy on wind and transmission projects. Travis received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Chad serves as Vesper Energy’s General Counsel and oversees the Company’s legal and compliance department. Chad has a diverse skillset and background derived from decades of experience working with and for global leaders in private equity, banking, and law. Chad joined Vesper Energy from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP where he represented private equity companies, privately and publicly held companies, and ultra-high net worth investors in real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financings (subscription, project, construction, and asset financings), and other transactions and corporate matters. Before beginning his legal career, Chad spent nearly a decade working for JPMorgan Chase Bank’s Private Bank where he assisted ultra-high net worth clients with investment, credit, and estate planning needs. While working for JP Morgan, Chad attended Texas A&M University Law School (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) where he graduated in the top of this class (Magna Cum Laude).