Brenton Taylor, Experienced Engineering Leader, Joins NEXT to Accelerate Plans to Market
Solar Industry Veteran Terry Jester and Commercial Buildings Manager Kelly Schuller Join the Board
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., February 15, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NEXT Energy Technologies, Inc.maker of a proprietary transparent photovoltaic coating that turns commercial windows into power-generating solar panels, today officially announced the expansion of its leadership team with the addition of three executives with decades of experience in industry.
Brenton Taylor assumed the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Engineering. Additionally, solar industry veteran Terry Jester and Commercial Buildings Manager Kelly Schuller have been named members of the company’s Board of Directors. The appointments come as the company prepares to accelerate its plans to market its new photovoltaic coating for commercial windows.
Taylor was co-founder and executive vice president of engineering at Inogen, a Santa Barbara-based global leader in portable oxygen concentrators. He helped grow Inogen from a three-person startup to an organization with over 1,000 employees and manufacturing and sales offices in the United States and Europe. At Inogen, Taylor has successfully designed and brought to market six distinct product lines resulting in more than one million devices now in use by consumers. He helped guide the company from start-up through IPO and public company operations.
“Brenton brings an exceptionally rare combination of a proven track record of bringing new hardware technologies to market and more than 20 years of experience leading a company and its engineering operations through all phases. growth milestones,” said Daniel Emmett, CEO of NEXT.
Taylor has joined NEXT to help lead its efforts to commercialize technology and expand its manufacturing capabilities. He will also be part of NEXT’s leadership team to grow the business and develop its product strategy. Along with NEXT’s CTO, Corey Hoven, PhD, Taylor will jointly lead the overall co-development and execution of NEXT’s technical strategy. As Executive Vice President of Engineering, Taylor will help oversee the planning and execution of all phases of the company’s engineering.
“I am delighted to join the NEXT team in this important phase to help bring the company’s technology to market. I look forward to implementing the company’s vision and mission during this urgent time in the energy and environmental evolution of our society,” Taylor said.
Terry Jester brings over 40 years of engineering and leadership experience to the NEXT Board of Directors in the renewable energy and solar energy markets. With exceptional operational leadership and solar manufacturing experience, Jester will provide valuable strategic direction and guidance to NEXT as the company works with its supply chain partners to advance the commercialization and manufacturing phases. of its operations.
“Terry has a proven track record managing and launching some of the most important solar and renewable energy products on the market today,” Emmett said. “She adds unparalleled operational discipline and the technical and business acumen needed to bring new and innovative products to market. We are grateful to have her on our board as we enter this new chapter for NEXT.”
Jester was previously CEO of BIA Controls, Inc., a provider of demand response and building automation systems that manage electric utility expenses. She has also served as CEO of Silicor Materials and Vice President of Operations for SolarWorld, Siemens Solar and Shell Solar. In addition to his leadership roles, Jester has served on several boards in the energy and semiconductor industries, including the Energy Policy Institute, AmberWave and QESST.
Kelly Schuller has over 30 years of leadership experience and a combination of general management, strategy and finance expertise. He is currently the COO of SitelogIQ, a privately held energy services and facilities company that helps clients make their commercial buildings more energy efficient, sustainable and productive with lower operating costs.
From 2011 to 2021, Schuller served as President of the Architectural Glass Segment for the publicly traded Apogee Enterprises. The Glass segment included Viracon, the largest manufacturer of custom architectural glass for commercial buildings in North America, with annual revenues of approximately $400 million. Prior to Viracon, Schuller was a managing partner at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company and CPA and head of audit for Ernst & Young. Schuller also holds an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
“Kelly is an outstanding leader in the commercial construction industry and has deep roots in the world where our customers and partners do business,” said Emmett. “His knowledge, network and industry leadership experience will prove invaluable as NEXT matures and strives to bring our product to market.”
Schuller and Jester join the NEXT Board of Directors along with Andy Cohen, Co-CEO of Gensler, David Smukowski, Founder and CEO of Sensors in Motion and Former Vice Chairman of Boeing Ventures, John Sullivan, Former Director of MMI International and Chairman from Intri-Plex Technologies.
About NEXT Energy Technologies, Inc.
NEXT Energy Technologies is a Santa Barbara, California company that develops seamless energy harvesting window technology that enables architects and building owners to turn windows and glass facades into generators of renewable energy on low cost site for buildings. NEXT’s technology is enabled by proprietary organic semiconductor materials that are abundant in the earth, low cost, and coated like ink in a high-speed, low-cost, low-energy process. For more information, visit https://www.nextenergytech.com/.
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