ABOUT US

PACE Funding is a leading energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy finance company. Our team has decades of experience working with contractors and decades of experience with residential lending. This is what makes us unique in PACE.

MEET THE TEAM

Robert Giles
Chief Executive Officer
Board Member, PACENation

Mr. Giles brings 25+ years of experience in public finance banking and solar photovoltaic sales channel management and finance. Bob was the founder and CEO of Ready Solar, which he sold to SunEdison in 2010. Ready Solar was the first company to productize residential solar systems to allow the HVAC, roofing and electrical trade contractor as well as home improvement channels to enter the residential solar business.

At Ready Solar, Bob managed all aspect of the business from capital formation to channel management to negotiating all supplier agreements. At SunEdison, Bob served as Vice President- Sales Channel Manager for Residential Systems until leaving to form PACE Funding Group.

Prior to Ready Solar, Bob was a Managing Director in the Municipal Finance Groups at both Bank of America and Merrill Lynch for a combined 18 years. Bob led the Private Activity Bond Departments at both firms specializing in Industrial Development and other Exempt Facility Bond categories. Bob received his MBA from University of Southern California.

Mark Schmidt
Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Schmidt brings 15+ years of solar experience in structured finance (loans, leases, etc.) for residential solar systems and setting up sales operations support for solar dealer networks. At SunEdison, Mark drafted the company’s first dealer agreement, created the financial model for the first residential solar lease and helped the sales team to sign the first authorized residential dealers. Prior to SunEdison, Mark worked at SunPower in the same capacity and created the dealer portal which included a suite of software tools for dealers. Mark was also involved with strategic planning, legal documentation with partners and customers, credit policies and procedures. Mark received his MBA from University of California at Davis.

Sean Stephens
Chief Revenue Officer

Mr. Stephens oversees all aspects of revenue production for the company including management of all sales staff throughout the country.

Sean is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry, a proven track record in the PACE industry and within a start-up environment.

Before joining PACE Funding, Sean was Sales Manager at Renovate America and oversaw the Southern California sales team. He was a pioneer of PACE sales, grew sales from zero to about $100 million monthly run rate.

Sean excels at teaching contractors how to use PACE to grow their businesses.

Dianne Chervenka
Chief Finance Officer

Dianne Chervenka is Vice President with more than 20+ years of finance and human resources experience from a variety of high-tech industries, managing companies from beginning start-ups through exit strategies.  Dianne began her career in public accounting at Grant Thornton and then moved into Silicon Valley Start-ups, focusing on growth, capital raises, cash management and exit strategies.  Her longest tenure was at Ingenuity Systems where she managed the financial operations from initial product launch to a $25M revenue stream and eventually through a successful acquisition by QIAGEN.  Dianne is a Certified Public Accountant and received both her MBA and BA from San Jose State University.

James Vergara
Chief Investment Officer

James Vergara is responsible for PACE Funding’s capital markets and funding activities, including overseeing the company’s transition to a structured finance vehicle and managing PACE Funding’s three private ABS securitizations totaling over $170 million. He brings over 16 years of municipal finance, fixed income and derivatives experience and over five years of PACE administration experience to PACE Funding. James began his career in New York at Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank. At Deutsche Bank, he was responsible for the Firm’s principal PACE financing business and worked to gain program administration approvals in California, Louisiana and New Jersey. Most recently, James established and launched the SprucePACE program at Spruce Finance, a seasoned consumer lender in the solar and energy efficiency financing markets. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ryan Griffin
Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Counsel

Ryan Griffin has 15+ years of legal experience and is a member of the state bars of California and Washington, and is also a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the U.S.  While in private practice, Ryan developed extensive real estate litigation experience, representing contractors, developers, homeowners, and mortgage and other lien holders.

Ryan also had a successful practice as outside counsel, advising both early stage and publicly traded companies through corporate formation, funding, mergers and acquisition, real estate deals, negotiations, litigation, and navigating compliance and regulation issues in emerging industries.

Rachel Hobbs
Director of Market Development

Mrs. Hobbs worked in the Chief Executive’s department of a local UK municipality servicing the Finance & General Purposes Committee and its subcommittees before leaving for Moscow, Russia where she was the Marketing Manager for the Tax & Legal Services department of PwC. Having settled in the US , Rachel sucessfully developed, implemented and expanded the multimillion dollar SunPower Rebate Assignment nationwide for installers and energy companies.

Rachel holds a II.I Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a post graduate diploma from the University of Westminster.

Martine Anshutz
VP, Credit & Operational Risk

Martine joins PACE Funding Group as VP of Credit and Operational Risk. She brings 30+ years of experience in Operations Risk Management and was previously the Director of Credit and Operational Risk at Renew Financial. Martine is a graduate from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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