Bay4’s team includes subject matter experts in areas such as accounting, tax, legal, regulatory, SREC (Solar Renewable Energy Certificates), software, and operations and maintenance. This diverse background and expertise brings a fresh approach to operating and managing your renewable energy facilities. Meet our team.
As President, Dennis W. Odden oversees Bay4 Energy’s asset management and technical services teams. Dennis has been with Bay4 since its inception in 2014 bringing more than 25 years of experience and an extensive operating background in the finance and technology industries. Dennis began his career at Sun Financial Group and developed his leadership experience in positions including Chief Operating Officer of Sinter Capital, the Managing Director with GE Technology Finance, President of Convergent Capital Corporation and Vice President with Convergent Communications Services, Inc. Dennis exclusively moved to Bay4 Energy in 2014 after working at both Bay4 Energy Services and as Senior Vice President at Kenyon Energy.
Dennis earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the University of South Florida.
With experience in renewable energy and electric utility industries, including ten years concentrated in R&D, product development and electrical engineering, William Richardson joined Bay4 Energy Services in 2015 as President, Technical Services Division overseeing Operations & Maintenance, field services and a unique testing and development group known as LABs (now Engineering & Research). Richardson previously served as Chief Executive Officer for SOLON America, a provider of large commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic systems. Richardson joined SOLON in 2008 as head of Research & Development, where he oversaw module testing and product development as well as strategic management and evaluation of new technologies for the North American market. Prior to joining SOLON, Bill worked for Tucson Electric Power, where he developed a profound understanding of the challenges inherent in large-scale adoption of photovoltaics into the grid. Bill earned his bachelor’s degrees in Renewable National Resources and Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Mark has worked for and with the Bay4 Energy Services team for more than 15 years and has more than 30 years of experience in financial services, business development, C-Suite advising and consulting and enterprise account management.
He has also led international expansion into Mexico, Brazil, and Canada. In addition to working at Bay4 Energy Services, Mark has worked for Bank of America, GE Capital Technology Finance, and CHG-Meridian USA Corp. Mark understands today’s complex renewable energy environment and brings his passion for developing and maintaining large client relationships to Bay4 Energy Services. He has the expertise to position the company for continued growth and success.
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Teresa Schafer has been working with the Bay4 team since 1987, when the company was Sun Financial. She began her career as a receptionist after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Throughout her tenure she has worked on the financial side helping lenders and coordinating financial resources, and also did a short stint in systems support. She later moved into contract administration and after one year moved into contract management, where she now works.
David Brown , Vice President Accounting . David joined Bay4 Energy in 2019 after making a move from Baltimore, MD to the Tampa area. David is a CPA and has over 25 years of accounting operations and systems design experience in a variety of industries. David graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelors Degree in Finance.
Ben has more than five years of experience in the solar energy field. Prior to joining Bay4, Ben managed technical services at SOLON in Tucson, Arizona, where he supported the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) team in the construction of new projects. In 2009, he implemented SOLON’s North American Outdoor Testing Facility, where next-generation module, tracking and systems integration testing are conducted.
Ben has his bachelor’s degree in Optical Sciences and Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Daniel has more than five years’ experience in the research and development of solar. In 2011, Daniel launched SOLON’s Energy Storage Management Research and Testing (SMRT) site in Tucson, Arizona, which hosts multiple storage technologies on a 1.6 MW PV field to test their reliability and applicability.
Daniel has a PhD in Physics from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in photovoltaics.
Buddy Crill has 27 years of progressive power engineering-related technical and leadership experience in the engineering consulting, utility, mining, and renewable energy industries. Prior to joining Bay4 in early 2020, Mr. Crill was the Director of Energy Management for North America at Goldcorp. His mining industry experience includes the management of the construction, operation, and maintenance of the power generation, transmission, distribution, and end-use equipment for a US$7 billion capital project located in the Dominican Republic. Buddy also served as Goldcorp’s Director of Operations throughout Latin America. While working at an Arizona-based electric utility, Mr. Crill served as a substation engineer, transmission contracts engineer, superintendent of engineering, and the first balancing authority supervisor following the NERC reliability standards’ implementation. Buddy received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Idaho.
Jesse has more than seven years of experience in the solar energy field. Prior to joining Bay4, Jesse managed the Tucson, AZ location of SOLON’s Global Test Network, as well as the R&D lab. He was responsible for designing and implementing Design of Experiment testing for new product qualification and accelerated lifecycle testing, as well as product development testing for SOLON’s SOLquick product. Since working for Bay4, Jesse has been instrumental in developing the services, scope and procedures, and training to carry out Independent Engineering Reviews.
Jesse has his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management with a minor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Mike is the original software architect and developer of the software used at Bay4 Energy Services. The genesis of this software dates back to 1977 and was one of the very first asset-based software solutions and successfully used by all of Bay4 Energy Services team’s partners. Before joining Bay4, Mike founded and ran his own software company and continues to advance software improvements with the Bay4 Energy Services development team. Mike has worked closely with the team in the past to implement software upgrades and support conversion efforts.
Mike studied Finance and Information Technology at the University of Colorado and Metropolitan State in Denver, Colorado.