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Board of Directors

Donald C. Belt

Chairman of the Board

Don is the Senior Managing Director of AGSM. Don has more than 30 years of experience in the hardware/lumber building material, industrial MRO, and consumer products industries. Through high level executive positions with True Value, ServiStar, and General Electric, and owning several businesses, Don has gained expertise in M&A work, entrepreneurial start-ups, strategic planning, e-business, supply chain management, operations, acquisition integration, marketing, sales management, financial management and capital generation. Don earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Washington & Jefferson College and an MBA from the Ohio State University.

Erik Straser


Erik joined the Mohr Davidow Ventures team in 1998 and has over a decade of venture capital experience. He currently holds several board memberships including SodaHead and Cenzic. Prior to MDV, Erik worked at Interval Research Corp., a technology incubator funded by Paul Allen, and at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a technical staff member. He also consulted to several seed and early stage venture capital firms. Erik serves on the advisory council of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, as well as on the advisory boards of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and Stanford’s BASES. He is a winner of the 2006 World Technology Award for Finance, presented by the World Technology Network. Erik earned a Ph.D. and Masters in Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelors in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Jay Corn


Jay is a financial executive with over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Currently he is the Chief Financial Officer of Sundrop Fuels. Previously, Jay has served as CFO at Entrust Energy, Glacial Energy, and Gateway Energy Services Corporation. Prior to that, Jay held Vice President positions at both Applied Energy Group and New Jersey Resources. Jay holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Abilene Christian University.

Jon Wellinghoff


As the longest serving Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC/2009-2013), Jon Wellinghoff is known for his international expertise and thought leadership in energy policy, electric markets, and the interface of disruptive energy systems with traditional utility structures. In 2016 he was appointed Chief Policy Officer at SolarCity where he advises on federal and state policies as well as oversee the regulatory and legislative affairs for the company. While at FERC he worked to formulate new policies and rules to improve electric market efficiency and integrate new disruptive energy resources into wholesale energy markets. He has authored numerous articles on subjects including reforming retail energy market structures and the legal right to engage in distributed generation. He is a sought after lecturer and featured speaker on innovative future energy policies and has lectured widely at such diverse venues as Stanford, MIT, Google, and the Beijing Energy Club.

Mark DeSantis


Mark is the former President & CEO and cofounded kWantera. In addition to kWantera, he has also co-founded a number of other technology businesses and serves as director to several more. A former CEO at the growing online tutoring company Apangea Learning (renamed Think Through Math), Mark’s background in management consulting is complemented by his leadership roles within government. A former management consultant for Booz Allen, he was the U.S. Managing Director of ANGLE Technology, PLC, a venture capital firm and consultancy. Earlier in his career, Mark was the Director of Government Relations for Texas Instruments in Washington, DC and served in several policy positions in the U.S. Federal Government including as a Policy Analyst in both The White House and the late U.S. Senator, John Heinz. Mark holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Technology Management from The American University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University.