Our management team reflects a powerful mix of experience from the fields of energy, finance and public company accounting, consulting, procurement, corporate development, technology, sales, and marketing. We share a passion and philosophy that by improving the quality of energy in the United States – and around the world – we can help shape a more sustainable future for all.
Chief Executive Officer
A quintessential entrepreneur, mentor, and company builder, Michael Gorton has proven to be a strategic visionary, impacting the telecommunications, music, and healthcare industries. As founding CEO of Teladoc, the nation's leading telehealth company, Michael pioneered a health care model in which members had access to telephonic physicians who could review medical records, treat, and prescribe medication that today supports the new paradigm in health care reform. As a founder and leader of Principal Solar, Michael applies his business expertise, scientific education, and training to the renewable energy sector – a strong voice and proponent of solar power.
Prior to this, Michael served as a partner of the Texas Acceleration Group (TAG), an entity formed to assist startup companies. Michael and other TAG partners founded Palo Duro Records to promote unknown country artist Shelley Laine. Within three years, Laine became the number one ranked independent artist in country music, was nominated for Best Female Artist in 2002, and put six songs on the charts.
In 1993, Michael founded Internet Global, a company that delivered the first DSL network and one of the first VOIP networks at a time when few people predicted the profound impact the Internet would have on communication and society. Prior to this, Michael worked as a project engineer at Dallas Power & Light dealing with power plants, distribution, transformer management, and integration of renewable energy into the grid.
Fueled by his passion for education, Michael has taught college courses in math, astronomy, and physics and published two novels and dozens of articles on topics ranging from physics to healthcare.
Michael earned his B.S. in Engineering from Texas Tech, his M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas, and his Juris Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University.
Kenneth G. Allen
Chief Operating Officer
Kenneth G. Allen brings a wealth of knowledge to Principal Solar from his experience as team leader in Administration and Engineering at Texas Utilities, at Texas Independent Energy and from Principal Solar Inc. Kenneth spent 30 years as a manager at TXU Energy, one of the nation's largest electricity generation companies. During that term, Kenneth oversaw construction of several gigawatts of generation. After leaving TXU, Kenneth joined Texas Independent Energy, an entrepreneurial startup, where he spent nine years managing gas-fired facilities and selling electricity to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Following this experience Kenneth joined Principal Solar Inc. as the Chief Operating Officer. He developed a conceptual design for a 1 gigawatt PV Solar Power Plant and later performed the research and development to acquire data and assisted with implementing a PV Module Rating System for the solar industry.
Kenneth draws on his experience chairing Safety Committee upgrades and ensuring compliance with government and state regulatory agencies; developing a safety handbook; and implementing protection measures to meet regulatory requirements. Additionally, Kenneth is an experienced director of accounting and administrative review teams to streamline procedures, accounting, policies and procedures, and methods of purchasing and distributing materials. Kenneth earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University
R. Michael Martin
Executive Vice President, Business Development
Michael Martin, a long-time and passionate supporter of renewable energy and sustainability practices, leads PSI’s overall business growth strategy and execution including project acquisitions and partnerships. Michael has over 20 years experience in the information technology industry in diverse business development roles. During his successful career in technology, Michael consistently provided high-value solutions to large enterprises for strategic aspects of their operations. A key to Michael's success has been creative problem-solving with senior management of large corporate customers.
Michael most recently led the sales efforts of Aquire's strategic workforce planning solutions. Previously, he led i2 Technologies' largest strategic partnerships, such as the global IBM alliance, which spearheaded the company's dramatic growth. Additionally, Michael worked in the systems integration and consulting field primarily with SHL Systemhouse (now a part of HP/EDS) and as a sales leader at Unisys Corporation.
Michael earned his B.B.A. in International Business from The University of Texas at Austin, which included a year of study at the Université de Paris. When he's not passionately promoting solar, Michael is busy with his family, cycling, traveling, fund raising and a variety of social business and community projects.
EVP Strategic and Corporate Development
Sr. Director Principal Solar Institute
Dan Bedell joined Principal Solar as EVP Marketing and Corporate Development following Principal Solar’s acquisition of Capstone Solar. Dan’s primary responsibilities are outreach to prospective Principal Solar strategic partners and positioning the company for strategic expansion. Dan Bedell co-founded Capstone Solar, a think tank for solar professionals to exchange ideas on policy and technology and a platform for peer to peer branding, micro-networking and interactive solar webinars.
Dan previously worked as a consultant on integration, mergers and acquisitions, focusing on strategic planning and corporate change. Prior to that, Dan was COO and Director of Business Development for a Dallas-area construction company that was an early entrant into the "green" building market and the rooftop solar installation market. In that capacity, he was an advocate and evangelist for distributed solar generation in the state of Texas. He now brings that same passion for the inevitable mainstream adoption of solar power to Principal Solar.
Dan holds his B.B.A. in Economics from the University of North Texas where he graduated cum laude and spent a semester studying international finance in the UK.
Chief Technology Officer
Rick Borry joined Principal Solar as CTO in May 2011 with their acquisition of Capstone Solar Conferences and subsequent re-branding as the Principal Solar Institute. He is responsible for company technology and information systems. Before joining Principal Solar, Dr. Borry was co-founder of Capstone Solar, and served as a technical advisor for Solar Logic, an early-stage micro-CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) company located at the University of North Texas Discovery Research Park in Denton, Texas.
While at Capstone Solar, Rick founded Webvent.tv, which is credited as the first web platform to build communities around online conferences. Formerly, Dr. Borry was the Chief Software Architect for Certain Software after their acquisition of his online event registration startup, Register123.com. At various stages during that tenure, he worked in every department while the company grew from 1 to over 150 employees on three continents.
Dr. Borry earned his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. from Clemson University. Rick has worked as a research associate for Dupont in Delaware and an environmental engineer for Hoechst Celanese in South Carolina.
Matthew A. Thompson, Ph. D.
Executive Director, Principal Solar Institute
Matthew Thompson is a scientist with 23 years experience in semiconductor process development and yield enhancement at Motorola and at Freescale Semiconductor.
At Motorola's Advanced Process Development Laboratory, he developed vertical gate oxidation processes and equipment. In a collaborative research and development project that included Motorola and IBM, he designed Synchrotron x-ray optics for deep submicron lithography, and supported x-ray mask design. The project culminated with a successful fabrication of fully functional memory chips using x-ray lithography. In another industry research project, Matthew worked with Motorola and Lucent Technologies to develop 200 mm mask manufacturing processes for a novel projection electron beam lithography technique. In addition to these advanced lithography research projects, he developed computer algorithms for Complimentary Phase Shift Masks, leading to volume manufacture of products with 50 nm gates using 248 nm imaging tools. At Freescale Semiconductor, he worked to improve profitability and performance by development and deployment of Design for Manufacturability methodology.
Matthew holds six patents in areas such as electronic design processing, x-ray mirror design, and advanced e-beam lithography, and optical and photo mask design.
Matthew earned a B.S. in Physics at Texas Tech University, and a Ph. D. in Physics at The University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral research on electronic and magnetic properties of ultra-thin crystalline films pre-dates the popular terminology: "nano-technology".
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