Pivotal Leaders Network Announces its 2011 Prospective Clean Technology Business Leaders in the Northwest

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The Pivotal Leaders Network has released its annual list of Pivotal Leaders, entrepreneurial business leaders who have the talent and business acumen to lead successful clean technology companies in the region over the next three to five years. This is the second year of the Pivotal Leaders network, which was formed to foster growth in the region’s sustainable economy by identifying and promoting the most promising C-level business leaders in the clean technology sector.

We believe the best way to help our economy grow is to cultivate strong leadership in the Northwest’s critically important clean technology sector.

Pivotal Investments, along with presenting sponsors Perkins Coie, Ernst & Young, Portland General Electric, the University of Oregon and the Portland Development Commission, today announced the Pivotal Leaders for 2011 – men and women identified by their peers as the top prospective clean technology business leaders in the Northwest. The Pivotal Leaders Network, which launched last year, uses a community-nomination/peer selection process to identify the most promising C-level business leaders who are likely to lead successful clean technology companies in the region over the next three to five years. By identifying these top prospective leaders, the network seeks to stimulate investment and expand resources – both human and financial – to help grow the sustainable economy in the Northwest. The 2011 Pivotal Leaders will have opportunities throughout the year to connect with successful entrepreneurs, business and legal experts, potential investors and other resources to support their growth and success.

“This is the second year of Pivotal Leaders and once again we have been extremely impressed with the high caliber of individuals appearing on this year’s list,” said Gregg Semler, Managing Director of Pivotal Investments. “We believe the best way to help our economy grow is to cultivate strong leadership in our region’s critically important clean technology sector. There is no shortage of great, cleantech business ideas in the Northwest, but it will take experienced, qualified C-level leaders at the helm of these companies to help them take their innovations to the next level, to attract capital investment and create the jobs our region needs,” Semler added.

More than 700 nominations were received from across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia following the launch of the community nomination process in February. The nominees then selected the final list of 2011 Pivotal Leaders through a peer voting process. The men and women on this year’s list come from every state and province in the region and hail from a broad variety of backgrounds – from large private sector companies and start-ups, government, higher education and non-profit organizations. They are now part of the extended Pivotal Leaders Network, which will provide them with opportunities to collaborate, partner and share their ideas through social networking, media and a number of exclusive formal and informal events with their peers and other business leaders.

“The Pivotal Leaders represent the Northwest’s bright future in cleantech industries,” said Peter Wall, senior manager at Ernst & Young. “Creating an environment where these leaders can collaborate, network and gain access to resources will have a powerful multiplier effect in growing the sustainable economy of our region.”

“As we embark on the second year of Pivotal Leaders, we see even more opportunity for clean technology leaders to build on our region’s inherent strengths and enhance our competitiveness nationally and globally,” said Brent Bullock, partner at Perkins Coie. “We are pleased to continue supporting this opportunity for new ideas, people and strategies that will drive a stronger, more sustainable future.”

“The growth of the Pivotal Leaders Network is truly an investment in our region’s most important resources – our people,” said Patrick Quinton, executive director for the Portland Development Commission. “It not only helps encourage cleantech innovation, it also supports and elevates the business leaders who have the skills and savvy to bring those innovative ideas to fruition, creating jobs and building the Northwest economy.”

The 2011 Pivotal Leaders are:

Charlie Allcock, Portland General Electric
Dave Allen, McKinstry
Allen Alley, Pixelworks
Ash Awad, McKinstry
Jules Bailey, Pareto Global
Kipp Baratoff, Meyer Fellow
Aaron Berg, Blue Tree Strategies
Rob Bernard, Microsoft
Jesse Berst, Global Smart Energy
Gino Borland, Cake Ventures
Chandra Brown, United Streetcar
Bill Campbell, Equilibrium Capital
Dave Curry, Demand Energy Networks
Andrea Durbin, Oregon Environmental Council
Mark Edlen, Gerding Edlen
Pat Egan, Pacific Power
Aaron Fairchild, Green Canopy
Mark Frohnmayer, Arcimoto
Aaron Goldfeder, Energy Savvy
Nancy Hamilton, McKinstry
David Helliwell, Pulse Energy
Alan Hickenbottom, Tanner Creek Energy
Dave Kaplan
Tyson Keever, SeQuential Biofuels
David Kenney, Oregon BEST
Jeff Kim, Shorepower
Rick Luebbe, EnerG2
Ross MacFarlane, Climate Solutions
Tim Miller, Green Lite Motors
Kelly Ogilvie, Blue Marble Energy
Tom Osdoba, University of Oregon
Gregg Patterson, PV Powered
Ron Pernick, Clean Edge
Tobias Read, Nike/Oregon Legislature
Jonathan Rhone, Nexterra
Roby Roberts, Horizon Wind Energy
Skip Rung, ONAMI
Derek Smith, Clean Energy Works Oregon
Martin Tull, Green Sports Alliance
Chris Ulum, Agilyx
David Van’t Hof, Lane Powell
Joe Whitworth, The Freshwater Trust
Jean Wilson, SunPower
Darcy Winslow, DSW Collective
Clay Young, Inovus Solar
Justin Yuen, FMYI
Kim Zentz, Sirti

To learn more about the Pivotal Leaders or to become a sponsor, go to http://www.pivotal-leaders.com.

About Pivotal Leaders

Pivotal Leaders is a business network created by Pivotal Investments, with presenting sponsors Perkins Coie, Ernst & Young, Portland General Electric, the University of Oregon and the Portland Development Commission and contributing sponsors AterWynne, Davis Wright Tremaine, Heidrick & Struggles, Nike, Skanska, Stoel Rives, UK Trade & Investment and Weyerhaeuser. Pivotal Leaders was founded to identify and recognize the top prospective business leaders in the Northwest and to support them in furthering the region’s leadership potential in the clean technology sector. Find out more about this exciting network at our website and please follow us on Twitter (@PivotalLeaders), Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Pivotal Investments

Pivotal Investments is a Portland, OR venture capital firm investing in companies, primarily in the Northwest, that are delivering solutions in the rapidly growing markets for clean energy, clean water, green materials, sustainable agriculture and clean air. Pivotal Investments is committed to delivering superior financial returns by building great companies that will be leaders in the sustainable economy. For more information, please see http://www.pivotal-investments.com.

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