President, CEO and Chairman
Wheatley joined Envision Solar as a consultant in 2010 and has served as the Company’s CEO since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since 2016. He has two decades of senior international management experience in technology systems integration, energy management, communications and renewable energy. He was a founding partner in the international consulting practice Crichton Hill LLC. Prior to Crichton Hill, Wheatley was CEO of iAxis FZ LLC, a Dubai based alternative energy and technology systems integration company. From 2000 to 2007, he held a variety of senior management positions at San Diego based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, fka Wireless Facilities with the last five years as President of ENS, the largest independent security and energy management systems integrator in the USA. Prior to ENS, Wheatley held senior management positions in the cellular and broadband wireless industries, deploying infrastructure and lobbying in Washington DC on behalf of major wireless service providers. Wheatley has founded, funded and operated four profitable start-up companies and was previously engaged in M&A activities. Wheatley evaluated acquisition opportunities, conducted due diligence and raised commitments of $500M in debt and equity.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. McDermott is a seasoned financial executive with both Fortune 500 and small and medium-sized company experience. She has consistently contributed to growth in profitability while managing public offerings, acquisitions, and other strategic initiatives. Prior to her appointment at Envision Solar, she was the chief financial officer for Steico Industries, a subsidiary of global aerospace company Senior plc (LON: SNR). Prior to that, she served for 10 years as chief financial officer for LRAD Corporation (Nasdaq: LRAD), a directed sound technology company. She also served in leadership positions in the financial departments of National Pen, Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTX), Bausch & Lomb and with a component division of General Motors. Ms. McDermott holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester.
Erick Castro is the Fabrication Manger at Envision Solar with close to 11 years of experience in welding and fabrication. Castro obtained his welding certification and finished his three-month program in only five short weeks. Soon after receiving his certification, he quickly moved up as a naval ship builder at General Dynamics. After his position at General Dynamics, Castro was the welding lead at Fabrication Technologies, Inc. Castro has a proven track record of reducing costs, while ensuring Envision Solar produces the highest quality products. Castro is responsible for training and managing all welders and overseeing proper fabrication procedures and techniques.
Rick Assman is a former United States Marine with over two decades of management and supervision experience in manufacturing. Rick currently is the production manager at Envision Solar responsible for all aspects of production, delivery, operations and maintenance. He is expert in production and maintenance planning, forecasting and supervision and is also a qualified safety officer. He has a track history of delivering products on schedule and safely.