JULIAN THOMAS, JR.

In addition to co-founding Joule, Julian oversees the internal operations and development of the company. He is the primary point of contact for the service providers with whom Joule collaborates and is responsible for the company’s marketing strategy.

Julian has a BA in Economics from Rhodes College, an MSc in Finance from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

ROSS REILLY

Ross is a co-founder of Joule and is primarily responsible for project management and commercial sales. Ross learned the construction and electrical trade by working summers as a detention contractor, wiring electric locks and security cameras in Louisiana’s prisons. Ross has also spent time in Cambodia developing sustainable ways to provide potable drinking water to rural communities.

Ross graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in History.

ROBERT SCHMIDT

Robert Schmidt co-founded Joule and oversees commercial and residential sales. His day-to-day responsibilities range from coordinating current projects to developing new business opportunities.

Robert graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS in Biochemistry. He is also licensed Electrical and Mechanical Contractor in the state of Louisiana.

COREY SHALANSKI

As Lead Solar Engineer, Corey is responsible for overseeing the design and installation of each of Joule’s solar PV and solar hot water systems. Corey’s extensive experience with both PV and solar thermal technologies comes from working with some of the country’s most renowned solar companies such as Solar Energy International and Sunsense, Inc. In addition to his work in the field, Corey heads up Joule’s education outreach efforts.

Corey graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and holds a Masters in Science Education from Columbia University. Prior to working in the renewable energy industry Corey spent two years as a Community and Environmental Health Advisor with the United States Peace Corps. Corey is both a NABCEP Certified PV Installer and a NABCEP Certified Solar Thermal Installer.

STEVEN FURZE

Steven serves as both a PV and solar thermal installer with Joule. In addition installing, Steven performs site audits and assists in system design.

Steven received a A.A.S in Photovoltaic System Design and Installation fromSan Juan College in Farmington, NM. Additionally, he completed a residential electrical training program with the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation.

HAMILTON HUTCHINSON

Hamilton leverages his structural engineering experience to provide Joule with the in-house capability to offer turnkey PV systems for its commercial clients. Over the past three years he has worked as a structural designer with Paragon Structural Design in Phoenix where he worked on LEED certified/inspired designs that utilized a variety building systems.

Hamilton has BS in Physiscs from Rhodes College and a BS/MS in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.

RICHARD XIE

Richard is responsible for equipment procurement and leads Joule’s research and development efforts. Richard also develops relationships with product manufacturers as well as serving as the company’s primary grant writer.

Richard has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Hunan University and has both an MSc in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

TRAVIS BLACK

Travis works primarily as a lead PV installer. He is also responsible for many of Joule’s non-traditional solar system designs. In addition to his work with Joule, Travis is currently pursuing his AIA license.

Travis has a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University and has previously worked with Beau Clowney Design in Charleston and Door 13 Architects in Chicago.

STOKLEY GRAY

Stokley works primarily as a solar installer but also performs energy audits and duct blaster diagnostic tests. He has previously worked as an electrician and is a graduate of Delgado’s Energy Rater Program and Boots on the Roof’s PV Installer Program.

Stokely graduated from Columbia College with degree in Business Administration.

STEPHEN O’CONNELL

Stephen leads Joule’s capital budgeting and financial risk management efforts as well as its internal operations development. Prior to Joule, Stephen worked for Brentwood Capital Advisors, a Nashville-based investment bank, where he focused on sell- and buy-side mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity capital raising.

Stephen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Communication of Science and Technology and a minor in Economics.