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Entries from May 2019

Boris Piskun, GreenPACE Capital

May 24th, 2019 · Comments


Established the company for the sole purpose of providing tax benefits to high income-earning individuals with tax liability by generating investment tax credits within the solar business. For over a decade the solar industry has largely benefited institutional investors with tax benefits but has not provided similar benefits to individual investors. Our business has changed that landscape, whereby high net worth individuals can receive those same tax benefits as the larger institutional investors. Our proprietary business process creates opportunities for individuals to offset tax liability on all types of income. We are able to generate tax assets by developing solar systems for customers who can lower their electricity cost immediately compared to their current electric utility provider. The company’s business model is to offer residential and commercial customers a long-term electricity contract in the form of a prepaid power purchase agreement, whereby customers can lower their electricity costs immediately.


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Nicole Suydam, Goodwill

May 24th, 2019 · Comments

Nicole.pngNicole Suydam, who served nearly
a decade as Goodwill of OC’s
vice president of development,
returned to Goodwill of Orange County
as president and CEO in 2018. She has
more than 20 years of management and
leadership experience working with
local and national nonprofits dedicated
to meeting human service needs. Prior
to returning to Goodwill, Suydam served
as CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank
of Orange County where she oversaw
the distribution of more than 25 million
meals to Orange County families and
guided a vast network of more than 200
community partners. Suydam graduated
from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa,
Calif., and today serves as president of
its Alumni Association Board and is a
proud member of its Board of Trustees.

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Kevin Brown – CEO/Co-Founder LeadSmart Technologies

May 2nd, 2019 · Comments


Kevin Brown is the CEO and Co-Founder of LeadSmart Technologies an Irvine based technology and SaaS software company.  LeadSmart is a unique suite of products that combine world class CRM with Marketing Automation tools and a Channel Management component. 

LeadSmart helps companies turn leads into revenue and paying customers and manages the ongoing customer relationship with unique processes, workflows and automations. LeadSmart was launched in early 2019 after over a year of real world testing with multiple clients with teams around the globe.   

Kevin has a background of over 25 years in sales, marketing and business development with both hardgoods and technology products.  Kevin has been a distributor and a manufacturer’s rep, and having invested in and run a manufacturing company he has unique insights into the challenges facing businesses.  For the last 10 years Kevin has also been advising manufacturing and technology companies on sales and marketing strategies, product development, M&A and go to market strategies.  Kevin has an intimate knowledge of the challenges that companies face managing sales leads and customers plus external channel partners like reps, brokers, re-sellers, distributors and dealers- hence the genesis of LeadSmart.

Along with Kevin the LeadSmart founding team consists of Tom Burton COO and Steve Snapp CTO. 

LeadSmart is located in the University Research Park at UCI and also has offices in Santa Barbara.




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