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Seal Solar | Evolve Auto
Heather Nelson is co-founder and president of Seal Solar and a former corporate lender for some of the nation’s largest banks. Under her leadership, the local solar design and installation firm has completed more than 450, or approximately one in five, renewable energy projects in the state. Thanks to an innovative partnership with Evolve Auto, it is now one of the only businesses in the U.S. that is able to provide fully solar-powered ecosystems, including panels, batteries, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and EVs, in one transaction.
Heather is the incoming board chair for the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA) and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She is on the AAEA Distributed Generation Task Force, Arkansas History Commission, Junior Achievement of Arkansas Board of Directors, and UA Little Rock Foundation Fund Board. She regularly travels to Haiti with the Global Orphan Project of Kansas City, Missouri. She previously served two terms on the National Board of Directors for the Arkansas Alumni Association and as president of the Sam M. Walton College of Business Alumni Society.
In 2021, she received the Business Executive of the Year Award at the Arkansas Business of the Year Awards sponsored by Arkansas Business. In 2019, she received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from her alma mater, the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business. An Arkansas native, she also holds an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Johnson Controls, Inc.
The Stitt Group, Inc.
David Stitt is President and Chief Executive Officer for The Stitt Group, Inc., in Rogers, Arkansas. The Stitt Group was founded in 1978 is a collaborative design / build firm specializing in the development of solar energy systems and high performance buildings.
David has worked in the energy and construction industry for over 30 years and has a BA in Economics from Iowa State University. David is married and has 2 daughters.
Entegrity Energy Partners
Ouachita Electric Cooperative
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Kimberly Coker, Southern Arkansas University Tech’s Dean of Communications & Public Relations, has been working in higher education since 2002. During this time, she has worked as the College’s grants officer, college editor, communications officer for the institution’s Emergency Response Team, and the Executive Director of the SAU Tech Foundation. Kimberly also serves on the Executive Council for SAU Tech.
During her time at SAU Tech, Kimberly has taught sociology, psychology, developmental psychology, intro to social work, and grant writing as an adjunct instructor. She earned a bachelor’s degree from SAU in sociology with a minor in Psychology and an emphasis in social work. She later earned a master’s degree in clinical counseling.
Before working in higher education, Kimberly worked with non-profits, first at South Arkansas Regional Health, CASA, and later at a service provider for developmentally disabled adults. She has four grown daughters, is married to a chemistry teacher/coach, and lives in Camden, Arkansas.
Lisa V. Perry
Lisa V. Perry is a Senior Manager, Energy Services for Walmart, Inc. As part of the utilities team, Lisa participates in regulatory utility proceedings across the United States. These proceedings include general rate cases, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, vehicle electrification plans, and increasing customer access to competitive generation supply and wholesale electricity markets. Lisa also communicates with utility companies during and after major weather events that impact Walmart facilities.
Prior to joining Walmart, Lisa represented Walmart as outside counsel in general rate cases and renewable energy dockets before utility Commissions in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Lisa received from the University of Florida her law degree in 1999 and a L.L.M. in Taxation in 2000. She also completed a B.A. in Criminology and a B.A. in Psychology at the University of South Florida.
Will Black, a native of Central Arkansas, is a business development manager for Performance Services, a NAESCO accredited and Arkansas qualified energy services company. Will has 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry focused on estimating, project management, and business development. Will’s industry experience includes education, industrial, healthcare, and commercial markets. Prior to joining PSI in 2019, Will was employed by CDI Contractors in Little Rock as a business development manager and was a key part of growing the company from $100 million in annual revenue in his first year to almost $300 million. He has a passion for solving problems and finding the best construction and renovation solutions for customers.
Will and his wife of 18 years have five children. He grew up raising beef cows with his parents and brother. He is a lifelong Arkansas Razorbacks fan and enjoys cheering for his kids in everything that they do. He and his family spend any free time they have outdoors hunting, fishing or floating/kayaking rivers in Arkansas.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2020 Contact: Katie Laning Niebaum firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 537-0190 Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association welcomed a decision by the Arkansas Public Service Commission this week reaffirming solar...
by Jeff Della Rosa (JDellaRosa@nwabj.com) June 3, 2020 The largest county-owned solar array in Arkansas has started operating in south Fayetteville, according to a news release. North Little Rock-based Seal Solar activated Wednesday (June 3) the 2.01-megawatt array...
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