Summit Team

Don Hodel

Don Hodel

Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Hodel served as Secretary (Cabinet Minister) of the US Department of Energy and later Secretary (Cabinet Minister) of the US Department of the Interior. He was the Chairman of the US Critical Materials Council. Mr. Hodel previously served as President of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC).
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Earl Gjelde

Earl Gjelde

Chairman

Earl Gjelde was the Under (now called “Deputy”) Secretary (sub-Cabinet Post) and Chief Operating Officer of the US Department of the Interior, the Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer for the US Department of Energy, and the Deputy Administrator (Chief Operating Officer) of the Bonneville Power Administration.
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Eric RedmanEric Redman

President & CEO

In addition to his duties as President, Eric Redman heads Summit’s development of carbon capture projects. He is a frequent speaker and author on coal gasification, carbon capture and carbon management, enhanced oil recovery, and climate matters. Mr. Redman’s seminal book on Congress, “The Dance of Legislation” was a bestseller; he has also written for many newspapers, anthologies, and magazines.
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Heather RedmanHeather Redman

Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning

Ms. Redman was Executive and Senior Vice President at each of AtomShockwave, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., and PhotoDisc, Inc. While at PhotoDisc and Atom, Heather led the negotiations for the successful sale of these companies and negotiated many acquisitions on the buy side. She was also General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company, and managed that company’s relisting on NASDAQ.
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Tom CameronTom Cameron

Executive Vice President, Projects

Tom Cameron is responsible for project development, site acquisition and management, and engineering design. Prior to joining Summit, he was the founder of Power Development Associates, LLC and Cameron & Associates, a project management and engineering firm. Mr. Cameron has over 20 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines.
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Eric GjeldeEric Gjelde

Senior Vice President

Prior to joining Summit, Eric Gjelde owned and held senior leadership positions in commercial real estate development, asset management and financial management firms.
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Ann BanksAnn Banks

Chief Commercial Officer

In addition to her responsibilities as Summit’s CCO, Ann Banks directs all commercial arrangements relating to the development, construction and financing of the Texas Clean Energy Project.
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Barry CunninghamBarry Cunningham

Managing Director, Project Development

Barry Cunningham has over 30 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines.
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Shawn NicholsShawn Nichols

Vice President

Shawn Nichols focuses on business development and origination for Summit. Currently, he is engaged in power development activities for various opportunities throughout the US with a primary focus in the Midwest.
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Chris Kirksey

Director of Projects, Texas

Prior to joining Summit, Chris Kirksey held the position of Senior VP of Power Production for Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s municipally owned electric utility, where he was responsible for executive oversight of Austin Energy’s electric power generation facilities, including nuclear, coal and natural gas fueled plants.
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Karl MattesKarl Mattes

Vice President, Project Development

Karl Mattes oversees all aspects of project development and implementation at Summit, with specific focus on gas turbine, gasification and carbon capture projects. Mr. Mattes has more than 25 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines.
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Laura Miller

Director of Projects, Texas

Laura Miller joined Summit in 2008 to work on the Texas Clean Energy Project, an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project. She served as Mayor of Dallas from 2002 to 2007.
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Jeff BrownJeff Brown

Vice President, Project Finance

Jeff Brown directs Summit’s corporate finance team, which selects an elite group of debt and equity investors to finance commercial transactions for Summit and its clients.
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Rick BurkhardtRick Burkhardt

Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Rick Burkhardt is responsible for planning, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of Summit. This includes direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, facilities and IT management, risk management and tax.
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Kelly GoodmanKelly Goodman

Vice President, General Counsel

Kelly Goodman manages legal matters for Summit and handles various commercial relationships across Summit’s project disciplines. She has experience handling agreements related to project off-take, financing and asset transfer, among others.
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