Board of Directors
Helping utilities and their customers solve energy challenges together.
Tom McDaniel, Chairman
Tom McDaniel acquired a tremendous amount of experience in the energy industry during his 37 years with Edison International, EIX, where he served as CEO of the company’s independent power and financial service companies, chief financial officer of EIX, and held a variety of management positions at Southern California Edison. Since retiring from EIX in 2008, Tom has continued to take an active leadership role in the energy, cleantech and healthcare sectors. He currently serves as a director of SunPower Corp (NASDAQ: SPWRA), a leading manufacturer developer and installer of high-efficiency solar systems for the residential, commercial and utility markets domestically and internationally. Tom is a director of the SemGroup Corporation (NASDAQ: SEMG), a midstream oil and gas service company with pipeline and storage operations in the US, Canada and the UK. He also serves as a director of Cypress Envirosystems, energy efficiency, and as an advisor to On Ramp Wireless, smart grid/meter communication networks for the electric, gas and water sectors, and Coda Electric Automotive, electric transportation and energy storage.
Lee Burrows, Director
Lee Burrows is managing director of VantagePoint Capital Partners and a member of Tendril’s board. He has 25 years of broad semiconductor technology expertise, specifically in the areas of semiconductor processing, advanced materials, power storage and management, and battery, lighting, and smart grid technologies. He also founded an optical component company that was subsequently acquired by New Focus, a leading photonics solutions provider. Lee holds six patents, with two additional patents pending in optical networking and device manufacturing. He graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology (BS, MS) and is also a candidate for a PhD in Applied Physics.
George Coelho, Director
George Coelho is a member of the Management and Investment Committee of Good Energies Inc. Before joining Good Energies, he co-founded and was an Investment Partner at Balderton Capital (formerly known as Benchmark Capital, Europe). Prior to founding Benchmark Capital, Europe, George led all of Intel Corporation’s strategic Venture Capital investment activities outside the U.S. He also served as founder of the group that evolved to become Intel Capital and ran the M&A group as Assistant Treasurer. Coelho holds a bachelor of science degree from The American University and a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University. Today he is a Trustee of The George Washington University, chairs the Sustainability Committee of the Board and is an advisor to the School of Business. In addition, he is co-President and member of the Board of Directors of the UK chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs).
Stephan Dolezalek, Director
Stephan is Managing Director and Group Leader, CleanTech at VantagePoint Capital Partners. He has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley working exclusively with technology-driven companies. He joined VantagePoint in 1999 and has led the firm’s CleanTech Group since its inception in 2002. He is an active participant in numerous CleanTech advisory groups, including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Leadership Council, the Center for American Progress (CAP) Clean Tech Council and the University of Texas Energy Management and Innovation Center Advisory Board. At VantagePoint, Stephan previously served as head or co-head of the firm’s Software and Life Sciences Groups. Prior to joining VantagePoint, Stephan was a senior partner with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison acting as Managing Partner of that Firm’s Palo Alto Office, Head of the Business and Technology Group and Chairman of the Life Sciences Group. He is a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia (BCP) and the University of Virginia School of Law (JD), and he serves on the board of the University of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation.
Robert Gill, Director
Robert Gill is a serial CEO who has managed several emerging growth companies and multiple turn-around situations with a record of achieving strong shareholder value. He has years of experience in general management, sales and marketing, operations and engineering for high-technology corporations and has successfully completed several acquisitions and divestitures. In 1996, Gill formed The Topaz Group, his consulting services firm for corporations and private equity investors. He is chairman of AdPay, Inc., and a member of the board of directors of Tendril and serves on their audit and compensation committees. He earned a BSEE from Indiana Tech, an MSEE from Purdue University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Gill also serves as chairman of the board for the Boulder Innovation Center, chairman emeritus of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado and continues as chairman of their development committee. Gill is a member of the Board of Trustees of Indiana Institute of Technology. He was the recipient of the Boulder, Colorado Esprit Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
Adrian Tuck, CEO
Adrian has more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience in a variety of high-tech fields. As CEO, he is responsible for driving Tendril’s strategic direction and has built a solid customer base, a world-class internal team and a strong set of partnerships and investors for Tendril. Prior to joining Tendril, Adrian served as both interim CEO and executive vice president of Ember Corporation, a leading semiconductor provider to the smart grid, where he guided the company’s market strategy through its critical early-growth stage. As an early pioneer of the “Internet of things” market, Adrian was instrumental in the development of the ZigBee standard and served as the vice-chair of the ZigBee Alliance for a number of years.
Recognizing the role that policy will play in shaping the smart grid and home energy management sectors early on, Adrian has worked tirelessly to secure an active voice within policy-making at public utility commissions and on Capitol Hill. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee as well as the Federal Communications Commission on such topics as technology and the Internet, and energy and the environment. He participated in the White House’s Smart Grid Leadership Meeting with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and currently serves as a regular advisor to the White House on the topic of the smart grid. Adrian has received the honor of being named to The Networked Grid 100: Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid and now sits on the board of the GridWise Alliance, as well as the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Adrian received his education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army’s prestigious officer training academy.