LEADERSHIP TEAM

OUR TEAM

OUR MISSION

We believe that operating with integrity and honesty is the only way to do business. Our mission is to generate operational savings for our clients and leave a positive impact on the environment and communities we serve. We do this for our clients on two fronts. Energy management and conservation, and renewable energy generation. While no two projects are the same our strategy is steadfast. We combine financial and technical aspects of a project to reach the greatest possible energy savings.

Shane served as a Naval Aviator who extended his tour to fly combat missions in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. On April 1st, 2001, while assigned to the elite Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (“World Watchers”), Shane gained international recognition when his EP-3 aircraft experienced a mid-air collision with a Chinese fighter jet over international airspace. LT Osborn successfully recovered the damaged aircraft from an 8,000-foot inverted dive and landed it safely on the Chinese island of Hainan. For 12 days, LT Osborn led his 23 crew members through captivity by the Chinese military. For his actions, he was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross by President Bush along with the Meritorious Service Medal for his leadership.

Shane graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Mathematics and Statistics degree with an emphasis in Actuarial Science and Operations Research. The Aspen Institute labeled him a “rising star in American politics” and selected him a member of its prestigious Aspen-Rodel Fellows Program in Public Leadership. He is also a founder of the Nebraska Soldiers’ Foundation, dedicated to helping soldiers and their families cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Shane is a former Executive Committee member of the National Association of State Treasurers. He completed his term as Treasurer of the State of Nebraska in 2011 – the youngest person ever to hold that office. During his tenure, Treasurer Osborn oversaw $9.6 billion in transactions and $17.5 billion in pension investments. Believing that elected officials have a duty to show the public how their tax dollars are being spent, Shane created a website called NebraskaSpending.com that discloses every aspect of the State’s spending. It has been described as the most comprehensive state spending website in the country. Under Shane’s leadership, Nebraska earned multiple national fiscal efficiency awards and was one of the top-performing state pension funds through the recession.

In addition to being a serial entrepreneur, Shane recently spearheaded a Business Development team in Municipal Finance for an SDVOSB broker-dealer and maintains securities licenses. He was instrumental in making the firm a top ten co-manager in the nation during its first year in business.

Sam Wheeler

SAM WHEELER

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Sam brings 30+ years of Business Ownership and Management experience in all facets of commercial and industrial real estate. Self-driven with a guiding vision to always be pursuing more efficient solutions through innovative technologies that maximize property performance and sustainability, while minimizing capital expenditures and overhead. This type of real estate asset optimization prolongs the life, value and efficiency of commercial and industrial properties by utilizing alternative energy technologies, with self-funding, turnkey programs and services.

As Managing Director, Sam exercises daily oversight and engagement with all departments of the company from business-development, to project-development and design, to ongoing operations and construction.

Sam started his first company in the early 1990’s where it quickly grew to over 200 employees and expanded into 4 states over the first 2 years of operation. The business expanded into several privately owned companies in commercial/industrial Energy Management and General Contracting Services.

Sam’s skill set also includes commercial real estate development. He started with raw land acquisitions in 2001 acquiring an expansive knowledge base in the engineering and entitlements process that led to large-scale master planned communities ranging from 5 to 3,100 acres.

Sam’s drive, vision and experience is a true asset for RWH Energy and its clients.

BRANT DESHOTELS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

After graduating high school in Louisiana, Brant joined the Marine Corps Reserves as a Combat Helicopter Mechanic. During his service, Brant was a Dual Qualified Plane Captain on both AH-1W “Cobra” and UH-1N “Huey” helicopters. His primary duties included pre-flight and post-flight inspection of aircraft to certify their safety for flight status, launch and recovery of aircraft on the flight line, work and oversight of aircraft maintenance, and educational training of junior Marines learning the skills required to earn their plane captain designation.

Brant also proudly served his country with two tours in Afghanistan from 2003 – 2005 with HMLA-773 “Red Dogs” Light Attack Helicopter Squadron in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

After a notable career, Brant received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps and went on to graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Business Management degree. Upon graduation, he began a long, successful career in financial services working for several large firms such as Northwestern Mutual, J.P. Morgan, and Iberia Financial Services. Throughout his career in the finance world, Brant has had a long-standing passion and an entrepreneurial spirit for green energy. This eventually led to a career change focusing on new challenges. Brant went on to earn a Master Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University while working as an independent contractor and consultant to a small energy company. This work led to the partnership with RWH Capital and eventually establishing RWH Energy.

As COO of RWH Energy, Brant is responsible for day-to-day management and administration of the business operations. He provides a diverse range of experience in the energy sector having worked with corporate and commercial clients as well as local, state and federal government entities. Brant’s prior engagements include; project development and program management, contract proposals, awards and negotiations, energy audits and performance analysis, safety and quality control programs, comprehension of ASHRAE, DOE and USACE contract requirements, marketing and strategic planning in support of green energy efforts, and the overall responsibility for his organizations’ growth and success.

MICHAEL W. YORE

DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Michael began his military career as a Signal Systems Communications Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserves. After 3 years in the Reserves, Michael found a new home with the Texas Army National Guard’s 1-143rd Airborne Infantry Brigade. Upon his transfer, Michael reclassified to 11B, US Army Infantry and subsequently graduated from The United States Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA.

During Michael’s 6 years in the Airborne Infantry Brigade, he served one OEF combat tour in Afghanistan where he was responsible for providing personnel and area security for various U.S. Governmental Agencies. The agencies included the U.S. State Department, USAID, USDA, and a U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team working in a joint effort in rebuilding Afghanistan. During his tour, Michael also conducted joint operations with the Polish Brigade, Task Force White Eagle where he was awarded his Combat Infantryman Badge.

In addition to his tour to Afghanistan, Michael was selected to be a part of a State Lead Border Security mission. As a Sergeant, Michael led a team efficiently and was responsible for providing reconnaissance and observation to assist in drug interdiction operations along-side Texas State Troopers and local law enforcement. During his 9 years in the military, Michael held various leadership positions including Communications Section Leader, Fire Team Leader, and Squad Leader.

Michael Yore has an extensive background in sales management and business development across multiple industries. Prior to entering the renewable energy industry, Michael managed sales teams in the deregulated retail energy market in Houston, TX. His solar career has primarily consisted of working as a consultant and organic asset for startup firms specializing in project design, development, sales strategy implementation, and project management of commercial and Industrial projects alike. Michael has spent a considerable portion of his time on philanthropic endeavors having served on the board of a displaced veterans outreach non-profit foundation, as well as fundraising and consulting work for several other non-profit organizations including a Texas Chapter of the Special Olympics. Michael studied Environmental Resource Sciences and Business Management at Texas State University, and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Management at Everglades University.

HOWARD ULEP

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Our Director of Finance is an information technology solutions integrator, business owner and technology operations manager. Howard brings to the RWH Energy Team a career filled with providing significant solutions and services to Federal agencies and large commercial entities. He provided technical and business development leadership, corporate growth through mergers and acquisitions, and established international partnerships to deploy US-proven managed IT services abroad. Howard also founded and sold two systems integration companies over a 12 year period, took another company public, and assisted small and disadvantaged businesses establish themselves in the Federal market. His significant success for business capture was based on intimate knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), which resulted in effective contract negotiations so that Federal agency needs were met in a compliant manner.

Since 2010, Howard has focused on renewable energy project development, including Solar, Energy Storage, MicroGrids, and CHP, supporting energy developers, EPCs, and project financing sources nationally.

STEPHENS S. THÉ

DIRECTOR OF SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

Dr. Stephens Thé’s work has been focused on the development and manufacture of smart and sustainable technologies, including advanced environmental sensors, intelligent control engineering, secure network architecture, and decentralized energy harvesting systems using solar, wind, geothermal, kinetics and hydrogen fuel storage. He has directed numerous projects in chemical process design and engineering, coordinated technology transfers, and fostered collaborative research between the USA and other countries.

Previously, Stephens was the president of Heliothermal, an energy company that developed innovative residential solar water heaters and deployed high-temperature solar thermal dual heating-cooling systems for commercial and industrial applications. While at the DuPont company he invented applications for thin film laser processing, expanded businesses through new market development and orchestrated joint ventures in the Asia-Pacific. He represented the state government on multiple overseas high-technology trade missions.

In his mission to promote Seamless Smart Community, Stephens is spearheading the implementation of cutting-edge connectivity platforms to integrate various aspects of community operations using proprietary power line networks to optimize services, energy efficiency, asset management, mobility alternatives, leadership-entrepreneurship partnership, while simultaneously improving overall safety and security.

Stephens graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1986, an M.Sc. in Chemistry from Purdue University in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, 1993. As a member of Engineer Without Border, Stephens volunteered in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide a clean source of drinking water.

AMIR SHUJA

STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Amir works on the firm’s financing of renewable energy production across cultivating, originating, and developing energy assets. Multiple technologies are funded through this expertise. These project types can range from Distributed Energy Generation, Onsite power solutions, Renewable Gases as well as Solar energy production and Asset backed structured financing products.

In addition, Amir acts as an advisor to financial and industrial companies seeking to maximize their renewable energy production potential, create complementary revenues, integrate ESG decision criteria for external investors, establish captive funding business units and improve governance, operational processes and procedures.

Prior to joining RWH Energy, Amir worked for 22 years in the fixed income capital markets divisions at several global banking firms. He focused on securitized products (balance sheet and third party asset managers) holdings through their lifecycle (beginning with origination, trading, risk management, disposition). He holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering (and Bachelors) from Cornell University.

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