David W. Brown
David W. Brown, a Senior Principal and co-founder of Obsidian, brings expertise in transaction structures, creative ideas in tax and finance, and resolving or liquidating distressed companies and assets. Industries of particular focus are energy, forest products, finance, and bankruptcy estates.
With Obsidian Renewables, Mr. Brown has developed the two largest utility scale solar photovoltaic projects in Oregon. Obsidian Renewables has developed or financed 22 solar PV projects. Mr. Brown is a board member of OSEIA, the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association and involved with BDC, the Bioenergy Deployment Consortium. Mr. Brown has been very active in renewable energy incentive and land use legislation in the state of Oregon.
Mr. Brown has repeatedly applied his extensive experience in the forest products industry, most recently while leading the efforts to acquire a major Pacific Northwest forest products company. The effort involved a unique structure that included tax efficiencies not generally available when taking timberland private, maximizing value for shareholders.
Prior to founding Obsidian, Mr. Brown practiced law with Miller Nash LLP in Portland, Oregon. His practice included many different aspects of business, tax and finance, including both successful and financially distressed companies.
Mr. Brown graduated with a B.S. in marketing and a J.D. from the University of Oregon.
Todd Gregory is Vice President and has been with Obsidian since March 2008. He specializes in tax minimization strategies, tax credits and incentives, renewable energy financing and project management. He leads the day-to-day renewable energy operations for the company and directs several projects in the energy sector of Obsidian’s business. Mr. Gregory is a board member of Solar Oregon, an education and outreach non-profit.
Prior to joining Obsidian, Mr. Gregory was a tax senior manager with Ernst & Young, from 2005 to 2008. He has considerable experience managing state tax restructuring, negotiated incentives, indirect state tax review, tax credit recovery and state tax controversy projects. Prior to Ernst & Young, Mr. Gregory was a state and local tax manager with Deloitte & Touche from 1999 to 2005.
Mr. Gregory earned a B.S. in economics with honors from Willamette University, a J.D. from Syracuse University, and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Denver, Graduate Tax Program. Mr. Gregory is a member of the Colorado Bar and the American Bar Association.
Peter Brown, P.E., has been engaged in engineering, technology, energy, and sales for over 30 years. He holds Masters of Science degrees in Physical Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering. After college, he began his career in energy controls design at Honeywell, and has also practiced engineering in energy conservation and alternative energy systems. He has technical sales and marketing experience in the fields of bar code data collection (with Symbol Technologies), tablet computing (Fujitsu Personal Systems), optical test and measurement (ILX Lightwave), and infrared optical systems (Lattice Materials).
Peter joined Obsidian Renewables in October of 2013, and brings a new level of technical expertise to the company.
Laurie Hutchinson is a Project Manager at Obsidian Renewables. Laurie oversees the construction process for Obsidian’s solar projects from contract to final commercial operation. She also works on project development managing the interconnection process, working on land use planning and permitting, developing contracts and working with EPC contractor from concept to design and documentation. She monitors Obsidian’s existing solar plants and oversees Operation and Maintenance.
She has been working in the solar industry since 2007. Prior to Obsidian she worked in solar electric design, construction management and technical sales. Laurie serves on the board of the Oregon State Energy Industries Association.
Imogen joined Obsidian Renewables in January, 2013, as a financial analyst. She performs financial modeling of distributed and utility-scale solar projects; prepares bids, project proposals, and marketing pieces; secures transmission rights for utility-scale projects, and manages compliance with state and federal reporting requirements.
Before joining Obsidian, Imogen was the Programs Manager for Solar Oregon, the Oregon chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. Prior to her career in solar energy, Imogen worked in state government, as the Deputy Director of Economic Development and Policy Analysis for the New York State Comptroller. Imogen has an MBA and an MS in sustainable systems from the University of Michigan, and a BA in government from Wesleyan University. She is also NABCEP PV EL certified.