Donald Paul Hodel, JD
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).
Mr. Hodel was formerly on the Board of, and later on the Advisory Council of, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the World Energy Congress. He also served as the Administrator (Chief Executive Officer) of the Bonneville Power Administration earlier in his career. Mr. Hodel has served on the Boards of Directors of several publicly traded and privately held companies and numerous public foundations and institutes.
Earl Gjelde, PE
Earl Gjelde was the Under (now called “Deputy”) Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, the Chief Operating Officer for the US Department of Energy, and the Deputy Administrator (Chief Operating Officer) of the Bonneville Power Administration. He served as Chief of Staff for the US Critical Materials Counsel, as special envoy for President Reagan to China and as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the US-Japan Science and Technology Treaty negotiations.
Mr. Gjelde was appointed jointly by Congress and the President to the Special Commission on Electric Magnetic Pulse after the attacks on September 11, 2001. Mr. Gjelde served on the Boards of Directors of: The US Energy Association including its role as the USA Section of the World Energy Congress; AMEN Properties (a publicly traded oil and gas royalty, energy and office complex company); CIGRE (an international organization for high-voltage electrical transmission); the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); and the National Wilderness Institute. He was an officer of Waste Management, Inc., then the world’s largest environmental services company, and the President and CEO of a number of its subsidiaries.
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.
His responsibilities included project management, cost and schedule control, technical and commercial contract negotiations, selection and coordination of vendors, engineering firms, and erection contractors, supervision of engineering and site staff, preparation of bid specifications, coordination of construction management, startup coordination and customer interfaces. Mr. Cameron has successfully managed the development of multiple gas, solar and wind projects for Summit and other entities.
Eric Gjelde, PE
Prior to joining Summit, Eric Gjelde owned and held senior leadership positions in commercial real estate development, asset management and financial management firms. As principal officer/shareholder of three privately held real estate consulting, development, brokerage and investment firms, he oversaw asset and property management for retail, office and industrial properties and participated in commercial real estate joint venture development with major Japanese banks and trading companies.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Gjelde was asset manager for the Carpenters’ Union retirement fund of Hawaii and owned and managed heavy equipment companies in California and Idaho.
M. Chris Kirksey, PE
Chris Kirksey manages a broad range of Summit project development activities, including permitting, land/easement acquisition, and contract negotiations. Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Kirksey held the position of Senior Vice President 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.
During Mr. Kirksey’s tenure at Austin Energy, he worked in a variety of roles in generation, including engineering and plant management. Mr. Kirksey was also instrumental in the planning and development of the Sand Hill Energy Center, a 300 MW combined cycle and 180 MW simple cycle combustion turbine peaking generation facility, including all phases of contract negotiation and administration for technical services, equipment procurement and construction. Mr. Kirksey served as a director on the board of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company and on the owners’ committees for the South Texas Project and the Fayette Power Project. Mr. Kirksey received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a member of the Texas Tech Academy of Mechanical Engineers.