SBF 2016 - Austin Texas


Solar Business Festival

Connecting the Texas Solar Industry

Solar Business Festival is a highly interactive conference and exhibition dedicated to creating a significant solar business platform in Texas, for knowledge sharing and connectivity.

The event is focused on Texas and brings together solar companies, solar energy executives, policy makers, private equity investors, investment bankers, clean tech entrepreneurs, large residential and commercial building owners, corporate facility managers, and major players in the solar industry.

SBF 2016 will include a strategic & technical industry panel discussions providing latest trends in the solar industry, risk and finance regulation, finding deals in today’s market, initiatives, community solar, policies, solar innovations, market growth opportunities, innovative business models, regulatory framework, international solar opportunities, energy issues and more.

The event will host over 30 high-level speakers, quality exhibitors, and hundreds of high-profile attendees all of which have vested interests in actively growing the solar market in Texas, including government officials from a selected number of foreign countries with interests in US solar market. 

The Solar Business Festival 2016 will be held in Austin,Texas on December 2nd, 2016 at Hilton Austin Hotel. SBF 2016 is designed to fosters the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and expertise for furthering the solar energy industry and speeding the transition toward a sustainable energy economy in Texas, held under the official endorsement of United Nations Global Compact.

Solar Business Festival 2016

Dec 2, 2016 

7:45am - 6:30pm

Hilton Austin Downtown 

500 East 4th Street 

Austin, TX , 78701 

United States (map)

SBF 2016 Confirmed Speakers 

Will Wynn, Advisor/Former Mayor of Austin, Texas 

Lenae Shirley, Senior Director, Technology Innovation/Market Adoption, EDF 

Dan McIlroy, VP of Business Development, Clean Energy Collective

Jeff Wolfe, Senior Vice President of Business Strategy, Just Energy Group, Inc 

Gene Preston, CEO, Transmission Adequacy Consulting 

Andres Carvallo, CEO & Founder, CMG Consulting LLC 

Josh Smykal, Solar Business Development, Modernize 

Elise Sharum, Project Developer, One80 Solar 

Danielle Caltabiano, Global Energy Team Leader , U.S. Commercial Service 

Matthew Austin, Solar Industry Consultant /Home Performance Consultant, Treehouse 

Robert Watson III, CEO, Solar Electric Texas

Charlene Heydinger, President, Texas Pace Authority 

Frank Rodriguez, Senior Policy Advisor, Austin Mayor's Office

Nikolai Druzhinin, Commercial Development Associate, Freedom Solar  

Art Crowell, Co Founder, A Work of Art Solar Development 

John Cooper, Business Development, Business Transformation Services, Siemens US 

Lloyd Lee, CEO, NATiVE

Camron Barati, Analyst, North America Solar

Darrell Thornley, Director of Power, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I)

Casey Marshall, Director of Business Development, Clean Energy Associates 

Bert Haskell, Chief Technology Officer, Pecan Street Inc 

Nancy Edwards, Principal, Clean Power Marketing Group

Billy L. Curb, Texas Renewable Energy Coordinator, USDA Rural Development

Dr. Anna Selvan John, Founder & President, NanoPV Solar USA

Rick Luna, Senior Manager of Energy Management, CPS Energy

Jeffrey Mcelroy, Business Development Leader, GE Grid Solutions

Joshua M. Graham, Executive Director, TexNext, Inc


Key Advisory Board Members

David Inbar, Founder and CEO, Dejalytics, Inc 

Steve Pearson, Lead Strategist & Founder, Pearson Strategy Group 

David C Jedynak, Chief Technology Officer, Curtiss-Wright Corporation 

Tasha A McCarter, PE, Manager Distributed Generation Interconnection, SunPower Corporation 

Jim Kimo Storke, Managing Partner, KAS Consulting 

Mark Feasel, VP Utility Segment and Smart Grid, Schneider Electric


SBF 2016 Sponsors, Partners & Supporting Organizations:
Just Energy Group
Austin Technology Council
United Nations Global Compact
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance
ATI Clean Energy Incubator
Labacorp Group
ENF Solar
Greentech Media
Concurrent Design Inc 
Cleantech Open
Savvy Simplicity Global Marketing
Alternative Energy Africa
TexNext/World Trade Center of Austin
Central Austin Makerspace
Power and Energy Entrepreneurs Group
Sun Radio
Texas PACE Authority 

Key Steering Committee

Lewis Bichkoff, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business

Richard Huckle, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business

Charles Barnett, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business

Mike Senia, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business 

Charlie Cox, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business 

SBF 2016 Planning Committee

Justin Boger, Founder of Central Austin Makerspace (SBF Chair)

Kathryn E Burns, SBF StraMarketing Cordinator

Sade Ayodele, SBF Marketing Coordinator

Elizabeth McNally, SBF Research Coordinator

Daniel Dorksen, Marketing Manager, Global Attain Advancement

Germain Issian, Events Coordinator, Global Attain Advancement

Melissa Brown, Public Relations, Global Attain Advancement

Brenda Hannah, Graphic Designer, Global Attain Advancement

Suzanne Decca, Director of Research Global Team, Global Attain Advancement 


Global Attain Advancement (GAA) is happy to assist with questions regarding the Solar Business Festival Austin 2016. Please use the info's below to get in contact with GAA.

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

For questions and more information about sponsorship and advertisement opportunities, please contact: 

Daniel Dorksen, Marketing Manager -

Partnership Opportunities  

To inquire about partnership collaborations, please contact: 

Germain Issian, Event Coordinator -

Limited Speaking Opportunities (Only few slots left)

If you are interested in speaking, please contact: 

Melissa Brown, Public Relations  - 

Exhibiting Opportunities

If you are interested in exhibiting, please sent an email to; 


Qualified journalists and bloggers are invited to register for SBF Media Credentials. All requests for press and/or blogger credentials are subject to review and approval. For more information on Press and Media services at the event, please sent an email to; 

General Inquiries

For general information about Solar Business Festival, please sent an email to;

Mailing Address

Global Attain Advancement, LLC 

PO Box 18087

Austin, Texas, 78760 

Organized by Global Attain Advancement LLC, a participant company of United Nations Global Compact, and a Member of (Property Assessed Clean Energy) PACENation. SBF 2016 is Held Under the Endorsement of United Nations Global Compact 

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Documents Attached to SBF 2016:
About Event - One Pager
Draft SBF 2016 Program
SBF 2016 Attendee List
SBF Advertisement - OnePager
SBF Sponsorship Brochure
Your Personal Invitation - SBF 2016