Mike Donnell is a veteran entrepreneur with a history of alternative energy successes. In 1980 he started 3-C Energy Systems out of his garage, a venture that quickly grew to the largest solar hot water installation company in the U.S., with installed systems serving over 15,000 households. Three years later he formed Sandberg Wind with two partners to develop wind parks near Palm Springs, CA. The company installed over 600 wind turbine generators, with a total construction value of $62 million, to provide clean electricity for Southern California Edison.
Mike is a third generation Angelino, born and raised near Pasadena, CA. He attended public schools and received a BS degree from the University of Arizona. He volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy and spent six years as a helicopter pilot stationed in Florida, Italy, and Virginia.
Mike is a general contractor in California and has extensive experience as a custom homebuilder and land developer. He has particular expertise in earthquake foundation repair, relocation of existing structures, and roofing. Mike is also a trained speaker and facilitator for Integrity Systems, a nationally recognized sales, customer service, and coaching program.
Over the years Mike has developed a clear understanding of the strengths and pitfalls of the alternative energy business, and his experience has led to the Solar Electric Scooter. Mike and Tony Vanmeeteren are the co-founders of SES, Inc.
Co-founder of the Company and a co-creator of the Solar Electric Scooter, Tony VanMeeteren has a long history of commitment to environmental concerns.
Tony studied Electronics Technology and Computer Technology at Cerritos College and obtained his Degree. Later he attended California Polytechnic College Pomona pursuing an BS in Business Management, and not long after completed a Certification program in Hazardous Materials Remediation at UCLA. He has also been certified as a Solar Contractor from the California Contractors Board Along with a A-1 Engineering and B-1 General Contracting License including a Hazardous Matrials Remediation Specialty License. Tony started his first business, Inteligent Home Systems, where he was on the cutting edge of designing home energy management and automation systems with his solar thermal friend. He then started a General Contracting company “Prophecy Builders Construction” named after his deep faith and religion. Tony founded Solar Alternatives Energy Inc., where he and his staff design and install photovoltaic systems on homes and businesses throughout Southern California. He is a pround family man married for 17 wonderful years with two lovely daughters.
Tony grew up on Brandt and Swan Lakes where his father and mother built a few homes in South Dakota. He then moved near by to a farm in Rock Rapids Iowa and was involved with riding and raising Horses and other livestock. He became a member of 4-H, preparing for joining Future Farmers of America. In the late 1970s his family moved to Southern California, where Tony was educated and developed his interest in electronics and alternative energy.
At SES, Tony runs the shop, continues to design and engineer other environmental products for the future. He is in charge of all technical repair and training along with keeping up inventory. He is responsible for determining the products that we sell and continuing to improve and testing them to determine their viability. Tony is passionate about his ability to educate others about the importance of creating a carbon-friendly society, and his many years of devotion to helping our planet greatly benefit the company.
Alice Lanier, owner of Cromwell Business Services, has provided computerized bookkeeping and payroll services to a variety of businesses and business types for over 20 years. Cromwell partners with its clients, offering business management advice and services; recommendations from some of those clients may be found on LinkedIn. Cromwell Business Services provides payroll and routine monthly bookkeeping for the company.
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Bob is a senior electrical engineer with Raytheon, Corporation based Woodland Hills, CA. He has participated in numerous aerospace and defense programs over the past 31 years at Raytheon.
Bob is an avid environmentalist with a keen eye for the practical and economically feasible applications of alternative energy.
He has assisted Solar Electric Scooters, Inc. in the design of the scooter electrical systems, the evaluation of the systems as well as the testing of the systems after installation on the scooters.
Bob is close friend and adviser of the founders of the company. He resides in Woodland Hills, CA with his wife and two children.
Charlie is a self-taught computer programmer and web site developer. He has a true gift for computers, programs and social media.
Charlie has designed web sites for company and is also an adviser on current trends in media, search engine optimization and communications.
Charlie is currently a freshman at Loyola Marymount College in Los Angeles and lives in San Pedro.
Chris and his team at Killer Off-Road Fabrication in Moorpark, CA built the first prototype of the Solar Electric Scooters for the company. Killer Off Road is a complete design and fabrication firm for off road vehicles and specialized accessories. They employ KOR Fabrication, CNC water jet plasma cutting, and CAD design services.
Chris was born in Burbank CA and educated at Laurel Springs Independent Studies, Moorpark College, and North Valley Aviation Center. He developed his love of mechanical devices and honed his skills as a very talented fabricator as a teenager before founding Killer Off Road.
In all their many dealings with SES, Chris and his staff have been the ultimate “team players,” showing positive attitudes and superior craftsmanship. They will continue to be fabricators and consultants for the company.
Daniel Yorba’s childhood, spent in places as varied as Orange County, California;
Portland, Oregon; Juneau, Alaska; and Barcelona, Spain, exposed him to many different experiences and cultures. From his father, an architect, he learned the beauty in functional simplicity, which inspired him to create art at a young age.
After graduating from high school, Yorba enlisted in the US Marines, serving as a helicopter crew chief and aerial gunner. While in the service, he began tinkering with and rebuild vintage motorcycles. Attracted to a blend of speed, aesthetics, and engineering he continued working with motorcycles after leaving the military. Eventually, he earned an internship at Fuse ID, a Portland design firm, securing his goal of designing useful products that inspire and ignite the imagination.
As an industrial design student at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, Yorba cultivated his passions for two-wheeled transportation, furniture, and sporting goods. For his thesis project, he designed and fabricated an electric motorcycle; his project led to the formation of his own line, Cycleton.
Yorba currently designs protective gear for action sports in the equipment group of Vans/Pro-tec. Dan’s passion and talent made him the ideal designer for the Solar Electric Scooter.
Deborah is the administrative arm of the company, overseeing day-to-day operation of the office, finances, correspondence, and employees. She has many years of experience keeping administrative operations on track.
Deborah lives with her husband Manuel in nearby San Fernando, where she is a proud mother and grandmother.
Ivan is the patent attorney for the company. Ivan has extensive background in Patent and Trademark Law and is a frequent advisor to the company. Ivan prepared and filed the company’s initial Solar Electric Scooter Patent and has recently filed a new updated set of “claims” for extending the reach of the application.
Ivan is a partner in the law firm of Kindred- Posey and practices in Los Angeles, CA.
The owner of Jacobs Computer Services, Joe Jacob provides contract computer and technical services to SES. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley and is certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
Joe has spent many years in the computer business, and his experience has been invaluable to the company. In addition to performing various technical services, Joe serves as a frequent advisor to the management of SES.
Kari VanMeeteren is a freelance photographer working in and around the LA area. She is a huge fan of the Solar Electric Scooter.
Michael is the corporate counsel for the company and originally incorporated it. Michael practices in Woodland Hills, CA and focuses on business law, estate planning, and arbitration.
Originally from Los Angeles, Michael earned his undergraduate degree in geography at U.C. Berkeley and attended UCLA Law School. He has practiced law since 1977.
With his environmental background, Michael has served his community as the Mayor of Calabasas, a member of the Calabasas Planning Commission, the first Chair of the Calabasas Environmental Commission, a founding member of the Calabasas Tree Board, a member of the Hidden Hills Planning Commission, and as the chair of the Hidden Hills Environmental Committee. Michael also hosts international visitors brought to Los Angeles by the State Department.
Besides his legal capacity with the company, Michael is a trusted friend and confidant of the founders.
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