Directors

Hari Achuthan

Founder, President & CEO

Hari Achuthan is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of each of ACO Investment Group (ACO) Convalt Energy, Oxaio Networks and DigiCollect. ACO is the parent investment holding company of its portfolio companies including Convalt Energy, Oxaio Networks and DigiCollect. Convalt Energy founded by Hari Achuthan, is a vertically integrated renewable power company that develops, owns and operates solar, waste to power, wind, energy, power transmission and EV charging. Convalt is currently active in the United States, S.E. Asia, India and Africa. Convalt is in the process of constructing a solar panel manufacturing plant in Watertown, New York potentially making this plant the second largest solar module manufacturer in the United States.

DigiCollect Corporation, also founded by Hari Achuthan is in final stages of developing a digital ERP platform with proprietary applications for the power sector. These power system applications along with licensed patents from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee provide the next generation smart grid technologies that are going to be absolutely critical for grid modernization and autonomous grid management supporting the eventual switch to 100% renewable generation. Oxaio Networks is seeking to develop backbone ISP infrastructure in the United States and Africa with a core focus on quantum computing technologies.

Prior to founding ACO and Convalt, Hari was a Director at Credit Suisse Asset Management in the Alternative Investment group, where he covered hedge fund, real estate and private equity strategies. Prior to his role at Credit Suisse Asset Management, he worked at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, where he led the group’s global pension strategy and transition management business providing cross asset solutions for public and corporate pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and insurance companies.

In 2009, Hari was selected as one of the emerging leaders at Credit Suisse Asset Management and named one of the “Rising Stars in Public Pensions” by Money Management Letter. During his tenure at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, the firm was consistently ranked as a top provider of pension strategies and transition management services. Hari has a B.S. in Applied Economics from Hofstra University and was a member of the Hofstra Football team from 1991 – 1994.

He has volunteered with the Jacksonville Police Athletic League and has been a frequent guest lecturer at Louisiana State University School of Business. Hari has also authored a series of papers on the transition management industry which have been published in Institutional Investor and Pensions & Investments.

Richard Gephardt

Director and Shareholder

Richard A. Gephardt is both an equity shareholder of Convalt and advisor of ACO. Mr. Gephardt is also President and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs. He provides strategic advice to clients on issues before the House, Senate and Executive Branch in the federal government. Mr. Gephardt has brought successful resolution for clients on issues related to negotiations, crisis management, and strategic communications. He represents a broad array of Fortune 100 clients on Capitol Hill and before the Administration, in addition to serving as public spokesperson for clients on coalitions to bring about policy solutions to healthcare reform and climate change. Mr. Gephardt served for 28 years in the United States House of Representatives from 1976 to 2004. In his role as Leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Democratic Party’s platform and chief architect to landmark reforms ranging from healthcare, pensions, education, energy independence and trade policy. He was elected to serve as House Democratic Leader for more than 14 years, as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003.

Mr. Gephardt was a colleague in the House to 49 currently serving U.S. Senators and members of the Executive Branch. He enjoys strong bipartisan relationships in the House of Representatives, serves as a trusted advisor to senior officials in the Administration and on Capitol Hill, and has counselled numerous CEOs during negotiations with labour. He has been featured in national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Journal, Roll Call, The Hill and Time.

Management Team

Sanjay Chablaney

Chief Financial Officer

Sanjay Chablaney is a Partner of ACO Investment Group and joined Convalt Energy, Inc. as a Chief Financial Officer. Sanjay Chablaney has more than 20 years of experience working at top tier investment banks in trading ETF and index products especially in transformational sectors including Energy and Technology. Sanjay was most recently Head of ETF and Central Risk Book Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA) where he initially worked from 2005 - 2009 and rejoined from 2013 – 2021 where he was responsible for institutional market making and risk management across all ETF asset classes. Sanjay has traded Crude Oil and Natural Gas Futures and was instrumental in the launch of the first crude oil ETF, USO – United States Oil Fund.

Prior to re-joining BofA in 2013, he was Head of ETF Trading at Morgan Stanley from 2009 - 2013 and began his career at Credit Suisse in 1998 as an index arbitrage trader and later worked for Societe Generale in Paris trading European markets. Sanjay brings extensive capital market experience to ACO’s portfolio companies that are growing rapidly especially Convalt Energy, Inc. Sanjay is responsible for all capital raises for ACO portfolio companies while also building the finance team to help support the businesses. Sanjay was an early investor in Tesla shortly after its IPO and has a track record of investing in transformational companies. Sanjay is keen to grow Convalt Energy during one of the most important times in our history.

Sanjay holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stony Brook University and an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University.

Matthew Morris

Chief Operations Officer

Matthew Morris is a Chief Operations Officer at Convalt Energy and Lincoln Infrastructure, both portfolio companies of ACO Investment Group, where he is currently focused on development and operations including the buildout of potentially the second largest solar module manufacturer in the United States. Prior to joining Convalt Energy, Matthew was a United States Army Colonel with a distinguished 30-year career as a Logistics Officer. During his military career he conducted world-wide operations in Haiti, Panama, Europe, Republic of Korea, and five combat tours to the Horn of Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Matt commanded the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Drum, NY where he was directly responsible for the training, welfare and morale of over 2,250 Soldiers and for managing a multi-million dollar budget. Matt also commanded a 1200-Soldier task force, the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, in Afghanistan where he was responsible for providing Logistics throughout Afghanistan. Matt has extensive experience in large organizations from tactical to strategic levels of operations where he led and managed significant amounts of equipment, facilities, resources and personnel of all skills and experience. Matt was commended with two Legions of Merit and three Bronze Stars for his accomplishments and expertise in providing tactical and strategic logistics in austere and remote combat environments by leading teams and large organizations to success.

Robert Saffer

Chief Revenue Officer

Robert is the Chief Revenue Officer at Convalt Energy tasked with driving revenues for the company. In his role, Robert is responsible for expanding the company’s relationships with its customers across the solar module business unit and the commercial and industrial sector to provide renewable power solutions. Robert spent 35 years in the financial services industry working at some of the leading global institutions.

His work often focused on developing new and innovative products in both the derivative and ETF segments. Robert managed global sales teams and worked with many of the largest institutional and pension clients globally. Robert traveled extensively through his work and lived in London for 5 years.

Dr. Stephen Shea

Chief Scientist

Dr. Shea is an alternative energy industry veteran who is the Chief Scientist at Convalt Energy, a portfolio company of ACO Investment Group. Dr. Shea has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of photovoltaic device design, manufacturing, and deployment, covering the entire value chain from feedstock to solar power plants, and a career-long interest in facilitating the movement of new technology from the lab to mass production.

From 2003 to 2007, and since 2017, Dr. Shea has worked as a consultant to the PV industry, recently as Technical Advisor to Convalt Energy, Inc. Dr. Shea’s work between 2003 and 2007 included spending six months as Visiting Senior Solar Energy Technologist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC); design and installation of a PV cell factory in Cairo, Egypt; and screen print metallization materials development.

Adrienne Snow

Head of Talent / HR

Adrienne is the Human Resource Specialist for Lincoln Infrastructure, Convalt Energy, DigiCollect, and Military Wives. As the Human Resources Specialist, Adrienne ensures that all employees are cared for through policies and procedures that are put into place while following local, state and federal laws. Adrienne is responsible for writing and implementing companywide polices that ensure safety to the company and employees.

Adrienne has worked as a Human Resources Professional for many years. Adrienne has also worked with injured service members that have returned home from war and wished to continue medical care at facilities closer to their home so that they can heal faster surrounded by their loved ones.

Adrienne has also received the Fort Riley Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and was nominated by the Fort Riley Commanding Officer. Among her work advocating for service members and veterans, she started a spouse support group for injured service members families at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Adrienne has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and is currently working towards obtaining her SHRM Certification

Development Team

Daniel Bryan

Business Development Manager

Daniel Bryan is the Business Development Manager for Convalt Energy. Daniel is focused on gathering all critical project variables for establishing strategic relationships with retail, commercial, industrial, and utility vendors. At Convalt, he brings value to marketing, manufacturing, sales, distribution, and transportation & logistics.

Daniel served a distinguished 21-year career in the United States Army as an Infantry First Sergeant. During his military career, he conducted worldwide operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel’s final position with the U.S Military was with the 10th Mountain Division as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant for 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He led over 200 Soldiers while overseeing eight different departments (Human resources, Security management, Planning and Operations, Finance, Communications, Marketing, Foodservice, Logistics). Daniel is an enthusiastic, multidirectional leader with extensive management experience at the tactical and strategic levels for both small and large organisations.

Tord E. Corfitz Thott

Vice President - Office of CEO

Tord Thott is a Vice President in the Office of the CEO at ACO Investment Group and Convalt Energy. He is a key resource acting with, and on behalf of, the CEO and has developed detailed insight and understanding of the company’s operations and industry through his many roles at ACO.

Tord joined ACO in 2013 and prior to becoming Vice President, he served the company across a wide array of business segments including business & renewable project development, research & development of business plans, environmental assessments, feasibility studies as well as execution of marketing strategies. He has spent the majority of his decade long career at ACO and Convalt developing utility scale renewable power projects in countries such as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (formerly Burma), Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Kingdom of Thailand.

Tord has a proven record of accomplishments at ACO and across the company’s portfolio of subsidiaries and projects.

Operations Team

Yuchen (Charles) Guo

Mechanical and Robotics Engineer

Yuchen (Charles) Guo is a Mechanical and Robotics Engineer at Convalt Energy and Lincoln Infra-structure, focusing on documenting and dismantling the Oregon solar panel manufacturing facility that has now been moved to Watertown, New York. Charles is responsible for providing 2D and 3D mechanical drawings for the production line machines and designing the layout of the new factory.

Charles is supervising the reassembly for the four solar panel production lines which will start producing in Q1 2023. Charles is also focusing on developing the autonomous inspection and cleaning robotic system for solar power plants and the next generation factory and warehousing.

Charles graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering concentrated on Mechatronic and Robotic Systems. He acquired his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering minor in Graphic Communications from North Carolina State University.

Lin Khant Oo

Project Manager

Lin is a Project Manager at Convalt Energy and Lincoln Infrastructure, both portfolio companies of ACO Investment Group. Lin was managing supply logistics, administration and shipping arrangements for the move of a multi-million dollar solar panel factory from Oregon to New York for the subsequent buildout of Convalt's solar module manufacturing factory in the United States. Lin is also responsible for project development of the various power and construction projects being developed by Convalt Energy.

Lin is a graduate of Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning and has worked with various local government and community groups on economic development and built-space design within New York State. Prior to his work in New York, he worked in his hometown with the Yangon Regional Government and Yangon City Development Committee on municipal boundary formalization, urban space reclamation and grey water/waste water management. Throughout his career, Lin has worked in many fields including logistics, economic development, community planning and as a translator/interpreter within the international steel, construction materials and automotive industries.

Thomas Slomski

Operations Manager

Thomas Slomski is an Operations Manager at Convalt Energy and Lincoln Infrastructure, both portfolio companies of ACO Investment Group, where he is currently focused on construction and operations. Thomas is responsible for the development and buildout of potentially the second largest solar module manufacturing plant in the United States located in Watertown, NY. Prior to joining Convalt Energy, Thomas was a U.S. Army Captain with a distinguished 23-year career as an Engineer Officer in the Corps of Engineers. During his military career he conducted world-wide operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, Kuwait, and Iraq.

Thomas commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 41st Engineer Battalion at Fort Drum, NY where he was directly responsible for the training, welfare and morale of over 150 Soldiers. Thomas has extensive experience in many fields including logistics and engineering focusing mainly on environmental and geological subjects in the field. Thomas was commended with the Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge and the Gold Badge Recruiter award for his accomplishments while serving.

Jamie Parker

Operations Manager

Jamie is the Operations Manager at Convalt Energy and Sourwine Farm, a model farm for sustainable energy and food production. Jamie has been tasked with the community solar installation and agriculture greenhouse buildout as well as market production of equine hay.

Jamie grew up and continues to live on a family beef cattle farm in Jefferson County, NY. During his 20-year professional career he worked as a biochemist and cell biologist doing research and production of cancer and cellular cancer treatments. His background working on a farm and as a biochemist uniquely qualifies him to take on the diverse challenges of this position.

Jamie’s undergraduate degree is from Rochester Institute of Technology in Biotechnology and he has gone on to complete his master’s degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Forensic Medicine.

Wins Tunnitisupawong

Operations Manager

Wins Tunnitisupawong is a Vice President of Business Development for South East Asia at ACO Investment Group and is a Director of Convalt Energy, a subsidiary of ACO’s portfolio company. Wins will be focusing on the business growth and strategies of Convalt Energy within South East Asia. Prior to joining ACO Investment Group, Wins held multiple management roles within the energy and electrical distribution sectors with the most recent as General Manager of Rexel Thailand. Initially starting his career through GE’s Commercial Leadership Program in 2002, he went on to hold commercial and management positions at GE Industrial Systems, GE Energy, GE Supply and Rexel. Throughout his career Wins specialized in utilizing variable frequency drives, solar and LED lighting technologies to support utilities, architectural engineering firms, oil & gas companies and EPC companies, to maximize energy efficiency for their customers.

Wins holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, U.S. and an MBA in International Business from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jessie Walters

Operations Manager - Maintenance

Jessie Walters is the Operations Manager of Maintenance at Convalt Energy and Lincoln Infrastructure, both portfolio companies of ACO Investment Group, where he is currently focused on maintenance of the fleet and factory operations. Jessie, in his role, is focusing on preventative maintenance of the company’s equipment while systematically collecting, analyzing and archiving data to better prepare for future operations. Prior to joining Convalt Energy, Jessie was a United States Army First Sergeant with a distinguished 24-year career as a Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor.

During his military career he conducted world-wide operations in Kosovo, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Qatar along with five combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Jessie’s final position with the U.S Military was as the 10th Mountain Division Inspector General Noncommissioned Officer in Charge at Fort Drum, NY. He was directly responsible for providing the United States Forces-Afghanistan Commanding General and Fort Drum Commanding General with ongoing assessment of readiness, capabilities, emerging trends, and recommendations for issues and problems requiring intervention by the Inspector General for over 20,000 Soldiers, family members, and civilians.

Jessie has extensive management experience in managing personnel and equipment. As a First Sergeant, Jessie was the senior non-commissioned officer for three companies, responsible for the individual training, and professional development of over 500 Soldiers. As a Maintenance Control Sergeant, he expertly managed a brigade’s maintenance program with over 10,000 pieces of equipment, significantly increasing the effectiveness and readiness while supporting the brigades’ tactical operations. Jessie was commended with a Legion of Merit and two Bronze Stars for his unparalleled achievements.

Mike Wiser

Operations Executive

Michael Wiser is an Operations Executive at ACO Investment Group and its portfolio companies Convalt Energy, Lincoln Infrastructure and DigiCollect. Mike in his role is focusing on the strategic development of various renewable power and construction projects with the federal, state and municipal governments, and large corporations. Prior to joining Convalt Energy, Michael was a United States Army Colonel with a distinguished 29-year career as an Infantry Officer.

During his military career he conducted world-wide operations in Kazakhstan, Haiti, Kosovo, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia along with four combat tours to Iraq. Mike’s final position with the U.S Military was as the 10th Mountain Division Chief of Staff at Fort Drum, NY where he was directly responsible for synchronizing day to day operations as well as the training, welfare and morale of over 19,000 Soldiers and for managing a multi-million-dollar budget. Mike previously commanded a 550-Soldier task force, the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry at Fort Bragg, NC where he was responsible for the health, training, and maintenance of the task of maintaining high readiness as a part of the nation’s Global Response Force.

Mike has extensive management experience in large organizations from managing tactical to strategic levels of operations where he led planning teams, managed resources, and solved problems quickly and efficiently. Mike is highly adept at putting together implementation teams to solve large, small and complex problems.

Advisors

Karen Seitz

Senior Advisor

Karen Seitz founded Fusion Partners in January 2010, a global advisory and private placement firm (associated with BTIG). In May 2018 Karen formed her own broker dealer, Fusion Partners Global LLC. The firm raises capital for private companies and alternative investment fund managers globally from institutional investors.

Prior to founding Fusion Partners, Karen worked at Goldman Sachs & Co from 1997 - 2009. During that time, she led the Pensions, Endowments and Foundations Group for North America, serving as a liaison between the largest strategic institutional investing clients of the firm and the various divisions of Goldman Sachs. Karen became Managing Director in 1999 and a Partner in 2004. From 1995 – 1997, she was VP of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Morgan Stanley & Co. Prior to Wall Street, for almost 10 years, Karen worked for GE Company (1986) and then GE Capital (beginning 1990).

In addition to running her broker dealer, Karen serves on six non-profit boards, as follows: the Board of Directors of The Saber Six Foundation (2022); the Board of Trustees of Iona University (2020); Vice Chair of the Museum of American Finance (2015); Center for a New American Security (2019); buildOn (2012); and The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2005).

Karen earned a BS degree from Iona University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Don Pollard

Senior Advisor

Mr. Pollard is the CEO of CVP with over thirty years of experience in Leveraged Finance and Stressed/Distressed Debt. Previously the Head of the Credit Suisse Credit Investments Group ("CIG"), overseeing its $17 billion of High Yield Bond, Leveraged Loan, CLO, and Distressed Debt investment portfolios. Prior to managing CIG, Mr. Pollard was the Co-Head of Credit Suisse's Global Leveraged Finance Group, which included Credit Suisse’s High Yield Bond, Leveraged Loan and Distressed Debt businesses. Mr. Pollard served on the Management Committees for both Credit Suisse’s Securities Division (Fixed Income and Equities) and for Credit Suisse’s Asset Management Division. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Pollard was the Co-Founder and Head of DLJ’s Leveraged Loan Group and Distressed Debt Group, and Head of European Loan Trading and Distressed Debt at Citicorp Securities. Mr. Pollard is a CFA and the former Chairman of the Loan Syndication and Trading Association (“LSTA”). Mr. Pollard received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and is currently on the Advisory Board to the University’s College of Literature, Science and Arts.

Todd Sandoz

Senior Advisor

Currently a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and responsible for the Global Currencies business and Short Term Interest Rate Trading. Prior to his current role he was Co-Head of the Equity Department for the Americas as well as responsible for equity capital markets risk globally. He is the co-chair for the committee that governs and commits capital to illiquid equity exposures (such as financial market structure holdings and pre-IPO exposures) for the Investment Bank. After graduating from Yale with a BA in Economics, he started his career at Citadel Investments in Chicago focusing on convertible bond arbitrage strategies, convertible credit trading, and equity derivatives trading. Todd moved from Citadel to Credit Suisse in Hong Kong where he spent 9 years and held a number of roles in the Credit Suisse Equity Department culminating with responsibility for all of the bank's equity derivatives and convertibles business as well as equity trading and execution across Asia Pacific. In 2006 Todd relocated to New York with Credit Suisse where he assumed global responsibility for equity share trading across block trading, program trading, electronic trading, syndicate block risk, as well as the convertible bond group in 2007.

Bertin Tiusanen

Senior Advisor

Bertin Tiusanen, a senior advisor at ACO is currently a Director General and CEO at Lanekassen, the Norwegian State Education Loan Fund in Oslo, Norway. Mr. Tiusanen also serves on the board of Respect Europe of Sweden AB that offers market-leading services and tools within sustainable development and climate, and in SIVA- The Industrial Development Corporation of Norway.

Mr. Tiusanen is also Chairman of the Board in CBRE-Atrium a real estate services company in Norway.

Manish Jotwani

Senior Advisor

Dr. Manish (Kiran) C. Jotwani is a shareholder and senior advisor of Convalt Energy assisting Convalt in its growth. Dr. Jotwani is currently the Medical Director of an ambulatory surgical center, where he performs minimally invasive procedures for the dialysis community. With over 20 years of experience he has been able to integrate his medical knowledge and extend his expertise into a leadership position. His position on the Medical Advisor Board for Azura Vascular Care allows him to mentor and facilitate the professional development of over one hundred physicians in the fields of vascular surgery, interventional radiology and interventional nephrology.

Dr. Jotwani was an original partner in American Access Care, which was acquired by Fresenius Medical Care in 2011. This acquisition has forged his vision as an entrepreneur not only within the healthcare sector, but towards other areas of business including energy, technology and real estate. Dr. Jotwani's strong personal approach in facilitating relationships with investors, entrepreneurs, developers and financial organizations will promote the continued development of Convalt Energy.

M.S Ramachandran

Senior Advisor

Madras Seshmani Ramachandran is a senior advisor at ACO. Mr. Ramachandran is a former CEO and Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL). He is a Mechanical Engineer by qualification and started his career in Ashok Leyland before joining IOCL as a Manager Trainee in 1969. He has handled diverse assignments during the career with IOCL including supply logistics, shipping, commercial, sales operations and international trade.

He was the chief of the Oil Coordination Committee the de-facto Regulatory Body under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas during 1998 – 2000. He joined IOC’s Board in 2000 as Director Business Development and took over as CEO and Chairman in the year 2002.