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Bair Energy Team

Frederick Lowther
Counsel  

Fred’s role as counsel to Bair Energy involves all aspects of project structuring, regulatory approvals, administrative and judicial litigation, financing, and general counseling for large projects and transactions involving natural gas, power generation, and electric transmission.

He is currently a partner with Blank Rome in Washington, D.C. He is devoted to development of large energy and natural resource projects in the United States and abroad. He focuses his practice on domestic and international energy, water supply projects and transactions, and general counseling of energy companies in all sectors of the industry. His work on water supply issues involves both structuring projects and litigating over water rights. He also focuses his practice on counseling companies in the energy technology sector.

At various times between 1985 and 2015, Fred served as a director of Yankee Energy Systems (NYSE: YES); EEX Corporation (NYSE: EEX); Shell Technology Ventures; KeySpan Energy Development Corp.; KeySpan Technologies, Inc.; Alberta Northeast Gas Limited; Energy Solutions International, and Integrated Pipeline Services. He also was a member of the Russian-American Commission on Foreign Investment. Fred previously served as the director of the Office of Energy Programs in the U.S. Department of Commerce, a member of the U.S. Mission to the U.S.S.R. responsible for trade negotiations in the maritime and energy sectors, and special assistant to the General Counsel, U.S. Maritime Administration.

 

 

 

Nicholas Bair
Chief Executive Officer and  Chief Operating Officer

Nicholas has held positions in both the public and private sectors including the oil and gas industry, alternative energy industry, and state government as Chief of Staff to a Representative and Policy Advisor to a Senator. Nicholas began his career as an environmental chemist at Ch2M Hill and worked many years for Technip Stone and Webster Process Technologies evaluating new and emerging technologies and designing/constructing energy facilities. 

Nicholas has lived and worked abroad, including, France, Canada and throughout the United States. He is responsible for project development and program execution management and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Bair Energy. Nicholas also serves as Managing Principal for Bair Energy on the Board of Directors of Clean Energy Holdings, LLC. Clean Energy Holdings is a private equity fund that develops, owns and operates renewable energy facilities, and, is a United States based company.

Nicholas attended Montana State University and Oregon State University and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Ecosystems Analysis and Environmental Policy and Environmental Chemistry. Nicholas enjoys his family and currently resides in Southern Oregon. His passion is developing and executing alternative energy projects and his weekend usually consists of taking his Wife Brittany and children, Grayson and Isla for picnics and fly fishing on the Rogue River with the family Vizsla, Robynhood. 

 

Cornelius (Con) Fitzgerald
President, Finance

Cornelius (Con) Fitzgerald serves as Bair Energy’s Chief Financial Officer. His expertise in several areas helps Bair Energy complement and integrate the work of Wind Harvest International (WHI), where he serves as an executive Director. He is also Managing Partner of Clean Energy Holdings, LLC.

Con became the CEO of WHI in late 2015 to lead negotiations with new partners, close a round of financing and work to bring WHI turbines to the commercial market. Beyond the commercialization of the technology, he helped create the business culture that enables WHI to attract exceptional talent and partners.

Before joining WHI, Cornelius was with the top strategic planning group for a Fortune 50 Bank in San Francisco, where he dealt with numerous analytical and communication issues, including the execution side of $15B in M&A activity. He began his career designing and building businesses with a boutique management-consulting firm, Patpatia & Associates. While in the consulting field, the emphasis was not simply strategy design, but included the implementation and execution of those strategies to bring the idea to life. Cornelius was part of a team that thought up, designed, built, and implemented a new insurance product platform for insurance and asset management companies across the U.S. The platform concept went on to be leveraged by General Electric’s insurance group.

Cornelius holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arizona, as well as an MBA in sustainable enterprise from Dominican University of California. He lives in Marin County, CA. When he’s not working, Con enjoys his family and friends, Ironman 70.3 triathlons and spending time back on the ranch he grew up on in southeastern Oregon.

 

 

 

Meghan Chicoine
President, Compliance 

Meghan is a seasoned investment professional with 20 years of experience in a variety of executive level roles including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Managing Director of Alternative Investments. As President, Compliance, Meghan is responsible for vigilantly developing and overseeing Bair Energy’s direction and operational due diligence.

She spent 4 years as an independent financial consultant within the alternative investment space helping to navigate her clients through the complexities of efficient compliance, due diligence, and investment operations. Prior to that, Meghan worked for over a decade at Freestone Capital Management, a Seattle based wealth management firm with over $2 billion in AUM at the time of her departure. At Freestone, Meghan served as Managing Director and oversaw the firm’s investment operations, operational due diligence, fund structuring, and investor relations. Additionally, Meghan was responsible for overseeing the firm’s emerging manager platform, which entailed including operational and investment due diligence, manager selection, and capital allocations.  She is also Director of Investor Relations with Clean Energy Holdings LLC.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications from the University of Portland. She is a Past President and Board Member of the Seattle Alternative Investment Association. Additionally, Meghan is an Investment Advisor Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP).

 

Jerry Haugen
Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer

Jerry Haugen serves as Bair Energy’s Vice President and Chief Environmental officer. He is also principle of Global Creations LLC a web service and production company. He has decades of experience developing and maintaining websites for his related companies and for a variety of clients.

Prior to joining Bair Energy, he worked with the U.S. Forest Service for 31 years in various roles, primarily as an Operations Research Analyst, but also as a civil engineer, environmental coordinator and rural community assistance coordinator. Prior to that he was employed as a Highway Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration. He has extensive experience integrating diverse scientific specialties into comprehensive plans for land use and management. Much of his career involved insuring plan and project compliance with the mandates of the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act.

Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Science in Forest Management from Oregon State University. He lives with his wife and daughter in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He enjoys exploring the outdoors and producing photos and videos to accompany articles on his adventures.

 

 

Peder Hansen
Vice President and Chief Engineering Manager

Peder Hansen serves as a Vice President and Chief Engineering Manager for Bair Energy. He has been working in renewable energy ever since he started with the wind turbine manufacturer Vestas in the mid-1980s. Peder advanced progressively into roles of increasing professional responsibility, including design engineering, manufacturing, process and quality controls, project development and business development.

Peder served as Executive Vice President of Northstar Wind Towers, a designer and manufacturer of a new generation of very tall wind turbine towers. Prior to Northstar he served as the Global Sales Manager for Valmont Industries in Omaha, NE and Senior Sales Engineer for GE Wind Energy in Tehachapi, CA.

Mr. Hansen received his BS in business with a major in Mechanical Engineering from Aarhus University in Denmark. As a team-oriented business professional and analytical thinker with a technical, and team-leading background, he brings skills to the table which pulls the best out of the teams he has led. Peder applies solutions to tasks through cross functional dialogue and unique approaches to complex technical or sales issues. Along with good presentation, sales and engineering skills, he is effective in building relationships with a broad group of stakeholders.