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Management and Directors

U.S. Geothermal's team brings together decades of corporate executive experience and operating management expertise in the many facets of natural resource development and the business of running an ethical company.

Board of Directors

John Walker

John H. Walker, Chairman of the Board

Director and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. He has held that position since December 2003. He is also a Managing Director of Kensington Capital Partners Ltd and a National Director of Trout Unlimited Canada. Mr. Walker has a 38 year history in urban planning, energy security and power plant development in Ontario and internationally as well as experience on both public and private sector boards. Mr. Walker was a founding director of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 1992 and chaired the first Planning and Development Committee of the Board which provided oversight in the construction of CDN$4.4 billion terminal complex at Toronto Pearson Airport completed in 2004. He was instrumental in the development of a 117 megawatt cogeneration power plant at Toronto Pearson Airport which commenced operations in 2005. Additionally, he was a founding Director of the Borealis Infrastructure Fund which is now owned by Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS). Mr. Walker has worked in the financial services community as an investment banker with Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon and has served on the Board of Directors of Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. His background includes 10 years at Ontario Hydro where he was responsible for site selection, alternative energy and international market development. Mr. Walker has also acted as a senior advisor to Falconbridge on the Koniambo project, a CDN$3 billion nickel smelter, mine, power plant and port project in New Caledonia. Mr. Walker advises corporations on matters related to infrastructure and energy development and acts as a developer of power plants. Mr. Walker is a Registered Professional Planner in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Mr. Walker has a BSc. from Springfield College and a Masters of Environmental Studies (Urban and Regional Planning) from York University. Mr. Walker’s qualifications to serve as a director of the Company include his many years of senior leadership and management experience in international business development.

Dennis Gilles

Dennis J. Gilles, CEO and Director

Chief Executive Officer since April 2013 and a director of the Company since September 2011. Mr. Gilles also currently serves as a Director and Executive Board Officer of the Geothermal Resource Council. Mr. Gilles is a senior executive with 30 years of experience in the management, operations, maintenance, engineering, construction and administration of power and petrochemical plants and their related facilities. Mr. Gilles’ primary activities have included the identification, evaluation and acquisition of existing renewable projects or portfolios, as well as heading development of new green-field opportunities. During his 23 year career with Calpine Corporation as Senior Vice President, Mr. Gilles managed the Company’s geothermal portfolio of 750 megawatts at the Geysers geothermal field where he was instrumental in consolidating the majority of the ownership interests into a single entity. Mr. Gilles was part of the expansion and growth of Calpine Corporation from the very first megawatt to what is now the largest independent power producer in the United States. Mr. Gilles holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Gilles’ qualifications to serve as a director of the Company include his over 35 years of experience in the energy industry and his many years of senior management and director experience.

Doug Glaspey

Douglas J. Glaspey, President, COO and Director

Co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of the Company. He has served as a director of the Company since March 2000, President of the Company since September 2011, and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since December 2003. Mr. Glaspey served from March 2000 until December 2004 as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSX-V”) listed U.S. Cobalt Inc. until the acquisition of Geo-Idaho in December 2003. He also served as a director and the Chief Executive Officer of Geo-Idaho from February 2002 until the acquisition of Geo-Idaho in December 2003. During his career in the mining industry, he has held operating positions with ASARCO, Earth Resources Company, Asamera Minerals, Atlanta Gold Corporation and Twin Gold Corporation. Mr. Glaspey has 38 years of operating and management experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Processing Engineering and an Associate of Science in Engineering Science. His experience includes public company financing and administration, production management, planning and directing resource exploration programs, preparing feasibility studies and environmental permitting. He has formed and served as an executive officer of several private resource development companies in the United States, including Drumlummon Gold Mines Corporation and Black Diamond Corporation. He is currently a director of TSX-V listed Thunder Mountain Gold, Inc., which is also quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board. Mr. Glaspey’s qualifications to serve as a director of the Company include his over 38 years of experience in the natural resource industry and his many years of senior management and director experience.

Paul Larkin

Paul Larkin, Director

Director of the Company, a position he has held since March 2000. He served as Secretary of the Company from March 2000 until December 2003, and has served as Chairman of the Audit Committee from 2003 to present. He also served as a director and the Secretary-Treasurer of Geo-Idaho from February 2002 until its acquisition in December 2003. Since 1983, Mr. Larkin has also been the President of the New Dawn Group, an investment and financial consulting firm located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a director and officer of various TSX-V listed companies. New Dawn is primarily involved in corporate finance, merchant banking and administrative management of public companies. Mr. Larkin held various accounting and banking positions for over a decade before founding New Dawn in 1983, and currently serves on the boards of the following companies which are listed on the TSX-V: Esrey Energy Ltd., Condor Resources Ltd., Tyner Resources Ltd. Gstaad Capital Corp., Westbridge Energy Corp., Velocity Minerals Ltd and Capstream Ventures Inc. Mr. Larkin’s qualifications to serve as a director of the Company include his many years of senior leadership and management experience in corporate finance, merchant banking and administrative management of public companies.

Roy Mink

Dr. Leland “Roy” Mink, Director

Director of the Company, a position he has held since November 2006. Dr. Mink holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Idaho and is currently self-employed as President of Mink GeoHydro Inc conducting consulting activities in hydrogeology and geothermal resource evaluations. He served as Program Director for the Geothermal Technologies Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from February 2003 to October 2006. Prior to working for the DOE, Dr. Mink was the Vice President of Exploration for the Company from June 2002 to February 2003. He has also worked for Morrison-Knudsen Corporation, Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology and Idaho Water Resources Research Institute. Dr. Mink serves on the Geothermal Resources Board of Directors and is a member of the Geothermal Energy Association. His qualifications to serve as a director of the Company include his many years of senior leadership and management experience in the geothermal energy industry.

Randolph J. Hill

Randolph J. Hill, Director

Director of the Company effective September 30, 2016. Mr. Hill is a corporate lawyer with Stoel Rives with significant experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, energy and infrastructure development, project financing, and EPC, design-build and management and operations contracting, and also serves as Chair of the Idaho Energy Resources Authority and a member of the Board of Governors of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. He has previously worked as Chief Legal Officer for a major division of AECOM (previously Washington Group International and then URS through successive mergers), as General Counsel and then President and CEO for Ida-West Energy, and as a corporate lawyer at a premier Wall Street law firm. He has previously served as a director for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce (one year as Chair), the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (four years as President). Mr. Hill holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Mr. Hill’s qualifications to serve as a director of the Company include his many years of senior management, legal and energy industry experience.

James C. Pappas, Director

Director of the Company effective September 30, 2016. Mr. Pappas founded JCP Investment Management in Houston in June 2009 and is the Managing Member and owner of the Firm. Since January 2015, Mr. Pappas has served as a director of Jamba, Inc., a leading health and wellness brand and the leading retailer of freshly squeezed juice, where he is also a member of each of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Audit Committee. Mr. Pappas also currently serves as a director of Tandy Leather Factory, Inc., a specialty retailer and wholesale distributor of leather and leather related products. Previously, Mr. Pappas served on the Board of Directors of The Pantry, Inc., has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Morgan’s Foods, and has also served as a director of Samex Mining Corp. From 2005 until 2007, Mr. Pappas worked for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in their Investment Banking / Leveraged Finance Division. As part of the Goldman Sachs Leveraged Finance Group, Mr. Pappas advised private equity groups and corporations on appropriate leveraged buyout, recapitalization and refinancing alternatives. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Pappas worked at Banc of America Securities, the investment banking arm of Bank of America, where he focused on Consumer and Retail Investment Banking, providing advice on a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, financings, restructurings and buy-side engagements. Mr. Pappas received a BBA in Information Technology, and a Masters in Finance from Texas A&M University. His qualifications to serve as a director of the Company includes his years of investment banking and director experience.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT

Dennis Gilles

Dennis J. Gilles, CEO and Director

Chief Executive Officer since April 2013 and a director of the Company since September 2011. Mr. Gilles also currently serves as a Director and Executive Board Officer of the Geothermal Resource Council. Mr. Gilles is a senior executive with 30 years of experience in the management, operations, maintenance, engineering, construction and administration of power and petrochemical plants and their related facilities. Mr. Gilles’ primary activities have included the identification, evaluation and acquisition of existing renewable projects or portfolios, as well as heading development of new green-field opportunities. During his 23 year career with Calpine Corporation as Senior Vice President, Mr. Gilles managed the Company’s geothermal portfolio of 750 megawatts at the Geysers geothermal field where he was instrumental in consolidating the majority of the ownership interests into a single entity. Mr. Gilles was part of the expansion and growth of Calpine Corporation from the very first megawatt to what is now the largest independent power producer in the United States. Mr. Gilles holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Gilles’ qualifications to serve as a director of the Company include his over 35 years of experience in the energy industry and his many years of senior management and director experience.

Doug Glaspey

Douglas J. Glaspey, President, COO and Director

Co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of the Company. He has served as a director of the Company since March 2000, President of the Company since September 2011, and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since December 2003. Mr. Glaspey served from March 2000 until December 2004 as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSX-V”) listed U.S. Cobalt Inc. until the acquisition of Geo-Idaho in December 2003. He also served as a director and the Chief Executive Officer of Geo-Idaho from February 2002 until the acquisition of Geo-Idaho in December 2003. During his career in the mining industry, he has held operating positions with ASARCO, Earth Resources Company, Asamera Minerals, Atlanta Gold Corporation and Twin Gold Corporation. Mr. Glaspey has 38 years of operating and management experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Processing Engineering and an Associate of Science in Engineering Science. His experience includes public company financing and administration, production management, planning and directing resource exploration programs, preparing feasibility studies and environmental permitting. He has formed and served as an executive officer of several private resource development companies in the United States, including Drumlummon Gold Mines Corporation and Black Diamond Corporation. He is currently a director of TSX-V listed Thunder Mountain Gold, Inc., which is also quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board. Mr. Glaspey’s qualifications to serve as a director of the Company include his over 38 years of experience in the natural resource industry and his many years of senior management and director experience.

Kerry Hawkley

Kerry D. Hawkley, CFO and Secretary

Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Company. He has served as the Company’s controller since July 2003, and became CFO as of January 1, 2005. From July 2003 to December 2004, he also provided consulting services to Triumph Gold Corp. From 1998 to June 2003, Mr. Hawkley served as controller, director and treasurer of LB Industries. Mr. Hawkley has over 39 years of experience in all areas of accounting, finance and administration. He holds Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Accounting and Finance. He started his career as an internal auditor with Union Pacific Corporation and has held various accounting management positions in the oil and gas, truck leasing, mining and energy industries.

Jonathan Zurkoff

Jonathan Zurkoff, Treasurer and Executive Vice President, Finance

Treasurer and Executive Vice President of the Company, a position he has held since September 2011. From January 2009 to May 2009, Mr. Zurkoff served as a financial consultant to the Company. He then served as the Vice President Finance of the Company from June 2009 until September 2011. Mr. Zurkoff served as CFO of Tamarack Resorts from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Zurkoff has over 25 years of experience in engineering, construction, and all phases of project development with an emphasis on project and corporate finance. Mr. Zurkoff holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Science in Groundwater Hydrology, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Mr. Zurkoff has held positions in Tamarack Resort (CFO), Process Technologies (CFO & COO), and Morrison Knudsen Corporation (now URS).

Kevin Kitz

Kevin Kitz, Vice President Project Development

Mr. Kitz, Boise, Idaho, is a registered mechanical engineer who has worked exclusively in the geothermal industry since 1985. He has broad experience and responsibilities that have included PPA negotiation, resource development and optimization, power plant design, construction, and operation, drilling, and transmission. Before joining U.S. Geothermal in 2003, Mr. Kitz spent seven years in the Philippines working as an engineer and in engineering management on Unocal's projects. Mr. Kitz also worked in Indonesia and California on projects at Heber, the Geysers and Salton Sea.

Cline Bob

Bob Cline, Vice President Engineering

Mr. Cline, Boise, Idaho, is a registered professional Civil Engineer who has been involved in developing energy and water resources projects in the western U.S. since 1982. Since joining U.S. Geothermal in 2005, Mr. Cline has participated in the development, design and construction of all U.S. Geothermal power generating facilities. Prior to joining U.S. Geothermal, Mr. Cline was Manager of Engineering at Ida-West Energy Company, where he was instrumental in developing several hydroelectric and gas-fired generating facilities, and conducting due-diligence for several hydroelectric facility acquisitions. Prior to 1991, Mr. Cline worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Arizona where he was involved in engineering, contracting and construction of various water resources projects including major portions of the Central Arizona Project and Coolidge Dam.

Chris Harriman

Christopher Harriman, President US Geothermal Services, LLC

Mr. Harriman, Boise, Idaho, has over 13 years of power plant management experience, and has 25 years of operations and maintenance experience in the power generation industry. Mr. Harriman was formerly the plant manager of two, ten megawatt cogeneration facilities for Black Hills Generation in southern Idaho, and worked previously at Calpine Corporation, Stewart and Stevenson, and Sithe Energies. He also spent eight years with Exxon Shipping, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.