SOUTH BEND, IN--(Marketwired - Dec 1, 2016) - Inovateus Solar LLC, a leading U.S. solar developer, EPC and supply company, has expanded its board of directors, adding Gary Gigot, co-founder and CEO of Vennli, and Tim Sutherland, founder, chairman and CEO of Middleburg Capital Development. The new high-profile board members will enhance the company's plans to further expand its solar services throughout the U.S.

Gigot and Sutherland join current board members Ashley Brickley, George Howard, and TJ Kanczuzewski, president of Inovateus Solar.

"The addition of Gary and Tim to our board of directors represents a major evolutionary milestone for Inovateus Solar," said Kanczuzewski. "They have a wealth of executive experience in the corporate world. They have started up and scaled companies, managed large teams, negotiated with leading banks, and secured financing for major projects. Together with Ashley, George and myself, Gary and Tim will help ensure that the Inovateus team gets the support and leadership it needs as we continue our mission of building a brilliant tomorrow." 

"I've been impressed by Inovateus' tightly run business, and based on what the company has already accomplished, I believe it can make a big dent in delivering solar technology over the next 20 years," said Gigot. "I look forward to helping the team apply sales and marketing best practices, scale their organization, and evolve their business model as Inovateus take its place among the industry leaders."

"Inovateus' combination of credibility, competency, innovation, and alignment between its corporate culture and mission made me sit up and take notice," added Sutherland. "I can't wait to help them create a more robust and diverse revenue model and gain access to capital to accommodate their rapid growth, as well as advise them on taking their operational governance to the next level." 

Gary Gigot is the co-founder and CEO of Vennli, a choice visualization and analytics platform company. His executive resume includes Microsoft, where he served as vice president of marketing, and Visio, where he was chief marketing officer, as well as consultative and board positions at Optimum Energy, Sesame Communications and DocuSign. He is the benefactor of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame.

Gigot has served on various boards and has extensive experience in helping companies scale up. He will provide insights regarding the Inovateus company structure, marketing and sales strategies, key hires and capital requirements. His work with software-based companies will also bring a fresh perspective to opportunities in the solar energy realm. Engaged in regional business development, Gigot will also help promote Inovateus' efforts within the community.

Tim Sutherland is founder, chairman and CEO of Middleburg Capital Development. Before forming Middleburg Capital, he was the founder, chairman and CEO of Pace Global Energy Services, LLC, a leading global energy consulting and management firm that was established in 1976 and acquired by Siemens Industries in 2011. Sutherland is a Fellow of the University of Notre Dame and a member of the school's board of trustees, where he serves as chairman of the finance committee.

Sutherland brings to the board a vast amount of knowledge of the energy sector. He was a driving force behind the strategy and operations at Pace Global for more than 35 years, and will help the Inovateus board plan for the future. Sutherland's firm, Middleburg Capital Development, will also assist Inovateus' capital needs from an operational and project ownership perspective.

Note: Full bios of the Inovateus board members can be found here.

About Inovateus Solar

Inovateus Solar is one of the leading solar development; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC); and supply companies in the Midwest United States. Headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, the company has developed and built more than 250 megawatts of utility, commercial and industrial, and microgrid solar systems in the U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America. With strong roots in the communities it serves, Inovateus is passionately committed to Building A Brilliant Tomorrow™ through the wide-scale deployment of advanced solar and clean energy technologies. Find out more at, or visit us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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For further information, please contact:

Mauricio Anon
Inovateus Solar
Phone: 574.323.1096

Cameron Crowe
Impress Labs (for Inovateus)
Phone: 415.735.8420