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Cratus brings cost effective solar power to new markets and customers through its approach to development and solutions tailored to the energy challenges of municipal, co-op, community and small-to-medium corporate customers. Through our innovative approach to develop and network of industry leading partners, Cratus delivers optimized solutions designed to solve the challenges of today's changing power markets.

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“Cratus has pinpointed exactly what it takes to be a market leader in the green energy sector.”
Norman Villarina,
Managing Partner, Industry Capital


Jesse Atkinson
Mr. Atkinson serves as Cratus Energy’s President. Jesse has over 10 years of experience in utility scale solar project development, technology development and finance. Prior to Cratus, Jesse served as Vice President of Business Development and CFO of Alion Energy, a startup developing ballasted racking systems with automated cleaning robotics serving harsh environments. From 2007 to 2012 Jesse was a project development manager for First Solar in the US and China developing a pipeline of utility scale projects. Jesse holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Texas.
Thomas Richards
Mr. Richards serves as an Associate for Cratus Energy. Thomas brings several years of experience as a project developer and energy finance professional to the Cratus team. Prior to joining Cratus, Thomas worked at Denham Capital’s Endeavor Energy affiliate, focused on acquiring and developing energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and built a portfolio of over 650MW of power assets. Thomas started his career at Marshall & Stevens, where he advised on a broad array of domestic and international renewable energy transactions. Thomas holds dual B.S. degrees in Finance and Accounting from the University of South Florida and is a CFA Level III candidate.
Mark Tippett
Mr. Tippett serves as a Manager, Origination for the Cratus Energy focused on early stage development and project origination. Prior to joining the Cratus Energy team, Tippett was the founder of North Star Development, LTD, an international renewable energy and real estate development firm, where he oversaw the company’s strategy and sales operations. He has significant corporate finance and business development experience through previous leadership positions in the telecommunications industry. Prior to North Star, Mr. Tippett held senior new business development and sales positions in various tech companies including vice president of sales for a national carrier with a team of 50 and a $270M revenue target. Mark Tippett hold a B.S. in Business Management from George Mason University and an M.S. in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Maryland. Tippett completed the United States Air Force Officer Training program to become a commissioned officer in the Air Force flying program and subsequently did a branch transfer into the Army infantry with the Maryland Army Reserves.
Tanner Kreger
Tanner Kreger serves as a Development Analyst for Cratus Energy. Prior to joining the Cratus team Tanner served as an Assistant Project Manager for Papenhausen Construction. Tanner is responsible for land acquisition; managing the research and generation to support project origination. Tanner received his B.A degree in English Literature from Sonoma State University.
Norman Villarina
Mr. Villarina serves as Managing Partner of Industry Capital, a private equity firm investing in real assets globally since 2003 with $2 billion of assets under management. In 1999, he co-founded Industry Ventures, a $3 billion venture capital firm specializing in the secondary market, and served as a general partner from 1999 to 2003. Prior to that, he was a private and public equity portfolio manager at Eos Partners and Cassandra-Chase Partners in New York City from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Villarina has also held various officer positions in Wells Fargo Bank and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Villarina holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and MBA from Columbia University.
Doug Wertheimer
Mr. Wertheimer serves as a Partner of Industry Capital. Prior to joining Industry Capital in 2004, he was a successful entrepreneur with several well-known ventures in media and entertainment, consumer products and financial services. From 1999 to 2002, he was a founding executive with Size Technologies, an electronic payments company acquired by First Data Corporation in 2006. From 1995 to 1999, he was a Principal in Mark Burnett Productions, where he played a critical role in the development and sale of the successful reality TV franchises “Survivor” and “Eco-Challenge”. He received a A.B. from Princeton University and J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.


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