Ravi Chiruvolu, Chief Executive Officer

slingshot_website_homepage_forPSDPrior to Slingshot, Ravi was President of Noribachi (LED manufacturer), Managing General Partner for Charter Ventures ($400m fund), and General Partner at Alta Partners ($500m fund). Ravi held operating positions at Motorola, Ameritech, Peapod, and NASA Goddard and Johnson Flight Centers. He began his career in the Energy Practice at McKinsey & Company. Ravi holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (Robotics and Control Systems with minor in economics) and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a First Lieutenant (Retired) in the United States Army, Ordinance Corps. Ravi is a tennis player and aspiring scratch golfer (more aspiring than scratch). His proudest accomplishment is coaching his 10 year old daughter’s basketball team to a winning record.

Paul Sherer, Chief Energy Ambassador

slingshot_website_homepage_forPSDPaul is a Senior Technology Venture Capitalist and Investment Banker with over 30 years experience in Silicon Valley. He has extensive principal investment experience in early, expansion and growth stage companies in the Communications, Networking, Security, Social Media and Software sectors. He was a Partner and Managing Director of three venture capital/ private equity funds over the last 10 years where he managed $1.75 billion across five funds, invested over $150 million in over 20 companies and helped raise $1.5 billion as a Managing Director of VantagePoint Capital. Previously, he established the highly successful Networking and Internet investment banking business units as a Managing Director of Robertson Stephens & Co. He holds a BA in Public Policy from Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Chadwick T. Forrest, Chief Financial Officer

slingshot_website_homepage_forPSDChad has been Slingshot’s CFO since December 2015. Prior to joining Slingshot Chad was the VP of Finance at Solar Universe where he oversaw the company’s tremendous growth becoming the #4 solar installation company in the country. Prior to joining Solar Universe, he served as Director of FP&A for Blinkx, Inc. from 2011 and held the same position at Triformix, Inc. from 2009. From 2005 to 2009, he was VP of Acquisitions and Finance for Heisman Properties where he oversaw project underwriting, development and financing. From 2001 to 2005, he was a Principal at Regent Pacific Management Corp, where he worked on multiple tech and Internet projects assisting clients with process improvement, restructuring and financing. In his free time Chad enjoys cycling, coaching baseball and spending time with his two children. Chad holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA.

Laura Adney, Executive Assistant to CEO

slingshot_website_homepage_forPSDLaura has six years of creative and administrative work experience. Prior to coming on as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Slingshot, Laura’s experience includes being the marketing and administrative assistant, designer and lighting specialist at DZINE; designer and project manager at L. Kershner Design; and visual merchandise lead at Banana Republic. Laura’s range of skills and experience are all being utilized in her role at Slingshot. Laura is a Santa Cruz native who recently relocated back to the Bay Area. In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband and two Yorkies, is an active member of the Junior League Palo Alto • Mid-Peninsula, writes a lifestyle and fashion blog, and loves to travel; with only two continents to go, Laura is dreaming up her next big trip.

Glen Procter, Commercial Sales Support

slingshot_website_homepage_forPSDGlenn Procter brings over 25 years of success in Sales, Operations and Finance roles. Prior to joining Slingshot, Glenn held Sales and Marketing positions at two innovative energy management companies, Enlightened Building Solutions and Serious Energy. Glenn has extensive knowledge of corporate financing gained from SVP roles at JPMorgan and Dredsner Bank. He volunteers as a Board Member for the Vista Center for the Blind Foundation and for the annual Vintage Affaire charity wine auction, where he applies his powers for good. A Bay Area native and former water polo player, Glenn leads an active life and enjoys the California outdoors by hiking and skiing.

Steve Hansen, Director of Operations

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Dennis Kellerman, Field Supervisor

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Gene Woo, Director of Engineering

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Kash Flaherty, Sales Support & Commercial Sales

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Board Members

Ravi Chiruvolu

slingshot_website_homepage_forPSDPrior to Slingshot, Ravi was President of Noribachi (LED manufacturer), Managing General Partner for Charter Ventures ($400m fund), and General Partner at Alta Partners ($500m fund). Ravi held operating positions at Motorola, Ameritech, Peapod, and NASA Goddard and Johnson Flight Centers. He began his career in the Energy Practice at McKinsey & Company. Ravi holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (Robotics and Control Systems with minor in economics) and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a First Lieutenant (Retired) in the United States Army, Ordinance Corps. Ravi is a tennis player and aspiring scratch golfer (more aspiring than scratch). His proudest accomplishment is coaching his 10 year old daughter’s basketball team to a winning record.

Ravi Sattiraju

slingshot_website_homepage_forPSDRavi is a twenty year practicing attorney and has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Employment and Labor Law.  He previously served as the primary in-house employment attorney for L’Oreal USA’s, overseeing 8,000 employees.  He received his BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his JD from Rutgers University School of Law.

Sanjay Motwani

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Sanjay is President and Portfolio Manager for Sansar Capital. Prior to the Sansar, Sanjay was with Kingdon Capital Management, where he ran various funds. Before entering the hedge fund industry, Mr. Motwani served as a Research Analyst for Fidelity Investments and an Investment Banking Analyst with Lehman Brothers. Sanjay holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, Paris, and BAs, magna cum laude, in Finance and Oriental Studies/Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania.

Terdema Ussery

slingshot_website_homepage_forPSDTerdema served as President of Global Sports Categories at Under Armour. Prior, he served as President/CEO of Dallas Mavericks from 1997-2015 and CEO of HDNet. He served as the President of Nike Sports Management from 1993 to 1996. At Nike, he was included on The Sporting News’ annual list of the 100 most powerful people in sports. Terdema is Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Housing Authority and has served on the boards of Timberland, Fantex, Entrust, and Treehouse Foods. He is a Trustee of Communities Foundation of Texas, the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation Board, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Advisory Board of Wingate Partners. He is a Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Salvation Army, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He served as a Trustee of the Princeton University and was the Commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association (“CBA”) from 1991 to 1993. Terdema received a J.D. from the University of California, an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School at Harvard, and a B.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Gary Smith

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Gary has had a distinguished career in marketing, merchandising and retail operations spanning more than 40 years. Prior to founding Encore Associates, Gary served as SVP of Marketing and officer of the corporation at Safeway where he was credited with the development and implementation of many of Safeway’s industry-leading merchandising and marketing programs. These include the category management process, customer loyalty card, and the rollout of Safeway’s first computer-assisted forward buying system. In 1998 Gary accepted the Private Label Manufacturers Associates “Retailer of the Year” for his role in the development of the Safeway SELECT brand and private label merchandising strategy. Gary serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Treehouse Foods (THS); Brownie Brittle, LLC; FreshKo; Mesa Foods; Caterina Foods, LLC; and Fantasy Cookie Corp.