About SUNTRAC

Get to know us

Located in Tempe, AZ, SunTrac is family owned and operated. In 2006, we created a patented thermal panel system (U.S. Patent No. 7,665,459) designed to reduce the energy consumption of A/C units for homes and commercial use. Our revolutionary Hybrid Climate System creates affordable, optimum thermal energy combined with precise temperature controls – an HVAC first!

Each panel is assembled in Tempe, Arizona, USA, and comprised of American Made components sourced locally & regionally.

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Our Mission

The SunTrac Team is accomplishing this through renewable energy and high efficiency air conditioners. Our passion for People & Planet has lead us to use only the best in air conditioning technology, renewable energy, and professional technicians.

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History

Our panel first tracked the Sun in 2006, up in the mountains of Golden, Colorado. Since it’s inception, the design has transformed into the robust, cloud connected panel we have today, integrated with various air conditioners across the globe. There are currently systems installed in over 15 US states and 12 countries.

Meet the Team

Leadership

Rich Cooley

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Cooley has over 25 years of executive leadership experience, and has served in Senior Executive positions in both public and privately held companies in the transportation and manufacturing sectors. He was VP of Carey International (formerly listed on NASDAQ: CARY) the world’s largest limousine company, Chief Operating Officer of Empire International, and Chairman & CEO of AAG Industries. He attended Long Beach State University and is a former US Army (USAR) officer, with over 22-years of uniformed service.

Devin Cooley

President

Mr. Cooley has been with SunTrac since its founding, serving in the areas of operations, logistics, client management and corporate branding. Devin selected and implemented SunTrac’s procurement and accounting systems, and is the program manager with key OEM’s and strategic vendors. He has managed teams and departments for several organizations, including program management, procurement and staffing for the City of Redmond and City of Mercer Island, WA. He is a graduate of University of Washington, with a BS in Political Science.

Greg Bakeman

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bakeman has over 25 years of corporate and commercial finance experience. He has been the Chief Financial Officer for five development and early stage businesses, including four renewable/sustainable energy companies, two that were publicly traded. He earned an MBA with High Honors from the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University and a BA from Michigan State University.

Engineering

Robbie Ashby

Technical Director

Mr. Ashby is a seasoned HVAC industry veteran with over 30 years experience in the areas of commercial and residential A/C system sales, design, installation and repair. His responsibilities include dealer technical support, installation training programs, as well as new product R & D. He is a certified service technician and installer with Trane, Lennox, Carrier, York, and Ruud.

Stu Siebens

Senior Engineer

Mr. Siebens has a thirty-year career in designing and building both AC & DC electrical systems and controls. His career includes contract work for the US Atomic Energy Commission at Lawrence Livermore Labs in California, as well as designing and manufacturing rotating electrical equipment and engine generator sets for off-grid power & renewable energy generation and storage systems. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics & Economics from Minnesota State University and an MBA from California State University.

Bill Lowstuter

Senior Engineer

Mr. Lowstuter, the inventor of the patented SunTrac panel, has enjoyed a successful career in engineering and management for over 40 years. With multiple patents to his name, he has had a colorful career as an electrical engineer, a solar thermal panel designer, and a manufacturing engineer. Now, as a Six Sigma Black Belt, he has developed and implemented Lean improvements through more than 450 Lean events, with 150 companies, in a wide variety of industries. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Advisory Board

Phil Gasparac

Mr. Gasparac is a graduate of Purdue University, with a Bachelor of Science degree, and received an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology and a CPA from the State of Illinois. His business experience includes consulting with Price Waterhouse, Vice President of Manufacturing and Vice President Finance & Planning for Gould Inc. and CFO for Midcon Corporation (OXY). He participated in KK&R’s first leveraged buyout and has invested in startup companies and Real Estate. He splits his time between Chicago, IL and Scottsdale, AZ.

Don Gianone

Mr. Gianone founded Oculus Development, Inc., a Chicago-based development company that has developed or acquired more than 4,165 apartment and condominium units; 1,840,000 square feet of office space; 800,000 square feet of industrial buildings; 390,000 square feet of shopping center space and a 305-room hotel with a combined market value in excess of $1 billion. Today, as the Chairman of Oculus, he brings a wealth of experience and advice to the members of his Oculus team. He resides in Chicago, IL and Scottsdale, AZ.

Monroe J Wingate

Mr. Wingate is a retired businessman. He graduated from University of Colorado in 1952 with a degree in Business Administration and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as an Officer on an Aircraft Carrier. His business career has spanned 40 years. A successful real estate developer, he developed shopping centers and apartment properties throughout California. He is now retired in Arizona where he and his wife are very active in their various charities.

Brian Walsh

Mr. Walsh is an accomplished General Counsel with a proven record of strong legal and business acumen having successfully managed complex legal and business issues for a well-known Fortune 100 company, including: M&A, Joint Ventures, Corporate Governance, and key Strategic Restructurings. He brings a strong multi-cultural background having previously lived and worked in the Asia Pacific region for five years. He received his BA in Political Science from Binghamton University and his JD from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Tom Dendy

Mr. Dendy is the Vice President of International Business at Goodman Manufacturing, managing HVAC product strategy, marketing and sales in 60 countries worldwide. Previously, Tom served as VP of Global Marketing and R&D for SPX Cooling Technologies, responsible for the Marley Cooling Towers, Balcke-Duerr and Hamon Dry Cooling businesses. He has worked closely with the US DOE and National Science Foundation on heat transfer, energy efficiency and innovation programs, overseeing the execution of a number of joint industry-DOE development and testing projects. He has also mentored start-up businesses participating in the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Tom earned his degree in Chemical Engineering at Tulane University and served 11 years as a Nuclear Submarine Officer, including assignment as chief engineer of a nuclear powered submarine.

Jim Herdeman

Mr. Herdeman is Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, KMC Controls. He is responsible for the marketing, sales, and business development of KMC Controls’ global business. He has spent over 35 years in the Building Automation, Controls and HVAC business with roles in the development and marketing of sustainability initiatives throughout his career. He received his BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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