Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Jeff Small, Jr.
Jeff Small, Jr.

Jeff brings substantial industrial real estate, institutional finance, and corporate leadership experience to SolAmerica, along with a passion for renewable energy development. Jeff is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDH Partners, and is the former President and CEO of M.D. Hodges, one of Atlanta’s largest industrial development firms. He served as CEO of M.D. Hodges for eight years before orchestrating the sale of Hodges to Blackstone Real Estate Advisors in 1999. From 1999 to 2004, Jeff led the firm for Blackstone before directing the sale of Hodges again to ING Clarion, resulting in an IRR of more than 26% to Blackstone. Jeff is the grandson of M.D. Hodges, the founder of the company which bears his name. Prior to joining Hodges, Jeff practiced corporate law at the Atlanta law firm King & Spalding. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University.

Becky Blalock
Becky Blalock

Becky has significant experience and contacts in the utility sector having spent 33 years at Southern Company (NYSE: SO) most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer where she directed IT strategy and operations and led more than 1,100 employees. During her career at Southern, Becky provided broad leadership in many positions including accounting, finance, marketing, corporate communication, external affairs, the office of the CEO, and customer service. She serves on the boards of Emory Healthcare, the Georgia Health Sciences University, CSI Laboratories, and Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics. A graduate of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia, she was named a Fellow of the International Women's Forum Leadership Foundation in 2001. Becky successfully completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University. She holds a master's degree with honors in finance from Mercer University and an undergraduate degree in business administration from State University of West Georgia.

Mark Bell
Mark Bell

Mark is Managing Principal in the Atlanta office of Diversified Trust, a private wealth advisory firm with $5 billion under management. Mark previously served as Chief Investment Officer and remains a Director of BlueArc Capital Management, an asset manager for family offices. Mark has held other positions with McKinsey & Company, Brand Banking Company and D.E. Shaw & Company where he developed the organization’s private equity investment strategy including the firm’s renewable energy group.

Mark, a Fulbright Scholar, graduated from Stanford University and earned Doctorate and Master’s degrees as a Marshall Scholar from Oxford University. He has been named Atlanta and Georgia’s “40 Under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend magazines.

Mark serves on the Board of Visitors at Emory University where his is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Senior Research Fellow at the Goizueta Business School. He also serves on the Carter Center Board of Councilors and the Atlanta Ballet Advisory Board.

John O'Neal
John O'Neal

John is Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Specialty Products at RockTenn (NYSE: RKT), where he oversees RockTenn's Containerboard Supply Chain group and has P&L management for three businesses: white top, foodboard and pulp. Before joining RockTenn, John served for 16 years in various executive roles for Mirant Corporation, a merchant energy company, where he gained extensive experience in corporate strategy, commercial operations, risk management, commodity trading, asset optimization, regulatory policy and plant operations. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MBA from the Gouzieta Business School at Emory University.

Robert M. Chapman
Robert M. Chapman

Bob is Chief Executive Officer at CenterPoint Properties Trust. CenterPoint is a Chicago-based company focused on investment in industrial property and related rail, road and port infrastructure. Prior to joining CenterPoint, Bob held executive positions with real esstate firms across the country, and most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE), one of the largest REITs in the world. Prior to his role as Chief Operating Officer, Bob was Executive Vice President-Southeast and Midwest and Executive Vice President-Acquisitions and Dispositions for Duke. Prior to Duke, Bob held senior management positions at The REEF Funds, The Walken Company, Lincoln Property Company and Gerald D. Hines Interests. Bob is currently a Director of RockTenn Company one of the leading integrated manufacturers of corrugated and consumer packaging with more than $10 billion in annual revenue. Bob has an AB and MBA from Stanford University.

Michael Whiteside
Michael Whiteside

Michael is Vice President of Business Development for Enervision, one of the leading national consulting firms with a focus on Electric Membership Cooperatives. Prior to joining Enervision, Michael was President of GreenPower EMC which represents the interests of 38 Georgia Electric Membership Cooperatives for procurement of renewable energy. Michael is past President and Chief Executive Officer of Coweta-Fayette EMC, one of the largest EMCs in the state. He was also President of Relyco Resources, Inc., a commercial and residential security subsidiary and Coweta-Fayette Natural Gas, Inc. Prior to joining Coweta- Fayette, Michael was a consulting engineer for Southern Engineering Company of Georgia.