Team

SolAmerica's leadership team has a passion for solar energy. With a unique blend of entrepreneurship and management experience in renewable energy, real estate development, finance and construction, we understand the challenges facing businesses and utilities as they launch into a renewable energy future.

Our Team



SolAmerica's leadership team has a passion for solar energy. With a unique blend of entrepreneurship and management experience in renewable energy, real estate development, finance and construction, we understand the challenges facing businesses and utilities as they launch into a renewable energy future.

R. Stanley Allen, Chief Executive Officer
R. Stanley Allen, Chief Executive Officer

Stan is a successful entrepreneur and executive having founded or co-founded four companies and raised more than $300 million in private and public financing. Stan has been CEO of American Quality Cable, Applied Video Technologies and First Mile Communications, all companies focused on delivering building-centric technology solutions analogous to the distributed renewable energy market. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Stan was a real estate consultant for Coopers & Lybrand and a real estate investment analyst for Wellington Management Company of Boston. Stan currently serves on the Board of the South Carolina Solar Business Alliance. Stan holds a BA and MBA from the University of Virginia.

George Mori, President & Co-Founder
George Mori, President & Co-Founder

Prior to co-founding SolAmerica in 2009, George managed strategic development for high-growth firms in several industries, including real estate and internet technology. Most recently, George was a senior executive with Novare Group, an Atlanta-based real estate firm focused on large-scale, mixed-use development, and EzGov, Inc., an internet solutions provider to government. Previously, George practiced law with Alston & Bird and, earlier in his career, worked in consulting with Accenture. George recently served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Conservancy and is a member of Leadership Georgia. George has a BA from Duke University and a JD from the University of Georgia.

Peter Corbett, Senior Vice President Engineering and Construction
Peter Corbett, Senior Vice President Engineering and Construction

Pete has 30 years of experience in the solar installation, construction and contracting industries. Pete is a NABCEP Certified PV Installer TM , a LEED AP BD+C, and is OSHA 30 Hour Certified. Pete is the President of the Georgia chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and plays an active role in the Georgia Public Service Commission and state legislature in working to expand opportunities for solar energy in Georgia and the Southeast. Prior to joining SolAmerica, Pete was Managing Director of NewSolergy a company providing solar PV installation services for commercial and residential PV installations. Pete was also President of Corbett Holdings, Inc. a developer of retail, office, and mixed use real estate and co-founder and Partner of MetroGroup Development. Pete previously had development, construction and contracting experience with Branch Properties, Miller & Solomon General Contractors, and J Raymond & Associates General Contractors. Pete holds a BS in Building Construction from Texas A&M University.

Tully Blalock, Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Tully Blalock, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Tully joined SolAmerica in 2017 as Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to SolAmerica, he practiced law with King & Spalding, where he was in the firm’s complex business litigation group and handled an array of business litigation and advisory matters. In addition to his legal experience, Tully previously worked in the corporate finance group of a global telecommunications company and directed and managed an e-commerce business. Tully graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Economics and earned his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.

John Buffington, Vice President, Business Development
John Buffington, Vice President, Business Development

John has more than 15 years of experience working with companies to improve the bottom line while boosting environmental performance. As the founder and director of Karbon Strateji, John provided business development support for companies offering solar PV and energy-efficient products. Prior to Karbon Strateji, he was a managing consultant at Blu Skye Sustainability Consultants, where he designed and implemented corporate sustainability programs for Fortune 500 companies, including Walmart. Blu Skye’s collaboration with Walmart is considered one of the premier corporate efforts to challenge business as usual based on environmental sustainability. John received his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He has a Masters in Environmental Management and Policy, also from The University of North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology, cum laude, from the University of Georgia.

Danny Saavedra, Vice President, Origination
Danny Saavedra, Vice President, Origination

As Vice President of Origination, Danny is responsible for identifying Distributed Generation Solar opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic & Southeastern U.S. working with public power, utility, and C&I clients through the development process to contract execution and project commencement. Prior to joining SolAmerica Energy in 2018, Danny spent over ten years at NextEra Energy Resources in the company’s DG Solar Development group and its Power Marketing division, a top five U.S. power marketer active in power, fuel, capacity, basis, and renewables markets. In the Power Origination & Structured Transactions group, his focus was on wholesale power supply agreements, third-party Energy Management Services transactions and a variety of forward hedge structures for the company’s merchant portfolio. Prior to NextEra Energy Resources, Danny was an analyst at Weiss Capital Management, a private wealth management company acquired by Banyan Partners in 2011, and subsequently Boston Private Bank in 2014.

Danny holds a BS in Economics and Marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and is a six sigma certified green belt.

Matt Short, Vice President, Business Development
Matt Short, Vice President, Business Development

Matt has over 15 years of business development, operations and leadership experience in the energy and construction industries. Prior to joining SolAmerica, Matt held business development and leadership positions at M+W Energy, Petra Systems, Southland Industries, and Johnson Controls where he worked with clients to develop and build large scale financed energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the US. Prior to entering the energy sector, Matt was President of CW Hurt Contractors, a leading commercial construction company in Charlottesville VA. Matt holds a BA and MBA from the University of Virginia.

Eric Sieckmann, Vice President, Project Finance and Development
Eric Sieckmann, Vice President, Project Finance and Development

Eric has 10 years of experience in the Renewable Energy, Merchant IPP, and Regulated Utilities spaces working for firms including Duke Energy and NRG. His roles have included leading debt and equity capital raises, commercial and financial transaction structuring, trade floor support, financial analysis, and operations forecasting. Before his MBA, Eric worked as a Materials Engineer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics company. Eric’s educational background includes holding an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, an MS in Materials Engineering from Auburn University and a BS in Materials Engineering from Purdue University.

Ore Tomori, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Ore Tomori, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Ore Joined SolAmerica from REEF Parking where she was most recently VP & Corporate Controller. Prior to REEF, Ore was Corporate Controller at Airserv Corporation, a provider of aviation industry solutions. Ore has ten years of Public Accounting experience in the Atlanta office of Deloitte & Touche where she was promoted from Associate to Senior Associate, Manager and finally Senior Manager. Ore’s experience includes Treasury and Cash Management, managing banking and lending relationships, working with external auditors, systems implementation, process improvement, financial reporting & compliance, budgeting, transactional and technical accounting, and maintaining effective internal controls. Ore holds a BA and an MPA in Accounting from Georgia State University, is a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia as well as being certified in International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).

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 Bell, Ph.D., is the Head of Family Office Services and Private Capital at Balentine. He brings two decades of investing and leadership experience to this role. Prior to joining Balentine, Mark was managing principal and director at Diversified Trust. He also served as chief investment officer at BlueArc Capital. Mark began his career with McKinsey & Co. and subsequently was director of strategy at D. E. Shaw & Co., a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, where he developed and executed the organization’s private equity investment strategy and launched the firm’s reinsurance business. He later served as the executive vice chairman of Brand Bank, where he led the recapitalization of the bank during the Financial Crisis. In addition to being a frequent contributor to publications such as Real Assets Adviser, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Atlanta Business Chronicle, Mark has given international lectures at Luxembourg School of Finance, Sciences Po, the Vatican, and the Kuwait Fund. Mark is a senior fellow and adjunct faculty member of the Center for Alternative Investments at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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.