The Priority Power Team
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Charlie Hewitt is Vice President of Priority Power Management with 30 years of energy industry experience. He is responsible for business process improvement through the implementation of technology and workflow management. He also supports product development and financial reporting.
Prior to joining Priority Power Management, he was principal at a private energy consulting practice focused on the retail energy market. He also served as Vice President for Hudson Energy Services where he was responsible for designing and implementing portfolio management, risk management, forecasting, contracting, and retail pricing processes and procedures.
He holds a MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.
Danny Smedley is Vice President Business Development at Priority Power Management. Danny has over 30 years of energy experience and joined our team in 2019 to assist with strategy and business development of the firm.
Prior to joining Priority Power Management, he was previously Senior Sales Executive for TXU Energy, where he was responsible for managing the largest industrial and commercial energy users in Texas. Over his 30 years Danny held numerous operating and leadership positions with TXU Energy. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business from LeTourneau University.
John Bick is the Managing Principal of Priority Power Management, a leading Texas-based independent energy management consulting services firm. John has 28 years of energy experience. He joined our team in 2003 and leads the strategy and business development of the firm, as well as providing hands-on expertise to large clients.
Prior to joining Priority Power Management, he was previously Director of Strategic Business Development for TXU Energy, where he was responsible for identifying and developing multi-million dollar, comprehensive energy management and outsourcing engagements across North America.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Texas Tech University and has completed Executive Management Programs at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Finance & Accounting
Justin Courtney is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Priority Power Management. Justin led the company’s recapitalization with Ara Partners in February 2019. He is responsible for coordinating the strategy and growth objectives for Priority, including M&A and capital initiatives. Mr. Courtney brings to Priority over 22 years of relevant experience with a focus on the energy sector.
Prior to joining the company, he was a Managing Director at Stephens Inc., where he completed 25 transactions across the deregulated power and natural gas landscape. Previously, he served on the Industrials Mergers & Acquisitions team at Banc of America Securities.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, where he was recognized as a Top Ten Freshman, Top Ten Senior, and Outstanding Senior for the Spears School of Business. Mr. Courtney was recently recognized as a Spears School Tribute, recognizing 100 outstanding graduates over the past 100 years.
Brandon is the Founder and Managing Partner for Teleios Commodities and has served on the Priority Power Management board since 2019. Brandon was the past co-founder of MP2 Energy, an industry leading electricity and services platform company, sold to Shell Energy North America in 2017. Brandon is a serial entrepreneur in the energy industry and has been responsible for the creation of two energy services businesses and two commodity trading hedge funds. Brandon began his career as the former head of electricity trading at Credit Suisse and Sumitomo.
He is the recipient of “Top 10 Energy Deal of the Year” by Energy Risk Magazine. He is regularly sought out by government officials, market participants, and consumers to discuss the energy marketplace. Brandon has a passion for building teams based upon continuous communication and transparent incentives, and is mechanically minded for creating measurable results and returns for his investors.
Kevin Yung is the Chief Engineer and Development Officer of Priority Power Management with over 30-years of energy industry experience. He is directly responsible for all phases of the infrastructure development activities. These projects include high voltage transmission, substation, and medium voltage distribution projects, as well as micro-grids with both temporary and prime generation. This is a rapidly growing part of the company.
These include early stage development (e.g. financial modeling, grid interconnection feasibility studies, technology reviews, budget forecasting), late stage development (e.g. detailed engineering design, contractual negotiations, utility interconnections, procurement), and construction (e.g. permitting, scheduling, delivery, inspection, commissioning). He is also involved with developing commodity price risk strategies for clients, price structuring, and market analysis.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an Executive MBA from The University of Texas at Dallas. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Rick Borry is the Founder and Principal of One World Solar. Prior to launching One World Solar, Rick was the Executive Director of Engineering and Development for Vivo Power and Chief Technology Officer for Principal Solar. Rick has experience across all stages of the utility-scale solar value chain spanning project development, engineering, construction, operations, finance, procurement, contracts, and deal structure.
Rick has served as development portfolio leader for 38 sites in 9 U.S. States totaling 1,800 MWDC. He has deep knowledge of solar generation development in Duke, SCE&G, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Avista, Pacificorp, Tri-State, Xcel, IREA, SPP, and ERCOT.
Rick holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkley and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University.
Prior to joining Priority Power Management, LLC (PPM) in 2020, Russell served as Vice President of Asset Operations at MP2 Energy (MP2). MP2, an industry leading electricity and services platform company, sold to Shell Energy North America in 2017. Russell spent the previous 10+ years at MP2, where he led MP2’s Asset Management business overseeing Power Plant Management, Demand Response, and Real-time and Emergency Operations.
Russell began his energy career as the Lower Colorado River Authority as a generation and transmission operator prior to ERCOT deregulation. Russell then joined ERCOT in 1999 to help ERCOT Operations transition to Single Control Area with various roles in real-time operations and outage coordination through the next decade. Russell gained extensive knowledge over the last 25 years in Energy Markets, Asset Management, Infrastructure, Generation and Load Resource Operations, which provided extensive knowledge on all sides of the energy market.
Russell is a certified ERCOT System Operator and NERC Reliability Coordinator.
Kevin has a passion for competitive and sustainable energy solutions. With over 20 years of progressive accomplishments in the energy industry he understands how this business works. He has a deep understanding of multi-market operational processes from new market entry to complex settlements. Kevin currently leads the Sustainability division for Priority Power Management that includes helping Clients reduce their carbon footprint as well as reporting on successes. These initiatives include onsite Distributed Energy Resource development such as solar generation and battery storage. Also inclusive of large-scale renewable energy projects and Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure.
Prior to joining Priority, Kevin managed the Sustainability practice for MP2 Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell Energy North America. This included growing the first of its kind net metering concept across Texas competitive service areas and the first battery storage and electric vehicle rate plan that incentivized customer purchases. Creating the offsite renewable corporate procurement platform utilizing retail supply contract structures was another popular initiative at MP2 Energy.
Additional accomplishments included market development for wholesale and retail power transactions within the PJM territory. Establishing all start up processes related to customer acquisition, indirect sales and impeccable service. Kevin also spent time at Calpine Energy Services where he managed complex processes associated with power generation development. While at Calpine he also supervised the retail startup serving the largest industrial customers in Texas as well as the largest direct access customer in California.
Trent Stout is a proven leader and business builder with deep capital markets and commodity risk-management experience and is currently a Managing Director focused on structured solutions at Priority Power Management. Prior to joining Priority Power Management, Trent was a founding principal at PowerLink Partners which is an investment vehicle and consulting firm focused on the energy industry. Trent also serves as President for Still Waters Green Technology Limited which is a London based investment vehicle specializing in renewable energy and power generation real assets. Prior to this, Trent served as the global head of the commodity index and products group for Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML).
During his 10-year tenure at BAML, where Trent was a managing director and member of the commodities senior management committee, he built many new business lines that set the industry standard for innovation. These included commodity-structured products, the flagship Merrill Lynch Commodity Index eXtra® platform, commodity exchange-traded products and the commodity institutional investor sales and structuring group.
Prior to joining BAML, Trent worked in the investment banking groups at Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns & Co., where he executed numerous M&A, equity and debt capital markets transactions. Trent received his MBA with honors from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He did his undergraduate work at Texas Christian University, where he received his BBA with summa cum laude distinction.
Prior to joining Priority Power Management, LLC (PPM) in 2020, Robert served as Executive Vice President of Operations at MP2 Energy (MP2). MP2, an industry leading electricity and services platform company, sold to Shell Energy North America in 2017. Robert spent 11 years at MP2, where he led operations across MP2’s value-chain which consisted of Power Plant Management, Demand Response, and serving as a Retail Electric Supplier throughout the US.
Robert began his energy career in Silicon Valley at APX, Inc. At APX, Inc., Robert was responsible for the delivery of wholesale scheduling, settlement, and SCADA solutions to a diverse customer base. Robert was afforded a unique opportunity to be deeply engrained in very complex customer operations, which provided a unique opportunity to understand the mechanics and strategies from investment banks to independent power producers.
Robert attended Morehouse College, where he received a BA Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
Matthew Adams has spent the last twenty-two years working across a broad spectrum of the power and gas industry. He has spent time at companies such as Calpine, Occidental Petroleum, Credit Suisse, and MP2 Energy. During his time in the industry he has held positions covering Risk, Wholesale Origination, Structuring, Retail Origination and Management. This broad experience allows Matthew to look at the power business and opportunities from a uniquely broad perspective.
During the last eleven years Matthew was President of MP2 energy which along with MP2’s management team grew the company from a start up into the largest independent Commercial and Industrial Retailer in the U.S. prior to acquisition by Shell Energy North America in 2017.
Matt earned a BBA in Finance from Sam Houston State University, and MBA from University of North Texas.
Prior to joining Priority Power Management, LLC (PPM) in 2020, Trey served as Executive Vice President at MP2 Energy (MP2) with a focus on Business Development and guiding the company as a member of the Management Team. MP2, an industry leading electricity and services platform company, was sold to Shell Energy North America in 2017.
Trey has worked throughout the deregulated energy value chain from real time power plant operations and optimization with MPower Energy Services, to retail energy sales and operations with Champion Energy, and wholesale trading and management at Credit Suisse. Those broad experiences in supply, risk, and operations create a unique understanding of how to structure complex power and gas solutions for customers and partners.
Trey received a BBA in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.