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Executive Management Team

Management Team

Alan M. Epstein – President and CEO

Alan Epstein has worked with Hal Kamine for over 25 years in the energy and telecom businesses. Until accepting the position of President and COO at KDC Solar, Alan was a partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP. He has advised clients in financing and structuring more than $15 billion of energy, telecommunications, alternative and renewable energy, and infrastructure projects in the United States and abroad. In the energy area, Alan has represented clients in power generation projects including cogeneration facilities, coal-fired, gas-fired, biomass, wind, solar, and waste-to-energy facilities, LNG and pipeline projects, biodiesel projects, and transmission lines.

In addition to working with energy and telecom companies for Hal Kamine, Alan represented a variety of clients including GE Energy Financial Services, CIT, GE Commercial Aircraft Services, AIG Highstar, SNC Lavalin, TransCanada Pipelines, Caisse de Depot, US Eximbank, Mission Energy, Cogentrix, and the City of San Juan.

Alan has a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Long Island University, where he received a scholarship and was captain of the swimming team.

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Thomas P. Lynch - Executive Vice President

Tom Lynch joined KDC Solar in 2010 as Executive Vice President. Tom has over 20 years of power investment banking experience at Salomon Brothers, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank.

Tom’s experience includes over $40 billion of financing, IPOs, commodity linked transactions, and a number of merger and acquisition transactions. His list of clients included Calpine Corp, NRG Energy, PPL Corp, Constellation Energy, Covanta Energy, RRI Energy, LS Power, Energy Capital Partners, and many others. While at Salomon Brothers, Tom acted as financial advisor and placement agent to Kamine Development Corp. on the financing of its New York State cogeneration portfolio. Prior to working on Wall Street, Tom worked at AT&T Capital and Westinghouse Financial Services with a focus on the acquisition of limited partnership interests in the unregulated power sector and leverage lease interests in the aircraft sector.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of Scranton and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University. Tom currently serves on the board of PlanSmart NJ and is Chief of the Far-Hills Bedminster Fire Department.

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William H. Stewart, CFA - Chief Financial Officer

Bill joined the KDC Solar team in 2012 as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Stewart has over 20 years of investing and operating experience. Concurrent with his role at KDC, Bill is a Managing Partner of Navigator Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on investing in profitable businesses in the lower middle market. Prior to his position with Navigator, Mr. Stewart was the Chief Financial Officer and a Director of KMC Telecom, the country's largest privately held integrated communication provider. During his tenure at KMC Telecom, he was responsible for its successful operating turnaround, financial restructuring and eventual sale to Centurylink. Prior to KMC he was a Managing Director at Nassau Capital, a private equity and real estate investment firm responsible for investing $2.5 billion of Princeton University's $10 billion endowment. At Nassau Capital, Bill led growth equity investments as well as buyouts and recapitalizations in the communications, healthcare, and transportation industries.

Mr. Stewart is a director of KDC Solar LLC and the Cornerstone Franchise Group. Bill serves as a Trustee of the Gray Matters Brain Cancer Foundation and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Bill was also an Adjunct Professor at the Villanova School of Business teaching courses covering the topics of entrepreneurship, private equity transactions and alternative investments. He has earned M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from New York University and Villanova University, respectively.

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Management Team

Rob Simalchik – Vice President of Operations and Construction

Rob joined KDC Solar in 2010. Rob has over 30 years of diversified experience in the construction and operation of more than 600 million dollars of cogeneration, peaker, island, biomass, wind power and organic process projects. Projects range in size from 500Kw to 183Mw. Rob has constructed and developed operation plans for continuous and batch organic process plants and has utilized his hands on experiences to provide solutions in project engineering and business development. Most recently, Rob was the Owner’s Representative to Reunion Power for the fast track construction of the Idaho Wind Partners Project. This project, the largest in the state, doubled the total state output of wind energy. Prior to Reunion Power, Rob held management positions in a power generation start-up at Burns & Roe.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Fairfield University. Active in his community both in government and athletics, Rob resides in Medford, NJ with his wife, and 2 teenage children.

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Joshua E. Smith – Vice President of Project Development

Joshua Smith joined KDC Solar in 2010 as Director of Development. In February 2014, Joshua became Vice President of Project Development, overseeing the company’s New Jersey development and project entitlement operations. Joshua also has over 7 years of experience managing large commercial, industrial and institutional development projects in the United States.

Prior to joining KDC Solar, Joshua worked for an ENR Top 5 Green Contractor, where he held management positions on projects totaling upwards of $150 million. Joshua focuses on land use, development, permitting and project management and has specialized in utility scale electrical distribution projects.

Joshua received a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Studies from Lafayette College in 2007, where he received an industry award for his work in heavy construction. Joshua earned a Masters of Engineering in Project Management from the University of Maryland in 2010.

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