While attending a home show in downtown Philadelphia with his new wife at the time, Mike was struck by the lack of sales technology being employed by the home improvement industry. After inviting a dozen or more solar installers in to discuss the details of solar for his own home (as an avid supporter of renewable energy), Mike continued to be surprised at how little sales technology was being used.
It was a confluence of these events and an innate entrepreneurial spirit that led him to start ModSolar with the vision of helping solar installers become more advanced in their sales and marketing efforts. That idea has grown into the sophisticated technology Platform that ModSolar is today.
Before founding ModSolar, Mike was a Design Manager at JPMorganChase, the largest bank in the U.S. There, he established the mobile design department, where he led a team of amazingly talented individuals and together, created award-winning, industry changing products for the banking industry.
Prior to JPMorganChase, Mike founded his first company, Lexient, a source-code analysis tool, used by many large-scale development organizations and government agencies that helped developers understand and analyze complex and very large code bases.
Mike is a graduate of George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and a concentration in International Economics.
When Mike’s not thinking about the solar industry, he’s enjoying time with his family and friends, good food and wine, traveling, home renovations, and playing with his two dogs, Hamilton and Roosevelt.
Kevin Ilsen, Co-founder & CTO, VP of Product Development
Kevin was excited to join ModSolar in June 2011. After 30 years of software development experience, and an established record of successful entrepreneurship, Kevin was ready to apply his expertise in systems architecture, and user interface design and implementation to the renewable energy industry.
Prior to joining ModSolar, Kevin spent 11 years at McKesson, the nation’s largest provider of products, software and services to the healthcare industry, where he most recently served as Chief Architect of the Horizon Clinical Professional Services team. During his years there, Kevin worked closely with many major hospitals developing interactive systems for their physicians, as wells as portals for cancer patients and those with chronic kidney disease.
Kevin had joined McKesson in July 2000, when they acquired MediVation — the company he had co-founded 2 1/2 years prior. MediVation provided secure websites for physician group practices, which enabled patients to interact with their doctors’ offices. During that time, Kevin was awarded a U.S. patent for the technology and business method on which the solution was based.
Prior to co-founding MediVation, his career included Vice President of Engineering for the healthcare division of Optika Imaging Systems and co-founder of TEAMWorks Technologies Inc., which was a software development organization that focused on creating robust, configurable, and highly scalable image management solutions.
Kevin is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Computer Science & Engineering.
When he’s not designing software, he likes to spend his time travelling with his family, scuba diving, enjoying fine wine, and playing guitar.
Daniel Endy, Business Advisor
An experienced entrepreneur with an extensive background in many industries, Daniel enjoys the broad challenges that come with a startup. Over the past 30 years, Daniel has founded, co-founded, or assisted in the development of numerous companies. In 2009, Daniel first became involved in the energy industry building a new division for a company in the energy consulting business. It was there that Daniel first learned about the solar industry. Daniel met Mike in 2010 and began advising him on the development of ModSolar. As ModSolar grew, Daniel became increasingly involved and officially joined the team in October, 2011.
Daniel has been instrumental in the growth of ModSolar since its inception and shares the vision of Mike and Kevin — to facilitate the growth of the solar industry in every way possible.
Rosemarie Caponi, Sales & Support Manager
While working for Renewable Sales, a solar distributor in Massachusetts, Rosemarie became an early adopter of the ModSolar Platform. Prior to her role there in sales and customer support, Rosemarie worked for Aon, the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions. There, Rosemarie specialized in developing and managing contract and commercial surety bond programs.
As a customer of ModSolar and therefore, an extremely savvy user of our Platform, we recruited her in November 2012 to come on board to develop and manage customer relationships from sales through ongoing support, as well as to create and implement the many essential operational systems we needed as a growing startup business.
Rosemarie has over fifteen years of high-level customer service experience across multiple industries.
George Alexander, Manager of Marketing & Analytics
George is Marketing Manager at ModSolar. His background includes many years of experience in data analysis, marketing, and technology journalism, primarily in the printing and publishing industries.
George’s primary role is to raise awareness of ModSolar in the solar industry, to help prospective customers understand how ModSolar software can make them more profitable, and to help devise ways for ModSolar customers to reduce the time and cost of all aspects of their sales and business processes.
When he is not actively involved in promoting ModSolar, you will often find George immersed in analysis of the traffic on ModSolar’s website or the trends in software usage among ModSolar customers. He is delighted to be involved in the solar industry, with its potential for reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Yuning Zhang, Developer
Yuning is from Nanjing, China near Shanghai. After earning her BS there three years ago, Yuning came to the States to attend Saint Joseph’s University for her MS in Computer Science. She enjoys plenty of hobbies including baking, reading, drawing cartoons, and swimming.
Shivani, Engineering Summer Intern
An industrious and intelligent Electrical Engineer from India.Currently pursuing Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering at University of Pennsylvania.
Shivani is excited and looking forward to add value to the innovation team at ModSolar. Shivani is a Bollywood movie buff. Also she loves to cook, listen to music and dancing is her passion.
Desmond Koh, Junior Analyst
Desmond joined ModSolar as a Business Analyst in July 2013 on a one-year full-time internship program and also concurrently studying at University of Pennsylvania. Desmond was always interested in entrepreneurship and starting his own business, which were the reasons why he took up the opportunity to work in ModSolar for a year. He had his first taste of running a business when he started a video production business in Singapore in 2011.
Outside school and work, he is also an avid traveler. He had traveled to 25 different countries before he turned 25. He had experiences living and/or working in Taiwan, UK, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.
He is a Candidate for Bachelor in Business Administration (Hons), Majoring in Finance and Minor in Technopreneurship, from the National University of Singapore.
Megan Aaron, Senior Developer
After spending more than 10 years working in the defense industry, Megan was excited to try something totally different in the private sector. She found what she was looking for in the tight knit, face paced environment at ModSolar. Having the freedom to apply new technologies and techniques to a cutting edge product provides the challenges that she was seeking. After 12 years working as a developer, she was excited to step into a more senior role and work on not only development but also some systems architecture and design.
Prior to joining Mod Solar, Megan worked for 6 years at, Gnostech, a small government contractor, providing information assurance software solutions for DoD customers including the navy and coast guard. Before that she spent 5 years with General Dynamics, the world’s fifth largest defense contractor. At General Dynamics, most of her time was spent working on the Army’s Common Ground system, which provides real time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to intelligence analysts on the ground, near the front lines, where informed quick decisions can save lives.
Megan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a dual B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering Public Policy.
In her spare time, Megan enjoys spending time with family and friends, various arts and crafts, traveling and reading.