Chief Operating Officer
President and CEO
Mr. James Nelson began his executive career 30 years ago at Bain and Company, the premier business strategy consulting firm in the world, where he managed teams of consultants on four continents solving CEO-level programs for global companies. Prior to joining Solar3D, he spent 20 years working in the private equity industry as both a capital partner and operating CEO to portfolio companies. Mr. Nelson was a General Partner at Peterson Partners from 2007 to 2009, and at Millennial Capital Partners from 1991-2010. In addition to his responsibilities in acquisition and divestiture, Mr. Nelson worked as an executive in a number of portfolio companies. He served as CEO of Euro-Tek Store Fixture, LLC, Chairman of the Board of American Retail Interiors, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Panelview Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Critical Power Exchange, as well as serving on numerous boards of companies.
The companies led by Mr. Nelson have created exceptional returns for investors – sometimes over 20 times the original investment. Prior to his years in private equity, Mr. Nelson served as Vice President of Marketing at Banana Republic/The Gap, where he managed company-wide marketing, as well as the initial international expansion of Banana Republic. He was also General Manager for the highly profitable catalog division. He also served as Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development at Saga Corporation, a multi-billion dollar food service company.
Mr. Nelson received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Brigham Young University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named the Outstanding MBA Graduate. Mr. Nelson was recently appointed to the Director's Council for The University of California, Santa Barbara's Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE). His leadership and insight is expected to provide the Council with industry-insider knowledge and experience as solar continues to garner mass adoption, not only in California, but throughout the world. Mr. Nelson’s expansive experience in global companies, worldview strategic thinking, and hands-on entrepreneurial and operating execution is ideally suited to help exploit Sunworks’ breakthrough Solar3D Cell technology in a multi-trillion dollar global market opportunity.
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Engineering
President of Commercial Solar
President of Residential Solar