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Greg Leksan

Cincinnati Sales Manager

Greg grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is our most tenured consultant in the field and continues to introduce solar to new territories, including Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana, and the Greater Dayton area. Greg acts as the sales manager in Cincinnati, overseeing all Cincinnati projects from start to finish to ensure the highest customer experience. Greg manages a team of six Account Managers.

Jake Trubiano

Sales Manager, Columbus

Jake is from Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in economics. He has three years of financial experience and two years of Solar experience. Jake is responsible for the sales program in Cincinnati, including customer service and internal communication. Jake manages a team of six Account Managers in Columbus.

Jordan Bailey

Solar Account Manager

Jordan grew up in Amelia, Ohio in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. He attended Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived in the Southwest, Ohio area his entire life. Jordan is a solar expert that works to create custom solutions for homeowners to save them money and help them go green. Jordan is an expert in residential solar and is proud to be from Cincinnati, Ohio.

William Hash

Field Services Manager

Will is based in the Columbus, Ohio area and joined our team in June of 2019. He is currently pursuing a NABCEP certification as well as a Master Electrician’s license. He supports both our Cincinnati and Columbus offices. Will is learning both the solar panel installation and the electrical tie in portions of residential solar projects.  

Tony Ranieri

President

Tony has ten years of experience in construction and five years in solar. Tony is responsible for company strategy, with a focus on marketing and sales. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he started both American Dream Contractors and Solar Is Freedom. As president, Tony is involved in daily operations of the company overseeing the management team and leading Solar Is Freedom.  

Patrick Wallace

Lead Design Engineer

Pat is from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University with a biology degree. He has over four years of solar industry experience. Pat and his team are responsible for all aspects of the project leading up to installation, including design and sales support, procurement, and scheduling. His team is also responsible for securing all necessary permits and net metering agreements, along with the installation team.

Alex Hay

Vice President and Sales Manager, Cincinnati

Alex is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Centre College with a degree in economics. He has three years of human resources experience and over two years of Solar experience. Alex is responsible for the sales program in Cincinnati, including customer service and internal communication.

Bill Root ­

Master Electrician and Field Supervisor

Bill is a master electrician with 20 years of experience. He is licensed in the state of Ohio and has over 300 residential solar installations completed. He is an expert in solar and renewable energy projects, and oversees the electrical components of Solar Is Freedom’s residential and commercial solar installs. Bill is also responsible for overseeing all of the field operations throughout the midwest, including Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. 

Jeramie Coffey

Solar Installer – Lead

A Cincinnati area native, Jeramie is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and lives in Bethel, Ohio. He has over twenty years of construction experience and five years in the solar industry. Jeremy is responsible for the physical mounting and racking of the solar array. He ensures all aspects of the solar panel installation are done in a timely manner satisfying any and all permitting and net metering requirements. Jeramie works primarily in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio on Solar Is Freedom’s solar energy projects. Jeramie has installed over 10,000 panels.

Ed Fanning

Acting CFO 

Ed has over 30 years experience in strategy, finance, operations, systems, sales, marketing, human resources, legal, structuring and negotiations related to acquisitions, buyouts, turnarounds and high growth companies in a wide variety of industries including energy, construction, consumer products, packaging, healthcare, financial services, business services, technology, manufacturing, and distribution. Originally from Chicago, IL, he is currently located here in Cincinnati, OH.

Greg Cummings

VP of Operations

Greg is from New Jersey and has held executive positions at six different solar-related companies, including one of the largest residential solar companies in the northeast. Greg managed operations at a $275 million in revenue company that accomplished solely residential solar projects. He brings over 11 years of industry experience and an unquestionable track record of residential project success.

Hugh Schmelzer

Solar Account Manager

Hugh is a Xavier graduate that is originally from Lancaster, Ohio.  Hugh has a degree in sustainability and has worked with solar is freedom for 8 months and is an excellent account manager for Ohio homeowners looking to add solar to their homes. 

Evan Druffel

Solar Account Manager

Evan is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) with a degree in Marketing. Evan has over 5 years of sales experience and is highly focused on customer satisfaction/retention. Evan’s primary focus is to build a network of customers throughout southern Ohio that will continue to spread knowledge about solar-powered renewable energy.

 Rudy Schieldknecht

Solar Designer

Rudy is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from The University of Cincinnati with a degree in History.  Rudy has three years of experience in the real estate field and one year of solar industry experience.  Rudy is responsible for all Cincinnati, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio pre-sales engineering, including solar array designs, monitoring setup, and general sales support.

Alex Hentschel

Solar Account Manager

Columbus, Ohio born and raised, Alex graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with a degree in Social Work. Alex has over 2 years of experience in the energy industry helping commercial and residential customers save money on their energy bills.  As part of the Columbus sales team, Alex is responsible for working directly with residential and commercial customers to provide fully customized solar solutions to fit their electricity needs. 

Brian Bohus

Solar Account Manager

Brian is from Westerville, Ohio near Columbus and graduated from Ohio University in Athens, OH with a business consulting degree. He has over 4 years’ experience in dealing with cost savings consulting and has experience in both the B2B and residential world. In an effort to support his hometown, Brian consults in a 50-mile radius around Westerville.

Chris Simmons

Solar Account Manager

Chris is from Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in industrial and systems engineering. He worked in the warehousing and fulfillment industry for 4 years focusing on system design, analysis, and sales. He joined the team in June of 2019 because he is passionate about the paradigm shift for people to own their own electricity production in a sustainable way. Chris knows that going solar not only makes sense financially but also helps make the planet a cleaner place. He works with the sales team in Columbus, Ohio.

Ron Jacobs

Solar Electrician

Ron is an experienced electrician with over 200 residential solar projects completed. He is working towards his Master’s License, as well as his NABCEP certification. He is from the Cincinnati, Ohio area. He supports both our Cincinnati and Columbus offices. Ron is an exceptional solar installer.

Cliff Moore

Solar Electrician

Cliff is from the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Elder High School. He is currently pursuing an electrical contractor’s license and has a year of direct solar experience. He supports both our Cincinnati and Columbus offices. 

Bill Clifton

Solar PV Installer

Bill is based in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, and joined our team in December of 2019. He is currently pursuing a NABCEP certification. He supports both our Cincinnati and Columbus offices. Bill is learning both the solar panel installation and the electrical tie in portions of residential solar projects.

Ramone Stewart

Solar PV Installer

Ramone is based in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, and joined our team in September of 2019. He is currently pursuing a NABCEP certification. He supports both our Cincinnati and Columbus offices. Ramone is learning both the solar panel installation and the electrical tie in portions of residential solar projects. 

Clay Krill

Solar Account Manager

Clay grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He is a solar expert that works to create custom solutions for homeowners in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, to save them money and help them go green.

Patrick Orono

Solar Account Manager

Patrick grew up in Canton, Michigan about 45 minutes north of Toledo. He attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids Michigan. He moved to the Cincinnati, Ohio area after college in 2015. Patrick brings exceptional knowledge and customer service to our residential solar division. He is excited to help homeowners learn about solar and save while going green! 

Jaylen Jones

Solar Account Manager

Jaylen is from Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from Centre College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During his tenure at Centre, he played 4 years of football and worked in areas concerning customer relations. Jaylen joined the team in May of 2020 because he is passionate about helping people take initiative. Discovering that solar could help people save and invest in themselves made the decision to join Solar Is Freedom easy. Additionally, he believes the culture here is the ideal environment for innovation and growth. Lastly, Jaylen wants to help you take ownership, invest in yourself, and become a pioneer for moving towards a cleaner world!

Nick Hobbs

Solar Account Manager

Nick is from Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from Centre College with a degree in Studio Art.  He has worked in Atlanta, Georgia primarily in the automotive sales industry for 8 years as a Finance and General Manager.  He recently joined the team in April of this year and is extremely excited to be a part of the Solar Is Freedom team.  Nick works with the sales team in Louisville, Kentucky.

Michael L Smith

Operations Associate – Design

Mike grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Cincinnati to study at Xavier University. He received his BA in Economics and Sustainability in 2020.  Having worked his way from college intern to full time, he is now responsible for assisting on projects. He is involved in design, permitting, and coordination of maintenance, as well as social media.

Jennifer Henne

Solar Account Manager

Jennifer Henne is from Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Nursing. After the last 5 years of being in the healthcare field, she decided to take a plunge into the solar industry after learning about the impact it is leaving on our environment and how much it helps consumers take control of their own energy production. Jennifer is excited to help and take care of others in her community through solar energy!

Meghan Miller

Human Resources Administrator

Meghan Miller is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in communications and is a flyer for life! She has worked in a myriad of different industries including healthcare, retail, financial, and non-profit. She has been in human resources since 2012 starting out as a recruitment coordinator and grew up to an HR Business Partner/ HR administrator. Meghan transitioned from her previous role with Talbert House to Solar is Freedom in February of 2020. She was excited to dive into an industry that she has not worked before and excited about the potential growth of the company. The products and services that Solar is Freedom offers are just another way to help people and that is what Meghan loves, helping others. Meghan supports all members across the organization as the HR administrator of Solar is Freedom, ensuring implementation and enforcement of company policy, recruiting and onboarding, benefits administration, and payroll.