EXPERTS IN UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE
As members of the NextEra Energy family of companies, our expertise in utility infrastructure and renewable energy generation makes us uniquely qualified to help our customers achieve their infrastructure goals efficiently and effectively. Our turnkey solutions are tailored to help reduce capital expenditures, help increase operational reliability and flexibility, and support communities, businesses and government entities across the United States. Our experienced professionals collaborate closely with our customers to deliver cost-effective, reliable solutions that create a strong foundation for future generations.
Executive Director of Commercial Sales & Operations
Franc leads the NextEra Infrastructure Solutions team, providing an array of cutting-edge services, including advanced metering, sustainable energy, fiber solutions and state-of-the-art street lighting. Catering to municipalities, public utilities and home builders, our offerings extend to regulated street lighting and reliable backup generation options.
In his previous role, Franc set a standard in sustainable lighting solutions, teaming up with over 100 municipalities across Florida. He spearheaded the transition to eco-friendly LED lighting, culminating in the successful transformation of more than 200,000 streetlights.
Franc also spent 14 years at a leading digital marketing firm promoting utilities and home-based services. Wearing multiple hats throughout his career, his roles ranged from in-house counsel to Chief Executive Officer. In these capacities, Franc showed adept negotiation skills, striking lucrative agreements with major home utilities and real estate investment trusts.
Franc is an alumnus of the prestigious Duke University School of Law, where he secured his Juris Doctor degree. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a focus on finance, from the University of Miami. His invaluable education and multi-faceted experiences position him as a thought leader in the infrastructure solutions landscape.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
William is a highly accomplished professional who currently holds the position of director of strategic initiatives at NextEra Infrastructure Solutions (NIS), where he provides expert guidance to the team on legal, regulatory and executive oversight matters. Additionally, he is responsible for identifying and coordinating cross-selling opportunities for all NIS products. Prior to joining NIS, William worked in the business development team of NextEra Energy Resources, where he led the direction and coordination of internal project approvals for over $6 billion of capital and 5 gigawatts of wind, solar and battery capacity in 2021 alone.
William served as in-house counsel for the NYC Office of Emergency Management from 2009-2014 and worked in regulatory affairs for Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) before joining NextEra Energy in 2014. He is licensed to practice law in both Florida and New York, having obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. William also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Williams College.
Director of Sales and Business Development
Avin is a seasoned professional with over 12 years of experience as a subject matter expert on regulatory finance, ratemaking, project valuation and utility-level mergers and acquisitions. In his current role, he is responsible for developing pricing and deal structures for the Smart Lighting Program at NIS and NextEra Energy Solutions. Sundar's experience in valuing regulated investments for impacts to ratepayers, pricing power purchase agreements (PPAs) and tariffs, as well as his expertise in utility mergers and acquisitions at FPL, make him an asset to his team.
Avin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a focus on finance, from Florida Atlantic University. His strong educational background, coupled with his extensive industry experience, enables him to effectively navigate complex financial and regulatory matters. His expertise in these areas is an invaluable asset to the organization, and his contributions continue to drive the success of the Smart Lighting Program.
Director of Sales and Business Development
Lauren Whetstone plays an instrumental role in devising pricing and deal structures for the company's fiber program. Prior to joining NextEra Energy, Inc., Lauren was a litigation shareholder at an international law firm based in Florida, where she focused on complex commercial litigation and securities transactions. Lauren's comprehensive professional experience includes driving business outcomes for a diverse range of clients and litigating a variety of matters in state and federal courts and arbitration forums, including contract disputes, business torts, products liability for manufacturers, securities class actions, shareholder and partnership disputes, corporate formation, and real estate matters. Lauren holds a Juris Doctor degree, a bachelor's degree in finance, and a bachelor's degree in public relations, all awarded cum laude from the University of Florida.
Director of Commercial Sales and Operations
Brad Gunter is the director of the commercial engineering, construction and operations. In this role, he oversees the development, design, engineering, permitting, installation, maintenance and monitoring of energy and fiber solution assets for commercial clients. The technologies he manages include backup generators, UPS and battery storage, HVAC and controls, lighting and fiber.
Brad has over 35 years of experience in the energy and construction industry and has been with NextEra Energy for over 24 years, holding numerous positions with various responsibilities, such as energy efficiency, project development, project (construction) management, business development and sales.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and an MBA from the College of William & Mary. Brad holds a Professional Engineering License in 12 states, including Florida, and has numerous industry-related certifications. Notably, he is a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified LEED Accredited Professional. He has also passed the Florida General Contractors exam and is working toward state licensure. With his extensive experience and expertise, Brad is an invaluable asset to the company and its customers.
Senior Business Development Manager
With 40 years of experience in the industry, Rick is a seasoned professional with expertise in wholesale power agreements, investment tax credits, wind energy projects, distributed generation solar projects, LED street lighting with commercial and residential developers, renewable energy credits, and long-term marketing and business development agreements.
Anderson plays a crucial role in multiple large transactions with Fortune 150 commercial and industrial companies and the public power sector. He is responsible for promoting the products and services offered by NextEra Energy business units.
Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida, which provided him with a solid foundation in business principles and practices. With his extensive experience and expertise, Anderson is an asset to NextEra Energy and its customers.
Manager of Strategy and Business Development
Lauren has worked for NextEra Energy since 2007, with experience in wholesale power, gas and renewable energy credits, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, distributed generation and battery storage projects. Today she currently leads development, engineering and early-stage construction for NextCity Networks. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt with strengths in project management. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University and master’s degree in information technology from Florida Institute of Technology.
ESCO Sales Manager
Eric is a highly skilled professional who began his journey at NextEra Energy in 2016 as a design and product engineer. Later, he moved into the role of line crew supervisor for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). His extensive experience in these roles led him to join the NextEra Infrastructure Solutions (NIS) fiber team in January 2023, where he currently serves as a construction project manager.
Eric's academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida, where he honed his engineering skills and analytical thinking. Additionally, he has a Six Sigma Yellow Belt, which demonstrates his commitment to process improvement and quality control.
With his vast industry experience and educational qualifications, Eric is well positioned to deliver high-quality results as a construction project manager on the NIS fiber team. He brings a unique skill set to the role and is committed to ensuring that all projects are completed with the utmost professionalism and efficiency.
Jerry is a seasoned business development professional with 10 years of experience in relationship generation, account management and proposal response. He is responsible for generating new business for NextEra Infrastructure Solutions' various product lines, including LED street lighting, electric AMI, water AMI, LED sports lighting and fiber. Jerry is skilled in building strong relationships with clients and stakeholders, creating compelling proposals and providing exceptional customer service. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida State University. Jerry's dedication to providing exceptional customer service and his ability to identify new business opportunities make him an invaluable asset to the team. His contribution to the company's growth and success has been significant, and his expertise will continue to drive growth and profitability for NextEra Infrastructure Solutions.
Ivy has over 10 years of business development experience in relationship generation, and account management. He is responsible for generating new business for FPLES’ various product lines including LED streetlighting, electric AMI, water AMI, LED sports lighting, and fiber. Ivy is skilled in building strong relationships with clients and stakeholders, creating compelling proposals, and providing exceptional customer service. He holds a master of business administration in finance & supply Chain Management from Louisiana State University, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public Finance & Public Health and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge.
Latoya has 15 years of experience as a customer-facing professional specializing in a consultative approach to understand and assess customer needs and over four years of experience in renewable energy, as well as regulated and unregulated utility products. On the behalf of NextEra Infrastructure Solutions, Latoya works with a full portfolio of energy-related solutions, including performance contracts (ESCO), LED lighting, smart water meters and sports lighting. Latoya holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida State University and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in project management from DeVry University.
Manager Strategic Initiates
Lisa Johnson is the manager of strategic initiatives for NextEra Infrastructure Solutions (NIS), is a certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt and serves on the Employee Resource Group Leadership Council for Alliance for People with Disabilities. Her focus for almost 20 years has been on customer advocacy that helps identify clients’ needs, delivering solutions and bringing value to shareholders. In 2008, she joined Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) and has held various roles supporting business development, go-to-market strategies and managing client services. She started her career with a worldwide leader in the car rental industry, customizing transportation solutions for government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Lisa Holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University.
Project Director Development
Rosann has been with NextEra Energy since 2017, working in NextEra Energy Resources on solar, wind and battery storage. She is responsible for responding to request for proposals (RFPs), creating templates and best-in-class content, as well as pre and post RFP processes. Rosann has been a proposal manager for 20 years and has experience working at various companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. She also has a Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
Christopher is a cross-functional professional with 11 years of experience across strategy consulting, performance marketing, and business development. Christopher has advised clients across technology, media, and telecom industries on internal strategy, go-to-market strategy, and quantitative marketing. Christopher is experienced in infrastructure investing, where he has conducted a number of due diligence projects for financial and strategic buyers. In his current role, he is responsible for deal structuring, origination, and project financing for NextEra's fiber business.
Prior to joining NextEra, Christopher was a consultant with Altman Solon, the largest TMT strategy firm in the world. Before that, he led eCommerce at Horizon Media, the world's largest private media agency. Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Masters of Business Administration from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Manager of Finance
Rajat is a well experienced finance professional managing planning and direction of the financial aspects for all potential and secured projects at NextEra Infrastructure Solutions. As an integral member of the Commercial Sales & Operations organization Rajat and his team are responsible to provide project valuations, cash flow analysis, deal pricing, deal structuring and negotiate financing with investment and commercial banking houses.
Rajat brings along 20+ years of global work experience and financial acumen in the preparation and analysis of financial reports, treasury functions, financial modeling, budgeting & forecasting, and taxes. Prior to joining NEE, Rajat worked in leadership roles in Dubai (UAE), South Africa and India. His most recent assignment was with NEER, working as a Senior Financial Controller responsible for the financial functions for an assigned portfolio of electric generating facilities across USA and Canada.
Rajat holds a master’s degree in accounting from Gujarat University, India. He holds the CPA & CGMA certifications from AICPA, USA and from BIA, Africa; and he is a Chartered Accountant from ICAI, India.
Senior Business Analyst
Caroline Reese is a dynamic and seasoned business professional with a passion for driving growth and fostering connections. With nine years of invaluable expertise, she has honed her skills in strategic planning, relationship management, and innovative problem-solving. As a Senior Business Analyst, Caroline oversees Salesforce pipeline management and event strategy for NextEra Infrastructure Solutions. Her SAFe 6 Product Owner/Product Manager certification demonstrates her proficiency in agile methodologies.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Caroline is deeply embedded in her community's fabric. She exemplifies a strong sense of civic responsibility, dedicating her time and efforts to various community initiatives and causes. Her involvement in the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce showcases her dedication to fostering economic growth, networking, and creating a thriving business environment.
Caroline's multifaceted approach to leadership encompasses not only business acumen but also a genuine commitment to making a positive impact. Her ability to blend her professional expertise with community engagement reflects her belief in the interconnectedness of business success and community prosperity. In her endeavors, she continuously strives to create meaningful and lasting contributions, both within the corporate sphere and the communities she serves. Caroline is also responsible for co-leading volunteerism efforts at FPLES.
Caroline graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Senior Business Analyst
Kendall Purdy's influence at NextEra Infrastructure Solutions goes beyond her role as a Senior Business Analyst. She actively contributes to various areas of the business, displaying her strategic prowess in market analysis and strategy. Kendall's keen problem-solving skills enable her to navigate complex business landscapes, making significant contributions to the organization's growth and success.
Kendall is a distinguished alumna of Long Island University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing. She furthered her education at Florida State University, where she earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA). This educational background equips Kendall with a solid understanding of business principles, which she effectively integrates into her multifaceted leadership approach.
Driven by her passion for creating positive change, Kendall strives to leave a lasting legacy through her efforts. She leverages her professional expertise to make a meaningful impact in both the corporate sphere and the communities she operates in. Kendall's approach to leadership, characterized by a blend of analytical acumen and authentic community engagement, positions her as a driving force for business growth and societal improvement.