Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Daniel Kunz PE, MBA, B.Sc. Eng. has more than 35 years of experience in areas of engineering, management, accounting, ﬁnance and operations. In 2014, Mr. Kunz founded and is currently managing member of Daniel Kunz & Associates, LLC an engineering services company in natural resources. He was Director, President and COO of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TRQ:NYSE). In 1998, Mr. Kunz led Ivanhoe into Mongolia where, in 2001 he was part of the team that discovered Oyu Tolgoi, one of the largest copper-gold deposits in the world. Mr. Kunz is founder, and from 2004 until April 2013 was President, CEO and Director, of U.S. Geothermal Inc., a renewable energy company acquired by Ormat Technologies (ORA:NYSE) in 2018 for an enterprise value of US$200 million. U.S. Geothermal Inc. developed, owns and operates 50 MW of base load power from three geothermal power plants. In 1993 as president, CEO and director, Mr. Kunz led the IPO of MK Gold Company on the NASDAQ, a gold company he co-founded with worldwide gold mining operations and production of some 200,000 ounces of gold per year from the mines it owned and operated. For 17 years, Mr. Kunz worked for and ultimately served as a senior executive of Morrison Knudsen Corp (now $20 billion AECOM: ACM:NYSE), including Vice President & Controller
In 1995, Mr. Kunz was named a Distinguished Alumni from the University of Montana Tech (formerly the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology) and was a member of the advisory board for the Engineering Department at the University of Montana Tech. He currently serves on the board of directors of several public companies involved in natural resource development.
Chief Executive Oﬃcer and Director
Jeff Ciachurski is the principal executive ofﬁcer and advisor representing the operating and management team to the board of directors. Mr. Ciachurski formulates the mission statement and growth plans, appoints and designates senior management personnel, deﬁnes geographic areas of responsibility and engages senior independent consultants. Mr. Ciachurski maintains continuous and proactive relationships with leading retail and institutional shareholders, and maintains close associations with the banking and project ﬁnance community. Mr. Ciachurski launched Greenbriar after a highly successful 11 year career as founder, CEO and Director of Western Wind Energy Corp, where he built a concept with a few thousand dollars into an industry-recognized, vertically integrated, renewable energy owner and operator which he sold to Brookﬁeld Renewable Energy Partners for $420 Million in March 2013. Mr. Ciachurski established the operating and development assets in California, Arizona, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and ﬁnancially led and built over 165 MW of solar and wind production and 360 MW of advanced staged assets all wholly owned by the company.
As CEO, Mr. Ciachurski has a combined acquisition, development, ﬁnancing, and shareholder value creation record of over $3.6 Billion.
President and Director
Cliff is a Registered Professional Engineer with 40 years of power engineering experience directly applicable to regulatory, EPC and financing renewable energy development. Former Executive Vice President of Luz Development and Finance Corp., Cliff served as the principal executive tasked with developing, permitting, building and financing the 355 MW SEGS solar thermal facility in Mojave, California (first of its kind in the US) and largest project of its kind for 30 years. Cliff is also the former Manager of renewable energy procurement with Southern California Edison in which he executed over 2,500 MW of renewable energy contracts negotiated and built in California from 2007 to 2015. Cliff is the former Chief and Head of the Engineering and Environmental Division of the California Energy Commission and served as the personal Nuclear Advisor to Governor of California. Cliff holds an Mechanical Engineering degree from University of California at Berkeley. Cliff funded, contracted or co-lead over $10 Billion of renewable projects since 2003.
Keith Martin is the Co-Head of Energy Projects for all of Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP, the second largest Law Firm in the US. Keith is a transactional lawyer whose principal areas of practice are tax and project ﬁnance. He acted for 116 companies last year. He also lobbies Congress and the Treasury Department on policy issues. The prestigious Chambers directory has called him "the preeminent authority on tax structurings in the US" and gives him its sole "star" ranking among US renewable energy lawyers. Keith holds a M.Sc, from The London School of Economics, a JD, from George Washington University and BA, from Wesleyan University. Keith has provided legal and tax structuring on over $100 Billion of renewable projects since 2003.
Before joining Greenbriar Capital Corp, Mr. Boyd held the position of Executive Vice President of Development for Western Wind Energy Corp., until the company was purchased by Brookﬁeld Renewable Energy Partners. He assisted Western Wind Energy in acquiring, leasing and zoning real estate suitable for the development of wind and solar farms in Arizona and California. In addition, Mr. Boyd served on the company's Board of Directors. Prior to joining Western Wind, he served as an elected member of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the largest water utility in the state of Arizona and its biggest electrical consumer. Prior to that, Mike served two terms on the Pima County (Arizona) Board of Supervisors, elected to help run a county of one million residents with a an operating budget of over $1 billion.
Mr. Boyd graduated from UCLA. He is married and has three boys.
Bill Sutherland, recently retired, was Vice President & Senior Managing Director at Manulife Financial where he headed the ﬁrm’s Project Finance & Infrastructure Team. He and his team at Manulife have been leading arrangers and providers of debt and equity ﬁnancing to the independent power sector for over 18 years. He is a seasoned corporate banker with over 37 years of business development, relationship management and corporate and project ﬁnance experience. Bill started as an analyst within The Bank of Nova Scotia’s International Corporate Finance Group in 1980 where he focused on project ﬁnance. He later created and led project and corporate ﬁnance teams at Chase Manhattan Bank, Mitsubishi Bank and Deutsche Bank where he specialized in ﬁnancing projects and mergers and acquisitions within the mining and metals, forestry, oil & gas, pipeline and power sectors. In 1998, Bill acted as a consultant to Barrick Gold Corporation as Barrick explored the possibilities of creating a mine ﬁnance business in competition with the major commercial banks. Bill joined Clarica Life Insurance Company in 1998 where he created and headed a project ﬁnance team dedicated to ﬁnancing power and infrastructure projects in Canada. Following its success in the Canadian market, the group broadened its focus and became a pioneering and leading arranger and provider of ﬁnancing to the Canadian and U.S. wind power industries. The team moved to Manulife in 2002 and since that time expanded its leadership role within the Canadian independent power and U.S. renewable power markets. Bill is a Professional Engineer (AEPO) and holds a BSc. (Mechanical Engineering) and MBA from Queen’s University, Kingston.
Tom Emmons is Managing Director and SVP at Voya Investment Management, LLC, a $700 Billion Asset Manager. Tom is an experienced energy, natural resources, and project ﬁnance specialist with over 45 years of experience in commercial and investment banking, principal investing, and ﬁnancial advisory. Prior to joining Voya, Tom was at Rabobank and HSH Nordbank, where over the last 13 years he founded, built, and led two industry-leading teams. At Rabobank, Tom and his team of 12 committed over $5 billion across over 100 project ﬁnancings valued at over $21 billion in the solar, wind, and bioenergy sectors. Tom has served as advisor and board member, and provided and arranged debt and equity ﬁnancing for numerous renewable energy and infrastructure companies. From the beginning of the expansion period of the US wind and solar sectors, his ﬁnancing teams have provided innovative debt and equity capital which fueled early growth in the sectors. Tom previously worked at Citibank in New York and Hong Kong in energy and infrastructure ﬁnance, at Bankers Trust in energy merchant banking, at Banque Paribas covering Latin America, and at Credit Suisse First Boston in project ﬁnance syndications. Tom has served on the boards of the Solar Energy Industries Association, SkyPower Corporation, and GEC Holdings LLC, and is currently a director of BrightFarms Inc., a greenhouse developer and operator. Tom is on the Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Tom is a graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Business School and former Naval Ofﬁcer of the US Navy. Tom funded or co-lead over $40 Billion in renewable projects since 2003.
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