James Spano is a veteran solar developer- having developed over 85 MW- and a Managing Partner of Spano Partners Holdings, LLC. Jim’s strong financial background, as well as expertise in real estate and land development, has given him a perspective that is unique among solar energy developers.
Jim is the founder and President of the New Jersey Solar Grid Supply Association (NJSGSA), an organization of investors, developers, engineers, energy professionals and public supporters dedicated to improving New Jersey’s energy program. The Association represents the majority of grid-connected, utility-scale solar generation facilities in New Jersey. Jim is also a Director of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA). In addition, Jim is an active member of the Intersolar North America Industry Committee. Jim is also on the Industry Board of Intersolar USA, a Board Member of IBESA, the Board of the NJ PACE Coalition and has spoken at numerous Conferences and Summits across the USA.
“You can say I’m an entrepreneur by birth,” says Jim. “I enjoy identifying project opportunities and then putting teams together to take a project from concept to completion.” In the Spano family businesses, Jim takes a lead role in real estate development and has responsibility for all project finance. In addition, Jim has nearly 30 years of experience in managing financial planning and insurance brokerages. He has retained his credentials as an expert in the insurance, finance, and solar industries and has provided expert testimony in dozens of civil lawsuits in all three sectors.
Through Jim’s leadership, Spano Solar Enterprises, the solar development arm of Spano Partners, is now recognized as one of the top privately-owned utility-scale alternative energy developers in New Jersey and as a leader in the Distributed Generation Rooftop Solar Industry. Jim is often called upon as an expert voice to represent the industry in both legal proceedings as well as regulatory and legislative issues. He was recently retained as a lead expert in the largest solar lawsuit in the Northeast, having represented the successful plaintiff in obtaining a $109 million judgment.
Although Jim is a savvy business leader and staunch solar advocate, he says, “I’m a philanthropist at heart.” Jim is a founding member and first president of the Hillsborough Kiwanis Club, Trustee of Community Options, the fourth largest non profit in NJ advocating for people with disabilities, and former Director of The Cerebral Palsy Association of New Jersey. In addition, he is an Officer on the Board of the Spano Family Foundation, a 501c that supports charities in the U.S., Africa and Haiti. Among his projects was a $250,000 solar shipment to a hospital in Haiti, which now has the energy it needs to care for a quarter million remote villagers.
Joseph Spano comes from an accounting background by professional designation having earned a Bachelor’s degree at Rider University and subsequently achieving the distinction of becoming a Certified Public Accountant in 1979 as an auditor with Price Waterhouse.
In 1981, Joe joined the family’s fashion accessory business converting it from a distribution business to a design and development business. Having grown it exponentially, he ultimately sold the company in 2005 to a consortium of private equity firms. He also joined the family real estate business in 2000 and is currently a Managing Director with responsibility for strategic direction and oversight of all aspects of the business with a focus on the larger local projects.
Mr. Spano’s strong accounting background and extensive experience as CEO of one of the largest companies in its industry has provided Mr. Spano with the skills and insight to “look around the corner” and his judgment permeates every major decision of the business. Aside from his business ventures, Joe is a founding member of The Spano Family Charitable Foundation, an EMT with Freehold First Aid and Rescue Squad, an honorary board member of the Veterans of the Vietnam War and Veterans Coalition, and active member of several other professional and civic organizations supporting our veterans and the disadvantaged both here at home and in southern Africa, as well as displaced Christians of the Middle East war.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
David is the Chief Operating Officer of Spano Partners Holdings, LLC. David’s experience spanning four decades of entrepreneurial business development and management and his focus on the commercialization of renewable energy technologies is well-suited to the development and deployment of large scale PV Solar projects within the Spano organization.
As a serial entrepreneur with focus and expertise in the technology sector, David has enjoyed a lifetime of learning in the discovery, development, and application of new technology. He maintains a focus on strategic, top down analysis of markets and trends, such as renewable energy generation, energy storage systems, and grid performance optimization techniques.
He is a Director of Hybridyne Power Electronics, a Canadian firm which he co-founded in 2007 and that developed patent-pending technology to dramatically improve the electrical and financial yield of large commercial and utility scale Photo-Voltaic Solar projects.
In an earlier role as Senior VP of Strategy and Corporate Development at TSE and NASDAQ listed Descartes Systems Group, a global Supply Chain Software company, headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, David re-organized the company’s product portfolio and re-defined its market message, resulting in booked sales increasing by 66% – the company’s stock skyrocketed from $5.00/share to $90.00 in the Spring of 2000. David has deep expertise in the science of warehouse management and the development of automated warehouse control systems. An opportunity to create a new firm to supply automated materials handling systems (high speed sortation controls, barcode scanning interfaces, and parcel manifesting software) led him to co-found AL Systems in 1983. For almost a decade, David held senior management positions in Software Development and Sales & Marketing with AL Systems. His leadership helped to drive the company to become a recognized provider of advanced Industrial Control and Warehouse Management Systems for a long list of retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and systems integrators serving the materials handling, distribution and logistics industries.
David has had considerable success in the commercialization of technology solutions, financial modeling, complex sales, licensing, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions. He is a creative visionary and a skilled business analyst. As a successful senior executive with more than 30 years of experience, David’s career spans a wide technology spectrum, including commercial/utility scale wind turbine development, PV solar yield optimization, supply chain automation software, warehouse management, and industrial controls.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Our Chief Financial Officer, Tony brings to Spano Partners over 30 years of financial expertise developed with premier Fortune-sized companies such as General Electric and Merck as well as in small, entrepreneurial environments. Tony holds a MBA in Finance from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lafayette College, in addition to being a Certified Management Accountant.
Tom Gleckner comes to the organization with a degree in management from the University of Scranton. His work history includes 18 years in the tire industry managing 500,000 sq. ft. facility. Having joined the Spano Family businesses in 2000, his management and personnel skills have contributed to the growth and stability of the organization. His transition into the Real Estate business has resulted in the creation of the Property Management Division responsible for all corporate real estate assets. Currently Tom has primary responsibility for all land use and property management responsibilities of the company.
Tom Spano also comes from an accounting background having earned a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State in accounting. Tom then worked briefly in the corporate accounting field before joining the family import and distribution business early in his career where he supervised the distribution department where he was responsible for as many as 40 employees in his department. Tom Spano has since transitioned into the Chief Technology Officer role of the company providing management with the tools and technology to efficiently manage all aspects of the business. His experience as a staff manager for the family business has given him the skills and temperament to maintain a strong and adhesive group management style that has grown closer and stronger through his judgment, trust, and insight, all of which has enabled quick and effective resolution when necessary. He has become an adept mediator and proactively addresses and resolves issues prior to becoming impairments to the proper functioning of the business.
Lori Clinton joined Spano Partners in March 2019. With over 20 years of executive support experience in high-volume, high-pressure environments with a focus on operations and technology, Lori is particularly well-suited to the fast pace environment within the Spano organization.
Lori’s professional experience has been primarily focused in the education industry over the past 10 years, in both public and private New Jersey schools. Most recently, at the prestigious Lawrenceville School, she served as the Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer providing different forms of support to the CTO, Director of Support Services, and the Associate Director of IT Security and Operations. In addition, Lori managed the entire Information Technology Services department with responsibilities for budget management, budget forecasting, office management, employee technology engagement and training, development and oversight of departmental workflows, identifying areas of opportunity to improve existing technology processes, functionality, and workflow across the Lawrenceville campus.
Lori’s past volunteer experience includes PTA President and Treasurer of the PTA President’s Council.
“Jim has had extraordinary success in business and I think there are a lot of reasons for that. Not only does he have his business partner’s backs but at the same time he has the back of the client. And he balances that between fairness and a belief that he does what he does for the overall benefit of everybody.”
“What I really appreciate about working with Jim is that he always has a strong moral center. There is always a lot of attention to ethics and integrity in everything that Jim does, and I especially appreciate that he knows the meaning of loyalty to partners.”
“Jim always brings a teamwork atmosphere, he never gives up, and he always is very creative in his approach of offering a solution.”
“Jim Spano is a real leader in the solar power industry.”