A prospective client once told me, "racking is racking". My initial reaction was to argue otherwise, but I've come to acknowledge that there is some truth to the statement: Most mounting systems on the market are comprised of the same material, use a similar design, and are competitively priced. And yet, I genuinely feel that our clients get tremendous value from us, and by and large that's exactly what they tell me when we work together. So what is it that makes us the better choice? I think it's a combination of what our people bring to the table: Rock-solid experience, extensive knowledge of the various North American markets, and an inborn drive to go the extra mile to help our clients come out on top. With all that said, we continually work to refine our products, our processes and people.
We think you'll sense both the strength of our product offering, as well as our eagerness to make your project go a little easier, throughout this website and especially with our TRP Design Tool and video series — they exemplify our interest in putting ourselves in our clients' shoes and asking, "How can we make your life just a little bit better?"
Consider our deep expertise an extension of your team.
Jonathan is responsible for managing and developing strategic relationships in the US and Latin America. Before joining Advanced, he spent three years at Ecolibrium Solar where, as one of the first employees, he played a key role in growing the business. His professional experiences include studying and working in foreign countries, overseeing 40 employees in a manufacturing facility, and successfully launching several new products. Jonathan lives in Virginia with his wife and four children. His family enjoys supporting midwifery, beekeeping... and rest!
Founder & Advisor
Eric is responsible for the overall strategic management and leadership of the company. Prior to founding Advanced, Eric held several senior management positions with one of Canada’s largest privately owned construction companies. Eric is a structural engineer and has extensive experience with the development of class-leading mounting systems for rooftop PV applications.
Founder & Advisor
Ingo is responsible for the overall financial management of the company. Prior to founding Advanced with Eric Stephenson, Ingo held several senior management positions with various divisions of Siemens. Ingo has extensive international experience, having worked in Europe, Asia and North America.
Derek manages the staff and day-to-day processes of Operations. He has over 10 years’ experience working in solar and has lived with solar in grid-tied or off-grid applications for over 17 years. Before joining the Advanced team, he was a principal in a bottling operation for 20 years, employing 75 people; then owned and operated a solar design & installation company for several years. He holds patents in innovative packaging.
Sales Support Manager
Randy is responsible for technical support for the Advanced Racking sales team. Randy is a NABCEP Certified Installation Professional and Technical Sales Professional. Before joining Advanced, he spent three years at Ecolibrium Solar as Operations Manager, and prior to that six years as Engineering Manager at Third Sun Solar, an installer. A graduate of Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University, Randy is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Madagascar where he served from 2003–06 as an environmental sector volunteer. Randy is passionate about solar, soccer, and his family including his two kids.