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Board of Advisors

 

Senator Joseph Zarelli

Senator_Zarelli.jpg (360900 bytes) Senator Joseph Zarelli serves in the state of Washington and has been an astute advocate of energy efficiency and green business as an integral part in building better neighborhoods and creating a healthier environment for his constituents. His approach has been to create a winning situation by balancing the business values and environmental benefits with convincing arguments and in a more realistic and pragmatic ways. His strong business skills, and art of negotiation and professional competency has been a major contributing factor.

He was first elected to the state senate in 1995 and since then has been re-elected 4 times in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008, continuously serving the people of his jurisdiction. In his leadership positions, Senator Zarelli has been the Majority Caucus Vice Chair and Republican Caucus Vice Chair. Since 2003, Senator Zarelli has been the Ranking Republican Member of the Ways & Means committee and also more recently served as the Ranking Republican Member on Economic Development and Trade and Management; and is a member of the Rules Committee.
Senator Zarelli serves on the following special committees in addition to the standing committees above
  • Economic & Revenue Forecast Council

  • Caseload Forecast Council

  • State Expenditure Limit Committee

  • State Actuary Appointment Committee

  • Pension Funding Council

Senator Zarelli also served by appointment on the US Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council's State and Local Government Senior Advisory Committee.

Senator Zarelli has served our Country honorably in military uniform as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1982-89 where he was selected Military Member of the Year in 1987 and later received two awards of the “Joint Services Achievement Medals”. 

While serving since 1995 in the public sector, with a sharp focus on economic development and budget management in serving the people of his district, Senator Zarelli founded and serves as President of “JP Zarelli Inc” specializing in Business Development and Risk Management services. 

With over 20 years experience in Risk Management and Business Development, Senator Zarelli has developed a high quality set of skills in economic development, risk assessment, and strategic budgeting with an in-depth understanding in the development of relationship, networking, and contact management.

Currently at “JP Zarelli Inc.”, Senator Zarelli and his team provide the following professional services: 

  • Assisting clients on the acquisition, contracting and processing of land development opportunities. 

  • Providing services and resources to business in the development of market strategy and the establishment of both the business vision and achievement of that vision. 

  • Assisting business clients in establishing necessary relationships to further business growth and expansion into regional and global market places.

  • Developing relationships in the transaction of various global commodities.

Mehr Solar, Mehr Energy, Mehr Light and the parent company of Mehr U S Corporation are proud to have Senator Zarelli on our board of advisors.

 

Mr. Steve Wiegmann

Mr. Wiegmann is founder of Wiegmann group, a Newport Beach based asset management and investment advisory firm with services to individuals and corporate clients.  Steve served as vice president of commercial properties with CB Richard Ellis, where he was responsible for providing commercial real estate brokerage services to the Southern California real estate market. From the start he was a Green advocate in building industries, commercial properties, design and management of high rises.  

Steve has been active in the green movement even before it was called green. He has managed projects on lighting retrofits, window tinting, mechanical systems on all types of real estate and participated or initiated many green projects for both the interior and exterior of property. 

On the PAC Advisory Board for the California Energy Commission since 2000, Steve Has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Energy & Environmental Management magazine since 1995 as well.

In his 12 years with CB Richard Ellis (formerly CB Commercial and Coldwell Banker), Mr. Wiegmann also served as senior real estate manager, where he was responsible for the management and leasing of office and industrial projects owned by major institutions. In this role, he gained significant experience in working with major institutions and individual investors in the disposition of multiple properties for the FDIC, RTC, UNUM, Prudential Insurance, Koll Bren Realty Advisors, Citicorp, CB Richard Ellis Investors, et al. Steve is a 1979 graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Marketing.

Other highlights of Steve’s experience includes responsibility for all aspects of property performance including marketing and leasing, financial performance, operations, renovation, and construction of a portfolio in excess of 3 million square feet located throughout the greater Los Angeles and Orange County market. 

He also was responsible for overseeing a portfolio in excess of 1.5 million feet of office, medical, and industrial buildings throughout Los Angeles, including development of management and marketing plans, budgeting, property valuation, due diligence, lease analysis, contract negotiations, tenant retention/relations programs, and all aspects of financial accounting.

Prior to Steve’s work with CB Richard Ellis, he served as vice president/senior asset manager, portfolio property manager, and building manager for Crane Realty & Management Company. Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University of Long Beach.

Steve is a member of the Investment Committee which evaluates and authorizes new investment opportunities for the firm and 
has spoken before numerous trade associations throughout his career.

Professional Affiliations, Associations and Awards:

  • PAC Advisory Board for the California Energy Commission since 2000.

  • Institute of Real Estate Management - Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation. Past President of the Orange County Chapter.

  • Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute - Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.

  • Past President of the Southern California Chapter.

  • Founding member of the Orange County Commercial Association of Realtors.
     

 

 

Dr. Kenneth Jones

Dr. Kenneth Jones, grew up on a farm, and appreciates the value of good natural life. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown College.

He then continued his study and received his medical degree from Ohio State University and completed his residency at USC. While doing his medical practice, he was also a General Partner of a 296 unit senior’s housing development in Sacramento, California where he introduced green building concepts long before the current trend of greening of buildings was fashionable. He continued his interest in green life and started his own talk show program on radio and web cast on the Internet.

 

In his weekly program Dr. Jones provides valuable advice on how to live green and how to do business in a greener and more responsible manner with an eye on profitability.  

His radio program and Internet based web cast has a large number of audiences and provides consultation and advice to individual professionals and various organizations and corporations.

Dr. Jones is a cofounder of a successful company dedicated to green health based on a more natural responsible green life.  His expertise in medial science as an MD graduate of Ohio State university has been instrumental in building up the company and expanding its clientele.

 He is active in the community services as soccer coach and referee, in church, and in the local Scout Troop. 


Executive Management

 

Khosro Eddie Mehrfar has served as managing partner since the start of the business. Dr. Mehrfar’s specific interest is in the application of advanced technology in the clean renewable energy industry. His interest started early in mid 70’s when he was an undergraduate student in college of engineering at the university of Tehran, Iran.

After graduation, he moved to U.S. in 1979 to pursue higher education and earned his Master in 1982 and Ph.D. in 1986 in Civil engineering with emphasis on computer simulation and systems modeling of energy, environment and natural resources from the University of Akron, Ohio. While at the university, he led a team of engineers for the 3D design of NASA's underground wind tunnels at Lewis research center and later designed and implemented a GIS computer system for Public Utilities Commissions of Ohio - PUCO under Governor Richard Celeste and current co-chair of Homeland Security project at Century Foundation. 

The deliverable which was successfully installed at PUCO's headquarter in Columbus, Ohio was an advanced computer system to fully control and manage all electrical power grids of various utility companies across the state.


After completing graduate school, he moved to California and started working for Los Angeles office of Bechtel Corporation, an engineering and construction Management Company and became manager of automation on Bechtel’s Disney-MGM Studios Theme Parks projects in Paris. 

While at Bechtel, studying the complexity of the management of nuclear reactor power plants to create electricity in U.S. and in Europe convinced him that to produce safe, clean and enduring energy, solar power is one of the best alternatives. This conviction was further confirmed after he was assigned to a joint U.S. and Europe energy producing project with Italian power corporation Enel and EDF of France.

He started his own company; Mehr U S Corp. and his interest in alternative, sustainable clean energy lead him to be part of a spin-off company dedicated to solar energy. Dr. Mehrfar is a mentor at University of California, Irvine - Merage School of Business for MBA graduates and has been the board member of the following Professional Societies;

  • Council of Experts on Natural Resources & Energy, a Gerson Lehrman Group
  • The Society of Industry Leaders, Guide-Point Global - a Standard & Poor Company
  • Advantus Global, an information based circle of experts by Harvard & Stanford alumni
  • Bechtel Network of Professionals
  • Cofounder of Orange county renewable energy group
  • Chairman of Advocacy committee - American Solar Energy Society, Orange County Chapter
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society 
  • Executive to Executive MBA Program., University of California School of Business Management
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • Electric & Gas Industries Association of America
  • Semiconductor Solar Group
  • Edison International – Energy management 
  • Association of Professors & Scholars of Iranian Heritage, regular member

He is the author of many articles and has been interviewed by Local, national and international TVs and Radios on cultural and environmental issues including CNN international for his role as the chairman of a United Nations sponsored global event sponsored by UNESCO, a report of which, can be found on Harvard University, Pluralism project. 

Dr. Mehrfar, along with commissioners from 6 states, the honorable Senator of the State of Washington and the honorable Consulate General, were the 9 delegates from U.S. who were invited to Spain by the government for the first conference on renewable energy. Dr. Mehrfar's speech was on "Renewable Energy in the U.S. market", part of which was published in European journals and was referenced in some newspapers.

He is the co-founder of Orange County Renewable Energy Group & its treasurer, a chapter of American Solar Energy Society. He is also a member of University of California at Irvine (UCI) Merage School of Business Management Executive to Executive group where he mentors MBA students and prepares them for the real world of business. Dr. Mehrfar holds the California General Building Contractor license, Solar Certified State License and Energy Management Systems (EMS) certificate. 



Carol David
is Company's controller. Carol has over twenty years of public accounting and industry experience. Her industry experience includes her role as Assistant Controller for Lennar’s land development division, one of the nation’s leading homebuilder. She also served as an Assistant Controller for CB Richard Ellis’ property management division, the global leader in real estate services.

Carol is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California. She has her Bachelor’s degree from Holy Angel University, Angeles City, Philippines where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also obtained CPA licensure in the Philippines.

Carol is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of CPA’s.



Charles Barsam
is Corporate counsel.  Charles has been practicing law for 28 years and is experienced in due diligence and contract review with business acquisitions, specializing in transaction closings. Most recently he has focused on deal structures with investors and various businesses in different industries ranging from small businesses to large corporations..

Charles has extensive trial experience, having successfully litigated before virtually all courts and arbitration tribunals in California. In addition, he has served as an arbitrator on a variety of businesses disputes referred to him by the Orange County Superior Court.

He served as a Director and Western Development Chairman of the Armenian Assembly of America, and was founder and first President of the Orange County Armenian Professional Society. Mr. Barsam served as a Director of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County and is presently on the Board of Directors of the Armenian Eye care Project.

Charles received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from UCLA and obtained a Jurist Doctorate from Hastings College of Law.


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