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Leadership

Drew Buechley comes to Project Frog as the Chief Executive Officer with more than 25 years of extensive strategic advisory, financing and operational experience in directing companies through high growth periods. Prior to Frog, Buechley co-founded and was a managing director at Pharus Capital Management, LLC, a passive investor in late stage venture-backed companies and Pharus Advisors, a New York based boutique advisory firm. Prior to Pharus, he held senior executive and corporate development positions in various portfolio companies owned by Kohlberg and Company, LLC. Buechley has worked in a variety of industries, including technology, retail, and manufacturing sectors. Previously, he was a general management consultant for the Lucas Group where he managed and executed buy-side advisory, economic viability, and operational improvement engagements. Buechley began his career at Arthur Andersen as a CPA. He has a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Mike is a licensed architect in the state of California with over 15 years of experience with highly detailed and complex construction projects. He also brings a wealth of knowledge in program management and product development while working with cross functional hardware and software engineering teams to plan, execute, and deploy integrated hardware, software and operations solutions at scale. Building on his combined experience in the construction and technology industries, Mike has a passion for solving architectural problems with an emphasis on scalability and repeatability of design.

A California native, Rick is responsible for every facet of preconstruction at Project Frog, including nurturing client/partner relationships, organizing and implementing the Preferred Installer Partnership Program and utilizing his many years of “boots on the ground” construction experience for customer acquisition and delivery. Rick started his career with an ENR Top 100 General Contractor as a project engineer, which led him to a position as superintendent leading day to day field operations. Just prior to becoming a member of the Frog team, Rick served as a project manager for a general contractor on a Project Frog school campus that serves under-privileged kids. Inspired by the high-level of innovations that made Project Frog buildings highly-functioning, but also incredibly affordable and accessible to lower-income communities, Rick was excited to accept a position that would allow him to be part of a team which intends to revolutionize an industry that is in dire need of a makeover. When not reinventing our industry, Rick enjoys riding dirt bikes, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

Sam wears many hats at Frog.  He runs the Lantana Division, program management, planning and forecasting, legal, and serves as the Corporate Secretary.  Prior to Frog, he worked as an analyst for Pharus Capital Management, LLC, a late-stage venture capital firm. Sam graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Political Science and from Manhattan School of Music with an M.M. in Classical Voice. Sam is a member of AGMA, and outside the office he regularly sings with opera and musical theatre companies in the Bay Area, including in the San Francisco Opera chorus. He is also an avid cyclist.

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Board of Directors

Fabiano Silveira Aguilar is the Managing Director of Parabellum Investments, a proprietary investment firm focused on private equity, liquid financial markets, hedge funds and real estate investments. He was a co-founder of Tusker Capital, a Global Long/Short Hedge Fund focused on energy, metals and mining, agriculture and industrials investments, and serves as Managing Director/COO. Prior to Tusker, Fabiano was a shareholder and served as Senior Vice President North America, Europe and Head of M&A for Agentrics, a multinational B2B service and technology platform servicing global retail and consumer goods industries. The company, which connects over 250 retail customers with 80,000 suppliers in +60 countries, has achieved over $18 billion in transaction volumes and over $4 billion in savings since its founding in 2001.  Early in his career, Fabiano was the Regional Director of Business Development Americas and Europe for Telefonica B2B, worked in management consulting for A.T. Kearney, and was an analyst at First National Bank of Boston. Fabiano has an MBA from Insead in France, a CSS from Harvard University in the USA and a BS from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing in Brazil.

Drew Buechley comes to Project Frog as the Chief Executive Officer with more than 25 years of extensive strategic advisory, financing and operational experience in directing companies through high growth periods. Prior to Frog, Buechley co-founded and was a managing director at Pharus Capital Management, LLC, a passive investor in late stage venture-backed companies and Pharus Advisors, a New York based boutique advisory firm. Prior to Pharus, he held senior executive and corporate development positions in various portfolio companies owned by Kohlberg and Company, LLC. Buechley has worked in a variety of industries, including technology, retail, and manufacturing sectors. Previously, he was a general management consultant for the Lucas Group where he managed and executed buy-side advisory, economic viability, and operational improvement engagements. Buechley began his career at Arthur Andersen as a CPA. He has a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Dan Googel manages private equity, venture capital and certain other alternative investments for Spindrift Equities, a family office based in New York. Prior to joining Spindrift Equities in 2009, he was a Principal at Easton Capital, a venture capital/private equity firm, where he focused on technology, digital media, consumer, and business services companies. Prior to Easton Capital, Dan was an Associate at Soros Private Equity Partners, where he invested in a variety of private equity and venture capital transactions. Before joining Soros, Dan was with CIBC Oppenheimer Corp.’s Leveraged Finance Group where he participated in several lead managed high yield debt offerings, merchant banking transactions and M&A advisory assignments. Dan holds an MBA with distinction from Columbia Business School and received a dual degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (BS from the Wharton School of Business and a BAS from the School of Engineering and Applied Science).

 

Alla is Managing Director at CCM Energy, a leading clean energy investment firm based in Washington, DC and a part of the CCM Group of Companies. CCM Energy invests in innovative companies and projects that improve the environmental and economic performance of buildings. Alla is also Principal and founding team member of Traverse Venture Partners, an investment platform focused on accelerating the transition to more productive, flexible and efficient real estate.  

Prior to CCM, she served as Project Manager in the Business Development group at AES Corporation, where she facilitated the development of the company’s Global Integrated Gas Program, served on the Internal Review Team, and supported project development for the AES award-winning energy storage group. Previously, as Principal of the Green Portfolio at Calvert Foundation, Alla led the organization’s Green Initiative, facilitating investments at the intersection of environmental sustainability and poverty alleviation. She was co-founder and Board Chair of EGG-energy, a social enterprise that provides energy services to Tanzanian households and small enterprises lacking access to the power grid. Alla holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and founding member of the Leadership Now Project.

Affiliations

The Regenerative Network identifies leading green building product manufacturers and service providers (Network Members) and unites them with qualified buyers and leading industry A/E/C and Real Estate professionals (Network Affiliates).

The result is a dynamic forum to develop and share sustainability strategies and best practice, review new technologies and cutting edge products, and incubate strategic relationships.

The Washington, D.C. based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

USGBC’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

The EMerge Alliance is an open industry association developing standards leading to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution in commercial buildings.

These innovative standards integrate interior infrastructures, power, controls and devices in a common microgrid platform to facilitate the hybrid use of AC and DC power throughout buildings for unprecedented design and space flexibility, greater energy efficiency and improved sustainability. The Alliance will simplify and accelerate market adoption of EMerge Alliance standards. EMerge Alliance is a member of the USGBC.

The mission of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools is to facilitate the design, construction and operation of high performance schools: environments that are not only energy and resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities for a quality education.

The California Charter Schools Association advances the charter school movement through state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and resources for member schools. CCSA is a trusted source of data and information on California's charter schools for parents, authorizers, legislators, the press and other interested groups.

The Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) was formed in 1978 to promote, develop, and support state and local funding for K-12 construction.

C.A.S.H. Membership contains over 1,500 school districts, county offices and private sector businesses and advocates for funding to build, modernize, and maintain K-12 public schools in California.