Rocky Mountain Team

Chett J. Boxley - Co-Director, Utah
Chett J. Boxley

Received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Arizona in 1997, and Ph.D. in Analytical chemistry in 2003 from the University of Utah. Earned an MBA in Technology Commercialization in 2006 from Westminster College. Has 13 issued patents, authored several journal articles, and regularly speaks on innovation, start-ups, and CleanTech. In 2003, joined Ceramatec as an industrial post-doc, and eventually becoming a Program Manager for several unique R&D projects including Na-based batteries, and beneficial re-use of coal fly ash. In 2012, Dr. Boxley spun-out a technology from Ceramatec for the conversion of fly ash into a “green” kitty litter. This start-up, known as PURR-fect Solutions, successfully transitioned the fly ash technology from lab to market; however, the company closed in 2015. After leaving PURR-fect Solutions, joined another start-up company (as CEO of GlycoSurf, LLC) that develops novel bio-based surfactants for cosmetic and personal/care applications, and continues to run this exciting startup company today. In addition to these duties, has re-joined Ceramatec as the Director of Innovation working to further commercialize new technologies being developed at Ceramatec. 

Ryan Stolley - Co-Director, Utah
Ryan Stolley
Daniel Wright - Recruiting Chair, Rocky Mountain
Daniel Wright

Leads recruiting effort for Cleantech Open's Rocky Mountain Region, which includes AZ, CO, UT, NM, and WY. Seeks to connect early stage clean technology businesses, start ups, and entrepreneurs to Cleantech Open's deep network of innovators via CTO's business accelerator.

Holds a B.S. in economics from Washington State University and an M.S. in energy sustainability from the University of Denver. 

Patrick Tierney - Acting Region Director, Rocky Mountain
Patrick Tierney

Has spent more than 20 years growing small, international businesses as president or general manager of units of companies such as Eaton, Danaher, CNH (formerly Case Corporation) and Berkshire Hathaway. As operating partner for a private equity fund, drives strategic growth and improvements for a portfolio of industrial companies. Specialties include the targeted use of technology, geographic expansion, LEAN manufacturing and product development. A veteran of two startups and a CTO alumni. Current startup, Revolution Systems, is solving the problems of recycling in small towns and rural areas.

Graduate of the US Naval Academy and pursued graduate studies at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. Earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and holds two patents.

Christian Clem - Sponsorship & Fundraising Chair, Rocky Mountain
Christian Clem

Has a broad background that includes corporate banking, venture capital, energy finance, startup consulting, and policy analysis. Career achievements include supporting a $40 billion securities lending portfolio, managing $50 million in portfolio assets for a family office, raising $2 million for a solar startup, and originating strategic investors and leading a transaction for a 75 MW portfolio of community solar assets.

Holds both a B.S. and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Tampa.

Chris Lee - Sustainability Chair, Rocky Mountain
Chris Lee
Richard Robertson - Mentor Chair, Rocky Mountain
Richard Robertson

Richard Robertson has led strategic market expansions across 6 continents, providing P&L leadership for global operations including China, India, Japan, S. Korea. His experiences span sales, marketing, business development, distribution, lean manufacturing, engineering, product development, and finance.  

David M. Talon - Alumni Chair, Rocky Mountain
David M. Talon
Alessandro Sacerdoti - Judging Chair, Rocky Mountain
Alessandro Sacerdoti

Alessandro has extensive experience negotiating and drafting LOIs, term sheets and contracts for financings, the purchase and sales of businesses and business units, and advising clients in connection with integration of acquired businesses and related issues. His clients include energy and renewable energy companies, manufacturing companies, financial institutions, private equity and VC funds, commodity & environmental attribute trading companies and a variety of small businesses.

Shannon Oleynik - Communications Chair, Rocky Mountain
Shannon Oleynik

With a degree in Government and Environmental Studies Shannon’s experience is steeped in marketing and communications at environmental startups.