Advisory Board

Perseid Solar has appointed initial members of an advisory board, each of whom brings diverse backgrounds in areas such as technology, commercial real estate, finance, and government affairs, in addition to distinguished service. The company’s advisory board currently comprises:

Dr. Gary C. Cheek is a accomplished senior manager with demonstrated leadership and communication skills, extensive international experience, solid knowledge of outsourcing of manufacturing in the electronics industry and sound knowledge of semiconductor device physics. He is capable of improving profit margins through automation, company restructuring, vendor management and technology development. He has functional experience in all facets of operations: supply chain management, facilities, purchasing, quality, reliability, international  logistics, manufacturing, new product development and demand management as well as a solid knowledgeable of photovoltaics and the solar energy industry. At SunPower Corporation, Gary worked as Project Manager for Government Contracts Responsible for all technical, financial and management aspects and contractual issues associated with contracts from DOE, NREL and California Public Utilities Commision totaling over $60 M. Gary held the position of Vice President of Operations responsible for all outsourced manufacturing, quality, reliability, product engineering, ERP system implementation and supply chain management at Axiom Microsystems, Siimpel, Xceive and Conexant Systems.  He previously worked for TSMC and Analog Devices. Gary has also been a consultant to the US Department of Energy and NREL  in the area of Solar Photovoltaics, Next Energy, People Power Corporation, 21 Ventures and ASE Americas.
Gary have received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1983 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He was the editor for IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, 1994-1997. Gary also holds one patent entitled, “A Bit Stream Approach to Yield Data Analysis”, US Patent Number 4,328,945 (1996), and has many journal publications.

Nezam Ghasemian, currently president and founder of a McLean, Virginia real estate development company specializing in building high-end single family homes, has extensive operations and management experience in large engineering and commercial real estate firms. Most recently, he was Vice President at MACTEC Engineering, a leading national engineering consulting firm. In this role, Mr. Ghasemian was responsible for operations in the Northeast region, which included 150 employees in four offices. Before that, he was a Vice President at Transwestern, where he managed large-scale commercial real estate portfolios. Early in his career, Nezam practiced structural engineering at county and state level government agencies. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Amir Yazdanpanah

Amir is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in product and service company start-ups. He has extensive experience in software development, greenhouse gas management, smart grid and telecommunications. Amir is currently CEO of Prasinos Energy where he focuses on energy efficiency, carbon accounting, and smart grid solutions.