Monty Humble - Managing Director
Monty Humble is Managing Director of Brightman Energy and brings over 30 years of energy market, municipal finance, policy, and legal expertise to energy development. A policy expert and problem solver, Monty’s hands on experience with major energy developments, policy analysis and DC beltway connections bring insight into future energy policies and leadership to energy investments. Monty participates in investments, and helps actively guide overall company strategies given the shifting winds of state and national energy policies.
Previously, Monty was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel to Boone Pickens’ Mesa Power Group. There he was responsible for the commercial wind energy development company legal affairs, including project development, corporate organization, mergers and acquisitions, supply agreements, power purchase agreements, windfarm leasing, and transmission agreements. At Mesa Power, Monty also was responsible for developing and executing legislative strategy and language for the renewable energy portion of the Pickens Plan.
Prior to joining Mesa Power, Monty was a partner with Vinson & Elkins LLP where sample energy projects included advising entrepreneurs in connection with major wind developments, leveraged buyout of utility companies, deregulation strategies for Texas electricity market, and helped to create special purpose entities to securitize multi-billion dollar utility customer receivables portfolio for three unrelated Texas utility companies.
Monty is also leading legislative efforts related to transmission and renewable energy standards legislation in Congress for a multi-client coalition and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law where he teaches a course in federal renewable energy policy. Monty has served as a Director of the American Wind Energy Association, chairman of the Transmission Committee of the American Wind Energy Association and a founding member of the Coalition for the Green Bank. Monty received his BA with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin and his JD with honors from The University of Texas School of Law.
Joel Serface - Managing Director
Joel Serface is a seventh-generation Texas who, after starting a career in the Texas energy and policy arena, made a round-trip of the leading technology (and cleantech) communities including Boston, Silicon Valley, Austin, and Boulder. In the process, Joel became one of the early cleantech voices, investors, community-builders, and policy-supporters leaving a trail of more than 20 companies, non-profits, and policy organizations that he either founded, funded, or fostered. Joel advises and serves on boards of directors for companies and non-profit organizations that advance cleantech policy, community development, technology commercialization, and finance.
Joel served as the first Entrepreneur in Residence at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Joel previously headed renewable energy efforts at the Austin Clean Energy Incubator, Eastman Ventures, and Sierra Ventures.
Joel founded the Pecan Street Project, the nation’s first SmartGrid 2.0 test implementation supported by the Department of Energy, served on the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology, the board of the California Nanosystems Institute, a joint research program between UCLA and UCSB, and founding board member of the MIT Club of Northern California’s Cleantech Speaker Series and progenitor of the California Cleantech Open. Joel also served on advisory committees for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy and on the Board of the Technology Ventures Corporation which advances commercialization efforts at Sandia, Los Alamos, and Lawrence Livermore National Labs.
Joel received his B.S. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he was the recipient of the first Patrick McGovern Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership for starting the first MIT Venture Capital Conference.
Joel serves on the boards of SXSW Eco, American Renewable Energy Institute, the Clean Economy Network Educational Foundation, the CleanTX Foundation, and the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and its associated Political Action Committee. Joel is also a Founding Member of Environmental Entrepreneurs and has been active with E2 in California, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.