R. Chad Van Sweden
Chad Van Sweden has over 20 years of experience as an investor and advisor focused on the utility and industrial sectors.
Before becoming an independent consultant in 2015, Mr. Van Sweden was a senior private equity investment professional for 14 years, most recently as Senior Vice President, in the GFI Energy Group of Oaktree Capital Management. During his tenure at Oaktree/GFI, Mr. Van Sweden identified and executed investment opportunities and provided portfolio oversight for three private equity funds totaling $2.5 billion of equity capital. Prior to Oaktree/GFI, Mr. Van Sweden worked in the Global Energy & Power and Mergers & Acquisitions groups at Credit Suisse First Boston, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
Mr. Van Sweden has served on the Board of Directors of eight companies: RealEnergy (installs, owns, and operates on-site generation equipment/systems in Class A commercial office buildings), Elgar Electronics (designs and manufactures AC and DC programmable power supplies), GT Solar (global manufacturer of solar, polysilicon, and sapphire capital equipment), Turbine Generator Maintenance (performs turnkey inspections and repairs on steam turbines, combustion turbines, generators, and associated equipment across the industrial and utility sectors), Infrastructure & Energy Alternatives (constructs renewable wind and solar projects), Remedial Construction Services (a leading environmental and geotechnical services provider), tenKsolar (designs, manufactures, and markets efficient, low-cost photovoltaic solutions), and VacOne Services (provides nondestructive hydro excavation services).
Mr. Van Sweden received a B.A. degree in economics with distinction from Cornell University.