Charles Wang, Principal | Development, Hawaii ECO Project.
Charles manages all of Hawai’i ECO Projects business development activities. He is a key member of the project development team – an expert in system design and materials procurement and with a history of creatively combining finance, incentives and system design to meet client needs.
Prior to founding HEP, Charles was a partner at RevoluSun & Distributed Energy Partners in charge of the company’s commercial business development activities. In this role he grew the company’s sales from $5 to $24 million in a single year. With his support the company became the largest solar integrator in the state, capturing a share of the PV market in excess of 30 percent.
Charles has worked for more than six years in the renewable energy & high technology industries in Hawaii. Prior to his involvement in the Renewable Energy industry, Charles started Video Gaming Association, Inc. a national competitive video gaming league and a programming team providing texture mapping for large software developers.
Aric Saunders, Principal | Finance, Hawaii ECO Project
Aric was born and raised in Mililani and Kailua, Hawaii. Aric graduated from Punahou School and went on to receive his BS degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Upon graduation Aric started working with Honolulu HomeLoans and after a few years, he made the move to Maui to start Pacific Island HomeLoans, a Joint Venture between Coldwell Banker Island Properties and Central Pacific HomeLoans. He managed the day-to-day operations consisting of hiring, marketing, budgeting and business development. Despite the real estate and lending market conditions during those years, he was able to grow the company each quarter for four consecutive years.
While on Maui, Aric ventured into real estate development and is heavily involved in the ongoing negotiations regarding land use and entitlement issues. His passion for development, lead him into the renewable energy industry. Understanding the renewable energy opportunity, his goal is to educate residents and businesses alike, in reducing their dependence on foreign oil while creating a new viable industry for Hawaii.
Aric has been involved for many years with charitable organizations supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Maui through a wide variety of donations. Aric was selected to represent Hawaii by the Rotary Foundation on a vocational and cultural exchange to Thailand. While there, he shared his insights and business experience with many business leaders in Bangkok. He recently has taken on a foster child through the eGlobal Family charity and Future Light Orphanage in Cambodia.
Jon Okada, Principal | Operations, Hawaii ECO Project
Jon was born and raised in Hawaii and resides in Kaneohe with his wife and two daughters. As a partner with Hawaii ECO Project, he brings a host of contacts in various industries from construction, financing, accounting, sales, and business. Although fairly new to the renewable industry, his contacts have excelled him to the top of the industry. Jon is very active in the sports community holding the position of Vice Chairman and founding member of the Hawaii Softball Foundation. He also serves as a commissioner with the Amateur Softball Association (Hawaii chapter). He has involved himself with a variety of non-profits organizations throughout the state. Jon travels around the country each year, continually educating himself in a multitude of disciplines, thus keeping Hawaii ECO Project at the forefront of the industry.