Experienced Engineering Leader, Brenton Taylor, Joins NEXT to Accelerate Commercialization Plans
Solar Industry Veteran, Terry Jester, and Commercial Building Executive, Kelly Schuller, Join Board of Directors
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., February 15, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NEXT Energy Technologies, Inc., makers of a proprietary transparent photovoltaic coating that transforms commercial windows into energy-producing solar panels, today formally announced the expansion of its leadership team with the addition of three executives with decades of industry experience.
Brenton Taylor has filled the newly created position of executive vice president of engineering. Additionally, senior solar industry veteran, Terry Jester, and commercial building executive, Kelly Schuller, were appointed as members of the company’s board of directors. The appointments come as the company moves to accelerate its plans to commercialize its novel photovoltaic coating for commercial windows.
Taylor was a co-founder and the EVP of engineering at Inogen, a Santa Barbara-based global leader in portable oxygen concentrators. He helped grow Inogen from a three-person startup to an organization with more than 1,000 employees and manufacturing and commercial offices across the US and Europe. At Inogen, Taylor successfully designed and brought to market six distinct product lines resulting in more than a million devices now being used by consumers. He helped guide the company from startup through IPO and public company operations.
“Brenton brings an exceptionally rare combination of a proven track record of bringing new hardware technology to market and over 20 years of experience leading a company and its engineering operations through all major phases of growth,” said Daniel Emmett, CEO of NEXT.
Taylor has joined NEXT to help lead its effort to commercialize the technology and develop its manufacturing capabilities. He will also serve on NEXT’s executive team to grow the company and develop its product strategy. Along with NEXT’s CTO, Corey Hoven, PhD, Taylor will be jointly leading the overall co-development and execution on the technical strategy at NEXT. As EVP of engineering, Taylor will help oversee the planning and execution of all phases of the company’s engineering.
“I am excited to join the NEXT team in this important phase to help bring the company’s technology to market. I look forward to executing the company’s vision and mission at this urgent period in our society’s energy and environmental evolution,” Taylor said.
Terry Jester brings more than 40 years of engineering and leadership experience to NEXT’s board in both the renewable energy and solar power markets. With her exceptional operational leadership and solar manufacturing experience, Jester will provide valuable strategic direction and counsel for NEXT as the company collaborates with its supply chain partners to advance the commercialization and manufacturing phases of its operations.
“Terry has a proven record of managing and launching some of the most important solar and renewable energy products on the market today,” said Emmett. “She adds unmatched operational discipline and the technical and business acumen to bring new and innovative products to market. We’re grateful to have her on our board as we enter this new chapter for NEXT.”
Jester previously served as the CEO of BIA Controls, Inc., a supplier of demand management and building automation systems that manage electric utility expenses. She also served as CEO of Silicor Materials, and the VP of Operations …….