Meet the Board

Michael Trahan
Michael TrahanExecutive Director Michael Trahan succeeds SolarOne® Solutions President and CEO Moneer Azzam who, as Solar Connecticut’s founding executive director, successfully guided the group during its first two years of existence including its designation as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. Since 2003, Trahan has worked in the clean energy sector handling communications and marketing roles for various clean energy project developers, manufacturers, and state government agencies working in the solar, wind, landfill gas-to-energy, biomass, emissions reduction, energy efficiency, microturbine, and fuel cell power industries. Previously, Trahan was a senior communications director at the Connecticut General Assembly, a spokesman for gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, a director of public relations at several leading marketing firms across Connecticut and a commercial radio broadcaster.

John Roundtree
John RoundtreeMr. Rountree is an architect and principle of Rountree Architects, based in Westport, CT, which specializes in the design of energy efficient, environmentally sound buildings that use non-polluting, renewable energy technologies. In 2003 he along with his friend and colleague, Mark Pizzi, received grants from the US Department of Energy and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to promote the use of Solar Photovoltaics in Fairfield County.

Timothy Rourke
Tim RourkeTimothy Rourke is a Mechanical/Materials Engineer currently working in the plastics industry. He is the Connecticut Coordinator for the National Solar Tour / Green Buildings Open House. In addition, Tim sits on the Board of People's Action for Clean Energy and is active in their promotion of solar and renewable energy.

Ron French
Ron FrenchRon French has a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School, along with 27 years of corporate management experience. Ron's noteworthy strategic planning, business development and fiscal management skills won him senior executive positions at several Fortune 500 companies such as Apple Computer, MCI Tele-communications, Merck-Medco, Metromedia Fiber Network, and WebMD. Ron is now applying the best-in-class business practices he helped shape at those companies, to Solar Works, as its President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is following his passion to influence environmental change by developing the renewable energy marketplace. Today, Ron has cultivated strategic alliances with premier solar manufacturers to assure a total quality management offering to all Solar Works clients. Product excellence, sound management practice, delivering customer value and exceeding expectations are now the guiding principals of Solar Works, Inc. under Ron's management. Ron currently serves as a board member for SEBANE, the Solar Energy Business Association of New England.

Stephen W. Elkin
Stephen W. ElkinStephen W. Elkin, is Founder and CEO of SolarUS Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of solar thermal products located in Branford, Connecticut. Elkin is a respected and well-known expert in the US solar thermal market. He sits on the National Government Affairs Board of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) in Washington, DC. Elkin was previously CEO of a Chinese-owned solar thermal manufacturer where he lead a team in building the company into the number one selling evacuated tube collector in the USA market.

Elliott Hitchcock
Elliott HitchcockElliott Hitchcock has dedicated his entire career to renewable energy. During his 22 years in the field, he has installed hundreds of solar hot water, pool and electric systems, as well as servicing thousands of systems installed in the early 80’s. In 2007, he and Chris Lenda of Aegis Electrical Systems® teamed up to form Aegis Solar Energy®, a full service solar company offering design, installation and service of solar thermal and solar electric systems. Elliott is currently the director of the solar division at Aegis.

Frank Sacramone Jr.
Frank Sacramone JrFrank Sacramone Jr. has a JD degree from Vermont Law School. Frank is a lawyer in private practice with an emphasis by choice on renewable energy project development and construction. Previously, Frank served as General Counsel and Director of Business Development to a commercial contracting firm creating and leading the firm's Green Initiative. The Green Initiative provided a platform to expand the firm's traditional general contracting services to include renewable energy and sustainable construction offerings. Frank is a LEED-Accredited Professional and member of the Connecticut Green Building Council.