Meet some members of the SunPower Global team:
Manager, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis
Resume Highlights: Real estate agent, world traveler
Years at SunPower: 5
Brian keeps close tabs on SunPower’s finances and cash flow. Working in the Finance group, Brian and his colleagues manage the company's worldwide cash and investments. Given the often-volatile state of the world’s economy, Brian says his job is never dull: "Foreign exchange rates change very quickly, directly affecting SunPower. And since it’s not as easy to raise money or get loans as it used to be, we have to be really wise about our cash reserves." Brian is an expert at foreign exchange rates: On vacations he often hops a plane for some far-off land. In one year alone he visited the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Spain, and England.
At SunPower, Brian says he has the best of both worlds: working for a large company that has a more intimate feel. “Being here, I get exposure to a lot of complex issues; the kind that only large companies typically deal with," he says. “But SunPower also operates like a small company: There’s not a lot of division between management and employees. I get to interact with the senior execs on a regular basis. And, I can see the product of my analytics going to work the next day.
"A self-described "NetFlix addict," Brian admits that he's running out of new movies to rent (that don't fall into the "terrible" category). He hopes his future includes grad school and an MBA. In the meantime, he's looking forward to the challenges his career at SunPower will bring. "It's really cool to work in a place where I experience big, exciting challenges almost every day. But I also appreciate the fact that at SunPower, even the work of entry-level people is respected."
Vice President, Operations and Maintenance
Resume Highlights: Environmental scientist building large-scale water-treatment plants; various customer service/operations jobs in the tech-sector
Years at SunPower: 7
From his offices at SunPower’s headquarters in California, Cliff currently oversees the maintenance and support of customers’ solar electric systems and SunPower’s 24/7 global Command Center that remotely monitors performance of all field assets. Mr. Kalinowski also manages a network of field PV technicians and subcontractors who provide corrective and preventative services to ensure maximum system performance and uptime for utility, commercial, and residential customers. He enjoys the variety and challenges that come with this role, and interacting with solar system owners.
An avid rock-climber and surfer, Cliff doesn’t just give lip service to the need for environmental awareness: He serves as a member of his community’s conservation and environmental health committee. And he appreciates the chance to spread the word about clean, renewable solar energy with SunPower’s internal and external customers daily. “We really are building solar for the mainstream,” he says. “I don’t think that you could find another company where people across the board are as committed to that vision, or where there’s been such widespread adoption of renewable, sustainable energy. At our headquarters office, fifty percent of the cars in our parking lot are hybrids or EVs. That awareness, that commitment; it’s the most distinguishing feature of SunPower.”