Lighting the path toward a brighter, cleaner future in the energy industry is a job the Sunnova Board of Directors takes very seriously. This select team of energy superstars leverages its passion and diverse expertise to help evolve the way we power our lives -- for the better.
John Berger has more than 19 years of experience in the power industry. He co-founded Sunnova Energy Corp. in November 2012 and serves as chief executive officer. Prior to Sunnova, he co-founded and served as chief executive officer of SunCap Financial, a leading residential solar power service company.
Before SunCap, Berger co-founded Standard Renewable Energy (SRE), a top-10 provider of renewable energy and energy-efficient products and services for residential, commercial and government customers. He also co-founded and served as managing partner for Contango Capital Partners, LP, a venture capital firm focused on renewable energy and energy technology companies. Berger began his career in 1996 as an analyst for Enron Corp. and completed his tenure there as director for Enron Energy Services.
Berger graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2003. He served as an advisor to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during business school.
Mr. Advani is a Principal at Energy Capital Partners. He is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities, with particular emphasis on fossil and renewable generation as well as environmental infrastructure and services. He also oversees the firm’s fundraising and investor relations activities. Mr. Advani serves on the boards of EnergySolutions, Inc. and Granite Holdings, Inc. (parent company of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.), as a board observer to Sungevity, Inc, and Sunnova Energy Corporation.
Prior to joining Energy Capital in 2005, Mr. Advani worked at Orion Power Holdings, Inc. as a member of the finance and M&A departments. Additionally, Mr. Advani worked in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley and as a consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in its Financial Advisory Services Group.
Mr. Advani received a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. D’Argenio is a Partner at Energy Capital Partners. He is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities, with particular emphasis on fossil and renewable power generation and energy related services and manufacturing. Mr. D’Argenio currently serves on the boards of NESCO Holdings LP, PLH Group, Inc, and Sunnova Energy Corporation.
Prior to joining Energy Capital in 2010, Mr. D’Argenio spent seven years at First Reserve Corporation, an international energy-focused private equity firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut. His responsibilities at First Reserve included a leadership role in power, financial services and coal related investments. Prior to that, Mr. D’Argenio worked in the Energy & Utilities Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank Securities. Mr. D’Argenio began his career in the structured finance group at Sempra Energy Trading.
Mr. D’Argenio received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. DeNichilo is a Principal at Energy Capital Partners. He is involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities, with particular emphasis on fossil and renewable power generation. Mr. DeNichilo serves on the boards of Broad River Power Holdings, LLC, PLH Group, Inc., Terra-Gen, LLC, Empire Gen Holdings, Inc, and Sunnova Energy Corporation.
Prior to joining Energy Capital in 2008, Mr. DeNichilo worked at JP Morgan in the Energy Investment Banking Group. While at JP Morgan, he focused on leveraged finance and mergers and acquisition transactions among independent power producers.
Mr. DeNichilo received a B.S.E. in Operations, Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University.
Mr. Kimmelman established Energy Capital Partners in April 2005 and serves as its Senior Partner. Mr. Kimmelman currently serves on the boards of US Development Group, LLC, USD Partners, LP, CE2 Carbon Capital, LLC, PLH Group, Inc, NESCO Holdings LP, and Sunnova Energy Corporation.
Prior to founding Energy Capital, Mr. Kimmelman spent 22 years with Goldman Sachs, starting in 1983 in the firm’s Pipeline and Utilities Department within the Investment Banking Division. He remained exclusively focused on the energy and utility sectors in the Investment Banking Division until 2002 when he transferred to the firm’s J. Aron commodity group. He was named a General Partner of the firm in 1996.
Mr. Kimmelman was instrumental in developing the Constellation Power Source concept as the initial entry point for Goldman Sachs as a principal into electricity markets. Additionally, Mr. Kimmelman was involved in the formation of Orion Power Holdings, Inc. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Kimmelman played a leadership role at Goldman Sachs in building a power generation asset portfolio through the J. Aron commodity group.
Mr. Kimmelman received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael C. Morgan is a co-founding partner of Triangle Peak Partners, LP, and serves as its chairman and chief executive officer. Since 2004, he has been the president and chief executive officer of Portcullis Partners, LP, a private investment partnership and one of Triangle Peak’s largest limited partners.
Morgan also serves as the lead director of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI), the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, which operates or owns an interest in over 80,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. He joined Kinder Morgan when it was founded in early 1997 and headed its corporate development efforts until 2001, completing 23 acquisitions worth over $5 billion and later serving as company president until 2004.
He has represented Triangle Peak Partners on the boards of Bunchball, Lytx and SCIenergy. He is a frequent volunteer at Stanford University, currently serving on the GSB Management Board, the Precourt Energy Institute, the DAPER Fund and several ad hoc committees. Morgan previously served on the boards of two public energy funds affiliated with Kayne Anderson (NYSE: KYN and KYE and was an adjunct professor in the practice of management at the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University.
Morgan received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. He later earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
C. Park Shaper is the chief executive officer of Seis Holdings, LLC. Seis is a private investment holding company seeking opportunities to take meaningful equity positions in cash flow-generating, private businesses. In addition to serving on the Sunnova board of directors, he serves on the board of Kinder Morgan, Inc., the largest midstream company and the third-largest energy company in North America (based on combined enterprise value).
Shaper previously served as president and member of the office of the chairman of Kinder Morgan. He joined Kinder Morgan in 2000 as vice president and chief financial officer. He was named to the office of the chairman in 2003, and held the titles of executive vice president in 2004 and president in 2005. He stepped down as an officer of the entities in March 2013. Shaper was instrumental in spearheading the company’s transparent financial reporting and communication to the investment community.
Prior to joining Kinder Morgan, he was president and director of Altair Corporation, an enterprise focused on the distribution of web-based investment research for the financial services industry. He also served as vice president and chief financial officer for Data Analytics, and was a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, as well as the Strategic Services Division of Andersen Consulting.
Shaper holds bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and quantitative economics from Stanford University. He also earned an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the trust manager for Weingarten Realty Trust and is also active in the Houston community, sitting on the board of directors of Texas Children’s Hospital, the Alley Theatre, the Children’s Museum of Houston and Genesys Works.