Meet our team, bringing decades of leadership experience and technology industry expertise to the helm at Lumeta.

Timothy M. Davey
CEO and Co-Founder

Timothy M. Davey brings thirty-five years of roofing industry experience—the last decade of which included developing a solar product for the roofing industry— to Lumeta. Tim, along with Brian Flaherty, developed the original prototypes for the Lumeta Solar products, is a patent holder, and was responsible for developing the first generation Lumeta product line. He leads the company and is focused on the commercialization of the second-generation product line for the U.S. residential market.

As founder and CEO of successful commercial and residential roofing businesses, Tim oversaw the installation of more than 500,000 roofs in the western United States. His expertise covers all aspects of contracting management, from sales to operations and risk management.

Tim is a recognized leader in the roofing industry, having served two terms on the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) executive committee as well as four terms on its Board of Directors. He was a former President and Board Member of the National Roofing Foundation and a founding Governor of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. Tim also served as the President of the California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC) and as a Founding Board Member of the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (CEIR), and served as the center's initial Vice Chairman.

Brian Flaherty
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

Brian Flaherty brings more than thirty-five years of roof construction expertise to the company. Brian, along with Timothy Davey, developed the original Lumeta Solar prototypes, is a patent holder and was instrumental in developing the first generation Lumeta LPP product line, the ongoing development, testing and certification for the second-generation product line.

Having served as Executive Vice President of DRI Companies, Brian is widely known in the roofing industry for his technical expertise. He has extensive experience in sales, operations, procurement, and risk management, and holds roofing contractor's licenses in eight states as well as general contractor's licenses in four states.

Brian has served on the Board of Directors of the Western States Roofing Contractors Association and The Independent Roofing Contractors Association of California. He has also been on the National Safety Council for three years, where he served on the Construction Safety Committee.

Chad Medcroft
Vice President of Products

Chad Medcroft brings two decades of PV experience to Lumeta Solar having worked most recently as Vice President of Global Applications at SolarCity and Zep Solar where he directed a team of applications engineers, trainers and design engineers to develop and roll out a revolutionary mounting solution across the US and to international markets. Prior to Zep Solar, Chad was the Senior Technical Trainer at SunPower Corp where he developed an industry leading IREQ accredited training program, as well as a leading field quality assurance program for the SunPower dealer network. He also worked as Technical Sales Manager for inverter manufacturer Fronius and held positions as installer, sales and operations manager for some leading PV integrators in the US.

As VP of Products at Lumeta, Chad is responsible for managing the development of the second generation of Lumeta Solar modules for residential and commercial applications. He is also leading field applications, engineering, and training efforts, ensuring that the products have been extensively tested and designed with ease of installation in mind.

Chad is a NABCEP certified PV installer who holds a number of certifications through Solar Energy International and Swinburne University in Australia. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics from the State University of New York at Cortland.

Erwang Mao, PhD
Director of Engineering

Erwang Mao brings extensive knowledge of the design, materials selection, processing/assembly, and testing of PV modules to Lumeta. He has more than a decade of experience in the photovoltaic industry and has worked both on cSi modules and Ge/GaAs/InGaP based concentrating PV products.

Since joining Lumeta, he has been the lead engineer and technologist for the low weight module development. Prior to Lumeta, Erwang was the R&D manager at EnFocus Engineering Corp, a high concentration (HC) PV company and the Director of Product Development at Banyan Energy, a low concentration (LC) PV company. Before that, he worked at various semiconductor and laser companies, including Intel and Coherent, Inc.

Erwang holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado, Boulder.

Michael Nichols
Field Applications Engineer

With more than 10 years of construction experience, five of which focused on solar operations, Michael brings a vast amount of hands-on technical experience to the team. He began his career in the solar industry as an installer in New Jersey in 2010. After learning the trade, Michael moved west to join the exciting solar energy market in California in 2012. During the time since then, he worked with SolarCity in a variety of roles, most recently serving as head of the original office in Foster City, CA.

Marshka Kiera
Marshka Kiera
Vice President of Marketing

Marshka Kiera, Lumeta Solar’s VP of Marketing, brings over 20 years of energy marketing and operational experience — including three spent as Global Marketing Director for BP Solar, spanning Australia, Europe and North America operations. She has held various leadership positions across diverse environments including large corporate, not-for-profit and small business. Prior to moving to the US, Marshka was appointed Country Manager of BP Poland’s fuel division — the country’s second largest fuel retailer. She has also served as a member of BP Poland’s Executive Board.

At Lumeta Solar, Marshka is responsible for understanding and responding to customers’ emerging needs as well as sharing the benefits of Lumeta’s unique offering.

  • Solar installers don’t spend most of their time on the roof working with the actual solar panels. Instead, a majority of their time is spent assembling, positioning, and attaching the racking systems that fix the solar panels in place.

  • About one out of every five residential solar systems have roofing problems caused by inexperienced solar installation companies—problems that will often lead to roof leaks over time.

  • Over three quarters (77.6%) of all [solar] employers cite difficulty finding candidates with any training specific to the position, and a similar number (77.9%) report difficulty finding candidates with any relevant work experience.

  • Construction productivity has been flat for decades… In manufacturing, by contrast, productivity has nearly doubled over the same period, and continuous improvement has been the norm.

  • It may take a year or two of heavy rain, but eventually an improperly installed rooftop solar mounting system will make itself known. … The costs of such a failure for the liable solar installer are more than financial.

  • There is no indication that the high levels of difficulty finding and hiring qualified solar workers seen today will lessen without some form of industry change.

  • As more companies enter the market for solar projects, competition intensifies—and profits narrow. … To maintain attractive margins, the best players will drive down the cost of building a plant faster than the industry average, allowing them to grow.