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Keys to Business Success in the Solar PV Industry

Session Type: Pre-Convention Workshops
Track Number: PW-10
Location: WSCTC
Room: 604
Speaker: Bernie Kotlier, director Green Building Solutions IBEW/NECA Greater Los Angeles

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


This four- hour seminar is a must for Presidents, CEOs and top managment staff! It addresses what is required to build, drive and grow a successful PV business. This workship is designed to deconstruct the PV business issues which many contractors find unclear or unfamiliar- including sales and marketing, financing, incentives, and liability.

Speaker Bio:

Bernie Kotlier is responsible for the development and implementation of California LMCC green building education and training programs, as well as related green energy business development activities. His department promotes photovoltaics, energy management and energy efficiency systems through green building training for electricians, as well as business development programs for contractors, throughout the state. He is a member of the California Public Utilities Commission Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency Workforce Development, and the Working Group on Lighting. Kotlier also currently serves as Co-Executive Chairman of the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP), and is Chairman of CALCTP’s Curriculum Committee.

Bernie came to the LMCC from Solectria Renewables where he directed business development for the Western United States. Educated at Bennington College and The University of California, Berkeley, Bernie went on to promote energy conservation in the transportation sector by building a twenty year career in the bicycle industry. Before moving to the renewable energy field he served as President of Brunswick Bicycles International, President of Bell Sports Specialty Retail Division, and President of Service Cycle/Mongoose, a division of American Recreation, Inc. He has also been a published contributor to the Harvard Business Review.

Please note that every state handles licensure and continuing education credits differently. To avoid confusion, NECA strongly recommends you check with your state authority whether they will grant these CEUs for management education programs held at NECA 2009 Seattle.

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