Leadership

Mike Garland

Mike Garland, President and CEO

Mr. Garland serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pattern Energy and also serves as the CEO of Pattern Development, a position he has held since 2009. Mr. Garland oversees all aspects of Pattern Energy, but his efforts are largely focused on ensuring efficient operations, raising and structuring capital, project selection, strategic planning, and corporate performance and values. 

For over 30 years, Mr. Garland’s career has focused on developing, constructing, managing, and investing in energy and infrastructure projects in the United States and around the world. He closed his first wind project financing in 1989, and has since successfully managed the development and investment of more than 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects worldwide. 

Prior to joining Pattern Development, Mr. Garland was a partner at Babcock & Brown from 1986 to 2009. As leader of Babcock & Brown’s North American Infrastructure Group, he initiated and managed project finance activities, oversaw energy development and investment, and managed equity investments in energy and infrastructure funds. Previously, Mr. Garland worked for the State of California as Chief of Energy Assessments from 1975 to 1986.

Mr. Garland and his wife Gigi co-founded The Bay School, a high school in San Francisco that focuses on technology and ethics. They also support the University of California, Berkeley’s Physics Department and the University of Washington’s Medical School. Mr. Garland sits as an active Trustee of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation. He is based out of the San Francisco office.

Hunter Armistead

Hunter Armistead, Executive Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Armistead is Executive Vice President of Business Development of Pattern Energy, and also serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development of Pattern Development, a position he has held since June 2009.

As the Executive Vice President of Business Development, Mr. Armistead leads all global business development, including construction, engineering, and major equipment procurement. Mr. Armistead values the opportunities his position affords him to create new renewable energy projects that become part of the long-term energy infrastructure. 

Prior to his time with Pattern Energy and Pattern Development, Mr. Armistead spent 10 years overseeing Babcock & Brown’s North American renewable energy business, including development, construction, and operations. In previous roles, he led financing efforts for Edison Mission Energy and developed multiple facilities for Conoco. Mr. Armistead has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rice University. He is based out of the San Francisco office.

Daniel Elkort

Daniel Elkort, Executive Vice President and General Counsel

As Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Pattern Energy and General Counsel of Pattern Development Mr. Elkort manages all aspects of the company’s in-house legal team and co-manages the project finance team. On the legal side, his efforts focus on corporate legal compliance, transaction structuring and implementation, due diligence, document review and liaising with outside counsel. As co-manager of the project finance team, he oversees debt and tax equity sourcing, transaction structuring, and overall project management. 

Mr. Elkort has nearly 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and is one of the founders of Pattern Energy. Prior to joining Pattern Energy, he held a similar role at Babcock & Brown for 12 years. Mr. Elkort received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. 

Esben Pesersen

Esben Pesersen, Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Pedersen is the Chief Investment Officer for Pattern Energy, and he also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Pattern Development. Mr. Pedersen is responsible for executing capital strategy, corporate development, financial administration, and treasury activities. With nearly 20 years of experience, Mr. Pedersen has been involved in various levels of investment oversight and management across the energy sector. 

Prior to joining Pattern Energy, Mr. Pedersen worked for Babcock & Brown, where he focused on the origination and execution of investments in the energy sector. Before that, he worked as Manager for Enron and Senior Director for AEI, serving around the world in numerous corporate development and origination roles. Mr. Pedersen received his bachelor’s degree in Business from Stetson University and holds a master’s degree in International Economics from John Hopkins University. He is also a certified Chartered Financial Analyst.

Chris Shugart

Chris Shugart, Senior VP, Corporate Operations

Mr. Shugart is Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations for Pattern Energy and Pattern Development. He leads several corporate departments, including IT, HR, Procurement and Administration, with an overall mandate to improve Pattern Energy’s efficiency and corporate culture through the deployment of technology and the adoption of new ways of approaching challenges.

Previously, Mr. Shugart was Director of Asset Operations and Maintenance for Pattern Development. Based out of the Houston office, Mr. Shugart is responsible for the safe and reliable operations of Pattern Energy’s ever-growing fleet of renewable energy facilities. Mr. Shugart has been with Pattern Energy since its inception and oversees the full range of operational disciplines, including operations, engineering, asset management, regulatory compliance, supply chain, environmental, and health and safety. He most enjoys working with Pattern Energy’s operations team, which includes technicians, operators, engineers, and asset managers around the world, all of whom have the goal of operational excellence at their facilities. Mr. Shugart is an alumnus of Virginia Tech, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and the University of Phoenix, where he earned his Master of Business Administration.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, Japan Country Head of Business Development

Prior to joining Pattern Development, Mark worked for more than 11 years with Eurus Energy America Corporation, acting as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and ultimately Chief Executive Officer. There he oversaw the development, ownership and operation of more than 500 MW of wind and solar power generation assets in North and South America. Prior to Eurus, Mark worked in investment banking in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Tokyo, where he advised on energy and infrastructure related project finance, privatization, and M&A transactions.

Previous to his stint in investment banking, Mark worked for Tomen Corporation and was based in Tokyo.

Mark has spent more than 15 years living in Japan and speaks and reads Japanese fluently. He and his wife, Lee Yen, have two boys.

George Hardie

George Hardie, Vice President of Acquisitions

George is the Vice President of Acquisitions and a senior business developer at Pattern Development. With more than 20 years of experience in the wind industry, he has been responsible for the development or acquisition of more than a dozen projects in the United States, United Kingdom and Central America, totaling more than 2,000 MW. At Pattern Development, he has been the lead developer or originator of many of the company’s largest projects including Hatchet Ridge and Spring Valley. He has also led the acquisition of several projects including two in Canada’s Ontario Province (Armow and K2) totaling 450 MW, as well as the 300 MW Finavera Portfolio of wind projects in British Columbia and, most recently, the acquisition of the 200 MW Logan’s Gap Project in Texas and the 150 MW Fowler Ridge IV project in Indiana.

George founded his first wind company, International Wind Companies, in 1991. He and his investors sold the company to the Zilkha family in 1998, which was subsequently renamed Zilkha Renewable Energy. George stayed on as President and CEO for almost 4 years, establishing the team that made Zilkha one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the world and paving the way for Goldman Sachs to acquire the company two years later. In 2003, George left Zilkha to start a new company, G3 Energy, which was subsequently acquired by Babcock & Brown in late 2005. G3 Energy projects that were successfully financed, constructed and operated include the 38 MW Buena Vista Repowering Project in California’s Altamont Pass and the 150 MW Spring Valley in Nevada, which was awarded the 2012 Powergen Magazine US Wind Project of the Year.

George holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. After graduating from SMU, he played professional tennis for six years playing in 16 Grand Slam events and achieving a career-high world ranking of number 80. George and his wife Susan have two grown daughters.

Kevin Deters

Kevin Deters, Vice President, Engineering and Construction

Kevin Deters joined Pattern Development in August 2014, but has partnered with Pattern Development on various wind and transmission projects for over a decade. While at Mortenson, Kevin managed the Sweetwater 1 project in 2003, the first wind farm ever built by Babcock and Brown (Pattern Development’s predecessor). Later, Kevin was Mortenson’s Director of Operations for U.S. and Canadian wind farm construction, and most recently served as their Vice President / General Manager of Electrical Division based in San Antonio.

Kevin has worked in the energy industry for nearly 20 years, 12 of those in renewables. During his 14 years at Mortenson, Kevin managed a variety of construction projects including manufacturing facilities, gas fired energy projects, wind farms, solar facilities, and high voltage transmission. Prior to Mortenson, Kevin started his career straight out of college at Chicago Bridge and Iron (CB&I), managing refinery maintenance projects for five years and eventually rising to Project Manager.

In 2011 Kevin was recognized nationally as one of the “Top 40 under 40” professionals in his business. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Minnesota. 

Kevin and his wife Amanda (Mandy) have two wonderful boys. They are a multi-sport outdoor family that likes to bike, run, camp, fish, boat, climb and generally explore anything and everything together. 

Jean Wilson

Jean Wilson, Vice President, Business Development

Jean Wilson leads Pattern Development’s U.S. solar business, as well as some of its major transmission-enabled wind projects. She also serves on the Senior Advisory Board of Orion Energy Partners, a NYC based credit-oriented private equity firm focused on energy infrastructure, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Environmental Council. Jean has more than twenty-three years of experience in the U.S. wind and solar power development industry, nineteen of which involved senior management responsibility at market leading companies.

Prior to joining Pattern Development, Jean served as Senior Vice President for SunPower Corp., heading their Utilities and Commercial division in the Americas. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Renewable Energy for Iberdrola Renewables (now Avangrid), which at that time was the largest publicly traded renewable energy company in the world by generating assets.  In that role, Jean was responsible for Iberdrola’s entire North American renewables business (wind and solar), leading a team of 130+ professionals.  Jean holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Southern California and her Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.