David Medrano and Omar Alshareef, Systems Engineers
David brings over 10 years’ military and civilian experience in product support, testing, and training. He has been a member of multidisciplinary teams that worked in the implementation of various maintenance programs for the defense industry. Besides work, David enjoys reading and the outdoors – especially hiking with his wife and dog.
David holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Excelsior College and a number of Certificates from the US Army.
Omar is a Cisco certified network associate and is a member of the Cisco Networking Academy. He has extensive experience maintaining large network applications, databases and servers in compliance with company policies and regulations. Omar holds a BA in Software Engineering from Alrafidain University, Iraq. He has worked with the US army as an IT manager and an Interpreter for over 5 years.
In his free time Omar enjoys playing and watching soccer games.
Help Us Welcome Our Interns!
Conroy Martins in the role of a Security Engineer
Conroy is a Master in Telecommunications Engineering and a Cisco Certified Network Associate with expertise in Network Security, Planning and Design. He brings in experience in Wireless Infrastructures, Fiber Optics technology and Internet of Things implementations.
Josh Noble in the role of an Electrical Engineer
Josh Noble is currently pursuing Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. His focus is in clean and renewable energy, and he had previously been employed with Exelon Generation. Outside of work and academics, Josh enjoys spending time outdoors and playing volleyball.
Welcome Tim and Gerzon in the roles of Field Technicians
Tim Wagner graduated from the Monroe Community College under the Toyota Certified Technician Program and brings 4 years of experience in the Auto and Telecommunications industries.
Gerzon Garcia has over 10 years’ experience as a part of the Spectrum team providing installations to residential homes and businesses in compliance with the latest safety standards and regulations.
We are pleased to welcome our new team members!
Council Rock is pleased to announce and welcome Todd Owen as Vice President of Sales. Todd will be responsible for the TELiG sales strategy including directs sales, partner programs, and strategic alliances. TELiG by Council Rock is a powerful computing platform supporting the latest wireless communications standards including both private and public LTE.
Todd’s specialty is the successful business development and subsequent launching of new businesses in the power utility space. Todd is a well-known professional in the Smart Grid industry with more than 30 years of technical sales and leadership experience with such respected companies as Motorola, GE, S&C Electric, and most recently Atonix Digital a Black and Veatch company. His excellent record of business relationships and customer satisfaction combined with his leadership are to complement Council Rock in continuing its quest to provide superior products and services to the power utility industry.
We are excited to announce the hiring of our newest team member: Aaron Bailey joining us as a Senior Mechanical Engineer.
Aaron brings 10 years of wide-ranging experience to Council Rock, having worked in a variety of industries, from fuel cells, to automotive, rail transit, and aerospace and defense. He has worked on projects involving comprehensive test programs for equipment, research and development of new products, as well as the development of work instructions and tooling for composite structures. Aaron holds a BS in mechanical engineering from RIT.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also plays the violin as a member of the RIT and Brighton orchestras.
We are delighted to welcome Aaron to the Council Rock team!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Start-up Building Affordable Solar Generators in Puerto Rico, Partners with Rochester Non-Profit, PathStone
[Rochester, NY – March 26, 2018] Council Rock Enterprises LLC has launched a subsidiary brand, inverSOL to address the energy crisis faced by Puerto Rican residents following Hurricane Maria. inverSOL’s product line focuses on portable solar generators at affordable prices—every purchase includes complimentary delivery and training by local, Puerto Rican technicians.
David Rodriguez, President & CEO of Council Rock, is of Puerto Rican descent and regularly visits his family living on the island. He was shocked by how many people were still relying on gasoline generators to power basic appliances when he returned in December 2017.
“This project comes from a personal experience. After Hurricane Maria, I was on the Island to see my family and help them as much as I could. I was very concerned to see how my uncle – an older man – had a generator inside his home because he was afraid it might get stolen. It was not only the danger of the gases, but the concern that he was handling fuel, and where he could store it safely.” –David Rodriguez, Council Rock Enterprises, LLC. President & CEO
inverSOL units are the safe, environmentally-friendly alternative to gas-powered generators. They provide residential homes with enough electricity to power basic appliances in emergency situations. The main competitive advantage is that inverSOL’s sales, manufacturing, and customer service will be handled locally in Puerto Rico. Local production will create jobs and help support the Puerto Rican economy, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria. Furthermore, manufacturing the units in Puerto Rico eliminates international shipping fees charged by market competitors.
inverSOL is partnering with PathStone, a Rochester, New York non-profit with “boots on the ground” in Puerto Rico for over 25 years. PathStone will provide loan capital financing assistance through their PathStone Enterprise Center which is a CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) as well as job training and placement services for approximately 40 employees who will be hired by inverSOL. These jobs will be filled by unemployed farmworkers living in communities served by PathStone. In addition, PathStone and InverSOL are launching a fundraising campaign to solicit individual and corporate donations to provide assistance to reduce the cost (more information on inverSOL units) of the solar generators for eligible families who cannot afford the full price. Charitable donations to the fund can be made online through PathStone.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership with David and his team at Council Rock/inverSOL. David is all in with his extraordinary expertise in the alternative energy arena, his risk-taking entrepreneurial spirit and his insatiable love for the people of Puerto Rico. inverSol and PathStone share a common goal of bringing a much-needed, affordable and safe energy resource to low income families struggling to recover from the hurricane.” – Stuart J Mitchell, PathStone President & CEO
The vision of inverSOL is to bring power back to the people, both literally and metaphorically. Building a manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico staffed by Puerto Ricans will allow those people whose livelihood was destroyed by the hurricane to earn incomes again.
A recent New York Times article mentioned inverSOL, excerpt below.
“The power failure interrupted a meeting that David Rodriguez was having in Caguas to discuss plans for a new business involving the sale of solar-powered generators.
Mr. Rodriguez, who was born in Puerto Rico and runs a telecommunications engineering firm in Rochester, N.Y., returned to the island in December to visit family. He was alarmed to find his uncle living with a gasoline-powered generator running inside the house — a serious health risk. His uncle said he was keeping the generator indoors because he was afraid it might be stolen if it was outside.
That experience led Mr. Rodriguez to start a company, InverSol, to make small solar generators that can be installed on roofs and provide at least some power during blackouts. The company eventually could employ up to 70 people and produce up to 7,000 generators a year for $2,000 each.
“We want to get some basic humanity back,” Mr. Rodriguez said.
One challenge, however, has been finding an undamaged location that can be quickly converted into a factory. He is working with PathStone to hire former farmworkers who have experience using heavy equipment.”
ABOUT COUNCIL ROCK
Council Rock, founded in 2009 by seasoned wireless industry engineers and executives, is a full-service telecommunications engineering company, delivering world-class products & services for Smart Grid Communications. www.council-rock.com
PathStone, a Rochester New York based not-for-profit created in 1969, works in seven states and Puerto Rico and provide services in five primary arenas; workforce development, health & education programs, emergency support, affordable housing & counseling and economic development. For more information about PathStone and its programs, please visit the website at www.PathStone.org.
Awilda Caez, inverSOL
Director of Marketing
Lucy Cook, PathStone
Director of Development & Communications
Council Rock Launches Subsidiary Brand, inverSOL,
offering solar-powered generators built in Puerto Rico
[ROCHESTER, NY, March 5, 2018] We at Council Rock are thrilled to announce the launch of inverSOL, a subsidiary of Council Rock Enterprises, LLC. Created to address the energy crisis faced by residents in Puerto Rico, inverSOL’s product line focuses on portable solar generators at affordable prices.
The main competitive advantage is that inverSOL’s sales, manufacturing, and customer service will be handled locally in Puerto Rico. Local production will create jobs and help support the Puerto Rican economy, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria. Furthermore, manufacturing the units in Puerto Rico eliminates international shipping fees charged by current market offerings.
inverSOL units are an alternative to gas-powered generators to provide residential homes with enough electricity to power basic appliances. The solar-powered generators are the safe and environmentally-friendly solution to getting emergency power.
ABOUT COUNCIL ROCK
Council Rock, founded in 2009 by seasoned wireless industry engineers and executives, is a full-service telecommunications engineering company, delivering world-class products & services for Smart Grid Communications.
Awilda Caez, inverSOL
Director of Marketing
We are pleased to announce Sarah Spoto joins the Council Rock family as a Senior Accountant.
Sarah graduated from Nazareth College with a B.S. in Accounting. After graduating she became a licensed CPA. Her professional background includes public accounting, working as an auditor, and some manufacturing experience. She brings a broad range of accounting experience and knowledge to the team.
Welcome Sarah—we are excited to have you join our team!
Thank you to everyone who visited our booth at DistribuTECH. We had some good traffic, and we welcomed the opportunity to speak more about the solutions Council Rock can offer. Overall, it was a fantastic way to network with others in the field.
The winner of our Nest giveaway was Nick from Duke Energy. Congrats to Nick!
We enjoyed spending time in lovely San Antonio, but Council Rock is back to the office working on some exciting things.
We look forward to returning to D-Tech in 2019!
Council Rock will be at the annual DistribuTECH conference and exhibition. DistribuTECH is a vital conference for utilities to network and conduct business. Last year, 326 utilities providers and over 13,500 individuals from 77 countries attended.
This year the conference runs from January 23 to 25th in San Antonio, Texas. Swing by booth 3108 to learn more about our products and services. Plus, one lucky person will win a Nest Learning Thermostat, so make sure to have your business card handy!
See you there!
We are pleased to announce our newest team member: Sachin Rajathadri joins us as an RF Field Engineer.
Sachin is a recent graduate of RIT’s Electrical Engineering program. He has most recently interned as an RF Engineer with Process Control and Instrumentation LLC, where he helped plan, implement, upgrade, test and optimize the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s SCADA Radio Network. He brings his experience in microwave circuit design & testing and a background in Electromagnetics to our engineering organization.
Please join us in welcoming Sachin to the Council Rock team!