David Getts, General Manager, SouthWestern Power Group
David Getts is responsible for the overall business and project development efforts for the company.
He has over 20 years experience in the development and financing of infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on the power generation industry. He has financed over 20 projects in the power generation, transportation and metals industries. He has arranged over $4.0 billion of project finance debt and raised over $750 million of private equity finance specific projects.
His previous positions include President of Siemens Financial Services, Inc., Vice President Corporate Finance for Siemens Corporation; Principal for Babcock & Brown; Vice President & Unit Manager for The Bank of California; Project Finance Associate for Security Pacific Merchant Bank; and Internal Auditor, Finance Manager and Project Manager for Kinetics Technology International.
Mr. Getts received a B.A. in Management Engineering from Claremont Men’s College, a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.
Tom Wray, Manager of Generation & Transmission Projects, SouthWestern Power Group
Tom Wray is responsible for leading the pre-construction development activities for generation and transmission projects undertaken by the company.
Mr. Wray is also the Project Manager for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a 450+ mile parallel 500 kV transmission line project, with EHV interconnections, that will provide a new bulk power transfer link between renewable generation resources and power markets in the Western Interconnect. The project will run from east-central Arizona to east-central New Mexico. An environmental impact statement and permitting activities in both states are underway. Anticipated in-service timing for the first phase of the project is 2015.
Mr. Wray has thirty-five years’ experience in the domestic electric power industry, focusing on EHV transmission and large power generation project development and financing. He is an expert in the siting, development and regulatory approvals of greenfield projects. Wray led the development efforts for SouthWestern Power Group’s Panda Gila River and Bowie projects (totaling over 3,400 MW of CCCT generation).
His previous positions include founding partner in SouthWestern Power Group; founding partner of Groves, Wray and Associates; numerous positions over a seventeen year career with Public Service Company of New Mexico; and past membership in the New Mexico State Senate. He was the author of the country’s first legislative initiative authorizing customer choice, open access and retail competition in the electric utility industry.
Mr. Wray received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico, a Masters of Engineering from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science of Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Martin Bailey, Real Estate Manager, SouthWestern Power Group
Martin Bailey is responsible for all real estate related activities associated with the company’s development activities.
Mr. Bailey has over 20 years of experience in real estate and property management and the development of real estate assets. He served as a director for several Native American councils and organizations promoting resource management and economic development.
His previous positions include Director of Real Estate Services for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe; Coordinator and Land Use Specialist for the Colorado River Indian Tribes; and Senior Appraiser and Development Officer for Bank of America, G.I.S.
Mr. Bailey received a B.A. in Agricultural Business Management from California Polytechnic State University at Pomona.
Gary Crane, Environmental Manager, SouthWestern Power Group
Gary Crane is responsible for environmental permitting activities as defined by local, state, and federal agencies.
Dr. Crane has over twenty years experience overseeing energy projects including biogas, geothermal, coal, oil and gas power plants, both combined and simple cycle.
He has extensive experience negotiating and serving as a liaison with regulatory agencies, permitting, compliance and environmental law. He has technical expertise in computer modeling, statistical analysis, technical writing and expert testimony.
His previous positions include Vice President of Environmental Engineering for Ogden Energy Group, Inc., Project Manager for Parson Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., Scientific Consultant and Atmospheric Scientist for Goddard Institute of Space Studies, Environmental Consulting Engineer for United Engineers and Constructors, Inc. and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physics for City University of New York.
Dr. Crane received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from New York University and a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from New York University.