Richard Klein, President and Founding Partner
Richard Klein is the President and Founder of Quixotic Systems (1999), one of the first solar energy companies in New York City. The company has designed and engineered some of New York City’s largest and most innovative solar electric and solar thermal systems. He holds three patents related to solar energy. Richard is also a seed- and early-stage investor in alternative energy technology and service companies. He has successfully guided start-up companies on advancing their technologies, identifying markets and managing their growth. Richard leverages his deep knowledge of new products and technologies on Quixotic Systems’ projects. He has served on the boards of a wide variety of renewable energy companies. Richard is member of the New York State Solar Energy Association and other professional organizations. He was a contributor to the New York Solar Thermal Consortium’s New York State Solar Thermal Roadmap. He is a licensed NYC contractor. He has been on the panel for many solar energy related forums and panels. Richard holds a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University and he pursued postgraduate studies in mathematics and physics at Columbia University. He has a certificate in boilers and plumbing studies from New York City College of Technology and he studied solar design in Colorado at Solar Energy International in 1997. He is fluent in German and French, proficient in Italian, and studies Latin for fun.
Gerry Heimbuch, Vice President and Partner
Gerry has been responsible for the design, development and construction of nearly 5 MW of solar PV projects. Prior to joining Quixotic Systems, he was Vice President of Commercial Projects for The Solar Center (TSC), Rockaway, New Jersey. He was responsible for all commercial proposal development including engineering, procurement, financial modeling and project management. His additional responsibilities included marketing and business development for commercial projects, project management, strategic procurement (supplier relations), PR and sales. Gerry also directed engineering design, procurement, and project management, public relations and growth strategy for the commercial division at TSC. During his tenure and guidance at TSC, the company became primarily a commercial solar integrator with 75% of its revenue derived from commercial projects. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer of First Point Energy New York, New York, where he was responsible for marketing, strategic planning, business plan development, acquisitions, staffing, $2 million professional services budget, and $1 million capital budget. He performed due diligence, designed IT infrastructure centered in New York and three remote locations, and designed and directed website development. Gerry developed First Point Energy’s revenue product model and resulting website design (patent pending). He was a key contributor to substantial company growth from startup to four offices with over 60 employees by effectively identifying market opportunities and defining online strategy. Gerry holds a Bachelor’s of Science in electrical engineering and a Master’s of Science in electrical engineering, both from Manhattan College, Bronx, New York.
Nicholas Mindos, Director of Construction Management
Nicolas Mindos, Quixotic System’s most recent addition, holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Though new to the solar industry, he has been around construction since childhood. From visiting job-sites with Dad as a kid to managing curtain wall installations on high-rise buildings in New York City as a professional; Nick likes to build stuff. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing the banjo and making furniture for his apartment from salvaged material
George Marshall Engelbrecht, Director of Business Development and Sales
George M. Engelbrecht has worked as sales manager and marketing director in the Solar Industry for over l0 years. He has sold over 400 solar residential and small commercial projects in NY and NJ. He has developed marketing campaigns from Internet lead generation to door to door. Previously to working at Quixotic he worked as Marketing and Residential Sales Manager for GeoPeak Solar in Somerset, New Jersey where he built their lead generation and residential program. Before that George worked as Marketing Director and Residential Sales manager for The Solar Center where he oversaw their Internet lead generation, numerous marketing campagns and $8 million in annual residential sales. He has extensive experience in a diverse number of marketing strategies: Campaigns, logo design, web design and lead generation of all types including special events, print, press, and community action. Before that George was an Emmy award-winning director working television. He was founder and president of Magnet Pictures; a New York based Production Company specializing in animation, special effects and mixed media. He won two Emmys for Design and Direction for Rosie O’Donnell Show Opening. He directed over 200 commercials, show openings and short films. His client list includes many Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous organizations and government agencies. George attended Yale University, Washington University, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, Tyler School of Art- Temple University. Graduated from New York University, Bachelor of Arts. He is determined to complete his hang gliding training.
Bhagavathi Natarajan, Director of Engineering
Bhagavathi specializes in engineering, designing and installing solar electric, solar hot water, solar heating and wind energy systems. He has close to ten years of experience in research and design of HVAC and thermal systems, and he has been with Quixotic Systems since 2006. Bhagavathi is one of the few persons in the NY State to hold the prestigious NABCEP and NYSERDA certifications for both solar electric (PV) and solar thermal technologies. He is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a professional member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Bhagavathi holds an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University and a B.S. in Mechanical engineering from Karunya University, India.
Babajide Alake, Associate Engineer
Babajide Alake is an electrical engineer at Quixotic Systems. Babajide joined the firm in 2015 and works on engineering, designing and installing residential and commercial solar photovoltaic systems. He previously worked as an electrical engineer at various MEP engineering firms in New York. Babajide holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical computer engineering and a Master of Science in energy management, both from New York Institute of Technology.
William Trimarchi, Project Manager and Sales Associate
William Trimarchi has worked in the solar industry since 2009. He started his career in solar at The Solar Center, a solar integrator that was headquartered in Rockaway, New Jersey. His wide range of experience has made him a strong customer partner. William holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Empire State College of the State University of New York. He will graduate in the spring of 2017 from the Master of Science in Sustainability program at the City College of New York.
Patrick Cleary, Associate Engineer
Patrick Cleary is a mechanical engineer, electronics designer, and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. From a very young age, he was possessed by the desire to understand the world around him. What began as a drive to take everything apart soon turned into a passion for electronics and product design. By the time he graduated high school, he had a small army of projects under his belt; from backyard blast furnaces, to handmade speaker cabinets, to a robotic potato-launching bazooka. His nearly two decades of musical training, together with the unquenchable thirst for technical creativity, left New York City as the obvious next step in his story. So, upon receiving his high school diploma from The Baldwin School of Puerto Rico, he set off to study engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Driven by his passion to combat climate change, Patrick first joined Quixotic Systems during his senior year at Stevens. His precise engineering drawings and data collection techniques helped put Quixotic on track for a year and a half of successful solar projects. After earning his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering in May 2016, he continued as a full-time Associate Engineer. While working at Quixotic he has boosted operational efficiency by implementing systems for asset management, rich data collection, and remote team coordination. His detail-oriented approach has proven instrumental while troubleshooting legacy projects and installing new ones – for example, the Bronx’s first building-integrated PV system. By designing custom systems tailored specifically to the solar industry, Patrick is helping the Quixotic Systems team on its path as New York City’s premier solar installer.
Olivia Neza, Controller
Olivia received her Bachelor in Business Administration from Baruch College in 1991. Her prior work experience as human resource and office manager in addition to finance manager at various prominent companies provided significant experience in the practical aspects of business environments. Olivia applies her diverse expertise and comprehensive approach to managing all financial aspects at Quixotic Systems applying successful strategies resulting in cost effective solutions. Efficiency is key for Olivia. She is known for going the extra mile and inspiring others to do the same.