Pro-Tech’s greatest asset is our people. Together we encourage, support, and partner with each other to push everyone to the next level in all aspects of our industry.
The leadership team’s main mission is to motivate each professional to reach new heights and enhance their skills and competencies to provide the best work, service, and project we can. On every project you can be sure there are honest and hard-working professionals on your team.
Since joining Pro-Tech in 2010 as President, Richard Cooper has led the company’s transformation from a local New Jersey solar EPC firm to a nationally recognized, full-service provider. He has grown the company from six to more than thirty employees and expanded the company’s EPC capabilities to include a self-performing site civil division and project development from inception to financing and completion. To date, Pro-Tech has built more than 90 megawatts of solar generating capacity with projection for the next 12 months in excess of 50 megawatts. As a member of the executive board, he contributes and advises on the direction of the organization.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Cooper founded his first company at the age of 18. Mr. Cooper has more than 25 years of business experience in the financial, venture capital and energy sectors. He has held positions with privately and publicly held companies, ranging in size from start-up to multi-billion dollar international businesses, and has operated in various industries including financial services, wealth management, high-technology and energy services. Mr. Cooper has extensive experience in the energy services sector, leading the development and construction of significant energy savings improvement projects for industrial, commercial, healthcare and government clients while working with global, national and regional industry leaders Honeywell, Siemens and Tozour Energy Services. In addition, he has worked in rapid and emerging-growth environments, as well as cash-constrained and turnaround situations. At Pro-Tech, Mr. Cooper has overall responsibility for the company’s strategic direction and financial performance.
Mr. Cooper holds a business administration degree from Rutgers University and completed his CEM certification in 2009.
Paul Shust is Pro-Tech’s Chief Financial Officer and oversees Pro-Tech’s global finance, accounting and structured finance operations. Mr. Shust has an extensive background in finance and operations, including experience in mergers and acquisitions and project finance and capital market transactions for both public and private companies.
Mr. Shust has more than five years of EPC experience in the solar industry and has managed all areas of construction, procurement, logistics and utility interconnection for Pro-Tech. Mr. Shust has built more than 70 megawatts of projects in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland and New Jersey. He has worked with technology from most major module and inverter manufacturers giving him a wide range of experiences. Mr. Shust drives the product and technology approval process, he also maintains Pro-Tech’s strategic relationships with leading manufacturers of solar modules, inverters and racking systems. As a member of the executive board, he contributes and advises on the direction of the organization.
Mr. Shust holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Iona College. He is also a CFA charter holder and CPA.
At Pro-Tech, Guy Winters has direct responsibility for all company operations, PV project development, financing and implementation. Mr. Winters is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and attorney. He began his legal practice at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia. He then served as a partner and the general counsel of Novitas Capital, an early stage venture capital fund located in Wayne, Pa. At Novitas Capital, Mr. Winters helped grow the fund from $50 million in committed capital to more than $385 million in committed capital and managed more than one dozen multi-million dollar investments. After Novitas Capital, Mr. Winters joined Drinker, Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia as a partner and managed the firm’s Emerging Growth Practice Group. He is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New York.
Mr. Winters received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his juris doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
As a recognized expert in the engineering field Mr. Skoultchi has provided expert testimony on multiple litigation matters. Most recently he has been personally involved with securing approvals and financially modeling a portfolio of solar energy assets in Massachusetts with a market value of more than $250 million. Mr. Skoultchi serves on the Board of Managers of Pro-Tech Energy Solutions, LLC, a leading solar energy development and construction firm.
Mr. Skoultchi holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Utah, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts and Florida.
Since joining Pro-Tech in 2012 as a project manager, Jeff Hill oversees all commercial and operating activities for the company. He leads Pro-Tech’s efforts to enhance internal procedures and policy, improving overall revenue and P&L management. He also ensures that Pro-Tech construction projects operate at top levels of safety, performance and environmental sustainability.
Mr. Hill has over 10 years of experience managing construction and operations within the commercial, residential and renewable energy industries. Prior to joining Pro-Tech, he built a performance automotive business using state-of-the-art design, fabrication and engineering methodologies— skills and talents he then transferred to the field of solar energy.
Mr. Hill holds industry certifications from the North American Board of Certified Energy Professional’s (NABCEP) in photovoltaic (PV) installation, as well as a Professional Energy Manager (PEM) designation. He attended Siena College in Loudenville, New York where he studied Computer Science.