The Spruce management team has decades of experience in the consumer finance, renewable energy and software industries.
Co-Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer
Christian has built multiple billion-dollar real asset businesses and brings to Spruce an extensive executive, private equity and policy background in the clean power and energy sectors. Christian also serves on the Boards of Directors at Terraform Power, Inc (NASDAQ: TERP), Fong Management, LLC (Chairman & CEO), Javlin Capital, LLC (Co-Chairman) and Pardus Oil & Gas, LLC.
Prior to joining Spruce, Christian co-founded Renewable Energy Trust Capital (RET) in 2010 and served in various executive roles, including as Chief Investment Officer, COO and CFO. He led RET to acquire and develop over one billion dollars of wind and solar PV power assets, and authored the submission of the landmark IRS private letter ruling request for REIT-eligibility of solar PV assets. He participated in the original work underpinning the creation of the YieldCo industry. Prior to founding RET, Christian was a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Capital Markets at AEGON / Transamerica. He has also previously served as CEO of Corridor Recovery, Inc, as a consultant at McKinsey & Co, and as a candidate for Governor of Iowa. Christian holds an MBA with High Distinction from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, a B.S. in Statistics, summa cum laude, from Creighton University and the prestigious CFA and CCIM designations.
Chief Financial Officer
Adam oversees all of Spruce’s capital markets, accounting and control, and corporate finance activities. Previously, he served as the VP of Finance for Spruce and was part of the Finance team at Clean Power Finance prior to its merger with Kilowatt Financial. Before his senior finance and operations roles at Clean Power Finance, Buckfelder was an investment banker at Barclays Capital, where he focused on the power and utilities sector.
Chief Credit Officer
Rob Kottmeier has more than 20 years of experience in credit and risk management leading analyst teams and strategic customer initiatives. Prior to Spuce, Rob was Chief Credit Officer at Breakout Capital, a small business funder, where he developed and implemented their initial credit policy and models. Rob previously served as Chief Credit Officer of GreenSky, where he developed credit policy, pricing and portfolio management strategies to enable significant growth in the company’s loan portfolio. Rob also held a variety of roles in Capital One’s US Credit Card business over a 16-year period including credit risk management, fraud and exposure management, new customer acquisition, product valuation and underwriting across consumer and small business card products. Rob received a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University and holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Chief Technology Officer
Arash has over 20 years of experience as a software and technology professional. He joined the company in 2009 and has been chiefly responsible for designing and building the SpruceFlow software platform. Prior to joining Spruce, Arash was the technical lead for the Wikipedia Usability Initiative, which was a project aimed at increasing the usability of Wikipedia for new contributors and reducing barriers to public participation. Arash spent the first 14 years of his career at the biotech company Genentech, where he held a variety of positions in the Corporate Information Technology group, including Software Engineer, Project Manager, and Enterprise Architect, supporting the Manufacturing, R&D, Engineering, and Quality Assurance business units. Prior to that, he studied Physics at the University of California at Davis.