David Amster-Olszewski, CEO/Founder
David Amster-Olszewski founded SunShare in 2011, and serving as chief executive officer, has grown it into one of the leading community solar companies in the nation.
David’s foundational SunShare project with Colorado Springs Utilities was the first competitive community solar program in the nation. In true startup fashion, David executed that project out of his apartment with only the help of interns. Since then, SunShare has relocated to Denver, partnered with two additional utilities in two states, and has almost 100 MWs of projects in its pipeline along with 60+ employees.
David was featured in Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in 2016, recognized as a national leader in the alternative energy market.
Prior to founding SunShare, David worked with PowerLight Corporation in Geneva, Switzerland in 2006, and then in California in 2007, completing an executive management training program at SunPower in California until 2010. He has a degree in International Political Economics from Colorado College.
Alphonso King, Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President of Human Resources
As Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President of HR, Al leads sales, marketing, business development and human resources for SunShare. In his first 12 months, through Al’s leadership, SunShare’s customer base grew 800 percent, and it is now one of the most recognized solar brands in its operating markets with more than 5K new residential customers.
Al has more than 30 years of executive management experience, during which he has led startups, culture turnarounds and mature organizations. Most recently, Al served as Vice President of Retail Sales and Marketing for Direct Energy, where he led the residential brand and marketing along with managing retail sales for North America’s largest energy and home services provider serving over 6 million residential and commercial customers.
In 2010, Al was recruited as Cricket Communications’ Area Vice President to turn around a $448 million region. Prior to joining Cricket, Al also served as Regional Vice President of Sales, Distribution and Marketing with MetroPCS. Preceding his role with MetroPCS, he was the Midwest Area Vice President for Sprint / Nextel Partners. Al has consistently been strategically recruited for the most complex business challenges and held numerous senior managerial positions throughout the wireless and textile sales and service industry. His passion for people and building high performance teams and “a peoples first culture” has been his trademark as a highly respected senior executive.
Al has his BBA in Operational Management and an MBA in Human Resource from American Continental University.
Rick Baughman, Senior Vice President of Sales
Rick leads all sales channels for SunShare. He is responsible for developing strategic sales plans that promote both Residential and Commercial growth and customer satisfaction for SunShare.
Rick comes to SunShare with more than 22 years of senior executive management experience in sales, marketing and operations Prior to joining SunShare, Rick served as a turnaround agent in the start-up arena for 20+ years. As Regional General Manager for Cricket Communications, he directed all sales, marketing and operations in the $260+ million Houston Texas/East Louisiana markets, leading the company's efforts to enroll more than 500,000 subscribers. Rick has held multiple senior executive roles throughout the Telecommunications Industry. Prior to Cricket, Rick was the Area Vice President at Sprint/Nextel for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Rick has a BA in Business Administration from Hanover College.