Meet our team


David Amster-Olszewski

CEO/Founder

Rick Baughman

Senior Vice President of Sales

Robert Hayner

Senior Vice President of Construction and Development

Melina Fleming

Vice President of Marketing and Operations

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.

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.


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.


Robert Hayner, Senior Vice President of Construction and Development

Robert leads all development and construction for SunShare.

Robert comes to SunShare with over twenty-five years of executive management experience in development, construction and operations of commercial, office and industrial, mixed-use and solar PV projects throughout North America. Prior to joining SunShare, Robert worked on the development and construction of several award-winning projects with Continuum Partners in Denver, Colorado and more recently, dozens of utility scale solar PV projects throughout the southwest with SunEdison.

Robert has a BA in Leadership form the University of Denver and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Melina Fleming, Vice President of Marketing and Operations

Melina leads marketing, customer experience, and operations for SunShare, managing the customer lifecycle from acquisition through retention. She oversees customer management and back-office operations for more than 7,000 residential subscribers in various financing portfolios. Melina led the subscriber-facing efforts for SunShare’s first Minnesota solar gardens, which serve around 1,000 residential subscribers and began producing energy in early 2017.

Melina has more than 15 years of marketing experience, most recently in the Telecom industry as Director of Marketing for Cricket Wireless, where she led marketing programs to launch Cricket’s presence in more than 20 new markets, growing its customer base from ~800K to nearly 6MM. She also managed the marketing integration when Cricket was acquired by AT&T to ensure a seamless transition for the customers.

Melina has a degree in Russian Literature and Culture from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.