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Francis: The First Name in Energy

The Francis name is a trusted name in energy. Sam Miller founded Francis Oil & Gas in 1934, naming the organization after his beloved wife, Francis. The organization continues to thrive almost 90 years later, forging a legacy committed to developing relationships, communities, economies, and lasting energy assets.

As the great-grandson of Sam Miller, David Jankowsky knows energy. Following seven years as an energy lawyer, six years as vice president at the world's largest solar energy developer, and in the pioneering spirit of his family, David returned home to Tulsa in 2015 with the resolve of starting Francis Renewable Energy (FRE) in an otherwise abandoned solar market - the great frontier of Oklahoma.

Francis' core mission is enabling customers to lower their energy bills as well as their carbon footprint. Through the use of technologies such as solar and battery storage coupled with demand reduction technologies such as geothermal and off-grid solutions, Francis offers proven and unique ways to reduce utility bills or completely eliminate them. With stringent safety standards, professional engineers and NABCEP installation professionals, dedicated customer service, unique manufacturer partnerships, and extensive financing capabilities, making the switch to clean, affordable energy has never been easier or more trusted.

Solar Team

Our Management

David Jankowsky

David Jankowsky

President

David Jankowsky is the founder and President of Francis Renewable Energy, LLC and its subsidiary, Francis Solar, LLC (FS). Prior to founding the company, David was Vice President – International Business Development for SunEdison, Inc., from 2010 to 2015. David was responsible for all aspects of business development in the Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa regions, where he lead the expansion of SunEdison into several new markets, including Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa, Korea, and the Philippines. At the same time, David acted as the country general manager for Malaysia, where he completed 25MWs of solar installations, contributing $75M in revenues and $4.5M of net income to SunEdison’s P&L. Prior to SunEdison, David was an energy project finance attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in Washington, DC, where he closed over $5B of international and domestic project finance transactions in the renewable energy, LNG and conventional power markets.  David has an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he graduated with honors, and a juris doctorate degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he served on the Georgetown Law Review. David has received “40 under 40” recognition by multiple publications, including the Journal Record, the Tulsa World, and Oklahoma Magazine, among others.

Steve Elmore

Steve Elmore

VP - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Active in the solar industry since 2008, Mr. Elmore has experience at every level, from installer to salesperson, service technician, service manager, system designer, project manager, project developer, and senior management. His career spans between Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas solar markets. Steve primarily focuses on developing both new projects and new business innovations through developing an array of cross-integrated, cloud-based software suites geared at providing new analytic capabilities, bringing efficiencies to the design and sales processes, improving the customer experience, and driving down customer acquisition and development costs.

Steve has personally designed and managed installation of over 475 unique solar installations ranging from pool heating to domestic hot water as well as over 600kW of cumulative photovoltaic systems in the residential and small-medium commercial sector and plays an instrumental role in the management and development of Whisper Valley in Austin, TX.

Seth Christ

Seth Christ

VP - SOLAR OPERATIONS

Mr. Christ joined the family solar business Sun City Solar Energy (SCSE) in 2006. In his five (5) years at SCSE, he became the solar system designer, equipment ordering manager for SCSE’s 4 locations, and managed quality control of installations. In 2009, Seth partnered with the venture capital group Adams and Affiliates to start an R&D manufacturing company for mobile emergency solar power for the oil industry, called SolarGen Systems (SGS). In 2011, Mr. Christ founded Ion Solar and purchased the rights to SGS.

Through Seth’s sales efforts in the Tulsa market he was able to maintain top company sales for SCSE from 2006-2011. Seth’s design process and installation of a solar off-grid greenhouse received the Henry Bellmon 2010 Project of Choice. In 2012, Ion Solar was awarded a Tulsey entrepreneurship award. Mr. Christ has installed and managed the construction of 610kW of cumulative photovoltaic and thermal systems.

Notable projects include designing and project managing a 117-panel solar powered water treatment plant in Westville, OK, a solar and wind project for Union High School Science Department to teach students about renewable energy, design build of several mobile solar power trailers to locate oil leaks at HollyFrontier’s Tulsa refinery, Keener Oil (Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett) offices - the first commercial solar installation in Tulsa, OK and the largest at the time municipal solar array at the downtown Tulsa City-County Library.

Mr. Christ has completed many sales, entrepreneurship and solar training classes online and onsite. He has a NABCEP PV Installer Certification.

Clark Wheeler

Clark Wheeler

General Counsel

Clark Wheeler serves as General Counsel and also maintains a business role with the company as a Senior Manager. Clark’s focus includes tax equity financing, renewable energy policy, and forward guidance on drivers of renewable energy adoption as well as new market research. Clark serves as a conduit between front and back office functions, coordinating between FS operations in the field and the back-office support, as well as overseeing the company’s compliance functions. Clark also maintains a public outreach role, and regularly speaks to business owners and associations regarding renewable energy economics and policy. Clark attended law school at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where he also worked at the Securities & Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

The Sun
Sun

Francis Fact

The best source of energy for spacecraft is sunlight. The solar arrays on the International Space Station produce more power than the station needs at one time.

The Beliefs of Francis Solar

EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM RESPONSIBLE ENERGY

• All homeowners, businesses, and communities can benefit from solar, batteries, electric vehicles, and smart home technology empowered by the internet and linking of efficient, smart, electric devices.

SIMPLIFIED AND COHESIVE SHOPPING, PURCHASING, AND OWNERSHIP PROCESSES THROUGH A SINGLE, TRUSTABLE SOURCE WILL ACCELERATE THE ADOPTION OF RESPONSIBLE ENERGY

• Encompassing the monitoring, service, and community engagement aspects into one software platform backed by a service agreement enables a simple, visceral customer experience and simplifies ownership.
• Moving the sales, design, engineering, and quality control elements to one platform in the cloud removes the technical elements from the purchasing and installation aspects of the customer experience, as well as scalability, bringing them to every customer and ensuring a consistent process and experience for all customers.

OUR ONLY COMPETITION IS POOR QUALITY

• Other forms of renewable energy or efficiency and other firms offering our services only work to help the world adopt responsible energy, which only furthers Francis Solar Master Plan - unless the other firm (or God forbid, our own work) does not maintain the highest quality -  in which case Francis has an obligation to repair the experience to the best of its ability.
• Fossil fuels and the status quo offer no competition to the Francis Solar Master Plan.

PASSIONATE, SMART, HAPPY EMPLOYEES, WORKING AS A TEAM, SHARING FRANCIS SOLAR'S BELIEFS, GUARANTEES COMPLETION OF THE FRANCIS SOLAR MASTER PLAN

• Hiring passionate young talent, teaching them the secret to Francis Solar’s success - our beliefs - and empowering them to achieve the Francis Solar Master Plan, is in fact the secret to Francis Solar’s success.

Our Board of Advisors

Tony Knowles

FORMER GOVERNOR OF ALASKA

Tony Knowles served as Governor of Alaska 1994-2002. Prior to that he was Mayor of Anchorage from 1982-1988. Knowles served as the President of the National Energy Policy Institute from 2007-2013, a non-profit research organization based at the University of Tulsa, founded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Since 2009 Knowles has served as Chair of the National Park System Advisory Board. Tony Knowles was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated with a degree in economics from Yale University and is a Vietnam veteran. Tony and his wife, Susan, reside in Anchorage, Alaska.

Daniel R. Glickman

VICE PRESIDENT, ASPEN INSTITUTE & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ASPEN INSTITUTE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM

Dan Glickman is Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program which is a non-partisan public policy education and civility building program for members of the United States Congress. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Glickman served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001. Before his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Glickman served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. During that time, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, the House Judiciary Committee; chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and was a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy. 

Prior to joining the MPAA, he was the Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2002-2004). 

Before his election to Congress in 1976, Mr. Glickman served as president of the Wichita, Kansas School Board; was a partner in the law firm of Sargent, Klenda and Glickman; and worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Kansas and District of Columbia bar associations.. 

Mr. Glickman is also on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; Communities in Schools; chairman of the Food Research and Action Center, a domestic anti-hunger organization; member of the National 4-H Council; and Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He co-chairs “AGree”, an initiative of eight foundations, administered by the Meridian Institute, to look at long-term implications of food and agricultural policy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Council on American Politics at The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University; World Food Program-USA. He is the co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ global agricultural development initiative. He is also on the International Advisory Board of APCO Associates. He was recently appointed by Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack as Chair of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.

Denise Bode

PRINCIPAL, CORNERSTONE

Denise Bode is considered one of Washington’s top lobbyists. Denise focuses her practice on policy advocacy, particularly coalition management and development and implementation of public policy strategies, especially at the federal level and before federal and state regulatory commissions. She has testified before Congress, has extensive public speaking experience including numerous appearances on network and cable television. 

Ms. Bode has led energy, food, telecommunications and financial industry lobbying efforts during her career ranging over 30 years. She managed clients for over 10 years from the National Cattlemen’s Association to the Equitable Life Insurance Company. As an elected Oklahoma state commissioner led the effort to design and win approval of the FERC for cost allocation tariff for building new electric transmission. She has managed policy campaigns that have achieved strong energy producer/environmental group support most recently enacting an extension of the wind energy production tax credit, which included social, earned and paid media, grassroots and grass-tops work while President of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. As CEO of the Clean Skies Foundation, Ms. Bode managed a major advertising and earned media campaign on the new resources provided by natural gas from shale. 

Denise’s experience of more than 30 years in the tax and energy fields is extensive and diverse, including serving as: 
• CEO of the American Wind Energy Association 
• CEO of the American Clean Skies Foundation 
• Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, where she was twice elected statewide in Oklahoma to a post with responsibilities for regulation of energy production and electric utilities, gasoline stations and above and below ground storage tanks, telecommunications environmental and agricultural activities 
• President of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) 
• Tax Counsel in the Washington, DC firm, Gold and Liebengood, where she was actively involved in the last major tax reform legislation in 1986
• Legal Counsel to U.S. Senator David Boren (D-OK) member of the Senate Finance Committee, focusing on energy and taxation and staffing the Senate Finance Committee 
• Energy and Natural Resources Assistant to Governor David L. Boren 

Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma, a Juris Doctor from the George Mason School of Law, and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the Georgetown University School of Law. 

Ms. Bode has received numerous awards, including: 
• Hearst Newspaper’s Energy Award for Public Service 
• Women’s Council for Energy and the Environment “Woman of the Year”
• CEO Update Award for Top Association CEOs (selected by peers) 
• Washingtonian’s “100 Most Powerful Women of Washington” 2009, 2012 
• The Hill Top Lobbyists 2011, 2012

Wilson Pipestem

PIPESTEM LAW AND IETAN CONSULTING

Wilson is the President of Pipestem Law, PC and the co-founder of Ietan Consulting, LLC, companies that are dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Indians and tribes.

He has assisted tribal governments with expanding and strengthening their sovereign rights through federal actions that have returned former tribal lands to the tribal land base, given tribes more flexibility to exercise tribal authority on their lands and adjacent federal lands, and directly reaffirmed core sovereign rights.

His work as lead counsel on behalf of the Osage Nation led to the largest court settlement of an Indian tribe against the United States in history.

A graduate of Stanford Law School and Oklahoma State University, Pipestem was named a Distinguished Alumni of OSU in 2013. He is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and an Osage headright holder. Wilson, his wife Brenda, and their four children reside in the Tulsa area.

Jeremiah Norton

FORMER FDIC INTERNAL BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Norton most recently served as one of the three internal board members at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In that capacity, he worked daily with other board members and senior executives overseeing the agency responsible for the safety and soundness of the nation’s banking system and resolving failed institutions. Mr. Norton analyzed, promulgated, and approved bank regulations mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act and rules from the Basel Committee. Additionally, he approved the agency’s annual budget, large contracts, and major personnel actions. Mr. Norton also served as the Chair of the FDIC’s Case Review Committee, which is responsible for enforcement actions against individuals and banks for violations of safety and soundness, consumer protections and anti-money laundering rules. In conjunction with his service at the FDIC, Norton served as one of the five board members at NeighborWorks America, which is a corporation funded by the Congress to promote affordable housing opportunities. 

Prior to his service at the FDIC, Norton worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan Securities in New York. In that role, he advised financial institutions on mergers, acquisitions, and equity and debt offerings. 

From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Norton served in the U.S. Treasury Department as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Policy under Secretary Henry M. Paulson. Norton played a key role in the financial crisis response while at the Treasury, including work on the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government financed recapitalization of the U.S. banking sector, and assistance packages for the automotive industry. 

Earlier in his career, Norton served on the professional staff for U.S. Representative Edward R. Royce, where he was a chief advisor on financial services. Norton began his career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan Securities. He holds an A.B. in economics from Duke University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.