Get to know
Guzman

The Guzman Energy team comes from small towns and rural communities. We are former military officers and utility executives who believe there is a better way. We meet our customers where they are – on Main Street, in town halls, and on their ranches and farms. We’re your kind of people.

MEET THE TEAM

  • Guzman Energy founder and chairman Leo Guzman is an American entrepreneur

    Leo Guzman

    Founder and Chairman

    I am proud that we have lowered the price of electric power for every community that we serve and at the same time made it cleaner power.

  • Guzman Energy CEO Christopher Riley is a former U.S. Navy officer and U.S. Navy veteran

    Christopher M. Riley

    Chief Executive Officer

    We came along and demonstrated that you don’t have to sit here and pay these prices and be locked into these 50-year contracts. There is another choice. There is another path.

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  • Guzman Energy President Christopher A. Miller is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and retired commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves

    Christopher A. Miller

    President

    What excites me the most is the team that we have at Guzman. Second only to who you marry, where you work is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and we have a great team.

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  • Guzman Energy Chief Strategy Officer Robin Lunt is an attorney and former advisor for FERC

    Robin Lunt

    Chief Strategy Officer

    I fell in love with the combination of everything that the company stood for—market forces contributing to cleaner energy, really taking care of rural communities, and serving people who are otherwise underserved.

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  • Guzman Energy Chief Financial Officer Daniela Shapiro holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

    Daniela Shapiro

    Chief Financial Officer

    Guzman is a fascinating story of disruption. When you start to see beyond the tip of the iceberg, you can’t help but share the excitement.

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  • Guzman Energy Managing Director Jeffrey Heit is an expert in wholesale energy and electrical power origination

    Jeffrey M. Heit

    Principal, Managing Director

    The things that I work on change the economics of the communities that we work with, and increase their ability to control their future.

  • Guzman Energy Chief Operating Officer Mark Vanderhelm previously oversaw energy strategies at Walmart

    Mark Vanderhelm

    Chief Operating Officer

    I’m drawn to the opportunity we have to re-power rural America, and in the process, re-invest in rural America. It’s energizing and absolutely achievable.

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  • Kurt Haeger

    Senior Executive Advisor,
    Managing Director

    Kurt was born in Utah, but has spent most of his life in Colorado. Kurt has more than 35 years of experience in the energy field—first at Xcel Energy, then with Guzman. It’s a dedication only surpassed by his marriage to his wife, Mary.

  • Andrew Heinle

    Managing Director, Head of Origination

    Andrew has more than 20 years of energy experience, including work in origination at Tenaska Power Services in Texas and Arevon Energy Management in Arizona. Andrew grew up on a North Dakota farm, and is currently based in South Dakota.

  • Mindy Yajko

    Director, Origination and Supply

    After growing up on Colorado’s western slope, Mindy moved to New York City to Goldman Sachs, but soon returned to raise her twins in the mountains of Colorado. She has worked in origination and financial roles at companies including NRG Energy, Xcel Energy, Holy Cross Energy and Recurrent Energy.

  • Max Carpenter

    Managing Director, Trading & Market Operations

    Max has spent most of his career managing trading and market operations in California, most recently at South California Edison—a long way from the farm in Ohio where he grew up. He moved to Colorado to join Guzman in 2019, with his wife, four kids, and a new dog named Koda.

Guzman is an organization that was born from bold ideas and doesn’t let old-world thinking box them in.

Max Carpenter