Champlin Energy Company

Our Team

President and CEO


Mr. Cutbirth is the president and CEO of Champlin and has over twenty five years of experience in the renewable energy industry.

Mr. Cutbirth joined Zond Corporation, one of the pioneers in the wind industry, twenty five years ago where he headed up finance. The company was sold to Enron and several years later, Mr. Cutbirth left Enron Wind to join the founder of Zond to start-up Clipper Windpower and was the original president of the company. Several years later, Clipper completed one of the most successful public offerings in the wind industry.

After leaving Clipper, Mr. Cutbirth subsequently formed Champlin Energy. Mr. Cutbirth has been integrally involved in the development, financing and construction of a dozen renewable energy projects over the years and has arranged, negotiated and closed in excess of $1.5 billion of debt and equity for energy projects around the world.

Prior to joining Zond, Mr. Cutbirth was Chief Financial Officer of an independent power producer that owned and operated approximately $300 million of power generating assets. Mr. Cutbirth’s business career has included chief financial officer of a manufacturing and supply company serving the oil, gas and agricultural industries and chief executive officer of a real estate development company that, through its affiliates, have acquired, entitled, developed, leased and sold approximately $300 million of residential, commercial and mixed use properties.

Mr. Cutbirth was also a former director of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Mr. Cutbirth received a Bachelor of Science degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.


Jennifer Kantor is the Controller of the Company responsible for all accounting and reporting functions. Ms. Kantor has over twenty years of experience as auditor, accountant and controller at companies including FedEx Kinko’s, a premier wind energy company and at the Company and its affiliates.

Ms. Kantor received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from California Lutheran University.


Senior Vice President, Business Development


Mr. Klein is Senior Vice President of the Company responsible for business development. Mr. Klein has over twenty five years of experience developing energy, renewable energy and real estate projects. Mr. Klein has been responsible for identifying and acquiring opportunities of both energy and real estate projects. The completed value of these projects was in excess of $4 billion.

Mr. Klein received his Bachelor of Science degree in History with a minor in Finance from the University of Southern California.


Director of Acquisitions


Mr. Bies is director of acquisitions of Champlin and has over 10 years of experience in the renewable energy industry.
Mr. Bies co-founded EN-RGY Concepts, where he has analyzed and supported project acquisitions, dispositions, and development opportunities for energy and real estate development opportunities. Mr. Bies has closed over $200 million in transactions and has significant expertise in detailed financial modeling, project management, project marketing financing, and contract negotiations. His experience in the energy industry includes PV solar, cogeneration, waste-to-energy, and microturbine technologies.

Before founding EN-RGY Concepts in 2012, Mr. Bies was an analyst at Genesis Renewable Energy, where he was proficient in analyzing utility rate tariffs, sizing PV systems and matching customer consumption with PV production.

Mr. Bies received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Irvine.