Who We Are

Renovate America is leading the way in making homes and communities more energy and water efficient. We partner with cities and counties to provide innovative new financing solutions that deliver multiple benefits including energy savings, lower utility bills, reduced emissions, new jobs and increased property values. Our HERO Financing Program is the fastest growing energy efficiency financing solution in the country.

Smart is Good. Affordable is Better.

Many companies offer new products that use less energy, save money and reduce emissions. However, the single biggest barrier to adopting these products in the marketplace is affordability. We’re changing that by offering financing with terms that allow consumers to spread the costs out over time while simultaneously saving money on their utility bills. This alleviates the high cost of entry associated with purchasing efficient home energy products.

Financing Delivers Opportunity.

Financing solutions have helped to improve the quality of life for many Americans by making things like owning a home or driving a reliable car more affordable. Financing home energy products not only improves our quality of life, but also provides a unique opportunity to participate in a shared journey towards a better energy future for everyone.

Complexity Meets Simplicity.

Delivering a real solution involves technology, financial innovation, brand development, lending capital, behavior change and successful public private partnerships. We manage the entire purchase path; integrating with local municipal programs, providing approvals in 30 seconds, automating all paperwork, providing contractors sales support, and offering consumers a simple user-friendly experience they can depend on.

Quality Control Comes First.

Every project we finance is fully backed by our Program service and support policies, and every aspect of our Program is closely monitored to ensure that all third party partners are providing true and accurate information to consumers. Every city and county we serve has said they’d recommend us, and 9 out of 10 consumers are so highly satisfied that they’d do the same.

Executive Team

J.P. McNeill, Founder / Chief Executive Officer

“I’ve invested my time to build a business that can have an impact on the world because I believe it’s the best strategy for life and business.”

As CEO, JP leads the company with a strong vision, knowledge base and sense of purpose. He is committed to making a difference on the planet and believes that strong financial services companies will lay the groundwork that is needed to see mass adoption of new technologies. He has served as the CFO and VP of Sales at Kintera, who grew to serve over 50 million users and become the largest online software provider to the nonprofit sector. He has also worked in Business Development at SunEdison, North America’s largest energy service provider, where he developed his expertise in forming and managing public-private partnerships. JP holds a BA with high honors from the University of Notre Dame.

Nick Fergis, Co-Founder / Chief Operating Officer

“We’re developing solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives everyday.”

As COO, Nick keeps the company on course ensuring that the technology platform delivers, the system implementation serves the unique needs of the business, and that the organization is allocating its resources as effectively as possible. He is a true information technology entrepreneur and has helped change the way scores of Global 1000 companies view and manage their IT organizations. Prior to co-founding Renovate America, Nick was the co-founder of Kintana, the company that commercialized the space of IT Governance to many of the world’s largest organizations. In 2003, Kintana was acquired by Mercury Interactive for $225 million. Nick received a BS in Applied Math/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, paying his way through college as a software developer for DataWorks, Inc., which he cofounded in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tom Hemmings, Chief Financial Officer

“It’s an opportunity to participate in a tremendously successful public-private partnership.”

As CFO, Tom oversees the numerous financial, legal and government matters associated with providing an entirely new type of financing solution in partnership with public and private entities. Prior to joining Renovate America, he was the CFO of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. In this role, he was responsible for the management of its $600 million investment portfolio and $3 billion of debt issuances, as well as traditional forecasting and budgeting. In addition to the traditional finance roles, he supervised the Information Technology, Loan Servicing, and Human Resources departments. He is well versed in strategic planning, growth performance, negotiation, and profit. He has negotiated numerous bank credit facilities, as well the public offering of debt. Tom is a Certified Public Accountant, and a graduate of the University of Colorado.

Dean Hollander, Co-Founder / Chief Marketing Officer

“We’re creating an experience that empowers people to participate in realizing a more energy efficient future.”

As CMO, Dean oversees how the brand and product engages the world. He created both the Renovate America and HERO brands and leads an in-house creative team who develop all creative materials. In addition, he works closely with the product design team to insure that every experience a customer has with our products is simple, memorable, and meaningful. Dean is the former CEO and co-founder of Involve, Inc. an award winning interactive communications firm, which he sold in 2003 to Kintera, the largest online fundraising company. He has also served as Chief Digital Officer and Chief Content Officer for the largest public interest communications firm in the U.S. Dean holds a BFA from Tufts University and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute.

Craig Braun, Managing Director

“There is nothing more satisfying than being able to offer a product that does good for the homeowner, the environment, the economy and our stakeholders.”

As MD - Capital Markets, Craig manages relationships with existing financing partners and develops channels and products to package and sell the assets the company originates. Craig previously was an MD, Capital Markets for GE Capital where he led the long term asset securitization and alternative funding team on a global basis. He developed and managed several marque issuance platforms which included all rating agency, banker and investor development and retention aspects. Prior to GE Capital, Craig was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and RBS Greenwich and has been responsible for over $60 billion of debt issuance and asset sales. He holds an MBA from Bernard Baruch College, and a BS from the University at Buffalo School of Management, both with high honors.

Greg Memo, EVP of Business Development & Product Strategy

“Everyday is exciting when you're developing multi-faceted solutions that deliver measureable results for consumers, businesses and municipalities.”

As EVP of Business Development and Product Strategy, Greg ensures the company’s products and services are delivering substantial value to consumers, business and government partners. Prior to joining Renovate America, he was the CEO of Greenwave Systems, which developed an industry-leading energy management software platform for Global Service Providers and Utilities. Previous to Greenwave, Greg held the position of VP/General Manager for Cisco's Consumer Business Organization, SVP of Products/Marketing for Gateway/eMachines, President/COO of Alta Vista, VP/GM of Consumer Notebook Products at Compaq, along with senior product positions at Apple. Greg has Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from San Jose State University.

Scott McKinlay, EVP of Corporate Development / Chief Legal Officer

“We're creating innovative lending products that will help the country realize both the economic and environmental upside of energy efficient technology.”

As EVP of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Scott is responsible for Renovate America's legal, regulatory and government affairs. This includes all company contracts, and establishing the framework and partnerships needed to expand HERO beyond California. Prior to joining RA, Scott worked for a number of lenders including Springleaf (NYSE:LEAF), E-Loan, and First Nationwide Bank, a Ford Motor Company subsidiary. Most recently, Scott was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Springleaf, a national lender that provides approximately $2 billion in personal loans to homeowners each year. Scott has also served as COO of a biotechnology company and an attorney with two well respected law firms. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and his law degree from the University of San Francisco.