Meet the Team

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Danny Weidlich
Chief Executive Officer
Project Finance and M&A

Danny leads all project finance, M&A, and capital raising at Palladium. After working at multiple financial institutions covering companies in the broader energy sector, Danny joined NTE Energy, a developer focused on thermal generation, where he was Director of Project Finance. After NTE, he joined Pine Gate Renewables, a solar developer, where he led the structured finance and M&A group. After leaving PGR, he established a financing consulting firm, Momentum Energy Advisors and co-founded Palladium Energy. He earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Southern Methodist University.

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Mark Mirabito
Chief Operating Officer
Project Development and Operations

Mark oversees project development, due diligence, and business operations. Mark began his energy career in the mid-2000’s with Tamarack Energy developing solar, wind, and biomass projects in ISO-NE and NYISO. This led him to NTE Energy where he directed development efforts for hybrid biomass and natural gas combined cycle facilities throughout the Southeast U.S., PJM and ISO-NE. After a stint as COO at NTE, Mark established a development consulting services company, Revolve Power, and co-founded Palladium Energy. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Nobel Chang
Chief Commercial Officer
Commercial and Market Strategy

Nobel leads business development, market strategy, and commercial execution. Starting his solar career in 2009, Nobel has originated and developed DG and utility-scale projects in CAISO, Northwest, MISO, ISO-NE, PJM, and Southeast markets in the United States. He also has developed and financed projects in Mexico, Chile, and Japan. Prior to co-founding Palladium Energy, Nobel was the VP of Development at US Topco Energy, started a greenfield development company, then joined Pine Gate Renewables as the VP of New Markets and Capital Strategy. He earned his BS in Business and MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Ryan Ledonne
Director, Finance
 

Ryan leads Palladium’s project valuation activity and provides support for the company’s M&A and capital raise strategies. After working within the Energy Group at PNC Bank, Ryan began his development career with NTE Energy’s Project Finance team, where he originated development and construction capital for thermal generation assets in ISO-NE and the Southeast. Ryan then joined the structured finance group at Pine Gate Renewables, where he raised project-level debt and tax equity for utility-scale solar assets across MISO, PJM, and the Southeast. Prior to Palladium, Ryan most recently worked at Nautilus Solar, where he procured debt and tax equity for community solar assets in ISO-NE, NYISO, and PJM. He earned a BA in Economics from Flagler College.

Garrett Weeks
Director, Development

Garrett leads Palladium’s project development activities and due diligence associated with the company’s M&A strategy. Garrett began his development career with NTE Energy in 2013, where he executed all aspects of project development with a focus on gas-fired generation in SERC. While at NTE Energy, Garrett developed two 500 MW combined cycle facilities in North Carolina while leading several early-stage development projects throughout the southeastern United States. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Flagler College, an MBA from the University of North Florida, and a Master of Arts in International Management and Intercultural Communication conferred jointly by the University of Warsaw (Poland) and Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany).

Chance Zajicek
Manager, Development
 

Chance manages Palladium’s development activities and provides support for the growing project pipeline.  He began his project development career in 2018 at UKA North America, LLC working on all development aspects of wind, solar, and battery projects. He has worked on several early to late-stage development projects, totaling approximately 860MW across ERCOT, MISO, PJM, and WECC. In addition to project development and management activities, Chance was responsible for solar and wind measurement campaigns, project energy estimations, and site designs. Chance earned a Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy from Texas Tech University.

Tim Roberts
Manager, Finance
 

Tim manages Palladium’s project valuation activity and supports the execution of the company’s M&A and financing strategies. Tim began his development career with Alchemy Renewable Energy where he managed the company’s M&A and project financing for solar and storage assets in NE-ISO, PJM, and the Southeast. Prior to that, Tim worked in Wells Fargo’s Renewables Group supporting their debt and project financing commitments and also spent time in Humana’s Corporate Development Group supporting their M&A and Venture Capital activity. He earned a BS in Physics from Centre College, a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Foster Johnson
Analyst, Business Development

Foster manages Palladium’s business development initiatives and supports the company’s commercial strategy efforts. He began his energy career in 2018 at NC Solar Now, where he worked on early-stage project development and led the architectural review process for thousands of residential and commercial installations across North Carolina. He has experience in energy regulation and policy, and during his graduate studies, worked as a business development and market strategy consultant for clean energy and sustainability-focused start-ups in the US and Europe. Foster earned a BS in Environmental Technology & Management from NC State and an MS in Sustainability Management from American University in Washington, DC.