The Echo Team

Vikas Desai, CEO

Vikas joins EchoFirst from SunPower Corporation where he was Vice-President and General Manager of the $1 billion Residential and Light Commercial Business. Prior to SunPower, Vikas led the Global Product Management and Customer Support function at the Control Technique division of Emerson Electric. Vikas holds an MBA from the Haas School at UC-Berkeley, an M.Sc. in Power Electronics from Loughborough University, UK and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Gujarat University, India.

Josh Plaisted, Chief Technology Officer

Josh is the inventor of the Echo solar system and a co-founder of EchoFirst. Prior to EchoFirst, he was the lead design engineer at SunEarth, North America's largest solar thermal manufacturer. A former director of the board of the Solar Ratings and Certification Corporation, Josh holds an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin with a focus on thermal system engineering and building energy management.

Gordon Handelsman, Chief Marketing Officer

Prior to co-founding EchoFirst, Gordon held Vice-President Marketing and Senior Director Marketing & Sales positions with Shell Solar (both domestically and internationally). He has served as a board member of SEIA, the national Solar Energy Industry Association, and a board member of PVNow. Prior to entering the solar industry, Gordon was a Director of Marketing with Kraft Foods. He holds a B.Sc. Honors in Chemistry and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Ian Smith, VP of Product Management and New Product Introduction

Ian brings over 20 years of senior executive leadership experience in high technology industries to the company. He has held senior roles in marketing, technology and product development, and operations, most recently as the Vice President/General Manager of KLA-Tencor. Ian has over 50 US patents issued and or pending and is a recipient of prizes from IEEE, IET and R&D 100 product awards. He holds a B.Sc. Honors and a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from University College London, and graduated from the Stanford Business School/AEA Institute.

Steve Walden, Director of National Sales

Steve brings 20 years of experience and success in business development and sales channel management to EchoFirst. Prior to joining the company, Steve held sales and marketing leadership positions at The Schield Family Companies and Milgard Windows, where he led all sales activities across dealers, distributors, national accounts, and retail.

Sasan Vossoughi, VP Information Technology

Mr. Vossoughi brings more than 20 years of technical leadership to EchoFirst. The depth and breadth of his experience spans from large corporate IT organizations, such as Cisco systems, to his own mobile software start-up. Prior to EchoFirst he managed Web IT and ECM practice at SunPower. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from California State University, Chico.

Anish Shah, Controller

Anish brings nearly 15 years of financial operations and management experience to EchoFirst. Anish was previously employed by SunPower Corporation, where he most recently served as Controller of $1B business unit. Prior to SunPower, Anish was Manager, Risk Advisory Services at KPMG, LLP. Anish is a Chartered Accountant (India) and holds an MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University.