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Our Team

Michael Zuritis
President

Michael Zuritis is Head of Product Development and Administration for Solar Foundations USA. With extensive experience in helical pile installation, residential and commercial construction and power plant engineering operations, Michael brings a wealth of practical knowledge and problem-solving abilities to each project. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Program, following which he worked at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Prototype Operations as a Shift Supervisor and then in Facilities Construction, where he was responsible for the execution of site modifications and renovation.

Michael has designed and engineered many of Solar Foundations' unique components based on his practical experience in the field installing over 2,800 systems.

     

Paul Lapinski
Vice President

Paul Lapinski is both Head of Manufacturing Logistics and oversees Solar Foundations’ Training and Qualification Program for installation crews. He has years of experience in helical pile installation working with Michael Zuritis. After graduating from Temple University, Paul began work in various Production Management positions involving budget control, scheduling, and operations crew management. Prior to founding SFUSA with partner Michael Zuritis, Paul also worked as a Project Consultant for Artec Associates, specializing in the construction of major performing arts venues around the world.

Paul supervises the qualification program for the installers and provides final certification for the crews. He measures program delivery quality, which ensures continuous improvement, maintenance and modification for the training program in order to maintain pace with business growth. Paul is responsible for ensuring every SFUSA crew member can consistently provide the best in class service on every solar array installed.

     

James Douglas
Director of Engineering

James Douglas is the Director of Engineering for Solar Foundations USA. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering both from Cornell University, James has previous work experience as a Structural Engineer for a NY based AE Firm and as a Project Lead and acting Facilities Design Engineering Manager for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. He is currently a licensed engineer in 18 states primarily along the east coast.

James is responsible for ensuring every solar array design conforms to each state’s Building Code requirements and remains within the tested design parameters of each solar component. With over 6 years of designing solar arrays, James oversees an Engineering Department that provides complete engineering services with a focus on working with customers to achieve the best value and lowest possible cost per watt basis for each customer’s unique needs.

James oversees every project from beginning to end, including project scheduling, selecting, supervising and deploying the installation teams and the appropriate materials for each job. He works with each crew to make sure every job is handled quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively regardless of project conditions.

 

Meghan Matrazzo
Communications Director & Project Coordinator

Meghan Matrazzo is the Communications Director for Solar Foundations USA. She is a graduate of the University at Albany with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis on Marketing and Management. Meghan began her marketing career at Akullian Creative Enterprises in Albany, NY, working with various clients from dental to IT companies developing brand awareness initiatives, creating print and digital advertisements and executing content marketing strategies.

Meghan is responsible for implementing B2B marketing plans, administering SEO, managing media relations outreach and developing internal publications. She also assists and supports the Engineering Department in developing project designs, communicating with clients to keep them informed about project progress and ensuring timely completion of project installation reports and documentation.

     

John Bollentin
Project Coordinator & Assistant Designer

John Bollentin is a Project Coordinator and Assistant Designer for Solar Foundations USA. John holds an A.A.S. in Architectural Design and comes to us with years of experience in the field of architecture. John’s proficiency in project management, coordination, and design is a natural fit within the SFUSA team. John has vast experience with both our manufacturing and installation processes which is an asset when it comes to planning and coordinating our projects.  He also has spent years as a professional photographer and has photographed many of our projects and products.  

John is responsible for working with clients to develop standard and custom project designs, drafting for the Engineering Department, and coordinating with clients to ensure a smooth process from start to finish.

     

Devin Paris
Director of Sales

Devin is the Director of Sales for Solar Foundations USA. Devin holds a B.A. in Economics from California State University San Bernardino and has been involved in the solar industry for a decade. Devin has worked in various management positions for some of the largest regional solar installers along the east coast. Prior to joining SFUSA, Devin worked for a different racking manufacturing company bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Solar Foundations. His ongoing commitment to understanding and meeting the needs of solar installers, providing clients with the best in class product and focusing on client relationships will help continue our growth across the region.

Devin oversees the day to day sales operations and activities. He is charged with making new connections with solar installers as well as maintaining long-lasting customer relationships to help meet your company’s ground mount needs.

     

Lisa French, CPA
Controller

Lisa French is the Controller for Solar Foundations USA. She is a graduate of Siena College with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis in Accounting. Lisa began her career in public accounting at an accounting firm in Albany, NY with a concentration in the construction and manufacturing industries. This is also when she acquired her Certified Public Accountant license. Lisa furthered her career as an accounting manager with a large, multi-state construction company. From there she pursued her career as a self-employed CPA servicing various companies and individuals with accounting and tax related matters.

Lisa worked with Solar Foundations USA as a consultant for six years prior to coming on-board to head up the Accounting Department. Lisa maintains all areas of accounting for construction, manufacturing and tax aspects for the Company. This includes the establishment and maintenance of cost basis calculations and analysis with an overall review of performance on jobs.

 

Sean Hnath
Product Design Engineer

Sean Hnath is the Production and Equipment Design Engineer for Solar Foundations USA. He is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Sean has experience in manufacturing techniques through his internship with Apex Tool Group, wiring and coding through his internship with Pritchett Controls, and Design work through his internship with Henry Molded Products.

Sean is responsible for researching and developing ideas and processes for new products, improvements upon the performance and design of existing products, and overseeing production of final products. He is also in charge of providing support for manufacturing equipment and field/mobile equipment.

     

Catelyn Linendoll
Assistant Project Coordinator

Catelyn Linendoll is the Assistant Project Coordinator and Marketer for Solar Foundations USA. She is a graduate of the University of New York at Plattsburgh with a B.S. in Business Administrations, Supply Chain Minor, and a Digital Marketing certification. Catelyn developed project coordination skills through her previous job as an automotive technician and team leader.

Catelyn is responsible for assisting in developing project designs, managing the project database, and ensuring timely completion of project installation reports and filing of project completion documentation. Catelyn also assists in posting online content on the company’s website and social media accounts.

     

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