San Diego-based Cannon Power Group has been an independent leader and pioneer in the renewable energy industry since 1979. The company has set a course of success in the United States and around the globe in developing, constructing, operating, and maintaining utility-scale wind energy projects resulting in abundant, affordable, and environmentally conscious power.
Driven by a knowledgeable, agile team of professionals, Cannon’s dedication to the renewable energy industry has yielded more than 30 major projects with a capacity of 4,150 MW around the world.
Cannon is co-owned by Gerald Monkhouse and Gary S. Hardke.
Mr. Monkhouse founded the Cannon organization in 1979, and has been involved in wind energy development ever since. In 2011, he also founded a separate Mexico-based company, Mexico Power Group, to develop projects throughout the country of Mexico. Mr. Monkhouse was educated at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He resides in Mexico.
Gary S. Hardke
PRESIDENT/MANAGING DIRECTOR (PRINCIPAL)
Mr. Hardke is the President/Managing Director of Cannon. His background in the renewable energy industry began in 1982 as Cannon’s principal legal counsel. He has been President/Managing Director and principal in Cannon for over fifteen years. He holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Hardke is based in San Diego, California.
OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Reinhardt has over 20 years experience in the wind industry in project operations and project management, turbine installation and commissioning, and development. Prior to joining Cannon, Mr. Reinhardt held management positions with Shell WindEnergy, Mitsubishi, and SeaWest WindPower. Mr. Reinhardt is based in Goldendale, Washington and San Diego, California.
Mr. Blyth is a graduate of the University of South Africa. Prior to joining the Cannon’s organization, Mr. Blyth had over five years experience with Shell WindEnergy in the United States and The Netherlands in finance, accounting, operational management systems, contract negotiations and project and transaction structuring. Mr. Blyth joined Cannon in November 2008 as the Mexico Finance Director located in Tijuana, Mexico and subsequently moved to take up the role of the US Finance Director in October 2010 located in San Diego, California.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Zlotnik rejoined Cannon as Accounting and Administrative Manager in 2002 after working more than ten years in the health care and motion picture industries. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Champaign. Mr. Zlotnik is based in San Diego, California.
Mr. Kerr completed his B.S. in Accounting from William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. His diverse work experience includes management positions in Manufacturing, Hospitality, Construction and Public Safety. He brings a background in energy production via a developer of coal fired turbine co-generation facilities. Mr. Kerr is based in San Diego, California.
MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Mr. Hardke joined Cannon’s development group as a Development Associate in 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado (Boulder). He is based in San Diego, California.
ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER (WASHINGTON)
Mr. Cook joined Cannon’s operational team in October, 2009 and is located in Cannon’s Goldendale, Washington office. He has over 20 years experience in the wind industry and in various wind technology and management positions.
WASHINGTON ASSET MANAGER
Ms. Olsen joined Cannon in March 2008 and is located in Cannon’s Goldendale, WA office. Ms. Olsen comes to us with over 4 years experience in various project management, and business administration positions in the retail and contractor industry. Currently she is pursing a Small Business Management degree.
Ms. Olsen joined our team on the Windy Point/Flats project in June of 2008 as an office assistant and subsequently was offered a job at the project site as a construction administrator. Her past job experiences include 4 years with the Washington State Park system in a variety of positions.
SERVICE MANAGER (WASHINGTON)
Mr. Smith joined Cannon Power services in 2012 as a service manager in Cannon’s Goldendale, Washington office. Prior to joining Cannon, he was Plant Manager of a large-scale wind project in Oklahoma and also had a number of positions with Siemens Energy Inc. in the area of wind turbine maintenance and service.