SAN DIEGO, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Renovate America founding CEO JP McNeill today announced he and the Board have named 40-year financial services industry leader Roy Guthrie to succeed him as CEO, rounding out a new leadership team for the nation's leading energy efficiency and renewable energy home improvement financing platform. McNeill will move into a long-term strategy role, becoming Vice Chair of the company's Board of Directors.
"We set out nine years ago to give homeowners and contractors an attractive new way to pay for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects," said McNeill. "We have very intentionally put in place a strong team with vision and integrity and built a responsible path for the national expansion of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. As we continue to grow our network of quality home improvement contractors using both the newly-redesigned HERO PACE product and Benji financing, Roy Guthrie will bring to our team almost four decades' experience and a sterling reputation as a financial services leader."
"I look forward to continuing Renovate America's commitment to improving home improvement," new CEO Roy Guthrie said. "I have been a CEO, a CFO, and served on the boards of leading companies in the consumer finance industry for almost 40 years, and I can tell you: the strongest, most successful companies are the ones that ask tough questions, consistently review how they deliver for customers, and have the foresight to make changes. Once again today, Renovate America is that company."
Born in California a decade ago, PACE is an innovative financing mechanism that empowers homeowners to make energy, efficiency and storm resiliency upgrades to their properties and pay back the financing over time through an additional, voluntary line item on their property taxes. Since its inception, homeowners have used Renovate America's PACE financing to improve more than 105,000 properties in California, Florida and Missouri.
McNeill also announced:
The changes in leadership round out a series of strategic steps taken over the past two years by Renovate America, including:
About Roy Guthrie
Roy A. Guthrie, Chairman of the executive committee of Renovate America's Board of Directors, brings almost 40 years of experience in the consumer financial services industry to the role of CEO of Renovate America. Roy also serves on the Board of Directors for several companies, including Synchrony Financial, a $90 billion asset holding company; Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, Inc., an originator and servicer of real estate mortgage loans; and OneMain Holdings, Inc., a financial services company. He previously served as chairman of the board of LifeLock prior to its sale earlier this year, and as a board member of Discover Bank. At Discover Financial Services, Inc., Roy served as CFO and EVP from 2005 through 2011. Prior, he served as President and CEO of various businesses of Citigroup Inc., including CitiFinancial International from 2000 to 2004 and CitiCapital from 2000 to 2001. He also served in various roles of increasing responsibility at Associates First Capital Corporation over a 22-year period from April 1978 to September 2000. Roy earned a B.A. in Economics from Hanover College and an M.B.A. from Drake University.
About Renovate America
Renovate America offers a tech-enabled financing platform for home improvements that empowers communities to modernize and make their housing stock more efficient, while giving small businesses the tools they need to grow. In addition to financing home improvements through an unsecured lending product, Benji, Renovate America offers communities HERO financing. HERO is the leading residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in the U.S. and has been used by over 105,000 homes to make energy and efficiency improvements. It is estimated that HERO is on track to save billions of dollars in energy and water bills, and has created over 20,000 local trade jobs that cannot be offshored or automated. Renovate America has built the world's largest green bond platform, with a volume of originations that enables securitization of HERO PACE bonds multiple times a year, attracting international investment to meet U.S. clean-energy objectives.
SOURCE Renovate America
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