Paramount Solar – Executive Team
Paramount Solar’s owners and executive team members are passionate about providing simple, affordable energy solutions for our customers. Our mission to build a great business with people committed to going the extra mile to save their neighbors money, which has led Paramount Solar to where it is today.
As a team, Paramount Solar’s employees are dedicated to world class service and professionalism. Our goal is simple, to make a positive impact in the lives of our customers, our local communities, and our environment.
Hayes Barnard – Chief Executive Officer
Hayes founded Paramount Equity with a passion to build great businesses with selfless people who are committed to saving their neighbors money. The first division of the company, Paramount Equity Mortgage, was founded in 2003 and quickly grew to over 300 employees serving customers in six states. – show more –
Michele Magee – Chief Marketing Officer
Michele joined the Paramount Equity team in 2005 as the company’s VP of Marketing where she built an in-house advertising agency. In addition to buying radio advertising in as many as 17 cities with nearly 185 radio stations at a given time, she and her team have established the company as a very successful new media advertiser utilizing search, content and lead generation strategies. -- show more --
The team has also produced TV campaigns, automated marketing systems, and various branding packages for Paramount Equity’s new entities. She was responsible for implementing database technologies and building Paramount Equity’s in-house telemarketing department. She also handles all public relations initiatives and event management projects.
In 2006 and 2007, Michele added direct responsibility for the Human Resources, Asset Management, Business System/IT, Administrative Service, Recruitment, and Legal departments. In 2008, she launched the Home First sales divisions which serve the changing needs of the company’s past customers.
Prior to joining the Paramount Equity team, Michele worked in radio sales and station management capacities for EZ Communications, American Radio Systems, and Infinity Broadcasting over a 15-year period. She’s owned two companies, including a chain of five retail franchise locations and a magazine publishing company. Michele graduated from the University of the Pacific with a BS in Business Administration and Marketing.
Oliver Koch – Chief Operating Officer
Oliver Koch joined Paramount Equity as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Oliver moved his family from Australia to be a part of the Paramount Equity team as he shares his passion for excellence in customer service with this growing company. -- show more --
Oliver brings a wealth of business knowledge to Paramount and will drive the national expansion of their solar, mortgage and insurance divisions. Oliver has an extensive background in international business operations and management. He started his career at Bertelsmann Group, a multinational outsourcing and media corporation where he spent almost 10 years in a number of strategic roles in different subsidiaries including, Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, and CEO & President. Oliver was instrumental in improving processes throughout Bertelsmann, including, overall customer service satisfaction, call center improvements, implementation of large scale logistics projects, restructuring, productivity increase by leveraging state of the art technology and IT. Oliver is a graduate of the University of Munster and alumni of Harvard Business School through the Advance Management Program. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Oliver, his wife, and their daughter currently live in Roseville, California.
Todd Lindstrom – Senior Vice President of Operations
Todd Lindstrom joined Paramount Solar in February 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Sales. Todd has an extensive background in solar management, sales and design. Todd started his career in the solar industry as Vice President of Sales at Electric & Gas Industries Association. -- show more --
Todd managed a national team that specialized in promoting energy-efficient behaviors with contractors and utilities. At the beginning of the solar boom in California, he served as Vice President of Sales at Sun Power & Geothermal Energy, Inc. There he developed and installed over 5 MW of commercial projects and managed and developed the sales and financing teams. In addition, Todd was a founding executive for Solar Power, Inc. and served as Senior Vice President of this commercial solar company. He was als the President of their residential division, Yes! Solar Solutions. Todd was a key contributor to the development and manufacturing of solar modules and racking systems for their commercial, residential and utility projects.
This included sales to the Staples Center, Cox Communications, GenCorp/Aerojet Corporation, Raley’s, Fox News Corp, and numerous public agencies throughout the west coast. Most recently, Todd served as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Sharp Electronics Corporation. Todd was responsible for the development, implementation and management of their new sales and marketing strategy.
Todd works out of the Paramount Solar corporate headquarters in Granite Bay, but lives in Auburn with his wife Peggy. Todd enjoys working with economic development agencies that promote the greater Sacramento region including Sacramento Chamber, SACTO, Los Rios and more.
Paul Stephan – Vice President of Sales
Paul has more than 15 years of senior sales and management experience in both the solar and mortgage industries. On the mortgage side, Paul held key roles at Providian Financial, Citigroup, and Countrywide Home Loans. Paul also worked in management and operations at Paramount Equity for four years in various leadership roles including, VP of Mortgage Operations and VP of Branch Sales Operations. -- show more --
Paul’s success on the mortgage side of the business landed him a key role in launching Paramount Solar in 2009. Paul served as Director of Solar Sales with this division until his family was relocated to the bay area in early 2011. While in the bay area, he served as Vice President of Sales for One Block off the Grid. Paul returned to Paramount Solar in early 2012 as Vice President of Sales and is now in charge of the sales leadership, development and training of Paramount Solar’s expanding sales team.
Paul received his Bachelors of Science degree from California State University Sacramento where he graduated with honors. Paul is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys mountain climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking. He and his wife Diana live in Roseville with their two children.