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Ray Johnson | President & Founder US Solar Institute, President USSolar & Florida Solar One

Ray is the Founder and President of The US Solar Institute (a Certified Florida Department of Education Licensed Institute), USSolar and Solar One (Florida Certified Solar Contractor).  Ray holds licenses in mechanical engineering, solar contracting, continuing education instruction, real estate & real estate appraising. He is a Certified UL PV Installer and Master Instructor, a professional colleague of the National Science Foundation, a member of the US Green Building Council, Green Mechanical Council, American Solar Energy Society, International Solar Energy Society, American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers and a past President of the Society of Automotive Engineers while attending Ohio State University.

Ray is the Master Trainer for US Solar Institute and UL University and known as an enthusiastic and dynamic engineering minded instructor who brings the best out of students regardless of their background, education and capabilities.

Ray has been involved in large building construction, design and programming for 20 years. His portfolio includes over $1 billion, designing professionally engineered building systems such as: commercial, industrial and institutional hydronic air conditioning, advanced building automation control systems, detailed energy audits with performance contracting solutions, financing, retail development, photovoltaic power production, distribution, training and commissioning, domestic solar thermal system installation and performance contracting.

Projects include: CNN Headquarters, TBS studios, Duracell Battery, Coca Cola, UPS, Miami International Airport, Quad Graphics, Print Pak, Mayo Clinic, Broward Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, Palms West Hospital, Ave Maria University, 1996 Atlanta Olympic games (all construction), Georgia Tech’s aquatics center (solar and thermal), West Point Stevens (16 locations), .


Ray received a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Economics from the Ohio State University.

Joe Cataldo

Joe Cataldo | VP of Distribution

Joe is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Micro-electric Fabrication, Photonics, and Power Electronics.  A feat accomplished in 3 short years of this rigorous 5 year program.

Joe is the author of the popular PV101 online course as well as a leading instructor of PV201, A USREE Certified Solar Specialist and a USSolar Certified PV Installer.

Joe responsible for the analysis and recommendation of various PV components and power electronics for USSolar and Florida Solar One projects. In his first year at USSolar he developed impressive off grid systems for both NASA at Cape Canaveral and the US Naval Base in Key West, Florida.

Scott Messing | VP of Business Development | Board of Directors

Mark Ode - Underwrtiters Laboratories

Mark C Ode | Board of Advisors | 25 year NEC Code Panelist | Master UL Electrical and PV Code Instructor

Mark C. Ode, Senior Engineering Instructor at the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina UL University for two years and a former member of UL’s Regulatory Services Department for ten years, and was a Senior Electrical Specialist for the National Fire Protection Association.

He is a former staff liaison and secretary to the NFPA Electrical Equipment in Chemical Atmospheres Committee. He was the Executive Secretary for the NFPA Electrical Section and editor of the Electrical Section news bulletin, Current Flashes.

Prior to joining NFPA, Mr. Ode worked for over 27 years as a licensed electrician and a licensed electrical contractor. He was a licensed electrician in the State of Massachusetts. He has taught the National Electrical Code throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He also taught the NEC for 10 years at Maricopa County Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.

He is certified for electrical inspection for one and two family dwellings, general electrical installations, and for electrical plan review by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), and is certified as a general electrical inspector by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO).

He is certified as an electrical instructor for the States of Wyoming, New Jersey, North Carolina, Michigan, and Massachusetts, as well as others. He was Vice-President of Field Operations for an engineering firm for two years and was President of Ode Electric for 15 years. He has been an electrical code columnist for Electrical Contractor magazine since January of 2000.

He was a principle member of NEC Panel 20 for the 1990 NEC. He was an alternate member of NEC Panel 3 for the 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011 NEC and was principle member of Panel 4 for the 2002, 2005, 2008 NEC. He is a principle member of Panel 13 for the 2011 NEC. He was an alternate on the NEC Technical Correlating Committee for the 2005 and 2008 NEC and is an alternate member of the NEC TCC for the 2011 NEC. He has been a member of IAEI since September 15, 1975.

Meghan Gallagher | Executive Assistant

Meghan joined USSolar Institute in 2012 and is active in the day to day operations of the college and companies.  Meghan is a Fort Lauderdale native who enjoys the year round sunshine, water sports and the culture of South Florida.

Zach Pierce | Regional Sales Manager, Caribbean

Carlos Arenas | Latin America Account & Marketing Manager

Dave Rice PE | Senior Professional Electrical Engineer

Phoenix aka Solar Dog One

Pheonix | Our Beloved Mascot

The best dog one has ever known or heard about.  In 2009 during The Annual Conch Republic Days Parade Phoenix was Proclaimed The Honorary Vice President of the Republic.  He likes people, loves solar and afternoon drinks at The Schooner Wharf where he remains memorialized. We will forever miss and love you, best friend!