Meet The Team

We Are Experienced. We Are Passionate. We are American Engineering Group.

AEG isn’t just a company; it’s a business filled with people who value quality, knowledge and innovation. Our shared vision is inspired by a passion for enhancing the lives of people all around the world. As such, our team is proud to provide innovative solar products, advanced industrial technologies and the best customer service possible to our clients and partners around the globe.

James T. “Tod” Skinner, President, AEG International

Tod is a well-experienced executive with a background ranging from information technology to financial stewardship. He has experience in many facets of business and provides a great deal of knowledge in business development. His direction and business insight drives the team to succeed. Having visited the African continent now ten times since 2014 including the countries of Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Angola, Rwanda and DRC, Tod has first hand knowledge of the need in Africa for high-quality, American engineered solutions for electricity and clean water. He works daily to focus the AEG team on delivering on those needs.

John Mashaka, Executive Director, AEG, Ltd.

John is responsible for providing direction to AEG, Ltd. associates, working with the team to develop business opportunities, and overseeing tactical details to ensure profitable business growth.


Chad Whittaker, Research and Design Engineer, Hyde Park Partners

Chad is an Electrical Engineer with a strong background in electrical hardware design. He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and spent many years working for Rockwell Automation designing hardware for I/O modules and PLCs. His experience gives us the ability to design and test printed circuit boards in-house for various applications, including the Firefly family of products.

Daniel Anagho, AEG Contractor

Daniel has over 15 years experience in strategic management consulting, investments, project development and finance in Africa. During this time, Daniel’s provided market entry strategy development for Multi-National Corporations like L3, Marriott, ADM for their expansion into Africa.

Daniel’s role at AEG is to provide project development and finance for expanding AEG’s business opportunities in Africa.

Scott Draffin, VP of Engineering, Hyde Park Partners

Scott is an engineering professional with a passion for new product development. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics from the College of Charleston, as well as a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. He also received his MBA from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in international business. Scott is responsible for the designs behind Firefly.

Anne Woody, CFO, Hyde Park Partners

Anne manages the financial planning and oversight for AEG, Ltd. She earned a Master of Accounting degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA degree from Indiana University. She is a licensed CPA. She has been an Associate of Hyde Park Partners for 22 years and enjoys working with the AEG team. She has traveled several times to Tanzania to train AEG Associates and to participate in the goodwill efforts related to solar powered wells and Firefly.

Michele Delarber, Controller, Hyde Park Partners

Michele is responsible for cash management and financial reporting.

Linda Gardner, Director of Program Management, Hyde Park Partners

Linda’s background is in Information Technology and Project Management. She facilitates the development of processes to effectively meet the requirements of our customers and partners, advises on the efficient use of resources, and ensures that the different interests of all those involved are satisfied. She has been as associate of Hyde Park Partners for 25 years and brings those years of experience to the benefit of AEG.

Garry Reed, Director of Procurement, Hyde Park Partners

Garry is responsible for the procurement of product for store replenishment and custom order fulfillment. He brings 31 years of experience with Hyde Park Partners to the support of AEG. Garry also helps with ERP system training and inventory management best practices.

Shane Rounds, Warehouse Manager, Livingston & Haven

Shane prepares product for shipment to Tanzania. Shane also supports In-Country Operations Manager with warehouse management good practices.


Jamie Blackburn, Strategic Pricing Manager, Hyde Park Partners

Jamie is responsible for working with Executive Director, Executive VP of Global Engineering, Global ISG Product Manager, and In-Country Operations Manager to establish pricing architecture.