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 seven times since Q1 of 2014 including the countries of Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Angola 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.

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Paresh Vasa, VP Sales & Product Support, AEG International

Paresh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UNCC. His most recent accomplishments includes development of new Business in various parts of Africa, Latin Americas & USA. We feel that his skills & experience in area of Renewable & Sustainable energy are going to be key in helping AEG continue to move forward with its new initiatives. Paresh has successfully managed numerous commercial and industrial projects encompassing various industries, including telecommunications, nuclear & renewable energy. Paresh has managed delivery and client relationship of multiple Solar Projects Ranging from 50KW DC to 5 MW DC from planning stage to completion, meeting professional standards, schedule and budget.

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.

John Swann, Global Sales Engineer, AEG International.

John is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. He provides engineering support to the various countries where AEG has a presence. John has also coordinated and supervised over 130 kilowatts of solar installations, including a 45 kilowatt system in Nigeria and a 21 kilowatt system in rural Tanzania.

John Colbert, VP Global Business Development & Services, AEG International

After graduating with an International Business degree, John began his career on the import side for a large national retail chain. A move to North Carolina lead to a shift in focus; from retail importing to exporting for Sumitomo Electric, one of the world’s largest multi-national manufacturers. With almost 30 years of experience, John is a professional with a wide range of international business skills and has worked in multiple facets of global business. While much of his experience is in logistics, John has added Global Business Development to his skill set. He currently is heading the effort to establish, and grow, AEG in Kenya.

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.

Kate Zimmerman, Creative Marketing Manager, Hyde Park Partners

Kate optimizes sales results through marketing support.

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.

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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.