We are pleased to announce Azat Samuratkyzy joins Council Rock as a Project Manager.
Azat holds BA in Simultaneous Interpretation and BA in Economics and Business. She earned a MBA with a concentration in Project Management from Rochester Institute of Technology under the Fulbright Scholarship Program. Last summer, Azat did her co-op at Council Rock as a Business Development Intern. She assisted the team with the launch of the new product line, and its marketing, and with the establishment of our Denver office. Prior to Council Rock, Azat coordinated some enterprise development projects for the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Her experience in business development, consulting, and customer relationship management will be an asset to the team. Please help us welcome Azat!
We are excited to announce the hiring of our newest team member: Aaron Bailey joining us as a Senior Mechanical Engineer.
Aaron brings 10 years of wide-ranging experience to Council Rock, having worked in a variety of industries, from fuel cells, to automotive, rail transit, and aerospace and defense. He has worked on projects involving comprehensive test programs for equipment, research and development of new products, as well as the development of work instructions and tooling for composite structures. Aaron holds a BS in mechanical engineering from RIT.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also plays the violin as a member of the RIT and Brighton orchestras.
We are delighted to welcome Aaron to the Council Rock team!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Start-up Building Affordable Solar Generators in Puerto Rico, Partners with Rochester Non-Profit, PathStone
[Rochester, NY – March 26, 2018] Council Rock Enterprises LLC has launched a subsidiary brand, inverSOL to address the energy crisis faced by Puerto Rican residents following Hurricane Maria. inverSOL’s product line focuses on portable solar generators at affordable prices—every purchase includes complimentary delivery and training by local, Puerto Rican technicians.
David Rodriguez, President & CEO of Council Rock, is of Puerto Rican descent and regularly visits his family living on the island. He was shocked by how many people were still relying on gasoline generators to power basic appliances when he returned in December 2017.
“This project comes from a personal experience. After Hurricane Maria, I was on the Island to see my family and help them as much as I could. I was very concerned to see how my uncle – an older man – had a generator inside his home because he was afraid it might get stolen. It was not only the danger of the gases, but the concern that he was handling fuel, and where he could store it safely.” –David Rodriguez, Council Rock Enterprises, LLC. President & CEO
inverSOL units are the safe, environmentally-friendly alternative to gas-powered generators. They provide residential homes with enough electricity to power basic appliances in emergency situations. The main competitive advantage is that inverSOL’s sales, manufacturing, and customer service will be handled locally in Puerto Rico. Local production will create jobs and help support the Puerto Rican economy, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria. Furthermore, manufacturing the units in Puerto Rico eliminates international shipping fees charged by market competitors.
inverSOL is partnering with PathStone, a Rochester, New York non-profit with “boots on the ground” in Puerto Rico for over 25 years. PathStone will provide loan capital financing assistance through their PathStone Enterprise Center which is a CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) as well as job training and placement services for approximately 40 employees who will be hired by inverSOL. These jobs will be filled by unemployed farmworkers living in communities served by PathStone. In addition, PathStone and InverSOL are launching a fundraising campaign to solicit individual and corporate donations to provide assistance to reduce the cost (more information on inverSOL units) of the solar generators for eligible families who cannot afford the full price. Charitable donations to the fund can be made online through PathStone.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership with David and his team at Council Rock/inverSOL. David is all in with his extraordinary expertise in the alternative energy arena, his risk-taking entrepreneurial spirit and his insatiable love for the people of Puerto Rico. inverSol and PathStone share a common goal of bringing a much-needed, affordable and safe energy resource to low income families struggling to recover from the hurricane.” – Stuart J Mitchell, PathStone President & CEO
The vision of inverSOL is to bring power back to the people, both literally and metaphorically. Building a manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico staffed by Puerto Ricans will allow those people whose livelihood was destroyed by the hurricane to earn incomes again.
A recent New York Times article mentioned inverSOL, excerpt below.
“The power failure interrupted a meeting that David Rodriguez was having in Caguas to discuss plans for a new business involving the sale of solar-powered generators.
Mr. Rodriguez, who was born in Puerto Rico and runs a telecommunications engineering firm in Rochester, N.Y., returned to the island in December to visit family. He was alarmed to find his uncle living with a gasoline-powered generator running inside the house — a serious health risk. His uncle said he was keeping the generator indoors because he was afraid it might be stolen if it was outside.
That experience led Mr. Rodriguez to start a company, InverSol, to make small solar generators that can be installed on roofs and provide at least some power during blackouts. The company eventually could employ up to 70 people and produce up to 7,000 generators a year for $2,000 each.
“We want to get some basic humanity back,” Mr. Rodriguez said.
One challenge, however, has been finding an undamaged location that can be quickly converted into a factory. He is working with PathStone to hire former farmworkers who have experience using heavy equipment.”
ABOUT COUNCIL ROCK
Council Rock, founded in 2009 by seasoned wireless industry engineers and executives, is a full-service telecommunications engineering company, delivering world-class products & services for Smart Grid Communications. www.council-rock.com
PathStone, a Rochester New York based not-for-profit created in 1969, works in seven states and Puerto Rico and provide services in five primary arenas; workforce development, health & education programs, emergency support, affordable housing & counseling and economic development. For more information about PathStone and its programs, please visit the website at www.PathStone.org.
Awilda Caez, inverSOL
Director of Marketing
Lucy Cook, PathStone
Director of Development & Communications
Council Rock Launches Subsidiary Brand, inverSOL,
offering solar-powered generators built in Puerto Rico
[ROCHESTER, NY, March 5, 2018] We at Council Rock are thrilled to announce the launch of inverSOL, a subsidiary of Council Rock Enterprises, LLC. Created to address the energy crisis faced by residents in Puerto Rico, inverSOL’s product line focuses on portable solar generators at affordable prices.
The main competitive advantage is that inverSOL’s sales, manufacturing, and customer service will be handled locally in Puerto Rico. Local production will create jobs and help support the Puerto Rican economy, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria. Furthermore, manufacturing the units in Puerto Rico eliminates international shipping fees charged by current market offerings.
inverSOL units are an alternative to gas-powered generators to provide residential homes with enough electricity to power basic appliances. The solar-powered generators are the safe and environmentally-friendly solution to getting emergency power.
ABOUT COUNCIL ROCK
Council Rock, founded in 2009 by seasoned wireless industry engineers and executives, is a full-service telecommunications engineering company, delivering world-class products & services for Smart Grid Communications.
Awilda Caez, inverSOL
Director of Marketing
We are pleased to announce Sarah Spoto joins the Council Rock family as a Senior Accountant.
Sarah graduated from Nazareth College with a B.S. in Accounting. After graduating she became a licensed CPA. Her professional background includes public accounting, working as an auditor, and some manufacturing experience. She brings a broad range of accounting experience and knowledge to the team.
Welcome Sarah—we are excited to have you join our team!
Council Rock will be at the annual DistribuTECH conference and exhibition. DistribuTECH is a vital conference for utilities to network and conduct business. Last year, 326 utilities providers and over 13,500 individuals from 77 countries attended.
This year the conference runs from January 23 to 25th in San Antonio, Texas. Swing by booth 3108 to learn more about our products and services. Plus, one lucky person will win a Nest Learning Thermostat, so make sure to have your business card handy!
See you there!
We are pleased to announce three new additions to the Council Rock family: Michael Aina joins us as a RF Field Technician, Chris Leonard also joins as a RF Field Technician, and Jennifer Ostromecki is our Marketing Associate.
Michael brings a wealth of experience related to communication networks integration. He has held engineering and technician positions in an array of related fields including utilities, computer security, and telecommunications. Mike’s knowledge in developing private networks and WiMax infrastructure will be a welcome addition to the team.
Chris joins us with extensive experience related to two-way radio communications and wireless network integration. He was previously involved in NYSEG’s statewide Smart Grid Project. His knowledge and experience in private network infrastructure will be an asset to our growing team.
Jennifer joins us with experience in marketing and branding. She has a MSc in Branding from the University of East Anglia and a BA from the University of Rochester. Jennifer will help grow our online presence in social media as well as fine-tune Council Rock’s communications both online and in print. Her expertise in branding will ensure consistency as the company continues to expand and introduce new products.
Please help us welcome Michael, Chris, and Jennifer to our group of dedicated professionals!
We are pleased to announce our newest team member: Sachin Rajathadri joins us as an RF Field Engineer.
Sachin is a recent graduate of RIT’s Electrical Engineering program. He has most recently interned as an RF Engineer with Process Control and Instrumentation LLC, where he helped plan, implement, upgrade, test and optimize the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s SCADA Radio Network. He brings his experience in microwave circuit design & testing and a background in Electromagnetics to our engineering organization.
Please join us in welcoming Sachin to the Council Rock team!
We are pleased to announce our newest team member: Colin O’Neill has joined us as a Research and Development Engineer.
Colin is a recent graduate of RIT’s Software Engineering program. He has a wide range of programming experience including full-stack web development and developing for embedded systems. He also enjoys 3D printing and rapid prototyping.
We are excited to welcome Colin to Council Rock!