Suntricity is an award-winning company based in Pacific Palisades, California
that designs and installs solar electric systems in residential and commercial
buildings. The company was founded by highly experienced engineering and construction
professionals who share a deep personal commitment to the development of alternative
and clean energy for our planet.
Joyce Brunelle, President and co-founder of Suntricity Inc., combines
nearly a quarter century of experience in the construction industry and development
with a deep concern for the environment and a passion to promote meaningful
solutions to helping to address our energy and environmental problems.
Prior to the launch of Suntricity, Ms. Brunelle was a principal in Brunelle
Construction Group Inc.and has extensive experience in the construction contract
administration, project scheduling, employee relations and marketing. Ms. Brunelle
also was responsible for entitlement and permitting on a number of real estate
new tract development projects on the West side of Los Angeles with a combined
total of $50 million dollars.
In addition to her professional background in real estate and construction,
Ms. Brunelle has been active in a wide range of community organizations. She
serves on the boards of the local Public Safety Commission and the Community
Counsel, and is a member of the board of the Palisades Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Brunelle is often asked to speak about solar power before business and community
Ms. Brunelle previously worked as a political fund raiser and began her career
as a school teacher. She holds a Masterís degree from the University of Southern
California, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whittier College.
T. Brunelle, BS EE
Michael Brunelle COO and co-founder of Suntricity has 30 years of experience
as CEO of Brunelle Construction Group Inc. Brunelleís experience runs the gamut
of overseeing the construction of hotels, theaters, buildings, including The
Ritz Carlton Hotels, The Beverly Hills Hotel, The BelAir Hotel, The Riviera
Country Club , projects through out France, Spain , England and recently the
completion of a new $27,000,000 housing subdivisions in Pacific Palisades CA.
Suntricity has allowed him to combine his passion for saving and protecting
the environment with his skills as an electrical engineer. He has successfully
designed and engineered many commercial properties employing the newest in Green
As an builder and engineer who has a passion for saving and protecting the
environment he has stated that attitude starts at the top and holds that we
are only stewards on this planet that everyone is responsible to leave it a
little better for our children. He holds several California Licenses including
C-10 Electrical Contractors license a B-1 General Contractors license plus the
C-46 Solar Contractors license. For the last 30 years he has designed, built
and constructed multi million dollar buildings and homes around the world and
the Los Angeles area where Suntricity is based. He specializes in Renewable
energy, energy conservation and new lighting techniques. Michael is a MIES (member
of the illuminating engineerís society) a member of the Union of Concerned Scientist
and is a graduate of UCLA School of Engineering.
Emil K. Kalil, Ph.D.
Emil is CEO of Suntricity and a Geochemist who considers himself an Earth Doctor.
He has developed techniques for measuring the pollution off the California coast,
plus studied paleo climate change and oceanography. As an environmentalist,
his goal is to reduce, reuse and conserve our natural resources. He is a graduate
of UCLA with degrees in Chemistry and Geochemistry.
Shulman - Director of Sales
Currently as Director of Sales for Suntricity, he heads marketing and brand
identity for getting solar installed in the Southern California area. His 23
years of sales and public relations experience has increased his contact base
in both the commercial and residential industries. As Director of Sales, Mariano
Shulman continues to provide the communities he services with the utmost care,
satisfaction and enthusiasm. Mariano believes that good business starts with
good products and an honest perspective of the possibilities for the customer.
In 1999, Mariano Shulman founded Art Mural Studios, Inc.. As Sales and Creative
Director, he collaborated with the clientís vision, the artistic style and oversaw
the custom murals for their hotels, restaurants and luxury homes. Following,
in 2004, he started Master Craft Paint Studios, Inc. where he expanded the hand-painting
genre with specialized finishes and stains for detailed cabinetry and interiors.
Karou - Technical Sales
Ki has been fascinated with solar energy and its potential for replacing
fossil fuels ever since writing a business plan for a new solar venture in one
of his Engineering classes at Berkeley. Ki's background is in teaching mathematics
or 'the language of the universe', as he calls it. Through his private tutoring
practice, Beyond Math Tutoring, he has worked with students of every level,
from classes of Kindergartner's to MBA students at UCLA. No matter the level,
Ki loves the challenge of taking complex concepts and breaking them down into
easy to understand, simple solutions everyone can have fun with. Ki uses his
math skills in designing unique solar PV systems for each client, including
their rate of return.
Ki studied Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley. He
was President of the Industrial Engineering Honors Society and graduated in
May 2009, after only attending for three and a half years.
Marilyn, a native of Los Angeles, brings to Suntricity her strong background
in finance, proposal writing and research funding. She has published articles,
e-mail and print newsletters, conducted seminars and educational programs. She
has been an avid volunteer and fundraiser for over 25 years. She received a
Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge and
earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Designation from the College for
Financial Planning. Marilyn is also LEED Certified.