In 2008, Barend Venter co-founded BPi after initiating the 3.6 MW DC solar project at Fosters Group wineries. Venter’s background is one of diversified interests and hands-on corporate experience, leading to a thorough understanding of industry and financial packaging of value. Venter holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Strategic Management Business Diploma from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. His hands-on engineering foundation in mechanical, electric, civil, structural and thermodynamics was laid when he was Technical Manager of the largest textile mill in Southern Africa. Venter was responsible for design and maintenance on all projects, safety programs, substations, monitoring of energy for optimal efficiency of equipment, production lines, and buildings. In 2007, he joined The Bright Group in Napa, California, after selling 50% of his shares in his South African company, iGrade Holdings – which focused on specialized software applications, building value for corporations like Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, TV Guide, Accenture and Sapient. With BPi, Venter combines experience with vision to achieve prosperity for all partners and clients.