WILLIAM F. GRIFFIN JR. – Chief Executive Officer
Bill is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gemma Power Systems, LLC (GPS) and Gemma Renewable Power. He has overall leadership responsibility for the strategic direction and operation of the companies.
As CEO, Bill has fostered a unique culture of highly motivated, creative and energetic people operating with the highest integrity and an entrepreneurial spirit.
GPS was founded in 1997 by Bill and his partner Joel Canino as an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company serving the power industry. Since that time, Gemma has seen exceptional growth from a small New England-focused construction company to one that has a broad geographic reach throughout the United States and more than 160 employees. Gemma today has more than 14,000 MW of utility-scale power generation and renewable energy facilities under contract and installed capacity.
Gemma Power Systems, LLC was acquired from its founders in 2006 by Argan, Inc, a NYSE-listed company. Bill subsequently was elected to Argan's Board of Directors.
Prior to founding Gemma, Bill was President of CNF Industries where he worked for 20 years in increasingly responsible positions. CNF Industries was a full service contractor specializing in the power industry, and was responsible for building more than 9,000 MW of facilities from 1987 to 1996.
Bill attended Fairfield University and is very active in the local community with organizations including Habitat for Humanity, The Middlesex Community Foundation and American Legion Baseball.
WILLIAM G. CARTER, P.E. – Chief Development Officer
Bill serves as Chief Development Officer for Gemma Power Systems, LLC (GPS) and Gemma Renewable Power (GRP). He works closely with developers of conventional and renewable energy projects to help move their projects from development to commercial operation.
Bill has more than 30 years of experience in the development of power projects utilizing a wide range of technologies from combustion turbines and combined heat and power to wind turbines, biomass, and solar. He has been involved in projects throughout the United States, Canada, Central America and sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to joining Gemma in 2008, Bill was Founder and Managing Director for Tamarack Energy, Vice President of Project Implementation for Kenetech Corporation, Manager of Contracts for Stone and Webster Engineering and Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law and is admitted to the Bar in the State of Connecticut. He is a licensed professional engineer in Connecticut and Virginia.
Bill is a former member of the Old Lyme, CT Board of Education and past President and Director of the Hammonasset Fishing Association.
BRUCE M. DAVIS – Senior Vice President
Bruce serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for leading Gemma's marketing and business development activities as well as market analysis, identifying new work opportunities, developing proposal strategies and guiding our projects through the transition from proposal to kick-off.
He has more than 35 years of power plant engineering and construction experience including general management, project management, sales and marketing, business development and project controls.
Prior to joining Gemma in 2012, Bruce was Senior Vice President for The Shaw Group (now CB&I), leading the fossil business line in the power sector and was responsible for business planning, project development, project execution, customer/supplier relationship management and overall profit/loss. Previously, Bruce was Vice President and Project Director for Bechtel Power Corporation.
Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University.
JOHN S. GORZKOWSKI JR. – Chief Administrative Officer
John is Chief Administrative Officer for Gemma Power Systems, LLC. He is responsible for advising Chief Executive Officer Bill Griffin on strategic, administrative and financial issues.
John served as Gemma’s Senior Vice President – Finance from 2000 to 2015. Prior to joining Gemma in 2000, he had sixteen years’ experience as vice president of finance and controller at several companies, including eight years at CNF Industries.
He began his career with diversified “Big Four” public accounting experience at KPMG Peat Marwick, providing professional accounting, auditing, and business advisory services to contractors, subcontractors, construction equipment dealers, and companies in various other industries.
John holds membership in both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.
CHRIS KOLLMER, P.E. – Senior Vice President
Chris is Senior Vice President – EPC Commercial and Contract Management and President of Gemma Renewable Power (GRP). He has overall responsibility for estimating, commercial and contract management for Gemma’s combustion turbine power facility business as well as responsibility for customer interface, estimating, contract negotiations and execution of engineering and construction for all wind and solar facilities for GRP.
Chris has 30 years of experience in development, project management and EPC execution of combustion turbine, landfill gas, coal, combined heat and power, fuel cells, wind and solar projects throughout the U.S. and internationally.
He has been directly involved in the hiring and mentoring of new project teams to install fast-track power plants for several independent power producers. Under his management, GRP has constructed more than 400 MW of wind turbines and solar facilities.
Prior to rejoining Gemma in 2008, Chris was Director of Engineering and Construction at Tamarack Energy, Engineering Manager at UTC Power and Project Manager at CNF Industries/Kenetech Corporation. He previously worked at Gemma as a Sr. Project Manager from 1997 to 2003.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and is a registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut.
Chris is involved in community volunteer activities as well as coaching youth soccer, baseball and basketball teams in Glastonbury.
RONALD W. POLASKE, P.E. – Senior Vice President
Ron is Senior Vice President of Project Development for Gemma Power Systems, LLC. He has overall responsibility for business development, engineering, procurement and estimating activities for the company. Ron leads all Project Development activities utilizing his sales team and his team of engineers, procurement specialists and estimators. Once a project is under contract, the Project Development team continues to support each project throughout construction and through to commissioning, with engineering and procurement resources.
With more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of engineering and power plant construction, Ron is a licensed professional engineer and holds some of Gemma’s state contractor's licenses. Ron's hands-on experience at Gemma includes roles as Project Executive, VP of Engineering and Procurement and leadership of the Commissioning group.
Prior to joining Gemma in 2001, Ron was an associate at vanZelm Heywood and Shadford consulting engineers and prior to that worked as a project engineering manager at CNF constructors.
Ron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.
Ron is a past president of ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers).
ADAM MALINOWSKI – Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Adam A. Malinowski is Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for financial planning and reporting, accounting, employee benefits, internal controls and risk management.
Prior to joining Gemma in 2014, Adam was a manager at CohnReznick, a national Certified Public Accounting firm, providing accounting, tax planning and business advisory services to construction companies. Adam is a Certified Public Accountant and holds memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Adam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree from York College of Pennsylvania.
RICHARD POULIN – Vice President
Rick is Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for Gemma's marketing and business development activities as well as market analysis and identifying new work opportunities.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the power and energy fields including extensive activities in marketing and sales. His experience also spans contract negotiation, procurement, project management and construction and outage management.
Prior to joining Gemma in 2015, Rick was Senior Principal and Business Center Practice Leader for Stantec’s Power Group, leading implementation of the Power Practice Business Plan. Previously Rick was Executive Vice President of Industry and Energy Associates, LLC and Director of Business Development for the non-regulated businesses of AEP.
Rick earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine and an Associates of Arts in General Studies from the University of New Hampshire. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.