Blake Jones is the President of Namaste Solar, a 100% employee-owned cooperative based in Colorado. He began his career in 1996 working as a civil engineer for Halliburton in the oil and gas industry. He then spent three years in Nepal implementing solar, wind, hydro, and electric vehicle technologies. In late 2004, he returned to the USA to co-found Namaste Solar which has installed over 1,500 solar electric systems throughout Colorado, more than any other company. Due to its unique business model, Namaste Solar has earned widespread recognition including a #56 ranking on the “Inc. 500” (2009), a “Top Small Company Workplace” award from Winning Workplaces (2011), a “Best Place to Work” award in Denver (2009) and Boulder (2010), and a “Most Democratic Workplaces” award from Worldblu (2010). In February of 2009, Blake had the honor of introducing President Barack Obama in Denver before he signed the historic $787 billion stimulus bill. Blake is a 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awardee and has a BE in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University.