Key Managers & Members
Larry A. Atherton
Chief Executive Officer
Larry earned his BSBA from the University of Louisville, and began his career with the international CPA firm of Deloitte & Touche. With over 18 years of financial and operational business acumen, Larry has experienced the fast pace of internet start-up entities, mid market media companies and large corporations with international public reporting. Larry has multiple years of capital venture, M&A experience in starting, managing, buying and selling companies, including successfully participating in building and selling a Nationwide Internet Service Provider to a large public telecom company.
Larry currently serves as a member of Cornerstone Ministries, a Christian based marriage renewal ministry and is a member of Meeting Professionals International, The Greater Houston Partnership, Solar Electric Power Association, Greater Houston Green Builders, Houston Renewable Energy Group, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, prior Co-Chairman and Board Member of The Source for Women in Houston.
Ralph W. Parrott , Jr.
Founder & Vice President
Ralph brings over 16 years of construction management, mechanical systems design, and business development experience to APS. His most recent leadership experience includes serving as the North & South America Director of Business Development for TDW offshore services, and Director of Sales and marketing for various other oil and gas related products and services companies in the Houston market.
Ralph currently serves as President of The Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG), on the Board of Directors for Green Door Inc., and the Steering Committee for Green Team America.
Ralph holds a B.S. degree from Purdue University in Construction Engineering and Management.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Ryan is an 18 year veteran sales executive with national account management and business development achievements.
Ryan's consultative selling style to high level executives inside both Fortune 1000 and small business accounts have garnered him a reputation in delivering sound business solutions.
Ryan's expertise ranges from high-end products and services based on quality and excellence in the IT Infrastructure arena to distribution, manufacturing, and contracting. Ryan has extensive knowledge in commercial construction and renovation projects across all trades.
Ryan's recent experience includes successfully hiring, developing, and motivating a sales force in the southwestern US.
Ryan earned his Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University.
Donovan A. Dawson
Manager of Commercial and Government Business Development
Donovan's scope of work includes consulting and advising a broad spectrum of project stake holders and green building professionals.
Donovan is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Economics. Donovan has an extensive background in Finance beginning his career on Wall Street as a Banker for one of the largest international firms in the world. Extending his career into finance, Donovan worked as a commodity futures broker and traded managed funds.
Seeking a more entrepreneurial challenge, Donovan also owned and operated a high-end bicycle shop and a partner in a small neighborhood bar and grill.
Recognizing the opportunities in Alternative Energy, Donovan packaged his extensive financial and business experiences to help APS Solar grow in such a new and dynamic field.
An avid advocate of the industry, Donovan is also very active chaired member of the USGBC Houston chapter and is practicing LEED professional.
Commercial Business Development
Travis is a graduate of Wichita State University and holds a B.A. in Anthropology, with a focus on human adaptations and survival strategies on the Great Plains.
Working in his family's television repair business as a boy, Travis then served in the US Navy as a cryptologic technician and Polish language specialist, logging hundreds of hours on surveillance aircraft as a Naval Aircrewman.
After the Navy, Travis helped develop and deploy new technology that led to today's residential satellite business.
He served five years as an FAA air traffic controller, earning commendations for hurricane evacuation work, recruiting, facility organization, training, and special air traffic control operations. Travis also worked in real estate sales, auctioning, and land development, and has experience in many other fields.
In the course of operating his own satellite business, Travis had the opportunity to live in the off-grid community near Taos, New Mexico and learn renewable energy technology first hand. His specialty is identifying equipment and strategies that suit the exact needs of his commercial customers.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Martin is an accomplished multi-disciplined executive/entrepreneur with more than 30 years of operational, sales and P&L responsibility. He has professionally established himself as a seasoned executive and effective enterprising business owner with several acclaimed regional companies specializing in complex and intricate engineering and construction solutions. In addition, he has provided direction and leadership for various general contracting firms in the Gulf Coast Region with expertise in residential, commercial and industrial construction.
Patrick's professional strengths are found in his passion for problem solving and team building. His direct and honest approach coupled with his genuine concern for a win-win result for all parties inherent to the transaction also creates lasting relationships with both clients and professional partners.
Patrick is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in Business Administration and minors in Finance & Economics. He is Licensed / Certified & Trained in business brokerage, commercial real estate, mortgage brokerage and general contracting. He is also a member of the Greater Houston Partnership and currently is a committee member on the CEO Roundtable.
Martin is also a member of the Business Volunteers for the Houston Arts Alliance.
Chairman of the Board
Edd brings over 22 years of knowledge within the oil and gas exploration and oil refining industry. His leadership experience includes founding numerous oil and gas services businesses, business development, project engineering and project management for the pipeline industry, as well as oil and gas facility construction management.
Edd currently serves as CEO of Naren AS, and most recently served as VP of Business Acquisition for Plugging Specialists International. Prior to PSI, Edd was part owner, chairman and managing director of Industrikonsult AS.
Edd holds a degree in Mechanical Engineer, BSc, from Stavanger Ingeniorhogskole.
Rush has served as Co-Founder, General Counsel, Contract Manager & Director of Administration for IsoTech International AS. In addition, Rush also served as General Counsel, VP-Administration, and VP of Finance & Accounting for Hydro Tech Systems, Inc. His prior legal experience includes Mergers, Sales & Acquisitions of Commercial Real Estate for Hughes & Luce , and Hughs Watters & Askanase.
Rush was also Co-Founder of, and a Director for Plugging Specialists America LLC and Plugging Specialists International AS (PSI). He has served as President of PSI U.S. and Business Manager of PSI AS. Rush holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Rice University and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
Manager of Project Design
Pat is a veteran of the Solar Photovoltaic Industry. Pat comes to Alternative Power Solutions after founding Nor-Cal Solar Power of Sacramento, CA and Ark-La-Tex Solar Power of New Boston, TX. Pat also served as the Installation Manager, PV Solar Power Generation System Designer, and PV System trouble shooter for SunLit Systems, Inc. in Pleasanton California. Pat is also PV NABCEP certified.
Previous to the solar industry Pat served in the U.S. NAVY as an Interior Communications Electrician for 10 yrs, then spent a further 20 yrs in the two-way radio communications system construction and maintenance for Radio Communications of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.
Christian is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He comes to Alternative Power Solutions after gaining valuable work experience with Bauer Power of Wayland, Michigan. Christian also serves as the Manager of Solar Hot Water Project Installation and Design.
Previous to the Renewable Energy industry Christian served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer for Community Development, Health, and Water Sanitation in Jamaica. Among his community outreach projects, he utilized the sun to dehydrate fruits and demonstrated the effectiveness of biodiesel for the National 4H program.
Christian holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from Oklahoma State University and is NABCEP certified for PV and Solar Thermal. Christian is an AET Certified Solar Hot Water Installer, and has designed and/or installed over 50 solar water heating systems.