Blake Jones is the President of Namaste Solar, a 100% employee-owned solar electric company 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 1,300 solar 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), Best Places to Work awards in Denver (2009) and Boulder (2010), Worldblu’s Most Democratic Workplaces award (2010), and the Innovations Award from the National Center for Employee Ownership (2009). In February of 2009, Blake had the honor of introducing President Barack Obama before he signed the historic $787 billion stimulus bill. Blake is a 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awardee, is a NABCEP certified PV installer, and has a BE in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University.