Management Team

Kenneth J. Deane

President/Chief Financial Officer

As the Chief Financial Officer at Colorado Energy, Mr. Deane is responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of Colorado Energy operations. He provides leadership and coordination in the administrative, business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts of the company. Mr. Deane has over 18 years of finance and accounting experience in the power, high tech and public accounting industries. Prior to joining Colorado Energy, he held positions of Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Corporate Secretary at Isonics Corporation; Senior Finance Manager at Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Audit Manager at Deloitte and Touche LLP. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Florida.


James Nolan

James P. Nolan

Senior Vice President Construction Management

As Senior Vice President of Construction Management for Colorado Energy, Mr. Nolan is responsible for implementing and designing effective and innovative methods to improve plant operations and revenues. He has been with Colorado energy over 20 years and has made significant contributions to all of the operating facilities. Mr. Nolan applies his knowledge and experience through analysis, design, refurbishment, construction, operation and maintenance of power generating equipment. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and currently holds Professional Engineering and/or construction licenses in the states of California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Utah.

Richard Olsen
Richard W. Olsen

Vice President for Operations

As Vice President for Operations at Colorado Energy, Mr. Olsen is responsible for all strategic and tactical operational issues within the company. Previously he was an operations executive with Reliant Power overseeing several key assets in the western U.S. Prior to Reliant, Mr. Olsen worked for Fluor Corporation from 2000 – 2005 where he was responsible for their regional business servicing in excess of 4400 MW of coal and gas fired generation. From 1996 to 2000 Mr. Olsen worked for Nevada Power as a maintenance manager where he established a predictive maintenance group to accurately define maintenance requirements and operational limitations at multiple facilities. Mr. Olsen completed a successful career in the U.S. Navy prior to entering the power industry. His background is grounded in the discipline of U.S. Navy Nuclear Power where he received considerable technical and operational experience on a variety of nuclear plants and conventional boilers.  Mr. Olsen earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Mississippi and received his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Michael Crist
Michael Crist

Vice President of Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources for Colorado Energy, Mr. Crist maintains and manages functions such as employee compensation, recruitment, personnel policies, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Crist has over 20 years experience in all facets of human resources, employee relations and benefits administration, in both the manufacturing and service sectors. Prior to his current role, Mr. Crist served as Vice President of Human Resources for MacDermid, Inc., a specialty chemical manufacturer, and for The Timken Company in Canton, Ohio, where he oversaw functions in their steel and automotive bearing divisions. Mr. Crist earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Personnel Management from the University of Toledo and his MBA from the University of Virginia.