David Olson is a Larta Principal Advisor. David is an experienced energy industry professional, with over 30 years of relevant experience in key managerial roles for emerging and growth oriented technology-centric firms in the Utility, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable and Alternative Energy industries. He has extensive industry experience in the areas of the business development and operations management focusing in the energy efficiency, “smart-grid”, demand/response/demand-side management, distributed generation, renewable energy, transmission/distribution, and generation application services sectors of the energy industry.
Prior to founding Xtrls International- an energy consulting firm, Mr. Olson held key executive roles with Tersus Energy Plc (from its founding and through IPO), a company which invests in emerging technology firms in the energy sector. Mr. Olson was also a Vice President of Business Development for The Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he was responsible for EPRI’s technology commercialization efforts. Mr. Olson was also a Director of Energy Services for Constellation New Energy (from its early stages through a trade sale) and he held various executive positions at Honeywell, Inc. (where his last assignment was Director of the Government Markets business unit for the Automation and Control Division).
Mr. Olson received a BS in Architectural Engineering and a BS in Business Administration, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has also had post-graduate MBA coursework at the Univ. of San Diego and has participated in Executive Education programs at the Stanford University Graduate Business School.
Mr. Olson is a registered Professional Engineer and is active in numerous industry related trade associations, including U.S. DOE and DOD Industry Forums. Mr. Olson was also a member of the Vice President’s National Performance Review task team. He is currently a board member of three privately held energy technology companies. He has served as the Interim President/CEO of a renewable energy project development firm and as a Managing Director of an Energy Automation software and solutions firm as part of his role with Tersus Energy Plc.