Key Personnel

Brilliant ideas exist everywhere. But without proper vision and management many of these ideas never see the light of day, and if they do many they fail to execute. Solar Equity Group has a competent team of visionaries, tax experts and legal advisors with a diverse background of multi-talent and ability to manage, perform and execute in all key areas.

Justin Kaiser

Co-founder
Chief Executive Officer

Justin Kaiser is a creative big picture visionary, entrepreneur and founder of multiple companies. It is what he truly loves to do. Justin's entrepreneurial spirit took form at a very young age and by his early 20s he was one of the youngest and most successful marketers in the direct sales industry, breaking records in both team growth and volume with tens of thousands of distributors on his sales team.

In 1995, Justin then just in 6th grade elementary school wrote on a yellow piece of paper that he was interested in solar energy. 21 years later in 2016 and with a passion for renewable energy, Justin Co-founded Solar Equity Group with the vision of radically enhancing an existing tax equity business model currently used by the industry since 2009. The result has brought together leading industry experts in both the solar energy and tax professions and is proving to be vastly more effective in funding solar projects nationwide. Under Justin’s leadership more than $86 Million in Tax Equity was exchanged in 2017.

Prior to Co-founding Solar Equity Group, Justin's previous experience include founding multiple domestic companies in the areas of credit restoration, business funding, and bulk REO real estate investing. Justin has also founded multiple international companies in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Nevis, New Zealand, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Seychelles in the professions of foreign currency managed investment accounts, a hedge fund exclusively trading currency and asset protection corporate structuring including complex multiple entity incorporation and trust formation.

When Justin isn't brainstorming on new creative ideas to drive the company forward, he enjoys traveling and spending time on white sand beaches with his wife and newborn daughter, working on his physical fitness, meditation, and organic dieting and nutrition.

Kevin Dill

Chief Operations Officer

Kevin Dill is a creative problem solver who looks at the ending desired outcome and works his way backwards. He has founded, over the past 25 years, multiple interactive multimedia disciplines including multimedia kiosk, web and mobile app solutions. Kevin surrounds himself with individuals of various backgrounds, expertise and vision to assist in the collective result, in addition to an “out of the box” thought process eliminating clicks, time and resources ultimately accomplishing the end result with efficiency.

As the Chief Operations Officer at Solar Equity Group, Kevin is continuously streamlining the processes to create a smooth running machine inside an ever-morphing environment of people, climates and expertise.

Kevin is also a volleyball coach at the high school and club level, continuing his vision to effectively change lives with positive encouragement and life lessons which carry beyond into adulthood. 

Matt Taylor

Sr. VP of Investor Relations

Matt Taylor has worked in a variety of positions in multiple industries including regional sales manager, regional trainer, technical ops director, and customer resolutions specialist.

Matt is currently an owner/partner of a New-York-based design agency and has consulted for multiple businesses, specializing in marketing and business development strategy. Matt has implemented successful marketing strategies in every major market in the country and several international markets.

Matt was born and raised in Idaho Falls. He spent two years in Argentina serving a mission for his church where he became fluent in the Spanish language and grew to love Latin culture. Following his mission, he attended Morehouse College where he majored in Business Administration and African-American studies and minored in Chinese and Journalism.

Matt is married and the proud father of five daughters. He loves spending time with his family, playing sports, watching movies and having dance parties. He enjoys playing or watching any sport, but particularly loves basketball.

Tax Advisors

James Harnsberger, EA

Tax Advisor
IRS Enrolled Agent, PA, NTPI Fellow

James Harnsberger, owner of both Innovative Wealth and Tax Solutions (ITWS) and Wealth and Tax Guru (WATG) has over 30 years in practice as a tax professional, holds a paralegal in taxation credential and is a specialist in IRS compliance specializing in IRS Enforcement, Appeals, and pre-litigation research.

James is an Enrolled Agent admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and is a "Fellow" with the National Tax Practice Institute, one of the nation's most prestigious recognition of expertise and knowledge in all aspects of federal tax law. With offices in San Diego, Woodland Hills (Los Angeles) and Dallas-Ft Worth, James and his entire team work with almost every type of client facing IRS enforcement problems, appeals, as well as small business reorganization planning.

With over 10 years experience in education programs for tax professionals, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and tax attorneys, James is a seasoned expert in developing effective resolution strategies to enforcement actions, audits, and appeals procedures as well as assisting his team develop long term wealth strategies for today's business owner.

Malcolm White, CPA

Tax Advisor
Forensic Certified Public Accountant

Malcolm White brings over 40 years of hands-on experience in business management, consulting, taxation, public accounting and auditing. He has experience in conducting SEC audits for developmental stage enterprises and helping companies go public. Malcolm attained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degree, along with being a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of California.

As a professional with extensive experience managing a quarter-billion dollar annual state departmental operating budget and providing technical reports to state lawmakers to assist them in drafting of new legislation,Malcolm is accustomed to overseeing large operations. For many years, he served as Chief Financial Officer for a San Francisco-based software company, and, as a Certified Public Accountant, served as Controller for numerous corporate clients, directly managing multi-million-dollar monthly cash flows.

Malcolm is committed to sharing his deep knowledge of accounting, auditing and taxation as a means of bringing about positive social change at the grassroots level. He has dedicated 30 years as a professor developing and teaching college accounting classes. As an educator, Malcolm developed and taught accounting courses for one of the nation’s first accredited online college degree programs designed specifically to help military students complete their education, even while deployed in combat zones. Since 2001 his military students have served aboard aircraft carriers off the coasts of Iraq and Afghanistan, and in many other ports of call around the globe while continuing their education.

Legal Advisors

Andrew Ivchenko, Esq.

Outside Counsel
Business and Securities Attorney

Andrew Ivchenko has been in private practice since 1992, with a focus on business, real estate and securities law. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation matters with an emphasis on consumer protection litigation and consumer rights law. He also advises businesses on start-up strategies and acquisitions, including negotiating and drafting private placements, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements and all subsidiary documents. Andrew previously managed Atlantic Capital Partners LLC, a private real estate investment fund in Michigan. He also serves as General Counsel for AF Mobile, a telecommunications company in San Diego, and is a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams in Mesa, Arizona.

Andrew focuses almost exclusively on business and real estate related transactions, both as a lawyer, real estate agent and entrepreneur. His broad background makes him uniquely qualified to provide guidance and advice on myriad legal and other issues in a dynamic, changing business and legal environment. Andrew is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Arizona, and is a member of the Arizona Bar Association.

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Akron, Ohio, and has over 28 years of experience in law and business. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in History in 1982. Andrew was also commissioned as an Army Reserve Officer through the ROTC program, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He remained in the Reserves and became branch qualified in Field Artillery and Military Intelligence, and also attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California (German). In 1988, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law, Magna Cum Laude.

After law school, Andrew served on active duty as a Captain, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, from 1989-92, and was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. His legal duties included real property transactions, estate planning, tax issues, labor, government contract and environmental law. He also prosecuted and defended in criminal and administrative actions. Andrew is currently in the Army Retired Reserve, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Richard Vermazen, APLC

Outside Counsel
Tax Attorney

Richard V. Vermazen had an opportunity to do an internship with the IRS office of Chief Counsel’s office while in law school in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduation, that led to a job with the US treasury department as an attorney with the district council office. That experience provided Richard with a background with criminal tax matters (IRS-CID/US Department of Justice), Tax Court matters, IRS Audit matters, and IRS Collections matters. He also gained valuable experience dealing with IRS revenue agents, revenue officers, appeals officers, and other government personnel.

Upon moving to California, Richard left the government to work in the private sector. For several years, his practice related primarily to state and federal tax matters, bankruptcy related matters, as well as administrative tax matters with the state of California. He has represented clients before the US Federal District Court for both criminal and civil matters, as well as US Court of Claims. In the past 10 years, Richard has practiced extensively before the US Tax Court. Further, He has argued matters before the 9th Circuit and filed briefs with the US Supreme Court.

Richard has developed a niche practice in tax controversy work. In the past 10 years, he has had several hundred cases before the US Tax Court and more at the administrative level. Over 90% of the cases have been settled favorably without trial. His philosophy is that the best resolution for a client is a result which is the least costly, as well as the quickest resolution of the matter. These two objectives often conflict with one another and that is where experience in dealing with the IRS at an administrative level becomes invaluable.

Over the years Richard has worked with accountants and other attorneys when representing clients, not just in California, but across the country.  He has maintained a beneficial working relationship with IRS agents, officers, advisors and attorneys at state, local, and national levels over the past 25 years.

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9375 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
888.405.2922

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