David J BergeronFounder and President
David Bergeron has worked in the refrigeration and aerospace industries for 32 years. He holds three refrigeration patents, and three spacecraft patents, and is the founder of SunDanzer, selling solar powered refrigerators world-wide, based on technology developed and licensed by him under contract to NASA. Mr. Bergeron has served as the lead engineer on a satellite design for reentry and recovery, the lead engineer and project manager for the Lunar habitat solar power heat pump demonstration test article development, and was the technical lead for NASA’s Advanced Technology Refrigeration project, developing, testing, and evaluating thermoelectric, Stirling, and variable speed vapor compression cycle technologies. Mr. Bergeron graduated from Texas A&M University cum laude in 1982 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and from the University of Houston CLC with a Masters in Finance in 1985. David and Heather, his wife of 25 years, live in Tucson AZ with their 5 children.
When I was 13 years old we had the Arab Oil Embargo. And when I was 16, and driving my first car, we had gas lines, which the younger crowd will not remember. But the lines made me realize how dependent we are on oil. It drove me to study alternative energy. The Encyclopedia of Energy was my favorite book. In college, I focused on renewable energy as a mechanical engineer. I became the assistant to a fellow getting his Ph.D. on a solar thermal driven jet pump air conditioner. After that I was hooked on solar and refrigeration! After a brief 18-year career in aerospace building satellites (yes it was cool), I found a path to return to my first love of renewable energy and refrigeration, and been doing that since 1999. I started part-time as I still did aerospace work to make ends meet. I broke even financially in my 4th year of running the business and that was a celebration. After my 5th year I was able to stop the Aerospace work and focus 100% on SunDanzer.
Bill BargP.E., Vice President Engineering and Military Sales Manager
Bill is a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer with 19 years of experience in design, analysis and project management. He has worked in diverse international engineering environments including experience in multimillion dollar project management and product design groups. He has led SunDanzer’s development of military solar cooling systems since 2007. Bill has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Spanish from the University of Arizona.
Billy AmosGeneral Manager
Billy joined SunDanzer in 2004 after serving 6 years in the Army Corp of Engineers and 14 years in the food industry as a Purchasing Manager and Operations Manager for a major branded foods corporation. He is also a partner in a solar water distillation company and holds 4 US and 2 international patents related to water distillation products. Billy and Patty, his wife of 30 years, live in Chaparral, NM with their 2 cats, 2 dogs and many seasonal hummingbirds. Billy and Patty have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
Brian JensenManager of Commercial Products
Brian has been working with David in various capacities since 1999. Brian’s focus at SunDanzer is commercial products; from milk cooling refrigerators to large-scale solar refrigerated ISO containers. Previous work has involved system design and project management on solar aircraft, solar water pumping, hybrid electric vehicle development and energy storage system design. Brian has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His passions include spending time with his family, building new inventions in his shop, bike riding and land sailing.
Jim AirolaCo-Founder and Strategic Advisor
Jim Airola teaches courses at the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business in intermediate microeconomics and international economics. His research focuses on labor and trade, with a special emphasis on developing countries. He has published articles in Research in Labor Economics, Journal of Income Distribution, Review of Economic Development, International Migration Review, and Journal of Developing Areas.
Jim has extensive international business experience and has taught management courses in over 25 countries. Dr. Airola received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Houston.
“I’m a PH.D. economist who loves teaching and dealing with real world- especially developing world- problems. I’m particularly proud to represent and promote the product that SunDanzer has brought to the market to address a fundamental weakness in the vaccine cold chain.”
Krista MillerTucson GM
Krista first met David in 2003. Over the years, she has provided accounting consultancy for SunDanzer and in 2015 joined SunDanzer as the General Manager and Controller of the Tucson office. She graduated from the University of Denver with a BS and MS in Accounting in 1994. She spent 10 years as a CPA for a Big Four Accounting Firm and was the lead Audit Manager for a major worldwide electronics manufacturer. She returned to Tucson in 2003 where she focused on building green, sustainable homes as a General Contractor, and as the VP of Finance for a local Solar Integration Company. She is passionate about the environment, community, and world and enjoys how SunDanzer has brought all of these components together.