Chief Operating Officer
Solar Optimum COO John Thrasher oversees all aspects of the company’s solar energy operations, supporting the management team by taking a highly active approach to ensure the highest level of execution and success.
John has the keen ability for driving rapid improvement by quickly applying his well-honed strategic and management knowledge to identify the highest-impact challenges and opportunities — then, to create straightforward, achievable initiatives that will lead to dramatic gains in revenue, cash flow and enterprise value.
John brings more than 40 years of business experience to Solar Optimum, having held positions with four Fortune 500 companies — as well as running six middle-market firms — in roles that have included Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. His exemplary list of accomplishments includes: oversight of worldwide Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Planning for a division of Atlantic Richfield; Tripling sales and doubling profits for a preeminent technology company; carrying out the intricate negotiations for the sale and purchase of over 30 corporations, large and small; and, having orchestrated the successful turnaround of a now-profitable and thriving aerospace company. His extensive resume consists of executive-level positions with DuPont; The Ford Motor Company; Well Point; First Interstate Bank; Hamilton Pacific; Vanguard Integrity Professionals; International Fuels; and First Financial Exchange.
A native of Michigan, John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Administration and a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University.
Beyond his role at Solar Optimum, John enjoys spending time with family and friends, but he can also be found on the racquetball court, rock climbing, or collecting sports memorabilia.