Larry is an archaeologist affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He was motivated to start SPI after witnessing first-hand the power of community and economic-based solutions to heritage preservation. Larry was the director of Proyecto Inkallakta, focusing on a monumental Inka site in Bolivia, and co-editor of ‘Archaeology of Performance: Theater, Power and Community’. He is the founder of Tremisis Energy and has held various positions in the energy and environmental sectors.
Dr. Lawrence Stephen Coben Ph.D. serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Dr. Coben has served as Chairman of the Board since February 2017 and has been a director of NRG since December 2003. Dr. Coben is also Executive Director of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative and a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Previously, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tremisis Energy Corporation LLC from 2003-2017. Dr. Coben was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of both Tremisis Energy Acquisition Corporation II, a publicly held company, from July 2007 through March 2009 and of Tremisis Energy Acquisition Corporation from May 2004 to May 2006. From January 2001 to January 2004, he was a Senior Principal of Sunrise Capital Partners L.P., a private equity firm. From 1997 to January 2001, Dr. Coben was an independent consultant. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Coben was Chief Executive Officer of Bolivian Power Company. Dr. Coben serves on the board of Freshpet, Inc. and served on the advisory board of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure II, L.P. from September 2014 through December 2016. Dr. Coben’s experience as a chief executive officer and investor in the energy industry brings a valuable cross-section of skills to the Board. Dr. Coben brings to the Board significant managerial, strategic, and financial expertise, particularly as it relates to Company financings, transactions and development initiatives.