Get to know us! Each month, we sit down with one of our employees to get their perspective on the industry and share a little more about them with you. This week, our “5 Questions With” features Stephanie Murr, VP of Transactions.
Stephanie has been with Pine Gate Renewables since 2016 and in the industry for more than 15 years. As head of the Transaction Management Department at Pine Gate, Stephanie and her team manage the closing process for all transactions at the company. Think of their team as air traffic control for anything relating to transactions.
1. What does Pine Gate Renewable’s mission of “getting solar done” mean to you?
As head of the Transactions Department at Pine Gate Renewables, “Getting Solar Done” means doing whatever I can to make our team and company the best in the industry at closing transactions for solar assets. Successfully establishing a systematic approach to the various types of closings gives us a serious competitive advantage in the industry. We are tasked with coordinating all investor/lender deliverables, managing closing schedules across all deal portfolios, running investor/lender calls and problem solving in all areas of the project life cycle so we keep everything moving and tracking towards closing deadlines. If financing and other counter parties love doing business with us, the more solar we can develop, finance, and ultimately put into the ground!
2. What are you most optimistic/excited about in this industry?
The creativeness and flexibility of the people in the solar world. You’d be hard pressed to find a problem or issue that, collectively, the industry can’t work through.
3. What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
I have three actually!
A. Never let the perfect be the enemy of the done. Perfection is like a unicorn … if you can’t achieve perfection, don’t sweat it.
B. You always catch more flies with honey than vinegar. In the long run, it’s much easier to get something done by being polite and solution-oriented rather than being rude and closed-minded.
C. Make mistakes; you learn from them! To quote Albert Einstein: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything.”
4. What is an unknown skill you possess outside of your day job?
I can crush anyone at Super Mario World. If you think you’re good, bring it!
5. What’s one thing still on your bucket list that you hope to achieve in the next 5 years?