Meet the Team at Solar Gain West


Roman Black

President / CEO

The President of Solar Gain, Inc. for the last 5 years, Roman has significant experience in commercial solar project development and sales. After earning his degree in Finance from the University of Arizona, Roman spent several years in Costa Rica expanding his knowledge and skill set in sustainable industries. While in Costa Rica, he served as project manager for the construction of custom homes that integrated LED lighting, rainwater harvesting, black water recycling and solar and wind power.

At Solar Gain, he runs the show but especially enjoys matching the customer with the right financing. Roman is a founding board member of the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Graunke

Project Development

Tim was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and is the oldest of 5 siblings. He went to Salpointe HS graduated University of Arizona in 2007 with a bachelor of economics. In early 2008, Tim moved to Honolulu & started a career in solar. Early experience as project and construction manager led to strong knowledge and understanding of installation and what it takes to complete projects on schedule within budget. He soon became lead commercial project manager for one of Hawaii's top companies in 2011. Later, he returned to Tucson and started working with Solar Gain in late 2015 developing projects pre & post contract execution.

Ken Riley


Ken Riley is a registered Civil Engineer and has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years with the Kiewit Companies.  He has held executive oversight for multiple business units, as well estimating, negotiating and execution of numerous large projects (projects from $250 million to $1+ billion construction value).  These projects included roads, bridges, dams, rail, treatment and power plants.  Notable projects include the Carlsbad Desalinization Plant, Pinetree Windfarm (built for LA DWP in the Tehachapis Mountains), the 405 “Carmegeddon” project, and the new Benicia Bridge.  In 2016 he became involved in the solar industry and, through a mutual friend, met Roman Black.  Solar Gain had entered the California market and Ken and Roman saw an opportunity to form a partnership and help Solar Gain take on the challenges that come with growth.  Ken is a past chair and active board member of the Tahoe Prosperity Center and, when he’s not in Tucson, spends his time backpacking, skiing, and enjoying his home and family at Lake Tahoe.



David Schildhouse


David brings 10 years of experience in the automotive service and management field to the Solar Gain team.  A graduate of Sabino High School in Tucson, he began his career as an ASE certified automotive technician.  David developed and refined his management skills while working with leading companies like Bridgestone/Firestone, Audi and Toyota.  In 2011, he worked with a NASCAR team as a mechanic and spotter, traveling to racetracks across the country each weekend and living his childhood dream.

After years spent in Atlanta and Las Vegas, a career change in 2015 brought David back to Tucson and into the accounting field.  He is on track to graduate with a degree in Accounting in 2017 while continuing to learn the unique and exciting business of sustainable energy solutions and solar power installations.

Brian Smith

Commercial Superintendent

Brian is a NABCEP certified PV installation professional with more than six years of experience in both residential and commercial PV projects throughout southern Arizona. With a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering & additional photovoltaic training, he uses his advanced education to oversee the multiple facets of complex photovoltaic installation projects. Brian is also Involved in solar guild, a local nonprofit that develops solar projects that benefit the community. Through solar guild he has led numerous projects, including biosphere 2 and Catalina state park.

Sol Hassler

Commercial Designer

Mr. Hassler has 8 years of solar installation and design experience. He holds an Associate’s Degree & a NABCEP Solar Electrical Installation Certification. His position with Solar Gain Inc. is Lead Commercial Designer. Sol has made Tucson his home for the last 10 years and has a deep fascination with sustainable design. He is always perusing several personal projects outside of work, the subject matter of which varies greatly.

Santino “Sonny” Perez

Lead Technician

Sonny was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He has been installing P.V. Solar for 4 ½ years. “I started at Solar Gain in 2014, I love working for this company, couldn’t ask for better co-workers and the bosses are great. Huge to be with this company as we continue to grow, Thank You Solar Gain!”

Brett Lange

Lighting Specialist

Brett is an electrical superintendent/ lighting specialist. He is a native Tucson resident, proud family man, Scouter, and father of 2. He has 30 years of electrical experience in the alternative energy & electrical fields including years of experience in the lighting design field.

Will Lawton

Warehouse Manager

Being born & raised in Tucson, Arizona, Will understood the importance of conserving natural resources. It was evident early on that his career path & studies in college would need to include something that involved conserving the environment. Will majored in Natural Resources: Conservation and Management at the University of Arizona. Upon graduating, he came across the opportunity to work for a solar company, which was a great way to get into conserving precious natural resources, while also being a part of an expanding effort to develop & produce renewable energy.