Today we’re talking to Ahmad Kian, Co-Founder of Apadana and CEO of Apadana Solar Technologies; and we discuss how having a strong local financial partner has been integral to the growth of his business, the present and future of solar technology in the United States, and how we can reverse the harm humans have done to the environment to keep a planet where we can thrive.

All of this right here, right now, on the ModernCTO Podcast!

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In case you missed it: check out our episode with Brett Cooksey, the CIO of Sunrise Banks (mentioned in this episode)

About Ahmad Kian:

Mr. Kian is CEO of Apadana Solar as well as Co-founder/President of Apadana LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Management of Technology.  Mr. Kian has over 30 years of Engineering, Procurement, Supply Chain, and Operations leadership experience with Fortune 500 companies such as DataCard, Emerson Electric, and TTX. His passion for efficiency, lean enterprise, and sustainability drives the strategies, objectives, and business direction of the Company.

About Apadana Solar Technology:

Apadana Solar Technologies is a full-service solar Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) firm for commercial, residential, agricultural, non-profit, and utility-scale solar energy customers. We are a company founded and staffed by engineers, supply chain professionals, and solar energy experts, with a mission to help our customers achieve their social, environmental, and financial goals via clean energy.

We have built our business based on complete transparency and clarity. We believe that our customers have the right to make educated decisions based on their needs and budget, therefore our engineering team will provide detailed information to each customer about the products and innovative solar solutions and options. Apadana only applies the highest quality components and material from proven (Tier 1) suppliers. We will ensure that you receive the maximum benefit possible through national, regional, and local sustainable energy incentives in order to optimize the financial return and payback time of your solar investment. We exceed our customers’ expectations by providing high quality and affordable products with the most efficient design, and the most reliable installation and services to each of our customers. Installations are performed by our licensed, bonded, and insured sister company Apadana LLC.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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