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Sopogy appoints Yoshida as corporate controller


Sopogy, Inc., a leader in small-scale concentrating solar power (MicroCSP) technology development, manufacturing, and installation, announced the appointment of Layne Yoshida as corporate controller reporting to the CFO.

Layne Yoshida

In this role, Yoshida will oversee accounting, reporting, compliance, controls, and tax-related matters for the company.

“The rapid adoption of Sopogy’s MicroCSP technologies has led to fast growth of our company and we are anxiously looking forward to Layne’s contributions,” said Darren Kimura, President and CEO. “We are pleased to have a specialist of Layne’s caliber and expertise joining Sopogy at this critical time.”

Yoshida joins Sopogy from Central Pacific Financial Corp, where he served as Vice President and Director of Accounting. As a certified public accountant, Yoshida brings nearly 15 years of accounting experience including senior-level finance positions at Coherent Inc. and Ernst and Young LLP.

Joe receives ‘Forty Under 40’ award

Also, Sopogy has announced Pamela Joe, vice president of Corporate Development and General Counsel, has been named a recipient of the Pacific Business News “Forty Under 40” awards for 2010.

The award recognizes Hawaii’s highly accomplished young leaders under the age of 40 based on professional success, community involvement and strong industry leadership.

Pamela Joe

Since joining Sopogy in 2008, Joe has played an instrumental role in the growth of the company as it transitioned from a Hawaii research firm into a commercial company achieving global sales.

She is responsible for overseeing policy, business and legal matters of the company and represents the concentrating solar power (CSP) industry in City and State policy matters where she has been key in developing Hawaii’s Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Program for CSP.

“Pamela’s deep legal knowledge, hard work, and fresh perspectives have contributed tremendously to the company’s growth and success” Kimura said. “She is fully deserving of this honor.”

Outside of the office, Joe is dedicated to community service and generously donates her time and talents to local organizations including Punahou School’s Enterpreneurs in Residence Program and Aloha United Way. She has also volunteered pro bono legal services to nonprofits.

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a J.D. with distinction in corporate and business law from UCLA.

Sopogy specializes in MicroCSP™ solar technologies that bring the economics of large solar energy systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Sopogy’s goal is to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life and simplify the solar power business.

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