Astrum Solar Executive team

Vadim Polikov

CEO and President, Co-Founder

Vadim Polikov is one of the founders of Astrum Solar and serves as president. Prior to Astrum Solar, Vadim was the co-founder and CEO of American Journal Experts, the market leader in academic language editing for the academic publishing industry. He also helped start Ultrasound Ventures, a medical device company and has consulted for several other start-ups in the incubation stage. Other professional experience includes mergers and acquisitions at UBS Warburg and a variety of roles in venture capital funded start-ups. Vadim earned both his B.S. in Engineering and his Ph. D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. He is also a NABCEP-Certified PV Installer™.

Why solar? Harnessing the sun’s power is the best and only way to overcome the challenge of global warming without sacrificing our standard of living.

Ben Davis

Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder

Ben Davis is one of the founders of Astrum Solar and serves as vice president of operations. Prior to Astrum Solar, Ben was an engineer with ExxonMobil where his responsibilities included the evaluation and optimization of energy projects for the second largest oil refinery in the U.S. He also served as a Captain for Space and Missile Operations in the United States Air Force. As an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Combat Crew Commander he led a team in charge of operations and security for a flight weapons system worth $1.1 billion. As an ICBM Combat Crew Instructor, his squadron received the McAdoo Award for Top ICBM support squadron in the Air Force.  In this role, he developed and implemented training for 250 crew members and staff during the largest upgrade to the current ICBM system since its inception in 1962. Ben earned his B.S. in Engineering from Duke University and his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a NABCEP-Certified PV Installer™.

Why solar? While solar technology has gone virtually unchanged for several decades, new developments in other areas of the industry, such as micro-inverters, have made it a constantly evolving and exciting technological field.

Josh Goldberg

Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder

Josh Goldberg is one of the founders of Astrum Solar and serves as vice president of policy and business development. He also heads the Solar Renewable Energy Credit trading business. Prior to Astrum Solar, Josh was an attorney at Ballard Spahr, LLP where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and venture capital transactions. He also co-founded a private equity fund dedicated to real estate investment and management, and served as a policy advisor to U.S. Congressman and Maryland elected officials. Josh earned a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in History from the University of Maryland and received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law where he served as an editor of the Maryland Law Review. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Board of the Maryland Clean Energy Center.

Why solar? Solar power is not only good for the environment, but will help eliminate our dependence on foreign fossil fuels and ensure our energy security and national security.

Sandy Roskes

Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer

Sandy Roskes joined the company in 2009 and serves as vice president of sales. Prior to Astrum Solar, Sandy was vice president of business development and marketing at FiberZone Network, a telecom hardware vendor start-up, where he built and led the North American sales and business development team. In this role, he created a new market category and developed a pipeline of over $20 million in specific customer opportunities to be addressed post product certification.  He was an investment manager and general manager of U.S. operations for Portview Communication Partners, an international venture capital firm with $72 million under management. Under his leadership, proprietary deal flow tripled and he invested in and worked with portfolio companies like Teknovus which was recently acquired by Broadcom for $123 million. Other professional experience includes various roles in consulting firms including Senior Associate at HK Strategy and Finance, Co-founder at ImageFX and Senior Engineer at Ecology and Environment. Sandy earned a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and received a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He is also a NABCEP-Certified PV Installer™.

Why solar? With a 7% to 12% return on capital, and monthly cash flow in perpetuity, solar electric is one of the few investments in your home that is guaranteed to pay off.

Stephen Simons

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Stephen Simons joined the company in 2010 and serves as vice president of IT. Prior to Astrum Solar, Stephen was a principal at Restyn, LLC, a consulting practice specializing in online marketing and software development. He also served as the director of web development at Public Savings Bank and managed Fila USA’s online business, including all eMarketing technology initiatives and eCommerce. Stephen earned a B.S. in Physics from The College of William and Mary and received a Master of Divinity degree from Bryn Athyn College.

Why solar? The smart grid and distributed generation solutions like solar are the future of electricity.

Jose Ramos

Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Jose Ramos joined the company in 2013 and oversees all marketing activities for Astrum Solar. Prior to joining Astrum, Jose served as Director of Demand Generation and Analytics at Blu Homes, a privately-held builder of precision-engineered, luxury prefab homes. Prior to that, Jose was Director of Media Strategy and Marketing Analytics at SolarCity. Jose has also held positions at Universal McCann and MRM Worldwide—both marketing agencies held by Interpublic Group, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture. Jose also has over ten years of leadership experience within the non-profit sector, currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society’s California Division. He earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering at the University of California at Davis, as well as an MBA degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Why solar? Because solar power is good for our planet, good for our country and good for your wallet.