Management Team


Our leadership team defined and created the concept of power system analytics and we continue to drive solutions related to analysis and optimization of customer’s energy and power systems across a wide variety of businesses and industries with the goal of helping customers get the most out of their energy and power systems, and ultimately, their business.

Our team is recognized as industry experts in the areas of power systems engineering, software development, data acquisition, data analysis, expert systems, and artificial intelligence.

We come from diverse industrial backgrounds with companies such as Eaton, Invensys, General Electric, Schneider Electric and others.

We deploy our technology across the spectrum of mission critical applications and industries. Our Paladin software platform has been recognized by the Federal government, the Department of Defense, VISA, eBay and offshore oil and gas production companies, among others, as the preferred solution for energy and power system design, simulation, analysis and optimization

Our goal is to deliver best in the world real time modeling and simulation software, with a passion to help customers better manage their power and energy.

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Keith Barksdale

Chairman, Power Analytics Global

Keith Barksdale is the Chairman of Power Analytics Global. Mr. Barksdale founded BV Advisory Partners to develop partnerships with experienced operators who have the ability through technology and innovation to disrupt their respective industries including Healthcare, Media, Telecommunications, Energy and Technology.  Mr. Barksdale believes that capital is a commodity and just one of the tools needed by executives in building a successful enterprise.  Mr. Barksdale has had a leading role in over $10 billion of financings.  First, during a decade on Wall Street as a Senior Institution Equity Salesperson at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, National Westminster Bank and Kidder Peabody & Co., covering premier global asset managers. Post DLJ being acquired by Credit Suisse, Mr. Barksdale developed a focus as an investor in disruptive technologies and in identifying industry level mega trends.  As a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Masters Capital, where he was a member of a team managing over $650 million in assets that achieved net annual returns of 55 percent, Mr. Barksdale was responsible for building Masters Capital Research and oversaw 30 consultants in multiple industry sectors, including technology, healthcare and telecom.  Prior to founding BV Advisory Partners, Mr. Barksdale was a Managing Director at Ledgemont Capital Group and Indigo Merchant Capital Group, where he was involved in capital raising, management recruiting, and overall strategic and financial advisory services to over 40 growth stage companies. Mr. Barksdale graduated with a BA in English and History from Hampden-Sydney College in 1993. ​

Michael Kotlarz

Chief Technology Officer, Power Analytics Global

Michael Kotlarz is currently a strategic business consultant and advisory board member focusing on disruptive technologies. His 25 years of experience in analyzing the nexus between technology and financial services has informed his strong belief that understanding new disruptive technologies will make or break the winners and losers of coming decades. Michael has spent the last several years focusing on cutting-edge data analytics including Data Science, Machine Learning, and A.I. and the practical application of these emerging technologies for his business partners.

Prior to Inference Ventures LLC, his consulting practice, he served as lead portfolio manager of OppenheimerFund’s $7 Billion large cap growth strategy and as the senior technology analyst for the OppenheimerFunds Growth Team. Investors Business Daily singled out his fund in its “Best Mutual Funds of 2015 Special Report.”  Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds, he was a Managing Director at Ark Asset Management where he oversaw technology allocations for several multi-billion dollar investment vehicles. Prior to Ark he spent several years as a sell-side analyst including DLJ where he covered Storage Networking and Computer Hardware. He began his investment career at NatWest Securities and holds a B.S. from Cornell University.


Jim Haynes


William J (Jim) Haynes is an American lawyer and corporate executive. Mr. Haynes has served at the highest levels in the private sector (as executive vice president and chief legal officer of two publicly traded corporations) and the public sector (with senate-confirmed appointments by two United States presidents.)  Most recently, Mr. Haynes was executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of CSRA Inc., a next generation information technologies solutions and services company, until CSRA was acquired by General Dynamics Corporation for $9.7 billion. Earlier in his career, Mr. Haynes was executive vice president and general counsel of SIGA Technologies, Inc. (biotechnology); chief corporate counsel of Chevron Corporation (energy); and staff vice president and associate general counsel of General Dynamics Corporation (manufacturing and services). 

Mr. Haynes is the longest serving General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2001-2008), holding that office under Secretaries Donald H. Rumsfeld and Robert M. Gates during the administration of President George W. Bush. From 1990-1993, Mr. Haynes served as General Counsel of the Department of the Army during the administration of President George H. W. Bush. Mr. Haynes was twice a partner in Jenner & Block, a national law firm. Mr. Haynes also was a volunteer in central Asia for Mercy Corps International, helping manage a micro-credit program. After graduating from Davidson College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Haynes clerked for a federal trial judge, and then served four years active duty as a captain in the U. S. Army. 

Mr. Haynes holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Stetson University Law School. Mr. Haynes is a member of the advisory committee of the National Security Institute of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University; a member of the advisory council of the United States Court of Federal Claims; a member of the advisory board of the United States Naval Postgraduate School; a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society; and a trustee of the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America.

Mark Ascolese


Mark Ascolese is a seasoned Executive having led both Public and Private companies focusing on strategic planning, operations and investment strategy as Chief Executive Officer and Board member.  Mark has a record of success focusing early stage, mid-sized, and large companies, delivering bottom-line results in complex, rapidly changing environments. An industry expert in energy management, electrical infrastructure, and strategic repositioning of companies with a Net Operating Loss (NOL).

Thomas H. Thebes, Jr.


Thomas H. Thebes Jr. is Chief Financial Officer responsible for Financial, Accounting, IT, Compliance and Human Resources functions at Armor Express. Tom has full P&L responsibility, with a focus on instituting best practices and improving processes to enhance financial reporting, costing and analysis, IT system requirements, and overall talent management and acquisition. Tom is a key member of the senior management team and provides strategic direction on all financial and business initiatives.

Prior financial and operational management experience in the manufacturing and defense sectors, having served in a number of senior executive roles at Fortune 500 and 1000 public and private enterprises, both in the U.S. and internationally. His prior roles included that of CFO and VP of Finance at Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) and EVP of Operations at Chemring (Niitek, 3rdRadar, Chemring Detection Systems).