Meet Our Team

Our team has more than four decades of experience in Latin America and the Caribbean.

G. Robert Blanchard, Jr.

Chairman of WRB Energy and Chairman and CEO of WRB Enterprises

WRB Enterprises is a diversified holding company with more than 40 years experience in the Caribbean. WRB is the owner of WRB Energy and majority shareholder of Grenlec, Grenada’s electric utility, for which Bob currently serves as Chairman. WRB previously owned majority interests in and successfully divested two other electric utilities: Turks and Caicos Utilities and Domlec (Dominica), both of which Bob served as Chairman. Bob graduated from Emory University with a BA in political science and BA in philosophy.

Robert Blenker

President & CEO of WRB Energy

Robert is a veteran renewable energy executive with more than 25 years of experience sourcing, developing, and managing infrastructure projects, specifically in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has developed renewable energy projects, vertically-integrated utilities, and sustainable infrastructure in Honduras, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Mauritania, Colombia, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Dominica, and the U.S. Robert graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in wildlife management and journalism and earned an MAIA in business and development economics from Ohio University.

Murray Skeete, B.Sc.CEng.

Vice President of Engineering and Regulation with WRB Energy and Director of Grenlec

Murray has overall responsibility for the technical and regulatory aspects of WRB’s development projects. Having started his career in the wind energy research field, his primary experience has been in the operations and management of vertically integrated electric utility companies in the Caribbean. Murray has led numerous multi-million-dollar projects in power generation and T&D on small island nations. His work has involved contract management, project management, system planning, renewable energy development and integration, as well as management and regulatory consulting. Murray holds a BSc. degree in Engineering from the University of Leicester, UK, and is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and a member of IEEE.

Edward H. Parry, CPA

Chief Financial Officer of WRB Enterprises

Ed brings more than 30 years of executive financial management experience in a variety of industries since beginning and advancing his career in public accounting with Grant Thornton. Prior to joining WRB Enterprises, Ed served as CFO at Diagnostic Outpatient Centers. His experience in finance, management, and operations led to the successful financial restructuring of the organization, allowing the company to respond to significant regulatory and competitive changes in the marketplace. Ed also cofounded CompServ Inc., a systems integration company that sold IT solutions and services representing IBM, HP, EMC, and Cisco, with sales volume reaching $56 million. As Executive VP and CFO and later President, Ed was responsible for all financial and operational systems and procedures before guiding the company through a successful sale in June 2008. Previously, Ed served the Bullard Group as Executive VP, overseeing centralized finance and operations for an extensive portfolio of diverse companies involving real estate development, property management, and commercial construction. Ed also participated in the start-up of several businesses in the medical and restaurant industries, including the Durango Steakhouse chain. In 1986, Ed was CFO and elected to the Board of Directors and appointed Secretary/Treasurer of Larry’s Ice Cream—a manufacturer of premium ice cream products distributed through 77 franchises. Ed was instrumental in the company’s initial public offering, responsible for SEC reporting requirements, tax and audit preparation, budgeting and long-range corporate planning. Ed is a graduate of Florida State University.

Chris Cadwell

Vice President, Renewable Energy

Chris brings extensive utility scale project development experience to the WRB team. His focus is on power marketing, development management, and M&A. Previously, he worked with Foresight Renewables on a 1,000+ MW wind and solar development portfolio with 300+ MW of power contracts with utilities in the southwest United States.

Nathaniel Vandal

Vice President, Renewable Energy

Nathaniel’s expertise is rooted in a strong technical background and advanced knowledge of project finance. Prior to joining WRB, Nathaniel worked as the Director of Resource and Project Assessment at Ridgeline Energy. At Ridgeline, Nathaniel led all technical efforts and helped contribute to the installation and operation of over 320 MW of wind generation.

Rod Heaven

Director of Development

Rod is an Entrepreneur and Company Director with a track record in launching, managing and selling businesses over the last 30 years. The skills that Rod brings to WRB Energy include New Business Development, Marketing & Sales, Business Process Re-engineering, Information Technology Systems, Systems Analysis Design & Programming, Financial Modeling and Management.

Edgar Wiggins

Operating Partner

Edgar is an experienced construction and operations manager in the Caribbean. Currently, he serves as VP of Project Management at WRB Energy. Previously, he was a project manager at the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining in Jamaica, and General Manager of Turks and Caicos Utilities and Nevis Electricity Company. He held senior management positions in manufacturing and energy operations at Jamaica Public Service Company, Kingston Container Terminal, and Johnson & Johnson. Edgar graduated from the University of Technology in Jamaica with a diploma in electrical engineering, received a BS in electrical engineering from the University of the West Indies, and earned an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Jason Balliet

Vice President, Renewable Energy

Bringing 15 years of experience in renewable energy and consulting, Jason spearheads WRB Energy’s efforts to expand into Latin American markets. Focused on business development, project development, and project acquisition, Jason has built a 600MW pipeline of wind and solar development assets throughout the region.

Trevor Udwin

Vice President, Renewable Energy

Trevor brings 10 years of experience in renewable technology and market research through the diverse perspectives of manufacturing, project development, and academia. Prior to joining WRB, Trevor worked at Mission Solar Energy as Product Manager, deploying new commercial PV technologies, and overseeing quality testing. Additionally, Trevor spent several years developing and implementing energy efficiency projects for mining companies in Latin America. Trevor holds a dual master’s degree in Energy Resources and Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, where he spent three years researching innovative and effective funding models for cleantech.

Paul Lopez

Senior Accountant

Paul, a native of Peru, brings more than 20 years of accounting, auditing and management experience in diverse business groups. He began his career in public accounting with BDO Peru, and later worked as Manager in Repsol in Lima, Peru. In 2001, Paul moved to Florida to advance his career. Prior to joining WRB, Paul served as Controller at High Profile, LLC, and as a Financial Analyst at Office Depot and NCCI Holdings, Inc. He also worked in NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, as Construction Accountant for domestic and international development of solar and wind projects under construction. Paul, a certified CPA in Peru, received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Lima, and holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.

Denise Warren Ruggiero

Legal & Executive Administrator

Denise is the Legal & Executive Administrator at WRB Enterprises, Inc. with responsibility for supporting members of the WRB team. Denise has more than 25 years’ experience as a Corporate/Securities Legal Assistant. Beginning her career in a law firm environment, Denise was in-house paralegal for a multi-specialty physicians’ group in the Tampa Bay area. Denise also managed the group’s Administration Office and was Facilities Manager for the group’s 17 free-standing facilities. For more than 15 years, Denise owned and operated Viking Corporate Services, Inc. working as an outside corporate paralegal specializing in finance company license compliance. In addition, Denise managed a public safety/emergency management college campus coordinating events, rooms, venues, student business services, facilities maintenance, security and IT needs. Denise received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Denise has been a member of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), Suncoast Chapter, and in 2011/2012 received the Vocational Service Award from Rotary International St. Petersburg, FL – Midtown Chapter.

Carrie Richardson

Staff Accountant

Carrie brings over 30 years of accounting experience to our team. Her tenure with WRB Enterprises, Inc include accounting responsibilities at subsidiary operations level and then, in 1995 she transferred to the parent company as a staff accountant. Carrie earned her AS Accounting degree in 2014 from Hillsborough Community College.