Management Team

Mr. Jamison joined Capstone in December 2006 as President and Chief Executive Officer and has been a director since December 2006. Mr. Jamison joined Capstone from Northern Power Systems, Inc., a company that designs, manufactures and sells wind turbines into the global marketplace, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining Northern Power Systems, Inc., Mr. Jamison was Vice President and General Manager of Distributed Energy Solutions for Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of specialized engine driven power generation equipment to the oil and gas, renewable and energy efficiency markets. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Finance from Seattle University.

Mr. Ayers started his career at Capstone in 2014. Mr. Ayers has provided leadership to the engineering organization for four of those years, leveraging off his experience commercializing Capstone’s 1MW Signature Series distributed energy generation system and bringing global grid interconnect compliance to Capstone’s product lines. Prior to joining Capstone Turbine, Mr. Ayers has 25 years of Program and Engineering experience in the turbomachinery, automotive, defense, and communications industries. He brings broad experience in successfully commercializing and launching developmental products, ensuring they are supportable and reliable through the entire product life cycle. Mr. Ayers earned a Master in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, with a focus on gas turbine technology.

Mr. Crouse was appointed as Chief Revenue Officer for Capstone (a public NASDAQ corporation) on December 1, 2019, where he will provide strategic direction of overall business development with a heavy focus on top-line revenue growth by managing direct sales in developing National Accounts sales and Key Account relationships. Mr. Crouse served as the Company's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from February 2007-November 2019, where he led the company’s sales, marketing, and distributor efforts globally. During his tenure, he has led a global distributor development effort that added 65+ distributors in 73 countries and was responsible for bringing several new clean energy and renewable energy microturbine products to the market. Prior to joining Capstone, Mr. Crouse spent 20 years developing distributed generation projects including oil and gas; CHP; biogas; thermal energy storage; solar and wind. In addition to his executive career, Mr. Crouse has served on several advisory boards and board of directors and has testified before Congress on a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues on multiple occasions.

Ms. Derstine was appointed to Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for Capstone on December 1, 2019, where she manages and directs the execution of the Company’s Distribution strategy and global marketing initiatives. Ms. Derstine joined Capstone in 2012 as Director of Policy where she served as the company’s government affairs lead. She then led a team with additional responsibilities for strategic market and competitive analysis as well as distribution channel development. Prior to Capstone, Ms. Derstine entered the civil service as a Presidential Management Fellow for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Working within the International Trade Administration, she represented U.S. government and business interests in a variety of roles covering EMEA geographies, energy industries and trade and investment concerns. Ms. Derstine represents Capstone in a number of trade association leadership roles, including the CHP Alliance, the Clean Energy Business Network, and the California Clean DG Coalition. She has also served on the Secretary of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee since 2014. She holds a Master of Arts in International Economics and European Studies from the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago.

Responsible for leading mergers and acquisitions (M&A) at Capstone, Mr. Foster joined the company in 2013, initially serving as the Director of the Program Management Office (PMO), leading the successful development and launch of the Signature Series product line in 2015. Over the past eight years at Capstone, Mr. Foster has run multiple departments, with resources in both the U.S. and the U.K., having responsibility for the EaaS P&L. Prior to coming to Capstone, Mr. Foster had worked 24 years in the defense industry – culminating in the leadership of a global business area with P&L and strategic growth responsibility. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle, is a graduate of the ITT Corporation Executive Leadership Development program at Ashridge University in the United Kingdom, is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and is a U.S. Navy veteran.

Mr. Hencken was appointed to Chief Financial Officer of Capstone on January 1, 2020, and had served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Capstone since October 1, 2019. Mr. Hencken has served as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer since April 2019 and served as the Company’s Controller from October 2017 to April 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Hencken held various roles in Finance and Accounting with InnoVista Sensors, previously Custom Sensors and Technologies, Inc., a global company specializing in designing and manufacturing sensors, controls, and actuators from 2012 to 2017. While employed at InnoVista Sensors, Mr. Hencken’s various roles included the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, International Controller, and Director of Finance and Administration, North America. Prior to InnoVista Sensors, Mr. Hencken served as the Manager of Financial Reporting from 2008 to 2011 and Director of Financial Reporting in 2012, for THQ Inc., an independent developer, and publisher of games and interactive entertainment software. Prior to THQ Inc., Mr. Hencken was employed by McGladrey, LLP, a provider of assurance, tax, and consulting services, from 2001 to 2008, providing attest services. Mr. Hencken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Long Beach and is a Certified Public Accountant (active) licensed in California.

Mr. Petty joined Capstone in 2007, serving in many cross-functional leadership positions across operations, customer service and quality. Mr. Petty holds a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, in Organizational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Science in Operations Management with a Supply Chain & ERP concentration from Kettering University. Mr. Petty is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. In addition to volunteer work with Operation Gratitude, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross, he also holds several professional certifications from the American Society for Quality, including Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Manager of Quality and Operational Excellence, and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt; and is a United States Marine Corps veteran.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Tavitian served as the Corporate Controller at TestEquity, LLC from October 2017 to October 2020. From June 2014 to October 2017, Mr. Tavitian served as the Controller and Director of SEC Reporting at MRV Communication, Inc. From June 2010 to June 2014, Mr. Tavitian served as the Assistant Controller for Unico American Corporation. From January 2007 to May 2010, Mr. Tavitian was employed by Stonefield Josephson LLP, (subsequently acquired by Marcum LLP) providing attest services. Mr. Tavitian received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the California State University, Northridge and is a Certified Public Accountant (active) licensed in California.

Mrs. Chidbachian was appointed to Director of Customer Service on July 1, 2021 for Capstone Green Energy, responsible for supporting the global distribution network, managing the Service department strategies and initiatives,  and overseeing the UK Integrated Remanufacturing Facility. Mrs. Chidbachian joined Capstone in 2011 as the Call Center Manager and shortly after was promoted to Business Operations Manager responsible for managing all the back-office functions, which included the contact center, service claims, Factory Protection Plan contract administration, order management, and aftermarket parts.  Prior to joining Capstone Green Energy, Mrs. Chidbachian managed the 24-Hour Helpline for Medtronic Diabetes from 2008 through 2011.  She was Director of Call Center Operations at IndyMac Bank (later acquired by One West Bank) from 2005 through 2007, where she managed the onshore and offshore online banking service centers. And during her 14-year tenure at Washington Mutual Bank (later acquired by JP Morgan Chase & Co), which covered the period from 1990 through 2004, Mrs. Chidbachian was a Division Manager in mortgage lending and a Department Manager in retail banking.