In this episode, Stephanie Gossman takes us through her journey through solar, working with small businesses to offer solutions, meet them where they are, and how her team has been instrumental in achieving these goals. She also talks about mentorship and why it is important to have mentors.
Sharon Lee taps over a decade of solar sales experience, having led the creation of a solar division for a leading manufacturing/construction firm, resulting in over 17 MW of solar in its portfolio, as well as solar ultimately becoming its highest-grossing revenue vertical. Lee has been involved in the GA Solar Energy Association, serving on the board of directors as the marketing chair, organizing the annual conference, as well as vice-chair, and ultimately the first female chair of the organization in 2015. She is also a charter member of the Professional Women in Building chapter of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and Women in Solar Energy (WISE). Lee earned her B.S. degree in communications with double minors in marketing and psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, after spending three years at the University of Tennessee in the pre-health curriculum. Lee is the mom of two boys, ages 14 and 11, and a rabid college football fan. She and her husband, John, spend most of their free time at the baseball or football fields unless they can steal away for a quick round of golf.
Stephanie Gossman is the Electric Transportation Manager at Georgia Power Company, where she leads the department responsible for customer offerings to support the buildout of EV charging infrastructure. Prior to this role, she spent 11 years working in the Power Delivery organization, including real-time operations in the control center, transmission planning, field maintenance, and storm restoration.
Prior to her current role, she served as the assistant to the SVP for Power Delivery with Southern Company Services to support and promote goals throughout Southern
Company’s electric operating companies and within the industry. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Alabama, an MS from Georgia Tech, an MBA from Southern Polytechnic State University. She is a licensed PE in the state of Georgia.
Insights from this Episode
- How Stephanie got into solar
- What she is offering to small businesses
- Insights into her team
- Details on electric vehicles
- Working with customers to reduce barriers
- Stephanie’s thoughts on mentorship
Quotes from the Show:
- “I’m an EV driver for almost 10 years, so it is a passion, personally, and then seeing that mix with a professional opportunity has been a lot of fun” —Stephanie Gossman in “The Sunnyside Podcast”
- “In the area fleet electrification, and especially for municipalities, or small businesses, that are not the big ones like Amazon or UPS, we have a variety of offerings, and the goal here is to meet them where they are” —Stephanie Gossman in “The Sunnyside Podcast”
- “Having a team that is willing to go wherever that path takes us together and brainstorm together is critical to success” —Stephanie Gossman in “The Sunnyside Podcast”
- “It’s good to invest in infrastructure just as we always do, and to invest in infrastructure on the customers’ side” —Stephanie Gossman in “The Sunnyside Podcast”
- “If you’ve had a good mentor in your life, you are probably going to be a good mentor to other folks ” —Sharon Lee in “The Sunnyside Podcast”
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