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James A. "Hoss" Boyd

James A. "Hoss" Boyd

James A. "Hoss" Boyd, LtCol (Retired) President and CEO


State FFA Vice-President 1968


Hoss (left) at Swearing-in ceremony in a Titan II ICBM Complex

Steve and Hoss

Hoss (right) and Steve, a TV celebrity

Bill and Hoss

Hoss (right) and Bill Sinkin, Founder of Solar San Antonio, at Bill's 100th Birthday celebration

Mr Boyd, born in Bentonville, Arkansas, has a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas and a Masters Degree in Operations Management, also from the University of Arkansas. Additionally, he has over 30 years of management and leadership experience. His electrical career began in high school as an apprentice electrician and continued throughout his college years to follow. He is currently the registered Master Electrician for TeraVolt Energy Inc. His interest in electricity lead him to become the State electrical award winner the same year for both the Future Farmers of America and 4H Clubs. He served as the Arkansas State FFA Vice-President and holds the American Farmer Degree in that organization---an achievement earned by less than one-half of one percent of all active FFA members. In 4H, he was selected as a delegate to the NAtional 4H Congress.

Hoss served 12 years of active duty in the Air Force from 1973 to 1985 in logistics and as a Titan II ICBM Launch Officer. He held a "Top Secret" military clearance that involved a comprehensive background investigation into every aspect of his public and private activities.

From 1985 to 1990 he was a Real Estate Broker Associate and Real Estate Securities Broker-Dealer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During that time, he worked for the leading Real Estate syndication firms in the State of New Mexico: Jack Clifford and Company, and RJ Schaeffer and Associates. Mr Boyd worked directly on major real estate developments that included Class "A" office buildings, high-rise medical office buildings, business parks, commercial and industrial land syndications, and a "AAA" rated RV Park. His career in Real Estate was curtailed by the real estate crash of the late '80's. Throughout this time, he remained as an active member of the Air Force Reserves.

In 1990, Mr Boyd was employed by the Air Force in a nuclear weapons activity and worked in a number of high-level Civil Service positions including that of Air Force Civilian Career Program Manager at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. In 1998, he graduated form the Dale Carnegie Course receiving the Dale Carnegie Highest Award for Achievement. From 1999 - 2003, Mr Boyd served a 3-year active duty tour at Headquarters Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, where he worked a special project that involved direct participation in a RAND Corporation study. This active duty tour coincided with the 911 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. He retired from the Reserves in June 2003 as a Lieutenant Colonel with 30 years of combined active duty and reserve experience. He is a Veteran of the Viet Nam Era, the Cold War, and the Iraqi/Afghanistan War Era.

He founded Premier Electrical Systems in 2002 while completing his active duty assignment with the Air Force Reserves. That company grew from a 2-man operation with annual sales of $28,000, to a million-plus dollar commercial electrical contracting and solar installation company. The company employed as many as 20 full-time members and had a portfolio of quality commercial projects, such as National Tire and Battery, Kirkland's Home Store, Icing by Claire, Freddy's Frozen Custard Restaurants, Allied Institute of Medicine, The Shops at Creekside in New Braunfels, and others. In addition, it had a service customer base that included HEB Food Stores, US Maintenance Services, Pilot Travel Centers, and the McKenna Foundation. Premier originally focused on new commercial electrical construction and commercial service and repair. In 2007, the company added solar energy development and installation to its list of services. Beginning in 2008, the company had competed for large-array solar generation development contracts. It was one of the 24 companies competing for the original 100 MW solar project for CPS Energy of San Antonio.

On 31 October 2009, Premier was permanently closed so that Hoss could focus all of his attention on solar projects. He served as CEO and majority shareholder in a new company that installed small residential and commercial solar projects. The largest project was a 100 kW/DC residential rooftop systems installed in 2013---the largest of its kind in Texas.

Hoss founded TeraVolt Energy in 2013, as sole shareholder, President and CEO. This company goes far beyond where the previous companies left off both in the size of the projects and with the addition of electricity brokerage from traditional energy sources.

As a supporter of Texas Green Energy and energy conservation, Hoss is an active member of the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum, and the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Emerging Technology Working Group.

Outside of solar energy development, Hoss is an active member of the MENSA organization. He is also active at Oakwood Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, where he serves in the church music program and has served on a team that accounts for weekly contributions.

He holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt in Soryu Karate and is a Martial Arts instructor.

In October 2010, Hoss was awarded the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practicitioners) Certified PV Installation Professional designation. At the time he received the certification, he was one of 5 Texas licensed Master Electricians to receive this national solar certification.

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