DeWitt C. Thompson, V, is Chairman of the Board of Directors for PHG Energy. He has been President of Thompson Machinery Commerce Corporation, a Caterpillar heavy machinery and power systems distributor, since 2003.
Mr. Thompson founded PureWorks, Inc. (dba PureSafety) in 1999 and served as Chairman until the purchase of that company by Underwriters Laboratories in 2011.
In addition to his role at PHG Energy, Mr. Thompson is a Director of the Nashville Predators, Southcomm Inc., and Thompson Machinery. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University.
DeWitt C. Thompson, IV, is a member of PHG Energy’s Board of Directors. Following college graduation, Mr. Thompson served in the Tennessee Air National Guard as a navigator and pilot. He joined Thompson Machinery Commerce Corporation, a Caterpillar Dealership, in 1973 and took over as Chief Executive Officer in 1981. He is also the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Thompson Machinery.
Mr. Thompson has served on various outside boards of directors including First American National Bank, Forke Brothers Auctioneers, Forke Credit Corporation, Cooperative Association of Tractor Dealers, Vector Disease Control International and PureWorks, Inc. He is also a part owner of the Nashville Predators, an NHL franchise.
Mr. Thompson graduated from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering with a focus on Civil Engineering.
Jim Ezzell serves as the Chief Financial Officer of PHG Energy and brings to that position extensive experience in corporate finance. His experience includes being the Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary, and Director for Thompson Machinery Commerce Corporation for the past 29 years. Before Thompson, Mr. Ezzell spent six years in corporate banking with a major regional bank, and three years in the treasury department for a Fortune 500 company. During his 29 year tenure at Thompson Machinery, in addition to PHG Energy, he has formerly held similar positions in other Thompson affiliated companies ranging from an international heavy equipment auction company which also included a captive finance company; to a newspaper publishing company; to a highly successful e-learning company.
Mr. Ezzell’s primary role with PHG Energy is to develop financing sources not only for PHG Energy but also for customer installations if requested. In addition to supervising the typical treasury functions, other responsibilities include tax review that may apply to PHG installations, contract review, and risk management.
Mr. Ezzell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of the South-Sewanee and two master degrees from Georgia State University – a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and a Masters of Professional Accountancy. He currently maintains a C.P.A. – Inactive certification.
Steve Lainhart’s 20-year record of achievement with both Thompson Machinery and Thompson Power gives PHG Energy the management and project coordination experience necessary to combine various components of industry-specific strategies and marketing for the company’s gasification systems.
As General Manager of Thompson Power for the past 15 years, he has directed sales and customer service operations in Tennessee and Mississippi through 11 field offices. Under his leadership, the company has developed a high level of specialization in tasking onsite generator capacity for health care and data emergency backup and for utility distributed generation and end-user load management.Starting with a core generator business in healthcare markets, which demand both sophisticated control capabilities and 24-hour service response, Mr. Lainhart has leveraged Thompson’s system design and service experience into industrial processes, communications, water treatment, data management, universities and utility applications.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and has taught mechanics and thermodynamics for Vanderbilt as an adjunct professor.