Team

Patrick Delaney, President


Patrick DelaneyPatrick is the founder and President of Bright New Ideas.  He has been working with solar-LED lanterns for over five years since originally coming across the idea while on a self-lead goodwill trip to Nicaragua.  Patrick has a BS. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and has over three years of experience working internationally in India and China.  Patrick is fluent in Spanish.

“Solar-LED lamp lighting for developing nations has been around for a little over ten years now and we’re just getting into the stages where people are learning how to make the technology work for people who really need it.  I’m excited to be a part of this drive toward cleaner air and a better life for many millions of people around the world.  My vision is that all people involved in solar lamps for developing nations – whether it’s anywhere from large commercial enterprise with lots of investors to just a small group project -measure and track their results and take a data-driven approach to find out how we can innovate more effectively.  That’s my wish for 2010 and I hope you  will join me.”

Zach McDade, Vice President


Zach McDadeZach McDade is a senior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota studying Economics and Political Science. Starting in June, 2010 he will be a Research Assistant at The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.  Zach’s interest in Central America and economic development flourished in the summer of 2009 when he partnered with Bright New Ideas and Patrick Delaney to run a qualitative study in rural Nicaragua using solar-charged LED lamps. He spent two months living with rural families getting to know them and understand their light-use and education habits. He also brought them solar lamps developed by Bright New Ideas to see if they were beneficial. The families and surrounding communities were so enthusiastic about the lamps that Bright New Ideas is now partnering with prominent academians to fundraise for and design a randomized study to investigate if the lamps can be used as conditional incentives to improve rural education outcomes.

Deb Debdahlinger, Advisor


Deb Dahlinger has thirty years of experience as a senior executive in global supply chain for Fortune 100 firms ranging from Anheuser-Busch to Advanced Energy Ind. Inc. and many in between.  Dahlinger has experience with startup companies and sourcing relationships introducing quality control, on-time delivery and cost effectiveness for market needs.  Dahlinger has managed complete supply-chain solutions including inventory, warehouse, import, export and freight agreements.   She has ten years of experience sourcing in Asia, Mexico and Europe to meet demands of customers and distribution models for companies.

“My basic philosophy is to create relationships that are respectful, mutually beneficial and professionally ethical for all parties. Integrity and creativity can be applied in many circumstances to make business relationships between parties that are fulfilling personally and professionally as well as create life long friends. It is my honor to be an advisor to Bright New Ideas and to help the world one light at a time!”

Dan Jankovich, Advisor


Dan Jankovich

Dan Jankovich

Dan Jankovich has worked in industry as a mechanical engineer specializing in product design for over 15 years.  His designs range from wastewater treatment systems to large-format digital printers to medium and high-volume position control devices.  He maintains aholistic approach to product design, while balancing manufacture-ability and assemble-ability.  He has spent time in both Asia and Europe resolving design and quality issues with component suppliers.  He has two US patents and degrees in mechanical engineering and software engineering.

“I am impressed by Patrick and the work he has done with his foundation.  Quite honestly I had not considered the daily cost and inherent dangers to families living without electric light.  His solution of the solar lamp is inspired, and even more so considering he has delivered 60 working prototypes to Nicaragua.  I am honored to be a part of BNI and I truly hope my contributions will be useful to bring the solar lamp into production and to the people who most need it.”

Vance Trendov, Advisor


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Vance Trendov

Vance Trendov has proven to be very outgoing, great salesmen, and a powerful leader.  He is a graduate from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. Vance has thousands of hours consulting small business owners. He started, ran, grew and sold his own half-million dollar revenue service business based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Vance has been instrumental in bringing Bright New Ideas solar lamps to Nicaragua.

“I pride myself on my ideas and ways of doing things. Innovation breads true value creation. So many times you have people in any market trying to solve the problem the cheapest and easiest way without any real thought to why the problem exists.  I love the inner working of every organization but they need to have the right visions, and know what they need to do to serve their customer needs. Patrick and his team not only know what they needs are to do they are doing it. It’s amazing and a true gift to have the opportunity to volunteer for Bright New Ideas.


Mike Green, Business Operations & Logistics Advisor


Mike Green

Mike Green has over 25 years of practical experience in the Defense Industry in various leadership positions.  Mike Green is the Bright New Idea’s Business Operations and Logistics Support Advisor responsible for solar lamp product and logistics planning. He is primarily focused on maximizing functionality, simplifying manufacturing, while minimizing costs and support requirements.

“My message for life is simple: change yourself first and see the world differently – then the world will change for the better!  Never let anyone else set the bar higher than you set it for yourself.  Help enough people to get what they want and you will get what you want.”





Eugene Sherayzen, Legal Advisor



Eugene Sherayzen

Eugene Sherayzen is the founder and owner of Sherayzen Law Office.  Since 2005, Mr. Sherayzen has been helping individuals and businesses in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area meet their personal and business legal needs.  Mr. Sherayzen primarily practices in the areas of business law, contract law, tax law (U.S. and international), and international trade law.  Mr. Sherayzen is a member of the State of Minnesota Bar, Minnesota State Bar Association, and American Bar Association.   He is also a member of the MSBA Publications Committee.  More info can be found at the Sherayzen Law Office Website.