Our Team

Our team takes pride in our work and in providing the opportunity for our community to reduce, produce, and manage their energy needs. We are here to help our customers in any way we can.


Eric Pals

President & Founder

Eric grew up helping father Mike in Pals Electric wire homes and businesses while in high school and later earned his Journeyman Electrician status with IBEW Local 146.  Having worked for several large and mid-size electrical contractors, he quickly rose from field electrician to foreman over million-dollar electrical projects.  He moved from the field to the office and was Asst. Business Manager for IBEW Local 146 in Decatur, IL and well-versed in the electrical contracting industry.  He founded Tick Tock Energy with brother Craig in 2006 and now oversees Tick Tock’s overall company operations particularly focused on sales and project management.

Craig Pals

Vice President & Founder

Craig is a seasoned energy professional with nearly twenty-eight (28) years of energy-efficiency and renewable energy expertise.  He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach and a licensed Mechanical Engineer.  He has managed many complex energy retrofit projects involving large heating and cooling plants, cogeneration, and other solutions in Los Angeles area prior to moving back to Effingham, IL area.  He founded Tick Tock Energy with brother Eric in 2006 to focus on solar, wind, energy-efficient lighting and has helped grow an industry that virtually did not exist in Illinois in 2006.

Jason Mulholland

Regional Sales Consultant

Jason entered the solar industry in 2013 after spending many years in sales and service. After several years of success in sales, going Solar just made sense. Solar is all about numbers, an educational experience, and treating others as you would like to be treated. “I love staying in contact with clients from the sales process, through installation, and beyond.”

He achieved his North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) PV Technical Sales Professional Certification in 2015.

Patrick McElroy

New Business Development Manager

Patrick has BS in History from University of Missouri and has held various sales and marketing positions in the solar/energy industry since 2013.  In his current position he’s responsible for running our tradeshow booths, hosting solar educational events (Tick Tock’s version of Solar Power Hours), and early-stage lead management and business development.

Chuck Siler

Business Analyst & Support

Chuck has an AS in Business Management from Southeastern Illinois University and has 28 years of experience in accounting and business management.  Prior to joining Tick Tock he was Director of Business Services for Heartland Human Services.  At Tick Tock he is responsible for bookkeeping, customer billing, CRM management, and general administration.

James Mathews

Senior Sales Manager

James has worked in the solar industry for nearly ten years. He is a people person who enjoys using his knowledge in a straight forward manner to help clients find just the right Solar solution. Clients appreciate that he is able to easily explain the ins and outs of going solar. He spent nearly a decade in Arizona, where he consulted with and assisted hundreds of families with the addition of renewable solar energy to their homes and properties.

Troy Acree

Project Manager

Troy started working for Tick Tock Energy in November of 2020. He received his A.A.S. in Industrial Technology from Olney Central College in 2009. Although new to the renewable energy industry, he has over 9 years of experience in construction project management and a total of 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance. Troy’s hobbies include hunting, Jeeping and working in his shop at home. Troy is excited to bring his experience in project management to TTE and the solar energy sector.

Mark Holthaus

Project Development Specialist

Mark has a diverse electrical and mechanical background having early experience in his youth working for his dad’s HVAC & Appliance company. Mark has been a field electrician as well as service technician troubleshooting electronic circuitry, electro-mechanical systems and more. Through his self-initiative, he obtained solar training and joined Tick Tock in spring 2018 helping with solar estimating, scoping and project development. He assists with field survey, system layout and design using Aurora modeling software, cost estimating and proposal development. Mark is a NABCEP PV Associate (PVA-031718-021184).

Shelby Hubbart

Project Coordinator

Shelby began working at Tick Tock Energy in 2018 as a Sales Consultant and now drives a variety of business functions. Her main role is as an incentive and project administrator managing incentive, grant, and utility interconnection applications. Shelby completed her Associate degree at Lake Land College in 2013, majoring in Environmental Science. Over the course of the past few years she has completed many NABCEP training courses and has a wide-ranging understanding of the solar industry. Shelby enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, writing her novel, and singing karaoke.

Garrett Burris

Marketing Manager

Garrett began his work in the solar industry in 2020 but brings with him the marketing experience gained from working in the live music industry since 2012. He received his Bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Illinois and Associate’s in Radio/TV Broadcasting from Lake Land College. His passion lies in using mass communications to bring people together for the greater good. Garrett is the co-founder of Summer Sundown Music Festival and the production manager for Poss Music Works, which brings thousands of music fans to Effingham each year. He spends his free time with his black lab, Georgia.

Trey Braunecker

Office Administrator

Trey started working for Tick Tock Energy in July of 2020. Although he is new to the solar energy business, he is excited to bring his years of office experience to the Tick Tock family. His primary commitments are providing excellent customer service, improving office relations and handling marketing projects that help drive Tick Tock Energy even further.

Trey graduated from Carbondale with a B.S. in 2013. His hobbies include music, reading, exercising, pop culture and spending time with his nutty German short-haired pointer.

Daniel Goatley

Service and Monitoring Technician

Daniel started working for Tick Tock Energy in October of 2020. Although he is new to the Solar Industry, he has a vast knowledge of IT Services gained through school and previous positions that he hopes to utilize in his work with the Monitoring and Service Departments. His main goals are to make Tick Tock Energy’s customer service an unforgettable experience from start to finish, to stay on top of new and innovative technologies, and to become an expert in his field. Daniel received his certification for Electrical Distribution Linework in 2015 through LLCC and is currently working towards getting his NABCEP PV Associates Degree. Daniels hobbies include collecting vinyl records, disc golf, pop culture, and playing drums.

Nick Pals

Sales Associate

Nick graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Organization Communication. Shortly after graduating Nick decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in the Solar Industry. Nick has completed multiple NABCEP training courses and soon hopes to achieve his PV Technical Sales Professional Certification. Nick believes that solar energy is the future and the industry will remain strong for many years to come.

Nick enjoys hunting, fishing, playing tennis, and spending time with his friends and family.

Wyatt Abbott

Project Design Engineer

Wyatt started as an intern at Tick Tock Energy for 2 years while attending college at SIUE for his Electrical Engineering Degree. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in May of 2021. Wyatt is now officially a part of the team as our Project Design Engineer. Wyatt spends his free time enjoying hobbies such as disc golf, video games, and attending concerts. Wyatt is happy to get to work in the solar industry and cannot wait to see what advancements solar technology will bring.

Clay Kauffman

Solar Project Development Engineer

Clay started working for Tick Tock Energy in May of 2021. After receiving his A.A.S. degree in Renewable energy from Lake Land Community College in 2014, Clay completed his Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Indiana State University. His role is to take site survey information from the sales team and produce a design for customers that offsets or eliminates their utility bill. Clay enjoys hiking with his dogs and woodworking.

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