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.

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Eric Pals

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 solar 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.

Barb Starwalt

Project Administrator & Customer Service

Barb has been with Tick Tock Energy for 7 years and prior had many years’ experience with a local electrical contracting business where she was involved with estimating, procurement, and scheduling labor resources.  At Tick Tock she oversees USDA grants, SREC applications and administration, preps O&M binders and web-based monitoring dashboards, and assists with customer service at project completion and with any on-going warranty and service issues.

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.

Kerry Wolff

Regional Sales Consultant

Kerry brings our clients a wealth of experience gained during a 30+ year career in agriculture and financial services. His work centers around clients’ needs and bringing forward ideas to improve their livelihoods. Kerry joined Tick Tock Energy in 2017 because he realized through the tremendous economic incentives available to home and business owners, he could help family businesses remain financially viable for the next generation.

He achieved his North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Associate certificate in 2017.

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

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.

Lance Durham

Project Manager

Lance completed his BS in Engineering Technology from State University New York (SUNY Canton). He has worked as a Solar PV Designer for Apex Solar in Queensbury, NY, completing over 300+ residential and small commercial designs, and served as Project Manager at Apex averaging 50-60 projects per month. He worked for racking manufacturer AP Alternatives overseeing several large utility-scale (MegaWatt-scale) racking and module installations in MN, VA, NC, and IL. He has solar project experience in many states including MA, NY, VT, NH, NJ, MO and IL having dealt with many jurisdictions.

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

Sales Associate

Shelby has always had a passion for green energy. After completing her degree in Environmental Science at Lake Land College she knew solar was the career of a lifetime. She started at Tick Tock Energy in 2018 and has loved every minute of it.

Shelby has completed multiple courses in NABCEP training and product knowledge.

Garrett Burris

Garrett Burris

Marketing Manager

Garrett is new to the solar industry but brings with him the marketing experience he has 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. He is the co-founder of Summer Sundown Music Festival and the production manager for Poss Music Works, a not-for-profit which normally brings thousands of music fans to Effingham each year.

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 is new to the Solar Industry world, but has always been interested in renewable energy and its possibilities. He completed the Electrical Distribution Lineman Program at Lincoln Land Community College in hopes to get into the trade. Daniel decided to get more involved in the I.T. field where he had previously received certifications. He worked as a Service Technician with a fiber optic communications company and found his way to Tick Tock Energy in September of 2020. Daniel's hobbies include disc golf, graphic design, and playing drums in his band, Population Zero. Daniel is excited to put his skills to work to make Tick Tock Energy bigger and better than ever.

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.

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