The Energy Behind The Energy

Innovation isn’t easy. It takes a team to bring big ideas to reality.  The Primo team is dedicated to designing, building, and delivering alternative energy solutions.

Ned McMahon


Ned attended Texas A&M University studying Marine Engineering and has worked as a home builder, boat builder and surfboard shaper. During his career Ned moved into executive level management and business development domestically and internationally which included brand management and international licensing. Ned ultimately received a BS in International Business and he completed an Executive MBA Certificate Program at Rice University’s Graduate School of Business.

He was the founder of Malama Composites, Inc. the first company to manufacture rigid PU foam made from plant based chemistry.

Ned is a board member at USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce and is a board member of an organization providing food and shelter for the homeless of San Diego. He developed a sailing program for abused and abandoned children and is a published author.

Hayden Van Zanten

Operations Manager

Hayden graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in Business Administration and he is currently studying for his MBA. As account development manager, he deals with product inquiries and develops client networks for Primo Wind.

PrimoSeeds, our giving program to provide ``POWER TO THE PEOPLE`` is headed by Hayden as he is developing relationships worldwide.

Outside of Primo Wind, you might find him hiking one of San Diego’s picturesque trails or practicing his self disclosed awful golf swing. Word has it he’s quite the coffee aficionado as well.

Kathleen Winer


Kathleen Winer is an independent accounting and finance consultant, specializing in start-up companies and temporary CFO/controllership positions. For the past 10 years, she has been providing guidance and support to companies in various industries including software, medical diagnostics, retail, clean energy, and high tech.

Ms. Winer has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance, in industries including biotech, high-tech, manufacturing, and retail. For the 15 years previous to starting her own company, she held senior finance positions in both biotech and high-tech companies, including Biosite Incorporated and Kontron America. She obtained her CPA certificate while working for Deloitte & Touche. Her bachelor’s degree is from San Diego State University.

Christinia Marc

Administrative Director

Christinia is the administrative director for Primo Wind and adds insight to research and development projects. She is also one of our Board Members as Secretary Treasurer.

Chad Kelsey

Engineering Manager

Chad was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI and spent the first 22 years of his life there. After graduating from one of the top ten engineering schools in the country, the University of Michigan College of Engineering, he went to work for a rock climbing gear manufacturer in Maine as a Product Development Engineer. Since then, Chad worked as a consulting engineer for many years where he worked on projects in many industries untilizing almost every engineering tool and manufacturing process out there. Today Chad is the Engineering Manager at Primowind working ``to design products to preserve the places I love.``

Outside of work, you can typically find Chad out on a rock face or wading in a river. He loves climbing, fly fishing (he needs to give me some tips on my casting technique), and he has a love for photography too. Oh yeah, he's also a bit of a nerd, so he’s almost always tinkering with some piece of gear or strutting around town in his NASA t-shirt. That works fine for us!

Nate Kramer

Software Engineer

Nate comes to us through the University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering and his concentration is in embedded software.

Growing up in a small manufacturing town in Southern Indiana, Nate has been fascinated with creating things and exploring electricity from a very early age. But as it happens, in a sudden act of rebellion, Nate chose to leave Indiana any way he could. The Marine Corps was the escape and they assigned him to be a weather forecaster. The Marine Corps, of course, moved him all around and he finally landed in San Diego in 2009. With a combat deployment in his near future, Nate began to enjoy the natural resources of the area and started rock climbing and sailing but was soon off to Afghanistan. After his return, Nate continued to enjoy the outdoors but in late 2012, the Marine Corps wanted to send him to the next stop but Nate decided San Diego was better so he decided to go to school instead.

Nate has been active member of the student veteran community, tutoring math to other vets and helping them with the transition back to civilian life. During the summer of 2014, Nate hiked the Appalachian Trail to raise money and awareness for equine based therapy for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Adriana Mangione

Mechanical Engineer

Adriana is at home in San Diego as a graduate of University of San Diego with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She travelled to the Dominican Republic after graduation and saw the small communities first hand that can benefit from Primo Wind's products.