After earning a BA in Motion Picture/Television from UCLA, Charlie worked in the film business as a lighting technician in the Twin Cities for 17 years. Then he spent several years as a software developer before transitioning to his current career in solar. Charlie and his wife, Donna, started their own solar contracting business, Aladdin Solar, in 2008. They quickly earned a reputation for quality workmanship and attention to detail. Hard work and commitment to the industry helped Charlie become a NABCEP Certified PV installer and a NABCEP Certified PV Technical Salesperson. He is a licensed Minnesota Building Contractor, a member of a number of industry associations, and experienced in the design and installation of solar electric (including battery) and solar thermal systems. Constantly immersed in Popular Science magazines as a boy, Charlie has long been enthusiastic about the idea of using the power of the sun to improve our lives.