Pacific Business News | June, 28, 2013
Zachary McNish – 35, Legal Counsel, RevoluSun As the energy company’s legal counsel since last year, Zach is regarded as a leader in clean-energy policy. Colleagues say he has helped to develop the company’s intellectual property, systematize its internal processes, and make overall business operations more efficient.
He got an early taste of a career in law as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, where he founded and operated a small nonprofit organization called Native Future, which helped indigenous Panamanians gain legal title to their traditional lands. Following his service as a volunteer, the Peace Corps hired him as a consultant to help implement his recommentions.
Before joining RevoluSun, he practiced law at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, helping to develop a nonprofit law practice group. Zach serves on a variety of nonprofit boards, including Hale Kipa, an organization that provides behavioral health and shelter services. How I expect my business to change in the next five years: Over the next five years, the solar market will mature both here in Hawaii and on the Mainland. The ability to adapt to a changing competitive landscape will be key. We expect RevoluSun to meet these challenges and continue to be a market leader five years from now and beyond.
The biggest professional risk I ever took, and the result: Joining the Peace Corps after college. Many of my friends took office jobs — I went to Panama to do agroforestry and community development work. It was the best decision I ever made. It gave me experiences, leadership opportunities, and confidence that I have drawn on ever since.
The most valuable social media network for my business: Facebook. We have a large following and we’re able to create a great community feeling on our page. In our Earth Day challenge, we were able to engage employees, customers and community members by inviting everyone to do something environmentally conscious, document the activity and post it to our page.
What I do to unwind: Surfing, basketball, spending time with my wife and daughter.
One thing that most people don’t know about me: My parents met in a plane crash in Argentina. No one was injured in the crash, but they were stuck in a small, remote town for several days. They never made it to the lake they were traveling to, but my wife and I visited it on our honeymoon.