John Hanselman is a Principal and founder of Brightfields and Renova. He has thirty years of experience in environmental, real estate and entrepreneurial companies.
Mr. Hanselman, who joined Renova in 2003, has directed several of the nation's largest private acquisitions of contaminated properties from Fortune 500 companies. He was responsible for creating Renova's $300 million joint venture that lead to the cleanup of over 3 million square feet of contaminated buildings and land. Brightfields was founded to extend the experience of the Renova team to bring renewable power to contaminated properties.
Mr. Hanselman began his career in real estate development, working for two prominent developers, Carpenter & Company and New England Development, where he served as Director of Finance and Acquisitions. During his tenure at the two firms, Mr. Hanselman completed over $2 billion worth of transactions in the mixed-use, hotel and retail sectors. Prior to joining Renova, Mr. Hanselman founded Active Impulse Systems, Inc., a semiconductor metrology company, and served as President and CEO until the company was acquired by Philips Electronics. After the acquisition Mr. Hanselman was asked to stay on as Director Semiconductor – USA and General Manager of the newly formed Philips Analytical. Mr. Hanselman then founded and served as President and CEO of LingoMotors, Inc. a natural language software company.
Mr. Hanselman has been an invited speaker at Harvard Business School and both MIT's Sloan Business School and Center for Real Estate Development and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Atlantic Virtual Incubation Company, an early stage venture fund. He has published scientific papers and holds patents in the semiconductor manufacturing and metrology space. Mr. Hanselman has a B.A. from Hamilton College.