Absaroka Energy is committed to providing clean renewable energy by creating innovative solutions that enhance our electrical infrastructure. We are driven by our commitment to our communities and providing cleaner energy for future generations.

Executive Team

Carl Borgquist
President and CEO

Mr. Borgquist is responsible for Absaroka’s corporate strategy, management and operations. As a founding partner of Absaroka Energy, he is focused on harnessing both Montana’s high-quality renewable energy resources and its innovative and talented workforce to develop the region’s energy future.

With long-term experience in law, capital markets, finance and renewable energy development, Mr. Borgquist is a sought after presenter and thought leader on infrastructure development, grid innovation and energy policy. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney for Alameda County, in the Navy as a Judge Advocate, as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and with the Davidson Companies as Director of Wealth Management.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from California State University and a law degree from the University of San Francisco.

Rhett Hurless
Senior Vice President and COO

Mr. Hurless has over 30 years in the natural resources and energy development industry, with experience in all stages of project development, project management and asset management. Early in his career, he worked for the Montana Department of Natural Resources in the Water Rights Adjudication program as the Program Manager during its statewide roll out.Mr. Hurless moved to the private sector as a consultant focusing on water rights, farm based irrigations systems and small hydropower projects throughout Montana. His firm was successful in the development of large flood and sprinkler irrigations systems, licensing and development of numerous small hydropower projects and the successfully protection and development of individual water rights.

Mr. Hurless changed from consulting to lead project teams for a variety of different international independent power producers such as Synergics Energy Development, Inc., and Panda Energy International, Inc. The projects for these firms ranged from medium hydropower projects in California, Hawaii, and Nepal, to large combined cycle natural gas fired projects in Texas, Arkansas, and Arizona. Later in his role as the VP of Business Development at Panda Energy, he evaluated biomass, coal, wind, solar, hydrogen and geothermal investment opportunities, as well as led the asset management of $4 billion in projects.

Before joining Absaroka Energy, Mr. Hurless had been providing consulting services to energy companies working in the wind, clean coal, bio-mass and ethanol industries. He has published articles on innovations in the energy industry and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University.

Eli Bailey
VP Business Development

Mr. Bailey has experience in federal and state permitting, hydropower licensing, NEPA review, energy policy, strategic communications, corporate strategy and project management. He took a lead role in the successful execution of the FERC hydropower licensing process for the Gordon Butte Closed Loop Pumped Storage Hydro Project.

Before joining Absaroka Energy, Mr. Bailey was a Legislative Assistant for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs where he worked on policy issues including irrigation and dam infrastructure, water use compacts, mining and energy development and regulatory oversight. Prior to that he worked in the office of United States Senator John Barrasso.

Mr. Bailey has a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Government, which took him to Asia, Africa and the Middle East where he worked in the fields of international development and conflict resolution. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado College.

Paul Bockus
Office Manager

Mr. Bockus has a long and diverse career in business management, administration and project development. Prior to joining Absaroka Energy, he held corporate management positions in the hospitality industry, opening and operating facilities throughout all regions of the United States. This career eventually landed him in a management position at Bridger Bowl, Inc, in Bozeman, Montana. There he created and developed Bridger Bowl’s “Green Team” initiative to develop and implement sustainable business practice programs in energy conservation, energy off-sets, transportation efficiencies, and waste-system management.

Mr. Bockus has a BSBA degree from Denver University’s Daniels College of Business.

KELCIE NICE

Ms. Nice received a Civil Engineering Degree with a focus in Water Resources from Montana State University (MSU). During her time at MSU she was awarded consecutive positions with Absaroka Energy under the Governor Schweitzer Energy Internship Program. After graduating in 2014, Ms. Nice accepted a Water Resource Engineering job with McMillen Jacobs Associates which furthered her technical knowledge in the hydropower industry.

Ms. Nice has over five years’ experience of engineering support for both private and public agencies focusing on civil, hydraulic, and hydrologic design for water resources projects. Within her professional career she has gained experience in multiple disciplines including: licensing, regulatory, and permitting for hydropower infrastructure projects, engineering design for hydropower and fish passage infrastructure projects, engineering design for utility and drainage systems for railways and tunnels, engineering design for new and existing fish hatcheries, investigative geotechnical field work, hydrologic analysis and hydraulic design, hydro feasibility analysis, and construction quality management/quality control field work.

In 2018 Ms. Nice accepted a position back at Absaroka Energy. Ms. Nice has a unique background that includes both engineering design and permitting and is a strong addition to the Absaroka team.

BRANDT SEITZ

Mr. Seitz is the newest addition to the Absaroka team and a recent graduate from Montana State University in Bozeman. Mr. Seitz obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and finished at the top of his class. During his time at MSU his coursework focused on renewable energy technologies, computer-aided engineering and design, technical writing, numerical analysis, computational fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer.

Mr. Seitz originally joined the Absaroka team as an intern where he gained a great deal of experience in permitting and licensing processes, energy system development and design, project management, and the energy development field in general. Since then, he has transitioned into his current role managing the design and development of Absaroka’s innovative pipeline of projects.