“Our primary aim is to meet the demand of the industry and provide quality service to our customers. I saw this need going unmet and thought “What can I do to change that?”Buddy Cummings
Chief Executive Officer
Along with serving as Chief Executive Officer of World Wind & Solar, Buddy Cummings founded the company in 2007 alongside his wife, Nikki Cummings, to service and maintain wind energy projects. Since then, under Cummings’ leadership WWS has grown to include 150 employees and provides construction, maintenance and operations services to some of the largest projects in the wind and solar renewable energy industries. His primary vision is to establish WWS as the industry standard for safety and excellence in service by training, equipping and deploying the most elite workforce. Driven by a mission that is “Here to Serve,” he thrives on creating a space for “ah-ha” moments that allow employees and clients to grow their careers and businesses in innovative ways. Cummings has a unique talent for guiding WWS at an aggressive pace towards growth and diversification while maintaining a peaceful, consistent environment. He has worked on projects across the nation with powerhouse clients such as GE, Berkshire Hathaway, SunPower and Vestas and brings the WWS vision to life through practical application.
Cummings is part of the historic fabric of Tehachapi, CA. He is a member of one of Tehachapi’s pioneering families that includes his namesake, and grandfather, “Bud” Cummings. He is the son of Steve Cummings, the former president and founder of Oak Creek, dubbed the Wind Czar who installed some of the first wind turbines in Tehachapi. Cummings grew up in a dynamic environment of finding innovative ways to meet the demand for renewable energy. He applies this passion of forward thinking creativity to both his career at WWS and to the community. He is a devoted father and husband and one of the leaders of the local multi-church men’s Bible study. The same spirit that guides him towards serving his community, also led WWS to win the 2014 Energy Business of the year in Kern County, the 2015 California Outstanding Small Business of the Year Award and then the 2016 U.S. S.B.A. Small Business of the Year award. Cummings is extremely involved with the community and industry groups such as the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Cummings is also an avid outdoorsmen who loves to camp, hunt, fish, surf, hike and above all: spend time with his family and friends.
As President of World Wind & Solar (WWS), Nikki Cummings serves as the driving force behind many divisions of WWS including the Wind Construction Division, financial controls, safety, wind operations & maintenance, client relations, head cheerleader and chief encourager whenever needed. Always with a smile, some of her responsibilities include: estimating, budget and financial review, electrical tower wiring, labor support, new business development, human resources and logistics. Under Cummings’ leadership WWS has evolved from a small mom-and-pop organization to a nationally-recognized wind and solar industry provider of construction, specialized manpower, and operations and maintenance. She has managed the tower wiring/collector scopes to a safe and successful completion for some of the world’s largest wind farms and wind resource areas—with nearly every project being more than 100 MW. Some of her biggest clients include IEA Renewables, EDPR, RES America, Mortenson and Brookfield Renewables.
Having grown up in Tehachapi, Cummings is extremely involved with the community and has served as the president of the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council. Nikki is also a member of Women of Wind Energy (WOWE) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Equipped with a passion for educating others about the renewable energy industry, she can often be found hosting tours of the Tehachapi-Mojave Wind Resource Area for groups like Japanese delegates, Harvard students, Girl Scouts, energy brokers, and intercity school students. She has also served as the keynote speaker at the Kern County League of Cities, as a guest speaker at the Kern Economic Development Corporation Energy Summit and speaks before groups such as Kiwanis, Rotary and Kern County Board of Supervisors in support of renewable energy initiatives. In addition to public speaking, Cummings frequently writes for industry publications such as North American Clean Energy and North American Wind Power.
As part of a long line of publishers, Cummings grew up working for her family’s publication, the Tehachapi News, and later served as Publisher of Tehachapi Lifestyle Magazine. In her free time, she can be found roasting marshmallows at a campfire with her kiddos somewhere in the Eastern Sierras, spending time with family and friends, pulling weeds in her vegetable garden and tending to her motley crew of farm animals. Cummings continues to focus on serving her community, and her sense of Tehachapi pride and compassion comes through in all that she does at WWS.
“Working in the renewable industry has changed my life, provided for my family, enabled me to be a part of a community that I love and allows me to be a part of a movement that I am proud of.”Nikki Cummings
Director of Operations
Travis Dees serves as the Director of Operations for World Wind and Solar, focusing on organizational structure and project execution. He has served the renewable energy industry for over 20 years and possesses expertise in wind, solar and hydro-electricity power. He manages the operations of both Wind and Solar Divisions at WWS. His most valuable contribution is to ensure the organization lives by our “Core Values.” He manages the P&L for all the projects to ensure budget projections are attained.
With his diverse and proven qualifications as a Project Manager, he joined WWS in 2016. Travis’s career has allowed him to travel to most of the United States, Canada, Korea and China. His leadership abilities have helped develop growth strategies for WWS. Focusing on safety and training, the organization has grown 150% since Travis joined the company.
As an active husband and father, Travis spends most of his free time with his friends and family, attending his kids’ sporting events and pursuing the family’s active passion for boating. Travis spent several years on the AYSO soccer board as the Safety Director and Assistant Commissioner. Travis was born and raised in Tehachapi, CA. After college, Travis moved to the east coast to work for his father – one of the pioneers of the wind industry in America – at Zond Inc.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Tony Schoen brings a veteran wisdom to World Wind & Solar along with a family-centered spirit that defines the company’s core values. A wind industry pioneer since the 1980s, Tony has led financial responsibilities at organizations such as Zond Systems and GE Wind, where he worked as controller and was responsible for operations in seven countries with more than one billion in sales. As part of the management team at WWS, Schoen oversees the finance department and has driven home a robust budgeting and planning process. He has also instituted a vital factor process to align WWS and measure its progress against corporate goals. Unsurpassed by anything else is Schoen’s excitement for the renewable energy industry’s economical strengths and environmental sense. “I’ve seen this industry transform before my eyes and today, we are working on large-scale projects led by motivated people who really want to do something good for the planet.”
Schoen’s passion for serving the community at large also motivates his personal volunteer work with organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Kiwanis Club. He can often be found serving food to the less fortunate, one of the ways he likes to give back thanks for the great opportunities life has afforded him. Also a proud family man and father of two adult sons, he is often found traveling with his wife of 40 years to one of his favorite regions, Central America. He also enjoys hiking and bicycling on some of his favorite trails in Southern California.
Tony earned a bachelors degree from Cal Poly Pomona in finance. In addition to his breadth of experience in the wind industry and his integral role at WWS, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who belongs to the American Institute of CPAs and the California Institute of CPAs.
“There’s no question that the renewable energy industry is good for the environment and good for the economy and this is what makes it so exciting.”Tony Schoen
“Building long-term relationships and providing cost effective solutions is what brings me the most joy.”Daryl Ragsdale
Director of Business Development
Daryl Ragsdale is a proven “people person” who serves as Business Development Director at World Wind & Solar. Since 2012, he has led the company in building client relationships, and is instrumental in finding new business opportunities for the wind, solar and construction divisions. Driven by his passion to provide cleaner energy to the world, prior to joining WWS Daryl began his career as an energy consultant for some of the largest energy users in California. He believes the industry offers exceptional room for growth and advancement for its employees as well as in the technology used. With a diverse range of skills and experience, he is involved in various aspects of WWS including identifying new clients and new services for existing clients, maintaining client qualifications and the company’s client database, predicting market trends, and participating in strategy sessions for employee hiring, advancement and training. Daryl has been involved with a variety of prominent projects across the nation such as NextEra Genesis reflectivity maintenance, Mortenson AVSP 1&2 weed abatement and preventative maintenance services, and Signal Energy-Camelot and Columbia Hydroseed.
An active husband and father of four children, Daryl spends most of his free time with family and friends, attending high school sporting events for his older children, horseback riding lessons for his five-year old, and testing out new swing sets for his toddler. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and camping, and is committed to serving the community through a variety of outreach events including youth paintball, Bible study men’s BBQ, family cookouts and donation collection for the Salvation Army. He also serves the community as founder of TOGETHER Men’s Bible Study.
Daryl is a member of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and the International Leadership Institute (ILI). He is committed to a solution-finding philosophy and a relentless pursuit of new opportunities. His exceptional networking skills and strong relationships throughout the industry have led him to a notable list of clients and projects that include:
- NextEra Energy (Wind & Solar project)
- SunPower Solar Star 1&2 weed abatement and preventative maintenance
- Exelon AVSR weed abatement and maintenance services
- Invenergy manpower support (multiple sites)
- GE manpower support (multiple sites)
- Senvion manpower (multiple sites)
- Gamesa manpower (multiple sites)
- Mitsubishi manpower (multiple sites)
- Abengoa (Solar Thermal Projects)