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Executive Team

CLS Sustainable Team


Deke Welling - Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Deke has over 19 years’ experience in the energy industry with an emphasis on renewables and energy efficiency over the past 7. Prior to entering the renewables sector, Deke was the CEO of Welling Resources, an energy development company focused on the exploration of oil and natural gas reserves in the U.S. It was this experience that led him into the renewables sector and help leading a charge for more sustainable resources. Additionally, Deke also served as the CEO of Circle L Solar, Inc., a top 100 solar installer in the United States since 2016. Through his leadership, Circle L Solar experienced a growth rate of over 2,250% from 2016 to 2019, resulting in his company being listed on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. (Rank # 176), and being named Top Energy Company and Entrepreneur of Year for the Energy Industry by the American Business Awards® in 2019 and again for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2021. Deke has also held a Registered Representative status obtaining both his Series 22 & 63 licenses through FINRA and has over 10 years’ experience in finance and investments within the energy industry and is a member of the Forbes Business Council.