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Gary Kanaby — Blade Expert and High Seas Adventurer — Takes Helm for Wind Energy Sales

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  • At the AWEA Wind Power conference last May, Gary Kanaby and Camille Cox represented MFG in the charity 5K run that raises scholarship funds for students pursuing engineering careers in the wind energy field.

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As part of MFG’s commitment to expansion and growth in the wind energy market, Gary Kanaby joined the company in April as director of sales for wind energy. Gary is responsible for managing sales for Wind Energy Services Company (WES) as well as MFG’s composite blade and nacelle manufacturing entities.

For the last decade, Gary has been deeply involved in the wind blade manufacturing and service business, most recently as an independent consultant and before that with Knight & Carver Wind Group. At K&C he led the creation of the wind blade division and drove revenue growth to $18M.

Gary is very active with AWEA — the major wind energy trade association — and serves on three committees. He also sits on the USA “shadow committee” for the new IEC standard covering wind turbine blades. In addition to experience with composites for wind energy systems, Gary’s professional involvement with composites engineering and manufacturing spans 36+ years, including management roles with automotive, marine craft and civil construction companies.

Gary is widely published and a frequent presenter on issues related to composite wind blades (a collection of presentations that he has authored can be seen at www.windenergyservicesusa.com/frequently-asked-questions). He graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Social Science Education.

Besides his interest in wind energy, Gary is an accomplished yachtsman that has circumnavigated the world twice in sailboats that he built with his wife Pamela. He and Pamela spent 12 years on the high seas traveling the world, adopting two baby girls from Tonga along the way. The Kanaby family is now rooted in San Diego, CA, and Gary has swapped his boat for a bike, competing nationally in distance races.

Gary can be contacted at 619-778-7213 and by email at GKanaby@moldedfiberglass.com.