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Phil Villagomez is the Business Development Operations Manager at Shell New Energies. In this role he’s responsible for managing the Solar Opportunity Pipeline which includes identifying green fields, co-development, and platform identification for Shell’s global renewable energy portfolio. Prior to his current job, Phil was the Electric Mobility Business Development Manager focused on the commercialization of Shell’s electric mobility proposition in North America, specifically in California.  During the almost 20 years that Phil has worked at Shell, he’s developed global courses on topics like natural gas and he’s also sold natural gas and power to commercial and industrial clients in the Pacific Northwest and California. Phil began exploring the energy field while he was still an undergrad as the recipient of a Mobileoil scholarship at the University of Texa in Austin, where he majored in economics. Lastly, Phil has been advocating to bring more Hispanics into the business world, something he has been working towards since his time as director of the Hispanic Student Business Association in college. 


  • What are some entry level job titles in the renewable energy industry
  • What skills and life experiences are most useful for people starting out in the renewable energy industry
  • What kind of academic background or major do you need to break into the renewable energy industry 
  • Whether a grad school degree is necessary to break into upper-level management in this field
  • What is, and how to navigate, project management 
  • What are upsides and downsides of working in the renewable industry field
  • If you want to learn more about what Phil does in his current role at Shell Energy and how he built his career tune in to his main Time4Coffee episode #284


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