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Martin DeBono Martin DeBono, President, GAF Energy
Twitter ID: @gafenergy

Martin began his career in alternative energy in a somewhat unorthodox place: as a decorated officer on a nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy. He has held sales and marketing positions at various tech companies, including Cisco, Siebel, Insightful and Pure Networks. Prior to running GAF Energy, he headed SunPower's residential North American business and global commercial business and served as President of SunPower Capital. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and has a BS from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Harvard University. His favorite roof is the top of his bike helmet when he's out on the mountain bike trails in British Columbia.

Erika Diamond Erika Diamond, SVP, Head of Customer Solutions, EnergyHub
Twitter ID: @EnergyHub

Erika serves as the executive champion for EnergyHub's clients and end-user customers. Erika's team is responsible for ensuring the voice of the customer is central to EnergyHub's strategy and product, and includes sales, program delivery, customer and client engagement, and market development. Erika joined EnergyHub in 2015. Erika has more than 15 years of experience in the energy and software space, having served as the SVP of Corporate Development at Recyclebank and VP of Business Development at ThinkEco. She is the Vice Chair of the Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) and former Co-Chair of the Women in Demand Management group of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA). Erika holds a BA in environmental studies from Vassar College, a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

KJ Feder KJ Feder, VP of Community Engagement & Corporate Responsibility, CPS Energy

KJ Feder, Vice President of Community Impact at CPS Energy, is responsible for the Equity and Casa Verde SA weatherization programs, Customer Response Unit (CRU), Community Outreach, Energy 2 Business and Public Safety & Education teams. She also has oversight of the Corporate Responsibility team which coordinates the fundraising, volunteerism, sponsorship & Smart Energy Education programs.

Previously, KJ served as the Chief of Staff to the President & CEO of CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally owned energy utility providing both natural gas and electric service. KJ carried out this role while concurrently serving as the Director of Board Relations. She served as a strategic partner and trusted advisor for the President & CEO, strategically led the Board of Trustees’ alignment activities and facilitated communication between the Board of Trustees and the CPS Energy Leadership Team.

Prior to joining CPS Energy, KJ was the Executive Director of the San Antonio March of Dimes where she was responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. She also spearheaded the foundation’s fundraising efforts to achieve the best annual financial outcome on record for the division.

KJ holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from Bellevue University. She is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio (LSA), Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program (ABLDP), and the Latina Leadership Institute (LLI). KJ serves on the Board of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) and San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE). She has served as a volunteer for community and non-profit organizations including, Autism Speaks, City Year, MS Society, The SAHCC’s Leadership Committee, ABLDP Chair, and LSA Steering Committee and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Operating Council, Woman to Woman, Leader to Leader Committee & Ambassador Committee Chair. She is passionate about developing others and has served as a mentor to many young professionals.

Karl Popham Karl Popham, Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy

Karl leads the Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies Team at Austin Energy since its founding in 2011 whose program is recognized as “Drive Electric Utility of the Year” by Plugin America and “EVisionary City of North America” by the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA).

Karl has been a Principal Investigator on over ten innovation grants and leads the utility’s “5 EV Pillar Strategy” advancing transportation electrification through infrastructure, fleets, grid integration, outreach, and equity. Karl serves on several boards to include The Energy Thought Summit, Austin Forum on Technology & Society, CS Week EVCx Forum, and co-chair of the Austin Climate Equity Plan workgroup.

An active speaker and research contributor, Karl is co-author of "Smart Cities; Applications & Standards” an industry/college textbook published by Springer. Previous roles include the utility’s interim Chief Information Officer, a Managing Director at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and a Captain in the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Jigar Shah Jigar Shah, Head of Energy Services, Electrify America

As Head of Energy Services at Electrify America, Jigar is responsible for the company’s energy portfolio, including leveraging energy storage to manage electricity costs, engaging with utilities and wholesale energy markets on policy matters and rate structures, minimizing Electrify America’s energy carbon footprint, as well as addressing vehicle-grid integration matters. He plays a key role within the company managing the energy used from over 200 utilities by more than 3,500 individual ultra-fast DC chargers across over 800 Electrify America public charging stations – the largest open charging network in the United States supporting electric vehicle adoption. In 2021, these ~700 Megawatts (MW) of 150 kilowatt (KW) to 350 kW ultra-fast chargers dispensed 41.4 gigawatt-hours of energy to fuel more than 145 million electric vehicle miles, avoiding the use of 5.7 million gallons of gasoline.

Jigar was recently named as a Rising Star in the EV Industry by Business Insider for 2022. Jigar has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a minor in Business, from Cornell University, and a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Jonathan  Thompson Jonathan Thompson, SVP, Sales, Generac Grid Services
Twitter ID: @generacgs

J.T. leads a global team of sales and commercial operations leaders who help utilities and cooperatives solve their grid problems. Over the course of his career, he has held myriad roles in the energy business across companies including ICAP, Constellation NewEnergy, GE, Noble Americas Energy Solutions and others. He’s been an energy broker, sales leader, and, most recently at Generac Grid Services, the VP of enterprise accounts.


Shankar Achanta Shankar Achanta, Vice President of Products, Sunnova

Shankar Achanta serves as Vice of Products at Sunnova where he is responsible for leading and managing portfolio of products and solutions for powering homes and businesses with new electrification technologies. Mr. Achanta brings over 20 years of experience in developing and managing technology product portfolios for power utilities and industrial customers. He received his M.S. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University in 2002. Prior to joining Sunnova, Mr. Achanta held several leadership roles at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) since 2002 in research and development division and is named on 25+ awarded patents in the field of power systems, communications, and sensor technologies and has also authored several technical papers. As an R&D and product leader throughout his career, Mr. Achanta started several new product lines and grew them into successful business units. He developed multiple successful partnerships with large organizations, to build joint solutions and go-to-market strategies.

Erik J. Bernal Erik J. Bernal, CEO, Elite Water Systems

Originally from Winters, Texas, now residing in San Antonio, Erik Bernal is married to Heidi Bernal and the father of five beautiful girls. He is an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee receiving a B.S. in Logistics with a minor in Marketing in 2003. Erik started his career with Accenture in Atlanta as an information technology consultant working with SunTrust Bank and the State of North Carolina. He moved on from Accenture in the fall of 2004 working as a sales representative for Schindler Elevator in New Orleans.
When Hurricane Katrina struck southern Louisiana in August of 2005, Bernal became extremely concerned with the environmental impact. Thus began his journey with water quality. He began working in various roles in the Central U.S., understanding the challenges of inadequate water quality. In August of 2007, he was provided an exclusive contract with GE Water and Pentair Water Filtration for San Antonio, Texas. He has since expanded his territory to include Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Nevada, and soon to be moving his products into the Southeast. Currently, Elite Water Systems is manufacturing and distributing water and air quality solutions in multiple market segments including residential and commercial construction as well as yachts in the high-end marine industry.
Since 2016, Bernal has progressively built his organization into a total home
wellness-driven organization focused on indoor air quality, water quality and smart plumbing solutions working with over 60 home builders including many in the Top 10. Erik and his team are recognized as thought leaders in the residential industry providing environmentally sound and pandemic-ready solutions that are affordable and scalable across all market segments. Today, Bernal enjoys spending his free time with his wife and daughters traveling as well as attending sporting events.

Aaron Berndt Aaron Berndt, Head of Energy Industry Partnerships / Americas, Google

Aaron Berndt is Head of Energy Industry Partnerships at Google, where he leads the team that works with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programs that leverage Google Nest products. Prior to joining Google, Aaron was a leader in PG&E's Customer Energy Solutions team, with responsibility for the delivery of key products and programs in PG&E's portfolio. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A from U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Joel Berntsen Joel Berntsen, Vice President, Strategy & Partnerships, Vutility
Twitter ID: @joelberntsen

Joel is an award-winning and strategic senior sales, marketing, and technology leader with 15+ years of experience creating and scaling exceptional product offerings at organizations ranging from Fortune 100 leaders to Inc. 500 start-ups. In his various roles, he has advanced the emergence of innovative smart building and energy management solutions to increase efficiency, sustainability, and peace of mind in the IoT-enabled world of today and tomorrow.

Steven Blumenfield Steven Blumenfield, Senior Director, Go-to-Market Strategy, Arcadia
Twitter ID: @arcadia

Steven Blumenfeld is a go-to-market leader who focuses on technologies that can enable a clean energy future. Steven began working with Arcadia in 2019 to help create and launch Arcadia's enterprise software business, Arc. He currently serves as Senior Director on the Enterprise Platform team, where he leads Arc's go-to-market strategy. Steven began his work in the utility industry at Opower in 2012, where he served in a number of regulatory, strategy, and solution consulting roles supporting Opower's growth through IPO and acquisition by Oracle in 2016. Steven graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies. Steven currently resides in Santa Barbara, where he can be found enjoying the bounty at the farmers markets and sampling the latest wines from local tasting rooms. 

Bruce Brazis Bruce Brazis, Account Executive, Customer to Grid Solutions, APS - Arizona Public Service

Luis Castro Luis Castro, Business Development Manager, Enel X Way
Twitter ID: @enelxway

With over 12 years in the energy industry, Luis works with utilities to develop solutions that influence customer behavior, and encourage wide scale adoption of load management programs, energy efficiency, renewable energy & electrification. As Business Development Manager at Enel X, Luis manages utility & municipal government business development in the Central & Eastern United States. Since starting with Enel X in mid-2020, Luis has expanded Enel X's utility portfolio and its electric vehicle smart charging products and energy management services to utilities including WEC Energy Group, Consumers Energy, Clark Public Utilities, DTE, and FPL. Luis is also spearheading electric vehicle charging infrastructure development in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Throughout his career, Luis' goal has been to demonstrate that EV infrastructure is a key to achieving a net-zero carbon emissions future. Prior to Enel X, Luis was the Director of Growth at Enervee where he launched several marketplaces with utility partners including LADWP, Con-Edison, SCE and AEP Ohio, among others, helping them reach their energy efficiency savings and demand-response program participation goals. Luis grew up in Mexico City, where he earned his BA from Universidad Iberoamericana in International Business Management.

Justin Chamberlain Justin Chamberlain, Manager of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, CPS Energy

David Chang David Chang, Chief Digital Officer, EIQhome

David has been a driving force behind the digital transformation of the energy industry for over 15 years. He has served as the Head of Digital and Chief Digital Officer for some of the nation's largest energy companies. 
In December 2021, David joined EIQhome, a start-up Smart Home Energy Management Platform company whose goal is to transform the way people use and manage their home energy. As EIQhome's Chief Digital Officer, David is responsible for creating a seamless, personalized energy experience by utilizing AI/ML technologies and integrating various sources of energy IoT/smart meter data. Prior to EIQhome, David launched NextEra Energy's new Energy Shopping Concierge business, PowerWizard.com. Prior to NextEra, David was Head of Digital Growth at Centrica North American Home, responsible for All Things Digital. Before Centrica, David was the founding member of Constellation's Digital Business Team. 
At last count, David has 267 integrated smart devices installed across his home and barn house in Sugar Land, TX which is great for him but drives his wife and kids crazy.

Gerrianna Cohen Gerrianna Cohen, Demand Response Strategy Manager, Con Edison

Robert F. Cruickshank Robert F. Cruickshank, Chief Technology Officer, GRIDIoT® by RCA
Twitter ID: @bobrfciii

Robert Cruickshank is a technology strategist and implementer of electric load shaping that increases the reliability and sustainability of the grid by enabling demand from buildings and transportation to maximize renewable energy and minimize fuel costs and carbon emissions. A 40-year veteran in energy & telecom, Dr. Cruickshank developed smart building applications at AT&T Bell Labs and now builds electric grid monitoring & control systems with CableLabs, Gridmetrics, and U.S. DOE National Labs

Brad Davids Brad Davids, Head of Utility Business Development, Span.io

Brad works with utilities across the U.S. to design and implement electrification and load management programs based on SPAN's technology and software platform. Brad has more than two decades of experience in the utility industry -- before joining SPAN, he was Head of Demand Response Partnerships at Google Nest, where he led sales and business development efforts for Nest's "Rush Hour Rewards" product. Previously, Brad was Vice President of Utility Solutions for EnerNOC, Inc., where he managed a 40-person team responsible for sales, marketing, and consulting to electric and gas utilities worldwide. Earlier in his career, Mr. Davids held a variety of leadership positions related to retail energy services, including Vice President for EPRI Solutions, President and CEO of Primen, and Senior Vice President of the energy research firm E Source, which he co-founded in 1992. Mr. Davids received master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Anna Demeo Anna Demeo, Chief Product Officer, Fermata Energy

Keally DeWitt Keally DeWitt, Vice President, Marketing & Public Policy, GAF Energy

Keally comes to solar with the conviction that carbon-neutral is the new black. She started in renewables as the Head of Marketing for the largest solar company in the Northeast before moving into marketing and public policy leadership roles at Sunrun and SunPower. As the National Organizing Director of The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), Fortune magazine described the netroots work she pioneered as radically changing political advocacy through digital technology. Prior to joining GAF Energy, she served as Head of Marketing at Mosaic. She has a BA from Brown University. Her favorite roof is the one she used to sit on as a kid, listening to the cicadas, outside her bedroom window in Southwest Ohio.

Jennifer Doctor Jennifer Doctor, Senior Director, Product Management, Johnson Controls
Twitter ID: @jidoctor

Jennifer Doctor is the Senior Director of Product Management for Johnson Controls, Global Products’ Intrusion detection portfolio. In this capacity, Jennifer leads a global team managing more than 5,000 traditional and smart home security products around the globe in residential and commercial markets.

Jennifer joined Johnson Controls from ADT North America where she was the Director of Product Strategy. She brings a dozen years of experience in the security industry, and nearly 25 years of experience in product marketing and product management to Johnson Controls, having worked with companies to help them bring products to market profitably. In addition to her unique blend of product management, product marketing and marketing skills, Jennifer also brings IT skills and certifications to her portfolio including ITIL, CMMi, Certified Agile Leader and Certified SAFe 5 Product Owner/Product Manager.

Jennifer is a member of the board of directors for the Z-Wave Alliance where she also serves as the Marketing Committee. She is a frequent industry speaker and is active member of several product management communities. Jennifer was recently included on the SIA Women in Security Forum “Power 100” in 2023. She can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jidoctor/, and followed on twitter at @jidoctor. 

Cosmin Dumitrescu Cosmin Dumitrescu, Director of Product, Fermata

Cosmin Dumitrescu is the Director of Product and brings deep knowledge of EV charging and clean tech products, always focused on delivering an amazing user experience. Prior to joining Fermata Energy, Cosmin served as Head of Global Products & UX for Enel X e-mobility, responsible for the user experience of public and residential networks of over 80,000 charging points. Cosmin helped to build several e-mobility software products and lead the Enel X end-to-end product user experience globally. Prior to Enel X, he was the VP of Product for eMotorWerks, helping grow the company from 15 people to over 100, while launching the first smart residential charger in North America. In his career, he also built a UX Product company with clients like Google or Intel as well as several startups in the Bay Area. Cosmin has a BS degree in Law from Bucharest, Romania and degrees in Product Management and User Computer Interaction from UC Berkeley and MIT

Daniel Elizalde Daniel Elizalde, Product Executive & Advisor - Climate Tech, Daniel Elizalde LLC

Daniel Elizalde, Product Executive and Advisor for Climate tech companies.

Daniel has over 23 years of experience in Technology, Energy, and Product Management, with a focus on IoT and enterprise software. Previous roles include head of products at Stem (distributed energy storage) and Vice President, head of IoT at Ericsson. He is also an instructor of IoT Product Management at Stanford University and serves as a product strategy mentor at Climate tech accelerators Greentown Labs and Third Derivative. Today Daniel works as an independent consultant, helping Climate tech product teams accelerate innovation by becoming more customer-centric. He recently published the bestselling book, The B2B Innovator's Map, about the journey from idea to your first ten customers, which he uses to advise CEOs and Founders of Climate tech companies. Learn more at danielelizalde.com 

Bethany Farchione Bethany Farchione, Marketing Director, Questline Inc.

Bethany Farchione is Marketing Director at Questline Digital, a marketing and technology agency that builds engaging experiences throughout the utility customer journey. She is responsible for the company's brand promotion and lead generation strategies. Bethany has over 10 years of experience with content creation, public relations and digital marketing. In addition to energy utilities, she has worked with clients in transportation, consume products, retail and healthcare.

Anne Ferguson Anne Ferguson, CMO, Nomo

Anne Ferguson is Chief Marketing Officer for Nomo, a SaaS company providing industry-leading sales tools, dashboards and metrics, automated onboarding, and access to solar installation services and contractors through a proprietary technology platform. Her responsibilities include business development in addition to developing and directing the company's marketing strategy, marketing programs, creative direction, branding, and corporate communications. Prior to joining Nomo in early 2023, Anne was at Alarm.com for nearly 12 years, most recently as Vice President of Marketing. She previously held consumer and commercial marketing leadership roles in other publicly traded and private companies, including Online Resources from 2003 to 2011 and MCI from 2000 to 2001. She holds a B.A. in history from Duke University and an MBA from American University. Anne's breadth of experience and leadership roles give her extensive knowledge of consumer technology trends, the solar and smart home and business markets, and service provider channels.

Geoff Ferrell Geoff Ferrell, Vice President of VPP and C&I Project Business, sonnen

Geoff is the Vice President of sonnen’s Virtual Power Plant Development team, which is designed to create and implement revenue-generating VPP projects in California and beyond. Prior to sonnen, Ferrell championed significant technological innovations in home building and building science, as CTO of Mandalay Homes, playing a central role in contributing to the receipt of the US Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Housing Innovation Award 12 times. His background in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a proven record of excellence in energy management and revolutionary building design, has resulted in ground-breaking energy design around utility rates and VPPs for communities like Mandalay Homes’ Jasper Community in Arizona which includes 4,000 homes over 15-years. He has consulted with NREL, PNNL, City of Fort Collins, DOE, and EPA on clean and efficient energy design projects and isrecognized for innovation and leadership in the energy management and home building industries with numerous awards from the EPA and GreenBuilder.

Dan Forman Dan Forman, CEO, Copper Labs
Twitter ID: @danielforman

Dan Forman is CEO at Copper Labs and brings twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur and business development leader in venture-backed enterprise software companies. Copper is a wireless energy monitor that delivers real-time data from electric, gas and water meters so utilities can engage consumers with actionable insights that manage peak demand and accelerate energy efficiency, with or without smart meters. With real-time visibility behind the meter and a new channel to engage customers with actionable insights, Copper helps utilities take control of energy demand.

Rick Goldberg Rick Goldberg, Vice President of Sales, Arize

Rick is the Vice President of Sales at Arize, and he boasts over 20+ years of executive experience in the multifamily housing industry. Before joining Arize, he was a co-developer of PopCard, a proprietary CRM software platform acquired by Yardi Systems. Rick specializes in leading and coaching cross-functional sales teams, and with Arize he also assists in the development of revolutionary smart apartment solutions for multifamily owners and property management companies.

Kendall Goshorn Kendall Goshorn, Director of Business Development, HomePro

Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey Dr. Aimee Gotway Bailey, Director, Innovation & Portfolio Management, National Grid Partners

Scott Hammond Scott Hammond, Member Programs Manager, Central Electric Power Cooperative

Morgan Hertel Morgan Hertel, Vice President of Technology & Innovation, Rapid Response Monitoring

Morgan Hertel, with over 40 years of experience in the electronic security industry, is a well-respected leader who has served in many executive leadership roles for independent security integration companies and monitoring centers. Currently, as Vice President of Technology & Innovation for Rapid Response Monitoring, Morgan evaluates and harnesses the synergy between the latest technological advancements and the industry’s leading service providers to further advance the unmatched Dealer services of Rapid Response.
Morgan serves as President of The Monitoring Association (TMA) and is actively involved in many local and national industry associations and initiatives, and he dedicates countless hours to the work of several forward-thinking committees throughout the industry, as well. 
Morgan holds the following certificates and licenses:
NICET Level III Fire Alarm Technology, California Alarm Company Qualified Manager, Oregon Certified Trainer, Oregon Executive Manager, TMA Level I and II Central Station Operator, SIA Certified Operator and ESA Certified Alarm Installer.

Tripp Hornick Tripp Hornick, COO, Stage Access
Twitter ID: @stageaccesstv

Once hailed as "whiz kid producer" by Variety's legendary Army Archerd, Tripp continually strives to live up to the credit as an experienced "triple-threat:" an accomplished executive, line, and creative producer. He specializes in balancing creative vision with business needs, and has brought his talents to productions on both coasts with his well-honed "entrepreneurial itch." As Chief Operating Officer of Stage Access, Tripp is combining his production experience with his strong business background to expand the only company in North America that produces, distributes and licenses classical arts content across multiple platforms - theatrically, through a co-production relationship with IMAX, and through its own on-demand streaming service, STAGE ACCESS. An avid volunteer, Tripp has served in senior leadership board positions for non-profit organizations focused on the arts and education, including president of The Mask and Wig Club in Philadelphia; the board of directors of Penn Alumni; and class president at the University of Pennsylvania, which awarded Tripp its 2017 Young Alumni Award of Merit. As a theatrical producer, Tripp is managing member of Quince Street Productions, whose upcoming works include the highly anticipated revival of Me and My Girl and the play Public Charge. As a motion-picture producer, his latest films, Rene Fleming's Cities That Sing - Paris and Rene Fleming's Cities That Sing - Venice, both premiere in IMAX theaters worldwide in the coming months. Tripp creates a culture of sustainable continuous improvement to drive shareholder value specializing at the intersection of entertainment, strategic operations and communications; he has deep industry subject matter expertise in creative development leadership, complex production budget management, live event operations, and technology migration/implementation. A complex problem-solver, Tripp has extensive first-hand implementation experience in mid-cap global supply chain process improvement, trade policy and government relations.

Austin Kennedy Austin Kennedy, Strategic Sales Manager, Alarm.com

Austin Kennedy is a Strategic Sales Manager at Alarm.com and has over a decade of experience in the smart home/security industry. Alarm.com is the leading connected home platform used by millions of people to help them stay connected to what matters most - their families, homes, and businesses. Austin is responsible for driving revenue across several vertical growth channels, building new relationships, and implementing new business strategies and programs. In addition to coordinating with key stakeholders within Alarm.com to develop new programs, Austin enjoys supporting external partners in several areas including the solar, home builder, and healthcare industries. Austin is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management. 

Anwar Khalifa Anwar Khalifa, President, Pyramid Homes

David Klatt David Klatt, COO, Logical Buildings

David Klatt COO of Logical Buildings As the COO of Logical Buildings, David is responsible for analyzing and optimizing building energy performance through the implementation of software and cleantech capital projects. He also sits on the CREtech Climate Leadership Board, where his leadership in sustainability and smart building technology adds essential insights to CREtech Climate's mission and advises on how to use data analytics and technology to effectuate positive environmental change in buildings. Prior to joining Logical Buildings, David was an associate at Castleton Commodities International where he focused on derivatives trading and asset acquisition opportunities across the commodity landscape, including the $1.5 billion acquisition of Morgan Stanley's physical oil trading business in 2015. Before joining Castleton, David began his career as an analyst in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Power and Energy Investment Banking group working primarily on power generation, electric and gas utilities, and renewable energy M&A. David graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-klatt-695bb511 Website: https://logicalbuildings.com/ 

Christopher LaPré Christopher LaPré, Head of Technology, CSA - Connectivity Standards Alliance

Nadav Liebermann Nadav Liebermann, Head of Marketing, SAM Seamless Network
Twitter ID: @SeamlessSam

Nadav Liebermann is SAM's VP Innovation and Data. Mr. Liebermann is an experienced Hardware & System Development executive with a demonstrated history of technological product development. Skilled in Consumer Products, Data Analysis, Command & Control, Machine Learning, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), SolidWorks and Consumer Goods. Nadav is a strong engineering professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) focused in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

Chloe Mayhew Chloe Mayhew, Program Manager, Residential, Consortium for Energy Efficiency

Chloe Mayhew is a Program Manager at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). CEE is the US and Canadian consortium of gas and electric efficiency program administrators who work together to accelerate the development and availability of energy efficient products and services for lasting public benefit. Chloe oversees the activities and direction of the Residential Sector at large while managing committees focused on residential products and new construction. Within these areas, she facilitates members to build consensus positions and identify opportunities where binational consistency can lead to increased uptake of efficient and connected products. 

Don McPhail Don McPhail, VP of Product, General Manager - Engage Business Line, Uplight
Twitter ID: @dwmcphail

Don McPhail is Head of Behavioral Energy Efficiency and Rates Solutions at Uplight, leads product innovation and end-to-end value chain for Home Energy Reports, digital engagement portals, targeted energy insight emails, and more. His team incorporates data science, behavioral science, and design thinking to drive meaningful outcomes for Uplight’s utility partners and the environment. 
Donald has more than a decade of experience working with utilities in the energy sector across the U.S., Australia, United Kingdom, and Netherlands - leading teams responsible for R&D, future grid strategy, and demand management programs. Previously at Uplight, Donald held various roles including Director of Product Marketing for Uplight’s Orchestrated Energy, a tailored end-to-end approach to demand response. Don has an MBA from Torrens University, Australia and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Doug Middleton Doug Middleton, Head of Business Development, Leap

Wayne Morrison Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant, an NRG company
Twitter ID: @ReliantEnergy

Wayne Morrison is Principal of Emerging Technology with responsibility for reviewing new technology at Reliant, an NRG company. Wayne has 40+ years electrical industry experience in both regulated and deregulated markets.

Wayne evaluates, develops and implements emerging energy products and services for customers, including home automation and energy storage technologies. He manages the Reliant Smart Home in Houston, Texas, which serves as the company’s real-world research and development hub, where he provides educational sessions on new technologies available in the market.

Wayne’s career started in distribution engineering. Wayne has held positions coordinating electric service for residential, commercial and industrial customers and was program manager for several energy efficiency programs.

Wayne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Technology from the University of Houston. He is licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission for instruction of agents on new technologies. 

Dave Oberholzer Dave Oberholzer, VP/GM, Energy Management, Whisker Labs

Mr. Oberholzer’s primary responsibility at Resideo is to manage the utility and business aspects of the Resideo Grid Services business and the two-dozen load management programs it supports. As one of the platform’s inventers, he has been instrumental in driving it from inception in 2010 to an industry leading DRMS for residential energy products by focusing on data, analytics, and automated intelligence. Mr. Oberholzer is responsible for all aspects of service delivery to our utility customers and the profit and loss of the business overall. Before founding this business in 2010, Mr. Oberholzer spent the previous decade + in technical and business management in the telecommunications industry primarily at Verizon Wireless. Prior to that, Mr. Oberholzer was a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy making several overseas deployments to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa flying the S-3B Viking off the USS America and deploying airborne national security sensors worldwide for the National Security Agency. Mr. Oberholzer was also honored to be a White House Social Aide.

Max Parness Max Parness, Senior Manager - Grid Services, Toyota

Max is the Senior Manager for Grid Services in EV Charging Solutions. He leads Toyota’s efforts on electric vehicle-grid integration. This includes utility outreach, managed charging, vehicle-to-grid, and related products. Max has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a Master’s degree in Technology and Policy from MIT. 

Shawn Peterson Shawn Peterson, Sales Manager, Energy, ecobee

Sadia Raveendran Sadia Raveendran, Senior Director of Industry Solutions, AutoGrid

Sadia Raveendran is a Senior Director of Industry Solutions at AutoGrid, the leading energy flexibility management platform provider for the industry. Sadia has over a decade of experience in clean energy across technologies, regions, and functions. Prior to joining AutoGrid, she worked at GE Renewable Energy in product management roles for equipment, services, and digital products (internal tools) for the onshore wind business. Prior to that, she did research on carbon capture and sequestration at the MIT Energy Initiative and helped build Tata Power's solar power portfolio in India. At AutoGrid, her work focuses on the demand side of clean energy and effective management strategies for the ever-evolving electricity grid. She works closely with AutoGrid’s customers to design and implement energy flexibility management programs that make them leaders in the energy transition. She graduated from Wellesley College with majors in Physics & Economics and completed her master’s degree at MIT in Technology & Policy.

Daniel Richmond Daniel Richmond, Senior Manager of EV and Solar Strategy , Green Mountain Energy

Daniel Richmond is the senior manager of EV and Solar Strategy for Green Mountain Energy. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Daniel utilizes his knowledge of product innovation and strategy to passionately educate consumers on solar panels, EVs, and other renewables. Before joining Green Mountain Energy, Daniel held positions at NRG Energy, EVgo, and JPMorgan Chase.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, he moved to Houston in 2004 to go to Rice University, where he began his career in renewable energy and energy efficiency by writing a business plan for an Energy Service Company. Since then, he has received a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University and now lives in Houston with his wife and two daughters.

Scott Rosenberg Scott Rosenberg, VP Business Development, Content & Services, Roku

Scott Rosenberg is vice president of business development, content and services at Roku, where he is responsible for developing content partnerships for the Roku platform. Prior to Roku, Scott co-founded and led Umami TV, a VC-backed startup in NYC that pioneered the use of audio fingerprinting to enable synchronized companion TV experiences on mobile and tablet devices. Prior to Umami, he was vice president of Advanced Advertising at Rovi, where he led interactive ad sales. Scott has also held senior product and engineering roles at BlackArrow, ReplayTV, Analog Devices, and Intel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Princeton, was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan. He earned a master’s degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

JP Ross JP Ross, VP, Local Development, Electrification and Innovation, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)
Twitter ID: @PoweredbyEBCE

JP is Vice President of Local Development, Electrification and Innovation at East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the not-for-profit agency providing greener power at lower rates, while reinvesting earnings back into the community to create local green energy jobs, local programs, and clean power projects. Prior to EBCE, JP served roles at Greenpeace, Vote Solar, and Sungevity. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley from the Energy and Resources Group.

Tammy Schneider Tammy Schneider, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Brookfield Residential

Kevin Schwain Kevin Schwain, Sr. Director, EV Strategy, EnergyHub

Kevin Schwain serves as Senior Director of Electric Vehicle Strategy at EnergyHub, helping enhance the company's offerings in the fast-growing EV charging management category. Kevin spent more than a decade with Xcel Energy. Most recently he led the strategy, policy, and programming of the utility's electric transportation efforts across their eight state footprint. While at Xcel Energy he designed and implemented more than 50 EV charging programs, giving him unique expertise in the needs and priorities of utilities and their customers as we all prepare for the impacts of widespread EV adoption. Kevin has graduate degrees in engineering and business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Will Shippee Will Shippee, Manager – Strategic Solar Accounts, Home and Distribution Division, Schneider Electric

As one of the few solar veterans to start his career “on-the-roof” Will has watched as the industry has evolved from an emerging technology to the disruptive force it is now. Over the past 17 years Will has represented both large PV manufacturers and early start-ups in roles such as product development, sales, strategy, and consulting. Now at Schneider, Will leads business biz-dev and strategy for their key solar partners helping to drive emerging home energy management solutions.

Essie Snell Essie Snell, Head of Product Marketing, Copper Labs

Essie is head of product marketing at Copper Labs, where he identifies opportunities for electric, gas, and water utilities to leverage real-time data from existing meters to support an informed transition to a low-carbon economy, increase resilience in the face of a changing climate, improve equity, manage demand, and deliver an excellent customer experience. Prior to joining Copper Labs, Essie supported utility leaders across North America on key topics relating to decarbonization and innovative technologies. At E Source, he published more than 300 papers and articles on the strategic implications of emerging energy technologies and trends, and led their utility-focused smart home initiatives. Then, at ICF, he worked closely with major natural gas and dual-fuel utilities to support their climate planning, reporting, and innovation roadmapping efforts, and co-authored the American Gas Association’s pioneering "Net-Zero Emissions Opportunities for Gas Utilities" report in partnership with dozens of leading gas utilities from across the US. Essie holds a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Andrew Spielman Andrew Spielman, Director of Business Development, Tuya Smart

Andy Spielman serves as Director of Business Development-North America for Tuya Global, a global leading IoT platform provider. He has been in the consumer electronics space for over 20 years leading both national sales and product development teams in developing cutting edge technology products and delivering hundreds of products to market. Over the last 6 years he has focused on the IoT space and has deep knowledge of home energy management, both from a consumer and supplier standpoint. Prior to entering the IoT industry, he held various positions at CPG companies across multiple categories. This combination of experience gives him a unique perspective on production ideation to manufacturing to sales execution.

Bob Swilik Bob Swilik, VP of Product Strategy, Aeroseal

Courtney Thier Courtney Thier, Director of Enterprise Solutions, Elevation Home Energy Solutions

Courtney Thier is the Director of Enterprise Solutions at Elevation, a fully integrated residential energy solutions provider serving residents, institutional landlords, and electric utilities across multiple states. At Elevation, Courtney leads deployment of large scale solar systems to single family rental portfolios and integrates Elevation's proprietary energy technology to strategically benefit SFR operators and their residents. Prior to Elevation, Courtney led product development and account management at Curb, an energy management platform, overseeing the strategy for smart home integration, controls and automation, and user experience. Courtney holds a B.S. in Engineering from Lehigh University, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Green Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.S. in Engineering Innovation Management from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Eamonn Urey Eamonn Urey, Product Manager, Salt River Project

Eamonn Urey is a Senior Product Manager at Salt River Project (SRP). Eamonn’s background includes eight years in electric utility programs and product management at SRP. Eamonn has spoken at various professional organizations as a guest speaker for AESP, SEPA, ESource, and PLMA. He currently manages Demand Response programs (totaling 150 MW of dispatchable load) for residential smart thermostats (BYOT), Business Demand Response programs, a Multifamily Demand Response program via smart thermostats (MF BYOT), the country’s first small business Demand Response via smart thermostats (SMB BYOT) and is expanding SRP’s EV managed charging programs.

Previously, he worked for Apple, managing interconnection programs. Eamonn is currently enrolled in the Harvard Extension School’s Sustainability Master’s degree program. Eamonn is a disabled combat veteran with over 20-years of service in the United States Army Reserve, specializing in Counterintelligence operations and targeting operations with various combat deployments. He has recently been selected for promotion to Command Sergeant Major, the highest enlisted non-commissioned officer rank in the United States Army. Eamonn is currently an Executive Board Member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) and the Peak Load Management Association (PLMA).

Eamonn brings a very diverse professional and personal background to the role, along with an extensive knowledge of utility programs. He has exceptional interpersonal communication, public speaking, and networking skills, while expanding his professional network within the utility market. He also has twin 7-year-old boys, with his wife Autam, with one of the twins having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. Kenneth Wacks Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems

Dr. Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor to 150 clients worldwide. His business spans home and building systems, utility customer services, and digital entertainment networks (including HDTV and IPTV). Clients seek his help to locate strategic business partners, financing, and new customers. He also provides due-diligence for investors and expert witness services for litigants. Please visit www.kenwacks.com for information about clients and projects.

He was appointed by the United States Department of Energy to the 13-member GridWise Architecture Council to develop smart grid strategies for reliable and efficient distribution of electricity. The Consumer Electronics Association chose Dr. Wacks to chair the international committee (ISO/IEC) establishing world standards for home and building systems and energy management. In addition, he has written American National Standards in home automation.

Dr. Wacks chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the CABA magazine iHomes & Buildings (available at www.caba.org) and is a featured contributor under the byline “Ken Wacks’Perspectives.” Dr. Wacks received his Ph.D. from MIT as a Hertz Fellow and studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Greg Wolfson Greg Wolfson, CTO, EcoSmart Solution

Gerald Zingraf Gerald Zingraf, Director, Solution Engineering and Sales Enablement, Gridpoint

Gerald Zingraf is a solutioning and sales enablement director at GridPoint, a leader in building energy management and optimization technology that decarbonizes commercial buildings and accelerates a more sustainable energy future. With nearly a decade of experience developing energy efficiency strategies and technology tools, Zingraf offers deep industry insight to developing a network of smart, connected and efficient buildings. At GridPoint, he has supported growth in various roles including business development, product management–including the development of a patented HVAC testing tool–solution engineering, partnership integration and sales enablement.

Zingraf earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in green engineering from Virginia Tech. 

Please contact Mindi Sue Sternblitz-Rubenstein at Parks Associates or call 972-490-1113.