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Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson is a managing director for the research and consulting activities at RMI. He works across all RMI programmatic areas, with a special emphasis on the built environment and transportation.
Prior to RMI, Robert started up Pronghorn Ventures, a "cleantech" venture fund centered on the Rocky Mountain Area. Previously, he spent almost 20 years with the Boston Consulting Group, holding leadership roles in the energy, industrial, and high-tech practices over the years. He spent about half of his BCG career overseas, especially in Latin America and Australasia, and helped start up several of BCG's offices and practices.
Before working at BCG Robert was a research engineer and program manager at the DOE's Pacific Northwest Laboratory, focusing on energy conservation and renewable technology development.
Janice Berman is the Senior Director of Customer Energy Efficiency Strategy and Market Development. Ms. Berman is responsible for providing strategic leadership of PG&E’s Customer Energy Efficiency portfolio.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Berman has held numerous regulatory, financial and operational positions at PG&E, including Director of Customer Generation, Director of Rates and Tariffs, Director of Revenue Requirements, Director of Business Development, and Director of Gas System Operations.
Ms. Berman earned a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Whitman College, and has a Masters degree in Operations Research from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. She joined PG&E in 1987 as an engineer working on the development of new power plants, and quickly became interested in integrating resource planning for power plants, demand-side resources, and T&D.
Dave Canny is Manager of Residential Energy Efficiency Programs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). His team is responsible for design, implementation and administration of award winning energy efficiency and integrated demand side solutions for customers in PG&E’s service territory in Northern and Central California. PG&E’s Residential Energy Efficiency Portfolio includes whole house retrofits, a highly successful cooperative clothes washer offering with water agencies, strategic retail engagements, residential new construction incentives and design assistance, multifamily rebates, and behavior programs. His team works closely with the market to understand barriers to energy efficiency and how utility programs can best serve customers and enable them to make smart energy choices and manage their energy use. He serves on the board of Home Energy and TopTen USA.
Prior to joining PG&E, Dave worked with the National Ocean Service to develop a national network of Marine Protected Areas and is an avid SCUBA diver and photographer.
Dave received his Masters of Environmental Policy and Management from Duke University and his BA from Dartmouth College.
Mary Curtiss, LEED AP, is National Director of Energy & Sustainability Services (ESS) for Jones Lang LaSalle and an authority on sustainability in the facilities industry. She leads a team of ESS professionals that develops products and services for JLL clients. Before assuming this leadership role, Curtiss served on the JLL team that assisted the Moscone Convention Center with LEED Certification and energy management retrofit. In addition, she managed a global sustainability program for Sun Microsystems’ real estate portfolio that led to more than $1 million in savings. She has managed multiple LEED EB Certification project for such JLL clients as Intel. Curtiss holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University. She is a member of the US Green Building Council and Society of Women Engineers.
Andy Baynes joined Nest Labs in 2012 as Director of Business Development and Energy Efficiency. Prior to Nest Andy was Director of Environmental Technologies at Apple. During his eleven years at Apple, Andy was responsible for product design programs that helped Apple achieve a number of industry firsts including, the elimination of toxic chemicals, the set up of free take-back and recycling programs world wide, achieving Energy Star certification across all products as well as setting a new industry reporting standard by reporting full life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions for all products. Andy received the 2010 GEELA Award for Environmental Design excellence as well as Clean Production Action's Green Chemistry Award. He resides in California with his family and holds a Master of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College in London.
Anand Babu leads Opower’s platform marketing and strategy efforts. Anand works with clients, partners and developers to create new sources of value that leverage Opower’s analytics infrastructure and rapidly growing set of energy data. Prior to Opower, Anand led product management and marketing for SkyDrive at Microsoft, growing the user base to 200 million while launching key offerings for businesses and developers. Anand also helped define Microsoft’s overall cloud business strategy focused on Windows Azure. Prior to Microsoft, Anand led venture capital investments at Crosslink Capital focused in cloud infrastructure and cleantech. Anand started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company.
Joe manages all electrical and power systems for C&S Wholesale Grocers, with responsibility for leading energy efficiency upgrades at their 30+ facilities located across the United States.
Prior to C&S Joe served in a variety of design, product and consulting roles for companies including CHI Engineering Services, Premium Power Corporation, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Ford Motor Company and Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation. Joe earned his Master of Science in Electronic and Computer Control Systems from Wayne State University and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Aaron Binkley is Director of Sustainability Programs for Prologis. Binkley is an expert throughout the Prologis organization on matters associated with sustainability, including energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainable construction and corporate social responsibility reporting. Binkley participates on sustainability committees for industry associations such as NAREIT and the Real Estate Roundtable, and has written widely about sustainability in real estate. Binkley recently launched the first PACE-funded energy efficiency and solar project in the City of San Francisco, with a goal to reduce grid energy purchases by 33 percent at the Prologis global headquarters.
Prologis, Inc., is the leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, focused on global and regional markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of December 31, 2012, Prologis owned or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 554 million square feet (51.5 million square meters) in 21 countries. The company leases modern distribution facilities to more than 4,500 customers, including manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third-party logistics providers and other enterprises.
Brian leads product strategy, intellectual property, and software development efforts for Digital Lumens, leveraging his extensive technical and entrepreneurial background in the field of solid-state lighting. Prior to starting Digital Lumens, he was a technical lead and development team manager as Director of Control Product Development at Color Kinetics, the pioneer of intelligent LED illumination systems, which was acquired by Philips Lighting in 2007.
Andrew Chen has served as CEO of WegoWise since the company’s founding. He has worked with the founders to bring the WegoWise utility intelligence platform to market and has successfully established sales channels into multiple market segments. He continues to oversee the company’s strategic positioning and operations to scale the company’s innovative software and business model.
Prior to WegoWise, Andrew worked for 15 years as a venture capitalist and has invested, monitored or served on the boards of portfolio companies including Zipcar, Acelero Learning, SelecTech, ThermoEnergy and TracRac. During his investing career, Andrew worked with businesses built around innovative business models that were not only financially successful but also address societal challenges. With WegoWise, he saw an opportunity to leverage the power of IT into the building efficiency market and offer an encompassing data platform to support utility data tracking, building performance benchmarking, and green loan underwriting.
Andrew has a doctorate from MIT in Technology, Management and Policy, where his research focused on materials processing and technology commercialization. He also holds S.M. and B.S. degrees in Material Science and Engineering from MIT and Johns Hopkins, respectively.
Brad Copithorne is Director of Clean Energy Financing Solutions at EDF. His work is primarily focused on removing market barriers and developing new strategies for investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This effort involves close coordination between individual and institutional investors, lenders, fund managers, environmental service companies, solar installers, tax equity providers, real estate owners, utilities, regulators, government officials and other private and public sector stakeholders. Brad is leading the effort to develop On-Bill Repayment programs in California, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina and other states.
Brad has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. He started his career at Salomon Brothers/Citi where he worked on fixed income origination and new product development. More recently, Brad worked for Morgan Stanley’s Technology Investment Banking team in Silicon Valley where he covered the enterprise hardware, contract manufacturing and IT distribution industries. In 2008, Brad was a partner at a fixed income hedge fund.
In 2009 Brad re-enrolled at Stanford University to study energy policy and graduated in June, 2010.
Gregg Dixon has led various sales, marketing, and business development efforts at EnerNOC and currently leads marketing and sales efforts worldwide to end-use customers. Gregg is primarily responsible for leading the formulation of EnerNOC's go-to-market strategy and product roadmap, the execution of marketing mechanisms that accelerate profitable sales growth and brand recognition through creative and customer-driven insights, and the development of a world-class sales organization.
Prior to joining EnerNOC, Gregg was Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Hess Microgen, the leading provider of commercial on-site co-generation systems and services in the United States. As a highly recognized expert in distributed generation, Gregg pioneered efforts to bring more than 100 co-generation systems to leading grocery, hospitality, commercial property, and manufacturing customers and developed Hess Microgen's Internet-based monitoring system, CONIFER. Gregg was also Partner at Mercer Management Consulting, where he advised global Fortune 1000 technology, consumer products, and energy clients on customer and product strategy, economic choice analysis, and new business model development.
Gregg graduated from Boston College with bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science and he is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, and Certified Sustainable Development Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers. Gregg was also voted one of Boston's "40 Under 40" by Boston Business Journal as recognition for having established himself as a leader to be watched in the field of energy.
David Friedman, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer An entrepreneur at heart, David has spent the last 12 years providing strategic marketing, business development and sales support to start-ups, taking them from product definition to acquisition. Prior to founding Ayla, David served as Vice President, business development and senior director, strategic marketing for ZeroG Wireless, a company providing low-power Wi-Fi products to the embedded space. In that role, David forged partnerships with leading micro-controller companies, and built relationships with OEMs serving a variety of markets including health, fitness, home controls and smart energy.
Prior to ZeroG, David was an early employee at Matrix Semiconductor, serving in various sales and marketing roles before Matrix was acquired by SanDisk. In earlier roles, David helped drive pricing strategy at Intel, and was an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Chase Bank. David has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Colgate University; he holds five US Patents.
Ms. Gardner joined the Efficiency Council in 2012 after three decades developing energy efficiency and clean energy alternatives in the Pacific Northwest. She was most recently CEO of the entrepreneurial nonprofit Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) leading efforts on renewable energy, climate change, and watershed restoration. Prior to BEF, she founded and led for over a decade the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), an award-winning, multi-state organization that transforms markets for energy-efficiency. Before NEEA, she developed and promoted energy-efficiency initiatives in the Pacific Northwest at the Northwest Power Planning & Conservation Council. Ms. Gardner began her career at the Natural Resources Defense Council in California.
Ms. Gardner has served on numerous boards including the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the Northwest Energy Coalition, Renewables Northwest Project, and the Climate Trust.
Mr. Gentry leads Enlighted’s product development and marketing organization. He has been a successful marketing and business development leader for over 20 years. Prior to Enlighted, Mr. Gentry was the founding CEO and Chief Strategy Officer for Adura Technologies, one of the first wireless lighting controls companies. He has also been responsible for financial product and business development initiatives at SunPower, Robertson Stephens, Bear Stearns, Presidio Financial and John Hancock Financial. Mr. Gentry obtained his MBA and B.S. degree from UC Berkeley.
Alan is Deputy Controller for Environmental Policy, Office of State Controller John Chiang. In that role he serves on several commissions and committees, including roles as: Chair, State Lands Commission, Controller’s Delegate California Pollution Control Financing Authority, California Alternative Energy Advanced Technology Financing Authority, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, and California Debt Limit Advisory Committee.
Previously Alan has served as Chief Deputy Inspector General for American Recovery Act Funds (ARRA) in administration of Governor Schwarzenegger, and was Deputy Director Department of Toxic Substances Control in administration of Governor Gray Davis.
Alan had a 20 year career in the State Senate with policy expertise in areas of water and power, forestry and sustainable development. In addition, Alan spent 20 years on the faculty of University of California, Davis teaching class in Environmental Policy.
As CEO of Groom Energy Solutions, Jon is responsible for strategy and overall operations. Prior to co-founding Groom Energy, Jon was a general partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. At CRV, Jon was an active lead investor, board member or advisor for high profile software and service companies such as BeFree (acquired by ValueClick), eDocs (acquired by Siebel Systems), Vignette (VIGN), Virtusa (VRTU) and Xign Corporation (acquired by JP Morgan Chase).
Before CRV, Jon held senior management positions at Open Market, a start-up ecommerce software company that went public in 1996. Prior to joining the early Open Market team, Jon served in a variety of senior product marketing and sales management roles with both Hewlett Packard and J.P. Morgan.
Jon earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University, where he graduated with distinction. He is a co-founder and Board Member of Digital Lumens, an LED lighting company he co-founded in 2007. Jon is also a past member and committee chair of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors as well as the Board of Visitors at The Museum of Sciences Boston.
Ken is a Managing Director for Impax Asset Management (US) LLC. He is the US Policy Advisor, responsible for supporting the investment team and helping build Impax's business in North America. Ken has 30 years of finance experience and a 20 year commitment to clean energy enterprise investment, development, management and finance. Before joining Impax, Ken worked as the Director of Finance and Investment with the Clean Energy Group (CEG) and worked with NGO Ceres to advise the Investor Network on Climate Risk. Prior to this he acted as a founding member of the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund management team and was a Partner at EIF Group. Ken is a founding Co-Chair of the Finance Committee of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the leading US renewable energy umbrella organization. He is a graduate of Yale University.
Gregg Patterson is CEO and President of Demand Energy Networks. Prior to joining Demand Energy Gregg was President of Advanced Energy’s Solar Business Unit, where he successfully grew that business to be the market-share leader in Commercial and Utility inverters for North America. Advanced Energy acquired PV Powered, the company that Gregg led as CEO from January 2007, through May of 2010. Gregg turned around and built PV Powered from $5M to $80M in revenues and the market share leader of the commercial solar inverter market. Prior to joining PV Powered, Gregg was a Vice President of Hewlett Packard in the successful Printing and Imaging Group, where his responsibilities included general management of $1B+ businesses spanning both enterprise and consumer segments, and HP’s acquisition and integration of several companies. In addition to his GM roles, Gregg led strategic technology platform development (HW, FW, SW and online services teams) supporting multiple business sectors. Gregg has managed worldwide R&D teams of 300+ engineers and led global procurement and operational efforts at HP growing the Deskjet Product line from several thousand units per month to more than 3 million units per month over a period of 5 years. Gregg graduated from the University of Washington with a BSME, and was awarded an HP Fellowship to attend Stanford University, where he received his Masters in Engineering.
As the Director - Growth & Technology Integration with San Diego Gas & Electric, Ted Reguly is responsible for overseeing SDG&E’s Growth in non-traditional Utility areas, including Energy Storage, Micro-grids, Distributed Energy Resources DER and other areas as it relates to SDG&E’s leadership in clean, safe, reliable energy delivery.
Swap is seasoned entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience leading software companies into new and innovative markets. Through his tenure as FirstFuel Software CEO, Swap has built significant subject matter expertise in the development and deployment of big-data software platforms to drive commercial building sector engagement and savings
Before FirstFuel, he was a key founder of three companies that went on to an IPO or acquisition, including Open Environment (IPO), WebSpective Software (acquired by Inktomi ) and mValent (acquired by Oracle). Swap holds a BS from Cornell University.
Brandon Smithwood is SEIA's Director of California State Affairs, overseeing both regulatory and legislative activity in the state. Prior to joining SEIA in 2015, Brandon worked on state and federal electric sector policy at Ceres and Conservation Services Group and as a consultant to the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council. Brandon received his B.A. from Colby College and his M.A. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Prior to founding EcoFactor, John was Director of Corporate Business Development for Electronics for Imaging, where he had a leadership role in $500M in transaction. He was also founder and President of Bebop Incorporated, and co-founded Involved Professionals Against Cancer, a 501(c)(3) stressing hands-on involvement with pediatric cancer patients at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
John is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree (with honors) from Oberlin College, where he majored in Economics and Government, and was Phi Beta Kappa.
John has been issued 18 US patents for inventions in such diverse fields as digital photography, networked printing, and various mechanical devices. He has served on the Board of Directors of Long Beach Youth Centers and the Board of Advisors of the Tech Coast Venture Network. John has been a featured speaker at multiple cleantech industry events, including the Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference.
Ryan Warren is Senior Program Manager for Nexant’s Demand Management solutions. In this role, Ryan oversees the design and implementation of energy efficiency programs and solutions administered from Nexant’s Chicago office. Ryan holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. His academic research was primarily focused in the areas of building energy systems, renewable energy generation, and energy efficiency.
Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.
Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.
Eric Wesoff is Editor-at-Large at Greentech Media. Prior to joining GTM, Eric Wesoff founded Sage Marketing Partners in 2000 to provide sales and marketing-consulting services to venture-capital firms and their portfolio companies in the alternative energy and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Wesoff has become a well-known, respected authority and speaker in these fields.
His expertise covers solar power, fuel cells, biofuels and advanced batteries. His strengths are in market research and analysis, business development and due diligence for investors. He frequently consults for energy startups and Silicon Valley's premier venture capitalists.