Market Segment Leader, AECOM
Bio: Annika Moman is a Senior Vice President at AECOM and leads the Power & Energy Services Business, providing comprehensive energy services to utilities and public and private sector users, including distributed generation, gas utilities, smart energy, and energy efficiency retrofit projects. She has been in the energy industry for 13 years, with experience including energy master planning and ESPC.
Prior to working in the energy field, Ms Moman was a Marine Corps logistics officer. She holds Mechanical Engineering degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy and San Diego State University, and when the weather and work schedule permits, you’ll find her out on her bicycle.
National Director of Sales, ConEdison Solutions
Bio: Anthony Spera is the National Director of Sales for Energy Services at ConEdison Solutions, and is part of the Energy Services Senior Leadership team. He has strategic responsibility for all sales and the approach to sales in the Energy Services division. Mr. Spera has more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry and has worked on energy savings projects involving various technologies. In addition to his experience with energy saving equipment, Mr. Spera has also worked with utility programs in multiple states, resulting in consumers receiving significant financial grants/incentives for upgrades to their facilities. Working with the design/build concept as well as Energy Savings Performance Contracts among other contracting vehicles, Mr. Spera has broad experience in the implementation of energy savings projects.
Control Systems Cybersecurity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Energy, Installation & Environment (Installation Energy), U.S. Department of Defense
Bio: Daryl Haegley has 30 years of military, federal civilian, and commercial consulting experience, currently overseeing the cybersecurity risk management effort to cyber secure real property, geospatial, and energy systems for the Department of Defense. He leads DoD policy, security assessments, cyber range requirements, control systems scorecard development, system authorization process improvement developments for Control Systems / Platform Information Technology systems and originated a classification / handling guide for real property, geospatial and energy consumption data. He is a contributing author to NIST SP 800-82 R2 “Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security,” Unified Facilities Criteria 4-010-06 “Cybersecurity of Facility-Related Control Systems,” and Springer publication “Security of Industrial Control Systems.”
Mr. Haegley maintains four certifications, three Master’s degrees, two college tuitions and one patent.
Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Bio: Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His focus areas include information security, systems security engineering, and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical infrastructure. Dr. Ross also leads the Joint Task Force, an interagency partnership with the Department of Defense, Office of the Director National Intelligence, U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems, with responsibility for the development of the Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government and its contractors.
Dr. Ross previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. In addition to his responsibilities at NIST, Dr. Ross supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for information security and critical infrastructure protection. He has also lectured at many universities and colleges across the country including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, the George Washington University, and the Naval Postgraduate School.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in many leadership and technical positions during his 20 year career in the United States Army. While assigned to the National Security Agency, Dr. Ross received the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on an inter-agency national security project and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal upon his departure from the agency. Dr. Ross is a four-time recipient of the Federal 100 award for his leadership and technical contributions to critical information security projects affecting the federal government and is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award. He has also received the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medal Awards and has been inducted into the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame and given its highest honor of Distinguished Fellow. In addition, Dr. Ross has been inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame.
Dr. Ross has received numerous private sector cybersecurity awards including the Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, Applied Computer Security Associates Distinguished Practitioner Award, Government Computer News Government Executive of the Year Award, Vanguard Chairman’s Award, Government Technology Research Alliance Award, InformationWeek’s Government CIO 50 Award, Billington Cybersecurity Leadership Award, ISACA National Capital Area Conyers Award, ISACA Joseph J. Wasserman Award, Symantec Cyber 7 Award, SC Magazine’s Cyber Security Luminaries, (ISC)2 Inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute Award, 1105 Media Gov30 Award, and three-time Top 10 Influencers in Government IT Security.
During his military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and a senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics.
Program Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Bio: As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Unruh is responsible for leading all of EERE's applied research, development, and demonstration for renewable energy, including geothermal, solar, wind, and water power.
Previously, Dr. Unruh served as the Federal Energy Management Program Director. In this role, he managed the implementation of policy and actions that resulted in energy efficiency implementation and renewable energy adoption, as well as reduced energy and water use in federal government operations. He was instrumental in guiding DOE through a streamlining of the Super Energy Saving Performance Contract selection process.
Before joining EERE, Dr. Unruh was Director of Operations for ConEdison Solutions, where he led a team of engineers and project managers to implement energy savings projects in government and private installations. While in this role, he worked to educate energy users on performance contracting methods to achieve energy reduction goals. He was also heavily involved in the measurement and verification of energy savings resulting from these projects.
Dr. Unruh has Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.
Vice President & General Manager, Johnson Controls Federal Systems, Johnson Controls
Bio: Greg Downes has worked in positions of increasing responsibility during his 27-year career with Johnson Controls. He is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Johnson Controls Federal Systems (JCFS). Prior to his current role, he held general management leadership positions in service to company locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast areas of the United States.
Mr. Downes’ direct sales, sales management, operations, and general management experiences have been utilized to help lead growth and restructuring initiatives for the company. He has developed skills in team building associated with mergers and acquisitions during multiple internal and external organizational change events including the integration of York International with Johnson Controls in 2006.
Mr. Downes’ leadership responsibilities at JCFS include the responsibility for safe execution, customer satisfaction, and shareholder value across a diversified group of federal centric businesses which deliver building technology, building systems integration, and shipboard cooling systems to various federal government agencies. Mr. Downes has a diversity of company experiences as he has served in a leadership capacity for both high transaction service businesses and large construction/installation teams.
Mr. Downes holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama – Birmingham.
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Energy & Sustainability, U.S. Department of the Army
Bio: Mr. J. E. “Jack” Surash became the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability) in September 2016. In this position, he is responsible for overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to energy security and sustainability within the Army. As the Army's Senior Energy Executive, Mr. Surash coordinates and integrates both installation (traditional as well as expeditionary) and operational energy programs and strategies.
Mr. Surash comes to the Pentagon from duties as the Senior Project Management Advisor at the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM). Prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management. In that position, he led efforts for EM’s $6 billion per year portfolio, served as EM’s Head of Contracting Activity, oversaw procurement planning, contract management, and provided project management support. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina and raised in Rochester, New York, Mr. Surash has served the nation in key positions around the world.
Mr. Surash joined the Department of Energy as a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2005 as Director, Office of Infrastructure and Facilities Management at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He was also the Business Development Manager for Johnson Controls Inc., a Fortune 100 company, and Chief Business Officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the 4th largest K-12 public school district in the U.S., where he was responsible for facilities planning, design and construction, maintenance, food service, and school bus transportation.
During a 27 year distinguished Navy career, Mr. Surash served in a broad range of increasingly responsible facilities management, design, construction, contracting, and “Seabee” (Construction Battalion) assignments around the world. He commanded Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven and Navy Public Works Center San Diego. In an earlier assignment, he led a Seabee detail that supported the Army’s 3rd Battalion 319th Field Artillery Regiment, in Honduras during Operation Ahuas Tara II. Mr. Surash retired at the rank of Captain from the United States Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps.
Under his leadership, Navy Public Works Center San Diego received the California Eureka Award for Performance Excellence, Vice President Gore’s Hammer Award, and the President’s Quality Award for Quality Improvement (Malcolm Baldrige criteria). For actions during the California electricity crisis, his Navy Region Southwest Regional Energy Team received a Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, and numerous other recognitions including an Energy Leadership Award from the San Diego Regional Energy Office and an Excellence in Energy Award from the San Diego Business Journal. In addition, Mr. Surash was presented the Department of Energy’s Louis R. Harris Award for establishing one of the federal government's first resource efficiency management programs.
Mr. Surash holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in energy management, from Texas A&M University. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and the Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Surash is a registered Professional Engineer.
Partner, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke
Bio: Jeff Genzer is Vice President at the law firm of Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer and Pembroke, P.C., where he has practiced energy, utility and environmental law since 1985. He also serves as counsel to a number of national associations, including the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, and the Energy Programs Consortium. Mr. Genzer has represented NAESCO for over two decades. He has been counsel to NASEO since it was formed in 1986, and has advised them on energy policy matters, drafts legislation and testimony and has been very involved in program implementation. Prior to entering private law practice in 1985, Mr. Genzer was the staff counsel and energy lobbyist for the National Governors Association.
His practice involves work before federal and state legislative bodies and administrative agencies, including state public service commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as the Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, energy efficiency projects and programs, bulk power supply, transmission system issues (including ISOs and RTOs), contract negotiation, franchise issues and renewable energy projects. Recent energy projects have included advising clients on energy efficiency, ESPC projects, biomass, solar, geothermal, ethanol, wind and landfill gas. In the environmental area, he has been involved especially in the Clean Air Act (including the Clean Power Plan) and Toxic Substances Control act issues, and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal and state legislative and administrative activities, energy, environment and utility issues. Mr. Genzer was selected by the Energy Bar Association as the 2013 recipient of the State Practitioner Award. The award recognizes innovation and superior advocacy by members of the state utility regulatory bar. In 2010, Mr. Genzer received ACEEE’s Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings award.
Mr. Genzer is a graduate of Haverford College and the Washington College of Law of the American University.
Executive Director, Resilient Energy Program Office, U.S. Department of the Navy
Bio: John A. Kliem is the Executive Director of the Department of Navy (DON)’s Resilient Energy Program Office (REPO). In this role, Mr. Kliem oversees the planning, coordination and integration of energy resiliency projects at REPO in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations, Energy and Environment). REPO was initially tasked with bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015. Having surpassed that goal, REPO is now working to enhance the DON’s energy security by developing resiliency projects on Navy and Marine Corps Installations.
Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Mr. Kliem served as REPO’s Deputy Director. Before his time at REPO, Mr. Kliem served for 26 years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the Navy, serving at installations throughout the U.S. and overseas. Additionally, he served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment and as the Base Operations Support Director for Commander, Navy Installations Command.
Mr. Kliem is a native of Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree in National Strategic Resources from The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, US General Services Administration
Bio: Kevin Kampschroer is the Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration. He has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s mandate to move GSA’s federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts which has doubled the amount of energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). He is GSA’s Senior Climate Adaptation Official, and leads the agency in planning for climate change risks.
Mr. Kampschroer was the Project Manager for the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, and he has lectured at various universities such as MIT, Harvard, Georgia Tech, and Yale. His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function, which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light, and IEQ. He has worked for GSA for over 39 years and is a graduate of Yale University.
Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Bio: Lara Gast works at the Department of Veterans Affairs within the Energy Management Program Service. She is the Program Manager for VA’s nationwide Energy Performance Contracting Program which includes a portfolio of $160 million of awarded contracts and $500 million of projects in various stages of development.
Ms. Gast joined VA in 2011 as a Presidential Management Fellow working in the Enhanced-Use Leasing Program, then spent seven months at the White House Council on Environmental Quality within the Office of Federal Sustainability. During graduate school, she interned at the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.
Ms. Gast received her Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.
Acting, Director Federal Energy Management Program, U.S Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Bio: Leslie Nicholls is the Acting Director for the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She previously served as FEMP's Strategic Communications and Training Manager. As Acting FEMP Director, Ms. Nicholls oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reductions in energy and water use in federal government operations.
Ms. Nicholls brings nearly three decades of clean energy and executive leadership experience to EERE. Most recently, she served as Vice President of the Building Energy Solutions Division at Energetics Incorporated, a subsidiary of VSE Corporation. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of multiple cross-cutting programs. She also provided expertise to federal agencies and private sector energy companies in federal and commercial energy management, greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and strategic planning.
Before holding that position, Ms. Nicholls worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Senior Contracting Officer. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Washington State University.
Executive Director, Office of Energy Initiatives, U.S. Department of the Army
Bio: Michael F. McGhee is the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and is responsible for the development of large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects which enhance energy resiliency for Army installations by leveraging private sector financing. Mr. McGhee’s responsibilities include the development of projects for onsite energy generation, microgrid controls, and onsite energy storage. In addition, he is responsible for providing guidance, direction, and oversight of all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, execution, and management of strategic plans, policies, and budgets for all Army OEI energy projects on or near Army installations in the United States and U.S. territories.
Vice President, NORESCO
Bio: Natasha Shah is a Vice President at NORESCO, responsible for federal business development activities. One of the largest energy services companies in the U.S., NORESCO uses design-build, performance-based contracting vehicles and asset monetization solutions to deliver energy and maintenance cost savings and infrastructure upgrades to existing facilities.
Ms. Shah has 18 years of experience in the development and execution of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, including implementation of over $400 million in energy performance contracting projects. She has led the implementation of strategic business plans, directed recovery and development initiatives for underachieving businesses, and is active in several industry trade organizations, including serving as the Board Chair of NAESCO. Ms. Shah holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Director, Federal Programs, Energy Services, Southland Industries
Bio: Colonel Nello Tortora joined Southland Energy as Director of Federal Programs in April 2013 after retiring from 27 years of service in the United States Army. As an Army combat engineer officer, Col. Tortora served all over the world in assignments of increasing responsibility from platoon leader to brigade commander. In his last assignment he served as commander of the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama 2009-2012.
Col. Tortora previously commanded the New York District of the Corps from 2006-2009. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Texas Graduate School of Engineering, and the National Defense University.
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Federal Solutions, Ameresco
Bio: Nicole Bulgarino is the Senior Vice President & General Manager, Federal Solutions of Ameresco, a leading energy solutions company. She is responsible for the overall management of Ameresco’s dedicated business unit serving federal government customers.
Ms. Bulgarino has nearly 20 years of experience in developing and executing energy efficiency and distributed energy solutions. Ms. Bulgarino has overseen the development and implementation of over $1 billion in federal energy projects. She serves as the company’s representative for federal energy savings performance contracts and federal agreements for distributed generation. As the general manager for Ameresco’s federal group, Ms. Bulgarino oversees 200 professionals specializing in business development, engineering, commissioning, construction, operations and maintenance, and measurement and verification supporting comprehensive energy solutions. She is experienced in the design and development of demand side energy efficiency projects including deep energy retrofits, advanced microgrids, and customer-sited power purchase agreements.
Ms. Bulgarino is a licensed Professional Engineer and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and an Executive Management and Leadership Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rear Admiral Bret J. Muilenburg
Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Bio: Rear Admiral Muilenburg assumed duties as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers Nov. 4, 2015.
Rear Adm. Muilenburg is a 1984 graduate of the United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. In addition, Rear Adm. Muilenburg completed the Executive Education Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, and qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare officer.
Rear Admiral Muilenburg’s operational tours of duty include assignments with Naval Mobile Construction Battalions 62, 133 and 7; the 30th Naval Construction Regiment and Task Force Forager, theater engineers for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Afghanistan. He made numerous peacetime and contingency deployments, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq/Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Other assignments include assistant resident officer in charge of construction, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia; shops engineer, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; Environmental and Planning officer, Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy; production officer, Public Works Center Jacksonville, Florida; staff member, Civil Engineering Readiness Division of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Fleet Readiness and Logistics); staff member, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Environment; Civil Engineer Corps Head Detailer and Community Manager; commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii and regional engineer, Navy Region Hawaii. Prior to reporting to assuming command of NAVFAC, he was the commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific and the Pacific Fleet Civil Engineer.
Director, U.S. Air Force Office of Energy Assurance
Bio: Robert Hughes is the Director of the U.S. Air Force Office of Energy Assurance and is responsible for the delivery of large-scale energy assurance projects that increase Air Force installation energy resiliency and leverage cost-effective private sector financing.
Previously, Mr. Hughes was Director of the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron, 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As Director, he oversaw the plans, programs, designs, construction, operation, and maintenance of 600 base facilities, totaling over five million square feet, on 5,700-acre installation; physical plant valued at over $6.4 billion. Mr. Hughes provided oversight for explosive ordnance disposal, disaster preparedness and air base operability, environmental quality, fire protection and rescue, and housing services for the air mobility wing, two unified commands, and 33 other tenants with a base population of 19,000.
Mr. Hughes began his federal civil service career with the Air Force in 1990 at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona serving as a design engineer for the 82nd Civil Engineer Squadron. Mr. Hughes then transferred to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas in 1992 to work as a design engineer and programmer for the 12th Civil Engineer Squadron. In 1994, he was selected as the MILCON and O&M Program Manager at Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Following this assignment, he transferred in 1996 to Headquarters, Air Education & Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas and was the MILCON and O&M Program Manager. In 1999, Mr. Hughes departed the federal civil service and transferred to San Antonio, Texas to be a senior consultant with Federal Infrastructure Management Solutions at KPMG LLP/BearingPoint, Incorporated. In January of 2004, Mr. Hughes reentered the federal civil service and was assigned to work at Headquarters, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois as the Housing Privatization Program Manager. In 2005, he was selected as Deputy Base Civil Engineer, 6th Civil Engineer Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
Mr. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Texas.
Sr. Vice President, Hannon Armstrong
Bio: Robert Johnson is Senior Vice President and Group Head, Federal and National Accounts at
Hannon Armstrong with responsibility for growing financing solutions in the federal sector and with national account customers. Mr. Johnson has been at the leading edge of the energy efficiency industry where he has built businesses across a broad range of systems in the energy services business.
Prior to joining Hannon Armstrong, Mr. Johnson held executive leadership positions at early stage start-up organizations in the energy efficiency market. Prior to these assignments, he held senior leadership positions in multinational organizations such as Cooper Industries and Ingersoll Rand (Trane) where he led institutional sales for the North America. Prior to this assignment, he held the global sales leadership role for Johnson Controls’ Federal Systems Division. Mr. Johnson began his career at Honeywell, where he held leadership positions in various divisions of Honeywell during his 15 year tenure there.
Mr. Johnson has been published in Military Engineer magazine and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Managing Director, Bostonia Partners LLC
Bio: Scott Foster is Managing Director at Bostonia Partners, LLC responsible for originating, structuring, and financing federal energy and infrastructure projects. Mr. Foster has over 20 years of experience in federal project finance, and over the course of his career, he has completed over $5 billion of financings covering all asset classes essential to the U.S. government. Marquee projects spearheaded by Mr. Foster include largest ESPC to date $262 million at Tinker AFB, commercial scale biomass cogeneration for DOE’s Savannah River Site, biomass gasification for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, renewable Energy Services Agreement (ESA) to lower the cost of power for the United States Coast Guard in Puerto Rico, renewable ESA to reduce energy costs for the United States Army in Texas, financing for submarine Fiber Optic System for U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll, and financing for DOE’s ORNL Titan Cray supercomputer project.
Before joining Bostonia Partners, Mr. Foster was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Federal Business Unit at Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure (HASI), where he directed the origination and financing of energy efficiency projects, renewable energy investments, information technology and telecommunication programs, transportation, modular buildings, and other federal government projects. Prior to HASI, Mr. Foster was Vice President of Vendor Financial Services at GE Capital.
Mr. Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration from Marymount University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Foster also served in the U.S. Navy/Naval Security Group, Minnesota Army Reserve National Guard, and the Virginia Army Reserve National Guard.
Stacey K. Hirata
Chief, DoD Team, Envr Programs, MP Directorate, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bio: As the Chief, Installation Support Division, Mr. Hirata is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) installation support policy, criteria, standards, and guidance for Real Property Maintenance Activities that include management, planning, operation, maintenance, and repair of facilities world-wide amounting to $3.7 billion in 2012. He also serves as the Senior Executive responsible for coordinating USACE’s activities in support of the Army energy strategy and is the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer for the Public Works Sector, Defense Critical Infrastructure Program.
Mr. Hirata’s installation support experience includes more than 36 years as a customer and stakeholder. As a Director of Public Works and Logistics at two different installations, he focused on real property maintenance activities; fire, safety, and emergency services; vehicle maintenance and repair; and installation transportation services. As a Director of Community Activities, he was responsible for Soldier and Family Readiness services, and Morale, Welfare, and Recreational programs.
Mr. Hirata has served in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installations Management in the Headquarters, Department of the Army as the Director of the Army’s Environmental Programs and as acting Chief of Construction. Both assignments provided experience with planning, programming, budgeting, and executing diverse multiyear programs. Mr. Hirata also has Department of Defense experience as the Military Deputy to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment). This assignment provided a broad view of the overall Defense Department’s installation programs and community.
In July 2012, Mr. Hirata completed a six month deployment as the Director, Joint Programs Integration Office, Headquarters, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan in Kabul. He was responsible for Real Estate, Environmental, Operational Energy activities and maintaining oversight of a multi-billion dollar infrastructure programs that included the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund and Military Construction.
Mr. Hirata is a graduate of the United States Military Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1987. He is a licensed Professional Engineer registered in Virginia and Hawaii.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Federal Business Unit, Energy Systems Group (ESG)
Bio: Steve Spanbauer is Senior Vice President, Federal Business Unit for Energy Systems Group. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a leader in the energy performance contracting industry. Mr. Spanbauer has led teams in achieving significant growth in program management, business development, engineering leadership, and sales leadership in the building efficiency and power solutions businesses. Mr. Spanbauer’s diverse leadership and technology experience include creating new innovative contracting mechanisms, renewable energy, micro-grid applications, CHP, international ESPCs, as well as developing business strategies for the emerging lithium-ion energy storage market.
Mr. Spanbauer received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas with a concentration in Information Technology.
Major General Mark W. Yenter
Deputy Commanding General for Military and International Operations, US Army Corps of Engineers