Anne Arquit Niederberger is VP Market Development at Enervee, with responsibility for thought leadership, driving innovation and expanding markets for energy efficient consumer products. Prior to Enervee, Anne was Principal at Policy Solutions and served in senior positions with the Swiss Federal Office of Environment and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where she led international climate policy and established Swiss carbon markets. She holds a PhD in Oceanography and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
Amelia works in IKEA Customer Fulfillment, enhancing sustainability programs in distribution and customer delivery operations across North America. Her role is very diverse, including areas of community engagement; sustainability research and innovation; final mile delivery zero emissions projects; and environmental reporting and compliance for the company’s distribution warehouses in the US and Canada. She holds a master’s degree from John’s Hopkins University in Environmental Science and Policy, and previously worked in urban watershed management.
Marina Badoian-Kriticos is a Research Scientist at HARC and focuses her efforts on the development and implementation of energy and natural resource policies and programs. Prior to joining HARC, Marina worked as City Energy Project Senior City Advisor at the Institute for Market Transformation. In this role she focused on expanding energy and water efficiency in the built environment and provided support and expertise to the City of Houston to help develop programs and policies that will lead to a healthier and more prosperous city. Marina also previously served as Sustainability Director for the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) where she drove sustainability initiatives through a global organization and developed tools for market innovation. She received her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Houston-Downtown.
Robert (Bob) Barker, is the Chief Development Officer and serves as the Deputy Director for Infrastructure and Capital Programs with the Houston Airport System. Prior to assuming this role, Bob was the Executive Representative for the IAH Terminal Redevelopment Program and the Assistant Director for Asset Management. He joined the Houston Airport System in November 2012. A retired U.S. Navy engineering officer and certified facility manager, Bob has over 20 years international airport development, infrastructure and asset management experience. His previous work assignments have included asset management leadership positions at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and a variety of consulting engagements at Los Angeles International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Northwest Florida Regional Airport, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
I have 38 years in the industry ranging from operating nuclear powered boilers onboard submarines in the US Navy, high pressure, high temperature natural gas boilers and chillers ranging from 100 ton air cooled up to 6500 ton water cooled steam turbine driven chillers. I have spent the last 15 years as an energy manager, 10 years at a tier 1 research university and four years at at the 7th largest school district in Texas.
Michael Bates joined Intel in June of 2015 as the Worldwide General Manager for Energy reporting up through the worldwide sales and marketing organization. Michael leads a team calling on the world's largest organizations in the Oil & Gas and Utility segments. His mission is to create business value through the effective adoption of solutions and reference architectures designed to solve the industry’s most pressing business challenges. His role is responsible for delivering leadership messaging and setting strategic direction for accounts across the Energy sector. Mike serves on the board of the Gridwise Alliance and the Prime Alliance; working with its members to help navigate the transformation to the Utility of the Future. Previous to joining Intel Michael spent 15 + years leading within various companies in the energy sector. Most recently he was the general manager of Utilities at EnergyHub, prior to that he founded a consulting company where he led business development effort’s focused on implementation of consumer-facing smart energy applications and services. Earlier in his career he was with IBM as a member of their tiger team to lead business development efforts across key Grid Modernization opportunities. Before his time at IBM he served as VP of Sales at GridPoint which was one of the first to offer a full suite of behind-the-meter solutions to the utility market. Michael holds a B.S. In Economics from Texas A&M University Connect with Michael on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikebates35
Katharine plays a key role at Austin Energy in the expansion of DC Fast EV charging infrastructure in Austin, TX. Her focus is on securing grant funding and developing site hosts. At SunPower and Incenergy, Katharine initiated and launched IOT software applications supporting solar energy production, energy monitoring, and thermostat management for both the residential and commercial market. Katharine's domain expertise is in electric vehicles, solar, storage, and demand side management technologies.
As Executive Director, Suzanne Bertin leads TAEBA’s efforts to promote the advanced energy industry in the State of Texas. Immediately prior to joining TAEBA, Suzanne handled regulatory and government affairs in Texas and the Southeast for EnerNOC, a global leader in demand response and energy intelligence software. Suzanne was also at Reliant (NRG) for more than a decade, where she worked on a wide range of wholesale and retail legislative and regulatory issues, from the inception of the competitive retail market in ERCOT and through its first eleven years of operation. In these roles, Suzanne has had direct business and policy experience relating to numerous advanced energy technologies including energy efficiency, demand response, natural gas, solar, wind, electric vehicles, and smart grid.
Cliff has extensive experience on both sides of the energy meter. While at Austin Energy he implemented the world’s first LEED Platinum CHP system for healthcare at Dell Children’s Hospital and also developed 55,000 tons of district cooling with over 100,000 ton-hours of energy storage. He deployed the first fuel cells in Texas and has been a pioneer for CHP in non-industrial applications. His experiences with gas utilities and energy efficiency performance contracting provides an objective perspective for energy resilience and efficiency. Cliff earned Batcheler’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech and an MBA from LSU.
Kevin manages the Shine solar initiative at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). In that role, Kevin helps accelerate the market for community-scale solar and battery storage, by helping rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities achieve their energy visions. Before joining the Shine team, Kevin was an associate with RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC). Kevin helped build the BRC from its inception to its current role as a market driver.
Jesse Cabrera, P.E.,P.M.P., is the Business Development Manager in the Energy, Power & Environmental Market for Stanley Consultants. His focus is higher education, local, state and Federal institutions, power generation and distribution, and industrial-based private clients. Stanley Consultants is a consulting engineering firm that provides engineering, environmental, and construction services worldwide.
After joining ESA in 1997 as a draftsman and mechanical designer, Mr. Carter's responsibilities have progressively increased in each department until ultimately assuming ownership of ESA in 2013. Mr. Carter’s expertise includes providing energy efficiency engineering, commissioning and MEP design services for public schools, local governments, institutions of higher education, hospitals and commercial clients.
Dr. Claridge is the Director of the Energy Systems Laboratory and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is internationally known for his work on energy efficiency. He pioneered development of the process of existing building commissioning and was a major contributor to the methods used to measure energy savings by Energy Service Companies. He is also the co-inventor of a disruptive new dehumidification technology and author of over 400 papers.
Daniel Cohan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. His research focuses on air pollution, climate change, and energy. Dr. Cohan has served as a Fulbright scholar to Australia and as a member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, and received a National Science Foundation CAREER young investigator award. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgia Tech. In addition to over 40 scholarly publications, he writes for the Houston Chronicle, The Hill, and The Conversation.
Chad Corbitt began his career in the Energy Industry in 1997, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. During this time he has worked for both private sector and public sector organizations focusing on Energy Efficiency Projects at Large Commercial Facilities. His areas of substantial project experience include: • Upgrades to HVAC Equipment and HVAC Control Systems • Psychrometric Analysis of HVAC Systems • Upgrades to Lighting Equipment and Lighting Controls He is currently the Director of Engineering and Commissioning at Katy Independent School District.
Mr. Crawford’s 45+ years of experience as a consulting engineer, design build contractor and facility manager have focused on the design, construction, operation, maintenance and optimization of large energy plants including conventional chilled water plants, steam and hot water plants, thermal storage systems and combined heat and power plants. Mr. Crawford has extensive experience helping the Texas Medical Center in Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston harden their facilities against flooding and loss of utilities.
At the Port of Houston, Adithya works as a part of the internal strategy consulting team to inform infrastructural and operational decisions, incorporate sustainability leadership, and integrate energy initiatives as a part of the long-term planning. Adithya’s broader interests include climate change and sustainable development. He worked on projects across the globe to inform policy and business decision-making on energy, infrastructure, transportation, and water issues. Adithya graduated with his Masters degrees in Science and Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Dayton has over 32 years of experience with the state's natural resources and environmental agencies. He is currently a technical specialist working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) and implementation of the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Program for Texas. He received a BA in Economics from New Mexico State University and a MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.
Gavin Dillingham is Director for Clean Energy Policy at HARC and Director of the US DOE’s Combined Heat and Power TAP. Dr. Dillingham joined HARC in 2012 where he leads efforts on improving climate resilience of the electric power infrastructure and built environment. Dr. Dillingham received his PhD in Political Science from Rice University.
Ms. Ellis has been active in developing, enforcing, and promoting construction codes for 38 years with municipalities, private companies, and institutions. In 2004, she assumed ESL's Texas Emission Reduction Plan energy code expert role, providing state-wide energy code technical support. She has also worked for US Greenfiber, the Austin Energy Green Building Program, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), and as a building official/inspector in various Texas cities. Ms. Ellis currently serves on the ICC Board of Directors. In addition, she has received several awards, among them the ICC Affiliate of the Year, the BOAT Industry Person of the Year, and the Austin Home Builders President's Award.
Researcher Engineering Associate and part time PhD student at the Energy Systems Laboratory at TEES, part of Texas A&M. Specializes in Air terminal units and is part of the Continuous Commissioning® software development team.
Carlos Gamarra is a Senior Research Associate for Clean Energy Technologies at HARC, where he also serves as HARC's Energy Manager and the Assistant Director of the Department of Energy's Southcentral Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership. He holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and is currently a Ph.D. candidate researching the profitability limits of electrical microgrids. Carlos obtaining his CEM and PE certifications after more than 10 years of experience in the design, construction, and optimization of industrial and commercial facilities.
Sarah Garza is the Director of the Environmental Planning & Compliance Department at the Port of Corpus Christi Authority. Ms. Garza has played a critical role at the Port of Corpus Christi since 2002. Her current responsibilities include overseeing environmental compliance, environmental management, and long-range environmental planning, development, and permitting as it pertains to the Port’s Environmental Policy. Ms. Garza has led the development and implementation of the Environmental Management System and certification to the ISO 14001 Standard since 2007. In 2016, the Port pursued Green Marine certification, a maritime environmental certification, and became the first Texas Port to receive this certification. Most recently, the Port, under Ms. Garza’s leadership, was awarded a Texas Environmental Excellence Award for pollution prevention. In 2016, Ms. Garza was a recipient of an Environmental Award from the Regional Health Awareness Board for her work in the community.
Jeff S. Haberl, Ph.D. is a Professor of Architecture and Associate Department Head for Research at Texas A&M University. He is an ASHRAE Fellow and IPMVP Fellow. Jeff's educational background includes B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Univ. of Colorado at Boulder and post-doctoral research at Princeton University's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. He has dedicated nearly three decades performing building energy research at Texas A&M University, Princeton University, the University of Colorado, Rockwell International, the Colorado State Office of Energy Conservation, the City of Boulder and the USDOE Administrative Services. He is a Co-Principal Investigator, along with Bahman Yazdani and Juan-Carlos Baltazar, on the Laboratory's Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP) project, where he provides technical leadership for the code compliance calculator and emissions calculations from energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Dana Harmon is the Executive Director of the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute, an organization dedicated to inspiring lasting energy solutions for low-income communities. Dana has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization. Her work takes a holistic approach to exploring the role energy can play in the transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. Prior to joining TEPRI in 2016, she enjoyed a 15-year career in the energy service and consumer products sectors.
Charlene Heydinger is president of the Texas PACE Authority, the nonprofit administrator of Texas PACE programs and executive director of Keeping PACE in Texas, where Ms. Heydinger led the PACE legislative effort and the collaborative PACE in a Box model program design process involving 130 stakeholder volunteers. She worked on Capitol Hill, serving as general counsel to the House Republican Leader, Bob Michel, minority general counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and minority counsel to the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees. As vice president and Washington counsel for ABC, Inc., Heydinger represented the companyÕs television and radio networks and owned stations, ESPN, and print interests for nine years. She served as executive director of the Morton and Angela Topfer Family Foundation. Heydinger is a member of the Texas, Washington, DC, and Michigan Bar Associations.
Following stints as an aide to a member of the British Parliament and work on a Senatorial campaign in his home state of Illinois, Mr. Hockenyos founded TXP while attending the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. Since then, TXP has successfully completed hundreds of projects for a wide variety of clients, with a strong record of on-time, on-budget delivery. In his role as President of the firm, Mr. Hockenyos is involved in managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, performing technical analysis, and developing strategies for clients. In addition, he makes numerous public presentations and speeches. Mr. Hockenyos has served as a resource witness on a variety of issues in front of city councils, state legislatures, and the U.S. Congress. Mr. Hockenyos’ private sector background extends beyond TXP. He is currently a board member of Seton Healthcare and American Bank of Commerce. He also served on the Board of Directors for Capital Metro (the Austin area transit authority), the Board of the ARC of the Capital Area, and the Travis County Citizen’s Advisory Council. Mr. Hockenyos’ personal business interests also include restaurants, real estate, and infrastructure/water development. Mr. Hockenyos received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and Masters of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he has taught as an Adjunct Professor.
Bill Kahn is a Principal Engineer at Peterbilt Motors and is the Manager of Advanced Concepts. An engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, he has over 30 years of experience in the trucking and aerospace industry. His last 19 years while at Peterbilt have been dedicated to evaluating emerging technologies and developing timelines for their viability within the Peterbilt product.
Russ Keene is managing partner of Crossnore Group, an Austin-based public affairs firm, where he serves as president of Plug-in Texas, a nine-year-old advocacy coalition advancing electric vehicles and alternative fuel policies in Texas, with a membership which includes OEMs, auto dealers, utilities, generators, a REP, a TNC and environmental groups. Before founding Crossnore Group EV Panel Moderator ten years ago, Russ managed the Austin office of global PR firm Burson-Marsteller, held external relations or lobbying roles with the American Gas Association, the former Enserch Corp's Lone Star Gas utility and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
I work to advance clean energy in Texas as Texas State Director for the Energy Foundation and Director of Texas A&M's Energy Systems Lab's Texas Energy Summit. Previously, I led CLEAResult’s policy and market development efforts. CLEAResult is an energy efficiency program implementer for over 250 utilities and businesses in 40 states and provinces. Prior to joining CLEAResult, I was the founding Executive Director of the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). SPEER was recognized by the US Department of Energy as the regional energy efficiency organization (REEO) for Texas and Oklahoma, working with a network of REEOs throughout the US to advance energy efficiency. Earlier in my career, I worked at the Texas Legislature for five years, primarily on clean energy issues for three different elected officials in the House and Senate. There, I established a successful bipartisan energy policy working group which helped advance clean energy policies. I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Specialties: energy efficiency, cleantech, renewable energy, government relations, regulatory affairs, market development, strategy, clean energy technologies, smart grid, distributed generation, demand response, energy storage.
Elizabeth Love serves as Senior Program Officer for Houston Endowment, a private philanthropic institution that seeks to enhance the vibrancy of greater Houston and advance equity of opportunity for the people who live here. Elizabeth oversees grantmaking for the Foundation’s health and environmental portfolios as well as a portion of the arts and culture portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2009, Elizabeth served as Director of Harris County Public Health’s Office of Policy and Planning, where she led strategic planning activities concerning health promotion, infectious disease, air and water quality, neighborhood conditions, climate change and emergency response. In addition, Elizabeth oversaw the department’s legislative activities, community assessment processes and outcomes evaluation framework. In the late 1990’s, Elizabeth served as a fellow for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Elizabeth received a bachelor of arts degree from Rice University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She currently serves on the board of LINK Houston and the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, and is a past president of the Junior League of Houston.
Joseph (Joe) Martinez is an Associate Director, senior research engineer and project manager for Continuous Commissioning® (CC®) at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL). He is the principal investigator for Alamo Colleges District project, fulfilling the role of Directory of Energy Management. His field of expertise is in the implementation (field application) of the CC® process and energy management. He has more than 30 years of HVAC exerience in both the private and public sector. He received a bachelor's and master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M and is a certified Professional in Continuous Commissioning®.
Jared McCurley has been in the energy efficiency design and construction industry for 13 years. During that time, he has developed projects with universities, community colleges, school districts, and counties. While his formal education is in finance, he has had a crash course in engineering and construction processes during his career. He is LEED AP accredited, and has a passion for helping entities develop plans to fund major infrastructure improvements.
Michael McDonald is the Sr. Director of Sustainability&Government Affairs in the United Parcel Service maintenance and engineering department. Michael has been working for UPS for almost twenty-seven years. Twenty-six of those years have been working out in the District. Michael started his UPS career as a technician repairing UPS delivery vehicles. Later,Michael held various management positions, and most recently was the Director of Maintenance for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Michael holds bachelor of business degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville Tennessee. Michael also has completed his MBA degree from Saint Leo University in Tampa Florida.
Melissa K. McKinley currently works in the Tools, Equipment and Habitability Branch at JSC as a Habitation Project Manager producing exploration hardware for ISS, Orion and beyond. She previously worked for 11 years as the Utilities Branch Chief at JSC with responsibilities for utilities and critical operations including the Mission Control Power Plant and the Central Heating and Cooling Plant for the site. She also worked in Operations and Maintenance and as a project manager during her 24+ years in COD. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas with a BSME from the University of Houston. Melissa is married with one son currently enrolled at TAMUG learning how to save the whales.
During his over 30+ years with Schneider Electric, Gregg has held various customer-centric leadership positions in sales, product management, and marketing. In his current role, Gregg is dedicated to empowering strategic customers and the development of microgrids through Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled EcoStruxure platform. Gregg has a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.
Accomplished executive with rare breadth of utility industry knowledge, leadership and experiences to guide utilities and large energy users through evolving market conditions. She brings strategic yet pragmatic strengths to navigate through regulatory, financial, technical and market dynamics to help organizations set vision, achieve consensus and deliver results. Most recently, Michele was a Senior Vice President at CLEAResult where she was instrumental to growing the company from 145 employees to 3000 employees serving 250 utilities.
Brett Perlman’s 25-year career has spanned senior positions in business, government as well as corporate board work and service to his community. He is currently CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future, a non-profit that focuses on developing consensus-based solutions to important social issues for the entire Houston region. Before his appointment, he was a Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), an innovative program composed of experienced global leaders focused on developing new approaches to the world’s most pressing social issues. Brett has also been recognized for his roles as a business person, corporate director and public official in the energy and telecommunications industries. He holds advanced degrees in public policy from Harvard University and in law from the University of Texas. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University.
Anya Schoolman is the founder and Executive Director of Solar United Neighbors, a national nonprofit organization working towards a clean, equitable, resilient energy system that benefits everyone. Solar United Neighbors represents communities and individuals across the country who want to take control of their energy, and is building an informed, diverse clean energy movement by empowering people to join together, go solar, and fight for their energy rights. In 2007, Anya founded the Mt. Pleasant Solar Cooperative with her son Walter and his friend Diego. The co-op helped 45 families in the neighborhood go solar. Anya then went on to create a city-wide organization, DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN) to make solar accessible and affordable to all DC residents. In 2011, Anya founded Community Power Network (Solar United Neighbors) to grow the model and assist communities across the country. In 2017, Community Power Network became Solar United Neighbors to better reflect the organization’s mission and community of solar supporters across the country. In her role as Executive Director, Anya has been instrumental in the passage of landmark solar legislation and regulation since 2008. Ms. Schoolman was honored in 2009 as a Solar Champion by the MD, DC, and VA Solar Energy Industries Association, and that same year, CALFinder named Anya one of its 10 Amazing Activists in the Name of Solar. In April 2014, the White House selected Anya as one of 10 White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment for her groundbreaking work to deploy solar in the National Capital Region. Anya also received the IREC Action Hero Award for 2015. Anya has a Master’s in International Affairs, with a concentration on Environmental Policy and Management, from Columbia University. In her previous work, Anya served as a consultant on environmental strategy for grant makers and organizations. She also spent nearly 10 years working for the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of the Interior.
Allan Schurr is CCO of Enchanted Rock LLC and is responsible for direct sales, channel partnerships, and corporate and product marketing for this pioneer in “resiliency as a service” natural gas microgrids. Allan brings experience from Edison Energy, IBM, Silicon Energy, and Pacific Gas and Electric. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis, an MBA from St. Mary’s College in California, and is a registered Professional Engineer in California.
Smitty is the director of Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance (TxETRA) a new alliance of utilities, manufacturers, charging companies, electric vehicle owners and advocates working together to develop and promote the policies that will accelerate the use of electrified transportation. Smitty is the former director of Public Citizen's Texas office, where he worked to build the foundations of the Texas wind and solar boom, and helped develop the Texas Emissions Reduction Program.
Julienne Sugarek was promoted to vice president of Power Delivery Solutions effective March 1, 2018. A CenterPoint Energy employee for more than 10 years, she has a strong skillset of company experience and operational leadership expertise. She oversees the customer and power delivery solutions group, which is responsible for customer interactions and engagement activities. Her team of 180 is charged with serving customers’ needs using innovative approaches and developing new products and services. Most recently, Julienne was responsible for all electric distribution construction, maintenance and trouble response activities in a territory that included more than 730,000 metered customers. Additionally, she created and led the Distribution Services organization in transforming key processes such as storm response, and planning and scheduling construction work, which resulted in improved response times and increased efficiency for the company’s electric line crews. Julienne started her career at the company in the finance organization where she led the strategic planning effort to define how the company would leverage smart meter data. Before joining CenterPoint Energy, Julienne worked six years in state government where she held various financial leadership positions, including the State Comptroller’s office. She was also the Assistant to the chief financial officer and director of Business Process Improvement at the Department of State Health Services. A native of Skidmore, Texas, Julienne received her undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed certified public accountant and project management professional.
Mr. Swinson has been president and chief executive officer of TECO since 2005. TECO is an energy company serving the institutions in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. TECO is the largest combined heat and power district energy chilled water system in the country. The Texas Medical Center is the world’s largest medical center. Mr. Swinson has more than 30 years’ experience in the district energy industry, including executive positions at Trigen Energy Corporation, Midwest Mechanical Contractors and Auburn University. Mr. Swinson is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Northwestern University. Mr. Swinson is a registered professional engineer.
Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. works with Public Citizen, a national nonprofit group dedicated to representing the people’s voice in the halls of power. Based in Houston, Dr. Thomas advocates for reductions in diesel pollution and other air pollutants, builds awareness for the health impacts of pollution, and seeks to ensure community safety through commonsense chemical safety policies. Dr. Thomas holds a PhD in Geology from Southern Methodist University.
My passion is to bring people together across the globe to accomplish something nobody thought was possible. To create market opportunities that improve the performance of our customer's business by understanding trends, needs and behaviors. As Regional Director for Technical Services I focus on providing a consultative approach to leverage data and technology to drive both operational and energy efficiency. As the seasoned building operator continues to retire out of the workforce, he/she is taking their vast expertise and experience with them. McKinstry specializes in extracting that knowledge, and combining it with big data analytics and seasoned commissioning expertise to enable the next generation of building owners the opportunity to thrive “for the life of your building. I live in the Magnolia, TX with my wife and 3 children and have consulted in the energy efficiency business for the last 14 years.
Dr. Tarla T. Toomer is a Technology Manager in the United States Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Advance Manufacturing Office (AMO), CHP Deployment program. Dr. Toomer’s CHP Deployment portfolio includes administering the Partnership Engagement and Technical Services (CHP TAPs), CHP for Resiliency Accelerator, Packaged Combined Heat and Power Catalog (eCatalog) and Market Analysis programmatic components. Dr. Toomer received a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial (Manufacturing) Engineering from the University of Miami, a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management, a Master’s of Science in Telecommunications and Networking, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from Florida International University.
Nat Treadway is a managing partner at DEFG LLC (http://defgllc.com). DEFG specializes in energy utility retail customer strategy, services, and programs. Nat leads the Low Income Energy Issues Forum (LIEIF) and Low Income Consumer Solar Working Group (LICS). Nat has advised Texas public utility commissioners and filed testimony on energy efficiency programs in Texas for ten years. He has degrees in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.
Eddy Trevino is the State Energy Program Manager for the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). He also manages the LoanSTAR revolving loan program and the Clean Energy Incubator initiative within SECO. Over the life of the LoanSTAR revolving loan program, fund value has increased to $220 million with over 290 loans. Mr. Trevino’s professional designations include a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. He has 27 years of engineering and management experience. While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Trevino earned the following degrees: Bachelor in Architectural Engineering (1980), an MBA (1986), and a Master in Technology Commercialization (2001). These degrees provided the technical education necessary to manage the SECO programs.
Brent Turner is an Account Manager for the Clean Technology Business Unit at DLL Financial Solutions. He is based out of Austin, Texas, and is responsible for working with vendor partners and key accounts throughout Texas. A native of Beaumont, TX, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, and has an extensive background in public policy at the Texas Capitol.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has led the city’s remarkable rebound from Hurricane Harvey; won approval from legislators and voters for groundbreaking reform of pension debt of the kind that has crippled other cities; and led the successful bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020. As the head of the energy capital of the world and the most diverse city in the nation, he has created more responsive, streamlined and efficient methods for delivering city services while emphasizing the city’s role as a beacon for the demographic and economic future of the United States. Mayor Turner’s signature initiatives include aggressive flood mitigation; Complete Communities, a pilot program aimed at revitalizing underserved neighborhoods; and a holistic plan for addressing homelessness. He is chair of the Metro Economies Standing Committee and has served as one of four national co-chairs of Climate Mayors, a member of the C40 and Global Covenant for Mayor’s for Climate and Energy, and a member of the Advisory Board of the African American Mayors Association. Mayor Turner -- who lives in the Acres Homes community where he grew up with eight siblings – is an attorney who served for 26 years in the Texas House before being elected mayor in December 2015.
Marisa Uchin is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Market Development for Oracle Utilities where she leads a team that is responsible for expanding markets for Oracle’s utility solutions, and shaping regulatory and legislative policy that advances utility investment in technology innovation. She has engaged as a utility and policy expert in multiple regulatory proceedings related to grid modernization, incentive based ratemaking, utility business model transformation, and demand side resource planning. Marisa joined Oracle through its acquisition of Opower, the leading customer engagement technology solution provider to the utility industry. Prior to Opower, Marisa was at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where she held a variety of roles including Sr. Manager of Customer Energy Solutions and Manager of Federal Affairs where she led policy strategy on a broad set of issues including climate change, natural gas distribution and transmission, energy efficiency, renewables, and transportation electrification. Prior to joining the energy industry, Marisa held a variety of leadership and advisory roles in strategy, marketing and communications at companies including XM Satellite Radio, General Motors, and Fleishman Hillard. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Ahmet Ugursal has 16 years of experience in energy efficiency and sustainability. He is part of the Continuous Commissioning team since 2011 and has experience in various academic and commercial facilities and central plants.
James Vasquez is a senior sales executive for Enchanted Rock, a private energy technology company that specializes in microgrid technology. Prior to joining Enchanted Rock, Vasquez was a commodities trader and power asset manager for Calpine, Sempra and Statoil. He has over 20 years of power industry experience. Vasquez holds two degrees from Texas A&M University a B.B.A. in Marketing and a Master in Agricultural Economics.
Kirk is an Electrical Engineering under graduate of Texas A&M University, with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas. He currently serves as the Vice President of Strategic Development of Unify Energy Solutions, a Building Automation System contractor with offices in Texas and Colorado, and customers across the country.
Manny Villalobos started his career at Spring Branch ISD and served as Energy Manger as part of 16 years during his role at Spring Branch ISD. He has also served as the Energy Manager at Tomball ISD before accepting the position of Director of Utility Conservations at Katy ISD. Overall, Manny has over 20 years of school business experience relating to Energy Management. Manny Villalobos has an extensive relationship with (TEMA) Texas Energy Manager Association. He has served for eight years on the local and state (TEMA) Board. As the first chapter's Vice President for the Houston and Gulf Cost area Manny's first initiative was to bring energy management awareness to public sector. His last involvement with (TEMA) was in 2016 as Vice President on the Executive State Board.
Shelley Whitworth has been a Program Manager for the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) since 2001. She is responsible for the H-GAC Clean Cities Coalition and the Air Quality Technical Analysis Program managing analytical and implementation efforts relating to Transportation Control Measure Commitments, and other State Implementation Commitments activities pertaining to Mobile Emissions. She has overseen the development of H-GAC’s Clean Air Programs, including project implementation, pass thru grants and loans. In 2004, Whitworth provided development oversight for the expansion of the nonprofit Air Emission Credit Reduction Organization, to administer the Clean School Bus Program with funding from Supplemental Environmental Program Funds and funding for emission reduction activities. Ms. Whitworth began her association with the U.S. Department of Energy while attending grad school under a U. S. DOE Fellowship in the TX Governor’s Energy and Land Use Office. She later worked at Alamo Area Council of Governments coordinating with and assisting in the establishment of a coalition of near non-attainment air quality areas including Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview-Marshall, and the Victoria areas where she established emissions inventories through geo-coding and satellite imagery and replicated high ozone episodic events in a photochemical modeling process that covered the near non-attainment areas. She has served on several statewide and national committees concerned with air quality and the promotion of cleaner technology and alternative fuels. She has made numerous presentations at state and national conferences regarding air quality and mobile source emission reduction activities. Ms. Whitworth has presented and participated in international conferences in both Mexico and in the International Transportation Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Conference in Beijing regarding air quality and sustainable transportation.
Ashley is from St. Charles, MO and earned her Bachelors of Architecture and Masters of Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University. Finding her way to Texas, she first served as the City of Temple’s Sustainability and Grant Manager starting in 2010, this was a new position for the City. Through this position she developed and implemented new programs for both sustainability management and grant management within City operations. Through projects and policy implementation the City has realized decreased utility spending and fuel costs, increased community engagement, and improved operational efficiencies, all while maintaining a sound budget through the use of grants to off-set project costs. In 2014, Ashley moved into the position of General Services Manager, which oversaw Facility and Custodial Services, Sustainability and Grants, Community Development, and Management Operations and Special Projects. In 2016 she took the position of Director of General Services, expanding each area for which she oversaw. In December 2017 Ashley left the City to spend more time with her growing family, pursue her PhD and provide consulting services.
Les currently serves as the Director for Utilities & Energy Services which is responsible for supplying all utility services, valued at over $80 million, to the 30 million square foot Texas A&M campus located in College Station, Texas. In this role, he has direct responsibility for energy procurement, building automation systems, energy management programs, GIS, financials, HR, utility metering, rate setting and the IT infrastructure for the department.
Carlos Yagua received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Venezuela in 2004. In 2006, he obtained his Master's degree from Texas A&M University. Since then he has been working for Energy Systems Laboratory as a Continuous Commissioning® engineer. He is in charge of performing initial assessments, detailed assessments, CC® implementation and monitoring of different types of commercial facilities, which include office buildings, school districts, university campuses, hospitals, etc.
Mr. Yebra is an energy engineer responsible for managing senior-level energy and water efficiency projects. Responsibilities include planning, organizing and executing engineering projects, developing plans and specifications, reviewing technical design work and supervising the work of others. Fred previously served as Director of Austin Energy’s Demand-Side Management programs. His career includes working for Central Power & Light (CP&L) Company, The Public Utility Commission of Texas, and engineering consulting. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix, Arizona.