Frank Forrest, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Frank is the Efficiency Solutions Product Manager at Carlisle HVAC. Since 1965, Carlisle HVAC Products has provided high-performance solutions for the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry, manufacturing rolled duct sealants, mastics, adhesives, coatings and hardware as well as other accessories. Carlisle HVAC Products encompasses Hardcast Duct Sealants and Adhesives, DynAir Airflow Hardware, the Nexus 4 Bolt Flange Closure System, Spray-Seal (the 1st sprayable duct sealant) and ISAAC the inspection, sealing and advanced cleaning robot. Carlisle HVAC is passionate about energy efficiency and is focused on continuing to pioneer solutions to assist the industry in meeting these goals. With over 13 years in the HVAC industry this aligns perfectly with Frank’s passion about HVAC system efficiency.
Debbie Kimberly, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Deborah Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January 2013 as the Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions. Her division is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, distributed and community solar, Green Building, advanced transportation, market analytics and Key Accounts which serves Austin Energy’s largest customers. Kimberly has worked in the utility industry for more than 30 years, and spent more than 22 years at the Salt River Project in Central Arizona. Most recently, she was SRP’s Director of Customer Programs and Marketing, where she was responsible for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of all products, price plans and services; measurement & evaluation; and market research. Kimberly serves on EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization Sector Council, the Pecan Street Board of Directors, the SPEER Board of Directors and SPEER Energy Commission.
Al D’Andrea, Treasurer, Board of Directors
Al D’Andrea is the president of McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning, a Central Texas area contractor focused on residential and multi-family air conditioning, heating and energy conservation. Al has long been active in the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) association and has served in many capacities, including president of both the Texas state and Austin city chapters. He served the City of Austin as a member of the Zero Energy Homes Task Force and Energy Efficiency Upgrade Task Force. Al holds a Texas AC contractor’s license and holds certifications from NATE, NCI, BPI and RESNET covering energy auditing, weatherization, HVAC systems design, air balancing and more.
Steven Brown, Secretary, Board of Directors
Steve’s career spans well over 15 years of government relations, public affairs, coalition building, grassroots and message development experience. He began his career at The White House as an intern in the Office of Legislative Affairs. He assisted that division in their efforts to advance President Clinton’s congressional priorities. After moving back to Houston in 1998, he joined the staff of U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and later became the budget analyst for House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Sylvester Turner. Greenworks Lending is a cutting edge private finance company that taps into the power of PACE to unlock energy savings in commercial real estate. Founded by the architects of the most successful commercial PACE program in the country, the team at Greenworks Lending has more experience in PACE than anyone in the industry.
Steve Saunders, Past Chairman of the Board of Directors
Steve Saunders is the CEO of TexEnergy Solution, U.S. Eco Logic, and Tempo Mechanical Services. Since 2001, TexEnergy has certified over 36,000 ENERGY STAR Homes and Apartments. U.S. Eco Logic was founded to help provide guidance and verification of sustainable (green) buildings for LEED, Green Built Texas and the National Green Building Standard from ICC and the NAHB. Saunders is on the Board of Directors for Texas HERO (serves as Chairman), the Board of the Service Roundtable, and the Green Jobs Council for the State of Texas.
Brian Bowen, Board of Directors
Brian Bowen is Regulatory Affairs Manager for FirstFuel Software, where he promotes analytics-enabled energy efficiency and customer engagement programs for business customers. Before coming to FirstFuel, Brian worked for a climate and energy-focused NGO and held roles in the demand response, smart home, and community solar sectors. He was named one of Midwest Energy News’s “40 Under 40,” is a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and holds a Master’s in City Planning from MIT and a BA from Yale University. He lives in Chicago.
Chris Pasch, Board of Directors
Chris is a senior program manager at CLEAResult with over 10 years of experience in the energy industry. He is responsible for the implementation of multiple energy efficiency programs across a variety of electric utilities in Texas. Prior to CLEAResult, he worked with Austin Energy overseeing federal compliance with the city’s ARRA funded efficiency projects. CLEAResult is the single largest provider of energy solutions in North America, offering energy consulting services that lower load requirements for utilities, reduce energy bills for end users, and minimize environmental burdens on communities. We strive to connect all stakeholders through unique, cost effective program delivery that impacts local energy markets.
Cyrus Reed, Board of Directors
Reed has served as Conservation Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club since 2008. In that position, he has been the state chapter of Sierra Club’s lead advocate on clean energy, air quality and energy efficiency programs, participating in both regulatory and legislative efforts to improve building codes, increase the use of renewable energy and increase commitments to energy efficiency and demand response through weatherization among other efforts. Reed is also a member of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Reliability Operations Subcommittee and is a frequent participant in the Demand Side Working Group, as well as the Resource Management Commission at the City of Austin. Reed lives in Austin with a wife and three soccer-playing kids and holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Texas -Austin. He is also involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and coaching youth soccer.
David Claridge, Board of Directors
Dr. Claridge is internationally known for his work over the last 15 years directing the development and participating in the implementation of the Continuous Commissioning® process for improving the comfort and energy efficiency of buildings. It has been applied in well over 300 large buildings that include higher education facilities, military facilities, medical facilities, and office buildings. He has made major contributions to the analysis of heat transfer between buildings and ground and to the analysis of air leakage in buildings. He is also a world leader in development and application of measurement and verification techniques to determine savings from efficiency projects. He has taught numerous commissioning workshops and is the author of well over 300 journal and conference papers. He had 10 years of experience in the HVAC field, prior to coming to Texas A&M in 1986. He frequently gives presentations at national and international conferences and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers and is active nationally in both societies.
Farshad Shahsavary, Board of Directors
Farshad believes that energy is one of the most important issues facing humanity and he also has a passion to find hidden solutions to the world’s energy problems. Long time ago he decided to apply his technical knowledge to the area of the energy management. He is a licensed professional engineer, certified energy manager (CEM), and has a master degree in mechanical engineering from University of Waterloo in Canada. Over 27 years of experience in all areas related to facilities design, construction, testing & balancing, controls, project management, and energy management has given him a deep insight on how all parts of this puzzle fits together. Currently, he is serving the State of Texas as the Energy and Engineering Manager at Texas Facilities Commission (TFC). TFC Office of Energy Management is responsible for all activities necessary to conserve and save utilities in state facilities. TFC is the main state agency responsible for management and construction of state facilities. Since 2011, TFC office of energy management has succeeded to help lower TFC utility expenditure by over one million dollars per year. Prior to joining TFC, he served as energy manager for Austin Independent School District.
Ian Hughes, Board of Directors
Ian is the Senior Advocacy Representative for the North American Region for Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience). In this function, Ian is responsible for driving energy efficiency and sustainability for one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-tech polymer materials. In this role, Ian works with several national trade associations and organizations to promote energy efficiency policy, building energy codes, and sustainable construction. Prior to working for Covestro, Ian began his career in building and construction as a project manager for Centex Homes in Tampa, Florida. Ian has received a BA in History from Allegheny College and Master’s from the University of Pittsburgh in Public and International Affairs.
Julie Hatfield, Board of Directors
Julie Hatfield currently serves as Manager of the Texas Gas Service Energy Efficiency/Conservation Program, which offers natural gas appliance and equipment rebates to builders, commercial business and residential customers in the Austin area. Texas Gas Service is the third largest natural gas distribution company in Texas, providing clean, reliable natural gas to more than 630,000 customers in 97 communities. Texas Gas Service is a division of ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS), a natural gas distribution company which also includes Oklahoma Natural Gas and Kansas Gas Service.
Kate Zerrenner, Board of Directors
Kate Zerrenner helps develop and implement strategies to promote energy and water efficiency and climate change solutions in Texas and leads EDF’s multi-year campaign to influence and enact state and national energy and water efficiency policy, including breaking down financial, regulatory and behavioral barriers. She directs regional efforts to improve options for clean energy choices that create jobs, reduce climate change impacts, water intensity and air pollution. Her expertise includes a sound understanding of technologies and policies affecting traditional energy generation, energy efficiency business models, and the energy-water nexus. She designs and implements non-regulatory, legislative and policy strategies to increase energy and water efficiency (business models, technological, and financing options) and clean energy options to reduce climate change pollution and water intensity and encourage clean and sustainable energy choices. She collaborates with key stakeholders and legislative sponsors on passage of clean energy and energy-water legislation, including drafting legislative language and providing oral and written testimony.
Rene Burger, Board of Directors
Rene’ B. Burger has been the Senior Marketing Manager at Philips Lighting for the past 5 years. Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT) is a global leader in lighting products, systems and services. Our understanding of how lighting positively affects people coupled with our deep technological know-how enable us to deliver digital lighting innovations that unlock new business value, deliver rich user experiences and help to improve lives. Serving professional and consumer markets, we sell more energy efficient LED lighting than any other company. We lead the industry in connected lighting systems and services, leveraging the Internet of Things to take light beyond illumination and transform homes, buildings and urban spaces. In 2015, we had sales of EUR 7.5 billion and have approximately 36,000 employees in over 70 countries.
Ryan Bloom, Board of Directors
Ryan Bloom is a Design Engineer, Commissioning Service provider and Project Manager with over 8 years of experience in the industry, working with ccrd Partners, which merged with WSP in 2014. He has been involved in the design, commissioning and LEED documentation of a wide variety of projects. These include data centers, hospitals and medical facilities, laboratories, Class-A office space, mixed-use and multi-family developments. His in-depth knowledge of design, commissioning services and the process of project delivery with the highest level of quality brings immense value to the client. Ryan has a strong working knowledge of project team member’s roles and has the perspective to provide effective project oriented advice that aids each team member to perform to their highest potential. His experience with fast-track design and construction schedules has provided an understanding of determining critical path priorities and appropriate level of detail to ensure on-time, on-budget and safe project delivery.
Steve Stelzer, Board of Directors
Steve currently serves as the Program Director for the Building Code Enforcement Green Building Resource Center. Steve offers green building strategies to plans brought in by the public, develops and maintains green strategy displays and education programs, and coordinates the green building web portal for the City of Houston website. He previously coordinated Green Building Tours of LEED certified buildings, which are free and open to the public. TECHNICAL BACKGROUND: Includes 30 years of diverse architectural firm experience in Houston, with construction administration (CA) as his predominate focus, including such firms as Heights Venture Architects, Courtney Harper+Partners, RWS Architects, Ray Bailey Architects, Kendall/Heaton Associates, and others.
Vince Drieling, Board of Directors
Vince Drieling is the Manager of Business Development at Ameresco, Inc. His role includes overseeing, managing, and coordinating the company’s business development activities in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. He has over 10 years of experience working with clients to develop and implement self-funded energy and water solutions under the ESA model and design-build construction model. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and has led the sales or technical development of over $50 million in energy efficiency or water conservation projects. He regularly meets with energy leaders throughout the Southwest and has a keen mind for the marketability of projects and solutions that apply to energy efficiency.