Nexus PMG welcomes you to the Bigger Than Us™ podcast, which we, as energy geeks lovingly refer to as the BTU. Bigger Than Us is a podcast that focuses on ideas that will shape the future of our planet and ultimately, our existence. We will occasionally lean into energy topics because after all, it’s the key to our collective survival, but we’ll also explore other areas that we believe will have an effect that is Bigger Than Us.
Thomas Ortman is the Chief Technology Officer for Voltabox of Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based Voltabox AG, a publicly traded, multi-national corporation manufacturing electro-mobility solutions with highly engineered battery energy storage systems (BESS). These systems are applied in a broad cross-section of industrial sectors from municipal buses, mining, forklifts and agriculture to locomotives and e-bikes. Voltabox also provides BESS to stationary applications. Mr. Ortman served as CEO of Voltabox of Texas, Inc. from July 2018-July 2019. He also serves as Vice President of Voltabox of North America, Inc.,
Prior to Voltabox, Mr. Ortman was Founder, President and CEO of Concurrent Design, Inc., which was acquired by Voltabox in March 2018. Founded in 1994, Concurrent Design was an engineering consulting firm with core skills in industrial product development, manufacturing automation and test equipment. With a focus on the electronics, semiconductor and clean technology market segments, Voltabox is a natural segue. Mr. Ortman is a mechanical engineer and an expert in product design and development.
Thomas Ortman is also active in the following; Founding Member and Board Member, CleanTX; Member, Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA); Mentor, University of Texas IC2 Austin Technology Incubator Texas Venture Mentor Service (mentoring battery start-ups; Member, Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). Prior roles include; Chairman, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) Texas Chapter; Founder, Solar Energy Entrepreneur Network (SEEN), Advisor – Physical Sciences for Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC) of the Texas (State) Emerging Technology Fund (TETF); Member, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Clean Energy Council (GACC CEC).
Lauren Clarke is the CEO and founder of Turn Compost. Turn is a DFW-based social enterprise with a vision to change how our urban environment is utilized. Turn works with consumers, businesses, and non-profits in ways which support sustainable development within our communities. Lauren's experience in Culinary school and the Texas A&M master gardener program opened her eyes to the whole issue of food waste and how horrible it is in our environment.
Brett Hogarth has held the position of Director of Business Development, Biomass Advisory Group for nine years. Over that time, he has lead new product development and marketing efforts, managed client relations, and structured work plans for over 250 biomass feedstock supply chain consulting projects across North America. Brett has been integral in identifying and executing on opportunities to leverage Ecostrat’s data and analytics to provide new and innovative solutions to meet the needs of stakeholders across the bio-energy industry. Brett holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto
Tanya Peacock is a Public Policy and Planning Manager at Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the largest gas distribution utility in the United States based in Los Angeles, CA. Tanya has served the gas company in this role for 5 years. Previously she was the Environmental and Policy Manager at SoCalGas for 2 years and the Regulatory and Rate Strategy manager for nearly 4 years. Tanya graduated from Mills College with a bachelor’s degree in English and went on to earn her master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University. Tanya serves as a board member for a number of organizations including the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, MoveLA and the California Hydrogen Business Council. Her expertise lies in her deep understanding of policy analysis, regulatory affairs, legislative analysis, and renewable energy policy.
Landon started coding in junior high because he wanted to make video games, but over time I realized what I really wanted to do was make others happy. He saw technology as a tool to accomplish that mission, and came to the University of Southern California excited to build software. There Landon studied in a mixture of design, computer science, and business in the Iovine Young Academy. That's he met his cofounders Mimi and Ben. They launched Wren right after he and Ben graduated, on June 12, 2019, and it's been growing ever since. These days at Wren Landon still codes, but also spends a lot of time working with project partners and thinking about growth.
Julia Kumari Drapkin is the CEO and founder of ISeeChange. Dedicated to connecting communities to each other and their changing environment, Drapkin created ISeeChange after over a decade reporting natural disasters and climate change science across the globe and in her own backyard on the Gulf Coast. Drapkin currently serves on the board of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and is a consultant for the think tank Resources for the Future and NASA. Prior to journalism, Julia did research anthropology and archaeology for over 7 years in Latin America, where she geeked out on Mayan farmer’s almanacs.
Sam is CEO and co-founder of Vert Asset Management. He also chairs the Investment Research Group. Sam leads the development of new products to help make sustainable investing easier for investors. He has been a featured speaker on sustainable investing at financial advisor conferences in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia.
Prior to launching Vert, Sam spent almost 20 years working at Dimensional Fund Advisors. He started Dimensional’s European Financial Advisor Services business and led the development and launch of Dimensional’s Global Sustainability Core Fund.
Sam has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Davis. Sam lives in Mill Valley, CA with his wife and three children.
Aidan is the CEO and a co-founder of Hazel Technologies, a post-harvest crop protection company making biochemical solutions to extend produce shelf life. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University, where his doctoral work focused techniques to design and synthesize highly efficient catalysts for transformations of renewables.
He was a member of the Institute for Atom-Efficient Catalytic Transformations and the Institute for Catalytic Energy Processes. His interest in catalysis and energy led him to accept a role as the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) chemistry fellow for 2014 – 2015. He developed an interest in applying his chemistry knowledge to agriscience, co-founding Hazel Technologies before completing his Ph.D. Aidan is one of the inventors of the Hazel® technology platform and a co-author on 20+ patents and filings. Under Aidan’s leadership, Hazel Technologies won the Clean Energy Challenge in 2016 and the VentureWell Sustainable Practice Impact Award in 2019.
Aidan and Hazel Technologies were recently named to ChicagoInno’s “50 on Fire” list. Aidan has raised more than $17.8 million in private equity for Hazel and helped Hazel obtain nearly $1 million in grant funding from ISEN, VentureWell, and the USDA. Most recently, the company completed its Series B finance round with lead investors Pangaea Ventures and S2G Ventures, featuring additional investments from Asahi Kasei Ventures and The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust. Other investors in Hazel include Rhapsody Venture Partners, Serra Ventures, and Valley Oak Investments.
Hazel Technologies works with more than 100 grower/packer partners in more than 12 countries to date. In addition to his company duties, Aidan serves as an Advisory Board member at the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship at Northwestern, and as a member of the Board of Advisors for Lilac Solutions.
Blake Bassett is currently the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Step Tire. Step Tire is a trying to Give Hope Traction by reprocessing old car tires into soles for shoes. The mission of the company is not only to Give Hope Traction but also to “Teach a Man to Fish” by building self-contained manufacturing facilities that can be placed anywhere in the world to allow locals to learn how to make the soles and sell shoes. Prior to co-founding Step Tire, Blake was a small business lender and investor in small companies. He earned his BA from Texas Christian University. Blake has been married to his wife Meg for 18 years and they have three daughters and attend HPUMC.
Dr. William M. Conlon, P.E., is the founder, and President of Pintail Power, and the inventor of the Liquid Air Combined Cycle™ (LACC) and Liquid Salt Combined Cycle™ (LSCC) technologies. Dr. Conlon’s track record of successfully managing innovation from concept through commercialization, includes Cheng Cycle Steam Injected Gas Turbines, and the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector Solar Steam Generator. Since 2013, he has pioneered hybrid energy storage systems for utility-scale applications to address the CAISO Duck Curve and similar renewable integration problems around the world.
After receiving a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he joined Pacific Gas & Electric Company to manage development of the Operator Training Simulator for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He then joined International Power Technology where he was responsible for I&C functions and developed the control systems for the first Cheng Cycle cogeneration power plants, which are still in operation at several California locations three decades later. He also led new product development, had a key role in operational improvement and supported international business, licensing and technology transfer.
Dr. Conlon led the technical turn-around of Ausra Inc., taking its CLFR technology to price-performance leadership in the solar thermal market. He was instrumental in the sale of Ausra to AREVA and the subsequent award of more than $1 billion of new business around the world. While Senior Vice President of Engineering at AREVA, he was responsible for Engineering, Commissioning and Operations teams on three continents.
Dr. Conlon is the holder of over 20 patents world-wide as inventor or co-inventor of technologies related to steam injected gas turbines, solar power, water treatment, and both cryogenic and high temperature thermal storage. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California and a member of ASME, IEEE, AAAS, and Sigma Xi. He also serves on the ASME PTC-53 committee for Performance Testing of Energy Storage Systems.
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Tracy Wallace is a justice warrior—environmental, social, economic—who believes access and equity are the cures to poverty. With tenacity and passion, Tracy works to connect those with the greatest need for employment to employers in the rapidly growing solar industry.
Korina has over 20 years of experience leading teams on humanitarian missions to deliver humanitarian aid and facilitate sustainable projects in villages, relief camps, and orphanages around the world. She has lived abroad and loves to travel internationally. She considers herself to be a global citizen and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and (used to speak) French.
Korina has served as a public speaker in various capacities, including as an advocate for education. She spent the last several years as an Executive Director for an international trade network and a community service and advocacy non-profit organization in Dallas, Texas. She now serves as a consultant to nonprofits and social impact organizations with Greater Society Consulting.
Korina recently launched a website, called “The Conscious Citizen Effect”, designed to help us all learn to make more conscious consumer choices and everyday habits that are kinder our planet, animals and our local and global communities.
Roshan Vani is the COO of Nexus PMG, an engineering firm that specializes in built-to-spec solutions for large scale infrastructure projects
Mr. Vani is a Project Management Professional with experience in the EPC, EPCM & PMC industry working on large capital projects ranging in value from $0.5B to $11B in the Power and Mining & Metals industries. He has experience in managing lump sum and cost reimbursable contracts in North America and Saudi Arabia. Prior to starting Nexus he was a Risk Manager & Project Controls Manager for a Fortune 500 firm and subject matter expert in project planning (Primavera), schedule (Primavera Risk) risk analysis and cost risk (@Risk) analysis. Mr. Vani is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP certificate from the Project Management Institute) and holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres is President and CEO at GreenMomentum Inc., a market intelligence and innovation company focused on the Latin American cleantech industry. He is also President of Cleantech Challenge Mexico, Latin America’s top green business accelerator program.
He is considered an expert in clean energy, climate change and climate financing. In 2012 and 2013 he was recognized by the US President Barack Obama as Champion of Change and High Impact Entrepreneur for his work promoting the development of the cleantech industry in Mexico.
In 2017-2018 he was co-Chairman of the Board at LAC-CORE and since 2015 he has been Chair of the Energy Subcommittee of the US-Mexico Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council. Since 2014 he leads the Energy Sustainability Fund’s Specialized Services Office managing the Fund’s relationship with the Mexican Energy Innovation Centers. Early this year, he joined the Technical Council of the National Council of Science and Technology’s Added Business and Knowledge Value Subprogram.
He holds a first degree in Computer Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a doctorate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College London, University of London.
Elena Savostianova has over 15 years of professional experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to Ember, Elena served as a Principal with Global Infrastructure Partners CAPS team, focusing on renewable energy opportunities. Before GIP, Elena spent nearly a decade as part of Credit Suisse’s Power and Renewables group where she was responsible for coverage of energy corporates with a focus on renewable energy and infrastructure, as well as financial sponsors active in the energy and infrastructure space. Her responsibilities included deal sourcing and execution of the complete capital stack, from equity transactions on the corporate side to senior secured debt underwritings at the asset level. Elena joined Credit Suisse in 2005. Prior to that Elena was a member of Deloitte’s Management Consulting division and the JPMorgan Chase Oil & Gas Investment Banking team.
Elena holds an M.B.A. from Yale University and a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from Hamilton College.
Allen Tsai is the Founder and CEO of Pani, a smart-home company inspired by his volunteer experience building water wells in rural Nepal. With a professional background in consumer electronics and IoT, Allen took inspiration from a lifetime of water conservation lessons to create Pani to advance the convergence of technology with water sustainability and efficiency. He’s spent nearly 20 years in the consumer electronics industry, having shipped millions of units of connected products through global brands such as Sony, Microsoft XBox, Panasonic, and Sonos. A multi-exit founder, Pani is Allen’s 6th startup, with Allen also having held leadership roles at large companies such as Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. When he’s not thinking about how to leverage technology to usher in the era of “decentralized water,” he spends his time with his wife and three kids, playing instruments, riding his motorcycle, and singing in the shower.
Scott Deatherage is a founding partner in the Austin law firm of Smith and Brown, LLP. Over the last 30 years, Scott has focused on environmental issues, energy, and climate change. For most of his career, he worked with large law firms in Dallas, but two years ago he formed his own firm and also began pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities.
He earned his B.A. in Letters from The University of Oklahoma in 1984 with highest honors, with minors in Botany and French, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987 cum laude, where he served as the Articles Editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review.
Scott was one of the founders of the American Bar Association’s Environmental Disclosure Committee. He has published a book entitled Carbon Trading Law and Practice, originally published by Oxford University Press. He has taught Climate Change Law at the University of Texas Law School.
Over the last 30 years of his career, Scott has focused on environmental issues, energy, and climate change. As a partner in nationally-known large law firms, he has advised clients in transactions, development, litigation, and government regulatory matters. He has also worked with companies in emerging technologies such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage. Scott has worked on over $5 billion of energy projects. His work with solar project developers has involved over 55 separate projects. Over the last few years, Scott has represented companies in blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, cryptocurrency mining, and smart contracts.
He has served and currently serves on several company advisory boards, including, Principal Solar, Crescendo Power, Alternative Resource Group, and AR3 Global. These companies are engaged in solar development, funding of solar and other renewable energy and energy storage projects, and blockchain applications to energy and environmental matters.
Dave is an advisor across Regulated Industries, Government, Tourism, Manufacturing, Human and Health Services. Dave develops and implement business strategies, policy changes, sustainability practises and generative growth with enabling technologies, efficiency, transparency, and accountability.
Dave supports business modernization with emerging technologies to enable sustainability, socioeconomic outcomes and generative growth., and is known for delivering talks that combine culture, human behaviours, socio-economics, psychology, and technology with current events, personal anecdote, and historical precedent—effortlessly transliterating the complex issues of technology out of the abstract and into operations.
Carlos St. James is a board member of the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) in Washington, which promotes development of the industry, as well as a board member of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA), based in Austin, Texas. With considerable experience in project finance, technical and non-technical project themes, sustainability issues and energy policy, he is a leading advisor to investors, developers and the public sector.
He is the publisher of the Clean Energy Review and he holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Peter Kelly-Detwiler has 30 years of experience in the electric energy arena. He writes for Forbes.com and other publications on topics related to disruptive innovation and its impact on the electricity infrastructure. He provides strategic advice to clients and investors, helping them to navigate this transitional period.
Mr. Kelly-Detwiler has spent much of his career in various areas of competitive power markets. As Senior Vice President at Constellation Energy, he oversaw creation of VirtuWatt – a market leading platform to facilitate real-time awareness of electricity pricing and consumption and bidding of assets into competitive markets. He is currently writing a book on the transformation of electric power markets, to be published by Prometheus Books in the Spring of 2021.
CB Bhattacharya is the H.J. Zoffer Chair in Sustainability and Ethics at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He is a world renowned expert in business strategy innovation aimed at increasing both business and social value. His research and teaching focuses specifically on how companies can use underleveraged “intangible assets” such as corporate identity, reputation, corporate social responsibility and sustainability to strengthen stakeholder relationships and drive firm market value.
Prof. Bhattacharya has published over 100 articles and has over 28,000 citations per Google Scholar. His latest book entitled Small Actions Big Difference: Leveraging Corporate Sustainability to Drive Business and Societal Value was published by Routledge in 2019. He is co-author of the book Leveraging Corporate Responsibility: The Stakeholder Route to Maximizing Business and Social Value and co-editor of the book Global Challenges in Responsible Business, both published by Cambridge University Press. He has served on the Editorial Review Boards and served as Editor of special issues of many leading international publications. Prof. Bhattacharya is the founder of the Center for Sustainable Business as well as the ESMT Sustainable Business Roundtable, a forum with more than 25 multinational members, aimed at discussing opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming sustainability practices within organizations. In 2007 he started the Stakeholder Marketing Consortium with support from the Aspen Institute.
Prof. Bhattacharya is part of a select group of faculty that has been named twice to Business Week’s Outstanding Faculty list. He has been recognized by both Thomson Reuters and Google Scholar as one of the top cited scholars in his field. He has won several best paper awards, teaching awards and research prizes. He was also a finalist for the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award in 2007. In addition, he received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995, the highest teaching award at Emory University.
Prof. Bhattacharya has conducted research and consulted for many organizations such as Allianz, AT&T, Bosch, Eli Lilly, E.ON, General Mills, Green Mountain Coffee, High Museum of Art, Hitachi Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Prudential Bank, Timberland and Unilever. As an expert in corporate responsibility and sustainability, he is often interviewed and quoted in publications such as Business Week, BBC, Forbes, Financial Times, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Economist and on TV stations such as Times Now, CBS and PBS. He frequently delivers keynote speeches or brings in his insights as a panelist at company, industry, and academic conferences and conventions.
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Architect David Hertz is the founder and president of David Hertz FAIA Architects, inc. and S.E.A., the Studio of Environmental Architecture, which he established as Syndesis in 1984 and skysource.org in 2016
David graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in 1983. In 2006 David was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sci-Arc. In 2008 David was elected to the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows as one of it’s youngest member in it’s over 155 year history.
David Hertz’ award winning work has been widely published and exhibited internationally some highlights include exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA),The Smithsonian Museums of Natural History and the National Building Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Museum as well as inclusion the Venice and Istanbul Architectural biennale’s, having won the American Architecture Award in 2009 and 2012 respectively. In 2018 David lead his team Skysource to become the Grand Prize winner in the Water Abundance XPRIZE out of a ﬁeld of 98 teams from 27 countries to make 2,000 liters of water from air in 24 hours using 100% renewable energy at a cost of less than 2 cents/ liter. In 2019 Skysource’s WeDew was awarded the General Excellence award for Developing World Technology in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards which drew over 2,000 applicants.
Aaron Ratner is a Managing Director at Ultra Capital. He as over 20 years of international investment, advisory and development experience focusing on technology, energy, waste and agriculture.
Ultra Capital specializes in supporting developers, corporations and public entities to successfully deploy projects across waste, agriculture, water and renewable energy.
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Currently Rock is the Co-founder and CEO of eCarra.com, a zero-emissions mobility platform that aims to reduce harmful emissions and accelerate the awareness of electric vehicles by pioneering electric car ride awareness, eCarra brings the growing tech-centric population and automakers together in real time.
After a successful 13 year career in the financial services industry Erik made his first company acquisition in 2006, a NC-based solar equipment distribution business. Soon after the acquisition Erik started a solar construction and development company, Argand Energy Solutions. Argand grew into one of the larger commercial installation and project development companies in the Carolinas. In 2014 the company completed a successful sale to York Capital, a large hedge fund. Branded under the name Entropy Solar Integrators, the company went on to build over 350MW of solar projects.
In late 2016 Erik started his latest venture, Leyline Renewable Energy, to finance the development of solar and biogas projects. The company is deploying capital into projects across the US.
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For 30 years, Mike has focused on the design, staffing and strategies for winning communications programs. As Tigercomm’s founder, he counsels cleantech executives, investors and philanthropists on strategies for meeting their business objectives.
Mike is a top U.S. innovator and strategist on cleantech marketing and communications. He has presented at more than a dozen major conferences, and he writes frequently on clean economy topics at ScalingClean and Renewable Energy World.
Mike has trained more than 2,000 people on interview techniques, message development and public relations management. Before Tigercomm, he built winning communications programs for the National Environmental Trust and the Environmental Working Group, which he helped make “... dollar for dollar, demonstrably one of the most effective groups in Washington” (National Journal, 2/02). He is also a communications veteran of the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and two presidential campaigns.
Alex Reed co-founded cleaning startup Truman’s following more than a decade at fan and light manufacturer Big Ass Fans, where he led an expansive marketing division that helped the company grow from $30 million in annual sales to more than $250 million.
With his innovative approaches, the company’s number of new customers increased nearly 40 percent annually. At the same time, customer loyalty became so strong that repeat business accounted for half of all orders.
Beyond marketing, Alex always pushed the company’s evolution and oversaw its expansion beyond a business-to-business strategy to business-to-consumer with the 2012 debut of Haiku, the first Big Ass Fan for homes. Within three years, the product developed into a full smart home division and achieved more than $50 million in sales.
After helping guide the company’s sale in 2017 for $500 million, Alex sought a new challenge and co-founded Truman’s with Big Ass Fans Chief Operating Officer Jon Bostock. The pair aims to upend the staid cleaning industry with the belief that cleaning should be green, simple, convenient and cost less.
Sonal Patel is a national award–winning multimedia journalist who has, for more than a decade, covered a wide range of technology, business, and policy issues related to energy and the environment worldwide. She is currently a senior associate editor at POWER magazine, a 137-year-old trade publication dedicated to chronicling power generation history, currents, and advancements.
Native Dallasite Michael Martin is a passionate and experienced leader for the widespread adoption of clean and safe solar power.
He wasn’t always this way as his first 2+ professional decades were in various business development roles in software/IT market segments. Upon becoming a solar entrepreneur in 2010, he likewise began advising start up companies in the areas of strategy, value proposition, sales and marketing, partnerships, go to market and pitching. These are his areas of knowledge and experience that he loves to put to good use with promising people and companies.
In parallel throughout his professional journey, Michael has been active, including board service and volunteering, with a wide range of non-profits such as schools, social service agencies, cancer foundations and environmental groups. Michael’s life is only complete when it includes doing good work serving his community…and when there is some fun involved!
Michael Martin has a long-standing passion for renewable energy. This is his calling to high-impact, purpose-driven work. After 20+ years doing cool and valuable B2B stuff in the information technology sector, Michael began his solar career in 2010 as founder/EVP of utility solar company Principal Solar, where he developed approximately 280 megawatts of projects valued at $500 million. Now, he directs his energy into serving early commercial solar adopters who are ready to lead with clean and safe on-site solar power in his home state of Texas. Michael has always been motivated to help companies adopt high-value solutions that enhance their positions as market and community leaders. When not doing these things, Michael is likely on his road bike at White Rock Lake or involved in some community service work…
Kimberly M. Britton is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCI Solar, Itron and Lyndis+Gyr to focus on innovation in energy. EPIcenter drives thought leadership, convenes human intelligence, galvanizes alliances, and catalyzes new technologies and concepts in energy.
She has cultivated extensive relationships with energy industry leaders and incubators across the U.S., rapidly raising the visibility and reputation of EPIcenter.
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Jonathan is a founding partner of Intelis Capital and a member of its investment committee. Jonathan serves in all aspects of the firm’s operations, with particular focus on developing investment theses, creation of internal processes and systems, sourcing potential investments, providing operational and strategic support to portfolio companies.
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, the leading investment and operating platform for sustainable infrastructure. Founded in 2014, Generate Capital is the only “one-stop-shop” for pioneers leading the Resource Revolution. Prior to Generate, as the Founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), Shah pioneered “no money down solar”, which unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market and became the largest solar services company worldwide before its acquisition by MEMC. Shah’s decades of experience in renewable energy consistently show that business model innovation and entrepreneurship are two of the keys to proving that sustainability pays.
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Dr. Arun Gupta is the founder and CEO of Skyven Technologies, a company decarbonizing the industrial sector with clean, emissions-free solutions for thermal energy. From building prototypes in his garage to winning the $1 million grand prize in New York State’s 76West Clean Energy Competition, Arun has pioneered both the technology and business of clean thermal energy. He holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas and earned his stripes in technology commercialization at Texas Instruments, Inc.
Lynn Abramson is President of the Clean Energy Business Network – the small business voice for the clean energy economy. CEBN enhances opportunities for clean energy providers through policy support, business development, and market and technology education.
CEBN’s 3,000+ members span all 50 U.S. states and more than 350 Congressional districts. These business leaders work across a diverse suite of technologies and services in energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, and other advanced energy and transportation sectors. Lynn leads the CEBN’s efforts to mobilize business voices in support of policy change, leverage case studies and narratives to illustrate the benefits of clean energy to the public and policymakers, and promote industry collaboration and networking.
Lynn previously managed the CEBN at its former home in The Pew Charitable Trusts from July 2013 until its transition to become an independent initiative of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy in May 2017. Before that, she worked in the U.S. Senate as a Senior Legislative Assistant on energy, natural resources, and transportation policy. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University, where her research on carbon cycle processes spurred her interest in advancing low-carbon energy solutions.
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Ben Hubbard is the CEO of Nexus PMG, an engineering firm that specializes in built-to-spec solutions for large scale infrastructure projects
Mr. Hubbard is a program management consultant experienced in business strategy, strategic development and construction management. He has a proven track record of leading domestic and international high-profile construction projects in fast-paced environments. His experience spans across multiple industries including mining & metals, operations & maintenance, power, forestry including wood pellet plants. Ben has the powerful ability to translate strategic organizational goals into clear operational plans leading to measurable results.