Advisory Board

 Smart Energy Decisions is honored to have the involvement and support of an advisory board made up of industry leaders from a wide array of commercial and industrial market sectors. Their collaboration and engagement will help shape and direct our content and programs. Their influence as board members will help advance industry best practices and ensure we remain true to our mission. Participation on the advisory board does not reflect an endorsement of Smart Energy Decisions by a member's employer.

Chris Broome, Merck & Co. Inc., associate director, Global Energy and Sustainability Center of Excellence

Chris BroomeChris Broome is an associate director of the Global Energy and Sustainability Center of Excellence at Merck, where he assists more than 40 North and South American manufacturing, research and administrative facilities in reducing their energy usage to meet strategic energy and sustainability corporate goals. 

He is passionate about reducing energy consumption and costs and has extensive experience in energy conservation; corporate energy management and sustainability programs; HVAC; and water conservation. Chris uses Energy Star benchmarking tools on a regular basis and his efforts helped Merck win Energy Star's "Sustained Excellence Award" in 2016 for the 11th consecutive year. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and is a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Energy Auditor.

Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He joined Merck in 2009, as part of the merger with Schering-Plough. He started with Schering-Plough in 2006 as a contract administrator managing outsourced maintenance contracts for all the New Jersey sites. Previously, he worked as a plumbing project engineer, specializing in the design of pharmaceutical facilities. Chris has also worked as a project manager and design engineer for several equipment manufacturers of laboratory equipment, such as steam sterilizers, glassware washers, and environmental chambers. He is a Licensed Engineer in New Jersey and received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Mike Colwell, Illinois Tool Works, strategic sourcing manager

Mike Colwell is the energy and facilities manager for Illinois Tool Works in Glenview, Ill., focused on cost reductions and risk management through energy supply and demand reduction opportunities in North America, Europe and Australia.
Mike began his career in in the 1990s, working in various procurement positions until 1999 when electric deregulation was set to spread across the country and United States Gypsum moved him into their energy team to help build out their capabilities. Hands-on learning of the new markets, supplier and regulatory interaction along with extensive utility tariff review helped him and the company engage with and successfully manage the new structure of the market. He moved on and took an energy manager position with Smurfit-Stone, a pulp and paper company focusing on electricity, fuel oil and natural gas. Mike then worked for Walgreens, where he managed energy procurement and sustainability activities such as rooftop solar at 200-plus stores and distributions centers, electric vehicle charging station installations and their NetZero Energy store in Evanston, Ill., that utilizes geothermal, solar and wind generation.
Mike earned a Bachelors of Science in economics from Northern Illinois University and lives in La Grange, Ill., with his wife and two (teenage) children.
Ian Crookston, Sobeys, manager of energy management
Ian CrookstonIan Crookston is responsible for national utility (electricity, heating fuels and water) lifecycle (procurement, consumption, generation and conservation) spend optimization. Sobeys is one of Canada's two national retail grocery and food distribution companies with annual revenues of more than C$23.9 billion. Sobeys is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Ltd. and owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Price Chopper, Thrifty Foods and Lawtons Drugs as well as more than 370 retail fuel locations. Ian is a professional engineer with a Masters of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo. He is also a Certified Energy Manager and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Mary Curtiss, HP, global head of energy and sustainability

Mary Curtiss Mary Curtiss has more than 20 years of experience in the construction and sustainability industry. As HP’s Global Head of Energy and Sustainability, she is responsible for developing and driving the strategy for all matters related to renewable energy, sustainability, and energy efficiency in the global portfolio. She's also involved in a number of industry-leading forums in the San Francisco Bay Area to drive improved efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Before HP, Mary was Siemens' National Director for Enterprise Efficiency, where she worked with external clients on energy program solutions and Siemens' global energy efficiency program to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Mary also spent time at JLL, where she led business development and program execution for their Sustainability business, and managed a team of 30 Energy and Sustainability professionals to optimize corporate portfolios. During her time there, she also helped establish JLL's Women's Network.

Mary received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. In her free time, she loves spending time with her three boys exploring California's forests and beaches.

Aaron Daly, Whole Foods Market, global director of energy management 

Aaron Daly is a recognized professional in the field of energy and climate change. In his current role as Whole Foods Market's global director for energy management, Aaron oversees the company’s programs in energy efficiency; renewable and onsite power generation; and energy analysis and reporting. He also works with colleagues to improve energy and resource management in new and existing buildings across the global portfolio. He is currently focused on Whole Foods Market's Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge commitment to reduce energy consumption 20% by the year 2020.

From 2007 to 2013, Aaron was an account manager at Portland Energy Conservation Inc., where he worked with retailers on the development and execution of energy management programs. In 2011, he was visiting lecturer in energy and the environment at San Jose State University.

Additionally, Aaron is a founding board member of the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council and is currently chair of the utilities progress group. He is co-author of the book Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores, published by ASHRAE Press in 2015. Aaron is a Certified Energy Manager and holds a Master of Science in Energy Management from Sonoma State University.

You can connect with Aaron on Twitter and LinkedIn

Bill Hoenigmann, Becton, Dickinson and Co., global category manager for energy

Bill HoenigmannBill’s current responsibilities include developing the global procurement strategy and managing regional execution of the purchased electricity and natural gas for all of BD’s manufacturing, distribution and R&D sites around the world.  On the demand side,  Bill supports the BD manufacturing sites’ continuous improvement (Lean/Six Sigma) energy teams (known as ATLAS teams) as they manage their energy usage. This includes supporting initiatives in LED lighting, compressed air audits, energy audits, BMS software implementation, HVAC/chiller upgrades and on-site generation including fuel cell, solar, geothermal and cogeneration.  Bill also works with BD’s office of global sustainability for the purchase and retirement of renewable energy credits.

Bill has worked at BD for 15 years, all of them in global procurement, and hold a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.

Art Justice, Cinemark, vice president of energy and sustainability 

Art Justice Art has led Cinemark's energy efforts since 1999 and was named vice president of energy and sustainability in January 2014. He has been with Cinemark for 25 years. Prior to starting the energy group at Cinemark, Art worked in operations as district manager and regional manager. Art has certifications for both energy management and energy procurement through the Association Of Energy Engineers. Under his leadership, Cinemark's sustainability initiatives have included energy efficiency projects such as lighting and HVAC retrofits as well as rooftop solar installations at a growing number of its theaters.

Cinemark is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, with nearly 500 theaters and 5,700 screens in the U.S. and Latin America as of April 2015. Cinemark has a solid operating performance as a result of its disciplined operating philosophy that centers on building high-quality theaters, while maintaining favorable theatre-level economics, controlling operating costs (including energy) and effectively reacting to economic and market changes.

Jeffrey Myrdek,  CBRE Group Inc., global director of energy and sustainability for Cisco

jeffrey myrdek As the global director of energy and sustainability on Cisco's account, Jeffery leads a staff of energy professionals focused on driving a global energy management project pipeline and supply side utility management. This includes more than 22 million square feet of office, data center and engineering space. The energy and sustainability program has been able to generate savings and implement innovative projects that drive Cisco's vison and strategy. Recently completed projects include Cisco's $14 million in development and execution of energy projects in fiscal year 2016, which will yield an annualized reduction in energy cost of $5.8 million.

Prior to joining his current client, Jeffery was an energy manager on the Bank of America account. He provided program oversight of their energy and sustainability projects for more than 21 million square feet of retail, offices and critical facilities in the Northeastern U.S. In addition to his many certifications, Jeffrey earned a Master of Science in facility management, a bachelor's in business management and a technical degree in HVAC. Jeffrey has won several professional awards for his efforts from the Association of Energy Engineers and the Association of Facilities Engineering and is a board member of the New Hampshire chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

David Reid, Celanese Corp., global energy and productivity leader 

David Reid is the global energy and productivity leader for Celanese. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada, with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in chemical engineering.
David has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience in polymer and chemicals industries including ICI, PolyOne, Oxy Vinyls and Celanese.

He has held positions in process control, manufacturing operations leadership as well as process improvement (reliability, work processes, Six Sigma, manufacturing IT solutions) including his current role leading energy and productivity programs for 26 Celanese plants worldwide.

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. The company has a strong track record of energy stewardship reducing energy intensity across its manufacturing sites by more than 28% from 2005 to 2015 and expects to complete more than 180 energy reduction projects in 2016 with savings totaling more than $15 billion.

  Jason Shulman, Bloomberg LP, sustainability manager, Global Sustainable Business and Finance 

Jason ShulmanJason Shulman is a sustainability manager in Bloomberg's Global Sustainable Business and Finance group. Reporting to the Chairman's office, the department fully integrates sustainability considerations into all company operations and codevelops products and services for the Bloomberg Professional Service, enabling Bloomberg's clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities. Bloomberg Sustainability Operations department is focused on reducing the company's environmental impact, inside and outside of operational boundaries, including aggressively pursuing renewable energy projects both on and off site. Bloomberg recently joined RE100 and committed to 100% renewable energy by 2025.

Jason is responsible for sustainable operations management, global data collection and emissions calculations, all facets of Bloomberg's sustainability analysis and both internal and external sustainability reporting.  

Prior to his current role, he worked in Bloomberg's management systems/reporting department and managed a department responsible for global systems privileging. Jason holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Colby College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Steve Skarda, Procter & Gamble Co., global climate and energy leader 

SkardaSteve Skarda is responsible for delivering P&G’s 2020 sustainability goals on energy. Steve leads a team focused on a science-based goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 compared to 2010. To date, the team has improved energy productivity by more than 15% across 200 facilities worldwide saving P&G more than $350 million in four years. The team has also announced projects that together will double their use of renewable energy. This supports P&G’s goal to power their facilities with 30% renewable energy by 2020 which is part of a larger vision to obtain 100% of P&G’s energy from renewable sources.  

Steve is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and a Masters of Engineering degree in Sustainable Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a 2011 graduate of the Energy Executives Leadership Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Prior to his current role, Steve spent time with P&G in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Utah leading Power & Controls engineering for several capacity expansions and a new greenfield plant.

Reid Spolek, Amazon Web Services, manager of renewable energy 

Reid Spolek is the manager of renewable energy at Amazon Web Services, or AWS. He leads AWS's global renewable energy strategy. AWS has a long-term goal of powering its global data center infrastructure with 100% renewable energy.

Prior to joining Amazon in June 2013, Spolek ran business development for Berkeley Energy Sciences Corp., an energy storage company that successfully merged with Amber Kinetics in early 2013. Spolek previously worked in private equity investing, management consulting and nonprofit strategy.

Spolek received his Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelors in economics and journalism from Northwestern University.

Rowena Striff, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, energy manager
Rowena StriffRowena is the energy manager for all Aeronautics sites across North America. She is responsible for negotiating and hedging long-term power and natural gas contracts as well as providing utility budget oversight for Aeronautics' top major sites. Rowena is also the technical program leader for Aeronautics' Go Green team. Rowena helps support future projects that help achieve Lockheed Martin's Go Green goals. For her home site in Palmdale, Calif., also known as Skunkworks, Rowena’s engineering feasibility studies and funding efforts led to Go Green projects such as a 1 MW single-axis solar system, air scrubbers, LED high bay lighting, HVAC and more. Rowena previously served as energy efficiency consultant for Southern California Edison's large industrial customers and construction manager for Kroger. She was also an energy engineer for UCLA and design engineer for the Southern California Gas Co.

Rowena earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Northridge. Her certifications include Certified Energy Manager, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager and Certified Energy Procurement Professional from the Association of Energy Engineers, LEED Accredited Professional from the U.S. Green Building Council, and Engineer in Training certification.

Rob Threlkeld, General Motors Co., global manager of renewable energy
Rob Threlkeld manages the more than 100 MW of renewable energy that make up GM’s global renewable energy portfolio and assesses the feasibility of future projects as they pertain to GM’s overall sustainability strategy. Threlkeld is responsible for negotiating long-term power purchase agreements with projects underway at various facilities across the globe, including opportunities associated with battery storage, behind-the-meter applications and electric vehicle integration.

As part of GM's sustainability team, Threlkeld is charged with sharing renewable energy best practices to internal and external audiences to further GM’s reputation as a responsible corporate citizen. Threlkeld is actively involved in the Solar Energy Industries Association, the World Wildlife Fund/ World Resources Institute’s Corporate Renewable Energy Buyer’s Principles and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewable Center, where he serves on the advisory board. He is also involved with the Association of Energy Engineers, Engineering Society of Detroit and the Solar Power International Education Council. His certifications include Certified Hazardous Material Manager, Certified Energy Manager and Business Energy Professional.

Threlkeld began his career at General Motors in 2000 as manager of the powerhouse and wastewater treatment plant operations at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, Assembly Complex. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
Cindy Quan, Goldman Sachs & Co., vice president, environment, social and governance team
Cindy Quan
Cindy is a vice president in the environment, social and governance, or ESG, team in Corporate Services and Real Estate at Goldman Sachs & Co. Cindy is the global head of ESG and currently oversees the firm's global sustainability and social initiatives including the green building portfolio, the firm's energy and carbon reduction strategy and the local community engagement and vendor diversity program. She was responsible for the LEED Gold Certification of the World Headquarters building at 200 West Street in Battery Park City in New York City. Cindy is currently a board member of CoreNet NY and the chair of the external relations committee.
Cindy is also an active member of U.S. Green Building Council's National Market Advisory Committee. Cindy received her executive MBA at Columbia University and London Business Schools in 2014. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Cindy graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Facilities Management and Policy Analysis from Cornell University.
Dave Zita, InterContinental Hotels Group, global category manager of premises and utilities 

Dave ZitaDave has global functional responsibility for all energy and engineering support items for IHG. He utilizes his subject matter expertise to innovate, architect and deliver programs for products and services aimed at achieving energy efficiency, cost savings and operational sustainability, all geared towards maximizing IHG's Owner Offer for its 5,000+ hotels around the world. Prior to joining IHG, Dave served in various energy-related capacities, including tenures in energy consulting and energy procurement.
Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Energy, Business, and Finance and a Minor in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Energy Procurement Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers.

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