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.

Michael Barry, Bloomberg Global Sustainable Business & Finance, head of sustainable business operations.

Michael Barry is the Head of Sustainable Business Operations in Bloomberg's Global Sustainable Business and Finance group. Reporting to the Chairman's Office, the team integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and co-develops products and services for the Bloomberg Terminal, enabling our clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities.

 Michael is responsible for all global sustainability efforts within Bloomberg’s facilities, leasing, and technology departments. He works closely with a cross-functional team to develop, manage and implement critical clean energy and energy efficiency projects throughout Bloomberg's global operations. 

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kean University and a master’s degree in sustainability management from Columbia University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and an AEE Certified Energy Procurement Professional. He serves on the advisory board of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center. He also sits on the Technical Assistance Group for Electricity Procurement that develops guidance for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. 


Dr. Wolfgang Bauer, Michigan State University, distinguished professor & senior consultant

Dr. Wolfgang Bauer received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Giessen, Germany, in 1987.  After a postdoctoral year at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1988, with a dual appointment at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.  He was chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 2001 to 2013 and Founding Director of the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research from 2009 to 2013.  He is co-owner of several businesses in the renewable energy sector and has consulted on renewable energy issues for the fossil fuel industry and hedge funds. He has published over 200 research articles, conference proceedings, and books, and has given over 400 invited presentations in 25 countries. He is currently University distinguished professor and senior consultant, driving the implementation of the Energy Transition Plan at Michigan State University. 


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.  


Joby Carlson, Walmart Inc., director, global sustainability

Joby is responsible for the development and execution of Walmart’s enterprise-wide sustainability strategies for its operations including more than 11,000 facilities and trucking fleet worldwide.  His work focuses on the company’s approach to sustainable energy procurement and emissions reduction, eliminating solid and organic waste, increasing water stewardship and conserving land and habitat.  Joby works closely with Walmart’s real estate, operations and logistics teams in the U.S. and over 13 international markets to ensure the proper resources, processes and controls are in place to execute against public commitments while continuously reducing costs and risk for the business.  He is responsible for Walmart’s annual CDP response and played a central role in the development of its science-based emissions reduction target covering Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, making Walmart the first retailer to achieve this recognition.  Carlson is a LEED accredited professional and holds a Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.


Mike Colwell, Illinois Tool Works, director, NA indirect materials & services and global Energy

Mike Colwell is the director, NA indirect materials & services and global energy 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 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.
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 on-site 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


Denis E. George, The Kroger Co., senior leader – enterprise sourcing

As senior leader – enterprise sourcing for The Kroger Co. (www.thekrogerco.com) – one of the Nation’s largest grocery companies with well over $110B in annual revenue - Denis George manages the Company’s renewable energy acquisition, energy contracts, regulatory intervention, as well as construction material & equipment sourcing.  From 1998 to 2015, Denis served as Kroger’s corporate manager – energy with responsibilities that included energy efficiency initiatives, carbon footprint calculations, mechanical system design, and Energy Star program compliance. 

During this time, Kroger has also received numerous national and regional awards for energy efficiency and sustainability, including in 2015 the Energy Star “Partner of the Year” Award, in 2012 the Alliance to Save Energy's top award, the "Galaxy" Star of Energy Efficiency, and an “Award of Excellence” from Platt’s Publications.  Mr. George has presented before numerous Commissions and Associations, including the Edison Electric Institute, Touchstone Energy Partnership, Green Retail Decisions, and the Critical Consumer Issues Forum.     

 Mr. George received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1985 from The University of Cincinnati College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Business Administration, cum laude, from Wittenberg University in 1980.  Denis and his wife, Alice Sutherland George, live in Loveland, Ohio. 


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.


Christian D. Lenci, Praxair Inc, associate director, energy and engineering

Art Justice Christian Lenci is currently the Associate Director of Energy and Engineering at Praxair, Inc. and subject matter expert in the industrial gases industry, the most electricity-intensive manufacturing process.  In his 32 years, Christian worked in Praxair's USIG Maintenance, Operations, Project Management, Customer Service, Distribution, Control Systems, Energy Management, Plant and Region Management organizations, serving as Senior Facility Manager at their largest liquid hydrogen facility in Niagara Falls NY for 4 years.  Christian led the rollout of Lean Six Sigma's data-driven methodology and associated culture change in Praxair's West Region and managed the group for over a decade, completing nearly 200 custom retrofit energy efficiency projects totaling over $40 million in Capex and supported by nearly $10 million in utility incentives.  He also directed the Region's Control Systems group for eight years, leading teams that designed, implemented, and measure in real time automated energy management strategies at nearly all of Praxair's West Region production facilities. 

Currently Christian is responsible for electricity and natural gas procurement for the Western US and Canada, responsible for procuring and managing a $100 million annual spend for Praxair, and is regularly consulted inside and outside Praxair for his insight. Christian was elected Chairman of the California Large Electricity Consumers Association (CLECA), an organization representing 14 of the largest demand responsive customers in various discussions with the state's utilities and regulatory activities at the California PUC.  He also is a member of the Alberta Electricity System Operator's (AESO's) Industry Executive Advisory Council, a 13 member group including the CEOs of all the major generating and transmissions companies in the province consulting with the AESO as they add a capacity market to their existing energy and ancillary services markets. Christian graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and resides in Concord, California with his wife and four children. 


Patrick Leonard, Starbucks, manager, energy and resource management

Patrick Leonard supports energy, water, and renewables strategy for 9,500 Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada. Patrick is responsible for deregulated energy procurement and sourcing renewable energy to meet Starbucks aspirational Global Responsibility goals. Prior to Starbucks, Patrick's work included roles in sustainability, energy management, and renewables with T-Mobile, Paladino and Company, Enviros Consulting, and Shell. 

 

 


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. 

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. 


Marty Sedler, Intel, director of global utilities and infrastructure

Jason ShulmanMarty Sedler is the director of global utilities & infrastructure and sr. PE for Intel Corporation. Marty has been with Intel 22 years, integrating Energy Management and Energy Supply Policy responsibilities within a formal process.  He and his staff are responsible for all utility supply issues, ensuring the capacity, price, and reliability of Utility Supplies/Infrastructure to Intel facilities worldwide, as well as, supporting conservation programs. Marty is responsible for evaluating/incorporating alternative energy options w/in Intel and establishing sustainable energy positions/strategies for renewable energy policy within Intel’s energy portfolio. He leads the utility site selection component of a corporate team that identifies and recommends potential new locations for Intel Facility/Manufacturing growth worldwide.  Marty is Intel’s external energy representative in various private/public, State and Federal energy action groups and task forces. He is a member of various DOE Steering Committees and has sat on several state Governors’ energy committees. Previous to joining Intel, he spent 14 years in the electric utility industry in a variety of functions including; operations, rates, environmental, energy supply/engineering, power plant operation, and key account management. In 2015, Marty was honored to be the recipient of the “Green Power Leader of the Year” by the Center for Resource Solutions at the annual EPA/CSR REM event.


 Andy Smith, Cisco, sr. manager, global energy management and sustainability

Andy has over 15 years of experience in the field of sustainability and currently leads Cisco’s Global Energy Management and Sustainability team. He started working at Cisco in 2009 and has helped developed Cisco’s sustainability program to what it is today by leading a number of initiatives including developing and achieving multiple sustainability goals, managing global energy efficiency programs, deploying a global energy and sustainability information system and creating Cisco’s annual greenhouse gas inventories and Corporate Social Responsibility reports. Through these efforts, Cisco has been recognized consistently over the years as a leader in sustainability from numerous organizations including Barron’s, EPA, Association of Energy Engineers, Newsweek, CDP, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and Sustainability Roundtable.

Prior to joining Cisco, Andy worked as a consultant at Rocky Mountain Institute and DOMANI Sustainability Consulting in Colorado and served as Energy Manager for Washtenaw County Government in Michigan. 

Andy has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a B.A. from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He is also a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Carbon Reduction Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers. Andy and his family live in Boulder, Colorado and enjoy just about all outdoor activities including rock climbing, hiking, biking, and skiing. They are also both musicians and love to travel.


  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, Google, Strategic Negotiator for Energy 

Reid Spolek works on the Energy & Location Strategy team for Google's global data centers. 

Previously Spolek led the global renewable strategy for Amazon Web Services (AWS) global data centers. He also 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.

David Templeman, CBS CORP, director - environmental, health & safety
 David Templeman is the Corporate Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety for CBS Corporation responsible for occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, EHS management systems, environmental programs (including sustainability reporting), DOT regulatory compliance and aspects of fire protection and business continuity. 

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. 
Dave Zita, Citrix,  global indirect procurement manager

Dave ZitaDave is global indirect procurement manager at Citrix. He utilizes his subject matter expertise to innovate, architect and deliver programs aimed at achieving energy efficiency, cost savings, and operational sustainability. He previously had global functional responsibility for all energy and engineering support items for IHG. 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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