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.
Stephanie Armistead, Sustainability Program Lead, Chick-fil-A
A senior Sustainability executive with an extensive background in sustainability, project management, and expertise in business development, Stephanie Armistead has been a catalyst for sustainability in the southeast.
Fluent in sustainability-focused project management, Stephanie is well versed in utilizing market research data to design, develop and execute projects on time and within scope. She has the know-how to guide the development of all strategic planning, sustainable strategy, and production efforts surrounding sustainability initiatives to achieve sustainability goals. She has worked with clients ranging from non-profit to Fortune 500. With 25+ years of project management, program development, and business development experience and a great capacity for inspiring others, Stephanie has applied her leadership and vision to advance corporate sustainability. As a sustainability consultant to Fortune 500 companies and currently serves as the Sustainability Program Lead for Natural Resources at Chick-fil-A.
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.
Dr. Wolfgang Bauer, Michigan State University, University Distinguished Professor
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. He was Chairperson 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. From 2013 to 2020 he served as Senior Consultant and Associate Vice President. He is co-owner of several businesses in the renewable energy sector and has consulted on renewable energy issues for diverse industry groups. 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 at Michigan State University, concentrating on vehicle electrification and automation, as well as implementation of the MSU Energy Transition Plan.
Amy Bond, Sustainability Sourcing Manager, T-Mobile
Amy Bond is the former Energy and Sustainability Program Manager for Sprint and is now a Sustainability Sourcing Manager for T-Mobile, where she continues to drive innovation. Amy was named an Industry Leader in Smart Energy Decisions’ 2022 WISE (Women in Smart Energy) Awards and was selected as one of the top 100 energy professionals in the country by Environmental Leader.
Amy’s expertise includes clean energy power and utilities procurement, waste diversion strategies, corporate goal positioning, growing green transportation access, and carbon disclosure leadership. She is also passionate about driving diversity and equity in the renewables value chain. Amy was a founding member of the Diversity in Clean Energy (DiCE) coalition, where she continues to serve on its advisory panel to amplify the voices of diverse suppliers in the clean energy sector.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Psychology. She earned her MBA from Baker University and additionally is certified in Supply Chain Procurement, Logistics, and Negotiation. Prior to her sustainability career, Amy was an award-winning weekly newspaper publisher and columnist in Washington State. She has also served as a marketing professional and special events coordinator.
Chris Broome, Merck & Co. Inc., Associate Director, Global Energy and Sustainability Center of Excellence
Chris 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, 7-Eleven, Vice President, Chief ESG Officer
Joby provides corporate leadership for all environmental, social and governance programs at 7-Eleven. He was formerly 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 where his work focused 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. He was also responsible for Walmart’s annual CDP response playing 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 a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Mike Colwell, Illinois Tool Works, Director, Strategic Sourcing
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.
Eric Hoegger, Cargill, Director of Global Renewable Energy
Eric is the Director of Global Renewable Energy, owning Cargill’s renewable energy strategy globally. In this role, Eric is responsible for adding renewable energy to Cargill’s operations, ensuring Cargill meets its 2025 Climate goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions in our operations a minimum of 10% vs. a 2017 baseline. In Eric’s short time in the new role, Eric has executed on two VPPA, three green tariff programs, three physically delivered renewable purchases, and four onsite solar projects. Over the coming years, Cargill will continue to seek additional onsite and offsite renewable energy projects to meet our goal in a cost-effective manner while managing the associated market price risk.
Eric is a Chemical Engineer by background and was formerly a Plant Engineer for Cargill Salt in California when the 2000 California Power Crisis hit. Eric has been active in all of North America’s deregulated retail power markets since its inception, having previously managed the power supply for Cargill’s North American operations for the last 17 years.
Bill Hoenigmann, Becton, Dickinson and Co., Global Category Manager for Energy
Bill’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 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, Linde Inc., Director of Capital, Productivity and Energy
Christian Lenci is the Director of Capital, Productivity and Energy at Linde, Inc. and a subject matter expert in the industrial gases industry, the most electricity-intensive manufacturing process. In his 34 years Christian has worked in Maintenance, Operations, Project Management, Customer Service, Distribution, Control Systems, Energy Management departments, including serving as Facility Manager at Praxair’s 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 over 200 custom retrofit energy efficiency projects totaling over $50 million in Capex and supported by nearly $15 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.
Christian serves as Chairman of the California Large Electricity Consumers Association (CLECA), an organization representing 16 of the largest demand-responsive customers with the state's utilities, the California PUC and CA ISO. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Patrick Leonard is renewable energy procurement manager at Amazon.com. Prior to Amazon.com Patrick supported energy, water, and renewables strategy for 9,500 Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada. Patrick was responsible for deregulated energy procurement and sourcing renewable energy to meet Starbucks' aspirational Global Responsibility goals. Patrick's work included roles in sustainability, energy management, and renewables with T-Mobile, Paladino and Company, Enviros Consulting, and Shell.
David Reid, Celanese Corp., Global Energy and Productivity Leader
David Reid is the Senior Manager, Global Energy and Productivity for Celanese. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering and is a certified energy manager (CEM).
David has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience in polymer and chemicals industries. He has held positions in Process Control, Manufacturing Operations Leadership as well as global Operational Excellence responsibilities including his current role leading the Energy and Productivity programs for Celanese manufacturing sites worldwide.
Celanese is a global technology and specialty materials company that engineers and manufactures a variety of products essential to everyday living.
Marty Sedler, Intel, Director of Global Utilities and Infrastructure
Marty Sedler is the director of global utilities & infrastructure and sr. PE for Intel Corporation. Marty has been with Intel for 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.
Jason Shulman, Bloomberg LP, Global Sustainable Business & Finance, Sustainability Manager
Jason 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.
Andy Smith, Cisco, Senior 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 develop 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 by 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.
Ryan Spies, Vice President of Sustainability, Clayco
Ryan Spies leads ESG at Clayco as Vice President of Sustainability. His responsibilities include developing and implementing a holistic strategy to reduce Clayco’s overall carbon footprint, identifying sustainable business opportunities for leadership, and overseeing sustainability practices and training for the enterprise. Ryan previously served as Director of Sustainability, Energy & Stewardship at Saint-Gobain where he was responsible for ESG and renewable energy strategy for over 130 facilities. Ryan holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.
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.
Rowena is Lockheed Martin’s lead energy manager for Aeronautics’ enterprise-wide directives in meeting carbon reduction, water and Renewable Energy (RE) goals. She is also responsible for negotiating and hedging energy procurement of long-term power and natural gas contracts in deregulated U.S. markets as well as providing utility budget oversight for Aeronautics’ top major U.S. sites. Along with supporting Aeronautics team in executive approval of annual Go Green projects, Rowena had also personally championed final funding approvals of RE projects such as a 1MW and 20 MW solar behind-the-meter in CA, a 15 MW physical power purchase agreement (PPA) and a 30 MW PPA.
Rowena has over 28 years’ experience in energy management, program management and technical sales and have implemented worthy Go Green projects in both industrial, manufacturing and commercial spaces, implementing compressed air, air scrubbers, LEDs, HVAC, central plants and more. Rowena previously served as energy efficiency consultant for SCE’s large industrial customers and construction/project manager for Kroger. She also served as energy engineer for UCLA and design engineer for the SoCalGas Co.
Rowena has been recognized as Industry leader in Smart Energy Decisions’ 2022 Women in Smart Energy (WISE). She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Northridge. She is registered Certified Energy Manager, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager, Certified Energy Procurement Professional and LEED Accredited Professional.
Jessica Sui joined Amcor Rigid Packing LLC eight years ago and currently works as Finance & Energy Manager of Procurement. She had extensive financial budgeting, reporting, and project management experiences in dynamic Fortune 500 companies before joining the company.
Amcor Rigid Packing produces all kinds of bottles /containers for beverages, foods, medicine, etc. Jessica manages the utilities cost for the company since it has an elevated level of electric power consumption for operational needs. Renewable energy is one of her current focuses to meet sustainability goals. Jessica is looking forward to gaining more insights into the renewable energy market and translating that knowledge to work with related parties to reach our sustainability targets.
As the Global Commercial Director and Category lead for Renewable Energy, Zephyr oversees Mars’ renewable energy sourcing throughout the world – including market assessment, supplier engagement, deal structuring and negotiation, and key internal stakeholder management alongside team oversight.
Zephyr has led the development and execution of strategic renewable energy initiatives for the public and private sectors globally. His expertise includes policy and regulation, project development and transaction structuring, and thought leadership on energy market reform and stakeholder mobilization.
Zephyr holds an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. He received his undergraduate degree with Highest Honors in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rob Threlkeld is global manager of Sustainable Energy, Supply and Reliability for General Motors, leading the company’s energy procurement efforts including the commitment to meet the electricity needs of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Threlkeld is responsible for leading that team that supports GM energy procurement and regulatory efforts including negotiating power purchase agreements, natural gas, green tariffs, and engineering onsite renewable solutions for GM facilities across the globe, including opportunities associated with battery storage, behind-the-meter applications and EV integration.
As part of GM’s Sustainable Workplaces team, Threlkeld shares best practices for renewable energy procurement with internal and external audiences, offering solutions for large and small businesses alike to benefit from the use of renewables.
Threlkeld is a board member of the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Association (REBA), involved in the American Wind Energy Association and Solar Energy Industries Association, two energy groups advancing the use of these renewable forms of energy. He also serves an industry advisor to the School of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Solar Power International Education Council. This year, Energy Manager Today recognized Threlkeld as one of 50 top energy managers for driving GM and the energy management industry forward.
Threlkeld began his career at GM in 2000 as manager of the powerhouse and wastewater treatment plant operations at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio Assembly Complex. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered Certified Hazardous Material Manager, Certified Energy Manager and Business Energy Professional.
Victor Udo, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability, Bucknell University
Dr. Victor Udo is the Director of Sustainability at Bucknell University, Lewisburg Pennsylvania where he Chairs the President’s Sustainability Council (PSC) consisting of the President, Provost, CFO, senior faculty, students, and staff. He provides leadership of the PSC to oversee a simultaneous planning and implementation process for the environmental sustainability objectives in the university strategic plan under four cross-disciplinary working groups: Zero Waste, Carbon Neutrality, Ecological Conservation/ Restoration, and Socially Responsible Investing. Victor works with students, faculty, and staff on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) impact investments for innovative sustainability results including budget-neutral carbon neutrality and circularity enabled waste minimization and ecological vitality.
Dr. Udo is a former CEO with international sustainability and utility processes leadership in academia, state and local governments and Fortune 500 corporate energy companies. He has significant experience in identifying, analyzing, and incorporating global energy, economic, environmental, and educational trends into both public and private sector governance and infrastructure management. He is passionate about the convergence of renewable energy resources and storage, electrification of transportation, AI, IoT, and Blockchain in the decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization of business, academic, and public policy processes. Victor obtained his Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. He has a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania along with Masters and BSEE from Howard University. Dr. Udo is an Author with several publications including global, national, and local sustainable development.
Bob Valair, Staples, Director of Energy and Environmental Management
Dave Zita, Citrix, Global Indirect Procurement Manager
Dave 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.