The Clean Energy Means Business Corporate Summit features expert speakers from the corporate and clean energy sectors from throughout the Mountain West. Workshop presentations and panel discussions throughout the conference are designed to provide actionable insights for corporate leaders. To inquire about speaking opportunities, contact Keelin Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boulder Community Health
As sustainability coordinator for Boulder Community Health, Kai Abelkis is responsible for aligning the values of the community with operations of a health care organization. Kai is part of a growing choir of folks who believe that human health is supported by a healthy environment. Boulder Community Health has strived to minimize it's negative health impacts by building the first LEED certified hospital, first to integrate solar energy, working toward zero waste, and most importantly creating a culture of sustainability.
Doug Barndt started and manages energy efficiency for Ball Packaging since 2006, covering about 40 metal beverage, food, and aerosol manufacturing plants in North America. Ball is a member of the EPA Energy Star and DOE Better Buildings Better Plants programs.
As CEO of Solaris Energy, Alex Blackmer has been providing Power Purchase Agreements and tax credit financing for businesses and nonprofit organizations since 2008. In the past two years he has raised over 5 million dollars in private investment capital for solar projects in 7 states.
Winston & Strawn LLP
Jerry Bloom focuses his practice on the development, finance, and operation of domestic and international independent energy projects, electric industry restructuring and privatization, and mergers and acquisitions. His experience in the structure, finance, and development of energy infrastructure projects includes renewable, combined heat and power (CHP), and fossil-fuel generation. He also has extensive experience in the negotiation of off-take and power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement, and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, fuel supply agreements, syndication, and agency agreements.
Board of Directors, CalCEF
Julie Blunden serves as Board Chair CalCEF Catalyst and Board Member of CalCEF Ventures as well as founder of Julie Blunden Consulting. Serving over three decades in the power industry, Ms. Blunden has held executive roles at SunPower, Green Mountain Energy, KEMA Xenergy and SunEdison as well as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. She serves as an Advisory Board Member to emerging companies and served as Executive in Residence for the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver's Business School.
Consumers Energy Alliance
Andrew Browning is Chief Operating Officer with Consumer Energy Alliance. With over 300 companies and associations and 400,000 grassroots members nationwide, the mission of Consumer Energy Alliance is to improve consumer understanding of our nation’s energy security, including the need to reduce reliance on imported oil and natural gas, maintain reasonable energy prices for consumers, and continue efforts to diversify our energy resources. Andrew is head of CEA’s Denver, Colorado office and oversees campaigns and projects in the western/Rockies region, and nationally.
Andrew is also a partner with HBW Resources where he provides strategic counsel, issues management, grassroots, and advocacy expertise to oil and gas, utility, renewable energy, government, and manufacturing clients. With over 20 years of experience in both the private and government sectors, Andrew Browning was previously Director of Government Relations at Methanex –the world’s largest methanol producer and distributor- and a White House appointee to the U.S. Department of Energy during the Clinton administration where he served as a special assistant in the Office of Fossil Energy. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin
Coalition for Community Solar Access
Jeff is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA), a national trade organization that works to expand access to clean, local affordable energy nationwide through community solar. Jeff co-founded and served as partner at 38 North Solutions for over 5 years — a public affairs firm that focuses exclusively on clean energy policies at the state and federal levels. Jeff served a diversity of clients in the solar, storage, industrial recycling, vehicle electrification, methane waste prevention, and wind sectors. Prior to 38 North, Jeff served as an Advocate at the public affairs firm Quinn Gillespie in Washington DC and previously an energy and technology industry analyst at a Pacific Crest Securities, a sell-side investment bank in Portland, OR.
Kate Collardson, Solar Services Manager at CertainTeed Solar is a passionate environmental advocate who has worked in the solar industry since 2006. In that time, she has held many roles, including installer, designer, trainer, and program manager. She holds a NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification, serves as secretary on the COSEIA board, and has a B.A. in German from Colorado College and an MBA, with a Certificate in Sustainable Technology, from Arizona State University.
Mr. Constantine is a wholesale and retail energy expert with leadership experience at the most influential energy firms in North America. TrueLight provides independent services in the areas of forward energy pricing risk, independent project valuation and generation asset management. The nation’s leading energy suppliers and renewable firms look to TrueLight as their True energy experts.
Michael Eckhart is a Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance in the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Citigroup in New York City. Previously, he was founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization, where he emerged as a national and global leader in the renewable energy field. Earlier, he developed financing for solar energy under the SolarBank Initiative in Europe, South Africa and India; was Chairman & CEO of United Power Systems, Inc.; Vice President of Areté Ventures, Inc.; a strategic planner of General Electric Company’s power systems sector; and a Principal with the energy practice of Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including Renewable Energy Man of the Year of India in 1998, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008, the Good Deal for All Award in 2009, the ISES Hermann Scheer Global Leadership Award in 2013, and Biofuels Financier of the Year in 2014. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and served in the US Navy Submarine Service.
Current, powered by GE
Mr. Eisenbud, a solar veteran with 20 years of large scale solar project development and financing experience, heads the partner platform and M&A activity for GE Solar, powered by Current. Previously he held sales and finance roles within the energy storage and PV technology business segments, and launched and was the GM of SunPower Canada, leading utility-scale development, project acquisition and commercial system sales. He started his solar career with industry pioneer, PowerLight driving solar adoption in the eastern US. Mr. Eisenbud holds a MBA in Marketing from Fordham University and a BS in Economics (Finance) from Lehigh University.
Jesse Grossman co-founded Soltage and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since our founding in 2006. Jesse oversees the design and execution of the Soltage business model, the corporate and project finance activities of the firm, as well as sales and acquisition. Prior to co-founding Soltage, he worked in venture development and management, project finance, marketing, and resource use strategies in diverse locales including East Africa, Indonesia, and the East and West Coasts of the continental USA. Jesse has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Carleton College and a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with Business Development certification from Yale’s MacMillan Center. Mr. Grossman speaks four languages and is a published author and speaker in the field of emerging markets and renewable energy.
Ellen is an exceptional communicator and proven leader with a clear style. She leads JLM’s branding, strategic communications and corporate development initiatives. he also spearheads sales in Colorado & the Rocky Mountain states. uring her three decades of experience, Ellen has served as a senior spokesperson at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, V.P. of marketing & business development at Vidsys and with L-3 Security & Detection Systems. She has opened new markets and honed her communication skills on complex subjects including technology, energy, viation ecurity, global leadership, natural resources and risk management. These experiences make her acutely aware of the need for resiliency in the global energy supply and a diverse energy portfolio. llen thrives on discovering synergies and connecting people in her network. She lives in Conifer and spends as much time as possible hiking with her 3 dogs.
Building on a background in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable construction, Rick co-founded Denver -based Microgrid Energy with a vision of taking a triple bottom line approach to providing turnkey clean energy services to a client base of commercial and utility clients. Microgrid is now considered a leading company in the Midwest for solar PV and related services.
Prior to founding Microgrid, Rick was co-founder of the St. Louis office of Energy & Environmental Solutions, a national firm with a focus on LEED consulting and was co-owner in The Sage Companies, a leading green builder in the St. Louis area.Rick takes an active role in various local organizations with a focus on sustainability and has served on a variety of nonprofit Boards.In 2013, Rick was named to the “40 Under 40” by the St. Louis Business Journal.
Renewable Choice Energy
Craig Konz is a Client Delivery Manager at Renewable Choice Energy where he focuses on helping corporations procure renewable energy power purchase agreements. He has 12 years of renewable energy experience at utilities and startups. He has a MBA from the University of Colorado and serves on the board of directors at Denver nonprofit Re:Vision.
James is the Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of Energesco Solutions, an energy services company targeting energy efficiency and renewable power generation projects. With over a decade of experience in various facets of the energy industry, James has grown the firm to service national real estate client portfolios. His expertise includes designing and specifying lighting and HVAC systems, control systems, building envelope upgrades, and renewable power options, as well as negotiating and closing energy focused finance programs such as PACE financing.
Holland & Hart
Billi McCullough focuses her practice in three areas: infrastructure development, complex debt financing, and strategic transactions. Billi helps infrastructure developers to successfully build, finance, and sell their projects, and works closely with companies of all types and sizes to design, develop, and implement ideal financing packages. She also helps clients to buy and sell companies, complete complex joint ventures, and raise dedicated capital through equity transactions.
Colorado State University
Amy Parsons serves as the Executive Vice Chancellor of the Colorado State University System, overseeing strategy and initiatives across the three CSU System institutions (CSU Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global Campus) and throughout Colorado. Amy manages strategic partnerships and projects including the National Western Center redevelopment in Denver, the Todos Santos Center in Mexico, the Ascend program based in Fort Collins, and the construction of CSU’s new football stadium. She oversees the operations of the Board of Governors of the CSU System, and the Denver System office. Amy serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, The Confucius Institute, is a Trustee ofWestern Stock Show Association and serves as a member of Colorado Concern and the Metro Denver EDC Executive Committee.
Amy’s previous roles at CSU include Vice President for University Operations in Fort Collins, Deputy General Counsel and Special Assistant Attorney General for CSU and Assistant Professor in the School of Education, teaching the Law of Higher Ed and Higher Ed Administration.
Before joining CSU, Amy practiced law at the firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck, specializing in commercial litigation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Colorado State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
David Petroy is Director of New Business and Sustainability at Golden Aluminum, in Fort Lupton Colorado. Golden Aluminum is one of the largest energy consumers in Colorado, using 34,000 Mwh of electricity annually. During his tenure at Golden, his focus has been on energy efficiency projects and on-site energy production options that reduce energy costs and lower future risk.
Chris Myers is a Project Manager for the Sustainability Department of FedEx Ground. He first got involved with sustainability by volunteering to manage “green” projects. During this time, Chris co-developed FedEx Ground’s lighting retrofit and solar energy programs. In his current role, Chris is responsible for demand side energy management including renewable energy, fuel cells, energy efficiency, demand response, and energy storage.
Board President, Solar Citisuns
Nick Perugini, Solar Consultant & Advisor, specializes in non-residential solar project sourcing, analysis, development, finance, and contracts. He has lead efforts in over 150 operational solar projects, in seven states, encompassing nearly 15MW. Nick is the President of New Energy Colorado (NECO) an educational non-profit who manages The Metro Denver Green Homes Tour and Solar CitiSuns. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA).
Brad Queen is the founder of Cube Resources. He started his career as an Edison Engineer, working in spacecraft design, systems engineering, and business operations at General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Ball Aerospace. As the Energy Division Director at the Center for ReSource Conservation he managed the Residential Energy Action Program, the northern Denver Energy Challenge, and the largest sustainable homes tour in Colorado. He created the ReNew Our Schools energy conservation competition. He is a member of the City of Boulder’s Environmental Advisory Board.
Chris Roetheli works in the areas of community and economic development for US Bancorp Community Development Corporation. As a Business Development Officer in the New Business Initiatives Group, Chris focuses his time exploring innovative ways that USBCDC can leverage its platform of tax credit finance expertise to drive incremental community impact and economic value. Prior to his work in the New Business Initatives Group, Chris served for 7 years in various Finance roles including Sr. Analyst, Assistant Controller and Director of Finance. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from Southeast Missouri State University and an MBA in finance from St. Louis University. In the community Chris serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis.
Colorado Springs Utilities
Kenny Romero is the Manager of Demand Side Management and Renewable Energy Solutions for Colorado Springs Utilities. Kenny has worked in the energy industry since 1980 when he began his career with Colorado Interstate Gas Company drilling gas storage wells in eastern Colorado. Kenny joined Colorado Springs Utilities in 1984 as a gas pipeline laborer and has progressed through gas planning, standards, marketing and energy efficiency and renewable energy positions. Kenny has worked for other utilities including Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy where he managed renewable energy programs, energy efficiency programs and external affairs. Kenny has a Petroleum Technology degree from Colorado Northwestern Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University.
John Shaw first entered the solar industry in 2006 as an installer of residential and commercial systems. His experience broadened from there, and now includes design and sales for both residential and commercial systems. John also spent three years representing an American commercial smart inverter manufacturer, spec’ing 500-750 kW inverters for projects all over the Western United States. His background includes design and installation training from Solar Energy International, as well as NABCEP certification as a Solar PV Technical Sales Professional. John’s experience also includes education and training on the analysis of solar potential on sites, understanding rate structures and utility bills, and the financial benefits of solar within the constraints of different utilities. John joined Namasté Solar as a Commercial Solar Project Developer in 2017, and focuses on developing projects in Colorado. His passion for renewable energy is evident in his personal life as well, as he owns both PV and solar thermal water heating systems, as well as an electric vehicle.
Ernst & Young
Ben Snydacker is a Senior Manager in EY’s National Tax practice with a dual focus on renewable energy tax equity financing and corporate renewable energy procurement. Ben provides tax and business consulting services to varied participants in the renewable energy space in the US, ranging from project developers to large corporates.
Lauren Smith is project manager for General Motors’ growing renewable energy portfolio, managing sustainability metrics and working with the team on energy procurement. She identifies new opportunities to meet GM’s 100 percent renewable energy goal and tracks and benchmarks GM’s clean energy use. Lauren began her career at GM as an industrial hygiene contractor at the Warren Technical Center, and was then a safety contractor at GM’s Global Propulsion System Headquarters (GPS). Following those assignments, Lauren was an environmental engineer at GPS where she managed site compliance with environmental regulations.
Prior to GM, Lauren was an associate at ICF International in the company’s Climate Change and Sustainability Division. She also spent a summer in Uganda working with village leaders and health teams to improve public health in the region. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental health, global climate change and issues in sustainability from the University of Michigan. She also earned a Master of Public Health in environmental health and Master of Science in environmental policy from the University of Michigan. Lauren is also a registered Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.
Compact of Colorado Communities
Kristen Taddonio, Manager for Compact of Colorado Communities, is an energy and climate professional dedicated to helping local governments save energy, save money, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through the Compact of Colorado Communities, a partnership of more than 20 cities, counties and towns taking action on clean energy and climate change in Colorado.
Collin Tomb is a Business Sustainability Analyst at Boulder County, where she develops new initiatives to assist businesses and property owners make energy upgrades. In 2010, she helped run one of the first commercial PACE programs in the country. Recently, she managed Solar Benefits, an incentive program for photovoltaic projects in small and medium-sized businesses in Boulder County.
New Belgium Brewing Company
Dana Villeneuve is a Sustainability Specialist and employee owner with New Belgium Brewing Company. Alongside her teammates, she works to instill championship of the company’s environmental and social Core Values & Beliefs in her coworkers across the business, and engages up and down the supply chain to collectively reduce the company’s impact upon the natural resources they depend upon to create world-class beer. Dana also facilitates New Belgium’s cross-disciplinary Natural Resource Management Team, convening stakeholders across the brewery as they measure & manage toward the brewery’s environmental metrics. Dana holds a Masters in Construction Management with an emphasis in Sustainable Building, and spent several years working in the sustainable building consulting sphere before joining New Belgium in 2013.
Brody Wilson, PE is the Site Energy Coordinator for IBM in Boulder. IBM's Boulder location is IBM's largest data center site and largest energy consuming site in the world. Brody is responsible for achieving IBM's ambitions 5% conservation target each year, coordinating renewable energy procurement for the site, and helping coordinate IBM's participation in local energy related regulatory matters. Brody has worked in the energy efficiency and energy management space forthe last 13 years. His two-year-old son and ultra-running keep him busy when he's not at the office.
Cat Zummer is the Training and Development Specialist at ORGANIC INDIA. She received a BA in Environmental Studies with a special focus on society and policy from CU Boulder. Cat heads B Corp efforts and leads sustainability initiatives at the ORGANIC INDIA office and recently wrote a grant for installation of an electric vehicle charging station. She is passionate about promoting a holistic healthy lifestyle that respects, honors, and elevates our planet and all who reside here.