Speakers

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 kkelly@coseia.org


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Julie Blunden

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.


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Alex Blackmer

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.


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Jerry Bloom

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.


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Jeff Cramer

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.  


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Kate Collardson

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.


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Michael Eckhart

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.


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Jesse Grossman

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.


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Ellen Howe

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.


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James Lang

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.


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Keith Martin

Keith Martin is tax and project finance partner in the Washington office of Norton Rose Fulbright.  The firm has 4,000 lawyers in 59 offices in 33 countries, including 1,000 in 11 offices in the United States.  Keith heads a projects group that did $53.5 billion in financings in the last two years.  The prestigious Chambers directory gives him a "star" ranking among renewable energy lawyers based on year-round interviewing of in-house law departments and peers at other firms. 


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Amy Parsons

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. 


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Chris Myers

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.


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Lisa Ann Pinkerton

From the newsroom to the boardroom, Lisa Ann has used her keen analytical skills to share cleantech stories with the world for nearly two decades. Most recently she was named a Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for 2017. She is Founder and President of Technica Communications, Founder and Chairwoman of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, Co-Founder of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, an international speaker and moderator and documentary filmmaker.Lisa Ann started her career as a broadcast journalist for nearly a decade. Her work has been broadcast on National Public Radio, PBS Television, NBC and other US news outlets. Lisa Ann holds the degrees Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Art Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.


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Jonathan Plowe

Jonathan Plowe is the Managing Director of Tax Equity Advisors, LLC.  Formerly a Managing Director of BofA Merrill Lynch’s renewable energy solutions business, Jonathan has spearheaded award-winning rooftop solar transactions and closed billions of dollars of proprietary investments and client projects spanning tax equity, project finance, and structured corporate and asset finance. Previously a corporate tax attorney with Skadden, Arps.  


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Brad Queen

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.


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David Petroy

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.


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Chris Roetheli

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.


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John Romero

John Romero has been the General Manager of Energy Acquisition, Engineering and Planning for Colorado Springs Utilities since September, 2006. He began his career as a college intern and progressed through the engineering ranks until he became the Superintendent of Distribution Operations, Manager of System Control and Manager of Portfolio Optimization before serving in his current capacity. He has over 25 years of utility experience and has been responsible for overseeing control center operations, processes responsible for enhancing system reliability, power system strategic planning, gas planning, renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grid strategies and various engineering functions. John holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a financial emphasis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.


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John Shaw

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.


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Ben Snydacker

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.


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Collin Tomb

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.


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Brody Wilson

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.


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Cat Zummer

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.