Michael Fisher | AKF Partners
Michael is a veteran software and technology executive with experience in both Fortune 500 and startup companies. Michael’s experience includes two years as the Chief Technology Officer of Quigo, a startup internet advertising company that was acquired by AOL in 2007. He also served as Quigo’s President for a transition period post acquisition. Prior to Quigo, Michael served as Vice President, Engineering & Architecture for PayPal, Inc. an eBay company, where he was responsible for the development organization of over 200 engineers. Prior to joining PayPal, Michael spent seven years at General Electric helping to develop the company’s technology strategy and processes. Michael served as a Captain and pilot in the US Army from 1990-1996. His education includes a BS in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, an MS and PhD in Management Information Systems from Hawaii-Pacific University and Kennedy-Western University. He is matriculating in the Doctorate of Management program at Case Western Reserve University. Michael is a certified Six-Sigma Master Black Belt, serves on the Board of Directors for ShareThis and Distributed Energy Management and is on the advisory board at FameBall.
Rich Sonstelie | Retired Chairman and CEO of Puget Sound Energy
Richard Sonstelie is the retired Chairman and CEO of Puget Sound Energy (PSE), an electric and gas utility headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. During his 26 year career at PSE he served as Chief Financial Officer from 1991-1993 as well as positions in Conservation, Engineering and Corporate Planning. Rich has served on the boards of Magnadrive, Airbiquity and Imagex, and currently is on the board of Calgary-based Graham Construction. He has served on many community-based boards–chairing the boards of the Pacific Science Center, The Nature Conservancy of Washington, the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Board, and the Board of Trustees for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, among others. Rich graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and has an MS in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. He served from 1966-1972 as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, including a tour with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and 3 years at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.
W. Brewster Earle | Senior Vice President, Energy Services, Comfort Systems USA
W. Brewster Earle is the President of Comfort Systems USA Energy Services, the energy services subsidiary of Comfort Systems, USA. Brewster also serves as a corporate officer for Comfort Systems USA in his capacity as Senior Vice President, Energy Services. Brewster has more than 20 years experience in the energy business, working with a variety of clients including healthcare, manufacturing, municipal, education, and not-for-profit organizations. Brewster has had experience in project development and consultative sales, retail natural gas and electricity procurement, sales and portfolio management, and construction project management. Brewster’s primary expertise is in financial and economic modeling, structured finance, and project development. Brewster is a LEED(R) Accredited Professional, and has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) since 1997. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and has a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP). Brewster is currently serving as the first chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Green Building Committee.
Brian Galvin | Galvin Patent Law
Brian Galvin joined Distributed Energy Management, Inc., as an advisor on intellectual property. He has had a long and distinguished career in technology management, most recently as CTO of the Enterprise Division of Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN). Brian was also CTO of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. (an Alcatel-Lucent company; NYSE: ALU), where he formulated a growth strategy which nearly doubled the company’s sales in three years in a mature market. He also served as a Vice President of Enterprise Architecture Services at Science Applications International, Inc. (SAIC), and was a Chief Engineer of a nuclear-powered warship in the US Navy. A graduate of Harvard University and the Naval Postgraduate School, Brian brings unusual breadth and depth in both technology and technical management to the team at Distributed Energy Management, Inc. He is also a natural innovator, with six US patents in his name and nearly two dozen more pending. He was a Distinguished Member of the Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy and is a registered United States Patent Agent.
Renee Gastineau joined Distributed Energy Management Inc. as a strategic advisor for marketing initiatives, campaigns, and other business development opportunities. She has a track record of building credibility for organizations across diverse stakeholder groups, while particularly interested in promoting science and technologies that are catalysts for change in clean energy and grid modernization. Most recently Renee worked at UniEnergy Technologies, LLC (UET), a grid-scale energy storage manufacturer in Mukilteo, WA where she executed business development, market research, and marketing strategies to support sales, increase investor interest, and educate the market on emerging energy storage technology. Prior to UET she worked with research faculty at the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, connecting faculty and graduate students, with the business community. Renee has also consulted with distributed energy SaaS providers and waste-to-energy environmental companies directing government relations, analyst relations and public relations activities. She earned her MBA from Seattle University and B.A. from James Madison University and lives on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound with her husband and dog.
Throughout Brad’s career he has directed and empowered high-performance teams in both traditional and matrix organizations ranging in scope from startups to Fortune 50 market leaders in a variety of industries including high-tech, manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare. He has a passion for aligning strategies and driving tactical plans that foster continuous improvement, embrace innovation and delight customers. Faith, family and friends are Brad’s passions. As a fifth generation Seattleite his large extended family keeps him focused on what really matters. He devotes time to his community participating as a board member with Compass Housing Alliance and Sing Me A Story. He was also previously on the board of Sacred Heart Shelter. He has helped guide the strategic, operational, technical and financial processes of DEM. Of critical importance, he spearheads vision and values leadership to ensure everyone inside and outside of the organization is treated respectfully while building a culture of excellence. Formerly, he was First Vice President of Infrastructure at Washington Mutual.