Ben Brown is an Analyst at the Clean Energy Trust where he focuses on the commercialization consulting practice and program development. He has a unique perspective on renewable energy technologies and policy, with hands on renewable system project development and installation experience. After living in Nepal he helped lead a team to 4th place in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Competition. He has a deep understanding of energy systems, renewable energy technology and industry, as well as growth strategy and technology commercialization. Ben holds a B.A. in Physics from Middlebury College.
Since starting with Angott Search Group in 1996, Quentin has made over 215 placements, successfully matching qualified candidates to his clients’ needs. Today he manages the growth of ASG’s international energy practice by developing relationships with investment firms that invest in the energy industry, conventional energy businesses/utilities, and renewable/cleantech energy businesses. Quentin’s outstanding track record is directly attributable to his ability to find candidates with the right mix of educational pedigree, strong development potential and passion to achieve and excel. Noted for his personal, hands-on approach to filling critical roles, he demonstrates the same urgency, drive, speed, and stamina that drive his clients. Quentin is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
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Barb Fatina, CPA, MBA, is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to this she was Chief Financial Officer at DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol and Vice President and General Manager of Exelon Energy Company. Barb has extensive experience in the energy industry with responsibilities in general management, operations, finance and administration. Ms. Fatina has deep experience in building sustainable businesses, business systems and high performing teams. Barb holds a BS from Illinois State University and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University.
Jared Gonsky is a Senior Business Development Manager with LanzaTech based in Chicago where he facilitates global business development initiatives. Previous to LanzaTech he worked for DuPont’s Cellulosic Ethanol business, for the environmental consulting firm ERM, and a technology-focused venture capital firm. Additionally he has broad industry and functional knowledge gained from consulting in the areas of corporate sustainability, supply chain management and marketing with leading firms such as Shell, United Airlines, Colgate-Palmolive, PepsiCo, Baxter Healthcare, Abbott Laboratories, Schering-Plough, and Nanophase Technologies.
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Diana Y. Hu, PhD Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine, MBA University of Chicago. Professional experience includes strategy consulting at PwC and Deloitte, and corporate roles at Allstate Insurance Company. Entrepreneurial field of interest includes education (founder, Geotranslearning.com, an online education entity targeting foreign-born professionals in the US) and clean energy (certified in ground source geo-exchange heat pump system design and installation).
Philip Martin has 20+ years experience in the transportation industry in matters of Finance, Business Development, Operations Analysis, and Process Improvement. He has worked on management consulting projects involving all modes of transport, but has special expertise in matters involving the railway, airline, and public transit industries. He currently works for United Airlines. Philip has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS in Transportation Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark Menarik is an accomplished serial entrepreneur specializing in high-level, early-stage and hands-on markets, relationships and business development. He has held a variety of executive roles in helping technology-based ventures innovate, launch and grow in the alternative energy and nano materials space advancing both mechanical and energetic applications. He is currently the Principal of UltraCarbon, a private consultancy focused on cleantech scale-ups. He holds a B.S. in General Engineering and Minor in Marketing from the University of Illinois and is LEED-Green Associate and Renewable Energy Manager certified.
Travis Narum has 10 years of energy experience most recently as the Development Director at Acciona Energy where he was in charge of wind and solar development for the central and eastern United States. At Acciona he installed over 250 MW of wind and managed a pipeline of over 1,000 MW of projects. Prior to Acciona he worked for DTE Energy where he helped start the wind group for Detroit Edison. He holds degrees from West Point and the University of Michigan.
Anthony Toussaint is a senior leader in research and development and new business development with expertise in the specialty chemicals industry. Anthony most recently worked as the R&D Director for DSM Functional Materials developing coatings and reins primarily for the fiber optics industry. While at DSM, Anthony was responsible for innovation within the business unit. He created and led a global new business development group, where he completed one acquisition and generated three fledgling businesses. Anthony holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of London, UK
Klaus Voss has been an entrepreneur in the environmental, energy, sustainability and biotechnology space for over 20 years. He is the founder of several companies including The SI Group, High Yield Growth and BW-Indah. Most recently Klaus has been involved in commercializing bio-augmentation technology for rural and urban wastewater in Mexico, India and the ASEAN Community.
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10,800+ Clean Energy Jobs Announced in Q3 2012, but Political, Regulatory Uncertainty Takes Toll; Top 10 States in Q3: Calif., NY, Ore. Wash. N.M., TX, NC, Minn. Ill. Nev.
WASHINGTON (Nov. 8, 2012) – More than 10,800 jobs were announced in the clean energy sector and related industries in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest analysis by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
The top 10 green job states in the third quarter of 2012 were (from No.1 to No.10): California, New York, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Texas, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois and Nevada.
While significant, the job growth was dramatically less than in the previous two quarters of this year – despite an improving economy.
The latest “What Clean Energy Jobs? These Clean Energy Jobs!” report suggests that what was once strong job growth in the clean energy sector is being reined in by uncertainty over politics and policies such as the production tax credit (PTC) for the wind industry that is about to expire.
By comparison, E2 tracked announcements involving more than 37,000 jobs in the clean energy sector in the second quarter. In the first quarter of this year, there were 46,000 clean energy jobs announced – more than four times as many as in the third quarter.
“These numbers show that policy matters,” said Judith Albert, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs. “With clean energy job announcements slowing down, it becomes even more important that Congress and the administration take the right steps to ensure that we don’t lose any more momentum in the clean energy sector that’s helping both our economy and our environment.”
E2 also unveiled a new online tracking tool that can be used to search for job announcements by sector and by state that can be found at www.e2.org/cleanjobs.
The third-quarter report is the latest since E2 began tracking clean energy job announcements in September 2011. E2 is a nationwide network of business leaders who advocate for good environmental policy while building economic prosperity. It is an affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
For the complete report, as well as past reports, please see www.e2.org/cleanjobs.
The report comes as Congress is about to return to Washington and has the opportunity to extend the production tax credit that has created tens of thousands of jobs in the wind energy industry. The looming Dec. 31 expiration of the PTC has already resulted in massive layoffs and project curtailments in the wind industry.
“It’s hard to expand your business and create new jobs with this much political uncertainty affecting the wind industry,” said Jacob Susman, founder and CEO of OwnEnergy, Inc, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based wind farm developer.
“The election is now over, and the political posturing needs to end,” Susman said. “Congress should give businesses like mine the certainty we need to grow, by passing the Senate Finance Committee’s version of the PTC in the upcoming tax extenders package that will let us all get back to work.”
According to the E2 report:
*Power generation companies announced the most clean energy jobs in the July-September quarter. Solar, wind and biogas companies announced 40 projects that together would create more than 6,000 jobs.
*Manufacturing companies making everything from electric vehicles to solar panels announced 14 projects in the quarter that would create more than 1,600 jobs. However, most projects were being completed or nearing completion.
*In the wind industry, manufacturing job announcements fell to zero in the third quarter, compared to eight announcements in Q1 and two in Q2.
*Clean energy job announcements have no political or regional boundaries. Forty-eight percent of the announcements were in Republican congressional districts, 46 percent were in Democratic districts, and 6 percent spanned more than one congressional district.
*Three states saw significant jumps in announcement for clean energy and related jobs between the second and third quarters: North Carolina (from No. 26 to No. 7), Washington (from No. 27 to No. 4), and Texas (from No. 15 to No. 6).
The E2 report is compiled from formal job announcements and media reports. They include projects and programs in various stages of development mainly in the manufacturing, energy, biofuels and public transportation industries.
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of individual business leaders who advocate for good environmental policy while building economic prosperity. Learn more at: www.E2.org.
ATLANTA, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ – The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), a network of cleantech clusters, companies and professionals, today announced its Global Top 30 Semi-Finalists for its 2012 Later Stage Award. Representing the top later stage cleantech companies best positioned to attract investment for growth, the Global Top 30 span North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Over the next three months, the Global Top 30 will be judged by 28 cleantech venture capitalists, investors and serial entrepreneurs, who have collectively invested over $3.5 billion in clean technology globally. Winners in 10 categories will be announced on November 12, at the Savannah International Clean Energy Conference and GCCA Later Stage Awards Celebration and Dinner. The 2012 Later Stage Award is sponsored by Deloitte.
“Choosing 30 companies out of this year’s 200 nominations was an extremely competitive process,” said Ben Taube, Chairman of the GCCA. “The Global Top 30 represent a premier group of rising stars in the clean technology industry.”
The Global Top 30 were selected out of the over 4000 companies represented by the GCCA’s 45 member clusters. Each cluster conducted internal evaluations to nominate up to 10 companies in 10 categories, including solar, wind, energy storage, green buildings, and water. In total, these member clusters nominated 200 companies for the 2012 Later Stage Award.
“The Global Top 30 companies have a proven track record of promoting and increasing the use of green technology in their home markets,” adds Shawn Lesser, Co-Founder of the GCCA. “With a goal to advance the global use of clean energy and products, we are committed to spotlighting these innovative companies on a world stage.”
The Global Top 30 were selected using a Keystone Method™, a business and venture development tool that has been reliably used since 2006 to evaluate and scrutinize over 400 early and later stage companies for investment or strategic repositioning. It was developed by GCCA Head Judge Dr. Peter Adriaens and CleanTech Acceleration Partners at the University of Michigan.
“The Global Top 30 proved strong product differentiation and viable business models. They also secured solid market traction in their various clean technology sectors,” said Dr. Adriaens. “The 2012 Global Top 30 truly are the world’s top-tier cleantech companies.”
The winning companies in 10 categories will be announced at the Savannah International Clean Energy Conference. The three-day conference, beginning November 11, will be a global gathering of the top cleantech and energy professionals from across the globe. The event is set to explore the significance and worldwide impact energy independence will have on clean energy, clean technologies and economic growth. The SICEC is presented in collaboration with CleanTech Connections, The Pendleton Consulting Group, Stephen Green, incoming chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Watershed Capital Group.
A full list of all the GCCA Later Stage Award 2012 Global Top 30 Finalists can be found at: http://www.globalcleantech.org/awards/2012-global-top-30/
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