NAESCO Federal Market Workshop 2018

March 14, 2018
FHI 360 Conference Center, Washington, DC


The following are confirmed presenters for the NAESCO Federal Market Workshop 2018:

Sam Alvord
Chief, Office of Energy Management, U.S. Coast Guard

When Sam Alvord started serving in the Coast Guard in 1998, diesel fuel cost $1.60 per gallon. He is starting his 20th year of service with the U.S. Coast Guard. In his current position, Mr. Alvord is in charge of setting energy policy and direction across the entire 88,000 member service, and advises the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics on all energy policy, financial, and strategic matters. He has served on extended detail with the Department of Homeland Security, Chief Readiness Support Officer (CRSO) staff and continues to advise and formulate departmental energy resiliency and renewable energy strategies. Mr. Alvord’s office is responsible for managing over $300 million dollars of annual energy expenditures and is the program manager for a $240 million dollar portfolio of Energy Savings Performance Contract and Utility Energy Services Contracts. This investment portfolio has led to the Coast Guard sustaining a nearly 40% reduction in energy use intensity. Having entered the energy sector from the petroleum and biofuel sector, researching, testing and defining their corresponding firefighting extinguishing characteristics, he knows how each gallon of diesel, gasoline, kilowatt hour of electricity and all other energy commodity is acquired, stored, transferred, tested, consumed and measured throughout the Coast Guard portfolio.

As a Mechanical Engineering graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Mr. Alvord served aboard multiple cutters on the East and Gulf coasts before being assigned to teach ship survivability and damage control at the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare Officers School. During that assignment, Mr. Alvord learned the value of partnerships, contingency planning, and solution engineering. He has since embraced resilience and innovation in all he does – from emergency response oriented petroleum, water and medicinal logistics coordination during the Haitian Earthquake and Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and the Terrible Trio of 2017 (Harvey, Irma and Maria), to advancing Coast Guard financial and energy data analytics within a secure cloud IT environment. Mr. Alvord is an expert in utilizing alternatively financed infrastructure improvement projects to secure onsite power generation at critical DHS facilities, ensuring mission assurance and sustained service to mariners and the public.

Mr. Alvord completed a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University with a focus in Systems Engineering and Knowledge Management.

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Greg Caplan
Director, Business Development, Ameresco

Mark A. Correll
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety & Infrastructure, U.S. Air Force

Gregory J. Downes
Vice President/General Manager, Johnson Controls Federal Systems, Johnson Controls Inc.

Greg Downes has worked in positions of increasing responsibility during his 27-year career with Johnson Controls. He is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Johnson Controls Federal Systems (JCFS). Prior to his current role, he held general management leadership positions in service to company locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast areas of the United States.

Mr. Downes’ direct sales, sales management, operations, and general management experiences have been utilized to help lead growth and restructuring initiatives for the company. He has developed skills in team building associated with mergers and acquisitions during multiple internal and external organizational change events including the integration of York International with Johnson Controls in 2006.

Mr. Downes’ leadership responsibilities at JCFS include the responsibility for safe execution, customer satisfaction, and shareholder value across a diversified group of federal centric businesses which deliver building technology, building systems integration, and shipboard cooling systems to various federal government agencies. Mr. Downes has a diversity of company experiences as he has served in a leadership capacity for both high transaction service businesses and large construction/installation teams.

Mr. Downes holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama – Birmingham.

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Daryl Haegley
Control Systems Cybersecurity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Energy, Installations & Environment

Daryl Haegley has 30 years of military, federal civilian, and commercial consulting experience, currently overseeing the cybersecurity effort to secure control systems and operational technology for the Department of Defense. He leads DoD policy, security assessments, cyber range capability developments, SECDEF scorecard requirements and Risk Management Framework process improvements. He is a contributing author to NIST SP 800-82 R2 “Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security,” Unified Facilities Criteria 4-010-06 “Cybersecurity of Facility-Related Control Systems,” and Springer publication “Security of Industrial Control Systems.”

Mr. Haegley maintains four certifications, three Master’s degrees, two college tuitions and one patent.

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Darcy Immerman
Senior Vice President, AECOM

Darcy Immerman is Senior Vice President, Resilient Critical Infrastructure for AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a $18 billion, Fortune 500,  global provider of professional technical and management support services. In this position, Ms. Immerman collaborates with clients to develop resilience plans and implement strategies that respond to man-made and climate-related threats by integrating climate adaptation with cyber security, capital asset management, and economic development. Ms. Immerman has recently been executive sponsor for a number of post-Superstorm Sandy projects including the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project (BIG U 2), the Meadowlands, and New Jersey Transit Grid Distributed Generation.

Ms. Immerman’s previous position at AECOM was overseeing energy and power services and policies for U.S. government projects globally. With more than 11 years of experience at AECOM and more than 25 years of experience managing an energy services business, Ms. Immerman has been program executive for more than $1 billion in infrastructure improvement projects.

Ms. Immerman serves on the Board of the National Association of Energy Service Companies as well as Policy and Advocacy Chair of NAESCO’s Executive Committee. She holds a B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Robert Johnson
Senior Vice President, Hannon Armstrong

Robert Johnson is Senior Vice President and Group Head, Federal and National Accounts at
Hannon Armstrong with responsibility for growing financing solutions in the federal sector and with national account customers. Mr. Johnson has been at the leading edge of the energy efficiency industry where he has built businesses across a broad range of systems in the energy services business.

Prior to joining Hannon Armstrong, Mr. Johnson held executive leadership positions at early stage start-up organizations in the energy efficiency market. Prior to these assignments, he held senior leadership positions in multinational organizations such as Cooper Industries and Ingersoll Rand (Trane) where he led institutional sales for North America. Prior to this assignment, he held the global sales leadership role for Johnson Controls’ Federal Systems Division. Mr. Johnson began his career at Honeywell, where he held leadership positions in various divisions of Honeywell during his 15 year tenure there.

Mr. Johnson has been published in Military Engineer magazine and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.

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Kevin Kampschroer
Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, General Services Administration

Debra Kemp
Real Estate Contracting Officer, Navy Resilient Energy Program Office

John Kliem
Executive Director, Resilient Energy Program Office, Department of the Navy

John A. Kliem is the Executive Director of the Department of Navy (DON)’s Resilient Energy Program Office (REPO). In this role, Mr. Kliem oversees the planning, coordination and integration of energy resiliency projects at Navy Facilities Engineering Command REPO. REPO is now working to enhance the DON’s energy security by developing resiliency and efficiency projects on Navy and Marine Corps Installations through third-party financing.

Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Mr. Kliem served as REPO’s Deputy Director. Before his time at REPO, Mr. Kliem served for 26 years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the Navy, serving at installations throughout the U.S. and overseas. Additionally, he served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment and as the Base Operations Support Director for Commander, Navy Installations Command.

Mr. Kliem is a native of Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree in National Strategic Resources from The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

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Joel Langill
Director - Industrial Control System Cybersecurity Services, AECOM

Pam Maines
Executive Director, Federal DE Sales, Constellation

Pam Maines is the Executive Director of Federal Energy Efficiency at Constellation, an Exelon subsidiary and a leading competitive energy management products and services across the continental United States. The Federal business within Constellation holds IDIQ contracts with GSA, DOE and Army Corp as well as numerous implementation contracts with utilities for GSA area-wide energy efficiency work across the continental United States.

Ms. Maines has 27 years of energy industry experience within the Exelon family where, for the past 18 years she has specialized in the competitive energy side of the business in areas ranging from operating power plants to risk management for retail electric supply.  Ms. Maine’s federal team developed many projects and has been awarded numerous Federal energy efficiency contracts including Army Natick, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Naval Station Great Lakes, Unites States Department of State, Smithsonian Institute and National Institutes of Health.

Ms. Maines earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master’s degree from George Mason University.

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Michael McGhee
Executive Director, Army Office of Energy Initiatives

Michael F. McGhee is the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and is responsible for the development of large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects which enhance energy resiliency for Army installations by leveraging private sector financing. Mr. McGhee’s responsibilities include the development of projects for onsite energy generation, microgrid controls, and onsite energy storage. In addition, he is responsible for providing guidance, direction, and oversight of all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, execution, and management of strategic plans, policies, and budgets for all Army OEI energy projects on or near Army installations in the United States and U.S. territories.

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Leslie Nicholls
Acting Director, Federal Energy Management Program, Department of Energy

Leslie Nicholls is the Acting Director for the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). She previously served as FEMP's Strategic Communications and Training Manager.
As Acting FEMP Director, Ms. Nicholls oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reductions in energy and water use in federal government operations.

Ms. Nicholls brings nearly three decades of clean energy and executive leadership experience to EERE. Most recently, she served as Vice President of the Building Energy Solutions Division at Energetics Incorporated, a subsidiary of VSE Corporation. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of multiple cross-cutting programs. She also provided expertise to federal agencies and private sector energy companies in federal and commercial energy management, greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and strategic planning. Before holding that position, she worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Senior Contracting Officer.

Ms. Nicholls has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Washington State University.

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Teresa Pohlman
Executive Director, Sustainability and Environmental Programs, Office of the Chief Readiness Support Officer, Department of Homeland Security

David Reed
Solution Development Leader - Enterprise Advanced Microgrids & Distributed Energy, Schneider Electric

R. Paul Robinson
Chief, Energy Division, U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center

Paul Robinson assumed duties as Chief, Energy Division, Installation Support and Programs Management Directorate, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), on 30 December 2012. In this role, Mr. Robinson provides USACE leadership for energy programs and initiatives, overseeing execution with the Army’s portfolio of energy programs and partnering with Corps Districts, research labs, industry, and federal and state agencies in the world-wide support to the Army’s land-holding commands (Installation Management Command, Army Materiel Command, National Guard, and Army Reserve), Army Civil Works, as well as Department of Defense (DoD) and other non-DoD agencies, to reduce fossil-fuel dependency, increase energy efficiency and security, and adopt alternative energy sources. Mr. Robinson also provides key planning, operations, and acquisition support to the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives for development of large-scale, private sector-financed renewable energy projects.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Robinson served as a Senior Program Manager for the Corps’ Northwestern Division in Omaha, Nebraska, where he provided leadership for execution of $5.7 billion in military construction projects while overseeing U.S. Air Force and DoD MILCON efforts for the region. In 2003, Mr. Robinson served as Chief, Operations & Maintenance, Directorate of Public Works, Fort Hood, Texas, overseeing facilities management for the nation’s largest military installation and championing critical energy initiatives recognized by the Secretary of the Army for innovative technology.

Mr. Robinson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1988 and earned a commission in 1993. As a Civil Engineer Corps Officer, Mr. Robinson served in both Public Works and Contract Administration roles in support of Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Mr. Robinson holds a Master’s of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a Master’s of Business Administration with concentrations in Strategic Management and New Venture and Business Development (Entrepreneurship) from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University. Mr. Robinson is also a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and certified in facilities engineering and contracting.

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Natasha Shah
Vice President, NORESCO; Chair, NAESCO

Natasha Shah is a Vice President at NORESCO, responsible for Federal business activities. One of the largest energy services companies in the U.S., NORESCO uses design-build, performance-based contracting vehicles and asset monetization solutions to deliver energy and maintenance cost savings and infrastructure upgrades to existing facilities. Ms. Shah has 19 years of experience in the development and execution of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.  She has led the implementation of strategic business plans, directed recovery and development initiatives for underachieving businesses, and is active in several industry trade organizations, including serving as the Board Chair of NAESCO. 

Ms. Shah holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

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Daniel Simmons
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Department of Energy

In his role as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Daniel R Simmons leads EERE to achieve its vision of a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy. He oversees technology development in the energy efficiency, renewable power and sustainable transportation sectors.

Mr. Simmons served as the Institute for Energy Research's Vice President for Policy, overseeing its energy and environmental policy work at the state and federal level. He previously served as director of the Natural Resources Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, was a research fellow at the Mercatus Center, and worked as professional staff on the Committee on Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. Simmons is a graduate of Utah State University and George Mason University School of Law.

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Lara (Gast) Spader
Program Manager, Energy Performance Contracting, Department of Veterans Affairs

Lara (Gast) Spader works at the Department of Veterans Affairs within the Energy Management Program Service. She is the Program Manager for VA’s nationwide Energy Performance Contracting Program which includes a portfolio of $160 million of awarded contracts and $500 million of projects in various stages of development.

Ms. Gast joined VA in 2011 as a Presidential Management Fellow working in the Enhanced-Use Leasing Program, then spent seven months at the White House Council on Environmental Quality within the Office of Federal Sustainability. During graduate school, she interned at the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

Ms. Gast received her Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

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Anthony Spera
National Director of Sales and Federal Programs, Con Edison Solutions

Jack Surash
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy & Sustainability, Department of the Army

Mr. J. E. “Jack” Surash became the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability) in September 2016. In this position, he is responsible for overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to energy security and sustainability within the Army. As the Army's Senior Energy Executive, Mr. Surash coordinates and integrates both installation (traditional as well as expeditionary) and operational energy programs and strategies.

Mr. Surash comes to the Pentagon from duties as the Senior Project Management Advisor at the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM). Prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management. In that position, he led efforts for EM’s $6 billion per year portfolio, served as EM’s Head of Contracting Activity, oversaw procurement planning, contract management, and provided project management support. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina and raised in Rochester, New York, Mr. Surash has served the nation in key positions around the world.

Mr. Surash joined the Department of Energy as a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2005 as Director, Office of Infrastructure and Facilities Management at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He was also the Business Development Manager for Johnson Controls Inc., a Fortune 100 company, and Chief Business Officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the 4th largest K-12 public school district in the U.S., where he was responsible for facilities planning, design and construction, maintenance, food service, and school bus transportation.

During a 27 year distinguished Navy career, Mr. Surash served in a broad range of increasingly responsible facilities management, design, construction, contracting, and “Seabee” (Construction Battalion) assignments around the world. He commanded Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven and Navy Public Works Center San Diego. In an earlier assignment, he led a Seabee detail that supported the Army’s 3rd Battalion 319th Field Artillery Regiment, in Honduras during Operation Ahuas Tara II. Mr. Surash retired at the rank of Captain from the United States Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps.

Under his leadership, Navy Public Works Center San Diego received the California Eureka Award for Performance Excellence, Vice President Gore’s Hammer Award, and the President’s Quality Award for Quality Improvement (Malcolm Baldrige criteria). For actions during the California electricity crisis, his Navy Region Southwest Regional Energy Team received a Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, and numerous other recognitions including an Energy Leadership Award from the San Diego Regional Energy Office and an Excellence in Energy Award from the San Diego Business Journal. In addition, Mr. Surash was presented the Department of Energy’s Louis R. Harris Award for establishing one of the federal government's first resource efficiency management programs.

Mr. Surash holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in energy management, from Texas A&M University. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and the Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Surash is a registered Professional Engineer.

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Nello Tortora
Director, Federal Programs, Southland Energy

Colonel Nello Tortora joined Southland Energy as Director of Federal Programs in April 2013 after retiring from 27 years of service in the United States Army. As an Army combat engineer officer, Col. Tortora served all over the world in assignments of increasing responsibility from platoon leader to brigade commander. In his last assignment, he served as commander of the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama 2009-2012.

Col. Tortora previously commanded the New York District of the Corps from 2006-2009. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Texas Graduate School of Engineering, and the National Defense University.

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Timothy Unruh
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Department of Energy

Tim Unruh is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In this role, Mr. Unruh directs EERE's renewable energy applied research, development, and demonstration activities for the geothermal, solar energy, and wind and water power technology offices.

Previously, Mr. Unruh  served as the Director of EERE's Federal Energy Management Program. In this role, he managed the implementation of policy and actions that resulted in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reduction in energy and water use in federal government operations. He was instrumental in guiding DOE through a streamlining of the Super Energy Saving Performance Contract contractor selection process.

Formerly, Mr. Unruh was Director of Operations for Con Edison Solutions, where he led a team of engineers and project managers to implement energy savings projects in government and private installations. While in this role, he worked to educate energy users on performance contracting methods to achieve energy reduction goals and he was heavily involved in the measurement and verification of energy savings resulting from these projects.

Mr. Unruh has Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

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Kevin Vaughn
Government Energy Solutions, Schneider Electric

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