Buildings Get A Brain Conversation Starters

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Get an insight into the latest on the future of intelligent commercial buildings from participating thought leaders who will kick off the conversations at our interactive Buildings Get a Brain Executive Summit:

Tom Arnold is co-founder and CEO of Gridium. Prior to Gridium, Tom was the Vice President of Energy Efficiency at Enernoc, where he commercialized the EnergySMART energy management system. Tom’s first clean-tech venture was TerraPass, a pioneering greenhouse gas management company. He has an MBA from Wharton and BA from Dartmouth University.

Andrew Chen has served as CEO of WegoWise since the company’s founding. Previously, Andrew worked for 15 years as a venture capitalist and has invested, monitored or served on the boards of portfolio companies such as Zipcar. Andrew has a doctorate from MIT and holds S.M. and B.S. degrees from MIT and Johns Hopkins, respectively.

Rich Chien is a Senior Environmental Specialist with the San Francisco Department of the Environment. He currently serves as Program Manager for San Francisco’s PACE program “GreenFinanceSF.” Mr. Chien led public-private stakeholder processes to develop and implement the City’s green building code for new construction, and also led another effort to accelerate energy efficiency activities in the commercial real estate sector.

Brad Copithorne is Financial Policy Director at EDF.  His work is primarily focused on removing market barriers and developing new strategies for investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.  This effort involves close coordination between individual and institutional investors, lenders, fund managers, environmental service companies, solar installers, tax equity providers, real estate owners, utilities, regulators, government officials and other private and public sector stakeholders. 

Ms. Ruth F. Cox was sworn-in as the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) ninth Pacific Rim Regional Administrator on August 1, 2011.In her role as principal executive of the Region, Ms. Cox heads a workforce of 826 associates across California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, as well as in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. territories of Guam and Saipan.  Headquartered in San Francisco, California, GSA’s Pacific Rim Region has an annual operating budget nearly $1 billion.  Its 35 million square foot real estate portfolio includes 191 government-owned buildings and leased space in 909 commercial buildings that house over 100,000 federal employees and GSA associates. 
Gary Dillabough leads the Smart Buildings and Energy Efficiency Practice at the Westly Group. Prior to joining the Westly Group, Gary was the General Manager of Corporate Environmental Affairs at eBay. In this capacity he led all of eBay’s environmental efforts and helped design and set specifications for a 200,000 sq ft Gold LEED certified building. In addition he installed San Jose’s largest commercial solar deployment (650 kW) and a 500 kW fuel cell.
Matthew Enstice is the President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. In this role, he is leading a pioneering initiative to integrate health care services, life sciences, clean energy, and education in an effort to revitalize the city of Buffalo. BNMC is a consortium of the region’s premier health care, life sciences research, and medical education institutions, all located on 120 acres in downtown Buffalo, New York.

Matthew Frey, President and CEO of Optimum Energy, has more than 17 years of experience building successful businesses that advance legacy markets through disruptive technology innovation. Prior to Optimum Energy, Frey was President and COO of World WidePackets, and oversaw the global deployment of its products and the sale of the company to Ciena Corporation.

Bob Hinkle is the President, CEO & Board Member of Metrus Energy. Bob established Metrus in 2009 and created the Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA) that the company utilizes to finance large-scale efficiency retrofit projects. He currently also serves as a Board member for the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council. Previously, Bob was vice president of energy efficiency at MMA Renewable Ventures where he directed the company’s overall EE financing business and identified and negotiated investment opportunities with ESCOs and large commercial and industrial energy users.