Philip V. Adams, President & Chief Executive Officer
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Phil is responsible for setting the strategic direction of World Energy and managing its successful execution. During his tenure at the Company, Phil has been instrumental in achieving several notable milestones, including: taking World Energy public in 2006; overseeing the acquisition of EnergyGateway in 2007; negotiating the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) contract in 2008 to run auctions for the US’ first carbon cap and trade program; listing the Company on the NASDAQ in 2009; and launching the Company’s Demand Response offering in 2010.
In 2011 and 2012, Phil spearheaded the acquisition of four companies – the energy procurement business of Co-eXprise; Northeast Energy Solutions; GSE Consulting; and Northeast Energy Partners. Together, these acquisitions have cemented the Company’s leadership position in the energy auction space, driven the Company’s entrance into the fast growing mid-market segment and added new capabilities in energy efficiency. These moves, in tandem with the Company’s rapid growth and expansion into new markets, led to Phil’s selection in 2013 as Central Massachusetts’ Business Leader of the Year by the Worcester Business Journal.
Phil began as a consultant to the company in 2001, was offered the position of COO in 2003, became President of the Company in 2007 and was named President & CEO in 2012. Prior to World Energy, he held senior executive roles in sales, marketing and product management at several major software and internet companies. Phil also spent four years in strategy consulting at Corporate Decisions (now Mercer Consulting). He holds a B.A. in Economics from Williams College and an M.S. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
While in college, Phil was introduced to the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and embraced its “Spirit of the Game,” a code of conduct that emphasizes personal responsibility, integrity and accountability. When he moved to Boston, he co-founded and starred on that city’s national and world championship Ultimate team, the Rude Boys. When two of his dear friends passed away from ALS and cancer, Phil co-founded the Pufahl Farricker Spirit Foundation, a non-profit that has raised over $100,000 through an annual charity event – the Spirit Ride – both to promote the Spirit of the Game in Ultimate and fund care for terminally ill patients. He has since carried forward Ultimate’s “Spirit of the Game” to the culture at World Energy, where each office participates bi-annually in local community service activities chosen by its employees.
Martha Danly, Chief Operating Officer
Martha is Chief Operating Officer at World Energy, where she is responsible for leading company-wide operations, product strategy, product marketing, software development, IT, and delivery of the World Energy Exchange®, the most advanced online brokerage platform for energy. She brings a passion for business models that provide scalable solutions to complex trading problems by combining proprietary technology platforms with highly sophisticated operations.
With 30 years in the high-technology industry, Martha has held leadership positions at a wide range of Silicon Valley startups focused on online trading, cloud computing, cleantech, social media, consumer video, and ad networks. Known for bringing user-centric product design to emerging technologies, she helped pioneer two successful e-commerce platforms—the first online auction at Onsale and vertical B2B marketplaces at Ventro Corporation.
Martha has a B.A. in linguistics from Macalester College, where she graduated summa cum laude, and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Harvard University.
James F. Parslow, Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Jim is responsible for World Energy’s financial strategy, as well as its day-to-day accounting operations. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts with more than 25 years of experience serving private and public companies in the alternative energy, online auction, and high-tech manufacturing industries.
While at World Energy, Jim has overseen the acquisition of five firms and managed a growing finance team that has supported the Company’s rapid growth and expansion into new markets. He also meets regularly with analysts and investors, and has presented at top investment bank conferences, including Jefferies Global Clean Technology, Lazard Capital Markets, and Wedbush Transformation Technology.
Prior to joining World Energy, Jim was treasurer and CFO of Spire Corporation (NASDAQ: SPIR), a global solar company. He began his career at a major public accounting firm and served in several finance positions, including vice president of finance and administration, at public subsidiaries of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (NYSE: TMO), a $10 billion global instrumentation company.
Jim holds an A.B. in Economics/Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Bentley College.
Rob Hartwell, Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Rob Hartwell is the lead architect of World Energy’s flagship online platforms, which have established the company as a leader in online energy procurement. He is also responsible for the Company’s overall IT strategy, working closely with the C-Suite and Operations to ensure technology delivers maximum business value.
Rob brings over 20 years of experience, and more than a decade in the energy industry, designing and developing breakthrough business software solutions for companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 500. Before joining World Energy, he founded Fusion Consulting, Inc., a technology company specializing in custom business solutions leveraging Internet technologies. Before starting Fusion, Rob led engagements for several leading technology consulting companies, including Whittman-Hart. In addition to his extensive technology consulting experience, Rob spent seven years at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power (now Entergy), where he led the progressive advancement of IT.
Rob holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems and Business from Salisbury University.
Dave Laipple, Senior Vice President of Energy Sales
As Senior Vice President of Energy Sales, Dave has led various sales and operations teams during his time at World Energy. He is currently responsible for leading World Energy’s Wholesale, Commercial & Industrial, and Mid-Market energy sales efforts through both direct and partner channels. World Energy has tripled its core procurement business, significantly broadened its product and service offerings to the marketplace, and successfully integrated three acquisitions since Dave joined the Company as part of the Energy Gateway acquisition in 2007.
Dave has over 30 years of sales and sales management experience and has spent the past 22 years in the energy industry. Prior to World Energy and Energy Gateway, he worked with Access Energy, Enron Energy Services, Accent Energy and Johnson Controls. Most of that time was at Enron, where he led numerous regional and national sales teams marketing electricity, natural gas and risk management services to large commercial and industrial clients.
Dave holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Capital University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dayton.
Andrew Thomas, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy
As Senior Vice President of Product Strategy, Andrew is responsible for managing World Energy’s offerings across markets and identifying new areas of opportunity for product innovation. His purview includes extending the Company’s award-winning online platform, the World Energy Exchange®, into the mid-market and transforming the data housed on the platform into compelling new information products. In prior roles at the Company, he has overseen the operations infrastructure for World Energy’s products and services and the delivery of its core services across all North American energy markets.
Andrew has over seventeen years of experience in the energy industry, on both demand-side and supply-side projects. He has extensive experience structuring competitive transactions across Wholesale and Retail energy and environmental commodity markets, bringing together an understanding of market fundamentals, transaction structuring principals and theory, and real-world transaction experience. Andrew has overseen more than 10,000 pricing events at World Energy and claims a number of firsts in the energy industry: he brokered the first deregulated electricity deal in the country; oversaw the first online SREC auction; managed and structured the first wholesale capacity auction in the MISO marketplace; and managed the first online fuel oil auction.
Prior to his tenure at World Energy, Andrew worked at Xenergy Inc. (now KEMA Consulting), where he worked at the forefront of the industry’s transition to a deregulated environment; facilitated business process development for utilities and suppliers; and co-chaired the MA Electronic Business Transaction working group, a group comprised of utility, retailer, and utility commission stakeholders in the deregulated MA electricity market.
Andrew graduated from Union College with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and received an MBA from Cornell University. He is on the Board of the Village Nursery School in Harvard, MA, and is a member of the town’s Energy Advisory Committee.
Rick Galipeau, Vice President and General Manager of Energy Efficiency
Rick is Vice President and General Manager of Energy Efficiency. He leads the World Energy strategy of assisting customers to manage and reduce energy costs and consumption, while maximizing available utility and government incentives and financing options.
Prior to World Energy, Rick was co-founder of Northeast Energy Solutions (NES), a Connecticut-based energy services company, acquired by World Energy in 2011, that provided comprehensive turnkey energy efficiency solutions in the Commercial & Industrial segment. He also spent 4 years as Director of Business Development for RISE Engineering, where he expanded the company’s regional service territory into Vermont and upstate New York by securing utility vendor medallions. Rick started his career with Northeast Utilities and spent 21 years in various capacities, with his last role being Manager of C&I Programs from 2003-2007 until leaving to join RISE Engineering.
Rick holds an Associates degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) and a B.S. in Business Management and M.S. in Organization Management from Eastern Connecticut State University. He also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at NEIT in Cranston, RI and Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT.
Jon Harvey, Vice President of Government
As Vice President of Government, Jon is responsible for all of World Energy’s public sector customers. His duties include business development and customer management and retention. Jon works closely with these important customers developing, and executing, procurement strategies, as well as designing other solutions to their energy management challenges. He has also been responsible for managing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions. Jon has more than 22 years of experience as a consultant in both the public and private sectors, including more than 11 years in retail energy and energy procurement.
Prior to joining World Energy, Jon was a Division Manager at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), where he led a consulting group focused on economic and financial analysis, energy procurement, and wireless telecommunications. In his time at SAIC, he led or supported a number of billion dollar merger and acquisition (M&A) engagements, including development of tender bid documents and business plans for numerous wireless telecommunication companies in Africa and the Middle East, as well as acquisitions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Jon has received an M.A. in Economics from The American University and a B.A. in International Relations from Lehigh University. He is also a member of the American Economic Association and an American Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Professional (CEP).
Dan Mees, Vice President of Corporate Communications
Dan is Vice President of Corporate Communications at World Energy, where he leads the Company’s investor relations and public relations efforts. He works closely with Phil Adams, CEO, and the rest of the C-suite on communications strategy development and execution, and is a member of the Company’s senior management team.
Prior to joining World Energy, Dan was a fixture among Boston high-tech PR agencies, serving as Vice President at area firms Porter Novelli, Text 100 and Horn Group. He made his name leading successful campaigns for companies spanning business hardware and software, energy management and mobile communications, including BMC, edocs, EMC, H-P, m-Qube, Nextel, and, finally, World Energy Solutions.
Dan holds an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of Vermont. He also participated in the Writing Workshop at Boston University, studying poetry with Robert Pinsky and Derek Walcott.
Jacqueline Merl Bamman, Vice President of Human Resources
As Vice President of Human Resources for World Energy, Jackie is responsible for defining strategic and organizational direction related to human capital. She is also a key member of the senior management team. Jackie brings over 15 years of experience managing human resources at several start-up and high- tech companies, and previously served as a human resources consultant for the Boston-based law firm WilmerHale.
Jackie’s role at World Energy includes traditional HR responsibilities, such as implementing organizational development initiatives, developing compensation strategies and incentive programs, and leading recruitment and talent management initiatives. She is actively involved in all employee relations matters and manages process improvement and quality initiatives in recruitment, hiring, payroll, benefits, and performance management.
As a member of the senior management team, Jackie defines organizational strategies for talent management and organizational growth. She works closely with the CEO to develop and foster collaboration across the organization and also makes recommendations for annual and quarterly corporate goals. Jackie plays a key role in facilitating management strategy sessions and presents corporate initiatives to the Board of Directors compensation committee.
Jackie holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute, a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University, and an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University.
Carolyn Oldenburg, General Counsel
Carolyn is General Counsel at World Energy, where she is responsible for the overall planning, management and execution of the Company’s legal functions, spanning M&A activity, Board and shareholder relations, contract negotiations and SEC compliance.
Previously, she was Director of Legal Operations and Security at GeoTrust, Inc., an internet security products and services company, where she was a core member of the team that negotiated GeoTrust’s $125 million sale to VeriSign in September 2006. Prior to joining GeoTrust, Carolyn worked for a number of high-tech companies, managing their legal and contracting functions.
Carolyn has nearly 20 years general counsel and contracts experience in technology companies and a consistent record of increasing sales and improving customer and organizational satisfaction by negotiating multi-million dollar agreements in complex high-tech environments.
Carolyn holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Board of Directors
Dr. Edward T. Libbey, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Libbey is the chairman of our Board of Directors. He brings to this post nearly 40 years of senior international management experience in the energy and high technology industries, including over 20 years with BP, where he served in a variety of commercial, strategic and operational roles in the U.S. and Europe. While at BP, Dr. Libbey played a leading role in creating and running the Company’s international oil trading business. For the last five years, he has been the co-owner and principal of Edward Libbey Consultants Limited, an energy advisory and recruitment consulting firm, where he has completed senior assignments for energy companies around the world. Dr. Libbey holds a First Class Degree and Doctorate in Chemistry from Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.
Philip V. Adams, Board Member
Since 2003, when he was named COO of World Energy Solutions, Mr. Adams has played a key role in overseeing corporate strategy, operations, marketing, investor relations, direct and channel sales, finance, IT and human resource functions at the Company. In October 2007, he was named President, and in June 2012, he became President & CEO, as well as Director. During his tenure at the Company, Mr. Adams has been instrumental in achieving several notable milestones, including: taking World Energy public in 2006; overseeing the acquisition of EnergyGateway in 2007; negotiating the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) contract in 2008; listing the Company on the NASDAQ in 2009; launching the Company’s Demand Response offering in 2010; and, most recently, spearheading the acquisition of four companies in 2011 and 2012 – the energy procurement business of Co-eXprise; Northeast Energy Solutions; GSE Consulting; and Northeast Energy Partners – which have cemented the Company’s leadership position in the energy auction space, driven the Company’s entrance into the fast growing mid-market segment and added new capabilities in energy efficiency.
Patrick R. Bischoff, Board Member
Mr. Bischoff is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor and board member. Since the Fall of 2007, he has been the Managing Director and founder of Luminor Ventures, Inc., which consults for, and holds equity investments in, energy, environmental technology, advanced engineering, medical services and other companies. From 2001 to present, Mr. Bischoff has also been the Managing Director and founder of Spinnaker Ventures LLC, a venture capital firm specializing in IT, communications, children’s media, and business services investments. He co-founded Saba Software Inc. (NASDAQ: SABA) in 1996 and held various positions with the company through 2001. Mr. Bischoff was a Partner at CompuNet, the largest European IT Systems Integrator, and was part of the team that sold the company to GE Capital. He presently also serves in a dual role as Chief Strategy Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of GreenSmith Energy Systems, a company developing systems and software solutions for advanced distributed energy storage applications. He serves on other boards and advisory boards of startup companies, and he holds a Masters in International Management with distinction from Thunderbird (Arizona).
John W. Wellard, Board Member
From March 1996 to April 2005, Mr. Wellard was employed with Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with $5 billion in assets. He was the Company’s President from May 2003 to December 2004 and served there in various other capacities, including as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing & Business Development, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Senior Vice President of Asset Management and Vice President of Operations.
Thad A. Wolfe (Lt. General, Ret.), Board Member
Since September 2008, Mr. Wolfe has been the owner of Polaris Results LLC and an independent contractor currently supporting various clients including Colorado Engineering Inc, an engineering company specializing in radar, Electronic Warfare, and ISR systems and subsystems development; Taxi 2000, a Personal Rapid Transit technology company; and is on the Board of Directors of NanoVapor Inc. Mr. Wolfe worked full-time as Air Force Practice Leader with the Thomas Group during 2007 and 2008. From 1999 to February 2007, Mr. Wolfe was employed with SAIC (NYSE: SAI), a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering and technology applications company, in various roles. Mr. Wolfe served over 31 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1996 as a Lieutenant General.