Chris LeVeck is an accomplished entrepreneur, technical executive, and energy enthusiast with over 20 years of experience.
Equal parts instinct, hard work, and determination, he began his career working in the family lighting business at the tender age of six when he sold his first incandescent light bulb by going door to door. Since then, his list of accomplishments includes completing four successful startups — including his most recent, an energy solutions company, a venture with Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, in which he secured $12M in seed money.
Chris comfortably balances collaborating with C-suite stakeholders and brokering multi-million-dollar deals by rolling up his sleeves and building things from the ground up. Chris has worked with fortune five hundred companies such as McDonald’s, U.S. Bank, PepsiCo, Tyson, and Toyota to name a few. Chris’ accomplishments have been written about in multiple publications. A combination of strong technical expertise (like a comprehensive knowledge of micro-grids, solar, energy procurement, battery backup, lighting retrofits, demand response, IoT, co-generation, M&V, and MEP) with natural communication skills has helped him build strong relationships and recruit top talent, which he attributes as keys to his success this far.
Chris holds duel bachelor’s degrees from Wright State University.
In addition to his list of professional achievements, Chris played Division I and semi-pro soccer. He now lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children in Austin, TX.
Over 22 years delivering extraordinary business outcomes to customers through advanced technology solutions. Mr. Gentry has extensive experience in go to market execution, emerging technology consulting, channel development, customer technology strategies for revenue growth and competitive advantage, and building national ROI-focused sales and marketing teams. Mr. Gentry served as VP of Sales for the $40B technology manufacturer, NEC America where he developed joint go to market partnerships with fortune 500 partners like Verizon, Cisco, and level 3 yielding over $150M in new customer revenue, pioneered NEC’s Managed Services portfolio resulting in over 300% YoY services growth and co-authored NEC’s Healthcare strategy spawning a new multi-million-dollar revenue stream. Mr. Gentry has led his teams in delivering well over $1B in technology solutions across a multitude of industries including the largest Cisco IP Telephony deployment in the US at the time for the Federal Government, advanced healthcare wireless networks across hundreds of hospitals, multi¬channel contact center solutions for the world’s largest retailers, power of Ethernet networks supporting over 50,000+ endpoints in high educations, and business intelligence applications for leaders in the entertainment sector.
Mr. Gentry’s business philosophy is simple: be as passionate about the success of your customer’s business as they are, and value by providing expert technology insights your customer is not aware of, thoroughly document customer expectations, and ALWAYS meet them. Mr. Gentry graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
Since 2005, in his role as a senior business consultant for Battelle Rippe Kingston LLP, a firm based in Dayton, Ohio, Jack has been assisting companies and organizations engage in corporate planning, with a focus on prioritizing issues and strategies. He also provides expert guidance on financial and operational matters; drawing on 27 years of corporate experience with both privately held and publicly traded companies. Jack has served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for the eastern region of Utility Services Inc. USI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MDU Resources Inc., a diversified energy company. Prior to this position, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Wagner Group of Companies in Dayton Ohio. Wagner Smith was a privately held company founded in Dayton in 1917. The Wagner Group of Companies engaged in electrical and mechanical construction as well as equipment manufacturing and leasing. During the 1990s, revenue from operations grew from $18 million to over $100 million in 2000. On July 2nd of that year, MDU Resources, a publicly-traded company, acquired Wagner-Smith and related Companies.
Jack is active in the community as past president of The Rotary Club of Dayton, board member of Rebuilding Together Dayton, and a board member of The Miami Valley Hospital as well as Premier Health. He has been an instructor in accounting at Sinclair Community College and has also served as an adjunct professor at the University Of Dayton School Of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
John has over 30 years of experience as a Professional Engineer across the U.S. He is licensed in 17 states and is a subject matter expert in the field of mechanical engineering (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, compressed air, and vacuum systems). His portfolio spans projects such as new builds, interior renovations, expansions, and historic restorations in markets ranging from industrial, civic, commercial, religious, retail, food and beverage, hospitality, sports, and corporate. His mechanical engineering expertise includes large scale applications such as the $80M Rialto on Hurstbourne; a 268-unit luxury apartment property coming to Louisville; as well as mixed-use projects with retail and upper floor apartments, commercial conversion projects, major renovations, and tenant improvement fit-outs. John‘s passion is HVAC and energy-efficient mechanical engineering.
John Quillen provides leadership, strategy, mentoring, consulting, and business development. John has 17 years of experience as a Professional Engineer in the Greater Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Market and throughout the intercontinental US. He has performed hundreds of multidiscipline (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, telecommunication, and fire protection) pre-design field investigations generating due diligence documentation of existing project conditions. John has engineered numerous project types (new builds, interior renovations, expansions, and historic restoration) in the commercial, financial, retail, food & beverage, travel & hospitality, grocer, civic, corporate, and critical operation market segments. His electrical engineering expertise ranges from large scale applications including redundant emergency power generation and distribution, uninterruptible power systems, and voice fire alarm systems to smaller tenant improvement fit-outs. He is the engineer of record for the 700,000SF $80M Spooky Nook Sports Complex, soon to be the largest in North America, coming to Hamilton, OH. John served on the United States Green Building Council’s Regional Chapter Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014 and is passionate about energy and the environment. John is a veteran of the US Air Force.
Bo provides experience and insight from his entire career spent in the energy industry. For Exxon, Enron and Borealis, Bo managed domestic and international energy trading programs for energy risk management and to hedge future energy costs. Bo is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a professional certification earned from the Association of Energy Engineers. Bo also earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas with a focus on strategic energy management. Subsequently, Bo earned his M.B.A. from the Copenhagen Business School. Bo works closely with clients to develop comprehensive energy management strategies designed to save energy costs, thereby contributing to a more profitable project.
In the past 2 years, his top clients have reduced energy consumption by 4.5 million kWh OR an average of $15,000 a month, per client. He identified over $700,000 in utility overcharges for an Austin-based commercial client by reviewing utility bill history and documenting specific billing inaccuracies. Using Load Profiler software, Bo was able to identify anomalies in an Austin-based commercial property’s electrical usage to identify excessive weekend electricity usage. He has also designed a cost-effective sub-metering program, using web-connected clamp-on load monitors to identify and correct expensive “demand charges”.
Doug began his career in Boston, MA with GE Lighting Commercial and Industrial Sales, and was promoted to GE Lighting Global Headquarters in Cleveland, OH after 8 years of sales success and significant exposure to the emerging ESCO community. With 4 years of headquarters experience, Doug left GE to pursue regional, and later national, sales management assignments.
In 2006, Doug reconnected with the lighting industry as the Director of Sales for the wholesale channel and steadily grew this market segment for Kichler. With the continued growth of the ESCO market and utility retrofit incentives, Doug moved back into the mainstream of Commercial and Industrial lighting to further develop the ESCO and ESPC markets. The exposure to the ESCO and ESPC markets enabled Doug to recognize the need for 3rd party auditing services to serve both markets.
In 2016, Doug took on his first large-scale auditing project and local project management for TNT Energy/Citizens Bank, and has since been a part of auditing and reporting over 20M square feet of building space. Doug holds the Lighting Certified designation, (LC) through the National Council for Qualified Lighting Professionals, (NCQLP).
A graduate of Baylor University, Jim Kordoban has had over 20 years of experience in both marketing and data analysis and management, the last 10 years being in the energy industry. This allows him to work with clients to develop and implement innovative energy solutions.
Brad Stutzman’s career has encompassed a wide array of roles, including executive positions in both the finance and construction industries. His primary business focus has been on entrepreneurial start-ups, real estate, and renewable energy. Mr. Stutzman has facilitated the successful start-up of multiple companies in various industries, including real estate and renewable energy.
Mr. Stutzman’s expertise lies in developing internal management directives and structuring company processes. Mr. Stutzman received his BAAS from the University of North Texas.
Jay A. Young
Jay has 22 years of commercial and industrial sales experience, with 15 years of energy sales experience. Jay has worked with some of the top energy providers and electric cooperatives nationally gathering several years of experience in energy solutions. These solutions include: demand management & Load Response, energy efficiency, automation, risk management, site audits, energy procurement, contract negotiation, utility infrastructure, and generation. His expertise in these market solutions spans various industry verticals such as manufacturing, retail, healthcare, data centers, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and large industrial facilities.
Ryan Bock is responsible for the commercial general contracting at Facility Innovations Group. Ryan specializes in large, complex projects in excess of $10,000,000 and is also skilled in executing small and mid-sized projects at a high level. He focuses on the renovation, rehab, and new construction of commercial properties.
Spearheading each contracting project from start to finish, Ryan works on the estimation, planning, and coordination of each project from the ground up.
With over 15 years in the construction industry, Ryan is well versed with each stage of a project, and has in-depth experience leading multiple teams for multiple concurrent projects. From sales to contract negotiation to closing, he knows the ins and outs of buyer relationships. With a heavy background in project and development management, Ryan is experienced in leading and guiding all on-site construction.
Ryan graduated from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He is happiest when spending quality time with his children and is a firm believer that education should never end – you can always catch him enjoying an entertaining podcast or with a book in his hand!
As a Project Manager at Facility Innovations Group, Ashley Kargel is responsible for overseeing all phases of FIG projects. Aside from maintaining an excellent track record of strong working relationships, resulting in successful client experiences, she ensures that FIG applies integrity in everything they do and that they are continuously improving.
Fueled by a true entrepreneurial spirit, Ashley has owned several small businesses and has experience in a variety of fields, including in Real Estate, Human Resources, and Project Management. Ashley also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and a Project Management Professional certification.
Ryan Prestel is a lifelong entrepreneur with an affinity for using technology to solve complex business problems. Ryan has product development and sustainability experience gained through leadership roles within the Fortune 1000 and high-growth startups.
Ryan developed a passion for sustainability while at Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE: SMG), where he was on the core team responsible for developing the first corporate sustainability plan back in 2010.
He has a proven track record of leading product and software teams from concept through acquisition and integration. Ryan uses cloud-based analytics platform to help companies maximize the value of their sustainability programs.
David has over 20 years experience in marketing and art direction, specializing in campaign-level solutions for large businesses and municipalities that need to communicate complex information simply and effectively.
David’s work has included community-directed advocacy campaigns for New York Life and Ariel Funds, business-to-business communications for Willis Towers Watson and Dow Jones, defined contribution educational campaigns for The City of New York and Alaska Department of Administration, and consumer-facing marketing for Merrill, Oppenheimer Funds, and Van Kampen Investments.
Ali brings team cohesion to the project management process, ensuring that all goals are clear, information and specifications are up-to-date, and master schedules are accurate and available. At Facility Innovations Group, our experts act as extensions to our client’s team, which means effective communication and coordination is a must. Whatever stage in the process, whether it be discovery, auditing, implementation, or on-going measurement and reporting, Ali is a universal point of contact.
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