About Michaels Energy
Energy efficiency, resource preservation, and long-term cost effectiveness are an integral part of everything we do.
Since our Founding in 1984
Michaels Energy has been helping building owners, utilities, consultants and partners save energy and design high performing systems, processes and programs.
Our Primary Service Offerings
include utility program design and implementation, research and evaluation, energy studies, and custom efficiency solutions.
Our Team of Energy Fanatics
includes program managers, marketers and ridiculously qualified engineers in the fields of mechanical, chemical, electrical, architectural, and civil engineering.
As the youngest of four kids on a farm, Jeff started working and earning money at a young age. While in college, he worked long weeks in the summer and during winter and spring breaks. Like his current role with Michaels, there were always more things to improve and get done.
Jeff enlisted in the Navy as he finished his senior year at South Dakota State University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer and spent six weeks at officers’ school in Newport, RI. He was a reactor plant fluid systems engineer for most of his stint with the Navy. He spent several weeks at shipyards observing submarines in overhaul, refueling, and under construction.
Jeff started on the ground floor with Michaels in January 1996, doing energy audits and feasibility studies. He worked his way into managing the energy efficiency practices and for the last five years, the entire company. Jeff’s current responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer include program, evaluation, proposal, and sales strategies, and discovering the next big thing.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University. In the Navy, he earned a Master’s in nuclear engineering (classified). Later, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jeff runs every day, no matter what. He finished twelve marathons, including eight in recent years, and qualified for Boston six times. He enjoys yard work, cutting and splitting firewood, and consuming news and politics, history, economics, marketing, and business management. Entertainment includes driving the beautiful western Wisconsin countryside and writing his blog, the Energy Rant.
Scott joined Michaels Engineering in 1997 and began his career designing solutions for cleaning up leaking underground storage tanks, assisting industrial facilities with air pollution permitting, storm water pollution prevention and hazardous waste management. Around 2002, Scott began working in Michaels’ energy division, performing energy analyses, energy audits and investment-grade energy studies. As the company grew, Scott managed the Energy Programs Engineering department, which included all work for one of Michaels’ largest (and longest-term) clients. His duties included client/customer liaisons, program design and implementation, energy analysis and report review, project management, recruiting and mentoring. Late in 2012, Scott took a minority stake in the company.
As of the beginning of 2016, Scott moved into the Chief Operating Officer role for Michaels Energy, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as human resources, accounting and information technology.
Scott earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Beyond work at Michaels, Scott and his wife, Sarah, are busy raising their 4-year old daughter and loving (almost) every moment of it. Scott also enjoys being outdoors, working and playing on recreational land that he owns with family, removing invasive plants, maintaining hiking trails, picking morel mushrooms, hunting and fishing whenever he can. Winter brings one of Scott’s favorite pastimes – snowmobiling. He is part of the local snowmobile club, and is active in fundraising and maintenance of local trails.
Bryce started his career with Michaels in 2005 as an energy engineer, performing energy analyses, energy audits and investment-grade energy studies. In 2009, he was promoted into a leadership role managing the Energy Program Engineering department, working very closely with a major client. In 2016, Bryce moved into the role of Managing Director of Program Engineering, overseeing all of Michaels Energy’s efficiency program implementation staff and work. And in 2020, Bryce moved into the Director of Operations role where he provides operations oversight and leadership, budget and resource management, product development, and client satisfaction. Bryce is motivated to build long-term relationships with his employees and clients, and develop new client relationships and future service offerings.
Bryce earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics, from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).
Outside of work at Michaels, Bryce enjoys cooking, homebrewing, tinkering with electronics, and exploring the outdoors – camping, canoeing, snowshoeing, and biking.
Teri has been working in the energy sector for more than a quarter of a century. While working for an awesome utility as a distribution planning engineer, her responsibilities ranged from completing distribution system fault studies to designing over-current protection schemes to managing the capital budgets (and she is pleasantly surprised at how much this experience is now again relevant with the advent of distribution integrated resource planning initiatives across the U.S.).
After earning an MBA, Teri’s responsibilities shifted to figuring out how to be more customer friendly, more cost efficient, and more reliable – with energy efficiency programming becomming a key component for each of those objectives. In 2011, Teri moved into a consultant role expanding her opportunity to work with utilities across the U.S. as they design and implement energy efficiency and demand response programs – and now, as they think more deeply about how these programs combined with newer tech can change how the gird is planned and managed.
Teri joined the Michaels Energy team in 2016. As the Director of Research and Evaluation, she used her many years of experience and assorted roles in the energy sector to provide clients with a well-rounded perspective of what works, and what doesn’t. Now, as the Director of Sales and Marketing she is helping clients to identify more holistic solutions for their challenges ahead.
Teri earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (PA) and a Master of Business Administration from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA.
Teri is crazy about her family and gets outside as much as possible – camping, hiking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, running, canoeing, biking…or just sitting around a fire with friends and loved ones enjoying good food, good drink, and good company.
Julie joined the Michaels Energy team in 2014. In her role as Associate Director of Programs, Julie is focused on developing strategic direction, defining solutions for client needs, designing, developing & launching new programs, providing training and defining marketing strategies for programs..
Julie began her professional career as a recruiter connecting people to jobs. She also worked in marketing, customer administration and new product development, prior to discovering the world of energy efficiency in 2004. She began her energy efficiency career as a utility product manager responsible for managing energy efficiency programs, goals and budgets for about every customer segment imaginable. In this role she also designed and launched programs, contributed to utility filings, reported to regulators, and defined customer outreach.
Julie always says she is passionate about helping people and businesses be better than they were yesterday. After nearly 10 years of utility program management, she is excited to work at Michaels where she feels she can do this on a grander scale.
Julie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa.
Outside of work, Julie loves her family time with her husband and her two children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, vacations,, going for walks, working on home projects and relaxing with friends.
Jill Hulst has 17 years of human resources experience. Prior to her start at Michaels Energy, Jill worked in Human Resources and Safety in manufacturing facilities. She started at Michaels in 2012 as the Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for all aspects of human resources at Michaels Energy, including recruiting, benefit administration, employee training, wellness and record-keeping. She’s also a member of the leadership team that sets the strategic direction at Michaels.
Jill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources and Management from UW-Platteville.
Outside of work, Jill enjoys reading with her book club and watching TV dramas. As a family, they enjoy playing and watching all kinds of sports, going for walks and have fires in their backyard.
Liz started her marketing career at an advertising agency, helping clients develop and run their marketing strategies and initiatives from just about every industry that you can think of; finance, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, education, and everything in between. After four years she took on a new challenge at a credit union to build and grow their marketing department. While there, she also taught marketing courses as an adjunct professor at Viterbo University and ran the credit union’s non-profit foundation as its Executive Director. In her five years at the credit union, she fueled growth through marketing campaigns, department management, and successful integrations of five mergers and acquisitions; played an instrumental role in the creation and branding of a new credit and savings program; co-developed and marketed a financial literacy program; hired and coached the foundation’s first employees; and grew the non-profit from a start-up to a million dollar foundation.
Liz joined the Michaels Energy team in 2020. As the Associate Director of Marketing, she is responsible for the development and execution of the overall marketing strategy, strengthening and maintaining Michaels’ brand, and monitoring and enhancing customer experience.
Liz earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Spanish from Viterbo University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the same university.
Liz loves the outdoors and exploring as much of this big beautiful world as possible. Her favorite hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, hiking, paddle boarding, camping, fishing, snorkeling, and playing cribbage with a glass (or two) of wine.
Mike joined Michaels Energy in 1999 as an intern in the IT department. In his current role as the IT Manager, Mike now manages the department. The IT department has grown from a single shared computer on a cart to a completely on-premises infrastructure supporting multiple offices throughout the country. Michael directs our migration to cloud services, coordinating with various service companies to support our increasingly remote workforce.
Michael graduated from Western Technical College in 2001 with two associate degrees. He enjoys volunteering in the community, watching science fiction movies, and having a good debate.
David joined the Michaels team in April 2019. David is responsible for financial reporting, billing, payroll, taxes, and various financial analysis and report creation. David is also involved with budgeting, project set-up, vendor payment, collections, and anything finance-related.
David earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, as well as a Master of Professional Accountancy from the same University. Prior to joining Michaels, David spent three years in public accounting working as an Auditor with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. He focused on assurance engagements for Construction, Real Estate, and Manufacturing clients along with Employee Benefit Plan audits. David is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Wisconsin.
Outside of work, David is a huge Bucks, Packers, and Brewers fan (or really any live sporting event). He enjoys hiking with his wife, Heather, golfing, and just about anything outdoors (even yardwork)!
Rebecca credits her enthusiasm for nature to her upbringing on a farm, and to her mom, a science teacher. Her dedication to energy efficiency started in childhood when she would hang the family’s laundry out to dry in the sun. Reducing waste of all kinds became a way of life for her. Before joining Michaels, she worked as an Urban Planner and Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Syracuse. In that role, she helped advance initiatives to make the city more walkable and bikeable, reducing reliance on cars. She also managed and coordinated the City’s energy efficiency projects, including transitioning the entire city street lighting system to LEDs with smart controls.
Rebecca joined the Michaels Energy team in 2021 and is responsible for managing the creation of customized proposals for our valued existing and prospective clients. She is skilled in showcasing our team’s expertise, experience, and passion for all-things-energy in a way that is clear, compelling, and digestible.
Rebecca graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Forest Biology.
Her favorite pastimes include camping with her family in the Adirondacks, hiking and snowshoeing, campfire cooking, vegetable gardening, and game nights with her nephews.
Jen joined the Michaels team in May 2021. She has 12 years of experience in the development, administration, and oversight of program operations and services. Naturally wired to communicate and connect with others, she continuously provides high-quality service while cultivating collaborative relationships with all stakeholders. Jen supports clients and project managers by identifying challenges and working together to find solutions.
Jen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Masters in Sports Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree In Recreation Management. Prior to joining Michaels, she was the R.W. Houser Branch Director at the La Crosse Area Family YMCA.
Outside of work, Jen enjoys reading, boating, playing board games, cheering on Wisconsin sports teams, and spending time with her family, husband – Brandon, and daughters – Molly (4) and Erica (1).
Carl Samuelson is grateful that he’s been able to spend his entire career focused on energy issues. Prior to joining Michaels in 2013, he worked on energy via public policy, community organizing, residential energy auditing, and research focused on food service energy efficiency. He’s a graduate of Saint Olaf College, with a degree in Political Science. He also is a Certified Energy Manager.
At Michaels, Carl’s career has evolved as work bridging the technical and the human elements of energy efficiency continue to expand. He helped to develop Michaels’ Strategic Energy Management program, which helps businesses think about energy as a strategic resource.
He’s led research on how electrification can achieve efficiency and carbon reduction for businesses and utilities. Carl has enrolled dozens of commercial buildings in retro-commissioning study programs. Carl currently manages work for utility clients in Minnesota and Colorado.
Carl is the enthusiastic father of three kids. In the evenings you’ll find him playing catch, reading Where the Wild Things Are, or singing bedtime songs. Carl enjoys cross-country skiing, playing disc golf, traveling, and cooking or eating something new. He’s always happy to get the chance to discuss a good book or a big question over some shared food and drink.
Stephen first interned for Michaels in the summer of 2009. He must have made a good impression, as after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the spring of 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, he was hired on full time. Stephen works in the Program Engineering Department performing analysis on efficiency projects and managing the day-to-day operation of various efficiency programs.
This work includes evaluating technologies or projects for energy saving potential, calculating possible customer incentives, completing field investigations, data logging and data analysis, researching and keeping up-to-date on ever-changing energy codes, launching and developing programs, monitoring adherence to program rules and guidelines, making recommendations for continuous program improvement, and reporting savings on a per-project level or on a program-wide level. Since 2015, Stephen has been providing energy efficiency program management support for multiple clients in various states around the country.
Outside of work, Stephen is an avid sports fan and attends as many Packers, Badgers, and Brewers games as possible throughout the year. He also enjoys playing sports and being outdoors, particularly for cycling and running. When it’s not warm enough for all the usual outdoor activities, Stephen will still try to keep running (albeit with more layers) but is just as content to hunker down with a good book or movie.
As the demand for energy continues to grow, so will our need for energy efficiency. Being a part of an industry that creates a meaningful impact on our world has given me tremendous perspective and gratification. I am passionate about finding solutions for everyone so that we all can invest in a more sustainable way of life.
Justin is a certified Project Management Professional who joined the Michaels team in 2021. He brings his experience and expertise to the Programs group and is focused on the delivery and outreach of Dominion’s Energy Efficiency Programs in Virginia.
Justin received his Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Frederick Community College before transferring to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to receive his Bachelor Degree of Environmental Science. Upon graduating, Justin worked at ICF for 4 years, helping implement the EmPower MD programs. He began as a Project Coordinator before transitioning over as the Account Executive for PEPCO’s Energy Efficiency Programs.
In his free time, Justin enjoys traveling and staying active through a variety of activities including snowboarding, hiking, canoeing, camping, and golf. When he is not busy, he spends most of his time hanging out with his girlfriend, Allision, and Australian Shepherd, Bodie.
Sharie joined Michaels Energy in 2022. In her role as Product Manager, she provides program support to utilities in Iowa and Illinois. Sharie likes to say that she started her career selling air (radio advertising). While in radio, Sharie volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters which lead to a full-time role in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and marketing with the organization. In 2007, Sharie joined a gas and electric utility as a Product Manager for demand response and commercial/industrial energy efficiency programs. Sharie spent 12 years at the utility in energy efficiency, account management and renewables before moving on to a solar installation company as a Project Manager. One thing Sharie has carried from industry to industry is her enthusiasm for identifying opportunities for process improvement.
Sharie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Development from Upper Iowa University.
Outside of work, Sharie spends a lot of time reading and enjoys photography. She has one child and a large extended family and loves to travel.
I have always had a passion for conservation, and that is what led me to the energy efficiency field. I feel an internal responsibility to do everything I can to make the world a better place, and for me, that starts with taking care of our planet. At Michaels, I am able to make the world a better place by helping customers reduce their energy usage all while keeping up with the continuous changes in the energy industry.
Max graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Biology: Ecology and Systematics and moved to Colorado in hopes of beginning a career in land conservation. However, it took serving a term with Americorps for him to realize his true passion was in the energy side of conservation. After spending a number of years working in energy efficiency programs for various Colorado non-profits, Max had a desire to work in the energy industry in his home state. He moved back to Iowa and began working with Michaels in 2021.
At Michaels, Max helps implement their Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program throughout the state of Iowa, using a holistic approach to help organizations foster an energy management culture and achieve long-term savings. He also manages various projects for utility providers throughout the Midwest.
Outside of work, Max can be found listening to music, going for bike rides, traveling with his wife Sara, and cheering on the Denver Nuggets.
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another.” – Albert Einstein
Energy efficiency is imperative to the future of humankind. I love finding solutions to complex problems and working with people smarter than me; both are achieved in the energy efficiency field.
Adam joined the Michaels Energy team in 2022. Prior to Michaels, he had worked within the ComEd program as a Facility Assessment team member and conducted client outreach. Adam has implemented 14 different incentive programs across the country for an international natural gas and electricity retailer. He has also worked as a Product Engineer, an Applications Engineer, and (fun fact) a toy designer!
Adam graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and has taken coursework towards a Master’s degree at UIC and Loyola University. Adam became a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional in 2018 through the AEE Seattle Chapter.
Outside of work, Adam enjoys playing pool, skateboarding, biking, snowboarding, surfing, and writing reviews for obscure products online.
Efficiency is doing better than what is already being done. The energy efficiency industry has given me a platform from which to educate and coach being a better steward of the earth.
Aaron began his career with Michaels Energy in 2022. With 14 years of industry experience, Aaron is an invaluable asset to our outreach team. Whether it’s interfacing with utility customers or the contractors who service the Energy Efficiency programs, Aaron provides insights into the EE culture and benefits that bring value to everyone involved.
Aaron graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Engineering. His past experiences with EMS and industrial systems as the Lead Field Engineer with Profile Systems and past dealings with Energy Efficiency programs have provided him the tools to succeed in his role.
When not engaged in business activities, Aaron enjoys his time off with his children on vacation or a random road trip.
It gives me great joy to work in a field that allows me to not only help owners/operators save money and increase productivity, but also make a positive impact on the planet.
Michael joined the Michaels team in 2022. Prior to joining us, he supported the ComEd Standard/Custom Program as a member of the outreach team.
Michael has been in the energy efficiency field since 2012, holding various positions such as Project Manager, Inside Sales, and Purchasing Director. Michael’s experience in various roles gives him the ability to understand and remove potential roadblocks preventing customers from implementing Energy Efficiency measures while considering their operational needs.
When Michael is not working, you can find him enjoying the outdoors fishing, camping, hiking, and taking advantage of the beautiful Chicago lakefront.
Kathryn joined the Michaels team in 2022 as an Account Manager for Outreach. Prior to Michaels, she worked for contractors and as an Energy Advisor for small businesses and commercial and industrial (C&I) facilities. She has been in the energy efficiency field since 2014.
Kathryn graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Project Management.
Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her dog, Boba Fett, maintaining her betta fish tank, and taking her Firebird Formula out on nice days. She is also a huge Star Wars nerd.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration…” – Nikola Tesla
I chose to work in a field that allows me to not only aid businesses in becoming more sustainable/efficient but also increase longevity for the planet we call our home.
Danny joined the Michaels team in 2022. Prior to joining us, he worked as an Account Executive for Xerox providing tailored technology solutions to improve the workflows of businesses to increase their overall efficiency.
Danny graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a certification in professional selling. During his time at Northern Illinois University, he also played on the football team for two years.
Outside of work, Danny is a thrill seeker who enjoys skydiving as much as he can in the warmer months of the year. He also enjoys being active and exploring new places in downtown Chicago.
I didn’t choose energy efficiency; it kind of fell in my lap. Now that I have been in this career, I enjoy showing my customers how to become more energy efficient with the knowledge that I give them. I find it rewarding to help them on their energy efficiency journey.
Natosha joined the Michaels team in 2022. She brings her experience and expertise to the implementation group and is focused on the Standard Program in Chicago. Before joining Michaels, she was a Senior Outreach Consultant for CLEAResult for almost 5 years. She played a major role in bringing in assessments and projects, building new relationships, and delivering assessments once they were completed. In her last year with CLEAResult, she ushered in 100+ projects for the Business Optimization Program; a first-year program that was very important to her client.
Natosha graduated from Benedictine University in Lisle with her Bachelor’s in Business Management and graduated Cum Lade.
Natosha and her family like to travel together. On Christmas, they like to wear matching pajamas.
Jake joined the Michaels Energy team in 2020. Throughout his career, Jake has utilized research methodologies to meet clients’ strategic needs. Since 2007, Jake has evaluated and conducted research for a wide variety of energy efficiency programs in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. His experience evaluating utility, state, and national portfolios has provided him with a comprehensive understanding of how energy efficiency and renewable energy programs are implemented and what is needed for successful evaluations of their impacts and processes, for quantifying their benefits and costs, and for estimating their potential. Jake has extensive experience conducting market actor and customer research to better understand customer decision making, barriers, and attribution and how these impact program performance and the uptake of energy efficiency.
Jake earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Politics from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) and a graduate certificate in the Foundations of Business from UMass Lowell.
Outside of work, Jake likes to go on adventures with his wife and three kids. As they grow older, Jake is excited to incorporate his kids into his hobbies of running, playing music, ultimate Frisbee, making bread, and exploring New England on foot, bike, ski, and kayak.
Eric has been with Michaels since 2008 after he graduated with his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin. Eric has worked in a variety of areas, including energy modeling, retro-commissioning, commissioning, controls specification, energy auditing, LEED facilitation, and program evaluation. Eric is constantly learning new things to try and bring new opportunities forward for Michaels.
In his “free time”, Eric claims to enjoy cross country skiing and mountain biking, but, in reality, primarily serves at the beck and call of his two awesome (but demanding) kids. He’s a huge proponent of biking into work and staying active. He has led the charge to make Michaels a more bike oriented company, and helped put in a workout center in our building. You can find him biking to work even on the coldest Wisconsin mornings, or struggling to lift absurdly light weights over lunch periods.
Andrea joined the Michaels Energy team in 2019. As a research and evaluation consultant, Andrea’s role is to help utilities and other entities working in energy efficiency understand whether their programs are working, and where improvements can be made to ensure energy savings are maximized. She also helps with research projects aimed at better understanding customers, market conditions, and barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency.
Andrea began her career designing (and sometimes even installing – despite her fear of heights) solar PV systems. She performed feasibility studies, participated in design charrettes, and prepared design documents for permitting and interconnection.
It was at this job that Andrea noticed a disconnect between utility programs and the needs of customers and contractors. Paperwork could be onerous and rebates took too long to process. This disconnect was a problem, and Andrea’s next move was to try to help solve it.
In 2010 Andrea began her work in demand-side management programs. She researched best practices in program design, tracked and presented on new technologies for utilities to consider incorporating into their portfolios, and published reports on changes in the industry. She also evaluated utility programs, performed research to inform baselines, hours-of-use, and other technical parameters, and conducted interviews with market actors to discover non-technical, human-based factors that created barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency.
Andrea earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics and Master of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Outside of work, Andrea cherishes family time with her husband and two boys. Her newest interest is in mindfulness, meditation, and the mind-body connection. She loves reading, cooking, exercising (especially in the beautiful Colorado outdoors) and taking time to connect with family and friends.
Paige started her career at Michaels as an Engineering Support Specialist in 2013 before moving into the Senior Project Coordinator position. Today, Paige is a Product Manager for the Research & Evaluation team.
Paige’s focus is working efficiently and effectively for her colleagues and clients by listening to their individual needs and concerns. From the time a project begins to its completion, she uses best practices and processes to ensure that Michaels is delivering an exceptional product. More recently, Paige has taken on the role as deputy project manager for select projects. In this role, Paige gets to showcase her skills and dive deeper into the world of energy efficiency.
Paige earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management as well as a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
Paige and her husband Adam live in a house built in 1913, so house projects take up most of their free time. On the rare occasion that there isn’t some kind of house project to tackle, Paige enjoys spending time with friends and family and exploring the coulee region during each of its beautiful seasons (likely stopping at a brewery or winery along the way).
After discovering that manufacturing engineering wasn’t the right fit, Rob went back to school and his number one priority became finding a job in energy efficiency. He wanted to conserve resources, both environmentally and financially, and this job allows him to do both. In his time at Michaels, Rob has been able to work on a variety of projects – research projects, impact evaluation studies, technical reference manual review and development, custom rebate analyses, retro-commissioning studies, industrial new construction projects, industrial refrigeration analyses, and more recently, strategic energy management and energy information systems. The potpourri of work always keeps things exciting. He’s excited to now lead our engineering group, maintain Michaels’ excellent technical proficiency and customer service, and help our engineering staff grow professionally.
Rob received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University, specializing in manufacturing engineering, before briefly working in the semiconductor industry. After deciding that wasn’t the right environment for him, he completed his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M, focusing this time on energy and HVAC systems, and was lucky enough to find Michaels after graduation.
When not working, Rob loves spending time with his wife and daughter, watching baseball (go Red Sox!), playing with his dog Angus, volunteering with Iowa FIRST LEGO League, spending time up north on the lake, or playing a musical instrument: bass guitar is his primary one, but he dabbles in mandolin, guitar, harmonica, piano, and others.
After six years in the US Navy Nuclear Program, Andrew went to college and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Southern Illinois-Carbondale. From there he joined Michaels Energy in 2008, where he works on feasibility studies, retro-commissioning studies, ASHRAE level two studies, measurement and verification, and custom rebate calculations. He has worked with customers large and small, and projects simple to complex.
Outside of work Andrew likes playing piano, kayaking, cross country skiing, hockey, and mountain biking. He enjoys traveling to new places, meeting interesting people, and how different cultures have adapted to the same problems. Also he loves to watch any big sporting event around (regardless of the sport or culture).
Andrew joined the Michaels Energy team in March of 2020. In his current role as an Assistant Engineering Manager, Andrew manages and coaches our Colorado engineering team while also focusing on the implementation of our SEM program. He balances his time between the technical engineering aspect of energy savings calculations and providing recommendations and interaction with customers.
Prior to Michaels, Andrew spent 6 years working as a Project Engineer, providing energy-efficiency consulting to utilities and energy enterprises. He received a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, where he also competed as a Division 1 Varsity Cross Country Ski Racer.
Andrew and his wife own and operate their own professional mountain bike team, where they travel around the world competing in professional events across several cycling disciplines. Aside from cycling, his passions include coffee, his dog Callie, traveling, XC Skiing, running, and music.
Joe came to Michaels in 2012 after working in the efficiency industry in San Diego, CA, for seven years. Since that time, he has performed energy analyses for custom rebates, energy audits, and investment-grade studies. These efforts involve performing detailed data analysis, field investigations, and data logging. Joe earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and is a licensed professional engineer in California and Minnesota.
Outside of work, Joe is usually chasing his kids around the house or tinkering the yard. When the weather turns cold, he can often be found playing drop-in hockey somewhere.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2011 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Aaron started as a product development engineer with Modine Manufacturing Company. His role included product design and testing for large vehicular heat exchangers. In 2014, Aaron moved to Minneapolis and began his career at Michaels. He specializes in retro-commissioning, energy audits, custom technical analyses, and dabbles in program evaluation. Aaron has also been a part of several CARD-funded research studies with the state of Minnesota.
When he’s not in the field scouring for energy savings, you can find Aaron at home attempting full puff pastry with his wife, arguing balls and strikes at a Twins game, or looking foolish during the sound round at pub trivia.
Chris joined the Michaels team in January 2007. He is an experienced engineer who manages the Industrial New Construction program within the Implementation Group. Those efforts include performing design assistance and energy simulations for commercial buildings and investment grade analysis of industrial process equipment opportunities for new industrial facilities. Specific tools used include automated DOE-2 simulations, Equest, OpenStudio, and numerous spreadsheet calculations. Chris has been certified by ASHRAE as a BEMP (Building Energy Modeling Professional) and is also a certified LEED professional that has served as energy modeler or facilitator for over a dozen LEED projects.
Chris graduated in 1985 from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. From there, he served as an engineer in the navy for five years, worked a couple years as a project engineer for a Pacific Valves, a couple more as technical support staff for WI Demand-Side Demonstrations, and then taught high school math and physics for ten years before coming to Michaels.
Chris has two children Samuel and Jane (and two cats Pebble and Petra). Some of Chris’s favorite activities are watching movies, playing cards, enjoying the outdoors, or gardening.
Christopher joined the Michaels team in February 2021. He brings his experience and expertise to the Implementation group and is focused on the Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program in Colorado. This entails performing facility audits, building energy models and providing recommendations for energy savings measures – all the while coaching customers to take on energy management in a holistic way as an organization.
Christopher graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering. Prior to joining Michaels he served as the Lead System Architect for JouleSmart Solutions in Portland, Oregon, an intelligent building solutions company focused on the Small and Medium-sized Building (SMB) market. A lifetime ago he received an undergrad degree in Theatre and Film from the University of Kansas.
Outside of work you can typically find him with his wife, Jenna, and daughter, Eva, somewhere out in nature hiking, camping or snowboarding.
Vaughn grew up in California with two younger brothers and two science-nerd parents. His parents would routinely drag the family out into the woods to go backpacking, skiing, bike riding, and camping. This upbringing set him up for a lifetime of hugging trees.At the age of 17, Vaughn moved to Colorado to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon graduating, he took a job in Denver working for an engineering consulting firm.There he gained exposure to many facets of the energy efficiency and sustainability world including energy modeling, commissioning, retro-commissioning, LEED consulting, and energy auditing.After 14 years in the industry, Vaughn accepted a position with Michaels in 2021 to focus his work within the existing building sector. Vaughn’s current role includes working with utility programs providing retro-commissioning and energy auditing services. Vaughn lives in Boulder, CO where he is an avid outdoors man. He spends most of his free time outside rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, or skiing. When he is not outdoors you can find him reading a science fiction novel or building model airplanes.
Chuck joined Michaels Energy in 2008 and is currently a Senior Engineer in the Research and Evaluation Department. This work includes assessing the effectiveness of completed industrial, commercial, and institutional efficiency projects. The results are used to evaluate utility energy efficiency programs. When Chuck is not busy working on project evaluations, he conducts energy audits in commercial and industrial facilities to help owners discover affordable ways to save energy and money. He also performs engineering calculations used to determine incentives to be paid for implementing energy efficiency measures.
Chuck graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the same university. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Chuck and his wife spend much of their spring and summer hours doing wildlife rehabilitation, taking in orphaned and injured wild mammals (e.g., raccoons, squirrels, etc.), taking care of them until they can be released back into the wild. He also does regular group workouts at a local fitness center and enjoys cycling. When he is not taking care of wildlife, he spends much of his time taking care of their garden and domestic animals.
I have always had a nose for solving problems of efficiency – even before I knew what that was. When I was a child, I took note of the most efficient places to gather critters in the woods. As a young adult, I would scour maps to find the most efficient route for a road trip. And as an energy professional, I have made a career of solving complex energy efficiency issues. The desire for efficiency throughout my life has enabled me to provide a well-rounded and thorough approach to these problems, delivering maximum value to clients.
Jake joined Michaels Energy in 2021. As a Senior Engineer based in Richmond, Virginia, Jake primarily supports the Dominion Non-Residential New Construction program. He works diligently to expand the adoption of the program while also delivering sound technical analysis to Dominion’s customers. Jake also assists with Evaluation and Custom Rebate work.
Prior to joining Michaels, Jake spent 8 years as a Building Performance Engineer, specializing in whole–building energy modeling for commercial, multifamily residential, and education projects across the country. He graduated from James Madison University in 2012 with a degree in Integrated Science and Technology, with dual concentrations in Energy and Environmental Science.
On the weekends, you’ll typically find Jake with his wife Kaila working on their 90-year-old house, honing his woodworking skills in his shop, or at one of Richmond’s many local breweries.
Bob joined Michaels in 2021after working in the Facilities and Energy management industry for 13 years. Bob has an Associate Degree in Construction Supervision from Dunwoody Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Bob has worked in various positions that allowed him to develop project management skills, work on energy-efficient projects, and support all aspects of a building lifecycle.
At Michaels Energy, Bob focuses on the most important and longest part of the building lifecycle process as he continues to use every resource available to reduce operating costs while increasing system reliability. He supports the Minneapolis/Saint Paul market and the state of Iowa by processing standard and custom rebates, performing facility audits and recommissioning studies, and assisting customers.
When not at work he is looking into the future by volunteering as a Scoutmaster for a local boy’s troop. In the remaining free time, you will find him fixing, building, or organizing anything from a bicycle to large industrial equipment.
Mark joined the Micheals Energy team in 2022 as the Technical Lead for the Industrial SEM program. He brings many years of experience in industrial consulting and energy efficiency. He spent the last 9 years of his career as a Reviewing Engineer for Eversource Energy of Massachusetts. He earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering (Thermo/Fluids concentration) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst through the Industrial Assessment Center. He is a DOE Qualified Specialist in steam, compressed air, pumping, and process heating systems.
In his spare time, Mark likes to read, fish, work out, and play golf.
Learning the best energy-efficient design practices and sustainable strategies have been a passion of mine since early in my career. Understanding the reasons why the status quo exists is the only way to carve a better path forward.
Nick joined Michaels in 2022 after working as a Building Mechanical Design Consultant in the construction industry for twelve years. He specializes in building mechanical assessments, new work and renovation design, and building automation controls.
Nick graduated from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a degree in mechanical engineering. From there, he stayed in the Northeast Ohio building construction industry for several years before transitioning into the high-performance building market of Portland, Oregon for a few years. Now his home is in Richmond, Virginia and he’s loving it.
Outside of work you can typically find him with his fiancée, Cheyenne, and her son, Silas, playing in local parks, running outdoors, at the local gym, or on their next hiking adventure.
Abbey joined the Michaels Energy team as an Energy Efficiency Engineer in 2018 after graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering from UW-Madison. Abbey is a member of our engineering team and focuses on delivering high impact energy efficiency programs for our clients.
She has worked on a variety of custom rebate analyses from both the implementation and evaluation side. She also has experience conducting research, collecting metered data, and working on studies.
When Abbeys not at work, she enjoys traveling, camping, and playing board games with friends and family.
Zack joined the Michaels team in the Fall of 2018. He is primarily an engineer for the Research and Evaluation team, but he plays the role of a traveling Swiss Army Knife for the company. Zack spends as much time in the field as he can (when allowed and not in a pandemic). A lot of his projects at Michaels are study-based and require a lot of hours in the field. So far, he has worked in Wisconsin, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. And the list will continue to grow!
Before joining Michaels, Zack attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering and minors in Business Management and International Engineering. He worked from high school through college and beyond in three different ice rinks in Colorado, perfecting the art of ice-making on a Zamboni. Zack and his brother Alex helped run events for CU-Boulder athletics while they were attending school. From football and basketball to club hockey and lacrosse, no sport was untouched by the Thompson-Twins. Zack also spent a summer interning with the European Commission, based in Paris, France, studying efficient refrigeration technologies.
Zack loves to travel both for work and pleasure. He is most happy when exploring somewhere new and enjoys it even more in the company of his friends and family, or at least his twin brother Alex. His favorite hobbies include skiing, hunting, hiking, and watching the Packers. He keeps track of places he’s traveled for fun, for work, and to ski!
My experience with the Engineers Without Borders Club at UW-Madison taught me many things. Above all, it taught me that when people work together, hugely important impacts can be made. While working on a potable water distribution project in Zapote, Guatemala, I gained even greater respect and understanding of the value of our world’s resources. That experience fueled my passion for all things surrounding resource management and energy efficiency, and ultimately lead me to pursue a career at Michaels Energy.
Sam joined the Michaels Energy Team in 2021 as an Associate Energy Engineer, primarily supporting the Research and Evaluation Department in baseline studies and impact evaluations.
Sam graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2019 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Before joining the Michaels team in 2021, Sam worked in commercial real estate as a Due Diligence Analyst.
In her free time, you can find Sam playing cards with her family, spending the weekend on the Mississippi, going on an evening hike, or having a long talk over a hot beverage with a friend.
Allyson joined Michaels as an Associate Engineer in 2021 after earning her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. As part of the engineering team, she will be working on research and evaluation projects in the Pacific Northwest.
When Allyson is not working, she enjoys hiking, listening to music, going for walks, and watching movies. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Joel joined the Michaels team in 2011 as part of the Research & Evaluation group. He has extensive experience with utility program evaluation, energy monitoring and data logging, building energy models, and utility market studies. Joel also helps the Michaels team with energy audits and custom rebate analyses and manages the company’s inventory of data loggers and other field equipment.
Joel graduated from Dordt University in 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Physics. He is a licensed P.E. in the state of Wisconsin.
Outside of work you can often find him building something in the workshop, exploring state & national parks, fishing, or in the garage restoring old cars.
About Colin Brennan
Colin joined the Michaels team in the Fall of 2019. He started on the Research and Evaluation team where he was involved in two studies in Michigan and California. Shortly after returning home from California, Colin took on a new role for the Programs team as the lead engineer for the Xcel Energy Information Systems (EIS) Program in Minnesota. In this program, Colin works directly with customers over a three-year period to implement energy-saving measures while also helping them build an energy team and tools to track and improve their energy usage. He is also involved in various recommissioning studies and product development for upcoming energy-saving equipment and controls.
After finding interests in chemistry during his freshman year of college, Colin pursued a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University. During his time at Iowa State, Colin was heavily involved in Engineers for a Sustainable World where he served as the chapter president for three semesters. His main career interest was environmental or green engineering. At the career fair his freshman year, Colin discovered Michaels Energy and received an internship the following summer. He enjoyed it so much, he wanted to come back!
In his spare time, Colin enjoys playing his many instruments or traveling to new places and breweries. Every fall, you can find him down in Ames at Iowa State football games and the tailgating lots with his friends and family.
My goal has always been to live all aspects of my life according to my values, and that includes the work that I do. As someone who values sustainability, I am constantly mindful of my environmental footprint and how I can do better to be a steward of this Earth. Working in energy efficiency combines those values with my engineering background to create positive and lasting impacts in reducing our world’s energy use.
Jerald joined the Michaels Energy team in July 2021 after graduating from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He is an Energy Efficiency Engineer working primarily on research projects in the Pacific Northwest.
Having moved to the US from Malaysia in 2017, Jerald quickly found that his passions lie in sustainability and working with people. He is interested in bringing practical and reliable engineering solutions to the world’s environmental issues. Working at Michaels allows him to not only fight the world’s growing energy demands but also collaborate alongside coworkers and clients alike to improve energy efficiency and lower energy consumption.
In Jerald’s free time, you can find him tasting new food, brewing tea gong fu style, or being outdoors.
Anvesh joined Michaels in July 2021 as an Associate Engineer. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in India. He then went on to pursue a Master’s in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Anvesh’s hobbies vary from time to time with no rhyme or reason. At this time, they include reading books that aren’t super long and have a happy ending, playing tennis when it’s not too hot out, and thinking of ways to annoy his mom.
I have always advocated for climate action. Improving energy efficiency and preventing pollution is one of the most challenging and important obstacles to overcome. Working for Michaels Energy gives me an opportunity to use my skills and knowledge toward preserving natural resources for future generations!
Aman joined Michaels in March 2022 as an Associate Engineer. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In this role, Aman will primarily work on research and evaluation projects in the Pacific Northwest.
Growing up in Kazakhstan, Aman has witnessed the slow but steady destruction of the Aral Sea, which was caused by water overuse. One of the largest lakes on the planet has slowly become a salty desert, and this sparked Aman’s passion for preserving the planet’s natural resources. He truly discovered his passion for energy efficiency during his Pollution Prevention internship with the Iowa DNR.
During his free time, Aman likes to stay active and artistic. His hobbies include bouldering, snowboarding, painting, and exploring the outdoors.
Looking back on my life, I want to know that my work helped create a cleaner and more thoughtful future.
Cory joined Michaels Energy in 2022. Before joining our crew, he was the Assistant Supervisor of Sustainability at Western Technical College and the manager of Al’s State Road Pizza. He has additional experience as a Fiber Optics Technician.
Cory attended Western Technical College in La Crosse and graduated with an Associate degree (A.A.S.) in Building Science and Energy Management. Cory also has a Solar Installer certification, OSHA 10 certification, and is BPI certified.
In his free time, Cory loves to cook for family and friends, play the guitar, and paint. It’s rare to find Cory with a book in his hands. If you need a recommendation on a good read, give him a call!
I grew up loving the outdoors like many others. From my younger days being on top of the bluffs for the first time and seeing the beautiful expansive view from above, to my many adventures through the outdoors in various regions since. I’ve also enjoyed much of my work that has a part in positively impacting the lives of people struggling in life. Choosing to work in an energy efficiency profession gives me the opportunity to serve both these passions. The preservation of the natural environment around us by reducing energy usage, production, and emissions, and the ease on a family’s/individual’s finances from efficient energy usage lowering the cost of their monthly bills.
Boom joined the Michaels Energy team in 2022. He graduated from Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI with an Associate of Applied Science in Building Science and Energy Management. Through his education, he got hands-on experience with HVAC testing applicable to his current work at Michaels, became a Certified Solar Installer, and is OSHA10 Certified.
Boom’s hobbies include many things outdoors. Hiking, kayaking, camping, bonfires, etc. He also loves traveling whenever time permits to see new places and try new things. Visiting Iceland, the Hawaiian Island of Kona, and Canada is on his current bucket list, along with trying out skydiving.
I stumbled into the world of energy efficiency while working for a large utility company in 2010. They needed somebody from the department that I was working in to take a temporary assignment in the rebate processing and energy efficiency programs department. What started as temporary quickly became the next 10 years of my life. It was in 2013 that I continued the same journey; only for Michaels Energy. I’m currently the Rebate Processing Manager.
My team assists utility customers with any questions they may have regarding available rebates and programs that they may be eligible for. We provide this service via amazing customer service on the phone and via email. Prior to working in energy efficiency I spent most of my life in a call center supervising teams that took calls for everything from motorcycle parts to flowers and candy.
I have a teenage daughter who graduates in a few months and a teenage son that will be starting high school next year. I’ve been married for what will be nine years this coming October. We currently have three dogs, a cat and a gecko that we’re all entertained by. I love watching football and boxing. Fantasy Football consumes me during the NFL season. Travelling to Arizona is probably my favorite thing to do– I absolutely love it down there. Hiking in the mountains, never cold, always dusty and I have some really great friends that live there. Go Hawkeyes! Go 49ers!
Carrie has more than a decade of customer service experience and joined Michaels Energy in 2014. Her responsibilities include assisting energy efficiency program customers in our call center, as well as processing and filing claims. Carrie is our go-to for creating and maintaining the Rebate Processing Center documentation and SOPs. Her skills have been utilized on programs for Evergreen Economics, Consumers Energy, and others.
Carrie graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She holds Microsoft certifications in Excel, Outlook, and Word.
Outside of work, Carrie can usually be found cooking for her husband and friends or trying to keep up with their rescue Border Collie mix. She also enjoys reading a good book or gaming.
Dawn joined Michaels Energy in 2013 as a Rebate Processor for the Alliant Energy program. This entails processing incoming rebates on eligible items installed, and answering incoming phone calls on the rebate programs offered at Michaels.
Before joining Michaels Energy, Dawn worked as a Customer Service Representative for Alliant Energy for 5 years.
Outside of work, Dawn loves spending time with her husband, Josh, daughters MacKenzie and Izabelle, her three grandchildren Alexis, Cayden, and Kayleigh, and two Boxer puppies Iris Violet and Ivy Rose. Dawn and Josh love playing a Belgium sport called Rolle Bolle and traveling to different countries.
Kelly joined Michael’s Energy in 2017 as a Customer Service Representative. She started as a temp with duties including rebate processing and taking incoming calls from customers with questions about claims and rebates. With the desire to come on full time and continue working in energy efficiency, she joined the Michaels team full time in 2021.
When she’s not at work, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family. She has four children and they love to spend time outdoors. Camping, fishing, and visiting water and amusement parks are just a few of their favorite things to do. She has a dog named Nino and two cats, Sassy and King.
Valerie joined Michael’s Energy in 2014 as a Customer Service Representative. Her main responsibilities include gathering and organizing Alliant Energy rebate claim requests, managing processing of requests, and assisting customers with rebate questions and payments. She also provides technical and program support to help our team when needed.
Valerie calls herself a home body now that she has two dogs, two cats, and a roommate in her basement. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, gardening, kayaking, and taking motorcycle rides. She also enjoys watching wrestling and football.
Michele joined the Michaels Energy team in 2013. It was at this time that Michaels took over the Energy Efficiency Rebate Program for Alliant Energy, where Michele was working as a Customer Service Representative.
In her current role, Michele processes rebates, assists customers with rebate questions and concerns, and helps out with the appliance recycling program. She has experience working with a variety of energy management projects, from new home construction, commercial and residential lighting, geothermal, and commercial insultation. Michele is also a go-to for new hire training.
Outside of work, Michele is all about sports! Whether she’s attending sporting events for her nieces and nephews or watching the Hawkeyes and Cowboys on TV, she is always surrounded by sports action.
A strong corporate commitment to environmental responsibility is very important to us at Michaels Energy. That commitment was at the forefront of our process to convert the second floor of a 100-year-old department store into the current home of Michaels Energy. As a result, our office achieved Gold certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) rating system.
with access to public transportation
and a shower/changing room
Views to the Outdoors
for more than 95% of the occupants
Nearly a 50% Reduction
in potable water use
including day and night lighting
Reuse of Office Furniture
reducing excess landfill waste
Green Cleaning Policy
natural non-toxic ingredients
Composting and Recycling
nearly all post-consumer office waste