Chief Executive Officer
Tom is defined by his vision and desire to realize it – from leading a top rated team at Merrill Lynch, to building a sustainable home, or catching trout in Pakistan. His vision today is just a little bolder: build a unique and outstanding US sustainable energy business.
Six years at Deloitte taught him respect for the numbers; they’re the ultimate measure of success. At Merrill Lynch he saw the transformation and renewal of Eastern Europe and over 16 years dealt with huge change. He witnessed what talented people achieve with great ideas and customer focus. He also identified a new challenge – a need for smart, flexible, low-cost sustainable energy and a reduction in carbon emissions.
In 2005 he founded GI Energy in the UK. He applied engineering excellence to clients’ needs. GI grew fast and a US launch followed in 2010. In 2013 Tom moved to Chicago. Within two years the company was three times the size of its European sibling. Tom remains extremely ambitious for the business, but hopes to find time to catch big trout here too...
Chief Financial Officer
Libby joined GI Energy in February 2018. She began her career in energy trading and risk management consulting before moving through the management ranks at Calpine. In 2004 Libby moved to Deloitte & Touche LLP's energy consulting practice, Global Energy Markets (GEMs). There she led client engagements including internal and external auditing, an independent power market launch, credit, controls, energy systems implementation project management, and M&A.
From 2007 Libby has progressed across various functions and roles for Royal Dutch Shell, from UA Deepwater Strategy Advisor to Shell North America Integration Manager, implementing the capabilities for SENA to directly serve power and gas to commercial and industrial customers which includes integrating the wholesale, retail and behind-the-meter distributed energy sources and demand response.
Originally from the Rockies, Libby enjoys spending time with her husband James, and 8 year old son, Ethan, and keeps herself occupied with sprint triathlons, winter weather sports, good food, good wine and traveling.
Chief Development Officer
Dave drives the strategic direction and vision of GI Energy. His responsibilities include oversight of our sales, business development and marketing functions, as well as leading customer development. Prior to GI Energy, Dave worked in various industries including retail, real estate, hospitality and film. In each capacity, he was driven to utilize sustainable practices in the service of business profitability. His strengths include an ability to break down difficult ideas and projects into digestible pieces. His power to navigate through the complexities of an issue, and keep a project moving forward, is an integral asset to achieving clients’ goals. Dave’s passions outside work are his dog, traveling, movies, and spending time with his family.
Chief Operating Officer
Dan joined GI Energy in March 2018 as COO, to help build the structure and processes required to scale the business. Dan heads up operations and has responsibility for project execution and our service business, including coordinating the business processes required from project origination through service. Dan began his career as an engineer designing and building power facilities with Sargent & Lundy before moving into management consulting with A.T. Kearney. Most recently he spent 10 years in the wind industry, building the US operations for Acciona Windpower and Nordex, where he served as CEO of Nordex US. A native of Chicago, Dan enjoys spending time with his family (he has four boys!) in various sporting and outdoor adventures.
Amir Yanni, CEM
Snr Vice President, Construction & Engineering
Amir's responsibilities include leading our Engineers, and overseeing all engineering documents. Amir is credited with completing the construction and commissioning of the largest CHP project in a commercial office building in the Metro NYC region, a 6.2 MW combined heat and power plant that provides the building with 60% of its peak electrical demand and 30% of it thermal energy demand. Amir was also instrumental in completing the first synchronous interconnected CHP system for Consolidated Edison, in New York history. This 1.6 MW system provides a Class “A” Commercial Office Building with 80% of its electric power and 65% of its Thermal energy requirement.
Amir began his training in Egypt at Cairo University where he fell in love with energy technology. He admits it would be impossible to give up working in the Clean Energy industry, as he enjoys overcoming the challenges of engineering and constructing Energy Systems, driving projects forward.
Snr Vice President, Service Solutions
Jeff joined GIE in May 2018 to lead Service Solutions. He brings with him nearly 20 years of experience working at the intersection of energy, the environment and technology. His aim is to facilitate the shift to low-carbon infrastructure. He has a proven track record of developing high-capital and technically complex projects, applying financial analysis, asset due diligence, commercial structuring and technology assessment. Jeff joins GIE from Zero Waste Energy, LLC where he served as the lead project development executive. ZWE is an industry-leading cleantech company that developed $150 million in integrated organics processing and distributed energy projects. Prior to that, he held senior business development, operations and project development roles with NTR plc an international clean infrastructure firm, Sempra Energy a Fortune 500 energy company and ICF International a leading energy consultancy. Jeff is originally from Chicago, but now lives in California with his wife, and is kept busy by their two young children.
Snr Vice President, Sales
Tony heads up our Sales team. He has spent the last 15 years raising the profile of renewable energy solutions in the UK and the US, in between building his own sustainable farmhouse. Tony has become the leading expert in Energy Foundations, enabled by his background in building foundations at Skanska. He has actively overseen over 50 high profile energy pile projects in the UK, and initiated the energy pile trial at Lambeth College London in 2007 with Cambridge University, answering the many questions from sceptics about impacts on foundation performance. His work provides clear guidance regarding the effect of heating and cooling on piles, which is now incorporated into the Ground Sourced Heat Pump Associations Thermal Pile Standard. He is Chairman of the Energy Foundations committee for the Deep Foundations Institute and regularly lectures at Universities around the world, whilst continuing to support research into energy foundations and raising the profile of all renewable energy solutions.
Peter Falcier, MIA
Vice President, Analytics & Regulatory Affairs
Pete manages GIE's distributed generation (DG) and combined heat & power (CHP) project development process from the energy & financial modeling/due diligence stages, through state and federal incentive approvals, and ultimately into Measurement & Verification (M&V) and commercial operations. Pete is focused on the phase of project development leading customers from concept to construction and then, once projects are built, tracking performance data. Pete’s prime objective is to optimize system design, efficiency and operability against capital costs and deliver systems that achieve energy and financial results on par with the models he has developed for GI Energy.
Pete is an avid soccer fan and shows it by sporting European team jerseys in the office during World Cup season.
Tim Banach, MS
Vice President, Development
Tim started his career at the Pace University Energy and Climate Center, housed at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY. He made the transition from policy to development when he joined the GI Energy team. He originally focused on translating complex tariff/rate impacts into laymen’s terms to provide clarity to building owners around the financial impacts of energy-related actions. Now, Tim is responsible for both the Analytics and Business Development teams.
Tim is extremely excited about the emergence of reliable, cost-effective Distributed Energy Resources which have the potential to disrupt the conventional utility business model. He’s proud to be working at a firm that is operating at the precipice of the energy market transformation. Tim spends his time outside work with his young family.
Vice President, Service
Evert began his career in the 1980s working at Newport Harbor in California as a Field Service Technician. He then took a role as Field Technician at PAMCO/ Stewart & Stevenson, a manufacturer of specialized equipment for the oil and gas industries. Evert spent 10 years at PAMCO where he received hands-on experience in natural gas engines, laying the foundation for his work with cogeneration plants. Evert is certified with 13 different engine companies and has traveled to numerous countries to commission power plants.
Evert then spent a further 10 years developing service departments at Northern Power before the company was acquired by GI Energy. His expertise has been a much valued asset to GI Energy. For fun, Evert enjoys heading out to Catalina Island on his yacht. He spends as much time by the water as possible; his dream vacation is heading out to South Seas to visit Tahiti, Fiji, or Bora Bora.
Vice President, Business Development
North’s responsibilities include developing new business, and ensuring that current customers are provided with excellent service.
North offers great depth of experience. He began his career at Cooper Energy Service as a Field Service Supervisor. He then spent 10 years at Waukesha Engine Service Center as a Technician, servicing Waukesha’s natural gas engines. It was there that he learned about on-site power, and appreciated the value he could bring to clients, by reducing their utility bills. As Operations Manager for Ridgewood Power and Real Energy, he focused on cogeneration in commercial office buildings.
North is a keen amateur chef. His current favorite dish to is Blue Cheese Scallop potatoes; being a perfectionist, it has taken him three times to achieve a result he's totally happy with!
Emma Walker, ACA
Director, Strategy & Marketing
Integral to the Business Development and Strategy teams at GI Energy, Emma works alongside our analytics and engineering group. She develops market-leading energy solutions for customers across the United States.
Prior to her role at GIE, Emma was Senior Commercial Manager of Proximity London, the UK’s leading Marketing Agency. Her experience in the Renewable Energy sector comes from working for a mid size engineering business in Scotland. Emma is an Oxford University graduate, and a qualified Chartered Accountant. She started her career at PwC, providing business services to FTSE 100 clients such as Shell and Disney, where the ability to master detail, whilst maintaining an understanding of the 'bigger picture' was vital. Outside work, relocation to the USA has given her the chance to explore North America, especially the ski resorts and triathlon courses.
James holds degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. His responsibilities at GIE include conducting financial analyses on distributed generation projects and evaluating new distributed generation technologies for integration into GIE’s projects. His current focus is on the energy storage market, where he is working on designing novel business models that will accelerate the adoption of battery technologies. When not working, James enjoys exploring New York City, listening to live music, and hanging out in Central Park.
Jason has been with GI Energy since 2013. A graduate of the University of Illinois - Chicago, Jason is currently pursuing his Masters in Accounting at DePaul. He is responsible for the daily management of GI Energy's finance function, and performs a key role by providing management information to the executive team. An accomplished softball player himself, Jason also makes sure that the Chicago office is up to date with the latest Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls and Sox news!
Corina holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and is a graduate of Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she earned a Master’s of Environmental Management. Corina is currently leading GI Energy’s utility-scale battery business development. She also provides utility tariff analysis, and energy and financial modelling for battery storage and microgrid project development. Prior to GI Energy, Corina managed a portfolio of LEED certification projects for California’s Department of General Services. She is a LEED AP, WELL AP, EMIT. In her free time, Corina is an avid traveler and foodie. She completed a nine-month solo backpacking trip through Latin America before moving to NYC, and finds a way to visit a new country every year.