Management

Mike Gordon, CEO
Mike Gordon

As CEO, Mike is strategic lead for Joule. He is responsible for conceptualizing and developing products and services. Mike has historically played a central role in founding industries in the energy field and building Energy Reduction Asset Markets through empowering consumers.

Mike founded ConsumerPowerline in 2000, generally recognized as the United States’ first demand response aggregator. Specializing in serving end users in deregulated wholesale electricity markets, ConsumerPowerline (later “CPower”) built 1,000 MWs of demand response internationally, and until its sale to Constellation Energy Group (NYS:CEG), CPower remained the largest provider of short notice (defined as shed load within ten minutes of call) demand response in the world.

It was not Mike’s first foray into the energy field. In 1981, Mike took a job as the sole employee of a 127-home heating oil buying collective, that had negotiated an advantageous “collective buying” contract with a heating oil supplier in New York City, modeled after a similar collective in Ottawa, Canada. Fueled by the energy crisis, consumer advocacy, and media attention, within three years the collective served 3,000 homes and seven heating oil suppliers.

Over the next year Mike negotiated “first of their kind” collective buying contracts for consumers in Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Today, heating oil collectives serve a major portion of the Eastern residential market, saving consumers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Mike holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mike also holds a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Dennis Quinn, COO
Dennis Quinn

Mr. Quinn is currently COO and co-founder of Joule Assets responsible for market development, development of web-based customer engagement platform and company sales.

Previously, Mr. Quinn was a founding member and CEO of Celerity Energy LLC, one of the first demand response companies in the US in 2000 and early on successfully developed one of the largest portfolios of demand response clients in the Western US by developing win/win business relationships with his clients, which ranged from major industrial, commercial and institutional customers, including California’s 30 major public universities. Mr. Quinn was instrumental in developing early rules of participation for DR in California. His vision to create a fully dispatchable portfolio of resources under a 25 MW long term contract led to one of the first successful third-party-owned non-spin reserve DG/DR resources in the US. Mr. Quinn successfully sold Celerity Energy in 2006 to EnerNOC.

Mr. Quinn’s familiarity and success in working with investor-owned and public utilities was cultivated during his years at PacifiCorp where he held a variety of management positions ranging from utility operations to special project management. As Vice President of PacifiCorp Development Company, he led development efforts for over $300m in domestic and international operating power projects.

Mr. Quinn’s experience and success with energy efficiency and conservation stretches back over 20 years when, as head of PacifiCorp’s weatherization initiatives, the company achieved 100% customer participation in Bonneville Power’s landmark Hood River Conservation Project, still heralded today for its early work in measuring the energy savings and socio-economic benefits of retrofit weatherization.

From early 2007 until his current role as COO of Joule Assets, Mr. Quinn led MW Corporation’s entry into renewable energy development in India through its subsidiary, Entegra Ltd. While at Entegra, Mr. Quinn successfully secured two of the first grid-scale solar power projects in India; a 1 MW solar PV project and a 10 MW solar thermal project. Additionally, Mr. Quinn led the investment structuring of $25m in foreign equity funding into Entegra’s 400 MW hydroelectric project which has recently been completed.

Jessica Strömbäck, GM, SVP, Europe
Jessica Strömbäck

Jessica Stromback leads the Joule business development operations in Europe. Currently she is Technical Manager for the Advanced, an FP7 project involving ERDF, Enel, Iberdrola, and RWE.

She is also is the Executive Director and founder of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC). The SEDC is a Brussels based not-for-profit industry group, which represents the requirements for demand side programs in Europe, this includes programs such as Demand Response, energy usage feedback and information, smart home, in-home and in-building automation, electric vehicle charging management, and other programs. The SEDC vision is to promote the active participation of flexible demand side resources in European electricity markets – to ensure consumer benefits, increase security of supply and reduce carbon emissions. The 47 SEDC Members include aggregators, electricity retailers, DSOs, TSOs and technology providers, representing over 150 million European consumers.

From 2006-2013 Jessica Stromback acted as Chairman of VaasaETT ltd. She has acted as project manager for such projects as ‘SG4-GHG’ an FP 7 project modeling the potential of the Smart Grid to lower green house gas emissions around Europe, ‘Empower Demand’ comparing 100 residential pilot projects according to 23 variables involving over 450,000 households and ‘Respond 2010’ an 18 month multi-client study reviewing the development of residential Smart Metering and Demand Response in 23 national markets. She has also participated in or led consultancy and research projects for: ADEME, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, Nuon, EDF, Capgemini, RWE, Landis & Gyr, Panasonic, CREIPI of Japan, British Gas, Bord Gais, Union Fenosa, BC Hydro, TietoEnator, E-control, Israeli Electric and Onzo, among others.

Maria Fields, Managing Director & Investor Relations
Maria FieldsMaria has a 20 year history working in strategy, business development, venture capital and M&A in a range of industries including energy, aerospace, biotech, medical devices as well as non-profits. Maria works on fund build out and development strategy, communicating with a range of ERA Fund partners. These include family offices, consultants, endowments and large institutionals with strategic interest in this emerging asset class. Maria also speaks frequently on market development in distributed energy resources (DER’s) including policies such as Community Choice Aggregation and MicroGrids that open access to “grid edge” markets. She earned an MBA with high honors from Columbia University, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Fine Arts,
Stephen Filler, VP Business Development
Steven FillerSteve is responsible for business development and leads Joule Assets’ legal efforts which includes contracts, term sheets, licensing and intellectual property. An attorney, Steve previously practiced law for 20 years. His clients include clean tech, technology and start-up companies, and he has expertise in commercial law, intellectual property and litigation. Prior to working at Joule, Steve was Director of Corporate Development for Prism Solar Technologies, a photovoltaic manufacturer based in Highland, New York. Steve is also co-founder and serves on the Board of Directors of CSRHub LLC, a web-based service that provides ratings on the corporate social responsibility performance of nearly 5,000 companies. Steve currently serves on the Executive Committee and is Environmental Action Chair of the Board of Directors of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, one of the founding environmental non-profits in the United States.
Mark Brown, Chief Financial Officer
Mark has over 24 years’ experience in Finance, including 20 years in Hedge Funds as CFO, COO, Treasurer and head of various operations groups. Most recently, Mark has worked as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Tiger Pacific Capital LP, a pan-Asia Equity Long/Short hedge fund based in New York. He was primarily responsible for all internal processes and controls, including Finance, Administration, Compliance, Legal and Operations. This included building world-class control processes for a start-up fund, as well as establishing all legal framework and counterparty agreements to support the company. Engagements prior to Tiger Pacific Capital include CFO and COO for GLS Capital, a $750 mm Global Emerging Market hedge fund based in London; CFO of Strativarius Capital Management, a Global Macro Hedge Fund in New York; and Head of Global Operations and then Treasurer for Goldman Sach’s Hedge Fund Strategies Group. During his 9 years at Goldman, Mark served many roles across operations and treasury functions, managing a large group supporting Goldman’s world-wide alternative assets strategy. Mark received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois.