JOE FORBES, CHAIRMAN
Joe Forbes is a technology executive and entrepreneur with 30+ years of experience in evaluating, creating, and operating opportunities that have historically resulted in high investor returns. He has created five successful technology companies in wireless communications, engineering, hardware and software development, and clean energy, with public and private exits, leveraged buyouts, and successful capital formation with Fortune 100 companies. Joe holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from NC State University, and completed substantial work towards an MBA before moving on to take advantage of entrepreneurial ventures.
CHRIS DUZICH, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Chris is an energy expert with experience in commercial, residential, finance, solar and green initiatives. He brings more than two decades of experience in scaling companies into market leaders in the energy sector. Prior to joining Causam eXchange, Chris served as Senior Vice President at Just Energy (NASDAQ: JE). Chris was responsible for a $1.9 Billion profit & loss as well as sustainability brands. Chris has led successful teams at Spark Energy, Hudson Energy, Just Energy Solar, Data Paradigm and Team Analytics.
TAYLOR BROCKMAN, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR
Taylor Brockman is a software development expert with 15+ years of experience creating and leading ventures backed by venture capital investors. His focus has been software product innovation and delivery experience in the mobile commerce, medical benefits management, and electrical smart grid industries. Taylor co-founded Motricity (NASDAQ: MOTR) in September 1999 and was instrumental in growing the company to more than $100 million in annual revenues and 500 employees globally. As Motricity’s Research Technology Architect, he invented, designed, and implemented one of the industry's leading mobile content delivery platforms – a platform that has delivered more than $3 billion of content to mobile phones.
Smart Grid, Entrepreneurship, Executive Leadership, Cleantech
Ed White is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with 40+ years of experience. In 1980, he founded Utility Translation Systems, Inc. (UTS), a successful remote meter-reading software company focused on the electric power sector. He sold UTS to Itron, Inc. in 1996 and served as Itron's Chairman until retiring in 2003. Mr. White currently serves as Chairman of Field2Base, Inc., a technology company that uses tablet PCs, wireless communications, and Field2Base software to support the mobile workforce for a variety of industries. He is also the Founder of White Ventures LLC, a private equity and commercial real estate development company. Ed serves as Board Member for the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce; is former President of the NC State Engineering Foundation; and is former Chairman for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster.
Payments, Banking, Mobile
Tom Noyes is CEO of Commerce Signals. He has 20+ years experience in banking, payments, venture finance, ecommerce, mobile, and product innovation. He has worked with leading banks, mobile operators, payment networks, and regulators globally to bring innovation to consumers. Mr. Noyes provides unique perspectives based upon his global experience as a senior executive with Starpoint LLP, Citibank, Oracle, Gartner Group, and various startups. He has built high performance global teams focused on bringing new products to market, both directly to consumers and to Fortune 100 companies. He is a also frequent guest on CNN, Fox, and ABC.
Microgrids, Smart Grid, DER, Advanced Energy Management
Kevin brings 30+ years of systems architecture and power expertise. As President for Power Analytics, the company is focused on the three most fundamental pillars of future of distributed generation, microgrids, and data centers: (1) design and operation, (2) secure communications, and (3) advanced optimization and control. Prior to becoming President, he served as Chief Technology Officer. Under his guidance the company introduced industry-leading capabilities for energy management and pattern recognition and transitioned the Paladin technology to a commercially viable platform, which today includes the current generation of Paladin DesignBase™ electrical design software, Paladin Live™ mission critical management software, and the microgrid controller. Kevin is the author and creator of the Power Analytics™ Energy Alignment Process and has to his credit more than 15 patents in analytical processes. He has authored numerous papers on power, energy, and high availability architectures and over the past 25 years has led development organizations and provided strategic planning for companies including Eaton, Invensys, Computer Associates, and IBM. He was previously named a GreenTech Media’s list of the top 100 people you must know in Smart Grid. Kevin has undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and business and an MBA from the University of Colorado.