About Us

Company

Energy Automation Systems, Inc. ("EASI"), based in Hendersonville, TN (a suburb of Nashville), has been providing energy efficiency and power quality solutions to industrial and commercial customers for over 30 years. We have completed projects around the world for Fortune 500 customers, and for many smaller customers. EASI offers a full range of best-in-class energy conservation and power quality improvement measures addressing all the major load groups in a typical facility (equipment motors, lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, air compressors). Our customers generally realize annual savings of 10% to 30% on their electric bills. We provide turnkey, fixed price project implementation, and we offer a savings guarantee underwritten by an "A" rated insurance carrier. We also provide ongoing Measurement & Verification services to make sure our solutions deliver the savings we’ve promised. Our goal is to develop long-term relationships with satisfied customers.

Management

Paul Bleiweis, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul Bleiweis joined EASI in 2002 as President and became Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Dr. Bleiweis brings to the Company more than 35 years of senior management experience in high growth businesses in the energy and environmental sectors. Prior to joining EASI, he served as COO of Science & Engineering Associates, a technology consulting firm, and before that he was President of Advanced Sciences Inc., an environmental technology consulting firm. Previously he was a Senior Vice President at SAIC, and a Principal in the government energy practice at Booz Allen & Hamilton. He began his career as a Staff Member and Group Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Bleiweis received a PhD in nuclear science and engineering, a MS in nuclear science, and a BS, Summa Cum Laude, in engineering, all from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Mary-Beth Army

Chief Financial Officer

Mary-Beth Army joined EASI in 2013 as CFO. Ms. Army has nearly 20 years of experience working as a CFO and in senior finance roles with growth stage companies. Before joining EASI, Ms. Army was in a senior finance role with Healthtech Holdings, a software company focused on the healthcare market. Previously she was Chief Financial Officer for Hobby Lobby International. Ms. Army began her career in public accounting, and she is a CPA. Ms. Army graduated magna cum laude from Western New England College (now Western New England University) in Springfield MA with a BSBA, with a concentration in Accounting.

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Andy Arterburn

Director of Engineering

Andy Arterburn joined EASI in 2009 as Sr. Electrical Engineer and became Director of Engineering in 2012. Mr. Arterburn brings to the Company 10 years of engineering and project management experience in the manufacturing and energy sectors. Prior to joining EASI, Mr. Arterburn served as a Sr. Electrical Engineer and Energy Coordinator at Berry Plastics, a leading manufacturer of plastic packaging products. Mr. Arterburn received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Western Kentucky University.

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Board

Jeff Ross

Jeff Ross is Executive Chairman of EASI, and is actively involved in day-to-day management of the company. He is an experienced technology and energy efficiency industry executive, having spent nearly 15 years working with start-up and growth stage businesses. Prior to joining the board of directors of EASI, Mr. Ross was Senior Vice President in charge of mergers and acquisitions and strategy for Gridpoint, an energy efficiency company focused on the commercial and industrial sector. Previously he was a Vice President and General Manager at Gemalto, a digital and internet security company serving Fortune 500 customers. He began his career as an attorney at Patton Boggs, a Washington, DC based law firm. He received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a JD from the University of Virginia.

Joseph Lipscomb

Joe Lipscomb is a founder and Partner at Arborview Capital, a private investment firm based in Chevy Chase, MD, which makes growth equity investments in clean energy related companies. Prior to co-founding Arborview, he was as a Managing Director at Global Environment Fund, and before that at the Carlyle Group. He started his career at BT Alex Brown and First Boston. Mr. Lipscomb currently serves on the boards of directors of Energy Automation Systems, Drexel Metals, LRI Energy Solutions, and Paragon Airheater Technologies, and previously served as a board member of numerous companies, both private and public. He also currently is the Chairman of the Board of the Nature Conservancy-Washington DC/Maryland Chapter, is a trustee and member of the Investment Committee of Kenyon College and is a member of the advisory board of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He received an undergraduate degree from Kenyon, an MA from SAIS and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Karl Khoury

Karl Khoury is a founder and Partner at Arborview Capital, a private investment firm based in Chevy Chase, MD, which makes growth equity investments in clean energy related companies. Prior to co-founding Arborview, he was a Partner at Columbia Capital, a sector-focused venture capital firm with over $2 billion under management. Prior to Columbia Capital, Mr. Khoury worked at J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York and San Francisco where he specialized in corporate finance and capital markets for technology and communications clients. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Energy Automation Systems, Drexel Metals, LRI Energy Solutions, and Paragon Airheater Technologies, and previously served on the boards of nine of the investments that he managed at Columbia Capital. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Levine School of Music, a leading independent music school based in Washington, DC. Karl received a BS in Finance from Lehigh University.

Roger Ballentine

Roger Ballentine is a Venture Partner at Arborview Capital, a private investment firm based in Chevy Chase, MD, which makes growth equity investments in clean energy related companies. He is the founder and President of Green Strategies, Inc., a corporate consulting firm that assists clients with domestic and international public policy matters, marketing, and business development strategies in the areas of energy, environment and sustainability. Prior to Green Strategies, Mr. Ballentine served as the Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives under President Bill Clinton. Previously, he was a partner with the Washington law and lobbying firm, Patton Boggs, LLP. He has extensive public and private board experience and is a founding Board Member of the American Council on Renewable Energy, and is the Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute's Clean Energy program. He has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. He has a JD, cum laude, from Harvard University and a BA in Economics, magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut.

Lex Sant

Lex Sant is co-founder and managing director of Persimmon Tree Capital, an investment firm in Washington, DC which is focused on the clean energy sector. Previously he was an executive at the AES Corporation, a leading global power company with electrical generation and distribution businesses in more than 20 countries. At AES, Mr. Sant focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and the origination and execution of transactions related to renewable energy. He serves on multiple private and non-profit boards of directors, including The Trust for Public Land and The Summit Foundation. He received a BA from Dickinson College, and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Michael Kagan

Michael Kagan is a Senior Vice President at CEA Advisors, a management consulting and financial advisory firm focused on the North American energy industry, with offices in Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Mr. Kagan has more than 20 years of experience as an executive in the electricity retail energy market. Prior to joining CEA Advisors, he was Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer for Constellation Energy, a natural gas, electricity and energy-services retail firm. Previously, he was President - Retail Power at Constellation NewEnergy. Michael graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Economics and Business and holds an MA in Economics from the University of California.

Wallace Buran

Wally Buran is the Edinfield Executive in Residence at Georgia Tech, and a Managing Director with Enovation Partners and CXO Advisors. He has consulted and advised over 100 industrial and energy companies on strategic planning, enterprise transformation, supply chain design and operations, procurement and sourcing, technology strategy, business process re-engineering, and mergers and acquisitions. He has held senior leadership positions with the Monitor Group, Deloitte Consulting and IBM, and was CEO of Worldcrest Group, a strategic sourcing and supply chain shared services company founded by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Mr. Buran serves on the Advisory Boards of the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, and helped build the Tennenbaum Institute for Enterprise Transformation. His current research focuses on emerging energy issues, enterprise transformation, sustainability, and growth strategies. He holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an MS in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Paul Bleiweis

Paul Bleiweis joined EASI in 2002 as President and became Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Paul brings to the Company more than 35 years of senior management experience in high growth businesses in the energy and environmental sectors. Prior to joining EASI, he served as COO of Science & Engineering Associates, a technology consulting firm, and before that he was President of Advanced Sciences Inc., an environmental technology consulting firm. Previously he was a Senior Vice President at SAIC, and a Principal in the government energy practice at Booz Allen & Hamilton. He began his career as a Staff Member and Group Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received a PhD in nuclear science and engineering, a MS in nuclear science, and a BS, Summa Cum Laude, in engineering, all from the University of California at Los Angeles.