John Bennett is responsible for general management, operations, product management, vision, sales and customer development for Hunt Energy IQ Enterprise Energy Management Software Company reporting directly to Hunt Consolidated Senior Management. Prior to joining Hunt, Bennett was a founder and Vice President of TransDecisions, Inc. from 2000 to 2006, a leader in advanced routing scheduling and logistics solutions. He led TransDecision from concept and raising its venture capital to TransDecision’s commercialization and successful acquisition.
Jared Ficker is the President and Founder of the Greentech Leadership Group. He also leads the energy and environment practice as a Principal at California Strategies, LLC where he focuses on issues affecting land use, environmental policy, renewable energy, climate change, alternative fuels, development, mitigation, water supply, water quality and local, state and federal permitting. Ficker also is a principal Consilience Partners, LLC, which invests in early stage clean technology companies. He is serving as CEO of Clean Marine Systems, LLC, a portfolio company for which his company has invested.
Ficker completed coursework for a doctorate at the University of California, Davis and has a B.A. in both Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was recognized as one of the Environmental Studies Program’s outstanding students.
Cassie Gilson is a registered lobbyist and lawyer with considerable political and legal experience and contacts, having served as an attorney and political advisor to a variety of clients on issues throughout California. Since founding Gilson Government Strategies, Gilson has represented energy, alternative transportation, land development, food and beverage, consumer products, insurance, healthcare and other business interests. She is a recognized policy expert in environmental and land use law, including the implementation of AB 32 and SB 375, the state’s landmark global warming legislation, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Proposition 65, among other issues. Gilson regularly lobbies on tax and corporate governance issues, including Enterprise Zones, tax credits and local and statewide tax initiatives.
Bob Hines joined the Hawaii’s State Energy Office in January 2012. He assumed project lead for managing approximately $5 million in U.S. Department of Energy ARRA funding for the installation of Electric Vehicle charging networks on Hawaii. He was recently assigned to help lead the Hawaii’s Energy Office’s Permitting Team that is responsible for helping Renewable Energy developers navigate Federal, State and County permitting requirements for clean energy projects.
Andrew Malk, Managing Partner of Malk Sustainability Partners, founded the firm after recognizing that sustainability strategies are becoming ever more critical to long-term business success and observing that even the most innovative, well-managed companies need guidance to develop strong strategies and implement value-generating change. Prior to founding the firm, Andrew led strategy and acquisitions for the Midtown Niki Group, a real estate private equity firm. At Midtown Niki, Malk was responsible for anticipating industry trends and ensuring that the company’s strategy was innovative. He started the firm’s Green Finance program, an investment program promoting high-performing, green buildings.