2017 Conference Speakers

Heather Anderson
Garrett Carrino
John Ciovacco
Tammy Cole
Kathy Cooper
Ken Daly
Jack DiEnna
Doug Dougherty

Jay Egg
Laura Fidao
Zach Fink
John Franceschina
Donovan Gordon
David Hatherton
AJ Heiligman
David Hermantin

Geoff Hoffer
John Joshi
Chong (John) Lin
Paul Lundberg
John Manning
Kevin Moravec
Bill Nowak
Jens Ponikau

John B. Rhodes
Dave Rosick
Erich Scherer
Guy Sliker
Hal Smith
Paul Tonko
Lauren Valentine
Bob Wyman



Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson

Ms. Heather Anderson, based in Bosch Thermotechnology’s North American headquarters in Londonderry, New Hampshire, serves as the Business Development Manager and Chief of Staff to the North American President.

Bosch Thermotechnology is a leading source of high quality heating, cooling, and hot water systems committed to reinventing energy efficiency and is a part of the Bosch Group. Ms. Anderson is responsible for developing and executing business strategy. Previously, she served as Business Integration Manager where she directed the post-merger activities of Bosch Thermotechnology in North America. She joined Bosch in January of 2010 as Sales Operations Manager.

Prior to Bosch, she worked in various local government and non-profit leadership roles focusing on building consensus amongst different stakeholder groups to achieve innovative policy and programming results.

Ms. Anderson earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University.

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-International Perspectives on GHPs

Garrett Carrino

Garrett Carrino ... American Well & Pump Co.


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-Geothermal Driller's Panel

John Ciovacco

John Ciovacco

John Ciovacco is President of Aztech Geothermal, a design-build contractor of innovative building energy systems based in Ballston Spa, NY. He is a resource to building owners, construction companies, engineers, architects and investors regarding the latest renewable and energy efficiency technologies, government incentives and financing options.

John is an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Contractor, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Presenter, and a Certified Green Professional with the NAHB. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

John is a founding member and Interim Director of NY-GEO.

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Events:

-Welcome & Housekeeping
-The Cost of Quality

Tammy Cole

Tammy Cole... Cole’s Drilling

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-Geothermal Driller's Panel

Kathy Cooper

Kathy Cooper... Dandelion.

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-Finding Customers
-Coffee is for Closers

Ken Daly

Ken Daly

Kenneth D. Daly, CFA, is the President of the New York business of National Grid, which serves natural gas and electric customers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and Upstate New York. Mr. Daly joined National Grid’s predecessor, in 1988. He was recently based in London, serving for two years as Global Financial Controller, previously served as CFO of the US and UK gas distribution businesses, and has held numerous positions in Finance, Human Resources and Customer Relations throughout his 28 year career.

Mr. Daly holds both an MBA in Finance, an MS in Human Resource Management and the Harvard University Advanced Management Program in 2014. He has been an adjunct professor at Saint Francis College teaching human resource, business and finance courses for 20 years. Mr. Daly is also a member of the Long Island Energeia Partnership, The NYC Partnership, the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center Board (AERTC), the Business Council of New York State Board, and the NYSERDA Board.

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-Thursday Keynote

Jack DiEnna

Jack DiEnna

Jack DiEnna is the Executive Director & Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII) and the Principal of Indian Rock Associates LLC. He is a business development and marketing professional with over 40 years combined experience in the electric utility industry and the geothermal heat pump industry. He is a nationally recognized authority on geothermal heat pumps (GHP), including marketing, creative financing and the resulting positive economic and environmental impact that can be derived from the use of this renewable technology.

Jack's expertise is internationally acknowledged as a valued resource by government officials, both national and international, trade allies, and all major market segment associations in the promotion of geothermal heat pumps and other renewable technologies.

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-A National Perspective

Doug Dougherty

Doug Dougherty

Douglas Dougherty has been President and CEO of GEO since March 2011. He served for thirteen years as President of the Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA).

Between 1995 and 1998, he was Executive Director of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and Senior Advisor for Economic Development in Illinois. Prior to that, Doug worked nine years in management positions for an electric power generator and transmission cooperative, where he started a geothermal heat pump procurement program.

From 1976 through 1986, Doug worked for the Illinois Departments of Transportation and Commerce and Community Affairs, and as Assistant General Manager for the Illinois Commerce Commission. Doug has been recognized for his contributions to a number of well-known organizations, including Rural Partners which he helped form in 1989, and the Illinois Development Council, which awarded him their 1991 Economic Developer of the Year Award.

Doug earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Bradley University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Springfield.

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-A National Perspective

Jay Egg

Jay Egg

Jay Egg formed EggGeothermal in 1990 to provide geothermal HVAC systems and consultation services for a variety of public and private clients. EggGeothermal is also a training and curriculum facilitator for the "Geothermal Workshop Series" serving the GeoExchange Organization/American Ground Water Trust, and National Ground Water Association, where Jay provides AIA continuing education credit and up-to the-minute information for industry professionals.

Jay is also an industry spokesman, renewable energy expert and author of Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling and Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Control Applications. He writes for numerous trade magazines including National Geographic Energy, Commercial Building Products Magazine, Plumbing Engineer, Plumbing and Heating Contractor News, Green Builder, Mechanical Hub, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration and National Driller.

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Events:
-Geothermal System Design Overview
-Variations in GHP Ground Loop Systems
-Choosing the Right Geothermal System Type
-Evaluating the Benefits of GHPs Through Case Studies
-Geothermal 101
-CRBRA/NYSES Luncheon: The Future of Energy in Homes

Laura Fidao

Laura Fidao ... CT Green Bank

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-Standardization

Zach Fink

Zach Fink

Zach Fink is the lead Geothermal Designer for ZBF Geothermal, LLC. At ZBF Geothermal, Zach specializes on high performance geothermal heating and cooling systems. He consults on/ designs and installs projects ranging for 1,500 square foot residential homes to 15 story rental building in New York City. Over the past six years, Zachary Fink, has installed or designed more than 250 geothermal heating and cooling systems.

He is an ISGHPA Accredited Installer.

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-Standardization

John Franceschina, P.E.

John Franceschina, P.E.

John Franceschina, P.E., formerly the Director of Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs at the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is now Senior Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Response program for PSEG Long Island. It provides rebates and incentives for the 1.1M residential and commercial customers in the PSEG-LI territory which includes virtually all homes and businesses in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaways.

As Senior Manager, John leads, manages and oversees all aspects of PSEG's residential energy efficiency programs encompassing both the new construction and existing building market sectors.

John is a founding member and President of NY-GEO.

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-Opening Remarks

Donovan Gordon

Donovan Gordon

Donovan Gordon is Director of Renewable Heating & Cooling for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He leads New York State’s efforts to develop markets that support clean, high-efficiency, renewable thermal systems, including solar cooling, heating and hot water; air and ground source heat pumps, and biomass heating systems. He is charged with conceptualizing, driving and implementing a portfolio of products to encourage and enable customers and partners to invest in low-carbon/renewable cooling and heating systems and also with advancing New York's progress toward self-sustained markets.

Donovan is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited Green Associate, and an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accredited Geothermal Installer. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Francis College and a Master in Business Administration from NYU, Stern School of Business.

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-Moderator, From Policy to Action

David Hatherton

David Hatherton

Dave Hatherton has been a pioneer of the GHP industry in North America for 36 years. He is the founder or co-founder of WaterFurnace in Canada (1980), WFI in the USA (1983) with Dan Ellis, ESI (1991), DX HP manufacturer, later sold to WF USA and NextEnergy Inc. (1989) sold in 2011. Dave's industry leadership roles have included CEO of ESI/WaterFurnace Inc. Canada, VP of WaterFurnace International, US, VP of ClimateMaster Inc. and CEO of NextEnergy.

He is a founding member of IGSHPA, founding president of CEEA (Ontario Hydro GSHP Program), the EEA, DC (precursor to GHPC), GHPC – DC and CGC Canada. Dave's other contributions include writing the first draft CSA 445 standard for GSHPs, which has evolved into CSA 448, testifying before the US Congress for $100M GHPC request for funding, which was approved, providing input to the Obama Administration’s Report on geothermal by ORNL, and presenting on behalf of the OGA for Climate Change Policy in Canada in 2016.

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-International Perspectives on GHPs

AJ Heiligman

AJ Heiligman

AJ Heiligman is President of Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, Inc., a design-build renewable energy contractor in Rochester, NY. ACES primary business is the design and installation of residential and light commercial geothermal system throughout Upstate, NY. AJ and his team also design and install solar PV, solar thermal and complex hydronic systems to complement their geothermal offering. AJ is an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer, a Certified Energy Manger (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers. He has a BS degree from Clarkson University and is a current MBA candidate at the University of Rochester.

AJ is a founding member of NY-GEO.

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-Coffee is for Closers

David Hermantin

David Hermantin

David Hermantin, PE, CGD, Sr. Project Manager at P.W. Grosser, has been very active in geothermal projects in the Tristate area and New England for the past 10 years. He has designed, and overseen installation of dozens of systems ranging in size from small residential systems to large commercial systems with over 1,000 tons of capacity. Dave has performed several forensic studies on underperforming and failed geothermal systems and has developed designs to repair and rehabilitate many commercial geothermal systems. He is an AEE Certified GeoExchange Designer and IGSHPA Certified Inspector. He is currently the President of the Connecticut Geothermal Association (2017).

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-Standardization

Geoff Hoffer

Geoff Hoffer

Geoff Hoffer is a Project Engineer at Aztech Geothermal and is responsible for project management and coordination of all field operations. He interfaces with customers, subcontractors and Aztech Geothermal technicians to ensure an efficient and quality installation.

Geoff is also involved in the design of the systems by conducting building heat load analysis, equipment sizing and ground heat exchanger design.

He is an IGSHPA Certified GeoExchange Designer, an IGSHPA Accredited Installer and holds universal certification by the EPA in refrigerant handling.

Geoff has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) and has over 20 years’ experience in Maintenance and Operations Management in manufacturing facilities.

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-The Cost of Quality

John Joshi

John Joshi

John Joshi is Director of Financial Solutions at NYSERDA. He is a member of the NREL SAPC Working Group to develop the standards for solar securitization and capital market solutions. He works with industry stakeholders to develop standards for solar securitization, risk analysis, best practices for performance reporting and analysis, and formed crucial relationships with the broader finance and investor community. Mr. Joshi has advised the DOE Office of the Secretary, Under Secretary and the Senate staff on solar finance and securitization. His previous experience at Plant - Smart Energy Solutions, The Clinton Group, Countrywide Alternative Investments, Capital Fusion Partners, Salomon Brothers makes John an expert in all facets of finance, investments, structured finance, strategy, business development, financial strategy and capital markets solutions.

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-Standardization
-Making GHP More Affordable

Chong (John) Lin

Chong (John) Lin

Chong (John) Lin is a Program Manager with National Grid in the New Energy Solutions division. In this role, he manages two innovative projects supporting New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative: a micro-combined heat and power (mCHP) project and a geothermal project.

Drawing on several years' experience in energy efficiency, community outreach, and energy consulting, John is mainly focused on renewable heating and cooling technologies and distributed energy resources.

Before rejoining National Grid this year, John worked for three years for a diverse range of organizations, including ICF International where he worked as an account manager helping buildings in New York City to develop strategic roadmaps to increase energy efficiency and resiliency. John started his professional career with National Grid working on the smart grid project in Worcester, Massachusetts.

John holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University.

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-From Policy to Action

Paul Lundberg

Paul Lundberg

Paul Lundberg is the Assistant Director of Construction Services at Skidmore College. He also has been involved with all of Skidmore’s Energy Conservation Measures; Geothermal development; and Renewable Energy Initiatives within the past 15 years. His influence in developing the Geothermal District approach for Skidmore assisted in the team being designated by AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) with a national award for innovation in 2012.

He is also involved with the recent developments for renewable energy at Skidmore; its 2MW solar array and a hydroelectric facility; 40% of the campus is currently utilizing geothermal technologies and the college is positioned for some of the most exciting sustainability leadership among its peer institutions. Paul holds degrees in Natural Resources Conservation; Biological Science and certifications in Environmental Management. He received a M.S. in Energy Management from NYIT. Additionally he has designations as an AEE-C.E.M. and a CGD via IGSHPA.

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-ASHRAE/AEE Luncheon: District Geothermal Considerations for College Campuses

John Manning, P.E.

John Manning, P.E.

John Manning, P.E., supports hundreds of geothermal contractors through Phoenix Energy Supply and Earth Sensitive Solutions. Since obtaining a Research Grant from the National Science Foundation in 1975 John has engaged in every aspect of heat pump design, marketing, application and system design.

As founder of Earth Sensitive Solutions, LLC he has contributed to the successful application of geothermal heat pump technology from Port Augusta, Australia to Auburn, NY. Mr. Manning is also a trained presenter and supporter of The Climate Project.

John is a founding member and Treasurer of NY-GEO.

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-ASHRAE/AEE Luncheon: District Geothermal Considerations for College Campuses
-Electrification of the HVAC Infrastructure
-Direct-to-Load Hydronic Piping
-Top Job MC

Kevin Moravec

Kevin Moravec ...Moravec Geothermal

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-Geothermal Driller's Panel

Bill Nowak

Bill Nowak

Bill Nowak is a founding member and currently Executive Director of NY-GEO. He is both an environmental advocate and renewable energy promoter. His effectiveness as Director of Policy Research on the NY State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee while working for Senator Antoine M. Thompson contributed to the Senator being named 2010 Legislator of the Year by Environmental Advocates of NY and 2010 Solar Legislative Champion by the NY Solar Energy Industries Association.

In 2011 Bill obtained his IGSHPA Accredited Installer Certification. This added to the many other certifications and education credentials Bill has obtained since obtaining his BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written articles on renewable energy and geothermal heat pump technology for various publications.

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-NY-GEO Year in Review

Jens Ponikau

Jens Ponikau

Jens Ponikau is the co-owner of Buffalo Geothermal Heating, a geothermal design and installation firm that installs between 90-100 systems per year in Western NY. He is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) accredited geothermal installer and geoexchange designer.

He has a doctoral degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Before moving to Western NY and helping to found Buffalo Geothermal in 2008, he had installed 120 geosystems in Germany - his native land. Jens regularly gives seminars and public presentations on geothermal technology and has made public appearances on the radio, in schools, and at home shows to share his knowledge on geothermal heat pimp technology.

Jens is a founding member and Vice President of NY-GEO.

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Events:

-The Future of Geothermal Heat Pumps in New York State
-Direct-to-Load Hydronic Piping

John B. Rhodes

John B. Rhodes

John B. Rhodes has been the president and CEO of NYSERDA since 2013. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment. He has also served as the director for the Center for Market Innovation at the NRDC, an international environmental advocacy organization. He spent three years as acting chief operating officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

He is on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, Urban Green Council, New York Institute for Special Education, American Federation for Aging Research and Cornerstone Literacy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in management from the Yale School of Management.

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-Wednesday Dinner Keynote

Dave Rosick

Dave Rosick ...Rosick Well Drilling

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-Geothermal Driller's Panel

Erich Scherer

Erich Scherer

Erich Scherer works as a Senior Advisor for Energy and Environmental Analysis at NYSERDA, supporting analysis and policy development across the full range of NYSERDA's clean energy programs. He arrived at NYSERDA in 2015 from the private sector, where he provided financial services across the solar PV, biomass heat and energy efficiency sectors in London and Philadelphia. Prior to that, Erich held a range of positions with the UK Government Department of Energy and Climate Change, where he was one of the authors of the UK renewables policy framework, comprising the Renewables Obligation, Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

At the European Commission in Brussels, he was one of the designers of the 2009 Renewables Directive, which sets mandatory targets driving renewable energy policy efforts across the European Union. Erich started his career as a lawyer, specializing in corporate and finance law. He holds Masters degrees from the University of Oxford and the Free University of Amsterdam.

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-From Policy to Action

Guy Sliker

Guy Sliker ...NYPA.

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-From Policy to Action

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Hal Smith is the co-owner with his wife Tammy Smith of Halco. Started in 1984 as a plumbing and heating installation and service business, Halco has evolved into a business providing full energy solutions for residential and commercial clients with an emphasis on quality, service, and sustainability.

In the over the 32 years that Halco has existed, Hal has proven to be an innovator and visionary. He has been a constant and primary force in Halco's development into a leading company that offers high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; home energy audits; and envelope improvements including insulation, air-sealing, and clean renewable energy systems.

His licenses, certifications and affiliations include NATE (North American Technician Excellence, Inc.), ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America), BPI (Building Performance Institute), Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® and DBIA (Design Build Institute of America).

He is also a Certified Instructor for the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) in core curriculum, plumbing, HVAC, electrical.


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-Finding Customers
-Making GHP More Affordable

Paul Tonko

Paul Tonko, Congressman

Paul Tonko is a 4th-term member of the US House of Representatives serving New York’s 20th Congressional District. He is a proud co-sponsor of H.R.1090, which extends the federal tax credit for geothermal heat pump systems.

Paul is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. He has previously served as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Economy and on the Natural Resources Committee.

In addition, Paul is a Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), the green voice in Congress. He is also a longtime Honorary Vice-Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy, a bipartisan, non-profit coalition that promotes energy efficiency across all sectors of the global economy. Paul continues to bring clean energy jobs to the Capital Region to ensure it maintains its status as one of the fastest-growing clean technology hubs in the country.

Prior to serving in Congress, Paul was the President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering and is a former engineer for the New York State Public Service Commission.

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-Wednesday Keynote

Lauren Valentine

Lauren Valentine

Lauren Valentine is an associate at Sandler Training, a leadership, sales and customer service training and consulting organization. Entrepreneur Magazine awarded it as the #1 Sales Training Franchise in America and it has been recognized seven times as having the #1 Management Training Program in America. Sandler Training has worked with thousands of successful businesses over the years, helping them to develop high performance behaviors, winning attitudes, and superior techniques which ultimately increase market shares, shorten the sales cycle, and protect against being commoditized.

She joined Sandler Training after working in the health care and technology industries. While working in the technology industry she was introduced to the Sandler Sales Mastery program, and found that it had a profound impact on her professionally & personally motivating her to join the company.

Lauren has a BA from SUNY Albany and has won several awards including the Sandler Platinum Award in July 2016.

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-Coffee is for Closers

Bob Wyman

Bob Wyman

Bob Wyman is a GHP advocate and a renewable energy consultant. He is currently engaged with a number of clients who seek to dramatically increase the adoption of GHP in the US and elsewhere. He also advocates for clean energy solutions in New York City such the elimination of No 6 and No 4 heating oil and the recently passed requirement that GHPs be considered for all new and retrofitted municipal buildings.

Prior to engaging full time with the GHP industry, Bob spent 40+ years in the software industry making significant contributions in the areas of electronic mail, office automation, hypertext, digital rights management, multimedia publishing, and both retrospective and prospective search technologies.

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Events:

-Finding Customers



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