2017 Conference Speakers A-H

John Abularrage
Michael Albertson
Heather Anderson
Paul Bony
Garrett Carrino
John Ciovacco
Tammy Cole
Ken Daly
Jack DiEnna
Ryan Dougherty
Jay Egg
Laura Fidao
Zach Fink

Robert Fischman
Martin Forsén
John Franceschina
Donovan Gordon
Kathy (Cooper) Hannun
Lloyd Hamilton
David Hatherton
John Heilbrunn
AJ Heiligman
David Hermantin
Geoff Hoffer
John Joshi

Ted Kantrowitz
Andra Leimanis
Chong (John) Lin
Paul Lundberg
John Manning
Kevin Moravec
Thomas Newbold
Fred Newell
Bill Nowak
Jens Ponikau
Stan Reitsma
John B. Rhodes
John Rhyner

Dave Rosick
Erich Scherer
Amanda Schneck
Guy Sliker
Cary Smith
Hal Smith
Kyle Thomas
David Tine
Paul Tonko
Lauren Valentine
Tim Weber
Bob Wyman



John Abularrage

John Abularrage

John Abularrage is the owner and president of Advanced Radiant Design (ARD) in Stone Ridge, NY. ARD is a full service company providing design, installation, and maintenance services.

John has been designing alternative energy and radiant floor heating systems for almost 40 years. His passion for renewable energy started in the pioneering days of the solar thermal industry in the mid 70's.

John is a certified radiant designer and an authorized instructor for the Radiant Professionals Alliance. He teaches classes in radiant heating for architects, engineers and contractors. He has presented at numerous industry conferences and written articles for industry trade journals.

John has a BS in Solar Design & Analysis from the SUNY New Paltz.

His Top Job Finalist project is called "Riverview."

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Events:

-Top Job Finalist

Michael Albertson

Michael Albertson

Michael Albertson joined WaterFurnace International in 2007 and is currently the Senior VP of Sales & Marketing.

Prior to WaterFurnace, Michael was Director of Commercial Geothermal Sales and National Accounts Manager for a major manufacturer of water source and geothermal heat pumps. He installed his first geothermal system nearly 40 years ago and has since sold, designed and installed thousands of systems nationwide and abroad.

He has served numerous terms on the IGSHPA Advisory Council and held IGSHPA Certifications of GeoExchange Designer, Installer and Train the Trainer.

He is also a member of ASHRAE; AEE; American Military Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; ACCA; and NGWA. He is a company member of the ACRI.

Michael received a BS in Business Management from Oklahoma State University.

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Events:

-Top Job Judge

Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson

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. Heather 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.

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

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Events:

-International Perspectives on GHPs
-Top Job Judge

Paul Bony

Paul Bony

Paul Bony is the Vice President of the Solar Energy International Board of Directors and also serves on the IGSHPA’s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Matrix Business Development, where his is focusing on renewable project finance and development, Paul was the Director of Renewables and Contractor Development for the Electric and Gas Industries Association (EGIA).

Paul has over 25 years of diversified experience in marketing and delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services at the utility, manufacturer, distributor, dealer and consumer level, including extensive experience in the ground source heat pump industry.

Paul has an BS from Kansas State University and an MBA From the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Events:

-Making GHPs More Affordable

Garrett Carrino

Garrett Carrino

Garrett Carrino is the Vice President of American Well and Pump Company based in Farmingdale, New York.

American Well and Pump is a family-owned business started with his father in 1960. They have done many projects on Long Island and in the five boroughs of NYC installing closed loop, open loop and standing column wells in New York City.

Garrett is a NYS licensed driller with over 25 years' experience. He is an IGSHPA accredited installer, IGSHPA accredited loop installer, as well as being fusion certified. He is also a member of IGSHPA and NGWA.

Garrett holds a BA in Business from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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Events:

-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 BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

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

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Events:

-Welcome & Housekeeping
-From Policy to Action

Tammy Cole

Tammy Cole

Tammy & Charles Cole are owners of Cole Drilling, LLC based in Louisiana.

The company began installing geothermal loop system in 1983. In 1989, Cole drilled and set test loops for 10 houses for the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Polk Army Base involving a study on GSHPs versus ASHPs. Later in 1995, the Army base converted all the housing to GSHPs requiring 8,800 geothermal loops. Cole has installed geothermal loops in more than 25 states.

Cole is now manufacturing specialized equipment to improve the efficiency of geothermal loop installations. The Coil Tubing Insertion Unit (CTIU) minimizes labor, waste and grout cost.

Tammy Cole is an IGSHPA-accredited Geothermal Installer and NGWA-accredited Vertical Loop Driller.

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Events:

-Geothermal Driller's Panel

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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Events:

-Thursday Keynote

Jack DiEnna

Jack DiEnna

Jack DiEnna, the Executive Director and Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII), is a business development and marketing professional with over forty years' combined experience in the electric utility and the renewable energy industries.

He is a nationally recognized authority on all aspects of renewable technology and specifically on GHPs. This proficiency includes marketing, creative financing and the resulting positive economic and environmental impact that can be derived from the use of GHP systems and other renewable technologies. His expertise is internationally acknowledged as a valued resource by not only the renewable and GHP industry but also by both national and international government officials, trade allies and all major market segment associations promoting GHP technology.

Jack is on the Board of Directors of IGSHPA and has been awarded the title of Ambassador for the Association. He was the driving force in the creation and development of the Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD) certification, a training program for design professionals in GHP technology, which has become the gold standard both nationally and internationally.

He is a member of the American/Canadian Bi National GHP Standards Committee and a founding member of the NY-GEO.

His Top Job Finalist project is called "William L. Buck Elementary School Innovative Geothermal System."

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Events:

-A National Perspective
-Top Job Finalist

Ryan Dougherty

Ryan Dougherty

Ryan Dougherty has served as the Geothermal Exchange Organization’s (GEO) COO since July 2014. GEO is the national trade association for the geothermal heat pump industry and is engaged in advocacy and public policy work at the federal and state level.

Ryan has extensive experience in public policy and governance and most recently served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Healthcare and Human Services Framework, a multi-agency state technology initiative. Prior to that, Ryan served as Senior Policy Advisor at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He has held other positions, including budget analyst in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and legislative liaison to the Governor of Illinois.

Ryan holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois.

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Events:

-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 Luncheon: The Future of Energy in Homes -Top Job Judge

Laura Fidao

Laura Fidao

Laura Fidao is a Senior Manager on the Clean Energy Finance team at the Connecticut Green Bank.

Laura manages a wide-ranging portfolio of capital-raising and deployment initiatives, including for small business energy efficiency programs, commercial-scale solar PV projects, renewable thermal technologies, and electric vehicles.

Prior to joining the Green Bank, Laura led business development efforts for a global energy commodity hedge fund, and before that she served on the Technology Innovation team for the United Kingdom based Carbon Trust.

Laura holds an MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh and earned her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Events:

-Making GHPs More Affordable

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, Zach has installed or designed more than 250 geothermal heating and cooling systems.

He is an ISGHPA Accredited Installer and a founding member and Interim Director of NY-GEO.

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Events:

-Geothermal Driller's Panel
-Standardization

Robert Fischman

Robert Fischman

Robert Fischman is the Director of the Energize NY Commercial program, offered by the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC), a non-profit, local development corporation. Energize NY helps commercial and not-for-profit building owners reduce energy waste and save money through energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements, and helps them leverage Energize NY PACE, New York’s Property Assessed Clean Energy finance program.

Robert brings three decades of professional experience in the building industry, having directed more than $500 million in capital construction programs, and has been a longtime advocate for sustainable and energy efficient building practices.

He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Union College and a MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

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Events:

-Making GHPs More Affordable

Martin Forsén

Martin Forsén

Martin Forsén has been Manager of International Affairs for NIBE Industrier since 2013. NIBE is a multi-national corporation providing world-class solutions in sustainable energy. It is the parent company of WaterFurnace, ClimateMaster, GeoComfort, Hydron, and others.

For the last decade Martin has also been an active member of the European Heat Pump Association, both as a board member and currently as President. Before that, he was President of the Swedish Heat Pump Association for ten years. He has also been a university researcher and worked for the electric utility company Vattenfall.

Martin received his Master of Science in mechanical engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

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Events:

-International Perspectives on GHPs

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 Interim President of NY-GEO.

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Events:

-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 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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Events:

-From Policy to Action

Lloyd Hamilton

Lloyd Hamilton

Lloyd Hamilton is owner of Verdae, LLC, a design-build geothermal HVAC firm, and building and energy consulting firm.

Lloyd has over 40 years' experience in HVAC design and installation, and has been working with geothermal heating and cooling systems for 30 years. He has experience in residential and commercial design, with a specialty in net zero energy buildings. He is experienced in building science and building performance.

Lloyd brings his extensive field and design experience to the complex issues surrounding competent geothermal design, with an emphasis on maximizing efficiency. He does extensive forensic work diagnosing geothermal system operations and designing fixes for poorly operating systems.

Lloyd is a Certified Geothermal Designer and Certified Installer by IGSHPA and AEE.

His Top Job Finalist project is "Rhinebeck House."

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Events:

-Top Job Finalist

Kathy (Cooper) Hannun

Kathy (Cooper) Hannun

Kathy (Cooper) Hannun is the co-founder and CEO of Dandelion. Dandelion is a company that has recently spun out of Google X to harness innovative technology, financing and data-driven customer acquisition techniques to make renewable heating and cooling the most affordable and desirable option for homeowners.

Kathy worked at Google from 2010-2017, where she was a product manager at X. Her work included founding and leading a project in seawater fuels, using Loon wind data to improve atmospheric science, and rapidly evaluating new opportunities.

She's received an MS in computer science from Stanford University and a BS in Civil Engineering, also from Stanford.

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Events:

-Finding Customers

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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Events:

-International Perspectives on GHPs

John Heilbrunn

John Heilbrunn

John Heilbrunn has worked as a consultant and affiliate with Halco since 1995. He formally joined Halco as an employee in 2015 and serves as the Executive Vice President of the company.

John is a highly successful business leader with 40+ years of real world accountability in the home performance industry. Most notably, he developed the world's fastest Manual J Heat loss/Heat gain calculation software for which he was recognized as a 'Gold' medal recipient for innovation by the Connecticut Chapter of the Malcolm Baldrige Society.

John has also served as a divisional president for the world's largest HVAC manufacturer, helped develop the Dr. Energy Saver Home Performance Dealer Network, and has owned and operated a HVAC marketing and training consulting business.

John is a BPI certified Envelope and Building Analyst and has extensive training and experience in HVAC design.

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Events:

-Coffee is for Closers
-Making GHPs More Affordable

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.

His Top Job Finalist project is "One Woodbury."

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Events:

-Coffee is for Closers
-Top Job Finalist

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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Events:

-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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Events:

-The Cost of Quality



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