“As a native of Michigan, I grew up drag racing on the famed Telegraph road, but I would gladly trade the rumble of a V8 for a clean hydrogen powered electric motor as long as it can pin me back in my seat just the same. This change is driven by real demand for something better, whether its energy savings, cleaner energy or energy security. So, for those of you working in clean energy and clean energy policy, keep pushing to give consumers what they want, it’s working. For those of you accepting or protecting the status quo, take a pause and ask yourself, why? It’s never too late to hit refresh, and get on board.”
With over 15 years in the fuel cell industry, Eric joins Altergy as VP of Sales with the responsibility for leading sales efforts in the telecommunication and utilities markets in North America and developing new business and partners in new markets. Since joining the fuel cell industry with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Power in 2003, he has held positions in technology, product development, product management, sales and business development. Previously, he served in senior sales and business development roles at Doosan Fuel Cell America, Inc., product development roles at Nissan Motor Corporation and Freudenberg-NOK, and in global supply chain management at BellSouth International. Mr. Strayer holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the leadership development program at Harvard Business School.
“I get into trouble all the time with our engineering team because I always say “Yes” to my customer.”
Rick has been with Altergy since the very (very) beginning in 2001. His deep understanding of fuel cell technology and customer requirements from both a technical and business standpoint is unmatched in the industry. His work with major telecom carriers and cable providers throughout the world brings a unique and valuable perspective to our customers. Prior to Altergy, Rick managed sales and engineering teams delivering wireless solutions to Fortune 100 clients.
“It is incredible what you can accomplish when you work as a cohesive team with the customer and in the end, you do not care who gets the credit.”
For the past two decades Vito has lived in Arizona, but he stills sounds like the place he will always call home – New York.
As a degreed Electrical Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in design engineering, engineering management, sales, and sales management, Vito has worked for industry leading companies including Unisys, General Dynamics, Kohler Power Systems, and United Technologies. For the past 19 years, the bulk of his experience comes from the on-site power generation industry specifying and selling solutions for energy management and back-up power applications in commercial and industrial markets.
“I find that when I am curious with people then we can always find commonality. I like to find out what my potential customer’s success stories are as well as learn about their pain points and problems. That way we can work together toward a common goal to make them and their projects more successful.”
Ken calls Northern California home now, but has lived and worked all over the world. He moved to San Francisco from London where he was working on demand response programs with the Short Term Operating Reserve program for UK’s National Grid. His first job out of college was as a Peace Corps Volunteer installing solar panels on the outer islands of Tonga. Ken’s curiosity has led him to work with renewable energy developers in Brazil, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and Bhutan before coming back to the U.S. to complete his Master’s degree. Ever since then Ken has been working on promoting renewable energy in fuel cell manufacturing, energy storage, demand response and PV.
Ken holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, a certificate in energy management from Sonoma State University and a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.