Jose Beceiro - Board Co-Chair
Jose Beceiro is the Director of Strategic Corporate Partnerships for Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Most recently, Beceiro served as the Associate Director for Research Relations for the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Beceiro’s professional background also includes serving as the Director of Clean Energy Economic Development at the Austin Chamber of Commerce and as an economic development consultant for Austin-based AngelouEconomics.
Helen Brauner - Board Co-Chair
Helen has worked in the renewable energy sector for almost 15 years. Prior to joining 7X, Helen was an independent strategy and marketing consultant for cleantech companies. Before becoming a consultant, Helen spent nine years at Green Mountain Energy, a retail electric provider selling green power, where she served as the Senior VP of Strategic Planning and Marketing. She has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and a BA in Economics from Rice University.
Mitch Jacobson - Chair, Governance Committee
Mitch is the Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the University of Texas. He is the past board Chair of CleanTX. He is on the Advisory Board for SXSW Eco, Environmental Sciences Institute at UT, The Nature Conservatory, and The Austin Young Chamber. Mitch founded of Eyes of Texas Partners investment group, was the VP of Sales for Tech Data Corporation and Director of Sales, European expansion and ROW expansion for Dell Inc.
Michael Breen - Treasurer
Michael has been active in several energy storage companies since 2004. He is currently with Siemens, Inc. working on Energy Storage projects and is a board member for 2 different battery technology companies. Michael is also the co-founder and CFO of Xtreme Power, and has successfully led the company from its first invested dollar through more than 250 employees and a sales pipeline in excess of $100 million.
Joel Serface - Governance Committee
Joel is an early leader and innovator in the clean technology movement and invest space. Joel is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Brightman Energy and founder of CleanTX, Pecan Street Project, as well as numerous other start-ups and non-profits in the clean technology industry.
Ben Ramirez III - Chair, International Committee
Ben has 20 years of experience assisting the transformation of local companies into global competitors. His expertise is connecting chief executives and their teams to the resources and tools they need to achieve sustainable growth in a continually changing global marketplace. Ben is an associate member of the Texas Camino Real District Export Council; Administrator of the Central Texas Foreign Trade Zone; and serves as entrepreneur advisor at Tech Ranch.
Jeff Vice - Board Member
Jeff Vice is Director of Local Government Relations at Austin Energy, the City-owned electric utility. Since 2000, he has served the utility as a governmental relations, economic development and community liaison, providing support to city councils, chambers of commerce and community sponsored organizations. Jeff currently sits on the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Clean Energy Council and Economic Development Committee, and the CleanTX Foundation Board.
Tony Schum - Board Member
Tony Schum is a vice president in Duff & Phelps’ Business Incentives Advisory practice in Austin, Texas. Tony specializes in identifying, negotiating and implementing economic development incentives for expanding or relocating companies. He also assists clients in the pursuit of workforce training awards, R&D funding, and other grants expected to generate positive economic impact.
Amy Madison - Chair, Business Development Committee
Amy Madison is a 20-year veteran at growing communities. She currently serves as the Interim Executive Director for the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation which she joined in January 2014 after serving six years as CEO of the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP). She has 15 years of experience developing all-win tax incentive deals and working with public officials to get them adopted.
Tom Ortman - Events Committee
Tom has twenty eight years in the engineering design and build sector with electro-mechanical engineering expertise in electronics & semiconductor products and capital equipment, including broad test equipment experience. He founded engineering firm in 1994 to pursue these areas with the goal of expanding this base into related areas of nanotechnology capital equipment, durable medical products and clean energy products.
Marlin Thomas - Marketing Committee
Marlin received his B.S. from Texas State University, and has since accumulated a 16 plus years of engineering and project management experience. Marlin has been a Certified Project Manager since 2005. Marlin’s career roles have always lead him toward his passions of energy conservation, sustainable development, and education.
Charles Barnett - Student Board Member
MBA candidate at the McCombs School of Business. Course concentration in clean technology, electricity markets, risk management, and project finance. Prior experience with IT consulting, client management, and business development.
Matt Lauden - International Committee
Dr. Matthew Laudon is President and Founding Chair of the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) in Austin TX, and CEO of TechConnect in Cambridge, MA. He obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-¬‐Madison, and has published over 30 technical publications and patents on topics ranging from nanotechnology, semiconductors and microsystems, and was awarded the University of Wisconsin Early-Achievment Award for his development of innovation accelerator programs.
Callie Turley - Board Member
Callie is currently the Director of Economic Development for Clean Technologies at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Austin Chamber, she was the Director of Customer Retention at NRG Energy’s home solar division which is where she developed her passion for renewable energy. Her background includes 10 years of consulting, marketing, training and account management experience.
Erik Funkhouser - Board Member
Erik Funkhouser is a Senior Consultant at Research Into Action. Previously he served as a Research Associate with the Energy System Transformation research group at UT-Austin. Erik’s research has been published widely in top peer-review journals, and spans topics including early-stage venture finance of cleantech, community solar market assessment, international technology transfer, entrepreneurial program design, and solar RD&D evaluation. He’s a graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Catherine Ittner - Board Member
Originally from Houston, Texas, Catherine graduated from the University of North Carolina before moving to Buenos Aires. After nearly three years in South America working as a headhunter, she decided she wanted to pursue a career in the energy and environmental field. Catherine returned to the U.S. and began working in clean energy communications with Environmental Defense Fund. She currently leads state-based communications strategy for Texas, as well as Illinois and Ohio, where she coordinates traditional and social media on areas like energy policy, utility business models, distributed energy resources, and environmental regulations.
Conley Covert - Board Member
Conley is a Partner at SkylesBayne, a commercial real estate firm specializing in office, industrial, and medical tenant representation headquartered in Austin, TX. He serves as a Merit Reviewer for the United States Department of Energy, and focuses on incorporating energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy options for commercial real estate projects.
Matt Zafuto - Board Member
Matt oversees and drives execution of strategy and business activities for global provider of utility software solutions with operations in over 100 countries on all continents. Manages high performing team to develop and deliver solutions to global clients. Drives SaaS and cloud-based analytics solution design and product development across internal software portfolio and in conjunction with 3rd parties to leverage existing offerings, accelerate time-to-market and deliver value to our customers.
Suzanne King - Board Member
Strategy Consultant focused on Integrated Water Management, with more than 15 years’ experience improving financial success while making positive environmental impacts across water and energy cleantech, financial services and communications sectors.