AERC’s Board of Directors is a collection of individuals with an incredibly diverse set of expertise with the common goal of making energy efficient products more accessible to consumers.
Jennifer Amann, Buildings Program Director, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Prior to joining ACEEE, she worked in the environmental technology field plus community organizing and education on a variety of environmental and consumer issues.
Jennifer earned a master of environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelor of arts in environmental studies from Trinity University.
Mahabir Bhandari, R&D, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lara Bonn, Efficient Products Strategy and Planning Manager, Efficiency Vermont
Michael Cienian, VP of Quality Assurance, Hunter Douglas
Katherine Cort, Economist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
John Crowley, Vice President of Research and Development, Rollease-Acmeda
John served on the research faculty at MIT and served as the Director of the MIT Innovative Construction Technology Program, a multi-national industry supported program focused on advanced materials and systems development. As president of the JSC group, a management consultancy, John has advised Fortune 500 companies in business and product strategy, product engineering and manufacturing, and market roll-out across a number of product groups, market segments and channels. His client list includes GE Plastics, US Gypsum, Alcoa, Fletcher Challenge, Weyerhaeuser, MacMillan Bloedel, Eucatex, Asahi Kasei Homes, Misawa Homes, Serious Materials, Project Frog, and Springs Window Fashions.
Earlier in his career, John held numerous management positions in the new homebuilding industry, including Research and Development Manager at NVR Ryan Homes, Vice President of PHI Building Systems and Project Manger for the National Housing Research Center (NAHB).
Tom Culp, Owner, Birch Point Consulting
Robert Curry, Partner Lead, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
John Gant, Director of Research and Development, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics
Pierre Gaudry, Regional Sales Manager for South Florida, Somfy Systems
Marc LaFrance, Window Technology Manager, US Department of Energy
His initial positions at the Department of Energy began in 1993, when he worked on the Codes and Standards program, the ENERGY STAR® program, and an Emerging Technologies lighting, appliance and equipment program. He managed the window and envelope R&D program for 10 years from 2002 to 2012. During his tenure at the US DOE, his programs received four 100 R&D Awards. His program, in partnership with the private sector, also commercialized many new products in pursuit of zero energy buildings, and was able to make other high-performance products affordable. Mr. LaFrance received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1985 from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a master’s degree in urban systems engineering in 1998 from George Mason University. He also is recognized as a certified energy manager and a certified sustainable development professional by the Association of Energy Engineers.
Tom Merker, Director of Engineering, Springs Window Fashions
George Pfaller, President, Exterior Shutter and Shade Association
Under George’s leadership, Alutech has grown from a two employee operation to a staff of 30 plus with two manufacturing facilities and multiple retail subsidiaries. George drives Alutech to continue research and development of its products working with ASTM as a member to meet rigid standards for quality products. As the president of the ESSA, George has led the group to be a source and representation for exterior retractable products.
Before entering the shutter industry George worked for Weems & Plath Navigational Systems in procurement, research and development and traveled throughout Europe and the Far East for product development. George studied Business Administration and Management at the University of Pittsburgh and Metallurgical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Stefan Poetsch, VP Operation, Rollac
Stefan has been a board member for ESSA for the past two years. Previously, he has been a member of NFRC attachment committees. Stefan has bachelor degree in business and logistics from the University of Applied Science in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Besides his degree, he has attended continuous education classes at the University of Houston, College of Technology, and holds a PMP from the Project Management Institute, and a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He is fluent in German, English, and Spanish.
Brent Protzman, Manager-Energy Information and Analytics, Lutron Electronics
Stephen Selkowitz, Group Leader, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Darrell Smith, Executive Director, International Window Film Association
In addition, Darrell has represented the interests of the window film industry to the National Fenestration Rating Council, the Attachments Energy Rating Council, the Glass Association of North America, the Protective Glazing Council International, the Glazing Industry Code Committee, the Glazing Industry Safety Council, the International Code Committees, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He was named one of the Most Influential Persons in the Glass Industry for 2012.
Darrell holds a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University, and has pursued graduate studies in business administration/marketing at University of North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and University of Virginia.