Mike Hopkins serves as Ice Energy’s CEO.
Prior to joining the company in 2009, Mike practiced law for 18 years as a partner with Bennett Jones LLP, a pre-eminent Canadian law firm and global leader in energy and climate change. He specialized in the development and financing of power projects around the world, served on the firm’s Executive Committee and led its Utilities, International, and Independent Power Groups.
He left Bennett Jones in 2003 to lead the workout of a private data center developer that resulted in its successful sale. Next, Mike co-founded a geospatial information services company and assisted several other startups, including Ice Energy. During his career working with startups, Mike has raised over $100 million in equity funding.
Mike is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the American Bar Association.
He has presented at meetings of the Energy Storage Association, the Peak Load Management Alliance, the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid, New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, the Smart Electric Power Alliance, the Energy Bar Association, Law Seminars International, the World Energy Engineering Congress, the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association, the Independent Power Producers’ Society of Alberta and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.
Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of Pivot Learning Partners, Board of Chancellors of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; a member of the Board of Chancellors and Past Chairman of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada; a Trustee Emeritus and Past Chairman of William Sansum Diabetes Center); a member of the Board of Directors of Vedavoo; and a member of the Board of Directors of Orthoshop Geomatics, Ltd., a spin-off of the geospatial information services company he co-founded.
He earned BA and law degrees from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. (Law and Economics) from the University of Miami, and an MBA from the University of Alberta.
Chief Operating Officer
James White serves as Ice Energy’s COO.
His portfolio includes strategic partnerships and key commercial negotiations, commercial strategy, and business development. James serves as a link between the commercial side of the business and the rest of the organization.
Prior to joining Ice Energy full-time, James was a partner at PAC Partners, Ice Energy’s majority shareholder, and has been heavily involved with Ice Energy in a number of capacities since PAC acquired the business in 2012, including as Ice Energy’s CFO.
James brings 14 years of experience with the capital markets and private investment space. At PAC Partners, he has worked with companies globally to help them build and grow great teams and businesses.
Chief Information Officer
Chris Tillotson serves as Chief Information Officer for Ice Energy.
Chris was hired to head the software engineering and information technology teams in 2014. In early 2015 Chris was given the additional responsibility to lead the Ice Bear product line R&D and field application engineering efforts.
In late 2015 Chris moved to Riverside, CA to establish Ice Energy’s new R&D facility the IDEA Lab (Innovation, Design, Engineering and Application). Chris recruited and managed a team of seasoned R&D professionals to design, develop and release the Ice Bear 20 residential solution. The 2016 release of the Ice Bear 20 was Ice Energy’s first new hardware solution since the 2009 release of the flagship Ice Bear 30 C&I solution. Chris successfully secured for Ice Energy an energy technology grant from the City of Riverside based on a proposal he authored to enhance the Ice Bear product line’s renewable resource awareness and response capabilities.
Chris is a seasoned executive with 25 years of leadership experience and has held management level positions in the areas of software engineering, hardware design and testing and field installation. He has a diverse background working in university, large corporate and high technology startup environments. From 2011-2014 he served as CEO of Parking Research Enterprises a parking industry software company which holds a patent co-invented by Chris.
Chris graduated with High honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
EVP, Market Development
Greg Miller serves as Ice Energy’s Executive Vice President of Market Development and Sales.
Greg started with Ice Energy in 2004, leading project development with utilities, commercial, and industrial customers. Greg and his team have pioneered the development of megawatt scale distributed energy storage projects, starting in California but now across the country and around the world.
Prior to joining Ice Energy, Greg served as the Vice President of Sales for Encorp, Inc. Encorp is a technology company that developed and trade marked the Virtual Power Plant® concept networking customer owned generation assets to avoid peak energy consumption of utilities and end customers. During Greg’s tenure he created new business opportunities, established strategic partnerships that led to technology integration and new product offerings, and opened sales offices hiring staff domestically and in Mexico that led to Encorp tripling sales revenues annually four consecutive years. Greg’s business development and sales results supported Encorp raising $45 million in venture capital during his tenure.
Greg began his career at the early age of 14 accepting an 8-year summer recruit program with Woodward Governor in 1978. After completing the recruit program and securing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at DeVry University, Greg was offered professional employment with Woodward serving in many positions including field engineer, test engineer, project management, technical sales, and product development. Greg credits 19 years of services at Woodward as the foundation for his passion for power generation systems, propulsion, compressed natural gas vehicular control, local and remote automation and communications and is proud of his emphasis on business ethics. Greg’s initial positions inspired him to follow a career that has combined environmental consciousness with energy technologies that focus on betterment of utility and end customer energy usage.
EVP, Manufacturing & Operations
Brandon McNeil serves as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations for Ice Energy.
Brandon first assumed oversight of manufacturing and operations as a VP in 2013 and was promoted to EVP in the fall of 2014. Brandon currently oversees all activities related to the sourcing, assembly, delivery and service of the company’s line of Ice Bear systems.
Brandon began his career with Ice Energy in 2004, when it was an early stage startup, and has filled eight unique positions with the company over his career with Ice Energy, adding notable value in each role. These positions have ranged from sales and marketing to program management, operations, finance and manufacturing. The length of his tenure and breadth of experience within the company have prepared him well to understand and manage the many details associated with effectively deploying the company’s grid scale utility solutions.
Brandon has been directly involved in managing nearly a dozen utility projects or programs, has developed over two dozen new business systems and/or processes and was named the Ice Energy Employee of the Year in 2010.
Brandon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado State University in 2005 with a BS in Business Administration and concentrations in Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship. At graduation, Brandon was named a Top 10 Graduating Senior, an honor awarded by vote taken among his professors.
Dr. Marcel Christians
VP of Research & Development
Dr. Marcel Christians serves as Vice President of Research and Development for Ice Energy.
Marcel had an immediate impact when he joined Ice Energy in the summer of 2015. Marcel's leadership and technical expertise directly led to the doubling of the delivered kW capacity of our flagship Ice Bear 30 solution and expansion of the Ice Bear product line and applications.
Marcel headed the engineering effort leading to Ice Energy’s release of the Ice Bear 20 residential solution in early 2016. Marcel's efforts expanded the capabilities of our flagship Ice Bear 30 solution to support multiple HVAC systems with a single Ice Bear. This breakthrough significantly reduces solution cost and extends application reach to address a wider range of energy storage and cooling challenges. Marcel also leads efforts to promote and educate on engineering best practices, process improvements and quality standards.
In addition to Marcel's product development and new application efforts he has extended the storage capacities of existing products while reducing product cost and footprint. Marcel is dedicated to a strategy of exhaustive innovation ensuring Ice Energy's intellectual property is fully realized to produce a comprehensive suite of energy storage, cooling and heating solutions for global residential and C&I markets.
Prior to joining Ice Energy, Marcel worked at Carrier Corporation’s Technology and Components Division where he designed and developed disruptive heat transfer technologies and systems for the chiller market.
Marcel holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland, where he studied under the tutelage of world-renowned heat transfer expert Prof. John Thome. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria, in South Africa in 2005 with a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering.
Corporate Controller & Treasurer
Joe Moyer serves as Corporate Controller and Treasurer for Ice Energy.
He joined the company in April 2015 as Senior Controller, responsible for overseeing the company’s accounting functions and quickly took on additional responsibilities in the areas of finance and administration.
Prior to joining Ice Energy, Joe held accounting and finance leadership roles for both private and public corporations based in Southern California. Prior to that, he was an Assurance and Business Advisory Senior Associate, working in the Los Angeles office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a “Big 4” multinational public accounting firm, where he served clients in the oil & gas, manufacturing and technology industries.
Joe earned his BBA (Accounting) from the University of Kentucky and BBA (Finance) from the University of Louisville and is an active Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of California.
Joe Draper is a founding member of PAC Partners, Ice Energy’s majority shareholder, and is involved with PAC’s activities in the U.S. and Asia.
Mr. Draper spent 22 years at Citigroup/Salomon Brothers. The last 11 years, ending 2009, were spent as the head of Asia, and then Global Co-head, of the Special Situations group based in Hong Kong and Tokyo. He inaugurated and headed all proprietary investing of alternative products by Citigroup Global Markets including private equity, real estate and distressed debt or assets.
David Zezza is a founding member of PAC Partners, Ice Energy’s majority shareholder, and is involved with PAC’s activities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Zezza co-founded PAC in 2010 after his time at Citadel Investment Group based in Chicago and London, where as a Senior Managing Director he oversaw the firm’s Global Rates and Emerging Markets businesses. Prior to Citadel, Mr. Zezza was with Deutsche Bank in London, Hong Kong, and Singapore where he was a member of the Management Committee and Global Head of Emerging Markets for the firm. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Zezza spent 10 years at Salomon Brothers in the U.S. and Asia.
James Kelly worked at Edison International for 38 years. Prior to his retirement he was the Senior Vice President of Transmission & Distribution for Southern California Edison (SCE), and was responsible for the operation and maintenance of an electrical grid comprised of about 12,000 miles of transmission and 100,000 miles of distribution lines spread across a 50,000-square-mile service area.
Mr. Kelly was also President of Edison ESI, a subsidiary company that operates one of the largest electrical and mechanical repair facilities in the U.S. Prior to that position, Mr. Kelly was the Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services, responsible for planning, engineering, and designing SCE’s electrical grid, as well as research and development, safety and training.
Cathy Zoi has spent 30 years in the energy and environmental sectors at the nexus between technology and policy. She served in the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) as Assistant Secretary and Acting Under Secretary, overseeing over $30 billion in energy investments. In the private sector, Cathy has been an energy investor and operating executive, with bases in both the US and Australia. She was the founding CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection established by former Vice President Al Gore. In the early 1990s, Cathy pioneered the Energy Star program and was Chief of Staff for environmental policy in the Clinton White House. Cathy has a BS in Geology from Duke and an MS in Engineering from Dartmouth.
Cathy is currently a Consulting Professor at Stanford University.
John is currently Executive Vice President and President West Region at NRG Energy. He is responsible for the overall coordination, strategy, and governmental and regulatory affairs of all of NRG’s business interest in a region of 13 western states. A major part of that role is the oversight of NRG’s and NRG Yield’s regional conventional generating fleet in California and Nevada, totaling nearly 8,400 megawatts (MW) of capacity at 16 major locations. John also leads the business development efforts of NRG in the West Region. Recent successes include two large natural gas projects in Southern California — the 500 MW Carlsbad Energy Center and the 265 MW Puente project in Oxnard — along with over 200 MW of Preferred Resource and Storage contracts since 2014. He also coordinates with different NRG business units on their activities in California, including large-scale and home solar, wind generation, electric vehicle infrastructure and district heating and cooling.
John has 30 years of power industry experience, beginning with Georgia Power and assuming roles of increasing responsibilities with different companies. Prior to joining NRG, John served as the regional president in California and the West for GenOn and Mirant, two companies that previously owned some of NRG’s current assets.
John serves on the board of directors for the California Foundation for the Environment and the Economy, the California Council for Environment and Economic Balance, and the Independent Energy Producers Association. He has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Georgia State University