A lifelong supporter of sustainability and energy efficiency, Jim Madej leverages his years of industry experience to lead Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group as CEO. He oversees and guides strategy and direction, business development and sales, and helps drive a company culture of diversity and inclusivity. Jim currently sits on the Board of Vermont Public Broadcast System (VT PBS) and is an advisory board member of Custom Essence. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Michael’s College and completed a comprehensive series of business education courses at GE’s Crotonville Management Development Center.
From the depths of corporate life to proudly serving our country, Tina Semotan is an innate leader. She oversees the corporate support teams within the company, including human resources, company strategy, legal, safety, training, payroll and organizational development. She also leads all post-merger and acquisition integration activities.
Tina’s success can be credited to her ability to stay calm in high pressure situations, make sharp decisions, and listen fairly to each employee. She has developed and honed these skills as Force Support Squadron Commander for the Wisconsin Air National Guard. Tina holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is certified at the master level for command and leadership by the University of the Air Force.
With exceptional expertise in growth strategy and market development, Marisa leads Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group through a continued focus on driving new business opportunities and ensuring effective retention and fulfillment of existing business. Leveraging more than 23 years of experience within the energy, consumer high-tech and automotive industries at companies ranging from global Fortune 50 to start-ups, she excels in leading teams, managing regulatory and legislative affairs, and fostering strategic communications, programs and partnerships.
Marisa holds a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University and obtained her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She serves on the Board of Directors of Groundswell, an organization that makes community solar accessible to low income residents.
Colin leads corporate strategy for Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group, while overseeing the companies' internal and external legal teams. With more than 16 years in the utility industry and over 25 years practicing law in both the public and private sectors, he brings an extensive background and strategic perspective in state and federal energy regulatory matters, ethics and compliance, corporate governance, commercial transactions and litigation. Colin is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Yale University and Yale College, and holds an executive leadership certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Champlain College where he is Chair of the Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the Committee on Trusteeship and a member of the Executive Committee.
With over 30 years of experience and an exceptional record of delivering results, Eileen Cavanaugh is an inclusive and influential business partner known for building outstanding teams and developing best-in-class finance leaders through clear-sighted leadership and straightforward communication. As Chief Financial Officer, she drives business strategy to transform processes, realizes strategic cost reduction and guides the organization through transition and growth. Eileen holds an MBA in International Business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Fairfield University, where she graduated Cum Laude, and is Lean Six Sigma-Green Belt certified. Active in her community, she is a McGivney Community Center Board Member, Special Olympics-Unified Sports Board of Control Member, and mentor for Fairfield University Business School students.
In her role as Chief Technology Officer, Sushma Annareddy oversees management of Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group’s employee- and client-facing technology solutions while establishing and investing in the organization’s long-term technology vision. With more than two decades of service in technology and engineering across both national and global companies, Sushma’s record of success has proven her leadership and product management expertise.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and in telecommunications engineering from Osmania University, an M.S. in computer science engineering from the University of Louisville, a certificate in advanced management from Babson College, and multiple technology certifications.
As a dynamic Fortune 100 corporate affairs executive, Jim Gould’s expertise lies in managing C-suite and enterprise communication and policy strategies. As Director of Corporate Affairs, Jim serves as an advocate for the company’s brand and reputation as well as its growing regulatory, thought leadership and stakeholder engagement across the United States. Jim holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, an MA in English from the University of Delaware, a BA in English from SUNY Fredonia and a Certificate in Climate Change and Energy Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
With over 30 years of industry experience under his belt, Mark Bowen is an expert in program management and business development. He is responsible for outreach and development efforts with utility clients across the United States, working to ensure program success, while also leading Franklin Energy's proposal team. Mark has held a variety of positions within the industry, including managing a portfolio of commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs for one of New Jersey’s leading utilities. An electrical engineer, Mark also holds an MBA from Drexel University.
Abby Vogen Horn leads program operations, including client satisfaction, safety, customer care, engineering, program marketing and integrations. She oversees operations for more than 60 programs on behalf of 35 clients and has over 20 years of program design, management and oversight experience. Abby assisted in the creation of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, the Daylighting Collaborative, and IES Daylighting Institute. She serves on the Board of the American Institute of Architects and has published and presented her research at multiple conferences. Abby holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Lawrence University.
Paige Knutsen’s versatile set of skills allows her to handle anything thrown her way. She provides program design and implementation management for the Central Region in addition to leading a highly skilled team of staff who provide technical support to residential, commercial and industrial customers. Paige’s responsibilities also include building and maintaining relationships with utility clients and assisting in the start-up and implementation of demand side management programs throughout the Central Region. Paige holds a master’s degree in sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University, is a certified energy manager (CEM) and holds a LEED AP certification.
Eric Hatton specializes in seeing the big picture and helping to drive innovative programs forward into implementation. He is responsible for Franklin Energy’s Midwest Region, managing and leading 10 demand side management programs and nearly 200 staff members. Eric oversees all aspects of the program operations and ensures that the resources are in place to meet program goals, while driving the development and execution of innovative pilots and demonstration projects. His program management experience extends to serving end-use business and residential customers of investor-owned, municipal and cooperative utilities. Eric holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and business management from Franklin University and is a certified business energy professional (BEP).
Bruce Elliott’s responsibilities are complex and far-reaching, but he manages them all with efficiency and consistency. Among his myriad duties, Bruce works closely with department leaders to meet their technology needs, conducts ongoing evaluations regarding the company’s technology and manages all infrastructure functions. He is also tasked with tracking and understanding new technology trends and systems. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Bentley University.