TEAM

Our team brings a passion for seeing clean energy power the world.  We excel at creative problem solving and value individual expertise.  Our roots in Vermont motivate us to not only adventure in the world around us, but to make it a better place.

MADS ALMASSALKHI, Co-Founder

Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Mads earned a PhD in electrical engineering: systems from U Michigan and has expertise in optimization, real-time control and energy analytics. He previously led development of SaaS energy technology at Root3 Technologies, including UX/UI design and predictive optimization and analytics. He directs multi-million dollar US Dept. of Energy projects on advanced grid technologies and has built an international network of research and electricity industry partnerships.

GREGG CARPENTER, Sr. IoT Engineer

Gregg brings a diverse electrical engineering background and a passion for embedded system solutions that help make the world a better place. While completing a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the U. of Vermont focused on coupling mobile robotic platforms with wireless sensor networks, he conducted research in HID control interfaces with NASA’s Intelligent Robotics Group. His previous work includes DRAM VLSI circuit design, and architecting and implementing high performance microcontroller-based embedded firmware solutions for micro-inertial sensing and navigation systems.

JEFF FROLIK, Co-Founder

Jeff has focused his career on the research and application of sensor networks, wireless communications and algorithms. With a PhD from U Michigan in electrical engineering, he has expertise in enabling smart devices to communicate effectively and securely. He previously worked at Hughes Aircraft and consulted internationally on communication satellite systems. He holds patents related to sensing, wireless communications and signal processing and is co-inventor of the core technology behind Packetized Energy.

KIM GOODRICH, Director of Business Development

Kim leads business development for Packetized Energy in conjunction with her role as Senior Consultant for MXV Ventures. She previously founded CodeCycle, a software solution for cities and design teams to improve energy code compliance in buildings. Her background includes energy policy development for the global engineering firm Arup and building efficiency standards work for the State of California.

PAUL HINES, Co-Founder, CEO

Paul has a background in grid modeling and electricity markets and with a PhD in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon, has focused his career on solving the problems in electric power systems and is co-inventor of the core technology behind Packetized Energy. With previous work as an electrical engineer at Black & Veatch and Alstom-ESCA and in research for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and US Dept. of Energy National Labs, he has built extensive relationships at all levels of the electricity industry.

VANESSA HINES, Communications

Vanessa brings international experience in policy analysis for economic growth, market research for health tech commercialization and communication for partnership development. She has a MBA from U Vermont and with a career focused on sustainability, previously worked with USAID, Philips, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

SARAH HOWERTER, Data Scientist
Sarah comes from a diverse background, with a BFA in printmaking from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a MS in civil and environmental engineering from U Vermont, focused on transportation research and electric vehicle modeling. She brings extensive experience working with various sizes of data and thoroughly enjoys the processes behind designing and building robust programs, models, and data structures. Her creative and analytical insights help Packetized Energy to communicate the value of our products and technology to current and future clients.
SETH MACIEJOWSKI, Director of Energy IoT

Seth pursued electrical engineering as an undergraduate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and completed a Master’s of Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont. Over his career he has worked with a number of startups and small companies as they have scaled to higher capacities in the medical, energy and defense fields. In addition to his work in the for-profit domain, Seth has actively led a non-profit land conservation organization through multiple complex land transactions. His direct interests lie in developing tightly integrated electrical and software systems at the embedded level, working on technologies that lead to a sustainable future and also in leading teams to succeed at ambitious goals. Working at Packetized Energy checks all three of these boxes.

KARYN ROBERTS, Finance/HR

Karyn brings extensive experience in IT application development, project management, and systems/business/financial analysis. She’s worked previously with IBM Consulting Group, Ford Motor Company and Hewlett-Packard. With a MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, she enjoys her role in managing for profitability and growing the team.

MATTHEW SESSIONS, Sr. Software Engineer

Matt has spent his career working on large scale SAAS applications that serviced millions of users in the education industry. He has built products across mobile and web technology platforms, including the servers that supported those applications. Matt is passionate about building great products that solve real-world problems.

JOHN SLINKMAN, Director of Software Engineering

John has worked as a software engineer for companies large and small, including a national defense and cyber-security firm where he worked on open-source intelligence and his own company mapping political discourse. He has a MS in economics from UT Austin, which informs his approach to building software and leading development teams in data rich domains. 

CLARA STERNBERG, Software Engineer

Clara joined the team following a dynamic internship building a number of internal software tools that our team uses on a daily basis. Clara brings analytical skills, insight and creativity to enhance our entire software platform.

SKIP WYER, Strategic Financial Consultant

ADVISORS

Our advisory board provides guidance on business strategy, product development, and financing. With diverse experience in scaling in the clean energy sector, product design, software development, finance and marketing, our board is actively positioning us for rapid growth.

MICHAEL BEER

BEYOND CRYSTAL

Michael brings deep experience in product design, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales. As president of Elite Jewelry and his own firm Michael Beer Associates, he developed international sales channels in strategic foreign markets and provided leadership to build lasting brands.

SCOTT JOHNSTONE

Scott has provided executive level leadership in the private, public and non-profit sectors including founding six companies and serving as Packetized Energy’s first CEO. He previously served as CEO of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation where he grew revenue 4x to over $100+ million. He has built deep connections in energy industry with experience building partnerships nationwide. An engineer by training, Scott focuses on building strong, innovative and growing organizations to solve energy and climate issues. 

NINA PFIFER

CONDUIT CAPITAL & 51 NORTH PARTNERS

With an international career in corporate finance, governance, strategy and entrepreneurship, Nina serves as the Capital Management Director of the Conduit Capital, investment arm of The London’s Conduit Club. Nina is also a Co-founder and Managing Partner of 51North Partners, predominantly responsible for private equity investments in renewable energy and infrastructure development as well as related transactions with corporate social responsibility awareness.

Nina’s achievements include: managing the acquisition of Africa’s largest public-private partnership: a geothermal power project by a Meridiam investment fund, valued at $4BN; raising capital for a Turkish special energy acquisition of operational renewable power assets; serving as ongoing financial advisor to Reykjavik Geothermal; and developing a renewable energy platform, Clean Energy Co., designed to invest in large global renewable energy projects.

LAURY SALIGMAN

VERNAL VENTURES

Laury brings expertise and two decades of experience in market strategy and analysis. Her company, Vernal Ventures, invests in early-stage businesses solving environmental problems in the clean energy and food system sectors.

BJOERN SIMON

ALTAIR ENGINEERING

Bjoern brings expertise in software architecture, cloud technologies and product development. He currently heads software based feature development for BMW’s autonomous driving. He previously directed software development at Altair Engineering and co-founded Root3 Technologies where he served as chief architect.

HEMAL SHAH

INSTAGRAM

With expertise in software product design and development, Hemal has deep roots throughout the software industry and Silicon Valley. He has been a primary advisor to a number of acquired software companies and has developed and managed software products for Twitter and currently for Instagram. Hemal was recently named a Forbes 30under30 in Consumer Tech.

ROBERT ZULKOSKI

VERMONT WORKS

With deep experience in international investment management, Bob serves as Chairman and Managing Partner of Vermont Works, an investment firm focused on early-stage companies creating positive social impact. He has built a number of large-scale fund management businesses, has played a lead role in a number of other successful business start-ups, including as Chairman of Greenlots. 

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