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Description: Description: C:\Users\Alli\Downloads\David Ely_EDSS.jpgDavid Ely
President, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)
Experience: As the founder and driving force behind Energy Design Service Systems, David Ely brings more than 30 years’ experience to his role in one of the nation’s fastest-growing energy solutions companies. David’s inspirational leadership and extensive knowledge in energy efficiency enhances EDSS’s capacity to help companies across the nation to learn the advantages of ‘going green’, and presents clients with the right incentives to make their projects more affordable.

  • David Ely and EDSS will be featured on 21st Century Television Series, and seen on CNBC, FOX Business, and DIRECTV
  • Named #820 overall and #24 in Energy by Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing 5000 list
  • Serves on the Board for Nova SE University Academic Scholarship Fund in Florida
  • Serves on the Board of Trustees for Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit, MI
  • Serves on the Board of Visitors at Wayne State University, in Detroit, MI
  • Partner of Oakland University’s Clean Energy Research Center
  • Serves as Senior Advisor in the Energy Innovation Alliance with Oakland University and Energy Design Service Systems, a partnership in Energy Efficient Research and Development Grants
  • Nominated for the Detroit Free Press’s Michigan Green Leaders of the Year, 2010 & 2011
  • Speaker at Energy Summit Conference 2010, and Dealers Edge Conference
  • Charity foundations: City Mission, Alternatives for Girls, Kid’s Kicking Cancer, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, Children’s Leukemia Foundation, Lacasa, The Heart of a Child, Boys and Girls Club of America

Paul McGahan
RESNET Certified HERS Rater/ Energy Star Certified EPAct Engineer, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)
Education and Training:

  • B.S. in Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
  • Masters of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
  • Certified HERS Rater- IAERHPP
  • Energy Star 3.0 Certified- IAERHPP

Experience: Knowledgeable in EPAct 45L, Paul has 12 years’ experience as an Architect working in the Architectural field as well as 25 years’ experience as a home builder. Paul offers EDSS a wealth of knowledge for residential and building programs.

  • Member of the Illinois Association of Energy Raters and Home Performance Professionals (IAERHPP)
  • NCARD Certified
  • Member of Intern Development Program (IDP)
  • Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Janell Holmes
Director of Project Management, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)
Education and Training:

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Arts and Sciences in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

Experience: Janell brings 11 years’ experience in project management alone, specializing in reviewing blueprints, and specifications to ensure that green building requirements are met. Including negotiating pricing and providing the client with the best options available, Janell manages the critical project details to get the job done. 

  • Manages large national accounts, overseeing purchases and competitive pricing.
  • Experience in supervising project managers, coordinators, and sales staff
  • Project/Team Manager for Needham Electric Supply, and Consolidated Electrical Services

Marcella Brys
Director of Lighting Design, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)
Education and Training:

  • Bachelors of Science in Architecture, University of Michigan
  • Graphic Design, Washtenaw Community College

Experience: Specializing in bringing new light to outdated lighting designs, Marcella has the knowledge and expertise to find the right lighting solution for any building type inside and out. Directing a team of 9 lighting designers, Marcella assists companies in looking into LED and energy efficient lighting for all of their construction projects.

  • Experienced in taking projects through from initial design work to final result; including specifying and ordering fixtures
  • Experience in both interior and exterior lighting design applications for both residential and commercial work
  • Worked closely with top car dealerships like Mercedes Benz, GMC/Buick, Toyota, Ford, Cadillac, Nissan, Chrysler, Volvo; designing to meet the manufacturer’s specifications and codes
  • Well-known projects include- Billion Auto in Bozeman, MT (LED lighting design for a 130,000 sq.ft. complex), and Intercar Mercedes Benz in Newton, NJ(Fluorescent/LED hybrid lighting)

 Aimee Vierra
Project Coordinator/EPAct Engineer/Lighting Designer, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)
Education and Training:

  • B.S. in Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
  • Masters of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University

Experience: With a background in Architecture and Design, Aimee has extensive experience working on the 179D EPAct tax deduction for over two years. As an additional skill, Aimee provides clients with lighting designs that not only improve energy efficiency but their project’s overall appearance.

  • National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) Intern Development Program (IDP) Record Holder
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Associate
  • Masters of Architecture- Graduated with distinction
  • Member of the Lawrence Technological University Alumni Association
  • Experience in retail interior design and fabrication

Simon Ren, P.E., C.E.M.
Director of Energy and Environmental Studies, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)
Education and Training:

  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Michigan
  • Certified Energy Manager, B.S. in Engineering, Oakland University

Experience: Simon Ren has a wealth of experience with energy projects both large and small, with expertise in Energy Audits, HVAC Controls, Project Development, Engineering, Project Management, Sales, and Training.

  • Audited architectural/ mechanical/electrical systems at 300 commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings totaling 50,000,000 square feet; identified measures to reduce energy consumption by 30%
  • Reduced initial cost, operating costs, and/or future capital expenditures of a major construction program by $15M with enhanced performance, by reviewing design documents for a series of construction projects and justifying early modifications to the mechanical/electrical designs.
  • Led energy audits of building and HVAC units, identifying savings of 62% of energy and water costs; Defense Logistic Support; projects in the U.S., and Guam, MACTEC Engineering & Consulting
  • Audited energy usage of 149,000sf manufacturing plant; identified savings of 15% of energy and water costs, and significantly improved lighting and HVAC systems; Bosch in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico
  • Past President American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Engineers, Detroit
  • Principal Energy Engineer for MACTEC Engineering & Consulting
  • University Engineer for Oakland University
  • Senior Energy Engineer for Johnson Controls
  • Manager, Mechanical Engineering; Project Engineer-Design/Construction; and Design Engineer III for the University of Michigan Hospitals
  • Past Planning Commissioner for Hamburg Township

Allison Cummings
Grant Specialist, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)

  • B.A. in Linguistics, Oakland University

Experience: Allison brings to the table experience and a vast knowledge of working with clients of all types from nonprofits to large businesses. Specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency grants, Allison has helped clients maximize their incentives on their projects to ‘go green’ with avenues most companies don’t realize exist.

  • Six years’ experience in Research and Professional Writing
  • Trained in Grants.gov, Duns & CCR Registration
  • Trained in Business Plan Analysis and SBIR/STTR Grant Writing
  • Certified in Renewable Energy and Consumer Attitudes on Renewable Energy, EERE
  • Member of the Oakland University Alumni Association

Gary Ely
Customer Service Specialist, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)
Education and Training:

  • Studies in Liberal arts and Science, University of Michigan- Dearborn

Experience: Gary Ely is a qualified senior Sales/Marketing Manager with strong business relationships within the Electrical/ Industrial Distributor. Gary brings to the table 35 years’ experience in lighting to help guide EDSS and its LED endeavor in the right direction for both energy efficiency and functionality.

AnneMarie Regnier
Director of EPAct Engineers/CAD Design, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)
Education and Training:

  • Computer Aided Design in Manufacturing, Eastern Michigan University

Experience: Anne Marie offers 10 years’ experience in Computer Aided Design and project management. Serving as a team director in EDSS’s main office in Brighton, MI. AnneMarie works closely with clients and EDSS staff to coordinate workflow of the 179D, 45L, and design projects.

  • Oversees a staff of 20 Energy Information Modeling Engineers and Analysts
  • Manages a database of 480 active projects
  • Specializes in Prototype Development
  • Designer, Archivist, CAD Specialist for Ford Land
  • CAD Designer for Enterprise Automotive, Inc.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop
  • Experience in 3D Modeling, and reading blueprints

Kevin Halpin
National Director of Business Development, Energy Design Service Systems (EDSS)
Education and Training:

  • Bachelors of Architecture, Miami University
  • Masters of Architecture, Ohio State University
  • Certified Construction Manager
  • Contractor License, Nevada

Experience: Joining EDSS in 2009, Kevin has over 30 years experience in design and construction of large scale facilities such as regional malls, hotels, distribution facilities, high-end department stores and office complexes, as well as numerous smaller scale projects. He is a Registered Architect as well as Lighting Consultant and a Certified Construction Manager.

  • Clients have included industry leaders including Bloomingdales, Nordstroms, Simons Properties, Wynn Hotels, Fendi, Judith Ripka, Foxwoods MGM Resorts and Casinos and Caesar’s Palace.
  • Worked with such notable Architectural firms as FRCH Worldwide, Barteluce & Associates and James Harb & Associates
  • Served as Vice President for Design and Development for the Fortunoff Corporation
  • Served as Executive Vice President- Managing Director of Dejah Enterprises, in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.