Meet the EnergyLink Team

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Find out more about the innovative minds at EnergyLink

The energy and utility market landscape is extremely diverse, complex, and constantly changing. Our highly specialized energy management systems require a combination of strong leadership, a diverse team, and exceptional focus on the end product. Our team members’ expertise includes finance, real estate development, mechanical and electrical engineering, energy efficiency, and installation. Our diverse knowledge, combined with hands-on experience and strong leadership, help to make us one of the industry’s best.

Chris Ihler, Chief Executive Officer

Chris Ihler

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Schnelle, Chief Construction Officer

Scott Schnelle

Chief Construction Officer

Jeremy Nolen, Vice President of Project Management

Jeremy Nolen

VP, Project Management

Christian Gander, Vice President of Finance

Christian Gander

VP, Finance

Matthew Frappier, Vice President of Marketing

Matthew Frappier

VP, Marketing

Andrew Bueler, Director of Operations

Andrew Bueler

Director of Operations

Harsha Maragh, Business Development Associate

Harsha Maragh

Business Dev. Associate

Nick Lazechko, Business Development Associate

Nick Lazechko

Business Dev. Associate

Craig Stichter, Business Development Associate

Craig Stichter

Business Dev. Associate

Caelan Gander, Business Development Associate

Caelan Gander

Business Dev. Associate

Colin McCarthy, Systems Engineer

Colin McCarthy

Systems Engineer

Cully Meier, Project Engineer

Cully Meier

Project Engineer

Kylie McCalmont, Social Media Specialist for EnergyLink

Kylie McCalmont

Social Media Specialist

Scott McCullough, Installation Specialist

Scott McCullough

Installation Tech

Greg Grimes, Installation Specialist

Greg Grimes

Installation Tech

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Chris Ihler, Chief Executive Officer

Chris Ihler

As CEO and Co-Founder, Chris created EnergyLink in 2010 with an organizational vision of providing cost-effective energy solutions to the mid-cap marketplace. EnergyLink is a general contractor/developer that provides energy redevelopment EPC services in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Chris leads the EnergyLink team with the mission of adding value to the “Triple Bottom Line” of each of EnergyLink’s customers by providing expert energy solutions that benefit clients’ net income, the community, and the environment. 

By integrating customized financial modeling with design-build construction practices, EnergyLink has successfully completed several “first of their kind” energy projects across product categories including energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage, and building automation systems. Demand management and economic viability are at the core of every project EnergyLink develops. EnergyLink is a pioneer in the energy financing space, particularly in utilizing Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, in which it is an organizationally-approved contractor, to implement projects that otherwise would not have been feasible.

Prior to creating EnergyLink, Chris founded and led Gateway Investments, a holding company with three real estate arms focused on construction services, rental investments, and raw land development in Mid-Missouri and the Ozarks, including student housing and property management in Columbia.

Scott Schnelle, Chief Construction Officer

Scott Schnelle

Scott is a Co-Founder of EnergyLink and works as our Chief Construction Officer. He ensures our projects are properly installed and are approved by city ordinances. Scott is one of our BPI Energy Auditors.

Jeremy Nolen, Vice President of Project Management

Jeremy Nolen

Jeremy coordinates all nationwide projects as the Vice-President of Project Management. Under this role, he interfaces with the construction team, the client, and the financing team to ensure that projects are completed on time and in line with each client’s specific needs.

Christian Gander, Vice President of Finance

Christian Gander

Christian Gander is our VP of Finance at EnergyLink LLC. His duties include providing financial services and economic analysis to customers as well as assisting in project design, business development, and implementation. He ensures that all projects are financially viable and assists customers with securing funding for their projects.

Christian received his MBA from the University of Missouri in 2017 and his BSBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Missouri in 2015.

Matthew Frappier, Vice President of Marketing

Matthew Frappier

Matthew leads the Marketing department as the Vice-President of Marketing and collaborates with other departments to guide the direction of all print, digital, web, and social content across all channels, ensuring that everything is in line with EnergyLink’s mission and values.

He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a Marketing Major from Columbia College of Missouri and earned a Master’s of Business Administration with a Marketing focus from the University of Central Missouri.

He holds 11 certifications in the digital marketing space, from authorities such as Google Ads and Google Analytics to Google Tag Manager, Hootsuite, and Hubspot.

Andrew Bueler, Director of Operations

Andrew bueler

Andrew handles many of our day-to-day operations and works with utilities, capital providers, and other energy organizations to ensure EnergyLink is in compliance with the various programs it works with.

Harsha Maragh, Business Development Associate

Harsha Maragh

Harsha is EnergyLink’s Business Development Associate for the Denver metro area and the Front Range region, at large. Along with delivering energy solutions and financial analyses to the customer, she also generates new business through targeted communication and networking.  

She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Western Connecticut State University and a Masters degree in Sustainability Planning and Management from the Masters of the Environment program at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

She has extensive stakeholder engagement, customer service and interpersonal communication experience. 

Harsha is passionate about sustainability and helping businesses and non profits achieve their organizational social responsibility goals. She works to ensure that customers experience positive sustainability impacts that align closely with their mission.

Nick Lazechko, Business Development Associate

Nick Lazechko

Nick is the Non-Profit Business Development Manager at EnergyLink. He helps non-profit organizations in Missouri and the Denver area find energy solutions that enable them to advance their goals.

Craig Stichter, Business Development Associate

Craig Stichter

Craig is EnergyLink’s traveling Business Development Associate for the Midwest and Mountain regions. His main goal is to help businesses and non-profits lower utility costs and become more profitable.

Caelan Gander, Business Development Associate

Caelan Gander

Caelan is a Business Development Associate at EnergyLink. His duties include reaching out to prospective clients, evaluating their needs, and developing energy management solutions for their facilities. His main goal is to lower utility costs for businesses and non-profits by prescribing mechanical upgrades that are sustainable and economically viable. He serves Denver and the Mountain region at large.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in International Studies – East Asian Studies from the University of Missouri in 2019.

Caelan is committed to finding creative, customized, and comprehensive solutions for each client and going the extra mile to ensure the needs of their organization are addressed and fulfilled.

Colin McCarthy, Systems Engineer

COlin McCarthy

Colin works to find the most viable energy management strategies for different customers based on their varying needs and utility providers. His analysis includes working with energy audit results and understanding the various rate tariffs available to customers, as well as highlighting opportunities for rate transitions and utilizing different on-site generation technologies to maximize the economic return of energy management projects. With interval data and utility history for a customer, he determines the best sizing for systems like PV solar, battery storage, or CHP generators. Colin then works with channel partners such as HVAC technicians and controls companies to ensure that the control strategies are being correctly implemented to ensure that performance goals are being achieved for each project. In the post-construction phase, Colin keeps track of performance and works with utility providers to make sure that ongoing efforts to maintain performance are successful and the customers are billed under the appropriate rate tariffs by their utility providers.

Colin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Missouri. While finishing his degree, he was employed by the Industrial Assessment Center of Missouri as a student energy auditor. During his time with the IAC, he helped conduct energy audits for industrial and manufacturing facilities throughout Missouri, as well as providing estimates of energy performance and monetary savings for various recommended improvements.

Cully Meier, Project Engineer

Cully Meier

As our Project Engineer, Cully handles many of the details within our installations, from sizing solar systems to wiring electrical components on-site. He assures each project is properly installed, and maintained throughout the system’s life.

Kylie McCalmont, Social Media Specialist for EnergyLink

Kylie McCalmont

Kylie is in charge of writing articles for EnergyLink’s blog and social media accounts, which include: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

She is a Cincinnati native and soon-to-be Mizzou alum. Kylie is an energetic leader, an avid writer, and a quick learner with aspirations of becoming a content strategist. She will graduate in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism – Strategic Communication with minors in Business and Spanish.

Scott McCullough, Installation Specialist

Scott Mccullough

Scott assists with commercial energy project installation and construction services.

Greg Grimes, Installation Specialist

Greg Grimes

Greg helps manage commercial energy project installation and construction services.

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