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Meet the EnergyLink Team

Connect with our leadership team, on-staff engineers, financial analysts, marketing team, admin representatives, construction crew leaders, and other support staff

Leadership Team

The EnergyLink leadership team is comprised of heads of each department. Each member is well-versed in their area of expertise and in charge of growing departments. Their goal is to view the bigger picture of EnergyLink’s growth in the commercial and industrial energy space.

Development & Marketing Team

Comprised of sales staff, executive sales staff, financial analysts, engineers, and other integral customer support staff whose main goal is to develop and monitor the best possible energy project for your organization.

Greg Grimes, Structuring and Originations Manager at EnergyLink

Structuring & Originations Mgr.

Saskia Cairnes, Creative & Communications Manager for EnergyLink

Creative & Comms Manager

Natalie Gregus, Communications Coordinator at EnergyLink

Communications Coordinator

Operations Team

Spearheaded by the team whose sole goal is execution to the high standards of EnergyLink and our clientele. All phases of construction are well managed and coordinated by each member throughout the process of installing energy solutions.

Contact our team today

If you’ve got an energy-related question, we’ve got the answer. Our team would be happy to help in any way we can! And if you want to join this fantastic team, we welcome your interest.

Chris Ihler, Chief Executive Officer of EnergyLink

Chief Executive Officer

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Areas of Expertise

Organizational Planning

Forecasting

Business Development

Notable Projects

Oxford Vista, Aurora, CO 

Impressively large, this project achieved near net zero with a 434 kW solar ground mount and carport combo, a 100 ton Daikin water cooled geothermal VRV system and a building automation system (BAS), alongside other energy efficiency upgrades.

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Beyond the Title

Chris focuses on EnergyLink’s strategic partnerships and new markets development. He’s also a thought leader in the industry and is open for speaking engagements.

Educational Background

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri but comes from the real estate industry. A serial entrepreneur, Chris has extensive experience in commercial real estate development and utilizes this knowledge when presenting financial models to clients.

Janine Stichter, Chief People Officer at EnergyLink

Chief People Officer

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Areas of Expertise

Behavioural Health of EnergyLink

Organizational Planning

Notable Projects

Although not directly involved with projects, Janine establishes internal processes that make it possible for the company to expand their offerings to clients in 2021 and beyond.

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Beyond the Title

Janine has worked in research settings for over 2 decades, conducted over $12 million in federal grant research, and taught at the University of Missouri. When not with the EnergyLink team, she owns and operates her highly successful human resources consulting business, JSAdvantages.

Educational Background

Janine holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Analysis with research on Social and Emotional Wellbeing.

Andrew Bueler, Administrative Manager at EnergyLink

Administrative Manager

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Areas of Expertise

Administration

Compliance

Payroll Management

Health Insurance Management

Notable Projects

Faber & Brand, Columbia MO

This was the first carport installation done by EnergyLink. Andrew played a critical role in licensing and the development of the project.

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Beyond the Title

Andrew oversees the inner workings of our organization. He ensures we are licensed and certified to carry out projects and provides support services to the company, which enable continued growth.

Educational Background

Andrew holds an Associate’s degree in General Studies.

Mike Chudy, Executive Sales Manager at EnergyLink

Executive Sales Manager

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Areas of Expertise

Sales Training

Coaching

Leading Teams

Sales Management

Business Development

Notable Projects

 Nickel Barracks Training Center, Salina, KS

This is EnergyLink’s largest public project. Mike guided our sales team on the development of this project, from the RFP stage to winning bid, advising team efforts to ensure we secured the project.

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Beyond the Title

Having had an extremely successful sales career, Mike currently runs Austin Sales Consulting and mentors / advises early-stage start-up companies on their go to market strategy.

He uses his expertise to manage EnergyLink’s Sales, Business Development, and Sales Support as they prospect new clients, develop proposals, give captivating presentations, and close deals.

Educational Background

Mike holds a Master’s degree in Leadership.

Matthew Frappier, Marketing Manager for EnergyLink

Marketing Manager

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Areas of Expertise

Inbound Marketing

Communications

Lead Generation

Web Development

Graphic Design

Marketing Strategy & Planning

Notable Projects

Oxford Vista, Aurora, CO was brought in through a referral from an email marketing campaign Matthew managed, Spring Hill High School, Spring Hill KS came organically through his direct SEO efforts, and Faber & Brand, Columbia, MO came from a print advertisement he created. The Seventy-Six also came in through a Google Ads campaign he created and managed.

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Beyond the Title

Matthew built and maintains EnergyLink’s expansive website, which acts as an education tool to prospective clients, and is integral to the company’s inbound lead generation.

He started and manages EnergyLink’s Marketing department, overseeing its growth over time. As the head of the department, he coordinates marketing budgets, runs internal meetings, and oversees the development of all internal and outsourced marketing efforts, monitoring progress towards marketing objectives.

Educational Background

Matthew holds a Master’s of Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a Marketing major from Columbia College.

He has extensively studied the Marketing field, and holds the following certifications: Google Ads Fundamentals, Google Ads Mobile, Google Ads Search, Google Ads Display, Hubspot Inbound Marketing, Hubspot Content Marketing, Hubspot Email Marketing, Hubspot Inbound Sales, Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, and Hootsuite Social Marketing.

Andrew Halpern, Operations Manager at EnergyLink

Chief Executive Officer

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Areas of Expertise

Operations/Construction Strategic Planning

Training and Development

Notable Projects

Oxford Vista, Aurora, CO 

Drew oversaw project management for EnergyLink’s most complex and challenging project to date. Beyond solar, it involved a complex mechanical room renovation with new HVAC and DOAS units, a geo loop VRV system, new windows, white cool roof, and LED lighting upgrades.

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Beyond the Title

Prior to joining EnergyLink, Drew led the largest operations region at Pure Technologies, a $100MM/year company. Now, Drew spearheads the Operations department, which involves monitoring construction, procurement and delivery timelines, as well as building and maintaining relationships with subcontractors and other channel partners.

Educational Background

Drew holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Local Government & Policy.

Chad Morrow, Controller for EnergyLink

Controller

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Areas of Expertise

Forecasting

Financial Modeling & Analysis

Funding Procurement

Notable Projects

Chad does not directly work on projects, instead he manages the company’s overall finances to ensure all projects are successful.

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Beyond the Title

As EnergyLink’s Controller, Chad plays a large role in assessing the financial viability of new projects, alongside maintaining the overall financial health of the company.

Educational Background

Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Jeremy Nolen, Project Executive at EnergyLink

Project Executive

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Areas of Expertise

Sales, Business Development

RFP Search & Submission

Project Pricing

Notable Projects

Oxford Vista, Aurora, CO 

EnergyLink’s largest and most diverse project in terms of scope. This involved a host of mechanical improvements on top of solar. Also, the Nickell Barracks Training Center for the National Guard is EnergyLink’s largest project, featuring a solar carport and ground mount combo, as well as other improvements.

Missouri National Guard, Camp Crowder, Neosho, MO

Jeremy built a strong relationship with the National Guard to build the trust that EnergyLink could handle the large, 18 building solar installation.

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Beyond the Title

Jeremy has found a niche working with the National Guard and other public entities, establishing strong relationships with them, and bidding on RFPs competitively.

Having worked in project management with the company in the past, Jeremy has a strong understanding of our supply chain and can more quickly and effectively estimate project costs. Consequently, this allows him to create more accurate financial projections for clients.

Educational Background

Jeremy holds a Master’s of Business Administration with a Finance concentration.

Craig Stichter, Project Executive at EnergyLink

Project Executive

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Areas of Expertise

 Sales Management

Business Development

Corporate Energy Projects

Mechanical Engineering

Brewery Energy Services

Notable Projects

Catholic Charities – Shikles Center, Jefferson City, MO

The Shikles Center project features EnergyLink’s first usage of a Managed Energy Service Agreement, allowing a third party to fund the project.

FairCom Corporation, Columbia, MO

Craig was instrumental in negotiating the FairCom project, guiding them to selecting a package with a large solar array, LED lights, and HVAC controls.

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Beyond the Title

 Having owned and operated a craft brewery, Craig specializes in energy projects that increase energy efficiency for the brewing industry. He also holds a strategic role in the company and contributes strongly to expanding EnergyLink’s growth.

Educational Background

Craig holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, which makes him great at articulating the value of EnergyLink’s proposed projects due to his added layer of technical expertise.

Christian Gander, Lead Analyst at EnergyLink

Lead Analyst

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Areas of Expertise

Financial Development

Financial Modeling & Analysis

System Design

Notable Projects

EDC Business and Community Partners, St. Louis, MO

A unique and innovative Solar Power Agreement (SPA); Christian secured tax equity benefits for our nonprofit customer and implemented a complex utility rate structure, alongside rebates and grants to add economic value.

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Beyond the Title

Christian has built all of our financial models, which allow us to leverage creative funding solutions for our clients.

Educational Background

Christian holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of Missouri.

Scott Schnelle, Account Executive at EnergyLink

Account Executive

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Areas of Expertise

Project Management

Construction Management

Business Development

Rural Solar Installation

Notable Projects

Stefan Farms, Golden City, MO

Scott specializes in rural solar applications, and has helped countless farm owners make the jump to solar over the years. Stefan Farms involved a larger solar application near a wind turbine field. Currently, Scott’s involved in talks with MFA Oil to provide their coop members with solar to help other rural farms transition to renewable energy.

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Beyond the Title

Scott Co-Founded EnergyLink alongside Chris Ihler with a vision of growing the company to dominate the renewable energy industry. Now, he focuses his efforts on quality assurance, traveling around the nation to ensure all project installations meet the high standards EnergyLink upholds.

Educational Background

Scott has an OSHA 10 certification, and is also BPI Certified.

Jake Robins, Business Development Representative for EnergyLink

Jake Robins

Jake is EnergyLink’s Business Development Representative. His focus is on searching for and connecting with large organizations nationwide who may have energy-related pain points which could be resolved with EnergyLink’s help.

With over 15 years of experience in the energy industry, Jake knows a lot about this field and is a great resource for all things energy-related.

Greg Grimes, Structuring and Originations Manager at EnergyLink

Structuring & Originations Manager

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Areas of Expertise

Business Development

Utility Scale Applications

Community Solar

Notable Projects

Shelter Insurance, Columbia MO

This project is the second largest private commercial array in Columbia, preceded in size only by Midway, USA, another EnergyLink project. Greg was heavily involved in the project management process as it developed.

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Beyond the Title

Greg identifies new market opportunities and strategies for engagement for the company. He also builds channel partnerships and works extensively on building out external program offerings for clients.

Educational Background

Greg hold a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics and Personal Financial Planning.

Colin McCarthy, Project Engineer at EnergyLink

Project Engineer, CEM

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Areas of Expertise

Energy Modeling

Estimation

Preconstruction Services

Project Engineering

System Design

Notable Projects

Wilson’s Fitness at The MAC

This was the first project of its kind to utilize the Columbia Water & Light energy storage rider for commercial customers. Colin provided integral analysis of afternoon peak reduction and thermal energy storage for the south-west facing solar array.

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Beyond the Title

Colin is a Certified Energy Manager and holds Industrial Assessment Program Certification, making him an expert in engineering tailored solar systems and mechanical upgrades such as CHP, absorption chillers, and more.

Educational Background

Colin studied Industrial Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Missouri with an additional focus on energy management.

Saskia Cairnes, Creative & Communications Manager for EnergyLink

Creative & Communications Manager

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Areas of Expertise

Creative Communications

Corporate Identity / Branding

Notable Projects

Buncombe County, NC

This municipality project will retrofit 46 federal buildings with solar, making them more energy efficient. Saskia wrote the press release for this project, which was widely distributed due to it being a significant undertaking for a local government project.

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Beyond the Title

Saskia’s skill set encompasses written and visual communication, which has seen her focus specifically on EnergyLink’s branding and company identity. Since joining EnergyLink, Saskia has worked on both external and internal materials to provide a more cohesive image for the company.

Educational Background

Saskia holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Graphic Design from Columbia College.

Natalie Gregus, Communications Coordinator at EnergyLink

Natalie Gregus

Natalie is EnergyLink’s Communications Coordinator. She directly manages all company social media accounts and the company blog. Her primary role is to make great content!

Natalie’s a graduate of the renowned University of Missouri Journalism School (J-School), majoring in Strategic Communications.

Luke Dangelser, Construction Manager for EnergyLink

Construction Manager

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Areas of Expertise

Certification Management

Project Pricing

Project Management

Notable Projects

Buncombe County, NC and the Robertsdale Tank and Gas Station, City of Aurora, CO, are two great examples of projects Luke provides larger oversight for in their construction. He was crucial to the development of construction timelines, procurement of construction materials, and mobilization of construction crew members for each project, as well as many other projects.

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Beyond the Title

Luke specializes in construction management logistics and works hard to keep our construction teams organized. He manages the bigger picture for construction projects nationwide and collaborates with Crew Leaders to ensure that each team is on track with their respective timelines.

Educational Background

Luke holds certifications in OSHA 10, OSHA 30, First Aid/Heart Saver/CPR, Hilti Operator/Maintenance, and Forklift Operator.

Victoria La Rose, M&V Manager at EnergyLink

Measurement & Verification Manager

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Areas of Expertise

Energy Auditing

Project Engineering

Measurement & Verification

Energy Performance Reporting

Notable Projects

Camp Crowder, Neosho, MO

This was EnergyLink’s first project using a geo-ballasted system. Given that solar was installed on 18 separate buildings, a lot of effort was required to ensure proper reporting and performance monitoring systems were in place to adequately monitor solar results over time.

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Beyond the Title

Victoria is the first female to be a department head and is currently building out our Measurement and Verification services department. She specializes in performance reporting and adds value to the construction team as integral support through daily system performance monitoring. She also provides regular performance reports for clients.

Educational Background

Victoria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Certification of Achievement from the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center Program, and is a certified CMVP.

Cully Meier, Systems Engineer at EnergyLink

Systems Engineer

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Areas of Expertise

3D Modeling

Project Engineering

System Design

Solar Interconnection

Notable Projects

Midway USA, Columbia MO

This project is the largest private commercial solar array in Columbia Missouri. Cully spear-headed the rooftop design and system planning as well as the wiring and interconnection.

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Beyond the Title

Cully is integral to the final steps of any project as he oversees the final inspection, wiring, and interconnection of all solar installations. He is also crucial to the planning process before a project starts, creating preliminary engineering designs and 3D models.

Educational Background

Cully holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering. Cully is also NABCEP Certified, OSHA 10 Certified, and an EPA Certified Renovator.

Sean Meier, Junior Project Manager for EnergyLink

Junior Project Manager

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Areas of Expertise

Business Energy Projects

Energy Auditing

Project Management

Notable Projects

City of Paragould, AR

Sean took an active role in managing the logistics for the projects as materials were brought in, working together with the project Crew Leader and construction crew to complete the project.

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Beyond the Title

Having past experience with the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, Sean is very familiar with the renewable energy industry. Now, he uses his knowledge of the industry as he conducts energy audits, coordinates construction projects and logistics, and assists with project installations.

Educational Background

Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management.

Peter Ginsberg, Junior Project Engineer for EnergyLink

Junior Project Engineer

Asset 22

Areas of Expertise

 Business Development

Project Management

Procurement

Supply Chain Management

Notable Projects

Oxford Vista, Aurora, CO 

Peter helped coordinate the day to day operations of the project as it unfolded and, after completion of the project, has been overseeing any routine maintenance needed.

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Beyond the Title

Peter acts as a bridge between the Sales and Operations teams, ensuring clients’ expectations for their projects are met by working with both teams to manage supply chain logistics and construction timelines.

Educational Background

Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Management.

Jacob Littrel, Crew Leader for EnergyLink

Crew Leader

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Areas of Expertise

Construction Management

Product Installation

Construction Team Coordination

Notable Projects

City of Paragould, Paragould, AR

Jake served as the Crew Leader for this project, overseeing the installation of a nearly 2 MW ground mount bifacial solar array with single axis tracking. At the time of installation, both bifacial solar panels and single axis tracking were new technologies for EnergyLink.

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Beyond the Title

As a Crew Leader for EnergyLink, Jake manages the day to day operations of construction projects across the country, ensuring project timelines are adhered to.

Educational Background

Jake holds certifications from Union Commercial Masonry, OSHA 30, and OSHA 10.

Ivan Yantis, Crew Leader for EnergyLink

Crew Leader

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Areas of Expertise

Construction Management

Product Installation

Construction Team Coordination

Notable Projects

MidwayUSA, Columbia, MO

This project showcases Missouri’s largest private solar installation, which Ivan was integral to coordinating with his construction crew.

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Beyond the Title

Ivan directly communicates with crew members regarding EnergyLink’s goals for work. He regularly coordinates organization and planning and gets directly involved with installations when needed.

Educational Background

Ivan is Certified in Electrical Technology and holds an OSHA 10 certification.

 

Kent Sassatelli, Crew Leader for EnergyLink

Crew Leader

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Areas of Expertise

Organizational Planning

Forecasting

Business Development

Notable Projects

Camp Crowder, Neosho, MO

This was EnergyLink’s first project using a geo-ballasted system. Kent worked alongside other Crew Leaders to execute the large solar installation, which included installations on 18 different buildings.

Buncombe County, NC

Buncombe County is the current project Kent is leading construction efforts on. It entails 46 different solar installations across Buncombe County.

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Beyond the Title

Kent is an AmeriCorps Alumni, who specializes in project management. As a Crew Leader, he heads up one of EnergyLink’s construction teams.

Educational Background

Kent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Scott McCullough, Systems Integrator for EnergyLink

Systems Integrator

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Areas of Expertise

Product Installation

Project Engineering

Maintenance

Notable Projects

Doctor’s Park, Columbia, MO 

Scott played an integral part in implementing the plans for the energy storage and solar installations for the project.

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Beyond the Title

Scott has an extensive background in the renewable energy industry, having worked as an Installation Tech for EnergyLink over the past few years. He specializes in developing technical documentation for the company, and collaborates with Crew Leaders throughout the installation process to successfully complete product installations.

Educational Background

Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science and Technology and is OSHA 10 certified.

Marshall Sheets, Systems Integrator for EnergyLink

Systems Integrator

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Areas of Expertise

System Installation

Communications

Human Resources

Organizational Planning

Notable Projects

Camp Crowder, Neosho, MO

This was EnergyLink’s first project using a geo-ballasted system. Marshall played a huge hand in installing each of eighteen individual solar systems on the Missouri National Guard campus.

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Beyond the Title

Prior to working with EnergyLink, Marshall ran a successful executive recruiting operation, focused on the mining and metals sector. Having had experience in multiple sectors and vertical hiring, he is integral to growing EnergyLink’s construction workforce.

Educational Background

Marshall holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Keiran Butler, Systems Integrator for EnergyLink

Keiran Butler

Keiran assists with commercial energy project installation and construction services.

Julian Johnson

Julian assists with commercial energy project installation and construction services as one of our Solar Technicians.

Christian Gander, Lead Analyst at EnergyLink

Christian Gander

Christian Gander is our Lead Analyst. 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.

Jeremy Nolen, Project Executive at EnergyLink

Jeremy Nolen

Jeremy is one of EnergyLink’s Project Executives who works with clients nationwide to execute practical energy projects that make financial sense.

Scott Schnelle, Account Executive at EnergyLink

Scott Schnelle

Scott is a Co-Founder of EnergyLink and works as an Account Executive. He focuses mainly on the development of rural renewable and energy efficiency project. Scott is BPI certified and an expert energy auditor.

Chris Ihler, Chief Executive Officer of EnergyLink

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. Chris graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Real Estate and Finance.