The E Source Management Team
Michael Shepard is a cofounder of E Source and is responsible for the company’s overall strategic direction. He speaks frequently at industry events and has published more than 100 papers and books on topics such as ultra-efficient drivepower and lighting systems, innovative financing schemes for energy conservation, and profitable strategies for companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Most recently he has been leading E Source’s efforts to bring to market a new software program that helps utilities micro-target those customers who are most likely to participate in and benefit from energy-efficiency programs.
Michael serves on the advisory board for Avista Utilities’ energy-efficiency program and the judging panel for Platts’ Global Energy Awards. He also chairs the board of the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, an international development organization focused on innovative energy and resource solutions for developing economies. Prior to cofounding E Source, Michael directed the energy program at Rocky Mountain Institute and worked at the Electric Power Research Institute and the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. He holds a BS with distinction in natural resource conservation from Cornell University and a master’s in energy and resources from the University of California at Berkeley.
Executive Vice President and COO
Gary Sunshine is responsible for most of the day-to-day business operations at E Source, including research, content development, technology, website development, human resources, project management, and finance.
Gary joined E Source in 1996 and successively worked in sales, sales management, and marketing. Previously, he spent 20 years in various sales and sales management positions at McGraw‑Hill. Gary has successfully led a variety of sales automation, customer relationship management, and sales process initiatives in the course of his career. He has a bachelor of science in advertising from the journalism school at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Kenneth Black has worked in the electric and gas utility industry for 30 years and has extensive knowledge in the areas of demand-side management (DSM), marketing, market research, business and economic development, and energy services. As president of E Source, he is charged with leading strategic and customer relations.
Ken has hands-on experience managing utility DSM and marketing departments. Having worked on both sides of the customer meter, he has audited facilities, designed programs, and launched new energy-related DSM products and services for utilities and energy service companies (ESCOs). He has also written numerous articles and reports and has presented at numerous conferences.
In addition to utilities, Ken worked closely with energy and facility managers from Fortune 500 companies. He has deep knowledge of the energy needs, profiles, and technologies affecting the large commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors, and he has consulted with national companies in energy management and procurement strategies.
Before joining E Source, Ken was a founding partner of Public Energy Services LLC, an energy management and consulting group, where he helped utilities develop energy services businesses as well as manage sales and delivery capabilities for energy services. He has also served as director of marketing and business development for Entergy Integrated Solutions Inc. and as manager of marketing for PECO Energy (now Exelon). An active member of industry committees and associations, Ken has a BA in biology and an MBA in marketing from Temple University.
Executive Vice President
Jay Stein is focused on expertise development, research skills development, quality control, new product development, and technology assessment. Jay is also a specialist in HVAC, high-tech industrial process technologies, and the IT industry. He was the project director for the E Source Multi-Client Studies “Delivering Energy Services to Semiconductor and Related High-Tech Industries” and “Delivering Energy Services to Internet Hotels and Other High-Density Electronic Loads.”
Over Jay’s 25-year career in the twin fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, he has designed utility demand-side management programs, advanced HVAC systems, and solar thermal collectors. He has also authored and coauthored more than 100 technical papers, magazine articles, and book chapters. Before joining E Source in 1996, Jay cofounded E-Cube Inc., an energy consulting firm specializing in building energy analysis and commissioning. He has a BS in agricultural engineering from Rutgers University.