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MEET THE PANELISTS

THE FUTURE OF LIGHTING WITHIN

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

2021

THURSDAY | OCTOBER 28
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
 

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Eric Arnold
Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Manager
Georgia Power

Eric Arnold is the Residential Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Manager at Georgia Power. His responsibilities are to lead the Company’s strategic objective of implementing energy efficiency programs in the residential class as certified by the Georgia Public Service Commission as demand-side management resources. Eric began his career at Georgia Power in 1987 as a Utilityman in Power Generation.  Prior to his current position, he served as Residential Segment Manager with primary responsibilities of managing and developing sales strategy of end-use products in the existing single family and multi-family markets. 

 

Prior to that, Eric served in several other roles to build professional experience and skills, including the following roles: Tactical Marketing Sales Manager, Tactical Marketing Project Manager,  Assistant to the Field Service Manager for Meter Reading, Customer Field Service Supervisor, Energy Audit Team Supervisor, Marketing Support Representative, and Metermen.

Eric has worked for Georgia Power for more than 34 years. He served in the U.S. Navy and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business from Mercer University.  He is a member of ASHRAE, AEE and served as Atlanta Chapter President and Southeast Regional Director of the American Association of Black in Energy (AABE). Eric currently serves as Vice President of Habitat for Humanity of Georgia. Industry certifications include Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).

 

Simran Kohli
Director of Business Development and Strategy
Greenlite

Simran Kohli has 12+ years of experience within the Utility Efficiency Industry, where she has designed, launched and managed Greenlite’s portfolio of programs including Direct Install, Low Income, Utility Branded Online Portals, and Energy Saving Kit Programs, across the North American region. Having been successfully launched in partnership with 100+ large public and private US utilities, these programs have resulted in tremendous success and industry acknowledgement, including winning Greenlite the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for four years in a row. Under Simran’s leadership, Greenlite has launched programs with stellar success rates such as Low-Income Program for Commonwealth Edison resulting in distribution of 10M ENERGY STAR LED Bulbs and Xcel Energy’s Income Qualified Programs delivering 2.5M+ LED and water saving kits to low-income consumers.

Within her business development role, Simran has also been instrumental in developing and implementing growth opportunities, designing 360 degree marketing initiatives, building digital capabilities  and building frameworks for future programs. She and her team are lauded for customer service, attention to detail, timeliness, and flexibility in quickly executing projects and programs seamlessly and cost-effectively.

Simran is a self-professed foodie and loves to experiment with new recipes. Her friends and family are regularly hosted at home to taste her latest discoveries and accompanying cocktails!

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Brian Walker
Lighting R&D Technology Manager
US Department of Energy

Dr. Brian Walker is the technology manager for the Lighting R&D subprogram, as part of the Emerging Technologies program in EERE’s Building Technologies Office.
 
Prior to this role Brian managed a portfolio of analysis projects in EERE’s Office of Strategic Programs. He and his partners examined industrial energy use, global supply chains, and factors driving asset valuation and competitiveness. He was an author of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, and he served as the U.S. representative to the Energy Efficiency Working Party at the International Energy Agency.

Before the Department of Energy, Brian studied the fundamental properties of materials, as well as their use in devices. His graduate research explored quantum dots and organic dyes in LEDs, photodetectors, and other applications. As Herchel Smith Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, he and his team studied the mechanism and design implications of singlet exciton fission. Brian has won research funding in the United States and United Kingdom, served as a reviewer for six U.S. federal agencies, and authored more than 20 papers in Nature Chemistry, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other technical publications. He has a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.A. from Cornell University.

 
 

Scott Alan Davis
Director of Energy Access and Equity
SEEL, LLC

Scott Alan Davis is a native Detroiter who attended Detroit Public Schools and later went on to graduate from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI, with a bachelor's degree in Communications Arts and Science focused on Public Relations/Marketing and Business. Scott furthered his education at Marygrove College in Detroit, earning his master's degree in Administrative Education. Scott also received national certifications from the National Training Institute as a trainer in Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Facilitation. Davis also received certification in real estate development from the National Development Institute. 

Scott joined Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics in 2013. Scott has won several awards and been recognized numerous times for his work. In 2015, he was honored with the Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Award and in 2015 MCLJasco (SEEL's parent company) Chairman's Award for outstanding service. He has served on several boards and community action committees; he is a mentor to several young professionals, youth, and ex-offenders. He also started his consulting firm in 2012, the Robert Carrie Group. Named after his parents, the services offered are financial planning, for profit and non-profit business planning and development (this includes boards), strategic planning, event planning, urban and community planning, fund development, and training in any of the afore mentioned areas. He is committed to supporting all communities and does it through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens and serves on various national committees in this capacity. Scott was officially certified as a DEI Professional and Leader by the DEI Council in 2021.

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