Jason Laky is the business leader for consumer lending within TransUnion’s Financial Services vertical. He is responsible for the strategy, market planning and financial performance of the consumer lending line of business, which includes personal, student, and retail installment lending. Prior to joining TransUnion in 2009, Jason held positions at HSBC Auto Finance and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he engaged in business unit strategy, product management, market development, and credit operations. In addition, he served as an officer in the United States Army. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Steve has spent over half of his career developing software technology solutions for retail, healthcare, and financial services, and the last 15 years focused on the credit information industry - including a stint as President of the B2C business at Equifax. Steve joined eCredable in 2011 to build an alternative credit bureau that helps consumers and small business owners leverage their phone, internet, and utility payments - which are not typically reported to credit bureaus, but are known to help lenders predict creditworthiness – and expand access to mainstream creditors for approximately 100MM consumers and nearly 6MM small businesses.
As Lucid's VP of Customer Success and Operations, Sarah is responsible for leading the Customer Success, Professional Service, and Operations teams, which work together to implement, onboard, and support all of Lucid's customers in order to drive value and engagement throughout the customer journey. Her experience spans from early stage startups to multi-million dollar client portfolios. Most recently she was responsible for leading the Global Customer Success team at Opower / Oracle Utilities practice. In addition to her Saas experience, Sarah was a practicing structural engineering at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and worked for the commercial real estate developer, Tishman Speyer. Sarah holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, a MS in Structural Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from UC, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Sanjoy is the founder and CEO of Urjanet, the world’s leading utility data aggregator, delivering data from more than 6,500 utility, telecom and cable providers across 47 countries. He is also a founder and current Chairman of Cognosos, a provider of real-time asset tracking and monitoring solutions powered by its innovative IoT platform. Sanjoy is a seasoned entrepreneur and experienced executive who has built and operated several other successful technology businesses.Previously, Sanjoy founded Air2Web, a leader in mobile marketing services. Under Sanjoy’s leadership, Air2Web grew from a pioneering wireless services provider to become a market leader and global strategic mobile partner for the most trusted brands in the world. Prior to Air2Web, Sanjoy founded Synchrologic, a company that created the first enterprise-class data synchronization platform for mobile devices. Synchrologic was acquired by Intellisync, which later became part of Nokia.Sanjoy serves on the Cox Cleantech Advisory Board, and is a founding member of the Atlanta chapter of TiE.
Sanjib Kalita is CEO of Guppy, a company creating and operating a distributed ledger for consumer credit data. Sanjib is an Independent Board Member of Hotapp Blockchain, a publicly listed technology development company, an advisor to American Pacific Bancorp, an advisor to MPOWER Financing, an alternative lender providing student loans for international students, an advisor to Impact Analytics, a data science consulting company, and an advisor to the SXSW Accelerator. Immediately prior to Guppy, Sanjib was Chief Marketing Officer of Money20/20, a business he helped grow from startup to a leading global fintech event series. A fintech leader for over two decades, he has worked for large organizations like Google, Intel and Citi. Guppy is the fourth startup Sanjib has worked on over the last 9 years, with the prior 2 having successful exits, including to Google. Sanjib has an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Sanjay Wagle is co-founder and Managing Director of The Lightsmith Group, a private equity firm pursuing sustainable investments that address critical societal needs. Sanjay has over 20 years of experience in investing, company management, and government focused on clean energy, resources, and climate. Sanjay’s investing experience includes eight years in venture capital and growth equity. He was the first Principal in the CleanTech Group at VantagePoint Capital Partners, which invested over $1 billion in 25 companies in electric vehicles (most notably Tesla Motors), solar, storage, smart grid, green building, water, and sustainable agriculture. Earlier in his career, Sanjay served as an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation, where he led financings of private sector transport, power, and water infrastructure projects in developing countries. Sanjay has served in senior executive roles with several sustainable technology companies, including: Diamond Foundry, a technology company making flawless, jewelry-grade diamonds in an ethical and sustainable manner; Ubiquiti Networks (Nasdaq: UBNT), a publicly listed global technology company where he co-led the launch of a new worldwide solar business; Soligent, the largest US solar distributor with over $200 million in revenues, where he led the acquisition and integration of Soligent’s #2 competitor; and TerraVia, a biotechnology company converting plant-based feedstocks into tailored, high-value food oils. In the first three years of the Obama Administration, Sanjay served as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), overseeing the implementation of $15 billion in programs for clean energy and climate, including investments in renewable energy, electric vehicles, battery manufacturing, industrial efficiency, and biofuels. Sanjay also helped in the formation of DOE’s advanced research agency (ARPA-E) and served as the agency’s first Associate Director for Commercialization, founding and running a “technology-to-market” program to commercialize high-risk, high reward energy technologies funded by the agency. Sanjay holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Priscilla is co-founder of EnergyPrint and a driving force in growing the company into a national energy analytics engine. Under her leadership, EnergyPrint is on track to become the gold standard of energy management done right. Priscilla has over 20 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, business development and operations. Prior to founding EnergyPrint, she led organizations and consulted with companies big and small, including Medtronic, Thrivent and Best Buy. Over the past few years, Priscilla has become a recognized national speaker on building energy analytics and high performing buildings, and she regularly contributes to real estate journals and building magazines.
Peter Heintzelman joined Cobb EMC as President and CEO in March 2018. He has an extensive background in corporate operations, business strategy and finance in the energy, services and manufacturing sectors, including having guided companies through complex transitional and growth periods. Through his experience in operations, investment banking, trading and business development across the globe, Heintzelman brings a unique perspective to one of the nation's largest electric cooperatives. Peter served as Interim Group CEO of innovative energy storage technology and manufacturing company Alevo. He has also served as CFO and in other executive finance and leadership roles for T5 Oil & Gas, Shelf Drilling, Standard Bank and Halliburton. Heintzelman holds a Master of Business Administration with Honors from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Peter resides in Marietta with his wife and children.
Peter Flippen started his career supporting the ENERGY STAR program at ICF and then joined an energy analytics startup, EnergyPrint, to develop and grow their national channel sales program. After fifteen years in the commercial buildings energy management industry, Peter combined his consulting and sales experience to found IEI Solutions. His business advises commercial building technology companies and energy efficiency programs on go-to-market strategies with a focus on channel program development and execution. Peter has a business degree from the University of Virginia and in his role as a huge fan, was an integral part of UVA’s 2019 final four run.
Peter J. (Pete) Kight is considered a pioneer in financial services technology, specifically in electronic funds transfer, online banking, and electronic billing and payment. Today he is focused on driving industry innovation, leading strategic development, and working with companies in the FinTech space. Kight was the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of CheckFree until it was acquired by Fiserv in December 2007 ($4.4 Billion). Kight founded CheckFree in 1981 in his grandmother’s basement, with a vision of providing electronic funds transfer services to businesses and consumers. That vision extended to building infrastructures to support new services that enable and simplify the electronic movement and management of personal and business finances. Today, those products and services have become pervasive, particularly the ability for consumers to view and pay bills online, and provide clients with technology efficiencies as they bring them closer to their customers around the globe. Under Kight’s leadership, CheckFree expanded its scope to multiple types of payments and processing infrastructures, leveraging business intelligence to detect and prevent fraud, electronic billing, reconciliation and operational risk management capabilities – through internal development and acquisitions. Mr. Kight was previously a senior advisor at Comvest Partners, a private investment firm providing equity and debt capital to middle market companies across the United States, since January 2010. He served as co-chairman and managing partner of Comvest Advisors, LLC, from January 2010 to April 2013. From December 2007 to May 2012, Mr. Kight served as director and vice chairman of Fiserv following Fiserv's acquisition of CheckFree Corporation, a leading provider of electronic commerce services and products. Mr. Kight currently serves on the Board of Directors of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (HBAN - since 2012), Blackbaud, Inc. (BLKB – since 2014), and Thunder Bridge Acquisition, Ltd. (TBRG – since 2017). Mr. Kight previously served on the boards of directors of Akamai Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded company that distributes computing solutions and services, from March 2004 to July 2012, and Manhattan Associates, Inc., a publicly traded company that provides supply chain planning and execution solutions, from October 2007 to July 2011. Kight is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of privately held companies, including: BillGo, Cognosos, MX.com, and Urjanet.
Paul Grana is the co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Folsom Labs, where he runs marketing, support, and sales. Folsom Labs is the leading SaaS platform for the solar PV industry, serving 4,000 customers across more than 70 countries. He also organizes the Solar Software Summit, the annual show dedicated to software tools for the solar industry. Previously, he ran Product Marketing at Tigo Energy and Abound Solar. He holds an SB in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
As Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at Fiserv, Patrick Howard drives customer centric billing and payment innovations to market for Biller Solutions. Howard joined Fiserv in 2006, and he brings 25+ years of experience as a change agent for transformation in disruptive, dynamic environments. He is an acknowledged strategic thinker and avid blogger on leadership and product management. Patrick has an MBA in Marketing from Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, and a BA in Computer Science, Mathematics from Rollins College.
A top fintech investor, Tricia co-founded Oak HC/FT in 2014 and has 15 years of experience investing in growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities primarily in financial services technology. Previously, she served as a venture partner at Oak Investment Partners and also has held positions at Cendant (formerly CUC International), where she oversaw marketing, operations and managed direct marketing credit card affinity programs. She also held positions at Hewlett Packard and Merrill Lynch. At various times, she oversaw the marketing, operations or general management of a variety of direct marketing credit card affinity programs. She has appeared on Institutional Investor’s FinTech Finance 40 list. Tricia received a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA degree from Stanford University.
Nipun Goel joined Kabbage in 2015 and is responsible for identifying new growth opportunities and leading strategic initiatives for Kabbage’s lending portfolio. In this role, he is constantly searching for new and innovative approaches to leverage alternative data to improve product offerings and drive a best-in-class customer experience! Prior to Kabbage, Nipun spent six years in Accenture’s Strategy practice where he advised financial institutions across North America on merger integrations, business process redesigns, and regulatory compliance initiatives. Nipun is a graduate of Emory University and currently lives in Midtown Atlanta.
As the CEO and Co-Founder of AvidXchange, Michael Praeger shares his passion for innovation by inspiring businesses to realize the true value of utilizing technology to increase efficiencies and refocus efforts on more strategic company goals. Since founding AvidXchange, Michael has led the company to secure the coveted title of Global Unicorn by CB Insights three years in a row, with a $1 billion-plus valuation by investors, 6,000 customers and 680,000 suppliers nationwide.
Jeremy is currently Vice President – Analytic Solutions Consultant at Equifax, LLC. He leads a team of ASCs supporting the Auto, Housing and Insurance verticals in the U.S., in addition to 3rd party strategic partners. By designing analytic solutions and developing strategy for cooperative data monetization initiatives, the team provides tremendous value to Equifax’s customer and partner while supporting over $300MM in annual revenue. Jeremy has 19 years of analytical expertise in the financial, telecom/pay TV, auto, insurance and retail industries. His responsibilities have included developing customer specific solutions and owning product development responsibilities for product portfolios in excess of $100MM. He was a member of the original development team that created the latest credit score to compete with the traditional FICO score, VantageScore, and has developed numerous products that include data beyond standard credit data (alternative data). Jeremy holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Augusta State University and a M.S. in Mathematics, with a minor in Statistics, from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Jeffrey Perlman is the President and Founder of Bright Power. An experienced energy auditor, energy analyst, and solar-energy-system designer, Jeff is as happy in a boiler room or on a rooftop as he is in a corporate boardroom. He has built Bright Power from a single rented desk in a shared office to the substantial enterprise that it is today. Jeff was named to Crain's New York 40 Under 40 Class of 2018. In addition to his work at Bright Power, Jeff serves on the board of the New Alternatives Fund, a mutual fund that invests in renewable energy. He has taught as adjunct faculty at NYU, CUNY and Pratt. Prior to founding Bright Power, Jeff worked with Greg Kats at Capital E, with whom he co-authored “The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings,” a groundbreaking report that used economic cost/benefit analysis to show that building healthy, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible buildings makes economic sense. Outside of improving the sustainability and comfort of the built environment, Jeff is an accomplished clarinetist. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three sons, with whom he enjoys making milk carton solar cars and soda bottle rockets. Jeff has a B.S. in Applied Physics from Yale University, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), and LEED AP.
Mr. Koh has over 20 years of experience in private equity and sustainable investment. Prior to founding Lightsmith in 2016, Mr. Koh held senior investment roles at Siguler Guff, R3 Capital Partners, and The Carlyle Group. Mr. Koh also served as Head of Investment Funds & Chief Investment Strategist at OPIC, U.S. government’s $20 billion development finance institution. Mr. Koh chairs the Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group (GARI) and advises the UN Green Climate Fund, NYSERDA, and the NY Green Bank. Mr. Koh holds an A.B. magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard, a master's degree in Management from Oxford, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Mr. Koh also clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
Imran joined Cox Communications in 2015 and is a Sr. Director in the Strategy & New Growth group at Cox Communications, where he is responsible for the Connected Resources growth strategy. Prior to Cox, Imran was part of the global mergers & acquisitions teams at UBS and SunTrust. Imran holds a BBA from Emory University and an MBA from Yale University.
Hari Ganapathy is Vice President of Business Development with Dun & Bradstreet, where he has spent the last 15 years working in Analytics, Product, Marketing and Business Development. His main focus for the last five years has been on working with small business owners to educate them on the steps they can take to separate their personal credit from business credit, and how Dun & Bradstreet can help them with realizing their entrepreneurial dreams. Previous to his time at Dun & Bradstreet, Hari worked for Tyco Healthcare as a Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence analyst and at ComputerAid, an IT startup. He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Marketing, an MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain Management, and a certificate in Corporate Entrepreneurship. Hari was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Bethlehem, PA. He currently resides in Short Hills, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters and spends as much time as he can in Philadelphia cheering on his beloved 76ers.
H. Christine Richards is a managing consultant in the Energy practice at Navigant. Christine has 14 years of experience in challenging the status quo and building consensus around the ongoing transformation of electric utilities and other physical infrastructure providers, such as for water and transportation. Previously, Christine served as the research director for clean-tech research company Zpryme, based in Austin, Texas, and adjunct faculty with the University of Denver. Christine also worked at Energy Central as research director for the Utility Analytics Institute, vice president of the Intelligent Utility division, and editor-in-chief of Intelligent Utility magazine. She also served as the lead analyst for the intelligent grid practice at IDC Energy Insights.
Greg Roberts was elected vice president, Pricing and Planning in June 2011. In this role, he is responsible for market planning, resource policy and planning, pricing and rates, territorial affairs, renewable development and utility relations. Since joining Georgia Power in 1981 as a co-op student in power generation, Greg has held a variety of power delivery and marketing management positions, including South Western Electricity Board (SWEB) distribution manager (Somerset, England), Central Region power delivery manager, assistant to the senior vice president of distribution, power services business unit manager, and Distribution Control Centers manager. Prior to his current position, he served as director of pricing and rates. Since 2006, he has been responsible for the design and application of Georgia Power’s tariff portfolio and for the pricing portion of Georgia Power’s rate case filings. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for the company’s energy and revenue forecast, integrated resource plan, and demand-side management filings. In 2017 he further assumed responsibility for the company’s renewable generation efforts. He has provided expert testimony before the Georgia Public Service Commission on numerous occasions. Greg earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University. A native of Rahway, N.J., Greg serves on the board of directors of the Grady Health Foundation.
Mrs. Hughes has approximately 15 years of experience in the energy and utilities industry, specializing in retail commodity supply, energy risk management, and the evaluation of energy efficiency solutions for large commercial, industrial, and institutional clients. Mrs. Hughes presently serves in the Siemens Enterprise Client Solutions practice where she manages complex client relationships focused on the deployment of customized energy and carbon management solutions. Mrs. Hughes supports customers with strategies that optimize the way energy is procured, achieve grid resiliency and independency with distributed and on-site generation solutions and reduce their overall energy and carbon footprint through energy efficiency project identification, development and implementation with turn-key financing solutions. Prior to this role, Mrs. Hughes served as a Strategic Account Manager with Siemens, where she by coordinating and managing the day-to-day strategic and tactical implementation of Energy and Carbon Management Programs for a portfolio of Siemens Fortune 500 commercial and industrial customers such as CSX Transportation, Corning Incorporated and Evonik Corporation. Mrs. Hughes holds a BS degree in Business Administration with concentration in Management from the University of South Carolina (USC).
Daniel Frey has more than 30 years of energy marketing and trading business experience. In 2011, he led a group of investors to acquire THG Energy Solutions. Since then, he and the management team have dramatically expanded THG’s offerings in energy and demand management to clients across North America. Before joining THG, Frey was EVP of Market Development for Seminole Energy. He previously held executive positions with El Paso Energy and Samson Resources Company where he managed energy marketing and trading operations along with retail and wholesale electricity markets. He has broad experience with large and mid-sized clients to implement successful strategies for managing energy cost and has testified in front of FERC and state regulatory commissions in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Frey is a former CPA and received his MBA from Oklahoma State University.
Dan is the Founder and General Partner of Commerce Ventures, a venture firm focused on digital innovations in the FinTech, Payments and Commerce eco-systems. Commerce Ventures represents a broad, highly strategic set of investors and, thus far, the firm has invested in over fifty portfolio companies since its launch, including Bill.com (SaaS Platform for B2B payments), BillGO (Next-Gen Bill Pay Platform), ClickSwitch (Automation Platform for Direct Deposits), Covr (Insurance Distribution Platform for FIs and Advisors), Forter (Fraud Decisions-as-a-Service Platform), InAuth (Mobile Device Identification and Authentication), Marqeta (Next-generation Issuing Platform), MX (Saas Platform for Omnichannel Banking), Socure (Digital Identity Verification Platform), Trizic (Enterprise Digital Wealth Platform for FIs and Advisors) and VestWell (Full Fiduciary Retirement Platform for SMBs). Prior to creating Commerce Ventures, Dan was a Principal at Highland Capital Partners and invested primarily in mobile, payments and digital marketing companies, such as PerkStreet, Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), Triad, Zoove (acquired by MBlox) and WePay (acquired by JPMC). He has also worked at HarbourVest Partners, where he invested in growth-stage technology and communications businesses; in Corporate Strategy at RSA Security; and as a banking software consultant for American Management Systems before the term FinTech existed.
Cobb leads Delivery in the Americas for the Energy Services business at Accenture that facilitates end user solutions for Energy Procurement and Utility Bill Management. Cobb’s team also focuses on Energy Strategy, including Risk Management and Sustainability, and serves as subject matter experts for commercial and industrial utility customer engagement and technology projects. Cobb joined Accenture in 2013 after spending 6 years at Cox Enterprises where he managed Energy Procurement and worked with Urjanet to build a first-generation Energy Dashboard. Prior to that Cobb worked in Energy Sales and Marketing at Alabama Power, Southern Company Gas, and Gas South.
Chris has more than 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies to set strategy and create, implement, and measure ESG programs. She's active in the sustainability community, helping to develop the SASB standards as well as the FSA certification. Chris holds a BBA from the University of Toledo, a master's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and serves on the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business advisory board at Georgia Tech.
A 30 year veteran of the real estate and facilities industry Brian is the Vice President of Facilities Management for TDIndustries. In his role Brian is responsible for a team supporting Clients in the corporate, healthcare, entertainment and education fields. Brian’s strategic focus is on developing strategies that use data and technology to deliver efficient and cost-effective solutions to his Clients. Brian’s career has included roles with Camelot Facility Solutions, Trammel Crow Company, Panattoni Development and the founder and CEO of a real estate technology startup supporting back office functions of the real estate industry.
Bill has been a tech CEO for 25 years. Through an IPO and two exits, his companies have created billions in shareholder value. Along the way, he spent time as a venture capitalist at Greylock and, later, after IBM acquired his company, he served as their VP Corporate Strategy. Most recently, Bill left tech for the clean energy industry. His first project is a book called Freeing Energy, which also includes weekly industry analysis, a podcast series, and a TED talk. Supported by 200 interviews across the world, the book will explain how to accelerate the shift to clean energy by embracing storage, new business models, and decentralized generation of electricity. Separately, in 2018, he launched a startup called Solar Inventions to commercialize a breakthrough manufacturing technique for silicon solar. Bill received a degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bhaskar Dusi earned a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. He has over 30 years of experience in Cement Technology and Energy Management. Mr. Dusi is presently the US Operations Corporate Energy Manager for CEMEX, a multinational and world’s largest cement and aggregate products manufacturer. Prior to joining CEMEX, he worked in several governmental and private industries under various capacities. Mr. Dusi has vast experience in cement industry in the areas of energy and process audits, process optimization, techno-economic feasibility evaluations, and commissioning of new equipment and plants.
Mr. Dusi initiated corporate Energy Management Program in CEMEX US Operations under ENERGY STAR Energy Management guidelines and is responsible for the implementation of the same across the company. He is an active member of the ENERGY STAR Cement Focus industrial group and Co- Chair for Energy Subcommittee of the Portland Cement Association (PCA) Energy & Environmental Committee. He has published various articles in National and International journals.