“And as people around the world become more connected to one another through technology, the human race moves toward a civil society. Government will only move toward change when the people demand it … and with more pressure from civil society and government, business will change.”
- Steven Rockefeller
Peter Stein – Managing Director
Serial Entrepreneur and a self appointed steward of the environment, Mr. Stein brings 20 years experience in marketing, technology and finance. From an early age, Mr. Stein was a problem solver. “We are faced with some of the greatest challenges and opportunities in our history. We can either challenge ourselves to do better for our environment—not only for our own generation but for many generations to come or face a certain destruction of our own existence. Energy Saving Solutions solves one very important issue: How to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save the planet from Global Warming while making this a profitable venture for our company and our clients. Our corporate mission statement and philosophy is People, Planet and Profit.”
Gregory T. Knippel – Executive Vice President
Mr. Knippel brings over 20 years of multi-faceted professional experience to Energy Saving Solutions USA with expertise in technology, construction, property management, acquisitions, asset management, sales, marketing, leasing and finance. Prior to joining Energy Saving Solutions, he founded and grew several real estate-related services companies with revenues in excess of $50 million, one of which was sold to a NYSE listed company. He also spent part of his career as a Regional Vice President at Tishman Midwest Management & Leasing.
Knippel is a graduate from Harvard Business School and the University of Minnesota where he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics / Statistics. He is also a devoted father to three daughters, talented chef, musician and a second degree black belt.
Kristy Friedman – Director of Operations
Kristy Friedman started with Energy Saving Solutions in 2011 and has held the position of Director of Operations with ESS since her coming on board. Ms. Friedman is charged with all operations within Energy Saving Solutions, has a high degree of knowledge and proficiency in LED and Induction Lighting, and extraordinary organizational skills. Previous to Energy Saving Solutions Ms. Friedman has led organizations as Chief Administrator and Operations Director. When not overseeing programming teams, office procedures, lamp audits, or chatting with our manufacturing partners in China, Ms. Friedman enjoys exercising, reading, movies, and spending quality time with her new grandson, Marshall.
Mark Kane – Director of Finance
Mark Kane plays a vital role within Energy Saving Solutions as Director of Finance. Mr. Kane’s role with ESS is to help secure financing for lighting projects ranging from $1M to over $200M, help foster relationships with banks, leasing companies , our various private equity lending partners and secure credit lines with energy service financial partners. Mr. Kane’s career in finance and business operations spans over 30 years. Mr. Kane Earned his MBA at Wharton School of business, and resides in South Florida for the past 23 years. When not working hard with ESS to secure lending institutions to work with, Mr. Kane can be found enjoying time with his wife Vivian and their 2 kids.
Dr. Sami Seyam, Ph.D. – Lighting Engineer
Armed with an P.h.D. in Technical Science, in Electrical Engineering, A multi skilled professional with a superb track record of managing complex functional projects in various environments. Professional qualified Electrical Engineer with excellent organizational and team working skills, Efficient, organized, and highly motivated. Collaborating with engineers from different disciplines to develop new skills and solve new challenges. 15 year’s experienced in wide range of applications including customer relationship management.
Shelby Stone- Director of Marketing
Shelby brings to Energy Saving Solutions a broad knowledge of everything from branding to business development. Ranging from advertising to theatre to real estate and beyond across various markets, Shelby’s foray into multiple industries has provided her with the ability to manage a variety of initiatives, often simultaneously. She has assisted mostly start ups in hospitality, entertainment, tourism, and healing services, and many of her initiatives have led to the companies’ rapid expansion. She is most proud of her ability to devise problem solving ideas and to help grow businesses from creative concept to enjoyment of higher returns.
Shelby relocated 2 years ago from New York City, and she has brought the hustle-bustle – quit at nothing business lifestyle to her life living in Miami Beach’s much slower pace. A vegetarian/yogi/healer, writer, singer, performer, event planner, and proud aunt, she keeps both busy and positive, attributing her greatest successes to the care she has for all.
Allan Zinkofsky – Team Leader in Business Development
Allan Zinkofsky leads Energy Saving Solutions’ Business Development team and has wasted no time in helping to grow the Energy Saving Solutions distributor network. Already a seasoned and successful business development executive Allan is personally credited in establishing $120 million annually for previous companies he has worked within the financial and retail sectors.
In addition to his accomplishments in business development, Allan has managed various teams to reach their highest business development potential. He is known for streamlining procedures to drive the business development department as a whole toward greater success. Experienced in analysis, training, and marketing, Allan is a great asset to Energy Saving Solutions and will continue to oversee all efforts for effectiveness, productivity and longevity.
While not spending countless hours working both inside and outside of the office, Allan enjoys spending time at home with his wife, 6 children, and 4 grandchildren. Somewhat stuck in the 70’s Allan longs for the disco days. Perpetually positive -always with a positive attitude, a smile on his face and a joke in his back pocket.
Jeff Schneider – Team Leader in Business Development
Jeff Schneider, team leader in business development brings over 25 years of experience in the financial sector as well as in the business development industry. He earned a degree in Business Management and Finance. Jeff is highly accomplished in the areas of business development – leading a team of over 50 in several business startup ventures.
When home on the weekends, Jeff most enjoys hanging out with his two boys – participating and watching them play baseball.