Keith Sampson joined Competitive Energy Services in 2007 as a Business Development and Account Manager. With more than 20 years of experience in the power and energy business, he currently assists commercial, educational, and industrial customers in New England with their energy needs.
Over the course of his 14 years at CES, Keith has built and managed a team of energy services professionals who collectively advise and help deliver millions of dollars in savings and cost avoidance for clients, and who have grown CES’ business and expanded the value-added services the company provides to all of its clients.
Through Keith’s leadership, the CES team has worked with five of the six New England state universities – Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut on energy projects, strategies, and communications. Keith and his team of Energy Services Advisors also help manage every aspect of energy and sustainability initiatives for some of the largest and most prestigious private colleges and universities in the northeast.
In addition to his extensive knowledge of the higher education space, Keith has a strong aptitude and knack for helping industrial manufacturing companies manage costs and optimize operations by carefully modeling and implementing a dynamic energy strategy.
Prior to CES, Keith was the Northeast Regional Manager at Rochester Midland Corporation and was recognized for his innovation in helping clients reduce their overall energy costs, specifically implementing and monitoring programs to reduce energy costs in boiler and HVAC operations. Before that, he served as a Senior Account Manager-Strategic Accounts at GE Betz (formerly BetzDearborn), specializing in providing consulting expertise and cost reduction strategies to large commercial, institutional, and industrial customers. He was the two-time recipient of the BetzDearborn Chairman’s Award for Energy Reduction.
Zac Bloom joined CES in 2012 and is the Vice President, Head of Renewables & Sustainability. He primarily consults with universities and large commercial customers on energy procurement strategies as well as utility tracking and budgeting. In addition to commodity procurement services, Zac assists clients with sustainability consulting such as greenhouse gas accounting, climate action planning, renewable energy procurement, and energy master planning. Prior to joining CES, Zac worked for almost a decade as a fully licensed professional in the investment banking and financial services industries. He received his master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research was focused on energy benchmarking and data visualizations for large data sets associated with building resource consumption profiles. Zac also co-manages some of the firm’s largest educational client accounts and oversees all the CES efforts in renewable energy and sustainability.
Charlie Agnew joined CES in June 2013 as Account Manager & Business Development. In 2020, Charlie was promoted to the role of Managing Director of Energy Services. Charlie works with a range of CES clients managing various energy commodity procurement strategies, energy budgeting and variance tracking, sustainability services, and demand response agreements. Prior to joining CES, he was Vice President/Technical Sales at Biomass Commodities Corporation, where he gained seven years of experience in the biomass energy sector. Over the past two years, Charlie has focused on supporting a group of CES’ Maine clients into the state’s net energy billing program. This work has led CES in this space and given clients an opportunity to retain significant financial and environmental benefits over the next twenty years. Charlie has a B.S. in Finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology and enjoys outdoor activity and work around his farm in Cumberland, Maine.
Sandy Beauregard joined CES in 2021 as the Director of Sustainability Services. She assists clients with sustainability consulting such as greenhouse gas accounting, climate action planning, renewable energy procurement, and energy master planning. Prior to joining CES, Sandy worked as a sustainability and energy efficiency professional in the higher education sector. She received her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has bachelor’s degrees in engineering and environmental policy from Dartmouth College and Colby College.
Chris Brook has more than 21 years of experience in the energy business, currently holding the title of Director of Natural Gas & Energy Services. At CES, Chris is responsible for natural gas scheduling, nominations, and balancing. He also provides administrative oversight for contract negotiations with pipelines, local distribution companies, and marketers. Before joining CES in 2009, Chris worked for Webber Energy, where his responsibilities included commercial account management, marketing, and market research. He has a B.A. from Ohio University in Business and an MBA from the University of Maine.
Larry Pignataro joined CES as an Energy Services Advisor in June of 2017 and was promoted to Director of Strategic Partnerships & Senior Energy Services Advisor in 2022. Larry works with a range of CES clients managing energy commodity procurement strategies, energy budgeting and variance tracking, and sustainability services. He has more than 10 years' experience in the energy sector, specifically related to heating fuels supply, procurement, pricing, and logistics. Larry's responsibilities at CES include client account management, development of new business, strategic partnerships, and assisting with preparations for client deliverables related to analysis, reporting, and presentations. He holds a B.S. and MBA from Plymouth State University.
Zack Hallock joined CES in January of 2019 as an Energy Services Advisor and was promoted to Senior Energy Services Advisor in 2022. Prior to CES, Zack worked with major utilities on large scale transmission and midstream operations to provide appropriate staffing services. Currently, Zack closely advises demand side management and procurement strategies, budgeting, variance tracking, and various forms of renewables integration into an energy portfolio. He has a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University and is also a LEED Green Associate.
Lauren Grey joined Competitive Energy Services in 2022 as an Energy Services Advisor. At CES, Lauren primarily works with supporting and managing energy contracts for procurement clients. She is particularly interested in expanding her education in renewable energy alternatives. Lauren holds a B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine and focused her education predominantly in Earth and Climate Sciences. Following graduation, Lauren worked in the insurance and legal industry as a case manager, assisting clients through financial and legal processes.
Edward (Teddy) Storrs joined Competitive Energy Services in 2022. As an Energy Services Advisor, Teddy partners with clients from various sectors to holistically manage their energy needs, including devising energy procurement strategies and implementing renewable energy initiatives. He is especially interested in how stakeholders, including CES clients, can leverage the clean energy transition to lower energy costs and increase energy independence. Teddy has conducted extensive research on New England’s nascent offshore wind projects and how ocean user groups perceive the impacts of these developments. He graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Environmental Policy and French Studies.
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