SmartWatt was launched by Chris Covell in 2002.  The company quickly became an industry leader by changing the way energy projects are conceived, financed, built and managed.

Everything we do reflects our deep commitment to ensuring our customers’ success. We roll up our sleeves, sweat the small stuff, and deliver the highest value/lowest risk solutions for energy optimization. Our commitment to exceeding expectations is reflected in the company we keep – helping organizations large and small increase their energy efficiency, improve indoor environments and reduce costs.

SmartWatt is now a Centrica Business Solutions company.

Our History

2002
2009
2012
2013
2015
2019
2002

SmartWatt is launched in Albany, NY

Passionate about energy conservation, saving customers money and improving spaces for people, Chris Covell launches SmartWatt, initially providing commercial and industrial customers with lighting solutions to enhance their energy efficiency.

2009

SmartWatt adds solutions

The company brings its solutions to utilities and small business customers, while growing its footprint on the west coast to offer a greater number of customers access to SmartWatt’s energy systems optimization approach.

2012

Expansion continues into new territories and markets

The company moves into mid-western territories, and provides solutions to education and government customers so they experience enhanced well-being through green technology.

2013

SmartWatt increases areas of expertise

To optimize customers’ energy investments and quality of life, SmartWatt offers building automation, mechanical services, bundled services, and performance contracting.

2015

Technological advancements allow greater opportunities

SmartWatt expands into solar technology, tools for Smart cities, and support services to help sustain customers’ energy systems over the long-term.

2019

SmartWatt becomes a Centrica Business Solutions Company

SmartWatt has become part of Centrica’s Distributed Energy & Power business, Centrica Business Solutions. Centrica Business Solutions delivers integrated energy solutions for businesses and other large energy users, combining distributed energy technologies and a variety of commercial options to improve performance and cost management, drive sustainability, and strengthen resilience. This move improves the company’s commitment to meeting increasing customer demand for integrated energy solutions.

Our team - the true backbone of our firm - is here to serve you

In our client relationships and in the SmartWatt culture, there is no winning without shared values and ongoing collaboration.

Our teams move forward empowered by interconnected relationships of trust. We trust each other, we believe in each other and we never place individual accolades or self-interest above the collective effort.

Our teams love what they do and seize every opportunity to outperform our competitors, but more importantly - to always outperform, knowing there is always a next level.

For our teams, there’s value in each win. It creates energy, fuels momentum, stimulates growth and defines success.

Our teams insist on looking for innovations, opportunities and options that our competitors miss. In fact, exceptional is standard practice at SmartWatt.

Our teams believe in the value of being creative and extending ourselves beyond our comfort to find solutions that fit the client need, rather than trying to force their needs into our solutions.

Integrity is not a tired cliché with SmartWatt. Keeping our word is at the heart of our corporate DNA.

Certifications

  • NAESCO's List of Energy Service Companies 2019
  • CMVP, CDSM, CEM & CEA Certified Professionals
  • Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)
  • LEED AP, AP BD+C & O+M Certified Professionals
  • Tridium Niagara N4, AX & R2 Certified Engineers
  • Solar PV Installation & Technical Sales Professionals
  • PMI Project Management Professionals
  • CSLMC, CSLC & CSLT Certified Professionals
  • Professional Engineers (PE) Nationwide

Awards

  • Energy Savings Award Winner 2010 Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Hire Power Award 2012 Inc. Magazine
  • Fastest Growing Private Company 2012 Inc. Magazine
  • Hire Power Award 2013 Inc. Magazine
  • Fastest Growing Private Company 2013 Inc. Magazine
  • Fastest Growing Private Company 2014 Inc. Magazine
  • Highest Scoring Prop 39 Retrofit Project of the Year 2015 Board of Governors of California Community Colleges
  • Fastest Growing Private Company 2015 Inc. Magazine
  • Duke Energy Trade Ally Award 2018 for SmartWatt's Commitment to Energy Efficiency

Senior Leadership

Terry Davis

CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

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Tracy Nolan

CAO (Chief Administration Officer)

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Tarek El-Gohary

VP Operations

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Bill Clark

VP Engineering & Development

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Lindsey Speach

VP Human Resources

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Matt Cinquanti

VP, Small and Medium Business Division

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Ben Stewart

VP Of C&I Sales

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Matt Sorbero

South Business Unit Manager

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Brian Donald

East Business Unit Manager

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David Kluskens

Midwest Business Unit Manager

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Trevor Nelson

West Business Unit Manager

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Geoff Stim

Director of Controls

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Lee Goddard

Director of Marketing

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Terry Davis

CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

Chief Financial Officer, Terry is responsible for the development of corporate strategy, budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting. He joined SmartWatt in 2011 with proven skills in accounting, executive management, utility program start-up, and team building. He is also professionally certified as a chartered financial analyst. Terry earned a B.S. in Finance from Northeastern University.

Tracy Nolan

CAO (Chief Administration Officer)

As Chief Administration Officer, Tracy Nolan provides the overall strategic direction of SmartWatt’s information technology solutions to align with business plans and operations. Tracy brings over 34 years of experience to his position. He graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Syracuse University -- Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Tarek El-Gohary

VP Operations

Vice President of Operations, Tarek is responsible for developing and streamlining processes and procedures, as well as developing integrations across systems and teams to improve operational efficiencies. He was originally a software engineer before joining SmartWatt in 2006 where he managed the company’s Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest business units. He launched the company’s electrical operations department and oversaw its growth throughout the United States. Tarek earned a B.S. in Computer Science from State University of New York at Brockport.

Bill Clark

VP Engineering & Development

As Vice President Engineering and Development, Bill Clark utilizes his 29 years of experience in the energy services industry to direct the development of energy performance contract projects and oversee measurement and verification activities throughout SmartWatt’s regional Business Units. Bill began his career in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power program and went on to earn a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Lindsey Speach

VP Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources, Lindsey oversees the development of corporate strategy, benefits administration, onboarding, employee development, and performance management. She is also responsible for managing SmartWatt’s talent acquisition and HR representative staff, in addition to external vendors. She joined SmartWatt in 2011 as an HR Generalist.  She was later promoted to HR Director, before her promotion to her current position. Lindsey earned a B.A in Marketing-Management from Siena College and holds an M.B.A. in Human Resources from Union College.

Matt Cinquanti

VP, Small and Medium Business Division

Vice President of SmartWatt's Small and Medium Business Division, Matt oversees the strategic planning and executive oversight of operations management of SmartWatt's nationwide direct install utility programs along with Regional C&I sales. Since 2009, Matt has overseen the completion of more than 20,000 projects and achieved more than 1,000,000,000 MWh's energy saved for businesses with installed projects across his Division. Matt joined SmartWatt  in 2003 as a Project Developer and was later promoted to General Manager of the Corporate/Albany office, he then became Program Manager for the National Grid Small to Medium Business Program, before assuming his current position.  Before his career began with SmartWatt Matt worked with Nortel Networks in Project Development.  Matt Graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a Degree in Communications.

Ben Stewart

VP Of C&I Sales

Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Sales at SmartWatt, Ben has the overall responsibility for leading the sales and marketing teams, directing the achievement of sales, and establishing all marketing and sales strategies and processes at Smartwatt. He joined SmartWatt in 2009 as general manager of the Sacramento office, which he also opened and staffed, and was later promoted to Vice President of the West region where he managed sales, engineering, project management, commissioning, and project measurement and verification. Ben earned a B.A. in Business Communications from the University of Colorado Springs.

Matt Sorbero

South Business Unit Manager

South Business Unit Manager, Matt is responsible for developing strategy, processes and leading SmartWatt’s sales, engineering and operations teams for our South Business Unit. He began his career at SmartWatt as a Project Engineer for the New York market, and then was promoted to General Manager of the Albany, NY office, which he opened and staffed. In 2013 he received SmartWatt’s Office Achievement award. Matt earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University where he graduated Cum Laude.

Brian Donald

East Business Unit Manager

East Business Unit Manager Brian Donald utilizes his extensive experience to direct the sales, engineering, and development of projects in the region. Brian began his career at SmartWatt as an energy engineer and was later promoted to general manager of the Rochester office, before being promoted to his current position. Brian earned his B.S. in Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo.

David Kluskens

Midwest Business Unit Manager

Midwest Business Unit Manager Dave Kluskens utilizes his engineering and sales focused experience to lead our team in the Midwest. Prior to joining SmartWatt, Dave worked on the engineering side of utility rebate program implementation. Dave transitioned to a sales engineering role at SmartWatt including leading our engineering team in the Midwest. Since being promoted to his current position he leads our growing performance contracting team in the Midwest. Dave earned a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago as well as a Master of Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Trevor Nelson

West Business Unit Manager

As the West Business Unit Manager, Trevor oversees the sales, engineering, and operations teams for our Los Angeles and Sacramento offices.  He began his career in 2003 as an HVAC design engineer and then transitioned to the energy services side of the building industry in 2009.  Trevor holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in California.

Geoff Stim

Director of Controls

Geoff Stim, Director of Controls, has more than 20 years of experience in building controls. His areas of expertise include design, systems integration, programming, and user interface development. He has extensive experience with both mechanical and electrical systems in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors and has been a key contributor to many building controls, combined heat and power plant, and industrial process cooling plant projects.

Lee Goddard

Director of Marketing

As Director of Marketing, Lee develops and executes both long-term brand strategy and short-term marketing programs to advance SmartWatt's brand and market share.  Lee also oversees the Sales Development team and is responsible for driving revenue and supporting all company sales efforts in alignment with business development strategies. Lee has a M.A. from Exeter University, Devon.