CleanTech Alliance, the nation’s largest state-level clean technology industry association, elected Steve Klein as its 2016 Board Chair. Klein is CEO and Founder of Klein Tech Advisors Group and previously served as CEO/General Manager for both Snohomish PUD and Tacoma Power. He replaces Stephen Gerritson of the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County who served two terms as Board Chair.
The CleanTech Alliance Board of Directors elected eight new officers in total, including:
- Chair: Steve Klein; CEO, Klein Tech Advisors Group
- Vice Chair: Craig Husa; CEO, SuperCritical Technologies
- Treasurer: Tom Redd; President, Reklaim, Inc.
- Secretary: Thom Kroon; Chairman & CEO, Thomas James International
- Membership Chair: David Benson; Partner, K&L Gates
- Events Chair: David Beck; Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
- Government Affairs Chair: David Allen; Executive Vice President, McKinstry
- Governance Chair: Maggie Brown; Managing Director, Seattle, APCO Worldwide
“The success of CleanTech Alliance and Washington State’s larger clean technology sector hinges on getting our industry leaders engaged and active in supporting the industry,” said J. Thomas Ranken, President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance. “We could not ask for a more engaged or supportive group of industry leaders than our Board of Directors and its newly elected officers. This engagement is what makes CleanTech Alliance programs so compelling and successful.”
“The CleanTech Alliance Board of Directors and Executive Committee contain an astounding caliber of talent and industry influence,” said Steve Klein, CleanTech Alliance Board Chair and CEO of Klein Tech Advisors. “With this level of leadership advising the organization, I know we will continue to serve as the guiding voice for Washington State’s flourishing clean technology industry sector.”
Each elected officer also serves on the CleanTech Alliance Executive Committee, a sub-group within the Board of Directors that provides oversight and direction to the organization. Eight additional Executive Committee members were also appointed, including:
- Susan Betcher; Partner & Co-Chair of the Cleantech Industry Practice Group, Perkins Coie, LLP
- Steve Gerritson; Vice President, Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County
- Curt Kirkeby; Fellow Electrical Engineer – Technology Strategy, Avista Utilities
- Daniel Malarkey; Vice President for Business Development & Public Policy, 1Energy Systems
- Bill McSherry; Vice President of State & Local and Global Corporate Citizenship, The Boeing Company
- Kirt Montague; CEO, Plum Energy, LLC
- Jud Virden; Associate Lab Director for the Energy & Environment Directorate, Battelle/PNNL
- Russ Weed; Vice President of Business Development & General Counsel, UniEnergy Technologies
The full roster of CleanTech Alliance Board of Directors is available on the CleanTech Alliance website.
About the CleanTech Alliance
CleanTech Alliance Washington is the nation’s largest state-level clean technology industry association, representing more than 330 businesses and organizations. Founded in 2007 by business leaders, the Alliance facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies, jobs, products and services to advance the state’s position as a leader in cleantech. The Alliance offers a range of business services and benefits uniquely designed to help businesses gain visibility, access services at a lower cost and benefit from public policy advocacy. Learn more at www.CleanTechAlliance.org.
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