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Jeff Bernicke named president of NativeEnergy

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on Jun 22, 2010
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Assumes responsibility for daily operations. Founder Tom Boucher remains in CEO role.

South Burlington, Vt.—June 22, 2010—Jeff Bernicke has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of NativeEnergy. In his new position, Mr. Bernicke will oversee all operating and administrative areas of the company. 

In announcing the appointment, Tom Boucher, NativeEnergy’s founder and CEO, said, “Jeff is an uncommon talent, bright, energetic, and charismatic. It became obvious to me and others at the company that Jeff is the right person to provide us with daily leadership as we continue to expand NativeEnergy’s overall business operations."

“With this management structure in place, we have ensured that the company continues to be strongly positioned for growth and success,” Boucher added.

Boucher will continue as the company’s CEO. “I will continue to provide overall strategic guidance to the company and focus on corporate financing and strategic relationships,” Boucher said. “It is now Jeff’s task to take the business to the next level.”

NativeEnergy is a leading carbon management and offset provider. Founded in 2000, NativeEnergy is known for its innovative Help Build™ model of project origination, a model in which the company provides essential upfront funding to smaller renewable energy and other carbon offset projects that need additional funding to complete development. The company’s customers include such notable leaders in corporate social responsibility as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Ben & Jerry’s, and Stonyfield Farm, and leading brands like Hilton Hotels.

Mr. Bernicke has served as the vice president of supply and origination at the company since 2008. In that role, he has been responsible for the sourcing of offsets for the company’s individual and corporate customers in the voluntary carbon market. Recently Mr. Bernicke and his team successfully brought several noteworthy renewable energy and carbon reduction projects online. In May, the company sponsored a dedication of the Greensburg Wind Project in Greensburg, Kansas, a project that NativeEnergy’s customers helped build.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Bernicke said, “NativeEnergy is a highly regarded company, poised for significant growth. This is an exciting time to be using the marketplace to advance environmental performance. We have a number of opportunities to build out both our corporate sales and our carbon project origination. I look forward to working with my colleagues to bring new solutions to businesses as they expand their sustainability initiatives and address their greenhouse gas emissions.”

Before joining NativeEnergy, Mr. Bernicke worked for Greenhouse Gas Solutions, a GE and AES joint venture, where he directed origination and development efforts in carbon offset and renewable energy projects. He also worked for DTE Energy Resources, leading strategy and development for its non-regulated renewable energy business. Jeff received dual degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in economics and engineering and graduated from the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute with a Master’s in Business Administration and an M.S. in resource ecology.

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