In his current role, Rich drives the practice's strategic, client-based growth, evaluating new service lines, diversification of technology segments, regional focus and new client types. His strategic focus is paired with revenue tracking and forecasting responsibilities to translate these strategies into charitable and trackable EBITDA growth. Prior to this role, he provided leadership and direction in DER strategy, business cases, technologies, program portfolio and market development. Prior to TRC, Rich helped advance Hawaii's clean energy goals by serving as Director of Customer Energy Resources Operations at Hawaiian Electric, where he worked cross-functionally within the three Hawaiian Electric operating companies to optimize the procurement and operationalization of Distributed Energy Resources, including battery storage, to foster system reliability in a rapidly-changing electricity grid.
Rich joined Hawaiian Electric in 2015 with over 15 years of strategic planning, early-stage technology assessment, software development and system integration expertise. His prior experience was as Associate Director in Emerging Technologies at Navigant Consulting. In that role, his primary focus was Smart Grid technologies and microgrid business models. Prior to his tenure with Navigant, Rich was employed by Pacific Controls, Inc. as VP, Smart Grid Services. He holds a M.S. in Energy Technology & Policy and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado. He earned an MS in E-commerce Application Development from Columbia University and he holds a dual B.A. in English and Philosophy from Boston College