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Hugo van Nispen, CEO

Hugo van Nispen - PhotoMr. van Nispen is a global business executive and experienced CEO.  His expertise, combined with the ability to identify and develop strong global teams is evidenced by an enviable scorecard of growing profitable businesses, managing complex project assignments and driving performance improvements through successful re-engineering and merger execution.

An energetic and optimistic business leader, Mr. van Nispen has successfully integrated multiple, complex merged entities by focusing on things that matter: managing top talent and building high performing teams.  With a personal passion for foreign language and an ability to internalize cultural nuance, he has been extremely effective at developing and managing businesses spread across the globe.

Most recently, Mr. van Nispen was a Principal at Exponent.  Prior to this role, he served as COO & EVP, Energy Advisory, DNV GL – Energy division of DNV GL Group, a $2.5 billion global business focusing on grid modernization, sustainability, conventional and renewable energy, maritime and offshore oil & gas.  In this role, he led 1300 professionals in delivering global consulting and advisory activities focused on renewable and conventional energy strategy, cyber-security and grid strengthening, energy sustainability and emerging energy technologies, including battery storage and microgrid generation.

Previously, Mr. van Nispen was President and CEO of KEMA, USA, prior to its acquisition by DNV GL.  As CEO, he led KEMA USA through a 10 fold increase in revenues concurrently with building a premier regional energy consulting business and was responsible for the successful integration of the business into DNV GL.
Mr. van Nispen has been published in numerous key trade publications and was awarded Consulting Magazine’s “Top 25 Consultant” for the work he led introducing renewable energy and sustainability into KEMA’s business portfolio.

Mr. van Nispen earned his MBA, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business and his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Tom Leone, CFO

Tom LeoneMr. Leone has over 25 years of experience in various senior finance leadership roles within the high technology sector.  As an experienced CFO, Mr. Leone has led several successful M&A transactions, possesses strong business planning and analytical skills, and has worked with all business functions to help achieve corporate strategic goals.

Prior to joining BRIDGE Energy Group, Mr. Leone served as CFO and COO of AccuSoft Corporation, an imaging software company.  While at AccuSoft, he led the company through several years of profitable growth, ultimately resulting in a successful acquisition transaction for the shareholders.  Mr. Leone previously served as CFO of several software and information technology consulting companies, including Applied Insurance Research, ADEPT, and CareTools, and held a variety of senior financial positions at Epsilon Data Management.

While functioning as CFO with these high-tech companies, Mr. Leone experienced rapid revenue growth, led geographical expansions and new product introductions.  He successfully balanced the respective business growth requirements by prioritizing investments and providing adequate access to capital.  It is this unique blend of finance, operations and business experience that allows Mr. Leone to enable organizations to properly align financial with business goals.

Mr. Leone received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Bryant University and a Masters in Business Administration from Bentley University.

James Andrus, Vice President

Jim AndrusAs Vice President of Sales, Mr. Andrus has global responsibility for developing and implementing BRIDGE Energy Group’s sales strategy in order to achieve the company’s business objectives.

Mr. Andrus has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry and brings a strong combination of technical knowledge and business strategy experience. Throughout his career he has worked with energy utilities on a global basis, helping them achieve improved operational efficiency, smart grid automation, and technology strategy/implementation. Prior to joining BRIDGE, Mr. Andrus was the Founder and Managing Director of 1 Grid Solutions, LLC. He also led global sales at Gridco Systems, Tollgrade Communications, Echelon, and Aclara.  He has also held executive sales and marketing management positions with leading utility suppliers including ABB and Itron.

Mr. Andrus received a BA from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Michelle Fay, Vice President

Michelle FayMs. Fay joins BRIDGE as the Vice President of Consulting Services. She has spent the last 15 years providing consulting, implementation and support services to utilities in the United States and Canada, with a primary focus on providing consumers with benefits from Smart Grid implementations.

Prior to joining BRIDGE, Ms. Fay was the VP of Professional Services at Aclara (formerly Nexus Energy Sofware), managing the delivery and support of Aclara’s Consumer Engagement product. While there, she led a team of Project Managers, Business System Analysts, Customer Advocates and Marketing Managers to implement and support software solutions at over 80 large utilities. Ms. Fay worked closely with her project teams and clients to define best practices and implement new processes and methodologies for implementations which led to a track record of fast, successful implementations with a high level of client satisfaction throughout delivery. She also served as the executive sponsor on key accounts, working closely with the utility’s senior management to ensure a successful delivery.

Prior to joining Aclara, Ms. Fay worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Principal Consultant in the Energy Group. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, she worked with many utilities throughout the United States, developing and implementing gas management and risk management systems. Ms. Fay served as the Project Manager for analysis, design, construction and system testing phases, including managing PWC consultants and client staff. She also performed customer analyses and gap analyses on the gas management, risk management and gas pipeline systems to better understand the capabilities of each system and manage the process re-engineering activities for gas supply operations and gas supply accounting.

Ms. Fay also has experience in directing and managing the day-to-day tasks of large development teams, including QA, and has worked with project architects to identify, manage and resolve complex technical issues. Ms. Fay has prior experience in formulating and implementing software development standards and procedures and has historically worked closely with senior management and business partners to define requirements and high-level design.

Barry Cioe, Vice President

Mr. Cioe is responsible for BRIDGE Energy Group’s corporate marketing, field marketing, and the company’s industry-leading survey-based research. He works closely with the executive team, practice leads and subject matter experts to identify, refine and promote impactful service offerings. Mr. Cioe is also responsible for the company’s information technology team – ensuring business alignment and transforming end user and infrastructure services for scalability, reliability and high end-user productivity.

Mr. Cioe was previously the president of the consulting practice at Achieve! Consulting Services where he and his team helped clients attain their business goals by capturing the insight of their customers, partners, and employees to validate and define business and product priorities and plans.

Prior to Achieve, Mr. Cioe was the vice president of marketing and product management for Enterasys. While there he was responsible for the definition and delivery of wireless and wired switching, routing and security products and solutions. He worked closely with customers and partners to understand their networking and security needs in order to develop cost-effective products and solutions for them. Mr. Cioe was a major driver behind the successful turnaround of the company.

Prior to this, Mr. Cioe led several product development and network and security services teams for Symantec, AXENT Technologies and GTE where he led or assisted in the design, development and deployment of networking and security products, large-scale networks and multi-million dollar software systems with both commercial and government application.

In total, Mr. Cioe has over 20 years of experience working in the Internet security and network infrastructure markets. He has also managed the deployment or integration of various technologies, including enterprise switching and routing, Unified Threat Management systems, security gateways, firewalls, Intrusion Prevention Systems, Network Access Control solutions and more.

Mr. Cioe earned his BS in Computer Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and his MBA from Northeastern University.

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