November 12, 2008
Ed Thomas Joins Electric & Gas Industries Association To Lead Utility Exchange and Contractor Exchange Services
The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) today announced that Ed Thomas has joined the organization as Director of EGIA's new Utility Exchange and Contractor Exchange Services.
"The addition of Ed to our management team enables EGIA to accelerate our activities to enhance energy efficiency and renewable energy collaboration among utilities, while also promoting best practices among contractors engaged in the sales and installation of home and business efficiency upgrades," said Bruce Matulich, EGIA Executive Director.Prior to joining EGIA, Ed Thomas was Managing Partner of Market Development Group (MDG), a leading utility energy industry consulting firm that provided strategic and tactical program design, implementation and evaluation services, as well as event and publications management for utilities and public agencies delivering energy efficiency, renewable energy and demand response programs.
Ed is perhaps best known in the energy utility industry as an engaging presenter and innovative program designer. Most recently, Ed helped EGIA develop and implement a successful Home Performance Makeover Contest with Anaheim Public Utilities to showcase its Home Investment Program that leverages the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR initiative. Also, EGIA has been a sponsor of regional workshops titled "Beyond Home Energy Audits with Home Performance" and "Utility Efficiency Exchange" which Ed produced while with MDG.
Ed will direct EGIA's Utility Exchange and Contractor Exchange business units to plan and produce activities where utilities, energy related organizations, and contractors can learn and network regarding energy efficiency, renewable energy, customer service, marketing, sales and enhanced business operations. Initial EGIA program offerings will include:
-- Utility Exchange - regional workshops and national webcasts for utilities focused on the marketing and integration of energy efficiency, renewable energy and demand response programs
-- "Beyond Home Energy Audits..." - regional workshops focused on existing home efficiency programs that leverage the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program concept
-- Contractor Exchange - regional workshops and national webcasts for residential and commercial building contractors covering business management, energy efficiency and renewable energy topics.
-- Home Performance Makeover - contests and workshops that demonstrate the value of home improvements that pay for themselves through energy savings and non-energy benefits.
Ed Thomas has over 20 years of extensive experience in sales, marketing management and consulting services throughout the utility and energy services industry. Ed earned a Master's of Science degree in Marketing from The American University, Washington, DC; and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communications from Butler University. Among Ed's other notable achievements, he served as a U.S. Navy spokesperson during Desert Storm, frequently quoted in USA Today and other national publications.
About Electric & Gas Industries Association
The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions through a nationwide network of contractors, distributors, manufacturers and utility companies. EGIA is a leading provider of resource efficiency services and energy efficiency program administration for utility companies and water agencies. EGIA also provides the home improvement industry and businesses with comprehensive energy efficiency and solar financing solutions and has administered some of the nation's largest utility and state sponsored energy efficiency financing programs. For more information, visit www.egia.org.