Eric Stern, Co-Founder/Principal

Eric Stern is a co-founder of Cultivate Energy Optimization and currently serves as a company Principal. At Cultivate, Eric works with utilities and local governments across North America to create and implement new energy efficiency program designs and models to successfully engage and achieve results within the cannabis cultivation industry.  Cultivate currently administers several of the country’s first large-scale cannabis-specific utility programs. Eric brings 18 years of experience creating and running large-scale DSM programs, with highlighted program experience delivering residential and commercial energy programs in CA, OK, CO, MI, OH & TX. Prior to forming Cultivate, Eric worked in a variety of national senior management roles for several large implementation firms as well as serving as Colorado’s Residential Buildings Director and State Weatherization Program Director under Governor Ritter in the Colorado Energy Office. Eric holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Eric’s LinkedIn Page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-stern-b5155062/)

Damien Markiewicz, Co-Founder/Director of Operations

Damien is a co-founder of Cultivate Energy Optimization and serves as a company Principal. At Cultivate, Damien oversees all aspects of the company's program delivery services and serves as each client’s key point of contact. Damien directs Cultivate’s growing staff and ensures all client’s goals and projects are delivered on time and within budget. Damien previously managed the engineering and field services teams for Xcel Energy’s Colorado lighting and key account programs, as well as, field teams for SolarCity and Gridpoint Energy's utility programs.  Damien has held certifications as a BPI Building Analyst, ASHRAE Level 1 and 2 and LEED Green Associate.  Damien earned a BS in Construction Management and Building Science from Appalachian State University.

Damien’s LinkedIn Page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/damien-markiewicz-00445121/)

Joe Sullivan, Co-Founder/Director of Technology and Research

Joe leads Cultivate’s field services teams and guides the company’s cultivation site assessment process.  Joe serves as the company’s national expert on cannabis and energy management technologies for cultivation facilities. Previous to joining Cultivate, Joe managed commercial and industrial demand side management programs in CO and IL. Prior to  his work in energy efficiency he worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service supporting their research on global climate change and its effect on field crops. Joe is a Certified Energy Auditor through the Association of Energy Engineers and hold a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.