Chris Hickman
President, CEO & Founder

Chris Hickman is the President, CEO and Founder of Innovari. After decades of serving in numerous utility and non-utility roles within the electric industry, Chris brings expertise and perspective to Innovari and its mission to serve the electric needs of society. He provides the company with its strategic direction, technology requirements and regulatory approach to enable Innovari in delivering a technology platform that meets the needs of the utility today and tomorrow, and fits easily into their business model.

Chris has almost three decades of utility industry experience ranging from power generation to regulation to end-use customer services and technologies.

As the Executive Vice President of Utility Solutions for Ice Energy, he created and brought to market the first utility-scale storage model for distributed assets, commercializing an innovative energy storage solution for peak load shifting.

As the President for SureGrid, Chris delivered the first fully automated demand response products to market.

As the Senior Vice President for Strategy & Regulatory Affairs at Cellnet Technology, Chris led the alignment of corporate strategy with regulatory involvement at the state and federal level. He was instrumental in driving policy to enable smart grid technologies throughout the industry.

At PNM Resources Chris served in numerous roles over 13 years including engineering, federal and state policy development, infrastructure planning and budgeting, IT and billing systems and environmental management systems for coal and natural gas generation plants and T&D assets. During his tenure at PNM, Chris and his colleagues received three patents for new technology and systems developed to help optimize utility grid performance.

Chris has been a frequent contributor at utility industry events and leadership conferences. He has also spoken before the U.S. Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other influential policy groups and provided support for EPACT 2005 and EISA 2007,. He has served on the boards of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, the GridWise Alliance, and Avistar (an unregulated subsidiary of PNM), along with several non-profit organizations. He has also been a member of the DOE regulatory assistance project team, helping provide a utility industry perspective to state and federal regulators regarding current policy issues.

Chris is a graduate of New Mexico State University where he earned a BSEE and an MSEE and completed the Electric Utility Management Program. Chris also earned an MBA in Policy & Planning from the University of New Mexico.

Kristen Magnuson DeCozio
Chief Financial Officer

Kristen Magnuson DeCozio is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Innovari. Kristen is responsible for all financial accounting and planning aspects of the company.

Kristen joined Innovari from Achilles Technology Solutions LLC, where she served as Chief Financial Officer for the designer and producer of tailored body armor plates, which are created through a rigorous scientific approach referred to as Electronic Design Mechanical Analysis.

Prior to Achilles Technology Solutions, Kristen was the CFO for Webtrends, a privately held SaaS company that improves digital marketing results for many of the world’s most admired and innovative companies.

Kristen has thirty-plus years of broad based experience in technology related finance and operations including capital formation, financial planning, accounting, tax, mergers and acquisitions, business model restructuring, transition management, investor relations, treasury, human resources, information technology and legal. Her experience also includes debt financing, IPO process, divestitures, rapid growth, private equity backed and public companies.

Over her career, Kristen has also held senior financial roles with JDA Software Group, Michaels Stores, Inc., and Merabank. She started her career as an Audit Principal with Ernst & Young.

Kristen is a graduate of the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

Dave Walden
Chief Utility Officer

Dave Walden is the Chief Utility Officer for Innovari. He is responsible for working with utility companies to understand their specific operational challenges and how to improve system utilization using the Innovari platform, enabling utilities to improve their future and meet the needs of their customers.

Dave brings over three decades of utility industry experience delivering process improvements and technology based solutions in both regulated and non-regulated environments. His experience includes all aspects of the utility business including safety, regulatory accountability, system reliability, customer satisfaction and cost. He has also directed all aspects of business optimization plans, system infrastructure investments, mergers and entrepreneurial business development.

Prior to joining Innovari, Dave served as Director of Energy Systems for Southern California Public Power Authority where he directed contract development and implementation of over 3,000 MW of renewable energy projects including wind, geothermal, biomass and solar. He also facilitated the integration of all demand side solutions including customer Energy Efficiency programs, Smart-Grid and Thermal Energy Storage into the resource portfolios of 12 municipal utilities.

Dave incorporated Enterprise Utility Solutions in 2000 to provide turnkey, performance based technology solutions to utilities across the United States. The organization delivered numerous operations management solutions, interactive voice response units, customer care solutions and geographic information systems under cost-effective service bureau contracts.

Dave started his career in the distribution business unit at Southern California Edison and progressed to Vice President for Edison International where he led the core business of the competitive distribution company that performed construction, operations and maintenance of electrical distribution systems. He was responsible for all aspects of equipment development, specification, standards, testing, maintenance and material logistics. The business developed and delivered the first generation of end-use field devices with two-way peer-to-peer communication systems, distributed computing and self-healing decision algorithms for automated feeder restoration, now called Smart Grid.

Dave is a graduate of University of Redlands where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics. He completed Business Leadership (EMBA) at Pepperdine University. Dave is also a general engineering contractor (Class A) and licensed electrical contractor.

Mike Guerchon
Chief People Officer

Mike Guerchon is the Chief People Officer (CPO) for Innovari. Mike is responsible for building strong teams of happy, engaged, and high-performing people at all levels and locations of the company. Mike and the Innovari Human Resources team develop and implement global HR operations and programs to support business objectives and employees worldwide.

Mike is an accomplished Human Resources and Workplace executive with 25+ years of experience in both ground level start-ups and global public companies. He has led organization transformations in recruiting, leadership development, training, employee relations, compensation, performance management and engagement.

At Riverbed Technology, Mike helped lead the organization through its IPO and rapid growth in revenue from $2 million to $1.2 billion and employees from 60 to 2,800. During that time, he oversaw the opening of operations in 43 countries as well as the acquisition of seven companies. Riverbed was ranked #4 in the world in 2014 by Glassdoor for Culture and Values and won numerous other awards for its employee experiences.

Mike also served as CPO at Puppet and Okta and was the Vice President of Human Resources for Lucy Activewear, Hollywood Entertainment, Guess? Inc., and Ikon Office Solutions.

Mike studied Finance at the University of Arizona and Arts Management at Northern Arizona University.

Corey Catten
Chief Technology Officer

J. Corey Catten (Corey) is the Chief Technology Officer for Innovari. He is responsible for the company’s global technology innovation, core platform technology development, research and development, intellectual property and patents.

Corey joined Innovari after serving as the Chief Technology Officer for inthinc, inc., a vehicle safety technology company. During his tenure at inthinc, Corey led the engineering organization that Invented products and services that saved lives every day, in more than 20 countries, generating for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Corey managed the intellectual property portfolio and oversaw the issue of dozens of patents.

Corey has over 25 years of technology leadership experience. Prior to his role at inthinc he served as the Chief Technology Officer at SIVOX Technologies, a technology company focused on improving people performance using voice recognition and machine learning. Corey also served in senior leadership positions at Avaltus, a developer of enterprise learning content management systems, and Independent Witness (now inthinc).

Corey holds more than a dozen patents and is a member of several professional organizations including the Consumer Electronics Association, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Consumer Vehicle Safety Association, among others. He is a board member at the Opportunity Foundation of America and his local school district’s Graphics Education Curriculum Committee. He is also a certified pilot.

Corey earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah.

Steven D. Cook, PE
Senior Vice President, Operations

Steve Cook is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Innovari with responsibility for end-use customer acquisition and fulfillment, network operations, as well as program and project management activities worldwide.

Prior to joining Innovari, Steve served as a Vice President for CH2M, a global engineering company that provides consulting, design, construction, and operations services for corporations, and federal, state, and local governments. Steve was responsible for program and project management for Design-Bid-Build, Integrated Project Delivery, and Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Construction Management projects for high-technology clients.

Steve worked with CH2M for nearly four decades and served in numerous leadership roles, helping the company grow outside the U.S. As the Vice President, Project Delivery, MENAI Region for the Industrial & Advanced Technology Business Group, Steve was responsible for I&AT’s project delivery and operations in Middle East, Northern Africa and India.

As Vice President for Business Development, Steve was responsible for development strategies and market penetration for the Electronics and Advanced Technology business group.

Over the course of his career Steve achieved numerous accomplishments. He was responsible for opening CH2M HILL IDC’s Singapore project delivery center. He led the EPCM project delivery of a 44 MWe simple cycle power generation system as well as the EPCM project delivery of two 30 MWe simple cycle power generation systems. Steve also led the design of a nanotechnology research facility in Korea.

Steve started his career as a Sales and Application Engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University. He is also a registered professional electrical engineer in Oregon, Washington and California.

Gary McAuliffe
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Gary McAuliffe is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Innovari. He is responsible for U.S. sales and worldwide marketing for the company.

Before joining Innovari, Gary was Sales Director for Silver Spring Networks where he managed and grew Investor-Owned and Municipal Utility accounts in the eastern U.S. region. In addition to covering many of the key east coast IOUs for Silver Spring, he was their first Sales Director focused on the municipal utility sector.

Gary was co-owner of Theorem Geo Associates, a consulting firm focused on Smart Grid, Spatial Data and Hydro-Electric Dam compliance for electric utilities. At Theorem Geo, he managed the day-to-day operations of the company including sales, marketing, human resources, accounting and contracting. Gary also served six years with Hosted Solutions, a data center and cloud service provider based in Raleigh, NC. He managed Hosted Solutions’ offices in Charlotte and Boston, and was part of the executive team that ultimately sold Hosted Solutions to a Boston-based private equity firm.

Gary earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

Lisa Jurinka
General Counsel

Lisa Jurinka is the General Counsel for Innovari. Lisa is responsible for worldwide legal affairs and oversees the Company’s corporate governance, contracting, commercial licensing, intellectual property, litigation, compliance and regulatory matters.

Lisa has more than 15 years of experience as a corporate transactional attorney advising emerging growth pre-IPO and public companies. Lisa came to Innovari after serving as General Counsel for Jive Software, a global enterprise collaboration software company. Prior to Jive Software, Lisa also held assistant general counsel roles at Bay-Area based companies CafePress, Inc., Epocrates, Inc. and Broadlane, Inc. Early in her career, Lisa also served as a corporate associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP with a focus on corporate finance and securities practice.

Lisa graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton.

Preetha Nair
President, Innovari India & Asia

Preetha Nair is the President, Innovari India & Asia and is responsible for formulating and executing the company’s Asia strategy. Preetha has more than 23 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure sector and has served in various management positions. She has spearheaded changes in numerous policies and industry standards in the areas of solar, civil nuclear, integration of renewables, smart grid, and new technologies in the thermal generation, transmission and distribution sectors.

Along with her executive level domestic and international experience, she has led successful market strategy efforts for established industry leaders and private start-ups in the energy business. She is recognized for her result-oriented, decisive leadership with success in new market identification and strategic positioning for start-ups and multimillion dollar power sector companies. She was the recipient of one of the highest honors, the prestigious Bronze Medal, from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Superior Federal Service for outstanding leadership, demonstrating creativity, professionalism and commitment to help U.S. firms succeed in the Indian solar market.

Preetha has worked with senior Indian government officials on high level policy issues in the civil nuclear, thermal and renewable energy sectors. She has developed strategic partnerships with leading Indian companies and has extensive experience conducting business development in an international setting.

She has led successful teams that have driven business growth. In recognition of her leadership role, Preetha was elected as the Chairman of the Energy Committee at Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and U.S.-India Energy Advisory Council. In this role, Preetha drives the growth of U.S. and Indian energy companies in the growing Indian market. In 2017, Preetha was awarded an international award for leadership, innovation and excellence by the Institute of Economic Studies (IES).

Preetha is also the Chairman of the Energy Committee at Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and U.S. India Industry Advisory Council. Prior to Innovari, she has served in several senior leadership roles in Miasole USA, and U.S. Department of Commerce’s office at American Embassy New Delhi.

Preetha earned a Bachelor of Business Management from Delhi University. Post-graduation in Journalism and Public Relations & Mass Communication from Sardar Patel College of Communication and Management. Business counseling and export assistance certificate course at the Commercial Service Institute in Washington, DC.

Patricio Testorelli
President & CEO, Innovari Latin America

Patricio Testorelli is the President and CEO for the Innovari Latin America business. Patricio is responsible for managing and growing the Latin American business.

Patricio came to Innovari from AES Corporation, where he served as Country Manager for their Argentina operations. He brings 25 years of experience in the energy business to his role. During his career, Patricio held several positions for the Ministry of Energy of Argentina for two different administrations, and worked for the California Public Utilities Commission. He acquired in-depth knowledge of the Latin American energy market while working in a majority of Latin American countries.

Patricio started in the energy sector working in the office of the Energy Minister of Argentina during the restructuring of the industry, as well as in the privatization process carried on by the Argentinean government. At AES, he started as Legal Director for the generation division and after performing in other roles became leader of their Argentina businesses.

Patricio obtained his Master of Laws, LL.M, at the Universidad Austral and an MBA from the Universidad del CEMA, both in Buenos Aires. He also participated in the executive education program at the Darden School of Business in Virginia.

  • Utility projects on 4 continents
  • 15 utility partners
  • 4 utility projects in the U.S., 3 more expected by End of 2017
  • Contract announcement with a top 5 US utility – Fall 2017
  • Previously Announced Projects:
    • US:  KCP&L
    • LatAm:  ENSA (Panama), EmCali (Columbia)
    • Asia:  Reliance (India), CESC (India), Bescom (India)
    • EMEA:  KCETAS (Turkey)
  • >200 MW of contracts
  • 4 of top 8 U.S. retailers in Innovari/utility capacity programs
  • 115 global employees, 200+ including contractors
  • Headquarters – Portland, Oregon
  • Manufacturing in Austin, TX and Taipei, Taiwan