President, CEO & Co-Founder
Susan Gilbert is President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of APOGEE Interactive, Inc. Susan's life-long interest and passion is to educate consumers about energy and energy efficiency -- through utility and educational channels.
Her career is a natural progression of this passion, beginning as a high school physics teacher in Atlanta. She moved on to work for an energy-engineering firm, A&C Enercom, where she helped launch energy audits for businesses across Georgia under a new State Energy Office initiative. Over the next 17 years, she lead A&C Enercom’s sales and marketing operations, building the business from a staff of five in Atlanta to more than 600 employees across the country.
In the early '90s, Susan founded Apogee Interactive with the vision of leveraging technology to more effectively deliver energy information. Today, she leads the company in delivering best-in-class Web-based energy analysis and data presentment applications including the HomeEnergySuite™, HomeEnergyCalculator, EnergyInsights, ProgressInsights, a Kid's Korner energy education website, and an eLearning portal for utilities known as Study-Center.com. Through her leadership, the firm, its people and its products, have achieved national recognition for analytical superiority, cutting-edge innovation, and excellence in performance and customer service.
Susan earned her bachelor’s of science with a major in physics and a minor in mathematics at the University of Kentucky and also her masters in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky. She serves on the board of Smoke Rise Country Club LLC and is active in Smoke Rise Baptist Church as a deacon.
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Chief Software Architect & Co-Founder
Joel Gilbert, P.E. is Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder of APOGEE Interactive, Inc. where he personally directs the design and development of energy analysis applications utilizing the highest standards in building science, engineering, operational patterns, weather data and pricing to ensure analytical integrity.
Every Apogee application undergoes the rigors of his mathematical and engineering training, strategic management evaluation and bottom-line business pragmatism having worked with energy companiesand large energy consumers directly for nearly three decades.
Prior to cofounding Apogee, he built his career in energy consulting, being retained by over 200 gas and electric utilities and over 100 industrial and commercial firms across the United States to help them clarify and implement successful customer energy programs. His client roster included virtually every major investor-owned utility in the US and their key trade associations including the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Electric Power Institute (EPRI), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and the American Public Power Association (APPA).
At Apogee, Joel continues to consult with such companies and serve as a thought leader and speaker in energy master planning, online energy efficiency program implementation, energy marketing, and demand side management for US utilities and large industrial enterprises.
Joel holds both bachelor and master degrees in chemical engineering and a masters in management from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is also a licensed professional engineer in New York State.
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Chief Financial Officer
Jim Malcom is Chief Financial Officer and EVP of APOGEE Interactive, Inc., providing oversight business and financial operations of the company. His senior management experience in the telecommunications and management consulting industries is providing strategic direction for Apogee's continued growth and success.
Malcom brings more than 20 years in corporate finance and accounting to Apogee, which began with the firms KPMG and Ernst & Young in Atlanta. His career steadily expanded to include senior posts as chief financial officer, corporate controller, vice president and treasurer for such area companies as Heidelberg USA, LecStar Telecom and Powertel.
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration, a certified public accountant, and a chartered global management accountant.
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Rand Kirkus is the Vice President for APOGEE Interactive, Inc., leading Apogee's Client Services Team in providing customer support and assistance to Apogee's 650 utility clients.
Kirkus brings his vast wealth of knowledge and experience from his 29-year tenure at the Southern Company. He served as both a client and product manager, where he handled the needs of various customers daily. Highlights of his time with the Southern Company include serving as the General Manager of Systems Operation and as the General Manager of Planning and Projects at the Georgia Power Company.
He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management.
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Vice President of IT & Software Development
Jim Albert is the Vice President of IT & Software Development for APOGEE Interactive, Inc., leading Apogee's Research & Development and IT Departments.
Albert brings over 12 years of executive experience in software development to Apogee. He is an expert in .NET Technologies, such as ASP, C#, and VB. He also brings vast knowledge of databases, web development, and software architect.
Before coming to Apogee, he served as Vice President of Software Development for Contour Networks and the Director of Software Development for GuardedNet, Witness Systems, and Advanced Integrated Recorders.
He is a graduate of Drexel University, with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
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Vice President of Human Resources
Patricia (Patti) T. Rioux is Vice President of Human Resources for APOGEE Interactive, Inc.
Rioux brings to Apogee more than 30 years of management experience. Her former roles range from Office Manager at Federated Department Stores to running a 24/7 Lockbox Operation at Bank of America, where she was named Senior Vice President. A highlight of her time prior to Apogee was when she was asked to serve as the interim manager of a software development department. Although Rioux had no technical background, her leadership drove the department to accomplishing all of its goals for the year with a reduced number of staff.
Rioux is active in her community. She supports historic preservation, including service for more than two decades on the board of a living history museum in Georgia, and is passionate about public education reform.
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