Executive Team

Susan Gilbert

CEO & Co-Founder

Susan Gilbert is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Apogee Interactive, Inc. Susan's life-long interest and passion is energy stewardship through education about wise energy use and energy efficiency -- through utility and educational channels.

Her career is a natural progression of this passion, trained as a physics teacher, Susan’s first job out of college was teaching in Atlanta. She moved on to work for an energy-engineering firm, A&C Enercom, where she trained energy auditors from coast to coast and helped launch energy audit programs for businesses across Georgia under a newly established State Energy Office initiative. Over the next 17 years, she led A&C Enercom’s sales and marketing operations, where she was part of a team building the business from a staff of five in Atlanta to more than 600 employees in 40 offices across the country.

In the early '90s, Susan co-founded Apogee Interactive, Inc. with the vision of leveraging technology to more effectively deliver energy information. Today, she leads the company in delivering best-in-class Internet-based energy analysis and data presentment applications including Energy Advisor Enterprise, Envoy Outbound Communication, EPIC (Energy Platform for Information and Communications), Field Audit Tools, Eco-Stewards, Energy Libraries and a Kid's Korner energy education website. 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 bachelors of science with a major in physics and a minor in mathematics at the University of Kentucky and her masters in curriculum and instruction from the same institution. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Smoke Rise Country Club, LLC and is active in Smoke Rise Baptist Church as a deacon and member of the finance committee. Serving her community, she writes for and is secretary of The Smoke Signal, a local newspaper. In 2017, Susan began a 5-year term as Trustees of Georgia's Developmental Disabilities Ministries (DDM), a nonprofit, charitable corporation serving adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

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Joel Gilbert

President and Chief Software Architect

Joel Gilbert, P.E. is President, 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 companies and large energy consumers directly for nearly three decades.

Prior to co-founding 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 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is also a licensed professional engineer in New York State.

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Jim Malcom

Chief Operating Officer

Jim Malcom is Chief Operating Officer 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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Jim Albert

Chief Technology Officer

Jim Albert is the Chief Technology Officer 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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Nils Frenkel

Vice President of Sales

Nils Frenkel is the VP Sales at Apogee Interactive, Inc. leading Apogee’s Sales and Customer Success departments. Frenkel brings over 15 year of experience in business development, sales, and marketing to Apogee.

Nils Frenkel is the VP Sales at Apogee Interactive, Inc. leading Apogee’s Sales and Customer Success departments. Frenkel brings over 15 year of experience in business development, sales, and marketing to Apogee. Prior to joining Apogee, he was a Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant (now Guidehouse) and held leadership roles at Frost & Sullivan and PeopleXS in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has a BA in business administration from the University of Lincoln, U.K., and a graduate degree from the International Business School in Bad Nauheim, Germany.

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Sydney Roberts, Ph. D.

Technology Director

Sydney currently serves as Technology Director at Apogee Interactive – a leading firm in customer engagement linked to demand-side programs. Dr. Roberts' passion and expertise in building energy efficiency and sustainability compliment the industry-leading software-as-a-service technologies pioneered and implemented for utility customers by Apogee.

Dr. Roberts works at the intersection of research and industry to develop market-leading programs, add value and save resources. Prior to joining Apogee, Sydney led a team of building professionals at Southface Institute to create and advance the Applied Building Science group, delivering building science and energy efficiency research, education, quality assurance and technical assistance nationwide. She created and directed the U.S. DOE Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center, created and led projects funded by the U.S. DOE, EPA and HUD to advance building science and affordable housing research, and partnered with multiple utilities and other service providers to design and implement custom, client-facing programs.

Sydney G. Roberts is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Building Performance Association and has previously served in leadership positions with the Board of Directors of the Home Performance Coalition, Building Performance Institute, Lennox Industry Advisory Council, IREC Committee on Standards, and additional industry thought leadership positions. Dr. Roberts holds B.S., M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering.

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