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Northeast Volunteer Chairs

Paul Barrett - Northeast Mentor Committee Advisor, Save Energy Systems
Paul Barrett

With a passion for mentoring, entrepreneurship and the environment, since 2010 Paul has applied his energies in these areas to the position of Cleantech Open Northeast Mentor Chair until this year. Most recently, Paul was Co-founder and COO of several start-up ventures including Dreamech and Cimble Corporations, which provide innovative “connected car” vehicle data solutions to the automotive industry. Prior to that, Paul worked for LoJack Corporation in a variety of operational roles over 22 years, initially helping start up the company as the fifth employee, opening its largest domestic markets in Southern California and the New York Area, and then with the company’s international division as the Vice President of International Operations, supporting global entrepreneurs and opening up more than 25 territories around the world.  Pro-bono work includes acting as a general and business development mentor to teams in the Cleantech Open and MassChallenge business accelerator competitions, for companies in the MIT Enterprise Forum MentorSmart program, and at Northshore Innoventures. Founder and Board member of the Quincy Center for Innovation, a regional technology incubator. Judge for MA Clean Energy Council Catalyst and InnovateMass Awards. Peer review panelist for UMass Technology Transfer Center and MA Technology Leadership Council. Advisory Board member for several start-ups in the cleantech, e-commerce and location aware mobile application industries.

Jon Klavens - Northeast Judging Co-Chair Principal, Klavens Law Group
Jon Klavens

Jon concentrates on providing start-up, outside general counsel, transactional, project development and energy regulatory services to companies, investors, public entities and nonprofits in the clean energy and clean technology areas. He also provides legal services to a broad array of for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises. His practice spans a wide range of general corporate, land use, environmental and nonprofit matters. He is dedicated to providing client-focused, strategic and cost-effective legal services.

John Jaddou - Northeast Judging Co-Chair Director of Technology Scouting, Global Innovation Program, and Commercial Excellence, Cabot Corporation
John Jaddou

John is the head of innovation at Cabot Corporation, a global Nanotechnology company that serves various industries. In this role, he leads a core team whose mission is to increase the innovative capacity of the organization through strategy, customer engagement, new-product development, knowledge exchange, collaboration, and portfolio optimization.Prior to Cabot, John worked as a management consultant where he assisted clients in all areas of corporate and business unit strategy development and implementation including market segmentation, new product development, retail & commercial optimization, and market expansion. John holds an MSc in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from UM Ross School of Business.

Tim Hoffman - New York City Metro Director Advisory Board Member Managing Director, Watts Capital
Tim Hoffman

Tim is an experienced consulting and investment banking professional. For almost 18 years he has provided strategic and M&A advisory, capital raising, and financial modeling services for large corporations, family-run firms, renewable energy developers, middle market companies and early stage companies. Tim is currently a Managing Director at Green Owl Advisers, which provides financial and strategic consulting services to renewable energy and cleantech companies. In addition, Tim is a Managing Director with Watts Capital, LLC, a FINRA and SIPC member broker-dealer based in New York City. Tim is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned two B.A. degrees and spent one year studying at Universität Hamburg. Tim later earned an M.A.E. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan. He is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and holds Series 7, 79 and 63 securities licenses.

Alice Nichols - Chair Mentor Committee
Alice Nichols

Alice leads Cleantech Open’s Mentor Committee, overseeing the organization’s extensive network of mentors. Through her work at Integrated Strategies International, she consults and coaches executive teams around leading through times of change. She has twenty years of experience in partnering with leaders to align and integrate such initiatives as strategic planning, managing transformational change such as environmental sustainability, personal branding for executives, globalization strategies, quality and risk management. Before that she spent twelve years as the Senior Vice President of Organizational Dynamics, Inc. (ODI) where she was a member of ODI’s Executive Committee. Alice was also a founder of a non-profit organization in the U.S. working in collaboration with a Swedish group of the same name, The Natural Step (TNS). She has a B.A. from the University of Colorado and Masters Degree in consulting and counseling psychology from Harvard University.

Robert F. Parker - New York City Deputy Metro Director
Robert F. Parker

Rob is a Partner at Chobe Advisers, a boutique advisory firm focused on strategic management consulting and developing energy & commodity projects around the globe. Mr. Parker has worked in the Renewable Energy sector for 10 years as an executive, banker, and advisor. He serves as the Deputy Director of the CTO's NYC Metro Region. He is an Adjunct Professor and Diploma Program Director at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, covering Entrepreneurship, CleanTech, and Energy Finance. Mr. Parker has an MBA from Loyola University – Chicago and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Gregory Len - Northeast Judging Co-Chair, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Gregory Len

Greg is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Boston office. As a registered patent attorney, Greg concentrates his practice in intellectual property, focusing primarily on patent litigation, patent prosecution, and patent transactions. Specifically, he routinely handles many aspects of patent litigation from discovery disputes, to claim construction issues, to trial. Greg has participated in multiple trials before the International Trade Commission representing plaintiffs inpatent-based Section 337 investigations. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Greg has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and his JD from Suffolk University Law School.

Nicholas Hill - Chair of the Team Development Program
Nicholas Hill

Nicholas Hill has thirty years’ experience in strategic energy management. He’s an expert in energy efficiency technologies, energy procurement and renewables. He founded Hill Energy Services in 2002 to offer his expertise to commercial, industrial, municipal and educational customers and help them reduce their costs and carbon footprints. Nick’s skill lies in working with a range of people within an organization to produce solutions to their energy problems. This type of collaboration and cooperation  sets him apart from most energy experts.

Nick is a Certified Energy Manager and a LEEDTM Accredited Professional (Building Design and Construction). He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. In his spare time, he serves on the steering committee of the Green Needham collaborative, a local advocacy group. He also mentors start-ups through the Northeast Cleantech Open. He is an honors graduate of Wesleyan University and has had extensive training in energy systems analysis and design, fuel procurement, and safety.