Jerry Schmits, CEM
President and CEO
Jerry is a career energy and environmental management professional accomplished in growth-phase business ventures with significant achievements in business development, sales leadership and product marketing. He became the President and CEO of the Energy Alliance in December 2016. His professional experience spans nearly 20 years in the energy-efficiency industry.
Prior to joining the Energy Alliance, Jerry helped launch KLH Energy Solutions, where he was responsible for developing strategy for revenue growth, client expansion and product marketing. He has also worked for CBRE Global Energy Services and Cadence Network, Inc. where he oversaw product development, marketing and technical sales support.
In addition to his product marketing and business development success, Jerry has nearly a decade of experience in utility consulting. Throughout the 1990’s, he worked in various capacities for Cinergy Corporation, one of North America’s largest energy companies (currently Duke Energy). Jerry resides in the Greater Cincinnati area and holds a bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Thomas More College. He is an avid outdoorsman who also enjoys cooking and reading.
Michael is the Accounting Manager of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, joining the team in June 2014 with over twenty years of experience leading the accounting functions of various business operations. He has experience in reducing costs and increasing margins while maintaining internal controls. In addition, he has led IT conversions and other cross-functional teams to maximize operational performance.
Michael, a Downtown resident, holds a B.A. in Accounting from Transylvania University and a M.S in Organizational Leadership from Union Institute and University. He is the proud father of three daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteer activities, music, the arts, and cooking.
Director of PACE Financing
Chris has over 16 years of experience working in the environmental consulting and residential energy efficiency fields. He started his career in the Cincinnati area inspecting commercial properties and safety testing residential and commercial structures. For 10 years Chris owned and operated a residential home inspection company, during which time he personally inspected over 6,000 homes ranging from new construction to 150+ year old structures.
Most recently Chris was the General Manager for a Cincinnati- area spray foam insulation company and a residential heating and cooling company. Chris was also the Team Leader for the green product showroom GreenSource Cincinnati, located in downtown Cincinnati.
Director of Operations
Robert McCracken is responsible for overseeing the Energy Alliance’s residential programs. He has a diverse background which includes serving as a director of projects for the Center for Innovation in Assessment at Indiana University, advocating for the environment as a policy analyst at American Farmland Trust in Washington, DC, and serving as the head coach of women’s rowing at The George Washington University.
Rob graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy. He also holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a focus in environmental policy. A resident of Hyde Park, he enjoys spending time outside with his family.