President and CEO
Lee McCracken
Lee McCracken
Lee has been a part of electricity deregulation since it’s beginning in many states. Prior to forming Premier Power Solutions, LLC, Mr. McCracken held Executive Management positions with Strategic Energy, LLC, one of the nation’s leading retail electricity providers. As Vice President of Corporate Development, he was responsible for overseeing the development of the long-term strategic plan for this national retail electricity provider. This effort required an in-depth analysis of the retail electricity industry and it’s future. This experience provides him with the knowledge necessary to help customers navigate the complexities of the deregulated electricity marketplace. As Chief Financial Officer, Lee led the financial operations and financing efforts of the company. He developed credit support mechanisms that allowed the company to grow from $130 million in annual revenues in 2000 to over $1 billion in revenue in 2004. He was an integral part of the retail contracts committee that was responsible for the development of many of the provisions that appear in deregulated retail electricity contracts today. He also was responsible for negotiating the contractual agreements with some of the nation’s top wholesale electricity producers and marketers and he continues to maintain relationships with these entities today. These experiences provide him with the detailed knowledge of the contractual agreements necessary to negotiate the best contractual arrangements for Premier Power Solutions, LLC, customers.
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Vice President
Michele McCracken
Michele McCracken was a co-founder of Premier in 2005. Prior to forming Premier Power Solutions, LLC, Mrs. McCracken held management positions within the Mercer County PA Government. As Mental Health Director for the Mercer County MH/MR/CYS, she was responsible for providing public education and consultation regarding the PA MH/MR procedures, laws, and services. She directed a staff of 20 individuals who provided the delivery of services and also found solutions for consumer complaints. She has been instrumental in developing the corporate personnel policies and procedures as well as the modification of the operating procedures of the company that will allow for the long-term growth of the company. Her other duties include being responsible for the direct mail campaigns, the administrative aspects of the company management, as well as helping to set the overall strategic direction of the company.
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Vice President of Sales
Dave Kristian
David Kristian
Dave joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in 2005. A lifelong resident of Beaver County, originally from West Aliquippa, he now resides in Hopewell Township with his family. Prior to joining Premier, he was employed at USAirways. His duties at Premier include working closely with business entities, churches, and local governments in Western PA to help them control and reduce their energy costs, as well as overseeing the sales operation for Premier Power Solutions. Dave, along with other Premier employees, has provided cost-saving energy contracts that have helped customers reduce their overall spend for electricity by millions of dollars per year. In his 18-year career at USAirways, Dave worked in various departments and spent the last eight years in the reservation facility located in Greentree, PA. Dave owned Ragona Travel Center, Inc., from 1995 to 2003. Ragona Travel was one of the most respected names in travel in Beaver and Allegheny Counties. As owner of the agency, he successfully managed all aspects of the business. Under his leadership, the agency was recognized by the Beaver Valley Star and received its Reader’s Choice Award for being the Best Travel Agency in Beaver County. Dave was also voted Vice-President of Plaza Merchants Association in Aliquippa. Serving in that capacity from 1998 to 2003, he helped improve the Aliquippa business district in the New Sheffield area and helped to organize events to improve the community.
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VP of Sales & Business Development
Ryan Foster
Ryan Foster
Ryan has served as VP of Sales & Business Development for Premier Power Solutions, LLC, since September 2014. Prior to joining Premier Power Solutions, LLC, Ryan had a 9 year career at FirstEnergy Solutions serving in multiple leadership roles of increasing responsibility. During his time at FirstEnergy Solutions, he led a team of seasoned energy professionals and managed a customer base of 56 billion kilowatt hours in annual load, which spanned across a footprint consisting of 27 services territories. His position at Premier Power Solutions, LLC includes overseeing the sales staff for the organization, and working closely with customers and other business partners to expand the business. Ryan’s focus is around creating valued solutions that enable Premier Power Solutions, LLC’s customers to successfully navigate through the complexities of the energy market. He works relentlessly to deliver concrete results that positively impact each customer’s bottom line.
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Vice President of Sales Support & CS
Deana Maxwell
Deana Maxwell
Deana joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in February, 2007, as the Customer Service Manager and was promoted to Vice President of Sales Support and Customer Service in 2010. Her primary duties include interacting with the sales team and support staff within Premier Power, as well as working with customers to handle any customer service issues that may arise relating to their energy contracts. Relationships with members of state and local government are also established through her market research and analysis. Deana works with numerous industry suppliers, utility managers and analysts to secure energy service contracts and discuss industry specifics. Prior to joining PPS, Deana was employed as an Energy Analyst for Strategic Energy (SEL), in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (now Direct Energy). She was hired as an Administrative Assistant to SEL’s electricity group and then Promoted to an Energy Analyst to assist with their growing efforts. Her responsibilities at SEL included spreadsheet development and design, utility tariff rate analysis, statistical analysis and coordination of marketing and conference presentations. Deana was also responsible for coordinating the assembly, completion and general quality control of customer and marketing projects for SEL’s Electricity Group. She also had significant experience in dealing with utilities and other reporting agencies to acquire needed information such as various FERC filings, tariffs and regulatory and legislative research. Deana currently resides in Jackson Center, Pennsylvania with her husband and four children.
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Director of Natural Gas
Sue MacNeal
Sue MacNeal
Sue MacNeal is the Director of Natural Gas with Premier Power Solutions, LLC, (PPS). Sue has over 36 years of experience with the natural gas industry in Transportation, Gas Utilities, Rates, Tariffs, Analysis and Regulatory Affairs. Before assuming her present position with PPS, Sue worked for FirstEnergy Solutions for 16 years. For the last 2 years, her position was Advanced Business Analyst with FirstEnergy Solutions, Commodity Operations, Load & Forecasting. As an Advanced Business Analyst, she generated the weekly Committed customers load and revenue forecast, the PJM Capacity and MISO forecast. Prior to this position, she was with the E Group, a non-regulated, wholly owned subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. for 12 years as an Energy Advisor. Sue was responsible for researching, developing, and implementing procurement strategies for customers in the energy markets, along with analyzing and evaluating rates and tariffs. She was the Natural Gas Supply Side Manager for the Industrial customers. She advised her customers energy managers, buyers and directors in executing tactical and strategic objectives with their natural gas energy spend. Sue provided gas management services for the E Group customers which included: negotiating rates, tariff analysis, contracts, and transportation negotiations between her customers and local distribution companies. Sue maintained the monthly usage with bank tolerances, and provided monthly gas reports for the industrial customers. She was the Natural Gas Supply Side Manager for the Industrial customers, as well as eight other companies. Other duties were procurement assignments for all E Group customers in IL, IN, CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, NH, VT and Canada. She has also procured natural gas for customers in CA, GA, KS, MO, MI, NM, NE, TN, KY, VA, NC, SC, TX WV, and WY. She conducted electric request for proposals for her customers in PJM in DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA.; summarized the proposals and sent recommendations to her customers, and confirmed contracts. Before this position, Sue was the Services Analyst with the Major Account Services for FirstEnergy Trading. Her responsibilities included setting policies for retail gas commodity pricing, working closely with the risk pricing management desk, determining natural gas pricing for prospective customers to the gas sales specialist. Sue worked at Columbia Gas of Ohio for 20 years; in her last position with them she was responsible for approximately 1600 gas transportation accounts in Ohio’s northern region. Her background includes advising, monitoring and training Columbia Gas of Ohio personnel, customers and marketers in regard to gas transportation accounts and the tariff. In 2014, Sue received an “Employee Excellence Award” for outstanding performance from FirstEnergy Solutions President and Vice President. In June 2003, the Association of Energy Engineers certifies that Sue had completed the prescribed standards for certification, had demonstrated high level of competence and ethical fitness for energy procurement, and was granted the title of “CERTIFIED ENERGY PROCUREMENT PROFESSIONAL”, (CEP).
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Senior Business Development Manager
Niki Vigna
Niki Vigna
Niki joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC in September 2014, as a Senior Business Development Manager. Niki is an industry expert with a reputation for working hard to understand and meet customers’ unique business needs. Her goal is to be a responsive, knowledgeable partner who can help customers navigate the complexity of the energy market, deliver savings and price certainty, and maximize energy efficiency by offering an objective perspective on the energy market. Niki views her business relationships as long-term partnerships that are built on trust and dependability. Niki’s experience includes working directly with end-use commercial and industrial customers. Prior to joining PPS, Niki worked at FirstEnergy Solutions.
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Operations Manager
Adam McCracken
Adam joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in June, 2016, as Operations Manager. His primary duties include modeling out electric and gas tariffs for PA, OH, and MD, serving as a backup account manager for natural gas, and compiling details for sales campaigns to be used by sales reps. Adam joins Premier Power after completing degrees in Accounting and Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA.
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Account Executive
Karen Demma
Karen Demma
Karen joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in February, 2014 as an Account Executive. Her primary mission is to assess commercial clients’ business needs, analyze their energy usage, and help navigate them through the complex and competitive energy supply market. Karen comes to Premier with a diverse sales and marketing background, ranging from finance to transportation to real estate. She has worked in the energy business for the last three years. Karen received her bachelor’s degree from Washington & Jefferson College and grew up in Pompano Beach, Florida. She resides in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children.
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Account Executive
Ryan Umbenhaur
Ryan joined the Premier Power Solutions team in June 2010 as an Account Executive. Ryan has since assisted several hundreds of new and current customers with their electricity contract needs. Ryan is also responsible for seeking out and informing potential customers on the many services Premier Power Solutions can provide their business (i.e. Electricity, Gas, Green Energy). Prior to joining Premier Power Solutions, Ryan was the sales manager for a financial services firm. Ryan is a 2001 graduate of Penn State University, and currently resides in Franklin, PA with his wife Lisa, and their three children, Ethan, Brady, and Alex.
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Account Executive/Inside Sales
Tammy Myers
Tammy Myers
Tammy joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in September, 2012, as an Account Executive for Inside Sales. Her primary duties include providing energy savings information to potential customers who show an interest in PPS energy services, as well as managing her existing customers’ electric contract needs. She is also responsible for monitoring market trends and contacting local businesses to provide information to reduce their energy costs.
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Sales Support Manager
Lori Bishop
Lori Bishop
Lori joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in September, 2006, as Customer Support Specialist. In February of 2010, she was promoted to Sales Support Manager. Her primary duties include supporting the president of the company with his current and potential customers. Prior to joining PPS, Lori worked as the Business Manager for D&L Systems Solutions, an IT company based in Grove City.
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Account Manager
Laura Kohler
Laura Kohler
Laura joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in April, 2006, as an Account Executive and moved into the role of Account Manager in November, 2012. As Account Manager, her primary duties include working with PPS sales agents to maintain their existing customer base and obtain new business, as well as developing and implementing their sales plans for the year.
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Administrative Assistant
Wendy Bortz
Wendy Bortz
Wendy joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in March, 2010 as Administrative Assistant. She handles a variety of office-related duties including energy bill management. She was employed for eight years by McGill, Power, Bell & Co. of Grove City. Wendy and her husband reside in Clarks Mills.
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Agent
Thomas W. Chapman
Tom joined Premier in 2005 and has been in the electricity deregulation industry since 2000, working in the Michigan, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas markets. Prior to joining Premier Power Solutions, LLC, Mr. Chapman was a Business Development Manager with Strategic Energy, LLC, one of the nation’s leading electricity providers. As Business Development Manager, he worked with colleges and universities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, federal, state, and municipal governments, along with water and sewage authorities. Mr. Chapman has also provided energy savings analysis for small and large commercial and industrial accounts, ranging from chemical plants to steel manufacturing facilities. In addition, he has advised retail/hospitality industry leaders including large box facilities and national food chains. These experiences provide him the knowledge to help negotiate the best contractual agreements for Premier Power Solutions, LLC customers.
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Agent
Cliff Timko
Cliff Timko
Cliff joined Premier Power Solutions in May, 2010. During a 34-year career with Giant Eagle, he held various positions of responsibility in the areas of refrigeration & HVAC systems design, facility maintenance and energy management. As Corporate Energy Manager for the past 14 years, Cliff was responsible for the corporate energy program including the procurement of electric and natural gas in western PA, eastern OH and MD; implementation of demand response; procurement of renewable energy; budgeting of the $60M corporate energy line; auditing of utility bills; design of stores as it impacts energy; development, execution, measurement and verification of energy retrofit projects; and monitoring of energy management and power monitoring systems for 160 corporate supermarkets, 150 convenience store/fuel stations, as well as corporate office buildings and distribution centers.
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Agent
Donald E. Golub Jr.
Donald E. Golub Jr.
Donald joined Premier Power Solutions in June 2011 as an outside sales agent. His responsibilities are not only to bring new business to Premier Power Solutions, but to sell any of our many products, and in the process to educate those customers on the products we sell. During his 25 years of sales experience with KADD Consulting in which he owned, he was V.P. of Sales with Tele-Data Communications for many years. Premier Power Solutions will use their expertise to make the proper recommendations that are customized and in the best interest of your company. Our recommendations apply only to your company’s specific needs. Not only will your company increase their profits by reducing cost, and save you valuable time. Premier Power Solutions will obtain security with your company by making the right decisions-now and in the future, by you profiting from our knowledge gained through our expertise.
Agent
Matthew J. Szanca
Matthew J. Szanca
Matt joined Premier Power Solutions in 2005. Prior to joining PPS, Matt was employed by the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh for 18 years, serving as Chief Engineer. His duties included the oversight of all of the mechanical areas of the facility and keeping the facility operating at top efficiency. He implemented an energy management system with cost savings projects involving lighting and steam generation. Matt has also spent over 20 years as a part or full time employee of Kennywood Park in West Mifflin as an Electrician/Mechanic. Matt holds a Chief Engineers and Registered Electricians license with the City of Pittsburgh. He is on the Pennsylvania Board of Directors of the National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers where he also holds a commission as Chief Engineer and Examining Engineer.
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Agent
Frank Orrico
Frank Orrico
Frank joined Premier Power Solutions in 2006. Prior to joining PPS, Frank was employed by Universal Rundle Corp. for twenty years, serving in various management positions, including V.P. International Business. Frank remains active in international business through his consulting firm established to address the capabilities of companies who wish to enter the growing import and export market. Frank’s background in management with a manufacturing company allows him the perspective of being on both sides of the fence so to speak. With this in mind, he is well aware of cost management and budgetary constraints as it applies to energy savings for our clients.
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Agent
Dave Pascale
Dave joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in September, 2016 as a Sales Agent. Dave’s primary responsibility is to respond to commercial/industrial clients’ business needs and provide support to them in their electric and gas supply requirements. Dave comes to Premier with a diverse energy background, having worked at FirstEnergy and its predecessor GPU Energy for over 40 years in the Engineering and Customer Service areas. Following retirement from FirstEnergy, Dave worked for FirstEnergy Solutions, the unregulated subsidiary of FirstEnergy. Dave worked with small and large commercial and industrial customers, ranging from oil refineries to steel manufacturing facilities. Dave grew up in Bradford, PA. He received degrees in Business Management and Engineering Technology. He lives with his wife Karen in North East, PA.
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IT Manager
Kevin Vallely
Kevin joined Premier Power Solutions, LLC, in April of 2010. His foremost responsibility is managing the company’s servers so that remote users can have access to and collaborate with the central office. Furthermore, Kevin manages the customer database that allows employees and agents to quickly and easily access customer information.
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