JAVIER BARRIOS, E.M.P.
Javier Barrios is a founding member and Managing Partner of Good Energy LP, a national consulting firm headquartered in New York City with offices in Texas, Illinois and several states open to competitive energy markets. He has been instrumental in growing TEPA’s membership across the Northeast and served as the founding president of the TEPA Northeast group. An expert in Community Choice Aggregation, Energy Management and Utility Procurement, he represents several corporate and governmental institutions across the country, and has launched groundbreaking legislation and community energy programs in several states.
JARED PATTERSON, E.M.P.
Texas State Representative Jared Patterson is a focused, proactive leader. For more than a decade, he has dedicated himself to serving his neighbors in public office and to his professional career in the retail electricity and natural gas industry. Over a decade ago, Jared joined the team at Rapid Power Management. He now serves on the company’s Strategic Leadership Team and drives millions of dollars of sales revenue for the company. With a passion for serving others, Jared Patterson has had the opportunity to serve in various leadership roles. From 2009 to 2013, he served concurrently on the Sachse, Texas City Council and Economic Development Board of Directors. In 2012, his peers elected him to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. In 2018, Jared was elected to serve as State Representative in Texas House District 106.
PERRY RUTHVEN, E.M.P.
Perry Ruthven is the Managing Director of Priority Power Management (PPM) in Houston, Texas. Drawing from a career that has cut across multiple industries including Energy, Technology, Logistics, Banking, and Insurance, Perry brings a wealth of knowledge and market experience to lead PPM’s Houston Region.
Perry joined PPM from PARenergy Inc., an electricity brokerage and consultancy based in Houston, Texas. As founder and president of PARenergy, Mr. Ruthven built a successful business representing diverse clients in the chemical, healthcare, commercial real estate, food service and logistics industries.
MARILYN FOX, E.M.P.
Marilyn is a professional accountant, specializing in utility rate regulation and other financial and policy issues. She has worked for the finance departments of municipal governments regulating electric, gas and water utilities and negotiating franchise agreements and contracts with business entities. She has also handled franchise fee and tax compliance issues. She has served as an expert witness in local, state and federal proceedings and presented testimony before the State Legislature of Texas. Marilyn has worked with clients from the public and private sector on a variety of projects ranging from franchise fee reviews and negotiations to applying the Federal Communications Commission’s Rules for pole attachment rate calculations.
DAVID C. WEIRS, E.M.P.
PRESIDENT, TEPA ILLINOIS | AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBER
David C. Wiers has over 17 years of experience in creating and delivering innovative solutions in the energy industry. Mr. Wiers has participated in deregulated markets from their inception and has shared his expertise at numerous conferences and forums, advocating electricity deregulation and representing third-party aggregator, broker, and consultant (ABC) channels.
Wiers founded Satori Energy in 2006, which has now served over 50,000 accounts and has secured more than $140 Million in energy savings for its clients. In late 2011, Mr. Wiers assisted in the due diligence and purchase of Select Energy Partners (SEP). Mr. Wiers has led the strategic vision of the firm as Satori has continued its pattern of targeted growth through the acquisitions of Public Utility Brokers (September 2014), GOBY LLC’s procurement business (December 2014), Velocity Energy Group (January 2015), EnergyNext, Inc. (April 2015), WTX Power (August 2015), and InSource Power (October 2015). Read more here.
MIKE PAYNE, E.M.P.
PRESIDENT, NORTHEAST BOARD, AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBER
As a managing partner of APPI Energy, Payne is responsible for the development and management of APPI Energy’s consulting services, corporate operations, and legal matters. He has advised commercial, governmental, institutional, industrial, and nonprofit clients. Payne provides energy market analysis, energy supply risk management, and energy supply contract negotiations. He regularly performs due diligence of energy suppliers and reviews regulatory markets. Prior to managing APPI Energy, Payne worked for 20 years in financial services, corporate management, and investment banking.
A Delaware native, Payne received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Wake Forest University in 1978. He then received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1981 and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, DC, in 1983.
PAUL WARD, E.M.P.
AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBER
Paul has been involved with TEPA since its inception and continues to share his expertise to further the mission of TEPA. He served as the 2012 President of the organization, working primarily to increase the value of membership to the supplier community in TEPA. Paul also previously served as Chair on the Discipline Committee (now Standards and Compliance) for three years to help enforce a code of conduct in the Texas market through elevating ethical standards of TEPA’s membership.
For 15 years, Paul has worked at Schneider Electric (formerly PoCo Energy Group and then Summit Energy) as a sales associate, client energy manager and director for the company. He currently also serves as the General Manager for the Schneider office in Lancaster, Texas. In this role, he is responsible for managing multiple accounts as well as managing the Lancaster team.
HUSTON ABLE, E.M.P.
Huston Able has served as a strategic energy consultant since 2003. Over the last 17 years, he has successfully leveraged his knowledge of competitive and wholesale markets to offer a competitive edge to his clients. Based in Houston, he currently serves as the president of Able Power Management and has held other positions in the energy sector including Executive Vice President, Account Manager, Director of Sales and Vice President of Sales. As a respected energy professional, Huston has provided power solutions to large commercial and industrial businesses and brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as National Board President of TEPA. He has been involved with TEPA since its inception, eventually serving as committee chair from 2013-2016 and on the national board and Vice President in 2017. He served as the National Board President from 2019-2021.