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Our Team

Energy Management Solutions, Inc. (EMS), brings a force of over 70 experts to our team - knowledgeable in all aspects of commercial/industrial energy supply, demand, renewable, conservation and rebate/incentive management.


  • Gary Swanson, President/CEO
  • Kelly Rogers, Vice President of Operations
  • Charlie DiFazio, Energy Consulting Engineer
  • Jody McDevitt, Director of Sales
  • Janelle Rief, Office Manager


  • Kevin Schmidt, VP of Government Relations - Strategic Public Partners (SPP)
  • Jeffrey Flannery, CEO - Titan Energy Worldwide, Inc. (TEWI)
  • Robert Hoerauf, President - Hoerauf Consulting, Inc.
  • Theodore D'Williams - Engineering Partner

Key Management

Gary A. Swanson, PE, President/CEO, has more than 28 years of professional experience, including over 20 years in ownership and senior management positions at companies dedicated to energy auditing and consulting. Swanson founded EMS in January 2005 as a spin-off of U. S. Energy Services of Wayzata, Minnesota, where he served as vice president of energy demand management. Throughout his career, he has conducted or overseen more than 10,000 facility audits, saving clients more than $600,000,000 in energy costs. He is a frequent presenter and conference speaker on energy-related topics, earning a national reputation for his expertise in this dynamic industry.

  • Served as a principal and president of Energy & Environmental Consulting Engineers of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and principal and vice president of Associated Consultants Engineers of Plymouth, Minnesota
  • Licensed as a professional engineer in Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio
  • Member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota

Kelly Rogers, Vice President of Operations, brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, purchasing, project management, information technology, and systems administration.  Has 13 years of energy management experience in conservation improvement projects, Energy Star management, benchmarking, rebate administration and State reporting for serveral utility companies.  Works with all staff to ensure office operations are at the highest standard.
  • Served in a variety of office management and administrative roles
  • Graduate of Minnesota College of Business and has completed various technical training courses

Charlie DiFazio, Energy Consulting Engineer, has over 34 years of experience working for major HVAC equipment and controls manufacturers such as Trane and York.  He has also worked for Xcel Energy as an energy engineer in the rebate program.  Now, with the systems knowledge he has gained over the years, he spends the majority of his time finding innovative and energy efficient solutions for EMS customers.
  • Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State
  • Vast knowledge in the design, control and energy efficiency of Chillers, Refrigeration and HVAC Systems

Jody McDevitt, Director of Sales, brings over 25 years of direct and indirect sales and sales management experience.  Since 2010 he has concentrated his efforts in the clean-tech sector which includes positions specifically in demand response, EV charging stations, Behind the Meter IoT Connectivity, energy efficiency, energy intelligence software and energy procurement.
  • A passionate champion, always looking for solutions to help clients achieve their energy and sustainable goals.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ohio State University

Janelle Rief, Office Manager, brings more than 20 years of accounting, office, client relations and professional experience.  Has owned and operated several successful businesses and is now joining EMS on a full-time basis.  Has over 3 years energy management experience in accounting and administrative support, and will now expand to supporting all staff members.
  • Holds a degree in Accounting from Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, Minnesota


Strategic Public Partners (SPP), is a national full-service public affairs, public relations, government relations and issues management firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Kevin Schmidt, VP of Government Relations for Strategic Public Partners, manages SPP's government affairs department representing the firm's clients in front of the Ohio General Assembly and Executive Branch. He helps clients identify, monitor and act on issues before the legislature and state agencies representing some of the firm's largest clients.  Most of Kevin's government relations work focuses on the fields of energy, manufacturing and technology.

  • Served as a lead Ohio Statehouse lobbyist for the Ohio Manufacturers' Association for nearly 8 years
  • Was instrumental in the founding of the Ohio Manufacturers' Association's Energy Group, the only statewide energy group dedicated to representing all sizes and types of manufacturing before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
  • Led a coalition of business groups in the passage of Ohio's most significant re-write of the State's Clean Air Act with S.B. 265 in 2006, streamlining Ohio's regulatory system while remaining protective of air quality
  • Graduated with a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University
  • Earned his Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School and is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and Ohio Bar Association

Titan Energy Worldwide, Inc. (TEWI), is a publicly traded company that combines engineering expertise, established sales and distributorships, service operation and unique strategy partnership to meet the growing demand in the US and worldwide for clean, efficient energy solutions.  TEWI is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Jeffrey W. Flannery, CEO and Director, has served as TEWI's Chairman of the Board since December 15, 2005 and CEO since July 2009.

  • Prior to working at TEWI, Jeffrey was the founder and CEO of Enhanced Information Systems, Inc., an online home health care provider for the pharmacy industry
  • He served as the Vice President of Development for IUSA, an information technology company
  • Was the Vice President of Corporation Communications for Center for Special Immunology, a public company dedicated to medical treatments for immune disorders
  • Received his BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles

Robert G. Hoerauf, President of Hoerauf Consulting Inc. - Rob is an Electrical Infastructure Consultant with 25 years of experience in the design, project management and start-up of electrical, energy and generation projects for industrial, municipal and utility customers.

  • Experienced designer of substation, transmission, and renewable energy systems
  • Registered professional engineer in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa
  • Serves on several national standards committees for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • 14 years of experience as a manager of the Power Systems Group for Wunderlich-Malec Engineering, Inc.
  • 13 years as a regional engineering manager for Westinghouse Electric

Ohio Energy Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (OEAMC), is a R&D center currently specializing in the full commercialization of High Velocity Metal Forming (HVMF) technologies headquartered in Lima, Ohio.

Theodore D'Williams, Engineering Partner, has been working with both commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects over the past four years. His experience includes calculating energy savings, cost estimates, performing site inspections and audits.  He has supported multiple utility incentive programs, as well as public agencies such as local governments, institutions and other municipalities.  Theodore also has experience in renewable energies (solar).  Prior to his energy efficiency experience, he worked in academia as a chemist, performing wet chemistry experimentation and analysis, and nano particle research.
  • BS in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University, NY
  • MS in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University, NY