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ESC Team

David Weiss has been the Executive Director of the Energy Solutions Center (ESC) since its founding in 2003. He oversees the administration and management of the Energy Solutions Center, working closely with the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee to ensure that the mission and goals of the Center are successfully executed. Before the formation of the ESC, he was the Executive Director of the Industrial Center. Prior to his arrival at the Industrial Center, he served as the State Technology Coordinator for Maryland, seeking to recruit technology companies to Maryland and linking them with resources that would increase the likelihood of successful technology commercialization. Dave worked on Capitol Hill for 10 years, serving as the Staff Director of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, and working on the personal staffs of two Members of Congress. He has a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Purdue University.

Contact Information: dweiss@escenter.org or phone 202-824-7153.


Richard Biljetina serves as the Director, Industrial Markets at the Energy Solutions Center, focusing on distributed generation, steam generation, combustion and industrial processes. Rich is responsible for the National Accounts consortium and Gas Foodservice Equipment Network consortium. Rich previously held a number of key positions at the Institute of Gas Technology. He has over 40 years of program management, engineering, product development, and commercialization experience in energy-related areas, including power generation, energy utilization, renewable energy, environmental control technologies, and distribution systems. He has provided consulting services to utilities, federal, state and local agencies. Rich has a BS in Chemical Engineering from IIT and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Contact Information: biljet@att.net or phone 202-251-8902.


Eric Burgis serves as the Director, Commercial and Residential Markets. Eric is responsible for the following ESC consortia: Commercial Buildings; Cooling Equipment and Markets; Residential; Builder Liaison, CHP and Oil Conversion consortium. Eric oversees the production of Natural Living magazine and the Expansion Workgroup. Before joining ESC, Eric spent 13 years with Philadelphia Gas Works beginning as a Marketing Engineer and departing as part of their Executive Strategic Planning Team. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified Business Energy Professional, and has served as President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Management/Business Administration from Penn State.

Contact Information: eburgis@escenter.org or phone 610-796-1946.


Tina Read serves as the Manager, Industrial and Commercial Markets.  Tina oversees the following ESC consortia: Multifamily; Industrial Energy Efficiency; and Boiler Burners. She also manages the Natural Gas Vehicle Workgroup, the Construction Heaters Workgroup, Agricultural Applications Workgroup and the Equipment Manufacturers Council. She oversees the production of ESC’s Gas Technology magazine and Energy Solutions for Commercial Buildings magazine. Tina spent 10 years with AlbanCat, a Caterpillar dealer in the MD-NoVA area, where she progressed from project manager to engineering consultant and departed as a sales executive.  She worked on many projects that met the unique backup power needs of hospitals, government facilities and data centers.  She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MA in Teaching.  She is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Contact Informationtread@escenter.org or phone 240-818-5153.


Jennifer Couto serves as Contracts and Office Administration Coordinator for the Energy Solutions Center. Jennifer is responsible for contract administration, office management, and general membership services. She has over 16 years experience in event planning and meeting management. She obtained her BS in Business Management from University of Maryland.

Contact Information: jcouto@escenter.org or phone 202-824-7150.


Leslie Auerbach serves as the ESC Conference Planner, and is responsible for the planning and execution of our Technology and Market Assessment Forums. She received her BA in History from Salisbury University on the eastern shore of Maryland. Most recently she worked at the Performance Institute in Washington as an event and meeting planner. 

Contact Information: lauerbach@escenter.org or phone 202-824-7152.


Warren Willits provides support to the Center and its members in the areas of new gas solutions and communications. He also works extensively with the Center’s Equipment Manufacturers Council. He previously held various positions within the sales and marketing departments at Dominion East Ohio including Manager, Business Development. He has 31 years of program management, product development, and commercialization experience in energy-related areas, including plastics, power generation, energy utilization, and engine-driven technologies. Warren holds as BA in Business Management and an MBA in Systems Management along with a CIGC degree from the Institute of Gas Technology. He is also a member of the American Gas Association Hall of Flame. He has been an instructor for various energy workshops and seminars for over 30 years.

Contact Information: wawillits@wawii-inc.com or phone 216-536-9787.


Barry Hallsted serves as the Manager, Residential Markets. Barry works on a corporate level with residential builders, big box retailers and real estate professionals to strengthen relationships, create partnerships and increase usage of natural gas appliances. Barry was self-employed for 20+ years as a general contractor and real estate broker focused on the residential market. As a learner, Barry holds a BS, MBA and Ph.D. As an educator, Barry has taught university level courses in construction management since 2007. Barry is a Certified Green Professional through NAHB and a LEED Green Associate through USGBC.  

Contact Information: bhallsted@escenter.org or phone 801-602-3082 


Melanie Anthony has served as the National Account Relationship Manger with the ESC since 2009. She acts as a liaison between national account customers and ESC member utilities to implement efficient and clean natural gas technologies across North America. She entered the energy industry in 1999 with Honeywell Power Systems, Inc. and joined TECO Partners as Manager of National Business Development in 2001. Anthony has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a specialization in Marketing from West Liberty University of West Virginia. She is an active member of many energy industry organizations, and leads the Association of Gas Distributors of Florida’s Conservation Demonstration and Development team, which works to research, develop and implement new natural gas technologies for commercial and residential use.

Contact Information: mkanthony@tecoenergy.com or phone 813-228-1270