President & CEO
Ed Stern is President and CEO of PowerBridge, the leading developer of non-utility, privately financed, electric transmission systems in the U.S. PowerBridge has developed, financed, constructed – and now operates – more than 1300 MWs of transmission capacity, with a total investment in excess of $1.5 billion. PowerBridge has also completed the development and construction of a natural gas line and is currently developing several billion dollars of new electric transmission facilities.
JEFFREY T. WOOD
Senior Vice President
Jeff Wood joined the PowerBridge team in 2011 and is primarily responsible for leading the financing effort for PowerBridge projects such as Hudson Transmission. Jeff is a former managing director at the investment bank Société Générale, where he was responsible for serving as financial advisor and for arranging $600 million in non-recourse project financing for the Neptune transmission project, a 660-MW undersea transmission cable completed in June of 2007.
ERNEST B. GRIGGS
Senior Vice President & Project Manager
Ernie Griggs serves as Senior Vice President and Project Manager for both Neptune Regional Transmission System and the Hudson Transmission Project. His responsibilities include oversight for compliance with all North American Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) requirements for planning and operating a transmission facility in the North American bulk power system.
THOMAS G. BEAUMONTE
CFO & Treasurer
Tom Beaumonte, CFO & Treasurer, has more than 20 years experience as a senior financial executive in planning, operations, strategic planning, budgeting, cost reduction and financial reporting for both domestic and international companies. Prior to joining PowerBridge at its inception, Tom served as Vice President, Comptroller and Treasurer of Enel North America, Inc. and its predecessor company, CHI Energy, Inc.
James P. Nash
Vice President, Engineering
Jim Nash joined PowerBridge as Vice President of Engineering in 2007, after providing engineering consulting services for the Neptune Project. Jim has over 30 years of experience in the fields of electric power engineering and project development for various generation, transmission, and distribution projects.
Charles J. Micciche
Vice President, Construction
Charlie Micciche, Vice President, Construction, has nearly 40 years of experience in managing the operation, maintenance and construction of power generation and transmission facilities. He was part of the original development team for the Neptune project, and was directly involved in the development and construction of both the Neptune and Hudson projects.
J. Christopher Hocker
Vice President, Planning
Chris Hocker joined PowerBridge as Vice President of Planning in 2004 after 20 years of experience in the electric power industry that encompassed project planning, licensing and permitting, government and community relations, business development, and corporate communications. He was responsible for permit compliance during Neptune construction and has led the successful permitting effort for the Hudson Transmission Project.
JAMES T. SULLIVAN
Vice President, Operations
Jim Sullivan, Vice President Operations, is primarily responsible for operations and maintenance (“O&M”) and NERC reliability compliance for Neptune Regional Transmission System and the Hudson Transmission Project. Jim joined the PowerBridge team in 2011, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the engineering, operations, maintenance, and management of electric systems, primarily for High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission systems.
Chris Benson joined the PowerBridge team in 2013 as Operations Manager. He is responsible for daily oversight of the operation, maintenance, safety, inventory and environmental compliance for PowerBridge’s Hudson and Neptune HVDC transmission facilities.
Prior to joining PowerBridge, Chris was with Siemens Energy as part of the EPC team for Hudson’s back-to-back HVDC converter station in Ridgefield, New Jersey. He was responsible for developing the operations and maintenance program procedures, training, and document deliverables for commercial operation.
Susan Brown, Project Coordinator, has more than 25 years of diverse experience that includes advertising, marketing, and public relations as well as education and information technology. She joined PowerBridge in June 2011 after four years in the Fairfield, Connecticut public schools as an IT specialist. Previous experience includes business development, administration, and market research with advertising and PR agencies as well as an independent consultant. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University.
MARY ELLEN WAACK
Mary Ellen Waack joined PowerBridge in 2011 as an Accounting Manager, bringing nearly 25 years of accounting and finance experience to the team. Early in her career, Mary Ellen held positions at Rashba & Pokart and Price Waterhouse accounting firms.
She gained experience in the energy sector at CHI Energy, initially as Senior Accountant responsible for client audits and later as Special Projects Manager responsible for review and analysis of potential acquisition and merger candidates. As an independent consultant, Mary Ellen provided a wide range of financial services to clients in various industries, including the management of all financial operations for Waack Golf, a family-owned retail business. A Certified Public Accountant, Mary Ellen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The State University of NY at Binghamton.
Kathy Neary, Accounting Manager, joined the PowerBridge team in 2005 with more than 10 years of accounting and financial management experience. She handles insurance as well as accounting and other financial matters for PowerBridge and associated companies. After starting her career with Arthur Andersen, she joined CHI Energy, Inc. and its successor company, Enel North America, Inc. and held the position of Manager of Finance, responsible for corporate financial analysis as well as oversight of insurance matters for more than 80 energy facilities. Kathy is a CPA and holds Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Fairfield University.
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
Arline Clayburn joined PowerBridge in 2005 as Office Manager and Executive Assistant. Previously she worked for CHI Energy, Inc. and its successor company, Enel North America, Inc., for 12 years as Office Manager and Administrative Assistant.
She previously had run her own administrative services business and had held various administrative positions in the personnel, legal, and accounting departments of Chase Bag, Lone Star Industries, United Parcel Service, and the tax accounting firm of Messina, Ceci, Archer & Company.