Ecova Experts


Suzanne Foster Porter

Director, Research & Technical Services

As the Technical Director for Ecova’s Research and Technical Services, Suzanne is responsible for providing technical guidance and leadership to the team on a variety of energy efficiency projects, with a focus on formulating strategy to address new energy savings opportunities effectively through research design, execution, and communication of findings and recommendations. Suzanne leads complex studies, including multi-client studies and studies with outside contractors. She guides our industry experts to provide clear synthesis of technical, market, and behavioral research that supports and informs strategic recommendations to clients.

For over ten years, Suzanne has lead research teams conducting energy use baseline and potential savings studies, and then using that information to support program recommendations to clients to reach their energy savings goals. Her educational background in physics and mathematics, combined with her experience in stakeholder engagement, market research, and engineering analysis enables her to effectively guide interdisciplinary teams to meet project objectives. In addition to her role leading teams of experts, she is an industry-recognized leader on technical and policy approaches to improve the energy efficiency of electronic equipment, with emphasis on power supplies, battery charger systems and televisions/displays. Suzanne holds a B.A. in Physics, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Suzanne has published a number of research papers and articles including her most recent article “Reviving the War of Currents: Opportunities to Save Energy with DC Distribution in Commercial Buildings,” which was reviewed and presented at the 2014 ACEEE Summer Study in Pacific Grove, California.


Peer-Reviewed Paper: Reviving the War of Currents - Opportunities to Save Energy with DC Distribution in Commercial Buildings

George Huettel

Director, Solutions Engineering

George’s business background includes 25 plus years in commercial facility and energy management with an emphasis on automation and controls. Prior to joining Ecova, George was President and Co-Founder of a leading independent Systems Integration Contracting firm where he was responsible for the company’s vision, sales and business development activities. George’s technical skills include a thorough knowledge of energy management systems, building controls and their application to efficient facility operations.

As Solutions Engineering Director for Ecova, George works in the Business Solutions Group with a focus on Facility Optimization. This market offering within Ecova leverages Benchmarking, Engineering, Controls and Continuous Monitoring and Management Services to drive energy and operational savings strategies for multi-site, multi-geographic clients.

George holds a BSME from North Carolina State University and is a professional engineer registered in the State of Florida. George has served on several client advisory and professional organization boards including Lonmark International and is a past chairman of Lonmark Americas.

Paige Kindell

Vice President, Sales & Client Management

As Vice President, Sales & Client Management, Paige is responsible for the development of solutions for global companies that drive costs down while being environmentally responsible, specifically around sustainability and demand side management. Previously, as the Vice President, Resource Management Solutions, Paige oversaw four areas of Ecova's consulting services: Lease Auditing, Advanced Analysis, Carbon & Sustainability and Expense Optimization. Working closely with the company’s Sales & Marketing divisions, she and her team worked to execute attractive solutions that help clients see more, save more and sustain more.

Paige joined Ecova in 2006 and just three years later, as Senior Director, Client Financial Planning and Analysis, she was managing financial services for over 400,000 sites across the country. Prior experience in the energy industry includes her time working for the Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Farming at the National Assembly for Wales, UK, on issues such as sustainability, wind farming and clean energy. Paige is involved in many community activities such as St. Joseph’s Orphanage Board of Advisors - Cincinnati, Women Helping Women - Finance and Internal Audit committees, Newport Ambassadors, and the Newport Recreation Commission.

Paige earned her MBA, Finance Concentration from Xavier University and a B.A. in both Human Resources and Strategic Management from Ohio University.


Whitepaper: A Big Data Look at Energy Trends
Blog Posts by Paige Kindell

Erik Makinson

Director, Waste Solutions

Erik Makinson has led the implementation and growth of Ecova’s Waste Solutions group since 2009, building our capabilities to assist Ecova clients with their waste-reduction efforts. Erik and his team of experts stand ready to assist clients in all of their waste management needs, including the design and implementation of multi-site recycling projects; assessment of environmental impacts of packaging changes; identification of significant waste hauling savings and more.

Prior to Ecova, Erik spent six years with The Coca-Cola Company, where he supported the company’s Walmart account team through development of a global customer sustainability strategy and participated in Walmart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network and Packaging Scorecard Steering Committee. Additionally, Erik supported Coca-Cola’s North America Foodservice division through the instigation of a customer sustainability engagement platform and by leading the development of the Ecotainer® compostable cold cup.

Erik holds a B.A. in business administration/marketing from Seattle University, a Sustainable Business Certificate from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Resource Recovery Manager Certification through the California Resource Recovery Association.


Whitepaper: There's Money in the Trash
Blog Posts by Erik Makinson