Executive Leadership


Jeff D. Heggedahl

President & Chief Executive Officer

As president and CEO of Ecova, Jeff Heggedahl is responsible for creating a clear vision for the company as the leader in total energy and sustainability management. Jeff is recognized as a proven leader who can transform and grow companies through strategic planning and acquisition, increased profitability, and enhanced customer loyalty to become leaders in their respective industries.

"Ecova helps our clients save significant amounts of money on a recurring basis and make a meaningful difference in our planet and our environment."

Prior to joining Ecova in 2009, Jeff was president and CEO of Scantron Corporation, a testing and assessment company. Under Jeff's leadership, Scantron doubled its corporate revenues in less than two years. Before that, he was the president of the largest division of the Harland Corporation, in charge of acquiring and successfully integrating a number of companies.

Jeff holds a B.A. in business and communications at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Minnesota. Jeff also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Mass.

When he is not leading Ecova, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and entertaining friends at their house in Minnesota.

Donato Capobianco

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

As senior vice president and general counsel, Donato provides legal counsel on a wide variety of matters for Ecova. Donato brings his background in retail as well as energy and utilities to every legal issue the Company encounters, including contract, real estate, intellectual property, employment, and compliance matters.

"I really enjoy looking at transactions and issues from every angle to determine the best course of action."

Prior to joining Ecova in 2010, Donato was senior vice president and general counsel for Hollywood Entertainment Corporation/Movie Gallery, Inc. At Hollywood, Donato supervised both the legal and real estate departments and was the head of the company's utility department, where he worked with Ecova for several years to help manage the company’s energy needs. Before that, Donato spent several years as a transactional attorney in law firm practice and, prior to that, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant.

Donato graduated Summa Cum Laude with his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

In his free time, Donato enjoys spending time with his family, especially at the Columbia Gorge.

Julie Kearney

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

As senior vice president of human resources, Julie Kearney is responsible for attracting, developing, motivating and retaining talent at Ecova. She leverages her 20-plus years of human resource and organizational development experience to direct all human resource operations, including talent acquisition, compensation and benefits employee training and development, leadership development, employee relations, employment policies and human resource systems.

Under her leadership, Ecova has been able to attract many talented, smart colleagues who are committed to the company's mission, strategic vision and who work collaboratively to make a positive difference in the world.

"Our people are critical to our success and I am proud to say that Ecova has the best and brightest employees in our marketplace."

Prior to joining Ecova in 2007, Julie worked as a human resources consultant focusing on clients in the energy industry, such as PacifiCorp/Scottish Power and Ecos. Julie's experience also includes more than 10 years managing both domestic and international human resource initiatives and teams for Fortune 500 energy companies, such as PGE, Enron Broadband and Enron North America.

Julie holds a B.S. in business management and human resources management from the School of Business Administration at Portland State University.

A beach lover, Julie and her family spend as much time as possible at their house on the Oregon Coast.

Gene Lynes

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

With more than 30 years of financial experience in technology and service-related industries, Gene Lynes is executive vice president and CFO for Ecova. As the company's top finance executive, Gene ensures that the company's strategy is in line with its financial health. Leading the finance and accounting groups, Gene is responsible for financial plans and policies, fiscal controls, regulatory compliance, financial reporting, and corporate investments. He also works closely with the rest of the management team on mergers and acquisitions.

"Ecova is growing and evolving quickly, and we're making a difference. It's an exciting time to be a part of this industry and this company."

Prior to joining Ecova in 2009, Gene was chief accounting officer at Kofax, an international software company, where he assisted with acquisitions, global operations, and ERP conversion. Prior to Kofax, Gene worked for Scantron Corporation, most recently serving as CFO and COO, responsible for financial and operational excellence as well as business integration activities.

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Gene has also served as a senior audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he helped a wide variety of clients with financing arrangements and structural transactions as well as audit and compliance requirements.

Residing with his family in San Diego, Gene enjoys spending weekends in the California sunshine.

Seth Nesbitt

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Marketing & Technology

As senior vice president and general manager, marketing and technology Seth Nesbitt leads Ecova’s marketing, product management & technology teams, helping the company to become the leader in total energy and sustainability management. Seth is responsible for Ecova’s product strategy and development and clearly communicating the company's vision and capabilities to current and potential customers, helping solidify the company's position as a trusted advisor in the evolving energy market.

"It's a privilege to be working with a group of people who are attempting to address one of the biggest, most difficult, and most important challenges of our time: how to use our resources more effectively."

Joining Ecova in 2010 from Parallels, Inc., a fast-growing cloud computing firm, Seth had an established track record working with companies in high- and hyper-growth stages. At Parallels, Seth led marketing for the company's B2B division. Prior to that, he was vice president of products and solutions marketing for Amdocs, Inc., a $3 billion software and solutions provider for the telecommunications sector. Before that, he held field marketing and corporate communications positions in Nortel Networks, which was acquired by Amdocs.

Seth holds a B.A. in history from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and an M.B.A. from Oxford University in Oxford, England. Seth is also a member of the North American Advisory Board for the CMO Council.

When he is not working, Seth enjoys spending time with his family, reading real books (not in electronic format) and fly-fishing in the crisp rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

Jana Miller Schmidt

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Sales & Operations

Jana oversees the sales and operations organizations at Ecova, providing general management expertise and revenue growth for the company. Jana focuses on offering then delivering compelling solutions that grow results for Ecova’s clients on their efforts to save resources.
This approach helps a diverse and broad base of clients better address their energy and sustainability challenges.

"Bringing the benefits of Ecova’s full product and service offerings to our clients will enable them to better understand their resource use, lower their costs, and improve environmental performance."

Before joining Ecova, Jana was Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Harland Clarke Corp. In that role, Jana led a national sales, client management and marketing organization that served over 11,000 clients in the financial services industry with over $1 billion in revenue. Prior to this role, Jana led Marketing Services within Harland Clarke, responsible for sales and operational leadership, including call center management. Jana also served as Vice President of Business Development for Harland, leading the company’s organic growth strategies for its three business segments which included integrating acquisitions and developing cross sell methodologies across the organization.

Jana holds a B.S. in psychology from Colorado State University. Jana also sits on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Georgia, and the board of the OFC Venture Challenge for Minority Entrepreneurship Education. The National Diversity Council named Jana Schmidt as one of 2010’s Most Powerful and Influential Women of Georgia.

When not traveling to see clients, Jana loves spending time with her family and is an avid tennis player and a beginner golfer.

Ted Schultz

Senior Vice President of Utility Solutions

As senior vice president of Utility Solutions, Ted leads the Ecova Utility Solutions team in strategic business development, cultivating innovative, end-to-end products and solutions for utilities and their customers.

"At Ecova, we pride ourselves on being innovators in the marketplace, seeing what’s next and connecting the dots to deliver results today while creating sustainable value.”

Ted is a seasoned leader in the utility industry with more than 30 years of experience driving “what’s next” with a relentless focus on providing value to customers. Prior to Ecova, Ted spent 13 years at Duke Energy, where he successfully launched a profitable services business, earned consistent top performance rankings in national customer satisfaction benchmark surveys, and pioneered an innovative business model that turned energy efficiency into a profitable investment for utilities while holding advisory board positions for Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE), EPRI, and the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. Before joining Duke Energy, Schultz spent 14 years at New York State Electric and Gas in Binghamton, N.Y., mostly managing information technology functions. He was Director of Applications and Advanced Technologies prior to joining Duke Energy.

Ted earned an MBA from Syracuse University, and a B.S. in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

When Ted is not working, he enjoys boating, tennis, and spending time with his family.

Bob Zak

Senior Vice President, Facility Solutions

As senior vice president of Facility Solutions, Bob brings over 20 years of experience in the facility automation and energy management sectors. In his role, Bob is responsible for helping our clients gain the insight they need to make informed decisions about energy and utility usage across their entire portfolio, as well as providing mechanisms for reducing consumption, cost, and carbon footprint. He oversees a team of 230 employees in the facility optimization, resource analytics, procurement, rates, lease, waste, and carbon & sustainability departments.

"I am inspired by our employees' passion for the Ecova brand promise of total energy and sustainability management; it drives our commitment to products and services that really make a difference. "

Prior to joining Ecova in 2012, Bob was a founder, president and general manager of Powerit Solutions, an international cleantech company providing energy management systems and services to the industrial and commercial markets. Prior to that, Bob spent 12 years at a large regional factory automation firm serving as vice president of sales and marketing, where he was responsible for building sales channels into industrial, utility and commercial markets.

His thoughts on energy efficiency have been published widely in many industry publications, including The Seattle Times, ManagingAutomation.com and Greentech Media. He has authored numerous industry white papers on energy management and is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide.

Bob holds a B.S. in industrial distribution from Central Washington University and attended the University of Alabama Birmingham’s School of Business special studies industrial distribution program.

Outside of the office, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, juggling their dance and soccer schedules, and squeezing in some hunting and fishing.