Chief Executive Officer
Email Jim Saber
313.833.0100 ext. 240
Jim Saber is President & CEO at NextEnergy. Saber previously lead the business and technology development and demonstration activities to support commercialization and business growth of NextEnergy’s advanced energy clients and stakeholders. Saber’s experience includes the development of over $150 million in technology development and demonstration programs within e-Mobility, Smart Grid, Buildings and Infrastructure, MicroGrids, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, and Alternative Fuels. He has lead NextEnergy’s work in establishing new technology development and demonstration platforms within next generation energy efficiency and transportation applications. Prior to joining NextEnergy, Saber spent more than a decade in the energy-storage industry, where he held product- and business-development positions with Fortune 500 and start-up companies. Jim holds a B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University.
Chief Executive Officer
Email Jim Saber
313.833.0100 ext. 240
Angella Durkin is COO at NextEnergy. Durkin joined NextEnergy in 2015 as Vice President of Finance and Administration. Since that time she has established herself as a key leader at NextEnergy with a broad capacity for operations including accounting and finance, administration, human resources, project management and program compliance. In 2018, she was named Chief Operating Officer of the organization. Prior to joining NextEnergy, she held several positions in finance and accounting during her eight years at Delphi. As manager, global liquidity & America’s treasurer at Delphi, Durkin was responsible for global financial forecasting and funding strategy. Durkin interned at Henkel Technologies, where she assisted the global sales and marketing team on a project focused on redefining customer profitability and implementing new market challenges. She also served four years at Plante & Moran where she provided clients with assurance and consulting services. Durkin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Durkin participated in the American Heritage Association Exchange Program at Universita Degli Studi de Macerata in Macerata, Italy.
Email Angella Durkin
Eric McDonald is Director, Facilities and Infrastructure Development at NextEnergy where he is responsible for upgrades to the infrastructure and ongoing operation of NextEnergy’s campus. McDonald has over twenty years experience in management of capital improvements and infrastructure development and redevelopment for major construction managers and property owners. He has been involved on a diversity of projects including complete mechanical and electrical upgrades to industrial and commercial buildings; industrial backup power generation; civil, commercial,and industrial construction; landfill inspection and planning; and environmental remediation. McDonald has a Bachelor of Arts in Design from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Facilities & Infrastructure Development
Email Eric McDonald
313.833.0100 ext. 118
Melissa Smith is Director, Outreach and Branding Initiatives at NextEnergy. Smith brings with her over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, graphic design, events and sales. The majority of her career was spent as a senior marketing specialist with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), leading exhibit-sales and audience marketing efforts for many large-scale manufacturing events across the United States and Canada. For two years, Smith served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Droste Group, an international executive coaching and consulting firm based in Michigan. Areas of expertise include development of marketing strategy and tactics, management of large budgets & external vendors, creative development, copywriting, art direction, list strategy and development; strategy and deployment of direct mail, electronic marketing and social media. Smith holds a B.S. in English Literature & Journalism from Eastern Michigan University.
Marketing & Communications
Email Melissa Smith
313.833.0100 ext. 122
Wayne Snyder is Director, Technology Development at NextEnergy. In this role, Snyder oversees planning and execution of connected and emerging technology solutions. Leveraging the company’s cyber physical systems, Internet of Things and data acquisition infrastructure, Snyder assists cross-industry partners and collaborative teams in transforming ideas into integrated technology demonstrations that showcase and validate stakeholder value propositions. Wayne brings more than 12 years of experience in information and communications technology applied to energy and transportation. Snyder holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Information Systems Engineering from Oakland University. Wayne was presented the Merit Network Innovation Award in 2015 in recognition for development of Internet of Things, AC/DC hybrid data centers and cybersecurity smart grid analytics. He is certified as a Connected Vehicle Professional and Information Technology Infrastructure Library practitioner.
Email Wayne Snyder
Roland Kibler is Chief Technologist at NextEnergy. In this role, Kibler develops and manages programs in the areas of alternative energy generation, energy storage, and fuels, with responsibility for overall project management in his focus areas. He also handles technical and market assessments of alternative-energy concepts to support the development of emerging alternative-energy companies and technologies. Prior to joining NextEnergy in 2005, Kibler held multiple engineering positions with the Delphi Corporation, including: Components Applications at the Technical Center Tokyo; Global Catalyst Application; Component Application in Korea; Material Cost Improvement; and Product Manager Fuel Handling and Evaporative Control. Kibler holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute, Kettering University; an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Systems Science from Michigan State University; and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Flint.
Email Roland Kibler
313.833.0100 ext. 104
Tim Slusser is Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives at NextEnergy. In this role he will lead NextEnergy’s strategies to accelerate mobility solutions in the electric vehicle, hydrogen fuel cell, charging infrastructure, and mobility services sectors.
Prior to joining NextEnergy, Slusser served as Business Strategy Manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, where he managed strategies for targeted industries.
Slusser is an accomplished technology strategist and project manager with more than 10 years of business development experience. Slusser specialized in the renewable energy and automotive industries, attracted the first $6 billion dollars of electric vehicle and energy storage investments in Michigan, and helped facilitate the early industry partnerships that formed what is now known as the Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC).
Slusser holds a bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Energy Systems Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Smart Mobility Initiatives
Email Tim Slusser
313.833.0100 ext. 120
Nathalie Osborn is Director, Smart Grid Initiatives at NextEnergy. In this role, she is responsible for collaborating with federal, state and utility stakeholders to investigate innovative technologies, pilot demonstration projects, help remove industry barriers and accelerate the commercialization of smart grid solutions.
Osborn is an accomplished energy industry professional with nearly 20 years of experience in delivering, developing and financing over $450M in energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability programs and projects which serve the commercial, industrial, k-12, municipal and residential markets.
Osborn’s tenure in the energy industry included working on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, co-authoring the California Solar initiative, developing energy-savings performance contracting projects, consulting on industry studies and implementing utility funded renewable energy, distributed generation and energy efficiency rebate programs and services.
Osborn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. She is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design an Accredited Professional (LEED A.P.), a member of Advancing Women in Energy, and the co-author of the International Bestseller ``Ignite Your Leadership: Proven Tools for Leaders to Energize Teams, Fuel Momentum, and Accelerate Results.``
Smart Grid Initiatives
Email Nathalie Osborn
313.833.0100 ext. 130
David Jackson is Director of Business Development and Industry Partnerships at NextEnergy. In this role, he is responsible for leading NextEnergy’s business Development strategies with solution partners in the private and public sectors.
Jackson is an accomplished energy executive management professional with leadership experience in business development, sales and marketing and engineering. During his time with industry leaders Siemens, Schneider Electric, and DTE Energy his teams deployed or were awarded 56 projects with a total capacity of 485 MW in 15 countries.
His energy experience included working on compressed energy storage, wind, fuel cells, hybrid plant solutions, decentralized power generation, micro hydro, and industrial plant monitoring solutions. He has consulted and orchestrated energy projects with 240 of the Fortune 500.
Jackson holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Hanover College in Indiana. Throughout his career, his projects have received numerous energy awards.
Director, Business Development & Industry Partnerships
Email David Jackson
313.833.0100 ext. 140
Heather Boyd is Marketing and Administrative Specialist at NextEnergy. Boyd supports both the marketing and business development teams to implement cross functional processes, and develop resources to drive continuous improvement company-wide. She works closely with staff, partners and clients to manage events and maintains our contact management database. Boyd has over 20 years of administrative support experience that included owning a landscaping business. She has worked with philanthropy and start-up companies, as well as in the advertising, insurance, and investment banking industries.
Marketing & Administrative
Email Heather Boyd
313.833.0100 ext. 111
Latonya Binford is the Accountant at NextEnergy. Binford has years of experience in financial analysis. In the past, she served as a Budget Analyst at Wayne State University where she analyzed and created budgets for university-wide central revenue and expenditure sources. She also served as a Business Analyst at Compuware Corporation where she reported financial data used in European negotiations for a major automotive customer. Binford holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Central Michigan University and she is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is also a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
Email Latonya Binford
313.833.0100 ext. 320
Join us in-person or via webinar from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 11 at NextEnergy in Detroit to learn more about the PlanetM Startup Grants. The grants provide access to $1.3 million in funding for global mobility startups to test, validate and prove out new technologies with the goal of making transportation easier, safer and more affordable for Michigan residents.