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PRESS RELEASE: NextEnergy welcomes John Hale III, Rick Spina and Rob Stevens to its Board of Directors

By Posted on July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021 – Detroit, MI: NextEnergy is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors, John Hale III, Rick Spina and Rob Stevens.

“As the momentum for electrification of mobility and decarbonization of our nation’s grid grows, NextEnergy is poised to be a leader in accelerating technology solutions that make our cities and communities smarter, cleaner and more accessible. The addition of John Hale III, Rick Spina and Rob Stevens to our board positions NextEnergy to be at the forefront of what’s next in smart grid and smart mobility solutions. We are very excited to welcome them to the board,” said Lizabeth Ardisana, current Board Chair and CEO of ASG Renaissance.

“The diversity of experience and expertise in this new cohort of board members will be a tremendous asset to NextEnergy,” said James Saber, President & CEO of NextEnergy. “We are very fortunate to have their leadership and engagement.”

John Hale, III is the President and Founder of The Cornerstone Group, LLC, a project finance and business consultancy. As President, Mr. Hale is a collaborative leader who designs funding strategies in the commercial real estate, renewable energy, and other sectors. In addition, John is an experienced director serving on the boards of significant non-profit organizations and a civic leader advocating for equity of opportunity on behalf of African American businesses.

Rick Spina is the Vice President of Electric Vehicle (EV) Commercialization and Industrialization for General Motors. In this role, he is responsible for developing the partnerships, incentives, and investments needed to create the necessary electric vehicle charging infrastructure that will enable acceptance of electrification. Prior to this role, Rick had been vice president of General Motors Global Portfolio Planning.

Rob Stevens serves as the Vice President of Engineering at Roush Products Group. As ROUSH Products Group vice president of engineering, Rob Stevens spearheads future products and customer strategy. He brings expertise in engineering, product and business development, alternative fuel vehicles, and fleet operations to ROUSH.  His background as a race car driver for 13 years adds to his ability to help with the Performance Products Group. Previously, Stevens spent nearly four decades with Ford Motor Company.

Media Contacts:

NextEnergy: Jim Saber, 248-840-0324, [email protected]

About NextEnergy: Founded in 2002 as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy works with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities. Since its inception, NextEnergy has worked with more than 400 companies, universities, federal agencies, and philanthropic organizations to drive more than $1.5 billion in advanced energy and mobility technology investments. Based in the center of Detroit’s growing innovation district with access to a microgrid, smart home, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and an alternative fuels platform, NextEnergy demonstrates and pilots technologies in real-world environments to gather data and diverse user-experiences. This process helps quickly scale and deploy solutions by accelerating commercialization with a specific focus on smart mobility and smart grid.


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