Meet Our Team
CEO / CTO
One of the top building automation technicians at Honeywell in the late 80's and engineers at Johnson Controls in the mid 90's, Keith Gipson has been a pioneer in the Buildings IoT, Enterprise Energy Management (EEM) industries and technology for over twenty-five years.
In 1997 Keith Co-Founded the first EEM company, Silicon Energy Corp., which was sold to Itron in 2001 for $71 M. In 2005 Keith co-founded Shield Ops Inc. He architected an AI driven CSI and evidence linking program to help law enforcement discover, classify and correlate crime data as featured on the television show CSI Las Vegas (Season 10, Episode 4 "Coup De Grace").
Most recently Keith was CTO of Phoenix Energy Technologies where he architected the Enterprise DX (“Data eXchange") EEM platform that monitors and controls over 16,000 retail and commercial buildings, one of the largest integrated, web-based EEM platforms ever created. In March of 2020, after thirteen years, Keith left Phoenix ET to apply his vision and experience to build a conversational AI Autonomous Optimization (AIAO) solution. Keith holds a United States patent (US 6,178,362 Enterprise Energy Management System and Method 2001) and was honored by Southern California Edison as “A Modern Day African-American Inventor” for his contributions to the electric utility industry. He resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Shalonda and family.
Fernando Ramirez is a business development professional and has extensive energy technology and solutions experience. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded several startups in the past twenty years and developed service-based organizations (Energy Concepts and Phoenix Energy Technologies) to deliver energy efficiency and technology solutions.
Fernando has developed organizations with a loyal customer base and successfully executed an exit strategy for Energy Concepts Inc., which resulted in an acquisition by Silicon Energy Corp. in 2000.
Fernando is also the founder of Bridges 2030, a social NGO supporting developing countries and advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He founded bridges 2030 with the mission of "building bridges connecting technology, funding and global development actors to deliver products; and action". Bridges 2030 focuses on technology and empowering youth, our next generation of change-makers, to actively engage in purpose-driven initiatives.
President / COO
Pete has 11 years of direct experience in the energy industry. He has succeeded in environments ranging from Fortune 50 companies to small startups with only five employees. He is a technically proficient engineer with astute business acumen and a strong background in data and analytics. These interests have driven him to start several small businesses, one of which won a client $5 M in grant funding from the California state government.
Pete spent time at Phoenix Energy Technologies as a data analyst. During this tenure, he learned about and realized the power of a data and analytic driven machine. Recognizing that anyone can use data analytics to ask what is, instead of hypothesizing and testing (the scientific method), has changed his problem-solving approach. Applying these methods, he has helped organizations from universities to large corporations make better-informed decisions than times past.
Most recently, Pete has become heavily involved in business development and go to market strategies. His primary focus is on gaining high-impact funding for companies via grants, venture capital, and or angel investment. He is familiar with the entire value stream relating to fundraising, finance, and legal ramifications. He also spearheads product-market fit campaigns, where a company can understand if they have market fit before having a prototype.
Vice President of AI & ML Solutions
Paul is an experienced energy data strategist and has been an enterprise energy decision management, data velocity and applied analytics practitioner throughout his near 30 year career.
In 2019 at the Association of Energy Engineers East conference in Boston, Paul co-presented Virtual Closed Loop Control for Adaptive Energy Management in Retail Buildings with Keith Gipson. This presentation was based on a whitepaper that Paul wrote to contextualize the relative imprecision of Building Automation Systems based on an Open Loop design and that control systems based on simplified PID Loops are inadequate to achieve the precision of Closed Loop Control. Without closing the loop with a full expression of error correction, precision can never be achieved.
In 2021, Paul will be presenting on the powerful influence of Object Oriented Design in Energy & Decision Management where he establishes that one cannot manage energy without also managing decisions. This understanding is foundational to developing a fully automated Decision Management system to handle analytics signal traffic.
Paul’s ultimate objective is a multi-planar suite of robust programmatic and dynamic energy and decision management methodologies that responds continually to mechanical, environmental and climatological conditions seamlessly through machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques.
Director of Sales and Customer Solutions
Corey is a seasoned professional and well-respected subject matter expert in the Facility and Energy Management industry and is committed to developing successful Enterprise Solutions and Services, for over the last 12 years. Leveraging his experience with new customer onboarding and program integrations, Corey’s in-depth knowledge of Building Operational Sequences and End to End Facility Support Programs allows him to deploy innovative Support Solutions that meet the needs and demands of the customer through direct customer collaboration.
With a focus towards technology and advancing AI and ML automated solutions, Corey is able to build out successful Enterprise Solutions with national retailers. Delivering on measured value and savings through advancing technologies allows Corey to maximize creative strategies and industry best practices to drive results.
Corey is highly motivated and detail oriented with strong technical and analytical skills. Allow Corey to collaborate and engage with your team and explore the innovative opportunities that Facil.ai has to offer.