BRITE Energy Innovators

Ohio’s Only Energy Technology Incubator Announces the Appointment of Four New Board Members

New members will enhance BRITE’s mission to support emerging energy tech startups

Warren, OH – BRITE Energy Innovators is pleased to announce the appointment of four new board members, amid significant growth for BRITE and the nearly fifty startup companies we partner with to provide positive change for our Valley and the state of Ohio.

“Our Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse and dedicated team of leaders committed to energy technology and transforming Ohio and furthering job creation.  We are excited to bring the expertise of these exceptional individuals to our team.  Their voices have national reach, and we know that will ensure an equity lens focused sharply on the Mahoning Valley and Ohio,” said Rick Stockburger, President and CEO of BRITE.  “We have worked hard to ensure BRITE’s board and leadership represents a variety of experts from all facets of government, nonprofit, corporate, and academia.  The nation is taking notice of the Voltage Valley and these new leaders, along with an already incredible board, are ready to keep impacting our area and the world.”

The four new board members began their three-year terms with BRITE effective January 1st of 2022.

The new board members are:

  • Alexander Fitzsimmons, Senior Director, ClearPath  

His take on energy and being part of BRITE:

“For too long, economic investments have been concentrated on the coasts. BRITE is dedicated to stimulating economic development in Ohio and the Midwest, which is the backbone of America’s industrial base. By bringing more investment and development to these communities, BRITE is proving that innovation can be found everywhere.”

  • Jonathan Bridges, Managing Director, Automotive, JobsOhio

His take on being part of BRITE:

Personally, and professionally, I am very committed to the future of the auto industry in Ohio.  Serving on BRITE’s board is an amazing opportunity to be involved in the energy technology space of emobility and energy storage.  The Voltage Valley and State of Ohio has a huge opportunity ahead of it and BRITE is fighting on the front lines for our future.”

  • Courtney Gerowitz, Startup Community Lead, Amazon Web Services

Her take on being part of BRITE: (reflecting on her own startup experience)

“I’ll always appreciate the role TBEIC (now BRITE) played in the development of my company and my career. I believe that the leaders at BRITE have the right strategy – putting founders first. I want to support an organization that shares my values around entrepreneur support, and I believe BRITE is that organization for NE Ohio.”

  • Heather Taylor-Miesle, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Regional Conservation at American Rivers

Her take on joining the BRITE board:

“Innovators, like those at BRITE will define our future.  It is an honor to join the BRITE board to support those working to scale businesses that will make our communities more sustainable.”

Since its founding in 2010, BRITE’s Board of Directors has provided the organization with critical operational guidance throughout its offering of services to energy tech startups in Ohio.  

About BRITE: BRITE Energy Innovators is powering the future of energy across the State of Ohio. As the state’s only energy incubator, we have assisted nearly 500 new energy tech startups with mentorship, funding assistance, and over $200 million in public and private investment. We empower founders to launch energy technology solutions. By fusing experienced experts in residence, advanced equipment in the BRITE Energy Labs, and community coworking spaces in Warren, we create opportunities for all Ohioans. 

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