Pat Keegan, Owner and Principal
Pat’s passion is teaming up to launch or upgrade energy efficiency programs. He brings over 30 years of energy-related experience at the local, state, national, international, and non-profit level. His experience spans residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewables. Pat began his career in the 1980s at the Washington State Energy Office, managing pioneering energy conservation programs and working with all types and sizes of utilities. He left the region in the 1990s to direct energy efficiency initiatives in developing countries around the globe with the International Institute for Energy Conservation. In 1997 he began working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, and next became the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Science Center in 2001, where he focused on energy efficiency and solar programs, launching the nation’s first energy makeover contest and organizing an aggressive marketing and education program funded by contractors and suppliers. Hired by Ecos in 2008, he became the VP of Residential Programs and when Ecos became Ecova he led the effort to develop markets with rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Pat launched Collaborative Efficiency in January of 2013 to provide consulting services to cooperatives and municipal utilities at any stage of their pursuit for energy efficiency.
Outside of Collaborative Efficiency: Pat enjoys the mountains, lakes and rivers of the Northwest. He and his wife Janice love spending time with their two grown daughters, family, and friends.
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Brad Thiessen, Co-Writer
Brad Thiessen grew up in Alberta, Canada. Work opportunities took him and his family to central California for a decade and then back northward to the Pacific Northwest. His life work has been in communication leadership roles with nonprofit organizations, with a variety of freelance writing gigs thrown in along the way. Areas of focus have included fundraising, grant writing and organizational change management. He has a passion for seeing organizations strengthen their relationships with their members through intentional, clear and inspired communications. He believes in the power of setting clear goals, sharing our success stories and building partnerships in the pursuit of excellence.
Outside of Collaborative Efficiency: Brad is executive director for a nonprofit the serves cancer survivors and is an avid long-distance trail runner.