A Team of Experienced Experts
Meet the people of Satori Energy
Satori Energy’s team of experts has more than 50 years of combined energy experience in the electric utility, wholesale trading, retail supply, and energy consulting fields. Learn more about our team below.
David C. Wiers
President & Founder
David C. Wiers has over 17 years of experience in creating and delivering innovative solutions in the energy industry. Mr. Wiers has participated in deregulated markets from their inception and has shared his expertise at numerous conferences and forums, advocating electricity deregulation and representing third-party aggregator, broker, and consultant (ABC) channels. Wiers founded Satori Energy in 2006, which has now served over 50,000 accounts and has secured more than $140 Million in energy savings for its clients. In late 2011, Mr. Wiers assisted in the due diligence and purchase of Select Energy Partners (SEP). Mr. Wiers has led the strategic vision of the firm as Satori has continued its pattern of targeted growth through the acquisitions of Public Utility Brokers (September 2014), GOBY LLC's procurement business (December 2014), Velocity Energy Group (January 2015), EnergyNext, Inc. (April 2015), WTX Power (August 2015), and InSource Power (October 2015). Satori evolved to new heights in 2015, being recognized as a leader in the deregulated energy industry by the two most highly regarded independent surveys. Satori was awarded “Broker of the Year” by The Electricity Professionals Association and was ranked #1 in overall supplier satisfaction by Energy Research Consulting Group.
Mr. Wiers launched his professional career as a consultant for Andersen Consulting. Shortly after the retail electricity market deregulated in Texas, Wiers became Vice President and a minority partner in Dallas-based Power Brokers LP, where he helped create a full-service electricity brokering firm. Mr. Wiers helped to pioneer third party ABC channels in deregulated electricity markets – he is a founding member and Past-President of The Electricity Professionals Association of Texas (TEPA) a non-profit organization he lead from 2005-2007. TEPA’s mission statement and goals are aimed at upholding the integrity and maintaining honor in the deregulated electricity business. In 2007, Mr. Wiers founded the Illinois Energy Professionals Association (ILEPA), a non-profit organization similar to the Texas organization and continues to lead ILEPA’s strategic initiatives to this day.
Mr. Wiers is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Carthage College, where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing with an emphasis in Economics in 1998. He is former board member of the Young Executives Club of Chicago, past President of the Carthage College Alumni Association, and currently serves on the Carthage College Board of Trustees.
Anna M. Baluyot
Executive Vice President
Anna M. Baluyot is Satori Energy's Executive Vice President as well as the Managing Partner of Select Energy Partners. Ms. Baluyot is a proven energy industry executive and leader, with over 20 years of extensive experience on both the supply and demand sides of the industry. Anna engages herself primarily in business development, and general business management focused on the exceptional delivery of both companies' energy consulting and energy procurement services. Since the purchase of Select Energy Partners, Ms. Baluyot has spearheaded the company's electricity aggregation business, forging business relationships with over 50 communities in Illinois.
Ms. Baluyot began her professional career as a marketing engineer at ComEd, where she was responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of electrical service for large commercial and industrial clients. Later, as a Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst, Anna evaluated firms for potential merger or acquisition strategies. Ms. Baluyot concluded her career at ComEd as a wholesale energy trader, where she was responsible for making optimum use of the corporation's generation assets by selling and purchasing energy and transmission products for the native load requirements of one of the largest utilities in the country.
Since her departure from ComEd, Ms. Baluyot has helped to launch the presence of two alternative suppliers in the Illinois retail electricity market where she was responsible for structuring, negotiating, and closing fixed and managed commodity products as well renewable bundled options to the governmental, industrial, and institutional sectors. Ms. Baluyot's executive management has been instrumental in leading several consulting firms in the delivery of power plant development, energy efficiency and demand response services. Anna earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Loyola University, and a Master of Public Affairs in Finance and Systems Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Ashley Cucio, CPA
Ashley is a Certified Public Accountant and the Controller of Satori Energy. She is responsible for all financial aspects of Satori Energy's business, including financial forecasting and budgeting, commissions receivables, commissions payables, tax-related items, and billing. Ashley also internally manages human resources matters and employee benefits for the company. She graduated from Carthage College with a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration, and has been with Satori since her internship during her senior year in the Spring of 2007. Ashley is a resident of New Lenox, Illinois, and enjoys spending her free time with her husband, friends, and family and following the Chicago White Sox.
Director of Operations
Tim's outstanding technological knowledge and skills continue to redefine how Satori Energy carries out its day-to-day operations in an efficient and productive manner. As Director of Operations, Tim is responsible for ensuring that Satori Energy and its employees always have the tools, resources, and procedures needed to perform at the highest level. Through constantly developing and improving upon internal processes, while maintaining maximum systems and network uptime across the company’s multi-state operations, Tim has helped Satori Energy evolve into the company it is today. On the client-facing side, Tim is responsible for overseeing Satori Energy’s ENERGY STAR certification and benchmarking efforts, in addition to serving as the architect behind the firm’s collection of deliverable documents. Tim began his career at Satori Energy as an intern and started full time after finishing college. He graduated from Carthage College with a B.A. in accounting and minors in both Business Administration and Japanese. Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Tim currently resides in Chicago and enjoys spending time outside of work relaxing with his wife and friends, watching music videos, and running.
Director of Pricing
As the Director of Pricing, Aleks is responsible for managing and supporting the pricing desk while serving as the liaison between Suppliers and Satori Energy. Additionally, Aleks ensures quality and timely output by all analysts while continuously looking for ways to improve internal processes. Aleks currently holds a B.A. in Accounting from Carthage College and an M.B.A. from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. Aleks captained the NCAA Division III men's soccer team at Carthage College and continues to play competitive soccer in the Chicagoland area.
Senior Energy Analyst
Nathan's responsibilities as a Senior Energy Analyst include issuing requests for proposals, preparing pricing deliverables, calculating energy budgets, managing client relationships, analyzing energy market trends, and ensuring quality and timely output by the pricing desk. A graduate of Carthage College with a B.A. in Economics and Finance with a minor in Management, Nathan currently attends the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in pursuit of an MBA. In his free time, Nathan enjoys watching the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Blackhawks, listening to music, reading, and socializing with friends.
Senior Account Specialist
As the Senior Account Specialist, Angela is responsible for maintaining Satori Energy’s internal database. This includes accurately recording client and contract detail, creating reports, and tracking deal statuses. Angela also works daily with Satori Energy’s Controller to assist with tracking commissions and processing payables. Additionally, Angela provides back office support for sales representatives by preparing pricing proposals, interacting with suppliers, and providing additional client services. Angela graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carthage College in January 2014 with a B.A. in Mathematics and minors in Economics and Spanish. Angela lives in Palatine, Illinois and spends her free time baking, reading, and socializing with family and friends.
Chris is responsible for business development, client retention, managing client relationships, and providing energy advisory services. Prior to joining Satori as a Vice President, Chris worked for eight years as a Retail Banking Manager with Bank One and a Relationship Manager in Large Corporate Treasury with JPMorgan Chase. Chris was born in Houma, Louisiana, a town 45 minutes Southwest of New Orleans, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University. Chris is an Ironman triathlete and has finished multiple marathons.
Director of Sales
Jim joined Satori Energy as a Director of Sales and currently is responsible for business development, client retention, managing client relationships, and providing energy advisory services. He has more than 25 years of sales and business development experience, focusing on customer acquisition and retention. Jim earned a B.S. in Business, with a major in Finance, from Eastern Illinois University. He currently resides in Homer Glen, Illinois, and enjoys coaching little league and touring historical sites.
Craig Schuttenberg, PE MBA
Craig Schuttenberg has over 35 years’ experience in the energy industry. His experience ranges from working in the oil fields from Arabia to the northern climate of Alaska to being the Director of Energy Planning and Management for the University of Chicago from 1991-1998. In 1998, he began working in deregulated energy procurement to help large commercial and institutional customers in the Chicago area use energy more wisely and procure energy more cost-effectively. Over time, his passion has expanded to include sustainable activities that balance our impact on the environment through implementing economic measures, while enhancing social justice. Craig received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Mollie VanderLaan has operated in deregulated energy sales since graduating with her B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2001. She began her career on the supplier side, working for Constellation Energy. In 2006, she switched to consulting and has enjoyed working with her customers, some of whom she has served ever since 2001! Mollie works with a wide variety of companies including commercial real estate companies, museums, churches, and manufacturers. Mollie lives on the North Shore with her husband and two young daughters. When she’s not talking about energy or being a mom, she works as a musician playing for schools, churches, and various musical theater companies.
Director of Sales
Mike is responsible for providing energy advisory services, business development, managing customer relationships, and customer retention. Prior to joining Satori Energy, Mike spent five successful years working in the energy industry on the supplier side. Mike elected to move towards the consulting practice in 2015, where he felt his natural ability to have long lasting customer relationships would have more of an impact. Mike earned a BS from the University of Nebraska, double majoring in Finance and Marketing. An avid Nebraska football fan, Mike also enjoys golfing, running, reading, and traveling with his wife Anja.
Steve is responsible for business development, client retention, managing client relationships, and providing energy advisory services. After a successful career in real estate as an owner, broker, and manager, Steve transitioned into the energy business soon after deregulation and joined Satori's Management team. Steve earned a B.S.E. from the University of Michigan School of Engineering, an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania Towne School of Engineering, and an M.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin School of Business. Steve has been awarded four United States patents for his inventions relating to electronically controlled locks. He resides in Chicago.
Lucia Minick Power
Director of Sales, Marketing Specialist
Lucia joined Satori Energy as a Senior Energy Consultant and has professional experience in the deregulated electricity industry since 2004. She is a CEP (Certified Energy Procurement Professional) through the Association of Electrical Engineers, as well as a The Electricity Professionals Association of Texas (TEPA) certified broker. She is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, where she provides service to clients locally, regionally, and nationally. Lucia graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double business major in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from Texas Christian University. When Lucia is not working, she and her husband Robert enjoy cooking, hunting, travelling, and the arts. Lucia's special interests include charity work, such as ongoing fundraising and support for the Kenyan Orphanage, Amazing Grace.
Senior Energy Consultant
Kimberly Morgan joined Satori Energy as a Senior Energy Consultant and has worked in the deregulated electricity industry since 2004. Kimberly began her career in the Texas deregulated energy market with GSE Consulting, where she consulted for seven years. She is also a The Electricity Professionals Association of Texas (TEPA) certified broker. Kimberly manages a book of business in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and also manages gas and electricity contracts in many other deregulated states. She has clients with a national presence and is proficient in serving accounts with multiple meters. Kimberly is successful in helping her customers reduce their overhead and increase profitability, but she also enjoys personally providing customer service for them. In addition to procuring contracts, she assists with tax exemptions and recovery, demand response, power factor improvement, energy efficiency programs, and billing audits. Kimberly is originally from New Orleans and has lived in Texas since she was a child. She now resides in McKinney, Texas with her husband and three children.
As an Energy Analyst, Emily is responsible for analyzing historical usage data, preparing client deliverables such as proposals and budget forecasts, and interacting with clients and suppliers. Emily graduated from Carthage College in May of 2017 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Economics. While at Carthage, Emily competed on the swim team for all four years and was captain of the team her senior year. She also enjoys playing frisbee, competing in triathlons, performing in musicals, and hanging out with friends.
As an Energy Analyst, Jenny is responsible for analyzing historical usage data, preparing pricing proposals, interacting with clients and suppliers, and composing client deliverables. Jenny is from Northbrook, Illinois and graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Lake Forest College in May 2017 with a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies. At Lake Forest, she led the Softball team to multiple conference championships and was voted captain of the team her senior year. Jenny enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling with family and friends, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.
Colin is responsible for analyzing client's energy consumption through evaluating historical usage data and creating pricing proposals to display various energy purchasing options. He also creates budgets and other deliverables that Satori offers while maintaining constant contact with suppliers and clients. Colin graduated Cum Laude from St. Norbert College with a B.A.A. in Business Administration-Finance and a B.A. in Economics. While at St. Norbert, Colin was part of the Track & Field program where he was able to help the team win the Men's Indoor Conference Championship Meet for the first time in school history in 2015. He was also able to set three school records during his career on the Track & Field team. Colin enjoys playing Spikeball at the beach, running and spending time with family and friends.
Gordon M. Boyd
Gordon Boyd employs a background in policy and business leadership to identify leading edge opportunities in the marketplace, and assist clients in adapting to changing regulatory conditions. He previously developed energy and environmental programs for the New York State Legislature, and chaired the Environmental Committee of the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has an A.B. from Hamilton College.
Gene Salerni, Ph.D.
Gene Salerni brings a strong technical and analytic background in energy and utility systems to help clients stabilize and secure savings. His data management and performance tracking approaches help customers plan and execute the most optimal strategy available. He has chaired a technical committee of a national professional association, and holds a Ph.D. in energy technology and policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Joanne Foresta is responsible for business development, client retention, and managing custom relations. Joanne is a lifelong creative entrepreneur, including managing her own firm for 25 years in New York City’s Garment District before relocating to Saratoga Springs. She has a B.S. in marketing from St. John’s University.
Client Relationship Manager
As Client Relationship Manager, Danielle is responsible for new business development, building and managing client relationships, managing the sales process, and other projects as they arise. Previously, Danielle has held positions in NYS government, and is a veteran of many different campaigns across the country. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, reading, and cooking with friends.