Who We Are

Blue Pillar’s mission is to connect the Energy Things™ that power our world. Through our Aurora® Energy Network of Things™ platform we make the world’s energy information available in real-time. This universal connectivity strengthens critical infrastructure against power outages while helping businesses become more operationally productive and energy efficient.

 

Management Team

Blue Pillar’s management team brings decades of successful leadership experience in the energy, IoT, cybersecurity and industrial automation industries.


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TOM WILLIE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Tom Willie, CEO of Blue Pillar, brings over 15 years of visionary leadership, entrepreneurial success, and product innovation to Blue Pillar and is an avid evangelist and active change agent for the transformation of the global energy ecosystem from the utility down to the consumer.  As CEO of Blue Pillar, he is leading the company’s efforts to bring disruptive change by using energy network of things solutions to make the world’s facilities and critical infrastructure more energy efficient, resilient, and self-sufficient.  

Prior to joining Blue Pillar, Tom was the CEO of CURRENT Group where he was recognized as a visionary in the Smart Grid energy industry.  While at CURRENT, he oversaw the successful launch and deployment of numerous product offerings that became de facto standards in smart metering and smart grid communications.  While leading CURRENT, he also served as the Vice President/Vice Chairman of PRIME Alliance AISBL, a nonprofit industry trade group focused on the development of a new open, public and non-proprietary communications solution which is now being used extensively by utilities all over Europe.  Tom was recognized as a Top 50 Smart Grid Pioneer in 2013 by Smart Grid Today and CURRENT won numerous industry and product awards before being acquired in 2013.   

Brad Witter

BRAD WITTER
PRESIDENT & CTO

Mr. Witter was the founder of TriA Solutions LLC, which merged with Blue Pillar in 2007. Prior to joining Blue Pillar, Brad held the position of CTO for NNC Group — a software-led “reverse logistics” company acquired by Stericycle in 2005. Prior to that he led the engineering and field teams at Advanced Interface Solutions, Inc., an Invensys/Wonderware distributor. During his time at AISI, he led many energy SCADA projects including a generator test cell for Caterpillar. Mr. Witter began his career as a controls engineer with Caterpillar where he was responsible for designing and implementing turn-key power plant SCADA systems. Mr. Witter holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University.

Jeff Pontius

JEFF PONTIUS
VP OF FINANCE & BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Jeff joined Blue Pillar as Vice President of Finance and Business Operations in December 2014.  Jeff brings over 16 years of finance, business development, and operations experience from the energy and semiconductor industries to the Blue Pillar team. Prior to joining Blue Pillar, Jeff served as Vice President of Development for KDC Solar (2013-14) and Executive Vice President for SPI Solar (2008-13).  At KDC and SPI, he was responsible for worldwide business development and international project financing initiatives. Jeff played a key role in securing a $750M debt financing commitment from China Development Bank for KDC Solar.  From 2007 through 2008, Jeff served as Director of Finance for Vista Point Technologies, a Flextronics subsidiary and a leading provider of components to the telecommunications industry. Previously, from 1998 through 2007, Jeff held various management and leadership roles in finance for Intel Corporation.  During this time, he served in Intel China from 2002 through 2007. Jeff spent time as a factory finance manager in Shanghai, PRC, manufacturing controller for a $500 million start-up factory in Chengdu, PRC, and as China country Controller in Beijing, PRC.

Jeff has a BA/BS degree in finance and economics from Salisbury (MD) University and a MBA from Pennsylvania State University.

Tod Krause

TODD KRAUSE
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

As chief commercial officer, Todd Krause leads Blue Pillar’s global sales and marketing organizations to accelerate the company’s market momentum and strengthen customer relationships. Todd brings two decades of experience in the energy industry managing commercial business initiatives at leading companies like General Electric (GE) and EnerNOC.

As vice president of Global Utility Sales at EnerNOC, Todd drove the company’s global go-to-market strategy within the utility and energy service provider markets. Prior to that, Todd was responsible for EnerNOC’s business development activities with Commercial and Industrial (C&I) customers. Todd played a critical role in EnerNOC’s rapid revenue growth from $20 million to $400 million annually, helping to establish the company as a world leader in C&I demand response. Prior to joining EnerNOC, Todd held various leadership roles focused on Profit and Loss (P&L) management, sales management, technical sales and engineering with Nalco Company and GE. Todd holds an undergraduate degree in Geo-Environmental Engineering from Penn State University

KIM GETGEN

KIMBERLY M. GETGEN
VP OF MARKETING &  SALES OPERATIONS

Ms. Getgen joined Blue Pillar in 2015 bringing a successful track record as a marketing veteran leading smart energy, cybersecurity and IoT start-ups in the Silicon Valley before returning to the east coast to lead Tollgrade Communications as its vice president of marketing. At Tollgrade, Kim was instrumental in helping the company become recognized as the worldwide leader of smart grid sensor solutions. As a result, in 2014, she was named “Maverick of the Year” by the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business. Previously, Kim was director of product marketing at Echelon Corporation, where she developed a product and partner readiness process that helped to significantly increase revenue and market share during her tenure. Prior to Echelon, Kim worked in the cybersecurity market for nearly 15 years where she served as vice president of marketing for a number of companies including Reconnex, a venture-backed start-up she co-founded, which was later acquired by McAfee. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University and a graduate degree in International Development Studies from Oxford University.

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ERIC REICHEL
VP OF OPERATIONS

Mr. Reichel is a co-founder of Blue Pillar & is currently responsible for the customer delivery organization of Blue Pillar.  Eric brings over 17 years of experience in operations, product management and sales roles with energy technology companies.  Eric also worked for Cisco Systems in their Emerging Technology Group and was involved in the sales & rollout of enterprise energy management systems to large retailers and Fortune 100 companies including Walgreens, Google and NetApp.  Prior to Cisco, he was at Encorp Inc., where he was a product manager, and assisted in strategic planning following the merger with Envenergy, whose building integration gateway product was later acquired by Cisco.  Mr. Reichel holds a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington.

 

 

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 Careers

One company passionately focused on one mission: to connect the Energy Things that power our world. Join us! We are looking for leaders with entrepreneurial spirit and a "can do" attitude! Make a difference and work for one of the fastest growing companies in the energy tech industry. Ready to take the next step? Send your resume to careers@bluepillar.com or apply for any open position listed below.

 

Career Opportunities:

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