Bernhard Promotes Lauren Skeen to Vice President of Marketing and Communications


Bernhard announced this week the promotion of Lauren Skeen to Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Skeen joined Bernhard in March 2019 and has served as the Director of Marketing for the Development Division where she led marketing strategy in support of the Company’s Energy-as-a-Service transformation.

In her new role, Skeen will lead the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of Bernhard’s Marketing and Communication department. She will position both internal and external communication efforts to grow Bernhard’s national brand, and work collaboratively with company leadership and business development teams to continue to grow Bernhard’s traditional energy services, as well as its turnkey integrated solutions. Skeen will oversee a diverse team, with members based in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Utah.

“Lauren has been an incredible asset and teammate during her tenure on the marketing and communications team,” said Melissa Samuel, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer. “We have full confidence she has the tools and industry experience to lead our marketing and communications team during this exciting time of explosive growth at Bernhard.”

Skeen has more than 13 years of marketing experience and 10 years of experience in the AEC industry. Prior to joining Bernhard, she served as the Director of Marketing at Entegrity.

“As an industry leader supporting North America’s energy switch, it’s imperative that Bernhard’s communications and marketing strategies evolve to meet this exciting and ever changing landscape,” said Skeen. “I am honored to lead such a talented team driving our strategy, growing our presence, and helping to provide solutions to reduce energy consumption and build resiliency in partnership with our clients across the United States.”

Skeen earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Arkansas State University in 2010, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in digital marketing from Wake Forest University.

Bernhard Announces Promotion of David Amoss to Vice President of Development


Bernhard announced this week the promotion of David Amoss, CFA to Vice President within the Development Division. Based in New Orleans, his primary role is building effective Energy-as-a-Service partnerships to serve customers’ technical and financial goals.

“David has made an immediate impact since joining Bernhard in developing and structuring our Energy-as-a-Service partnerships with Higher Education and Louisiana-based customers,” said Jeff Swann, Executive Vice President of Development. “His 20 years of experience, leadership, and willingness to innovate has allowed Bernhard to set the pace in providing our clients efficient and reliable energy.”

Bernhard’s Development Division combines financing, design, construction, and operations to deliver turnkey Energy-as-a-Service solutions to customers across the United States. By leveraging expertise across the entire company, teams of experts can address client needs at any and every stage of a project.

“I’ve been blessed to work with an incredibly talented team at Bernhard, and I’m amazed every day at the dedication and abilities of the team building our Energy-as-a-service partnerships,” said Amoss. “The growth, acceptance, and support of the Energy-as-a-Service structure has been tremendous within Higher Education. We have a unique market position with a core mission to not only structure these partnerships, but to positively support the regional institutions that improve the quality of life for all of us.”

Amoss holds a B.B.A. in international business from the University of Georgia as well as the Series 7, 63, 86 and 87 licenses, and previously served as President of The CFA Society of Louisiana. He teaches a regular course on Financial Statement Analysis at Loyola University in New Orleans. Before arriving at Bernhard, Amoss worked as an economist in AECOM’s Sydney and Chicago offices, and as an Equity Analyst for Howard Weil, Iberia Capital Partners, and Heikkinen Energy Advisors.

Bernhard Names Philip Catanzaro as Chief Operating Officer Following Jim Sabin’s Retirement


Bernhard announced today the promotion of Philip Catanzaro to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the retirement of the Company’s former COO, Jim Sabin.

Catanzaro began his career at Bernhard in 1997, and quickly rose to increasing positions of leadership, through and including his most recent role serving as the Company’s President of Delivery. As COO, Catanzaro will oversee all day-to-day operations of Bernhard, including the program management of Energy-as-a-Service projects, implementation of strategic initiatives, and continued advancement of internal processes. Throughout his tenure, Catanzaro has relentlessly focused on innovation, continuous improvement, and enhancing operational execution.

“Philip has dedicated his entire career to Bernhard, serving in several critical roles during our growth,” said Ed Tinsley, Bernhard CEO. “He brings strong leadership, a collaborative approach and operational expertise at a critical time as we continue our Energy-as-a-Service transformation.”

In his new role as COO, Catanzaro’s primary mission is to ensure operational readiness and organizational integration as Bernhard expands into new geographies, opens new service offerings and continues a commitment to being the leading Energy-as-a-Service provider in North America.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help guide the company into its next chapter,” said Catanzaro. “Bernhard is made up of innovative and talented individuals who are truly masters in their field. I’m committed to empowering our teams to achieve even greater success, positioning the Company for continued growth, and providing ground-breaking solutions to reduce energy consumption and build infrastructure resiliency in partnership with our customers.”

Catanzaro’s promotion comes after the retirement of Sabin, who joined Bernhard in 2019, and led the Company through unprecedented growth in its Energy-as-a-Service offering. “For many years, Jim has selflessly and dynamically led Bernhard’s operations through a period of tremendous growth and transition,” said Tinsley. “He has been an invaluable asset, partner and friend.”

A steadfast leader, Sabin leaves Bernhard with nearly 40 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. Prior to joining Bernhard, Sabin served as an executive at Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, The Shaw Group, Inc., Chicago Bridge & Iron, and served as Board Director for NET Power, LLC.

“I’m proud of what we’ve built at Bernhard in becoming the only true turnkey Energy-as-a-Service provider in North America, partnering with our customers and communities to create a more sustainable future,” said Sabin. “I want to thank our customers, shareholders, and the Board of Directors for their unwavering support. I also want to give my utmost appreciation to our employees whose work and dedication have allowed us to achieve more than any of us could have ever imagined.”