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Bernhard and Hackensack Meridian Health Forge a Transformative 30-Year Energy Partnership

Bernhard, one of America’s largest privately-owned infrastructure firms, announced a groundbreaking 30-year Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH), a leading healthcare institution in New Jersey.

Hackensack Meridian Health, a healthcare powerhouse operating 18 hospitals across eight counties, with nearly 4,000 licensed beds and a workforce of approximately 35,000 employees and 6,500 physicians, is set to own the largest solar and battery energy storage system of any not-for-profit healthcare provider in the U.S., thanks to this pioneering collaboration. Nearly 98 percent of the project scope is solar and battery storage, including 50,000 solar panels manufactured in the USA.

“This partnership marks a significant milestone in sustainable healthcare practices and underscores Hackensack Meridian Health’s unwavering commitment to energy resilience and environmental sustainability,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer at Hackensack Meridian Health

The agreement encompasses $134 million in infrastructure improvements, a 10 percent reduction in carbon emissions, a 25 percent decrease in purchased electricity, and 33 percent guaranteed energy savings. This project solidifies Hackensack Meridian Health‘s dedication to remaining the largest, most comprehensive, and truly integrated healthcare network in New Jersey, offering innovative research, life-enhancing care, and a complete range of medical services.

“Bernhard is proud to embark on this transformative journey with Hackensack Meridian Health, utilizing our expertise to deliver a turnkey Energy-as-a-Service solution that will not only enhance operational efficiency but also contribute significantly to environmental sustainability,” stated Bernhard Chief Executive Officer Ed Tinsley.

Bernhard, with more than 100 years of energy and infrastructure project experience, stands as the largest turnkey Energy-as-a-Service solutions provider in North America. The company combines development, financing, design, construction, and operations to offer comprehensive solutions that reduce energy use, risk, and cost for clients across various sectors, including healthcare, higher education, commercial, and specialty markets.

“This partnership puts Hackensack Meridian Health on course to meet critical sustainability and energy resilience goals – complementing the State’s initiatives to invest in renewable energy and reduce our carbon footprint,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “I commend both Hackensack Meridian Health and Bernhard for embarking on this important partnership to bolster the energy infrastructure of New Jersey’s healthcare industry, ensuring hospitals are prepared to continue delivering quality care.”

Hackensack Meridian Health is already a leader in sustainability. Four of its hospitals were the first in the country to earn the Joint Commission’s Sustainable Healthcare Certification earlier this year. Hackensack University Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and Ocean University Medical Center met rigorous standards of performance to establish structure, rigor, and accountability to accelerate healthcare’s growing sustainability effort. The Joint Commission’s SHC provides a framework to help healthcare organizations begin, continue, or expand their decarbonization efforts. It builds on the momentum of healthcare organizations like Hackensack Meridian Health to lead the way in sustainability excellence by inspiring and guiding others who desire to prioritize greener practices.

The partnership between Bernhard and HMH is not only a testament to sustainable innovation but also a significant driver of economic growth. This collaboration sets the stage for a transformative impact on both the healthcare sector and the local workforce. Creating jobs is a cornerstone of this initiative, primarily through the engagement of construction and trades crews responsible for implementing energy-efficient solutions.

The workforce involved in executing these improvements becomes an integral part of fostering a greener and more sustainable future.

This partnership between Bernhard and Hackensack Meridian Health signifies a commitment to sustainable practices, operational efficiency, and the advancement of healthcare infrastructure. It sets the stage for a greener and more resilient future in the healthcare sector, showcasing the potential of long-term collaborations in creating lasting positive impacts on both business operations and the environment.

Bernhard CEO Ed Tinsley Inducted into AGC Arkansas Hall of Fame

Bernhard is proud to announce that its CEO, Ed Tinsley, has been inducted into the Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Arkansas. Tinsley joins an illustrious group of industry leaders in the 2024 class of inductees, recognized for their unwavering dedication to advancing the built environment through exceptional contributions to architecture, construction, and engineering.

The AGC Arkansas Hall of Fame’s rigorous nomination process identifies individuals who exemplify the highest standards of professional excellence, personal integrity, and community engagement. Ed Tinsley’s decades-long commitment to innovation, leadership, and service has garnered him this esteemed recognition.

Tinsley’s journey in the construction industry has been marked by transformative leadership and visionary initiatives. Under Tinsley’s stewardship, Bernhard has emerged as a leading Energy-as-a-Service provider in the United States, with a $1.3-billion portfolio of partnerships across the country.

Earlier this year, Bernhard announced its CEO succession plan, where on June 11, Tinsley will step down as CEO to assume a new role. In this role, he will focus on mentoring employees and working more closely with clients to create innovative energy solutions for their unique needs. This next chapter affords him the opportunity to impart wisdom, empower future leaders, and continue driving positive change within Bernhard and the broader community.

“I’m looking forward to re-focusing my time on mentorship and sharing the knowledge I’ve gained over the years with our employees,” Tinsley said. “I am beyond excited to get back to my roots and take on a new set of challenges.”

Throughout his six-year tenure as CEO, Tinsley has not only achieved business milestones but has also cultivated a culture of inclusivity, sustainability, and innovation within Bernhard. His commitment to addressing the firm’s carbon footprint, ensuring equitable wages for employees, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace environment underscores his dedication to social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and bettering the quality of his employees’ lives.

Tinsley’s technical expertise and visionary leadership have earned him widespread recognition and accolades from industry peers and professional organizations. With more than four decades of experience as an energy engineering professional and a staunch advocate for clients across various sectors, Tinsley has overseen the design and management of more than 300 construction projects totaling more than $5 billion in costs.

Tinsley’s profound impact extends beyond Bernhard’s corporate success. He has actively contributed to advancing the field of energy-efficient facility design, commissioning, and operation, further cementing his legacy as a thought leader and innovator in the industry.

In addition to his induction into the AGC Arkansas Hall of Fame, Tinsley will also be honored with induction into the University of Arkansas College of Engineering Hall of Fame on April 20, 2024. These accolades serve as a testament to his enduring legacy and indelible contributions to the engineering and construction sectors.

University of New Orleans Partners with Bernhard to Launch Innovative Solar Array Installation

The University of New Orleans (UNO) and Bernhard are proud to announce the installation of a state-of-the-art solar array on the UNO campus. This initiative marks a significant step forward in UNO’s commitment to sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint.

The comprehensive project, from initial feasibility testing to final interconnection validation, has been completed in just 10 months, showcasing the efficiency and dedication of both UNO and Bernhard teams.

The solar array comprises 3,300 panels, each rated at 565 Watts. In total, the array generates an impressive 1.78 MW DC / 1 MW AC of electricity, seamlessly integrating into UNO’s infrastructure to provide immediate benefits to the on-campus community.

Designed to never produce more electricity than UNO utilizes, the system ensures efficient energy utilization without any excess to back feed into the grid, thus maximizing sustainability efforts.

“This solar array plays a meaningful role in helping UNO reduce its Scope 2 emissions while enhancing the financial outcome of the overall project and reducing the University’s electricity consumption by 30%,” said David Amoss, VP of Development at Bernhard. “It also provides a lab-like facility for the University to build additional curriculum around, as the quality of UNO’s programs has long been a critical source of our talented workforce in the New Orleans area.”

The benefits of this pioneering project are multifaceted. Not only does the solar system serve as a sustainable green energy source, reducing UNO’s reliance on traditional utility providers, but it also significantly diminishes UNO’s carbon footprint. UNO also stands to benefit financially, with anticipated savings from reduced energy costs and eligibility for a 30% Investment Tax Credit rebate totaling approximately $520,000.

“The completion of the solar array project marks a major milestone in the University’s sustainability efforts,” said UNO President Kathy Johnson. “It will help reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions starting right now. I am thrilled that our partnership with Bernhard has yielded such an innovative approach to energy usage.”

The solar array’s environmental impact is substantial, with an estimated annual reduction of 1,721 metric tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to removing 319 cars from the road or planting 40,263 trees in one year. This underscores UNO’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

The solar array installation is part of a visionary 25-year partnership between Bernhard and UNO aimed at revitalizing the university’s energy infrastructure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting UNO’s academic and research endeavors. Over the partnership’s lifetime, UNO anticipates generating $2.1 million in annual utility cost savings while addressing nearly $9 million in deferred maintenance.

UNO’s 200-acre lakefront campus will undergo extensive energy infrastructure improvements totaling $27 million within the partnership’s initial 24 months. These enhancements include the solar array installation, renewal of chilled water systems, building asset upgrades, efficiency improvements, and retro-commissioning efforts, all aimed at enhancing sustainability and efficiency.

As UNO continues to evolve its campus infrastructure to meet the challenges of the future, its partnership with Bernhard underscores its dedication to sustainability, academic advancement, and societal impact.

“Bernhard could not be prouder of how this partnership has developed during its first year, which is a testament to the hard work of our Delivery team and UNO’s leadership and Facilities staff,” said Amoss.

Bernhard and Maury Regional Medical Center Announce 25-year Partnership Kickstarting $115 Million Expansion Project

Bernhard and Maury Regional Medical Center have agreed to an innovative 25-year Energy-as-a-Service partnership to act as the catalyst for Maury’s groundbreaking $115-million facility improvement plan to enhance patient care and experience.

“Each day our hospital honors an everlasting promise to our community to provide the absolute best in state-of-the-art health care,” said Charlie Brinkley, Maury Regional Health CAO. “Bernhard’s unmatched history in energy solutions makes them the perfect partner as we upgrade and expand our facility infrastructure to provide advanced, comprehensive care close to home for the families of Southern Middle Tennessee.”

Throughout the length of the partnership, Bernhard will manage Maury’s complete energy portfolio with facilities spanning over 600,000 square feet. Bernhard will implement $17 million of infrastructure improvements, including technology modernization and energy optimization, resulting in 39% guaranteed energy savings for the hospital. Bernhard teams will upgrade and replace energy assets throughout the facility including air handlers, controls, and ventilation to increase reliability, maximize performance, and reduce operating costs.

Bernhard’s EaaS structure provides Maury with seed capital to begin its first major construction project in 20 years to support growing service lines, offer additional services, and expand facilities to meet the changing needs of its community.

As the first EaaS project in the Tennessee healthcare sector, the Maury Regional-Bernhard partnership marks a historical moment. Bernhard joined the Tennessee Hospital Association’s THA Innovative Solutions in 2019 as their chosen Energy-as-a-Service provider for its member hospitals.

“At our core, THA Innovative Solutions is all about relationships,” said Anne Brandner, Senior Vice President at THA. “Being able to connect Maury Regional Medical Center with an invaluable strategic partner like Bernhard and the most sophisticated energy solutions in the market empowers Maury Regional Medical Center to achieve their core mission of delivering clinical excellence and compassionate care.”

Bernhard’s turnkey solutions provide the hospital with the benefits of efficient and reliable energy without the need to directly manage energy production and use. This transfer of operations and maintenance allows Maury to shift focus and resources wholly to its mission-critical healthcare services.

“Bernhard was built on empowering our clients through innovative energy solutions,” said Jimmy Veteto, Vice President of Business Development at Bernhard. “We are proud to partner with Maury Regional Medical Center to provide Energy-as-a-Service solutions that promote its core mission and allow for the acceleration of an expansive renovation plan bettering patient care in Tennessee for years to come.”

Maury Regional Medical Center and Bernhard Celebrate Innovative Partnership with Valve Turning


Maury Regional Medical Center celebrated a significant milestone last week as it hosted a valve-turning celebration on its campus to celebrate its innovative long-term agreement with Bernhard.

The partnership between Bernhard and Maury Regional Medical Center was forged in 2023, with a 25-year Energy-as-a-Service partnership to revolutionize the hospital’s energy solutions. This collaboration acted as the catalyst for Maury’s groundbreaking $115-million facility improvement plan, designed to elevate patient care and overall experience.

Under the 25-year agreement, Bernhard is responsible for managing Maury’s extensive energy portfolio, covering facilities spanning over 600,000 square feet. As part of this commitment, Bernhard is set to implement $17 million in infrastructure improvements, encompassing technology modernization and energy optimization initiatives. These upgrades are projected to result in an impressive 39% guaranteed energy savings for the hospital.

The comprehensive energy portfolio management involves upgrading and replacing key energy assets throughout the facility, including air handlers, controls, and ventilation systems. The aim is to enhance reliability, maximize performance, and reduce operating costs, contributing to a sustainable and cost-effective healthcare environment.

One of the notable aspects of Bernhard’s Energy-as-a-Service structure is its provision of seed capital, empowering Maury to embark on its first major construction project in two decades. This initiative is aligned with Maury’s strategic vision to support growing service lines, offer additional services, and expand facilities to meet the evolving needs of its community.

The Maury-Bernhard partnership holds historical significance as the first Energy-as-a-Service project in the Tennessee healthcare sector. Bernhard joined the Tennessee Hospital Association’s THA Innovative Solutions in 2019 as the chosen Energy-as-a-Service provider for its member hospitals.

Bernhard’s turnkey solutions have proven instrumental in providing Maury Regional Health with the benefits of efficient and reliable energy, all without the need for direct management of energy production and usage. This transfer of operations and maintenance allows Maury to shift its focus and resources entirely to its mission-critical healthcare services, further reinforcing its commitment to excellence in patient care.

Bernhard’s Birmingham Office Announces Move with Open House and Ribbon Cutting


Bernhard announced its Birmingham office has relocated to the state-of-the-art 3rd floor at 400 Vestavia Parkway in Vestavia Hills, Ala. The move was celebrated as the company hosted an open house event, welcoming clients, industry partners, and guests to explore their new space.

The event saw nearly all members of the Birmingham office, including remote employees, making a point to attend and celebrate this moment. 60 guests, representing a diverse mix of clients and industry partners, also attended the open house. The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce led the proceedings and conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony, symbolizing the strong connection between Bernhard and the local business community.

Upon entering the new office space, guests were warmly greeted by the Birmingham staff stationed at various points throughout the floor allowing for an immersive experience, allowing attendees to engage with the Bernhard team and learn more about the company’s vision and expertise.

With this relocation, open house, and ribbon cutting, Bernhard not only showcased its commitment to innovation but also reinforced its strong ties with the local community and industry partners. The move sets the stage for a new era of collaboration and growth in the heart of Alabama, establishing Bernhard as a key player in the region’s energy services landscape.

Bernhard’s Asset Management Team Successfully Navigates Multiple Extreme Weather Events in 2024


New Orleans faced unprecedented weather challenges with a hard freeze, causing freezing temperatures that the Gulf South rarely experienced in January 2024. The extreme weather tested the resilience of facilities and residents in the region. The intense temperature also caused a critical water main to break in Jefferson Parish, which sits just outside of New Orleans. The water main rupture devastated the area, rendering water unsafe for more than 250,000 residents and surrounding businesses. Bernhard, renowned for its expertise in comprehensive energy asset management, played a crucial role in responding to the hard freeze and later, the broken water pipe in Jefferson Parish.

These two separate events showcased Bernhard’s versatility in Disaster Response services.

Bernhard’s Asset Management services focus on the operation and management of energy assets. The in-house team of experts collaboratively delivers services such as operations and maintenance, emergency and disaster response, and capital planning.

Bernhard’s approach emphasizes flexibility, scalability, and long-term sustainability in managing energy assets through the lifecycle of projects.

Maintaining Facility Operations in the Freeze

During the hard freeze, Bernhard’s Asset Management team executed a well-defined Freeze Protection Plan. The proactive measures undertaken by the teams at multiple customer locations throughout the region demonstrated a commitment to safeguarding clients and facilities with world-class disaster response:

  1. Pre-Freeze Preparation (72 – 48 hours prior):
    • Teams coordinated staffing levels with facilities leadership.
    • Reviewed the Freeze Protection Plan across all sites.
    • Took inventory of pipe insulation materials and ordered necessary supplies.
  2. Implementation of Freeze Protection Plan (12 – 48 hours prior):
    • Actuated dampers manually and ensured responsiveness.
    • Dripped hose bibs to prevent freezing.
    • Inspected and secured Central Plant roofs.
    • Opened bypass valves on cooling towers and adjusted pre-heat coil settings.
    • Assisted in draining wet-pipe sprinkler systems.
    • Conducted scheduled inspections during freezing conditions.
    • Documented changes in the engineer’s logbook.
  3. Post-Freeze Actions:
    • Performed visual inspection on major equipment.
    • Closed hose-bib valves and released operator overrides.
    • Winterized cooling towers, added protective covers to piping, and raised heating water settings.
    • Conducted constant rounds to maintain water flow and checked pump operations.

During the inclement winter weather and freezing temperatures, no Bernhard assets or units suffered critical harm. The cold weather and freeze event was a national effort by Bernhard’s asset management team across all sites.

When it Rains it Pours

In the wake of a critical water main break in Jefferson Parish, Bernhard’s experts displayed swift and effective coordination:

  1. Water Delivery Coordination:
    • Coordinated with Macro Companies for suitable staging areas for water delivery tanker trucks.
    • Utilized 6,500-gallon water delivery tanker trucks for approximately 12 hours of continuous service.
  2. Immediate Response:
    • Delivered cases of water and ice to all nurses’ stations.
    • Notified personnel and patients of the boil water advisory.
    • Turned off ice machines.
  3. Logistical Support:
    • Delivered 10 potable water trucks within hours.
    • Provided a utility truck with flex pipes and a pump for water distribution.
    • Ensured a readily available service team for water truck hookup.
  4. Efficient Operations:
    • Swapped water trucks within 10 minutes of depletion to maintain a constant water supply.
    • Flushed toilets after every swap to remove air from the water lines.

A Trusted Partner to Navigate Your Facility Through Disasters

Bernhard’s Asset Management team showcased their resilience and adaptability in responding to two unique disaster scenarios for their customers. The proactive measures, adherence to standard operating procedures, and effective collaboration with external partners ensured the protection of clients and facilities. The successful navigation of these events reinforces Bernhard’s commitment to providing long-term solutions, disaster response, and comprehensive asset management services.

Revitalizing the Heart of Little Rock: Bernhard Providing Engineering Services in Central Arkansas Library System Overhaul


In a ceremonial wall-breaking event, the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) marked the beginning of a transformative journey for its Main Library, a project that will see a comprehensive overhaul of the iconic downtown structure. Bernhard is at the forefront of this project and has shared a 20-year history with the library since its initial conversion from a downtown warehouse. Bernhard, having originally worked on the building, brings a unique understanding and appreciation for the library’s historical significance.

Bernhard’s multifaceted role encompasses mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and structural engineering, reflecting the company’s commitment to a holistic and integrated approach to the renovation. The project aims to modernize the library, fostering increased community involvement and engagement.

The $25-million renovation project, spanning 160,000 square feet and five stories, is a collaborative effort between three local architecture firms – Polk Stanely Wilcox, WER Architects, and Stocks-Mann Architects – who joined forces with Bernhard.

One of the central features of the renovation is the relocation of the children’s library, accompanied by a substantial 72% increase in space dedicated to children’s literature. The move to the first floor allows for seamless integration with an adjacent garden area, creating a vibrant and inviting space for young readers.

Notably, the renovated library will introduce innovative additions such as a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, a TV production studio, a Makers Lab, and over 100 meeting spaces, emphasizing the library’s evolving role as a community hub. The fifth floor will showcase an underfloor HVAC system, optimizing efficiency and creating a comfortable environment for patrons.

The ground floor is set to welcome Boulevard Bread Company, providing a local eatery for downtown residents and visitors. Unique challenges arose during the engineering process, particularly in the design of the ceiling panels engraved with poems. Lighting, sprinkler placement, and air distribution were meticulously coordinated to enhance the aesthetic while complying with safety codes.

During the wall-breaking event, attendees were shown final renderings that unveiled the library’s future look. The exterior will retain much of its historic charm, with the addition of windows, a glass vestibule stairwell, an extra entrance for the library cafe, and rooftop access.

Exciting details revealed include a dedicated TV studio available for use and a demonstration kitchen on the fifth floor, emphasizing CALS’s commitment to providing diverse resources for the community. As the project progresses, Bernhard and its collaborators are set to breathe new life into the heart of Little Rock, ensuring the Central Arkansas Library System remains a beacon of knowledge and inspiration for generations to come.

Southeast Arkansas College and Bernhard Illuminate a Sustainable Future at “Flip the Switch” Event


Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) and Bernhard joined forces in a groundbreaking “Flip the Switch” Event on Thursday, February 7th, 2024, unveiling a cutting-edge Solar Array and energy efficiency upgrades at SEARK’s Welcome Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

The highlight of the event was the ceremonial activation of SEARK’s new solar array, a pivotal component of the institution’s forward-thinking energy plan. Attended by local community members, students, faculty, and media representatives, the event marked a milestone in SEARK’s ongoing efforts to create a more sustainable and resilient campus environment.

“We are genuinely excited to share this moment with SEARK, featuring a new solar array that marks a significant leap towards a greener and more efficient future,” said Corey Wilson, Bernhard’s Vice President of Performance. “Bernhard takes pride in the collaboration with SEARK to implement these comprehensive upgrades, including the integration of LED lighting and advanced building automation systems. This initiative signifies SEARK’s vision of fostering a sustainable environment for both students and the broader community.”

The transformative project, made possible in part by a bond issued in 2022, is a significant leap toward modernizing SEARK’s energy infrastructure. As part of SEARK’s commitment to sustainability and efficiency, the plan is expected to generate millions of dollars in energy savings, operation and maintenance savings, and capital savings over the next two decades.

Key components of the project include upgrading the Chilled Water System, replacing pumps at Founder’s Hall and McGeorge, and enhancing air handling units. These initiatives are projected to result in $2,940,816 in Energy Savings and $427,670 in Operation and Maintenance Savings over a 20-year term.

Further enhancements encompass upgrading heating water systems, improving indoor air quality, and implementing advanced security measures campus-wide. These measures are anticipated to result in $8,971,152 in avoided capital savings over a 20-year term.

“This innovative solar array and the comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades are integral to our commitment to sustainability and cost-effectiveness,” said SEARK President Dr. Steven Bloomberg. “It not only propels SEARK towards a greener future but also brings our outdated systems up to date for the foreseeable future. We are excited about the positive impact this will have on our energy consumption and overall campus sustainability.”

Bernhard Announces CEO Succession Plan with Rob Guthrie Succeeding Ed Tinsley


Bernhard, one of the largest privately-owned infrastructure firms in America with over 100 years of experience in energy and infrastructure projects, today announced its CEO succession plan. Ed Tinsley, the current CEO, will move into a new role within Bernhard on June 11th, 2024, and will be succeeded by Rob Guthrie, who currently serves as Chief Development Officer.

Ed Tinsley has led Bernhard as CEO since 2018, successfully guiding the company through significant growth and establishing Bernhard as the leading Energy-as-a-Service provider in the United States within core markets such as healthcare and higher education. Beginning June 11th, 2024, Tinsley will assume his new role within Bernhard’s Development Division, where he will focus on mentoring and developing employees and working closer with clients to develop innovative energy solutions for their unique needs.

“I’m looking forward to re-focusing my time on mentorship and sharing the knowledge I’ve gained over the years with our employees,” Tinsley said. “I am beyond excited to get back to my roots and take on a new set of challenges.”

During Tinsley’s 5-year tenure as CEO, Bernhard achieved several key objectives, including creating safe workspaces, becoming the leading Energy-as-a-Service provider in the United States, offsetting its carbon footprint, ensuring fair compensation for employees, fostering diverse and inclusive work environments, uniting Bernhard’s culture, and perfecting an innovative design-build process, and increasing earnings by 310% (a 25% annual growth rate).

Rob Guthrie, currently serving as Bernhard’s Chief Development Officer, brings more than 20 years of industry experience and has played a vital role in Bernhard’s business development efforts. As Chief Development Officer, Guthrie has been a key leader in steering Bernhard towards its long-term vision. With a focus on operational savings and Energy-as-a-Service projects, Guthrie is well-positioned to lead the company into the next chapter of its storied history.

“I am honored to be named the next CEO of Bernhard, and I want to thank my mentor, Ed Tinsley, as well as the Bernhard Board of Directors and our shareholder DIF Capital Partners for placing their faith in me,” Guthrie said. “I have big shoes to fill, but I am excited for the challenge and can’t wait to get started.”

Bernhard’s succession plan aligns with its commitment to innovation and sustainability. The company has a long history of evolving to set the pace in the ever-changing energy services industry. Bernhard, with more than 2,200 employees across more than 20 office locations, has financed over $1.3 billion in Energy-as-a-Service partnerships across various states, solidifying its position as a leader in the energy transition.

“First, I appreciate the hard work and support of every Bernhard employee over the past five years,” Tinsley said.  “The Bernhard team persisted and found a way to overcome each and every challenge we faced. Second, there is no doubt in my mind Rob Guthrie has the vision Bernhard needs to align our business strategy with our corporate strategy.  Rob has been an instrumental leader in helping us achieve our goals and in moving our long-term vision forward. With Rob’s vision, strategy, and guidance, Bernhard can forge a new path and usher in a new era of Energy-as-a-Service solutions.”