Advisory Board

keiperChuck Keiper
Executive Director NOPEC

Chuck has been with NOPEC since mid-December of 2011. Chuck came to NOPEC after a long and distinguished career as a public servant including service as vice president of the renowned Garfield Institute for Public Leadership at Hiram College and a nearly 18 year tenure as a Portage County Commissioner where he developed and championed an array of regional intergovernmental initiatives. These included the Northeast Ohio Joint Office of Economic Development (chair), the Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium (NEOTEC), the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) where he served as the Portage County member of the Board of Directors for a number of years. Chuck holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Kent State University.

Tony Kuhel – Managing Director of Executive Leadership at Escalys, a performance and program management firm that establishes self-sustaining innovation and break-through performance for clients through collaborative, action based learning.

Tony is a Chemical Engineer from Case and was formerly with GE, Standard Oil, and British Petroleum (BP) where he was Director of Operations Development, Chief Process Engineer, and served in other key executive roles including as core member of BP’s internationally acclaimed Knowledge Management Team in London (the team still holds the world record for know-how to economic value – nearly a billion dollars the first year).

Tony was also co-founder and COO for a Jumpstart company (MAR Systems) where he invented the technology and the method for commercial manufacture of a state-of-the-art treatment process to remove metals from water.  He has extensive private sector experience in global energy and chemicals, advanced manufacturing, advanced process control, product quality assurance, health safety and environmental program management, and risk management, and has consulted with public sector in government, regulatory, and non-profit organizations.

Most recently Tony was acknowledged as thought leader in mergers & acquisitions in McGraw Hill’s seminal book “Beyond the Deal – Mergers and Acquisitions that Achieve Breakthrough Performance Gains” by Hubert Saint-Onge and Jay Chatzkel.

Andrew R. Thomas

Andrew Thomas is an Executive-in-Residence in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs of Cleveland State University, where he administers and leads research for the Energy Policy Center. He is adjunct to the Cleveland Marshall School of Law, where he teaches courses in energy law and policy. He also teaches courses in oil and gas contracts for Rike Service, Inc., an industry training company, at various venues around the world.

Prior to coming to CSU Andy was general counsel for a fuel cell company in Cleveland, Ohio and he was an oil and gas lawyer in private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also worked in New Orleans for Shell Oil Company as an exploration geophysicist.

His research at CSU currently focuses on shale development, distributed generation and industrial power supplies. He also serves as counsel to Cleveland State’s Facilities and Plant Services for energy projects, and as campus sustainability coordinator. Mr. Thomas received his J.D. from Loyola University, where he was editor of the law review, and his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Kent State University.

lanceLance Traves

Founder and President of Labyrinth Management Group, Inc. a private firm providing strategic environmental and energy consulting services to companies. Lance has a Masters in Public Policy and more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy regulatory issues.

He also has experience in environmental permitting and site approvals for energy projects, electrical grid interconnection, and energy project development.

Lance has been the Technical Project Manager for 135 MW industrial co-generation project in proposed for Northwest Ohio and an environmental advisor to an Ohio biomass gasification project awarded $25 million DOE grant to demonstrate a commercial integrated bio-refinery.

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