Brent Burton is a Managing Partner at Burton Energy Group. Brent founded the company to experience the peaks and valleys of leading, and growing, a full services energy consulting firm. When not immersed in the daily operations of the company and working on behalf of clients, he derives much pleasure from spending family time with his wife Kimberly, son Micah and four-legged boxer Rufus. Brent also enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, exercising and attending almost any sporting event known to man, especially Mississippi State athletics (Hail State!).
Mark Breuker is a Managing Partner at Burton Energy Group, where he works with national accounts, developing strategies and driving implementation of energy and water savings programs. Mark is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Purdue University, a registered P.E. and CEM, and a leading authority for energy management issues in the commercial sector. When not working on energy, Mark fills his time as husband, parent, home improvement buff, musician/worship leader, and sports aficionado (GO BLUE!).
Jason Hamby is the Vice President of Operations for Burton Energy Group. Optimizing energy is a passion since it is in tune with the problem solving mentality that forced him to pursue electrical engineering. When not pushing the envelope of services possible for clients at the office, he is a gadget geek and loves to let the inner engineer out, often to the frustration of his wife. He tries in vain to be the man his dogs think he is.
Kristen Murphy leads our Supply and Risk Management team at Burton Energy Group. After interning at Halliburton and studying deregulation in her economics classes during the time of the California energy crisis, Kristen knew that the energy industry was where she belonged. She is a mom of two and we think it’s no coincidence that her son’s initials are PJM. Kristen’s favorite pastime is making memories with her kids, whether it’s at a Braves game, the playground or at home and when she does have “free” time, she enjoys spending it on the tennis court.
Jason Thompson is the Vice President of Demand Side Programs and has over 20 years of experience in the energy services industry and is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states. He has extensive experience in providing retro-commissioning services, technical energy audits, project management, and engineering studies. Jason has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and he enjoys watching all GT sports and Atlanta pro teams. When not in the office, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and twins, running, tennis, artistic projects, and almost any outdoor activity.
Banks Quarles is the Vice President of Finance for Burton Energy Group. Banks has more than 5 years of experience in the energy sector, and more than 15 years in financial planning and analysis. He oversees the FP&A roles at Burton including forecasting, reporting, budgeting and pricing. Banks is a passionate sports fan and has split allegiances between his hometown Crimson Tide and alma mater Bulldogs. He spends his fall weekends rooting for his football teams.
Blake Brewer is Burton Energy Group’s Director of Business Development and rejoined our team in January 2021 after an original stint from 2009-2013. Blake has over 15-years of experience in the energy procurement and facilities management spaces, along with extensive account management and client relations skills. Blake enjoys family time at home in Auburn, AL with his wife Bethany, two children – Jake and Charlee, and two dogs – Cooper and Lola. When not on the golf course, Blake coaches his kid’s sports teams and loves to travel with his wife.
Will Rice is a Senior Energy Engineer at Burton Energy Group. Will received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Georgia Tech in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager. Will helps our clients reduce their energy consumption and operating costs by performing energy audits and identifying energy conservation measures. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and two yellow labs, Charley and Cooper. His other hobbies include running, spending time at the lake, doing home improvement projects, and hanging out with friends and family.
Chris DeChantal is the Director of Energy and Water Services for Burton Energy Group. Chris has always been passionate about water in one way or another; albeit through developing innovative water efficiency strategies for Burton’s Fortune 100 clients or simply out in a kayak exploring one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. When not trying to save the world one drop at a time, Chris is an avid outdoorsman, international vagabond at heart, and triathlete with multiple upcoming triathlons and half-Ironman races. Over the years, he has been able to live/work in 4 countries, earn an MBA from Furtwangen University in Germany, and travel to nearly 40 countries.
Kay Kern is Manager of Energy Supply and Risk Management for Burton Energy Group. Kay stumbled onto the energy trail in the last century as natural gas was becoming deregulated, and has found it to be a fascinating career path. Having worked at some point for almost every side of the business, Kay has developed a well-rounded perspective and enjoys finding ways to reduce energy spend risk for our clients. She appreciates the same things her children do…baseball, good food, and the great outdoors.
Jenn Cole is a Project Manager on our Operations team, working in tandem with our Supply Team and Demand projects, she joined Burton Energy Group in 2015. After many years working in Educational Technology, she has parlayed her eclectic skill sets as well as experience and found her niche in the energy industry. While Jenn is a die-hard Alabama fan, she most enjoys cheering on her daughter, nieces, and nephews at their respective sporting and life events. Jenn is an avid outdoor adventurer and thrill seeker: sky-diving, zip-lining, hiking, running, obstacle racing, aerial obstacle courses, paddle boarding, kayaking, spelunking, mountain biking, etc.
David Parks is a Senior Energy Analyst for Burton Energy Group. With over 20 years of experience in varying roles of account management and energy analysis, he knows that data collection and analysis is the backbone of every successful energy conservation plan. David holds an undergrad degree in Business Management and a Masters in Business Administration. He enjoys exploring the mountains of North Carolina and the beaches of Hilton Head Island (although he will tell you he doesn’t get to do either often enough). Most of his free time is spent with his family and their yellow lab – Lucky. Most weekends you will find him keeping score for youth basketball tournaments or serving as a timer for his children’s swim team. Data is his life!
Ben Thornton is an Energy Analyst for Burton Energy Group working with both our Supply and Operations team. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics & Management and also earned his LEED Green Associate certification. Throughout college, Ben found a passion for working on cars and can be found making modifications to his Jeep. On the weekends, he is an avid outdoorsman doing everything from backpacking to fishing to off-roading, that is of course if he’s not attending a Brave’s game.
Dina Gundersen has been a Burton Energy Group partner for many years. She handles the marketing for Burton through her company, Creative Thunder Design. Dina is charged with the maintenance of the corporate website www.burtonenergygroup.com as well as this spectacular and uber-informative blog! In her spare time (when is that?) she can be found shuttling her teenage daughter to and from soccer (yes, she is a soccer mom!) and satisfying her love of power tools with the latest home improvement project.
Bob Valair is the Director of Energy & Environmental Management for Staples, Inc. and a great partner and friend to the Burton Energy Team. He leads the comprehensive Energy Management initiative for Staples, which is a key component of the Staples Sustainability Program. He has been recognized for continued leadership and proactive approach to energy conservation. He is responsible for energy usage in over 2,000 retail stores, 250 distribution centers, major data centers and three corporate offices. Bob is an active member of the Advisory Board for Edison Electric Institute, a member of the Town of Framingham Greener Committee and the US Green Building Council.