Josh HeadleeiFounder & CEO
As CEO and lead software designer for Accelerated Innovations, Josh brings sixteen years’ experience in architecting and implementing software
applications including building an online medical record system for the University of Minnesota Veterinary teaching hospital and serving as
a consulting software engineer for the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Shavlik Technologies.
At Shavlik, a market leader in the simplification of complex enterprise network configuration, compliance and security systems, Josh worked on several projects for fortune 500 companies, including responsibility for user interface design and implementation for Microsoft’s Baseline Security Analyzer, an easy-to-use tool designed for IT professionals in small and medium-sized businesses to help determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations.
In 2002, Josh created High Output Software, a company that focused on project-based software consulting for clients that included Agstar, Otto Bock Healthcare, Hunt Technologies and several Minnesota electrical cooperatives. After six successful years of operating and growing High Output Software, Josh formed strategic business partnerships to create Accelerated Innovations.
Josh has led Accelerated Innovations in establishing consulting relationships and partnerships several utilities and metering companies.
Favorite Way to Use Electricity: Josh works incredibly hard. So it’s no surprise he plays incredibly hard when he gets a spare moment; he loves his Xbox and spending countless hours playing Call of Duty and Forza Motorsport.
Rick JaspersoniFounder & CFO
As our Chief Financial Officer, Rick not only supports AI’s energy efficiency philosophy, he promotes the company’s fiscal efficiency. Rick enjoys
camping and fishing in the boundary waters of Minnesota and is looking forward to being an empty nester with his wife Kathy now that his youngest child
is in college. Rick has a number of business interests, he’s a personal injury attorney has well as a partner in a concession food company; keeping the
AI team well supplied with the popcorn that Joe is so fond of.
Mark is a man of many talents with a diverse background. He has been a Six Sigma Black Belt improving efficiency and quality at a major
pharmaceutical manufacturer, a consultant providing market diligence insights to private equity investors, and a researcher investigating
opportunities for maximizing utility-funded energy efficiency. Now he uses his entrepreneurial skills to liberate valuable data from public utility filings.
His experiences have yielded two core lessons: You get what you measure, but the value of good people is immeasurable. With these principles guiding his skills and talents, Mark aims to strengthen communities and eliminate waste.
Zack TambleiBusiness Analyst
If you think there’s a bigger energy data nerd on the planet, we think you might be wrong. Zack studied Entrepreneurship and
Environmental Studies at the University of St. Thomas and toured renewable energy power plants in Costa Rica as part of the GREEN program.
Today, he’s a board member at the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society and gets his kicks by learning about the interactions of renewable energy systems...
that and the occasional wilderness hike and skydive.
Favorite Way to Use Electricity: Zack’s analysis reveals that the best electrons are the ones that power his turntable and speakers.
Mike KatzungiSenior Software Engineer
Mike has more than 20 years of experience in developing applications for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. His extensive experience
includes work on a number of product development projects for MyMeter’s parent company, Accelerated Innovations, and other tasks to support most
business functions including manufacturing/operations, marketing, information technology, finance, staffing, and corporate offices of general counsel.
In 2004, Mike worked on the earliest incarnation of MyMeter, built for a Northern MN cooperative. This involved developing detailed project estimates, but none of the initial estimates anticipated that the platform would still be active and growing more than a decade later...
Favorite Way to Use Electricity: Mike thanks God for his refrigerator and freezer: “What an invention! It leads to so many good meals and so much fun family time.”
Dan RosenthaliSoftware Engineer
Dan joined the team after graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a background in computer science and electrical engineering.
When Dan is not conjuring up some software magic he can usually be found outdoors canoeing in the BWCA or enjoying a local music festival.
Favorite Way to Use Electricity: "Bug zappers – generally ineffective but highly entertaining."
Ihab AbdelkarimiSoftware Engineer
Graduating with an electronic engineering degree from Egypt ,Ihab's early career was spent teaching adults computer technology in his home town of Mansoura, including online
tutorials in Arabic that are accessed by a wider student base in the Middle East. His teaching career made it possible for him to stay up-to-date on the newest technology available
within the field in order to stay current for his students. In his spare time, Ihab moonlighted as a freelance web developer for Egyptian corporations and non-profit organizations.
After being lured away from his native Egypt by his American wife in 2013, Ihab began working with Accelerated Innovations as a software engineer the following year.
Favorite Way to Use Electricity: Ihab can be found Saturday mornings using electricity to watch his favorite Egyptian comedies ... and the occasional American cartoon, especially The Simpsons.
Spencer KubatiSoftware Engineer
As a front end developer, Spencer loves to keep things simple; making sure everything looks great, yet easy to understand. Spencer started out at AI as a college
intern and was hired on after graduating. Spencer loves being part of the MyMeter program, “It’s cool to see how the program can help people review and save on energy;
from big businesses, all the way down to homeowners” says Spencer. In his spare time Spencer loves doing volunteer work, jamming on his cello, watching movies,
and hanging out with friends.
Favorite Way to Use Electricity: "Cozy lighting, a blanket, a cup of coffee, and a good movie."
“There are so many ways to make energy more efficient, the best being to avoid using it in the first place.”
Christine has a passion for energy efficient practices and how they ultimately will influence a better environment. With more than 16 years of marketing and program management experience, she channels her commitment to conservation directly into the energy efficiency programs that she develops and implements throughout the US. It is rumored that Christine’s unusually long arms are the direct result of hugging so many trees.
Favorite Way to Use Electricity: Based on the above information, this question feels like entrapment or a path to hypocrisy, so I’ll just say “making fresh, cold-pressed juice with my masticating slow-juicer, (which is only powered through my bike trainer.)”
An avid believer in strengths-based living, Zach’s focus is on assisting others in the strategic direction of AI—developing solutions to multi-dimensional challenges, creating gameplans for action, and working to support others in their excellence. With a background in education, writing, design, and publishing, he brings his strengths of ideation, vision, and connectedness to the team. Zach holds degrees in English, French, and Creative Writing; he is an athlete, artist, inventor, and entrepreneur.
Ben graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a BA in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He joined the team after working in Purchasing and Distribution for a nationwide agricultural supply company and Production Leadership and PC/Application Support roles at a nationwide photography and printing company. He brings a passion for continuous improvement and constant learning. When not liberating data, Ben enjoys disc golfing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.
Favorite Way to Use Electricity: If the weather isn’t cooperating, his list of movies to see is a mile long.