EMI Consulting was founded in the loft of a barn, sharing space with a Saddlebred horse, an ornery Shetland pony, and some polled Dorset sheep. My objective was to engage my entrepreneurial instincts in the energy field I am so passionate about while also earning a good living, having balance, and spending time with my kids.
Twenty years later, as we approach a staff of thirty, creating a thriving and progressive place of work continues to be a top priority. The loft space we now occupy in downtown Seattle is much larger, devoid of wild chickens in the background, and humming with activity as we work away on over 40 projects with clients in 20 different states. In my role as CEO, some of the greatest moments come when I am working with our younger staff, many of whom are just starting out in their careers. They are the future, and each is sure to make their mark.
This is such an incredibly exciting time to be working in the energy industry; the rate of technology change and innovation is rapid, and seemingly increasing each week. Central plants, energy efficiency, distributed renewables, storage, the Internet of Things, and nanotechnology all have a role in this emerging energy system of the future. I am grateful to all who have contributed to our success, including current and past employees, clients, and our families. It is a privilege to work with such a great team and to work with such an amazing professional community of clients and peers — many of whom have also become lifelong friends. The work we are doing today to support a clean energy future is good work, work that is worth doing. And I am looking forward to all that unfolds going forward!