Meet our team of renowned industry veterans
Passionately committed to bettering the industry that they’ve worked in for decades, the EGIA Foundation Board of Trustees has varied and extensive experience in the home services and energy industries. Our Board, with professional backgrounds ranging from education and marketing to HVAC manufacturing, industry publishing and more, is uniquely qualified and truly invested in improving the industry from the ground up.
Bruce brings over 35 years of experience in leadership positions within the utility, energy services and home services industries and has been active in developing, managing and implementing some of the most extensive energy efficiency and demand response programs in the country. He has also been instrumental in transforming EGIA into a leading contractor education and training organization by founding EGIA Contractor University, guides EGIA’s industry leading financing solutions that have facilitated over $8 billion in home services and business energy efficiency upgrades and serves as Chairman of the EGIA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization committed to educating, researching and developing the next generation of qualified workers, helping drive more young adults, women and minorities into the trades, as a first career choice.
Bruce holds degrees in Business Administration/Marketing and Industrial Technology from San Jose State University.
Dr. Rowe has been professor of Energy Management and Renewable Energies for over 35 years at Oakland Community College near Detroit, Michigan. She also teaches Campus Sustainability and taught Corporate Sustainability for the University of Vermont. Dr. Rowe chaired the Technical Advisory Group and the Community of Action to Grow Green Jobs through Policy and Civic Engagement for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In these roles, she convenes energy and sustainability experts, reviews and selects resources, and co-authors overarching documents for AACC’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development Resource Center (www.theSeedCenter.org). This Resource Center is designed to share curricula, partnership and civic engagement models, skills and competencies, quality criteria, promising practices and funding resources. Dr. Rowe has helped hundreds of colleges start their own sustainable energy programs and has also been staff consultant for a U.S. Department of Education funded project entitled “Sustainability Improves Student Learning” (http://serc.carleton.edu/sisl), working with thirteen STEM academic societies.
Debra Rowe is often a keynote speaker at national and international conferences. She is the author or editor of numerous publications, including the encyclopedia, Achieving Sustainability: Vision, Principles and Practices.
Eugene earned his dual Bachelors Degree from The City College of New York, where he studied electrical engineering, economics, and operations management. He earned his Masters of Science degree from Stony Brook University, where he specialized in Energy and Environmental Systems, studying renewable and sustainable energy sources including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower. He earned his Certified Master HVACR Educator (CMHE) credential from HVAC Excellence. Eugene also carries the BEAP credential issued by ASHRAE, which classifies him as a Building Energy Assessment Professional.
As an active member of various industry organizations, including ASHRAE and IEEE, Eugene served as the subject matter expert and wrote the production scripts for dozens of educational videos directly relating to our industry in addition to co-authoring the number one HVACR textbook in the industry, “Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology”, presently in its 9th Edition” published by Cengage Learning. This book is used in over 1,100 schools both in this country and abroad to help individuals learn, and master, the skills required to service, install, design, service and troubleshoot HVACR equipment.
Other book credits include Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, 6th, 7th, and 8thEdition, Residential Construction Academy: HVAC, 1st and 2nd Edition, Pressure Enthalpy Without Tears (2006, 2014), Heat Pumps, 1st and 2nd Editions and Psychrometrics Without Tears (2014). Eugene has also written a number of articles for industry newspapers and magazines.
Eugene was selected as one of the top three HVAC/R instructors in the country for the 2005/2006, 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 academic school years by the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), now AHRI, and the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (ACHR) News.
Christine holds an MBA from Butler University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Indiana University. Christine began her career working in the advertising and marketing industry in Chicago before moving home to Indianapolis and joining Delta Faucet Company’s retail product development team. Christine then spent several years at home with her two children, ages 14 and 12 before joining Carrier at the start of 2017.
Danielle has a personal connection with the home service industry. Her first job was passing out flyers door-to-door for her father’s electrical business. She was 7 years old. In high school, she moved up to being an office dispatcher and parts runner. After college, she became the marketing director for an HVAC company in Oregon.
Danielle knows home service, but she is also no stranger to big business. Before co-founding TNFR, she was the director of business development for a large digital services firm, pitching to C-level executives for big name companies. As part of her job, she also stood before multi-million-dollar investors, seeking capital for the publicly-owned company that she worked for.
Danielle is dedicated to helping grow the industry she grew up in and loves. As a public speaker, she promotes careers in the home service industry.