Technical Assistance


Caleb Bell

PACE 101 - The Basics of PACE Financing
Tuesday May 12 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Caleb Bell is chair of Bricker & Eckler’s Public Finance practice group with a regional practice that emphasizes public finance and economic development matters. He has served as bond counsel in a wide variety of transactions. His clients include Ohio governments, private developers, and property owners.  Caleb has broad experience in infrastructure finance, development finance, project finance, and energy finance, and is well known for his representation of special purpose financing entities.  Caleb is a graduate of Otterbein University and Georgetown Law.

Josh Campbell

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Executive Director
Missouri Energy Initiative

Josh Campbell has more than twenty years’ experience building and managing grassroots campaigns, non-profit organizations and diverse statewide coalitions. Josh has worked with all levels of state & local government on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues. He has been executive director of the Missouri Energy Initiative since 2011 (Mission: Work collaboratively to identify opportunities and solutions to meet Missouri’s energy needs through support and facilitation of energy economic development, education, research and pragmatic policies.) Josh also co-founded the Show Me PACE Clean Energy district, Missouri's open market statewide CEDB, in 2015 and has helped facilitate the closing of more than $49 Million in commercial PACE.

John Costlow

PACE 101 - The Basics of PACE Financing
Tuesday May 12 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Sustainable Energy Fund

John Costlow, CRM, CSDP, REP, PCF, CPHC is President & CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund. As President Mr. Costlow provides vision, leadership and overall management of the Sustainable Energy Fund. Sustainable Energy Fund is a nonprofit organization that assists energy users in overcoming educational, financial and regulatory barriers to a sustainable energy future. SEF finances a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through commercial loans, energy savings agreements and power purchase agreement. Prior to joining SEF, Mr. Costlow served in management capacities throughout the energy industry including Manager of Marketing and Energy Conservation for Florida Public Utilities and Vice President of Energy Control Companies. Mr. Costlow is a veteran of the US Navy where he served as a submarine nuclear reactor operator. Mr. Costlow has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a graduate of Naval Nuclear Power School. He is a certified Performance Contracting and Funding Professional, Certified Sustainable Development Professional, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager, Certified Renewable Energy Professional and Certified Passive House Consultant. Mr. Costlow has served as President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and as Chair for Mid Atlantic Bio Energy Council.

Jeremy Druhot

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Manager of Programming and Projects
Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority

Jeremy Druhot is the Manager of Programming and Projects at the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, a public agency in Central Ohio that facilitates the financing of economic development projects. Among the many programs the Finance Authority offers – TIF, capital leases, bond finance and more – Jeremy manages the Finance Authority’s energy efficiency and PACE financing program, as well as staffs the operations of the Columbus Regional Energy Special Improvement District. To date, the Finance Authority has financed 20 energy efficiency projects at over $22 million in total investment, saving property owners an average 32% of their utility costs.

Prior to joining the Finance Authority, Jeremy worked as a Graduate Assistant at AEP Economic Development. He holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from The Ohio State Universi

Norma Fox Horwitz

PACE 101 - The Basics of PACE Financing
Tuesday May 12 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Special Projects Manager
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council

Norma Fox Horwitz
Economic Development Director

Norma joined the NOPEC staff in January 2015 with over 20 years of economic development experience. As Economic Development Director, she’s managing NOPEC’s two energy efficiency financing programs for commercial property owners and its member-community energy efficiency grant program. PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) launched in 2016 and the STEP (Savings Through Efficiency Program) launched in 2018, with financing available from $5,000-$500,000. The NOPEC Energized Community (NEC) grant launched in 2018 as well.

Prior economic development positions include Deputy Director at the Summit County Department of Development, Assistant Director of Development for the City of Cuyahoga Falls and Development Manager at the Development Finance Authority of Summit County.

Her work with the business community during her career includes projects in multiple counties throughout northeast Ohio. Oftentimes, as part of those projects, she worked with officials at the community, county and state levels. In addition to NOPEC’s financing programs, the scope of her experience includes structured bond financing, brownfield grant funding, enterprise zone and community reinvestment area incentives, New Markets Tax Credits, and other programs utilized to assist business growth.

Norma holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Akron and an MBA from Kent State University. She is also certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional and serves on the University of Akron’s Department of Economics Academic Advisory Board in the College of Business Administration.

Chris Jones

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

PACE Financing Consultant
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Chris Jones has more than 20 years of experience in the residential and commercial real estate
sector. His focus has been primarily on the energy efficiency aspects of buildings, including
financing options.
Having worked in various management roles, Chris blends his significant technical building
knowledge with the oversight of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs funded with a
combination of federal, state and local grant dollars. He has had direct oversight and
management of PACE program administration and the coordination of PACE stakeholders,
including lenders, legal counsel, local governments, contractors, property managers and mortgage
Chris is the former director of PACE with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, where he, among
other tasks, oversaw the creation and implementation of two successful PACE “brands,” which
combined over $30 million in PACE loan closings. He also has on-the-ground experience in
residential and commercial construction and maintenance, including heating and cooling,
insulation and environmental inspection.

Colin Kalvas

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Associate Attorney
Bricker & Eckler LLP

Colin Kalvas is a public finance and economic development attorney. He serves an array of clients including political subdivisions, financial institutions, private developers and special purpose districts such as special improvement districts and new community authorities. Colin has experience serving these types of clients in a variety of roles, specifically including bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, issuer’s counsel, development counsel and general counsel. Colin’s experience with economic development tools, like tax increment financing (TIF), special assessments, community redevelopment area (CRA) abatements and new community authorities, is diverse. He has also been at the forefront of developing property assessed clean energy financing (PACE) in Ohio. His efforts in PACE include serving as counsel to energy special improvement districts throughout the state, serving as counsel to PACE administrators, and serving as bond counsel and lender’s counsel to Ohio port authorities and other financial institutions that finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects through PACE. Colin is well known within the PACE community, and he has both attended and spoken at national PACE conferences. For more, visit: http://www.bricker.com/people/colin-kalvas

Bali Kumar

PACE 101 - The Basics of PACE Financing
Tuesday May 12 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Chief Executive Officer
Lean & Green Michigan, LLC

Bali Kumar is Chief Executive Officer of Lean & Green Michigan, where he helps develop and deploy the PACE marketplace across Michigan. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PACENation, the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (MIEIBC), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV), the Utility Consumer Participation Board (UCPB), and Brilliant Detroit. He was recently named one of Midwest Energy News' 40 under 40 honorees.
Previously, Bali served as the Executive Director of the Wayne County Land Bank, a public body specializing in restoring blighted properties and returning these properties to productive use. At the Wayne County Land Bank, he worked on a wide-range of programming, including partnering with state and local entities to enact commercial and industrial redevelopment.
Bali holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jennifer Kuzma

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Executive Director
Northeast Ohio Advanced Energy District

Since 2001 Jennifer Kuzma has been guiding the efforts of the Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium.  Founded as the first organization of its kind in 1996, this council of governments focuses on redevelopment of the first ring communities surrounding Cleveland through program development, advocacy and best practices sharing.  Under Jennifer’s leadership, the member communities have worked together to rebound from one of the hardest hit foreclosure crisis in the country; developed the first multi-jurisdictional energy efficiency and alternative energy special improvement district in Ohio - the Northeast Ohio Advanced Energy District, and created an atmosphere where communities come together to problem solve and share resources that revitalize not only their communities but the entire region of Northeast Ohio.  
As Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Advanced Energy District, Jennifer has successfully closed over $5M in C-PACE projects in Cuyahoga County.  These projects include building envelope enhancements to roofing, skin and windows; new lighting systems; elevator systems and skylights for both rehab and new construction projects in Brooklyn Heights, Cleveland, East Cleveland, Maple Heights and Solon.  In 2020, two more communities will join the District taking its total municipal membership count to 23 communities. 

Jason Stringer

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Business Development Director
Slipstream / PACE Wisconsin

Jason is a clean energy finance professional with nearly 20 years of experience spanning project financing, program development, municipal relations, sustainability, and PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) administration. With a deeply rooted background in finance program development and management, loan origination, and project development, Jason is also well-versed in sustainable building practices as a LEED Green Associate. He is passionate about improving access to financing that stimulates adoption of clean energy.

Jason Tiemeier

PACE Program Efficiency - Managing An Effective PACE Program
Tuesday June 9 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Jason Tiemeier is a member of the Bricker & Eckler Public Finance practice group. He works with local governments, special purpose districts, developers, and financial institutions on a variety of public finance and local government matters. His practice includes the structuring and documentation of economic development projects and general obligation and revenue bond transactions. Jason has experience with a variety of economic development tools such as tax increment financing (TIF), community redevelopment area (CRA) abatements, new community authorities (NCA), and joint economic development districts (JEDD). Jason has also been involved with the rapid development of property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing in Ohio. He provides general counsel services to energy special improvement districts and bond and lender’s counsel services to the organizations that finance energy efficiency and clean energy projects through PACE.

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