GridPoint Brings on Technology Veterans to Lead Marketing and Engineering

Energy management, analytics and sustainability leader continues building organization to manage rapid growth

Feb 21, 2013, 11:23 ET from GridPoint, Inc.

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GridPoint, Inc., a recognized leader in energy management and sustainability solutions that help customers maximize energy and operational savings, today named Mark Straton as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Rick Wilhelm as Senior Vice President of Engineering. Straton is a 20-year marketing veteran of $3 billion Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc., while Wilhelm brings more than two decades of high-performing engineering experience including senior roles at Network Solutions.


"GridPoint has entered an exciting next chapter. As the nation increases the demand for businesses to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible, we offer a comprehensive suite of energy management and renewable energy solutions that allow enterprises to reduce energy consumption by up to 30 percent," said GridPoint CEO John Spirtos. "Mark and Rick's knowledge about developing leading-edge technology products and bringing disruptive brands to market is critical in helping businesses and governments simultaneously meet their savings and environment goals."

Over the last 20 years, Straton has held senior leadership positions for technology giant, Siemens, where he led award-winning global marketing campaigns and spearheaded strategic corporate development projects which enabled investments and acquisitions in cloud services and other initiatives. During his tenure, Straton brought product, service and cloud solutions to market including the market-leading HiPath and OpenScape platforms for Siemens resulting in sales of over 50 million licenses.

"GridPoint came highly recommended as an innovator and company that is on the move in the energy management industry. I was immediately impressed by the company's customer value proposition which reduces energy consumption expenses and carbon emissions by up to 30 percent," said Straton. "GridPoint's market potential is not only enormous, but attainable. The company is leading the industry in cloud-based energy management, analytics and sustainability, and rapidly growing their impressive customer base."

For more than 20 years, Wilhelm has lead engineering teams in architecting and operating large-scale high availability architectures, including Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for some of today's most successful software and internet-based companies. An experienced leader in system integrations, technology strategy and client service, Wilhelm brings tremendous expertise in developing eCommerce and mobile applications allowing enterprise and web professionals to increase business intelligence and customer success.

"GridPoint's cloud-based energy management and analytics platform is leading the energy management industry delivering state-of-the-art functionality and user capability that allows businesses to truly take control of their energy use," said Wilhelm. "This year we will release new control and submetering capabilities, along with several exciting software applications, which will continue to place us far ahead of the competition and ensure our customers are able to achieve the deepest level of visibility into energy and operational activities so they may better meet energy efficiency and sustainability goals."

In recent years, GridPoint has gained significant market momentum and now touts a substantial customer roster that includes more than 11,000 sites deployed, 4 of the top 10 retailers and 3 of the top 10 restaurant companies in addition to government entities and leading North American utilities.

About GridPoint

GridPoint is an established leader in smart energy solutions, providing Fortune 1000 enterprises, government agencies and utilities with the tools to implement and maintain sustainable energy management practices that improve operational efficiency and maximize energy savings.  Founded in 2003, GridPoint is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Austin, Texas, Roanoke, Virginia, Seattle, Washington, and Ottawa, Ontario. For more information, visit the company's website at, on LinkedIn at or follow GridPoint on Twitter at ="" target="_blank">  

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