AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Interactive energy platform developer, Innovari, announced today the addition of Brent Hodges as senior vice president of strategy and markets. Hodges brings over 14 years of smart grid experience to the firm which will bolster Innovari's ability to deliver innovative, best-in-class demand-side management projects both nationally and globally.
"To support and expand our talented leadership team, we are adding an impressive industry player to further execute our global strategic initiatives and expand the diversity of our practice areas," said Innovari founder and CEO Chris Hickman. "By adding Brent's breadth of experience, the company is poised for our next stage of growth and to serve our growing utility partner roster across four continents."
Hodges comes to Innovari following his three and a half year stint with energy management technology provider Tendril, where he served as the general manager of its Australia and Asia-Pacific territory before taking over as senior vice president of the company's retail business unit. In these roles, he was in charge of global sales and delivery of Tendril solutions while also focusing on marketing, business development and strategic direction.
Hodges has worked in a variety of management roles at some of the most successful companies in the energy industry. Prior to his time at Tendril, he was the director of smart energy strategy and development at Reliant Energy, the vice president of marketing and business development at ZigBee Alliance and the business development director at Ember Corporation.
"It is a privilege to be working with a team of industry veterans who have built Innovari to where it is today with a mission to help utilities and their energy customers by improving overall system utilization. I look forward to helping propel Innovari's utility practice to the next level and solidify the firm's ability to provide unparalleled service and innovation to new markets and clients worldwide," said Hodges.
Among his many credentials, Hodges was named as one of Greentech Media's 100 Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid in 2010. He has also previously served on the Governing Board of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), the Board of Directors for the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) and the ZigBee Alliance.
Hodges earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Innovari's interactive energy platform connects utilities, their customers, and their communities to improve how the world uses energy. Our solution attacks the electric grid's core problem—the load duration curve—unlocking access to affordable capacity that improves system utilization, reliability, and financial performance, while our non-profit, Plugged into Kids, brings together utilities and their customers to help the children in their communities. With deep grid situational awareness, we enable dynamic, two-way verifiable demand side management; grid system optimization; renewable and distributed energy resources integration; and more. Innovari is the utility industry's Capacity for Change: www.Innovari.com.