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December 11, 2017

E2Tech announces leadership transition

Courtesy / E2Tech
Courtesy / E2Tech
Jeff Marks, executive director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council, is leaving the organization on Dec. 31 to pursue new personal and professional opportunities. Melissa Winne, project director with E2Tech, will become interim director and oversee the organization’s activities during the search for a new executive director.

About E2Tech

The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine is the state's only energy, environmental and clean technology business and economic development organization. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst, change agent and a resource center that promotes Maine companies, supports their robust and sustainable acceleration and helps them compete in national and global markets. E2Tech members include electric utilities and renewable energy companies, manufacturers, environmental engineers, emerging entrepreneurs, innovators and designers, as well as government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofits. Its educational and networking activities in 2018 will continue to promote business development, sustainable job growth and sound public policy.

Jeff Marks, executive director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council, more commonly known as E2Tech, will leave the organization he has led for five years to pursue service and volunteer work abroad. His final day with E2Tech will be Dec. 31.

Melissa Winne, project director with E2Tech, will become interim director and oversee the organization's activities during the search for a new executive director.

Marks came to E2Tech in July 2012 after a career in government relations and public policy in California, Washington, D.C., and Maine. He helped the organization grow operationally and financially, landing grants and leading special projects that promoted and supported the energy and environmental sector in Maine, as well as increased its presence among entrepreneurs, creatives, businesses, activists, and state, regional and federal representatives.

In a news release announcing his plans to step down, Marks said he was given a unique opportunity to travel overseas and volunteer with an animal and wildlife rescue operation.

"E2Tech is an incredible network of private, public and nonprofit leaders on the cutting edge of the environmental, energy and clean-tech sectors," Marks said. " If not for this new opportunity, I would love to continue working with the dedicated individuals who bring innovation and progress to this community. I want to thank E2Tech's staff and board of directors and all E2Tech members and partners for positioning us as a leading Northeastern business and economic development organization."

Patrick Coughlin, principal and director of engineering and sentry EHS at St. Germain Collins, and chair of the E2Tech board of directors, issued this statement: "This organization's success has come from the hard work and dedication of the staff, volunteers and the board. Thanks to Jeff for elevating E2Tech to the professional organization it is today!"

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