Energyficient Systems is an energy services company and distributor specializing in lighting efficiency projects. We provide turnkey service and work with our clients to develop a project from the ground up – starting with a survey, then design, engineering, materials supply, project management, and installation. We also research all applicable financial and tax incentives. Our efficiency designs are custom and always engineered to a client’s specific needs. Our proposals are investment-grade assessments that provide our clients the information they need to make educated, focused, financial decisions.
We’re dedicated to transforming businesses and organizations through the inspired use of light. We increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve working conditions.
Energyficient is headquartered in Burlington, Iowa, but we’re taking our expertise across the country and helping organizations everywhere install more efficient, environmentally friendly, money-saving lighting systems.
Chad Palmer — President, CEO
Chad provides leadership and vision for the Energyficient Team. Born and raised in Burlington, Iowa — where he still lives — lighting and electrical work is in his blood. He began working for his father’s electrical contracting company at the age of ten.
Today, Chad has over 28 years of experience in the lighting industry and is well respected as a leader, innovator and entrepreneur. He is also the inventor behind several new products for Energyficient including the new Agrificient™ brand of LED lighting and Q-Series electrical box and luminaire. He is a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) through the Association of Energy Engineers, and is a long time member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America where he has served on the Industrial Lighting Committee. He is very active in his community and industry. He serves on many local committees including Burlington’s
Zoning Board of Adjustment and several other committees under Greater Burlington Partnership, including the Burlington Lightscape Committee. He is also a recent graduate of the Greater Burlington Leadership program. Chad believes strongly in and encourages his team to pursue an ongoing continuing of their education and community involvement. He takes a special interest in creating seminars and including special details in his proposals to further his client’s education and understanding of the possibilities and the science of lighting efficiency.
When he is not working on the business of Energyficient you’ll find Chad on a beach or in his boat with his Wife and Daughter; or pursuing his other interests in politics, horsepower, audio, and music.
Justin Joens — Senior Vice President, CCO, Business Development
Justin is Energyficient’s first client contact. With 15+ years experience in management and sales, Justin’s dedication to providing exceptional customer service is integral to Energyficient’s ability to design high-efficiency lighting installations. His excellent interpersonal and communication skills ensure a positive sales experience.
As CCO, Justin is committed to not only establishing, but also nurturing client relationships. He conducts in-depth interviews with customers and potential clients so he can help deliver a project that is engineered to meet the customer’s energy goals. With his strong capability to problem solve, Justin applies foresight and creativity to individually address client needs.
Justin is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Although he spends most of his day on the phone or email, he can also be found on-site assessing client concerns. When not talking with customers, Justin is cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes or perfecting his swing on the golf course.
J. Byers Wolf — Vice President, COO, Design Engineering
Byers is a native of Fort Madison, Iowa, and has more than twelve years lighting and electrical experience, and is a licensed journeyman electrician. Starting in 2004, Byers held an apprentice position before going to Northeast Iowa Community College. He graduated with his AA in Industrial Electrical in 2006, and then went on to work for an electrical contractor before moving into the lighting sector. Byers has a passion to learn and grow within the lighting market, in an effort to always provide Energyficient’s customers with the highest quality lighting designs and projects.
As Chief Operating Officer, Byers spends most of his time designing/engineering, providing oversight and direction for the engineering staff, and cultivating manufacturer relationships. He begins all new opportunities by conducting on-site assessments to provide baseline data for engineering, and works very closely with the sales team, engineers, and project managers during all phases of project development and construction.
When not on-site or designing a new lighting project, he can be found spending time with his wife and three children, or reading a good book. Byers is a member and shepherd at Harmony Bible Church, and a committee member of The Greater Burlington Partnership Government Affairs committee.
Aaron Engberg — General Manager, Products
Aaron was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, where he now currently resides with his wife Karen and their three children Reagan, Anna, and Landon. Aaron attended Iowa State University where he earned a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering.
As General Manager of Products, Aaron runs the day to day operations of the business, leads sales and marketing activities for our manufactured products, as well as manages new product development and develops new business opportunities.
Aaron also has over twenty years of experience in the field of Software Engineering, Product Management, as well as sales and marketing.
When not in the office Aaron serves as a board of director member for Garrett’s Path as well as the Notre Dame Music Boosters. He enjoys spending time with family, attending his children’s sporting events, and supporting the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Kirk is originally from Ames, Iowa, and majored in Retail Management at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. He has more than 10 years of experience in the lighting industry, including professional lighting audits and project design geared to maximize energy savings. Kirk also has several years of direct sales experience, and is currently Senior Project Manager for schools, commercial and industrial customers.
Energyficient is committed to on-site safety not only for our crews but for our customers as well. That’s why Kirk has completed both his 10-hour and 30-hour OSHA training, as well as General Industry Safety and Health courses.
In addition to his lighting experience, Kirk has 18 years of experience working at Exide Technologies where he started out as a front-line supervisor and ended up being Assistant Plant Manager. So he feels right at home in an industrial environment.
Brian Kellen — Senior Project Manager
Brian oversees all projects for our company, once a project is approved it goes to his desk, and the planning process begins. He then coordinates all contractors and sub-contractors needed for the project and assures all standards are met and maintained, as well as monitoring the cost of the project and overseeing the budget details.
He is from Burlington, Iowa and now currently resides in New London, Iowa.
Brian is certified in OSHA-30 as well as MSHA-24, he is also a certified Journeyman Electrician. From 1998-2005 he worked as an electrician for various companies starting in Burlington, Iowa, then advancing in management positions for high profile federal contractors in the Washington, D.C., area known as Sim G Technologies where he was the Project Manager. He worked with electrical projects as well as fire protection in high government profile projects for military bases and other government facilities with high security clearances.
When not in the office Brian spends his weekends traveling with his family to watch his children in sports, he also enjoys golfing.
Brandon McCracken — Design Engineer
He and his wife Samantha, who is the director of a Burlington preschool, have three children: Taylor, Harper, and Sawyer. Brandon is also a church council member for Faith Lutheran of Burlington.
He is a Burlington Leadership Course graduate, and holds an A+ Computer Hardware certification. He earned his Associate Degree in the Applied Science of Computer Systems and Networking from Indian Hills Community College, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a Human Resources minor from Simpson College.
Andrew Busse – Technical Writer
Andrew is an Iowa native who graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication. In addition to his school work, Andrew was active in many extracurricular activities where he gained valuable leadership experience.
As Energyficient’s first technical writer, Andrew looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience by helping the engineering and sales team communicate with clients to provide them with an efficient lighting solution that is easy to understand.
Outside of the office Andrew enjoys wrenching on his Camaro and spending time with his family and friends.
Blake Allender – Design Engineer
Upon graduation, Blake and his wife, Lauren, moved back to Mt. Pleasant to begin his career with Energyficient and to be close to family. As a Design Engineer, Blake looks forward to using his experience and education to design reliable, efficient lighting solutions.
While not in the office, Blake enjoys spending his free time farming with his father, enjoying outdoor activities, and supporting the Cyclones.
Amy Puckett – Product Sales Executive
With her two kids Aidan and Helena, Amy spends most of her free time watching them in sports, especially softball and baseball. Amy also enjoys traveling for Energyficient to meet new clients and talk to them about our industrial and agricultural lighting solutions.
Outside of work, Amy enjoys running with friends and bootcamp style classes. She also loves big cities just as much as the beaches.
Marcus Chezum – Senior Project Administrator, Director of Technology
Marcus has 6 years’ experience in Logistics, working as an Inventory Key User for a prominent Manufacturer and Distributor along with working as a Plant Manager for a local distributor. Marcus then took a turn into the IT field for 5 years, of which the experience in both of those fields lead him to his current position which utilizes both of his talents.
As the Senior Project Administrator, Marcus works alongside the Project Managers and Engineers to ensure proper contract restraints, product ordering for projects, and project closeouts are done in a timely manner.
As Director of Technology, Marcus maintains the company’s computer infrastructure along with making sure all security parameters are fulfilled.
Marcus is very outgoing and active in community events while being a member of the Greater Burlington Young Professionals and is also a Greater Burlington Leadership course graduate.
In his spare time, Marcus loves spending time with his family and friends, watching the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes, all the while trying to find new and unique food dishes to try along with new craft beers.
Melissa Skalinski – Office Administrator
Melissa grew up in Burlington, Iowa. She now resides near Mediapolis, Iowa with her husband Jace and three children Trevor, Tanner, and Madilynn . She has over 10 year’s experience with customer service, and office administration. She is excited to learn more and grow within the lighting industry.
As Office Administrator Melissa is responsible for various office related duties such as processing sales orders for our customers, accounts receivable, accounts payable, taxes, inventory, and much more.
In Melissa’s spare time she enjoys boating with her family on the Mississippi, exploring the local wildlife at Lake Geode or Stars Cave with her kids , camping, and fishing. She also takes part in the local Blondes VS. Brunette’s Alzheimer’s Fundraiser Football team.
Arlo Winterboer — Western Iowa Salesman
Arlo is originally from North West, Iowa but now currently resides in Audubon, Iowa with his wife Sharon. He has three children and four grandchildren. He has received sales awards as well as the Iowa Pursuit of Energy Efficiencies award, he is also a member of the Audubon Chamber.