From Fabrication to Technology to Field, to Administration. Our world-class employees are the driving force of Energy Innovations, formerly known as Electric Innovations. We are a uniquely constructed community, forged together by our drive for excellence, our value for timeliness, and our downright intellect.
The Fabrication Team is driven by their love of all things metal, music included. Whether they are welding it or creating it, they are constantly pushing the lines and standards of their designs, delivering to our customers innovative consistent quality.
Motivated less by metal and more by automation, our Technology Team is a patient force. Their unequivocal attention to the detail that goes into the assembly of the dashboards and panels included in our PDCs, reflects their drive for excellence.
Our Field team is our literal boots on the ground. On site from the beginning until the end, they are faithfully prepping, installing, and starting each PDC unit.
Lastly our Administration Team. Where would we be without them? They are our "i dotters" and "t crossers." These paper pushers make sure the coffee is always stocked, bills are always paid, and whatever is needed is had.
Together we are contributing to the Biogas Revolution!”
Theodore Thompson or Ted as he is more commonly known as, is the founder and CEO of Energy Innovations. With his roots originally in Computer Science, his vast experiences in general contracting and electrical engineering made him a natural in the creation and development of Energy Innovations, formerly known as Electric Innovations. Ted has been married to his wonderful wife Michelle for 14 years and they have 3 adorable children together. In his free time, he can be found enjoying the fantastic outdoors that Northern California has to offer.
Marc joined our EI team as the CFO in August 2020. He has an MBA, a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance, and a Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning. Marc brings 8 years of experience with Fidelity Investments working in a variety of management capacities, all geared towards financial planning and portfolio management, as well as another 6 years of senior leadership experience with an international conglomerate that specialized in electronics manufacturing and retail throughout Latin America. He has been married for twenty years and has 3 amazing children. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, being outdoors, and playing guitar.
Ryan recently joined EI as Chief Operating Officer. Ryan has held executive roles at both small startups as well as Fortune 500 companies and has significant leadership experience in scaling growth businesses. Most recently he successfully negotiated the sale of his once garage startup to the world's largest learning company, Pearson Education, based out of London. As COO, Ryan's responsibilities will be to strategically prepare the organization for the next phase of growth through focusing on our systems, processes, and communications across the organization and will be a key voice in the company's overall strategy moving forward. Ryan and his wife, Julianne, reside in Palo Cedro with their 5 children.
James joined the EI team in February 2019 and is our Fabrication Director. He has a business management degree and has worked in various management positions over the years specifically in the general contracting field. He has always had a love for renewable energy, spending many years studying it and watching it grow. He is proud to be part of a company that is investing in sustainability. James enjoys a variety of activities when he isn’t working, a few being cycling and rock climbing.
John Paul Rittell
John Paul joined EI in 2022. He has been an Information Technology integrator since 2008. John Paul has deployed Cisco Collaboration, IP Networks, and Data Centers across the United States. He has also developed automation enabling the configuration and management of IT systems using Python. In his free time he has a passion for automating the process of raising broiler chickens.
Justin joined the EI team in September 2019. His natural mechanical and digital aptitude, along with his organizational skills, and his capacity to work with different personalities have made him a natural fit as a Technology Director. He assists multiple departments with timeline scheduling, long lead time ordering of parts and commissions our BIPS both in and out of state. He loves working for a company that not only values innovation and growth but also has a truly respectful and honoring working environment. When he isn’t working he is either hiking, bike riding, swimming, cooking or buying things on Amazon.
Power Systems Director
Steve has worked with EI since 2019 when he came on as an electrician to build the Control Rooms for BIPS projects. As the company grew he became the Power Systems Director. He brings lots of strengths and knowledge to this team due to his many years in construction. When not working he loves to spend quality time with his wife and girls, traveling around the world, and cooking fine foods.
Ryan has been with EI since September 2019. He is Multi-Process Welding Certified, has a background in mechanical design/fabrication and heavy industrial machining/fabrication. He has stepped seamless into his role as Manager, easily bringing drive and focus to his team in the shop. When he isn’t working, he pursues an active outdoors lifestyle taking advantage of all that beautiful Northern California has to offer.
Mike’s career has included 20 years at Boeing where he was consistently given significant and increasing responsibility including managing a team of 50 production planners and process engineers supporting the 737 and the 757. Prior to Boeing, Mike had experience designing scientific test equipment and support structures at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory in Menlo Park. We are excited at the expertise Mike adds to our team as we build out our product design as well as the systems and processes around those products.
Aaron joined the Electric Innovation team in March 2019. He started off working in the panel shop where he built out organizational and flow systems to streamline the panel building process. In October of 2021 he transitioned from Panel Shop Lead to Production and Inventory Manager for the Tech Team. His attention to detail, systematic approach, and desire to empower others has added strength to the company. In his free time, you can find him playing pickup soccer games, researching crypto currencies, goofing off with his daughter and hanging out with his wife.
Drew has been influencing EI automated systems since 2019 and rejoined our team in 2023 as our Sr. Automation Engineer. He holds a Bachelors of Science Electrical Engineering Degree. With his mastering of programming PLC’s, HMI’s, SCADA’s and Data Loggers, Drew designs reliable and easy-to-use automated systems. He has developed systems for many manufacturing environments including aviation, biogas, and sawmills. Drawing from his wide experience, there aren’t many devices or protocols Drew hasn’t had the opportunity to interface with. In his free time, you will find him in the mountains snowmobiling or rock climbing
Human Resources Manager
Michelle and her HR superpowers have been with the team from the beginning. She builds culture and creativity on the team through strategic communication, team building, events and special projects ( We would tell you more, but we can’t or we would have to kill you. Trust us, it's better this way.)