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Mantis Leadership Team

Mantis Leadership Team

The Mantis leadership team has extensive experience and proven expertise. The individuals on the Mantis leadership team take a strong hands-on approach in their individual roles to help support our clients, so Mantis is able to meet each of their overall, individual, strategic facility performance goals.

The Mantis leadership team includes architects, professional engineers, registered roof consultants and observers, experienced project and account managers, professional services staff, and other talented veterans of the A/E/C industry.

Chirag Shah

Interim CEO

Chirag has 25+ years of experience managing and advising public and private equity backed companies focused on software, tech-enabled and industrial sectors. Over the last 12 years he has worked as an Operating Partner, Executive Chairman and Interim CXO roles for private equity backed companies responsible for value creation planning, Go-to-market strategy development and operational improvement.  Prior to the last 12 years in private equity, Chirag was with McKinsey & Co. within their Sales and Marketing and Private Equity practice. At McKinsey, he worked on engagements focused on growth, go-to-market strategies, sales and marketing effectiveness, and customer management. Prior to McKinsey, Chirag was with IBM Business Consulting Services and Accenture advising clients on customer growth, supply chain management, and business process improvement for clients in Consumer Goods, Retail, and Industrial. Chirag earned an MBA from Purdue University with an emphasis on Corporate Strategy and Operations and has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. 

Steve Campbell

President, Energy Solutions

As President of Energy Solutions, Steve Campbell is responsible for the overall growth strategy for this business division. Campbell previously held the role of President at Patriot Energy Group before the company transitioned the brand to Mantis Innovation. Prior to that role, as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Patriot Energy Group, Campbell was responsible for the company’s finance and operations functions, with primary responsibility for the company’s finance and accounting, financial planning, treasury, back-office operations and facilities management. Campbell has over thirty years of experience as a finance executive in public and private software companies ranging from Raytheon, IBM Software Division, Genuity, Enterasys Networks, Juniper and Progress Software. A results-oriented financial professional, Campbell has a depth of expertise in financial reporting, financial planning, and analysis, sales and marketing operations, Back Office process improvements, performance management, mergers and acquisitions, and building high-performance teams. Campbell received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Management from Franklin Pierce University and a master’s degree in business from Franklin Pierce University.

Miah Dancy

President, Facility Management Solutions

As President of Facility Management Solutions, Jeremiah Dancy oversees the day-to-day management of this division’s operations. Dancy previously held the role of President of BLUEFIN, LLC before the company transitioned the brand to Mantis Innovation. With 24 years of experience in construction and facility asset management, Dancy is a technical expert in facility planning, design, installation, and maintenance. Dancy ensures BLUEFIN’s projects are executed safely, on time, and on budget. He also directs professional development for the company’s teams as well as individual training and mentorship programs. Dancy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Education from the California University of Pennsylvania.

Adam Fairbanks

President, Efficiency Solutions

As President of Efficiency Solutions, Adam is responsible for growth strategy and leading business development for Efficiency Solutions at Mantis. Adam has over 20 years of engineering and management experience related to computer systems, data center design and energy conservation project development. Prior to forming Fairbanks Energy Services, the Efficiency Solutions division of Mantis Innovation, he served as Vice President of Data Center Services and Business Development at Bluestone Energy Services for 5 years. Prior to working at Bluestone, Adam also worked at Cisco Systems for 8 years as Technical Leader for Cisco Security Agent Group as a Principal Software Engineer. Adam earned his B.S. in Computer Science with Distinction at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and his M.B.A. at Babson College’s Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Rad Brannan

Chief Strategy & Technology Officer

Rad Brannan brings over 15 years of energy and information technology experience, including 10 years in an executive management position. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Business Information Systems for Just Energy where he led the global IT strategy and delivery for the following business units: commercial, supply, structuring and finance. During his tenure with Just Energy, he architected, implemented and evolved Hudson Energy’s industry-leading broker portal, Connex. Brannan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University.

Kevin McAlpin

General Counsel

Kevin McAlpin brings over 20 years of combined legal and risk experience to Mantis Innovation. McAlpin’s expertise includes general corporate law, complex energy product transactions, regulatory affairs and compliance issues, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, contract negotiations, and business management. He previously worked in executive and legal counsel roles for Just Energy, Standard Renewable Energy, and ExxonMobil. McAlpin is a graduate of The Citadel and holds an MBA from the University of Mississippi, as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Corporate Counsel Association.

Kurt Keller

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO of Mantis Innovation, Kurt Keller brings over 20 years of accounting and finance experience with a focus in the energy industry. Keller’s work experience includes 10 years in power generation development and operations, seven years in Big Four Consulting and two years in wholesale gas marketing. Keller received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Baylor University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations.

Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Richard Rast

Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

As Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Richard Rast is responsible for Mantis’ ESG initiatives including providing comprehensive facility sustainability services to large facility portfolio customers. Rast brings over 40 years of experience in the facilities and construction industry to Mantis Innovation. He was the founder and CEO of BLUEFIN, LLC from 2005 until it became part of Mantis in 2019. His background spans facility sustainability, renewable energy, facility asset management, capital planning, and program management. He holds software and data management process patents focused on facility condition assessment, capital planning, cost estimating, and project delivery. He holds a BS in Building Construction from Georgia Tech. 

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