President & CEO
President & CEO
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Sr. Vice President of Operations
Vice President of Customer Relations
Director | Client Engagement
Director | Residential Builder Relations & Design
Sr. Project Manager | EG Electric
Director | Engineering
Director | EG Security
Project Manager | EG Build
General Counsel | Emily Grene
Burke Ewers is chief executive officer of EmilyGrene and a member of the company’s board of directors. He joined EmilyGrene full time in July 2015, bringing more than 15 years of energy industry leadership, product expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. Burke is actively involved in coaching his children’s sports teams and also on the board of several youth athletic organizations.
Burke Ewers oversees the corporate direction and strategy for EmilyGrene’s field operations including sales, support, consulting, marketing and alliances and channels. He focuses on strategy, leadership, innovation, and customers. Says Mr. Ewers, “Its our job to provide clean energy solutions that deliver strong economic benefits combined with improved work environments and positive environmental benefits.
Prior to joining EmilyGrene, Burke Ewers served as Sr. Vice President of Sales for Lime Energy, where his focus on end use customers and utility clients improved operational efficiencies and execution led to significant company growth. Prior to that, Burke served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Parke Industries where he held a variety of responsibilities including management, sales, and marketing initiatives.
As a parent, coach, and CEO Burke aims to foster a collaborative and fiscally responsible organization, built on a strong foundation of principles including teamwork, communication, integrity, transparency, and customer service. Burke understands the complex financial models of energy projects and believes his experience in financial/strategic planning, financing, and investment performance brings value to EmilyGrene’s end-use clients.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Commerce – Finance from Santa Clara University, he moved to La Verne to start his family. Burke runs his business, his youth sports teams, and his personal life by a simple quote: “You don’t inspire your teammates by showing them how amazing you are, you inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.” -Robyn Benincase.
Adrienne Ewers brings a wealth of business and financial experience to Emily Grene. In her previous role as a controller for the Upland Sports Arena, she managed all the company’s business practices and procedures, from financial and strategic planning to tax compliance and vendor relations.
Her natural ability with numbers and her organized, systematic approach to business has enabled her to work successfully with several startups. Adrienne’s strong attention to detail has also helped many small businesses get set up on a path for growth and success.
Adrienne is a graduate from Santa Clara University, where she received a degree in finance. Raised in an entrepreneurial family, she got her start in the business world working as an intern for her family’s business – Parke Industries.
Adrienne’s altruistic spirit makes sure she has time to devote to the organization she founded, “Save the Heartbeat,” whose mission is to fight for and improve the lives of those affected by Congenital Heart Disease, one heartbeat at a time. She currently sits on the Board of Directors as Treasurer.
A native Californian, Adrienne lives in La Verne with her husband and four kids. She enjoys a healthy lifestyle; her hobbies include exercising, weight training, and running.
Mark Cram is the Vice President of Operations, working directly with organization department heads to provide excellent project identification, implementation, and service to each construction sector customer.
Mark has extensive experience working with and within the highest levels of several elite organizations, including global and national market leaders. After working in multiple leadership roles, he has learned that identifying customer challenges and providing comprehensive solutions to those challenges are key to developing and maintaining long-term partnerships and relationships. He has also been trained in and has provided instruction and training in corporate management, leadership, and sales philosophies and techniques.
Mark is a husband, father, and grandfather. He has been involved in his community as a coach, youth leader, and mentor, and he has served in City government. Mark is a seasoned professional with decades of experience in multiple facets of the energy, electric utility, and construction industries. He also holds Master Electrical Licenses and General Contractor Licenses in multiple states, including Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.
Mark holds an MBA in business administration from Brigham Young University.
Steve Finnegan is the Vice President of Emily Grene working directly with organization department heads to provide excellent support, process improvement, and system implementation to internal and external customers.
Steve has had extensive experience in working with, and within, the highest levels of several elite organizations. With nearly a decade of experience in executive roles, he has spearheaded process improvement and system implementation across all departments in the organization. He has a keen knack in identifying process bottlenecks and fixing them, maintaining and improving service levels while obtaining efficiency, for his organization and the customer. As a leader, however, his greatest accomplishment is the opportunity to support other members of the organization, understanding their goals and giving them the tools to achieve those goals.
Steve is a seasoned professional with decades of experience in multiple facets of the energy, distribution, and IT industries.
Steve holds an MA in Leadership and Organizational Studies, with a focus on organization development, from Azusa Pacific University.
As Emily Grene looked to fill the role of Director for Client Engagement, only one name came to mind that could properly fill those shoes – Mary Bonura. With over 18 years of experience in marketing and customer service, there is no limit to what Mary can do.
Mary has an innate ability to communicate, design, and implement effective measures to meet the discerning needs of Emily Grene clients. Her experience in leadership, project organization, and customer service combined with her ability to manage all aspects of our business makes her one of the best in the industry. Mary is an avid reader and holds a second-degree black belt in Muay Thai and Krav Maga. She lives in Southern California.
Nicole Stell is the Director of Residential Builder Relations and Design. She is responsible for directing and managing all sales and business development operations within the Residential Builder Division of Emily Grene. She works closely with the Builder’s Purchasing, Sales, Construction and Customer Service teams, in order to make sure that the jobs run efficiently and on time.
Nicole has worked in the Residential Building Industry for the last 13 years and has a vast knowledge of the construction process, as well as being skilled in scheduling, estimating and sales management. Nicole is also a talented Interior designer and has designed homes for some of the nation’s top builders.
The special part to Nicole about new home construction is that she gets to see the house develop from the ground up. It is very satisfying to see a project go from paper, to dirt, to homes and finally to a completed community full of life.
Nicole holds a BA in Interior Design from California State University Fresno.
As Project Manager for Emily Grene’s electrical division team, Aaron has a wide array of experience in the electrical sector. He’s has worked across a variety of market sectors, including Hospitality, Healthcare, Retail, Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Military, Institutional, as well as Airports, including John Wayne, Ontario, and LAX. He’s worked on several large state universities and private universities, as well as PCCs in aerospace facilities and hospitals.
With over 25 years of experience across all facets of electric construction, Aaron has performed work for a variety of commercial mainstays, including large commercial projects for Walmart, Kaiser Permanente, Ronald Reagan Center, UCI, and the W Hotel.
A seasoned expert, he has also garnered certifications in Fiber Optic terminations, Fire Life Safety, and Access Control.
Gerardo Bravo joins the Emily Grene team as a skilled professional in design planning, strategy and implementation, and utility incentive programs. As Director of Engineering, he will manage all data collection and lead energy audits for medium to large sized businesses. His work will be imperative to ensuring proven energy savings and return on investment.
Gerardo comes to Emily Grene after previous roles managing planning and strategy for leading brands such as Luis Vuitton and Amazon. While he is new to the energy efficiency market, his grasp of project management and coordinating data and revenue streams speaks for itself. Gerardo works closely with corporate management as well as the EG Comfort, along with the EG Electric and EG Low Voltage divisions to ensure new and existing projects are implemented and monitored without error and to customer satisfaction.
Gerardo is dedicated, organized, and detail-oriented in his daily tasks working hands-on with customers and supply partners. A Southern California native, he enjoys soccer and spends his time outside of work with his wife and five kids.
Justin Cotter is the Director of Security at Emily Grene.
Justin has had extensive experience working in many executive positions, across a myriad of industries, from the outset of his career. Shortly after he graduated from high school, Justin pursued a career in construction. He earned his journeyman license, ascended to project engineer, and eventually, project manager, in the span of three years. In that role, Justin managed multi-million-dollar construction projects, maintaining and improving service levels while obtaining efficiency and profits.
After the 2008 recession, Justin was offered the opportunity to enter the emerging field of physical security and integrated systems. With a proven track record of success, Justin rose to the position of Division Manager, facilitating the growth and development of a small business. Under his leadership, his team grew to six project managers who managed thousands of retail and restaurant security sites nationwide.
Always on the lookout for new challenges, he pursued his goal of opening his own business, 459 Security. After five successful years of operation, Justin was given the opportunity to merge his company with Emily Grene, an offer which he readily accepted.
Justin holds a BA from Chaffey College.
Ruben Griego is the Project Manager of EG Build, working directly with production home and residential builders on their projects, providing excellent support, process improvement, and system implementation.
With over 20 years of experience, Ruben has held senior positions in elite companies, including foreman, superintendent and team leader. In these roles, he has driven process improvement and system implementation across all departments of different organizations. During his time at Emily Grene alone he expanded the production team from four to 17 members. As a leader, his greatest achievement is the ability to help other members of his team understand their goals and give them the tools to achieve them.
Ruben is an experienced professional with decades of experience in many facets of the energy, electrical, low voltage and network cable industry.
Troy Schell serves as General Counsel for Emily Grene, overseeing all Corporate Legal Affairs for the organization, including Transactional/ Contractual Issues, Litigation, Risk Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Executive Management, and Compliance.
Named as one of the Top 100 Corporate Lawyers of 2020, Troy has been a Senior Litigator and/or In House General Counsel for the past twenty years. During that time, Troy served as General Counsel for a wide array of companies, including, but not limited to, healthcare, construction, logistics, and private corporations. Notably, Mr. Schell was General Counsel for Prime Healthcare Services, which was one the largest healthcare companies in the United States.
Troy graduated with a dual major in Political Science and History from University of Arizona, and earned his juris doctorate from Pepperdine in 2000.
When Troy is not working, he can be found on the golf course working on his back swing or at home with his three children in Alta Loma.