Michigan Economic Development Executive and Award-Winning Professor Appointed to NextEnergy Board of Directors

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NextEnergy announces board appointment of Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) COO and University of Michigan Energy Institute director.

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Energy is a driving force behind Michigan and all our business sectors. We won’t be successful without research and investments. I’m excited and honored to serve on the NextEnergy board and to be a part of these changes. - Steve Hilfinger, MEDC

NextEnergy, the Detroit-based advanced energy accelerator, announced today the appointment of two new board members, Mark Barteau, director, University of Michigan Energy Institute and Steve Hilfinger, executive vice president and COO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Both will serve a two-year term.

“NextEnergy is very fortunate to have two individuals with such diverse and rich backgrounds joining our board. They both bring a wealth of technical and business knowledge and experience which is key to advancing NextEnergy’s mission,” said Jean Redfield, President and CEO, NextEnergy.

Steve Hilfinger joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2012. In this position Hilfinger oversees several operational and administrative functions and works with the MEDC’s senior leadership to achieve the strategic objectives of supporting business growth and creating more and better jobs throughout Michigan. Prior to accepting this appointment by Governor Snyder, Hilfinger served as director of the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and was the state’s chief regulatory officer. Previously, he spent 23 years practicing law and was a founder and office managing partner at Foley and Lardner LLP in Detroit. Hilfinger is admitted to practice law in Michigan and Illinois and is a member of the Business, Health Care and Administrative Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan.

“Our mission at the MEDC is to grow Michigan businesses, foster entrepreneurship and support innovation in sectors and companies across our state,” said Hilfinger. “Energy is a driving force behind Michigan and all our business sectors. We won’t be successful without research and investments. I’m excited and honored to serve on the NextEnergy board and to be a part of these changes.”

Mark Barteau is Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the inaugural DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research. He previously served as the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Delaware, where he held appointments as the Robert L. Pigford Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and has served as the co-chair of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable of the NRC and the chair of the Council of Chemical Sciences for the DOE Office of Science. He currently serves on science advisory boards for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Lab and for the National Institute of Clean and Low-Carbon Energy (NICE) China. In 2008, Dr. Barteau was named one of the “100 Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

“NextEnergy is an important part of Michigan's leading efforts in energy innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Barteau. “UM’s Energy Institute is committed to ‘moving the needle’ in advancing solutions to meet our energy challenges, and I look forward to working with NextEnergy, a team that brings a strong market focus to that shared commitment.”

Other members serving on NextEnergy’s board are Chairman Robert Buckler, Vice Chairman Maria Thompson, Secretary/Treasurer Richard DiBartholomeo, Michael Boulus, Steven Kurmas, Christopher Rizik, Paul Skalny and Ned Staebler.

About NextEnergy:
Founded in 2002 as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy is one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, businesses and industries. NextEnergy drives technology demonstration and commercialization; delivers industry and venture development services; and provides an authoritative voice in the public sector. Since its inception, NextEnergy has helped attract more than $1 billion of new investment in the state of Michigan, including programs in excess of $150 million in which NextEnergy has directly participated. For more information, visit nextenergy.org.

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