Meet The Team

Fred Ghahramani | President and CEO

Mr. Ghahramani’s extensive career has centered on energy contracting, consulting and engineering, while working for several large utilities, utility consulting firms, and energy services companies. Prior to co-founding Compass Energy Solutions, Mr. Ghahramani served as Vice President and General Manager of Noresco, LLC where he managed the performance contracting business in the Western Region. Before joining Noresco, Fred worked for Dominion Evantage, where he was the Director of Business and Product Development; developing and deploying innovative products and services such as performance contracting and energy asset management to higher education, K-12, state and local government customers. Prior to Evantage, he worked as Vice President of the Consulting Business Unit for A&C Consultants, Inc., in , where he provided consulting to utility and energy companies nationally.Prior to that, he served over ten years with Pacific Gas and Electric Company in several executive positions of increasing responsibility, focusing on research & planning, engineering and marketing functions. Fred has played a major role in developing and implementing over $500 million in performance contracting projects. Mr. Ghahramani holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a structural option from New Mexico State University and a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University.

Christopher Ziegler | Chief Financial Officer

Prior to co-founding Compass Energy Services Inc., Mr. Ziegler served as General Manager of Evantage, Dominion’s Energy Services division. Prior to his appointment as General Manager, Chris was a sales executive on Wholesale Energy-Trading Floor for Virginia Power. Before joining Dominion, Mr. Ziegler held numerous positions with a large multi-national industrial concern where his positions included directing a sales and marketing team based in London, which had selling responsibilities in Western Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Mr. Ziegler holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant.

Vance Williams | Vice President-Business Development

Mr. Williams is responsible for maintaining existing business and developing new client relationships.Prior to joining the Company in July 2004, he worked with Noresco; where his duties, since 2001, included developing and implementing a strategic business plan in performance contracting sales for the state of higher education market. He was the top producing sales executive in the western region.Previously, Mr. Williams worked as a Sr. Account Executive for Southern California Edison Company, where he managed the key Southern California Major Account customer base. Mr. Williams holds a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University San Bernardino.

Johnny Mattice | Director of Business Development Western Region

Mr. Mattice is responsible for developing and implementing new business strategies on the West Coast. Prior to joining CES in March 2009, Johnny developed and executed marketing and sales strategies in the Energy sector for the past 10 years. He was the top Sales Manager in Northern California for Ice Energy, Inc. Johnny was the Director of Sales/Marketing for 8 years with Energy Management Systems, Inc, with a focus on selected vertical markets in the areas of Reduction, Renewables and Demand Response. Mr. Mattice holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brigham Young University, Provo Utah.

Irwin Weingarten | Director of Operations

Mr. Weingarten is a versatile resourceful and creative professional with proven expertise in project development, project and construction management, and marketing/sales. He has demonstrated ability to develop and implement integrated energy projects while exceeding customers’ expectations. His entrepreneurial background provides working knowledge of complete business and technical cycles and commitment to excellence which produces exceptional results. Greatest strengths demonstrated in challenging engineering and construction situations that require broad range of skills with creative problem solving, relationship building and persuasive communication in project development and implementation. Irwin has worked with a number of large commercial construction entities and international energy efficiency technology incubators. He has demonstrated proven abilities in selecting, negotiating and managing sub-contractors to implement complex energy projects coast to coast. Irwin has earned his BS and MS in Engineering from New York University. He has obtained California B, C36 and C10 contractor’s license.

A. Y. Ahmed | Sr. Energy Engineer

Mr. Ahmed has over 22 years of experience in conducting energy and economic feasibility analysis. He has performed energy audit and facility design for numerous higher education, K-12, commercial, industrial and institutional facilities. He is an expert in designing and implementing large Central Plants and Cogeneration, waste-to-energy plants, process systems and HVAC systems. He has enjoyed a successful career working as a project engineer for a number of HVAC and refrigeration consulting and construction concerns. Earlier, he worked as Supervisor for Technical Analysis Group with Southern California Gas Company, where he managed a group responsible for performing energy and economic analyses of utility conservation and fuel substitution programs. Mr. Ahmed holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Dibrugarh University in India and a M.S. in Engineering Management from University of Missouri. Mr. Ahmed is a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in State of California.

Del Thomas |  Sr. Project Developer 

Mr. Thomas has over 50 years of experience as a consulting engineer, a contractor and a manufacturer. His power plant experience begin in 1950’s being employed by Bechtel Engineers, an international engineering firm, while constructing power plants for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E.) He was involved with the largest steam power plant (1,000 MW) west of the Mississippi River at that time. Mr. Thomas is known nationally in the fields of refrigeration, air conditioning, heating and process design and internationally in the field of power generation and cogeneration (CHP.) Mr. Thomas is a licensed mechanical engineer in California. Del is an alumnus of Santa Rosa Community College and San Jose State College and the University of St Moritz and has held California State Teaching Credentials in Refrigeration. Mr. Thomas holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering (MSME.). He has organized and conducted training seminars in the field of energy conservation for Public Utilities. Mr. Thomas is well known as a guest speaker for technical societies on the subject of cogeneration, absorption refrigeration and thermal energy storage.