founder / chief efficiency officer
Chris Rawlings, (fmr. SGT, USMC.) is a 5 year Iraqi war veteran who was honorably discharged in 2008. Chris deployed multiple times to Iraq supporting aircraft and ground commands between 2004 and 2007. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, Chris went on to serve as a contractor for the Army with Northrop Grumman at Ft. Eustis, VA. In April 14’ Chris departed Northrop Grumman, attended FSU (EBV), and pursued entrepreneurship with his first company Quip Tech LLC, which still operates successfully today. Apart from managing VLEDs day-to-day operations, Chris spends time performing C&I energy audits, developing energy finance packages, and major account management. He currently donates time as a Mentor with local incubator StartUp Virginia / accelerator Lighthouse Labs, and as a speaker with Virginia Commonwealth University. When time permits you can find him competing in triathlons, or running/biking the many trails of Richmond,VA with his wife Jessica and their pet Australian Shepherd, Rocky.
Board member chairman
Larry Liss (U.S Army CAPT. Ret.) is the Board Member Chairman of Veteran LED. Currently Larry is leading Gap International’s Veterans Business Services Division and its venture capital initiative, focused on maximizing veterans’ unique leadership strengths in corporate environments.
Larry is also an executive senior consultant at Julip Run Capital, providing capital to qualified ventures and coaching executives and entrepreneurs. He was instrumental in the remarkable success of the franchise, JDog Junk Removal® & Hauling. Owned and operated by military veterans and their families, this business grew in 30 months from 1 franchisee to over 400 territories across the US.
For 10 years Larry was President of LVI Energy Management Systems, which was comprised of a number of divisions and nationwide offices servicing large commercial and industrial energy management systems, large scale asbestos abatement projects, industrial energy savings insulation, and fireproofing.
Prior to his business career spanning nearly 50 years, Larry completed 7 years of distinguished service in the US Army, retiring in 1970 as a Captain of Armor and Aviation. Serving as a combat helicopter pilot from 1966 to 1968, he flew 650 combat missions. Some of his awards are: 25 Air Medals, one for Valor; the Bronze Star; 3 Purple Hearts; the Valorous Unit Commendation for Extraordinary Heroism; the Meritorious Unit Commendation; the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor; and he was twice awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Larry is a graduate of Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University).
vp, Operations / master electrician
Joseph Hoffman currently serves as VP of Operations for Veteran LED and has been working with the company in some fashion since its’ inception in 2014. Joe’s career in energy began 16 years ago where he entered into electrical apprenticeship, eventually earning his Master Electrical License at age 22. Joe has completed electrical installations ranging from small commercial retro-fit projects to large new construction. After 7 years as a technician in the field, Joe transitioned into Project Management and eventually entrepreneurship, starting his own contracting company focused on energy efficiency such as LED retro-fits, solar installations, and metering projects.
Originally from Kansas City, MO, Joe currently resides in Glen Allen, VA with his wife and 2 kids. In his spare time you can find Joe testing new energy technologies, metering software, and studying various financing platforms for energy projects. He’s a nerd, and we love it!
Jason Woods (USMC SGT Ret.) is a 9 year Iraqi war veteran of the United States Marine Corps who was medically discharged in 2011. He served in Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms, and Quantico, along with three consecutive tours in Iraq. During his duty, Jason received many honors including 2 Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action, and Good Conduct. Shortly after leaving the Corps, Jason pursued his technical career by working alongside Marines in Stafford, Virginia as a contractor. After a short stay, Jason moved back to his hometown in Richmond to work for a Microsoft consulting firm. As Jason continues his career, he has many side projects to fill his time. Apart from being a part-time DJ on the weekends, he has taken special interest in aerial drone photography and videography. While excelling at his career as a consultant, Jason now works part-time for DroneBase out of California. He has weekly and monthly drone shoots that take him all over Virginia. They range from construction projects, farming, real estate, and now, Veteran LED.
advisor, energy rate analysis
Bob Jennings is the Founder and CEO of Energy Cost Control LLC. Bob served 4 years in the Marine Corps from 1970-1974 in various Artillery units before being honorably discharged in 74’. After earning his B.S in Economics, Bob landed a role with Dominion Energy (Formerly VEPCO, Dominion Power) where he helped develop rate schedules / analytic processes, administer DSM programs, and numerous other roles over his 25 year career. He holds professional energy certifications including, CEM, CEA, BEP, and CDSM through the Association of Energy Engineers.
Bob currently serves as an independent consultant to the Veteran LED team where he helps clients negotiate rate contracts, identify peak shaving opportunities, and leverage utility resources to reduce supply costs. Bob currently resides in Harrisonburg, VA. We’re excited to have this experienced energy advisor and Marine veteran on our staff. Semper Fi Bob!
Advisor, m&V and energy accounting
Michael Scelzi is the Chief Executive Officer of The Energy Control Company. His 30 years of experience enables him to constantly innovate ways to conserve energy using existing systems.
He has a Bachelor’s of Engineering from Maritime College, NY, a Masters of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary as well as a master HVAC License and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers.
Mr. Scelzi holds multiple patents in the energy field, including energy analysis, electrical signature analysis, energy reporting and determining the insulating value of built structures.
Mr. Scelzi is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of anticipating market needs and designing products to solve those market needs.
Human Resources / marketing director
Jessica Bareford holds a B.A. from the University of Florida and her Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from William James College in Boston, MA. Aside from her day-to-day role in corporate America, Jessica assists the Veteran LED team in designing talent development programs, recruiting, and marketing. Her background in corporate and experience with VLED since its’ inception, has really made her a valuable asset to our team and their development. Jessica enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and pumpkin flavored anything year around.
lead project manager
Daniel Carter serves as Lead Project Manager for the VLED Lighting Team. His experience and knowledge running projects dates back to his own entrepreneurial run where he grew his commercial shipping pallet business from $0 - $1.5M+ in revenue in 2012. Upon exiting the pallet business, Daniel worked in heavy commercial utility construction with BTS Inc. in Richmond, VA, and now finally with Veteran LED.
As the Lead Project Manager, Daniel is responsible for the day-to-day project management of all VLED - Virginia contracts, often coordinating with vendors, sub-contractors, and foreman to ensure stakeholder needs are met.
“Our job is to complete projects on time, within budget, and exceed the expectations of our customers. That’s what I aim to accomplish during each project.”
Daniel enjoys spending time with his son Peyton, daily physical training, and watching how sore his co-workers get after attempting to workout with him.
Tara joined the Veteran LED team in February 2019 as an Account Executive, and is steadily working her way to becoming a Sales Manager! Her work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to build and sustain genuine relationships with everyone she meets, has really been beneficial to us all.
Over the last 7 years, Tara was fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mother, but she always found a way to generate secondary income, and could never sit still for long. “I realized very quickly how to optimize each hour in the day while raising kids and working on our family farm. I also learned so much through my trials and tribulations of starting numerous businesses on the side. After following the Veteran LED story for months, I jumped at the first chance I had to join the team.”, Tara says. “Now I’m meeting new people every day and learning new things. It’s an exciting time!”
We’re just as excited to have Tara on the team and we look forward to being a part of her bright future!
sales manager (texas) / Energy Procurement
Zach Richter is the Founder and CEO of Richter Dynamics, a commercial and industrial energy procurement company located in Dallas, TX. For almost a decade, Zach has worked with SME’s nationwide reducing their operational expenses through energy procurement, energy tax assessments, and DSM projects such as LED Lighting, HVAC Controls, and Demand Response. As a licensed electricity aggregator (#80433), Zach has helped businesses nationwide identify millions of dollars in cost savings by aggregating energy usage, leveraging buying power, and hedging market rates.
Prior to Richter Dynamics, Zach gained experience as a technical sales manager with numerous energy brokering and tax firms, but found the market was underserved by companies with the customers goals at heart.
“I was instilled with unwavering morals and values from a young age and I strive to be a man for others. I’m passionate about what we do, I stand by my word, and I truly believe in helping business owners reach their goals.”, says Zach.
Veteran LED and Richter Dynamics teamed up in early 2017 to meet the needs of their mutual customers nationwide. As a one-point source for energy solutions, this duo brings an energy ecosystem of services and products unmatched in the industry.
energy manager (Controls)
Don Rawlings currently serves as Energy Manager for Veteran LED. Don joined the VLED team in the summer of 2017 after much persuasion from his son Chris to come out of retirement. Dons’ career spans 40 years to include diesel and heavy equipment repair, industrial marine sales, and electronic systems troubleshooting. His thorough technical background and continued training helped him transition into the VLED Energy Management team quite nicely. Don enjoys any and all types of racing (after racing go-karts for nearly 20yrs himself), going to the shooting range, and spending time with his family, friends, and dog Sophie. He currently resides in Powhatan, VA with his wife of 45 years, Gail Rawlings.
Energy Manager (lighting)
Lindsey Peard currently serves as an Energy Manager, for the Veteran LED lighting team. Lindsey received her B.S in Health and Human Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and recently completed Gap Internationals’s Breakthrough Intensive coaching classes for professional development. Lindsey leads our sales and business development efforts for the Tidewater area of Virginia and has been with the company since March 2017. Her experience with customer service in the restaurant and wine industries prior to joining VLED, and her passion for meeting new people has made her a tremendous asset to our sales organization. Lindsey enjoys spending time at the beach with her dog Kai, family, and friends.
Aimee joined the Veteran LED team in March of 2017 as a contractor to help with special projects including data entry and regulatory compliance. Since then her role has evolved into overseeing contract and designation compliancy within VLED / Quip Tech LLC’s public sector work and utility energy efficiency programs nationwide. Aimee enjoys working out, playing with her kids, and spending time with her husband Daniel and family. She currently resides in Chesterfield, VA.
Supply Chain manager
David Nguyen joined the Veteran LED team in 2016 helping out with everything from project management to energy auditing. Currently he serves as our Supply Chain Manager, performing quality assurance checks, managing inventory, and supporting supply chain and logistics. David is a dedicated hard worker and detail oriented team member, focused on delivering high quality products, on time, directly to our customers. During his free time David enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and being active in the local craft brewery scene. He currently resides in Henrico, VA.