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J. Charles Goodman – CEO

While he was a student at Texas Tech, Charles Goodman made a decision that would change the course of his career – he took a geology class. That class sparked a strong interest in earth science, and inspired him to change his major from mechanical engineering to petroleum engineering. Today, he is a 30-year veteran of the energy and utility industries with progressive experience in the areas of executive leadership, strategic planning, business development, technology, and engineering.

Charles sees the world as a shrinking place with unlimited opportunities for forward-minded companies. He excels at helping companies support customers while expanding globally. As CEO of P2 Energy Solutions, he executed multiple market strategies and led three acquisitions to expand the solution portfolio from the back office into operations, while steadily growing P2’s presence across the globe. At Ventyx, Charles served as COO and was instrumental in developing new global markets across six continents.

In addition to helping companies expand, Charles has a passion for transforming organizations by focusing on employee culture and customer experience. During his tenure at Atmos Energy, where his last position was EVP of Corporate Operations, he experienced firsthand how these factors influenced the company’s success.

Outside of work, Charles can be found spending time with his wife and their four children, or woodworking his latest creation of period furniture.

Kent Kelley – CFO

Kent Kelley’s interest in business began in high school where he was first involved with Junior Achievement. He credits the organization with sparking a passion for leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit that’s played a big part in his career path.

After graduating from California State University with a degree in Accounting, Kent worked at KPMG for several years before moving to Oracle. While there, he held a variety of finance positions culminating in a global Vice President of Finance role for sales, professional services and marketing with P&L responsibility for 9.7 billion in annual revenues. Kent also played a key role in Oracle’s vertical acquisition strategy. As vice president, he conducted due diligence and partnered with acquired business unit general managers to oversee acquisition integration, go-forward strategy and execution.

With his background managing financial strategy combined with strong operational expertise, Kent was the ideal candidate to assume an executive leadership role at a fast-growing technology company. In 2010, he was named CFO of PowerPlan and since that time the company has more than doubled its revenues while tripling the number of employees. He also served as interim CEO during the company’s acquisition by Thoma Bravo. In 2015, Kent was awarded for CFO of the Year for Medium Private Companies by the Atlanta Business Chronicle & ACG.

Kent is committed to giving back to the community and continues to be a strong supporter of Junior Achievement. A native Californian, Kent and his family now reside in the Atlanta area. He enjoys traveling and is an avid cyclist.

Brent Burns – Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Brent Burns is a high-energy senior executive with deep experience building and leading teams in complex sales environments while driving high performance across diverse industries/verticals globally.

Prior to joining PowerPlan Brent was the SVP, Sales and Customer Success at PROS, Inc. where he was responsible for the Global Customer Success organization for all verticals including Travel, Manufacturing, Distribution and Services. He also led the Global Sales team in PROS Travel business unit as well as Global Account Development teams and Customer Experience organization. Before moving to PROS in 2012, Brent had a very successful sales career with Hewlett-Packard Company, Exstream and Alogent, to mention a few.

Brent attended the University of Alabama where he received a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Investment Management. He also served our country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He and his wife Linda live in the Atlanta area and have a son in the U.S. Air Force and a daughter who attends his alma mater, University of Alabama.  Brent bleeds crimson red.

Elizabeth Cowart – Senior Vice President & Chief Product Strategist

When Elizabeth Cowart joined PowerPlan as a new college graduate, she quickly learned that if you see an opportunity to improve something, you are empowered to make it happen. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has looked for innovative ways to build strong relationships with customers. She played a key role in creating the Customer Operations team, which was designed to help the company be more proactive in developing customer solutions.

Elizabeth leads PowerPlan’s customer support, managed services, cloud services and product management teams. She earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and began her PowerPlan career in the professional services organization before transitioning to a support role. Elizabeth also serves as a mentor to new employees.

A native of Atlanta, Elizabeth lives there today with her husband Adam, her daughter Hannah and their rescued boxer Samson. She’s passionate about work but more importantly developing future leaders. When she’s not working, she enjoys home renovation projects and recently designed an addition for their house.

Jim Ogilvie – Vice President, Professional Services

Jim Ogilvie is responsible for a team of consultants and a portfolio of projects related to the PowerPlan suite. Jim joined PowerPlan as a professional services consultant where he supported a wide range of client engagements across the utilities and oil and gas industries. Prior to his current role, Jim served Sr. Director of Professional Services, providing expert advice and quality assurance for projects such as TVA, Puget Sound Energy, Washington Gas Light, Florida Power & Light, Exelon, Piedmont Natural Gas and New Jersey Resources.

Jim holds two B.S. degrees, one in computer science and one in discrete mathematics from Georgia Tech.  Outside of work Jim enjoys spending time with his family, taking on friends in tennis or even better tailgating at the Georgia Tech football games.

Neil Kimber – Vice President, Development

Neil Kimber has a proven track record of building teams and technology based solutions across multiple industries. Most recently he served as the Vice President of Engineering for Videa; a startup, funded through Cox, charged with the build of a new technology platform. Over a two-year period Neil built a 45-person team solely responsible for the new platform leveraging an additional 25 on-shore and off-shore team members. Prior to joining Videa, Neil was Director of Development with Fiserv. While at Fiserv he managed all the products within the Financial Risk Product Suite, including the technical leadership of over 60 engineers in Georgia, Arizona, Costa Rica and Pune. Neil has also held CTO positions at both Kaplan Learning Technologies and TalentQuest.

Neil received a B.S. (Honors) in Computer Science from De Montfort University in the U.K. He also holds an MBA (Magna Cum Laude) in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. Neil and his wife have two sons and live in the Atlanta area.

Drea Toretti – Vice President, Marketing

In seventh grade, while her friends were babysitting and playing sports after school, Drea Toretti was managing advertising campaigns through Ketchum Explorers, an outreach program created by the agency to introduce young people to marketing. The hands-on experience with the Explorers sparked a strong interest in the field. 

After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Marketing, Drea took a position with Ketchum as a media planner where she built successful plans for accounts such as AT&T, Digital Equipment and Cognos. After several years on the agency side of the business, she joined PacifiCare and helped launch their individual plan to both brokers and consumers. Prior to joining PowerPlan, she held senior marketing positions at several software companies, including Nuasis (now Convergys), Servigistics (now PTC) and Bomgar.

As PowerPlan’s Vice President of Marketing, Drea oversees product marketing, lead generation, public relations, brand management and employee communications. A native of Pennsylvania, Drea has lived in New York, California and Colorado, and she currently resides with her husband in the Atlanta area. She’s involved in multiple charitable organizations and oversees annual food and clothing drives. In her downtime, she enjoys gardening, hiking and yoga.

Paul Crist - Vice President, Global Sales

Paul Crist is a highly accomplished sales leader with more than 25 years of strategic enterprise software sales experience. Paul’s focus has always been achieving results with a philosophy of integrity, loyalty and passion. Throughout his career he has developed a consistent track record of increasing top line revenue and positive EBITDA across regional and global geographies and multiple industry verticals. 

Today, Paul leads PowerPlan’s Global Sales, Solution Consulting, Customer Success and Alliances. Prior to joining PowerPlan, Paul held senior sales roles at several software companies including, Ventyx an ABB Company, AssetPoint and Infor Global Solutions.

When he’s not in the office, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, reading, golfing, tennis and is an avid scuba diver. Paul holds a B.S. in Management & Marketing from the University of Minnesota and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sarah Park – Vice President, Human Resources

Sarah Park was working as a paralegal at an employment law firm when she discovered she was more interested in understanding the dynamics of company-employer relationships than she was writing legal briefs. The experience inspired her to put aside plans to go to law school and instead pursue a career in human resources.

Today, Sarah is PowerPlan’s Vice President of Human Resources where she leads the company’s recruiting, benefits and employee relationship initiatives. She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in English and went on to earn her MBA with a concentration in HR from Georgia State University. Before joining PowerPlan, she held HR positions at Novellis, GenOn and Rossmore Management Group and has seen firsthand how important the employee/employer relationship is to a company’s success. Together with PowerPlan’s leadership team, she works to develop strategies around employee engagement, career development, staffing and retention.

Sarah was born and raised in Columbus, GA and currently lives in Atlanta with her husband Raj, her new daughter Parker and their French Bulldog Tiberius Maximus. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking and entertaining. She’s also an avid runner and has completed several half marathons.