David Holt is President of Consumer Energy Alliance, serving in this position since January 2006.
Formed to support the thoughtful utilization of all domestic energy resources, Consumer Energy Alliance works to improve domestic energy security and reduce consumer energy prices. CEA seeks to improve consumer understanding of national energy security, including the necessity of reducing reliance on imported oil and natural gas, maintaining reasonable energy prices for consumers, and continuing diversification of American energy resources.
With more than 200 consumer and energy affiliate organizations and 400,000-plus consumer advocates, Consumer Energy Alliance continues to expand dialogue and develop joint messaging among the energy and consuming sectors through its various activities.
David is a Professor with Norway's Nordland University Graduate School of Business, Master of Science in Energy Management Program, in cooperation with the International Institute of Energy Policy & Diplomacy at the MGIMO University in Moscow, Russia.
He serves as Co-Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership's Energy Collaborative Marketing Subcommittee. David is also a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association.
David and his wife, Maureen, have three children and reside in Houston, Texas.
Alex Ignatiev is the Director of the Center for Advanced Materials, and the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Professor of Physics, Chemistry, and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. Ignatiev received a B.S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cornell University.
Ignatiev has worked on advanced materials in a variety of research and development areas including advanced materials in space. Ignatiev originated the Wake Shield Facility (WSF) program with NASA, which focused on the utilization of the vacuum of space for the growth and fabrication of advanced thin film semiconductor materials and devices for the microelectronics and energy fields. He has closely worked with the Marshall Space Flight Center and the Johnson Space Center on the development and deployment of the WSF on three Shuttle flights, and continues to advance new materials applications in space.
Ignatiev's current research interests have been focused on advanced thin film materials and device development for energy applications and for microelectronics. He is involved in the development of thin film solid oxide fuel cells, in the development of thin film solar cells, and in the advancement and application of high temperature superconductivity. Ignatiev is further working on the development of nanostructured hydrogen storage materials based on conducting polymers and on a memory technology developed in Ignatiev's lab - resistive memory. He is also working in materials at the biological-physical interface with the development of an artificial retina.
Ignatiev has published more than 310 scientific articles, has 22 patents, is on the editorial boards of two scientific journals, is a member of 12 scientific societies, and has been elected to the International Academy of Astronautics and the Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences, and has served as a World Class Professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology for three years.
Bret Biggart currently serves as Managing Director of Freedom Solar, LLC and is responsible for business development, corporate development and financing strategy. Bret has played an integral role in Freedom Solar's expansion across both commercial and residential markets. Previously, Bret served as Director of Business Development for WaterStreet Investment Consultants an asset management and consulting firm focused on asset management and sub-advisory relationships for institutions with concentration in alternative investments. Prior to that, Bret was Vice President of Business Development at Saracen Energy Advisors. In that role, he managed investor relations with prior, current, and prospective investors, which included domestic and international high net worth individuals, hedge fund of funds, endowments, foundations, and public pensions, representing over $1.4 billion in assets under management. Prior to Saracen, Bret's investment background consisted of over four years with two private equity firms; Pacific Corporate Group, a private equity management and consulting firm, and Genesis Park, a Texas based private equity firm.
Bret received an MBA from the Jones School of Business at Rice University and graduated with a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.