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Meet Our Team

 We're a group of people passionate about helping others and conserving our precious resources.


Jim Madej


A lifelong supporter of sustainability and energy efficiency, Jim Madej leverages his years of industry experience to lead Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group as CEO. He oversees and guides strategy and direction, business development and sales, and helps drive a company culture of diversity and inclusivity. Jim currently sits on the Board of Vermont Public Broadcast System (VT PBS) and is an advisory board member of Custom Essence. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Michael’s College and completed a comprehensive series of business education courses at GE’s Crotonville Management Development Center.


John Bailes


As the President of AM Conservation Group, John is responsible for overall strategy and execution of company goals and priorities. He’s been with the company for over 13 years. Throughout that time, John continues to say that the recipe for success is developing and maintaining long-term relationships with our clients and employees.  Prior to joining AM Conservation Group, John worked for a Fortune 500 company in financial services and he also owned and sold a successful advertising business. John graduated from the Moore School of Business at The University of South Carolina. When John’s not working, he loves snow skiing, doing anything on the water and spending time with his wife and 3 boys.


Larry Earl

VP of Finance

As VP of Finance, Larry Earl is responsible for managing the accounting of Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group. He also oversees internal and external financial reporting as well as provides financial due diligence support for business development opportunities. Prior to joining AM Conservation Group, Larry spent most of his career in financial management positions within the healthcare industry. He holds a BS in accountancy from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, and a Certified Public Accountant license. When Larry isn’t working, his favorite hobbies are running and investing—or losing money—in the stock market.


Jim Koches

Senior VP of Operations

As the Senior VP of Operations, Jim Koches is responsible for overseeing direct supply chain operations including procurement, inventory management, warehousing and more. He also develops and manages strategic initiatives to improve operational productivity, profitability and quality while supporting new strategic markets and sales opportunities with product development and more. Prior to joining AM Conservation Group, Jim worked for nearly two decades in the paper manufacturing industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from The Citadel. When he’s not in the office or the warehouse, Jim enjoys fishing, boating and woodworking.

Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon

VP of Operations

Jim Gordon is responsible for overseeing program management and program services as well as all operating departments. He leads planning and goal-setting to support strategic objectives, and he works to communicate and implement the organization’s direction, vision and mission. Prior to joining AM Conservation Group, Jim worked in various roles at an independent retail grocery chain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management and a minor in computer information systems. When he’s not at work, Jim loves sports, especially coaching his kids in baseball, tee ball, basketball and soccer.


Danielle Marquis

VP of Marketing Strategy

Danielle Marquis leads the marketing and creative teams for both AM Conservation Group and Franklin Energy. Prior to joining AM Conservation Group, Danielle led marketing for a commercial program implementer; taught classes as an online professor of business, finance and law; and worked as a sports agent. She holds a certificate in data science from the University of California at Berkeley; a Bachelor of Arts from Union College where she double majored in economics and political science and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law. Danielle loves interior design, outdoor recreation and traveling to far-flung places with her family. She’s currently serving her third term on the AESP Board of Directors and has also served as Vice Chair of Education within the board for the past seven years.


Dave Poole

VP of Information Technology

Dave Poole is responsible for all things information technology at AM Conservation Group, including order-management systems, warehouse operations and fulfillment processing, and customer-facing e-commerce systems including marketplaces and storefronts. Prior to joining AM Conservation Group, Dave spent 20 years in executive positions within the forest products industry—including leading some of the earliest technology for e-commerce with big box retailers like Walmart. He also spent 10 years leading entrepreneurial investments in service industry companies. Dave holds a BA in political science from Ohio University and an MBA from Xavier University. He’s a self-identified real musician, AKA a drummer, who paid his way through college by playing weekend gigs and doing weeknight studio work.


Steve Smith

VP of Sales

As the VP of Sales, Steve Smith is responsible for AM Conservation Group’s growth strategy development and implementation. He also oversees the launch of new products and initiatives while managing the leadership and coaching of sales and product teams. With over 30 years of experience working with utilities across North America, Steve is an expert on energy and water conservation, demand response and smart home programs. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Northeastern University. While Steve isn’t a Charleston native, he lives part-time in the area—on his boat!


Sharon Tremblay

Director of Administration

Sharon Tremblay is responsible for all things human resources. She manages AM Conservation Group’s customer service team while also managing administrative employees at both AM Conservation Group and Franklin Energy. Before joining AM Conservation Group, Sharon worked for a manufacturing company for 11 years where she managed all aspects of their human resources, payroll, benefits administration and office management. Sharon is SHRM-CP certified by the Society for Human Resource Management. She enjoys swimming, walking, spending time at the beach, and basically all things outdoors. When the weather keeps her inside, she loves to cook and bake.

The AM Conservation Group Leadership Team

On the surface, our AM Conservation Group CEO, president, and vice presidents work hard every day to lead our teams to achieve our goals and innovate within the utility and efficiency industry. Yet deep down, they're just a group of people who are passionate about helping all people use our world's precious resources more efficiently. It's this passion that makes AM Conservation Group a truly unique place where innovation and inspiration happen on a daily basis. Want to join our team?