Mike Altschaefl, CPA, has served as a Director since 2009 and as Board Chair since August of 2016. He is the President of Still Water Partners, Inc., a private investment firm. In addition, Mike has served as Chairman of E-S Plastic Products LLC, a custom manufacturer of plastic injection parts, since January 2012, and as President since November 2013. Previously, he served as the Vice President – Strategy and Business Development of Shiloh Industries, Inc., a public company and leading independent manufacturer of advanced metal product solutions for high volume applications in the North American automotive, heavy truck, trailer and consumer markets from January 2013 until October 2013. Mike was an owner, the President and CEO of Albany-Chicago Company LLC, a custom die cast and machined components company when Shiloh Industries purchased the company in December of 2012. Prior to acquiring Albany-Chicago Company in 2008, Mike worked for six years as a partner at Grant Thornton and 21 years at Arthur Andersen, two international independent registered public accounting firms.
Mike is a Director of Trade Press Media Group Incorporated and a member of the Advisory Boards of Clasen Quality Coatings, Inc., E-S Plastic Products Company LLC and PanelTEK LLC.
He received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin in 1981.
Mike is a Director of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and a former Chair and Director of Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin.
Ken Goodson Director
Ken Goodson has been a Director since 2013. In 2015, he retired as a Strategic Consultant for Herman Miller Operations. Ken joined Herman Miller in 1987 as a Director of Operations responsible for several of its West Michigan Plants. During his tenure, Ken served as President of Integrated Metal, Miltech and Powder Coat Technologies, subsidiaries of Herman Miller, Inc.; Senior Vice President of Herman Miller’s seating group and procurement; Senior Vice President of North American manufacturing operations; and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations. In 1996 he introduced the Toyota Production System to Herman Miller. It is now the cornerstone improvement method used by the company and Toyota considers it a Beta site for learning. Ken has been invited as the keynote speaker describing these techniques to many organizations throughout the country.
After serving eight years on the Fender Musical Board of Directors, Ken retired in December 2014.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Administrative Management, Ken is past President of the West Michigan Penn State University Alumni Club. He is also active in community and charitable life, having served eight years on the East Grand Rapids School Board as Trustee, and Treasurer.
Jim Kackley Director
Jim Kackley has served as a Director since 2005 and as Chairman from 2010 through August of 2016. Jim's career began as a public accountant for Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he became a partner in 1974.
During his career at Andersen he was managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office and Midwest region. In 1998 and 1999, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Andersen Worldwide. Between 1999 and 2002, he served as an adjunct professor at the Kellstadt School of Management at DePaul University.
Jim currently serves as Chairman of Perficient, Inc., a publicly-traded information technology consulting firm, where he also serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. He is a former Director and member of the Nominating and Governance and Audit Committees of Ryerson, Inc.; a former Director and member of the Management Resources and Compensation and Audit Committees of PepsiAmericas, Inc.; and a former Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Herman Miller, Inc., all publicly-traded companies.
Jim received his BS in Business Administration (with distinction) from Northwestern University. He did graduate work at the University of Chicago.
Always very active in his community, Jim is a Life Trustee for Northwestern University and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and was past Chairman for the United Way Campaign of Greater Chicago. He is also a Founding Member of the Shake Rag Alley School of the Arts in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, as well as a Director of the Mineral Point Community Trust.
Tony Otten Director
Tony Otten joined the Orion Board of Directors in 2015. He is the CEO of Versar, Inc. (NYSE Market: VSR), a government contractor that provides worldwide project management services to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as commercial businesses. Versar serves a wide range of customers, including the Department of Defense, the EPA and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and its services range from environmental assessment and remediation to construction project management and the disposition of unexploded ordnances and chemical weapons. Tony joined the Versar Board as an outside Director in 2008, becoming CEO in 2010.
Tony was formerly an Operating Partner with New Stream Asset Funding, LLC, focused on value-oriented investments, primarily in traditional industries within the middle market. Prior to New Stream, he was a Partner with Grisanti, Galef & Goldress, a middle market focused turnaround firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he held roles at Cabot Corporation including Managing Director of Cabot Safety Corporation based in Manchester, England, and for the Marriott Corporation as Director of Finance for their Roy Rogers Restaurant Group.
Tony received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a minor in Economics, has done graduate course work at the London School of Economics, and has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He serves on several Boards including Versar and the Washington Performing Arts.
Mike Potts Chief Risk Officer and Executive Vice President
Mike Potts has served as a Director since 2001. He joined Orion as Vice President of Technical Services, also in 2001. Prior to being appointed President and COO in 2010, he held the position of Vice President of Technical Services and Governmental Affairs, and in 2003 was promoted to Executive Vice President. His responsibilities included strategic direction on energy issues, technical oversight and compliance, engineering, research and development, and both state and federal legislative and regulatory affairs.
Prior to joining Orion, Mike was employed by Kohler Co., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plumbing products. From 1990 through 1999 he held the position of Supervising Engineer - Energy in Kohler’s energy and utilities department. In 2000, Mike became supervisor of the Energy Management Group, presiding over Kohler’s entire corporate energy portfolio, as well as General Manager of its natural gas subsidiary. Mike is a recognized expert in energy issues, and has often testified before state and federal regulatory bodies regarding energy related issues. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin.
Mike earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a BA in Business Administration from Lakeland College. He served on the Board of Lakeland College from 2010 – 2012.
Elizabeth Rich Director
Elizabeth Rich has served as a Director since 2010. Elizabeth is an accomplished Wisconsin-based attorney with the firm Elizabeth Gamsky Rich & Associates SC, with extensive experience in environmental law. She has litigated at administrative hearings before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, the state Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, circuit courts, federal district courts, Wisconsin appellate courts and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Elizabeth previously practiced at the Milwaukee law firm Godfrey & Kahn SC as its first environmental law attorney and with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC, where she headed the firm's 12-member Environmental Practice Group.
She has also served on the Board of Directors for Outpost Natural Foods, Gateway 2 Center Inc. and the Wisconsin State Bar Board of Governors, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Plymouth Arts Foundation and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Foundation.
A summa cum laude graduate of Millikin University, Elizabeth received her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Ellen Richstone Director
Ellen Richstone joined the Board in 2017. She is a former CEO (private company Entrepreneurial Resources Group), and former CFO of both public and private companies: Rohr Aerospace (Fortune 500), Brooks Automation, Sonus Networks, Augat Inc. and Honeywell Bull. In addition, Ms. Richstone was the Treasurer of Fortune 500 Company Data General.
Ellen is currently a full time director and sits on the Board of three public companies in addition to Orion: Superior Industries (Industrial/Auto Parts); eMagin Inc (Technology); and BioAmber (BioTech/Chemicals). Prior to her current Board service Ellen was on the Board of American Power Conversion until its sale (APC; an S&P 500 Company) as the financial expert. In 2013, Ellen was given the first annual Distinguished Director Award from the American College of Corporate Directors (formerly CDG), an organization of 1,900 public company directors nationwide. Finally, she is on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors in New England and chairs the Program Committee.
From an operating perspective, in addition to finance, she has extensive experience in global business, M&A, and investor relations, in both growth and turnaround situations.
Ellen received her BA from Scripps College in Claremont, California where she was Student Body President. She holds two graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (International Affairs and Masters of Law and Diplomacy) and completed the advanced professional certificate in finance at NYU’s Graduate School of Business Administration and attended the Executive Development program at Cornell University’s Business School. She earned her Professional Director Certification for Public Company Directors in 2010 from the American College of Corporate Directors and most recently attained the Executive Masters level from the same organization.
John Scribante Chief Executive Officer
John Scribante was named Orion Energy Systems’ CEO in September 2012. Previously as President of Orion Engineered Systems, John grew the division into a multi-million dollar operation, contracting solar photovoltaic and wind-based advanced energy system projects worth more than $88 million in its first three years. Prior to his highly successful work building Orion Engineered Systems, John served as Orion Energy Systems’ Senior Vice President of Business Development from 2007-2009. From 2004-2007, he was Orion’s Vice President of Sales during a time of the company’s rapid growth. John has built strong relationships with many national customers and resale partners who now employ Orion’s products and technology across hundreds of facilities.
Prior to joining Orion, John co-founded Xe Energy LLC as Orion’s first ESCO reseller and served as its CEO from 2003-2004. He served as CEO of Innovize, LLC from 1996 to 2003 until its sale to Baker Tilly, LLC; served as Sales Manager for OPM Information Systems from 1992 to 1996; and Regional Sales for Vital Learning Corp from 1989 to 1992.
John earned a BS in Finance in 1989, with an emphasis on Economics, from Creighton University.
Since 1996, John has been a member of the Council for National Policy based in Washington, D.C. and has continuously served on the Senior Executive Committee since 1998 where he holds the position of Finance Committee Chairman. John has been a featured speaker at the Corporate Board Member Chairman & CEO Peer Forum held at the New York Stock Exchange, providing insights into the role of the CEO/Chairman team in evolving boardrooms.
Mark Williamson Director
Mark Williamson has served as Director since April 2009. A veteran utility executive, Mark has been responsible for successfully permitting and placing in service several billion dollars of extra‐high voltage transmission lines, power plants and natural gas pipelines. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for Madison Gas & Electric Company in Madison, Wisconsin, and as Vice President of Major Projects for American Transmission Company (ATC).
Since January 2008, Williamson has served as Chairman of Putnam Roby Williamson Communications, a public relations firm based in Madison, Wisconsin specializing in strategic communications, media relations and government affairs.
Mark has a BS in Mathematics from UW-Madison, and a Juris Doctor with honors from the UW Law School.