Our leadership team has well over 200 years of collective experience in the industrial energy, cogeneration, district energy, distributed energy, power generation and waste heat business. When you add our experience within the operations team, we have many people with 30 to 40+ years of individual experience as well.
CEO / Co-Founder
John Prunkl is Ironclad Energy’s CEO, co-founder and has 25+ years of global operating experience in natural gas and coal power generation, natural gas fired CHP, district energy, wind energy, waste heat, waste water and byproduct fuel fired generation facilities. As an owner and operator of independent generation facilities most of his career Prunkl has strong technical understanding of power plants, plant economics as well as how to operate in both public and private capital structure. Prunkl received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University, and his BA in Mathematics from Huntingdon College. He serves as Chairman of the Waste Heat to Power Association and is on the board of directors for the Midwest Cogeneration Association.
SVP - Acquisitions & Asset Optimization
Mr. Collins is responsible for coordinating and performing due diligence on acquisition opportunities, identifying opportunities to improve the commercial and operating profiles of prospective and owned businesses, as well as providing operational, technical and asset management / commercial support to our portfolio companies. Mr. Collins has over 25 years of experience in industrial energy and IPP operations and asset management as well as energy related acquisition, development and finance. Prior to joining Ironclad, Mr. Collins was Executive Vice President at Lakeside Energy (2007-2016) where he was operational, technical and asset management lead for all M&A activities and generation assets. Mr. Collins also served on the board of directors of Dongara Pellet Plant, L.P. (2009-2015) and was Chairman of the Board from 2010 to 2015. Prior roles were held at Primary Energy Ventures through its sale in 2007, Private Power and LTV Steel. Mr. Collins received an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical, from Marquette University.
Scott Kerrigan is responsible for Ironclad’s accounting, finance, risk management, administration and benefits operations. Scott is the former Vice President and Controller of Recycled Energy Development where he was responsible for many of the company’s accounting and administrative operations, served as the transaction manager for Recycled Energy’s 2013 acquisition of the utility assets at Eastman Business Park in Rochester, NY, and provided due diligence support for project development and acquisition efforts. Prior to joining Recycled Energy in 2007, Scott held positions as Director of U.S. Operations for Composite Materials Technologies, Plc for six years, Vice President of Operations for Medicor Corporation for four years and various roles in commercial finance over a ten year period. Scott received a B.A. degree in industrial design from the University of Illinois at Chicago; an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and a Juris doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.
President / Co-Founder
Christopher Fanella is a co-founder, President and CFO of Ironclad. He has spent most of his career in the IPP and industrial energy sectors focusing on acquiring, financing and managing generation facilities and companies. Mr. Fanella has held roles where he was responsible for strategy, business development, investor relations, commercial contracts, business risk analysis and other administrative matters. Mr. Fanella has previously worked for Primary Energy Recycling Corporation, Lakeside Energy, and Primary Energy Ventures. Mr. Fanella has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame.
SVP Business Development
Eric Gottung has over 30 years experience developing, designing and building industrial and utility energy plants. Mr. Gottung is currently leading the execution of the $90 M coal to gas conversion project at Eastman Business Park. Gottung spent 20 years at Alstom-ABB-Combustion Engineering’s boiler division as general manager of the U.S. industrial boiler operations, global HRSG commercial director, engineering and project management roles. He has executed projects in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining Ironclad, Eric worked for United Technologies Corporation at the research center, leading development efforts of on-site power and emissions control technologies.
Mr. Gottung holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He has an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his professional engineering license in Connecticut. Mr. Gottung holds four US patents in emissions control and energy recovery applications.
SVP General Counsel
Myra Karegianes has practiced law in the energy field for over 25 years. She is the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Recycled Energy Development, LLC (“Recycled Energy”) where she was responsible for the delivery of legal services for mergers and acquisitions, commercial, corporate governance, as well as litigation management, regulatory compliance, and legislative initiatives.
Myra was the general counsel to the Illinois Commerce Commission for ten years where she oversaw and handled numerous complex legal matters, including implementation of the Customer Choice and Rate Relief Law of 1997; promulgation of rules; rate cases; tariff compliance; investigations; audits; contracts; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) matters; Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) matters; and defense of ICC orders in State and Federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
Myra holds a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago; a Master of Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the Illinois Bar, Federal Bar, and the United States Supreme Court.
VP Technical Development
Leif Bergquist has worked in the energy field for 35 years. His experience includes district energy, CHP, waste to energy, geothermal, and most other technologies that are used in large energy systems. With his broad experience, he brings an innovative approach to a wide variety of energy projects.
Leif started to work in the district energy industry in Sweden, where he got experience from construction, operation, design, and administration. In 1980, he joined the predecessor to Trigen Energy as director of engineering. As such, he got involved in district heating/cooling, industrial outsourcing, and trigeneration. Beginning in 2000, Leif also worked with geothermal, landfill gas, and woodchips projects for U.S. Energy Systems.
Leif started his own consulting business, Maja Energi, with the main emphasis on developing industrial outsourcing projects in Mexico.
President, Red-Rochester, LLC
Craig has over eighteen years of experience in the independent power production sector with significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, risk management, contract negotiation, regulatory compliance and litigation management. Prior to his current position with Ironclad Energy Partners Mr. Bennett worked for Recycled Energy Development, EPCOR USA, Primary Energy Ventures, Infilco Degremont and Trigen Energy Corporation.
Craig holds a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University, a JD from Delaware School of Law and a MA in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He served in the US Army for 26 years and retired as a Brigadier General. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.