About Consumer Energy Solutions

Consumer Energy Solutions was founded in 1999 and has successfully enrolled over one million customers in energy choice programs across North America.

Representing the largest energy suppliers in North America, we have successfully serviced commercial properties including many Fortune 500 companies.

Our continuous research into the energy markets around the country give us the ability to accomplish our goals. We find the energy suppliers with the best track record of energy solutions including savings, price protection and reliability.

We are dedicated to helping our customers get the best rate for electricity and gas in deregulated markets. We provide our customers with enough information so that they can make an intelligent energy buying decision. Our purpose is to help businesses and consumers navigate energy solutions savings options and reduce their energy bills.

Pat Clouden

CEO, Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc.

Patrick J. Clouden is the Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc., one of the nation’s top energy consultant firms. Consumer Energy Solutions was founded in 1999 and represents some of the largest energy suppliers in North America. CES has enrolled over one million customers in energy choice programs including many Fortune 500 companies.

Patrick uses his extensive sales and business experience to guide the company. For instance, in 2004 Consumer Energy Solutions transitioned from selling mainly to residential customers to selling mainly to commercial customers. The change in approach meant that a new methodology of in-house training was vital in order take someone who knew little or nothing about energy or sales into a level of proficiency that could allow the sales rep to competently work with savvy business people and become an energy consultant.

Patrick is passionate about educating and apprenticing individuals so they can gain confidence and ability to generate high performance at their jobs and help the customers they serve. To that end Patrick, with his son, Sean, spent six months creating and testing sales training programs and developed a training machine that helps CES employees clarify the industry and sales basics. They drill the already-successful techniques used by top salespeople; thus making each new sales trainee into a competent energy consultant.

The project was a screaming success, exceeding all expectations. Production went way up and employee turnover went way down. And there were many happy customers.

This was the beginning of Accelerated Training Solutions, Inc. in 2006. ATS is a training company created by Patrick Clouden, which is the company that creates and provides training materials for CES employees. Accelerated Training Solutions has produced training materials that are now used by hundreds of companies to train their executives and employees in the areas of Public Relations, Marketing, Sales, Delivery and business management. And ATS has kept CES’s training current and up-to-date over the years. The stability this training has brought to CES makes us one of the top energy consultant firms of its kind in the industry.

A dedicated family man, coming from a family of nine children, he likes people. His philosophy is to create a team of people that has high pride in what they do and truly enjoy working together. Patrick has been married for over 30 years to his wife, Laura, and has two children and two grandchildren.

Management Team

Bev Hepner

Bev Hepner

Chief Financial Officer

Bev Hepner has been with CES since 2004. She came on as a Finance Manager and has moved on to become CFO. Bev has a business and accounting degree and over 40 years experience handling business finances and tax preparation.

She is fully qualified for this monumental job in the energy industry at CES and is incidentally a black belt in Martial Arts two times over. These skills come in handy.

Tina Silagyi

Tina Silagyi

Human Resources Director

Tina Silagyi started with CES in 2009 as a Sales Rep with 2 years of sales experience in the Energy Industry. From there she became a Sales Admin, and then into Customer Service where she became the Manager.

During this time she burned the midnight oil and earned an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies which equipped her with the skills to transition into the HR position where she also handles all of CES’s regulatory and licensing matters.

Diana Sipple

Diana Sipple

Director of Sales Support

Diana Sipple has been with CES since 2003. Not only does she oversee the entire CES sales support team, she is also over all the data processing, leads management, reports, and data transfer for the company. Diana and her team are often referred to as the “brain” of the operation.

Her goal is to make sure CES clients, sales reps, managers, and executives have all they need in order to make the sales process run smoothly and productively.

Karen McNealy

Karen McNealy

Director of Customer Service

Karen started out in Sales at CES in 2003. She quickly moved to Customer Service where she has been the Manager since 2010. She has been instrumental in creating our stellar Customer Service team. They help our customers and clients resolve any issues and routinely go above and beyond. Our customers love Karen and her team.

In her spare time, Karen spends time with her granddaughter who loves her “Glamma!”

Clayton W. Francis

Clayton W. Francis

Commercial Sales Manager

Clayton Francis is a twenty year call center veteran and has been a part of the CES family since 2008. He has been instrumental in leading key CES managers and growing a residential sales force team from ten account representatives to over 35.

In 2015 he began managing a commercial energy industry sales team. He now oversees 85 plus sales reps and has helped build the commercial broker sales force into a force to be reckoned with.

His ability to motivate, inspire and get our sales staff to produce at consistently high levels keeps his sales floor buzzing with positive energy.

Jack Kennedy

Jack Kennedy

West Side Team Sales Manager

Jack Kennedy joined CES in 2012. In short order he became the top sales rep for the program he worked on! He worked on a few more programs and then moved up to the commercial broker floor in 2015. Our sales team is split into the West Side and the East Side. Since 2016 Jack has been the manager of the West Side Team.

Jack has also been busy with his education. During his time at CES he got a Masters Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Energy Industry Management.

Jack is the new father of two beautiful children and spends all his free time with his family.

Steve Guardino

Steve Guardino

East Side Team Sales Manager

Steve came to CES in 2010 and started out in commercial sales. He became the manager for the East Side Team on the commercial floor in 2016. With Jack and Steve managing their teams on the Commercial Sales Floor many, many CES customers have been helped!

Steve started in sales in 2004 and transitioned to the energy industry in 2008. The sales training here at CES has provided Steve with excellent energy industry information, the ability to do his job and help the sales reps on his team. His job is to help everyone with the technical aspects of the energy industry and make sure everyone is up to date on the ever-changing energy market.

Christian Jacobsen

Christian Jacobsen

Director of Information Technology

Christian Jacobsen came to CES in 2014 after he had been a consultant to our I/T department for over 6 years. His specialty is technology infrastructure design and implementation.

Christian and his team were real heroes for CES in 2009 when we had a fire that destroyed our building. He was able to get the high-tech telephone system that CES uses up and running with an even more state-of-the-art technology in a new building in a mere 32 hours! And he did so with systems that were able to reduce phone expenses by $9,000 per month!