LEADERSHIP

Joe Varnas

Chief Executive Officer

Joe Varnas has been with APX for 12 years, transitioning from CTO and Head of Environmental Markets to CEO in April of 2012. Prior to joining APX, Mr. Varnas served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Marsh, leading the firm’s IT and Operations, Global Consumer Business Unit, and Human Resources departments. Previously, he was a managing director at UBS Global Asset Management, where he was President of UBS Mutual Funds, responsible for IT and operations across the Asset Management Group. 

Brian Storms served as Chairman and CEO of APX from 2008 to 2012. Before joining APX, he was CEO of Marsh, Inc., where he collaborated with the Clinton Global Initiative, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Prior to that, he held roles including President and CEO of Mercer Human Resource Consulting and President and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management Americas.

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Serving as Managing Director of Kinetic Ventures for over 30 years, Jake Tarr possesses deep domain knowledge in enterprise software, mobility and cleantech. His focus is on transaction-based and SaaS solutions, emerging mobile concepts, and power/clean technologies, making him an invaluable asset to our board.

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Jose Ibietatorremendia is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Catalent Pharma Solutions. With a 20+ year career driving legal strategy and operations at private, pre-IPO and high-growth public companies, Ibietatorremendia is an expert legal advisor and advocate. He served as APX’s Managing Director and General Counsel from 2009-2013 and was an Executive Committee member during his time at the company.

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THE TEAM

Joined APX in 2001

I am focused on creating structure to streamline workflow, and have established effective internal control to ensure compliance and safeguard the assets of the firm. I am continuously identifying ways to optimize efficiency through automation.

Chief Finance Officer

Joined APX in 2017

With over 20 years of experience in information technology, my expertise spans system development and implementation as well as management of small and large-scale projects and programs across in the financial, insurance, and energy industries.

I pride myself on being able to bring together technical aspects of software delivery with deep experience in management technology teams for efficient solution delivery.

Chief Information Officer

Joined APX in 2009

I bring 25+ years of experience building mission-critical, transaction-based systems across many markets to lead the architecture and design of APX solutions. I have led efforts across our suite of environmental and energy applications, driving the transformation and evolution of our use of technology.

I live and breathe technology here at APX. I’m particularly focused on how we use technology to build and deliver powerful, engaging, and valuable solutions to our clients.

Chief Technology Officer

Joined APX in 2007

I’ve been a longtime contributor to APX Power services, from joining the company as a Market Operator to my current position as Head of Power Services. I helped build out our product as the CAISO and ERCOT markets first went live, and I’ve led the integration of our product with all other American ISOs/RTOs, never losing sight of what is most important: delivering value to our clients.

I know our Power Products and Services inside and out. Having been a market operator, end-user, analyst, tester, project manager, product manager, and more, I can explain just about any aspect of what we do to anyone.

Manager of Power Services

Joined APX in 2020

After completing my studies at Syracuse University with a degree in accounting, I joined APX as a financial analyst focusing on Accounts Payables and Accounts Receivables. I’m responsible for day-to-day accounting and finance operations at APX. I also manage billing and registry invoice processing.

Finance Analyst

Joined APX in 2005

I have over 15 years of experience in REC registry operations, Demand Response program management, professional services consulting, and CAISO and ERCOT wholesale power markets operations. During my time at APX, I have managed the day to day operations of all North American registry tracking systems, gaining an understanding of specific Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements and working directly with State Regulators to review, analyze, interpret, and monitor federal and state legislation and policy changes.

I pride myself on my ability to confidently lead diverse project teams to implement state-mandated changes and new system enhancements into REC tracking systems and Demand Response Programs.

Client Service Specialist

Joined APX in 2019

I’m an accomplished and results-oriented software leader with broad business experience in developing and deploying complex software solutions. I consider myself an expert technical lead.

Senior Software Developer

Joined APX in 2019

With over 19 years of energy trading industry experience, I bring my knowledge of electricity markets to the client services team at APX. I have extensive experience in wholesale electric supply, Northeast ISO Settlements and operations management.

Client Service Specialist

Joined APX in 2007

I’ve gained broad knowledge of the environmental and energy markets during during my 13 years with APX. I helped design and implement a number of APX’s carbon and REC registries. I also spent 8 years managing APX’s demand response services, which provide software solutions and services to both large utilities and wholesale market participants.

Manager of Environmental and Demand Response Service

Joined APX in 2010

I provide administrative support for the NCRETS and NAR registry. Previously, I worked as the EMA administrator, providing support to all the renewable registries.

NCRETS and NAR Administrator

Joined APX in 2000

I have been the main contributor to our Power sales for the last 8 years. I have deep domain expertise in the CAISO market and have assisted many of our clients in becoming certified Scheduling Coordinators or Scheduling Agents with CAISO. I’m responsible for new client implementation, managing certificate permissions, training and demos. I also manage client notifications and training on new ISO initiatives.

I take pride in ensuring that our clients are satisfied with their products and services.

Head of Power Sales and Client Management

Joined APX in 2013

I provide excellent customer support for our clients that participate in various ISO markets. As a market operator, I continue to learn new ISO procedures and practices with the goal of providing the best service possible.

Market Operator

Joined APX in 2017

During my time at APX I have applied my deep domain expertise in custom application development and business analysis to the carbon markets. I currently support the 3 most notable registries in the industry, which forces me to continuously look for effective, strategic, intelligent, and cost-efficient ways to support our clients.

I pride myself in leading with emotional intelligence, with success for our clients and for the organization as my ultimate goal.

Product Manager

Joined APX in 2012

I provide state-of-the-art DevOps by implementing and managing industry standard best practices and procedures. I govern our IT infrastructure spend, finding optimal ways of reducing costs. I also set automation testing standards across the organization and provide guidance to the QA team on our automation toolset.

Manager of DevOps and QA

Joined APX in 2012

I’ve served as the ERCOT Supervisor and Ops Manager for several years, during which I developed deep market knowledge in multiple ISOs. My expertise is in operations, client management, and product management.

I manage the SCADA application for APX, serving as the technical lead and developer.

Manager of SCADA Solutions

Joined APX in 2014

I manage all of APX’s registry administrative operations and spearhead client management for all of APX’s environmental products and services. I have deep experience in environmental markets and registry operations management across numerous environmental markets and standards, including renewable energy, voluntary carbon, water nutrient, and biodiversity credits.

I’ve been a critical participant in APX’s growth as the global market leader in providing cutting-edge environmental registry infrastructure and services in renewable energy credits and voluntary carbon.

Head of Environmental Client Management

Joined APX in 2014

I serve as a senior registry administrator and help optimize system operations across several renewable energy tracking systems.

My roles in Market Operations facilitated significant experience in real time energy procedures, regulatory requirements and ISO interactions. My contributions as an analyst drove several process initiatives, including automated enhancements and business process modeling and notation.

Senior Registry Administrator

Joined APX in 2007

I drove the successful delivery of several REC and Carbon APX Registries and continue to support and enhance them (MRETS, NAR, CAR, ACR, NCRETS, MIRECS).

I was deeply involved in the design and implementation of integrated inter-registry certificate transfer protocols between APX Registries.

Senior Software Developer

Joined APX in 2006

I am a specialist in front end web application development. I have built the UI for numerous APX applications across the Power and Environmental Markets. My primary responsibilities include design guidance, selection of technologies and tools, application of best practices, and the development of robust and maintainable systems.

Senior Software Developer

Joined APX in 2009

I am actively involved in defining and developing frameworks that support the APX suite of products. I have implemented several software solutions across the environmental and energy markets.

Senior Software Developer

Joined APX in 1997

I am a software developer and a technical lead, and I’m the architect of the APX Environmental Registry solution.

Senior Software Developer

Joined APX in 2019

I support and work closely with APX developers and Product Managers to deliver data driven applications of the highest quality. I enjoy working with data and pride myself on providing solutions to complex challenges.

Senior Software Developer

Joined APX in 2006

During my time at the company, I’ve gained experience across many of our service offerings, including power, Renewable Energy Certificates and Carbon Offsets. Starting as a member of the California ISO power operations teams, I went on to manage registry client operations for the NEPOOL GIS, NAR and TIGRs. I was also a product manager for the NEPOOL GIS, NAR, TIGRs, WREGIS, ACR, CAR and Verra platforms.

Manager of Voluntary Sustainable Services

Joined APX in 2014

My contributions include enhancing internal processes that automate and streamline tasks. I support the Operations, Finance and Settlements Departments. I enjoy constantly evaluating the quality of our work and figuring out how to make it better, one step at a time.

Operations Analyst

Joined APX in 2019

I’m the Product Manager leading the NEPOOL, NYGATS, WREGIS, and MIRECs Renewable Registries. I’m also a member of the SOC2 compliance team, charged with the oversight of system security.

Product Manager

Joined APX in 2015

I support our Utility Demand Response Programs, Client Services, Settlement Operations, and Power Market Operations. I began my career at APX in the Power Market Operations group and advanced to providing support to settlement and Utility DR.

I continuously evaluate our processes, always looking for ways to improve them.

Demand Response Product Manager

Joined APX in 2017

I manage data and processes across all our product offerings, providing functionality and tooling to empower clients and staff alike. I’m a Microsoft Certified Professional with more than 10 years of experience in database products. I’m constantly seeking to improve what we do and how we do it.

Database Developer

Joined APX in 2006

I have held different roles within Operations and Client Services departments, becoming knowledgeable in the various ISOs and ever-changing market rules, providing customer service and streamlining procedures for more efficient processes.

Manager of Power Operations

Joined APX in 2006

I oversee all Settlement Products and related processes for the last four years. I created and established new settlement products in multiple ISO regions from the ground up. I contributed in the creation APX DataMart product and have been the business lead for that product since its inception.

I am responsible for managing Power Markets Settlements Products and all Settlement related processes. I’m also a business lead for all ISO metering related activities for Power Markets.

Settlements Manager

Joined APX in 2019

During my time at APX I have successfully developed and executed test plans, procedures, use cases and test scripts, and provided in-depth analysis to create and roll out new software products through their development and lifecycle.

Quality Assurance Engineer

Joined APX in 2018

I am the technology lead on our proprietary APX MarketSuite platform, supporting Wholesale Power Services, Demand Response, SCADA integrations and our Datamart offerings. I’ve ensured that this feature-rich solution is tracked continuously to maintain SLAs and performance levels by proactively managing capacity. I work closely with Product, Architecture, and IT teams to constantly deliver high quality feature enhancements on the product that adhere to defined architectural standards.

Senior Database Developer

Joined APX in 2011

I provide exceptional support for our clients and our team. Drawing on multiple years of operations experience, I ensure the team performs effectively and productively. I’m continually gaining more knowledge on new clients, applications, systems, and procedures to help streamline processes and reduce risk.

Market Operator

Joined APX in 2020

Rico is the newest member of the APX team. He recently graduated from an accredited university with an education background in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Rico also has internship experience in business analysis. 

Business Analyst

Joined APX in 2011

As a market operator, I have deep understanding of the CAISO and ERCOT markets. I continue to learn other ISO markets as our clients expand their portfolios, ensuring that they are managed successfully in all regions. I assist with energy scheduling, outages, and OATI tagging, possessing the market knowledge to provide the high level of service our clients expect from us.

Market Operator

Joined APX in 2012

As the face of the company for various ISO operations, I ensure that our clients get the best service available. I’m deeply knowledgeable in the CAISO and ERCOT markets and am continually learning new ISO procedures and processes.

I’m proud that APX is considered a leader in Market Operations.

Market Operator

Joined APX in 2012

I support the Operations team in their handling of clients in multiple ISOs. I help create and update the UiPath automation across multiple departments.

Market Operator

Joined APX in 2015

I standardize QA procedures and develop test automation strategies across applications and services supported on the APX Power and Energy platforms. I analyze business and functional requirements, prepare test plans accordingly and develop test automations to monitor the quality of all applications in the development pipeline.

I’m responsible for designing and automating application functionality and tracking quality assurance metrics, monitoring application performance to ensure successful delivery.

Senior Quality Assurance Analyst