Mark Barry, Energy Innovation Evangelist

Mark founded Chicago Energy Technology in 2008 to provide research and advisory services that improve the efficiency of the built environment.

Mark brings creativity and collaboration to product design and go-to-market strategies for early stage innovators in the energy technology space. His clients have included D.E.N.T. LLC, ComEd (Exelon), Continental Electrical Construction Company and Arias Information Solutions. He was Chief Operating Officer for the Ticket Reserve, an innovative startup involved in live event ticketing. He also served as Chief Technology Officer for Capital Construction Solutions and managed capital project data and controls for Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third largest K-12 school system, with a $400 million capital budget, 400,000 students, 40,000 employees, 650 buildings and 60 million square feet. Along the way, he has served as an advisor or mentor to many tech startups, nonprofits and student teams.

His areas of expertise include business and technology strategy, smart buildings, energy efficiency programs and innovation.

He has lectured for over a decade at the Illinois Institute of Technology on topics of energy, efficiency and smart buildings, as well as at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University on topics of IT leadership and technology portfolio management. He was a member of the Cook County Community Solar stakeholder advisory group.

Before founding Chicago Energy Technology, Mark worked as a consultant, CIO and industrial engineer, managing more than $150 million of technology investments in consumer products & services, transportation, logistics and international business.

As a Partner for IBM Global Business Services, Mark led IBM's state and local government consulting practice in four states (Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota) working with public sector leaders to craft creative solutions in economic development, healthcare, transportation, public safety and social services. Prior to IBM, he was Senior Principal with Diamond Management and Technology Consultants (now PwC) developing and delivering technology strategies for major corporations. Previously, Mark served as Chief Information Officer for three firms: XTRA Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway Company (transportation equipment leasing); TTX Company (a leading lessor of rolling stock to North American railroads); and Duo-Fast (a manufacturing firm, now part of Illinois Tool Works).

He started his career in consumer products at Helene Curtis (now Unilever) and previously at Quaker Oats (now Pepsico) where, after five years as a plant industrial engineer, Mark managed warehouse operations, field sales automation, logistics projects and international systems strategy.

Mark and his wife Cynthia live on the south side of Chicago with their dog Kota. He is a founding board member of two nonprofits: Veteran Youth Corp dba Counseling First; and Good City Group, Inc. In his free time, he enjoys running and playting frisbee with Kota, urban cycling and golf.