Hall of Fame


2010 - 2013







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For the past twenty-five years, since 1990, the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame has honored outstanding leaders in the energy industry who over their lifetimes have made significant contributions in the field of energy management.

Candidates may be employed, retired, or deceased. The first qualification is a minimum of twenty years of documented accomplishments in the commercial, institutional, or industrial sectors. Other qualifications include honors and awards, papers and publications, patents and inventions, education and professional licensing, community involvement, and service to AEE.

The Energy Management Professionals Council (EMPC) oversees the election of new members to the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame. Nominations are accepted from members of the Energy Managers Hall of Fame, members of the current AEE Executive Committee, and Presidents of local AEE Chapters. The EMPC reviews the nominations that have been submitted and confirms that the qualifications of each candidate meet the high standards set by the Hall of Fame. A Ballot is then submitted to the Members of the Energy Managers Hall of Fame for voting.

Those elected into this prestigious group are formally inducted each year into the Energy Managers Hall of Fame at the Keynote Luncheon of the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC). All Hall of Fame members are recognized each year at the WEEC.

The Energy Managers Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the Association of Energy Engineers and is sponsored by the AEE Energy Managers Institute (EMI).

(Picture of Hall of Fame at WEEC)


James W. (Jim) Brown
James W. (Jim) Brown, P.E., is Senior Consultant for the Terracon Corporation in Round Rock, TX. In 1982, Jim formed his own company, Energy Systems Associates (ESA) to focus his career on energy efficient designs and operations within public facilities. During those years Jim led his firm through several state and federal agency funded energy programs, including 30 years of service as the technical representative for the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) serving public entities under the State Energy Partnership Program, and 20 years working with the State’s LoanSTAR Loan program.  Through these years, Jim and his firm produced 2,250 ASHRAE Level 2 audits and 42 ASHRAE Level 3 audits (approximately 50 percent of the total loans provided under the LoanSTAR program) producing $399 million in cumulative energy cost savings for public entities. Overall, Jim’s audits and designs have provided an average of 17 percent energy savings in the 500+ school, hospital and municipal government agencies he has served. In 1998, three state agencies in Texas selected Jim to serve on the Texas Energy Performance Contracting Guidelines (TEPCG) committee to give guidance to the development of the local ESCO industry.  Among the first to recognize the critical role commissioning plays in energy efficiency and ESCO work, ESA under Jim’s leadership led commissioning and retro-commissioning implementation in the energy industry.  After nearly three decades of extremely successful operations, he sold ESA to Terracon.  Today his responsibilities include setting up energy management and commissioning services, and training staff to provide energy related services to clients from the 130 nationwide network of Terracon offices, and establishing energy management capabilities throughout the corporation. It is inevitable that a leader in the field like Jim would interact with the Association that has done so much for energy efficiency.  Jim has served as a speaker at numerous World Energy Engineering Congresses and has also spoken at international AEE conferences in Budapest and Milan.  He has had several papers published in Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment, and the Energy Engineering Journal, both AEE publications.  He has conducted several AEE seminars, including the “Energy Efficiency Management Seminar (1998 – 2000), the Advanced Energy Auditing seminar (2006-7), and is currently co-instructing the Advanced Energy Auditing Master Level Seminar (2012-13). Jim is currently serving on the AEE Master Level Energy Auditing Certification Board and the AEE Master Level Commissioning Certification Board.

Dr. W. Dan Turner
Dr. W. Dan Turner, Ph.D., P.E., is the Founder, President, and Chair of the Board of Directors of Bee (Building Energy Efficiency, LLC) in Austin, TX. Dr. Turner’s career spans over four decades of implementing visionary, highly-effective energy management and university-level education and HVAC research with lasting, significant impacts at the state, national and international levels. He is widely recognized as a hard-working, extremely modest innovator, advocate and outstanding energy educator by his peers. He continues today with the same innovation and energy as CEO of a family of energy-engineering companies in Austin, Texas. He was the founding director of the award-winning Energy Systems Laboratory, a division of the Texas A&M University which provides buildings research, Continuous Commissioning® and training. He is also the co-founder of the Continuous Commissioning® (CC®) Process. He has directed teams that implemented retro-commissioning in over 400 buildings worldwide. In his work with the Association of Energy Engineers, Dr. Turner developed and taught the 5-day seminar Life-Cycle Building Commissioning and Advanced Retro-Commissioning. In 1989 he was awarded the distinction of Energy Manager of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers. He was also the Director and Chief Engineer of AEE’s 2010 National Energy Project of the Year, the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport Energy Management Project for Terminal D and Energy Plaza, 2007-2010.



Dr. Warren Heffington
Dr. Warren Heffington, Ph.D, C.E.M., C.D.S.M., B.E.P., G.B.E., C.E.A., is Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering for Texas A&M University where he founded the Industrial Assessment Center and was its director for 25 years until his retirement in 2011. Under his leadership, the Texas A&M University Industrial Assessment Center achieved six national awards, including the very first Center of Excellence Award given by the US Department of Energy in 2002 and a Special Recognition Award for involvement with the historically black Prairie View A&M University in 1996. The US Department of Energy chose Texas A&M University and Dr. Heffington to provide training sessions in 2003-2005 around the nation for universities desiring to have Industrial Assessment Centers. Dr. Heffington received a number of awards in his career, including a Distinguished Service Award from the US Department of Energy in 2011, and a Mega-Energy Saver Award from the Energy Systems Laboratory in the same year, as well as being named a Legend of Energy. At Texas A&M University he received a number of teaching awards and is most grateful for those where the selection was by students. As part of his service to the Association of Energy Engineers, he co-teaches a number of the Comprehensive Five-Day Training Programs for Energy Managers each year that are open to the qualified public. He, along with many other instructors from the public and in-house courses, is active in providing updates to the extensive workbook that accompanies the training program. In addition to his present service as instructor for the CEM training program, he has been a member of the editorial board for Energy Engineering since 2010, as well as reviewing a number of energy-related papers over the years for organizations such as ASME and ACEEE. He was recently appointed to the position of chair of the board overseeing the master’s level Commercial Building Certified Professional (CBCP) program of AEE.

Graham Parker
Graham Parker, C.E.M., B.E.P., C.D.S.M., B.E.S.A., is a Senior Staff Engineer in the Technology Planning and Deployment Group in the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division at PNNL. In over 38 years of project work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for multiple government and private-sector clients, Graham Parker has been a project manager and/or principal investigator on a number of projects that have demonstrated innovation and/or impacted the science and technology community nationwide in the full range of energy from generation to distribution to end use. He has managed over $85 million of research projects in his career at PNNL. Mr. Parker is the author of over 120 publications and has written and presented over 80 papers or briefings at national and international conferences as well as organized and chaired numerous conference sessions. He is a contributing author to several Federal Register publications of energy conservation standards and test procedures. He has also developed training material and led training classes and workshops for public and private-sector energy and environmental managers. Mr. Parker has been a member of the WEEC Advisory Board since 1994, is a member of the BESA Board, is an inaugural inductee Legend of Energy, is an active member of the Columbia River Chapter of AEE, and is an author/contributor to AEE journals and publications .



Rusty Hodapp
Rusty Hodapp, P.E., C.E.M., C.E.P., C.R.M., G.B.E., LEED AP, has become a well known and respected energy manager and sustainability professional without equal in the aviation industry over the past 29 years. His vision and proven leadership are clearly demonstrated through the award-winning energy and sustainability programs under his command at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and by his years of dedicated service to the energy engineering profession nationally and internationally. Although his DFW job is very demanding given airline industry challenges, he finds time to serve on numerous professional organizations and airport industry groups, leading by example, and is always willing to share the successful energy programs he helped pioneer. Under his leadership, DFW has become an outstanding leader at saving energy, water and air emissions. Since he joined DFW in 1987, cumulative financial, energy and emission savings are $57 million dollars and 1.7 trillion BTUs of energy, equivalent to over 308,000 metric tons of CO2.  DFW's energy and environmental programs have been readily transferable and are often replicated and have earned numerous awards, including the 2004 Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency and Air Quality Improvements by the Texas Energy Partnership, 2005 Star of Energy Efficiency Award by the Alliance to Save Energy, 2008 Mega-Energy Saver Award by the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M, 2010 Outstanding Government Organization by the Texas Clean Air Energy Efficiency Conference, 2010 AEE National Energy Project of the Year, 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Leadership Award and 2011 the first EPA WaterSense Program airport partner.

Malcolm Verdict

Malcom Verdict, C.E.M., has a career that expands three decades of implementing visionary, highly-effective energy management policies and programs with lasting, significant impacts at the state, national and international levels. He has the unique ability to recognize an opportunity, obtain stake-holder buy-in, garner political support and funding, and implement effective energy-efficiency programs. He continues today with same energy and vision in at the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M. Mr. Verdict has been a life-long member of AEE, having first joined the Association of Energy Engineers in 1985, over 26 years ago, while serving as senior manager of Government Buildings Program in the Texas State Energy Conservation Office. He was a charter member, former director and current member of the Austin AEE Chapter founded in 1987, one of the most active in the country and host chapter to the highly successful 2004 WEEC. He has received a number of certifications and prestigious national awards from AEE including the Certified Energy Manager [1987] and AEE’s Energy Manager of the Year in 2005, and a Chartered Legend of Energy in 2007. He has participated and presented numerous papers at AEE’s World Energy Engineering Congress, the ACEEE Summer Studies, the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, the Asian Clean Energy Forum, and USDOE’s State Energy Program Managers annual meetings. He has served as a keynote speaker at the Asian Clean Energy Forum as well as a session chair and advisory committee member on numerous national and international energy efficiency conferences.



MaryAnne Lauderdale
MaryAnne Lauderdale, P.E., C.E.M., is Regional Director of Engineering for Lime Energy Consulting & Technical Services, a consulting and design-build construction company that specializes in energy efficiency improvement projects. As Regional Director, Ms. Lauderdale develops business relationships with clients, and directs engineering studies, analyses and project construction activities. A graduate of San Joes State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Lauderdale has had a thirty-year career in the energy management field, including energy engineering, project development, construction management, P&L and personnel management, and employee development. Lauderdale has held key positions in AEE at local, regional, and national levels, helping to establish the Silicon Valley Chapter of AEE in the 1980s, serving as President of that Chapter, and serving in National Officer capacities, ultimately becoming the president of AEE in 1993. More recently, Lauderdale has played a key role in the growth and development of AEE’s Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL), even co-chairing the inaugural CWEEL board meeting at GlobalCon in March 2010. She continues to work to support and further the careers of young women in the energy field.

F. William Payne
F. William Payne has been active in the energy field and within AEE in particular since AEE’s inception. While not an engineer himself, Payne has made a career out of helping energy engineers to make their mark on the world. For approximately 30 years Payne was the Editor-in-Chief of two of AEE’s professional journals, Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment and Cogeneration and Competitive Power. For more than 10 years Payne acted as director of a number of AEE conferences, most notably GlobalCon.  On top of this, Payne spent 30 years as Acquisitions Editor for AEE, resulting in the publication of more than 50 books through his direct efforts.