Enwave Seattle CEO Stan Gent Retires
13 year record of environmental leadership and sustained growth
SEATTLE - October 17, 2016 - Long-time President and CEO of Enwave Seattle Stan Gent is retiring at the end of the year. Gent is one of America’s leading experts in district energy systems.
As President and CEO of Enwave Seattle, he is widely recognized as improving the company’s overall operations and financial performance. Since joining Seattle Steam, now Enwave Seattle, in 2004, Gent has been a leading voice in progressive environmental policies that will impact engineering, building and development policies in Seattle for many years.
Under his leadership, the company secured funding and permits needed to build a biomass boiler in downtown Seattle. The boiler can provide enough renewable fuel to substantially reduce Enwave’s carbon footprint, as well as that of its customers.
In 2014, Enwave Seattle constructed a deep-water well in downtown Seattle. The first of its kind built in decades. The well reflects the company’s environmental commitment by helping the Puget Sound region adapt to a changing climate. At its peak, the well saves the city 90 million gallons of water a year from the Cedar River watershed.
Also, in 2014 Gent lead the effort to successfully sell the Seattle Steam Company to the new owners Brookfield Asset Management.
City and State leaders have relied on Gent’s expertise; he served on the mayor’s Green Building Task Force, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and the Seattle Rotary Environmental Committee. Gent also serves on the mechanical engineering advisory board for the University of Washington’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. He successfully spearheaded legislation at the state level to ensure that thermal energy generated by burning biomass had access to the same incentives offered to electrical energy generation from biomass.
The success of Enwave Seattle and Gent’s leadership was evident when the International District Energy Association (IDEA) decided to have its 105th annual conference in Seattle. Clean energy experts from around the globe came to see Seattle’s strong support for district energy and Gent’s leadership firsthand. At the conference IDEA presented Gent the industry’s highest award, the Norman R. Taylor Award, in recognition of his lifelong career commitment to energy efficiency and his professional contributions to advancing the global district energy industry.
“I am proud of the work we’ve done in Seattle to advance district energy as a strategy to fight climate change,” said Gent. “While I will miss the day-to-day work, I know that Enwave Seattle and district energy will continue to thrive.”
Enwave Seattle has grown substantially over the past 13 years. The company now serves 200 buildings in the downtown Seattle area. The Roosevelt Hotel and Hotel Max are its newest customers. In August, Enwave Seattle also signed a new long-term agreement with Harborview Medical Center.
Gent’s retirement will take effect December 31, 2016
Beginning in January, 2017 Marco Lowe, Vice President Business Development and External Relations, will be responsible all business development, customer relationships, marketing as well as government and external affairs. Brandon Oyer, Vice President & General Manager, will be responsible for operations, capital planning and company P&L.