The Freedom Energy team thrives on innovation and learning in the dynamic energy marketplace, and we embrace technological advances. We invest in our employees and are committed to ongoing training to develop best-in-class qualifications and expertise, ensuring the best solutions for all of our clients.
President, Managing Director, Founder
Gus Fromuth holds a distinguished record of achievement in the energy field and is wildly recognized as a pioneer in the industry. Over the course of his more than 30-year career, he founded four successful companies while driving the energy market initiatives and staying true to his business philosophy of advocating for the client, adding value, and delivering best-in-class client service. He continues to work tirelessly to ensure that consumers and businesses alike have access to low cost and innovative energy options.
Prior to offering a diverse portfolio of energy advisory services at Freedom Energy, the company initially specialized exclusively in direct enrollment of clients into New England’s bulk power market providing them power at wholesale prices. Gus devised the innovative, cost-saving concept of direct end-user access to grid power in ISO-NE, defining and establishing the ground rules for client market access by end user participants. On average, the Direct-to-Grid service serves clients 10-15% against retail electricity rates and continues to be a practical option for some power consumers today.
Gus has a long history of community service. In 2010, he was elected to the ISO New England’s Consumer Liaison Group Coordinating Committee where he has been serving for more than 10 years. Previously, he was an officer of the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) and a founding member of the End User Sector serving as Vice Chair for four years. He has also served on the ISO-NE Board Nomination Committee, an honor rendered for his extensive experience in the New England electricity markets. In addition, he was nominated to serve on the Manchester Airport Authority, Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (US Dept Commerce), and Manchester Police Athletic League. He is an active member of the Association of Energy Engineers, Manchester Rotary, and NH Business and Industry Association.
Gus Fromuth is a graduate of George Washington University with a BA degree in Economics and International Affairs. He also completed advanced degree work in International Public Policy at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Chief Executive Officer
Bart Fromuth joined Freedom Energy Logistics in 2008 and serves as Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and is instrumental in keeping a pulse in the industry and in developing and expanding Freedom Energy’s offerings in support of clients.
Bart’s experience as an Energy Attorney has played to Freedom Energy’s client’s advantage in terms of stronger, client-focused contracts from energy suppliers and resisting attempts by several suppliers over the years to pass through invalid contract increases. Bart maintains direct responsibility for supplier relationships and uses his legal expertise to work through the complexities of interpreting and negotiating contracts on behalf of the company’s clients. In 2019, he earned a Business Excellence award for his commitment to advocating for clients.
Bart was involved in the early stage of key policies throughout the New England Region, including residential choice, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), and net metering, and continues to champion evolution within the industry. His vision, focus, and leadership have empowered Freedom Energy to adopt sustainable practices for our clients, including embracing a wide range of renewable energy options and virtual power purchase agreements (PPAs).
Bart has served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the Hillsborough-7 district (Bedford), where he was an active member of the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee and the Transparency Website Oversight Committee. Bart was named to the national list of Emerging GOPs by GOPAC, is an active Advisory Board Member for the Children’s Scholarship Fund of New Hampshire. He also serves as a Board Member for Clean Energy New Hampshire and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. In October 2022, Governor Sununu appointed Bart to the Commission to investigate the implementation of next generation nuclear reactor technology in New Hampshire.
Bart Fromuth earned a BA degree in History from Bates College and continued his education at Northeastern University School of Law, earning his JD degree.
Chief Operating Officer
Kurt Chapman is Freedom Energy’s Chief Operating Officer. Kurt is responsible for business strategy and driving the integration and alignment between revenue-related functions, including marketing, sales, recruiting, operations, and revenue management. He is passionate about problem solving, individual coaching, and mentorship.
Prior to joining the company in 2012, Kurt was an Operations Manager for Adenus Solutions Group in the wastewater industry. In this role, he established and developed client and engineer relationships through sales, marketing, and project management of dozens of wastewater projects, contributing millions in revenue to the business.
Kurt is the Freedom Representative for the Board of Advisors at Stay Work Play NH, working with the state to help retain local students to work in New Hampshire after graduating from school, and Kurt is also involved in a local nonprofit, Field of Dreams in Salem, NH. He also serves on the Board for Field of Dreams in Salem, NH.
Kurt Chapman is a graduate of Bates College with a BS degree and earned his MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. Kurt is also a graduate of the Leadership Greater Manchester’s Class of 2018.
Janice Johnston joined Freedom Energy in October of 2011 as the company’s Financial Controller. Janice is responsible for the day-to-day accounting operations for the business including the production of periodic financial reports, budgets, maintenance of a suitable system of accounting records, and managing the external financial audit process.
In addition, she established a comprehensive set of controls that are designed to mitigate risk and ensure that reported results comply with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.
Prior to joining Freedom, Janice worked in a wide range of industries including state and local government, nonprofits, education, manufacturing, real estate, and hospitality.
Janice Johnston is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a BS degree in Accounting & Finance.
Director of Procurement
Howard Plante joined Freedom Energy Logistics in 2008 to assist and further develop the concept of direct end user access to the ISO-NE bulk power pool. In his current role as Vice President of Procurement for Freedom, he provides oversight and direct support of the commodity market. He is an advocate for clients, supporting their requirements and advancing Freedom Energy Logistics’ enterprise efforts on their behalf
Howard originates and oversees research and data mining that supports the company’s strategic plan. He leads the team in designing product cost estimates, structuring, and valuing the hedges that back client contracts. He is also responsible for technical analysis of specific client load requirements and pricing. Howard analyzes all aspects of electricity supply requirements for clients including capacity obligations and pricing structures. He manages the wholesale pricing desk including review and monitoring of current and forward market conditions and works in tandem with the retail pricing desk.
Prior to joining Freedom, Howard’s distinguished career in the energy industry includes consulting for environmental and energy engineering businesses and assisting companies with regulatory compliance, particularly air permitting, to meet State and Federal regulations for ambient air quality standards. He began his career in Research and Development at Nashua Corporation in New Hampshire and later transitioned to Facilities Management as a Project Engineer. Howard’s expertise in environmental and energy engineering is invaluable to our clients and the Freedom Energy team.
Howard Plante earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Director of Contracts and Pricing
As Director of Contracts and Pricing, Dan Cwalinski is responsible for collaborating with the sales team and clients, and negotiating Supplier agreements, pricing, and contracting operations, and initiatives. He is a member of Freedom’s Risk Management Committee and handles all aspects of Freedom Energy’s extensive supplier network. He is also a key member of Freedom’s Municipal Business team and is actively involved in advising and supporting communities.
Prior to joining Freedom, Dan was instrumental in building a national commodity brokerage business. He served as the first pricing manager for the brokerage supporting business clients with customized commodity contracts and energy services. As the business grew, Dan transitioned his focus and specialized in serving large natural gas and electricity clients.
Dan is well-versed in the deregulated energy markets and has extensive experience analyzing and understanding utility data, interpreting, and negotiating contracts, and consulting on energy strategy. He is a valuable problem solver and enjoys all aspects of meeting a new challenge by implementing practical solutions driven by data, and that are in line with client goals and objectives.
Dan Cwalinski is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics with a BS degree in Business Administration.
Human Resources Generalist
As the leader of Human Resources, Ashlynn Callery is responsible for cultivating company culture through recruiting, employee relations, policy, and benefits administration. Ashlynn’s goal is to nurture a safe and inclusive environment for all employees of Freedom Energy to grow and succeed. Ashlynn is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and New England Women in Energy and the Environment.
Before joining Freedom, Ashlynn was the Practice Administrator for a multi-facility medical practice. She collaborated closely with physicians and employees to optimize the patient care experience and create a safe and inclusive environment for all employees. Ashlynn’s prior experience has allowed her to wear many hats and work in various parts of the business, including contracting and billing, finance, marketing, and IT, where she discovered her passion for human resources.
Ashlynn Callery is completing her BA degree in Human Resource Management at Southern New Hampshire University.
Carol Anne Watts
Senior Director of Sales & Sales Operations
Carol Anne Watts
Carol Anne Watts joined Freedom Energy in 2019 and is the Senior Director of Sales & Sales Operations. Carol Anne is responsible for recruiting, training, and managing Regional Sales Directors, Energy Advisors, and the Business Development team. Her role includes coordinating monthly pipeline review meetings, providing ongoing support for the team, and participating in regular Risk Management meetings and high-level strategy discussions. In addition, she continues to develop and identify new areas of growth opportunities for the business while managing, assisting, and mentoring the current sales team.
Carol Anne serves a wide range of clients throughout the region. She has extensive industry knowledge and previous management experience from holding sales and branch manager positions at other energy management companies. Her expertise is grounded in building relationships, coaching, sales strategy, and solution selling.
Carol Anne Watts graduated from Saint Anselm College, earning a BA degree in English.
Director of Natural Gas Sales
Sean Devine joined Freedom Energy in 2011 and is the Director of Natural Gas Sales. In this role, he is responsible for developing specialized procurement and load management strategies for clients. Sean’s market expertise and specialized industry knowledge help clients achieve their short and long-term energy procurement goals. In addition, his consultative and data-driven approach allows for a partnership with his clients that has client service at its core.
Before joining Freedom Energy, Sean worked in the insurance and financial services industry. With an investment background, Sean is well-suited to address the risks associated with buying commodities. He is an expert in dual-fuel switching strategies and manages the Natural Gas Consulting service offerings at Freedom Energy. Clients rely on Sean’s expertise to help make informed procurement decisions year after year, and he specializes in creating long-term professional relationships with his clients. His primary focus is on industrial and commercial clients and providing tailored gas procurement strategies to support their requirements.
Sean is passionate about community involvement. As the chair of the Freedom Energy Philanthropy Committee, Sean collaborates with members to organize and initiate charitable and community events for the organization. In addition, Sean is an active member of First Tee of New Hampshire, an organization empowering kids and teens through the game of golf. Sean also volunteers with the Special Olympics of NH, NH Adaptive Ski Programs, Turtle Ridge Foundation, MDA of NH, and the US Disabled Golf Association.
Sean graduated from Sothern New Hampshire University with a BS degree in Business.
Municipal Program Director
As Municipal Program Director, Brian White is responsible for advising and assisting communities throughout the Northeast in optimizing their energy spend and achieving their sustainability goals. Working to achieve city and town’s energy requirements and renewable objectives, Brian builds on current relationships and establishes new ones throughout the municipal community.
Brian has extensive experience in the energy field. Before joining Freedom, Brian supported municipalities, universities, k-12 schools, hospitals, and C&I businesses working to reduce their energy spend at an energy services company. His expertise includes electric and gas purchasing, energy management, problem-solving, and relationship building.
Brian White graduated from Worcester State University, where he earned a BS degree in Business Administration.
Regional Sales Director
Thomas Carter joined Freedom Energy in 2016 and serves as a Regional Sales Director. He specializes in identifying and establishing strategic energy solutions for clients and is also a key member of Freedom Energy’s Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) team.
Thomas is responsible for establishing relationships with the local business community along with building partnerships and relationships with associations. His community involvement has been instrumental in developing Freedom Energy’s partnerships in the industry. In addition, with prior experience in small business ownership and consulting work, he is well versed in advocating for clients and providing energy solutions that meet their energy supply management and renewable energy goals.
An advocate for community service, Thomas is engaged with several community nonprofits and causes that benefit local communities. Thomas serves as Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Network and as a Board Member of the Manchester Food Collaborative, The Palace Theatre, and The Currier Museum of Art.
Regional Sales Director
Anthony Mickiewicz joined Freedom Energy in 2022 as a Regional Sales Director. In his role, he focuses on strategies to optimize the client’s energy portfolio while advocating for them and creating value. In addition, he collaborates with sales, operations, and leadership to develop and support business objectives and strategic initiatives.
Anthony has significant experience in the energy services industry, delivering operational efficiencies and procurement strategies. Since 2018 Anthony has focused primarily on the cannabis industry, aiding well over 2 million square feet of cannabis grower/processors in deregulated markets, implementing various cost management measures, and exploring sustainability avenues. Utilizing his expertise from this area of specialization, he has been able to leverage it to support client requirements across a variety of other industries.
He is driven by his passion for finding strategic solutions for clients and enjoys working in an industry that is constantly changing and advancing.
Regional Sales Director
Dileep Prabhakar joined Freedom Energy in 2022 as a Regional Sales Director. He is an industry veteran bringing over 30 years of engineering and energy experience to Freedom Energy’s clients. Over his career, he has advocated for municipalities, school districts, commercial and industrial customers, and other clients, managing their energy procurement and sustainability initiatives while optimizing their energy spending and achieving decarbonization initiatives.
Before joining Freedom Energy, Dileep held business development and technical roles for various energy brokers and suppliers. He has extensive retail and wholesale expertise supporting clients with commodity and renewable energy solutions, battery storage, and infrastructure services, including DDC HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Controls (heat pumps, air handlers, boilers).
Dileep is an industry thought leader, passionate about sustainability, electrification, and the clean energy future. He has authored many articles assisting municipalities and other end users to better understand the complex, dynamic changes in the energy world.
Dileep earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
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