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Executive Team

Michael Sullivan

President & Chief Executive Officer

Michael Sullivan serves as President & Chief Executive Officer. Michael served as Chief Operating Officer for Champion Energy from 2010 to 2015. Prior to joining Champion Energy, Michael was a founding partner of Ambridge Energy, LLC, which merged with Champion Energy in 2008. Prior to founding Ambridge, he held several operations and marketing support roles at Reliant Energy between 2002 and 2007. Michael's career began at Andersen Consulting and later spent several years at Arthur Andersen. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University.

Brian Tamplen

Senior Vice President, Supply & Risk Management

Brian Tamplen serves as Senior Vice President of Supply and Risk Management and leads all supply and risk management related functions for Champion Energy. Brian served previously as Head of Trading for GDF Suez North America and Vice President of Commercial Operations and Asset Management for Dynegy. In addition, he has a proven history in asset and risk management with Pacific Gas and Electric, Detroit Edison, and Atmos Energy. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Tyler and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Massachusetts.

Alon Erlichman

Vice President, Information Technology

Alon Erlichman leads Champion Energy's Information Technology team which provides system infrastructure, application development, and business process optimization support to the organization. He is responsible for maintaining and expanding the company’s information technology platform to support growth, as well as introducing innovative technology to improve our customers' experience. Alon has 14 years of leadership experience in the retail electricity industry and previously oversaw Champion Energy's Customer Operations and Customer Care functions across all markets. Prior to joining Champion Energy in 2011, he held several roles at Reliant Energy, including market settlements, and customer operations. Alon's career began at Arthur Andersen in the Business Consulting practice after he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas in Austin.

Brenda Crockett

Vice President, Market Development & Regulatory Affairs

As Vice President of Market Development and Regulatory Affairs, Brenda Crockett spearheads key issues associated with Champion Energy's expansion into new deregulated markets and regulatory matters. As part of Champion's original leadership team, beginning in 2005, she served as the company's Director of Retail Operations and subsequently Vice President of Wholesale Supply. Brenda brings over 25 years of energy industry experience, holding numerous positions at both Enron Corp and NGC Corp./Dynegy Inc. She has worked in a range of capacities: accounting, gas scheduling, transportation marketing and natural gas trading, including Dynegy's Senior Director of West Natural Gas Trading. In Brenda's most recent role at Dynegy, she was Senior Director of Retail Operations for Dynegy Energy Services, responsible for customer enrollment, customer service and billing system development. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University.

Zach Deakins

Vice President, Finance Operations

Zach Deakins leads the Finance organization at Champion Energy with responsibility for all accounting, budget and forecasting, treasury and financial reporting. Zach is a certified public accountant with 15 years of experience in the energy industry. Previously Zach served as Director of Accounting at Champion Energy’s parent company Calpine Corporation, with responsibility for commercial derivative and hedging activities, margin reporting and analysis, and accounting controls. Before his time in industry, Zach worked for Deloitte & Touche, LLP’s energy capital markets practice serving a variety of energy clients in both audit and consulting capacities. Zach holds a dual BBA in Accounting & Business Administration from Houston Baptist University.

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  • Top-ranked electricity provider
  • Abundant access to capital
  • Financially secure
  • Respected industry leader

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