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Advisory Board

The goal of the Energy Focus Advisory Board is to help us penetrate significant market segments by bringing key industry insights and connections to critical decision-making networks to Energy Focus as we grow our LED retrofit businesses.


Rear Admiral Kendell Pease

US Navy Retired

Kendell Pease became General Dynamics vice president – Government Relations and Communications in May 2006. He previously had served as vice president – Communications, since May 1998, when he joined General Dynamics. Pease retired from General Dynamics in January of this year after 15 years with the Company and is now heading a Government Relations and Public Relations consulting firm.

Prior to joining General Dynamics, Pease served 30 years in the U.S. Navy as a public affairs officer and was the Navy’s Chief of Information from July 1992 to April 1998. He retired from active duty in May 1998 as a rear admiral.

Pease was born in April 1945 in Boston, Mass. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 and a master’s degree in mass communications from American University in 1975. He is the recipient of four Silver Anvil awards from the Public Relations Society of America for excellence in public relations. He is a member of the board of the Armed Services YMCA, Metro-USO, and the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Trustee, United States Naval Academy Foundation, Trustee, US Naval Institute and is on the board of Heroes & Families Foundation.


Dennis M. Chack

President of Ohio Utilities for FirstEnergy Corp.

Mr. Chack began his career with Ohio Edison in 1969 in the Transmission Engineering Department at the company’s Akron General Office. Following a series of marketing-related promotions, he was named commercial marketing supervisor in Ohio Edison’s Akron Division in 1987. He was promoted to manager of Governmental Affairs in 1990, superintendent of Akron Division Sales in 1992, and director of Sales, Northern Region in 1996. In 1997, following the merger of Ohio Edison and Centerior Energy that formed FirstEnergy, he was named executive director of sales. In 1999, he was named vice president of FirstEnergy Solutions, managing its regional and national sales and marketing force. He was president of The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company in 2001 following the merger of FirstEnergy and GPU, Inc. Mr. Chack was named to his current position in February 2011.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Mr. Chack earned his degree in sales and marketing from The University of Akron.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Summa Health System Hospitals (Chair, Finance Committee) Marymount Hospital (Chairman of the Board), the Cleveland Clinic Health Network, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and a member of The 50 Club of Cleveland. Mr. Chack also serves as an Advisory Board member for Donley’s Construction, PCX Holdings Company, Baldwin-Wallace College’s Business Advisory Council and Clear Channel Business Advisory Board.

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