President and Chief Executive Officer
In 1993, Kurt — a seller of performance contracts for Honeywell — and his long-time friend Gary (Buck) Maynard knew they had the tools to build a successful company within the energy service market. Since its humble beginning, RTS has flourished. During this time, the company has installed over $220 million in projects and has opened seven offices across the nation. Kurt has been Retro-Tech’s president for 20+ years.
His mission for RTS is threefold:
1. Grow by expanding the company's current markets while simultaneously exploring new opportunities.
2. Improve efficiency within the organization. This will increase its value to customers, strengthen team member satisfaction, and enhance its bottom-line.
3. Retain RTS' current customers by delivering high-value and high-quality service.
Kurt earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where he played football.
Gary (Buck) Maynard
In 1993, Buck — owner of a successful electrical contracting business in Phoenix, Ariz. — and his long-time friend Kurt Minko knew they had the tools to build a successful company within the energy-efficiency market. From its humble beginnings, RTS has flourished.
Buck manages all manpower and job-related materials. He and his team strive to ensure unparalleled customer satisfaction through efficient installations. During his tenure at RTS, Buck has promoted a safe work environment and has seen the field staff expand to over 100 employees. He requires his team to undergo regular OSHA training to stay current on all OSHA regulations. Conserving knowledge on these regulations allows RTS to remain a leader in the energy-efficient lighting industry.
Buck is a master electrician holding licenses for RTS in many different cities across the nation.
Steve has 22 years of energy-efficient lighting experience. In 1993, prior to joining RTS, Steve — alongside Stuart Kirscht — started Interlocken Services. This company provided turnkey lighting solutions for the ESCO market in Southeastern United States. Come 2000, Steve seized the opportunity to merge with RTS. Since then, he has been an active vice president and owner.
At Retro-Tech Systems, Steve oversees the new-business development in both state and federal ESCO markets. He is also active in the day-to-day management of RTS and its employees.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and social policy from Northwestern University, where he played football with RTS co-owner Kurt Minko. He is also a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP).
Stuart has 20+ years of energy-efficient lighting experience. In 1993, prior to joining RTS, Stuart — alongside Steve Rosholt — started Interlocken Services. This company provided turnkey lighting solutions for the ESCO market in Southeastern United States. Come 2000, Stuart seized the opportunity to merge with RTS. Since then, he has been an active vice president and owner.
At Retro-Tech Systems, Stuart oversees the new-business development in both state and federal ESCO markets. He is also active in the day-to-day management of RTS and its employees.
Stuart attended the University of Arizona. He is also a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP).
Director of Operations
Greg has more than 20 years of experience in the contracting industry. Prior to becoming an RTS project manager in 1995, Greg owned and operated a landscaping business.
As the director of operations for RTS, Greg supervises all project managers. In addition to overseeing $200 million in installations, he closely manages all aspects of manpower, startup, construction, closeout, disposal, and project follow-up. Greg keeps jobs within budget and on schedule, which brings unparalleled customer satisfaction.
In 1987, Greg became the Junior National Champion of the American Powerlifting Federation.
Director of Sales & Engineering
David has more than 20 years of experience in the energy-efficient lighting industry. Before joining our company, he implemented demand-side management programs with national utilities. In 1995, David became a branch manager for RTS. He has since been promoted to regional sales manager and — most recently — to director of sales and engineering.
Today, David oversees lighting design, audits, and proposal writing. He also coordinates the national ESCO and utility sales effort.
A member of the tennis team and a recipient of a bachelor’s degree in economics, David graduated from the University of Michigan. Certificates he holds: Lighting Certified (LC), Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP), and Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP).
Director of Business Development
A market veteran with over 20 years of energy efficiency and ESCO experience, Brad brings deep industry relationships and a wealth of knowledge to an already seasoned team at RTS.
In his role as director of business development, Brad works closely with the company’s sales team and with ESCO customers to deliver RTS’ industry-leading approach to lighting, building envelope, and water conservation services.
Brad’s office is located in Madison, CT.
Project Information Manager
Drew processes lighting audit data and designs flexible proposals for our RTS customers. He also prepares proposals for final engineering and pricing review, supports RTS sales, communicates with ESCO sales and engineering customers, prepares documents for the operations team, and coordinates/reviews material submittals.
Drew earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he played football. Drew is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).
Regional Sales Manager
With over 12 years of experience in the lighting industry, Toby has held significant positions, such as senior sales executive for Voss Lighting—the largest Philips lighting distributor in the United States. He joined the RTS team in 2011 as the regional sales manager of the mountain region.
Toby maintains existing sales relationships with RTS partners, and he develops new relationships within the mountain region. He is involved in a variety of RTS sales jobs and project developments, from auditing and design to proposal generation and job implementation.
Toby holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska.
Regional Sales Manager
For over 16 years, Andy has been involved in the lighting industry, where he has held significant job titles, such as a national sales manager for Howard Industries within the Ballast Division. In 2000, Andy joined RTS. His understanding of the ESCO market has been valuable to the company’s growth into new market areas.
Andy maintains existing sales relationships with RTS partners, and he develops new relationships within the Southern market. He is involved in a variety of RTS sales jobs and project developments, from auditing and design to proposal generation and job implementation.
Andy has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mississippi State University and another bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama. He is a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
Regional Sales Manager
Sherri has 15+ years of experience in the environmental and energy industries. She has worked as a sales executive, selling comprehensive and guaranteed energy-savings projects for Schneider Electric in Pennsylvania. In 2010, Sherri joined RTS, where she serves the ESCO market in the Northeast.
Sherri maintains existing sales relationships with RTS partners, and she develops new relationships within the Northeast market. She is involved in a variety of RTS sales and project developments, from auditing and design to proposal generation and job implementation.
Sherri is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and the Energy Services Coalition (ESC), where she is on the executive committee. Sherri is a Certified Lighting Energy Professional (CLEP) by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
Built by lighting people and for lighting people, RTS employees have a keen knowledge of the industry. In fact, 90% of its staff have a background in lighting. While their expertise is vital to the company’s success, these employees’ unique mixture of experience and passion make all the difference. RTS has created a diverse team — combining planners, designers, experimenters, storytellers, researchers, and builders — that aims to meet the particular needs of each project and client.
Retro-Tech Systems embodies trust and value. Trust — based on a customer’s perception through company interaction — is fundamental to building relationships. These relationships, in turn, strengthen the value of each project.
When RTS began, it chose not to rely on old working models handed down from the corporate world. Rather, it created new formulas, approaches, and processes. As the company has grown, it has maintained relationships on every front, from first contact to final delivery. The company’s teams make the most effective, punctual use of engineering and project design. They stay within budget and improve the consumer’s holistic experience, as well.
Retro-Tech prides itself on culture. It selects team members who embody certain traits and virtues that are characteristic to a healthy working environment. The company embraces G.R.A.C.E—an acronym that describes its employees’ values. RTS wants its team members to be grounded, to have resolve, to accept accountability, to make clever decisions, and to be enjoyable.