Brad Warrenburg, Program Manager in CMC’s Chicago, IL location, was born and raised in the small town of Greenfield, IN. Prior to joining CMC Energy in 2020, Brad attended DePaul University—at the age of 40—and graduated in 2010 with a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus in Social Action and Social Justice. In his free time, Brad enjoys traveling, reading and learning about different cultures, camping and gardening. His favorite vacation spot is Java, Indonesia, where his wife’s family lives.
Prior to joining CMC, what did you know of energy efficiency or the industry?
In high school I worked for an insulation company but really did not get deep into energy efficiency until I went to work for the Community and Economics Department Association of Cook County (CEDA). While there, I was put through 10 weeks of Indoor Climate Research Training (ICRT) in Champaign, IL. Since my training, I have performed a few thousand home energy audits, as well as trained auditors. For the last four years, I was the program manager for all residential programs for 18 utilities in Michigan.
What made you join CMC?
I liked CMC’s values and everyone I spoke with in the interview process. I was impressed in how these values seemed to be honest.
What do you like about the work that you do at CMC?
I enjoy helping others and, in my position, I not only get to help our customers save energy, money and the planet, I get to help those that I manage do this good work. I hope they are proud of what they do.
What do you do for fun? Do you have any hidden talents or interests?
Spending time with my wife doing just about anything: camping, gardening, traveling and soon, raising 15 chickens and around 20,000 to 40,000 bees. We are still trying to come up with 40,000 names for the bees. As far as hidden talents, I seem to put others at ease, which allows me to learn about them. I try to live by my own quote, “The most precious gift I can give you, is to learn from you and share it with others.”
Besides work, how are you keeping busy during our “stay at home” period?
Reading and planning out our newly purchased two-acre Homestead.