Leadership Team

Mimi Iklé-Khalsa, Chair of the Board

“It’s exciting to see the new directions that CMC Energy Services is taking under the leadership of Eileen and Mimi. Doris Ikle’s legacy will continue to thrive in their capable hands, and CMC Energy Services continues to stand as a testament to the important role that women can play in driving energy efficiency into the residential sector of our economy.”
— Kateri Callahan, President,
Alliance to Save Energy

Mimi Iklé-Khalsa

Ms. Iklé-Khalsa offers a vast knowledge of energy-related business practices and company history after a lifetime of learning from and working with her mother and CMC Energy Services founder, Doris Iklé.

Ms. Iklé-Khalsa works closely with the President, providing direction and advice regarding overall strategy and course of action within the company. Ms. Iklé-Khalsa ensures that the company’s mission is carried out and the values practiced are in a manner that is consistent with the vision of the company. She lends leadership and guidance regarding new business development and marketing strategy. She also advises the President on leadership and management issues and acts as the liaison between the company’s executives and the Board of Directors.

Eileen McGinnis, President

Eileen McGinnis

Ms. McGinnis was appointed President of CMC Energy Services in 2010 and oversaw the creation of the technical and human capital infrastructure necessary to maintain quality during a high-growth period of the company. During the first five years of her tenure, CMC more than doubled in size while maintaining its commitment to delivering high quality services. As President, she is responsible for providing strategic direction to the company’s business development, client relations and contract delivery functions.

Ms. McGinnis has held top policy, regulatory, and management positions in state and federal governments for over two decades. She served as Chief of Staff to the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she provided advice and counsel on the key policy and regulatory issues facing the Agency. As Chief of Staff to Administrator Christie Whitman, Ms. McGinnis directed and coordinated the activities of EPA’s 10 regional offices, serving as the Administrator’s day-to-day manager for the 17,000 employee, $8 billion Agency. She also managed the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Public Affairs and Communication, and the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation.

Ms. McGinnis also served in NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s Cabinet as Chief of Policy where she was responsible for the planning and implementation of major government initiatives and operations across state government. During her tenure as Chief of Policy, Ms. McGinnis was responsible for the design and implementation of the state’s historic million-acre land preservation program; served as Director of NY/NJ Dredging Task Force, which led to the development of environmentally sound disposal sites; and oversaw the development of the State’s first Quality of Life Report which reported to the public what State agencies and departments were doing to implement plans for a sustainable New Jersey.

Ms. McGinnis successfully completed a mid-career program designed for leaders in public service at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where she was awarded a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, as well as a Masters in Public Policy. She also successfully completed Wharton’s Program for Working Professionals in 2012.

Denise Stein, Director of Operations

Denise Stein

Ms. Stein has more than 29 years of experience in program implementation and administration, office management, and the development of energy conservation program procedures. For the past 23 years at CMC, Ms. Stein has applied these principles managing energy efficiency programs for utilities such as Philadelphia Gas Works, PECO, PSE&G and First Energy. She currently directs CMC’s administration of PECO’s Low Income Usage Reduction Program (LIURP), PECO’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LEEP), and PSEG Long Island’s Residential Energy Assistance Program (REAP). Ms. Stein also oversees CMC’s participation in various other energy efficiency pilot programs.

Leila Banihani, Director of Operations

Leila Banihani

Ms. Banihani, a Six Sigma Green Belt, came to CMC in 2011 and is the director of operations overseeing the New Jersey Comfort Partners Program (NJCPP), First Energy’s WARM Program and Philadelphia Gas Works Enhanced Low Income Usage Reduction Program (ELIRP) ensuring the quality and efficiency of contract services. Ms. Banihani also oversees CMC’s participation providing services to Pennsylvania’s county weatherization providers.
She is responsible for the establishment of production and quality control standards, facilitation of accurate work reporting, development of program procedures policies, and guidance in developing specifications for new projects. Before joining CMC, Ms. Banihani was a supply chain analyst for PSEG Services Corporation, director of operations for Foxtons North America, and a global sourcing manager for the A&E Products Group of Tyco International. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Thomas Edison State College and has attended Executive Education programs at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Blaine Fox, Director of Business Development

Blaine Fox poses for a portrait in the Washington, D.C. offices of Ballard Spahr.

Blaine Fox brings more than 20 years of experience in energy-related business to his role as Director of Business Development at CMC Energy.

A LEED-Accredited Professional and former Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Marketing for Warm Thoughts Communications, Mr. Fox identifies and delivers sustainable growth solutions – from strategic acquisitions to RFP and partnership opportunities – designed to expand CMC’s footprint and further the company’s vision and goals.

With a proven record of driving large-scale transformation initiatives as a consultant, mentor, and leader, Mr. Fox brings a vital analytical perspective to the CMC team, and to the company’s marketing and strategic planning efforts.

Mario Cancassi, Program Manager

Mario Cancassi

Mr. Cancassi joined CMC in 2011 as a quality assurance/quality control specialist for the Long Island LIPA REAP program. He is now the program manager for this growing initiative. With a focus on reducing energy consumption within the residential market via comprehensive energy audits, Mr. Cancassi directs all contractor relationships, field auditors and administrative staff. His past experience includes being a home inspector, an operations manager, a consultant for the Con Edison Small Business Direct Installation Program and a sales engineer for the National Grid Small Business Incentive Program for High Efficiency Equipment. Mr. Cancassi holds multiple certifications, including BPI analyst and envelope professional, LEED green associate, green building, and infrared thermal specialist.

Tom Desimpel, Program Manager

Tom Desimpel

Mr. Desimpel has more than 21 years of experience in areas of Program Management, Business Management, and Operations Management. He is responsible for the administration of the NJ Comfort Partners Program, First Energy’s WARM Program, and previously the Long Island Power Authority’s REAP Program including the coordination of over 9,000 comprehensive energy audits, subcontractor installations, and inspections targeting income eligible electric and gas users. Prior to joining CMC, Mr. Desimpel worked for PSE&G where he was responsible for the administration and support for the NJ Comfort Partners Program for PSE&G Customers and PSE&G’s Whole House Energy Efficiency Program.

John McQuiggan, Program Manager

John McQuiggan

Mr. McQuiggan joined CMC in 2010 as a quality assurance inspector and soon took on a supervisory role. As a program manager, he administers a usage reduction program for Philadelphia Gas Works, overseeing all field and administrative aspects as well as CMC’s participation providing services to Pennsylvania’s county weatherization providers and various other energy efficiency pilot programs. Mr. McQuiggan holds three (3) certifications from the Building Performance Institute (BPI). Before embarking on a career in quality assurance and energy conservation, Mr. McQuiggan operated his own home inspection business for five years. Prior to that, he worked 27 years as an editor and manager, overseeing editing, production, content and software development at the Philadelphia Inquirer, philly.com and Knight Ridder Digital.

Blake Cole, Massachusetts Branch Manager

Blake Cole

Mr. Cole has over 25 years of experience in the energy efficiency industry, and is responsible for quality assurance and customer service for all programs administered by CMC’s Massachusetts operation. Starting as a home builder early in his career, Mr. Cole found his passion for energy conservation. Mr. Cole has gained extensive knowledge by conducting well over 5,000 Blower Door assisted air sealing projects, over 1000 modified RCS energy audits. Mr. Cole currently holds his QA Designee status under RESNET guidelines. He has been instrumental in the Massachusetts/Rhode Island operational start up to provide Quality Assurance on the MassSave/Energy Wise programs for both residential and commercial clients.

Joe Roy, Connecticut Branch Manager

Joseph Roy

Mr. Roy joined CMC’s CMC Energy Services in 2009 with a science-based education background in meteorology. Beginning as an Assistant Technician, he quickly rose to Lead Technician, and then took on a senior role in the company. As the Branch Manager, Mr. Roy is currently responsible for all Energy Efficiency Projects in Connecticut. Essential duties include project oversight, ongoing supervision of branch management personnel, and managing client relationships. He has been in a variety of field supervisory and management positions within the company, including his most recent position as Project Development Manager, heading up our multifamily services group. His analytical skills, coupled with a strong customer focus, enable him to provide necessary leadership and direction. He currently possesses Analyst, Envelope and Multifamily BPI certifications, as well as various other industry-related credentials.