John Avina, P.E., CEM, CEA, CMVP, CxA, has worked in energy analysis and utility bill tracking for over 25 years. He founded his company, Abraxas Energy Consulting, in 2001, and continues to run it today. His background is in engineering, not business. He has made many mistakes as a business owner that cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars. Piror to starting Abraxas, he has worked at Thermal Energy Applications Research Center, Johnson Controls, SRC Systems, and Silicon Energy. Mr. Avina currently chairs the Certified Energy Auditor Exam Committee for AEE. Mr. Avina has a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.