Hawaii Gas names Aaron Kirk as vice president of Sales & Marketing
HONOLULU – Hawaii Gas, the state’s only regulated gas utility, has hired two new executives with extensive renewable energy experience to lead its Sales & Marketing department effective Feb. 29, 2016.
Aaron Kirk, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
“Aaron Kirk has been named as vice president of Sales & Marketing and reports to President & CEO Alicia Moy as a member of her senior executive team. He is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of all sales and marketing activities for Hawaii Gas statewide. He leads the sales team in pursuing new business and partnerships in the community."
Kirk most recently served as president of Bonterra Solar, providing leadership and strategy during a growth phase in their commercial business. Kirk is also the former president and chief operating officer of Sunetric, one of Hawaii’s largest solar installation companies, where he provided strategic direction and oversaw more than 140 employees and $60 million in revenue. Prior to Kirk’s appointment to president & COO he performed duties as Sunetric’s director of Sales, where he built one of the top performing sales teams in the U.S. solar industry."
“I appreciate Aaron’s expertise, background and passion for renewable energy and his understanding of the sensitivities and necessity of different energy solutions to reach our state’s energy goals for a sustainable future,” said Alicia Moy, president and CEO of Hawaii Gas. “Aaron also brings extensive sales and marketing experience to our executive team. During his tenure at Sunetric, he was part of the leadership that implemented successful systems for sustainable growth.”
Prior to Sunetric, Kirk was vice president of Sales and Operations for Oceanic Values, Inc., a web-based marketing and advertising company in Honolulu, where he managed a B2B sales team and software development teams. Before that, he served as vice president of Operations for Toreador, LLC, a Tucson, Ariz.-based Internet startup specializing in online advertising. Kirk serves on the board of directors of the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and is a seasoned veteran in both sales and business operations.
Aaron Cates, Director of Sales Strategic Planning and Analysis
Also joining the Hawaii Gas team is Aaron Cates, who has been named to the newly created position of director of Sales Strategic Planning and Analysis. He reports to the vice president of Sales & Marketing and, in collaboration with him, will provide expertise and guidance on Hawaii Gas’ sales initiatives using data analysis and market research.
Cates most recently served as director of Finance at Bonterra Solar and was previously director of Strategy and Analytics at Sunetric, where he identified critical business growth opportunities and developed short- and long-term strategic business goals. Prior to that, he held data and market analyst positions at Chevron Energy Solutions and energy startup Autowatts.
“Research and data are critical to sound decision making in our dynamic energy marketplace,” said Moy. “We created this new data-centric position to further enhance our sales and organizational goals to move forward on collaborative energy solutions with our current and future customers.”
Cates earned an MBA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Shidler College of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and brings a cultural sensitivity and respect for our island heritage, environmental needs and ways of collaboration, while balancing new best practices for cutting edge renewable energy models and sustainability.
About Hawaii Gas
Hawaii Gas is Hawaii’s only government-franchise, full-service gas company manufacturing and distributing gas in Hawai‘i. The company’s market includes Hawaii’s approximately 1.4 million residents and nearly 8 million visitors. Hawaii Gas manufactures synthetic natural gas, or SNG, for its utility customers on O‘ahu, and distributes liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG (propane), to utility, tank and bottled gas customers throughout the state’s six primary islands. Hawaii Gas is the first company to bring liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to Hawai‘i. It uses LNG as a backup fuel for its SNG distribution system. Hawaii Gas is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Company. For more information, visit hawaiigas.com