EDITOR’S NOTE: At Green Mountain Energy, we’re dedicated to changing the way power is made, and we’re fortunate to have employees who share our vision. Get a closer look at who’s helping accomplish our mission by reading our employee profiles.
Last week, a Green Mountain legend retired. Our former President of Residential Sales, Paul Markovich, dedicated 13 years to our mission and made a lasting impact on our company. We are sad to see him go, but we deeply appreciate all of his hard work and dedication, and wish him the best of luck!
NAME: Paul Markovich
GREEN MOUNTAIN OFFICE: Austin
TITLE: President of Residential Sales
YEARS AT THE MOUNTAIN: 13 years
How did you find your way to Green Mountain?
I became interested in Green Mountain when the company I was working for made an investment in them. I soon found out that Paul Thomas, with whom I had previously worked, had just been named their President. A couple phone calls, several meetings and a few months later, I moved to Austin and became Green Mountain’s first Director of Business Development. And I never looked back.
What’s your favorite Green Mountain memory?
When I started with the company in August of 2000, we were just moving our headquarters from Burlington, VT, and our new office space was not quite ready, so our staff of about 40 people was housed in temporary space. For me, that meant sharing a conference room about the size of El Viento with the 7-person marketing team. But I couldn’t complain – our CEO and President both sat in a hallway.
How has the renewable energy industry changed since you joined Green Mountain?
There’s no question that technologies have improved and much more has been built, but the biggest changes have been in the retail space and especially customer acceptance of renewables. When I started, there were very few green electricity products being sold and they were all ours. Now there are dozens and everybody sells them. Further, back then, green products tended to be popular only among people with environmental leanings (a.k.a., tree huggers). Today, we are much more mainstream.
Where has Green Mountain made the most impact in your 13 years here?
I wish I could say we have succeeded in changing the way power is made. We haven’t (yet), but we have changed the way customers, competitors and the industry as a whole think about renewables, which is a giant leap in the right direction.
What is the most important lesson you learned during your time here?
My wife and I have this little joke. When I would leave the house in the morning she would say ‘go make the donuts.‘ I have to be honest – there were some rough times here on the Mountain when it wasn’t easy to get up and come ‘make the donuts.’ But what I realized is that you can have all of the talent and experience in the world, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t show up. And I don’t mean just filling a chair. I mean showing up and engaging in the business in a way that makes the company better today than it was yesterday.
It saddens me to say goodbye to my extended family here, but I’m going to let somebody else make the donuts.
Godspeed, Green Mountain!
– Paul Markovich
Below: Paul loves coffee, and he often reminded employees to keep the coffee pot full. Below is a plaque in the break room in his honor.