Modern Energy was founded by Mark Laabs and Benjamin Abram, friends since 2007 with a shared aspiration to help tackle some the world’s biggest challenges. Mark and Ben have common roots in North Carolina’s Triangle.
Modern Energy is built on their foundational partnership: Ben acquired and incubated American Efficient, one of the leading managers of energy efficiency resources in the United States. Mark co-founded Faro Energy, one of the leading distributed solar companies in Brazil. Since establishing Modern Energy in 2016, initially as a combination of 100% of their ownership in those two firms, Mark and Ben have worked together to create an exceptional platform for people to contribute their time and talent to driving the energy transition.
Prior to co-founding Modern Energy, Ben was the President of American Efficient, which partners with manufacturers, retailers, contractors, developers, distributors, electric utilities, and grid operators to develop and manage portfolios of energy efficiency resources. He acquired and incubated American Efficient in 2013 following a multi-year search for an energy efficiency business model that could bring energy efficiency resources to market at scale. Today, American Efficient is a fully-owned subsidiary of Modern Energy. Previously, Ben worked at The Westly Group, a clean technology-oriented venture capital firm.
Ben serves or has served on several non-profit boards, including the Rare Cancer Research Foundation, the Chordoma Foundation, the Sall Family Foundation, the A.M. and Ruth Z. Fleishman Foundation, and on the boards of his alma maters, Duke School and Duke University.
He is a graduate of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, graduating with a bachelor's degree with dual majors in civil & environmental engineering and public policy studies.
He is a recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and Pratt’s Distinguished Young Alumnus award. Close
Prior to Modern Energy, Mark served as Chief Operating Officer of Soligent, a California-based solar equipment distributor with over 5,000 customers and over $150mm in annual revenues. Prior to Soligent, Mark helped to build and sell Climate Bridge, a major early player in global carbon markets with offices in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Prior to that, he served as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company.
Mark served on the boards of the Advanced Energy Economy, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, and the Energy Transitions Commission. He graduated as a Robertson Scholar jointly from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.
After being diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma in 2012, Mark founded the Rare Cancer Research Foundation (RCRF) to bring shared service and infrastructure innovations to the rare cancer research ecosystem. Contributions in Mark's honor can be made to rarecancer.org.
Mark Joseph Laabs
October 27, 1983 – February 20, 2024 Close
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Board of Managers
Prior to Rovi, Mr. Wickett served as general partner at Bay Partners, an early stage venture fund, and as an executive at a number of Silicon Valley companies. Mr. Wickett is a member of the State Bar of California. Close
Prior to joining Textron, Ms. Lovejoy served as a Vice President and Senior Corporate Banker at the First National Bank of Chicago. She is a Director of Rhode Island Foundation, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Close