Paul Hughes

C.E.O., ESCOAtlantic, LLC

Paul has over 25 years of professional experience in energy and environmental construction management consulting.  He has been responsible for hundreds of thousands of watts of installation as well as utility scale energy development and project management over the last 25 years.  Among his training and experience, Paul was in the first class for solar power installation training with Atlantic Solar/Solarex (BP) 1993.  He was also a sales agent, sales manager and consultant for KW Solar, Wisepower, and CMI Solar, in De, PA, NJ.  He is the National trainer for Polarhide and our own Epoxy Cool Roof Systems. ESCOAtlantic is now the sole distributor for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

In addition, Paul was the development manager for a utility scale solar parks utilizing a brownfield space . Paul has over 30 years of experience as a general contractor, including commercial and residential build outs and sales for commercial solar projects. Paul is Building Professional Institute (BPI) trained (energy audits and efficiency), state certified to teach EE and RE courses, developed base and advanced Green Coursework for Realtors, Home Appraisers. He has certified credit course development and teaching at Delaware State University. Paul authored and taught University credit courses in sustainable strategies and technology at Wilmington and Delaware State Universities.

Paul's energy audit company and its principal were selected by the State of Delaware to monitor its statewide energy audit and remediation programs for the State of Delaware. He performed renewable energy sales training for companies and workforce groups, including Mckee Construction, Patterson Schwartz Real Estate, Weichert Real Estate, New Castle County and Kent County Realtors and Home inspectors. 

Paul has performed extensive public speaking for civic groups, universities and industry conferences and was the host of the “Green Fox Radio Green Information Variety Show” on WILM in Wilmington, Delaware. He has a Masters Degree from the College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware In Public Policy and Environmental Policy.  During this time, he earned the Henry B. Folsom Award for Research and is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society.


Franz Maritsch


Franz’ professional expertise is as a systems analyst for nuclear and conventional power plant, a digital control systems analyst for nuclear and conventional power plants, and as a developing engineer. He has mechanical and electronic engineering degrees from the Keppler Politechnikum,Regensburg and the Fachschule Nuernberg, Germany; and worked for 30 years for the Siemens Company in the Power Production Division (KWU). Franz has served as a commissioning engineer and site manager for constructing power plants and oil refineries around the world.  While at Siemens, Franz was the inventor or co-inventor on 12 patents, including patents in digital control systems, mechanical engineering and electronic engineering.

Since 2002 he has been an independent consultant for renewable and sustainable energy production projects.  His emphasis is on renewable and sustainable energy projects; and project planning to embed new energy production systems in the existing power distribution system, considering both technical and economic aspects of planned development.

Representative projects include a development plan for a sustainable campus at a large mid-western research university; evaluating different waste to energy projects using plasma techniques for a large Canadian city and mid-size cities in Illinois; developing hydro storage systems to back up renewable technologies like photovoltaic and wind energy for a non-profit think tank.

In addition Franz works as a technical advisor to the London-based Climate Bond Initiative, which is developing a new asset class (climate bonds) to help fund the transition to a low carbon economy.

Franz is an Austrian citizen who divides his time between the United States and Austria.  Fluent in German and English, he brings knowledge of German and Austrian technical advances and reports, as well as other advances reported on in English.

J. Brett Taylor, Ed.D., Chief Financial Officer
J. Brett Taylor, Ed.D.  the Chief Financial Officer for ESCOAtlantic.  He is the former Director of Government Relations for Diamond Technologies, a Delaware-based full-service information technology firm. He is also Director of Government Relations for Voice 4 Impact, a data analytics firm specializing in intelligence software.  Dr. Taylor has over 30 years of experience in administration, finance and public policy crossing multiple disciplines, including, education, transportation, energy and environmental sustainability.  Dr. Taylor served as Policy Director for the Delaware Department of Transportation. He was responsible for coordinating local, state and federal legislative and policy issues affecting transportation, environmental policy and energy.  He served on the Northeast Corridor Commission, the I-95 Corridor Coalition, the Transportation and Climate Initiative and the Mileage Based User Fee Alliance. He also served as the Department’s Transportation Trust Fund Administrator and the State of Delaware’s Bond Finance Director.

Previous to his tenure at DelDOT, Dr. Taylor was Chief Financial Officer for the Red Clay Consolidated School District, overseeing its budgetary and accounting activities and capital improvement program.  Brett earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware.  He has also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.   Brett is an adjunct in the Doctorate in Business Administration Program at Wilmington University and an adjunct professor of Project Research at Springfield College, Wilmington campus.

Jack Sol Church


Jack graduated from Clemson University in 1982 with BS in Mechanical Engineering (BS ME) and in 1983 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (MS ME), with an emphasis on advanced materials and thermodynamics (energy conservation and conversion). Graduate projects included, analysis of recovering wasted hot water in a hotel laundry and evaluating methods to reduce evaporative losses in dyeing fabrics for a textile manufacturer.

He worked in the aerospace industry for 11 years as both a design and project engineer, focusing on replacing metal components with advanced composites.  Additionally, he worked for one year as a project engineer for a small medical company.

In 2009, he was BPI certified and started growing a business to perform building energy audits and the remediation recommended to improve the buildings overall energy performance.  This included performing audits, generating proposals for work and performing the remediation.  Jack is certified as a Solar Professional by Heatspring Institute for Solar PV.

In 2010, Jack was a awarded the contract to assist with inspecting weatherization work performed in houses for the Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program.  He is currently overseeing the Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control as the State Quality Assurance Monitor for the Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program.

Charles Szoradi


Charlie is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Accredited Professional), a Certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Energy Auditor, and he has taken an eco-leadership role at the national and regional level. In 2009, Charlie was elected to the Board of the Sustainable Business Network and selected as a member of the Green Economy Task Force, with direct participation on the Capitol Hill Delegation.

Charlie is the CEO of GREENandSAVE, LLC which was chosen as one of the finalists of the Sustainability Awards, and in 2011 won the Green Business of the Year award from the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. Charlie is also the CEO of GREENandSAVE's sister company LED Saving Solutions, LLC, which provides best-of-breed lighting products and retrofits to a diverse range of commercial clients. From speaking engagements across the country and the cover profile of Investor's Digest Magazine to the Energy Expert for US Magazine, Charlie has simply dedicated his career to sustainability and cleantech energy innovation. 

Charlie earned his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and went on to earn his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Charlie lives with his wife, son, and daughter in their self-sustaining home in greater Philadelphia.

Benjamin R Zehr


Benjamin Zehr is a citizen of both India and the United States. Having spent his childhood in rural India, and completed his middle-schooling there, Ben moved to the United States in 2007 and began his upper education at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School, a select admission school associated with the university. He graduated in 2011, and decided to return to Maharashtra to help set up solutions to the problems he grew up around - starting a rural eye care outreach project called Dekhon, which now serves over 2 million people (and growing) in medically deficient rural Maharashtra. Starting in the fall of 2012, he has attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York as an undergraduate majoring in International Agriculture and Rural Development. 

As someone with an international perspective on development issues, particularly in the fields of food and energy, Ben joined ESCOAtlantic as an Intern in the spring of 2013, to both gain exposure to the technologies and methods that are sure to shape the future of the [developing] world in a big way, and also to help Universities - hotbeds of innovation on this front - to grow their commitments to a cleaner, more sustainable future. As an intern, Ben acts as a liaison and marketing representative to Colleges and Universities across the United States, seeking to improve their on campus operations - from transportation to energy to infrastructure.