About Us

Along an ocean shore, a rip current is a strong, turbulent flow that breaks through incoming waves and drives relentlessly out to sea. It’s fast. Powerful. Defiant.

Similarly, ripKurrent pushes back against the conventional approaches to energy conservation and savings. We believe in creating long-term value by bringing technology directly to facility owners — past the waves of contractors, engineers, third-party consultants and the rest of the hierarchy that drag down productivity and increases costs.

And like the churning waters where surf and rip current meet, we enable a perpetual exchange of information — your facility data in to us, our data analytics out to you — empowering continual improvement.


With disruptive, climate-conscious, innovative technologies, ripKurrent is blazing new paths in energy use and conservation. By offering a breadth of trend-leading products — along with industry-leading consulting, design, monitoring and maintenance services — we’re helping to change how companies think about their energy use.

Our focus on natural refrigerants, water conservation, energy code compliance, industry regulations, and energy efficiency helps businesses optimize their energy usage, reduce consumption and achieve net zero.

Climate matters. And we’re committed to reducing America’s carbon footprint and creating a healthier world.


Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Justin Dye

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Justin serves as co-founder and CEO of ripKurrent and has over 24 years of general management, operations, strategy, corporate finance, and M&A experience. Most recently, Justin was an integral part of the Cerberus-led consortium that acquired and created Albertsons Companies. Justin served as Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administration Officer during his 11 year tenure. Albertsons LLC grew sales from approximately $10 billion to over $60 billion with over 2,300 stores and 285,000 employees creating one of the largest privately-held companies in the U.S. Prior to Albertson's, Justin was an operating executive for Cerberus Capital Management and held general management and corporate development roles at General Electric. He received a B.A, from DePauw University with academic honors and was a member of the men's tennis team. Current and past board roles include: Lead Director, New Seasons Market, Senior Advisor to PJ Solomon Investment Bank, DePauw University Board of Trustees, Idaho First Bank, New Albertsons Inc., New Cub Grocery, and Executive Committee of Food Marketing Institute.
Founder & President

Jade Culbertson

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Jade serves as co-founder and President of ripKurrent, LLC, bringing with him over 25 years of business management and systems engineering experience. Jade's expertise is in sales, management, technical design and services of applied HVAC, refrigeration, and renewable energy systems in a wide range of vertical markets including: commercial, retail, healthcare, education, hospitality and industrial. Most recently, Jade led the commercial air conditioning group for Panasonic in the U.S. Prior to Panasonic, he served as North American Business Leader for Guntner U.S. Additionally, Jade has held management and sales positions at United Technologies' subsidiary Carrier Corporation and the Trane Company. Jade holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Evansville and a BS in Management from Tusculum College.
Chief Innovation Officer

Nirup Krishnamurthy

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Nirup Krishnamurthy serves as Chief Innovation Officer of ripKurrent, Senior Advisor of Dye Capital LLC, and leads the ripKurrent Innovation Center (RIC). The RIC focuses on the use of advanced and emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain technology, 3D Virtual Reality, and Advanced Statistical Tools, to drive competitive advantage for ripKurrent's customers. Nirup has over 25 years of experience in driving innovation and technology in Fortune 500 companies. As Chief Information Officer of United Airlines he was part of the management team that undertook one the largest restructuring in corporate America. As Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President at Northern Trust Bank, he oversaw its major IT Transformation projects.He holds both an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering with emphasis on Operations Research from SUNY at Buffalo. Nirup's leadership and applied science background enables ripKurrent to develop next generation facility intelligence solutions that drive substantial efficiencies for our customers.
Chief Technical Officer

Matt Green

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Matt serves as Chief Technical Officer of ripKurrent, leading the MEP design studio, research & development, and application engineering. Matt brings over 20 years of business management and applied HVAC systems engineering to the Company. His areas of specialization have centered around the design, execution, and support of leading-edge HVAC systems with customers in healthcare, K-12 education, higher education, multi-family housing, senior and assisted living, food retail, cannabis, and data centers. Prior to joining ripKurrent, Matt was a managing partner with the manufacturer’s representative, Thermosystems, LLC of Chicago. He holds a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Stephen Babson

Seattle, Washington
Managing Director, Endeavour Capital

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Board of Directors of ESCO Corporation, Zoom+care, USNR, New Seasons Market, Bristol Farms / Metropolitan Market (“Good Food Holdings”), Vigor Industrial, Genesis Financial Solutions, Pacific Market International, and OFD Foods
  • Board of Directors of Columbia Sportswear Company and Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Former board member of Roseburg Forest Products
Previous positions:
  • Chairman of Stoel Rives LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Pacific Northwest
Key areas of focus:
  • Food and consumer, specialty retail, niche manufacturing / industrials, transportation and logistics, and business services industries
Education & Notable Awards:
  • Undergrad: B.A. from Stanford University
  • J.D. from Stanford Law School
  • B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Mark Baum

Reston, Virginia
Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Food Marketing Institute Managing Partner of MARCAT Group, LLC

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Board of Directors of KeyImpact Sales & Systems
  • Industry Venture Partner (IVP) with 2X Consumer Partners
  • Founding Champion of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), a CPG/Retail industry organization dedicated to providing career opportunities for women and minorities
  • Director on the Board of Oswego State University (NY)
  • Board Member of the Student Conservation Association
  • Director of Nature’s Best Photography for the National Wildlife Federation’s President’s Advisory Council
Previous positions:
  • Partner & CPG/Retail Practice Lead at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants
  • Executive Vice President of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)
  • President & CEO of Association of Sales & Marketing Companies (ASMC)
Key areas of focus:
  • Baum’s career in the food, beverage, and CPG industry spans over 35 years
Education & Notable Awards:
  • Undergrad: Oswego State University (NY), political science/economics
  • Graduate: Marymount University, marketing and organizational development

Benno Dorer

San Francisco, California
Chairman of Board of Directors of The Clorox Company

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Board of Directors of VF Corporation
  • Vice Chair Executive Committee, Grocery Manufacturers Association
  • Executive Committee, Bay Area Council
  • the board of directors of the Chabot Space & Science Center Foundation in Oakland, California, and the executive committee of the board of the Bay Area Council.
Previous positions:
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Clorox Company
  • Senior Vice President – Cleaning Division and Canada, The Clorox Company,
  • Senior Vice President – Cleaning Division, The Clorox Company
  • Vice President & General Manager – Cleaning Division, The Clorox Compny
  • Proctor & Gamble – Marketing, Glad Products
Key areas of focus:
  • Consumer goods, product marketing, corporate strategy, organizational culture, and leadership
Education & Notable Awards:
  • Undergraduate degree in economics from University of Freiburg in Germany
  • Graduate degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from Saarland University in Germany

Jeff Garwood

Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
Managing Member, Liberation Capital

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Advisory Board/Board Member Aquatech, Miox, Desalitech
  • Board of Directors/Advisor of many Partner firms associated with Liberation Capital
  • Ownership of WaterCoolTower and Zysense
Previous positions:
  • President and CEO of GE Water & Process Technologies – a $2.5B global infrastructure business
  • President of GE Fanuc – a $1B global automation business
  • President of GE’s Garrett Aviation Services, GE Aircraft Engines
  • COO at Commerx and Youcentric
Key areas of focus:
  • Global private equity, global infrastructure, industrial automation, water process technology, operations in general
Education & Notable Awards:
  • Undergraduate: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, NC State University, Summa Cum Laude
  • Graduate: MBA from the University of North Carolina

D. Mark McCoy, PhD

Greencastle, Indiana
President, DePauw University

Boards & Affiliations:
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Park Tudor Board of Directors
Previous positions:
  • Dean of the DePauw University School of Music
  • Taught at the primary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Conductor and Composer
Key areas of focus:
  • Higher Education, Conducting, Composition and Performance
Education & Notable Awards:
  • A. from Shepherd University
  • A. from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins
  • D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University
  • Who’s Who among America’s Teachers
  • International Who’s Who In Music and Musicians

Scott Moses

New York, New York
Managing Director and Head of Food Retail & Restaurants – Investment Banking, PJ SOLOMON

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Board of Directors of UpLift Solutions, a national nonprofit organization that works with food retailers, governments and other constituents to bring full-service grocery stores to underserved markets across the country
Previous positions:
  • Managing Director and Head of Food, Drug, and Specialty Retail Investment Banking at Sagent Advisors
  • Executive Director, Retail Investment Banking at JP Morgan
  • Vice President, Retail Investment Banking at CitiGroup
  • Associate, Retail M&A at Wasserstein Perella (Dresdner Kleinwort, Wasserstein)
Key areas of focus:
  • Mergers, acquisitions, sales and divestitures of traditional and specialty grocers and restaurants
  • He has advised clients in some of the largest and most significant retail M&A transactions of the past two decades, with a combined value of over $50 billion
Education & Notable Awards:
  • A. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania
  • D./M.B.A, Columbia University. Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an executive editor of the Columbia Business Law Review
  • Named to the “Top 50: Americas M&A Dealmakers” list by Global M&A Network (2013)
  • Named to the “40 Under 40” lists of promising finance professionals by IDD (2011) and The M&A Advisor (2015)

Jeff Nagel

New York, New York
Operating Partner, AEA Investors

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Boards of Directors: Visual Comfort Group, TricorBraun, Springs Window Fashions, LoneStar Group, Sparrows, and VJ Technologies
  • BeLocal Group, Founder: An innovation-based philanthropy bringing crowd-sourced solutions to developing country challenges
  • Acumen Fund, Partner: Changing the way the world tackles poverty by leveraging the power of markets and entrepreneurship
  • Carnegie Mellon Tepper School, Advisor to the Accelerate Center for leadership
Previous positions:
  • Chief Executive Officer of NBTY Inc., a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group
  • Corporate Officer of GE
  • VP and GM, Global Services division of GE Oil & Gas
  • President and CEO, GE Inspection Technologies
  • President, GE Home Electric Products
  • VP of Marketing at Energy Biosystems Corporation
Key areas of focus:
  • Working with portfolio companies to maximize value creation through improved performance and cross-portfolio best practice development
  • Background in strategy, market/product development, services, manufacturing, M&A
Education & Notable Awards:
  • B.A. with Honors, The Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  • S. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors, Carnegie Mellon University; General Motors Scholar

Shane Sampson

Boise, Idaho
EVP & Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer, Albertsons

Boards & Affiliations:
  • 2017 Co-Chair FMI Industry Collaboration Council
  • Various community boards across the U.S. (i.e. Food Bank, etc.)
Previous positions:
  • President of Jewel-Osco
  • President of Shaw’s and Star Market
  • Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations at Ahold’s Giant of Landover
  • President of both the Florida & Intermountain Divisions of Albertsons, Inc.
  • Regional Operations Manager, Sam’s Club
Key areas of focus:
  • Sampson has spent over 35 years in the grocery industry working for a number of prominent chains
  • 4th Generation Retailer
Education & Notable Awards:
  • Retail TouchPoint 2018 Retail Innovator Award
  • Mass Market Retailer Merchant of the Year 2017
  • California Coast University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • USC Food Industry Executive Program
  • Harvard University Ahold Leadership Academy

Joe Sheridan

Hillsborough, New Jersey
President and Chief Operating Officer, Wakefern Food Corp.

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Chairman of the GS1 US Board of Governors
  • Chairman of the FMI Board of Directors
  • Seton Hall University Board of Regents
  • Previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Grocers Association
Previous positions:
  • Executive Vice President of Wakefern Food Corp.
  • Succession of management positions in all areas of Wakefern over the course of more than 40 years, including bakery, general merchandise, grocery, direct store delivery and marketing
Key areas of focus:
  • Overseeing the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States; grocery industry, food marketing
Education & Notable Awards:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Management Science, Kean University
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
  • GMA Industry Collaboration Leadership Award

Dan Silver

Newark, New Jersey
Vice President, Panasonic Eco Solutions

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Teacher, Finance Committee at Unitarian Congregation Montclair
Previous positions:
  • President at Panasonic Eco Solutions (Solar, Ventilation Products, and Power Tools)
  • President at Panasonic Home & Heath Co.
  • 30+ Years with Panasonic
Key areas of focus:
  • Sales, marketing, and product development for consumer goods; corporate alliances; branding initiatives. Executive and transformational life coaching
Education & Notable Awards:
  • A. in Political Science, Amherst College
  • A. in International Business, Johns Hopkins
  • Certified Coach, Coaching for Transformation, New York Learning Center
  • Fluent in Japanese

Mark Verdi

Boston, Massachusetts
Partner, Avalt Capital

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Board of Directors of Genpact Limited, & Pizza, Performance Filtration Group, & Dig Inn
  • Previously on the Board of Directors of Burlington Stores, Inc., Bloomin’ Brands Inc. (Outback Steakhouse), Trinseo SA and Mainspring Inc.
  • Advisory Board of The Grossman School of Business at University of Vermont
Previous positions:
  • President at C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Managing Director at Bain Capital
  • Partner at IBM
  • Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance & Operations of Mainspring Inc.
Key areas of focus:
  • Private equity, acquisitions and integrations. Consumer, technology, industrial and business services
Education & Notable Awards:
  • A. in Business/Accounting, University of Vermont
  • B.A. Harvard Business School

Chris Williams

St. Louis, Missouri
Chief Sales Officer, Joint Venture, Anheuser Busch – Keurig InBev

  • Chief Sales Officer – Anheuser Busch-Keurig Joint Venture
Previous Positions:
  • Vice President, National Retail Sales, Category Management, and Shopper Insights – Anheuser Busch InBev
  • Vice President and Team Lead, Walmart, Walmart International and Sam’s Club
  • Region Vice President – Anheuser Busch InBev
  • Vice President Sales, InBev International – InBev
  • Region Vice President, Northeast – InBev USA
  • Vice President / Director National Retail Sales – InBev USA
Previous to Anheuser-Busch InBev:
  • Region Vice President, Midwest / Director, National Retail Sales / Sales Director, Southeast- Diageo
  • Region Sales Director, Midwest – Modelo USA (Gambrinus)
  • Specialty Brand Director – The Steph Brewery Company
Key areas of focus:
  • Managing route to market, revenue management, field sales, key account management category management, trade relations, and internal communications
  • Sales and marketing and industry trends
Education & Notable Awards:
  • S. in Marketing and Business Administration, Kent State
  • Executive M.B.A. Program, Business Administration, and Management, INSEAD and Wharton

Michael “Mick” Cochran

Atlanta, Georgia
Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Chairman of the Board of First Step Staffing
  • Former board of directors member of PTV Holdings, First Call Wireless, Lanscott-Arlen Fabrics, and IMS Group
Previous Positions:
  • Chairman of Corporate Practice at Dentons
  • Partner and Corporate Department Chair of McKenna, Long, and Aldridge
  • Partner at Equity Capital Partners, Inc.
Key areas of focus:
  • Business & Finance, Corporate Governance, Cross Border Transactions, Investment Management & Broker-Dealer, Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity.
Education & Notable Awards:
  • Undergrad: B.A., University of Washington
  • JD University of Chicago Law School
  • Ranked by Chambers USA as one of the leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in Georgia
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Amy Gile

Boise, Idaho
CEO and Co-Founder, Silverdraft

Boards & Notable Work:
  • Featured Speaker: TEDx Boise, SHETech, Micron MPower Singapore and Idaho, Autodesk Innovation Forum
  • Currently co-producing the upcoming feature film production of King Lear starring Al Pacino
Previous Positions:
  • Professional SAG/AFTRA-accredited actor
  • Worked both nationally and internationally in film, television, theater, and commercials for over 20 years
  • Produced numerous live and stage productions including Special Olympics World Winter Games Kick-Off Ceremony
Key areas of focus:
  • Producer – Entrepreneur – Technologist – Creative
  • Advancing technology solutions for production and artists
  • Focused on building the highest performance compact supercomputers for complex visualization, graphics and media
  • Working with creative industries to empower product design and production through visualization and storytelling and changing the way things get made

Travis Nelson

New York, New York
Management Advisory Board, TowerBrook Capital Partners Director at The J.Jill Group

Boards & Affiliations:
  • Management Advisory Board of TowerBrook Capital Partners
  • Board of Directors of the J.Jill Group
  • Previously served on Board of Directors of The Broadlane Group, Inc., Vistage International, Inc., BevMo, Inc., Rave Cinemas LLC, FloWorks LLC, True Religion, Inc., and GetActive Software, Inc.
Previous Positions:
  • Managing Director of TowerBrook
  • Managing Director and co-founder of Pacific Partners
  • Principal at Goldman Sachs, Oak Hill Capital Partners and Freeman Spogli & Co.
  • Consultant to Rich Santulli, CEO of NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company
Key areas of focus:
  • Investing, corporate finance, mergers, and acquisitions
Education & Notable Awards:
  • A. from DePauw University
  • M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business