Our Team

Scott Kepp

Vice President - GEM Inc., Mechanical Division and General Manager - GEM Energy

Scott Kepp

Scott Kepp

Vice President - GEM Inc., Mechanical Division and General Manager - GEM Energy

After completing a mechanical engineering degree at Carnegie Mellon, Scott knew he didn’t want to be a practicing engineer. He uncovered a passion for the business side of things and began searching for a project management position that combined his engineering background with his interests in developing and leading team members. This Toledo native found himself returning to his hometown to take a position with GEM Inc. as an assistant project manager in the mechanical division.

Later, Scott became a project manager and was asked to serve as the general manager of Rudolph Libbe Group’s Lima office. After nine years in Lima, he returned to the Walbridge headquarter offices as the division manager of the mechanical group and was eventually promoted to vice president. After much success in his role, Scott also took on the responsibilities of general manager for GEM Energy in 2018.

Scott is known for building strong teams that showcase the skills and expertise of the associates he leads. One of his greatest skills is listening to people and engaging his team in conversations to better understand their challenges and where he can provide support. He reiterates daily that the Rudolph Libbe Group is a people-oriented business, meaning a high regard for associates and customers alike.

Scott is a board member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Ohio, the Erie Shores Council Boy Scouts of America, and the UA Local 50 Pension Fund. He is also an active member of Vistage and the Rotary Club of Toledo.

Dave Smith

Vice President, Engineering – Distributed Generation

Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Vice President, Engineering – Distributed Generation

In his role with GEM Energy of the Rudolph Libbe Group, Dave is responsible for employing a range of skills including mechanical engineering analysis, power and control system design, assessment of compliance with environmental regulations, evaluation of risk management as well as engineering support of operations and maintenance for combined heat and power (CHP) projects with Capstone micro turbine equipment.

Dave holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron. His prior experience includes diverse energy projects ranging from solar, nuclear, risk assessment and hazardous waste incineration.

Nick Hammond

Director, Distributed Generation

Nick Hammond

Nick Hammond

Director, Distributed Generation

Nick is responsible for project financial modeling and analysis, contract review, negotiation and management, legal and risk management for Distributed Generation (DG) offerings which includes Combined Heat & Power (CHP). He also manages operations and development of CHP projects with Capstone micro turbines. After completion of projects, Nick manages capacity and performance testing, as well as project performance data analytics. He is also responsible for state and federal energy policy for legislation and incentives.

Beginning his career with GEM Energy of the Rudolph Libbe Group in 2015, Nick has spent the last four years in the construction and distributed generation business.  He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton and a J.D./MBA from the University of Toledo.  Nick had five years previous to his work at GEM Energy as a practicing attorney specializing in business litigation.

Steve Marquez

Energy Service Manager

Steve Marquez

Steve Marquez

Energy Service Manager

Steve is responsible for service on Capstone micro turbines and automation controls on these systems. This includes support during design and implementation phases, service dispatch coordination, customer relationships and all financial and contractual matters on his projects.  He is also responsible for maintaining technician certifications and update training for all microturbine and controls offerings.

In 2008, Steve began in his career with GEM Energy of the Rudolph Libbe Group as an HVAC/Refrigeration service technician.  He was reassigned in 2014 to become the account manager for Capstone micro turbines and currently serves as the Energy Service Manager.  He now has over 20 years of experience in the HVAC/R industry, including five years in the combined heat and power industry.

Currently there are 22 Factory Protection Plans (FPP) for 60 Capstone micro turbines under Steve and GEM Energy’s care and management.

Lauren Ray

Business Development Manager, New York

Lauren Ray

Lauren Ray

Business Development Manager, New York

From an early age, Lauren had a deep appreciation for the environment and making a positive impact on the world. She earned a bachelor of science from Cornell University in mechanical engineering and a master of science from Georgia Tech.

While in school, Lauren attended a Society of Women Engineers conference where she interacted with members of the research and development center of General Electric (GE). Because of her interest in sustainability and technology and a voracious appetite for learning, GE offered Lauren a role as part of the Edison Engineering Program in their research and development center. She gained experience as she rotated between the teams developing hybrid electric vehicles, smart homes and microgrids. The cutting-edge technology and modeling established during Lauren’s tenure there has been brought to market today.

Lauren made a move to Arizona and became a sustainability aide for the City of Flagstaff. She developed environmentally-friendly programs and energy-efficient evaluation tools. While here, Lauren also worked for Sedona Energy Labs, a start-up where she focused on mechanical design and structural analysis of a novel solar tracking frame. Lauren mastered 3D CAD software and applied her in-depth knowledge to design the frames for wind and snow loads.

Industry work experience in alternative energy system research and development ultimately led Lauren to GEM Energy of the Rudolph Libbe Group. She was brought on as an energy solutions engineer based in New York State to focus on the applications of Capstone MicroTurbine technology. Lauren now leads business development in New York and integrates combined heat and power (CHP) systems using Capstone MicroTurbines for healthcare, education, mission critical and other facilities.

As she continues to explore ways to positively impact the environment, Lauren’s ability to anticipate challenges and provide vital support to her team and customers demonstrates the strong leadership skills for which she is known. She has a proven track record as an industry resource with a technical understanding of CHP that is considered exemplary. Lauren has been invited to speak at New York engineering, healthcare, green building, water and wastewater conferences and meetings.  Lauren is based in the Ithaca, New York satellite office of RLG.