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This excerpt taken from the COMV 10-K filed Mar 25, 2008.

Executive Officers

Our executive officers as of March 25, 2008 are as follows:





Robert M. Chiste

   60    Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Frank A. Magnotti

   46    President and Chief Operating Officer, Alternative Energy Resources Group

Dean W. Musser

   45    President and Chief Operating Officer, Enerwise Group

Edward J. Myszka

   45    President and Chief Operating Officer, Smart Grid Solutions Group

Michael D. Picchi

   41    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Matthew H. Smith

   33    Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Arthur Vos IV

   33    Vice President of Marketing and Strategy



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Robert M. Chiste has served as our Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2001. From 1998 to September 2001, Mr. Chiste was a private investor and co-founded three technology start-ups: TriActive, Inc., a provider of hosted systems management solutions, FuelQuest, Inc., an on-demand software provider for the fuel industry, and iMark, Inc., an internet industrial products auction company. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Chiste served as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allwaste, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of industrial, energy and environmental services, until its acquisition by Philip Services Corp., where he served as President of the Industrial Services Group from 1997 to 1998. From 1986 to 1994, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American National Power, Inc., a successor to Transco Energy Ventures Company, an independent power company and a subsidiary of publicly-traded Transco Energy Company. At Transco Energy, he also served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning from 1986 to 1988 and headed its corporate venture capital activities from 1986 to 1994. From 1980 to 1986, Mr. Chiste held several executive officer positions with Belco Petroleum and its successor, Enron Oil and Gas Corporation. Mr. Chiste currently serves on the board of directors of private companies AisRe and TriActive, Inc., and he is a former board member of publicly traded Innovative Valve Technologies, Inc., a service provider for industrial valves, Franklin Credit Management Corporation, a specialty lender, and Pentacon, Inc., a distributor of military/aerospace fasteners and component hardware. He received a B.A. in mathematics from the College of New Jersey and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Rutgers University.

Frank A. Magnotti has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of our Alternative Energy Resources Group since February 2005. He served as our President of Global Sales and Marketing from 2001 until 2005. He joined AE, formerly Acorn Factor, in 1997 and also co-founded Comverge as an AE subsidiary and served as President and General Manager from 1997 to 2001. In 1992, Mr. Magnotti founded AT&T Bell Labs’ Utility Solutions Division where he was the general manager. From 1995 to 1997, he was general manager of Lucent Technology, Inc.’s Utility Solutions Division and served as general manager where he was responsible for worldwide marketing, sales, business development, project management and profit and loss efforts. Prior to this appointment, he held research, program management, strategic planning and general management positions in his 14-year term at Bell Labs. Mr. Magnotti holds B.E. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union School of Engineering.

Dean W. Musser has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of our Enerwise Group since our acquisition of Enerwise Global Technologies, Inc. in July 2007. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerwise Global Technologies from December 2003 until July 2007 and Senior Vice President—Client Services from April 2001 to December 2003. Prior to 2001, Mr. Musser was Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Conectiv Solutions, a predecessor company to Enerwise Global Technologies. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Power Engineering from Drexel University. Mr. Musser is licensed as a professional engineer.

Edward J. Myszka has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of our Smart Grid Solutions Group since April 2005. Prior to joining us, he spent 17 years at Motorola, Inc., a global communications company, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in business management, strategic planning and technology development. Since 2000, he was head of the OEM Energy Systems Division where he had profit and loss responsibility with operations in Asia, Europe and the U.S. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Myszka led engineering and manufacturing efforts for Lytel, Inc., an early-stage company pioneering optoelectronic and semiconductor laser solutions for the telecommunications industry. Mr. Myszka obtained a B.S. degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York and a M.S. in Metallurgical and Material Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Michael D. Picchi has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since June 2006. He joined us in February 2006 as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer responsible for all accounting functions. From July 2004 to February 2006, Mr. Picchi was Senior Vice President—Finance and Controller for publicly-traded PRG-Schultz International, Inc., an audit recovery services firm. From February 2003 to July 2004, Mr. Picchi served as Chief Accounting Officer—Corporate Controller for Randstad North America, the U.S.



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operations of temporary staffing labor firm Randstad Holding, B.V. From November 1999 to January 2003, Mr. Picchi served as Vice President—Finance for publicly-traded AirGate PCS, Inc., a Sprint PCS wireless affiliate. Mr. Picchi began his career at Coopers & Lybrand LLP and is a certified public accountant and chartered financial analyst. He obtained a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University.

Matthew H. Smith has served as our Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since January 1, 2008. Mr. Smith joined us in January 2005 as Senior Counsel responsible for contract negotiations, intellectual property, litigation and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining us, Mr. Smith worked for the law firm King & Spalding LLP from 2002 to January 2005 concentrating primarily on intellectual property and litigation matters. Mr. Smith began his legal career as a federal appellate court clerk for Judge H. Emory Widener, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Smith obtained a B.A. in History and Psychology and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Arthur Vos IV joined us in April 2003 as our Vice President of Development for our 6DiNET Group after the acquisition of Sixth Dimension, Inc. Mr. Vos was named Vice President, Marketing, Products and Strategy in 2004. In September 2007, Mr. Vos was named our Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, in order to convey the primary focus of his work in those two areas. As co-founder and Vice President of Sixth Dimension from 1997 to April 2003, Mr. Vos has been extensively involved in the electric utility industry for over 12 years, including the development of demand response offerings based on real-time monitoring and control technology, strategic sales to electric utilities, alliances and joint product and development offerings with partner companies. Mr. Vos obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees from Colorado State University with an emphasis in artificial intelligence, distributed control systems, manufacturing systems and embedded system design.


Item 1A. Risk Factors

An investment in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. Before making an investment in our common stock, you should carefully consider the following risks, as well as the other information contained in this annual report, including our financial statements and the notes thereto and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” The risks described below are those that we believe are the material risks that we face. Any of the risk factors described below could significantly and adversely affect our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations. As a result, the trading price of our common stock could decline, and you may lose a part or all of your investment.

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