Clean Energy Capitalist Shares Vision of a Green America

Oct 27, 2020

Melink Corporation CEO Releases “Fusion Capitalism” with ForbesBooks.

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NEW YORK (October 27, 2020) — Steve Melink, CEO of Melink Corporation, today announced the publication of Fusion Capitalism: A Clean Energy Vision for Conservatives. The book is published with ForbesBooks, the exclusive business book publishing imprint of Forbes.

In Fusion Capitalism, clean energy expert Steve Melink shares his vision of a clean energy future. In Melink’s view, the economy, national security, public health, and a sustainable environment are all inextricably linked to the world’s energy infrastructure – making the transition to alternative energy one of the greatest opportunities of the 21st Century. Sustainability, he argues, must become a core national value because it is fundamental to the future of America’s success.

Steve Melink - Fusion Capitalism

“If America is to remain a world leader, we must rise to the new challenges and opportunities of our time,” said Melink. “Our values should demand a fresh take on our love affair with fossil fuels and the costs, risks, and liabilities they impose on society. If we don’t commit to the equivalent of a moon race on clean energy, we will cede our power and influence over to those more willing to adapt.”

Melink shares the story of his awakening on climate change, inviting readers to educate themselves without prejudice. As a lifelong conservative, he sees American capitalism, innovation, and leadership as strategic advantages to make the world safer, healthier, and more prosperous for future generations. 

Fusion Capitalism: A Clean Energy Vision for Conservatives is available on Amazon starting today. For more information, please visit fusioncapitalism.com.  

About Steve Melink

Steve Melink is founder and CEO of Melink Corporation, a Cincinnati-based company providing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for commercial building owners. With more than 30 years of experience, Steve is on the forefront of the Zero-Energy Building movement. Melink’s customers include customers include some of the largest corporations and organizations in the world, including top U.S. universities.

About ForbesBooks

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Melink Solar & Geo Awarded U.S. Department of Energy Grant

Jul 23, 2020

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Cincinnati, Ohio — Melink Solar & Geo, Inc., a solar PV and geothermal engineering company, has been awarded grant funding by the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). This funding will enable Melink to accelerate the research and development of its next-generation Hybrid Geothermal HVAC System, which stores energy using thermal batteries. The system can potentially reduce the installation costs of geothermal heat pump systems, which represent a significant energy savings opportunity for the U.S. with widespread implementation. The system’s prototype is currently heating and cooling Melink’s new Net-Zero Energy HQ2 facility in Milford, Ohio.

Melink Hybrid Geothermal HVAC System
Melink Solar & Geo has been awarded an innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for its Hybrid Geothermal HVAC System. A system prototype is in operation at its Milford, Ohio, headquarters.

“Our company is developing a Hybrid Geothermal HVAC System to minimize the need for expensive ground loops. Instead, we are mimicking the thermal energy storage capacity of the water inside such ground loops with phase change materials (PCM),” said Steve Melink, founder and CEO. “Melink is piloting the first prototype at our Net-Zero Energy headquarters, and we are now developing next-generation prototypes for eventual commercialization. With our third U.S. Department of Energy grant, we are committed to mainstreaming this technology for the benefit of the entire HVAC industry.”

The funding is part of an ongoing innovation project with the DOE, which encourages small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Melink received the recent funding because its Hybrid Geothermal HVAC System demonstrated technical feasibility during the first phase of research. Melink Solar & Geo’s team of engineers, designers and researchers have worked collaboratively with the University of Dayton, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and industry partners to design a more cost-effective energy efficient HVAC system.

“This funding from the DOE is the result of a multi-year effort wherein a group of intelligent and highly dedicated people have proven that the system has merit, and I’m excited to say that the Hybrid Geothermal HVAC System is just one part of our growing platform of Net-Zero products,” said Seth Parker, vice president and general manager of Melink Solar & Geo.

The two-year funding awarded by the DOE will be used to finalize engineering and early commercialization of the Hybrid Geothermal HVAC System. For more information about the system or Melink Solar & Geo, please visit https://melinkcorp.com/geothermal or contact [email protected].

About Melink Solar & Geo

Melink Solar & Geo is a national provider of renewable energy and efficiency solutions for commercial buildings. They provide consulting services and turnkey management of solar and geothermal projects to help businesses of all sizes reduce energy consumption and produce clean and sustainable energy for their facilities. The company recently opened a Zero-Energy building on its campus, featuring new thermal storage technologies being tested to further mainstream geothermal HVAC for commercial use. Melink Solar & Geo is affiliated with Melink Corporation, which provides energy efficiency solutions for commercial buildings.

Melink Solar Featured on 2020 Top Solar Contractors List

Jul 21, 2020

Solar Power World magazine’s Top Solar Contractors annual list includes Cincinnati-based solar installer.

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Cincinnati, Ohio — Although the COVID-19 pandemic is the immediate crisis, mitigating climate change is also an urgent issue. Solar installations are one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from fossil fuel-based power generation. Solar Power World has recognized the efforts of solar contractors across the United States in its 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, where local solar installer Melink Solar achieved a rank of 69 out of 407 companies.

Top Solar Contractors

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers big and small. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service (developers, electrical subcontractors, EPCs, installation subcontractors, rooftop installers), markets and states.

“The Solar Power World team is so pleased to highlight more than 400 companies on the 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, especially during this unprecedented time,” said Kelsey Misbrener, senior editor of Solar Power World. “All contractors featured on the 2020 list reported strong 2019 installation numbers and are continuing to stand tall this year.”

This year’s collection of more than 400 Top Solar Contractors is facing obstacles that the industry has never seen before. The first quarter of 2020 was the country’s biggest ever capacity gain, with 3.6 GW of new solar capacity added. However, COVID-19 impacts slowed the market in Q2.

Melink Solar installed 27,266.8 kW (27.2 MW) of solar power in 2019. Since its founding, the company has installed more than 65 MW of solar, equivalent to 215,000 solar panels. Melink Solar is a commercial solar EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) firm offering turnkey solutions with projects across the U.S. The firm designs solar systems, procures all labor and supplies, constructs the solar array, monitors performance and provides remote and field troubleshooting assistance.

To learn more about Melink Solar, please visit www.melinkcorp.com/solar.

About Melink

Melink Corporation is a global provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for commercial buildings with five offerings: Intelli-Hood® Kitchen Ventilation Controls, HVAC Test & Balance, Solar PV, Geothermal HVAC, and PositiV® Building Health Monitor. For more than 30 years, Melink has helped companies save energy, increase profitability, and make the world more sustainable. In 2018, Melink became an ESOP and is now 100% employee-owned.

About Solar Power World

Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors — including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets — grow their businesses and do their jobs better.

Meet Krista Rose, Marketing Communications Specialist

Dec 18, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

Marketing Communications Specialist

What does your job entail?

Helping tell Melink’s story. A big focus of my job is content creation for Melink’s blog, website and social media, as well as organizing materials for tradeshows and miscellaneous marketing efforts.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism, which led me into event planning, public relations, and eventually digital marketing. Before Melink, I was the marketing manager of a travel club for RV owners. I’m from a camping family and own a small travel trailer, so this was a really neat role for me. I never tired of hearing club members’ stories and living vicariously through their RV trips!

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

I really value the work-life balance and the trust that the company places in its employees. It is unlike any place I have previously worked.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I’m a wannabe homesteader. I have my own flock of chickens for egg production, and I’m really into gardening and canning. I also like spoiling my dog, Tally. She is a beagle-basset hound mix. And, of course, I like going on camping trips with my husband!

Welcome to our chicken coop!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I like visiting different state parks, and I have a silly goal of visiting every state park in Ohio. I am currently at 18/75.

What are you most proud of?

I’m a hard worker, and for several years I worked multiple jobs.  I may not have always had a job in my preferred field, but I’ve always given 100%.

What are your hopes for our industry?

That more businesses start viewing clean energy as the “norm.”

Do you collect anything?

Currently obsessed with the Pioneer Woman’s colorful kitchenware. It’s taking over my house… There’s really no need for me to own five mixing bowls just because they are pretty!

Meet Megan Parker, National Account Manager

Nov 26, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

Testing & Balancing (T&B) National Account Manager

What does your job entail?

I “quarterback” and work with a team of five individuals supporting the T&B needs of national accounts including retail chains and restaurant groups.

What is your personal philosophy?

Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I worked for a global IT recruiting organization as a Network Infrastructure Recruiter for three years.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

I love the fast-paced environment and the project management aspect of my role. Overall, I really enjoy working for a smaller organization that values their employees.

What do you like to do in your time off?

Bargain shopping and house DIY projects.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I went to middle school with Jennifer Lawrence. She was a grade above me, but we’re still in the same yearbook!

What are you most proud of?

Paying off my student loans.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I want my children, when the day comes,  to grow up in a world where incorporating discussions and actions of environmental sustainability have become the norm in every industry and aspect of life.

Meet Jon Sawyer, Account Engineer

Oct 15, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

T&B Account Engineer

What does your job entail?

It’s a moving and evolving target but basically It can be anything from job quotes and technical analysis to site investigations and customer inquiries.

What is your personal philosophy?

Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff, do your best with what you’ve got.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I was an Aircraft Mechanic for Delta Airlines.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The great people here.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I used to enjoy skiing and anything to do with being in the woods. I’m working on getting back to that point!

What are you most proud of?

My Flag, My country, and my Kids!

What are your hopes for our industry?

That the world continues to evolve and see the reasoning, value, and absolute necessity of the things that we stand for and provide.

Meet Katherine Moeller, Account Coordinator

Sep 19, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

T&B, Account coordinator

What does your job entail?

My job entails coordinating sites that are ready to be scheduled, entering orders, beginning to quote jobs, coordinating night work, and helping technicians with issues they run into onsite.

What is your personal philosophy?

A philosophy I believe in is leaving the world a better place than how you found it.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I was living in Athens, attending Ohio University and studying Industrial and Systems engineering.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The sustainability initiatives. It feels good to not have to compromise my values based in sustainability when I come to work. Melink provides opportunities to help play a part in supplying renewable energy to others in the community and around the world. I also really enjoy the culture and people I get to work with every day.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I enjoy seeing live music as much as possible, hiking, exploring Cincinnati since it’s still a new city to me, traveling, going to breweries, and being around my good friends.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

In 2017 I lived in a Buddhist monastery up in northern Thailand for a few weeks. We spent our days practicing meditation and learning about the religion from Buddhist Monks.

What are you most proud of?

Something I’m very proud of was getting inducted into Industrial Engineering Honor Society (Alpha Pi Mu) my senior year of college.

What are your hopes for our industry?

Keep going towards greener energy solutions when available and when not looking for ways to save energy in general.

Motto or personal mantra?

A motto I follow is “live simply”

Do you collect anything?

I’ve recently started collecting unique looking glass that I use to make stained glass art.

Meet Michael Berry, Field Service Technician

Jul 26, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

Inelli-Hood Field Service Technician

 What does your job entail?

The three major parts of my job are

1. Surveying potential buildings to be outfitted with an Intelli-hood system.

2. Pre-site meetings with local electrical trades to coordinate installation and designate specific scopes of work

3. Installation, Upgrades, and troubleshooting of Intelli-Hood systems. 

What is your personal philosophy?

My personal Philosophy is to strive to be the best at anything you do. If you really enjoy what you’re doing whether it be personal, professional or both you should always give 100%. At the end of the day, you’ll find yourself a lot more satisfied knowing that you held nothing back to complete your goals. 

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Before Melink I was an Avionics technician on the CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter for the Marine Corps for 5 years, then I briefly worked on installing “Positive Train Control” or PTC for class 1 freight locomotives before joining the Melink family. 

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

My favorite aspect of working at Melink would have to be all of the cities I have been able to travel to. I find it very fulfilling being able to see all the different parts of the country and try different types of food from each. 

What do you like to do in your time off?

In my time off I like to do anything that involves a sport. If it can be played on the beach, even better!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was a pretty good pizza spinner in high school. I worked at a couple of local pizzerias and was featured on the local Hampton Roads TV for spinning pies. Nicknames included “Dough Master Mikey and Mr. Dances with Dough”

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my accomplishments and achievements in the Marine Corps during my 2 deployments in OEF 10.2 and OEF 12.2.

What are your hopes for our industry?

My hopes for our industry is to see a standard in all kitchens that includes our system to help make the world a little greener. 

Meet Krysta Kincaid, Account Coordinator

Jun 19, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

T&B Account Coordinator

What does your job entail?

Scheduling our technicians with site supers/PMs, entering job information, following construction schedules and helping problem solve with our customers

What is your personal philosophy?

“What others say and do, is a projection of their own reality. Don’t take anything personally.”

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering in December of 2018

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

I feel very passionately about sustainability and climate change, which Melink also values. During my job search, I wanted to be proud of the company I chose to work for. I can fully say I am proud of the work Melink accomplishes especially Solar and Geo.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I enjoy relaxing at home with a murder mystery (book, TV show, movie; I do not discriminate). I also spend my time taking my dog, Draco, on hikes, painting (acrylic on canvas usually) and filling my apartment with plants.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am the youngest by 9 years. I became an aunt in the 8th grade.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my engineering degree. And my dog.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope the clean energy and net zero buildings become the norm. This is critical to our grandchildren’s survival.

Motto or personal mantra?

Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Do you collect anything?

Houseplants and makeup I do not use

Meet Ginny Long, Application Developer

May 20, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title:

BU: Corporate, Product Development

Job Title: Application Developer

What does your job entail?

I manage the data, infrastructure, and user interfaces for the internal software we use.

What is your personal philosophy?

I have four main ones that I stick with:

  1. Most problems can be solved with a task list, or a well-formed spread sheet
  2. My success is a product of my failure, so they should both be celebrated.
  3. Personal growth comes intentional discomfort.
  4. It is okay to take a different path to get where I need to go.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I was a Full Stack Java developer for a financial institute that created mortgage, appraisal, and flood documents for banks.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

There is a sense of purpose that comes along with working at Melink. It is motivating to know that whatever I contribute to this team might have a lasting positive impact on the world.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I enjoy playing with my two dogs Gimli and Abby. I play video games with my husband; right now, Sea of Thieves and Overcooked are our favorites to play together. I paint Warhammer miniatures and play Dungeons and Dragons, along with other table top games. I visit local breweries. I sew, knit, crochet, cross stitch, and embroider. Between September and October, I will go to the Ohio Renaissance faire at least twice. I write short stories and attempt to draw. Essentially, I try new things constantly.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am not sure I have many surprises. Talk to me long enough and you will find my lack of a filter is evident. I will tell you my whole life story if you let me.

What are you most proud of?

Pride is one of those emotions I struggle with. When I review most of my accomplishments I always think I can do that better now that I have the advantage of additional knowledge.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that we can continue to help others make sustainable choices and that we can create solutions that help get rid of the excuses people make against sustainability.

Motto or personal mantra?

I have two and they are both from Disney.

  • Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.
  • Just keep swimming.

Do you collect anything?

I collect Disney movies, coffee mugs, and books of all kinds. I have also married into a collection of board games.

Meet Natalie Heltman, Account Coordinator

Apr 23, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

T&B Account Coordinator

What is your personal philosophy?

Wake up early and constantly stretch yourself.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Before Melink, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mexico. I worked as an Environmental Education Facilitator, and my main project was a sustainable schools initiative, installing solar panels, rain water capture systems, and creating a community waste reduction plan.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

My favorite aspect of working at Melink is the community, everyone has been extremely welcoming.

What do you like to do in your time off?

In my time off I like to go on hikes, photography (35mm), swimming, and playing water polo.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I swam across and back in the Ohio River in about 12 minutes.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the work I was doing in Mexico. Not only was I able to enjoy tacos every day, I felt like my work was important and that I made a difference in my community.  

What are your hopes for our industry?

My hope for our industry is that more cities, states, and individuals will take the pledge to use 100% renewables by 2050 (or Before.)

Motto or personal mantra?

Be a fountain not a drain.

Do you collect anything?

As a kid I started collecting pins from the ski resorts my family visited.

Meet Sean Cokingtin, Sales Engineer

Mar 25, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

Intelli-Hood Sales Engineer

What does your job entail?

Responsible for developing Melink’s Western market presence within New Construction specifications for Melink’s demand control kitchen ventilation (DCKV) system.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Before Melink, I was a student at the University of Dayton. As a student, I served three co-op terms. Two terms were with Emerson Climate Technologies where I worked in the A/C Scroll Compressor division. My third term was with Eaton Corporation where I worked as a technical sales intern out of their Dallas, TX office.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

My favorite aspect of working at Melink are the customers we get to work with. The fact that we’re able to do business with biggest names in commercial restaurant and retail speaks volumes about our offerings. 

What do you like to do in your time off?

In my time off, I like to exercise and cook (not at the same time).

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I’m 25% Chinese.

What are you most proud of?

Graduating college.

Motto or personal mantra?

“Just figure it out”

Do you collect anything?

PO’s

Meet Alyssa Woods, HR & Marketing Coordinator

Feb 26, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

-Corporate

-HR/Marketing Coordinator

What does your job entail?

I split my time between the HR and Marketing Teams. On the HR side I schedule interviews, onboard our new hires, recruit at career fairs, and I am on the safety committee.  On the marketing side of things, I help make the newsletter, prepare for trade shows, and order promotional items. 

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I was an undergraduate student at THE Ohio State University.  During my time at OSU, I did several HR internships, worked at OSU’s sensory lab, and was a member of the volunteer organization Alpha Phi Omega.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

My Favorite aspect of Melink is the culture. Everyone who works at Melink is very friendly, and all ideas are valued and asked for no matter what role you are in.

What do you like to do in your time off?

In my free time I like to go camping and hiking with my family. I also enjoy playing tennis, running, and going to Kings Island when it is open.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

When I was 9 I posed for a Pampers Box, and the packaging is still used today.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope we reach and surpass all the goals we have set as a company.

Motto or personal mantra?

“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

                                                                                                                                                -Albus Dumbledore

Melink HQ2 – Our Zero Energy Vision & Strategic Plan

Feb 26, 2019

Melink’s second headquarters in Milford, Ohio will be one of the greenest buildings in the world.  Not only will it double the office and manufacturing space of our current 30,000 square-feet facility, it will serve as a model on how to design and construct affordable zero-energy buildings (ZEB) of the future.  Why is this so important?

Commercial buildings and homes consume over 60% of the energy in the U.S., and therefore, represent a majority of our country’s carbon footprint.  Though the building industry is on a path to achieve zero-energy on all new construction by the year 2030, it will be very difficult to convert the millions of existing buildings to zero-energy before 2050.

Unfortunately, because of global climate change, we may not be able to wait that long.  We need cost-effective solutions now.  The 17 hottest years on record have occurred over the last 18 years and the trend is getting worse over time.  Climate disasters from floods to fires are becoming more frequent and severe as a result.  In fact, more and more scientists are saying this could become an existential threat.

Yes, solar and wind power have gone mainstream over the last 10 years and that is good news.  And many utilities, businesses, schools, and government entities are starting to jump on the bandwagon.  But renewable energy still only makes up about 20% of our country’s energy mix.  Coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear make up the rest.  We need to go from 20% to 80% renewables within the next 10-20 years.

One way to speed adoption is not wait for fickle governments and regulated utilities to solve this problem.  It’s time for the business sector to lead and create the clean energy economy of the 21st Century.  This means small, medium, and large companies like ours need to start making the necessary investments now.  Together, we can and must wean ourselves from dirty fossil fuels.

To be clear, this is not just about protecting the environment.  It’s about saving our planet and life as we know it.  It’s about investing in our security, health, and economy.  Who doesn’t want to be safe from more natural disasters in the future?  Who doesn’t want to be secure from flooding coastlines and mass human migration?  And who doesn’t want more jobs and long-term economic growth?

Therefore, this epic problem should also be viewed as a tremendous opportunity for humankind to finally work together on something that is bigger than any one person, political party, or country.  We can either smartly invest trillions of dollars now … or stupidly pay hundreds of trillions and likely lose millions of lives later.  We all know what our children and grandchildren would say.    

What does this have to do with our HQ2?  Everything.  Our new buidling will not be just another green project to say we ‘walk the talk’ at Melink.  Our building will be about showing architects, engineers, and contractors how to design and construct affordable zero-energy buildings of the future.  In other words, it will be about helping revolutionize the building industry for the 21st Century.

How will we accomplish this?

We are going to show that one can invest a small premium of 15-20% over and above a conventional, code-compliant building, and make it zero-energy.  The message being: If Melink can do it, so can everyone else across the country.  I believe developers, architects, and engineers from across the land will want to see and hear how we did this.  I believe our customers will want to see and hear how we did this.  The return on investment will be too good for them not to.

How is this different than HQ1? 

We invested a slightly larger premium of 25% over and above a conventional, code-compliant building.  We also made these investments to an existing building – slowly over time as we could afford them.  This project will show we can do it for an even lower premium if we smartly design the building and take advantage of the most recent innovations.

Features will include several of the best ones we incorporated here in our HQ1.  For example, we will have an even more highly-insulated envelope; we will have the next generation of window and door systems; and we will have a larger solar canopy over the parking lot.

While we can’t share too many details at this time because of the proprietary nature of our innovations, we promise we will push the envelope in ways that will make HQ2 one of the most innovative green buildings on the planet. More details will be provided in the near future.

And we will have many other features that won’t necessarily pertain to energy, but will make the building more comfortable and inspiring.  For example, we will have more open work spaces, more windows and skylights, and a green wall or water feature.  And we will have a museum center to educate visitors on the history of HVAC because to see the future you have to know the past.  Last, we will have a spirit wear shop to reward customers with gifts to memorialize their visit. 

Timewise, the building will be completed by the end of this year and we plan to hold a grand opening in June 2020 where we can publicize our initial findings from our building.

How are we going to pay for HQ2? 

I am taking advantage of what is called a PACE loan to invest in the energy efficiency and renewable energy features of our new building.  In essence the capital is provided upfront and paid back over 25-30 years through an assessment on the property taxes.  This is a great financing tool that we also want to share with the world.

In conclusion, if we’re not part of the solution, who and what are we?  As experts in the building industry, if we don’t help raise the bar, who will and when?  We’re certainly not going to rest on past laurels and let the world pass us by.  We’re going to lead and make a difference.  

Meet Alex Falck, Project Engineer

Jan 23, 2019

Business Unit and Job Title

T&B / PositiV – Project Engineer

What does your job entail?

T&B – I am responsible for being the link between our field technicians and our office personnel. With my engineering background, I can decipher the technical needs of customers so that our technicians understand what is required on site. Similarly, I relay our technician’s performance on site to our customers in a manner they can easier understand.

PositiV – With PositiV being the upcoming innovation at Melink, I am responsible for assisting in the development and launch of the product. I use business knowledge to make decisions on production costs and selling points. I use engineering skills to develop and ensure long term functionality of the product. Additionally, I perform day to day actions that engrain the PositiV unit into the Melink culture.  Through PositiV, my focus is on healthy buildings and how that impacts energy savings and occupant health and wellness.

What is your personal philosophy?

My philosophy stems from my passion in sustainability and sustainable living. I truly enjoy making ethical and sustainable decisions. I also encourage myself to breach my comfort zone and delve into things I normally wouldn’t.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Before coming to Melink I was a full-time student in the Environmental Engineering program at the University of Cincinnati. At UC, students are encouraged to join a co-op program which allows them to alternate between full-time school work and an internship each semester. In my senior year at UC, I was offered a co-op position at Melink to assist the T&B sales team. That co-op led to a full-time position in T&B and PositiV.

Do you have any special certifications?

Boom & Scissor lift certified

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The culture and dedication to sustainability is second to none. Everyone pitches in to sustainable living in and outside of the workplace. This was what drew me towards Melink and it continues to impress me each day!

What is your favorite part of your job?

T&B – The connections that stem from day-to-day work. There are good interactions and bad interactions in the service industry, however it is the positive interactions that truly make it worthwhile.

PositiV – I’m a process minded engineer at heart. Being able to take a product and improve on it is a great feeling. In doing so, work at Melink never feels like a chore. On the contrary, every day I come into work feels like I’m contributing to my goal of encouraging sustainability.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I participate in local recreational basketball leagues, I’m an avid fisherman, I grow plants like fruits, vegetables and flowers, and I’m a video game enthusiast.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I live stream video games often.

What are you most proud of?

Without a doubt, I’m most proud of my academic accomplishments. Graduating in engineering from the University of Cincinnati was one of the most arduous tasks of my life; it taught me that I can accomplish anything I put my mind and effort to. 

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that the sustainable mindset becomes infectious. I want people across the world to understand that sustainability is attainable on personal, city-wide, national and global scales.

Motto or personal mantra?

Never give partial effort to two things; give whole effort to one thing.

Do you collect anything?

I have a vinyl record collection that started about 6 years ago. My favorite addition came recently: a ~25 disc set of Victrola records (78 RPM) that require being played on my grandmothers renovated Victrola.

PACE Helps Fund Melink HQ2

Dec 21, 2018

Word is spreading that we have started construction on one of the greenest buildings in the U.S.  Melink HQ2 will not only expand our corporate campus for future growth, it will also serve as a model for how to design and construct Zero-Energy Buildings.

What is lesser known is how this project is being financed.  Yes, traditional equity and debt will pay for 80% of this $5 million project.  There is no getting around the fact that concrete, steel, and glass costs money and plenty of it.

But the other 20% of this project will be financed by PACE – which stands for Property Accessed Clean Energy.  This is a smart way to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements that might otherwise get axed from consideration because of budget constraints.

Basically, PACE financing is a long-term loan that gets paid over the long term by the energy savings of the above stated improvements.  However, rather than calling it debt, it is recognized as a property tax assessment based on the increased value of the improvements.

In this example, Melink will be able to make $1 million worth of energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements and pay for them gradually over the next 30 years through an assessment on our property taxes.  In other words, the energy savings will cash-flow the incremental value.

This is important for the building industry to understand, including developers, architects, and construction firms.  The reason is, investing up to 20% on energy improvements can make the difference between a zero-energy building and an energy hog that cripples your business.

There is no personal guarantee required and no additional debt on your balance sheet.  You get a fixed rate with fixed payments that can be passed onto your tenants through a triple-net lease.

Moreover, it allows you as the building owner and/or tenant to market your sustainability mindset and accomplishments.  And with growing pressure from customers and employees to be part of the solution, there is no excuse for not doing the right thing.

For our project, Ohio PACE and CenterBank have been indispensable partners to making this financing possible for us.  In your state, it might be someone else.  Either way, if your clients don’t know about this financing tool, you need to educate them on it.

Leading by example is one of the most important things we can do.  And with PACE financing, we hope to show countless other building owners and professionals that zero energy buildings are not only proven and practical, but also profitable.  Today.

Meet Mary Stavale, Contract Administrator

Nov 26, 2018

Business Unit and Job Title

I am a Contract Administrator in the Accounting & Finance Department.

What does your job entail?

95% of my job is focused under Intelli-Hood® in which I bill all invoices, collect on any past due accounts, process lien releases, and review/negotiate any contract that comes in.

Currently, I’m also reviewing T&B’s contracts. Along with other accounting functions.

What is your personal philosophy?

I always say the classic, “peace, love and happiness” because I think that pretty much covers it all.

Peace, meaning that you should have good intentions towards others.

I understand the love part to mean, don’t be judgmental. Look at everyone with a good heart and take care of each other.

The happiness to me means you’re focusing on the positive, working towards what needs to be done in your personal or work life. If you’re focusing on the negative it’s just going to distract you and it will take you twice as long to accomplish your goal.

Just be a good person. 😊

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I’ve been at Melink for about 2 months now, prior to that I have over 12 years’ experience being a Contract Administrator for 2 different companies.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

I could tell just from my interviews that this was a company unlike any other I’ve worked for. During the interview process the leaders expressed how Melink has an open door policy and values any feedback or suggestions. Two months in and I’ve witnessed this several times.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I love the summer, although I don’t get a chance to do it very often I love to kayak on the Little Miami or Brookville River. I have a black lab/boxer named Jet, he is my baby and loves to go kayaking too. I also enjoy taking him for walks, discovering new trails to go on and I play sand volleyball.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I don’t separate my laundry according to color. It all goes in 1 load and I’ve been doing laundry like this for 18 years. Shhhh don’t tell my mom!

What are you most proud of?

In my early 20’s I started working in a bank call center which taught me a lot about how mortgages, loans, and lines of credit worked. When I was 22 I started thinking it might not be that crazy to buy my own home as I was already tired of renting, and at 23 I purchased the house which I’m still living in. I took my time and did a lot of research. It’s the best decision I ever made.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that one day more builders/companies will see the value in going green.

Do you collect anything?

Dog fur… No matter how many times I vacuum it never goes away and I’m ok with that.

Headquarters 2.0

Nov 8, 2018

Another major step on our sustainability journey will be the design and construction of a second headquarters in 2018 and 2019. As Melink continues to grow, we will need more office and warehouse space than our first building can provide.

Fortunately, we have the land next to our current HQ1 in which to build HQ2. It will be of a similar size and layout – with the courtyard facing our current building. And like our first building, it will be super-green. Except our second building will take green to a whole new level!

In addition to it serving our future workplace needs, it will serve as a model Zero-Energy Building (ZEB) for architects, engineers, and contractors to learn ZEB best practices. The goal will be to show a cost-benefit analysis that will make other building owners want to emulate and mainstream ZEB.

A growing segment of the building industry is calling for all new buildings to be Zero-Energy Building by the year 2030. We want to show that this can be easily achieved, 10 years ahead of schedule, with a relatively simple design strategy.

Since the largest energy loads in most commercial buildings are lighting, HVAC, and hot water, we will focus on showing how these can be minimized – and offset by a slightly greater amount of solar PV electric generation. Nothing new, except HQ2 will do this better than HQ1.

But the main innovation will be around our super-hybrid geothermal HVAC system. Don’t worry, we’ll figure out a cool brand name for it. The point is, this new system will help advance the energy savings of geothermal without the high cost normally associated with it.

If you think we have received lots of regional and national attention with HQ1, wait until you see what happens with HQ2. Through countless tours and presentations, we will influence thousands of additional building professionals and continue building a green brand unlike any company.

By the way, if any of you would like to work in this new super, high-tech, and beautiful workplace, you better get an electric car first. Because only EVs will be permitted to drive and park on its new green parking lot of the future.

The Melink Energy Revolution is just beginning…

Meet Steve Hamstra, Senior VP of Engineering

Oct 25, 2018

We would like to welcome Steve Hamstra to Melink as the Senior Vice President of Engineering for our Solar & Geothermal team. Steve comes with over 40 years of experience in the geo industry, many notable accomplishments, and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Starting in high school, Steve’s passion ignited when he began working with geothermal heat pumps while working for his father’s HVAC company. During his time with his dad, he helped install around 250 geo systems into homes around Western Michigan. After graduating college, Steve held a handful of positions all with a focus on energy and most with geothermal. The majority of Steve’s career was building an Architect and Engineering firm in Holland, Michigan into what it is today. This is where Steve worked on his first commercial project for geothermal in 1985, which is still running efficiently today! During a briefly leave of absence in the design world, Steve served as CEO/CTO of Greensleeves LLC, a geothermal design and control software company. Here, he received an ASHRAE Global First Place Award for the engineering design of the geothermal HVAC system at the University of Findlay. He was also successful in getting two geothermal-related technology aspects patented.

Throughout Steve’s career he has contributed to many trade publications and conferences, including those held by ASHRAE, IGSHPA, U.S. Department of Energy, among many others. In January, he is speaking at the AHR conference presented by ASHRAE. Steve also serves on the ASHRAE Technical Committee 6.8 Ground Source Heat Pumps where he is currently Vice Chair, and on IGSHPA’s Research Committee. When the ASHRAE guide for commercial geothermal system design was being developed, he supported the efforts on the technical committee. His work as gotten him named Energy Engineer of The Year in IL, IN, IO, MI, MN, OH, and WI, and AEE Fellow for lifetime achievement in the energy industry by the Association of Energy Engineers.

Now, with a shared passion and mission with the Melink Solar & Geo team, Steve wants to help Melink leverage their platform to commercialize geothermal and educate others on the benefits of being green. Among other things, he is most excited with assisting in the design of HQ2 and working on our Department of Energy Grant research efforts.

When Steve isn’t talking geothermal, he loves to give back and serve his community. He has been on the local City Council, Board of Education, Hospital Board and Board of Public Works.

We are thrilled to have Steve on board and know his passion and expertise will help us continue to pave the way for the geothermal market. Welcome to the Melink family Steve!

Meet Anna Rusconi, Sales Engineer Co-op

Sep 25, 2018

Business Unit and Job Title

I am a Sales Engineer Co-op for Test and Balance.

What does your job entail?

My job entails writing proposals for customers, providing technical support, and helping to manage new accounts.  I work to help the Test and Balance sales team in any way I can.  Because I am a co-op, my term started in the beginning of August and I will continuing working until mid-December.  After this, I will go back to school to finish getting my Mechanical Engineering degree.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I am currently a University of Dayton student.  I completed 3 separate co-op rotations with Crane Pumps & Systems in Piqua, OH before starting my co-op at Melink.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The best part of working at Melink is getting to know my co-workers.  I enjoy getting to work with a group of people that are hard-working, and they are always there for me whenever I have a question about anything.

What do you like to do in your time off?

During my time off, I enjoy spending time with my family.  I am one of three girls, and I am very close with my sisters and my parents.  I also enjoy traveling with friends and family.  I also enjoy participating in community service.  I actually just got accepted on a service trip where I will be spending ten days in Belize over Christmas.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am afraid of the Ocean.  It scares me not knowing what is swimming underneath me.  Even though I am afraid, I still force myself to go in every time.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my family.  My parents raised us into the people my sisters and I are today.  They were great role models when I was growing up in their words and actions.  They were constantly working hard to support our family, and I can see the result of their hard work in my family.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that everyone is able to realize how important sustainability is to the environment, and they are then able to realize what value Melink can add to the world.

 

Meet Bryan Evenson, Sr. Development Engineer

Aug 16, 2018

Business Unit and Job Title

I am a Senior Development Engineer in the Product Development group.

What does your job entail?

When I started at Melink, my job was highly focused on embedded software development for Intelli-Hood.  In short, planning and designing how the Intelli-Hood system should operate and writing all the code for the system.  I was also directing the contracted hardware engineer to ensure the electrical hardware met the needs of the Intelli-Hood system.

Today my job is similar, except I’m no longer purely dedicated to Intelli-Hood.  Now that we have Evan Risley as an employee, we’re doing our hardware designs in-house instead of hiring a contractor.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I worked for about nine years as an embedded software engineer for a military contractor in the Cincinnati area.  It was a great opportunity to work on some very interesting projects.  Unfortunately, the company shut down due to an acquisition, which led me to finding an opportunity here at Melink.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

My favorite aspect is the freedom I have in my job at Melink.  This is especially apparent to me when I compare my work life at Melink to my last job.

What do you like to do in your time off?

For some reason I seem to enjoy hobbies that take a long time and has an unknown outcome.  I do a little home gardening.  I don’t yield much for vegetables from my garden, but I’d say most of the worth is in teaching my kids that vegetables come from the ground and not the supermarket.

I’ve also enjoy homebrewing, which is a fantastic hobby in which you can get as technical as you want to get.  I think I’ve learned more about water chemistry through homebrewing than I did through either my high school or college chemistry classes.

 

 

Meet Adam Householder, Intelli-Hood Sales Engineer

Jul 19, 2018

Business Unit and Job Title

Sales Engineer with Intelli-Hood

What does your job entail?

I am part of a Melink’s Sales Engineering Team. I work to develop Intelli-Hood’s western market presence within New Construction specifications as well as, manage retro-fit opportunities across corporate dining facilities, restaurants, and amusement venues.

What is your personal philosophy?

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.”

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I was a Chemical Sales Engineer for wastewater, boilers, and cooling towers working to improve operations and reduce cost through chemical solutions. I focused on wastewater minimization and reuse, energy efficiency, and regulatory compliance.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

Melink has a very open, inviting, and transparent culture. Everyone at Melink is working to better the company in their own way and grow as an owner.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I love going to the pool and watching sports. I’m very excited about a MLS team coming to Cincinnati and the 2018 World Cup.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am related to Abraham Lincoln.

What are you most proud of?

My education and my family.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope Melink can set the standard for demand control kitchen ventilation code across the world.

Motto or personal mantra?

Yesterday’s success is today’s expectation.

Do you collect anything?

Soccer Jerseys.

Meet Roshan Revankar, Geothermal Engineer

Jun 19, 2018

We are excited to introduce the newest member of our Geothermal team, Roshan Revankar. Roshan has over seven years of dynamic experience in the geothermal HVAC industry and holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Prior to working for Melink, Roshan worked as an Executive Director for International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) where he was a pioneer in the emerging geothermal industry and has an extensive list of accomplishments.

When Roshan began with IGSHPA, it was an international association, but had no chapters outside of the United States. Roshan initiated and formalized international membership by starting the first ever international IGSHPA Chapters in Sweden, Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, and India. He also worked on a Department of Energy grant to help identify positions in the new geothermal industry, and write job descriptions to accompany the new positions. Currently, he is serving as the Chair of Training for IGSHPA to take this a step further and write qualification standards and certifications for professionals in geothermal to bring a level of high quality and consistency to the industry.

With a shared vision and mission with Melink CEO, Steve Melink, and Director of Geo, Seth Parker, Roshan wants to help Melink leverage their platform to commercialize geothermal and educate others on the cleanest and most energy efficient way to heat and cool their buildings. Among other things, his main objectives are to design ground loop systems, enhance existing standards and inspection services, work on DOE grants, and continue educating the market on Manifest – Melinks’ patented centralized pumping station.

When he isn’t talking heat pumps and ground loops, Roshan enjoys spending time exploring his new hometown in the bay area of California with his wife, and prepping for the arrival of their newest addition, a little boy due to arrive late summer.

We are thrilled to have Roshan on board, and know his passion and expertise will help us continue to pave the way for the geothermal market. Welcome to the Melink family Roshan!

Meet Allison Sternad, Marketing Manager

May 21, 2018

Melink Marketing Manager

What is your personal philosophy?

Look for opportunities to leave the world a better place.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I was a digital marketing manager for a software suite for the automobile industry and I was a marcom manager for a building products company. I have always had a love for communication and telling a brand’s story.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The people and the culture hands down. It probably sounds repetitive to what everyone else said, but it is so true! We are a big family here; we support each other, challenge each other, and truly enjoy being around each other. When your office is basically your second home, it is nice to be surrounded by amazing people and a welcoming environment! It truly is a Great Place To Work!

What do you like to do in your time off?

I love to be active outside, especially with my kids! We love to play sports, go on bike rides and walks, and enjoy picnics at the park. I also run quite a bit. While I can’t say it is my favorite thing to do, I love challenging myself and running really pushes me mentally and physically. Plus, there is something amazing about touring your city during a run!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I played ice hockey growing up both competitively and recreationally. I was even on the same team as my brother through high school!

What are you most proud of?

My kids. Watching them grow absolutely blows me away and I have learned more than I ever thought possible from them. I love hearing their views on current topics and seeing their personality blossom through conversations. Also, their perseverance and attention to detail is beyond anything I could ever imagine. That is mostly a good thing until they remember what you promised them last year! They may be young but they are mighty and I am confident they will make great things happen.

What are your hopes for our industry?

That renewable energy becomes mainstream. That people don’t stop trying to make a change because it is against the grain or “too hard”. Nothing worthwhile comes easy and we have to continue questioning, researching, and innovating.

Motto or personal mantra?

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

 

Meet Eric Tanner, Melink Sales Engineer

Apr 26, 2018

Business Unit and Job Title

Sales Engineer with Intelli-Hood

What does your job entail?

As a member of a highly focused sales team I am responsible for identifying, tracking, quoting, and closing all New Construction opportunities across all Eastern U.S. Intelli-Hood® markets. I strive to stay as technically focused as possible so as to educate potential clients and specifiers to the benefits of our Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation system and technology, Intelli-Hood®.

What is your personal philosophy?

We only get one shot at life. We are all on this earth together at this very moment, for a reason.  Respect everyone.  Be kind to everyone.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I was an IT Recruiter for just shy of 6 years.  Essentially, I “networked” for a living.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

Leadership listens.  People listen.  Everyone wants to help as everyone wants to succeed especially on the fringe of going to an ESOP.  It’s all about working hard and enjoying the ride while remaining laser line focused on proving insanely great service while changing the world one building at a time.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I’m a disciplined workout nut.  I truly enjoy running and, while I’m not super excited when going to the gym, I love the feeling once I am done.  Ultimately, I need to keep moving.  Anything outside like hiking, camping, exploring new state parks, traveling with my fiancé Kelly.  I’m truly up for any adventure and challenge.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

Despite always having to stay busy, waking up early, running, etc…I also love to sleep.  I’m definitely not the type who says, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”.

What are you most proud of?

I try to count my blessings and appreciate everything in my life. I’d say I am proud of my ability to stay mindful, thankful and levelheaded in times of stress and doubt.

What are your hopes for our industry?

It would be my hope that cerebral influencers and leaders overcome the selfish, greed-driven minds that influence our governments, economy and ultimately their own pocket books. Until this happens, we may never see true full adoption of sustainable practices that ultimately may disrupt the powerhouse fuel-giants of the 20th and 21st century.  As we only have one life, we only have one earth that life calls home.  I hope we can all protect it together.

Motto or personal mantra?

There is but one cause of human failure and that is man’s lack of faith in his true self.

Do you collect anything?

Running/Race Medals – So far, I am over 20!

Meet Melissa Gruesser, Account Manager for Melink T&B

Mar 20, 2018

Business Unit and Job Title

Account Manager for Test and Balance

What does your job entail?

My job is to maintain and develop, existing and new customer relationships within the test and balance industry.

What is your personal philosophy?

My personal philosophy is to take responsibility for your own actions, and to be respectful of others.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Before working at Melink, I was an Account Specialist for Sweco, a manufacturing company located in Florence, KY.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

Honestly, my co-workers. I work with an amazing team of people that are not only supportive, but fun and energetic. We always have a blast and get the job done.

 What do you like to do in your time off?

On my off time I enjoy spending time with my family. During the summer we love to go swimming and grill by the pool.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I love video games; I have ever since I was a little kid. During college I worked at Gamestop for several years before moving on to my “grownup” job. I still remember playing NES Mario with my dad in the living room floor on Christmas morning.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my daughter, Hailey. She just turned 9 this past weekend. She’s one of the most caring people I’ve ever met; she has a huge heart. She’s extremely smart and she loves math and science. I know one day she’ll go on to do tremendous things.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope one day that all organizations see the value that Melink brings to the world of sustainability.

Motto or personal mantra?

If you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.

Do you collect anything?

I collect movies. I used to collect a lot more when I was younger, but I still pick up a new on every now and then. Scary movies have always been my favorite.

Meet Nathan Young, Solar & Geo Operations Manager

Feb 21, 2018

 

 

Business Unitand Job Title

Solar & Geo Operations Manager

What does your job entail?

I am involved from the beginning to the end of all of the Melink solar projects in many different ways. On the front end I do site visits to gather information for design and estimating.  I do the preliminary design work and budgeting for the quotes and RFP’s we respond to. Depending on the location of the project, the budgeting process can involve a lot more of leg work up front. Getting accurate installation numbers from contractors and getting familiar with the local state, AHJ and utility requirements can be challenging. Once we are awarded the project, I prepare all of the construction drawings for permitting and secure the interconnection agreements. I also help out the PM’s with getting the right equipment and pricing for our projects. During project construction I help the PM’s when technical issues arise and with QC. On the back end, I am always on the commissioning team to ensure the project is functioning properly.

What is your personal philosophy?

I don’t know that I have a specific personal philosophy. I try to work hard and always move forward.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

I worked for a few smaller solar contractors in the SW Ohio area.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

I get to work with great people in an industry I enjoy.

What do you like to do in your time off?

Exercise and Sleep

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was as a licensed massage therapist for 7 years before I joined the solar industry.

What are you most proud of?

When my kids act, create or perform better than I have taught them or expected.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope the solar industry can continue to flourish and exceed expectations even with the obstacles the current administration is putting in place.

Motto or personal mantra?

Stay Humble. Work Hard. Be Kind.

Do you collect anything?

My wife would say I collect running shoes.

Meet Angela Bradley, Director of HR

Jan 24, 2018

What does your job entail? 

Support and guidance for management on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budget, and employee relations.

What is your personal philosophy?

“never, never, never give up”

What did you do before coming to Melink? 

HR Manager with Effox-Flextor, Division of CECO Environmental

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The Employees

What do you like to do in your time off? 

Spend time with my family and friends.  We like to boat, ride our motorcycle and travel as much as we can.

What are you most proud of? 

I did not complete college in 4 years but 14 years.  I never gave up on the importance of my education. During those 14 years, I married, had 2 kids, continued to work part time and attend school part time.  I finished in May of 1999 after having my daughter at spring break. 

What are your hopes for our industry company?   

Achieving our annual goals, development of our employees, and recruit and retain top talent

Motto or personal mantra? 

A former boss and mentor printed this quote for me.  She said, “When you feel challenged or overwhelmed, read and repeat every day” . . .

 “I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged.  Be not afraid.”     ­-St. John Paul II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you collect
anything?
 

I love antiques and hunting
for antique furniture

Meet Matt Meyer, Director of Field Service for Melink T&B!

Dec 18, 2017

Business Unit and Job Title

Director of Field Service, Melink T&B

What does your job entail?

Leading and developing the T&B National Network and continually refining field operations to improve customer service and profitability.

What is your personal philosophy?

Enjoy what I do, enjoy who I spend time with, and be passionate in all that I do.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Project Manager and Service Department manager in the commercial roofing industry for several years and before that I was a Captain in the US Army.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The people, hands down the best group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. The passion that is displayed each and every day is infectious. You cannot help but try to be your very best when you work here.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I like spending time and traveling with my family. We love to go to museums, parks, zoos, sporting events and just hanging out at the house too! I also like working with my hands and working in the yard.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I’m a history nerd. I named my son, Jackson, after my favorite US President/War of 1812 General and also my favorite Civil War General.

What are you most proud of?

My wife and kids!

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that our industry continues to grow and evolve. And that Melink is at the forefront of innovation as buildings become more intelligent and consumers seek to become more energy and environmentally conscious.

Motto or personal mantra?

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

Do you collect anything?

OH YES! I collect Beer Steins, Pint Glasses, Coasters, Bobbleheads – pretty much anything for my basement bar.

Meet Lorie Reese, Project Specialist

Nov 13, 2017

What does your job entail?

Direct support for the IH Project Managers and IH Sales Team

What is your personal philosophy?  

“Live every moment, Laugh everyday, and love beyond words”

What did you do before coming to Melink?  

Prior to coming to Melink, I was a Marketing Specialist with a local software company.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The family oriented culture coupled with the vision and values of Melink.

What do you like to do in your time off? 

Spending time with my family including my 3 dogs.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I love to watch WWE Wrestling.  I go to the events when they come to Cincinnati and the surrounding Tri-state area.

What are you most proud of? 

My daughter and my husband.

What are your hopes for our industry? 

My hope is that people will become more open to the idea of clean renewable energy and understand the real negative impact for this generation and generations to come, if we don’t make the change now.

Motto or personal mantra?  

Worry about nothing and pray about everything.

Do you collect anything? 

My husband and I love collecting Hallmark Ornaments.  We started this the year before we were married and hope to pass the collection on to my daugher.

Meet Amy Willenborg, Customer Service Manager

Oct 20, 2017

Prior to her time at Melink, Amy worked in retail for 20 years with a career that ranged from HR management to merchandising and retail management. Amy joined the Melink family in November of 2011 as an HR recruiter where she helped build the team for 4 years before becoming the Customer Service Manager in 2015. Her extensive experience in retail has helped the Test and Balance division define tailored solutions to fit the customer’s needs.

Business Unit and Job Title: Test and Balance, Customer Service Manager

What does your job entail?

Managing the team of Account Managers who handle all of the Test and Balance divisions national accounts, and matching and scheduling the technicians on their jobs every week.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

There are a few favorites but first I would say the overall company culture and family atmosphere. I also love working for a company that is making a difference, it is fulfilling and makes me feel like I am a part of something so much bigger than myself. It is pretty amazing to be able to give input and help the organization grow by building new processes and watching my ideas come to life.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I love to spend time with my kids and my grandson as much as I can. I also like to stay active with lots of different activities, especially when they are outdoors.

What are you most proud of?

My kids. I am proud of the strong young ladies they are becoming.

What are your hopes for our industry?

That clean and renewable energy becomes more mainstream and our country embraces the changes. I hope that solar and geothermal are a normal part of every day life instead of an exception.

What is your personal mantra?

Your life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Meet Jason O'Connell, Intelli-Hood Technical Support Specialist

Sep 21, 2017

Jason has been with Melink’s technical support team for 2 and a half years. If you have ever called in with a question or need help troubleshooting for Intelli-Hood, Jason may have been the man on the other side of the phone! He has a passion for solving problems and learning more about every person he helps.

Business Unit and Job Title

Intelli-Hood Technical Support

What does your job entail?

Fielding calls and emails from sites which employ one or multiple versions of our Intelli-Hood system. I help to troubleshoot and in most cases can either repair remotely or diagnose the issue and supply the appropriate parts to rectify the issue.

What is your personal philosophy?

Work smarter… not harder.

 What did you do before coming to Melink?

Field Service Engineer – Extremity MRI

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

People. The ones I work with and the ones I help.

What do you like to do in your time off?

Spend time with my family and work on my MINI.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I love sci-fi and horror movies and listen to EDM when I’m in a bad mood

What are you most proud of?

My son. I never thought I would actually be a father until I was. Now he is the most important thing in my life and I will move heaven and earth to make sure he is taken care of and knows he is loved.

What are your hopes for our industry?

My hope is that everyone wakes up and realizes how much in their lives is truly wasteful. So many products we use every day are sold in containers that cannot be degraded yet we throw them away and they get to fill a giant hole in some landfill. Reduce the products we buy that use these containers, reuse the containers for other purposes or recycle the container appropriately.

Motto or personal mantra?

Love yourself because being loved starts inside. If you CAN’T love yourself, you need to rethink where you are or what you are doing.

Meet Matt Herriott, Account Manager for Melink T&B

Aug 1, 2017

Matt has been a part of the Melink family for 2 years. Joining the T&B team as an Account Manager in 2015, Matt is responsible for the management of our national test and balance accounts. He proves to be a customer favorite because of his drive, resourcefulness and incredibly friendly personality.

Business Unit and Job Title

Test and Balance, Account Manager

What does your job entail?

My job is the management of the sales and relationships with customers. Our team verifies and balances the HVAC system in Commercial retail and restaurant spaces.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Before I started at Melink I was working at KeyBank in the Retail Banking. I was serving at a restaurant at night. I was doing small remodels on the weekend.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

The best part of working at Melink is getting to know each customer. We have a lot of great companies we work with on a day to day basis.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife Laura and daughter Mia.  We go camping at Red River Gorge as much as we can. We just adopted a Blue Tick puppy to take with us.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I would consider myself a Professional Camping Chef.

What are you most proud of?

I love the feeling after completing a remodeling project. Each project has its own challenges that you must overcome.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope more people/businesses are educated on the importance of our industry. We need to start making drastic changes to help the environment.

Motto or personal mantra?

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have Roses”– Abraham Lincoln.

Meet Connor Donovan, Melink Geo Project Engineer

Jul 12, 2017

Connor joined Melink in 2016 to assist in the development of the geothermal division and Manifest system. In the short amount of time he has been here, he has already made an impact in the industry and we know this is just the beginning.

 

What does your job entail?

Our geothermal business unit is a lean team, so I get to wear quite a few different hats depending on the day.  My primary tasks probably come down to engineering design, project commissioning and then product development for ManifestTM.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Went to college! This was my first job out of school so before Melink I was spending a lot of time in my Nuclear Engineering classes at Georgia Tech. I also had a few internships, including one for a startup and one for an engineering firm.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

I really enjoy how everyone is connected to the same mission here. Even though we have a pretty diverse range of business units, it’s great to see that everyone here is genuinely committed to the cause of sustainability. It’s energizing and helps provide a purpose for the work we do every day.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I live downtown so I really enjoy exploring the city and checking out the newest bars and restaurants. I’m also a big local sports fans, so I’m almost always tuned in to the Reds, Bengals or FC Cincinnati.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I used to perform in musicals and was actually part of a barbershop quartet back in middle school.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that geothermal and sustainable design flip the script and start becoming the standard choices of the commercial building industry. Instead of hearing people ask, “why should we include geothermal on this project?” I want to hear more people ask “why can’t we include geothermal on this project?”. When that happens, I think we will know that the sustainability movement has become fully mainstream.

Motto or personal mantra?

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% 

Greater Cincinnati businesses can lead despite Paris climate retreat

Jul 11, 2017

President Donald Trump recently withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. The backlash was immediate, significant and deserved.

The agreement was signed by almost 200 countries. This was a landmark achievement in a fractured world. More countries agree on the why and how of fighting climate change than how to battle terrorism.

Furthermore, the agreement was supported by many of the largest and most successful companies in the U.S., including Apple, Google, Microsoft, P&G and General Electric. Most major U.S. universities and many religious groups also urged the president not to withdraw from the agreement.

President Trump justified his decision by saying jobs would be lost. But the opposite is true. The greatest economic opportunity of the 21st century is a global shift to clean energy. The solar and wind power industries are growing by double digits and far outpacing new jobs in coal and natural gas. New batteries and electric vehicles are leveraging these industries. Tesla, for example, is now worth more than GM and Ford.

China, however, is leading the world in clean energy research, manufacturing and deployment. In fact, China’s leadership and investment are resulting in the U.S. becoming increasingly dependent on it. This means our national economy and security are at risk in the name of sovereignty, coal and politics.

More importantly, our global health and environment are at risk. Climate change is universal and irreversible. And it is largely caused by human activity, based on the research of 97 percent of climate scientists around the world. (Despite what they say, politicians, fossil fuel companies and the media do not know more about this than the scientific community.)

The logical extension of our planet warming 4-8 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century is that it will continue even faster next century. This will result in many plant and animal species becoming extinct and higher sea levels slowly flooding coastal cities.

What is our opportunity and risk mitigation strategy? Where government fails us, businesses can lead and win. Pivoting to clean energy will get us on the right side of history. This will make our corporate brands stronger so we can attract and retain the best talent. Renewables will also secure for us the lowest long-term cost of energy, because the fuel sources are free.

Therefore, Tri-State businesses should consider five simple strategies to successfully compete in the 21st century:

– Divest of fossil fuel and utility stocks and mutual funds that impede a clean energy future. Invest instead in clean energy stocks and mutual funds.

– Reduce your enterprise carbon footprint 50 percent by 2025 and 100 percent by 2035. This can be accomplished by investing in energy efficiency, as well as renewable energy, onsite and offsite.

– Purchase clean power rather than brown power from utilities.

Invest in workplace charging stations to promote electric vehicle use by your employees.

– Push similarly high standards and expectations on your supply chain.

Move over, politics. Businesses will step up and save the world. Future generations will thank us for this ultimate legacy.

 

As seen in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

 

 

Steve Melink's 30th Anniversary Keynote - The Clean Energy Revolution

Jun 6, 2017

Steve Melink celebrates his company’s 30th anniversary by inviting partners and friends to join the clean energy revolution. The U.S. led the flight, computer, Internet, and every other age of the 20th century, but risks losing the biggest opportunity of the 21st century to China.  The world’s population growth from 7 to 12 billion will not be sustained by fossil fuels.  For economic, security, health, and environmental reasons, the U.S. needs to pivot to clean energy.  Fortunately, the business sector is starting to lead the way to attract Millennials and build brand power.  Solar and wind energy, along with battery storage and electric cars, are the way of the future.  Kick the
fossil fuel habit and become a leader in your industry and community by doing the right thing for the planet and future generations.  Not to mention your children.

 


A Letter To Employees From Steve Melink Regarding The Paris Climate Agreement

Jun 2, 2017

Hi Everyone,

I am sure you heard that President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, and some of you may be wondering what the impact will be for Melink and other like-minded leaders in the clean energy age. The answer is none. No impact, zero, zilch, nada!

Our commitment is unequivocal. We are not less steadfast – we are more steadfast in the face of bad politics and fake news. We have to be because our U.S. and global economy, security, health, and environment depend on it. Climate change, in particular, is a growing risk and threat that we must fight today and not after it becomes too late. Our children and future generations will see this as our ultimate legacy.

The Paris Climate Agreement was signed by almost 200 countries. It is supported by many of the largest and most successful companies in the U.S., including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, GE, P&G, Bank of America, Walt Disney, Pacific gas & Electric, Salesforce, 3M, Citigroup, Corning, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Jonson, Morgan Stanley, Tesla, Unilever, and many others.

This is not about jobs in Pittsburgh verses Paris. This is infinitely larger. And hence we will continue our good work to ensure we end up on the right side of history. Science and data will lead us, not rhetoric and short term thinking.

We are just a medium-sized company, but our leadership and influence is critical in our state, industry, and the local communities in which we live. Thanks for living our mission and sharing this journey with me.

Back to work …

Steve Melink

Melink is certified by the International Trade Council

Nov 18, 2016

As of August 2016, Melink is a Qualified Accredited Manufacturer of the International Trade Council.

Melink quoted in ohio renewable energy story

Oct 17, 2016

A recent article published on October 17, 2016 by Cincinnati.com titled Ohio produces less renewable energy than Kentucky. Is that okay?, quotes Steve Melink.

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Melink awarded 2016 Goering Center Award for Private & Small Business

Oct 3, 2016

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Melink Corporation certified as a Great Place to Work

Aug 12, 2016

Based on  our 2016 company-wide survey, 91% of Melink Employees rate Melink as a great place to work.

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CEO Power & Light' intriguing new executive book

Nov 5, 2015

National clean energy expert and corporate CEO Steve Melink also is an author with an urgent global message. His book CEO Power & Light is now available and already on its way to becoming a business classic on transcendent leadership.

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Melink is presented 2015 Ohio EPA Environmental Excellence award

Oct 8, 2015

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Bulter presented 10 Ohio organizations with Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards. The E3 program recognizes businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in the Buckeye State for going above and beyond to demonstrate environmental excellence.

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Melink Visited By Ukrainians Studying Green Practices

Sep 3, 2015

A delegation of Ukrainian government workers traveled to the U.S. to learn how Greater Cincinnati recycles, uses solar energy, filters water, and generates heat and electricity. They visited Melink Corporation, which sells its clean energy solutions to customers like Walmart and the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Meet Steve Melink of Melink Corp.

Jun 15, 2015

Steve Melink is featured as a person to know in the energy industry.

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Steve Melink Awarded 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Ohio Valley Region

Jun 4, 2015

Steve is awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the manufacturing solutions category

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Op-Ed: Utilities On Wrong Side of History

May 27, 2015

Steve Melink presents a call to action to Senator Portman regarding  Ohio’s advancement in clean energy.

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Amid energy law freeze, Ohio solar market stalls

Sep 18, 2014

Melink Corporation in Milford, Ohio, is already shifting its business focus. The company’s previous solar energy projects in Ohio include a 6,400-panel array at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Melink Partners with Equity Industrial Partners Corp. to Utilize Extra Space for Solar Facility

Sep 15, 2014

Melink Corporation recently developed and installed the largest rooftop solar PV system in the Midwest on property owned by Equity Industrial Partners Corp. (EIP).

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Cincinnati Zoo Spotlights Solar Energy

Jul 8, 2014

A giant solar panel canopy, constructed by Melink Corporation, is exceeding expectations by cutting electricity costs for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. At the same time, 1.5 million visitors each year get an up-close look at clean energy.

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Melink Is One of Three Clermont Companies Recognized for Manufacturing Excellence

Jun 9, 2011

The awards recognize companies that have shown success in five key areas: creating great workplaces, designing new products, making breakthroughs, charting growth, and creating jobs.  

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Melink Receives 2010 Renewable Energy Project of the Year Award

Jul 9, 2010

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) confers prestigious awards each year to individuals and organizations that have achieved national and international prominence in promoting the practices and principles of energy engineering and energy management.

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Steve Melink Featured In Cincinnati For Being Green

Jan 1, 2010

To many, he is Cincinnati’s Mr. Green Jeans. Those in the green movement all say that Melink is the man to see. Ohio Governor Bob Taft and Ted Strickland both made visits to his Milford-based headquarters.

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