Powering Akron's Downtown Economic Development

Akron Energy Systems operates the district energy system that supplies energy to dozens of buildings in downtown Akron, totaling more than 10 million square feet. 

An agent of the City of Akron, Akron Energy Systems is invested in offering a reliable energy source to downtown businesses. As part of the City’s effort to build opportunities for economic development in its central business district, AES provides an efficient and reliable source for energy at an affordable price.

Meet Our Leadership Team

We provide our customers with access to the expertise of our staff for planning, maintenance, and operation of internal heating and cooling systems.

Donald J. Hoffman

Donald J. Hoffman

Donald J. Hoffman

Donald J. Hoffman Details

Donald J. Hoffman is Chairman of Akron Energy Systems, LLC. Don is the Principal of The CREST Company, a management advisory firm he founded in 1989. The CREST Company provides consulting services to companies throughout the United States including their international business interests. From 1985 through 1988, Mr. Hoffman was President of The Hudson Group, Inc., a 15 location wholesale distributor of building materials. Before Hudson, he spent ten years with International Paper Company in a variety of management positions in marketing, finance, and operations, and was most recently the Manager of Lumber and Plywood operations. Mr. Hoffman is a graduate of Biola University and received his MBA from California State Polytechnic University Graduate School of Business and was awarded the CMA designation in Accounting in 1976. Mr. Hoffman is the past Chair of the Wasco, Or County Planning Commission, where he completed 20 years of service in 2013. He is also Chair, Board of Directors, for the Horizon Christian School, Hood River, OR. Mr. Hoffman is a Director of Keweenaw Land Association, Limited (KEWL), Ironwood, MI, and has served as an instructor in International Business at Columbia Gorge Community College in Hood River, OR. He and his wife Susan reside near Mosier, OR.

Marc G. Divis

Marc G. Divis

President / CEO
Marc G. Divis

Marc G. Divis Details

Mr. Divis has invested his career of twenty-seven years in the energy generation and infrastructure industry, primarily concentrated in the urban utility market. His diverse knowledge of utility operations, engineering, regulation, finance and sales have made him an effective strategist in utility businesses. However, his core beliefs in exceptional customer service, employee empowerment, cohesive Teams and effective capital deployment have been the ingredients to the sustainable success of businesses that he has led or consulted.

His career started in 1992, as a coop engineering student at Cleveland Thermal, a district energy business in Cleveland, Ohio and progressed to the position of President.

In 2009, he developed and assumed the role of President of Akron Energy Systems to assist the City of Akron in re-developing their downtown district energy business. Over the course of the last nine years, his Team, in partnership with the City and community partners, has transformed the enterprise into a profitable, sustainable asset poised to aid downtown redevelopment.

In addition to his direct business leadership roles, Mr. Divis has consulted with utility and district energy systems throughout the United States and Canada to improve customer value, reduce cost of service, resolve environmental/compliance issues and develop strategic investment plans.

Mr. Divis is actively involved in service activities throughout Northeast Ohio. Over the past twenty years, he has donated his time and expertise in the following areas:

• Board Member – Cleveland 2030
• Mayoral Appointee – City of Cleveland Pollution Advisory Commission
• Member – Cleveland Streetscape Planning Commission
• Chairman – Utilities Council of Northern Ohio
• Board Member – Greater Cleveland Partnership
• Volunteer - Ronald McDonald House
• Coach – Highland Youth Rugby

Mr. Divis earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University with continuing graduate education in accounting and finance. Most importantly, he is the husband to his wife of twenty years (Gwenael) and father to two daughters and a son.

Robert A. Douglas

Robert A. Douglas

CPA, Controller
Robert A. Douglas

Robert A. Douglas Details

Robert A. Douglas is the Accounting Controller of Akron Energy Systems, LLC. In this role, He manages a dedicated team providing administrative support services for Akron Energy’s customers and employees. Prior to arriving at Akron Energy Systems, Mr. Douglas successfully held positions of Chief Accountant, Controller / Director of MIS, and Director of International Marketing, with domestic and international manufacturing concerns for over 20 years. He has a track record of providing innovative cost saving solutions to complex problems. He is a graduate of the University of Akron, and was awarded the CPA designation in 1995. Mr. Douglas has served for decades on finance boards of philanthropic institutions, the most recent as elected Financial Secretary for ABT in Akron, Ohio.

Kelly Dodson

Kelly Dodson

Sales & Marketing Manager
330-374-0600 ext 205
Kelly Dodson

Kelly Dodson Details

Kelly Dodson joined the AES team in 2009, and his current responsibilities include serving customers and developing new business and development opportunities within the downtown business district. Dodson was previously Vice President of Business Development and Sales for Akron Thermal, LLC from 1995 to 2009. Before that, he was the Marketing and Business Development Manager at wTe Corporation from 1986 to 1995. He has fostered strong business and government relationships over the duration of his career.

Dodson’s extensive working knowledge of solid waste fuels and wood and tire-derived fuels has contributed to the success of the diverse fuel needs of this facility over the years. He has authored several technical papers on the use of waste fuels for this process and has served on several committees for local governmental agencies. Kelly’s involvement in planning and developing the downtown chilled water system helped to achieve a successful market penetration in offering chilled water to businesses in the downtown Akron market.

You can contact Kelly Dodson to help with all of your energy and development needs. Reach Kelly at (330) 374-0600 ext. 205.

John Caputo

John Caputo

Director of Customer Innovation