Consulting Team

Consulting Team

Bennett Boucher

Executive Director, Energy Florida

Mr. Boucher has been with Energy Florida since 2013, and is experienced in the areas of renewable energy, operations, project management, finance, budget, contract administration, environmental permitting, and infrastructure planning among many others. Provides consulting services for start-up businesses and those that are seeking advice on renewable energy programs and projects. Prior to becoming COO/CFO for Energy Florida, Mr. Boucher was the CEO of Clean Footprint, LLC and served as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Space Coast Energy Consortium, Energy Florida’s preceding organization and served as City Manager for the City of Cape Canaveral for 17 years.

Mr. Boucher has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Tim Franta

Deputy Director, Energy Florida

Mr. Franta spearheads business and financial development efforts of the Space to Energy Regional Innovation Center as described in Clean Energy Jobs Accelerator Grant. Over the next year, he is drafting concepts and policies necessary for funding and financing the Center. He is also the liaison to the space industry, NASA, and the Air Force. Mr. Franta also works for the Florida Institute of Technology with Florida Tech Consulting as a space business and policy consultant. He specializes in space and energy business development by translating financial and physical requirements into fundable business plans. Mr. Franta is also an expert at coordinating public policy with private and governmental financing for mutually beneficial projects.

Mr. Franta has worked for the Florida Legislature and was chief of staff for the Florida Space Authority. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Flagler College and lives in Rockledge, Florida.

Kaci Courtright

Director of Project Development

Ms. Courtright focuses on project development at Energy Florida by sourcing strategic grants and unique partnerships for clients. She has several years of experience in the startup, consulting, and development industries. Through Energy Florida, Kaci looks to grow her portfolio in the renewable energy sector. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Masters in Dispute Resolution.

Mark Robinson

Director of Research & Mapping, Energy Florida

Mark Robinson leads the asset mapping, related research and development and outreach for Energy Florida’s supply chain analysis project team. Mark is an expert in research, site selection and asset mapping with more than 14 years’ experience. He works and partners with several site selection teams and companies. Mark formerly served as president of Brokers Edge, a site selection company specializing in the needs of real estate energy companies. He is well versed in the unique laws and regulations that affect siting for energy and agricultural projects. Prior to his work in site selection, Mark worked in oil fields both on and offshore. He owned a company that developed and tested underwater tools for commercial diving and oil fields. Mark holds three patents and more than 20 production innovations.

Ruaidhri “Rory” McEllin 

Renewable Energy Specialist

Ruaidhri “Rory” McEllin recently joined the Energy Florida team after over a decade working in the renewable sector in Ireland.  In 2010, Ruaidhri set up his own Renewable Energy Consulting business, Clean Tech Nua, to help simplify the decision-making process for companies wishing to get involved in clean technologies.

Clean Tech Nua projects included on-site water management systems, solar thermal heating systems, energy audits and evaluation of a variety of different clean technologies.

Prior to setting up Clean Tech Nua Ruaidhri worked with a solar and wind manufacturer and set up their national and international installer and distribution network. Ruaidhri provided consulting and training for the National Energy Training Academy and rolled out a national home energy saving scheme.