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Leaders at Patriot Energy Group

Patriot Energy Group is devoted to be at the forefront of the energy industry. Our executive managers set high standards across the company and challenge every employee to reach new levels in excellence and become industry leading energy experts. Our management team consists of committed individuals whose experience and expertise allow them to lead the organization into success.


Louis Frate
President and Chief Executive Officer

Louis Frate currently serves as chief executive officer and president of Patriot Energy Group. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge and over two decades of experience in sales and business development.

Frate founded Patriot Energy Group was in 2002 and has since grown the company into one of the top energy management firms in the Northeast. They’ve become an industry leader with more experience navigating the restructured marketplace than any other firm.

Frate has opened several offices located throughout the northeast and in Texas, with plans to keep growing. As a seasoned executive, he has personally designed some of the most innovative strategies today's volatile energy markets has to offer.

Prior to starting patriot Energy, Frate spent 8 years in the telecommunications industry. He was the Regional Sales Directors at Network Plus.

Frate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Merrimac College in Andover, Massachusetts.

David Berardi
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer Dave Berardi is responsible for the vision, strategy and leadership in helping shape the market, and transform the business from a top regional expert in purchasing strategies and energy portfolio management into a full energy services company connecting grid activity, energy intelligence, and supply management with demand side management, effecting how end users buy, use and manage energy.

Prior to joining the Patriot Energy Group in February of 2015, Dave served 25 years as a Global Executive with Schneider Electric, most recently holding positions as Senior Vice President in Schneider Electric's North American Operation, and Managing Director of their United Kingdom and Ireland Building Business. With a passion for energy and the environment Dave brings extensive strategic and operational leadership experience and expertise in building technologies, energy management, building analytics, and system integration.

Dave received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine, and has continued his advanced executive education at some of the top business schools including; INSEAD in Fontainebleau France, the Cranfield School of Management in Bedfordshire, UK, and the Harvard Business School.

Jude Capachietti
Vice President of Finance

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Brian White
Director of Sales

Brian White has spent over a decade of his professional career in the energy industry. As the Director of Sales, he is responsible for multiple teams whose objectives are to find new clients and keep our existing clients happy with their decision to use Patriot Energy.

Brain also engaged and is heavily involved with product development and implementation of all new offerings as Patriot Energy continues its quest to become the top choice for all things energy. Helping business owners select a strategy that fits their needs while determining the right amount of risk is critical to our success and Brian leads this initiative.

Danielle Gianino
Director of Operations

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Craig Wall
Director of Energy Services

Craig Wall is responsible for the strategy, training, implementation, and overall growth of the energy services provided through Patriot Energy Group. He is leading the company’s solar, efficiency, and integrated solutions program development. He has successfully maintained relationships with partners, and clients for five years to effectively manage their risk to volatile electricity and natural gas commodity markets.

Prior to joining Patriot Energy Group, he spent 6 years with Clear Channel Outdoor. He was responsible for the overall growth and direction of his customers marketing initiatives, brand image, and customer acquisition through outdoor and integrated advertising.

Craig Wall holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from the Eller School of Business at the University of Arizona. Craig Wall is a founding board member of The Energy Professionals Association Northeast chapter and currently serves as the standards and compliance chair.

Max Bowers
Regional Director of Sales

Max Bowers is an accomplished leader. Hired initially by the Patriot Energy Group in April 2014 to serve as a Branch Leader for its West Springfield Office, Max led that Branch with distinction, earning Patriot’s Top Branch of the Year award in 2014 for new business sales. In September 2015, Max was promoted to Director, Satellite Sales - managing four different branch offices serving Harrisburg PA, Philadelphia PA, Brunswick ME and soon - Dallas, TX.

As a retired Military Officer and seasoned professional in private industry, his unique experiences have made him a welcome addition to the Patriot Energy Group family. He is a retired Special Forces Battalion Commander whose troops infiltrated Northern Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the US.  The nature of this formerly classified military mission required three of his teams do something that the American military had not done since the last century: ride horses into combat.

Max carried a piece of the World Trade Center with him throughout the entire campaign in Northern Afghanistan. After the Taliban was defeated in the North, the Special Forces teams who liberated Mazar e-Sharif memorialized and buried the burned and bent piece of steel in a former Al Qaida stronghold to commemorate the firefighters, police and first responders of New York City and Washington DC who perished on September the 11th in the line of duty.

The men who carried the fight to the enemy on horseback were the inspiration for a 3-ton, 18-foot-tall bronze monument erected across from the World Trade Center site. The statue was dedicated to the entire U.S. Special Operations Community by Vice President Joe Biden and a piece of steel from the World Trade Center is embedded in its base, which reads “America’s Response Monument.”

Carla Whalen
Director, Organizational Development and Human Resources

As Director of Organizational Development and Human Resources, Carla leads the company’s HR and learning and development strategies.  She and her team are responsible for all people focused initiatives, collaborating with leadership to implement programs that drive company growth, individual excellence, and enrich Patriot’s culture. She is passionate about creating an environment where our employees thrive, connecting with our culture and our vision.

Prior to Patriot Energy, Carla held leadership positions at ValueOptions (now Beacon Health Options), the nation’s largest independent behavioral health and Wellness Company.

Matt Kinney
General Council

Matt Kinney, in-house Counsel, has been with Patriot Energy Group since 2011.  Along with Patriot’s legal and regulatory team, he is responsible for advising Patriot’s executives and staff on legal, regulatory, and business matters, including regulatory compliance and advocacy, transactional matters, intellectual property, and corporate governance, among others.  

Prior to joining Patriot, Matt had extensive experience in various capacities in the legal/regulatory and back office operations realms of the telecommunications industry. 

Matt received a B.S. in Mathematics from Syracuse University, a M.S. in Education from Canisius College, and a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law.


In order to stay apprised of this industry, our team regularly attends events to increase their education and experience.

Conferences that Patriot Energy Group Regularly Attends

KEMA - Executive Leadership Annual Conference on Competitive Energy
ISO-New England Conference: on Energy Solutions for New England
Restructuring Roundtable: Monthly Roundtable of Market Participants discussing latest issues facing energy producers distributors and users in New England

Community Involvement

In addition to outside conferences, Patriot Energy Group has been actively participating in community service and involvement activities. Some of these activities also include team-building to help our staff excel as a unit. Just a few of the activities Patriot has participated in include:

During the holiday season we collect toys and games for Toys for Tots
Contribute to multiple charities
Participate in the Courageous Challenge Charity Regatta in Charlestown, MA
Participate in the Playing for Parkinson's Tennis Event and Dinner

Awards and Achievements

The Doug Clifford Award Douglas Clifford was a dedicated employee of Patriot Energy Group in our Dallas, Texas office. In his time at Patriot Energy, Doug inspired those around him both professionally and personally. With his warm smile and shining personality, Doug was a pleasure to know, both as an employee, and as a friend. Tragically, Doug passed away in 2007 from an unfortunate accident. Patriot Energy Group honors Doug and his spirit annually by distributing the Doug Clifford award. This award honors an employee who, like Doug, went above and beyond expectations, and sets an example to those around him/her with achievement and excellence. We hope to keep Doug's spirit alive through this award for many years to come.

2012 Recipient: Jared Blake - Senior Commercial Account Advisor
2011 Recipient: Anthony Kasongo - IT Director/Property Manager
2010 Recipient: Jesse Wooster - Senior Compliance & Markets Analyst
2009 Recipient: Christina Lee - Operations & Accounting Analyst
2008 Recipient: Shannon Gagne - Director of Operations & Accounting



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