Mr. Dayton serves as Chief Operating Officer of CESI, which he founded in 2000 to advise municipalities, utilities, government agencies, housing organizations and financial organizations on energy efficiency program design and its integration with renewable technologies.
Mr. Dayton has 40 years of experience in the energy and non-profit sectors. In 1968, he founded the non-profit Technical Development Corporation (TDC) and served as its President until 1982. TDC performed many innovative projects in energy conservation, criminal justice and job creation, and set up a number of other corporations in its fields of interest. In 1982, Mr. Dayton founded his second company, Select Energy Services, Inc. (SESI; formerly HEC Inc.) and served as chairman until its acquisition by Northeast Utilities in 1990. As Founder and Director from 1990 until his retirement in 2002, Dave led the company's acquisition program and its development of new energy services in new markets. SESI recommended and installed (and often financed) over a billion dollars of energy-efficiency improvements in some of the country's leading institutional, government, and commercial facilities.
Mr. Dayton has also been the chairman or president of many public policy, health, cultural, and community organizations in Massachusetts, and has received several appointments by past governors to advisory boards and state councils. Mr. Dayton has spoken and published widely on energy efficiency and was on the Energy Task Force of the President's Commission on Environmental Quality, and he served two years as President of the National Association of Energy Service Companies. Mr. Dayton is considered by many to be a leader in the evolution of the energy services industry.
Mr. Dayton received a B.S.E.E. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.