Paul Mitchell

President and CEO
Paul Mitchell serves as President and CEO of Energy Systems Network (ESN). Prior to joining ESN, Paul served in the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels as policy director for Economic Development, Workforce, & Energy. In this capacity, he oversaw legislation, policy, and program development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and Indiana Department of Labor, and acted as the Governor's liaison to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. During his tenure with the Governor's Office, Mitchell also led the formation of and directed the Indiana Office of Federal Grants and Procurement. A native of West Lafayette, Indiana he holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, Ind. where he graduated as valedictorian.
Paul Mitchell serves as President and CEO of Energy Systems Network (ESN). Prior to joining ESN, Paul served in the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels as policy director for Economic Development, Workforce, & Energy. In this capacity, he oversaw legislation, policy, and program development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, …
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Elizabeth Anderson

Manager - Operations & Design/UX
Elizabeth joined the team in February 2023, moving from Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), where she served as the graphic designer and communications manager. Previously, she served as the manager of administration and compliance for CICP and as a marketing and communications coordinator with Ascend Indiana through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Anderson earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. She also earned a B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art + Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She has recently completed her M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction at the Luddy School of Informatics at IUPUI.
Elizabeth joined the team in February 2023, moving from Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), where she served as the graphic designer and communications manager. Previously, she served as the manager of administration and compliance for CICP and as a marketing and communications coordinator with Ascend Indiana through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Anderson earned a B.A. …
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Neil Banwart

Managing Director - Hydrogen Ecosystem
Neil joined Energy Systems Network (ESN) in January 2023 as Managing Director.  Prior to ESN, he spent nearly a decade at Cummins Inc.  His most recent role at Cummins was Program Director in the New Power Segment, focused on maximizing the potential of the portfolio of investments in Hydrogen.  Previously to that position, he worked in the Corporate Strategy area, identifying companies and technologies to acquire as part of the New Power Segment. He has held several M&A, Treasury, and finance roles in his career, including service as the CFO of a small private equity fund. Neil earned a Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Bradley University.  He is a CFA Charterholder and serves on the Board of Directors of the CFA Society of Indianapolis as the immediate past president.
Neil joined Energy Systems Network (ESN) in January 2023 as Managing Director. Prior to ESN, he spent nearly a decade at Cummins Inc. His most recent role at Cummins was Program Director in the New Power Segment, focused on maximizing the potential of the portfolio of investments in Hydrogen. Previously to that position, he worked …
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Jerry Billett

Executive Assistant
Jerry joined the team in February 2024 as Paul Mitchell's Executive Assistant. He previously worked for a prominent law firm, J.W. Carney Jr. & Associates, in Boston, Massachusetts, as a Paralegal and Executive Assistant. Billett earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Western Governors University of Utah in Milcreek.
Jerry joined the team in February 2024 as Paul Mitchell’s Executive Assistant. He previously worked for a prominent law firm, J.W. Carney Jr. & Associates, in Boston, Massachusetts, as a Paralegal and Executive Assistant. Billett earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Western Governors University of Utah in Milcreek.
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Michael Bouton

Chief Financial Officer
Michael Bouton began as Chief Financial Officer of ESN on October 3, 2022, and is responsible for the financial operations of the organization. Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer, he served as Manager at Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, where he assisted Indiana communities in budget preparation, capital planning, and tax increment financing projects. He spent over five years at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation as Director of Budgeting, where he was responsible for the deployment of the agency’s annual appropriation, bi-annual budget submission, and grant compliance. Michael moved to Indianapolis in 2014 and began working in the Office of Management and Budget for the City of Indianapolis under Mayor Ballard. A native of Connecticut, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Politics from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and a Masters of Public Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Michael Bouton began as Chief Financial Officer of ESN on October 3, 2022, and is responsible for the financial operations of the organization. Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer, he served as Manager at Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, where he assisted Indiana communities in budget preparation, capital planning, and tax increment financing projects. He spent …
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Becca Gillespie

Managing Director - Energy INsights
Becca Gillespie joined ESN as a Managing Director in January of 2023. Prior to that, she worked as the New Products and Services Lead at Duquesne Light Company, the electric utility in Pittsburgh, PA. Before that, she was a Sales Director and Product Engineer at UniEnergy Technologies, a flow battery start-up company in Mukilteo, Washington. She has also worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an energy analyst and as a Propulsion Engineer at NASA. Becca has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Masters’ of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Becca Gillespie joined ESN as a Managing Director in January of 2023. Prior to that, she worked as the New Products and Services Lead at Duquesne Light Company, the electric utility in Pittsburgh, PA. Before that, she was a Sales Director and Product Engineer at UniEnergy Technologies, a flow battery start-up company in Mukilteo, Washington. …
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