Our Team

Brad Keister

Position: Energy Analyst
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Brad.keister@abraxasenergy.com
Years in Industry: <1– M.S in Renewable and Clean Energy, University of Dayton Designations: None Favorite Hobby: Boating, Soccer, and Gaming. Hoping to learn snowboarding soon. Favorite Movie: Star Wars. What’s your biggest accomplishment: Earning my masters while managing a restaurant. Favorite Energy Savings Tip: Slowly lowering the thermostat during the winter, and seeing how low I can go before my girlfriend complains. Favorite Thing About Abraxas: Everyone has been extremely nice and patient and willing to help out. Brad.keister@abraxasenergy.com (805).547.2050
Energy Analyst

Brad Keister

Years in Industry:

Tyler Stafford

Position: Business Development Manager
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Tyler.stafford@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
8– BS in Journalism

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Anything Outdoors – Backpacking, Camping, Boating, Snowboarding, Hiking

If you could live anywhere in the world:
A rustic cabin in the woods.

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Completing a 76 mile backpacking trip across the Sierras in a high snow year ending with a summit of Mount Whitney.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Turn it off!

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Everyone fits well into the company culture and we all work together to accomplish our goals.

Tyler.stafford@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Business Development Manager

Tyler Stafford

Years in Industry: 8– BS in Journalism Designations: None Favorite...

Corey Volk

Position: Project Coordinator
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Corey.volk@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
2 – A.B.A, University of Phoenix

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Recreating vintage hairstyle and makeup, antiquing, and taking my senior pups to fun places.

Favorite Food:
Italian, Mexican or a good ol’ fashion cheeseburger.

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Getting my dog training certification to assist in behavioral rehabilitation and adoptions at the humane society.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Wear a Snuggie in your office. You will stay warm and give Rob something to make fun of.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
The focus on the greater good of the world, and reciprocated sarcasm amongst teammates.

Corey.volk@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Project Coordinator

Corey Volk

Years in Industry: 2 – A.B.A, University of Phoenix Designations:...

Stacie Spurlock

Position: Office Manager
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Stacie.spurlock@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
9 – BS in Business Administration, Management/Accounting

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Gardening and photography with dance thrown in there!

Favorite Place to vacation:
Hawaii and the unknown next adventure

Favorite Quote:
“To succeed in life you need three things: A wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.” – Reba McEntire

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Dinner by Candlelight

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Constantly learning and problem solving.

Stacie.spurlock@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Office Manager

Stacie Spurlock

Years in Industry: 9 – BS in Business Administration, Management/Accounting...

John Theisen

Position: Controller
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: John.theisen@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
3– B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
All sports, traveling, anything outdoors, music

Favorite Superhero:
Superman

Favorite concert you have been to:
Van Halen

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Turn the lights off!

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Being surrounded and challenged by the highest level co-workers.

John.theisen@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Controller

John Theisen

Years in Industry: 3– B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco...

Gabriel Avina

Position: Energy Analyst
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Gabriel.avina@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
3– B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco

Designations:
None

Favorite Hobby:
Reading, music, and nature photography

Favorite Quote:
“Not what I have, but what I do, is my kingdom.”

If you could live anywhere in the world:
Why settle for one location?

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Responsible consumer choices reduce not just energy use, but waste production and environmental burden as well.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Constant learning in an evolving work environment, and applying that effort towards a greener, cleaner future.

Gabriel.avina@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Energy Analyst

Gabriel Avina

Years in Industry: 3– B.A. Psychology, University of San Francisco...

Blane Bennett

Position: Energy Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Blane.bennett@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
3 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Designations:
EIT

Favorite Hobby:
Skiing, hiking, Formula 1, music

Favorite Food:
Homemade Italian with fresh ingredients that simmers all day.

If you could live anywhere in the world:
So many choices! Singapore, Italy, Israel, Japan, Bueno Aires.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Open a window, turn off the AC

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Continually learning, making an impact, always
working on different projects.

Blane.bennett@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Energy Engineer

Blane Bennett

Years in Industry: 3 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of...

David Emme

Position: Consulting Project Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: David.emme@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
6 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Designations:
CEM, CMVP

Favorite Hobby:
Alpine climbing and skiing

Favorite Superhero:
The 14th Dalai Lama

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Climbing Ranrapalca North Face in the Peruvian Andes

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Count the watts and the kilowatts will take care of themselves (adapted from ultralight backpacking mantra)

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Saving energy and nerding out about HVAC technology.

David.emme@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Consulting Project Engineer

David Emme

Years in Industry: 6 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University...

Clayde Barkley

Position: Project Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Clayde.barkley@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
8 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Designations:
P.E., CEM

Favorite Hobby:
Disc Golf, Backpacking

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Studying for and passing the PE exam while working full time and being a dad to a 1.5 year old.

Favorite Food:
Bean and cheese burrito from Dora’s in Woodlake CA (it’s their salsa)

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Turn it off, you don’t really need it.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
The collaborative atmosphere, where people bring their strengths together for a project.

Clayde.barkley@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Project Engineer

Clayde Barkley

Years in Industry: 8 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California Polytechnic...

Christian Orsi

Position: Project Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Christian.orsi@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
9 – B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Designations:
CEM, CWEP

Favorite Hobby:
Hobby hiking or off-roading

Favorite Food:
Has to be something off a Japanese menu. Tonkatsu ramen, takoyaki, fresh sashimi.

Favorite concert you have been to:
Kenny Chesney. Wasn’t a fan prior, but the guy can get a stadium rocking.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Snip cords on personal space heaters to prevent
simultaneous heating/cooling.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
Everyone is actually one the same team, and we have freedom in our work.

Christian.orsi@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Project Engineer

Christian Orsi

Years in Industry: 9 – B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cal Poly...

Kevin Cross

Position: Senior Project Engineer
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Kevin.cross@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
26 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.S. Physics, University of California, Davis

Designations:
PE, CEM, CIAQP, LEED AP

Favorite Hobby:
Bicycle touring, which I don’t do enough of.

Favorite Quote:
“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print, experience is what you get when you don’t.” – Pete Seeger

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
Founding a statewide coalition of organizations focused on the climate crisis.

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Giving people control over their indoor environment allows them to thrive over a wider temperature range than what is usually viewed as “standard” – which results in less energy use.

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
The variety of work activities

Kevin.cross@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Senior Project Engineer

Kevin Cross

Years in Industry: 26 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of...

Robert Urban

Position: Operations Manager
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: Robert.urban@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
13 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Designations:
CEM, CxA

Favorite Hobby:
Carpentry

What’s your biggest accomplishment:
I’ve been with Abraxas for over 10 years now and helped it grow from a small effectively 1-man show to the great team we have today.

Favorite Food:
Shrimp Burritos from Rubio’s

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
You cannot save energy if you do not take action

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
The people here are great. My coworkers have high expectations of each other and a willingness to help out wherever we can. Everyone is eager to learn and engage.

Robert.urban@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Operations Manager

Robert Urban

Years in Industry: 13 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly...

John Avina

Position: Owner/CEO
Phone: (805) 547 2050
Email: John.avina@abraxasenergy.com

Years in Industry:
25 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Designations:
P.E., CEM, CMVP, CEA, CxA

Favorite Hobby:
Cutting and splitting wood

What is your hidden talent:
Painting

Favorite Quote:
“It’s not over until I win”

Favorite Energy Savings Tip:
Little tweaks to HVAC programming

Favorite Thing About Abraxas:
No corporate BS and I am the boss.

John.avina@abraxasenergy.com
(805).547.2050

Owner/CEO

John Avina

Years in Industry: 25 – M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of...