Our Team

It takes a Great Team to make a Great Company. At A&K, we believe our Team is the best in the Lighting Industry!

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Pattie Cagle

President / CEO


Pattie Cagle is the President and CEO of A&K Energy Conservation, but she’s much more than just an executive in an office. Pattie’s role as President is very hands-on. She is in charge of overseeing every function of business, including monitoring the company’s operations to ensure efficiency, quality of service, and cost-effective management of resources. Since the passing of her father, Lyn Knowles, in 2011, Pattie accepted the role of interim CEO. Recently, Pattie was named the permanent CEO allowing her to focus on the long-term goals and operational strategies of the company and its partnerships.

Cagle has been an employee of A&K for nearly 30 years, and she has held positions in nearly every department in the company. Since she started as our receptionist in 1987, she has continued to move up in the ranks. Pattie has served in departments including customer service and inventory control/purchasing and operations, and has held management positions such as VP of Operations, President, and now CEO. If you walk into the office on the right day, you might still see Pattie driving a forklift in the warehouse just to lend a helping hand where it’s needed.

Her career history has earned Pattie recognition from her community. In 2011 she was nominated for Business Woman of the Year for the Tampa Bay Area and in 2012, she was recognized for Outstanding Leadership within the company. Pattie also holds certifications from Osram Sylvania’s Light Point, GE Lighting’s Lighting Institute, and Phillips Lighting’s Application Center.

As a wife of twenty one years and a mother of four wonderful children, Pattie always tries to balance her personal life with her work life. When she’s not managing A&K, she loves to spend time with her husband, Kim, and their children, Austin, Hunter, Kelsey, and Justin, as well as their three pets, Jake, Cooper and Max. The family’s favorite activities include camping, boating and escaping to the beach any time they can. For the last four years, Pattie has also volunteered as the team mom for her son’s football team, and recently became head team mom for the Athletic Association. After everything is said and done, Pattie always does whatever it takes to put her family first.

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Kim Cagle

Director of Business Operations


Kim Cagle is the Director of Business Operations at A&K Energy Conservation. His responsibilities include reviewing and evaluating business processes and procedures for the Energy Services Team, and ensuring that department has the most up-to-date and relevant tools available. In 2014, Kim received his LC Certification from the NCQLP. Before he joined the A&K team, Kim worked in the recreational products manufacturing industry. He has a broad base of experience, having held positions as district service representative, district sales manager, senior sales representative, and senior applications engineer.

In 2006, he was awarded sales representative of the year and in 1991 he was recognized as service representative of the year. Cagle also studied engineering at Cleveland State Community College, and remains an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

Kim is a devoted husband and the father of four children. He spends his free time playing golf, boating, and coaching his son’s city league football team. In 2012, he helped lead them to win the 2012 district championship with an undefeated season. Kim has most recently accepted a position as Head JV Football coach for the Central High School Bears JV squad.

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John Sepessy

Controller


John Sepessy is A & K’s Controller. He oversees the company’s financial planning, forecasting, budgeting and financial statement preparation. He is also responsible for obtaining financing for capital expenditures and maintaining financial compliance with its banking partners. Audit compliance is another area of focus for financial and non-financial reviews. John has over 25 years of accounting experience in the manufacturing and petroleum industry. He held a Controllers position at his last company where he worked for 13 years. He is originally from New Jersey and now lives in Valrico, FL with his wife and two children. Outside interest includes cars, Yankees, Lightning and performing volunteer work and any activity with his family.

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Connie Hogard

Human Resources Administrator


Connie Hogard serves as the HR Administrator as well as the Secretary and Treasurer of A&K Energy Conservation. An employee of A&K since 2001, Connie is responsible for all personnel issues, employee relations, risk management, compensation, benefit management, and employee development. Before she came to A&K, Connie earned her CLA certification, and worked as a legal assistant for more than 30 years. She has always been a loyal and reliable employee, changing employers only 4 times in her entire life.

Connie has been married for 37 years and has two children and two grandchildren. When she is not working hard for A&K, she enjoys spending time with her family and being actively involved in her church.

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Tom Parsons

Operations Manager


Tom Parsons, Operations Manager, has worked for A&K Energy Conservation for 30 years and serves on the board of directors for the company. He is responsible for customer relations, staff management, and day-to-day problem resolution for clients spanning seven states in the southeast. Tom holds a certificate in lighting from the Nela Park Lighting and Electrical Institute, and serves as A&K’s primary license holder as a state certified lighting maintenance contractor.

Tom started with A&K as an assistant technician. With his solid work ethic and can-do attitude, he swiftly worked his way up the ranks. After 30 years at A&K, Tom is still the first one to volunteer anywhere help is needed. Before working at A&K, Tom has owned a nursery, been a farmer, worked in a local factory, and worked as a laborer in the division of forestry.

A Dade City area native, Tom is an avid outdoorsman. He is also blessed to have been a two time cancer survivor. When he’s not hunting or fishing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and granddaughter.

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Bob Tiesler

Safety Director


Bob Tiesler is A&K’s Safety Director, or as he’s known around the office, “Safety Bob.” He has the responsibility of evaluating potential risk, ensuring safety compliance with OSHA standards, and handling accident claims, workers compensation claims, and general liability claims. He comes from a background in management, previously serving as a senior estimator and project manager in the construction industry. He has also worked in the aerospace engineering industry as a quality control engineer, a manufacturing engineer, and a safety team member. Bob is an authorized OSHA trainer for both general industry and construction.

He has been married for twenty-seven years, and has two children. In his spare time, Bob enjoys being with family and friends.

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Scott Bell

Fleet Services Manager


As A&K’s Fleet Manager, Scott Bell is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and repairs of approximately 400 pieces of equipment spread out over 28 states. Since 2015, Scott has been managing the purchase and sale of vehicles for A&K, as well as training for new hires on our equipment and implementing new methods to ensure safety and quality.

Scott came to A&K from an independent light, medium, and heavy truck repair facility, and has over 23 years of experience in the transportation and vehicle maintenance and repair fields. Scott is ASE certified, Altec Aerial Device Certified in Maintenance, and possesses a valid Class A CDL. He’s also a Truck Rodeo award winner in the state of Virginia.

Scott has been happily married for 20 years and has two beautiful children. In his free time, Scott serves the community as the President of a local youth organization. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth football, and working on classic cars.

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Theresa Perez

Project Manager


Theresa Perez, Project Manager for A&K, currently oversees the implementation of A&K energy’s new paperless ticketing system called Velocitor.

Theresa began working at A&K Energy Conservation in 2002 and has held positions both in the billing department and the service department, giving her a full understanding of every step of the billing process, from point of service to invoicing. For her dedication and hard work at A&K, Theresa was awarded the Years of Service award in 2012.

Theresa has resided in Dade City for more than twenty years, and she enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters, ages eighteen and twenty-one. She likes to take every opportunity she gets to enjoy the sunny Florida weather at the local beaches with family and friends.

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Lee Correia

Senior Account Manager


Lee Correia is A&K’s Senior Account Manager for AKEC’s Lakeland and Jacksonville Divisions as well as Ohio and Pennsylvania operations. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations for technicians, office staff, warehouse personnel, financials, project management, and client relations. Before joining the A&K team, Lee was employed in the retail industry, where she worked her way up to management at the corporate level. She remained with the same company for fifteen years, and was awarded manager of the year during her time of service.

Lee’s extensive experience in the retail industry gives her the expertise and understanding that allows her to serve her clients’ needs from their perspective. In her three years at A&K, Lee has grown right along with the company, earning her the award of most improved account manager. Lee resides in Spring Hill, FL with her husband and two boys, ages thirteen and nine.

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Renee Keylon

Senior Account Manager


Renee Keylon is the Senior Account Manager for the Atlanta and Charlotte Divisions. She handles the day-to-day operations for technicians spanning across several states, managing office support staff, financials, inventory control, and client relations.

The daughter of A&K’s founder, Lyn Knowles, Renee has worked at A&K for virtually her entire life. She started in 1986 as a coordinator for operations in the southeast and over time advanced to become VP of Southern Operations. After taking a few years off to spend time raising her two sons, she returned to the company in 2011 as an account manager. Since then she has been awarded Account Manager of the Year and continues to dedicate herself to providing top-notch customer service to her clients.

Renee has been married to her husband, Kenny, for twenty-seven years. When she’s not hard at work for A&K, Renee loves boating, snow skiing, and trying any outdoor activities that she can find. She also dedicates herself to supporting her sons in their involvement in motocross and ATV events, and enjoys volunteering at local mud run events.