Bernie Kotlier is the executive director of Sustainable Energy
Solutions for the California Labor Management Cooperation
Committee (LMCC), a joint effort of the National Electrical
Contractors Association, and the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers in California. Bernie is responsible for the
development and implementation of sustainable energy education
and training programs, as well as related sustainable energy business activities. His division promotes energy efficiency, energy management, electric vehicles, energy storage, zero net energy facilities, photovoltaics and other renewable energy sources and technologies. This is accomplished through sustainable energy training, education, and business development programs for electrical contractors as well as electricians throughout California.
Bernie has also contributed to the development of California state energy policy and programs. He has been a member of the California Public Utilities Commission Advisory Committee on Sustainable Energy Workforce Development, the Zero Net Energy Advisory Committee, the Working Group on Lighting, and the State of California Schools of the Future Initiative Advisory Committee. Kotlier co-founded and serves as co-executive chairman of the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (www.CALCTP.org), and co-chairs the national Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program / EVITP (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/evitp.html). He also currently serves on the CPUC Workforce Education and Training Project Coordination Group, and on the boards of directors of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), and CalCharge (http://www.calcharge.org/).
Bernie came to the LMCC from photovoltaic power inverter manufacturer Solectria Renewables where he served as director of business development for the Western United States. Before moving to the renewable energy sector, Bernie built a twenty year career in the bicycle industry where he held top management positions in domestic and international markets. Educated at Bennington College and The University of California, Berkeley, Bernie went on to promote energy conservation in the transportation sector by developing, manufacturing, marketing, and distributing products such as Mongoose Bicycles and Bell Helmets.
Bernie has served as President of Brunswick Bicycles International, President of Bell Sports Specialty Retail Division, and President of Service Cycle/Mongoose, a division of American Recreation. Throughout his career, Bernie has taken an active role in industry affairs. In addition to serving as a director of the Bicycle Wholesale Distributors Association and co-founding the Bicycle Shippers Association, Bernie founded and was Chairman of the International Bicycle Association, and the Coalition for Fair Trade. He has also been a published contributor to the Harvard Business Review.