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Strategic Energy Planning

 Lykins Energy Advisors can develop and implement a customized strategic energy plan to meet current operational needs.


Energy Management is more than just brokering a supply agreement.

Energy management is much more than just identifying and selecting business energy suppliers. Lykins Energy Advisors can develop and implement a customized strategic energy plan to meet current operational needs.  Incorporating a site-specific plan will not only help manage current energy costs but also help with future planning as operations evolve over time.

A typical strategic energy plan includes:

  • Energy analysis of use and needs — short, medium and long-term planning.  (Energy Supply and Operations Audit)
  • Tactical recommendations to mitigate risk.
  • Identification of opportunities based on client growth objectives.
  • Best practice management of energy spend.
  • Tariff analysis.
  • Infrastructure ownership/leasing ROI analysis.
  • Energy efficiency and energy consumption considerations.
  • Power factor correction and utility delivery analysis.
  • Meeting sustainability goals.

Meet the Team

Tom Gantzer

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Tom is the General Manager at Lykins Energy Advisors where he oversees a variety of areas, including utility infrastructure consulting and the sale of services. Tom brings more than 38 years of experience in the regulated and deregulated energy business.

Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, Tom was Director of Regulatory Affairs at Innovari Market Solutions where he managed demand response operations nationwide. Responsibilities included regulatory affairs, portfolio risk management, product development, contracts and settlements.

Previously, Tom held positions at Midcontinent ISO, Constellation Energy Group and Duke Energy in the areas of wholesale & retail electricity marketing & trading, utility operations, pricing, tariffs, structured products, acquisitions and retail market development.

Kimberly Rippe

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Kimberly is an Energy Advisor for Lykins Energy Advisors.  As a member of the business development team she builds and maintains client relationships, seeks out new accounts and provides continued education and advice for new and current clients.  Kimberly’s professional background with the Cincinnati Regional Chamber brings an awareness of our region's needs, developments and makeup.  Her initial, professional background as a teacher brings awareness of peoples differing personalities, learning styles and ways to relate to individuals. The combination is an ideal blend for advising, understanding and assisting clients as we guide them through the procurement process and develop best strategies for each client.

Kimberly holds a Masters degree from Xavier University and a Bachelors degree from Northern Kentucky University.

Paul Probst


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Paul works as an analyst for Lykins Energy Advisors where he performs detailed analysis for procurement and consulting assignments. In addition to the procurement analytical work, Paul also performs the real time metering and site billing for Lykins' customers. Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, Paul worked three years as a contractor for Electronic Testing Consultants on projects including fiber optic installation, termination and testing, as well as a variety of other assignments including the production of power quality analysis reports for customers. Prior to Electronic Testing Consultants, Paul worked 12 years at CBTS (a Cincinnati Bell subsidiary) monitoring and supporting enterprise customers’ communications networks and computing systems, and the internal systems infrastructure of the Enterprise Network Operations Center. Paul provided security vulnerability analysis reports for customers’ network and computing infrastructure.

Before joining CBTS, Paul spent 7 years working for the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, supporting the College’s computing and network communications infrastructure. And, before that he worked for Comtrax Systems Incorporated, troubleshooting and developing custom software applications for airport authorities.

Paul graduated from God’s Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in Math.

Lynn Francis


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Lynn works as an analyst for Lykins Energy Advisors where she performs procurement and support assignments. In addition to her analytical work, Lynn is also responsible for maintaining the efficiency of the Lykins Energy Advisors office, with billing and accounts receivable processes.  Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, Lynn worked for a Cincinnati business as an Accounting assistant where she managed the daily CRM operations, customer credit balances and invoicing.  Previous work experience involved her implementation of new technology to streamline purchasing, accounts receivable and invoicing.

Lynn is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Brad Mindrum

Energy Specialist

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Brad is an Energy Specialist where he keeps close attention to Lykins Energy Advisor client accounts to ensure smooth transition and provides pricing for other team members. He began as an Energy Specialist in 2017 with Lykins Energy where he performed duties like providing electric pricing for businesses and maintaining the residential account regulations and functions. Prior to joining Lykins Energy, he was working as Pharmacy Technician.

Brad graduated in 2016 with his Bachelor of Science in Psychological Studies from Northern Kentucky University.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith


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Chris has spent the last 20 years in the deregulated energy industry in all of the major deregulated states, and has led Commercial Sales, Residential Sales, Marketing, Customer Care and Regulatory Compliance for some of the largest electricity and natural gas providers in the nation, as well as cutting-edge Energy Efficiency, Solar Power and Energy Storage providers.

Prior to joining the team at Lykins, Chris ran Lighthouse Power Partners, served as Vice President at DPL Energy Resources, and has served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in the deregulated energy and solar industries. Chris has successfully developed innovative products and processes to help energy users take advantage of deregulated energy markets and emerging energy technologies, including solar power, energy storage, LED lighting, building automation. Chris’ background includes the development of data-driven systems to help businesses utilize best-in-class energy expertise to lower power and gas expenses, generate jobs, and develop the business environment while positively impacting their carbon footprint.

Chris is a graduate of The University of Texas, the proud father of a Texas State Bobcat and a Springboro Panther, and lives with his family in Springboro, Ohio.

Lykins Energy Advisors is now known as Shipley Energy Advisors!


With our brand new look, our team looks forward to continuing working to meet your business's energy goals.