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Get to Know Tommy Richardson

By 5 on February 26, 2021

If there were ever a person who was born to serve others through sales, it’s Tommy Richardson. Tommy was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and from an early age had a knack for building lasting relationships and making meaningful connections. When he was 6 years old, Tommy was known throughout his neighborhood for going door-to-door and shining shoes for 50 cents per pair. Tommy has also had a life-long love of all things on two wheels.  Growing up, he was into BMX and became an Eagle Scout through a bicycle safety program he developed for his community.

Tommy’s love of music also began at an early age. He started playing the trombone in Middle School through the inspiration of the Paul McCartney and Wings’ song, “Let ‘Em In”. He played throughout high school and earned a scholarship to Texas Christian University where he played in the TCU Marching Band.  Tommy ultimately graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Communications and Sociology.

After college, Tommy put his business acumen to work. After a brief stint as an Events Coordinator, he began his business development career by selling advertising for Southwestern Bell over the phone. From there he moved on to different B2B sales roles with Cintas and WorldCom. Tommy finally began his energy career with TXU in 2000 as the market began to deregulate in Texas, working with small and medium sized businesses. Eventually Tommy started developing channel partner relationships that evolved into the foundation of an indirect sales team at several different electricity and gas suppliers across the US.

In 2017, Tommy got a call from one of 5’s Partners, Jeff Schiefelbein, with whom he worked with at First Choice Power. Jeff said, “We are looking for someone who can fill a position that I keep calling the 'Tommy Richardson Role' here at 5…you know anyone like that?” Shortly thereafter, Tommy started at 5 as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. And while he certainly fills this role, a better description is that of a “Utility Infielder” because there is no position that Tommy cannot play. His 20+ years of experience in the energy industry have proven to be invaluable as 5 has launched a number of different sales channels under his guidance and leadership.

Tommy, his wife Amy, and dog Hendrix are officially empty nesters now that both of their sons are spread out across the south attending college. Tommy and Amy are incredibly proud of both. This year, he traded in his motorcycle for a mountain bike, which has fostered another outlet for him to stay active and to reconnect with his love of bicycles that began when he was a kid.

Fun Fact:
Tommy has participated in eating competitions and believes competitive eating champion, Joey Chestnut, is one of the most dominant athletes of all-time. For the record, Mr. Chestnut is currently ranked first in the world according to Major League Eating. 

 Tommy’s Why: 
“For me it’s all about trust. Trust in our leadership, our culture, our expertise and our mission. Our clients and strategic partners feel it too! Often partnerships start off as one thing and as the confidence and trust grows, the nature of the partnership evolves into something deeper and more impactful.”

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Get to Know Chris Watson

By 5 on January 27, 2021

Chris Watson was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Chris’ father had moved from Texas to the Aloha State in the 1970s when the advertising firm he worked for asked him to relocate. His mother also moved to Hawaii (a territory and not a state at the time) when she was two years old as part of a relocation for her father’s job.

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Get to Know Lindsey Salters

By 5 on December 22, 2020

Though born in Shreveport, LA, Lindsey Salters considers herself 100% Texan. While growing up in Longview, TX, her summer vacations consisted of traveling to Arlington with her family to see the Texas Rangers. In fact, Lindsey’s initial career aspiration was to be the Ranger’s bullpen catcher. She still makes every effort to see local major and minor league teams while she travels with her family. Lindsey went to Texas A&M University where she started out as a Biomedical Engineering major. She ultimately switched to Industrial Engineering, which was more aligned to her knack for systems process management.

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Sean Ewart Appointed to the Board of Directors for EIC

By 5 on December 16, 2020

Allenhurst, NY - December 16, 2020

Sean Ewart, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Luthin/5, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC). EIC is a New York State non-profit, local development corporation that operates a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program for municipalities across the state.

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Get to Know Sean Ewart

By 5 on November 24, 2020

Sean Ewart was born and raised in Potsdam, New York, just south of the Canadian border. Sean began his college career studying education and philosophy but switched to political science at the University at Albany after realizing that politics is really “applied philosophy.” Sean’s passion for politics was nourished through an internship with the Governor’s Hate Crimes Task Force and his work as a local political reporter. Sean loved to focus on the positive impact that good policy can have in the lives of real people and businesses. After college, Sean worked for the Watertown Daily Times, where he was a beat reporter but concentrated on city, county, and state government affairs.

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New York City Energy Industry Veteran, Chris Dillemuth, Joins 5

By 5 on November 2, 2020

Allenhurst, NJ - November 2, 2020

As part of the company’s strategic growth initiatives in the metro New York area, 5 announces the addition of energy industry veteran, Chris Dillemuth. Chris has been helping clients for the past 30 years and brings tremendous knowledge and experience to continue the growth of 5 and its regional brand, Luthin Associates.

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Get to Know Jefferson Ondze Mangha

By 5 on October 28, 2020

Jefferson grew up in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo and followed his father to the United States when he was 12 years old. His father’s job brought him to the Dallas Metroplex, which is where Jefferson has called home for the last eleven years. Jefferson received a Bachelor’s in Communication Technology from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) where he is currently studying to receive two additional degrees, an MBA in Business Administration and Management and a Master’s of Science in Information Systems.

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Get To Know Kelly Hopkins Dodd

By 5 on September 23, 2020

Some of the best personal decisions are often made at family gatherings over a glass of wine. About 5 years ago, Kelly Dodd was having a conversation with 5’s head of operations, Cady Thomas, at a Thanksgiving dinner. Cady, who is related to Kelly by marriage, knew that Kelly had experience in sales and told her that 5 was expanding its team in Texas. And after a series of interviews and a lot of soul searching, Kelly decided to make a career change into the energy industry and move from Colorado to Dallas.

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Former Hudson Energy President Joins 5’s Executive Team

By 5 on August 24, 2020

Irving, TX - August 24, 2020

Accomplished industry executive and veteran sales leader Jeff Shoaf has joined the North American energy advisory firm 5. As a Vice President at 5, Shoaf will leverage his vast leadership experience with the industry’s top suppliers and brokers, including his most recent role as President of Hudson Energy.

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Catherine Luthin to Serve on NYPSC Strategic Advisory Group

By 5 on August 14, 2020

Allenhurst, NJ - August 14, 2020

Catherine Luthin, President of Luthin Associates, has been selected to serve on a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) as part of the New York State Public Service Commission’s (NYPSC) Energy Efficiency & Building Electrification Performance Management and Improvement Process Plan (PM&IP Plan). The SAG members include a broad cross-section of knowledgeable representatives from critical customer and market groups and leading solution providers. Peggie Neville, Deputy Directory of Efficiency & Innovation at the NYPSC, will service as Chair of the SAG.

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