“Of particular interest, is that when the Commission moved to a new 73,000 square foot headquarters, Diane was instrumental in bringing to fruition an approximately $.5 million Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financed upgrade to the building. The Michigan Commission was the first agency in the nation to use PACE financing, so to say that this project was unprecedented would not be an overstatement. The project was an overwhelming success, resulting in a complete conversion of all interior and exterior lighting to LED’s, and the construction of a 20 kW solar PV array as project highlights. Unexpectedly, all work was done without disruption to ongoing Commission activities, with most work occurring off-hours. Diane is by far one of the brightest and most capable energy professionals that I have worked with.”

Robert G. Ozar, PE, Assistant Director, Electric Reliability Division, Michigan Public Service Commission

“Occupant Care, led by Diane Mills CEM, helped UTI successfully identify a creative and innovative solution and the solution was practical and reliable to install. Understanding the financial metrics and corporate initiatives driving business leaders in their sustainability initiatives, the relationship with Occupant Care helped UTi made meaningful progress in its sustainability efforts. My experience with Occupant Care demonstrated the value of working in partnership with a company that understands the minutia of how buildings operate, an understanding of capital project approvals, and the ability to quantify the benefits of sustainability initiatives. Strong project management, communication and follow through provided us timely and effortless results. I give my highest recommendation to Diane Mills and Occupant Care."

John R. Patterson, Retired Vice President,
 UTi North American Transportation, UTi Worldwide

Staff References

“Your management of the entire project from the concept to approval, design, construction and completion was incredible. Your promptness, attention to detail, thoroughness and making sure it was complete to our satisfaction made it a pleasure to deal with you.”

Lyle VanWormer, Alpena County Commissioner

“Suffice it to say, Diane’s knowledge, leadership, and oversight of the complete project have made it possible for Monroe County Community College to undertake this critical upgrade to our campus with confidence that we are prudently utilizing our community’s resources.”

Suzanne M. Wetzel, Vice President of Administration, Monroe County Community College

“In total, the three projects combined were valued at over $4 million. The initial project resulting in annual savings of $84,171. Consistent throughout the entire effort was the outstanding project oversight and management of Diane Mills. Diane worked tirelessly with the City to educate and inform staff about both the benefits of, and the processes association with, energy performance contracts. She guided us through each stage of the project including the initial review, energy audit, construction, and monitoring and verification. She provided valuable marketing and public relations support and made herself available whenever needed to answer questions and providing additional information as needed. Diane displayed a strong, customer-service first attitude and has been helpful in keeping the City informed about legislative initiatives, grants and other financial resources that can support our energy conservation efforts.”

Ted E. Dearing, Assistance City Manager – Community and Economic Development, City of Battle Creek

“Today, the College has experienced annual energy savings of approximately $130,000 per year, just as promised in the initial proposal. Diane was there for us every step of the way and has followed up with us annually to ensure our satisfaction and the continued efficiencies of the infrastructure improvements. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results or with Dian’s leadership of the project. Promises made were kept, established timelines were met and budgets were definitely respected. I would recommend her to any organization looking to find ways to maximize their energy dollars and improve the efficiencies of their operation.”

Bob Ferrentino, President, Montcalm County Community College

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