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WELCOME MESSAGE A message from the CommMark team

IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS 2019 Calendar

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FES TEAM NEWS New team members!

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INTERNAL ANNOUNCEMENT Deutsche Bank

Be a contributor! Don’t forget you can contribute to the quarterly newsletter! Don’t let us have all the fun, join us! In this edition we got contributions from Chris Dorn, Casey Culbertson, Maria Foes and Lydia Greenstein. Thank you all!


WELCOME TO THE 13th FES NEWSLETTER

Repeatedly Repeatedly Repeatedly Repeatedly Repeatedly Repeatedly Repeatedly Repeatedly Repeatedly We are what we repeatedly do.

excellence Excellence Then, is not an act, But a habit.

– Aristotle

EXCELLENCE, ACCOUNTABILITY, HABITS. Dear FES Team, our Company does not seem to stop growing, and

We all have the power inside of us to be our greater selves. We

neither should we. Remaining in the same level of quality and in

should not allow the routine or day-to-day difficulties to take

the same habits should not be an option for any of us.

the wind off our sails and instead, use them as challenges and opportunities to improve.

We must all strive to achieve excellence even if our day-to-day tasks don’t change. We can change. We can always be better, try

Excellence is a habit, perfection comes from practice, so lets all

harder and care more.

practice excellence in our work, ethics, and behavior, so we can all grow enough to fit inside this ever-growing machine we call

Taking accountability for our work and taking responsibility for our Future Energy Solutions! actions in and outside of FES is one of the most important changes we can make to better ourselves.

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¡¡ Every employee has his or her birthday off as a discretionary holiday “off”.

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Thinking about taking time off? Please remember to get the form 2045 (Time off request form) filled out and signed by your supervisor, the date(s) entered on the FES group calendar and of course, check you time available on Paymaster to make sure you have the time accrued. And remember: Set up your out-of-office message in accordance to FES standards ! 4

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Molly & Ginge’s Human: Maria Foes WHAT MARIA SAYS ABOUT MOLLY & GINGE: I picked Ginge from a group of 10 kittens 11 years ago. It was an easy choice: he was so friendly and sweet! Two years later I came back to the same family that gave me Ginge and got Molly.

Ginge is the coolest cat ever and has converted many naysayers into saying things like “I don’t like cats, but I like Ginge”.

STAFF Thank You!

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WELCOME TO THE TEAM! SALES EXECUTIVES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Vincent de Paul Schmidt April Rose John Schwartz Sherman Giles Jordan Gross Steven James Jason Klohs

THANK YOU To all our new members of staff and our new Business Development members, for your daily hard work and dedication to FES. Thanks to you, we keep growing into an award-winning Company filled with talented and committed people. We look forward to seeing where your path at FES leads you!

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1. What movie can you watch over and over again? Top Gun 2. What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of? Being a Dad to Taylor Christopher Dorn (28) and Bryce Allen Dorn (24). I love being a dad! 3. Tell us about someone you really admire. My parents…. No matter how good or bad we always had everything we wanted and needed. 4. Is there a documentary or book that really changed the way you thought about something? Don’t read much…But the 3 rules by Lou Holtz guide me most days. 1. Do what is right. 2. Do everything the very best of your ability. 3. Show people you care. 5. Tell us something we wouldn’t know just by looking at you. I once upon a time could throw a baseball 90 plus mph. I am the most competitive person you may ever meet. Shorts, T shirt and flip flops are my favorite clothes to wear… .The dad clothes every day make me CRAZY!

STAFF Thank You! Thank you, Chris!

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a message from our CEO It is with great pleasure that I can announce that FES has concluded a refinancing exercise with Deutsche Bank. As the 15th largest bank by assets in the world, Deutsche Bank (DB) provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking, and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and AsiaPacific. DB will sit alongside our existing funders and partners, Orion Energy Capital who have committed capital for a further three years with us. The new DB phase 1 facility of $100 million allows FES access to the size and scale of funding that will enable FES to continue its rapid expansion. As part of this fundraising, we have undertaken some simplification and back office administration which allows the business to be more streamlined as we grow.

1. Merging two of our three Contracts entities (Future Energy Solutions Contracts No. 2 LLLP and Future Energy Solutions Contracts No. 3 LLLP) into Future Energy Solutions Contracts No. 1 LLLP; 2. Sale of FES GIP Customer contracts in Future Energy Solution Services Inc. to Future Energy Solutions Contracts No. 1 LLLP. As I have already mentioned, there is no change or impact on the maintenance company – Future Energy Solutions Maintenance LLC or our servicing arm - Future Energy Solutions Services LLC. These remain as is. FES has written to all our Customers affected by these changes and I wanted you all to be informed in the event that any Customer reaches out to you with any questions. Questions can then be filtered back to myself or Simon.

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These are very exciting times.


FES SIGNS MAJOR DEAL WITH DEUTSCHE BANK ABOUT DEUTSCHE BANK Deutsche Bank (DB) is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the Bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia, and key emerging markets.

Their services include commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking, and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals.

Founded in 1870, to accompany German businesses into the world, DB is now Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe DB has been nominated and has won many leading awards in the and a significant presence in the Americas and the Asia Pacific. banking industry. Against a backdrop of increasing globalization in the world economy, DB is very well-positioned, with significant regional diversification and substantial revenue streams from all the major regions of the world.

DB has substantial expertise in the energy sector having financed many long-term contract businesses like FES, but with different types of income streams created by energy renewables, solar and battery installations. Therefore well placed to fund FES as we grow in the years ahead.

With more than 78,000 employees in over 70 countries worldwide, DB offers unparalleled financial services throughout the world. DB has established strong bases in all major emerging markets and The Bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial therefore has good prospects for business growth in solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its fast-growing economies. shareholders and people. For more information, visit www.db.com.

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s ’ y e s a CORNER CTRAVEL L E V TRA BIES E E FR

UPGRADED OR DIFFERENT SEATS

This is all dependent on the availability on your flight, but it never hurts to

Free Items to Take Advantage of on Your Next Trip by Ashlee Kronforst and Ryan Monk.

ask. Prior to boarding see if there is an option to upgrade your seat for free, and definitely note if it’s a special occasion such as your honeymoon. A little kindness can go a long way with the gate agents. Once on the flight, you can always scope out the seats to see if you can move to an open row and have it all to yourself. If you’re up for it, you can also move to an emergency exit for the most legroom. Of course, it is always a good idea to talk to the flight attendants before doing this.

COMFORT ITEMS

EXTRA & SPECIAL FOOD AND DRINK

Flights don’t have to be uncomfortable. Would suggest bringing your own

Who doesn’t love free food? Okay, only partially free as you did have to pay for

travel pillow, like the Trtl travel pillow, and a scarf or jacket to cover with like

the airline ticket. When you are offered a drink many passengers don’t know

a blanket. However, if you forget yours there are always extra pillows and

that you can ask for the whole can of soda, instead of just a glass. Also, you

blankets on the plane that you can utilize. Ask a flight attendant and they

can ask for extra snacks/drinks from the flight attendant either when they are

should be able to track them down for you.

coming through the aisle or by ringing your call button. recommended to do so during the booking process for two reasons. First, you

FIRST AID SUPPLIES

are guaranteed the special meal as others can choose that option in flight.

Do you have a headache from the long day of travel? Remove a bandage and

Second, special meals are handed out first which means you get to eat first!

forgot to pack more? Flight attendants have first aid kits available and ready.

Lastly, you can request special meals such as vegetarian or kosher. It’s

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WIFI & ENTERTAINMENT Most flights have built in entertainment in the seat head in front of you.

AIRPORT LOUNGE ACCESS

However; if you’re booked without built-in options alternatively ask for any

Have a travel rewards credit card that offers free lounge access? Often times

available free in-flight wifi to stream your favorite show or movie. Forget your

your credit card will give you free lounge access to a number of airport

headphones? Your flight may have free pairs available.

lounges. For example, both the American Express Platinum card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve card offer free Priority Pass membership. This will get you access to thousands of lounges around the world and even free credit to use at

BABYSITTER

a growing list of airport restaurants.

Traveling solo with a little one? No worries if you need to stretch your legs or

Thrifty Tip: Download the LoungeBuddy mobile app. This is a great way to

head to the restroom. Flight attendants are more than willing to take a break

navigate the world of airport lounges. It will even give you directions to

and sit with your child. Ring your call button and they are happy to assist for a

lounges you have access to.

few minutes.

COCKPIT TOURS A favorite of the free items on this list for aviation geeks is a free tour of the cockpit. Available especially if you’re traveling with young children, but I don’t think you’re ever too old for this. Most likely to be available after the plane has landed, ask your flight attendant if you can take a quick tour of the cockpit. If you are traveling with small children, make sure to ask for their wing pins as a fun souvenir from your trip.

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PROTECTING THE EARTH IS OUR HOME Right now, our home is in serious danger, but if we all make a conscious effort to go green, and encourage our family and friends to do the same, we can slow down and even eliminate some of the damage that is currently happening. Going green is easier than you think! There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility -- it’s a privilege. In that spirit, here are five things you can do to help save the earth. 1. Leave your car at home Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. You can reduce greenhouse gases while burning some calories and improving your health. If you can’t walk or bike, use mass transit or carpool. Every car not on the road makes a difference. 2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle I know you’ve heard this one before, but it’s so important! You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. If you’re trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. If an office building of 7,000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road. 3. Turn the lights off! Turn off lights when you’re not in the room and unplug appliances when you’re not using them. It only takes a second to be environmentally conscious.

To learn more about what you can do to help the environment visit www.worldwatch.org

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4. Start gardening Plants and Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air and help combat climate change. Gardening has also been proven to reduce stress and increase self-esteem. 5. Shop Wisely Instead of using plastic bags that most stores provide, invest in a few reusable bags. Plastic bags are not easily decomposed and contribute to the degradation of the environment. A plastic bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to break down. Food stores like Aldi are already ahead of the game with this, they are also significantly cheaper than the other leading grocery stores like Walmart, Publix, and Target. Saving money while helping the environment sounds like a win-win to us!


OUR PLANET starts with you The earth is what we all have in common. -Wendell Berry

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FES FEATURED DEPARTMENT

FEATURED DEPARTMENT

MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE

THE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT AT FES The Maintenance Team is responsible for the upkeep and care of all of our Gold Initiative sites. Our local technicians deliver and perform maintenance on nearby sites, where they fix and maintain our lighting systems as the Customer requires. Our in-house administrative Maintenance Team is in charge of ensuring each maintenance request is handled within the correct timing and according to our Agreement. They ensure to provide the correct product while outsourcing the best Contractor for the area, in the event the request in non-local. Our in-house team also plays an important part in our finances, as they are responsible for keeping costs low, ensuring no unnecessary equipment is used, no delays in the work to be performed, and no mistakes! The Maintenance Team also work closely with our Customer Service Manager as they ensure whoever is requesting maintenance is an up-to-date, good-paying Customer. FYI: Our team receives Maintenance Requests in three different ways: By phone, by emailing maintenance@feslighting.com and through our website. However, our Team’s preferred method is through our website, using www.feslighting.com/maintenance

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THE FES MAINTENANCE TEAM JOSHUA WILSON | Maintenance Supervisor Josh is in charge of the entire Maintenance Operation. As the Team’s Supervisor, he ensures our technicians handle requests in a quick manner and when it comes to Contractors, he ensures his team keeps costs down while providing the best quality service. Josh also submits a monthly report, which he has made his main goal in implementing and providing detailed reporting for the team’s success SATCHEL DUNBAR | Maintenance Coordinator Satchel started at FES a year ago in the Project Administration Department and quickly showed potential to help in our Maintenance Team. Always very helpful and ready, Satchel takes care of maintenance requests quickly, and liaises with Contractors on a daily basis. KRISTIAN HOVEN | Maintenance Coordinator Kristian started his career at FES working as a Lighting Technician in our Warehouse in the Production & Assembly Team. After showcasing potential to handle more responsibility, he got promoted quickly to Maintenance Coordinator, where he handles requests and provides quick answers to his team and to Customers.

THE FES MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS Led by Joseph Grooms, our Technicians are very experienced and trained in the highest safety certifications.

JOSEPH GROOMS

FRANTZ ST. VIL

BRYCE DORN

They are a group of some of the hardest workers in the Company!

THE FES AUDIT TEAM Led by Chris Carasa, our In-House Audit Team will help out with local Maintenance requests when needed. They are a team of great employees dedicated to FES’ success and always ready to help whenever possible. ZERO CAPITAL COST, ZERO MAINTENANCE, ABSOLUTE SAVINGS

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THINGS TO DO IN SOFLO MUSIC IS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE.

ARIANA GRANDE

It crosses all cultural, ethnic and linguistic

When: May 31-June 1, 2019

boundaries, bringing people together

Where: American Airlines Arena

without fail. It is undoubtedly one of the most universal features of the human experience.

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If you don’t know who Ariana Grande is by now, then you’ve clearly been living under a rock for the last 5 years. The current princess of pop will be making her

One of the perks of living in South Florida (besides year-round sunshine) is the abundant music culture we have here. Whether you’re visiting downtown Fort Lauderdale, CityPlace in West Palm Beach or South Beach in Miami

way down to Miami in May for her Sweetener Tour. Grande’s latest release, “Thank U, Next” has been on the Billboard Hot 100 list since its release in February 2019. Former Fifth Harmony member, Normani, will also be joining Grande on her upcoming tour.

you can’t go very far without hearing live music, so it’s no surprise that we have an impressive

Tickets range from $30-$275

lineup of festivals and concerts happening right in our backyard.

You can get yours by visiting: www.songkick.com

Keep reading to see some of the great music that will be making its way down to the Sunshine State in the very near future.

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EDITION SUNFEST

KALI UCHIS AND JORJA SMITH

When: May 2-5, 2019

When: May 8, 2019

Where: West Palm Beach, FL

Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach, FL

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Sunfest is a music and arts festival held annually during the first week of May. It is the state’s largest waterfront music festival and attracts more than 270,000 visitors every year. This year, they’re featuring some major acts such as One Republic, G-Eazy, Earth Wind & Fire, Diplo, and Keith Urban! Tickets start at $41

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Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith are currently on a national joint tour that will hit almost all major US cities, including Miami! UK born singer, Jorja Smith, released her debut album “Lost & Found” last year. It was so well received that it landed her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Colombian singer, Kali Uchis, released her debut album “Isolation” last year which featured some incredible artists

for a General Admission 1-day pass.

including Jorja Smith and Tyler the Creator.

You can get yours by visiting:

General Admission tickets start at $58

www.sunfest.com You can get yours by visiting: www.fillmoremb.com

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WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE...

YOU SHOULD KNOW...

You’re just sitting minding your business when suddenly, your phone rings. You’re hoping it’s your husband, girlfriend, maybe your dog, literally anyone but “Scam Likely” and yet, it always seems to be them!

Under FCC rules, telemarketers calling your home must provide their name along with the name, telephone number, and address where their employer or contractor can be contacted. Telemarketing calls to your home are prohibited before 8 AM or after 9 PM, and telemarketers are required to comply immediately with any do-not-call request you make during a call.

Lucky for you, there’s a few things you can do to reduce or even eliminate Spam calls for good! Keep reading to find out how.

1. CALL YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile all offer fraud and security resources that help reduce the number of Spam calls you receive. They also offer additional tips for reducing robocalls.

2. DOWNLOAD AN APP Apps like TrueCaller, Hiya and Robokiller are all apps that assist in blocking Spam callers. You can download them for both Android and Apple devices.

3. NATIONAL DO NOT CALL LIST You can register your mobile number and land-line number on the “National Do Not Call List” in less than 5 minutes by visiting donotcall.gov. Your number(s) will remain on this list until you remove it or you discontinue service. Once you register, you will not have to re-register unless you get a new number.

Whether you are on the National Do Not Call Registry or not, tell unwanted callers that you do not consent to the call and to put you on their internal do not call list. Make a record of the caller’s number and when you made your request not to be called, and file a complaint with the FCC if the caller does not comply with your request. Additionally, many states now have statewide do-not-call lists for residents. Florida Residents should visit www.fldnc.com to be put on the “Florida Do Not Call List”. For your friends and family out of state, they can contact their state’s public service commission or consumer protection office to see if their state has such a list and to find out how to register their number or numbers. To find contact information for their state public service commission, they can check the government listings or blue pages of their local phone directory.

Source: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/stop-unwanted-robocalls-and-texts

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We are what we repeatedly do.

excellence Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

FES - US Headquarters Prospect Park 5400 NW 35th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Telephone: +1 954 714 0300 FES - European Headquarters 10 Gloucester Place Portman Square London W1U 8EZ Telephone: +44 207 908 3929 Visit our Websites US www.feslighting.com EU www.feslighting.co.uk

– Aristotle

DISCLAIMER The FES Lighting US Group LLLP (“FES”) documents are an estimate and for discussion purposes only and do not purport to contain all information that may be required to evaluate the transaction or the financial position of the savings or project opportunity. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is given by or on behalf of FES, its affiliates, subsidiaries, members, directors, officers or employees or any other person as to the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained in this document and no liability whatsoever is accepted by FES, its affiliates, subsidiaries, members, directors, officers or employees or any other person for any loss howsoever arising, directly or indirectly, from any use of such information or opinions or otherwise arising in connection therewith. The information and opinions expressed in the FES documents are provided as of the date of this document.

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