SMART ENERGY Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Rick Rennes, CEO/President at ITEM, about relationships predicated on shared values, reducing energy waste with technology, and transforming the Caribbean into a green leader. Photography provided by Anthony Moore. Information Technology Energy Management (ITEM) is a cleantech company that provides customized energy efficiency and management solutions. The company effectively began operations in 2007, focusing on residential properties, with an emphasis on simplifying lives by automating domestic conveniences and lighting, and utilising controls and occupancy sensors instead of switches. After initial successes and the allure of greater challenges, ITEM’s focus swiftly switched to commercial energy management. “We transitioned in 2009 into the energy efficiency market,” explains Rick Rennes, President and CEO at ITEM. “That’s when we really got our start in effecting significant change. We were engaged by one of the largest clients in the English-speaking Caribbean, Republic Bank Limited, and they afforded us the opportunity to do a pilot
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project for them in Grenada. After successful completion and outstanding results, the project was extended to 11 buildings across 3 separate countries, which by itself was a seemingly monumental task. But not only did we complete the project, we were able to do it under budget and on time. The client has since made our energy efficiency solutions standard in all their building construction and retrofit models.” Primarily based in Trinidad, ITEM now has locations in St. Lucia and Seattle with an active presence in Guyana, Grenada, Barbados, and Jamaica. Through their active role in the regional reduction of carbon emissions, their reputation as an industry leader continues to grow. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS ITEM attributes much of their successes to strong relationships with their partners and an in-depth understanding of each customer’s needs. “We have selected our partnerships based on a holistic approach with major emphasis on customer satisfaction,” says Mr. Rennes. “We believe our strength is in the unique relationships that we forge with our customers. And any manufacturer or supplier that we select to work with must share the same vision. It’s not about the underlying factors or the overarching policies, and it’s not about money. It’s about customer satisfaction and effecting change. So when we go looking for suppliers or engage clients, it’s important that we’re like-minded, with the same ideals and similar passions.
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