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PACENation Announces 2024 PACESetters and PACE Champions of the Year

PACENation, the national membership organization for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, is thrilled to announce the winners of the prestigious 2024 PACESetter Awards. These awards recognize outstanding leadership and innovation in the PACE marketplace, honoring individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the growth and success of PACE financing.

These individuals and teams were recognized during an awards ceremony at the 2024 PACENation Summit in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We are incredibly proud to celebrate the 2024 PACESetter Award winners,” said Mary Luevano, PACENation’s Executive Director. “These leaders are not only building a stronger PACE industry and transforming the built environment but also setting a high standard for others to follow in creating a more sustainable and equitable future.”

The PACESetter Awards celebrate achievements in various categories, highlighting the efforts of those who have pioneered advancements in clean energy, energy efficiency, and resilience projects. This year’s award recipients exemplify the highest standards of excellence and have demonstrated a profound impact on their communities and the environment.

“Home Run Financing is honored to receive the award for accomplishment in Policy and Advocacy” commented Rachel Hobbs, VP of Government Relations at Home Run Financing. “The success of the PACE industry is a collaborative effort and reflects our commitment to advancing sustainable, thriving communities.”

2024 PACE Champions of the Year

PACENation is proud to honor several PACE Champions of the Year in 2024. This distinguished award recognizes individuals who have shown unparalleled commitment and passion for advancing PACE financing, contributing significantly to the program’s nationwide success.

  • Bob Giles, Home Run Financing
  • Erica Gilmore, Metropolitan Trustee of Nashville & Davidson County
  • Stephanie Mah, Morningstar DBRS
  • Robbie Pinkas, PACE Loan Group

2024 PACESetter Award Winners

PACESetter: Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the PACE Marketplace

  • Melody Echols, Invest Atlanta

PACESetter: Program Design & Implementation

  • Jean Stothert, Mayor of Omaha, NE
  • Ronald Hobson, DC PACE

PACESetter: Advocacy and Policy Innovation

  • James Harris, Compliance Officer and C-PACER Administrator, Office of the Metropolitan Trustee
  • Florida R-PACE Coalition: Home Run Finance, Renew Financial, FortiFi, and Ygrene, for work on consumer protections legislation in the state of Florida

PACESetter: Innovative Deals of the Year

Under $5M

  • Flatiron Heights: Pathway Lending, Allectrify, and City of Chattanooga PACE
  • Clarksville Hospital: Clay Meadows, Texas PACE Authority and Transpecos Bank

$5M-$50M

  • The Battery, Philadelphia C-PACE & North Bridge
  • Aviator Hotel, Anchorage C-PACER and PACE Loan Group

$50M+ 

  • Four Seasons Private Residences, CounterpointeSRE
  • 300 Lakeside Drive: GreenRock, KeyBanc Capital Markets

Women Leaders in PACE

  • Lisa Shulock, Philadelphia Energy Authority
  • Karen Raitanen, PACE Loan Group
  • Andrea Roess, DTA
  • Jamie Kocis, Kramer Levin

About PACENation

PACENation (https://pacenation.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. PACE programs enable property owners to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and resilience upgrades to buildings with affordable, long-term financing. PACE Nation’s mission is to support the growth of PACE financing by providing resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities to its members and stakeholders.

About the PACESetter Awards

The PACESetter Awards were established to recognize and celebrate the exceptional achievements of individuals and organizations in the PACE community. Award recipients are selected based on their contributions to market development, innovation, impact, equity and inclusion, and leadership. The awards aim to inspire continued excellence and innovation in PACE financing, fostering a sustainable future for all.