We wouldn't be a premier system integration company without these people
Allan D. Evora is a leading expert in control systems integration and president of Affinity Energy with over 20 years of industry experience working in every capacity of the power automation project life cycle. With a background at Boeing Company and General Electric, Allan made the decision to establish Affinity Energy in 2002. Allan is an alumnus of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, graduate of the NC State Energy Management program, and qualified as a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP).
Throughout his career, Allan has demonstrated his passion for providing solutions. In 1990, he developed FIRST (Fast InfraRed Signature Technique), a preliminary design software tool used to rapidly assess rotary craft infrared signatures. In 2008, Allan was the driving force behind the development of Affinity Energy’s Utilitrend; a commercially available, cloud-based utility resource trending, tracking, and reporting software.
Allan has been instrumental on large scale integration projects for utilities, universities, airports, financial institutions, medical campus utility plants, and manufacturing corporations, and has worked with SCADA systems since the early ‘90s. A passion for data acquisition, specialty networks, and custom software drives him to incorporate openness, simplicity, and integrity into every design in which he is involved.
Adam Baker is Senior Sales Executive at Affinity Energy with responsibility for providing subject matter expertise in utility-scale solar plant controls, instrumentation, and data acquisition. With 23 years of experience in automation and control, Adam’s previous companies include Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley), First Solar, DEPCOM Power, and GE Fanuc Automation.
Adam was instrumental in the development and deployment of three of the largest PV solar power plants in the United States, including 550 MW Topaz Solar in California, 290 MW Agua Caliente Solar in Arizona, and 550 MW Desert Sunlight in the Mojave Desert.
After a 6-year stint in controls design and architecture for the PV solar market, Adam joined Affinity Energy in 2016 and returned to sales leadership, where he has spent most of his career. Adam has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and has been active in environmental and good food movements for several years.
Ayanna Edwards is a Project Manager for Affinity Energy with responsibility for power automation, solar services, and account support, ensuring customers receive exceptional service and personal attention to their needs. She joined Affinity Energy in 2015, bringing over 15 years of engineering, technical, and project management experience as a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in industries such as electronics, automotive, construction, manufacturing, and clean fossil energy.
Beginning her career as a Technical Sales Engineer in manufacturing, Ayanna’s skills in customer-focused solution development, resource orchestration, and alignment of supplier performance with customer expectations quickly led her into project management leadership roles at AdzZoo, Henkel, and Dow Corning. At CoaLogix, Ayanna afforded customers extended performance and significant cost savings through successful management of her portfolio valued at over $20MM.
Ayanna graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and enjoys an active lifestyle of jogging, dance, volunteering, and travel with family and friends.
Bradley Mull is a Control System Integrator at Affinity Energy, with over 17 years in software development and systems integration.
Bradley’s achievements at Affinity Energy include significant contributions to the data center company Quality Technology Services (QTS), the CEP SCADA system for Carolina Healthcare System, and the Duke Energy OSG SCADA system for monitoring emergency power generation at customer sites.
Prior to joining Affinity Energy in 2008, Bradley worked as a Software Developer at AGV Products, and as an Electronics Engineer for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
Bradley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, so he understands there are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t.
Leland Durrette is a Control System Integrator at Affinity Energy and brings with him 30 years of related experience. While at Affinity Energy he has expanded his abilities into power monitoring, control, and SCADA systems, providing solutions for the Veteran’s Administration, the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, and University of Virginia, along with many others. He has developed PLC control applications for customers such as Carolinas Healthcare System and ABB.
Leland began his career as an Electronics Engineer with Industrial Laboratory Equipment designing and building quality control testing equipment for the textile industry. Since then, as Software Engineer, he contributed to automated-guided vehicle systems at AGV Products for companies such as The New York Times, KRAFT Foods, Goodyear, The Kennedy Space Center, and DuPont. Leland joined Affinity Energy in 2009.
Leland holds baccalaureate degrees in Engineering Technology and Physics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He enjoys software development, has flown a hang glider and a powered weight-shift ultralight, is active in his church, and published a book entitled An Easter Cake for Christmas.
Derek Pastwick is a Control System Integrator at Affinity Energy. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina with over seven years of controls experience in power generation. Derek is responsible for the design, engineering, testing, commissioning, and supporting of PLC-based control systems, Human Machine Interfaces, and SCADA systems.
Derek began his career in Electrical Engineering as an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer designing next generation Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) control systems for Areva NP, Inc. In an effort to find a more dynamic and less regulated engineering environment, Derek joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) as an Automation Engineer where he engineered and commissioned custom solutions using SEL automation controllers, industry standard network equipment, and microprocessor-based relays for SCADA, EPMS, and industrial control applications. Upon returning to Instrumentation and Controls engineering with Fluor, Derek was the responsible I&C engineer for design and BOP integration of the Combustion Turbine Generators and associated fuel and emissions systems for the Greensville County and Brunswick County 3-on-1 Combined Cycle Power Plants.
Derek attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. In 2014, he earned his license as a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina. Outside of work, Derek is growing in his Christian faith, enjoys Christian apologetics, international missions, as well as personal fitness and anything outdoors.
Victor Tran is a Control System Integrator at Affinity Energy, with over four years of experience in web and software development. His responsibilities include maintaining Affinity Energy’s in-house energy tracking, trending, and reporting tool Utilitrend, managing the company’s IT infrastructure, and developing in-house applications.
Victor began his career at Central Washington University as a Web Content Specialist, and transitioned to Lead Android Developer at YBU Mobile where he developed a Google Play app with over 5,000 downloads. He joined Affinity Energy in 2013 and subsequently gained his certification in VTScada operations and configuration training, certification in VTScada advanced configuration and scripting, and Microsoft Certified Professional accreditation. His contributions at Affinity Energy include major enhancements to the emergency monitoring systems at Bank of America and the City of Concord Utilitrend system.
Victor graduated from Central Washington University with a B.S. in Computer Science and double minored in Mathematics and IT Web Design and Project Management. He enjoys learning new technologies and keeping up with industry standards.
Zack Smith is an accomplished Control System Integrator at Affinity Energy, and as a Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) with 20 years of experience, has responsibility for managing our dedicated team of field engineers and field technicians. While Zack spends most of his time developing and building the field services team, he is more than capable of rolling up his sleeves and leading by example.
As a member of the U.S. Navy Submarine force for eight years, Zack began his career by serving as a technician of the submarine-launched Trident ballistic missile. Over the next few years, he gained top secret clearance, made a handful of 4-month deterrent patrols during the Cold War, was decorated repeatedly, earned his associate’s degree in Industrial Electronics, and was selected to be a naval instructor within the submarine fleet.
Upon his honorable discharge, Zack pursued a career in industrial automation at manufacturing companies Sandvik and Delphi Automotive, and became an expert in programming industrial automation machinery and robotics. After spending six years as Head Applications Engineer at an industrial automation supplier, he joined the Affinity Energy team in 2010.
Zack’s contributions include major enhancements to SCADA systems at Carolinas Healthcare System, Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel, and the University of Virginia, along with numerous utility-scale PV integrations.
Mary Evora is Finance Manager at Affinity Energy with responsibility for all aspects of Affinity Energy’s financial operations, accounting systems, financing activities, and human resource processes.
Mary joined Affinity Energy in 2003, bringing over 25 years of business experience in the area of purchasing, contracts, and finance. Her fiscal influence has allowed Affinity Energy to grow responsibly and organically; while also making key investments in its facility and strategic R&D initiatives.
Prior to joining the Affinity Energy team, Mary was Director of Contracts and Procurement for Verizon and responsible for a $300MM parts and equipment budget. She also consulted with the country’s leading medical insurer, providing strategic IT sourcing solutions and contract negotiation.
Mary has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Michigan State University and her favorite place is the island of Eleuthera.
Meaghan Fowler is the Accounting Coordinator at Affinity Energy, where she is responsible for reconciliations, financial reports, budget development, accounts receivable, and accounting controls. Prior to joining Affinity Energy in 2016, Meaghan studied at UNC Charlotte and worked as an Internal Controls Intern for Electrolux.
Working at Electrolux, Meaghan was responsible for ensuring control effectiveness by validating journal entries and reconciliations, performing sample selections, and creating internal control monitoring tools.
Meaghan attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting. Outside of work, Meaghan enjoys being outdoors playing tennis, hiking, and camping.
Amanda Harmon is Corporate Communication Specialist at Affinity Energy and responsible for defining brand identity, implementing B2B marketing plans, supervising SEO, managing media relations outreach, working with subject matter experts, and executing content marketing strategy.
Amanda began her career at SecurityMetrics, working for five years in a B2B technical data security environment developing and delivering to a strategic inbound marketing plan. After a year of employment as a freelance writer, she joined Affinity Energy in 2016.
A graduate of Utah State University with a B.S. in Journalism and Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations, Amanda is a BrightEdge and Hootsuite Certified Professional. When she’s not testing creative dinner recipes, she’s brainstorming new tricks to teach her dog.
Now that you know a little bit about our people, learn more about the solutions we provide as a control system integration company.