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Kate L. Gaertner, Founder and Managing Director

Kate brings 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience to her corporate sustainability work.  Kate specializes in performing GHG inventories, mapping supply chains, facilitating stakeholder engagement, and developing strategic business cases including partnership identification and new technology assessment for companies to actualize sustainable, circular business models.

Kate has held digital marketing management positions at XM Satellite Radio, Ziff Davis Media, and Time Inc., worked as a strategic consultant to Fortune 500 companies developing go-to-market business cases, and founded a sustainable women’s active wear lifestyle brand, OMALA.

Kate is a leading expert and consultant in corporate sustainability.  She holds a Masters of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.  She is also the author of a book on climate change and sustainability and serves on the board of the XXcelerate Fund, a business-accelerator and fund for women-led businesses.

Kate is married with two great kids, and lives in downtown Portland.

Renee Shade, Managing Director

Renée Shade combines the technological understanding of an engineer to form, analyze, and execute new business models. She has 18 years of wide-ranging professional experience from managing a sustainability-focused non-profit, to working at the the largest bank in the country, to starting her own company. No matter the size of the company or the scope of the challenge, Renée examines problems and the solutions to them from a global view and is skilled at balancing short-term tasks with long-term goals. Renee’s specialty is building strategic business cases and sophisticated financial modeling.

Renée holds an MBA from Presidio Graduate School. She was a member of the Society of Women Engineers while obtaining her BS in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She lives in the Portland area with her husband, son, and their scrappy terrier. Renée’s favorite ways to unwind are taking walks while listening to a good podcast and re-enacting Ok Go videos with her toddler.

Bruce Nagy, Managing Director

Bruce Nagy has supported the efforts of corporations and governments in more than 100 cities around the globe, advising on clean energy, climate solutions, marketing and business operations. He is also an author, lecturer and keynote speaker who has written more than 180 feature pieces on clean energy, in leading technical business and government publications. He specializes in energy efficient buildings and business operations, micro-grids, fleet management, new technology assessment, and clean energy capital project financing instruments.             

He is the author of The Clean Energy Ageand a columnist for several publications, writing about clean energy and new technologies, including artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotic warehousing, electricity storage, cyber security and micro-grid software, advanced transportation management including logistics optimization systems, autonomous vehicles, electric fleet planning, drones, enhanced reality, contemporary design modeling and supply chain technology, and big data applications to operations and marketing. For the past 18 years he has focused on researching climate solutions and interviewing hundreds of clean technology experts around the world. As a former business executive, government leader and communications specialist, he understands budgetary pressures and outcome-based program design, working on projects with attractive ROI, short paybacks and impact in the battle against carbon emissions.

Patraic C. Reagan, Strategic Advisor Corporate Financial Modeling

Patraic has more than 20 years of global experience working for top-tier consumer-focused, brand-driven companies.  His interest in individual and corporate sustainability started young.  He remembers wondering from an early age if the “smoke” from all the cars on the highway were damaging the air.  Indeed, children are often the best observers. 

Patraic has worked for several of the most well-known brands in the world including Nike, Kraft Foods, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Coach.  His corporate sustainability mindset helps guide his financial insights and influences his corporate decision-making as he actively engages his business partners and stakeholders to think and act responsibly. He brings a true global perspective to his professional and personal life having worked abroad for nearly a decade and travelled to more than 50 countries. 

Patraic holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting and an MBA in Strategic Financial Management.  He possesses an insatiable desire and commitment to make his family, community, and professional life more sustainable.  In his downtime, you’ll find him engaged with his two sustainably-minded children exploring the outdoors on foot, bike, or skis while actively planning the family’s next big adventure.

Daniel Frye, Strategic Advisor Business Transformation

Daniel Frye is an experienced analytical engineering executive with broad expertise in leading software engineering teams of all sizes and types, with a focus on new markets and emerging technology.   Formerly, he held the position of Vice President Software Engineering, IBM Open Systems where he was responsible for a portfolio of emerging software products & projects including Linux, open virtualization, cloud and data analytics software.   Daniel was founder and leader of the IBM Linux Technology Center, IBM’s Linux engineering team, which became a widely copied model in the Linux industry.  This team’s open source-driven, community-based work enabled market entry of IBM’s broad portfolio of Linux-based hardware, software, and services products which grew into > $1B businesses each.  Business success in those new markets required driving rapid acceptance and adoption of new business models, customer engagements, and technical expertise through IBM’s (and the broader industry’s) businesses and engineering teams.  Daniel is currently focused on applying his business experience to push legislative action to combat the world-wide climate crisis.

Daniel received his PhD in Theoretical Atomic Physics and an MA in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University as well as a BA in Physics from the University of Idaho.  He was elected to the University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame for industry leadership in open source software and was named member of the College of Science Academy of Distinguished Alumni, University of Idaho.

Consulting Team

Kate has assembled a team of highly-competent, knowledge-experts and strategic business advisors to support TripleWin Advisory clients in core aspects of sustainability implementation including energy efficiencies and optimization, CO2 emissions measurement and reduction strategies, financial modeling, business process optimization, team facilitation, and business innovation identification. We deploy the appropriate level of skills and expertise to meet the specific requirements for each of our client’s individualized needs.

Contact TripleWin to start a conversation around having us help your company develop, prove-out, and socialize a sustainability business case that supports its broader strategic goals.


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