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About Lower Electric

Lower Electric specializes in helping business clients across the country reduce their energy costs in deregulated states by shopping for the best rates for electricity and natural gas.

Founded by Ira Holtzman and Bill Schloss in 2001, Lower Electric has helped over 3,000 utility accounts across many states, including but not limited to, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas save money on their energy costs.

From small businesses to large corporations, we offer comprehensive services that save you time and money while managing your energy costs over time.

Lower Electric also partners with companies that handle retrofitting and benchmarking, which is required in many areas.


Corporate Mission Statement:

Lower Electric's mission is to educate consumers about the energy market and to be their best resource for electricity and natural gas procurement.

Meet Our Team

Ira Holtzman

Ira Holtzman
Co-Managing Member

Ira is one of Lower Electric's founders who started the company in 2001. As a Co-Managing Member, Ira works to ensure that clients and staff are treated fairly while looking for opportunities to guide the company into the future. He most enjoys the opportunity to help clients and come up with new ideas to propel the company forward.

Prior to founding Lower Electric, Ira was a practicing CPA, who later went into sales of computer hardware and software to help CPAs. Ira is still a registered CPA and also is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Ira has been married for over 32 years and has three grown children. The family has two standard poodles and one maltipoo. When he's not working, Ira enjoys racquetball, martial arts, ATVing and working out.

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Bill Schloss

Bill Schloss
Co-Managing Member

As a Co-Managing Member, Bill leads the company into the future by driving sales and managing the back office team. He most enjoys helping clients realize savings on their gas and electric costs because he understands that managing costs is a huge part of running a successful business. He also likes interacting with and educating both clients and office staff everyday.

Prior to his work at Lower Electric, Bill was a CPA / Attorney. He was also a Futures Trader at the Chicago Board of Trade for 18 years. Bill believes that his background as a CPA / Attorney taught him how to run a successful business. Through his futures trading experience, Bill has also learned how to interpret markets which helps him handle daily fluctuations in futures pricing that relates to electricity and natural gas. Bill has been married for 34 years and has two grown children. When Bill is not working he enjoys playing handball, taking spinning classes and working out.

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Ann Meltzer Urkov

Ann Meltzer Urkov
Director of Operations and Administration

Ann joined Lower Electric in 2006. She manages marketing and Human Resources, and works closely with data analytics team. Ann also handles all facility related repairs and improvements, and is responsible for licensing and statutory compliance in all states.

Ann earned her BS from the UW - Madison and earned her law degree from the IIT - Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ann feels strongly that every day is an opportunity to learn something new and is grateful for the opportunities for growth, both personal and professional, working at Lower Electric has afforded.

Ann enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, exercising and reading in her free time.

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David Mendlik

David Mendlik
Director of Data and Analytics

David has served as the Director of Data and Analytics at Lower Electric since 2013. He processes external data to import into the database, establishes data standards and data entry procedures to ensure optimal data integrity and creates templates to improve processes.

David most enjoys discovering new ways to improve on his work. He notes that when he started, he only had basic skills in writing SQL. He is thankful for the opportunities for growth that help him continue to learn and improve.

Prior to his work at Lower Electric, David spent 10 years in direct marketing. His last job was with Kohl's department stores as a Direct Marketing Analyst.

David has earned certificates in MCP, MCDST and SDP and has over 15 years of experience using Excel with advanced knowledge of VBS and formula creation.

Originally from Michigan, David is a huge Red Wings fan.

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Kate Tyutyunik

Kate Tyutyunik
Manager - Electric Pricing Team

Kate joined Lower Electric in 2006. She currently manages the Electric Pricing team, ensuring the team functions smoothly and efficiently. She also handles issues and questions and helps out wherever she is needed including pricing, contracts and customer service.

Kate most enjoys the team atmosphere of the company and the opportunity to work with great people. She also loves knowing that the company puts clients' needs first.

Prior to her work at Lower Electric, Kate worked for Mr. Holtzman doing real estate tax appeals. She also handled real estate closings for a title company.

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Ryan Feinberg

Ryan Feinberg
Senior Electric Pricing Analyst / Electric Contracts Administrator

Ryan began his career at Lower Electric in 2013. As Lower Electric's Contracts Administrator, Ryan has the privilege of being closely tied to every aspect of the business. He enjoys daily contact with the sales and pricing teams, as well as suppliers and, most importantly, clients.

Prior to his work at Lower Electric, Ryan worked in customer service at the High Sierra Sport Company.

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Brian A. Groskreutz

Brian A. Groskreutz
Senior Electric Pricing Analyst / Benchmarking

Brian joined the Lower Electric team in 2014 and currently handles electric pricing and benchmarking support for customers throughout the city of Chicago. He enjoys the ability to work independently while also participating in a collaborative environment. He says that it's great to work with people that truly care about the company and their clients.

Prior to his work at Lower Electric, Brian worked in the HVAC industry as a consultant. He is a graduate of the Lubar School of Business at UW-Milwaukee with a degree in Finance and Economics.

Brian grew up in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and currently resides in Chicago. In his spare time, Brian enjoys supporting the arts.

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Joana Silva

Joana Silva
Senior Electric Pricing Analyst / National

Joana joined Lower Electric in 2013 and currently works as a Senior Electric Pricing Analyst and assists with Benchmarking. Her primary job is pricing accounts and getting contracts out to customers. She most enjoys working on large, multiple accounts.

Originally from Brazil, Joana taught Portuguese at Berlitz prior to working at Lower Electric. Joana has degrees in Business Management, Math and Teaching.

In her spare time, Joana loves watching movies.

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Laura Cortesi

Laura Cortesi
Senior Natural Gas Analyst

Laura joined Lower Electric in 2009 and currently works as its Senior Natural Gas Analyst. She handles natural gas pricing and contracts, and solves customer account issues involving their natural gas agreements. She most enjoys being able to resolve issues for customers to their satisfaction.

Prior to her work at Lower Electric, Laura worked for a large medical facility handling customer relations.

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Christina Vesneske

Christina Vesneske
Electric Pricing Analyst / Recording Secretary

Christina has been working for Lower Electric since 2009. She is responsible for compiling electric cost comparison and contracts, as well as data entry and following up with customers. She also handles some customer service, calling clients to check on their needs.

Helping clients save money on their electricity bills is Christina's favorite part of her job.

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William Tello

Will Tello
Electric and Natural Gas Pricing Analyst

Will began working at Lower Electric in 2014. He currently serves as an Electric and Natural Gas Pricing Analyst, assisting Laura with daily natural gas pricing. With his knowledge of the electric side of the business, he is also available to help the electric team when things get busy.

Will spent 12 years in the financial world, working for several banks in a variety of positions from customer service and personal banker, to loan operations processor and teller supervisor. He believes the accuracy and attention to detail he learned in the banking world has proven useful in his work at Lower Electric.

Will has been happily married to his soulmate, Victoria, for 5 years. They have a one-year old baby girl named Mila and a dog named Cato. In his spare time, Will enjoys watching, attending and even sometimes playing sports. Both he and his wife volunteer at Arden Shore, an organization that assists abused and neglected women and children.

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Dale Katz

Dale Katz
Customer Service Team Lead

Dale began working at Lower Electric in 2011 and currently works with customers to solve any issues they may have. She enjoys working with colleagues, clients, suppliers and agents to help customers.

Prior to her work at Lower Electric, Dale was an international account executive for Leo's Dancewear, as a designer of dance bags, tee shirts and sweaters. Dale is also well-versed in international travel.

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Marks Attwood

Marks Attwood

Marks has been an Energy Consultant with Lower Electric since 2011. Consulting with Lower Electric gives him the freedom of working as an independent contractor and the opportunity to cross-sell to his former customers. He finds cross-sales opportunities through the ComEd lighting program as a Trade Ally and Real Estate Broker. Before working with Lower Electric, Marks worked as a lender with five institutions, primarily concentrating in construction loans to large, independent builders/owners in the Midwest markets. Marks is also a Commercial Real Estate Broker.

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Steve Burgher

Steve Burgher

Steve has partnered with Lower Electric as a Sales Consultant since 2002. Steve's Corporate Customers return as they appreciate the Lower Electric standards of excellence. Prior to working with Lower Electric, Steve worked for 20 years in the banking industry, specializing in risk and cost reduction initiatives and is a Certified Public Accountant. As a senior employee at First Chicago Bank, he taught and lectured accounting and auditing techniques for the bank, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Bank Administration Institute.

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Howard Deutsch

Howard Deutsch

Howard joined Lower Electric as an Energy Consultant since 2010. He enjoys meeting business owners and management, learning about their operations and helping them control their expenses. Before working with Lower Electric, Howard owned and operated a high end retail business, which taught him the importance of controlling costs. He is very comfortable communicating with customers to help them reduce both their energy costs and their energy consumption.

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Mark Holtzman

Mark Holtzman

Mark has been in sales since 1980 and has been working as a Sales Consultant with Lower Electric since 2013. While working with Lower Electric, Mark has had the opportunity to help many clients save money on and manage their utility costs.

He has been married over 23 years and has a beautiful daughter, Hailey. Passionate about physical fitness, he enjoys several sports on a regular basis. He loves spending time with his family, including their cat, Lucky.

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Steven Levine

Steven Levine

Steven's driving principle is to provide unparalleled service and deliver creative solutions that result in recognizable value to his clients. Prior to working with Lower Electric, Steven worked for an Internet auctioneer increasing revenues by more than 350% in less than one year and also with a telecommunications vendor, where he managed full-scale telephone system.

In his spare time, Steve competes in triathlons, travels and volunteers for the JUF and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Steve is a proud husband and father, and an alumnus of the University of Missouri.

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Scott Madura

Scott Madura

Working with Lower Electric since 2011 has allowed Scott to work in an entrepreneurial environment with all of the other reps and staff. Before working with Lower Electric, Scott was a commercial real estate broker specializing in providing replacement property for 1031 exchanges as well as a financial advisor for over 10 years. His past experiences help him add value to all his energy customers.

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Michael Schack

Michael Schack

Michael joined Lower Electric in 2009. He enjoys educating clients on the energy market so they become a more knowledgeable and able to make intelligent energy choices based upon their needs and energy strategy. He has been involved in institutional investment real estate covering office, industrial, retail and multi-family. Knowledge of the commercial real estate industry and its energy needs has provided him with a great foundation to assist in understanding utility deregulation and its impact on property cost. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). In his free time, Michael enjoys boating, travel, golf and spending time with his family.

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Dick Study

Dick Study

Dick joined Lower Electric in 2004. He enjoys meeting and talking to businesses and helping them manage their energy costs. Before working with Lower Electric, Dick owned and managed laundry and dry cleaning companies. His family owned the French Hand Laundry in Chicago until 1988, after that he worked at A. W. Zengler Cleaners.

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Brady Zirlin

Brady Zirlin

Brady has partnered with Lower Electric since 2013 and enjoys the flexibility of targeting a variety of commercial industries and maximizing business relationships by saving them real money. He is the Senior Vice President of Client Relations for Blue Sky Marketing Group, providing marketing and branding solutions to companies around the country. Brady is married to his high school sweetheart and has three children. They all enjoy skiing, surfing and playing board games in their free time.

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