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HWS and SmartWatt

Headshot BW DUFormer classmates Anthony Guidetti ’10 and Ryan Robinson ’10 have assumed leadership roles in the green economy with rising energy company SmartWatt.

SmartWatt is an energy systems optimization company that provides solutions to help industries and institutions save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Founded in 2002, the Ballston Lake, N.Y.- based company has established itself as an industry presence nationwide, a growth so dramatic that Inc. Magazine named it a “Fastest Growing Company” every year from 2012-2015, coinciding with Robinson’s and Guidetti’s tenures.

After graduating, Guidetti landed an entry-level sales position at the firm. By 2012, he’d moved to Dallas, helping to found the company’s new office in its Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Division, where he now serves as the business development manager, overseeing account executives across SmartWatt’s South Region.

He currently works with large energy users, from towns and counties to large fortune 500 companies, helping them lower their energy consumption and overall environmental impact through a variety of energy system optimization technologies, including LED lighting, HVAC upgrades and solar.

In 2012, Robinson was hired as a project associate in SmartWatt’s Sacramento, Calif., office, later advancing to lighting project director for the Mid-Atlantic Region, account executive roles in the South then East regions, and now serving as a senior account executive for the East Business Unit.

“We work with large, private, Fortune 500 companies, higher education institutions and municipalities. We also have the capabilities to help our customers with a variety of different improvements for their facilities,” says Robinson. “No two weeks are the same.”

They both majored in environmental studies and minored in anthropology, and were members of the Statesmen football team. They credit HWS for shaping and inspiring their careers.

“With a liberal-arts education you get exposed to different types of classes, from sciences and economics to religion and the arts. This helps bring different perspectives, people and ideas to the table, things you might not have experienced otherwise. It forces you to think critically and learn from different viewpoints,” Guidetti says.