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Dan Brown

Dan Brown

CEO, Board Member

Dan employs a visionary leadership approach with deep roots in communication and relationship-building cultivated over 25 years at Cascade Energy. He joined Cascade in 1998, became a Principal Owner and Board Member in 2007, and, in January 2022, stepped into the role of CEO. 

Dan’s contributions to Cascade’s success have been wide and varied over his years here. He has been instrumental in: 

○ Performing research on long-term fruit storage resulting in the successful adoption of energy efficient technology across the industry
○ Pioneering our corporate-direct work with grocery logistics and food industry customers
○ Conceiving, designing, and implementing multi-year corporate energy management programs that produce savings into the hundreds of millions of dollars
○ Visioning, starting, and growing our Energy Sensei software platform
○ Developing and building long-lasting coalitions of partners to deliver innovative new programs and services to our clients
○ Positioning for and developing the strategy to win and deliver some of our biggest and boldest new work

Dan has held increasingly strategic leadership roles at Cascade, culminating in his current roles of CEO and Board Chair. Through it all, Dan is a tireless champion of Cascade’s culture and shared values. He uniquely intertwines drive, creativity, vision, technical expertise, and motivational leadership with a strong sense of “doing the right thing.” This breadth of crucial and compelling skills and qualities enables effective ongoing management of complex and occasionally divergent interests to maximize Cascade’s opportunities to fulfill its triple bottom line: People. Planet. Profits. 

Dan maintains a keen awareness of external market trends, particularly the drive for decarbonization of industry. This ongoing awareness, coupled with Dan’s balance of technical and relational prowess, uniquely equips Cascade Energy to deliver novel and evolving services to organizations prioritizing energy management on their pathway to reach operational, decarbonization, and sustainability goals.  

Personal Facts

Outside the office, Dan is a two-wheel enthusiast, riding bicycles and motorcycles across all available terrains. Dan also enjoys skiing, camping, exploring, absorbing audio books, following technology trends, and spending focused time with his wife Stephanie, their two boys, and his large extended family. 


BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Portland
Professional Engineer, Oregon 2003
40 Under 40 Award, Portland Business Journal, 2014