Founder & CEO
“When coaching on the football field, players show up with beliefs the sum of which we call attitude. Coaching isn’t just about providing information, it’s about changing beliefs about what’s possible – attitude is what wins the game.”
Thomas E. Kiser, the CEO and Founder of Professional Supply, Inc. (PSI) – now known as Worthington Energy Innovations – is on a mission to change the way the world thinks about energy use and to find innovative ways to balance the energy needs of mankind with the need to preserve the environment. In the practical world of business this is quantified in driving productivity and reducing costs while enhancing environmental sustainability.
His passion for energy led him to turn down a contract to play football for the Washington Redskins in order to found PSI as a vehicle for putting his vision for energy efficiency into practice. For more than thirty years PSI has developed new technologies and groundbreaking energy efficiency concepts that have dramatically reduced energy costs and carbon footprints across business sectors proving that the move to sustainable energy practices with innovative strategies can become a key feature of corporate culture, driving an organization’s economic engine.
As a long time football coach, Kiser is driven to share his knowledge and experience. Great coaches know how to stand on the sideline, making sure those on the field can win. He regularly serves as a consultant for energy issues and gives talks at forums around the world.
Today Kiser is known as “America’s Energy Coach” and coaches his brand of energy innovation as a Professor of Practice in Sustainable Energy at Arizona State University to develop an interdisciplinary energy curriculum; as a board member of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential center; as an advisory board member to the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; as a consultant to the Wege Foundation for their “Economicology Sustainable Strategy for Colleges and Universities”; as the company approved by the Ford Motor Board of Directors to write a playbook executing the largest energy project in Ford’s history that included 25 million square feet of manufacturing facilities with savings and avoided costs in excess of $300 million over the last ten years; and as a member of the Joint Board of Counselors for the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. He is also the first foreigner to be appointed as a senior advisor to the Shanghai Municipal Economic Commission where he leads an initiative to create sustainable energy efficiency demonstration projects in Shanghai.
The company has created award-winning demonstrations of energy strategies and technology that have been featured in major national magazines and more recently helped build the world’s first LEED Platinum snack food manufacturing plant.
Kiser earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from St. Louis University. He lives in Fremont, Ohio with his wife, three sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.