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AREDAY 2015 Summit

The AREI Team

Chip Comins is the Chairman and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute, (AREI, Inc), Founder of the AREDAY Summit, Expo and Film Festival, Managing Director of American Spirit Productions, President and CEO of W Energy, Inc. and Co-founder of the Green Girl Minute. He has produced and directed both long and short form documentary films for educational and broadcast television markets, including The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE Wind Powering America, PBS, Link TV and BET.

A long-time advocate of developing and implementing renewable energy resources to abate green house gases and climate change, Comins advocates a business approach to solving both the economic and environmental crisis. In 2009 he produced 13 official side events at the UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen, has just completed producing the 11th Anniversary AREDAY Summit featuring President Jimmy Carter "Accelerating Solutions for the Great Transition" August 10-13, 2014. Comins is now implementing all five AREI programs including the 12th annual AREDAY Summit.


Chip Comins
Chip Comins

Chairman of AREI, Inc.
The American Renewable Energy Institute

Renewable Energy

Sally Ranney is CEO of Stillwater Preservation, LLC, a wetlands mitigation banking company, founder/President of Rising Wolf Int'l, a consulting group, co-founder/Anchor of A Matter of Degree, a program for TV that examines climate change and business, and spoke at 2011 TEDx Denver.

With 30 years experience in the public/private sectors biodiversity, energy, water, wildlife and public land policy, Sally developed 'Corridors of Life', the first GIS satellite land mapping program undertaken by an NGO in the U.S. She founded American Wildlands, was appointed by President Reagan to the Commission on American Outdoors, is on the BOD of of the Gallmann African Conservancy (US/Kenya) and chairs the Earth Restoration Alliance. She is on the Patron Committee, IUCN, the Steering Committee, iMatter Campaign, the Global Advisory Committee, Women & the Green Economy (WAGE) and a managing partner of A.R.E. Equity Partners. Sally served on the BOD of the Natural Resource & Agricultural Policy Advisory Board, CSU, and The Natural Step.


Salley Ranney
Sally Ranney
President of AREI, Inc.
The American Renewable Energy Institute

Renewable Energy

Abby Stern graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering.  She has previously held positions as President of the Society of Environmental Engineers, Energy Information Intern for the UGA Office of Sustainability, NOAA Research Assistant, Sustainability Intern working on PlaNYC for AECOM, Student Chair for the energy subgroup of the UGA Climate Action Plan and Engineering Liaison for the Emerging Green Professionals a committee of the Athens Branch United States Green Building Council. 


Abby Stern
Abby Stern
Program Manager
& Special Assistant
to the CEO

Renewable Energy

Jeanette Darnauer is founder and CEO of Darnauer Group Marketing + PR, an Aspen-based, strategic communications firm providing community relations, public affairs, media relations, brand positioning and consulting services for the travel and tourism, resort real estate, public, professional and non-profit sectors since 1991. The firm has special expertise in the fields of environmental sustainability, arts and culture, and aviation. Their strategic and creative ability has been recognized with 50 national and international awards.

The agency created the logo and launched the successful fund raising efforts for the Presidential Climate Action Plan.  They have been involved with numerous sustainable development projects and environmental conferences. For eight years she handled all communications work for Amory and Hunter Lovins at Rocky Mountain Institute.  She staged Washington DC press conferences on their ground breaking work and successfully produced national book tours for their first Green Development book.  In 2009, the firm joined the invitation-only Public Relations Boutiques International, a prestigious network of national and international public relations firms.  She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Denver and has worked on a Master’s in Filmmaking at the University of Oklahoma.


Janice Hall
Jeanette Darnauer
PR and Marketing

Renewable Energy

Janice Hall is a business development, marketing and trends forecasting specialist and President of Natural Network International since 1991, where she guides leadership in organizations focused on environmental sustainability, alternative energy technology and issues. Ms. Hall has 30 years of pioneering experience with LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) sector companies. Previously serving as Associate Group Publisher for four magazines and Director of International Development, she created the template for global expansion for the leading international communications company, instrumental in driving the natural products market growth to $36 billion in 2010.

Planning and execution of international events spanning three continents include the Natural Products Expos, the Citizens Summit at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Mayors for Peace and numerous events at the United Nations. Her background in public speaking includes interviewing high-profile thought leaders, as well as facilitating workshops on promotion and international business development. Hall is a Board Member and Director of Strategic Marketing for Blue Ocean Sciences, sits on the planning committee of the award-winning Princeton Environmental Film Festival, and serves on the Sustainable Princeton Commission.


Janice Hall
Janice Hall
Marketing and Communications

Renewable Energy

Barclay Lottimer has been involved in more than 50 theatrical productions on stages from Europe to Los Angeles.  He has developed and produced motion pictures and television productions in Hollywood for Disney, MGM, Columbia, CBS, Warner Bros., Paramount, Orion, Lorimar and others. 

Throughout his career, he has lectured frequently at universities nationwide on topics that include strategic marketing, promotions, finance, and developing, producing and distribution of media projects.


Barclay Lottimer
Barclay Lottimer
Production Manager

Renewable Energy

Sue Winters, owner of SageTurtle Design, a custom website design company based in Santa Fe, NM with clients in Europe, South America, and the U.S.

With 40 years experience in visual communications as a freelance photographer, Sue has documented numerous environmental symposiums in the Aspen area, and currently is designing custom websites for artists, alternative medicine practitioners, and environmental non-profits.

Sue is currently managing the AREDAY website, creating email marketing campaigns, and assisting in the organization and production of the AREDAY Summit.



Joseph Lang
Sue Winters
SageTurtle Design
Website Management

Renewable Energy

Kristen DeMay, owner of DeMay Designs llc, spent the past few years as a graphic and web designer in the Roaring Fork Valley. A Michigan native, Kristen graduated from Michigan State University and after a short stint in education found her true calling using her imagination and computer skills in the mountains along with her Yorkie Tiki Bob.

Her role on the AREDAY team is to complete print materials (such as the program, newspaper ads, banners...), manage the website, and assist with any other design needs. She is thrilled to be involved with AREDAY and looks forward to seeing how the event evolves and grows each year.


Kristen DeMay
Kristen DeMay
DeMay Designs, LLC
Graphic Designer


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