Get to know

The Guzman Energy team comes from small towns and rural communities. We are former military officers and utility executives who believe there is a better way. We meet our customers where they are – on Main Street, in town halls, and on their ranches and farms. We’re your kind of people.


  • Guzman Energy founder and chairman Leo Guzman is an American entrepreneur

    Leo Guzman

    Founder and Chairman

    I am proud that we have lowered the price of electric power for every community that we serve and at the same time made it cleaner power.

  • I enjoy the challenge of helping customers transition to clean and renewable power supplies.

    Steve Beuning

  • Guzman Energy Co-Founder and President Christopher A. Miller is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and retired commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves

    Christopher A. Miller

    Co-Founder and CEO

    What excites me the most is the team that we have at Guzman. Second only to who you marry, where you work is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and we have a great team.

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  • Guzman Energy Chief Strategy Officer Robin Lunt is an attorney and former advisor for FERC

    Robin Lunt

    Chief Commercial Officer

    I fell in love with the combination of everything that the company stood for—market forces contributing to cleaner energy, really taking care of rural communities, and serving people who are otherwise underserved.

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  • Guzman Energy Chief Financial Officer Daniela Shapiro holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

    Michael Smith

    Chief Financial Officer

    At Guzman we’re helping rural communities tap into the energy transition to get better services for better value. It’s incredibly rewarding work.

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  • Guzman Energy Managing Director Jeffrey Heit is an expert in wholesale energy and electrical power origination

    Jeffrey M. Heit

    Principal, Managing Director

    The things that I work on change the economics of the communities that we work with, and increase their ability to control their future.

  • Steve Beuning

    Senior Advisor, Market Design and Integration

    An avid outdoorsman, Steve grew up in Minnesota and built a career in energy in Colorado. Steve was previously vice president, power supply and programs at Holy Cross Energy. He also spent 34 years at Xcel Energy in market operations and wholesale market design. Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, dog and friends.

  • Kurt Haeger

    Senior Executive Advisor,
    Managing Director

    Kurt was born in Utah, but has spent most of his life in Colorado. Kurt has more than 35 years of experience in the energy field—first at Xcel Energy, then with Guzman. It’s a dedication only surpassed by his marriage to his wife, Mary.

  • Guzman customers look to us for stable power pricing and savings, reliability, and clean energy. Our work has importance.

    Mindy Yajko

  • Mindy Yajko

    Director, Origination & Supply

    After growing up on Colorado’s western slope, Mindy moved to New York City to Goldman Sachs, but soon returned to raise her twins in the mountains of Colorado. She has worked in origination and financial roles at companies including NRG Energy, Xcel Energy, Holy Cross Energy and Recurrent Energy.

  • Max Carpenter

    Managing Director, Trading & Market Operations

    Max has spent most of his career managing trading and market operations in California, most recently at South California Edison—a long way from the farm in Ohio where he grew up. He moved to Colorado to join Guzman in 2019, with his wife, four kids, and a new dog named Koda.

Guzman is an organization that was born from bold ideas and doesn’t let old-world thinking box them in.

Max Carpenter

The Guzman Energy team brings a powerful mix of varied expertise. Each team member is driven by a common motivation to improve the future of the communities we serve.

In memory of
Mark Vanderhelm

Mark Vanderhelm

Former Chief Operating Officer

The Guzman Energy team is deeply saddened by the passing of Mark Vanderhelm in Spring 2022. Mark was an incredible human being and friend. Our hearts go out to his family and all who knew and loved Mark.