Leadership Team

Burton is led by partners who are leaders in the energy management and sustainability fields and are able to deliver all aspects of an energy management solution – with previous experience in electric utilities, natural gas, energy consulting, energy engineering, and risk management. We leverage our collective experiences for our client’s benefit. We have experience on the client side, utility side, manufacturer side, and consulting side – and have been responsible for building several of the major energy consulting practices in the country.

Brent Burton

Brent Burton — Managing Partner

A 30-year energy industry veteran, Brent founded Burton Energy Group in 2001 to assist commercial businesses with their energy and water management needs. He started the company with a three month contract, working as the energy consultant for a large hospitality REIT.

That initial contract led to subsequent opportunities with other hotel ownership and management companies responsible for portfolios in geographically diverse markets, and eventually expansion into the retail, banking, healthcare and restaurant verticals. Brent has led the company to continuous profitability with no debt since its inception. Brent obtained his MBA from Mississippi State University with bachelor degrees in Economics and Geology.


Mark Breuker

Mark Breuker — Managing Partner

Mark brings 25 years of energy management experience to Burton Energy Group, providing leadership in the areas of sustainability, energy conservation and billing data management. He also supports the company’s energy procurement and risk management offerings.

Before joining Burton, Mark was Director of Energy Consulting at Advantage IQ. Previously, he spent several years in management positions at Prenova Inc. (formerly Service Resources), where he led the company’s efforts to provide a full suite of energy management solutions, including load response, for customers like AT&T and Home Depot.


Jason Hamby

Jason Hamby — Vice President of Operations and Technology

With more than 25 years in the energy sector, and more than 31 years in technology, Jason joined Burton Energy Group to assist in scaling out the rapidly growing business. Having worked in all segments of the power industry, from power generation (plant process monitoring and controls), distribution (SCADA and security), and energy retailers (billing), Jason has experience in many different aspects of the energy industry.

Before joining Burton, Jason served as Executive Vice-President of ista North America, as well as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the E:SO division. Prior experience has included startup companies, IT consulting, systems integration, telecommunications product development, and SCADA and plant process monitoring systems for Nuclear, Hydro, and Fossil power plants. Jason holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama Huntsville.


Kristen Murphy

Kristen Murphy — Vice President of Energy Supply and Risk Management

Kristen has more than 15 years of industry experience and serves as the leader of Burton’s supply procurement and risk management team. Our clients look to Kristen to continue Burton’s track record of providing superior energy supply and risk management services that generate significant returns on reasonable investments. Kristen manages risk positions and designs hedge strategies for our clients.

She is responsible for evaluating and executing electricity and natural gas trades, and also leads our regulated market services to include regulatory reporting and rate negotiation assistance. Prior to joining Burton, Kristen served as Manager of Energy Procurement for Prenova in Atlanta, where she supervised energy buying activities and optimized costs for clients. Previously, she worked in regulatory and government affairs for NewSouth Energy LLC (a Calpine Company) and Koch Industries. Kristen began her energy career in wholesale operations with Mirant in Atlanta (now GenOn Energy). Kristen holds a BS in Economics from Arizona State University.


Banks Quarles

Banks Quarles — Vice President of Finance

Banks has more than 10 years of experience in the energy sector, and more than 15 years in financial planning and analysis. He oversees the FP&A roles at Burton including forecasting, reporting, budgeting and pricing. He is also responsible for all accounting functions at the company. As Burton has continued to expand, Banks has played a key role in structuring systems and back office processes that have allowed Burton to grow seamlessly.

Before joining Burton, Banks managed FP&A activities in companies from Fortune 100 multinationals to growing start-ups. He has experience across a wide range of industries including energy, telecom and healthcare, and has consulted many small companies regarding financial opportunities for growth strategies. Banks holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Alabama.

Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson — Vice President of Demand Side Programs

Jason has over 25 years of experience in the energy services industry. Over the course of his career, he has worked for both a large utility company and energy consulting companies, with a focus on helping clients optimize the performance of facilities through energy consulting and engineering services. Jason has directed energy-related projects and programs for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities throughout the United States and internationally, including two large projects in China.

He has extensive experience in providing retro-commissioning services, technical energy audits, project management, and engineering studies, including cogeneration and renewable energy projects. He also directed a multi-year comprehensive energy management program for a large portfolio of facilities that exceeded energy-saving goals and has successfully helped clients implement targeted demand response strategies. In his current role, Jason is responsible for developing energy solutions for clients, creating project budgets and scopes, managing key relationships, and leading the demand side team for Burton. Jason has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree with High Honors from Georgia Tech and is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states. He is also registered as an ASHRAE certified Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) and has presented at several technical conferences across the United States.