John Hester, Time Warner's executive director of global building services, was named an Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) 2017 Legend in Energy on the eve of the association's World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta late last month.
The "Legend in Energy" award is bestowed on AEE members meeting specific criteria, such as length of service to the industry, professional certification and formal recognition of their work. Hester—a 20-year AEE member with more than two decades at Time Warner and Turner, and 2009 winner of the association's International Energy Manager of the Year award—was a shoe-in.
What's it like to be a legend? "I don't really feel any different today than before I got it!" Hester says of winning the accolade, "But it's a nice award to receive."
We think John Hester is legendary because of his work helping the company achieve significant cost savings by being more energy efficient. John and his colleagues on the Time Warner Energy Council constantly strive to find energy savings that take advantage of new technologies and operational efficiencies, and those savings add up.
"We're trying to save an additional $1 million a year, every year, from energy savings," he says, "and we've been successful so far." A significant portion of the savings are coming from the company's push to switch to LED lighting where possible. "That technology has really taken off in the last few years and opened up a lot of opportunities for savings."
John and the Energy Council are collectively responsible for nearly $6 million in savings since the council's inception in 2012, and more savings are on the way.
That's more than enough to make Hester a legend in our books. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor, John!