Meet the Team

Since its inception in 2008, Scioto Energy has come to be recognized as a leader in energy procurement and consulting services. The managing partners have been working in deregulated markets throughout the country since 1992. Backed by a staff long on energy experience, the depth and breadth of knowledge allows Scioto Energy to provide its clients with the strategic insight needed to make informed decisions.


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Greg Bechert – Managing Partner

Greg has been involved in the energy space since 1995, when he began his career with Enron Capital and Trade Resources marketing natural gas and electricity throughout the Midwest and Northeastern United States. In 2002, he joined Constellation NewEnergy where he directed the power sales efforts of its team throughout the Great Lakes region, including Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois.

In 2008, Greg founded Scioto Energy, where his nearly two decades of energy experience and knowledge has proven to be extremely invaluable to the company’s clients, sales partners, and suppliers alike. Greg holds a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University.

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Susanne Buckley – Managing Partner

Susanne joined Scioto Energy in 2009 as Managing Partner bringing nearly 20 years of energy experience to the team. Susanne provides leadership in product development, sales support, and supplier relationships. Susanne’s ability to navigate the change in the energy industry is critical in providing large customers the level of sophistication they demand.

Susanne started her energy career at American Electric Power where she gained experience in wholesale energy operations, trading, electricity deal structuring, and energy marketing. She later joined Integrys Energy Services as the Great Lakes Sales Team Manager. Susanne holds a Civil Engineering degree from Ohio University.

Staff of Experts

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Whitney Byrd – Vice President

Whitney began her energy career with FirstEnergy Solutions supporting large and small commercial transactions. She joined Scioto Energy as Business Development Manager where she is heavily involved with many aspects of the business from supporting the sales partners to managing customer retention programs.

Whitney earned her Bachelors in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and International Business at Indiana University, and both Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Sports Administration from Ohio University.

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Brianne Gangl – Business Analyst

Brianne began her career at Scioto Energy after earning a Strategic Communication degree at The Ohio State University. As Business Analyst, Brianne is a key player in daily operations including Scioto Energy’s proprietary pricing software. She also manages Scioto Energy’s presence in the Illinois market, including the development of pricing and contracts.

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Matt Harwood – Pricing and Demand Response Manager

Matt brings ten years of experience to Scioto Energy as our expert in demand side management including RTO load response programs. Matt has been involved in demand response programs in PJM since 2007, providing added value to our clients.

Prior to Scioto, Matt worked as the Demand Response Manager for KOREnergy, Ltd and at Constellation Energy in retail electric sales, demand response, and natural gas. Matt holds a B.A. from Kenyon College.

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Arthur Hilson – Software Engineer

Arthur joined Scioto Energy in 2015 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science. He also received an Associate of Science degree from Columbus State Community College. Arthur is responsible for supporting the current software platform and for the development of future energy solutions at Scioto Energy.

Before Arthur joined the SE team he worked as a teaching assistant in the Computer Science and Engineering department at OSU. He also worked as lead developer on several projects for the medical industry.

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John Merlina – Contract Administrator

John began his career with Scioto Energy after earning an Economics degree at The Ohio State University. His Economics background allows him to utilize analytical and problem solving skills while managing Scioto Energy’s extensive library. As Contract Administrator, John is responsible for processing MCI contracts as well as maintenance of the customer database system.

Before joining Scioto Energy, John was employed by RD Energy.

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Linda Ridenour – Operations Manager

Linda brings decades of energy experience to Scioto Energy. She manages our small commercial business working closely with customers and suppliers to ensure a positive shopping experience. Her unmatched attention to detail ensures we execute on all deliverables.

Throughout her career, Linda worked for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and for numerous energy suppliers in the areas of regulatory, legal, administration, operations, billing, systems development, and key account management.

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Scott Slobodecki – Director

Scott Slobodecki has 29 years of experience in the in the energy industry working with customers in the commercial, industrial, govermental and residential aggregation sectors. His broad background features electric and natural gas rate analysis, regulatory reporting, product development as well as marketing, sales and the management of sales and support staffs with MidCon, Enron, Constellation NewEnergy and Integrys Energy Services where he worked before coming to Scioto Energy in January of 2015.

Scott is focused on providing value-added energy solutions to large and mid-size customers within Illlinois to manage their energy costs and risks. His nearly 3 decades of energy experience and knowledge is extremely invaluable to the company’s clients, sales partners, and suppliers alike. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from DePaul University.

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Todd Weaver – Business Development Manager

Todd began marketing energy in 1995. His energy career started with Enron Capital and Trade Resources where he marketed natural gas and electricity throughout the United States. Since then, he had been a top performer for a variety of companies including Delta Energy, Hess and Direct Energy.

In 2014, Todd joined Scioto Energy and is focused on natural gas and electricity marketing within Ohio. Todd holds a B.A. from The University of Findlay with a dual major in Marketing and Business Administration.