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Bernhard Announces CEO Transition as Guthrie Steps into Leadership Role

Rob Guthrie
Rob Guthrie
Ed Tinsley
Ed Tinsley
METAIRIE, LA — Bernhard, an energy infrastructure firm with more than a century of experience in the U.S., announces Rob Guthrie’s transition to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Ed Tinsley, who has successfully led the company as CEO since 2018, will take on a new role within Bernhard as Senior Advisor and Board Member.

Under Tinsley’s leadership, Bernhard has seen substantial growth, particularly in the health care and higher education sectors. His tenure has been marked by numerous milestones, including:

  • The creation of safer workspaces surpassing industry standards
  • Increasing the customer’s accumulated carbon footprint reductions from 8,000 tons of GHG emissions in 2018 to nearly 400,000 tons by the end of 2023
  • Financial growth of a 310 percent increase in earnings, equating to a 25 percent annual growth rate
  • Substantial growth in the Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) sector, achieving a compounded annual growth rate of 45 percent from 2017 to 2023

Tinsley will focus on mentoring employees and collaborating closely with clients to develop innovative energy solutions.

“Leading Bernhard has been one of the greatest honors of my career. I’m incredibly proud of what the team has achieved, particularly our significant strides in safety, DEI, business resiliency, culture, and sustainability while simultaneously realizing substantial growth,” Tinsley said. “I look forward to continuing to contribute to Bernhard’s success in my new role.”

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Guthrie, who has been serving as Bernhard’s Chief Development Officer and CEO-in-waiting since 2021, steps into the CEO role with more than 20 years of industry experience. Guthrie has been instrumental in steering Bernhard toward its long-term vision, focusing on operational savings, growing Bernhard’s EaaS portfolio, and fostering more than 100 years of energy and infrastructure project experience.

“I’m honored to step into the CEO role at Bernhard, especially at such a pivotal moment in our company’s history,” Guthrie said. “Ed Tinsley’s leadership has set a high standard, and I am committed to building on our successes and driving forward our vision of innovation and sustainable energy solutions.”

Bernhard has a long history in the ever-changing energy services industry, bolstered by in-house expertise. As an integrated team, Bernhard has the ability to self-perform every facet of a project in turnkey fashion. With approximately 2,200 employees across more than 20 office locations, Bernhard has financed over $1.7 billion in EaaS partnerships.

“Our financial growth and continued expansion has positioned Bernhard as a national leader in the energy and infrastructure space,” Guthrie said. “Such progress is a testament to the values of our people, the strength of our solutions, and the quality of our customer relationships. I could not be more excited to grow and protect the Bernhard legacy over the course of our next chapter.”

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