Ambit Energy's Fortune 500 Executive Team

 

Meeting of the Minds Ambit Energy is structured to serve its customers and to help its consultants grow their businesses, and that all starts at the top. That's why Ambit has brought together a carefully selected and talented management team from various backgrounds. These four individuals (known as the "Fortune 500 Executive Team") are overseeing the expansion of one of America’s fastest-growing companies.

 

Jere W. Thompson, Jr.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jere Thompson is Co-Founder and CEO of Ambit Energy. In 1992, Jere was also at the forefront of the telecommunications industry as it deregulated. He founded CapRock Fiber Networks to build fiber and broadband networks across Texas. As CEO, he guided CapRock into new markets, took the company public and managed its growth from infancy to 1,300 employees and $300 million in annual revenues.

Jere received an B.S. in Economics at Stanford University and a M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He sits on the boards of several civic organizations and was also Chairman and a member of the Board of the North Texas Tollway Authority for over eleven years.

 

Chris Chambless
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer

Chris Chambless is Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Ambit Energy. As an early member of the management team at Excel Communications, he was responsible for all aspects of the company's marketing and communications organization. Most recently, as the Vice President of Marketing at VarTec Telecom, he was responsible for all aspects of the company's marketing strategy, including brand development, channel integration strategy, sales management and new product development.

Chris received his B.A. in English from the University of Texas, Tyler. Chris Chambless is an active board member of the Economic Development Corporation in his community.

 

John Burke
Chief Information Officer

John Burke is the Chief Information Officer of Ambit Energy. He has over 15 years of leadership and consulting experience working in the electric utilities, telecommunications, financial services, venture capital and software development industries. John has held several leadership roles, including the COO of a billing application service provider, CIO of a Verizon call center, and VP of Development for a retail financial transaction service provider.

John earned an MBA in Information Systems from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University, where he graduated with Highest Honors. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has served as a representative on The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School's Information Management Steering Committee.

 

Laurie Rodriguez
Chief Financial Officer

Laurie Rodriguez is the Chief Financial Officer of Ambit Energy. She is responsible for overseeing the Company’s Finance Department, including Accounting, Tax, Revenue Assurance, Planning & Analysis, Risk Management and Strategic Development. In her 20+ year career, Laurie has served in a succession of finance leadership roles. Immediately prior to joining Ambit, Laurie was with Matrix Telecom, Inc., for five years. She joined Matrix in 2005 as the Vice President of Finance, and served as their Chief Financial Officer from 2008 through 2011.

Laurie earned her B.S. degree from Murray State University in Kentucky. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Texas and a Certified Management Accountant. She is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters and enjoys watching them play sports and participating with them in outreach ministries at their church.