Glenn Garland, who co-founded energy efficiency firm CLEAResult in Austin, Texas nearly 14 years ago and guided the company for more than a decade, was one of those passengers killed when their a plane crashed into an Australian shopping mall Tuesday.
Garland was one of five, including the pilot and three other American tourists, killed when the Beechcraft Super King Air crashed into a Direct Factory Outlet while on the way to a golf excursion, according to reports. The pilot sent an emergency call warning of engine failure shortly before the collision.
Also killed was Greg DeHaven, of Spicewood, Texas, and Russell Munsch, of Austin, Texas. The fifth victim was not identified by press time.
Garland, who retired in August 2015, co-founded CLEAResult in 2003 with Jim Stimmel. The company grew to more than 60 offices in the U.S. and Canada.
“Glenn Garland was more than a colleague to me, he was a visionary and a close friend,” Stimmel said. “I am devastated to hear of his passing and my heart and thoughts are with his family. We have all lost an incredible man. I am blessed to have known and worked closely with Glenn for many years.”
CEO Aziz Virani, who succeeded Garland and Stimmel in early 2016, remembered his predecessor as a visionary in the energy efficiency field.
“I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Glenn Garland and my thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,” Virani said. “Glenn built CLEAResult with a unique vision for the energy efficiency industry. The work every one of us does every day is a tribute to that vision.”
Garland steered CLEAResult through numerous expansions and acquisitions. It now has more than 3,000 employees who work with utilities on energy efficiency and peak reduction programs.
Prior to CLEAResult, Garland helped develop several market transformation efforts, including The U.S. EPA’s Green Lights and Energy Star programs.