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Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Is First Recipient of RESNET Rating Industry Scholarship

Jun 2, 2014

Atigun Energy & Inspection Services, Inc., a disabled veteran owned business, has been awarded the first RESNET Rating Industry Scholarship.

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) with support from the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a scholarship program to encourage U.S. Small Business Administration designated Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses, Women-Owned Small Businesses and Minority Business Enterprises to become Home Energy Rating Companies and RESNET Accredited Providers.

Atigun Energy & Inspection Services, Inc. is owned by James Thomas, a third generation Alaskan who began his inspection career on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the nation’s largest oil pipeline in the extreme, and mostly untouched, landscape of Alaska.  His first station was at the base of Atigun Pass.  It was this foundation that gave rise to a deep appreciation for the environment, energy and their conservation and also to the company name “Atigun Energy”.

James served seven years in the Army which included multiple deployments.  In 2009, he directed his focus and efforts to the energy field; a natural transition that combined his experiences, passions and skills.  He now lives in Maysville Georgia where he and his wife enjoy gardening and living a simple life in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.

James Thomas is a member of several professional organizations including the US Green Building Council, Association of Energy Engineers, and the Air Barrier Association of America where he sits on several technical committees.

James has sought for years to take his skills to the next level by obtaining the RESNET HERS® certification.  However, the monetary commitments have kept his goal just out of reach.  The scholarship that James received from RESNET will allow him to obtain this critical certification that will provide the tools needed to meet the evolving needs of clients, thereby facilitating his company’s growth.

“I’m very grateful to RESNET for this opportunity,” said James.  “I look forward to being a part of and contributing to this professional network.  My goal is to pay it forward by hiring and training three additional energy professionals over the coming year.

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented, “the purpose of this scholarship is to encourage the wider diversity of the rating industry.  RESNET’s goal is to have an industry as diverse as the American people.  We are grateful for the support from the Environmental Protection Agency in helping to achieve this goal.”

For more information on the scholarship fund go to RESNET Rating Industry Scholarship