David Singer is the president of Warehouse of Fixtures TNG, one of the region's largest new and refurbished office furniture companies.  Warehouse of Fixtures has a comprehensive office furniture recycling program that significantly extends the life of office furnishings thereby avoiding waste.  Born and raised in University City, David MICDS before attending Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.  During his college years, he spent a year studying in Israel learning about sustainable farming and solar energy generation.  In 2004, after graduating from Brandeis, David restarted his family’s new and used furniture business, Warehouse of Fixtures, with his mother Joanne Singer and good friend Dan Lohman.  Warehouse of Fixtures ships their products to environmentally conscious corporations nationwide.
David is a member of the St. Louis Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization, a member and past president of the MAC Toastmasters Club, and a board member of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition.  In his free time, enjoys hiking with his wife, Danielle, and dogs, Argos and Kassie.    

David was elected by the membership of Univerdant to be the president of the organization for the 2013 fiscal year.  He succeeds Nick Hennen as president of the organization.  Nick will remain on the board per the organization's operating agreement throughout 2013 as well.  

David has strong operational management skills and the membership is looking forward to his contribution to launching Univerdant into a fully funded, full service organization.   He has already made major contributions to the group by being one of the principal authors of the groups organizational documents operational plan.  

Jim Curran is executive vice president of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). He cultivates professional relationships and develops new business opportunities with economic development stakeholders with a focus on Eastern Missouri, including the St. Louis region.

With more than 30 years experience in development and marketing positions, Curran is engaged in a number of organizations advancing Missouri’s economic development and energy needs. He is a board member and an elected member of the Missouri Energy Initiative’s Executive Committee.  He is also on the board of the Hawthorn Foundation. Since 2004, Curran has been the elected District 5 Director of the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) and is the Public Policy Liaison for District 5. 

In addition, Curran serves on the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) Green Talent Task Force; the China Hub Initiative Advance Manufacturing Committee; the St. Louis Regional Clean Cities Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Committee; the Univerdant Sustainability Network board; I-44 High Tech Corridor Advisory Board, Missouri’s Small Modular Reactor Suppliers Committee member; and the St. Charles Economic Development Center Incubator Advisory Committee.  He was also named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s list of Who’s Who in Energy in 2012.

Curran previously served as economic development director for the cities of O’Fallon and Fenton, both suburbs of St. Louis, and as president of the Fenton Development Association.  He was formerly president and CEO of the International Order of the Golden Rule and president of Curran Consulting.  Earlier in his career, he was associate director of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, where he generated more than $3 billion in economic impact through his bookings.  He is past president of the Hotel Sales and Management Association.  For eight years, he hosted the “Curran Events” talk show on WGNU.  

The Electrical Connection is located at 5735 Elizabeth, St. Louis, Mo. (63110).  Its member electrical and communication contractors and their IBEW craftspeople serve facility owners in the city of St. Louis and the 25 Missouri counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Franklin, Iron, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Scott, Stoddard, Warren, Washington and Wayne.

Nick Hennen
It has been two years in the making, but through the hard work and tenacious leadership of Nick Hennen, Univerdant is now a reality.  Several years ago, Nick began to circulate the idea of a consortium of companies, civic organizations and educational institutions that could create a green energy and sustainability think-tank of sorts.  For the for-profit members this might look like a tight collaboration, or "virtual firm" as Nick often called it, that would allow smaller regional companies and emerging start-ups to work with bigger companies to compete for large projects.  Through strenuous networking, recruiting and endless presentations and discussions, Nick brought together a broad selection of companies and institutions with hundreds of years of collective experience.

A critical ally in his quest for an organization that would encourage development and synergize sustainability technologies throughout the Midwest and around the nation was Jim Curran, Executive Vice President of Electrical Connection.  The Electrical Connection, in and of itself is a remarkable collaboration between the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International  Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  Its purpose is to create a platform for management and labor to work together to open new economic opportunities in the emerging energy conservation and new energy generation markets.  Jim is also a member of the board of directors of the Hawthorn Foundation and has been a driving force on the Missouri economic development scene for many years.  The Hawthorn Foundation is a nonprofit organization of corporations and business leaders who are working to make Missouri’s future brighter by encouraging the economic success across the state.

Recently, Univerdant found support for its vision from two of Missouri's most important academic institutions.  Missouri S&T was the first academic institution to join Univerdant and has established itself as a model for university participation.  Tony Arnold, the Assistant Director of the university's OSE3 program has recently been elected to the board of directors of Univerdant.  The University of Missouri at Columbia has also joined the Univerdant membership and is represented by Dr. Robert Reed who is also the director of the Midwest  Energy Efficiency Research Consortium.  Other major universities have applications for membership pending.

Univerdant members offer a broad range of services and products from solar heating units that reduce energy consumption in commercial boiler systems from Engineered Solar Solutions, to top-end engineering services offered by two of Missouri's premier engineering firms, EDM, Inc. and FDH, Inc.  Nick Hennan's own company, Exergonix, is one of Univerdant's best examples of high-tech product development.  Exergonix makes lithium batteries that can store up to a megawatt of electricity and can be used to capture energy produced by wind generators for release into the grid at times of peak need.

Univerdant offers to the region and nation a "one-stop" energy and sustainability management resource that can offer any company, institution, or even individuals, access to top-flight expertise, services and products to meet virtually any need.  As the organization grows, it intends to broaden its offerings into all aspects of sustainability including the government and community development sectors.

And to think, this all became possible through an idea shared by an enterprising electrical engineer.  Thanks, Nick!  

As part of the inaugural launch of Univerdant as a formal organization, members elected its first slate of officers, a board of directors and initiated an advisory board.  The officers of the organization are:
  • President, David Singer, Warehouse of Fixtures
  • Vice President, Randy Niederer, Unico System
  • Treasurer, John McClain, The Productivity Team
  • Immediate Past President, Nick Hennen, Exergonix, Inc.

The member of the board of directors include the following members:
  • Anthony Arnold, Missouri S&T
  • Jim Curran, Electrical Connection
  • Chase Green, H & H Lighting
  • David Kenyon, Syntropy Building System
  • Chris Kerckhoff, EDM, Inc.

The board of directors has resolved to establish an advisory board and appointed its first member, Jason Archer, Director of Business Development for the Missouri Department of Economic Development.