Owner & Chief Executive Officer
Matt received a BSEE from Tulane University in 1979. Later that same year he and Donna were married. They have a family of three boys and seven grandchildren. Matt started Crescent Power Systems in 1994 after working for GE, Drive Systems, Brown Boveri, ABB and Industrial Machinery Systems. His background in capital equipment sales has enabled the company to grow and prosper over the years. Currently, Crescent Power Systems has 26 professionals who service a wide spectrum of customers and applications from power generation, transmission and distribution to specialized experience in VFDs, transformers, motors and driven loads like compressors, conveyors and pumps - there’s a wealth of experience that we use to help our customers. Matt enjoys family, traveling, fishing, sailing, hunting and auto racing.
Owner & Vice President
Donna is a native New Orleanian, receiving a BA from Loyola University and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. She officially joined the Crescent Power Systems team after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the office and the company moved operations to Baton Rouge for several years. Using her background in sales management and employee training, she manages Human Resources and financial operations for the company in addition to juggling her beloved roles as grandmother, mother and Matt’s wife!
Joe came to Crescent Power Systems in September 2015 and after years of wearing various hats in the organization now serves as president. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and came back home to New Orleans to receive his MBA from the University of New Orleans. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the discipline of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Outside of work, he can typically be found supporting the Saints and Pelicans, staying active, or traveling.
Director of Financial Operations
Joe began working at Crescent Power Systems in 2012 in the accounting department and now serves as the Director of Finance, where he manages all accounting and risk related activities for the company. Joe earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Birmingham-Southern College. Since graduating, Joe has held finance-based positions for multiple companies spanning different industries including financing companies and banks. Joe returned to school to earn his MBA from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Katherine have two beautiful daughters who keep them busy exploring everything New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has to offer.
Vice President – Major Projects
Marcus LeBlanc leads our sales and business development efforts, while also supporting our project managers on major projects in various capacities. He serves as a member of the leadership team, providing insights on market trends, customer feedback, and company growth strategies. Marcus grew up in Baton Rouge, LA and began his tenure at Crescent Power in New Orleans. He seized an opportunity to move to Houston a few years ago where he and his family now reside. He enjoys hunting, fishing, watersports and adventure traveling with his family.
Vice President of Sales
Connor joined the Crescent Power team in 2017 as a Business Unit Manager, directing all activity with our GE Grid and GE Prolec product lines. Originally from the DC area, Connor spent 14 years in Charleston, SC before finally landing in the Crescent City in early 2017. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute and MBA from Purdue University. In his free time, Connor enjoys experiencing new cultures and cuisines through his travels. He and his wife, Christy, have a daughter, Claire, and two dogs. The whole family loves the outdoors, experimenting with new recipes, and cheering on the Saints!
Director of Technical Operations
Junior assists the sales and execution team in all technical matters of project and sales support. He came to Crescent Power in the summer of 2001 in a field service position, commissioning and repairing small to medium sized Toshiba VFDs. He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. He and his wife Julie live in New Orleans and have three happy, healthy children. Junior enjoys a calming retreat to his garage for some metal fabrication in his very limited spare time.
Manager of Project Execution
In his role, Ben has the opportunity to work with a great group of Project Managers, Engineers, and Administrators to deliver custom engineered power systems for a diverse client base. He has engineering degrees from the Colorado School of Mines and The University of Texas at Austin. He spent his early career as a process engineer, mainly working on gas processing/pollution control projects in the power and oil and gas industries. He gradually transitioned into fulltime project management during his years in the EPC world. Ben is a registered Professional Engineer (Texas and Alberta) and holds his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He enjoys sports (playing and watching), homebrewing, and traveling. As a recent transplant to New Orleans, Ben enjoys exploring all this diverse city has to offer.
Human Resources Development Manager
Originally from Washington and most recently migrating from California, Andrea now calls New Orleans home, and joined Crescent Power Systems in July 2019. Having spent her career to-date building contemporary human resources programs in the advertising industry, Andrea brings innovative thinking to the HR function, and is tasked with providing progressive paths of development for each member of the growing Crescent Power Systems team. Andrea’s passions include cultivating anything green and live-action street photography. Geaux Tigers! Geaux Saints! And a true belief that New Orleans food is the gateway to laissez les bons temps rouler.
Senior Project Engineer
Lee came to Crescent Power Systems in January 2019 and support the Project Management team on the execution of projects. He also troubleshoots technical issues, provides QC oversight of design and manufacturing, supports marketing efforts and interacts with quotations for technical accuracy and design efficiency. He received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from LSU and has worked in various roles in utility generation and oil and gas industry. He and his wife Donna are the proud parents of sons Butler, an undergrad at the University of Texas, and Bruin, a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Oklahoma. They enjoy family excursions and Lee relishes in helping Bruin with his ’66 Mustang restoration.
ARVIND K. JAIN
Arvind works with the Quotation Team to develop detailed proposals. This includes reviewing all RFQ documentation and implementing a competitive bid strategy, as well as the development and submittal of timely proposals to our end-users. Arvind is a graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Homeland Security Studies. Prior to Crescent Power Systems, he worked as a project expeditor for a Fortune 500 engineering firm. In that role, he assisted in the execution of deliveries for purchase orders on large capital projects. When Arvind is not at work, he enjoys spending time exploring and adventuring in the great city of New Orleans; relishing in the music, culture, food, and joi de vivre of this vibrant community. Arvind is a die-hard fan of the LSU Fightin’ Tigers and the New Orleans Saints!
Human Resources Specialist
Lauren has been with Crescent Power Systems since 2016. She started in the accounting department and quickly transitioned to Human Resources. After she graduated from Louisiana State University, she moved to Houston. Two years later, she realized she missed home and moved back to New Orleans to begin working at Crescent Power. In March 2019, she married her Mississippi State-loving husband, where house divided is a common occurrence during football season.
Senior Project Manager
Operating out of our Houston office, Aaron executes capital projects for our customers. From pre-fabricated buildings to field service testing and commissioning, he brings a deadline-driven, solutions-oriented mindset and ensures projects run as smoothly as possible. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA and graduating from Penn State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aaron began his career in field service engineering on power generation and distribution equipment. Having worked for equipment manufacturers, he brings insight to the manufacturing and field implementation of the equipment we integrate for our customers. When not on the job, you can find him tinkering in the garage or on the water from Galveston Bay to 100 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico with his Wife, Monica.
Adam began working with Crescent Power Systems in 2015 as an intern while attending the University of New Orleans to earn his BS in Electrical Engineering. He joined CPS full time in May 2018, providing technical support for the Quotations team to aid in proposal development. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in December 2018, graduating Cum Laude with a focus on power engineering. He is an avid gardener and musician and enjoys traveling and hiking with his wife, Aubrey, and two dogs, Lemon and Olive.
Candice joined the Crescent Power Systems team in July 2017 as a project manager for the integration side of the business. She received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University in May of 2011 and spent the next 6 years in various roles supporting upstream oil and gas clients offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Her time spent in project engineering, electrical preventative maintenance and technical sales for DC reliability have helped shape her skills in managing large integration projects for CPS. She married her amazing husband, Dustin, in May 2016 and together, they enjoy traveling and spending downtime with friends and family. Travel will be put on hold for the time being as they recently welcomed their first baby, Celina, in February 2019.
Alex serves as a project manager for our integrated solutions offerings. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and graduated with an MBA from the University of Houston. Having worked in project development and execution on numerous renewable and fossil fueled reciprocating engine power generation projects, he considers himself a veteran in the power industry. Additionally, his experience in Engineering, Procurement & Construction projects serves him well in his role at CPS. Alex was born and raised in Austria and emigrated to the United States many years ago. He loves spending time with his wife and two daughters; if he’s not around, you can most likely find him in his wine cellar crafting his own wine.
Brandon began working at Crescent Power Systems in January 2018 and serves as the sales representative for GE Grid Solutions and GE Prolec for the state of Louisiana. He received a B.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans and a B.S. in Mathematics from Louisiana State University. Brandon is a lifelong New Orleans musician whose first public performance was on Bourbon Street when he was 10 years old. He also has a healthy collection of vintage New Orleans cookbooks and cherishes his two very soulful dogs, Teddy Pendergrass and Frankie Beverly.
Field Service Specialist
Chelsea started at Crescent Power as an Administrative Specialist in March of 2018 and has since been promoted to the role of Field Service Coordinator. She helps execute many intricacies of Crescent’s projects, mostly coordinating and scheduling all onsite field service support. She also facilitates our buy-resale field service support. Chelsea attended Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, LA and went on to attend Louisiana State University and Delgado, studying Education, Art and Business Administration. Chelsea’s daughter, Charlotte, was born in 2016. When she’s not at the office, you can find Chelsea on the water, sailing and fishing; selling her art at local boutiques and festivals; cheering on her Tigers and Saints; and, of course, chasing Charlotte around.
Steve came to Crescent Power Systems in March 2018, bringing with him more than 40 years of technical sales experience in Electrical Distribution Equipment. His role includes introducing Crescent Power Systems and Prolec GE transformers throughout the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast electrical distributor market as well as sales responsibilities for industrial electrical contractors. Steve enjoys cooking, fishing, hunting and live music. He supports his church choir and youth groups as well as local Houston charities through his Odd Fellow Lodge.
Christopher joined Crescent Power Systems in August 2018 and served as a quotations specialist and an accounting assistant. He now devotes all his time in accounting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of New Orleans and wants to pursue becoming a CPA. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his beautiful girlfriend, Lillian.
Caroline came to Crescent Power Systems in September 2018 and serves as the sales representative for GE Grid Solutions and GE Prolec products. She also manages our marketing, branding and communications efforts. She received her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Alabama and came back home to New Orleans to receive her MBA from Loyola University. She married her husband, Taylor, in November 2018 and together they love traveling and exploring – almost as much as they love Alabama football.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She recently re-located to New Orleans and joined Crescent Power Systems in September 2018. She serves as a project administrator for the Project Management team. She also serves as our Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator and keeps us compliant with all safety regulations. Elizabeth’s prior work background includes administration, finance, human resources, marketing, operations, and safety management in the Telecommunications & Horizontal Directional Drilling industries. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, outdoor music festivals and trying new restaurants, so it’s safe to say, we think she’s come to the right place.
MARY BECCA RILEY HARRIS
Mary Becca joined the Crescent Power Systems team in October 2018 as a project manager for our integrated solutions business. She began her role in our Houston, TX office but transferred to our New Orleans office in February 2019, where she continues to manage projects for multiple clients. She brings over five years of experience managing multi-million-dollar Engineering, Procurement, and Construction projects building high-voltage substations and transmission lines for utilities. The knowledge and perspective she gained at her previous role allows her to provide unique value to our customers and their projects. Originally from Hattiesburg, MS, Mary Becca is a fifth generation Mississippi State Bulldog and loves being closer to home now that she lives in the Crescent City.
Michael joined the Crescent Power Systems team in October 2018 as a project engineer to provide technical expertise and engineering support to our Quotations and Project Management departments. He comes to us from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he graduated with both a MS and BS of Mechanical Engineering. In his free time, Michael enjoys live music, rock climbing, and exploring nature.
Tricia is a new member of the Crescent Power Systems team. She joined us in October 2018 with over twenty years of experience in administration. She is a lifelong resident of New Orleans and truly believes there is no place like home. A great weekend for Tricia is spending time with family and friends or enjoying her garden.
John joined CPS in April 2019 as a Quotation Estimator Specialist. John earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from The University of New Orleans in 2016 and is currently pursuing a second Bachelor of Science in Accounting, which he will finish this year. John is a former college football player; he played defensive tackle for Mississippi College. Other than sports, John enjoys learning new skills for self-improvement, reading, writing, longboarding, and cross-fit training!
Manager of Quality Assurance
Cody joined the Crescent Power Systems team in May 2019 as our Quality Assurance Manager and supports the Project Management team with quality control inspections, National Electrical Code compliance and support on the execution of projects. He is a Master Electrician with more than a decade of hands-on experience and holds current Masters Electrician Licenses in Texas and Colorado. Before joining the CPS team, he worked as an Electrical Inspector on pipe line compressor stations for 6 years gaining experience and knowledge in all aspects of the construction and commissioning of stations. He also proudly served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry fire team leader with 2 deployments to Afghanistan. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to new places, hiking, mountain climbing, hunting, fishing, and working in his garage.
Natalie first came to Crescent Power Systems as an intern during her 2018 summer and winter breaks from Auburn University. After she earned her BS from Auburn in Mechanical Engineering, she came back home to New Orleans and joined the CPS team full time in June 2019 as a Project Engineer. In her free time, Natalie enjoys sports, live music and everything her favorite city has to offer.