Our Team

Randy Buckner
Chairman of the Board and CEO
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Randy Buckner is the Director of Research and Development at Avion Solutions in Huntsville, Alabama, where he is responsible for expanding advanced Army technologies into the commercial sector. Now retired after 36 years of federal service, Mr. Buckner is a member of the Energy Huntsville (EH) initiative, which is working to diversify the region’s workforce and economy to include energy applications and innovations. Avion was one of EH’s first corporate sponsors. Avion provides extensive engineering and logistical-support services to the Army’s aviation community in Huntsville, as well as in several locations throughout the United States.   In federal service, Mr. Buckner served as Chief of the Sustainment Engineering Division, Aviation Engineering Directorate, Redstone Arsenal. He was responsible for management of critical safety items for all aviation systems, conformance and compliance oversight for alternate source vendors, and other sustainment engineering functions. Mr. Buckner also serves on the board of the Huntsville chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. The local chapter promotes the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry while fostering action for sustainable development.   Away from the professional world, Mr. Buckner has a 20kW photovoltaic solar system installed on his homestead in Limestone County. His system is grid-tied under the 2014 TVA Green Power Providers program.
John Reutter
Development Director
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Dr. John Reutter is founder and president of the Reutter Group, a consultancy specializing in strategic planning, program evaluation and grant development for 501(c)(3) organizations. Reutter has fifty-two years of experience as an IT business developer, college professor and administrator of higher education. He founded two Silicon Valley IT firms, worked 11 years for AT&T as a software developer, including three years with Bell Labs as a programming language and operating systems researcher. He also served as VISA’s VP of software that managed the VISA worldwide credit card transaction network.   Reutter left Silicon Valley in 1990 to join the University of North Alabama as a professor of computer science and later accepted the position of department chair of business and information technologies at Northwest-Shoals Community College. While there he completed his doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Alabama and subsequently served five Alabama community colleges in various roles, including professor of computer science, director of institutional research, director of workforce development, dean of academic affairs and dean of planning and research. While with the Alabama Community College System, he developed and administered over $30 million in federal, state, NSF, and private foundation grants. He also served the US Air Force Materiel Command for three years as its dean of immersion education, training over 4,000 logistics personnel in sustainment processes.   Before retiring in 2016 to form his consultancy, Dr. Reutter served as acting president of Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition to his doctorate, Reutter holds an MS in Computer Science from Rutgers University, an MBA from the University of North Alabama, and a BS in Applied Mathematics from California State Polytechnic University and authored a McGraw-Hill textbook in computer science.
Daniel Tait
Technical Director
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Daniel Tait is Energy Alabama's Technical Director, guiding the organization's mission of accelerating Alabama’s transition to sustainable energy. A member of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Energy Efficiency Information Exchange Council, Daniel has earned recognition as the Association of Energy Engineers' International Young Energy Professional of the Year for 2015. In addition to his duties with Energy Alabama, Daniel volunteers for Energy Huntsville and acts as Treasurer of the Association of Energy Engineers, Huntsville Chapter. He is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County’s Connect Program, Class 15 and the Alabama Leadership Initiative, class of 2016. Daniel graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in International Trade and Foreign Language.