William "Hal" Gentry has more than 25 years experience building global software start-up companies. In his most recent role, he was co-founder and CEO of GridLogix, a software company which focused on energy savings applications for the building automation industry. GridLogix was purchased by Johnson Controls in 2008. Prior to GridLogix, Mr. Gentry was founder and CEO of Gentry Systems, a global software company that provided Geographic Information Systems and Outage Management software to over 400 electric utilities world-wide. Gentry Systems was acquired by Autodesk in 2001 where Hal served as Director of Utility Strategies. During his career, Mr. Gentry has served as chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee and Industry Trends Analysis Group for the Geospatial Information Technology Association.
He was a founding member of the GridWise Alliance Council and has presented at numerous industry conferences and published several articles in industry trade publications. Hal is currently an angel investor, board member, and mentor for several early stage businesses. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the SIUE School of Engineering and Computer Science Department. He is also a member of the 2010 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.