Mary Frost Distler (A.Cert. ’09)

Current Position
Founder and CEO of The Power to Change US, an East Williston, N.Y.-based management consulting company. “I offer solutions for conservation, efficiency, and sustainable energy as well as strategic planning to companies, municipalities, and schools."

Satisfaction Guaranteed
In addition to providing clients energy savings that range from 20 to 50 percent year over year, Mary cites customer satisfaction as a guiding principle throughout her career, which also includes serving as CEO of GlobeCast America, president of New Media Technology, president and CEO of ChoiceSeat, and the first female Disney/ABC vice president of operations and engineering. Her other accomplishments include the 2009 Society of Satellite Professionals Hall of Fame Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Broadcasters Association, and chair of the Inter-Union Satellite Operations Group of the World Broadcasting Association. Despite all of her success, Mary says her greatest pleasure is watching individuals move beyond what they thought they were capable of achieving.

Best Part of My Day
“I love sunrise, the sunset, and everything in between.”

An Education To Make a Difference
Mary chose NYIT to further her education because of the university’s international presence and its commitment to researching new technologies in the areas of energy management and sustainability.

Favorite NYIT Memory
“Meeting Dean Nada Anid of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. She’s a world citizen with vision and extraordinary passion, creativity, and innovation in education. Also, Professor Robert Amundsen provides students with an impressive amount of renewable, sustainable energy content and fun projects, such as designing an ‘off-grid’ home.”

Definition of Success
“Extraordinary accomplishments resulting from learning.” 

Last Book Read
The Clean Tech Revolution: Discover the Top Trends, Technologies, and Companies to Watch by Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder.

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Winter 2010 Table of Contents