September 3, 2019

Energy Storage Association Brings New Talent to Executive Team

Anthony Viardo joins as Vice President, Strategic Marketing

WASHINGTON D.C., September 3, 2019 – The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for companies that develop and deploy the energy storage technologies we rely on every day, today announced Anthony Viardo is joining as vice president, strategic marketing. Viardo is a strategic marketing and communications leader with 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including his most recent position as the director, marketing and communications at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). In his new role, Viardo will support the organization in developing its strategic direction.

“We are delighted to welcome Tony to the team. Given his depth of experience, I am confident that he’ll serve as an excellent leader for our marketing team.  Tony will play an important role in communicating the value of energy storage, and its critical role in modernizing our electric grid, to our members and stakeholders,” stated Kelly Speakes-Backman CEO of ESA.

Prior to joining ESA, Viardo served as a member of the NACWA management team, helping to steer membership growth, strategic marketing and external communications. His previous work with the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) and several publishing houses and media outlets rounded out his fifteen-year career in member-focused organizations and communications. Viardo earned his Bachelor of Arts in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and his master’s degree in  broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland.

“This is an exciting time to join ESA, an organization at the forefront of our industry’s rapid growth and transformation.. I am truly looking forward to working alongside  a team of this caliber as we advance our common mission – to accelerate the widespread use of competitive and reliable energy storage systems in North America,” said Viardo. “I look forward to supporting our dedicated professionals, our members and our stakeholders as we continue our advocacy efforts towards nationwide grid modernization .”

About the U.S. Energy Storage Association

The U.S. Energy Storage Association is the national trade association dedicated to energy storage, working toward a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid – as is uniquely enabled by energy storage. With more than 180 members, ESA represents a diverse group of companies, including independent power producers, electric utilities, energy service companies, financiers, insurers, law firms, installers, manufacturers, component suppliers and integrators involved in deploying energy storage systems around the globe. More information is available at:


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