Thomas W. Hicks

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Thomas W. Hicks, Acting Under Secretary of the Navy and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Management) February 2017
Alma mater University of Maryland
Occupation Engineer, Consultant, Public Servant

Thomas W. Hicks was an acting Under Secretary of the Navy (2014-2016, 2017) as well as Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Management (2013-2017). Prior to this, Hicks served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy (2010-2013). [1] [2]

As Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Hicks led the department of the Navy’s 1 Gigawatt renewable energy initiative announced by President Obama, Obama Administration Announces Additional Steps to Increase Energy Security, Navy's Commitment to Renewable Energy Takes the Nation's Center Stage. In Jan 2012 state of the Union addressed: completed four years ahead of 2020 goal, the 1 Gigawatt renewable energy initiative ultimately procured 1.2 GW at a net present value saving of over $400 million.

Led the creation of the Department of the Navy’s $800 million public-private partnership designed to accelerate the capacity of the U.S. advanced alternative fuels industry to provide military-compatible, low-emission alternative fuel price-competitive with conventional fuel. Hicks received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland.

A Bachelor of Science is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years, or a person holding such a degree.

He was Senior Program Manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star® program. Hicks co-created the Energy Star commercial building rating system, which enables measurements and tracking of building energy performance on a 1 to 100 scale.

Energy Star certification mark

Energy Star is a voluntary program launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and now managed by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Energy Star provides simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions to save money and reduce emissions. A widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency the Energy Star label can be found on more than 75 different product categories, new homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants. Thousands of industrial, manufacturing, retailer, commercial, construction, home improvement, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500—rely on their partnership with Energy Star to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. 

Hicks was Vice President of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) and International Programs with the U.S. Green Building Council. He led the expansion from four to seven individual ratings and increased presence of LEED to more than 120 countries.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard for green building design

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. Developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.

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Hicks was the Under Secretary of the Navy from 2014 to 2016 and again in January 2017 representing the Department of Defence on policy, budget, and strategy matters and serving as the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Management Officer of the Navy.

Hicks is one of the three founding principals of The Mabus Group with Ray Mabus and Thomas Oppel. The Mabus Group [3] is a strategic advisory firm specializing in resiliency which includes energy, sustainability, cyber security, and talent management.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, right, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) Thomas Hicks US Navy 100923-N-5549O-006 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, right, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) Thom.jpg
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, right, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) Thomas Hicks

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