About Lykins Energy Advisors

Lykins Energy Advisors offers a range of services from sophisticated energy analysis and customized energy procurement, to resolving utility delivery issues which sometimes involves representing your best interests in front of Public Utilities Commissions.  

Grant our energy consultants the opportunity to examine your situation through a commercial energy audit.  We will provide actionable insight and a customized proposal for your business' consideration.

Management Team

Tom Gantzer · General Manager


Tom is the General Manager at Lykins Energy Advisors where he oversees a variety of areas, including utility infrastructure consulting and the sale of services. Tom brings more than 38 years of experience in the regulated and deregulated energy business.

Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, Tom was Director of Regulatory Affairs at Innovari Market Solutions where he managed demand response operations nationwide. Responsibilities included regulatory affairs, portfolio risk management, product development, contracts and settlements.

Previously, Tom held positions at Midcontinent ISO, Constellation Energy Group and Duke Energy in the areas of wholesale & retail electricity marketing & trading, utility operations, pricing, tariffs, structured products, acquisitions and retail market development.

Kimberly Rippe - Energy Advisor


Kimberly is an Energy Advisor for Lykins Energy Advisors.  As a member of the business development team she builds and maintains client relationships, seeks out new accounts and provides continued education and advice for new and current clients.  Kimberly’s professional background with the Cincinnati Regional Chamber brings an awareness of our region's needs, developments and makeup.  Her initial, professional background as a teacher brings awareness of peoples differing personalities, learning styles and ways to relate to individuals. The combination is an ideal blend for advising, understanding and assisting clients as we guide them through the procurement process and develop best strategies for each client.

Kimberly holds a Masters degree from Xavier University and a Bachelors degree from Northern Kentucky University.

Paul Probst · Analyst


Paul works as an analyst for Lykins Energy Advisors where he performs detailed analysis for procurement and consulting assignments. In addition to the procurement analytical work, Paul also performs the real time metering and site billing for Lykins' customers. Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, Paul worked three years as a contractor for Electronic Testing Consultants on projects including fiber optic installation, termination and testing, as well as a variety of other assignments including the production of power quality analysis reports for customers. Prior to Electronic Testing Consultants, Paul worked 12 years at CBTS (a Cincinnati Bell subsidiary) monitoring and supporting enterprise customers’ communications networks and computing systems, and the internal systems infrastructure of the Enterprise Network Operations Center. Paul provided security vulnerability analysis reports for customers’ network and computing infrastructure.

Before joining CBTS, Paul spent 7 years working for the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, supporting the College’s computing and network communications infrastructure. And, before that he worked for Comtrax Systems Incorporated, troubleshooting and developing custom software applications for airport authorities.

Paul graduated from God’s Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in Math.

Lynn Francis · Analyst


Lynn works as an analyst for Lykins Energy Advisors where she performs procurement and support assignments. In addition to her analytical work, Lynn is also responsible for maintaining the efficiency of the Lykins Energy Advisors office, with billing and accounts receivable processes.  Prior to joining Lykins Energy Advisors, Lynn worked for a Cincinnati business as an Accounting assistant where she managed the daily CRM operations, customer credit balances and invoicing.  Previous work experience involved her implementation of new technology to streamline purchasing, accounts receivable and invoicing.

Lynn is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Gregory E. Elam · Founder of STEP & Consultant


Greg was the founder of STEP Resources, which was acquired by Lykins Energy Solutions in 2015. Since acquiring STEP Resources, Lykins Energy Solutions has launched and expanded their operations through a new division, Lykins Energy Advisors in 2018. 

Greg has more than 39 years of experience as an executive and consultant in utility operations, large deal structuring, strategic planning, contract negotiations, and utility infrastructure.

Greg has completed more than $2 billion in transactions and has developed and implemented strategic advice for a variety of companies including Fortune 100 companies--Oracle, Boeing, Sprint, Rubicon Technologies, and Lehman Brothers-- saving these companies millions of dollars. In addition to having expertise in the procurement of commodities, he leads the company’s efforts on site selection, where he has assisted in locating more than $500 million in real estate assets.
Prior to developing STEP Resources, he was founder and CEO of American Energy®, an energy consulting and management firm. Before starting American Energy, Greg was hired by Enron in its embryonic stage to launch its electric trading business, including the development and use of many of the transactions/products that are used today. Before joining Enron, he began his entrepreneurial trek and expanded his horizons by serving as President of Energy Exchange of Chicago, which was the #2 marketer developed in the country. He performed some of the first electricity transactions done by an independent. He began his career in the utility business by spending more than twelve years with the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company, managing both short and long term bulk power sales, including the development of several large long term bulk power transactions. He has also managed the utility system operations, which included such life safety tasks as switching and tagging.