About the Leadership Team

Innovators Rob Keil and Steve Maruyama have worked together for 19 years at four Silicon Valley technology companies, including market leaders Cisco and StrataCom, to deliver compelling technology solutions for their customers. They founded EnerAllies, Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., in 2011.

Our Leadership Team

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Rob Keil

Co-founder and CEO

Board Member

Rob Keil is EnerAllies co-founder, chief executive officer (CEO), and a member of the board since co-founding the company. He has a 20-year track record as a successful executive for technology companies serving in CEO, product-management, business-development and marketing roles.

Prior to EnerAllies, Rob was vice president of product management for Silver Spring Networks (now Itron), a leading Internet of Things (IoT) and smart grid supplier to utilities. Rob was responsible for network infrastructure and distribution automation of wireless routers, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and next-generation hardware product lines.

While an entrepreneur-in-residence at Foundation Capital in the fall of 2001, Rob incubated the idea for Hammerhead Systems, and became the networking equipment maker’s founding CEO in 2002. At Hammerhead, he served as CEO and vice president of marketing and business development, spearheading raising more than $50 million from venture capital firms Mayfield Fund and Foundation Capital. He led Hammerhead to secure major deals with Verizon Business, Fujitsu, Savvis and Covad.

Also, Rob served as the vice president of marketing for Zaffire, an optical networking start-up company. He joined Zaffire after three years with Cisco Systems as a senior group manager leading the product management for what grew to $1 billion product line. Earlier in his career, Rob led Internet product strategy for StrataCom and was an investment professional for Bain Capital.

He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

steve maruyama

Steve Maruyama

Co-founder and VP of Engineering and Customer Operations

Board Member

EnerAllies co-founder Steve Maruyama is vice president of engineering and customer operations and a board member. For the past 30 years, Steve has successfully lead engineering for technology companies and built world-class development teams for three start-up companies.

Prior to EnerAllies, Steve consulted for Cisco Systems’ video business unit, transforming organizational and product development processes.

In addition, Steve was vice president of software for Hammerhead Systems, a networking equipment start-up. He also co-founded Silver Peak Systems (now Itron), and served as its vice president of engineering.

Earlier in his career, Steve was senior group manager for Cisco, Blue Leaf Networks, and StrataCom overseeing strategic big-data collection and analytics projects for customers such as AT&T, British Telecom and MCI/WorldCom.

Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


J.B. Lyon

Board Member

J.B. Lyon established Mount Independence Investments in 2012 after spending 20 years as an entrepreneur and intrapreneur and then 10 years as an investor.

He manages Mount Independence Investments, which focuses on growth capital service businesses and real estate. J.B. also is co-director of the Rebuild Congress Initiative.

Prior to starting Mount Independence Investments, J.B. helped create and manage private equity firms Ziff Brothers Investments Ventures and Vision Media Investors to invest in energy and media, respectively. Previously, he was vice president of Staples.com and vice president of operations for Staples’ business development. Before joining Staples, J.B. co-founded and managed food company Uncle Dave’s Kitchen.

He also initiated the use of satellite technology for the 1988 presidential election. An entrepreneur since high school, J.B. also served as assistant to the president of the production company New World Entertainment, producer of the television show The Wonder Years.

J.B. earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and affairs from Tufts University.