Walter (Chip) Schroeder was born in Bennington, Vt., in 1948. He grew up in Williamstown, Mass., and graduated from Greylock Regional High School in 1966. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with an undergraduate degree in 1970 and a master’s degree in 1972. At MIT, he was president of his fraternity and captain of the ski team. Chip has a 40+ year background in energy and energy-related finance. He was principal energy analyst for the Subcommittee on Energy and Power for the U.S. House of Representatives and ran the Office of Regulatory Analysis at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In the early ‘80s, he was president of a major interstate pipeline group in Chicago, later joining Goldman Sachs’ Corporate Finance unit, focusing on regulated energy companies. In 1996, he founded Proton Energy Systems, a hydrogen and fuel cell company and led the company to an initial public offering. He was honored in 2005, being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Connecticut’s venture investing group, Connecticut Innovations, Inc. Chip and his wife Susan live in Darien and have two sons and a granddaughter. He is a member of Wee Burn Country Club and Paradise Valley Country Club. His hobbies include golf, skiing, music and bridge. Sponsored by Spike Reed