Employee Spotlight – Bari Blanks

Tell us a little about yourself and your background. 

I am originally from I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and have two amazing children, a son, and a daughter. I was raised by a mother and father who were hard-working small business owners in the energy industry. Having grown up in energy, I developed a passion for the industry and have practiced law in energy for over 20 years. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, engaging in outdoor sports such as biking, fishing, and hiking, and participating in programs that support women and compromised teens.   

What drew you to Nexus PMG?

That’s an easy question:  

First, I share Nexus’ mission to build a better world, their passion to improve the energy industry, and their entrepreneurial mindset to make those transitions a reality. Specifically, I am inspired by our team’s intense motivation to improve and expand the low carbon sector, and its particular focus on sustainable energy sources. I also admire our leadership’s entrepreneurial approach to business. Nexus has not only developed its own technology and expertise to deliver exceptional construction services for customers transitioning to renewable sources of energy, but it also leverages that technology and expertise for impact investing in renewables-based energy infrastructure.  

Second, the people here have a great sense of humor, particularly the leadership. I believe that a good sense of humor is critical to a productive and successful work environment.

What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?

To understand and believe in a company’s mission if I choose to join its team. Otherwise, it’s just a job, and I am wired to want a purpose instead.

If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Right now, Dr. Walter Schindler. He is a unique and impressive leader in the world of sustainability. He not only uses his depth and range of knowledge to advise companies on how to achieve their ESG goals, but he integrates that expertise with successful business strategies so that his clients achieve their commercial, investment, and sustainability goals. His integrated approach to building a more sustainable world is both practical and effective.  

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

The world would be a better place if we U-Turn Ahead (about major short-notice changes in life).

People would be surprised if they knew:

I once ate a cricket on a dare, as an adult.    

What did you want to be growing up?

I really didn’t think about it until high school, but in my junior year, I had an amazing civics teacher. She inspired me to think about the importance of international relations, particularly as it pertained to the differing roles of women around the world. At that point, I thought it would be incredible to be some sort of leader in the international relations field. While that plan hasn’t quite panned out, I enjoy my international law practice and have found other meaningful ways to support women around the world.  

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