Leadership

Jim Pape

Jim Pape

Chief Executive Officer​

In his leadership role, he spearheads the organization’s mission to provide the highest quality customer experience for the design, installation, and maintenance of refrigeration and HVAC systems focused on customers who have mission critical refrigeration needs.

Pape has a track record for delivering growth and profitability in complex multi-channel markets and has successfully led businesses ranging from early stage start-ups to large mature industrial brands. He is a purpose driven leader who has succeeded in concentrated ownership (PE & VC) models and as an officer in a large, public company. Jim is an employee enabler with a history of building high performing, customer centric teams who have endured to make lasting impacts on their organization’s success.

His passion for the mechanical services sector grew from his time as an area general manager with Johnson Controls, and then during his time as the leader of North American distribution for Trane Commercial Systems/Hussmann. Pape also played key roles as the industrial division president of the world’s fastest growing filtration company, Filtration Group Corp. He was the president of the residential and industrial divisions of SunPower Corporation and the passionate CEO of the landmark Silicon Valley based grid scale energy storage start-up, EnerVault.

Pape’s career began in the military and commercial aerospace markets where he was employed by Bearing Inspection Incorporated and AlliedSignal Aerospace. Pape received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He and his family live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

John Lilley

John Lilley

Chief Financial Officer

In his current role, Lilley oversees all financial and administrative functions associated with evaluating, acquiring, and integrating HVACR operating companies from across the U.S.

Lilley is a strategic financial executive with extensive experience in building and leading teams in world class organizations. He has over 35 years of experience in change management, procurement, and supply chain development. He also brings specific expertise with mergers and acquisitions, having completed more than 20 successful acquisitions in Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. 

Prior to joining TAG, Lilley served in numerous leadership positions in the international manufacturing and service industries. Working with public and privately held companies, he has managed annual corporate revenues ranging from $75 million to $1 billion. He also led the successful Sarbanes-Oxley 404 Certification of an international company

Lilley received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting at Emory University before becoming a CPA in the state of Georgia in 1985.

Brett Appleberg

Brett Appleberg

Vice President, Human Resources

In his role, Brett oversees employee relations, organizational change, talent acquisition, labor relations, compensation, learning and professional development and training.  Brett also serves as The Arcticom Group administrator for both the benefits and 401(k) plans. 

Appleberg is an accomplished strategic human resources leader, specializing in innovation, talent development, strategic partnerships, and operational performance with 20+ years of experience supporting several global U.S. Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining TAG, Brett held human resource leadership positions at Sysco, Gate Gourmet, Aramark Corporation, US Foods, and McDonald’s Corporation. He has spearheaded strategies resulting in large scale change, enhanced organizational effectiveness, fostered continuous improvement and increased employee engagement. He has received numerous accolades commending his leadership, teamwork and ability to develop talent. During his tenure at McDonald’s Corporation he led engagement for over 400 employees at the 2002 Olympic Games.

Brett earned his M.A., in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix and his B.A., in Communications from Rowan University. Brett is a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charity and Make-A-Wish.  Brett is also a professional black belt in Isshin-Ryū karate. He has taught self-defense seminars for women and classes in a variety of settings over the last 30 years.

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