January 2020 | Queensbury NY–Cost Control Associates has expanded its sales team with the addition of Jason Checkla as regional director for New York State and New England. Mr. Checkla will focus on business development for organizations that can benefit from better management and reduction of costs for electricity, natural gas and other utilities.
“Jason’s background in business development and energy as well as his familiarity with businesses in the New York and New England region made him the ideal choice for this position,” said Keith Laake, president of Cost Control Associates. “Jason’s enthusiasm, sales experience and aptitude for learning our business have led to early success, and he has already closed two deals for us!”
Prior to joining Cost Control Associates, Mr. Checkla served as marketing coordinator and energy specialist at RISE Engineering where he was responsible for marketing and implementing utility programs for commercial customers in upstate NY. He also worked as a morning show host and digital media manager for the Regional Radio Group for stations in New York’s Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties. Mr. Checkla graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting and mass communication. He and his wife reside in Queensbury NY.
Keith Laake founded Cost Control Associates, Inc. in 1991 and has been responsible for strategic planning, marketing and sales, and overall management of the firm. He currently focuses on business development. Keith received his BBA from the University of Wisconsin and is a certified public accountant. Learn more.