Resource Synergy is committed to helping Inland Northwest businesses reduce costs and increase brand value. Founded in 2015, the company leverages the expertise of sustainability consultant and thought leader, Erik Makinson. Resource Synergy helps businesses, non-profits and government agencies overcome adoption barriers, ensuring the success of energy & water efficiency and waste diversion programs.

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Erik Makinson - "Founder/President"

Erik Makinson has built a career on helping organizations realize financial and environmental value through sustainability programs. While working for The Coca-Cola Company, he led the development of the food service industry's first compostable cold cup, helped proliferate recycling cooperatives from Brazil to Mexico and Argentina, and redeployed energy efficient refrigeration from the Beijing Olympics to Walmart stores in China. Subsequently, he spent 6 years building a waste consulting business for Ecova, which today supports over 100 clients representing 60,000 business sites. Erik has spoken at conferences or has written articles for numerous organizations including the National Restaurant Association, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, GreenBiz, Environmental Leader, and the California Resource Recovery Association. He holds a BA in Business Administration/ Marketing from Seattle University, a Certificate of Sustainable Business from Pinchot University, Resource Recovery Manager Certification from the California Resource Recovery Association and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation from the American Association of Energy Engineers.


Jef Trujillo - "Energy Manager"

Jef Trujillo brings to Resource Synergy 17 years of experience in the energy management and facilities management industries. While with CB Richard Ellis, he led initiatives related to portfolio planning/analysis, building performance, and energy management, primarily supporting Washington Mutual Bank’s corporate real estate portfolio of 25 million square feet. More recently, he spent five years at Engie Insight, where he managed energy and sustainability programs for a variety of office, retail, and hospitality clients. Jef’s current responsibilities include energy management program oversite and Energy Star Portfolio Manager advisory services. Jef holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Western Washington University, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation from the American Association of Energy Engineers, and a Master Composter/Recycler certificate from Spokane County. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Riverside State Park Foundation.

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Jon Gosch - "Project Coordinator"

As Project Coordinator for Resource Synergy, Jon has organized waste reduction projects for major clients such as Whitworth University, Spokane County, Deaconess Hospital, Northern Quest Casino and others. With a background in journalism, he also tackles a wide range of communication responsibilities including press releases, mission statements, tenant memos, grant writing, copy editing, and public presentations. Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and is conversationally fluent in Spanish.


Charlotte Psick - "Project Coordinator"

Known for her boundless energy and positive outlook, Charlotte brings to Resource Synergy 5 years of waste industry and adult education experience. Her current duties include recycling program installations, educational outreach, utility bill analysis, and support services to vendors, haulers, tenants, property managers and janitorial staff. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Whitworth University and enjoys engaging with the community as a partner athlete with the Special Olympics and technician at a mental health facility.


Sasha Buckley - "Project Associate"

Sasha supports Resource Synergy’s waste audits, bill analysis and client projects. Sasha’s diverse professional background includes supporting the waste and recycling programs for national chains and teaching English to children in Spain. Sasha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Minor in German from Eastern Washington University and a Master in Teaching from Whitworth University. She is fluent in Spanish, holding an ACTFL certificate Advanced Low, and is conversationally fluent in German.