Smart Energy Decisions Has Been Sold to Diversified Communications

Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips’ client, Smart Energy Decisions has been sold to Diversified Communications, a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities, and digital and print publications. Founded in 2016 by John Failla, Smart Energy Decisions informs and supports commercial and industrial electric power customers as they navigate the transition to renewables and minimize consumption of fossil fuels. Organizer of Net Zero Forums, Renewable Energy Forums, and Innovation Summits, and producers of webinars, podcasts, eNewsletters, research, and custom media, SED complements Diversified’s existing Clean Energy portfolio already serving solar, energy storage, and EV charging infrastructure markets.

ODP Managing Director Ken Sonenclar commented:  “The switch to renewable energy use by global enterprises is a critical element in the fight to save the planet. Smart Energy Decisions, led by founder/CEO John Failla, is the worldwide voice of the customer for the transition.  The company is primed to further expand its crucial role as part of Diversified Communications, which is clearly committed to serving the clean-energy market through industry-leading events, information, data and marketing services.”

Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips served as the exclusive financial advisor to Smart Energy Decision’s management team. This deal further highlights ODP’s deep sector expertise in advising marketing and media businesses, specifically those within the events industry.


Transaction TypeM&A Sell-side
ClientSmart Energy Decisions
Sold ToDiversified Communications
IndustryMarketing; Media
DateSeptember 2022