Efficiency First

Efficiency First Board

Board Officers

Amy Beley Amy Beley, Chair (Pending)
Amy Beley Consulting
San Francisco, CA

Amy has over 12 years working in residential energy. Her expertise spans multiple aspects of the home performance industry, with a strong emphasis on how to enhance the contractor experience. She has designed and supported home performance programs across the country, and provided training to 100's of contractors. Amy also supported the expansion of the EPA/DOE Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Ms. Beley has presented at multiple conferences and events across the country and consulted with programs designing contractor account services. She has a BA in Environmental Studies and Economics from University of California at Santa Cruz and an MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. She is an independent consultant and a yoga teacher in San Francisco, CA.

John White John White, Vice Chair
ICF International

John White has more than 15 years of expertise in energy efficiency. He began his career in the industry working as a construction field manager, and has since progressed to managing key programs for a variety of utility clients throughout Maryland and Delaware, including BGE, SMECO, Pepco, Delmarva Power (DPL - both Pepco and DPL are part of Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI)), and the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU). John has managed a variety of programs, such as Home Performance, Quick Home Energy Check-up (direct install program), and Limited Income Energy Efficiency programs.

John currently manages residential portfolios for BGE and PHI. His role involves providing oversight across the portfolio to ensure that programs are meeting savings goals while staying within incentive budgets, reviewing filing documents, and responding to client requests. Also, his experience working with subcontractors has proven invaluable, and he takes great pride in the significant strides that have been made across all of his programs as a result of significant process improvements. For instance, improved validations and processes implemented under his leadership reduced Home Performance program staff review time by up to sixty percent.

Mark Tajima Mark Tajima, Secretary
Energia, LLC
Holyoke, MA

Mark Tajima is the chief operations officer at Energia LLC a worker owned energy services company in western Massachusetts.

Energia was founded in 2008 and is a home performance company working in the residential, multi family, commercial and College sectors. Mark spent 15 years of his career working for investment banks doing global securities processing and foreign exchange as well as developing a sub custodian network of 135 banks in 112 countries. For the last dozen years mark has been working in the home performance sector helping to launch a number of community and worker owned businesses in the home performance and biodiesel arenas. For the last seven years Mark has served as board chair for Co-op Power a consumer energy cooperative and North East Biodiesel a co-op and worker owned biodiesel processing plant in Greenfield Massachusetts. In developing new businesses Mark seeks to find places where economies of scale and replicability allow for a more dynamic growth in worker owned and co-op owned business models. Mark also serves on the board of directors of WMGC (Western Mass Green Consortium a nonprofit trade alliance in western Massachusetts. Mark joined the board of Efficiency First in 2015 and serves in the capacity of Treasurer. One of his main goals is to help grow the EF trade association membership and chapter network and engage and collaborate with other stakeholders (renewables, new construction). Mark has also worked with a number of community colleges and nonprofits to develop green jobs training programs for urban youth and in developing partnerships that serve as a pipeline for employment with local mission oriented business owners.

Richard Burbank Richard Burbank, Treasurer
Evergreen Home Performance
Rockland, ME

Richard Riegel Burbank founded Evergreen Home Performance LLC in 2006. The company provides building diagnostics; building performance evaluations; energy audits; and modeling, training and building envelope installation and renovation for residential, multifamily and commercial buildings. As a building analyst and auditor, he has evaluated the full range of home types as well as hospitals, schools and. multifamily buildings. Evergreen’s building envelope projects range from installing cellulose in new construction and retrofits, air leakage reduction in residential and commercial buildings, and moisture mitigation. He is one of the first Building Performance Institute certified Building Analysts and Building Envelope Specialists in Maine, a BPI certification proctor, an ASHRAE member, and an affiliated contractor with Maine Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and ZeroDraft. He is a consultant on building envelope air tightness and testing for ESCOs, architects, and builders. In the fall of 2008, he founded Evergreen Building Science Trainings, a BPI affiliate that offers BPI training and certification testing for Building Analysts and Building Envelope Specialists.

Cynthia Adams Cynthia Adams, Policy Chair
Pearl Certification
McLean, VA

Cynthia Adams is CEO of Pearl Certification, a Virginia-based company which certifies the energy efficiency of homes and is a pilot partner in the federal Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Ms. Adams actively promotes energy efficiency statewide serving as Chair of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council. A fifteen-year veteran in energy efficiency and green construction, Ms. Adams ran the award-winning nonprofit LEAP for five years, and she has worked as a partner in a consulting company for sustainable building, part-owner of a sustainable design showroom, and co-founder of a green design-build construction company. Ms. Adams was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Energy Council and the Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency.

Board of Directors

Elena Chrimat
Ideal Energy LLC
Tempe, AZ

Elena co-founded Ideal Energy in 2009 and has since helped lead the company toward great success and growth. She is a pioneer in Arizona's home performance industry and has at some point in her career worked in all aspects of her business, including doing energy audits and working construction, but is now overseeing all operations and development.

Elena has helped her company receive the ENERGY STAR Century Club Award for 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was nominated and featured in Home Energy Magazine's "Thirty under 30" Issue for her dedication and accomplishments as a young professional in the home performance industry.

She is a board member of Arizona's Efficiency First, a State and local energy efficiency advocacy group and is on the front lines of advocating for the continuation of the utilities' energy efficiency programs.

Elena has a passion for helping people and the environment and is thankful for having a job that lessens humanity's impact and improves the world we live in. She continually gives back to her community - not only by the work she does with Ideal Energy, but also by volunteering several hours per week at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (Arizona's pound) as a program leader and behavior assessor under a special program for dogs that are on their euthanasia list for behavioral issues. She has helped save ~90% of the dogs on this list.

Elena graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University and holds a degree in Design Management. She has also been a BPI Certified Building Analyst Professional since 2009.

Chad Farnum
Farnum Insulators
Dummerston, VT

Chris Froelke
Retrogreen Energy
St. Cloud, MN

Chris Froelke, BPI Building Analyst, is a lifelong resident of St. Cloud, MN who graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School and St. John’s University. His entire career has been in construction. He became a general contractor in 2006 where he specialized in sustainable living. Two years later, he earned BPI Certification and founded RetroGreen Energy.

Chris is a leading energy-efficiency and building performance expert in the state of Minnesota. He speaks about energy efficiency regularly at events across the state including a Central CERT tour in Royalton (http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/youth-efforts-farm-clean-en... ) and is on the CMBA Speakers Bureau. You can also hear him as a regular guest on KASM AM 1150 Radio.

His focus at RetroGreen Energy is on commercial sales, community relations, customer service, and as the chief executive. He is a 2014 Director on the CMBA board and current President of the Granite City Pacesetters chapter of BNI.

When not at work, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing harmonica, and spending weekends at his cabin. He has a huge personality, constant smile, and a great interest in working with people in a collaborative and cooperative way.

Michelle Knaszak
Dr. Energy Saver
Seymour, CT

Michelle Knaszak is currently the National Training Director for Dr. Energy Saver. Michelle also has 20-plus years employed in the New York weatherization program. During her years in the weatherization program, she worked on various multi-family projects that included all aspects of energy conservation, including electrical savings, water conservation and shell measures. Ms. Knaszak owned and operated a home performance contracting business for five years and is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of home performance, BPI standards, quality assurance and building audits. She has taught and created numerous home performance classes and has been an advocate of energy efficiency through speaking engagements throughout the country. She currently holds BPI certifications in BA1, Shell, Heating & Cooling, Multi-family.

Bruce Manclark Bruce Manclark
Goldendale, WA

Bruce is a nationally recognized leader in residential energy efficiency technical training, implementation of conservation programs, quality control testing and consulting on energy efficiency. Bruce joined CLEAResult in 2012 after partnering on many programs. Bruce had previously owned an energy services company, Delta T, specializing in the implementation of residential energy conservation programs and services, energy audits and inspections and the delivery of technical training to energy auditors, inspectors, HVAC contractors and community college students.

Ryan Miller Ryan Miller
North Carolina Building Performance Association
Raleigh, NC

Ryan Miller is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA), a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade association that he founded in February of 2014 to represent the state’s home and building performance industry. As Executive Director, Ryan’s work includes leading the association’s development and delivery of programs, services and benefits to members.

This work includes distributing market news and research, promoting events and business opportunities, aggregating and working on issues and concerns from members, managing initiatives that reduce market barriers, promoting the industry and lobbying for desired state and federal legislation.

As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Black Belt with a background in Big 4 consulting, Ryan also helps the association’s member companies grow and strengthen their businesses through the development of member services and programs.

Kathe Stewart Kathe Stewart
Precision Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC
Memphis, TN

Greg Thomas Greg Thomas
Performance Systems Development
Ithaca, NY

Gregory Thomas is CEO of Performance Systems Development and Performance Systems Contracting. He was a founding board member of Efficiency First and served as a member of the Efficiency First Policy Committee and as Vice Chair before becoming Chair. He was a founding board member of Affordable Comfort Inc. and also served as board chair. He is a member of the RESNET board and a member of the National Home Performance Council Forms Committee. He received the Building Performance Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Peter Troast Peter Troast
Energy Circle
Yarmouth, ME

Peter is recognized as one of the country's foremost authorities on marketing for home performance, HVAC and other efficiency related contracting companies. He authors the widely-read Energy Circle blog and is a passionate advocate for the power of the whole house home performance business model. He and his team work with over 350 companies in 49 states grow their business through services like website design and development, search engine optimization, lead generation, and strategic content production. He is a popular and high ranking speaker about marketing for contractors at HPC/ACI, RESNET, ACCA, BPI, and EGIA conferences and events. For 2015, he received the Tony Woods Award for excellence in advancing the home performance industry.

Executive Director

Tom Carter
Efficiency First
Arlington, VA

Tom Carter is an expert in federal and state government affairs with an emphasis on clean energy, climate change, sustainability, and environmental regulation and legislation. In over two decades of public policy work in in Washington, DC, he has served in executive positions for trade associations and clean energy companies. His work includes advocacy and building sustainability programs. He has also taught university classes in environmental law and policy and related topics.

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