Efficiency First

Efficiency First Board

Board Officers

Amy Beley Amy Beley, Chair
Pearl Certification
McLean, VA

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.

Casey Murphy Casey Murphy, Policy Committee Chair
Pearl Certification
McLean, VA

Casey is the Vice President of Quality Systems at Pearl Certification, a Virginia-based company that partners with real estate agents and home performance contractors to capture the added value of high-performing homes.

Casey has worked in the residential building industry for over twenty-five years. For the first 15 years, he owned and operated a small business that provided a range of construction services to builders and homeowners. In 2007, Casey became one of the first participating contractors in Maryland’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. In 2008, Casey joined ICF to provide program design and implementation support to U.S. EPA and utility programs.

Over the past decade, Casey has worked to support the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, the U.S. EPA Indoor airPLUS program, the ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation program, and a variety of utility programs. Casey has also supported the development of industry standards while serving on BPI’s SF and MF Standard and Technical Committees, the refinement of ANSI/ACCA 9 – 2016 QIvp HVAC Quality Installation Verification Protocols, and BPI’s Healthy Home Evaluator credential.

Throughout his career, Casey has always remained passionate about the industry, its people, and for the clients the industry serves – families living in homes that can and should perform better.

Brandon Renaud Brandon Renaud, Treasurer
Columbia Water & Light
Columbia, MO

Brandon is the Home Performance Manager for Columbia Water & Light. He directs residential energy efficiency policy and oversees program implementation. His work reflects his fundamental belief that the built environment should be affordable as well as sustainable, and in that he has worked to advance energy efficiency policy at the state and local levels. As a BPI classroom instructor, Brandon has trained and mentored contractors to include whole house retrofits in their business offerings. He has advocated for energy efficiency building codes and collaborated on a statewide technical resource manual. Through innovative programs designed to reduce split incentives, Brandon has garnered support from landlords and property groups. Brandon holds a BS in Construction Management from the University of Central Missouri and a MS in Environmental Management from Webster University. In his free time, Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and horseback riding.

Board of Directors

Jason Bouchard Jason Bouchard
Reliable Heating & Air
Kennesaw, GA

Jason Bouchard has a broad range of experience in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. He worked in the new construction industry as a residential contractor and managed a weatherization program for several years. In his current role he established and manages the home performance department for Reliable Heating and Air in Georgia.  Reliable Heating and Air is an innovator in technology products and services and participates in energy efficiency programs such as Energy Star Verified HVAC Installation and Quality Installation. Jason has helped spearhead remote monitoring of residential systems for energy efficiency and incorporates the “whole house approach” in retrofit construction. Jason currently sits on the board for the Georgia Building Performance Association and was a past board member for the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Jason graduated from Georgia College & State University with a management degree in business and a minor in marketing. Prior to his construction career, Jason is proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps.

Michelle Burgee Michelle Burgee
Complete Home Solutions
Lothian, MD

Michelle Burgee is the Co-founder and CEO of Complete Home Solutions (CHS) based in Lothian Maryland. Complete Home Solutions is a home performance company specializing in diagnosing and improving building performance. Michelle has more than fifteen years experience in residential construction, building science and energy efficient programs.

Michelle helped start CHS in 2003 and has completed weatherization and energy efficient upgrades to over 10,000 homes throughout Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia. CHS has received numerous awards, including the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland Torch Award for Ethics and the Home Performance with EnergySTAR Century Club Award.

Michelle is also a member of the Maryland Weatherization Policy Advisory Council and works closely with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development in their weatherization programs. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and five children.

Elena Chrimat 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.

Leticia Colon Leticia Colon de Mejias
Energy Efficiencies Solutions
Windsor, CT

Leticia is the CEO of Energy Efficiencies Solutions and the founder and co-chair of Efficiency For All, both based in Windsor, Connecticut. She is also the co-founder and Operational Manager of Best Insulation of Connecticut and Green Eco Warriors, a nonprofit providing STEAM based education and outreach to urban and at-risk youth.

Leticia started Energy Efficiencies Solutions (EES) in 2010 and, together with Best Insulation of Connecticut, has completed weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades to over 8,000 Connecticut homes. EES has been the recipient of several awards, including a 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Home Performance with Energy Star Award for Customer Service and Market Leadership, 2013 and 2017 Capital Workforce Partners Business Star Awards, and Leticia became a Building Performance Institute Hall of Fame inductee in 2015.

In 2017 Leticia founded and is co-chair of Efficiency For All (EFA), a non-profit trade organization for contractors and stakeholders in the energy efficiency industry. EFA's diverse membership allows for a multi-disciplinary approach to advocacy at the state and local level, which aids in conveying the benefits of energy efficiency to policy makers across the state.

Through Green Eco Warriors, Leticia has enlightened and educated over 4,000 children in Connecticut and Massachusetts with STEAM-based performances and outreach material. She is the author of seven children's books and an environmental hero comic book series.

Leticia serves as the Policy chair for the Connecticut Energy Workforce Consortium and the advocacy co-chair for the Home Performance Alliance of Connecticut (HPACT).

Chris Froelke

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.

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 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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