Chris Laumer-Giddens, Architect
Chris is an Atlanta-based architect, builder, HVAC designer, and building enclosure consultant with the residential design-build and consulting firm, LG Squared. He works with clients throughout the U.S. and internationally, and his projects have been recognized for building performance and innovation, including the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, which earned the 2013 DOE Challenge Home Project of the Year, 2013 EarthCraft House Project of the Year, 2014 DOE Innovation Award, and 2013 NAHB Green Project of the Year Award. He currently hosts a blog at lgsquaredinc.com, dedicated to residential best practices and design. LG
Luis Imery, Principal
Luis Imery, principal at the Imery Group, has been immersed in the green building world for the last 5 years. The Imery Group has been fortunate to have won several national and regional green building awards, as well as being recognized for our green building certification services. Prior to that Imery was the land development and construction manager for a 1,400 Ac master planned community. In the early years Imery worked as construction superintendent for one of the largest home builder/developers in his home country in Venezuela.
Diane Martel, VP of Environmental Planning and Strategy
Diane began her career with the Tarkett Group in 1988 when she joined its Domco business. During this time, she worked in several facets of marketing and later assumed the position of Vice President of Marketing with responsibilities in product development, marketing, merchandising and installation services. In 2003, Martel became actively involved in Tarkett’s sustainable initiatives, spearheading the development of the company’s ReUse/restart™ program which was designed to address the recycling of product samples, installation waste and installed flooring materials in the commercial market. Martel also worked with the company’s product development team to redesign existing products to reduce LLC and chemical use and introduce new environmentally friendly products such as SpraySmart, a VOC-free adhesive that reduces installation time, and Smart Pad, created to reduce chemicals and help maintain floors. Martel holds three bachelor’s degrees in education, arts and marketing from Montreal University and the University of Quebec.
Paula McEvoy, Co-director Sustainability
As a LEED Fellow and member of the AIA’s Large Firm Round Table (LFRT) Sustainability Leaders, Paula McEvoy has led the profession in sustainable design. She has also been instrumental in defining sustainability at the international design firm, Perkins+Will. Since 2002, she has served as a sustainability champion and expert for the firm, clients, consultants and community. She was responsible for the development of Perkins+Will’s Sustainability Strategic Plan, “Broader Goals,” which committed Perkins+Will to adopting The 2030 Challenge (the first large firm to do so), reducing potable water use, eliminating hazardous substances and sourcing socially-responsible materials for all projects. A key outcome from this effort was the ground-breaking Precautionary List and Transparency website. This commitment to changing industry practice has made Paula McEvoy an internationally-recognized leader in sustainable design and voice for her profession.
Mikhail Davis, Director of Restorative Enterprise
Mikhail Davis is Director of Restorative Enterprise at Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet (NASDAQ: TILE). He is responsible for building partnerships that shift the marketplace toward sustainability and help fulfill on Ray Anderson’s vision to make the company the world’s first sustainable and restorative enterprise. He leads Interface’s product ingredient transparency efforts and is editor of the Radical Industrialists column at GreenBiz.com. He is a program advisor to the Next Generation Bio-based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit, Co-Chair of the BizNGO Materials Working Group and a member of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative’s Manufacturer Advisory Panel Core Committee. He holds a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, is a certified Biomimicry Specialist, and was mentored by legendary environmentalist David Brower.
Timothy R. Smail,Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technical Programs
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, LLC
A results-driven professional, Tim has extensive educational, project management and research experience in disaster mitigation building practices. Tim leads the research and technical aspects of signature FLASH programs including the professional training program Blueprint for Safety. Tim is also the key collaborator with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to embed mitigation information into the long-term rebuilding process. Tim is a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation –Science Master’s Program (NSF-SMP) in Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure in the Clemson University Civil Engineering Department and the Florida International University Wall of Wind (WoW) Technical Advisory Committee. Tim holds a BSEE from Penn State University and a MSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Leidy Klotz, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Leidy Klotz is an engineering faculty member at Clemson University, where he developed and teaches courses in Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Restoration, and Sustainable Energy Innovation. He does research on decision making and education for sustainability. Before becoming an academic, Leidy worked managing some pretty unsustainable school construction projects in New Jersey and before that he played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds professional soccer team. He lives with his beautiful wife, Monica, in South Carolina where they don’t like to use air conditioning and the majority of their climate-changing emissions come from traveling to see family or the beach.
Bruce McCullen, President
McCullen Management Consultants LLC
Mr. McCullen is a seasoned management and leadership professional with more than 25 years of business and consulting experience. His experience in the life safety and disaster mitigation industry has involved working with various stakeholders including FEMA, American Red Cross, numerous state emergency managers, the International Code Council and private companies. These relationships where developed during his tenure as the SVP of partner relations and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. (FLASH) Bruce’s has been engaged to formulate and lead resiliency programs for fortune 100 companies and has worked with a variety of Non-Government organizations including AIA, NIBS, IBHS, NIST, AFH, BPI, USGBC, Florida Green Building Council, FSEC, Habitat for Humanity and National VOADS. His work has generally centered on bringing together both Sustainability and Disaster Durability
Bruce also held numerous leadership positions with Allstate Insurance Company and has served as a facilitator in strategic planning and a consultant for various businesses interested in entering new markets through building relationships, acquisitions or mergers.
Donn C. Thompson, AIA, CGP, LEED AP BD+C, Director, Market Development
Portland Cement Association
Donn C. Thompson, AIA, CGP, LEEP AP BD+C, is Director of Market Development for the Portland Cement Association (PCA) with responsibility for coordinating promotion strategies for various targeted markets for concrete products and systems.
Donn conducts presentations nationwide on various aspects of building sustainably with concrete as well as advocacy on behalf of stronger building codes. He has been active in the concrete industry for over 17 years with extensive field experience with concrete systems, having served as an on-site contractor trainer for a variety of residential and commercial projects.
Rochelle Routman, LEED AP O+M, Director of Sustainability
Rochelle Routman is Mohawk’s Director of Sustainability, where she is joyfully leading the flooring division in its sustainability endeavors and assisting Mohawk’s customers in achieving their sustainability goals. Prior to joining Mohawk, she was employed in sustainability leadership positions in the electric utility and aeronautics industries, as well as public service. She holds a B.S. from UGA and an M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a registered Professional Geologist, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and a LEED Accredited Professional (O+M). Following graduate school, Rochelle led a neighborhood group which successfully acquired the funding which resulted in the preservation of a 30-acre greenspace, the Morningside Nature Preserve. Rochelle is currently a Member of the Board of Directors for both the Green Chamber of the South and Sustainable Atlanta, and also serves on the HPD Collaborative Manufacturers Advisory Panel (MAP).
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