Doug Hooker, Executive Director
Atlanta Regional Commission
Douglas Hooker is the executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). As head of the official planning organization for the 10-county, 70-city Atlanta region, he oversees regional planning programs in the areas of transportation, community development, land use, water and natural resources, aging services and workforce development and more. In his career he has worked for public sector and private sector organizations, among them: the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works (where he led the agency through the 1996 Olympic Games), the State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA), Georgia Power, Bio-Lab, Inc. and Atkins Engineering (formerly PBS&J). He has worked as a design engineer, engineering project manager, finance and administrative director, and a business development and marketing executive – working on important regional projects in the areas of energy, education, transportation, transit and water. Doug holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Science (in Technology & Science Policy) degree from Georgia Tech, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
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.
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.
Marshall Sweet, Project Engineer
Marshall Sweet is a research engineer at Southface Energy Institute who conducts research for the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative and Building America programs. He is responsible for executing test plans by installing monitoring equipment in the field to remotely collect data to analyze the performance of HVAC systems, water heating equipment, and building materials for residential and commercial buildings. He also provides technical assistance to builders/developers, field testing/commissioning of buildings, energy modeling and optimization of buildings.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas M. Lawrence, Ph.D, P.E., LEED-AP, Senior Public Service Associate
University of Georgia
Dr. Lawrence is a Senior Public Service Associate with the University of Georgia, and has 30+ years of professional experience. Before going back for his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue, he spent approximately 20 of those years in industry and consulting. He is the past chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8, “Building Environmental Impact and Sustainability”, and is a member of the committee which wrote the ASHRAE standard on high-performance green buildings (Standard 189.1). As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he gives presentations and workshops on green building design at venues around the world. Dr. Lawrence is the coordinator for the mechanical engineering degree program at UGA. Dr. Lawrence has a B.S. with Highest Distinction honors in Environmental Science from Purdue University (1978), a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University (1982) and a second M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Washington University earned in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in the spring of 2004.
Alex Trachtenberg, Communities & Policy Associate
Alex provides project management and deliverables support for the Sustainable Communities and Policy Teams. He conducts research, community engagement, collects and formats data, performs analysis and evaluation, and composes reports for various clients and projects. Currently, Alex is managing the Impact of Green Affordable Housing research project, supporting the delivery of a sustainability action plan for the Atlanta BeltLine and coordinating/managing the City of Atlanta’s role in the U.S. DOE-Sponsored Advanced Commercial Building Initiative (ACBI). He works with partners such as the Atlanta Regional Commission, MARTA, City of Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine and affordable housing developers, among others. He received his B.A. in Environmental Studies-Planning and Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and M.P.P. in Environmental Policy from Georgia State University.
Brent Zern, Environmental Engineer
Brent Zern is a State of Georgia registered professional engineer and LEED Accredited Professional who received his degree from Temple University in 1989. He has worked in both the private consulting and higher education sectors and serves currently as the Assistant Director for Environmental, Safety and Maintenance Programs for Emory University. At Emory he focuses on the compliance aspects of environmental stewardship, operational safety and utility asset maintenance.
Brent has extensive experience with both regulatory issues related to air, waste and water and incorporating sustainable operations into an organization. He also manages the University’s green building program and maintenance contracts for elevators and generators. Currently he is leading the installation of several solar arrays on campus and development of Emory’s water reclamation project. He coordinated the feasibility study of the technology, oversaw construction and is now educating the Emory community regarding the facility’s operation and benefit.
Molly Fortune, Director of Restoration and Operations
Molly Fortune is the Director of Restoration and Operations for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. A fiercely protected national landmark and nationally acclaimed theatre, the Fox is a multi-purpose performing arts venue which hosts over 350 events and has more than 780,000 patrons per year. During her tenure at the Fox Theatre, Molly has been influential with the development and implementation of new strategic initiatives such as the Fox Theatre Institute, a consulting division for which she serves as Restoration Consultant and the first ever Tour Program for the Fox. However, her main focus is on the one and only in-house restoration department of a theatre anywhere in the country.
Brandon Tinianov, Senior Director, Business Development
Dr. Tinianov has dedicated his career to product innovation and commercialization in the field of energy efficiency and building sciences. His 20 years of lab and field experience in the construction industry have spanned various materials and systems including insulation, wallboard, glazing and software controls. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in authoring national and international standards, codes, and policies. Brandon is a career inventor, with 26 issued patents and more than twenty pending patent applications. The former CTO of Serious Materials, he currently serves as Senior Director of Business Development at View and on the Board of Directors of the USGBC Northern California Chapter.
Rochelle Routman is Mohawk’s Director of Sustainability, where she is leading the Mohawk Flooring division in its sustainability endeavors. Prior to joining Mohawk, she held 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, a LEED Accredited Professional (O+M) and a Living Building Challenge Ambassador. Rochelle participates on the HPD Collaborative MAP (Manufacturers Advisory Panel) as well as USGBC’s Supply Chain Optimization Working Group. In 2014, Rochelle was recognized as one of the top 10 most powerful women leaders in sustainability.
Laurel Hart, Director of the Housing Finance and Development Division
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Laurel L. Hart is director of the Housing Finance and Development Division at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). In this position, she manages several housing finance resource programs for the financing and/or development of both single family and multi-family affordable housing, including the following multi-family programs: Georgia Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programs and the DCA HOME Multi-family Program. Ms. Hart also oversees DCA’s single family financing and down payment assistance through the Georgia Dream Program.
Meghan Shannon-Vlkovic, Vice President and Market Leader, Southeast
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Meghan Shannon-Vlkovic is vice president and market leader for Enterprise Community Partner’s Southeast. She leads Enterprise’s programmatic work in the region, focused on providing an array of resources to affordable housing and community development partners. This includes strategic planning and capacity building assistance for preservation, new production and transit-oriented development opportunities. Prior to joining the Southeast office in 2010, Meaghan coordinated residential development at Monadnock Construction in Brooklyn, NY. Previously Meaghan was executive director of Aquinas Housing Corporation, a Bronx nonprofit organization involved in the rebuilding and management of 1,200 units of affordable housing.
Paul Firth, Product Manager
UL Environment, Inc.
With a specialty focus on environmental labeling and international program development, Firth plays a strategic role at UL Environment in helping set future direction through developing and maintaining relevant, forward thinking service offerings. In particular, Firth’s recent activity includes the development and oversight of North America’s largest Environmental Product Declaration Program at UL Environment. In his current role, Firth is responsible for overseeing the health of the Environmental Product Declaration, the EcoLogo Program, Material Ingredient and Health, and the Environmental Claims Programs at UL Environment.
Robert Barfield, Vice President of Construction Services
As Vice President of Construction Services of Columbia Residential Mr. Barfield is accountable for all tasks coupled with the new and rehabilitation construction developments. He is responsible for all planning and design on every facet of construction liaison between General contractor and all affiliated trades, engineers, architects, attorneys, public officials, community representative and owners. Mr. Barfield has participated in several of the most modern and leading revitalization developments West Highland and McDaniel Glenn located in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia Parc located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
James Marlow, Founder and CEO
Marlow has 25 years high tech sales and marketing experience with Computerland, Lotus Development, IBM, and Yahoo. He is the founder of Internet startup, Anything Southern.com and was a candidate for United States Congress in the 10th District of Georgia. Marlow also serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Solar Energy Association, the GA Technology Association SmartGrid Society and the Ga Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Committee. James is certified by NABCEP for PV Technical Sales PVTS073011-34, and holds a BA from GA Southern University.
Barry Henson, VP of Operations
Barry Henson, VP of Operations at Philips Arena, is responsible for all building operations including back of house operations covering maintenance, housekeeping, conversion, event management, and coordination. Barry has extensive experience with management in capital project planning, budgeting and construction project management. He served as building operations representative on the NHL Injury Committee and was president of the NHL Building Operations group FOMA. Barry is especially proud of the LEED Certification at Philips Arena, which was the first NBA arena certified. The Phillips Arena team developed policies and performance standards with the USGBC, leading the way for the certification. Barry is committed to sustainability throughout his entire personal operations philosophy.
John Sibley, Senior Policy Fellow
Throughout his career, John has worked on public policy for the state. He has served as law clerk for the Georgia Supreme Court and as counsel to committees of the state Senate. Through appointments from four governors, he has served as chairman of the State Health Planning Review Board and of the Governor’s Commission on National and Community Service, as well as on the board of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. John’s public and private experience has been grounded in building coalitions and achieving consensus in diverse constituencies. He turned these skills toward environmental protection on a full-time basis in 1998, when he joined the Georgia Conservancy as vice president for environmental policy. He became president in December of that same year and served until he retired in 2005. After completing his tenure at the Conservancy, John added advocacy efforts on energy issues in Georgia and the Southeast, particularly energy efficiency, to his ongoing interests in environmental protection, smart growth, and regional planning. Before joining Southface, he served as Utility Program Director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance from 2008 to 2011.
Chris Diaz, Senior Vice President – Renewable Energy
Seminole Financial Services, LLC
Since joining Seminole in 2010, Chris has been responsible for the identification, evaluation, and negotiation of renewable energy finance transactions focusing on solar and wind projects between $2 million and $30 million in need of construction/interim financing and permanent debt financing. To date Mr. Diaz has closed over half a billion dollars for a total of 208 MW in Construction and Permanent Financing for Renewable Energy projects.
Prior to Seminole, Chris was employed by Credit Suisse, MMA Financial and the Midland Companies where he gained over 15 years of experience with tax credits and financial services. He has had multiple articles published on the subject of Renewable Energy Finance and continues to be a frequent speaker on Renewable Energy Finance and Energy Credits at national industry conferences. Chris is a member of the Board of Directors for the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) and an elected Alternate to the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in urban and regional planning from Florida State University, as well as an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.