Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since September 2016
It’s been said that I am a good ol’ Southern Boy, perhaps even a simple gentlemen and scholar from the school of hard knocks. I was brought into this life just outside of the Okefenokee swamp in South Georgia and spent my formative years rambling around the Southeast, painting various places such as Atlanta, Chattanooga, Gainesville, Athens, Boone, Asheville and everywhere in between a vibrant color of the proverbial red. I am thrilled to be a member of the EnergyLogic family, with all of the amazingly talented Logicians, and am excited about all of the adventures to discover throughout Colorado… and beyond!!!
Like many before me and many after, I come to EnergyLogic with a diverse background, specifically an eclectic specialization of implementing sustainable solutions in the built environment. I discovered my passion for sustainability in my formative experiences throughout the construction industry and trades. However, it was with my service at Southface Energy Institute that I was able to truly see the fruits of my (and those whose shoulders we all stand upon) labor and feel the very satisfying impact of saving the world one building at a time. I have drunk the Sustainability Kool-Aid, and it is so delicious.
I enjoy living the dream–a good beer, hugs that last for three breaths, sporting a creative facial haircut, randomly laughing manically and/or dancing like no one is looking, trying to figure out how to play the banjo, maps, learning anything and everything new, puzzles, speaking for those who don’t have their own voice, and spending heartfelt quality time with family and friends… among many, many other things.
Director of Sales, with EnergyLogic since June 2013
Having spent the better part of my life living around Vail in the mountains of Colorado, my family decided it was time to experience the pleasures of city traffic and relocate to the Front Range.
I spent the past 15 years as an independent builder, building everything from high end custom homes to simple starter homes. Going through the process, and trying to stay educated on best building practices, I always had this nagging suspicion that there was a better, more efficient way to build houses for Colorado’s climate. During the recent building slowdown, I found EnergyLogic and got certified as a home auditor and rater. Taking my certifications back to Eagle County, I tried to convince people how and why they should improve their homes. As clients agreed that something should be done, somehow I ended up starting an insulation business to go along with my general contracting, home auditing, property management, and remodeling business. It was all a bit overwhelming and the opportunity to work with EnergyLogic and have the support and experience of the industry leader to work with builders who want to build quality homes, is something I am very excited about.
Away from work, my wife and I spend an inordinate amount of time sitting in ice rinks watching our 13 year old son play hockey. In order to make the move to the Front Range smoother, we agreed to let him play AAA hockey which, unfortunately, he made. When not freezing in an ice rink, I enjoy cycling, trail running, playing my own hockey, and sitting on the patio drinking coffee (morning) or wine (evening).
Logistics/Customer Support, with EnergyLogic since December 2017
Born and raised in a small town in Maine, I grew up on a “Gentleman’s Farm” with sheep, cows, horses, chickens, and geese. I went to school at the University of Maine where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and went to graduate school at Wheelock College in Child Life Specialties. I focused my studies on helping emotionally and behaviorally disordered children, working in both inpatient and group home settings. I also directed an Early Head Start Program for birth to three.
I met my husband, Terry in a chat room back in the days of AOL. We have been married for almost 19 years. He works for the University of Colorado as a space weather scientist. He spends 30-40% of his time traveling the globe. We have 4 children. Will, is the Tuba player for the marching band. Peter is a wrestler, football player, and actor. Sarah is also a football player and artist. Amy loves to sing and make videos with her littlest pet shop figures.
I came to EnergyLogic looking for something new to do while the kids are busy in school. I like structure and going through tasks step by step. If I am not here, I am volunteering at the kids’ schools, sports teams, or church. If I have any free time after that, I enjoy reading, crafting, cooking, and running.
Energy Rater Assistant, with EnergyLogic since November 2017
I was born and (mostly) raised in the Detroit, Michigan area with a couple of stops along the way in Wilmington, NC and Vancouver, WA. I started working for a friend’s residential framing company in 1994 and quickly worked my way up from laborer to lead carpenter. I continued to work as a rough carpenter in the SE Michigan area until 2002 when I took a “leap for love” and moved to Colorado to be with my girlfriend who is now my wife. It was the best gamble of my life.
Shortly after arriving, I joined up with a local general contractor and continued to build houses in the Denver area. Over the next several years, life got really busy because I went back to school, got married, had kids, and graduated from Metro State with a business management degree.
During the housing slow-down in 2008, I became a stay-at-home dad and loved every minute of it. By the time I rejoined the workforce in 2013 I had become really interested in energy efficiency and green building. I earned my Building Analyst certification and started doing residential energy assessments. I find it to be really satisfying to teach people about their homes.
I have an amazing wife, Claire and three awesome kids, Liam, Chloe and Bridget. Life is busy and there is never a dull moment, but when I do have free time, I enjoy woodworking, cooking, and annoying my kids with my less than stellar guitar playing. I’m an avid hockey, football, and baseball fan and I follow my Michigan teams closely. Michigan will always be home, but Colorado is where I want to raise my family.
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since August 2016
I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, “Keep Austin Weird,” but escaped to Colorado as soon as I could for the same reasons as many others–the mountains, rivers and great outdoors. My passion for the natural world and my desire to preserve it led me to a degree in Environmental Policy with a minor in Water Studies. In school, I had the opportunity to intern for Colorado Trout Unlimited and the National Conference of State Legislatures where I focused on researching and writing on various environmental issues. While at Colorado Trout Unlimited, I had the opportunity to research and write a report on the Land and Water Conservation Fund and its effects on Colorado. This report was presented to Senators Gardner and Bennett from Colorado, and eventually used in lobbying efforts by the National Trout Unlimited organization on the Hill in Washington.
In my off hours, I enjoy spending as much time as possible outside either climbing, biking, hiking or being on the water. These times are even more enjoyable when spent with friends and family. I am also an avid reader, with an affinity for history books, particularly ones about the western US.
I am very excited to be a part of EnergyLogic and contributing to a great company which is truly trying to make a difference.
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since April 2016
When I tell people that I grew up in suburban New Jersey, their first response is not, “aren’t the Appalachians so beautiful?” but more of, “what exit?” I grew up living on the edge of one of the most gorgeous examples of nature and one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Appalachians, as well as the textbook definition of what is urban living– Manhattan, New York. The ability to travel 45 minutes east to enter the belly of the beast, the city that shaped America, the “big apple,” was incredibly impactful to me. As was traveling 45 minutes west and being able to be high in the Appalachian mountain range. This extreme dichotomy dictated how I grew up and how I live my life to this day. I am extremely social and love fostering relationships with new people and exploring new cities, but I also have an immense love for nature and the therapeutic healing that it provides us all.
I studied Environmental Studies in college with a concentration in land use. I was rudely awakened to an all too obvious contradiction of man vs nature, specifically within the built environment. Soon after college I had the great fortune to work with one of the leading sustainability nonprofits in the Southeast and hone my building science skills. A few months ago I decided to make a return to nature out here in Colorado. I see my work as a HERS rater with EnergyLogic instrumental in not only ensuring, but also educating the building industry in, high performance homes that allow us to continue this balance of human ingenuity and natural perfection.
Team Lead/Plans Specialist, with EnergyLogic since June 2009
I have had a few different paths that have led me to where I now find myself. I grew up here in Colorado, in several towns along the front range, ending up in Colorado Springs. I attended a number of schools before graduating from Metropolitan State College at Denver with a BA, emphasis in fine art and painting. I try to keep producing and showing my art work as much as is possible for a father with a young child and a never-ending list of things to do. I have also been involved in various areas of construction, from remodeling and refurbishing houses and apartments to building, superintending, and performing warranty work for several different builders. My wife Cindy is an LCSW with a growing private and clinical practice. We have a young daughter, Gaia, who keeps us running. I am also an avid gardener, hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and any other excuse to get me outdoors
As a Colorado native with family going back several generations, we are fortunate to still have and maintain my great-grandparents’ original homestead, which is just west of Limon, Colorado. I have spent time out in the country with a wide variety of people who have lived connected to the land, through many different challenges. This has given me a perspective of self-reliance and conservation which was taught to me from a young age. At one time what we now know as “alternative energy” was not that at all, but the only energy, as on our farm before any power lines were run. A lot of small farms relied on small wind turbines to power their homes. This made conservation not only practical, but essential. Water and soil conservation were also of the utmost concern, and, both then and now, are very important to life on a farm. Growing up surrounded by people who remembered and practiced these time-honored ideas has led me to believe in the necessity for us, individually and collectively, to become as energy-independent and responsible as we can be. This is why I am very grateful to be involved with an organization of like-minded people who also feel passionately about these important issues.
Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liason/Trainer, with EnergyLogic since April 2010
I started out in life many years ago as a very small child, barely able to hold my head up, from that point there was nowhere to go but up. I spent the following years, as I grew, in notable trailer parks in such diverse locations as El Nido CA and Rice MN. Finally, after 16 years of wandering, I landed in Colorado. My parents (who accompanied me through the previous years) moved on after I finished my secondary education. I was left to establish a life of my own. The adult me took a page from the child me and continued exploring. I tried my hand as stagehand, set painter, fine artist, faux finisher, general contractor and solar installer until the fateful day I received a call from EnergyLogic. Now that I’ve found my true home I continue to explore new frontiers in energy efficiency -and I can hold my head up.
Team Lead/QA & LEED® Specialist, with EnergyLogic since September 2012
Growing up, I held at one time or another basically every job a teenager can hold. I worked at a coffee shop, a bakery, and a video rental store. I worked as a bike mechanic, drove a driving range ball cart, and stacked glasses Crate & Barrel. (I like this quote from Benoit Mandelbrot to illustrate my work history: “Very often when I listen to a list of my previous jobs, I wonder if I exist. The intersection of such sets is surely empty.”) I got my start in the residential building industry working for my uncle’s remodeling company over the summers in college. Swinging a hammer for hours every day – and trying to decipher framing plans – taught me many quick-but-lasting lessons on how we put homes together in this country. (Many of those lessons don’t really apply in this climate zone… But that’s another story.)
After sitting in a cubicle for 5 years helping to develop and deploy the LEED for Homes rating system for the U.S. Green Building Council, I took a giant leap a couple years ago to pursue my two true passions in life – Good food, and green homes. I began studying and in-field training to become a LEED for Homes Green Rater. At the same time, I took a job helping to run the meal operations of a local DC soup kitchen. Some days saw me waking up at 4:30 am to get breakfast started, heading out into the field to do some LEED inspections, then returning to the kitchen to greet the dinner volunteers. Needless to say – that all didn’t last very long.
While my work in the food world continues through intermittent volunteering for Farm to School programs, I’m so proud to be among this great team of raters, schedulers and trainers at EnergyLogic. It’s exciting to see day in and day out the effects our work is creating in the homebuilding industry.
Energy Rater & QAD, with EnergyLogic since August 2008
My life has been blessed with good fortune and good timing. Born in California in the 50’s, I was raised by kind, educated parents, in a safe and supportive community. I was barely in time for free “Be-ins” in the park and just missed going to Vietnam.
I came to Colorado to attend C.U. and have lived here ever since. I ended up with a degree in Geography, a perfect fit for my broad, unfocused interests, but not so good for getting a job in Boulder. I worked as a furniture-maker, carpenter, and remodeling contractor.
Along the way I married Natalie who is responsible for a large part of the success and happiness in my life. She deserves most of the credit for our two wonderful (grown) children- Kai and Carly.
I was at the first Earth Day celebration and waited in lines for gas. I remember feeling encouraged when Carter put solar collectors on the White House, thinking our country would finally be making progress on energy efficiency. Years later, some of my remodeling jobs involved removing solar thermal panels and I wondered what happened to that progress. Later, clients began to show a lot of interest in energy efficient and sustainable building design. The need to increase my expertise in these areas led me to Energy Logic, where ,with a little good luck and good timing,( just before the “Great Recession”) I was offered a job as an energy rater, inspecting homes for compliance with government programs such as Energy Star. I am hopeful that the time has finally come for us to create real solutions to our energy challenges, and I am happy to be doing my small part.
Neal Ray Girard
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since December 2015
My love for the outdoors began to blossom at a young age in the dense woods of Michigan and along the expansive beaches of Lake Michigan. It is undoubtedly this appreciation for the outdoors and my ever evolving passion for adventure that would bring me to chase the allure of the Rockies. At the age of 18, I packed my car with some climbing gear, some snowboard gear and $700 and left my small home town in Northern Michigan only to find myself sometime later in Durango, Colorado.
Soon after, I began my education in construction. I apprenticed under a master carpenter for many years building custom straw-bale homes. I also attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado from 2006 – 2010 and graduated with a Business Management degree. Throughout these impressionable college years my attraction for adventure continued to grow and mature in the deserts and high alpine landscapes of the southwest.
Shortly after graduation I liquidated most of my possessions and began a year and a half long journey around the world with my partner. When I returned to Durango in January of 2013, I started a construction business doing siding, decks, and window and door installations; and also completed multiple remodels. It was at this time that I decided I wanted to pursue an education in efficient building practices in order to better tie together my education and my deep feeling of responsibility to help preserve the natural world. I graduated from EnergyLogic Academy in 2014 and shortly after that, moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. I am excited to be working with a team of like-minded, passionate people at EnergyLogic.
QA Lead, with EnergyLogic since April 2012
Looking back at all the steps in my life that have led me to Energy Logic, it feels organic that I am part of this amazing team of like-minded individuals. I am a firm believer in volition, that nothing in life is left to chance and in that spirit, perhaps I chose to be here years ago while studying Resource Management at the University of Vermont. It was there where I became interested in the delicate balance of resource use, conservation and planning. My single motive for my career choice was to be part of the solution and for my life to have a net positive impact on this planet that I will someday leave to my children. As an active outdoorsman, I would like to see the tide turn on the health of our rivers, air and oceans so future generations can breathe deep atop mountains and chase monstrous, native trout.
In years past, I have worked on just about all phases of the construction process, with friends, family and big firms. No matter how nice the finished project was, the building waste, lack of efficiency and the inattention to detail always stuck with me. Maybe some of my father’s teachings stuck with me; take your time and do it right the first time. I worked as an auditor on existing homes in Maryland for a program that helped homeowners retrofit their older homes and let me tell you building science has come a long way, but still has some ways to go. I hope to see a lot more of that work nationwide in the future. Now I am excited and proud to be working in an industry that holds new construction to standards that are meant to benefit us all in the end. They sure don’t build houses like they used to, and that’s a good thing!
The ol’ Vermonter says: “Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without”
Energy Rater Assistant, with EnergyLogic since July 2017
Although I was born in Iowa and lived in Massachusetts until I was four, my childhood was spent growing up on a hill in New Hampshire, where life consisted of coming home from school and playing in the woods with neighborhood buddies. My life has been very adventurous from a young age; being the youngest of four boys, I learned a lot – first and second hand. Skiing, mountain biking, soccer, basketball, golf, a bit of rock climbing, swimming, pond hockey, kneeboarding, snorkeling, how to approach girls, how not to approach girls, and general romping about in nature, are prominent memories of life until now. I graduated university in Virginia with a philosophy major and music industry minor. After graduation, a college friend and I went to Central America for seven months with a grand plan to buy property and build two houses, rent one and live in the other. Instead, we ended up backpacking, learning to surf, speaking Spanish, and meeting amazing people before coming back to the states. I ended up in Boston for a few years enjoying city life as a waiter on the wharf downtown and a valet driver at a hotel near Fenway Park. From there, I spent six years in South Korea as an English teacher and manager of a small academy. Life there was great; I met my wife and cherish those years. We moved back to the states two years ago and I have found myself back in a city, but this time where people speak English and I am constantly motivated to get out into nature and do some more romping about. One day, hopefully soon, I’ll break my wife’s city-girl mentality and we can run through the woods happily. I’m thrilled to be at EnergyLogic, working for a good cause, among people with good hearts and strong minds. It’s great to be learning, constantly, and contributing here as part of the team to improve houses and save a lot of energy. As a friend of mine recently said upon hearing of my job, “Negawatts are better than megawatts!”
Team Lead, with EnergyLogic since May 2013
I grew up in a small town outside of Santa Fe, NM. Pecos, NM if you know where that is. I grew up in a construction environment as my home was built by family and friends just as I was born and was just finished 3yrs ago, I’m 32. My dad owned a business building passive solar homes so not too much time to work on his own home, just made sure it was good enough to live in.
After growing up in Pecos, my parents finally moved my brother and I into town when I was 12. In retrospect, I really enjoyed my time growing up in the woods with nature finding stuff to do. To this day, I really enjoy playing, whether it is board games or sports, I’m in! I played baseball throughout high school, which was when I got diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Being able to play ball in school really helped get me through it, and it made me be the best ball player I could. It also shaped me into the person I am today, putting reality in perspective with the mantra: ‘Enjoy today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.’ So I decided to pursue a baseball career. Finding a college that would accept a small kid from NM that previously had some health issues, proved to be very hard but I did eventually end up in Phoenix at a C.C. where I walked on and played one year before shoulder issues became too bad to bare and reality sets in… I wasn’t going to be able to make the show!
After my short baseball career, I had to figure out what I wanted to do. I decided to finish school and get my degree, even though I had no idea what I really wanted to do. I eventually graduated from U of A in Tucson (go Cats!!) with a psychology major and business minor.
I came to the realization that sustainability is a necessary part of our futures and something I was actually excited about it. So I moved to Boulder with my then girlfriend of 5yrs, and now wife, and started working in the industry at Eco Products selling sustainable building supplies. Boy did learn a lot in those 3yrs. Then I found out about energy auditing and started my pursuit to get certified which is when I learned about Energy Logic. So 3 years ago I took the courses at Energy Logic for RESNET and BPI and have been in the rating/auditing industry since!
I really enjoy working with everyone here at EL as it has been nothing but good interactions with real positive and passionate people!
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since March 2016
I grew up in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. My friends and I would ride our bikes all around town collecting aluminum cans. We would then recycle them and use this money to buy jerky and sweets from the local gas stations. When I wasn’t exploring Denver, I was playing sports. I played year round with baseball in the spring and summer, soccer in the fall (later soccer was replaced by football), and basketball in the winter. By the time high school came around I participated solely in football, until one day a teammate convinced me to attend his lacrosse game. I had very little knowledge of the sport and even less interest, but I agreed to go show my support. The game had me in awe by the end of the first quarter. I had all the gear needed and signed up for a summer league with my future teammates within the week. When the next official spring season started, I had already played through five seasons and was hooked.
After graduation I waited a year and moved to Pueblo Colorado in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry which later morphed into accounting. That was not the best thing to come out of my time in Pueblo, however. While sitting in a sociology elective I overheard a cute girl talking about the dirtbike she would rather be riding. Intrigued by the unique hobby, I quickly moved right next to her and introduced myself. This cute girl later became my beautiful wife, Jordi.
After many years in Pueblo, Jordi and I decided to move to Fort Collins, Colorado. Here we would be closer to friends and family. This chapter is still being written and I can not wait to see what it has in store!
Logistics/Customer Support, with EnergyLogic since August 2016
I was born and raised in New Jersey and first came “out west” after graduating high school to visit my brother. After weeks of hiking, canoeing, camping, and just being in the great outdoors, I immediately fell in love. So two years later, I moved here for good and still enjoy all the wonderful things Colorado has to offer. I went back to school and graduated from CU Boulder with a BA in Geography. I traveled while in school spending six weeks canoeing in the Northwest Territories of Canada, several weeks one summer assisting a PhD student with her graduate field work, and a semester at sea visiting Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan before returning back to the US.
Fortunately, I met a man, on the softball field, who loves to travel as much as I do! We married and moved to Berthoud to split the commute of our jobs. We are very happy to have landed in here and have raised two wonderful sons currently at Berthoud High School. They keep us busy with sports and academic events. As a family, we love to travel throughout the US and abroad. Because my husband is a geography professor, we have had the opportunity to visit Europe on a few occasions – which suits my history-loving boys just fine! We also love to camp, kayak, play tennis, golf, play board games, and cheer on the Colorado Rockies! When I’m not at high school soccer or baseball games, I love to cycle, garden and play with my four furry friends! I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people who share my values concerning our impact on our planet.
Energy Rater Assistant, with EnergyLogic since November 2017
I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, home to the rich and diverse Sonoran Desert, painted sunsets, Saguaro cactus, breathtaking monsoons and yes, the scalding hot summers. Growing up, most of my summers were slightly more bearable because they were spent on the Hopi Reservation, located in northeastern Arizona. I was always aware of the difference between the lifestyle on the reservation and the lifestyle in Tucson, but I quickly became accustomed to the lack of running water and my grandmother’s hot trailer. As I grew older, I began to wonder why there was such a big difference between these two communities and pursued this question through my undergraduate—B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments—and graduate –M.S. in Architecture, Design and Energy Conservation—studies at the University of Arizona. It was during this time that I learned that we can create and design in a more energy efficient way, increasing the quality of life and reducing the amount of energy we so unknowingly consume. I became the graduate teaching assistant for the Sustainable Design and LEED Initiative class and combined traditional passive strategies with modern strategies to create an alternative design to the substandard housing that consumes the Hopi Reservation. Upon completion of my college studies, I began working with Winona LaDuke to improve access to renewable energy on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and then on to Colorado where I made Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB). Being in Denver, I am surrounded by a different set of mountains, outdoor activities, job opportunities in green building and a large variety of local beers! I have since made sustainability my life commitment and am thankful to have found EnergyLogic, a company full of likeminded people who have a passion for sustainability and who work every day to improve the social and environmental impacts of buildings.
Energy Rater, with EnergyLogic since January 2013
I spent my childhood in Michigan and Ohio. After graduating from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, I moved out to Seattle, working a variety of jobs while climbing and skiing in the Cascades. I subsequently decided to further my education and attended the University of Idaho where I earned a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering. After graduating from Idaho I returned to Ohio to work for the Department of Natural Resources regulating oil companies’ brine injection wells. After several years in this position I made good on my commitment to myself to return out west and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.
My work in California included hazardous waste site consulting, managing a grant program for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and working at two California Resource Conservation Districts where I worked with agricultural producers in the Central Valley to improve the quality of water flowing from their irrigated fields into the Delta. After 22 years I found the need for a quieter lifestyle than the metropolitan Bay Area offered. I also developed an interest in sustainable building and designing my own home. This interest led me to buy a piece of property in southwestern Colorado. In 2009 I threw caution to the wind and made the move to Montrose, CO from California.
Realizing that it might be good for a “green” builder to know something about energy efficiency, I discovered EnergyLogic and became a RESNET Home Energy Rater. I spent the next three years working with EnergyWise Consultants as a rater and energy auditor all along Colorado’s western slope prior to joining EnergyLogic in Denver. My interest in building science spans to natural building materials, and I have fostered this interest by helping to build straw bale homes in Carbondale, CO and on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I have fun by mountain biking, hiking, and skiing. I also enjoy most sports, and in a perfect world the Detroit Red Wings would win the Stanley Cup every year.
Logistics/Customer Service Manager, with EnergyLogic since November 2008
Having been raised in an “out in the wild” type family, I’m a true native of Colorado. Growing up exposed to fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and hunting has instilled in me an appreciation for the outdoors. I love everything warm including hot coffee, good food, roasted marshmallows over a campfire and the beach. I’m especially passionate about my husband, Ken and children, Justin, Jade, Kyle, Collin and Blake. Add to that some gardening and reading hobbies and, my time is rich and full.
Working at EnergyLogic is inspiring. Everyone has enthusiasm and a mission. They are true believers of a better way.
Rating Field Inspector/Auditor, with EnergyLogic since May 2017
I was born in Burbank California, but since I was raised in Aurora, Colorado, I naturally developed a love for the outdoors, living in such a beautiful state. I enjoy snowboarding, longboarding, camping and hiking, and when I get some time to myself, I enjoy playing video games and reading. I value education and the preservation of our planet; I’m currently attending school at CU Denver with a major in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Environmental Science. In my brief time on earth, I have done a lot of thinking as to what I want to do with my life. I have been jumping around and doing different things, but overall I’ve come to know myself better every day. I’ve taken some big leaps in order to understand who I am and it’s definitely helped. I’ve worked at Halliburton as a Service Specialist, making large sums of money, only to find myself extremely unhappy doing the world injustice. I also worked at Vestas as a repair tech working on blades and Nacelles, only to find that a very small percentage of people that worked there actually wanted to help our planet. During the struggle to find my purpose and my endless wandering, I’m happy to say that I am now at EnergyLogic.
I still have big dreams of changing the world somehow and I will do it–I think about this goal every day. I hope that some of the many people that I’ve met will help me do that. I look forward to the future and every possibility it holds.
Billing Specialist, with EnergyLogic since March 2007
I was born and raised in Ohio. At a young age, I acquired a strong appreciation for nature, animals and the outdoors during the numerous camping trips I took with my family along the east coast.
I studied photography at the Ohio Institute of Photography. After graduation, I began working as a photographer for a commercial studio in Cincinnati, where I stayed for more than 12 years. One summer hiatus, I packed my camera gear and headed to Maine to teach photography at a boy’s camp. My extended education includes incredible photo studies at both the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the Ansel Adams’ gallery in Yosemite National Park.
In 1994, I headed west landing in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Since arriving here, I have operated my own photography business. Among other trades explored, was fabric covering of experimental aircraft and I have collaborated in the creation of large mosaic tile murals.
Currently my leisure time is spent in the mountains hiking and camping with my dogs. At home, it’s gardening, reading and house projects.
A wonderful part of my experience at EnergyLogic is working with interesting people who care about the world we live in and are eager to help make it better.
Logistics/Customer Support, with EnergyLogic since September 2008
Born at the New Jersey shore and raised in a military family, I appreciate Colorado and any water. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, and then taught in the Deaf Department of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and at a small school in the hills of Kentucky for a number of years. Returning to the Boulder area of Colorado, I spent time working in a bookstore and at a botanic garden/greenhouse/garden center before marrying Mark, my fellow volunteer firefighter sweetheart. We are blessed to have twin daughters Jamie and Cate.
I’m so happy to work for a company that searches for and finds new ways to make our homes and our planet safer.
Senior Plans Specialist, with EnergyLogic since May 2007
I grew up in Connecticut and was fortunate enough to make my way West to go to college. After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in History, I decided to make Colorado my home. Now that home has grown to include my wife Kristy and our three children Macie, Alec, and Julia. In my very limited spare time I enjoy fly fishing, boating, and reading.
I became interested in home performance while working with a HVAC company in Fort Collins for five years. I started with installing the HVAC systems and grew into a position where I designed the HVAC systems, did estimating and manual J reports as well as working with builders on how to improve their homes performance. All the while hearing about this company called EnergyLogic. After coming aboard as a plan review specialist I have found that building science is an ever evolving science and that the team which makes up EnergyLogic is an incredibly curious bunch. It makes for a great and inspiring workplace.
Rating Field Inspector, with EnergyLogic since September 2016
I was born in southwest Michigan, but grew up in northeast Indiana. I started my adult life in retail management, bounced all around Indiana for 8 years or so with one company before deciding to open my own business. After doing that for a while, I decided to sell my half of the company to my partner/cousin. I had been vacationing in Colorado for years and always wanted to move here, but didn’t have the money to do so. With the money from my business venture I decided that it was time. I have been out here for just over three years now and have done a little bit of everything trying to find my place. I think I might have found it with EnergyLogic. Looking forward to a long, enjoyable, mutually beneficial career with this great company.
HVAC Specialist, with EnergyLogic since June 2016
I was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, but have made Colorado home for almost 30 years. After receiving my Associates Degree in Computer Aided Drafting, I worked as a builder for several production home builders and then a HVAC Company.
Seeing the need to build better quality homes, I helped one builder implement a testing protocol to make sure the homes being built met ENERGY STAR compliance.
While working at the next builder, I took on a new role as a HVAC Designer. I worked all resources at my disposal to learn the skills needed to be successful, including understanding each market’s preferences and current practices with respect to HVAC installation. During my tenure designing mechanical systems, the builder saw a significant decrease in warranty expenditures related to comfort issues.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time grilling, working on projects around the house, and camping. Many of these activities are shared with my wife, three kids, and two dogs.
Principal & Director of Builder Relations with EnergyLogic since January 2006
“What a long and strange trip it’s been” – Grateful Dead
When I graduated from high school I chose a lofty and philosophical quote to go with my year book picture that I don’t remember, and which really had no bearing except that I know it had an environmental theme; so I thought I would try a better one now. Looking back, I wish I had chosen “Should I stay or should I go now” from the Clash. I went to a K-12 school which I started in 2nd grade and the school was my family and home. During those school days I was exposed to so much and had wonderful experiences, which began to shape my adventurous curiosity and love of learning.
That being said, it is no surprise that I attended Colorado College a liberal arts school. I graduated with a degree in history and political philosophy and a minor in maritime studies. Diversification is the rule is it not? Really what I graduated with was an ability to think critically, research, and communicate although my wife may argue that point. Speaking of my wife, I met her in high school and she truly has been my greatest teacher and friend and a wonderful mother for our two children. Anyway, looking back, since high school two themes became apparent. 1st an environmental ethic which back in the 80’s was not as clearly defined as it is today; 2nd, a love of learning and being flexible enough to embrace change.
When I was a boy I remember waking up one morning with a magpie in my room. The next morning I woke up with a bumble bee on my nose. I liked the magpie better because the bee actually stung me. I had these experiences because my bedroom was open to the outdoors and because my family lived in a house while it was going through a major gut rehab and addition. My first introduction to construction; I learned how to swing a hammer and fall through a floor system that was being framed. So from then on construction was always my fall back job in high school, college and afterward. I just did not know at that time that it would be my career as well.
My adventurous side took over and luckily for me, my girlfriend now wife had one too. We worked in Alaska’s fishing industry (I later when back and worked on a fishing boat for five seasons) in the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah in oil exploration, and overseas teaching. When we made it back to Colorado the only thing I knew was I wanted to marry my girlfriend and I wanted to work in an environmental arena. So I found my way back to construction, however this time in the office of a progressive production builder who was trying to figure out which new green building materials could be brought into a production building environment. You could say I went full circle.
Adventure, curiosity, a love of learning, environmental ethic, dedication and flexibility are what define Energylogic to me. I had my own company (for 13 years?) which offered much adventure. In 2006, I merged my company with Steve and Wynne’s to create EnergyLogic, which continues the adventure but adds the new wonderful dynamic of dedication to others. One of the best things about our company and profession is that we literally learn something new every day and we have the opportunity to share that knowledge and love of learning with our clients and colleagues. Flexibility also means the ability to adapt and be open to change. The world, the economic climate, and our small company test our ability to live this way every day. Lastly, that ill defined environmental ethic of yesterday has become clear today . We see it defined in our role of helping the people we work with build a sustainable built environment that can blend seamlessly with our modern lifestyles and meet our expectations of comfort, durability, safety, efficiency, and environmental soundness for the homes that we live and invest in.
Team Lead, with EnergyLogic since June 2013
I was born in San Francisco, and grew up in a small town about 45 minutes east of my birthplace. The house I grew up in was at the base of Mount Diablo where I had miles and miles of State Park and mountains to explore. Living in such an area, I gained a great appreciation for the outdoors and the environment. The mountain had a large rock quarry on it where they would blast away tons of rocks a day. I remember growing up thinking, “What happens when they blast away the whole mountain.” So from a young age I was made aware of the impact that humans have on our environment and the scarcity of our resources.
For college, I moved 45 minutes South to attend San Jose State University and obtained my degree in Sociology. After graduating I bounced around jobs for 2 years, from leasing apartments, to food service, to a job working in construction. Following that I decided that I enjoyed college so much I would go back and received my masters in Environmental City Planning. After graduating, I decided that the best way to get a job in the environmental field would be to move to the Mecca of “green,” so 8 months after graduating I picked up and headed for the front range. If it didn’t work out, worse case I’d be right in the middle of some of the best snowboarding and fishing in the world, so I had nothing to lose. This proved to be a good move and I soon found myself working in the energy field and am able to support my snowboarding and fishing addictions.
Through my education, work, and life experience I have come to find that I really enjoy systems and interactions of systems. Whether it’s a social system such as the constructs and functions of society, to the house as a system and the interplay between the numerous components that make a house operate. EnergyLogic gives me the opportunity to do this on a daily basis, all the while helping to conserve our resources and the adverse impacts we have on the earth.
Energy Rater & Existing Homes Auditor, with EnergyLogic since August 2016
If I were the bumper sticker type, you could read common idioms like, “Not all who wander are lost” and “Not a native, but I got here as fast as I could!” on my car. As a matter of fact, I own both of these stickers, but my car has already reached its limit of 1 decal. I keep these backups because, for me, these would be absolutely true. Perhaps more true than for anyone else, almost ever.
I was born on the south side of Chicago, in Oak Lawn, where my parents and their siblings were all born and raised. I was so determined to break from tradition that we moved west within a couple of months after my arrival (supported strongly by the needs of my parents). In Woodland Park we found strife and success living small and with love, which eventually carried us to a home of comfort and security in Aurora, Co. But at age 10, fate would turn for my family, and work would take my parents right back to where we started: Chicago.
My father commuted from northwest Indiana to the city so we could live an imperceptibly less urban lifestyle, and upon turning 18 I rushed south to college at Indiana University. Southern Indiana is considerably more forested and rich with history, which are things I learned to value in Colorado. When I graduated with a liberal arts degree and minor in music, I really had one dream: To go back home.
In two of the twelve hundred times I’ve driven between Colorado and the Midwest, my then fiancé, now wife, fell in love with Colorado too. We settled in Colorado Springs and were married there a year later. I drifted through a myriad of jobs, but the same month that I settled into a career as an insulator was the month that my wife and I became pregnant with a beautiful baby girl. For little Adalaide, I could not be content to stuff walls with fiberglass, so I took my perfectionist attitude to Energy Logic, where I could help the world make better homes for families everywhere.
If you are wondering what my bumper sticker is, and what THAT says about me, it’s a Yeti “I Believe” sticker, for both the Imperial Stout and the mythical monster. Also, I like to write.
Rating Field Inspector, with EnergyLogic since September 2016
Born in Texas, raised in Colorado, sounds like the beginning of a steak advertisement… I came of age running the woods on the fence line of the Air Force Academy, shooting old cans of food from a potato gun at forgotten cars rusted into old creek beds. I earned my callouses picking cactus spines and gravel from my hands and trying to fix a few beater cars that I may or may not have broken. The evidence is inconclusive. I toyed with photography and political journalism as professional choices, much to the dismay of my military father. Eventually, I decided it would be better to learn how to run the business side of a restaurant so I could be a cook and host wild parties like my grandfather did in the disco era. Many truancies later, I landed a scholarship at CSU for Hospitality Management which afforded me four great years of fishing and skipping classes to sit in on botany and philosophy classes I wasn’t actually paying for. I had the post-collegiate existentialist blues by my third year and spent an entire summer couch surfing, fishing, and camping.
I managed to graduate and went on to swing a knife in a few hip Denver restaurants and later, Whole Foods, before deciding the kitchen life was not what I wanted. It wasn’t hard to admit that I needed something new. After a few years of pursuing one-off opportunities and odd jobs, I was afforded an amazing chance and ended up in a totally new career field learning the ways of energy ratings on the truly executable side of sustainability with Energy Logic. Sometimes I still have dreams of standing on the sauté line during dinner rush with an overheating printer spitting out miles of impossible demands, but at least now I don’t wake up to repeat them. I’m grateful for where I am and excited for where I’m going.
Rating Field Inspector, with EnergyLogic since January 2018
I spent the majority of my youth in a small town in NC waiting for vacation so I could return to my family home near Bar Harbor, Maine. I attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to study Physics and shortly after graduation I began work in the construction field, first pouring prestressed concrete slabs and then as an RFI for The Performance Point. After two years, I realized that I wasn’t happy living in NC so I decided to move west to Colorado with close friends and find a place I would be happier.
In my free time I prefer to be doing anything I can outside, especially hiking, swimming, and snowboarding. When I can’t be outside, I’ll either be reading books or on my desktop. I would love to be able to snowboard in as many countries as I can and want to travel through Europe and East Asia with my friends.
Barb Ver Steeg
Division Coordinator, with EnergyLogic since December 2009
I was born and raised in Denver, went to an all-girls high school, then on to CSU where I got a degree in, of all things, wildlife biology.
And the fun began – I did lots of cool field biology work in exotic and non-exotic places like the Red Desert of Wyoming, Gunnison Basin in Colorado, Mohave Desert in Arizona, corn and bean fields of Illinois, and Northern Territory in Australia. I studied/trapped/handled animals such as pronghorn antelope, mule deer, bighorn sheep, river otters, sage-grouse, marshbirds, songbirds, bats, rodents, and badgers. I’m happy to say I contracted no zoonotic diseases, sustained no lasting injuries, got a master’s degree, cherish fond memories, and have many photos to prove to my kids that I actually had a life before they arrived.
Biology isn’t my only interest – I took a year to study art and liberal arts in Florence, Italy. Now I am lucky to work at a fabulous company with very interesting people who are life-long, passionate learners who respect our planet – the perfect place for me.
I am married to Jeff, also a biologist who works for the Division of Wildlife, and have 2 sons, Nathaniel and Andrew, who dwarf me and keep us endlessly entertained. I love living in Colorado and being with my family, and especially enjoy reading, swimming, hiking, yoga, jigsaw and word puzzles, piano, running, and bicycling (in that order, and never together).
Logistics/Customer Support, with EnergyLogic since February 2011
I was born in Frankfort, Germany. My father was in the military and we lived all over the United States. Most of my time was spent in Pennsylvania were I completed high school and recieved a BA degree in sociology/social work. I worked in the social work field for about 8 years prior to going into pharmaceutical sales. I spent nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry-and with the same company! The San Juan mountains brought me to Colorado, I fell in love with Colorado after attending a Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1990. I came to Colorado every year for vacation and eventually moved to Denver in 1996. I met my husband, Joe, at the 1992 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and after moving to Colorado our friendship grew. We were engaged and married in Telluride. When we were expecting our third child, we decided that we wanted to move to a small town. Berthoud became just the place! We have lived in Berthoud since 2001 and love raising our family here. Along with music and being outdoors, we also enjoy antiques, good food (Joe is a great cook!) and being together as a family. It is inspiring to work for a company that is committed and passionate about our environment. I feel very fortunate to work with such wonderful people who make up the dynamic team at EnergyLogic.