Joe Medosch is a technical wizard across much of the home performance field, and a talented trainer as well. He’s a training consultant to Retrotec Inc., and he recently developed the Energy Management curriculum for Technical College System of Georgia. Joe is based out of Atlanta, Georgia, and is a former energy manager at University of Georgia, Tifton, and an Energy Management Instructor at Moultrie Technical College. Joe holds the distinction of having designed his own slightly cryptic typeface, hand-grinding the characters onto the type-bars of an old Underwood manual typewriter.
Ed Thomas is widely respected as the go-to authority on marketing for the U.S. home performance industry, providing association management, strategic consultation, and tactical event production for energy utilities, government entities, and other like-minded organizations. His list of associations is long, but he’s currently the Executive Director at the Peak Load Management Alliance, and a faculty member at Skyline College.
Celia Canfield has over 25 years of experience in the world of publishing and public relations, making it an understatement to say she’s a skilled communications expert. Among her achievements, Celia built the content creation agency Tendo Communication, the consultancy EcoVertex, and the kid-empowerment organization Green Energy Agents. She’s a board member of City CarShare, a nonprofit with a mission to improve the environment and quality of life in our communities by promoting innovative mobility options, and a faculty member at Skyline College.
Kevin Beck has been involved in the residential construction industry in California for over thirty years, working as a licensed General Contractor for the last several decades. Most recently Kevin joined CalCERTS, Inc. to help develop the Contractor Services Division. Kevin is also a Principal and the Director of Training and Operations for the Building Performance Center, Inc., a newly formed company that serves the clean energy workforce. Kevin is one of the greatest supporters of the Habitat X initiative, having been present at every conference since its inception.
Arthur Beeken brings a 25-year perspective in the construction, remodeling, and historic restoration businesses. He’s also worked as a trainer, written curriculum, performed quality assurance tasks, and acted as a proctor for various professional certifications. He serves as the vice-chair of the North Bay Chapter of Efficiency First, a position he says entails even more work than the position of chairmanship he held for years. Arthur is the owner of Hybrid Home Performance.
Colin Genge is the founder and CEO of Retrotec, Inc. He’s widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on the science and practice of measuring the integrity of air barriers in buildings for home performance, fire control, and clean room applications. Colin lives on a houseboat in Vancouver, British Colombia.
Jim Gunshinan has collected a whole career full of experience in the written word, having worked as a blogger, editor, proof-reader, book-seller, and minister. Jim is the Editor of Home Energy Magazine.
Debra Little brings a unique combination of skills to our events with her background in both residential valuation and home performance work. Debra has worked as a classroom and field instructor of appraisers, realtors, lenders, contractors, and associated professionals, and she was recently a finalist for the Innovate Northwest award for the most innovative start-up clean-tech business plan. And she’s a prize-winning mountain biker. Debra is the principal of Debra Little Sustainable Design.
Terry Nordbye has spent much of his life developing practical and realistic ways to integrate home performance into mainstream construction. Terry’s current focus is to develop durable and effective air-sealing systems that do not rely on the use of liquid foam, though this is just the tip of the iceberg for what we’ll learn from this veteran of the housing industry. Terry is a regular contributor to the Journal of Light Construction, and he recently completed the first new construction Passive House in California with a pending LEED Gold certification.
Trey Muffet comes to the room with a lot of experience in the home performance world, having worked on the ground floor with Sustainable Spaces, Recurve, and Tendril. He’s working today back in his preferred environment of the job-site, managing and implementing home performance jobs one at a time. Trey’s range of experience — from high-tech startup to job-site reality — has given him an unique personal and professional perspective that he’ll share with us.
Michelle Nogasaki represents the Building Performance Institute. She’s spent the last several years developing standards for newly emerging accreditation programs, and can speak to complicated world of accreditation and certification better than anyone in the home performance industry.
Bill Spohn is an expert on combustion testing, wireless tools, and other technologies. He’s the president and CEO of TruTech Tools in Akron, Ohio. Bill holds degrees from the University Of Rochester, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. Bill has designed and marketed a wide array of test and measurement products in the last twenty-five years. He has presented to a variety of audiences on the applications of testing and measurement instrumentation in building science, weatherization, and HVAC. Bill holds three U.S. patents for combustion testing equipment.
Chandler von Schrader is a main mover at the confluence of home performance and the rest of the construction industry. You couldn’t find anyone more qualified for this discussion — as the manager of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Verified Installation Program, Chandler has been instrumental in building one of the nation’s most-widespread home performance programs. Today he’s working to introduce home performance to the HVAC and remodeling industries. Chandler recently returned from Habitat X Summer National in Montana, a work trip which he cleverly combined with what he describes as a life-changing hiking trip among grizzly bears in Glacier National Park.
Tom White always lends an important perspective from the world of publishing, community development, and small business. He’s a serial entrepreneur with 30-plus years of start-up, management, marketing and editorial experience in health, management, energy, environment and scholarly trade sectors. Somewhere in his long resume is also a stint with Stuart Brand and the ultra-creative publishers of the Whole Earth Catalog. Tom is currently the publisher of Home Energy Magazine.