About Pearl

Documenting the health, comfort, and energy performance of our nation’s 100+ million homes.

What you get with Pearl

Pearl certifies home features that contribute to its comfort, energy performance, and indoor air quality. We provide independent documentation for refinance or resale – you can give this documentation to your agent, appraiser, and lender when you sell or refinance your home.

Certified homes with green and energy efficient features are in demand and sell for more. Our third party certification helps homeowners recapture part or all of the value of their home improvement investment for resale.

Leadership at Pearl

Pearl’s founders have spent their professional lives building, improving, and managing high-quality energy efficient homes. We are passionate about providing the best service to make homes more comfortable, efficient, and valuable.

Before co-founding Pearl, Cynthia served as the Executive Director of the Local Alliance Energy Program (LEAP), an award… Read More

Cynthia Adams

CEO

Before co-founding Pearl, Cynthia served as the Executive Director of the Local Alliance Energy Program (LEAP), an award-winning non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia that helped thousands of Virginia homeowners improve the energy efficiency, health and comfort of their homes. Cynthia also helped found and is Past Chair of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, a non-profit industry organization the promotes energy efficiency throughout the state. She was appointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2013 to the Virginia Energy Council and to the Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency in 2014. She was also elected to the national Governance Board of Efficiency First. Cynthia previously served as co-founder of Stone/Metal/Wood, a design-build construction firm that built energy efficient, green homes in McCall, Idaho. She has a Masters in English from Virginia Polytechnic University and in a previous life taught American Literature and Business Writing at JMU and Virginia Tech.

“Every home has a story — just like the family that lives in it. How it was built, what’s been added to or removed from it over time, how weather and maintenance have affected it, etc. My education on how a house can impact your life began quite personally, with a family member who developed asthma like symptoms after moving in to our “new” home that had moisture issues and sketchy ventilation. Whether it’s a health, comfort, or a high bill issue — we don’t have to just “put up with” our homes. With Pearl, we get a chance to help owners of existing homes upgrade what they’ve got into the comfortable, high performing, and affordable to operate home they deserve.”

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Before co-founding Pearl, Robin served for five years as the Managing Director of the National Home Performance Council… Read More

Robin LeBaron

COO

Before co-founding Pearl, Robin served for five years as the Managing Director of the National Home Performance Council, a national non-profit organization created to promote energy efficiency upgrades in U.S. homes. He co-authored a guide for the U.S. Department of Energy on effective policies that energy efficiency programs can use to promote residential energy efficiency. He also coordinated the National Efficiency Screening Project, a national initiative to improve the accuracy of the way utility commissions evaluate utility energy efficiency programs, and served as the chair of a committee that created national energy efficiency data standards. Robin previously served as the executive director of Hope Community, Inc., a non-profit based in East Harlem, New York that built and managed 1,200 units of affordable housing, including the first affordable LEED Silver multi-family buildings in New York City. In a previous life, he received a Ph.D. in Anthropology New School for Social Research, taught anthropology, and supported a team of Argentine forensic anthropologists.

“My passion is changing buildings in ways that transform lives. I spent fifteen years renovating New York City properties that had been abandoned by their owners, and turning them into high-quality, resident-owned housing. These buildings were occupied when we started working with them, and I saw first-hand how the transition from a badly maintained building to a properly upgraded one can change a family’s life. Pearl gives everyone the tools they need to understand and make these changes to their homes. And Pearl creates a way for each homeowner to recapture some of the value of their investments in a high-performing home when they sell or refinance.”

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Before joining Pearl, AC worked with high-precision LIDAR systems that tested vehicle autonomy, assisted incident responders… Read More

AC Capehart

CTO

Before joining Pearl, AC worked with high-precision LIDAR systems that tested vehicle autonomy, assisted incident responders on the front lines of cyber-defense, and helped create cutting-edge gaming technologies. He has built, mentored and led technology teams in both systems operations and software development – including remote teams spread across 13 time zones. He has founded firms and played a leading role in several start-ups, but also thrived in large organizations. He has a talent for identifying the essential across multiple problem domains.

“Whether it’s safety testing vehicle autonomy or helping incident responders on the front lines of cyber-defense, it’s important to me that the technology I create serve humanity. Pearl Certification grants me the opportunity to promote home improvements that not only increase the comfort of those who make them, but to reap financial rewards as well. It’s truly win-win!”

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Amy has over 12 years working in residential energy. Her expertise spans multiple aspects… Read More

Amy Beley - VP Contractor Accounts

Amy Beley

VP Contractor Services

Amy has over 12 years working in residential energy.  Her expertise spans multiple aspects of the residential energy efficiency industry, with a strong emphasis on how to enhance the contractor experience.  She has designed and supported energy efficiency programs across the country, and provided training to 100’s of contractors.  Ms. Beley has consulted with programs designing contractor account services in many locales. Her passion is to be a better advocate for good contractors trying to do better and make money at it. 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 serves as the Chair of Efficiency First and on the executive committee of Home Performance Coalition.

“I stumbled into this industry, while looking for a place to draw out my passion to make the world better. I fell in love with the opportunity and complexity of the residential energy efficiency industry, and have been drawn to make it easier for contractors to make more money making homes more comfortable and energy efficient. And most importantly, the generosity and intellect of this industry keeps me coming back for more.”

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Casey is Pearl’s Director of Quality Systems, and manages the operations of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR… Read More

Casey Murphy

Vice President of Quality Systems

Casey is Pearl’s Director of Quality Systems, and manages the operations of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor network. Casey has worked as a consultant for ICF International, where he has supported the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program and played a key role in the development of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI) program. Casey has also supported EPA’s Indoor airPLUS and WaterSense programs, as well as the Dept. of Energy’s Weatherization Plus Health program. Prior to joining ICF, Casey owned and ran a building and renovation company that specialized in sustainable practices, and was the first Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor in the state of Maryland. Casey has an MBA from the University of Maryland University College and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am still amazed at how lucky I am to be a small part of such an important industry. Improving how homes work impacts all of us – on a global scale all the way down to the family level. Twenty percent of all energy in the U.S. is used in our homes, and much of that is wasted energy. More often than we might think, homes make people sick, adding significantly to our nation’s health care costs. But those bigger picture issues pale in comparison when I see the impacts on families. My very first customer was so excited when she felt the difference in her home after I had improved it. And I still get the chills when I hear stories about sick homes being made healthier, allowing a child with asthma to no longer need to use an inhaler every day. Every home is different, and every resident is different. But we don’t have to “settle” on poor and average performing homes. We can do better.”

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Bethany Profazier

Bethany Profazier

Vice President of Contractor Sales

Bethany brings her experience working with HVAC, insulation, and other residential contracting businesses across the country… Read More

Bethany Profazier

Bethany Profazier

Vice President of Contractor Sales

As Vice President of Contractor Sales, Bethany brings her experience working with HVAC, insulation, and other residential contracting businesses across the country to grow the Pearl Contractor Network and manage national expansion into new markets. Bethany was most recently Director of Client Solutions at contractor digital marketing firm Energy Circle in Portland, Maine, where she developed a strong client base of residential contractors and grew the company from a small start-up to a nationally recognized player in the industry. Over the past five years, she has worked with over 400 U.S. contractors in various business development capacities and has gained a deep understanding of contractor perspective in the residential efficiency industry and tactics for sustainable growth. Prior to her work in the contractor sector, Bethany worked for several small businesses in sales and marketing. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Harding University.

“Pearl’s certification products give high-quality contractors a new way to stand out from the competition, while simultaneously providing a game-changing, market-based driver to raise our efficiency standards in the residential market.” Profaizer said. “I’m thrilled to join Pearl and excited to grow a partner network of quality contractors across the U.S.”

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Milt has been designing, constructing, and evaluating high performance buildings for more than fifteen years… Read More

Milt Matter

Senior Researcher

Milt has been designing, constructing, and evaluating high performance buildings for more than fifteen years. He is a BPI Building Analyst, board licensed contractor, and certified thermographer. Before joining Pearl Milt led Ivy Tools, working with researchers, engineers, and contractors from across the United States to solve complex problems in testing. From pinpointing airflow in wind tunnels to tracking flows of glacial ice, he has helped hundreds of organizations diagnose issues of airflow, moisture, and energy loss. He holds a degree in Philosophy.

“I was hooked from the moment I learned that houses can be scientifically tested and diagnosed. If a home is uncomfortable, or has excessive dust or humidity, or uses unacceptable amounts of resources, then the home is unwell. Measurements can be made and improvements put into place. I love that Pearl helps homeowners to better understand these improvement possibilities and to recoup their investment when they refinance or sell their home. Being a part of Pearl gives me the chance to make a lasting difference in the wellness of the house and the people who call it home.”

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“I’m an experienced real estate professional and educator who has co-owned and managed… Read More

Leah Stetter

Real Estate Account Manager

Broker Associate, REALTOR®, SFR, e-pro, CARE real estate, Carol Stream, IL
Broker Associate, Metro Referrals, Chantilly, VA
NAR®, Member, Past Certified Instructor
Illinois REALTOR® Member, Certified Pre-License and Continuing Education Instructor, Leadership Development Training Program Participant
DPOR Approved Continuing Education Instructor, VA
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) Member
REALTOR® Association of Northwest Chicagoland (RANWC) Director 2011
Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR)
Past President WCR Northwest Chapter, National Large Chapter of the Year 2010
Former Managing Broker/Co-Owner, The Prairie Path Realty Company, Schaumburg, IL 2003-2013
Former Co-Owner, Stetter Construction, Inc. 2010-2013
Former Branch Administrator, Long & Foster, Charlottesville, VA 2014-2017

“I’m an experienced real estate professional and educator who has co-owned and managed both a boutique real estate brokerage and a private residential construction company. For me, a home isn’t just the place where you live – it’s where your heart and spirit also reside. Our homes make us feel safe, they give us space to grow, and to dream. Our homes reflect our taste and style. They are where we invite friends and family to experience life with us. The home matters. It’s personal. And, it’s likely your greatest financial investment. When it comes to buying, selling, maintaining or improving your home – it’s so important to work with professionals who not only understand, but respect you and your home. I consider it a privilege to help people with their real estate and home goals, and to support the REALTORS® with whom they work.”

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Rachel brings her experience blending strategic implementation with tactical execution to deliver innovative technology… Read More

Rachel Davis

Product Manager

Rachel brings her experience blending strategic implementation with tactical execution to deliver innovative technology products. Prior to joining Pearl Certification, Rachel worked in software delivery and product management for housing finance where her team of analysts and developers worked to deliver new solutions to support the secondary mortgage market. Rachel has an MBA from the University of Maryland and a B.S. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I am passionate about finding technology solutions for challenging business problems. Pearl is bringing new, innovative solutions for promoting energy efficiency in homes and providing additional value to homeowners. It is exciting to work every day to deliver solutions that improve the lives of homeowners.”

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Lamya brings over ten years of office and project management experience… Read More

Lamya Thompson

Lamya Thompson

Office Assistant and Process Guru

Lamya brings over ten years of office and project management experience to Pearl and is the organizational linchpin that keeps the team moving forward. Lamya’s professional passion lies in achieving maximum process efficiency, and has honed her skillset by working for non-profit organizations, private corporations, and government agencies in four countries. In addition to her love of travel, Lamya is an artist, amateur ornithologist and involved with multiple conservation organizations in the greater metropolitan Washington D.C. area. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Dickinson College.

“I found my passion for conservation while birdwatching across the country, and it has given me a deep understanding for the need to create energy efficient communities. Homes make communities, and efficient homes make healthier and happier ones. I believe that Pearl Certification’s leadership in home efficiency is key to improving the lives of families and communities, and ultimately giving our world a helping hand.”

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Betz began her university studies as a Graphic Design student at James Madison University and is now completing her B.A… Read More

Betz Rother

Betz Rother

Communication Intern

Betz began her university studies as a Graphic Design student at James Madison University and is now completing her B.A. degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication at George Mason University. Her work at Pearl includes visual, written and oral communication — where she strives to produce simple, effective messages that inspire thoughtful connection. A Washington D.C. area native, Betz adapts quickly and is well-networked in the community. She has been involved in an assortment of volunteer efforts that range from coordinating children’s’ activities for local SACC programs, to fostering for Wolf Trap Animal Rescue. Betz is the proud owner of Pearl’s de facto office dog, Curley.

“I have always wanted to make a difference. The opportunity to assist others in the betterment of their foundation—that being the stability of mind, body, and environment— is a goal worth fighting for. However, change doesn’t happen overnight; nor is it always visible. In addition, we often forget the strength that small, gradual steps provide towards lasting results. This belief resonates throughout Pearl, and I firmly believe that our system has the potential to improve the national state of energy efficiency, and beyond.”

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Pearl’s Industry Advisory Board

Pearl is proud to have an Industry Advisory Board that includes a range of experts in residential energy efficiency, construction, and real estate. The following professionals serve in an unpaid capacity, because they believe in the mission and vision of the company.

Sandra Adomatis
Adomatis Appraisal Service, Certification Trainer for the Appraisal Institute

Mark Dyen
Co-Founder and COO Conservation Services Group

Denee Evans
CEO Council of Multiple Listing Services

Dick Kornbluth
Governance Board Chair, Building Performance Institute

Bruce Manclark
Director of Training, CLEAResult

David Pogue
Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE

Mike Rogers
President, Omstout Consulting

Kara Saul-Rinaldi
Senior Policy Advisor, Home Performance Coalition

Laura Stukel
National Association of Realtors Green Resource Council

Chandler von Schrader
(ret.) National Manager, ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation program

Pearl is proud to work in partnership with: