Documenting the health, comfort, and energy performance of our nation’s 100+ million homes.
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
Co-Founder and 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.”
Before co-founding Pearl, Robin served for five years as the Managing Director of the National Home Performance Council… Read More
Co-Founder, President, and 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.”
Rob is a co-founder of Pearl Certification. Together with Konstantin Braun, Rob has spent the past decade as a clean energy entrepreneur. In 2008, they co-founded Smart Energy Capital, a distributed solar development and finance company. Smart Energy completed over $250 million of solar projects for a wide range of commercial, municipal, and non-profit customers throughout the U.S. In 2013, they sold the company to NextEra Energy, the largest clean energy developer/investor in the U.S. After leaving NextEra in 2015, in addition to co-founding Pearl, Rob and Konstantin co-founded Brightcore Energy, a commercial LED lighting solutions company. Over the past 2 years, Brightcore has completed LED lighting projects for a wide range of customers including SL Green, Brookfield Properties, Madison Square Garden, Citi Field and Princeton University.
Before becoming a clean energy entrepreneur, Rob spent 15 years on Wall Street, most recently as Managing Director and Head of Structured Finance Banking at Lehman Brothers. Rob began his career as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Rob received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Together with Rob Krugel, Konstantin has spent the past decade as a clean energy entrepreneur. Read More
Konstantin is a co-founder of Pearl Certification. Together with Rob Krugel, Konstantin has spent the past decade as a clean energy entrepreneur. In 2008, they co-founded Smart Energy Capital, a distributed solar development and finance company. Smart Energy completed over $250 million of solar projects for a wide range of commercial, municipal, and non-profit customers throughout the U.S. In 2013, they sold the company to NextEra Energy, the largest clean energy developer/investor in the U.S. After leaving NextEra in 2015, in addition to co-founding Pearl, Konstantin and Rob co-founded Brightcore Energy, a commercial LED lighting solutions company. Over the past 2 years, Brightcore has completed LED lighting projects for a wide range of customers including SL Green, Brookfield Properties, Madison Square Garden, Citi Field and Princeton University.
Pearl Certification has assembled a top-notch crew of people passionate about the execution of the Pearl vision with deep expertise in their respective areas of specialization.
Before joining Pearl, AC worked with high-precision LIDAR systems that tested vehicle autonomy, assisted incident responders… Read More
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!”
Amy has over 12 years working in residential energy. Her expertise spans multiple aspects… Read More
VP Contractor Services
“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.”
National Vice President of Sales Strategy
Joe is an accomplished executive and coach with 15+ years of experience in sales, operations, and management … Read More
VP of Real Estate Customer Acquisition and Engagement
“For the last thirteen years, I’ve worked in sales related to brokers, branding, and franchising. I have a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that brokers and agents face. With that, I think I can make a difference in people’s lives and businesses by helping agents get the proper value for their sellers and by helping buyers find the right homes. I’m excited to bring to brokers a new way to get optimal value for listings based on the homes’ energy efficient and high-performing features.”
Milt has been designing, constructing, and evaluating high performance buildings for more than fifteen years… Read More
VP Research and Development
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.”
Casey is Pearl’s Director of Quality Systems, and manages the operations of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR… Read More
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.”
Vice President of Contractor Sales
Bethany brings her experience working with HVAC, insulation, and other residential contracting businesses across the country… Read More
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.”
Rachel brings her experience blending strategic implementation with tactical execution to deliver innovative technology… Read More
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.”
Tim brings over 15 years of diverse experience with training, sales, and strategic planning… Read More
Director Real Estate Accounts
Tim brings over 15 years of diverse experience with training, sales, and strategic planning across various industries. Prior to joining Pearl Certification, Tim led an experienced training team to deliver comprehensive technical training for Realogy Holdings Corporation’s proprietary CRM platform, Zap, to its participating brokerages across the U.S. Additionally, Tim helped facilitate strategic planning workshops for small to mid-size organizations helping their leadership teams identify and execute internal initiatives designed to ensure their long-term success.
“Pearl Certification provides a unique opportunity for real estate brokers and agents to help their customers maximize the value and comfort-level of their home. I’m excited to have the responsibility to educate people on the benefits of Pearl’s innovative solutions and how to promote the energy efficient features of their customers’ homes.”
Lamya brings over ten years of office and project management experience… Read More
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.”
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.
Adomatis Appraisal Service, Certification Trainer for the Appraisal Institute
Co-Founder and COO Conservation Services Group
CEO Council of Multiple Listing Services
Governance Board Chair, Building Performance Institute
Director of Training, CLEAResult
Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE
President, Omstout Consulting
Senior Policy Advisor, Home Performance Coalition
National Association of Realtors Green Resource Council
Chandler von Schrader
(ret.) National Manager, ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation program
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