Making our global community a better place
Pearl Certification’s social and business goals are based on our commitment to make the planet a better place. We believe that humans have the right and responsibility to be better stewards of the earth, and we strive to help show how that is possible. We believe in the fundamental freedom and equality of humans, and we strive to contribute to developing ways to live together in peace, siblinghood, and mutual support.
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. We have assembled a top-notch crew of people passionate about the execution of the Pearl vision with deep expertise in their respective areas of specialization.
Cynthia is the 2017 recipient of the Linda Wigington Leadership Award from the National Home Performance Coalition and currently serves… Read More
Co-Founder and CEO
Cynthia is the 2017 recipient of the Linda Wigington Leadership Award from the National Home Performance Coalition and currently serves on the National Association of REALTORS Sustainability Advisory Committee. Before co-founding Pearl, Cynthia founded and served as Executive Director of the Local Alliance Energy Program (LEAP-VA), an award-winning non-profit based in Charlottesville, Virginia that helped thousands of homeowners make energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to their homes. A LEED AP with a background in green construction, Cynthia co-founded a general construction firm and a design-build showroom prior to running LEAP. A strong advocate of energy efficiency policy, Cynthia started and served as Chair for the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, an industry trade organization that 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. Cynthia earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from 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.”
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.
Together with Konstantin Braun, Rob has spent the past decade as a clean energy entrepreneur. Read More
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.
Before joining Pearl, AC worked with high-precision LIDAR systems that tested vehicle autonomy, assisted incident responders… Read More
Chief Technology Officer
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 of the residential energy… Read More
Vice President Contractor Success
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. Amy has worked with contractors across the country, helping good companies make money doing the right thing. Prior to joining Pearl, she spent time in contractor shops, learning about the day to day operations, and ensuring that her passion to be a better advocate for good contractors aligned with their reality. Amy 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’s served on multiple board supporting the contracting industry, and continues to support workforce and diversity initiatives.
“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.”
Bethany brings her experience working with HVAC, insulation, and other residential contracting businesses across… 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.”
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.”
Joe is an accomplished executive and coach with more than 15 years of experience in sales, operations… Read More
National Vice President of Sales Strategy
Joe is an accomplished executive and coach with over fifteen years of experience in sales, operations, and management specializing in growing business’s market share and profitability. As National Vice President of Sales Strategy for Pearl, he heads up the company’s real estate vertical sales strategy, recruits and trains Pearl’s sales team, manages budget, and sets performance goals. For 10+ years, Joe’s career focus has been on growing businesses’ market share and profitability through operational excellence, branding, and mergers and acquisitions. His prior position was Vice President of brand growth for three major brands: Century 21, ERA, and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. He’s also worked as a business consultant for one of the largest metros in the Century 21 system, Metro New York and Long Island.
“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.”
John brings numerous certifications in building science and over 25 years of hands-on construction experience… Read More
Technical Service Manager
John joined Pearl in July of 2018 bringing with him numerous certifications in building science and over 25 years of hands-on construction experience. His work in the residential, commercial, and heavy industrial fields gives him a broad understanding of what it takes to be successful as a contractor. John is also a certified master trainer, healthy home evaluator, and sits on the board of Healthy Home Environment Association. He shares his knowledge base with the elite Pearl Advantage Contractor Network to ensure their success.
“I’ve always had a great passion for helping to develop the full potential of people and businesses. Being a part of the Pearl Certification team gives me the opportunity to help our customers, the contractors, achieve their goals and potential through delivering the highest quality home performance services of comfort, health, and efficiency to their customers.”
Senior Success Manager
John has more than 15 years of expertise in the residential energy efficiency and new construction industry… Read More
Senior Success Manager
John White has more than 15 years of expertise in the residential energy efficiency and new construction industry. He began his career working as a construction field manager for Pulte Homes, where he managed the timely and quality construction of new homes. John subsequently spent nine years working for ICF managing demand side management programs for utilities in the Mid-Atlantic region. During his tenure with ICF, he managed a variety of programs, such as Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, Quick Home Energy Check-up, and Limited Income Energy Efficiency programs.
John is passionate about energy conservation, especially in the residential space. He frequently encourages friends and family to make the energy efficient choice when making improvements to their own homes. Sometimes they listen.
“After so many years helping customers make the energy efficient choice, I’m thrilled to be part of an organization that helps us all realize the value of those improvements. Too often, energy efficiency loses out to a new kitchen or upgraded bathroom. With Pearl Certification, home owners can recoup the value of the energy efficient improvements when they sell their home. The certification Pearl provides guarantees its there.”
Lindsay strategizes, publicizes and transforms PR and media messaging for the Pearl team and plays an integral… Read More
Lindsay strategizes, publicizes and transforms PR and media messaging for the Pearl team and plays an integral role in developing and implementing the marketing and communications strategies for each vertical. Previously, Lindsay was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Home Performance Coalition (HPC), an energy efficiency nonprofit focused on advocacy and education in the weatherization and home performance industry. Prior to her work at HPC, Lindsay was an independent consultant and built a wide variety of clientele ranging everywhere, and in between, builders, banks and bars. Lindsay graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. In addition to her love of travel, good food, and great friends, Lindsay is passionate about helping other mothers find “their village.” She is a co-founder and admin of the largest moms group in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.
“Growing up the daughter of an ENERGY STAR builder-father and a realtor-mother, I’ve seen first hand the missional design, build, and sale of an energy efficient home. I’ve witnessed contracts gained and lost because of that commitment. I believe Pearl is changing the way America buys and sells homes by way of making those high performing features visible and valued. I’m excited to be part of a team committed to bending the ear of American homeowners and transforming the market toward healthy and sustainable living.”
Mary successfully grows positive relationships with clients by combining her customer service experience… Read More
Real Estate Success Coordinator
Mary had plans to become an artist, but tried a programming class in college and found she enjoyed being creative through technology. She received her BS in Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and after 15 years as a software developer in both the commercial and government sectors (and taking time off to be a full-time mom), she knew she wanted to put her soft skills to use by getting back into the workforce.
Mary has done everything from selling BMWs to delivering fresh produce, to working as an executive assistant, to working at a fitness club. The common thread in all of these jobs is that they’ve allowed Mary to use her “helper” personality. At Pearl, she successfully grows positive relationships with clients by combining her customer service experience and project management skills to help real estate agents achieve their goals.
“I’ve worked at big and small companies, but nothing compares to being part of a fast-growing start-up, especially one that has homeowners and the planet’s best interests at heart. Each and every person at Pearl loves what they do and why they’re doing it. I’m beyond lucky to be part of this team.”
Meg joins Pearl with eleven years experience at a regional multiple listing service (MLS)… Read More
Regional Partners Manager
Meg Garabrant joins Pearl with eleven years experience at a regional multiple listing service (MLS) where among other things, she was responsible for greening the MLS. Throughout the years, she was involved in a number of nation-wide initiatives including the PV Learning Network, served on the HELIX Advisory Committee, chaired the Council of Multiple Listing Services Green Section Council which published green data resources for the MLS industry, has been a frequent speaker at RESO conferences advocating for the adoption of green real estate data standards, and shares her own success story as the first MLS in the country to auto-populate PV data into a new listing.
Meg is widely recognized in the MLS space as “the green expert” and has also been very involved in regional green initiatives including training agents and appraisers about the importance of this data and how to use the fields available within the MLS. She is a member of the National Association of REALTORS Sustainability Advisory Group, has been a contributor to a variety of publications and published a whitepaper case study on the importance of this data as part of the real estate transaction process. Meg has a BS in Business Management from Franklin Pierce University.
“My passion is in this space, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Pearl team. I have also completed some energy efficiency improvements on my own home, recognizing an increase in comfort and air quality, and lowering my energy bills. I may also on occasion give my friends ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs as random gifts.”
Rachel brings her experience blending strategic implementation with tactical execution… 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.”
Tahisha will be working closely with Pearl’s Sales and Success teams to help streamline processes.… Read More
Contractor Department Coordinator
Tahisha has several years experience in administration and operations. She will be working closely with Pearl’s Sales and Success teams to help streamline processes to ensure clients have a smooth experience. Previously, Tahisha worked in real estate where she worked first-hand with contractors and homeowners to help bring a home into its greatest potential. Tahisha has a passion for people, evidenced by her degree in Psychology from Liberty University. In addition, she is also an avid baker, reader and connector.
“Having had some experience navigating the world of home improvement, I now wish I had known of Pearl’s existence! Pearl provides the much needed reassurance when diving into home improvement. Not only does it set standards to ensure the quality of work provided, but Pearl Certification offers homeowners the opportunity to educate themselves on ways to add value and longevity to their homes. Pearl is a winner no matter which way you look at it!”
The following principles guide and structure the way Pearl treats its customers, partners, vendors and one another:
Treating others the way you want to be treated
Understanding others’ position / opinion
Recognizing others as people
Power for good
Appreciation of the myriad forms of human difference as intrinsically valuable and worth in and of themselves
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