New Pearl Team Members
Pearl Certification’s social and business goals are based on our commitment to make our global community 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 are very pleased to announce some incredible new additions to the Pearl Team! Four new staff members, with expertise in sales, solar contracting, real estate data, home performance, and operations, will be helping to spread the word about the benefits that Pearl Certification offers homeowners, contractors, and real estate agents. Join us in welcoming:
- Solar Sales Executive, John Blattner
- Senior Contractor Success Manager, John White
- Regional Partnership Manager, Meg Garabrant
- Contractor Coordinator, Tahisha Marquez
Solar Contractor Sales Executive
John is dedicated to the national expansion of Pearl’s Solar Contractor Network. Before joining Pearl, John developed the residential arm of Harvest Energy Solutions, a solar firm serving the state of Michigan, leading the team to SunPower’s elite dealer status within nine months.
John has over 15 years of sales experience and looks forward to helping top tier solar contractors expand their value proposition for their customers through Pearl Certifications. John is a Western Michigan University graduate with a passion for cooking, cycling, and family.
“During my time in Solar Sales I was constantly trying to answer the question of resale value when speaking with potential customers. When I first heard about Pearl, I was excited. Once I learned more, I was hooked. I believe that Pearl Certification will have a massive impact on its customers and therefore our communities.”
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.”
Meg joins Pearl with eleven years experience at a regional multiple listing service (MLS)… Read More
Regional Partnerships 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.
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!”