July is national ice cream month – and it has been a sweet month for us because we closed on a major new round of funding. The largest part of the investment came from Clean Energy Venture (CEV), a Boston-based group of experienced cleantech investors. They’re great people with a deep understanding of energy efficiency and contacts with a wide range of firms and organizations that we’re interested in meeting. They’ve invested in an amazing portfolio of high-performing tech companies, and we’ll be exploring possible partnership opportunities with some of them. 

We’re going to use the funds to make some new hires. We’ll add a new Contractor Success Manager to round out Amy Beley’s team, and a Regional Project Manager, who will be responsible for coordinating work and strengthening relationships in our target regions. We’re also going to be strengthening the real estate team and hiring a dedicated marketing person.

We’re also planning the first Pearl Network conference in the fall. We’ll show our Network Contractors the new products and benefits we’re working on, to get their feedback before rolling them out. We’ll have a great roster of speakers. And most importantly, there will be a lot of opportunity for those in the Pearl Network – some of the best residential contractors in the U.S. – to network and share their experiences, perspectives, skills, and challenges.

We look forward to this new, sweet chapter here at Pearl.