Board Member Profiles

Tom Cotter

Renew Financial
Tom Cotter

Tom Cotter is Regional Sales Manager at Renew Financial.  He is Founder at Tiny Habit Coach, a behavioral chance coaching business. He has addressed over 2,000 groups, is among the top 10% of all influencers on social media and is a Media Adviser on solar, energy efficiency and green jobs.

Previous career roles include serving as Regional Sales Manager at both Sunrun and Real Goods Solar (where he was also a Solar Power Consultant), as an Adjunct Faculty member with Fresno Pacific University and Founder & Partner of Prodigal Clothing, LLC. Tom also worked as a Pastor with Clovis Christian Church for 10 years, beginning in 1996.

His recent philanthropic work includes producing the short documentary film “Forest Man,” which chronicles the story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who planted nearly 1,400 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli. It was awarded the Best Documentary prize at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

He is also the Fresno Chapter Founder for the Citizens Climate Lobby (which works to create political will for a sustainable climate), a Board Member of the Solar Living Institute (a non-profit solar training organization promoting sustainable living through environmental education) and a Board Member for Restore Hetch Hetchy (a non-profit working to return the Yosemite National Park to its natural splendor).

Among volunteer causes, Tom is a Mentor with The Climate Reality Project, where he guides new Climate Leaders in their own communities and countries to facilitate change. He serves as a Creation Care Champion with the Evangelical Environmental Network, preaching & teaching about environmental stewardship at churches, ministries, schools and groups.

He earned Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Literature from Ozark Christian College, alongside a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of California in Riverside.

Sam Geil

Founder & Chairman, IGIHOF
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Sam is the Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors for IGIHOF. Board Chair of Geil Enterprises, Inc. (GEI) a Fresno, CA based company serving the Industrial Services market. He joined GEI in 2004 and led several initiatives including “Geil Green” focused on sustainability, the Geil Green Brand listed below, and 100% Employee Owned Company (ESOP).

In September 2014, Sam launched Geil Consulting specializing in strategic planning, mentoring and board governance and has developed the “Business Sustainability” model for organizations wishing to integrate sustainability throughout the enterprise.

Sam’s involvement in the Green Industry began during his tenure with Grundfos Pumps and continued at Geil Enterprises Inc. with the acquisition of A-MAZ Cleaning Products. In May of 2007, Sam was a guest of California Governor Schwarzenegger, to participate in the Pacific Economic Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia representing green industries in California.

Sam is a graduate of San Jose State University-School of Business and attended Executive Programs at both the University of Southern California and the Kellogg School of Business. Additionally, Mr. Geil is a Certified Green Build Professional.

Following college, Sam worked in the computer industry with Xerox Corporation (Shugart Associates) based in Sunnyvale, CA. and later joined Data General Corporation, based in Manhattan Beach, CA.

In 1986, Sam joined Grundfos Pumps Corporation (Denmark based company) and over his 18 year tenure was responsible for establishing the Canadian, Mexican, and South American operations, construction projects, sales in Central America and the Caribbean, various international projects and initiatives, and served as a member of the Executive Committee for North America and the United States.

Sam serves on the Board of Center for Advance Research and Technology, Clovis, CA., California State University, Fresno Criminology Advisory Board, Sunnyland Mills, California Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). Past Board positions include: Climate Ride, Fresno County Public Services Consolidation Committee and the Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County.

Sam has taught business courses at Fresno City College and has been invited to speak and lecture at several events across the United States.

Ally Gaarder

PowerSave Campus UCSB
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Ally Gaarder is a senior at UC Santa Barbara studying Environmental Studies and Ecology & Evolution. She is an intern for the PowerSave Campus Program of the Alliance to Save Energy and has served as Student Chapter Representative and President for the UCSB Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Through PowerSave Campus, she assisted with organization and marketing for the 5th Annual International Green Industry Hall of Fame (IGIHOF) Conference and Induction Ceremony by serving as the Student Coordinator. After graduation, Ally intends to pursue a career in energy. She would like to begin in solar, but ultimately is very interested in waste management, particularly waste-to-energy. Over consumption and waste is a global issue, especially an American one, and she wants to contribute to the development of responsible waste management systems and behaviors. Energy is also an extremely important yet taken-for-granted commodity, and she feels that it is paramount for society to divest from toxic and wasteful ways of generating energy. She intends to invest her own energy in the pursuit of a sustainable world.

Charlie Harris

Co Director, Life Flower, LLC
Charlie Harris

Charlie Harris is a Fresno, Ca native who has co-founded a new startup, Life Flower, LLC, a company that provides high tech and holistic solutions for plants, food, energy, waste, and water. Charlie serves as the Chairman of Mobius Co-Creations, a non-profit focused on ecosystem solutions for smarter communities. He studied architecture and the environment at UC Santa Barbara and is a certified Green Building and Sustainable Designer. Charlie has served as the intern president for the Green2Gold Incubator where he led grant writing and business planning. He also interned for the city of Fresno, in the long range planning department where he co-authored the economic and healthy communities’ working papers. Charlie has experience as an executive assistant, sales rep, and servicer. He aspires to push our economy to a more eco-friendly and resource based economy through smart architecture, recycling, farming, energy, holistic health, and social investment. Charlie also enjoys attending community events and supports anything that encompasses positive collaborations with people and our planet.

Eric Rawn

CEO, BCT Consulting

The technology infrastructure of Electronic Recyclers International® was designed and is currently overseen by Eric Rawn. With more than 10 years of experience in business technology, Rawn developed a state-of-the-art network of communications, data, and video for Electronic Recyclers International®.

Eric developed the company’s revolutionary Client Tracker network of video cameras enabling clients to track and view their recyclable materials as they travel through the warehouse from start to finish; and the accompanying, custom-designed Client Extranet website. Rawn is also responsible for the implementation of industrial-class LCD projectors throughout the warehouse which provide real-time statistics on product flow and efficiency.

In 1996, Eric founded BCT Consulting, of California’s most advanced network consulting firms. BCT Consulting provides technology services for hundreds of firms, government agencies, agricultural facilities and businesses throughout the state. Eric has a degree in Business Administration – Information Technology from California State University, Fresno.

Devin Kurtz

Bright Green Strategies

Devin is a recent graduate from UCSB with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She has also completed UCSB’s Green Building and Sustainable Design Certificate program as well as holds a LEED Green Associate accreditation. She loves anything and everything green building and wants to learn all there is to know about this ever expanding field. She plans to continue her education in the green building field by learning to do Building Information Modeling (BIM) and to become a BPI energy analyst. In her spare time she loves to garden, make glass mosaics, and cook all sorts of delicious foods.

Glen Roberts

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Glen’s professional experience began with 3M while attending college. Since this time, he has always worked in the international department of a firm. Glen’s experience with an international freight forwarder and logistics firm provided an exceptional perspective in the international trade arena. Letter of credits, State department licenses and hazardous materials were part of his normal routine.

Glen is currently employed by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce providing export business consulting. His current activities include exporting, economic development, training, & renewable energy and alternative fuels industry sector. He has also been recognized by the industry sector as a top leader by the International Green Industrial Hall of Fame.

In 2012, Glen recruited a high level renewable energy trade mission to Turkey. Highlights of the trip can be found here.

Mr. Roberts specialties include international finance solutions, export market research, international contract law, partner match making, and renewable energy.

Jill Wagner

Idea Emporium
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Jill Wagner, APR, is an experienced and award-winning public relations expert who has helped both small and large public organizations and private companies tell their stories, navigate through crises and achieve their strategic goals. Accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America, Wagner’s specialty is strategic thinking and creative implementation, ensuring that all the parts of communications effort mesh with organizational goals to achieve results.
She owns and operates a public relations agency in Fresno called Idea Emporium, providing creative and comprehensive public relations, communications and marketing services to build reputations and influence audiences.
Wagner has helped K-12 school districts, universities, media organizations, hospitals, non-profit organizations, small and large businesses and state agencies cut through the clutter to effectively reach their target audiences and meet their communications goals.
Her projects have earned local, regional and national ADDYs, Tellys, and Awards of Distinction and Excellence from organizations such as the Public Relations Society of America, the National School Public Relations Association, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She was named “Professional of the Year” in 2008 by the local PRSA chapter and serves on its board.
She is a graduate of Fresno State and a frequent presenter on communications topics at local and regional seminars, and has also spoken at state and national conferences.

Nicholas Frey

UCSB Environmental Affairs Board and Frey Vineyards
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Nicholas Frey is a Junior studying Computer Science, Environmental Studies, and Technology Management at University of California Santa Barbara. Nicholas is currently the Co-Chair of the Environmental Affairs Board, the largest student run environmental organization on campus. Through active involvement in student government, he has collaborated on a wide variety of projects, ranging from campaigns to sustainability driven green building retrofits to the creation of a UCSB mobile app. Nicholas plans on using his education and experience to pursue a career at the intersection of technology, sustainability, and business. He enjoys playing music, being outdoors, and hackathons.

Bruce Jones

Hadfield Jones
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Bruce has experience as a successful practitioner and consultant in Digital Strategy, Technical Marketing, APIs, Developer Relations Programs, Developer Relationship Management (DRM), Developer Experience(DX), Business to Developer (B2D) Marketing, Internet of Things (IoT). Covering developer initiatives in the emerging verticals of Automotive, Digital Health, 3D Scanning and Printing, Personal Robotics, IoT, Big Data, Brain Wave Recognition and Wearables. He is an executive, entrepreneur, developer, risk taker, and Developer Evangelist in mobile, app store, hardware, payments and automotive. He is an inventor (5 patents pending), Author, App Publisher, Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist (VC).
Bruce has been active in the area of climate change awareness since 2006. After seeing the movie An Inconvenient Truth, he dug into his own research. Bruce was asked to join the Climate Change Project after submitting his research on global changes. He was trained in 2007, and has given over 100 presentations on climate change. He has also been active with the Silicon Valley 350, and the Citizens Climate Lobby. Helping to move the world toward green energy, as soon as possible is his most passionate interest. Bruce cannot think of a better way to volunteer than for the optimistic positive annual recognition of those who have moved the needle towards a carbon neutral environment.

Kendyl Cadell

UCSB/Environmental Affairs Board
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Kendyl is a second year student at UCSB, where she is the current Sustainable Business chair of the Environmental Affairs Board. She has a passion for environmental issues and takes great interest in policy matters, leading her to pursue a career in environmental law. She is happy to be a part of an organization that seeks to “recognize those pioneers, leaders, creators of excellence and visionaries who have made significant contributions to the Green industry.”
Go green!

Molly Watson

SDSU/Brookside Interiors
Molly Watson

Molly Watson is a senior at San Diego State University studying Interior Architecture and Sustainability. Her passion for both design and nature have lead her to focus on adaptive reuse and sustainable architecture and design. She is currently studying to take the LEED Green Associate exam. Molly has noticed that when it comes to design, sustainability is often something to strive for only when it fits the aesthetic and budget of a project. She would like to see sustainability as a standard in the design world. She is very interested in tackling the issue of urban sprawl as our population continues to grow and believes the issue lies within finding a balance between the need for privacy and respecting the environment. After college, she is hoping to focus on sustainable multi-use and multi-family buildings.

Pavady Senechaleunsouk

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Pavady is an aspiring Real Estate agent furthering her practice in Sustainable Development. Her passion for sustainability has encouraged her to seek a career in the green building industry to find common ground in both Sustainability and Real Estate. Furthermore, her ultimate goal is to open a distribution company of which provides both efficient and affordable materials for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Growing up in a Buddhist household, she has developed an awareness and passion for attaining a healthy and mindful lifestyle. A lifestyle that has led to her vegetarian diet and a love for exercise and nature. She also has much interest in Cultural Anthropology and classic films.