Board of Directors

 

DEVON HARTMAN

​President and Executive Director, CHERP Inc., CEO, Claremont|Pomona Locally Grown Power

Devon Hartman is now focusing his 35 years of experience in architecture, construction, and strategic business development on the field of Energy Efficiency and Solar PV. He is an expert in strategic business systems development, consumer-facing sales and marketing strategies and energy efficiency management operations in Home Performance. Newly retired from his decades-long role as Co-Founder and President of HartmanBaldwin Design/Build, Inc., he has Founded CHERP to form collaborative partnerships with cities, counties, community organizations, and contractors to promote sustainable building practices and the reduction of fossil fuel use in buildings throughout California and beyond. 

 

His award-winning architecture and construction work has garnered over 50 national awards, including the Gold Nugget Grand Prize from the Pacific Coast Builder’s Association and the Grand Prize Design Award from Remodeling Magazine. His work has been featured in numerous articles and interviews including Preservation, Wall Street Journal, Remodeling Magazine, LA Times and HGTV and he has worked in France, Peru, Brazil and Egypt. Devon is a General Contractor, Designer, Developer of VGM Santa Barbara, LEED AP, Green Point Rater, lecturer; consultant; community organizer/educator.

 

Board Member of Pando Populus, Founding Member of Efficiency First, Board Member of Efficiency First California and Sustainable Claremont, Founder of CHERP Inc.  (Community Home Energy Retrofit Project), Founder of Claremont|Pomona Locally Grown Power, Co-Founder and Project Consultant for the Pilgrim Place Energy Efficiency Project.    

DAVE ROBINSON

Green Earth Equities, Retired. Coach, Destination Imagination

With decades of energy efficiency, construction, community engagement, and business management experience, Dave brings to CHERP decades of experience, wise council, and a true heart for our mission. Dave spent 30 years as a General Building Contractor and for the last 20 years has focused primarily on reducing the use of fossil fuels in the building sector by applying building science performance metrics to accomplish deep-energy reduction retrofits for buildings. Passionate about the role that contractors can play in fighting global warming and, at the same time, improving the health and quality of life of the people living in his homes, Dave has become a national leader in the building science and construction industry. He served as President of the California Building Performance Association- now Efficiency First California- and received the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the National Home Performance Industry. This national award recognizes the single individual who has most advanced the home performance industry over the past year.
 

Dave then founded GreenEarthEquities, devoted to helping communities in the Fresno area recover from the recession. He bought foreclosed homes and installed complete energy retrofits along with some quality remodeling before selling them to first time home buyers, previously unable to enter the housing market. The concept is a win for all concerned: the homeowner gets an affordable home with lower bills and more comfort, the neighborhood has improved values, the workforce is supplied with green jobs, and the planet benefits from less carbon burned.
 

Dave followed “the Grand Babies” to Virginia where he and his wife, Luelle, now enjoy their three grandchildren. Luelle’s career as a travel agent causes Dave to investigate energy efficiency and renewable energy projects worldwide as he goes along on those travels and cruises, protecting Luelle from piracy on the high seas.😊
 

Dave is currently in seminary at The Living School, focused on social justice issues, and a Coach, working with Destination Imagination to inspire and equip our next generation of children to achieve anything they can imagine in life by building confidence and developing extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamworking skills.

MARK PETERSON

Citadel Ministries: Non-Profit Organizational Management/Development

Mark has a particularly wide-ranging mix of skill-sets, experiences, and passions that make him a valuable and trusted CHERP Board Member.  With a BS in Industrial Technology/Construction and as a licensed Real Estate Broker, Mark operated his Real Estate and Property Management business rehabilitating over 120 apartment units and houses. He is a building science expert and has been a certified energy efficiency CHEERS Rater since 1991 – one of the first in the profession.
 

Since the early 1990’s Mark has been following deeper interests in helping to form and manage several non-profit organizations focused on affordable housing, education, employment services, health access, and low-income community development. Over the decades he has developed expertise in non-profit organizational development, program/funding development, grant writing and project management. He currently consults to organizations on non-profit formation, articles/bylaws, Board development, financial planning, government compliance and fundraising/development strategies. He has assisted more than 175 groups in becoming non-profit, tax exempt (501(c)(3) organizations, served on numerous governing boards, and worked in staff positions of Executive Director.

 

Mark’s perspective has been shaped by a unique combination of private sector/non-profit experience, and an entrepreneurial mind set, experience and skills. CHERP’s mission perfectly overlaps with Mark’s as his continuing interests are focused on community and economic development for low-income cities, neighborhoods, and families.

DENNIS ALLEN

Chairman of the Board, Allen Construction

With now over 200 employees and offices in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Ojai, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles, Dennis began his career in building in 1975 because of a passionate interest in solar energy and a desire to use resources more sensibly. Since then, he has become a nationally recognized authority on environmentally friendly building practices. For over 30 years, he has taught courses on sustainable design and construction through the University of California Extension Program and at the Santa Barbara Community College Adult Education Program. He has spoken before the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, the national Remodelers Guild, and a variety of community groups on green building issues. His commentaries on sustainable solutions to environmental and social problems have been published locally, regionally, and nationally.

Dennis has tirelessly supported CHERP over the last 10 years with his passion for our mission, his deep experience in the critical role of buildings in the mitigation of climate change, and his world-wide network of resources and contacts.

 

Dennis is active in community organizations: The Sustainability Project, the Green Building Alliance, the Santa Barbara Contractors Association, and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Since 1995, he has served as a member of the County of Santa Barbara’s Innovative Building Review Program, which encourages energy efficiency and sustainable practices in building projects within the county. He chairs the Dean’s Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is founder of the Parade of Green Buildings, an annual event that exhibits the best local examples of green building to the public. He is currently working with the Valle Verde retirement community to transform their campus into a comprehensive, sustainable place that uses local, organic foods and bans toxic, polluting products.

 

In addition to his interest in sustainable land use planning, design, and construction, Dennis enjoys foreign languages, wilderness retreats, healthy cooking, and gracing the dance floor.

PAUL BROSCHE

CEO, PHB Management Advisory Group

Paul Brosche is a business leader, professional speaker, author and hands-on advisor to presidents, CEOs and management teams. He brings passion, commitment, insight and savvy business experience to his clients and audiences. A graduate of University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Paul has over 35 years’ experience in building and leading businesses—from Vice President Marketing and Sales for a leading U.S. household goods carrier, to Co-Founder and President of a multi-million dollar, full service marketing agency, to CEO of PHB Management Advisory Group, an advisory firm dedicated to CEO and senior team success.

 

Paul began his business career in marketing at NW Ayer West—one of the largest advertising agencies worldwide—and subsequently with Metromedia in Los Angeles, now Fox Broadcasting. He later became the Vice President of Marketing for the Moving and Storage Division of The Bekins Company. As Vice President, Paul sat on the senior management team, leading an in-house marketing group and nationwide sales force in designing and launching multi-million dollar marketing action plans for several of its key brands. In the early 1980s, Paul left Bekins to start and build his own business, The Practice Builder Agency, known now as Practice Builders. As its co-founder, he grew this enterprise to become the largest, full-service, marketing services agency in the U.S. exclusively serving a client base of professional practitioners—doctors, dentists, accountants, attorneys and others. For more than 17 years, he successfully co-led the agency to become the leading brand in professional practice marketing, serving thousands of practices and health care groups, nationwide, with marketing and sales consulting and advertising campaigns. Because of its success, the multi-million dollar agency was successfully sold to New Jersey-based, Medical World Communications.

 

Paul’s leadership experience is broad and diverse. He has a personable and unique counseling style and creative capability, to help improve the lives of owners and their employees. Through PHB Management Advisory Group, Paul brings his business leadership, enthusiasm and expertise to growth-stage business CEOs, Boards of Directors, and Advisory Boards in both the manufacturing and service sectors. Paul co-authored, “Take This Job and Shove It Love It – a parable for managers”, (Sycamore Canyon Publishing, 2010). Beginning in 1991, and for more than 15 years, Paul was an active member of Vistage (formerly The Executive Committee, also known as TEC), the international CEO membership organization, where he met with other CEOs each month, peer-to-peer, on critical business issues facing them. In addition, he has been an adjunct marketing faculty member at California State University, Fullerton, teaching undergraduate and MBA-level courses on sales and sales management.

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