Board Candidates

Board Candidates

FGBC Board of Directors Candidate Nominations 2016
(In alphabetical order)

 

James E. Barnes
Assistant Village Manager
Village of Wellington
Wellington, FL
Board Category: Governmental
Jim Barnes is Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Wellington, Florida. Barnes joined the Village in 2003 and previously served in several posts including, Director of Operations, Deputy Director of Operations, Parks & Recreation Director, Deputy Director of Environmental & Engineering Services, and Assistant Director of Community Services. Barnes is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners with an advanced specialty certification in Environmental Planning, and is a Certified Parks Recreation Professional by the National Recreation & Park Association. Additionally, he is a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association. Barnes leads many of Wellington’s sustainability efforts in its operations and projects having  completed and occupied a LEED Gold Municipal Complex and achieving Gold Certified Green Local Government status from the Florida Green Building Coalition.
   
Mike Bonts
President
Mike Bonts Public Relations (MBPR Group)
Jacksonville, FL
Board Category: Public Advocate
Mike Bonts specializes in public relations, brand development and marketing communications to include media relations, special events and social media. Strategic counsel and planning is offered to companies and individuals to increase visibility, create brand awareness, and add value to their products, services and reputations. He spent over 10 years as communications director for the Northeast Florida Builders Association, seven as PR director for Renaissance Creative, a major real estate brand development firm, and time as a newspaper editor, reporter, publicist and broadcaster. Mike was appointed to the Board in 2016 to fill an open position and is now seeking re-election. For the past few months he has been instrumental in developing FGBC brand awareness efforts.
   
Cindy Hall
President
EcoSolutions Marketing, Inc.
Jensen Beach, FL
Board Category: Products
Cindy Hall currently serves as Chair of the FGBC Programs and Promotions Committee and is a Past President and Board Member of FGBC. She is an independent consultant and account manager for small businesses as well as in independent sales representative for several hardscape material manufacturers. Cindy has been involved in green building and the FGBC since 2007. In that same year, she founded and chaired the Treasure Coast Builders Association’s (TCBA) Green Building Council to help educate local builders. She remained the chair for the next 4 years. Cindy has been an active participant in many of the FGBC committees, primarily Programs & Promotions, Green Trends, and Membership. She initiated the FGBC Regional Liaison program and serves as Regional Liaison for the Treasure Coast region.  She currently serves on the executive boards of the TCBA and is a Past 2nd Vice President and current Life Director of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA). In 2010 Cindy received the FHBA “Woman of Distinction” award for her contributions to the industry.
   
Gregory (Greg) M. Hardwick
President
Hardwick General Contracting, Inc.
Maitland, FL
Board Category: Development & Construction
Greg Hardwick is president and owner of Hardwick G.C. in Maitland and has over 22 years of experience in the multi-million dollar construction business. He is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) through the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is designated as a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), part of the first Certified Green Professional (CGP) graduating class, and one of the first 10 to achieve the Master CGP. He served as president of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Metro Orlando in 2013 and was instrumental in establishing the local HBA Green Building Committee, serving as the group’s founding Chairman. He is a National Director for the NAHB and a State Director for the Florida Home Builder Association (FHBA) and serves on the 20 Member National Custom Home Builder’s Council. Hardwick also volunteers on the Orange County Board of Construction Codes and Appeals (Past Chair) and has served on the Orange County Sustainability Council.
   
Jessica Knutson
Partner
GreenBuilt Solutions
Orlando, FL
Board Category: At-Large
Jessica Knutson is a solutions-oriented project manager offering a strong balance between business savvy and technical capabilities. Possesses 20 years of experience contributing to projects as a developer, business analyst and project manager as needed. Able to communicate with developers, management, and executive clients equally well. Leverages expertise in software architecture, numerous programming languages and technologies, Enterprise architecture methodologies, vendor selection and management, project management and coordination to align day-to-day operations with business goals and client objectives. Capitalizes on superior communication skills to establish and develop solid, increasingly valuable client and vendor relationships. Builds and spearheads top-performing teams, providing guidance, training, and support needed to ensure on-time and within-budget delivery of high-quality products and services. Jessica’s skill set includes: Project management, strategic planning, business consulting, financial management, proposal development business analysis, operations & program management, process improvement, contractor relations communication and interpersonal skills, staff training and mentoring, and team leadership and motivation.
   
Jeremy Nelson
Owner
GreenGov, LLC.
Orlando, FL
Board Category: At-Large
Mr. Nelson is the owner of GreenGov, LLC. and a consultant for local government sustainability programs. Jeremy has worked with and guided over 50 cities and counties. Prior to launching GreenGov, LLC, Mr. Nelson worked for the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) for over eight years, conducting energy efficiency research and promoting sustainability education. Mr. Nelson holds an MBA from the University of Central Florida.
   
Nate Ritter
Director of Sustainability
GreenBuilt Solutions
Orlando, FL
Board Category: Design & Analysis
Nate Ritter is a principal and founder of GreenBuilt Solutions. With the goal of reducing the environmental impacts of our buildings, he started GreenBuilt Solutions in 2012 to help builders, developers, and owners incorporate green building practices into their projects. He is the current FGBC President, an FGBC Certifying Agent, LEED AP BD+C & Homes, and holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Construction Management from Drexel University. Nate is currently the chair of the Homes Committee, led the High Rise committee through a major revision and had the vision to start a Campus certification path for projects with multiple buildings. Nate is a vocal advocate of sustainability, not only in the building industry but all walks of life. He spends his time promoting sustainability through transportation alternatives, developing places not buildings, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and water conservation. Nate works under the assumption our society will transform incrementally toward becoming self-sustaining once enough people have the will.