USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Board of Directors and Advisory Council

Board of Directors

Lacey Willard, Chair
Raymond Kaiser, Vice-Chair
Robert Ingham, Treasurer
Kent Walling, Secretary
Jennifer Stutler, Immediate Past President
Chris Ressler, Southwest Florida Branch Chair
Ross Russo, Myakka River Branch Chair
Tony Stefan, Myakka River Branch Chair
Taylor Ralph, Tampa Bay Branch Chair
Sean Williams, Tampa Bay Branch Representative
Judah Rubin, Board Member
Josh Bomstein, Board Member, Past President
Drew Smith, Board Member
Advisory Council

The following individuals have been recognized by our Board of Directors for their special contributions of time, talent, expertise and sponsorship tied to our Chapter. As members of the Chapter Advisory Council, their wealth of knowledge and experience have set them apart as distinctive contributors to the Chapter, and they are tapped by the current Board for special assignments and counsel. Chapter Advisory Council membership is an honorary appointment and a non-voting position in relation to the Board of Directors. We honor and thank the following Chapter ambassadors for their ongoing contributions to the Chapter.

Michael Carlson
Stephen Koontz
John Toppe

Lacey Willard, Chair

Lacey Willard is the Associate Director for Recovery & Restructuring Services in Florida for CBRE, leading the receivership and distressed asset portfolio management program, business development and client relations efforts for the world's premier, full-service real estate services company. 
Combining more than 14 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry with a law degree and academic focus in real property and corporate-related matters, Lacey has participated in nearly 100 active receivership assets across the State of Florida.

As a Receiver and distressed asset portfolio manager of all product types, Lacey and her team first provide stabilization efforts through concentration on financial analysis, risk mitigation, funds pursuit, legal review, environmental analysis, remedying deferred maintenance, lease renegotiation, capital improvement completion, reduction of expenses, and contract administration. Once stabilized, she leads her team to add value by partnering with brokers to capture new tenants, retain existing tenants, and/or market the asset for sale.

Prior to joining CBRE, Lacey managed a portfolio of government-owned and leased commercial real estate as a Senior Manager and Contracting Officer in the federal public sector. Key accomplishments included an International Building of the Year Award, a published work “Proposing Tips” in Services Magazine, and selection as a FEMA real estate representative.

Lacey is a Member of the Florida Bar; maintains status as a Real Estate Sales Associate in the State of Florida; and has been a Real Property Administrator through BOMI since 2003. She is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law, where she received a Juris Doctor & Master of Business Administration. Her undergraduate career was at Purdue University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts, and Indiana University, where she completed an Accounting Fellowship.

In addition to her volunteer service as the Chair of the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Lacey is the Past Chair for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Tampa Bay; BOMA Florida’s Vice Chair and Government Affairs Co-Chair; and BOMA International's Vice Chair of State Government Affairs.  Originally from Indiana, this finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year award 
lives in Wesley Chapel with her husband, Grant, and their children, Presley and Bailey. 

Raymond Kaiser, Vice-Chair
Raymond Kaiser, LEED AP, is the Director of Green Building Services for Stewart Engineering. Raymond has considerable experience in renewable and sustainable energy strategies and technologies, and has provided energy and environmental consulting to State and local agencies, private developers, architects and building owners.

Raymond has served as a LEED Consultant and/or Commissioning Agent for more than 30 USGBC LEED projects in a variety of sectors, including governmental, multi-family, commercial (including grocery and other retail projects), medical and mixed-use (including a LEED Platinum Net Zero Energy commercial mixed-use campus project).

Raymond has served as a consultant on the State of Florida’s task force on Florida’s Energy Future. He is the former Executive Director of the Florida House Institute, a leading environmental nonprofit organization. An active speaker on energy-related topics, he has presented at colleges and universities and for a wide range of professional, business and civic organizations, including Cornell University, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, the Tampa BAY MPO, and several state conferences (e.g., Sustainable Florida, Florida Engineering Society, Florida Planning and Zoning Association and the AIA), and a regional EPA Sustainability conference.

Prior to his energy and environmental work, Raynond had a 20-year career in the computer industry. In his last assignment, he served as Business Products Manager in Corporate Strategy & Worldwide Business Development for Lexmark International, a Fortune 500 company.
Originally from Bronx, NY, Raymond attended Catholic University of America for four years and majored in American Government. He lives in Sarasota with his wife, Cheryl, and son, Zeban.
Robert Ingham, Treasurer
Bob Ingham joined Gregory, Sharer & Stuart in 2005, bringing more than 20 years of public accounting experience to the firm. Prior to joining GSS, he worked with the Florida assurance practice of Ernst & Young. Bob leads the audit practice of the firm’s Construction and Real Estate Development Team. His industry experience includes providing accounting and audit services to domestic and multi-national public, private and not-for-profit enterprises, focusing on companies in the construction, insurance, real estate and hospitality industries.

Bob earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1988 from the University of South Florida. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida, and is also a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP).
In addition to his Board service as Treasurer for the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Bob has served as Chair of the FICPA Construction Industry Conference; is past-president of the Construction Financial Management Association – Tampa Bay Chapter; and is a member of both the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA and FICPA).  He is also actively involved in his local youth soccer community and is past Treasurer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast.

Bob is a frequent speaker on a variety of accounting- and auditing-related topics, and has made presentations to or on behalf of a great many organizations, including the Construction Financial Management Association, the Association of Building Contractors, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
Bob and his wife, Julie, live in St. Petersburg and have two grown children.  

Kent Walling, Secretary
Kent Walling is the Director of Operations for Central Florida for Taylor & Mathis, overseeing property management and development across Central Florida. Kent joined Taylor & Mathis in 1996 as an assistant property manager at the Perimeter Center office park in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1997, he was promoted to Property Manager for Buckhead Plaza, a 450,000 sf office and retail project also located in Atlanta, and in 2000 he relocated to Tampa to serve as the Property Manager for 1.5 million sf portfolio for MetLife. In 2003, Kent was promoted to Director of Operations for Central Florida and currently oversees the management of 3.6 million sf of office, industrial and retail projects in Tampa Bay, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Kent is originally from Houston, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Finance. In addition to his involvement in the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter as a Board member, Kent is member of the Westshore Alliance and BOMA where he currently serves as past president of the BOMA Southern Region and member of the BOMA International Industrial Committee. Kent lives in Tampa with his wife, Lauren, and their daughter, Emily.

Jennifer Stutler, Immediate Past President

Jenn Stutler, LEED AP BD+C, is a Business Development and Construction Management Professional with more than 15 years of experience in the industry, specializing in identifying, developing and implementing new construction projects and renovations in the educational, healthcare and municipal markets. In 2012, she was named to ENR's "Top 20 under 40" winners, which highlight 20 individuals under the age of 40 who represent the "Best-of-the-Best" in their construction and design careers by giving back to their industry and communities.

This past year, Jenn has pulled together her extensive project and business development experience and started her own firm -- BDN Solutions. Jenn offers her clients a guiding hand in business betterment -- both internal and external -- giving her customers the tools needed to secure more work and take their businesses to the next level. Stated simply, she helps them become more sustainable.

As a Board member for both the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and Sustainable Florida, Jenn has worked on a variety of local community and state initiatives seeking better focus on sustainability in the build environment and as a whole. She attributes her passion for sustainability to the work she did for Dr. Charles Kibert while at the University of Florida. On the topic of sustainability in the built environment and corporate responsibilities, Jenn notes, “We as General Contractors and Construction Managers have a corporate responsibility to conduct our businesses in an environmentally conscious, sustainable way. From recycling our own waste internally in our corporate offices, to retraining our subcontractors to thinking consciously about waste and air quality, once you embrace this as a corporate lifestyle, it's no longer a 'green' pitch to clients. It's a statement of our culture.” Jenn also serves on the Board of Directors of Sarasota County Leadership.

Originally from Sebring, FL, Jenn is a graduate of the University of Florida, ME Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction Program. Jenn and her husband, Denver, live in Sarasota and Tallahassee, with their children, Kaitlyn and Jaidyn (twins), Chandler and DJ.

Chris Ressler, Southwest Florida Branch Chair
Chris Ressler, LEED AP BD+C and Associate AIA, is an Associate Principal at Studio Plus -- a healthcare-centric architecture firm with offices in Fort Myers, Tampa and California. He has been practicing architecture in multiple states for 10 years, and has overseen the certification of several LEED Certified projects in Southwest Florida and Virginia. 
A Founding Member of the Branch, he has served a variety of roles in the Southwest Florida Branch for the past five years, and is currently the Branch's Chair. Chris also sits as Chair for the Lee County Community Sustainability Advisory Committee. A graduate of Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary, Chris lives in Fort Myers with his wife, Faith, and two bulldogs.

Ross Russo, Myakka River Branch chair
Ross Russo is Vice President of Jon F. Swift, one of the area's leading commercial contractors serving Sarasota and Manatee County public- and private-sector clients for more than 30 years. He offers 26 years of project management experience specializing in sustainable design and construction techniques for public/private commercial construction projects using the design/build, construction management and competitive bid contract delivery methods.

As a LEED AP BC+D, Ross managed Whole Foods Market, the first LEED Certified commercial project in downtown Sarasota. He also worked on the first Certified LEED for Schools project in Sarasota County -- Atwater Elementary School.

Ross has a passion for clean water and has championed several water-filtration projects with Rotary International to provide potable water to thousands of people in Southern India.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the College of Architecture at the University of Florida, and is a Certified International Project Manager accredited by the American Academy of Project Managers.

Ross and his wife, Lori, have been married 27 years. They live in Palmetto and have two grown sons --Nick and his wife, Kelley, live in Bradenton, and Anthony serves in the Marine Corps.

Tony Stefan, Myakka River Branch Chair
Tony Stefan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP O+M, is the Owner/Principal of Antony Stefan Architect PLLC, a boutique architectural design firm specializing in custom residential remodeling in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Over the last 15 years, Tony has worked in both the design and construction sides of the industry, on a variety of residential, commercial and institutional projects. His Gamble Creek Visitors' Center in Parrish earned LEED Certified status in 2013.
Tony serves on the Chapter's Board of Directors, and is the immediate Past Chair of the Myakka Branch. He was honored with the Branch Member of the Year award for 2013, and Branch Volunteer of the Year award in 2010. His leadership in Green Schools is recognized in 2014 through the Sarasota County PALS program, for Outstanding Innovative Project for the Gocio Elementary Permaculture Garden. Tony also has served since 2009 on Sarasota County’s Development Services Advisory Committee.

Tony earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998, and his Bachelor of Design of Architecture from the University of Florida in 1994, graduating with Honors and a Certificate in Environmental Studies.

Taylor Ralph, Tampa Bay Branch Chair
Taylor Ralph, LEED AP BD+C, is the President and Founder of REAL Building Consultants, LLC, a firm specializing in providing comprehensive sustainability consulting services to large building owners, developers and design teams. With more than seven years of project experience working on innovative buildings of all types, Taylor’s breadth of knowledge helps him provide a well-rounded approach to creating high-performance and sustainable projects.

In 2006, Taylor co-founded REAL Building Group, a boutique Design/Build firm specializing in creating high-performance custom homes and small commercial projects. Realizing his passions drove him to work on larger projects, Taylor left REAL Building Group in 2011 and founded REAL Building Consultants to deliver sustainability services to Developers, Owners, Architects, Engineers, Contractors and end-users.

In addition to his involvement as Chair of the Tampa Bay Branch of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Taylor is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, USGBC National, and is a frequent speaker and guest writer on issues of environmental performance and the built environment.

Taylor is a graduate of the University of Florida where he received a Masters in International Business, focusing his studies on Sustainable Business Development, and lives in Tampa with his wife, Caitlin, and son, Stokes.

Sean Williams, Tampa Bay Branch Representative
Sean Williams, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, is an accomplished professional Architect with 10+ years of progressive experience and comprehensive knowledge/expertise in LEED sustainable design and Biomimicry principles. Sean is the principal of OT+9 Design, an architectural design studio located in St. Petersburg. He has project experience in all phases of the design process for clients of many different industry sectors, including justice, sports, higher education, science/technology, healthcare, cultural, and aviation.

Sean’s specialties include LEED certification and consulting, Living Building Challenge, Biomimicry design, sustainable design and business mapping, architectural design, problem solving and more.

Sean has served on the Boards of the local and regional USGBC since 2010, participating in many different capacities. His passion for sustainable design has been applied to projects in the USA, Saudi Arabia and South America for more than 1 million sf of complex and innovative designs.

Originally from St. Petersburg, FL and a graduate of the University of Florida with a Master's degree in Architecture, Sean lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two daughters.

Judah Rubin, Board Member

Judah Rubin is the President of IntraCoastal Environmental (ICE) and the owner and manager of Rubin Real Estate Advisors (RREA). ICE is an emergency response and environmental services operation providing industrial cleaning, remediation and product handling for a variety of industries throughout the southeastern United States. As President of ICE, Judah’s responsibilities include management of all corporate infrastructure, contract negotiations with customers, state, local and federal agencies, and oversight of both the financial and operational performance of the company.

RREA is a real estate development management consulting practice that builds upon Judah’s background in architecture, construction, finance, entitlement and development to deliver intelligent solutions for customers in the built environment. Serving both the residential and commercial markets alike, Judah has been involved in development projects that include high-end custom homes; medical office and outpatient treatment facilities; industrial, electronics manufacturing and retail projects of all types; and office and educational facilities. Consulting services include traditional development management and product delivery as well as niche services like tax equity financing, cost segregation studies, expert witness testimony, eminent domain consulting and LEED consulting services in support of project certification.

Prior to ICE and RREA, Judah worked with Pro-Ject International to deliver real estate development management and consulting services. He was also a project manager with North American Properties – SE (NAPSE) in Fort Myers, where he was involved in the design, entitlement and project delivery of retail projects throughout the southeastern USA. At NAPSE, Judah led the LEED Certification of the first Publix-anchored shopping center in the country, followed by a series of LEED Certification projects in grocery, retail, educational and office sectors.

As an advocate for sustainability, Judah has been a speaker to a variety of organizations including BOMA, USGBC, ULI and others. He has led advocacy trips to Tallahassee and has been a representative for our local Chapter in Washington, DC. Since his involvement in the formation of the Fort Myers Branch of our Chapter, Judah has continued his service to the Florida Gulf Chapter in a variety of capacities, including Board service.

Judah is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design from the College of Architecture and a Master of Science from the M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction. Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Judah and his wife, Jennifer, live in Tampa with their three daughters.

Josh Bomstein, Board Member, Past President
Joshua Bomstein, LEED AP BD+C, is Vice President of Business Development for Creative Contractors, a leading commercial contractor headquartered in Clearwater and building throughout West Central Florida. Prior to joining Creative Contractors, Josh spent seven years in Santa Barbara, CA, working in the publishing industry for McGraw-Hill Companies.

Recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” by the Gulf Coast Business Review, Josh is active in the Tampa Bay community. In addition to his volunteer Board service with the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, his community Board service includes the USGBC Florida-Caribbean Regional Committee; the Pinellas County Contractor Prequalification Committee; the Pinellas County Economic Development Council; the Pinellas County Education Foundation – Career Education Board; the Legacy Institute for Nature and Culture; and CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse). 

Josh is a respected and recognized leader in the green building movement. He has been a featured speaker at professional forums statewide and regionally. Josh was responsible for securing the first LEED Certification for a public building in the Tampa Bay area (Dunedin Community Center), as well as the University of South Florida’s first LEED Certified project (Science & Technology Building – LEED Gold). Most recently, Josh was instrumental in earning LEED Platinum Certification for the new Largo Community Center, one of the greenest buildings in the State of Florida.

Josh was born and raised in Dunedin, FL.  He is a graduate of Emory University and currently lives in Tampa with his wife, Lindsay, son, Will, and daughter, Phoebe.

Michael Carlson,, Advisory Council, Past President
Michael Carlson has been practicing architecture in Florida since 1989. He founded Carlson Studio Architecture in 1997, for which he serves as President. His interest and study of sustainable-design principles began in the early 1980s as an architecture student at Ball State’s College of Architecture & Planning and the Center for Energy Research/Education/Service.

His Sarasota-based firm has focused since 2000 on high-performance design -- from government and educational facilities to residential design, office buildings, nonprofit organizations, restaurants, interior-tenant buildouts, and healthcare facilities. Michael has completed successful projects throughout Florida and held the distinction for having a project that was the highest scoring LEED NC project in the State of Florida from 2005-2009. He is also the architect of the LEED Platinum HGTV Green Home 2009. Michael combines his diverse project experience with an ongoing dedication to quality in the built environment through sustainable design and building practices.
Michael is a founding Board member of the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (in 2003) and recently completed a 10-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chapter, serving in many Chair capacities. In 2009, he established the Sarasota/Manatee Branch of the Chapter, and served as its founding Chair. He is also the past Chair of the USGBC Florida-Caribeean Regional Committee, highlighting a seven-year Board term with that volunteer group. 
Michael has been a member of the American Institute of Architects National AIA since 1989, and was the AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter COTE Chair and Treasurer from 1997-2004. He has also given back to his community in many civic manners, including Board service with the Sarasota Housing Authority (Chair, 2012-13), as well as Board service with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce (Green Business Leadership Council Chair, 2009-11).
Originally from Michigan, Michael and his wife, Grace, live in Sarasota, have four grown children and love to travel 
Stephen M. Koontz, Advisory Council

Stephen Koontz is responsible for leading Tampa Bay Trane’s Energy Services business, identifying, developing and implementing building retrofits and operational changes that help owners achieve green, high-performance buildings. Since joining Trane in 1997, he has implemented more than $100 million in energy-savings projects. These projects are saving his clients in excess of $10 million every year.

As a leader in the green-building movement, Stephen has served the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter in many capacities, including Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. He has provided training to more than 1,000 local building industry professionals preparing for the LEED Accredited Professional exam. In 2009, he was appointed by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio to the Mayor’s Energy Conservation Task Force.

Stephen's community activities include serving as the Chair of the Hillsborough Community College Education Foundation, and Co-Chair for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Energy Services Coalition, and the 2007 Class of Leadership Tampa. He has also authored several papers on energy efficiency and is a much sought-after speaker for local civic and professional organizations. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, and he is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED AP.

Stephen is a native of Florida, as is his wife, Loralee. The Koontz’s reside in South Tampa with their three young boys, Creighton (8), Asher (6) and Edan (3).

John Toppe, Advisory Council, Past President
John Toppe, AIA, LEED AP, is a St. Petersburg-based architect and planner who specializes in the conceptualization and design of performing arts and public projects, as well as museums, exhibitions and libraries.

John was the founding president of Florida’s first Chapter of the USGBC, our own Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. He was one of the original members of the organizing group that initiated discussions in May 2003 that culminated in the formation of the three initial USGBC Chapters: Florida Gulf Coast, Central and South Florida.

John was the founding Chair of the USGBC’s Florida Caribbean Regional Council, serving on the national Chapter Steering Committee for six years. He chaired the CSC’s LEED for Schools Advocacy Task Team, the national Board representation Task Team, and the Chapters-National Collaboration Working Group. He was also the CSC’s representative on the USGBC’s Emerging Green Builders Task Force which developed the USGBC Students program, and he represented the CSC on the national Board of Directors Nominating Committee.

John has spoken extensively thoughout Florida and nationally about green buildings and sustainability. Presentations include Risk Management and LEED at the 2008 Caribbean Green Expo and at Greenbuild 2009, and It’s Easy to be Green at the 2009 Insurance Industry Loss Executives Association National Convention. He co-chaired the Florida-Caribbean Regional Council’s Haiti Rebuilding Charrette in 2010.

John is a registered architect in Florida, Maryland and North Carolina, and provides master planning and design services for theatres, libraries and sustainability consulting on a national basis, with recent projects in California, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland and Oregon. He was the sustainability consultant for the Pinellas County School Board’s first two LEED Certified schools and the first Subway LEED Silver Certified prototype.

He is presently serving his second term as a member of the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design. John was elected Vice Chair of the BOAID for 2014.

John grew up in Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree and a Master of Arts in Architecture graduate degree from the University of Florida. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Melanie.

Drew Smith, Board Member
Drew Smith is Chief Operating Officer of Two Trails, Inc., one of the nation’s premier green-building certification companies. Drew has been involved in green building for more than 14 years. After many years as a contractor building projects throughout Florida, he formed Two Trails out of a desire to help builders, developers and homeowners understand the process of green building and to provide the knowledge to easily bring their green projects to life.

Drew and his firm are deeply rooted in all aspects of green building. His firm has accomplished many firsts in the green-building industry.  He has completed more than 270 LEED projects, including the first LEED Platinum public school in the USA; the highest-scoring LEED Platinum home in the country; four out of the six highest scoring LEED homes in the world; and his Power Haus project was named USGBC LEED project of the year in 2011. Drew was named 2013 NAHB Green Building Advocate of the year, and Two Trails won the 2013 NAHB Green Multifamily project of the year. The Home Innovation Labs recognized Drew with the 2013 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence Award, and he was also the Certified Green Professional of the year (NAHB) in 2010, and Certifying Agent of the year (FGBC) in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Drew is the first and current Governor-appointed Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida. He was also appointed as a NAHB National Director and to the NAHB Energy & Green Sub-Committee for the National Association of Homebuilders. He is currently the President of the Building Industry Association of Manatee Sarasota. He is a State Director, Area VI VP and Green Council Chair for the Florida Homebuilders Association, and the Founding President and current Board member of the Florida Green Building Coalition. Drew is also a Board member of the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. He is a Trustee on the Future Builders of America Foundation; Past Chair of the Green Building Council of the Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota; Past Chair of the Myakka River Branch and the LEED for Homes Committee; a member of the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Builders and Developers Advisory Committee; and, of course, a longstanding member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Drew lives in Parrish with his wife and business partner, Debbie. They have a son, Tom, who works for the company, along with four grandchildren who all live in Naperville IL. He also has a parrot rescue and a startup vineyard on his family's property.
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