One to Watch: Young Professional

The One to Watch – BIG Young Professional of the Year Award honors an innovator under 45 that is leading the way towards a more sustainable future. These individuals are judged based on their participation in their local/regional green building efforts, expertise in the field, innovation and accomplishments.

Nominated by: Home Builders Association of
Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties

Ryan is dedicated to a lasting career and impact in the country’s green building market. He entered the green building market in 2012 as a project manager for Advanced Energy in Raleigh, NC, supporting the nonprofit’s work to train builders and contractors on energy efficient construction practices. After two and a half years in the role, Ryan identified a new opportunity to form a trade association for NC builders and contractors working in new and existing high performance homes. Now nearly four years into his work at NCBPA, Ryan has led the launch of sister associations in GA, SC and MD, is leading workforce development efforts to support the availability of skilled labor for high performance home builders, and serves as the lead lobbyist and policy advocate for green building activity in NC.

Self Nominated

Elizabeth Gillmor is an energy consultant that is changing the way people think about designing and building multifamily projects. She started her own firm in 2015, Energetics Consulting Engineers, LLC. Since then, her little energy consulting firm has exploded as her clients recognize the value of her contribution to their buildings. In just the last two years, Elizabeth has consulted on over 15,000 multifamily dwelling units, including more than 1500 affordable housing units. Many of her projects are on track to achieve green certification such as NGBS, Enterprise Green Communities, and LEED certification. Her work has helped teams reduce their mortgage insurance premiums, achieve tax credit financing, and receive millions of dollars in utility rebates.

Nominated by: Master Builders Association of
King and Snohomish Counties

Anthony and his team at Dwell Development are working around the clock to build more housing at an affordable price for the city’s new residents. Affordable green homes are the way of the future and Anthony Maschmedt is on a personal mission to turn the whole city green. He serves on the board of Built Green, the Master Builder’s Association of King and Snohomish Counties residential green building program and is constantly offering his time to speak at various events about green building. Anthony is always looking for the best and most efficient approach to building green whether it’s trying a new technique, new technology or new material, he is always pushing the limits of green building. He has shared his unique approach with the local community at presentations and speaking events to help lead other builders in the community to build more energy efficient homes.

Nominated by: Home Builders Association of
Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties

Only 12 years into his career, Lee has already risen as a leader in sustainable construction and land development, influencing thousands of industry professionals across the nation. Lee demonstrates unrivaled tenacity and integrity along with humility that makes him an invaluable partner and influencer. Lee has played a vital role in transforming both the local and national home building industry. Lee is an active member and rising board member of the HBA of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. He embodies the hallmark characteristics of a leader, but what is truly impressive is his ability to leverage these traits to inspire action. Lee’s commitment to the home building industry through visionary leadership has impacted builders both locally and nationally.