Panel Discussions at the Great Green Business Search

With a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce the esteemed panel discussions focused on Raising Green in the Desert and being Legally Green as part of the event.

Raising Green in the Desert
Moderator Rich Endicott, President of The Biltmore Bank Arizona
Rich EndicottRich Endicott is the Market Manager and President of The Biltmore Bank of Arizona.  Mr. Endicott has been in Commercial Banking providing financial service assistance to small and middle market businesses for 32-Years. Rich assumed the role of President at Biltmore Bank in 2008. Among his other responsibilities Rich developed and leads the Banks energy initiatives:  These include the development of financing and banking programs for energy related Manufactures, Distributors, Developers and Integrators. Biltmore Bank has helped finance or structure solar projects and programs for Arizona’s Public Schools, Airports, and Universities including ASU and U of A and a number of non-profits throughout Maricopa County.  Rich attended KU in Lawrence and later the Duke University Deutsche management program.

Andy Lombard, Venture Ready – MIT Enterprise Form Phoenix
Michael Katz, Greener Capital
Anil Jain, Brightmonk Innovation
Charlie Lewis, Venture Catalyst

Legally Green

George ChenModerator George C. Chen, Partner at Bryan Cave, LLP.
George Chen partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters.

Franc del Fosse, Snell & Wilmer
Kimberly Washawsky, Greenberg Traurig
Eric Menkhus, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU

Register to attend the Great Green Business Search and participate in the lively panel discussions in addition to voting for the People’s Choice Award in the fast-pitch business competition.


Meet the Contestants in the Great Green Business Search 2012

Great Green Business SearchWith a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce the 2012 Great Green Business Search Contestants. Learn more about these local innovators and get ready to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Algal Micro Farms, Ltd
Jeffrey Scott
Algal Micro Farms, Ltd designs and builds small efficient closed loop systems designed to grow algae.  Algal Micro Farms provides an alternate and supplement to conventional agriculture. Our farms grow basic nutrients that can help prevent starvation.

Arbsource, LLC
Mark Sholin
Arbsource uses biotechnology to transform wastewater treatment from a costly energy liability into a valuable resource for food and beverage companies.  For half the cost, we provide identical treatment speed and quality with our patent-pending and exclusively licensed Arbcell biotechnology.  Savings are realized through an up to 70% reduction in electricity consumption and 80% reduction in solid waste biomass.

Cornerstone Conservation Group, LLC/Power Verde, INC
Bryce Johnson
Cornerstone Conservation Group LLC (CCG) has developed a process that is a totally green electrical power generation system using patented, revolutionary, heat recovery/co-generation technology. Unlike Solar or Wind power generating systems, which are intermittently productive (based upon atmospheric conditions); CCG’s electrical generators capture heat and convert that energy into electricity, 24/7/365. This heat can be obtained from natural sources (such as geothermal), waste heat from residential, commercial or industrial processes (such as furnaces), and methane from land fill or Biomass (manure or agricultural byproducts). Capturing and converting this waste, economically, into valuable electricity not only maximizes the efficiency of mechanical systems or biological heat producing processes, while eliminating emissions into the atmosphere.

Eco Aluminum Pallets
Peter Johnson
Eco Aluminum Pallet is an Arizona Corporation and is excited to present its unique aluminum pallet, a concept in the aluminum pallet industry because of its superior design, which incorporates all aluminum components that are assembled without welds creating a pallet that can be repaired when damaged.  Our pallet, in comparison to all other aluminum pallets being marketed today goes far beyond the welded pallet in its ability to be simply and cost-effectively repaired creating a longer life span.

Helius Illumination
James Caviness
Helius Illumination, LLC is a wholesale Lighting Manufacturer specializing in commercial LED lighting.  Helius has developed a patented LED commercial lighting fixture with a number of commercial applications.  While LED is not unique the Helius LED lighting system is a 2nd generation smart light fixture that is economical in all large commercial applications.

PinfoB, LLC
Nick Labadie
We drastically increase the efficiency and ROI of direct and email marketing campaigns by providing unprecedented access to and data about consumers. The resulting hyper-relevant ad targeting is possible by collecting extremely detailed behavioral and personal profiles directly from our members, the consumers, on a free web-based platform. Our members voluntarily provide this information with the understanding that we will broker their data and return the proceeds to them.

Precision Shade
Jack Anderson
Arizonans have a love/hate relationship with sunshine. We love our good weather but seek respite and escape during a good portion of the year. Arizona’s growth took off with the widespread use of commercial and residential air conditioning. Millions of tons of air conditioning place a heavy burden on our energy future. Proper architectural design can mitigate that burden. I have developed an AutoCAD based 3D design tool that will generate site specific shade geometry.

Recycle Path
Christopher J. Petroff
Recycle Path is a Phoenix based recycling/waste start-up that is changing the way Waste and Recycling are serviced in commercial and multi-family applications.  We have developed a commercial dumpster that can handle both Waste and Recycling.  The dumpster has been designed with two chambers that operate independently of one another and allow multiple pick-ups to occur from a single dumpster.  A locking mechanism enables Recycle Path to service one side of the dumpster at a time.  Recycle Path has created a cost-effective way for commercial and multi-family clients to offer and service waste and recycling.

reNature, Inc.
David A. Metoyer
reNature, Inc. is a local start-up company committed to implementing core concepts of sustainability.  The company has been developing a bioreactor technology capable of diverting organic waste out of the waste stream and processing it a nutrient rich fertilizer product.

Ride & Bike
Trevor Meiss
In bike sharing, kiosks of ten to twenty bikes are placed at convenient locations around the city. Users can walk up to the kiosk, check out a bike, ride it around the city, and then return it to any kiosk.  The kiosks are solar-powered, have an advanced locking system, and are easily installed.

Solar Brand Cookers
Dave Thompson
Solar-Brand makes a full line of solar cookers, from a low cost unit for relief agencies and the military, to more advanced versions for the camping and luxury market.  All models purify water and cook, and are based on thermal technologies that use a parabolic reflective surface to concentrate light and heat from the sun, and focus it on the cooking surface.  Our parabolic cookers can reach high temperatures to cook food and purify water quickly and easily.

Solar Pool Technologies, Inc.
Paul Sim
Solar Pool Technologies, Inc. combines solar energy and robotics to create energy-saving pool cleaning products for residential home owners who want to reduce the cost and hassle associated with maintaining a swimming pool.

Sustainable Packaging Solutions
Dave Williamson
Sustainable Packaging Solutions is a packaging, sales, and distribution service offered to companies within the beverage industry.

Tempe Aquaponics LLC
Gabriel Sanchez
Tempe Aquaponics LLC is a new venture based on the emerging sustainable agriculture technique of aquaponics. Our goal is to help solve the economic, environmental and social problems associated with current conventional agricultural practices and food distribution systems. By harnessing the emerging agricultural technology of aquaponics, a combination of hydroponics (water-based gardening) and aquaculture (fish cultivation), we will develop an urban agricultural model that will produce “work, wealth, and health” for our local community.

VermiSoks, LLC
Miguel Jardine
VermiSoks is a closed-loop solution for quickly converting large amounts of food waste into a platform for growing food without toxic chemicals in urban environments.  We provide large food waste producers an economical solution to handling their food waste that is safe for the environment and beneficial to their local community.

Register to attend the Great Green Business Search and place your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Great Green Business Search Judges

With a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

Great Green Business SearchThe Great Green Business Search competition accelerates the launch of your green startup with valuable pitch training, financing mentorship and local green economy networking opportunities.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce an esteemed panel of judges including:

Todd Belfer

Todd Belfer

Managing Partner, Canal Partners

Mr. Belfer is a managing partner at Canal Partners, LLC, a private equity firm that provides professional investor capital to software and internet technology companies. Canal Partners generally looks to invest $1 to $5 million in companies that are highly scalable, revenue generating, and growth oriented.

While at Canal Partners, Todd Belfer has helped identify and add profitable and growing companies to the Canal Partners portfolio. He is a board member of,, and NETtime Solutions and is the Chairman of the Board for recently added ClickDimensions.

Prior to joining Canal Partners he founded many successful ventures of his own. He was the founder of RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant which sold to Benihana in 2002. Also sold in 2002 was his interest in a sports nutrition company, M.D. Labs, which he co-founded in 1993. Lastly, he co-founded Employee Solutions, Inc., a professional employer organization which he helped take public in 1993.


Brian Burns

Managing Member, Grayhawk Capital

Mr. Burns co-founded Grayhawk Capital in 1999. Grayhawk Capital recently had a $30 million first close on its third venture capital fund, Grayhawk Venture Fund II, LP. Mr. Burns has more than 20 years of private equity and venture capital experience.

Prior to co-founding Grayhawk Capital, Mr. Burns served as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the investment subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp., a $3 billion NYSE company, from 1998 to 2000.  He has also served as Vice President of two other venture capital firms, SunVen Capital and Anderson & Wells, from 1989 to 1998. He has spent a total of 16 years managing SBIC’s.

Mr. Burns began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co., working there from 1981 to 1989, becoming a Senior Manager in the Audit Division. Mr. Burns has served on the board of 14 privately held companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1984.

Rick Gibson

Rick Gibson

Managing Director, HOTventures

Mr. Gibson has had a 35-year career building businesses. He founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and has advised over 75 others.  Since 2000, Rick has served as Managing Director of HOTventures, a “mentor capital fund” for the Southwest U.S., which invests in and advises fast-growth companies, specializing in Information Technology, BioSciences, Material Science and Media. As an investor and entrepreneurial activist, he’s totally immersed in early-stage growth companies…finding them and making them great.

In Phoenix, Rick has been on the board of Arizona State University’s Technopolis and was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, an instructor for both the LaunchPad and LaunchPrep entrepreneurship programs, and a mentor for ASU TechBA, coaching companies from Mexico. He is on the Executive Committee and Selection Panel for the Invest Southwest Capital Conference. He was creator of “Entrepreneur’s Resource Guide” for bizAZ magazine and a member of the Philanthropic Development Council of the Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Jamie Glass

Jamie Glass

Chief Marketing Office & Executive Vice President of Sales, EmpowerHER Media

Ms. Glass is responsible for building sales and client services organization to exceed revenue and growth objectives through new business, client relationships, strategic partnerships and executive insight at EmpowerHER. Responsible for helping marketers, agencies and advertisers reach a hyper-qualified female health consumer. Solutions include digital media, content integration, brand awareness, advertising, lead generation, media and publishing solutions. Day-to-day oversight of B2B and B2C marketing functions, including creative, social, communications, PR, events, media, traffic and audience.

As Founder and President of Artful Thinkers,  a consultative sales and marketing company, combining creativity and strategic business solutions that generate results. Outsourced CMO. Clients range from media to technology to retail to professional services.

Two decades senior executive leadership experience, including positions with EmpowHER, Hot Stix Golf, Thomson-Reuters (NETg), KnowledgeNet, SkillSoft (SmartForce, CBT Systems), Mastering Computers, Desert Document Services, Fidelity Investments, and First Continental Life & Accident Insurance Co.

James Goulka

Jim Goulka

Managing Director, Arizona Technology Investor Forum

In addition to his role at ATIF, Mr. Goulka serves as CEO of JumpStart Solutions LLC, an early stage business intelligence software company, and as President of Lone Mountain Associates, LLC, a boutique consulting firm. He previously served as CEO of software companies NetSelector Inc (sold to Apple, Inc) and; the National Technology Transfer Center; the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; and Taliesin Preservation, Inc. He was also COO and CFO of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc and its worldwide subsidiaries. He began his career in corporate finance focused on financing private equity transactions and global finance at units of JPMorgan Chase and Citibank.

We’re helping uncover the most promising innovations in advancing a sustainable economy in Arizona. The Great Green Business Search is a one-day, fast pitch business competition earning you up to $8,500 in prize money.

Learn more about competing in the Great Green Business Search and download an application today.

Great Green Business Search Moves to ASU SkySong

Great Green Business SearchWe have exciting news for everyone about the Great Green Business Search 2012.  We have recently been given the opportunity to host the event at a larger venue.

This gives the Green Chamber the opportunity to host more contestants and provide greater visibility for the best of Arizona’s cleantech innovations.

The event will now be held on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

ASU SkySong

With increased space, the Green Chamber is continuing to accept applications for additional contestants.  Early stage Arizona cleantech businesses are invited to apply through April 10th.

When Arizona cleantech grows, we all benefit from efficient use of resources, job creation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. The Green Chamber is committed to helping find, fund and foster Arizona’s cleantech entrepreneurs.