the green home team
Neal Dikeman, Green Home Chairman
Neal is long time venture capitalist and startup executive. Besides being Chairman and the investor behind Greenhome.com, he has served as a director of several technology companies, currently including global power delivery provider American Electric Technologies, Inc, (NASDAQ:AETI), is chief blogger for Cleantech Blog, named one of the 50 Best Business Blogs by the London Times, and chairs industry portal Cleantech.org. He is a well known writer and speaker on energy and clean technology and has spoken at 100s of industry conferences. His day job is as a venture capitalist at Shell Technology Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Royal Dutch Shell plc.
He is married to an ecologist and environmental scientist, and they have 2 peach trees, 2 fig trees, 1 pomegranite, 1 starfruit, 4 grape vines, 2 berry bushes and 3 chickens in the backyard (they lay blue-green and red eggs, btw), and 2 daughters who sleep on organic cotton mattresses from Greenhome.com. He lives in a 1950s house with a compost bin, large recycling bin, and rain barrels (still working on attaching the rain cachements to the sprinklers). It is a work in process, the house has been reinsulated with blown cellulosic insulation, windows replaced with energy star windows, and they are slowly replacing every light in the house with LEDs. When time permits, he likes to spend the weekend on the family ranch in Central Texas.
Prior to Shell he was a founding partner of Jane Capital Partners LLC, a cleantech merchant bank in San Francisco. While at Jane Capital he has served in a number of board and executive capacities, including CFO of smart grid company Smart Wires, CEO of carbon management software startup Carbonflow, cofounder of smart grid and superconductor technology startup SC Power Systems and its successor Zenergy Power plc (AIM:ZEN), and helped lead the international launch of TriniTEQ in wireless POS solutions, as well as the launch of the solar business of a state owned energy company and a few others. He has done 9 startups in between the venture capital.
He previously served as Director of Business Development for Globalgate, the parent company of Yellowpages.com (later acquired by a JV of SBC and Bellsouth), and as an associate at private equity fund manager Doyle & Boissiere. Before entering private equity, he began his career in energy investment banking at Bankers Trust, and has a B.A. from Texas A&M University.
Why I love Green Home: "I've been doing cleantech for a long time. All these clean technologies need a way to market that the green consumer and business can trust. Greenhome.com is that way."
Jen Stinnett, Green Home Web Manager
Jen started with Green Home in 2007 in San Francisco, CA and has been the resident graphic artist and front end web designer for Greenhome.com ever since. She took over managing day to day operations in 2014.
In addition to Green Home she has designed, developed, and content managed numerous websites, and done various print work including dvd, book and album covers, business cards, post cards, brochures, and travel guides. With an overall focus on socially or environmentally conscious companies, artists, and non-profits, some of her clients have included ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), Cool Mayors for Climate Change, National Conversation on Climate Action, Bush Medicine Partnership, Partnerships for Change, Deep Focus Films, and Night + Day Guides.
Outside of her graphic and web design career, she has worked in various capacities as an artist, selling her own paintings, photography, and commissioned portraiture, as well as curating and installing shows at art galleries and museums. She has also performed with professional ballet and modern dance companies in Gainesville, GA, London, England, and Cleveland, OH.
Her other passion, in addition to art and the environment, is travel. In 2002 she spent 6 months studying and backpacking throughout West Africa where she volunteered at The West African Research Center. In 2003 she worked with Free the Bears, an Australian non-profit, in Cambodia. Living in Phnom Penh, she did graphic design for the organization, was a liaison with the Cambodian government and provided care for rescued Sun Bear cubs. In 2010 she travelled extensively through India, Nepal and Southeast Asia. She has also lived in the UK and travelled around Europe in her younger years.
Jen has a B.F.A in Fine Arts, Dance and French from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also studied at the Learnit School for Computer Technology in San Francisco, CA, and attended Elmhurst Performing Arts School in London England. A tree hugger since birth, she enjoys composting, growing food and living sustainably on the high desert mesa of Taos, NM with her husband and cat.
Why I love Green Home: "Working at Green Home for me is about using my artistic and technical skills for a company that sees the bigger picture and aims at making sustainable living more accessible to us all.” "What's the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" - Henry David Thoreau
Elizabeth Minieri, Green Home Customer Service and Sales
Elizabeth started with Green Home in 2014 as a marketing assistant & lead generator. She has since moved into the position of customer service and sales. Her bubbly personality is infectious and she loves resolving any customer issues!
She began her love for green products while working closely with Green Home Solutions, a home energy-saving service based in Philadelphia, PA. Her main responsibilities were to assist home owners with small changes to make their homes more energy efficient. This lead her to GreenHome.com, where she became a life time customer.
Prior to becoming a green product enthusiast, Elizabeth worked closely with retail store environments to create stunning in store displays and windows displays for multiple retailers. She was also very fortunate to work in the yachting world after graduating from Philadelphia University in 2004. With her degree in design and business, she worked as the interior designer for Viking Yachts in Berlin NJ.
Outside of Green Home Elizabeth has been married for 6 years and is the mother of two beautiful daughters. She enjoys scuba diving and traveling. She and her husband are also real estate investors and enjoy fixing up and redesigning homes.
Why I love Green Home: "I thoroughly enjoy the customers, plain and simple! I enjoy answering questions, helping to find the right product, and all while knowing the products we sell are good for the environment. It is a wonderful feeling to work for a company that offers products you believe in as a consumer yourself!"