VERDE SOLUTIONS
The Complete Energy Efficiency Package

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History

While serving as a firefighter, Jamie saw how much energy was wasted by leaving lights on overnight in the firehouse. He ran calculations and aspired to find a way to save energy and reduce costs. Out of this, Verde was born. Verde’s goal is to be a company that receives every dime of revenue from reducing energy. The environment is stressed, and we need creative business models to solve its problems.

 

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We at Verde know that when it comes to your business, there is no decision to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free assessments to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Team


Founder

Jamie Johnson

Jamie attended school at Bradley University, and received his Masters in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Chicago. While Verde was in the works, he married his wife of seven years (although the actual love of his life if his dog, Elton) and had two daughters.

 
 

Energy Efficiency Analyst

Tyler Morris

Tyler became passionate about sustainability when he went to the wrong summer camp.

Though he went on to earn a degree in economics from the University of Chicago, his passion for sustainability never faltered. He believes that while no one should be forced to make compromises in order to protect the environment, with an open mind, it’s easy to see how it is our best interests to do so.

 
 
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Energy Efficiency Analyst

Beth Kosson

Beth's passion for the environment and sustainability started as a child growing up exploring the forest preserves of the Chicago region. Beth is a graduate of DePaul University in Environmental Science and Geography.

Lately, her hobbies include looking at bugs under her microscope, talking about invasive earthworms and playing outside with her cat, Dawkins. 

Dawkins’ hobbies include eating bugs and complaining.

 
 
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Customer Service & Accounting

Katie Parchert

Katie schedules jobs and communicates with customers and installers. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Millikin University and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Xavier University.

She looks forward to keeping the company calendar full of energy saving installations.

 
 
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Operations manager

Danielle Gaede

After being interested in atmospheric sciences from a young age, Danielle discovered her passion for sustainability while being a member of her high school’s Go Green club. She went on to receive her BA in Environmental Studies and her MS in Sustainable Management from DePaul University.

She now handles the day-to-day operations of the company, with a focus on scheduling and acting as a liaison to the various programs Verde works with. She looks forward to continuing to grow with the company and making sure the operations side hums as efficiently as possible.

 
 

Inventory

Spencer Brown

Upon returning to Chicago from working with Bedouin tribes in the Jordanian desert, Spencer began working as a part-time runner while attending college.

He works in the warehouse assembling orders, transports materials to job sites, and assists on site. He hopes to use his experience with skilled electricians and installers to develop his knowledge of green technology.

 
 

Project Manager

Adrian Martinez

Adrian graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies: concentration Sustainability. Originally he was majoring in Architecture, but after taking an Environmental Biology class his career goals shifted. Verde is helping small business take control of their energy consumption and he is glad I get to be a part of that.

His hobbies include riding his mountain bike on the trails and going to concerts with the love of his life, Stacey.

 
 

marketing specialist

Jen Panattoni

Jen graduated from DePaul University with a focus on brand and consumer behavior. She is in love with Chicago and it’s people and wants to help build a more sustainable city one link click and LIKE at a time.

When she isn’t working with the Verde team, she’s at home with her three kids, dog, and husband Dan doing life stuff which might entail: family hikes, running with friends, or eating anything delicious.

 
 

 

Energy Efficiency Analyst

Sydney Fitch

Always being a kid full of energy (which holds true to this day!) Sydney grew up exploring the woods around her house, developing at a young age a true appreciation for nature and all it's wonders. Her love for the outdoors continued as she took to the slopes in the winters, spent summers swimming in the Wisconsin lakes, and spent the last two years working for the National Park Service.

Sydney is excited to be working for Verde, helping to protect the environment and places she loves most.