Michel Reichert – Founder
Michel Reichert spent more than twenty-five years as a banker and venture capitalist in Boston. In the late 80s, he created the later stage venture capital unit of the Bank of Boston. In 1993, he set up his own venture capital company in Boston, which specializes in acquiring family-owned, established businesses with revenues ranging from $100 to $500 millions. After raising and investing three funds totaling close to $1.5 billion and buying over 50 companies, he retired in 2005. Since then, driven by a strong belief in the imperative necessity to diversify away from the use of fossil fuels, he has been fully dedicated to learning more about alternative energy resources. He initially focused on the renewable energy market for the residential construction industry, which ultimately led to the creation of Cleantech Homes, LLC.
James Farnham – President
James Farnham is a builder, real estate developer, and entrepreneur located in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Jim has over 20 years experience in both residential and commercial real estate. He has been involved in several start up ventures, and a turn-around. Jim has been successfully building on the North Shore area of Boston for the last ten years, increasingly utilizing energy efficient construction techniques, with an emphasis on efficient mechanicals and advanced building envelope methods. He is a member of the US Green Building Council, and has attended the LEED for General Contractors/ Construction Managers Workshop. Jim also serves on the board of directors of a Boston non-profit. Jim has a BA in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has completed graduate level coursework in management.
Michael Horvath – Advisor
Michael Horvath is an economist, professor of management and entrepreneur in the areas of life sciences and information technology. Michael has held faculty appointments at Stanford University and University of Chicago, and currently holds the appointment of Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Michael has wrote numerous business school cases and taught widely at the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and executive education level on a range of subjects including management of life sciences companies, entrepreneurship, venture capital, macroeconomics, and time series analysis. His research on the economics of venture capital, entrepreneurship, macroeconomic growth, and financial markets has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Michael has also been a founder, founding investor, board member, and/or advisor to several successful venture-backed IT and life sciences companies. Michael received a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University and an A.B. in economics with honors from Harvard University.
Margaret Brady – Vice President, Head of Administration, Research, and Development
Margaret has been involved in several building projects as both a manager and a consultant. In the last few years, she worked on a number of home renovations and was the developer of a large residential project in Beverly, Mass. She has devoted her last four years in getting educated in the sustainable building and living industry. She continues to further her understanding of green residential building issues through her active participation in seminars, trade shows, and accredited courses. Margaret’s educational background includes a BS in management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.
David Jaquith – AIA – Architect
David Jaquith is a registered architect established in Beverly and Rowley, Massachusetts. David has over 35 years of residential and commercial design work, primarily on the North Shore. He has designed and built Active/Passive Solar homes with HUD Grants. He was an award winner in the New England Governors / Eastern Canadian Premiers Conferences energy efficient housing design competition. David recently completed a passive energy efficient residence/office in Rowley, Massachusetts. He serves on the Design Review Board of the Salem Redevelopment Authority, Salem, Massachusetts. He also was a assistant professor in the Interior Design Department at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. David graduated from the Boston Architectural Center and received a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Michel Holzer- Advisory/Board Member
Ecole Boulle-School of Architectural Design-Paris
Michel Hoelzer brings to the board of Cleantech Homes more than 30 years of experience in commercial and residential building design ranging from office buildings (IBM-Paris) to hotels (Sheraton, Euro Disney) to interior design of restaurants, office lobbies and cruise ships. In the 80’s he was hired by Renault to design one of their first prototype vans. He also worked on several avant-garde residential projects in France, Corsica and Greece. As a board member for Cleantech, Mr. Hoelzer adds a unique European perspective not only in advising the company on architectural interior and exterior design matters but also on any new alternative residential power technologies and innovative green construction techniques.