Chris R. Ladner
Chris has a BS in engineering from Iowa State and is a LEED Fellow, LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Through his previous experience Chris has expertise in building HVAC systems, performance contracting, controls as well as knowledge of industrial controls.
In 2008, Chris was a Commissioner on the Arkansas Governor’s Commission on Global Warming. Through this commission greenhouse gas reduction policies will be developed for the Governor and Arkansas Legislators.
As a consultant to the Clinton Climate Initiative, Chris works with cities and other institutions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Chris currently serves as Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council National Chapter Steering Committee and holds positions on various USGBC sub-committees. He is an Arkansas delegate to the USGBC Southeast Regional Council and the regional Co-Chair. His past positions with the Arkansas Chapter of the USGBC include Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and coordinator of the annual Sustainable Arkansas conference.
Chris has participated in various types of LEED projects including: LEED-Neighborhood Development, LEED-Commercial Interiors, LEED-New Construction, LEED for Existing Buildings, and LEED-Homes.
As the team leader of a volunteer design team Chris is helping the Argenta Community Development Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas with their Green Homes project. The project is an effort to demonstrate the financial, environmental, and occupant benefits of the LEED-Homes sustainable standard inan affordable home project.
Chris has presented on sustainable design and construction to various groups including Master Speaker at the USGBC Greenbuild Conference, American Planning Association, National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB), the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), graduate architecture programs, and various sustainability conferences.
Matt is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction and holds BS in Business Administration from University of Arkansas. His previous experience brings expertise in construction estimation and project management.
Previously, Matt was an executive in the construction industry as co-founder of Bell-Corley Construction, a commercial general contracting firm located in Little Rock. While at BCC, Matt Bell and Boyd Corley were recognized locally by Arkansas Business Magazine and nominated for Business of the Year in both 2005 and 2006. Nationally BCC was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a member of the HOT 100 fastest growing businesses ranking 26th and the Inc Magazine Inc. 500 as the 44th fastest growing company in 2006. In 2005, Arkansas Business Publishing recognized Matt as business leader and he was selected to the “40 under 40″ list of upcoming business and political leaders in Arkansas under 40 years of age.
Matt recently served as the Chair of the Green Schools Advocacy Committee through the USGBC Arkansas Chapter and currently serves as a chair member on the committee. Additionally, Matt currently serves as Vice-Chairman for the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission.
Current responsibilities include providing sustainable design and construction assistance to owners, architects, engineers, and contractors to enhance their ability to budget, plan, design, and finance a facility that respects occupant needs, financial responsibilities, and the environment. Primarily responsible for the project management of all LEED New Construction projects and coordination of all project team member responsibilities.
Former responsibilities as a commercial general contractor included job cost estimating, project management, financial management, and sales and marketing.
Sustainability Consultant/Senior Project Manager
April received her BA in a self-designed Environmental Education major, which included an Arkansas high school teaching certificate, from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. April is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
April is the first Chair of the Little Rock Sustainability Commission, first Chair of the educational non-profit Elevate, and the founder of Arkansas Earth Day Foundation.
April is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension LeadAR Class 13, member of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXIX, member of the Arkansas Chapter of USGBC, past board member of the Arkansas Environmental Education Association, and past PEW/National Environmental Trust organizer. She has received the 2011 Outstanding Young Alumna Award by the Hendrix College Alumni Association, 2011 Eco-Hero designation by the “Arkansas Green Guide” from the Ark. Business Publishing Group, featured in iCon Magazine’s Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2011, and nominated as the Sierra Club’s “AR Conservationist of the Year”. She has also served as a Representative/Board Member for the following: US Green Building Council’s Advocacy, v4, and LEED Development Committees, Arkansas Climate Awareness Project, Arkansas Environmental Education Association, Earth Ministry, Natural Foods Store, and Earth Charter.
She has presented on sustainability to various groups including: Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Conference, BOMA GLR’s Spring Education Day, National Women’s Leadership Summit, American Society of Interior Designers, LeadAR, Arkansas Municipal League, Pulaski County Democratic Committee, Arkansas Business Publishing Group’s Green Guide, U.S. Green Building Council’s Sustainable Arkansas, Little Rock Sustainability Summit, Little Rock Racial & Cultural Diversity Commission and National Guard Women’s Speaker Series, Arkansas Festival Association Conference, USGBC Arkansas Chapter Branches and Residential Discussion Group, Rotary Clubs, and many local colleges/universities, environmental groups, and media outlets.
Her previous experience brings expertise in lifestyle greening, education, advocacy, organizing, outreach, coalition building, and project management.
April’s current responsibilities include leadership of the Sustainability Consulting department at Viridian, as well as coordinating LEED and sustainability consulting projects and providing assistance to owners, architects, engineers, and contractors to enhance their ability to budget, plan, design, and finance a facility that respects occupant needs, financial responsibilities, and the environment. Specific areas of expertise include networking, team building, project management, and expertise of LEED standards in these subject areas: site and community, water, materials, indoor air quality, pilot credits, and innovation credits.
She has been involved with the design and implementation of over 100 LEED® projects. She has been the LEED® certification project coordinator for LEED®-CI, LEED®-EB, LEED®-NC, LEED®-CS, LEED®-ND, LEED®-Schools, and LEED®-Homes projects.
Sustainability Consultant/Project Manager
Chad holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University, and is an Arkansas Registered Landscape Architect. Chad is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
Chad served as a Landscape Architect and Project Manager for MESA Landscape Architects. Here he worked on a wide range of project types including broad based master planning and constructed projects with a focus on recreational, zoological, and botanical projects for public and private clients.
Chad has multiple years of experience working on large multi-disciplinary projects where he was responsible for the coordination between architects, engineers, planners, designers, contractors, government agencies, and clients. As the point of contact for the daily management of multiple projects, Chad ensured each project met individual design benchmarks on time. As such, he was responsible for the creation and maintenance of cost estimates, schedules, and construction documents. Additionally, he directed submittals, change orders, RFIs, pay requests, and various other details required to successfully manage construction projects and maintain client satisfaction.
Through his previous experience, Rick has expertise in sustainable development and LEED certification for a range of large scale, international projects including hotels, high-rise residential and commercial buildings, and community developments. In addition, Rick has worked with global companies to develop organizational energy and carbon management policies, including low carbon product development and connected real estate services. Rick has participated in various types of LEED projects including: LEED-Neighborhood Development, LEED-Commercial Interiors, LEED-New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings.
In 2009, Rick was a Team Advisor for the Greenland Quest, an unsupported vertical crossing of the Greenland icecap to raise awareness of global warming issues and the need for sustainability. Through his participation, Rick advised team members and supporters on sustainable building practices.
Rick has presented on sustainable development and energy management to various groups including the Dubai Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) regulating authority, RealComm and BOMA, Dubai International Business Women Group, and the Global Project and Process Management Association.
Current responsibilities including fundamental and enhanced commissioning, building electrical and mechanical design reviews, sustainable construction consulting, and project stakeholder education.
Commissioning services provided to private, governmental agencies, K-12 and higher education schools, non-profit organizations. In addition, commissioning services are provided as on-call commissioning provider for the University of Arkansas and University of Arkansas Medical School.
Former responsibilities include: Business development for an energy management services company, sustainability consulting, project director, and training provider.
Energy Services/Senior Project Manager
Michael holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. He is a registered Professional Engineer as well as a Hospital Facility Design Professional and Certified Energy Manager.
Michael has a total of 18 years of experience in designing and managing the design of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems for Hospitals and Higher Education facilities, as well as various other commercial buildings.
His project experience includes the design of multiple different types of HVAC systems, including chilled water plants, heating water systems, Variable Air Volume (VAV) airside systems, Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) systems, and other systems. Project design experience includes numerous Hospital, Higher Education, Commercial, Municipal, and Church projects. Michael has also been responsible for managing the design of all building systems on projects for the last 7 years.
Current responsibilities include management of Existing Building Energy Services including Energy Modeling, Measurement and Verification, Energy Assessments and Retro-Commissioning, as well as building electrical and mechanical design review.
Former responsibilities include HVAC design engineering, project management, team management and a Managing Principal role at a consulting engineering firm.
Energy Services/Project Manager
After studying Mechanical Engineering at Valparaiso University, Kevin worked as an energy auditor for a national and state funded project to reduce carbon emissions. It was during this time Kevin wanted to expand his knowledge to a bigger projects and he did so by completing an internship with Viridian.
With his background and education of energy efficiency and building envelopes, Kevin has the experience and knowledge to ensure important details are addressed during the construction process to optimize energy performance.
Current responsibilities include sustainable building energy services, including fundamental and enhanced commissioning, functional performance testing, and building envelope testing.
NWA Regional Office/Director
John is a graduate of the University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Arkansas and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
John spent five years as an environmental engineer in the Chesapeake Bay and Mississippi River delta watersheds before moving to Austin, Texas to study environmental policy and sustainable development at the University of Texas. While in Austin, John worked in the City Manager’s Office developing Austin’s Climate Protection Plan and Austin’s CarShare program. In May 2007, he moved to Fayetteville as the City’s Sustainability Director and worked on a variety of issues including energy management, economic development, and energy policy.
He currently serves as Chair for the U.S. Green Building Council Western Arkansas Chapter Steering Committee, Elevate Board Member, and Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association Board Member. Other professional memberships include the Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Buildings and Design and Arkansas Building Authority Revolving Loan Committee.
Current responsibilities include managing the Northwest Arkansas Viridian office, sustainability consulting, and managing energy services projects related to commissioning and building performance testing.
Corey holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is an engineer in training in the state of Arkansas. Through his experience he has expertise in construction project management, facilities and maintenance management, and contract management. He is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, IECC Commercial Energy Inspector with ASHRAE 90.1-2012, and IECC Commercial Energy Plans Examiner with ASHRAE 90.1-2012, and a Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP).
Corey served in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps improving the built environment of military installations. He has worked on a wide range of project types to meet recurring needs of the government, from large military construction projects, major renovations of military housing, to warf and pier repairs. Through this opportunity, he has multiple years of experience as a project manager responsible for large multi-disciplinary projects from inception to closeout. Corey also has a broad working knowledge of purchasing regulations and procedures in commercial and government.
Current professional memberships include U.S. Green Building Council Western Arkansas Chapter, Military Officers Association of America NW Arkansas Chapter, and American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.
Current responsibilities include sustainable building energy services including fundamental and enhanced commissioning, functional performance testing and LEED sustainable construction consulting in the NWA Regional Office.
Building Asset Evaluations/Director
David holds a BA in English from Centenary College, attended the Construction Management and Engineering program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and has completed training with the Construction Estimating Institute. David is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
In 2012, David served as Steering Committee Chair for the U.S. Green Building Council Arkansas Chapter and currently serves as Board Member and Vice Chair for the organization.
The majority of David’s career has been spent as a Project Manager for a Top ENR 100 Construction Manager/General Contractor. With over 10 years of project management experience, he enjoys finding solutions for all types of project challenges. Pro-active communication with the owner, architect, job-site and subcontractors was paramount to ensure that our information channel was always open.
As project manager, he reported to property owners specific cost segregation’s on new construction and expansion/renovation projects as they related to depreciable assets such as site improvements, structure, interior partitions, building systems, FFE, etc. He also performed replacement cost analysis for natural disasters, worked with insurance companies to provide appropriate documentation to backup construction costs, and to assist property owners and tenants degregate asset cost commitments between parties. David also was instrumental in establishing a new business development department with the primary goal of identifying potential clients and to re-connect with existing clients who value a construction manager/general contractor relationship.
While working in the construction department of a Fortune 500 department store chain, David performed budgeting and estimating take-off, coordinated project schedules with general contractors and specialty vendors, cost tracking and change order management, and was a field manager during a major department store chain acquisition in Virginia.
Current responsibilities include building asset evaluations, cost segregation studies, property condition assessment reports, ADA and Life Safety compliance surveys, forensic investigations of existing facilities systems and components.
Energy Services/Project Coordinator
In 2014, Sebastian will complete his degree in Business Administration at the University of Siegen, Germany. His background also gives him experience in the field of electrical engineering, which he studied for 8 semesters at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
Sebastian recently moved to Little Rock from Germany. He completed an internship with Viridian and now serves as a Project Coordinator for Energy Services. Viridian is his first experience in the sustainability industry and his first job experience in the United States.
Current responsibilities include coordinating projects regarding commissioning activities and scheduling on-site meetings. In addition, he is the connection between LEED and Commissioning in the Viridian office and is also a point of contact for clients.
Sustainability Consulting/Project Manager
Sherry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2008 from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR. After completing her degree, Sherry traveled to Brisbane, Australia where she attended the University of Queensland and earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business and Sustainability. Sherry is a LEED Green Associate and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council Arkansas Chapter Emerging Professionals.
During her time abroad, Sherry worked on a wide range of projects including biofuel production for the Fritzroy Basin Association, carbon trading, and island conservation. Sherry has multiple years of experience working with international teams from all over the world. Her cross-cultural experience has eased her ability to adapt to cultural differences and adjust her style of communication, interaction, and teaching to the needs and conversational requirements of various clients. Additionally, she has held many leadership roles in customer service, giving her the orient required to successfully manage construction projects and maintain client satisfaction.
Current responsibilities include providing sustainable design and construction assistance to owners, architects, engineers, and contractors to enhance their ability to budget, plan, design, and finance a facility that respects occupant needs, financial responsibilities, and the environment. Sherry is primarily responsible for LEED for New Construction and LEED Volume projects.
Sustainability Consulting/Project Manager
Angela holds a BA in History from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in International Sustainable Development from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Angela is a LEED Green Associate and has over six years of experience in the fields of environmental policy advocacy, education, emergency response, data quality assurance and quality control services, and project management.
Currently, Angela Chairs the U.S. Green Building Council – Arkansas Chapter’s Sustainable Arkansas sub-committee and serves on the state board. She also serves as facilitator for the Fayetteville Forward Green Economy Group.
Current responsibilities include providing sustainable design and construction assistance to owners, architects, engineers, and contractors in the NWA Regional Office and help enhance their ability to budget, plan, design, and finance a facility that respects occupant needs, financial responsibilities, and the environment.
Energy Services/Project Manager
Parker attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Minors in both Math and German. He is currently a member of U.S. Green Building Council Arkansas Chapter.
Prior to joining Viridian as a Project Manager, Parker served as a Project Engineer and Operations Supervisor at a manufacturing plant in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He began his career there working on a wide range of capital engineering projects including facility construction, refrigeration and equipment design. Later on, he added the responsibility of directly managing 3 production lines consisting of 35 employees.
Current responsibilities include supporting the Viridian team on completing building commissioning tasks, energy modeling, and LEED documentation requirements.