I have always been drawn to systems — appreciating the individual parts but relishing the elegance of highly functional whole systems. My quest started with the belief that strictly imposed order and control would ensure desired outcomes. Armed with degrees in Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech and a MBA from Harvard, I implemented efficiency programs ranging from apparel plants in Jamaica to an engine rebuilding factory in Texas. But I discovered my passion in real estate and buildings — where optimizing the system yields remarkable benefits in comfort, health, beauty, community well-being, and economic value.
With a lot of age and a little wisdom, I realize the highest levels of elegance occur not with externally imposed structure, but in natural, self-organizing systems that are more resilient because of the diversity of their parts and the convergence of their mission. That has become our focus — innovating living roofs and living walls that are self-organizing making them more effective and requiring less human input. But I am even more excited to apply these principles to our organization — fostering a true “learning” organization — unleashing the collective talents and perspectives of our team — allowing unimaginable value to be created by a highly functional human system. I am grateful to lead this organization. And I am blessed to live with my wife Heather and daughter Georgia in our small, straw bale house in Pasadena, MD.
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” —Albert Einstein
Inigo Montoya – The Princess Bride
J. J. Cale