Richard Burbank, President/CEO & Energy Advisor
Richard founded Evergreen Home Performance in 2006 and serves as President, CEO, and Energy Advisor. Richard serves on the Board of Efficiency First, a national home performance contractor trade group, and actively advocates for federal and state energy efficiency policy.
A Paris Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, Richard uses his prior career in fine cuisine and food service management to exceed customer expectations with exacting preparations and attention to customer service (insulating homes now, instead of people!). Richard is passionate about educating homeowners on energy efficiency and takes an active role in ongoing education and mentoring of the Evergreen staff. Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and Evergreen co-owner Sammy, and three children, Cecile, Levi, and Joshua. He fills in the balance of his time with organic gardening and playing accordion and concertina while singing sea shanties.
Richard’s home: Richard’s efforts to insulate and improve his 1880s Rockland home were the inspiration for Evergreen Home Performance. Ten years later, the business is thriving and Richard and his family have relocated to Falmouth, Maine to better serve the Portland area.
Elise Brown, Executive Vice President
Elise joined Evergreen in 2009 and became a partner in the business in January 2011, delighted to have finally found a business that shares her commitment to customer satisfaction, employee well-being, and environmental stewardship.
Elise is also the Emergency Management Director for Liberty, Maine and brings a broad background in public service, safety training, and management to Evergreen. She has been a professional firefighter, emergency medical technician, Fire Chief & Training Captain, and assistant director of a non-profit. At Evergreen, she focuses on managing the sales cycle, developing employee health & safety training programs, and fine-tuning production systems to optimize and standardize company practice. When not in the office making things hum, Elise can be found on her farm in Liberty, raising her children, Rose and Seth, as well as chickens, fruits, and vegetables alongside her partner, Martha Piscuskas.
Elise's home: Elise's 1830 brick farmhouse is heated by a woodstove, with a backup oil furnace. Evergreen's comprehensive energy upgrades made the house cozy and comfortable and transformed her typical wet Maine basement into clean, dry storage space for organic produce from her farm.
Brian Schortz, General Manager
Brian has been with Evergreen since 2008 and is passionate about working for an organization that makes a difference in the lives of its customers.
Brian brings 10+ years of corporate operational management, while working in food service with Sodexho. An active part of the Belfast, Maine community, Brian spends the majority of his time with his family, including his wife Lindsey, two children, Genevieve and Anna, as well as their two Labrador retrievers.
Brian's home: Brian has a classic Maine home: inefficient, cold, and damp, with tremendous untapped energy upgrades just waiting to be tackled. Strategic air sealing in his attic just whetted his appetite for a more comprehensive project in the future.