Speaker Bios For 2016

Patrick Adamson

Channel Account Manager – The HERO Program

Patrick-AdamsonPatrick Adamson is a home improvement specialist, builder and realtor who has accumulated over 30 years of industry experience, including working with the Hero Program since 2012. Patrick and The HERO Program are Approved Home Pros.

Jennifer Tentor

Consultant – Mauzy Heating, Air and Solar

Jennifer-TentorWith over 8 years in the HVAC and solar industries and a passion for energy efficiency, JT currently works as a Program Manager with Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar. She has helped many homeowners learn about and access the HERO Program.

Sue Fries, “The Termite Lady”

Owner/TV and Radio Personality – Ecola Termite and Pest Control

Sue-FriesTV and radio personality Sue Fries, “The Termite Lady,” has been helping Southern California families win the battle with termites for 37 years. An expert in alternative choices along with traditional methods to eradicate termites and pests, Sue is dedicated to finding the best solution for your individual needs. She is also the author of Learning to Breathe, a book about a mother’s journey to help her son battle asthma. Sue and Ecola are Approved Home Pros.

Aleks Ignatenko

San Diego Market Manager – Zero Energy Contracting

Aleks-IgnatenkoAustin leads a local team that spends its days conducting 250-point inspections of homes to spot potential safety and energy-efficiency issues. He is an expert at identifying rebates and government programs to help fund these critical home upgrades. Austin and Zero Energy are Approved Home Pros.

Gregg McKay

Owner – NU-VUE Window Films

Gregg Mckay Founder & CEO of NU-VUE Window Films, Inc. of San Diego has been in the industry for over 30 years as a window film expert. Gregg McKay is a Certified 3M Dealer and has sat on the board of the International Window Film Association (IWFA) and currently is a board member of The Professional Window Film Dealers Association (PWFDA). Gregg and NU-VUE are Approved Home Pros.

H. River Brown

Solar Consultant Manager – Milholland Solar, Electric and Roofing

H. River Brown from Milholland Solar, Electric and Roofing is a self-proclaimed solar nerd. If it is driving around San Diego with his wife and children pointing out different solar arrays or chatting with co-workers and clients, the passion is obvious. River graduated from UC Santa Barbara and spent over a decade in finance, before finding a career in solar. River and Milholland are Approved Home Pros.

Tony Lopez

Owner Cal State Construction – EnergyPro Home Solutions

Anthony Lopez is the owner of Cal State Construction, EnergyPro Home Solutions. He has been in the industry for 34 years with a philosophy of exemplary customer service driven by “Quality Every Day” and “Do It Right the First Time.” This has elevated his team to one of the top HERO Registered Contractors. Tony and Cal State Construction are Approved Home Pros.

Austin Huffman

San Diego Market Manage – Zero Energy Contracting

Austin leads a local team that spends its days conducting 250-point inspections of homes to spot potential safety and energy-efficiency issues. He is an expert at identifying rebates and government programs to help fund these critical home upgrades. Austin and Zero Energy are Approved Home Pros.

Dave Nichols

Owner – Rug Renew, A Division of Above & Beyond Carpet Care

Dave-NicholsDave Nichols is a certified IICRC Master Textile Cleaner who has been serving San Diego since 1992. Dave is referred by some of San Diego’s elite interior designers, architects and real estate agents. He has trained with the most respected rug cleaning and restoration experts in the country, learning the nuances of cleaning every level of rug and carpet. Dave and Rug Renew are Approved Home Pros.

Gene Bryan

Owner- Window World of San Diego

Gene-Bryan130x140Gene has over 35 years of experience in custom home building, with a specific focus on windows, doors, patio doors, siding, garage doors, entry doors and framing. He consults daily with local homeowners about energy savings with retrofit windows and other energy upgrades to the home’s “shell.” Gene and Window World are Approved Home Pros.

Gabriel Carini

CEO – Carini Heating and Air Conditioning

Gabriel-Carini130x140Gabriel Carini is founder and CEO of Carini Heating and Air Conditioning, one of the leading heating and air conditioning contractors serving San Diego County. The company is San Diego’s top provider of mini split ductless systems, with a strong focus on vintage and custom homes and an attention to bringing energy efficiency and cost savings to local homeowners and businesses. Gabriel and Carini are Approved Home Pros.

Mark Richardson

Owner – A-1 Rain Gutters
Mark-Richardson130x140Mark began in the contracting business in 1978 providing services to homeowners, contractors and developers. An expert in controlling and directing rain water flow, today Mark specializes in residential rain gutters and rain collection systems. Mark and A-1 are Approved Home Pros.

Tiger Palafox

Manager – Mission Hills Nursery
Tiger-Palafox130x140Tiger Palafox is the manager at Mission Hills Nursery, San Diego’s oldest nursery. His passion for the garden comes from a lifetime of learning about plants and how to incorporate them into your landscaping. He is a “green” advocate and enjoys teaching people how to garden in the most responsible way possible. Growing up in San Diego, he has experienced many trends and is also current with regulations regarding irrigation. Tiger and Mission Hills Nursery are Approved Home Pros.

Anne Kellett

ASID, CAPS (Certified Aging In Place Specialist)
Principal – A Kinder Space

Anne-KellettAnne Kellett is an experienced interior designer whose specialty, universal/accessible design, makes it easier to keep your house a home. Her design firm, A Kinder Space, creates safe, easy-to-use and beautiful spaces that strive to address the present and future needs of her clients. Anne’s prime goal is to interpret those needs and desires in an aesthetically pleasing way and to create an environment in which clients can live and work more positively and independently.

Greg Rubin

President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc.


Greg Rubin is a licensed landscape contractor (C-27 No. 717147) who has been working with California native plants since 1985. His company has designed over 700 residential, commercial, and institutional native landscapes in Southern California. Greg is co-author, with Lucy Warren, of The California Native Landscape: The Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance.