EC is led by its founder and CEO, Peter Troast. Peter is recognized as one of the country's foremost authorities on marketing for home performance, HVAC and other efficiency related contracting companies. He authors the widely-read Energy Circle blog and is a passionate advocate for the power of the whole house home performance business model. He and his team work with over 350 companies in 49 states grow their business through services like website design and development, search engine optimization, lead generation and strategic content production. He is a popular and high ranking speaker about marketing for contractors at ACI, RESNET, ACCA, BPI and EGIA conferences and events. For 2015, he received the Tony Woods Award for excellence in advancing the home performance industry.
As a long term partner of Energy Circle, David has deep experience in the residential energy sector. He received his BFA from the Maine College of Art, where he is now an adjunct professor. As the founder of Via, a Portland-based marketing communications firm, David has a wealth of experience in developing brands and marketing strategies. He is passionate about energy efficiency and how he can deploy his love of information design to achieve exceptional adult learning experiences.
Cutting plastic six-pack rings to spare marine animal life since she was 10, Lisa's environmental values have always been paired with practical application. She founded Reternity, a full-service recycling service for small businesses and restaurants in the Portland, Maine area. Later, as a recycling specialist at Waste Management of Maine, her persona as resident treehugger was quickly dispelled when she proved to management that recycling could be profitable. They bought her a truck. As deputy director of GrowSmart Maine, Lisa spearheaded the outreach efforts and drove the van that led the Brookings Institution road trip in 2007. That road trip, consisting of public 'listening sessions,' informed the research and writing of "Charting Maine's Future: An Action Plan for Creating Sustainable Future and Quality Places," also known as The Brookings Report. The Report's release had a significant impact on Maine people and policy-makers. Its policy recommendations continue to be borne out at the legislative and local levels. Lisa was trained in the art of customer service at L.L. Bean. Dedication to extremely high standards in customer service drives Lisa's work at Energy Circle. She is a graduate of the University of Maine, where her love of the state created deep roots. She has a secret passion for foaming and caulking.
Since 1997, Thomas has specialized in website development, multimedia design, information architecture and site production methodologies. He specializes in Drupal development and along with Todd Woofenden, he leads the Maine Drupal User Group.
He brings experience with managing large open-source content management systems, and is proficient in framework development, XHTML, CSS, and User Interface / User Experience design. Thomas has 18 years experience in the field of interactive marketing strategy and multimedia design and has been involved in marketing campaigns, developing effective and breakthrough creative solutions for clients that include Microsoft, IBM, General Motors, Verizon, Three Olives Vodka, Pinnacle Vodka, Daily's Cocktails, Gorton's Seafood, University Of Southern Maine, Home Depot and Lowe’s.
Thomas is a 1999 graduate of the Maine College of Art and holds a bachelor's of fine arts with a focus in design, information architecture and digital media production.
As Energy Circle's director of marketing services, Nate has cultivated a team of digital-first strategists that build smart, innovative marketing strategies and implement tactics that drive real results. Nate began his career under the advertising umbrella in NYC during an exciting time for digital media and marketing. As a marketing manager, Nate built programs focused on content integration with an huge emphasis on leveraging custom, co-branded video content.
After 6 years in the City, his Maine roots got the best of him and he made the transition to Portland. Prior to Energy Circle, Nate spent two years working as an senior account manager for a Portland-based web design studio, where he worked closely with a wide range of clients facilitating website projects and digital marketing campaigns.
When Nate and his wife ,Nova, are not renovating their multi-family building in Portland, they are talking about potential renovation projects. Nate also enjoys consuming too much coffee and curating monthly Spotify playlists.
Dana Pillsbury, Energy Circle’s director of search engine marketing, has spent more than eight years building and managing PPC strategies for a wide range of businesses and organizations of all sizes, including DicksSportingGoods.com, SportsChalet.com, InMobi.com and many more. Dana is a Google Certified Partner and AdCenter Accredited Pro.
A Maine native, Dana spent his college years studying business administration at Messiah College in Pennsylvania before returning to his home state. He currently resides with his family in a 200-year-old farmhouse in Western Maine, where he spends his free time gardening, skiing, snowmobiling, landscaping, gardening, drumming and raising chickens.
Jeff has spent his professional career in collaborative roles where the lines between creative and technical are blurred. An education and BFA degree from Maine College of Art have given him a strong background in the fine arts and a keen eye for detail and a work ethic—much like a fine artist, never rests. As a former founder and co-owner of a small design studio and freelancer, he has a unique perspective of building from the ground up. As the primary interactive designer for a catalog startup, he's managed, designed and executed aggressive email marketing campaigns, maintained a busy ecommerce web presence and worked on an effort to re-focus and energize the brand. In his current role, Jeff is as at home on a digital canvas, in a text editor making a design come alive with code. He's well-versed in keeping multiple projects for a wide variety clients on task and on schedule and takes pride in making every client feel like they’re the only one. He's a firm believer in not only the ability to wear many hats, but the willingness to wear the ones that take you out of your comfort zone. Outside of work, he can be found chasing his toddler, working on his house or in his studio with a paintbrush in his hand.
Todd has been developing websites in Drupal since the dark ages of Drupal 4. He started southern Maine's Drupal User Group in 2008, and has been a group manager ever since. He specializes in site information architecture and workflow design, and especially enjoys building new features customized to the business needs of clients.
Since he is responsible for addressing both the needs of site visitors and the needs of site owners who want to see ROI in the web project, he's always asking people what the business objectives are, what the purpose of each feature is, the expected outcomes and how the site needs to work to achieve all of that. He thinks in terms of data structures and user interfaces (especially while you are telling him the purpose of a feature or how it's supposed to work).
Outside the world of website development, he is the leading subject matter expert in WWI-era submarine chasers, author of the book, Hunters of the Steel Sharks: The Submarine Chasers of WWI, and editor of an extensive online archive of chaser-related photos, documents and stories (built in Drupal, of course). And, he loves gardening. This, in case you're wondering, is what you can do with a degree in philosophy.
A 2013 graduate from Clark University in Worcester MA, Dan both develops and implements ongoing marketing strategies for various clients as Energy Circle’s digital strategist. Dan brings a background in local SEO, online strategy development and content creation.
Dan grew up in Gardiner, Maine, but his family hails from New Jersey. He played on the Clark University tennis team during his undergraduate studies and on the weekends will most likely be found on a snowboard at Sugarloaf or out on a golf course. The only thing that made Dan’s transition from Massachusetts back to Maine difficult was his Boston Celtics addiction.
Bailey is a Kennebunkport, Maine native. She spent a fair amount of her childhood tagging along with her dad and grandfather while they built and renovated homes in the area, namely the Bush compound.
Before joining the Energy Circle team, Bailey worked as a web project manager for a media company in Portland and handled projects on both small and large scales. She brings a love of organization, people skills and communication into all projects - always with the goal of delivering the best product possible for each and every client.
Bailey holds a bachelor's of science in Communications with a concentration in English. When she's not working, you can find her hanging out with her husband and two daughters, crocheting, sewing and not-so-secretly binge watching Friends.
Born in New Hampshire but raised in Gorham, Maine, Dan spent his childhood either playing sports or tinkering with computers (both physically and virtually). After high school, he attended the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. Dan completed his degree at the University of Southern Maine, where he focused on marketing and business administration. Dan also worked as a professional golf caddie, so he knows all about pacing off yardages, raking bunkers, reading greens and applying tremendous amounts of sunscreen.
Dan has extensive experience in developing and implementing various marketing campaigns, both digital and print, for companies across the nation. He also has several years of customer service experience.
When he's not at work, you can usually find Dan behind the grill, on the lake, roaming local golf courses or watching the show he's secretly addicted to, Chopped.
As part of Energy Circle's marketing team, Shannon is able to combine her passion for healthy buildings with her background in design and marketing. She developed a commitment to environmental stewardship growing up in the woods and shores of Maine. This commitment was further strengthened during her undergraduate education at College of the Atlantic. She went on to study architecture and landscape architecture, receiving her master's in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.
Shannon has an extensive background in green building, building performance, design and marketing. Before working at Energy Circle, she helped brand and market a small wellness startup to a multi-million dollar success. She combines her strength in building client relationships with her creativity to create successful and innovative marketing campaigns.
After years of living, studying and working in the New York City area, Anna escaped to Maine, where she now brings her content marketing and writing experience to Energy Circle. She loves learning new things and enjoys being able to share new ideas via informative and engaging content. Her passion for living simply and with intent fits seamlessly into Energy Circle’s mission to help companies dedicated to comfortable, efficient and healthy buildings.
When she’s not writing, reading or otherwise absorbing knowledge, Anna can be found spending time with her family, playing with any dog that crosses her path, sipping tea or running.
A graduate of Long Island University in New York and the University of Maine in Orono, Amy has extensive experience in marketing. Her background includes brand management, as well as campaign development and strategy for both digital and traditional advertising. Before joining Energy Circle, Amy was the senior marketer for a local financial institution.
Growing up in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Amy loves being outdoors - whether on the coast or in the mountains. Having visited 4 continents, 16 countries and 38 states prior to joining the Energy Circle team, when she isn’t working, she is traveling, exploring and adventuring locally and abroad.
Born in Morocco, Ilias moved to Maine at eight years old and has lived here since. In 2014, Ilias graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Maine. During his time at UMO, Ilias developed an interest in marketing and PR. After graduating, he worked as an SEO specialist for a web design company in Maine. During that time, Ilias worked to build on what he learned through his education and self training to become a stronger overall marketer. After taking some time to travel and visit his family abroad, Ilias joined Energy Circle after being attracted to their goal of helping companies that provide comfortable and efficient buildings grow. As a member of our team, Ilias hopes to help our clients reach their audience and grow.
When he’s not helping clients achieve their marketing goals, you can find Ilias exploring new hobbies, out with friends or at home with his family.
Ian comes to Energy Circle with an educational background in sustainable architecture, community & regional planning, and economics. Within his B.S. in Environmental Design from UMass-Amherst he focused on passive solar design and the adaptive re-use of older industrial and institutional building stock.
To go along with extensive amounts of customer service, Ian has also spent several years in the building trades. This experience ranges from leading crews of volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to the mind-numbing minutia of installing crown molding as a finish carpenter on Nantucket Island. For Habitat LA the 30 homes were certified either LEED Gold or Silver and Ian had a part in the appointment of a number of water and energy efficient features, including the mounting of PV systems on each unit.
Ian is deeply passionate about the local food movement, loves to garden, has run a nearby school garden program, loves to cook, and has an inordinate disdain for dull kitchen knives.
Jason has spent the last several years building and managing paid search accounts for a diverse range of businesses through Adwords and Bing. A true optimization nerd, he loves reviewing PPC (pay per click) data to find unique ways to improve accounts. Jason also enjoys interpreting that data and updating his clients on PPC victories through weekly emails and detailed monthly reports.
Jason has lived in NY, Florida and Texas before making Maine home. He currently resides with his family in a small cottage in Western Maine, where they enjoy small house living and looking for new ways to simplify and become more energy efficient. Jason enjoys spending his free time hiking, camping, gardening, taking long road trips and playing guitar.
Marc contributes to the ongoing optimization and improvement of Energy Circle’s PPC (pay per click) accounts. Marc is a PPC expert with over four years of direct experience managing Adwords and Bing Ads accounts of all types and sizes. Marc’s family has been in the HVAC and energy performance industry for three generations and he knows the industry well.
Marc moved to Maine to attend the University of Maine at Farmington, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business economics. His love for the outdoors and Maine’s wonderful natural resources kept him here for the long haul. Marc lives in the Portland area with his wife and, when he’s not sifting through PPC data and making optimizations, he can be found surfing, snowboarding and having fun in the outdoors.
Born and raised in Maine, Shane grew up with a love for nature. An avid hiker, he has seen the tops of many mountains in the Northeast with his family and friends. It was this love for the environment that prompted Shane to shift away from a traditional reporting career after graduating from the University of Maine with a journalism degree, and into an environmentally-conscious marketing world. At Energy Circle, Shane is responsible for assisting in in-house marketing team projects and writing content for clients. When he’s not working, Shane is an avid sports fan (football, baseball, basketball and hockey), writer (creative works) and movie geek.
Ever since he could hold a pencil, Ian has been scribbling and doodling his way through life. In 2012, he fulfilled a lifelong goal and graduated with a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Since then, he's worked for numerous web companies, helping them to build their design and marketing portfolios. After a recent triumphant return to his native state, Ian now puts his skills to the test designing and coding websites for Energy Circle's diverse client base.
When he's not designing, Ian spends his time in a small Yarmouth apartment with his girlfriend, Emily, and dog, Bogg. He's been known to play the occasional video game, loves a good book and enjoys long walks on Yarmouth's many wooded trails.
Conrad graduated from Endicott College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business management and a minor in creative writing. His prior positions include tax staff associate at J.H. Birkett CPA, PA, commercial lines assistant at Norton Insurance and an internship with Energy Circle in the fall of 2013.
He is a native of Chebeague Island, ME, and has also worked seasonally as a lobsterman.
Jonathan holds a bachelor's of science in criminal justice and a double major in political science/law from Fitchburg State University. After discovering the challenge of problem solving for clients in 2011, he transitioned into sales and began working for a large private investment firm. Jonathan now has over five years of experience in sales. He has spent the last three years specializing in the SaaS industry.
As a client solutions specialist at Energy Circle, Jonathan works with clients to discover the needs and goals of their marketing strategies, and helps them develop a complete digital marketing solution. He is enthusiastic to assist clients in generating more leads to improve their bottom line and achieve growth.
Jonathan has lived throughout New England his entire life. His enjoyment of the Maine lifestyle drove him to move to the Portland area. He enjoys hiking, camping, discovering new craft beers and working on home performance projects for his 1860 farmhouse style colonial.
Born and raised in Cape Elizabeth, ME, Will is a native Mainer. After graduating from Colorado State University with a communication studies major and an information science and technology minor, he moved back to Maine to begin his career in digital marketing. Will supports the busy sales team in a variety of ways. He brings a unique perspective to the Energy Circle team as both a digital marketer and a construction-savvy individual: He's the son of a general contractor and grew up in the construction world. From picking up jobsite trash to framing and performing finish carpentry, Will has experienced most aspects of new home/remodel construction projects. He enjoys continuing to learn about new energy ideas for the building industry.
When not at work, Will can most likely be found listening to bluegrass/jam music, fly fishing or skiing down the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain. As a former ski instructor and whitewater raft guide, nature is Will’s second calling.
Brought up just outside of Portland, Evan is a graduate of South Portland High School where he was actively involved in student government and captain of the swim team. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 2014. While in New Haven he gravitated towards the city’s extensive pizza scene, and he prides himself on his ability to devour a large pizza solo. While in school Evan served a term as Associate Editor of the Yale Economic Review and tried out water polo his junior year, though his fondest memories are of the friends he made.
After graduating he moved to Washington, DC, where he worked at Atlantic Media for two years. While there he consulted national think tanks and trade associations on their communications and content strategies. He moved back to Maine about a year ago where he worked seasonal serving jobs and honed his content writing by working freelance. Evan’s interests include reality television, Chipotle, and exploring everything the state of Maine has to offer.
Samantha is entering her fourth year of a BBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship in Quebec at Bishop’s University. This year, she had the opportunity to provide a human resource audit for Motrec International and construct a marketing plan for a Parkour company called Le Module as a student business consultant.
In addition to studying, Samantha is very involved in Student life. At school, she is a co-leader of the marketing club, member of the environmental club, after spending a semester as head of fundraising. She is also an active participant of Bishop’s Enactus; an international entrepreneurship focused nonprofit. She became more involved with the organization after winning their Shark Tank competition by presenting her small business called Simply Luscious; organic body products that can be found in health food stores in the Portland area. Years ago, Simply Luscious was what inspired her to pursue business further.
Samantha enjoys working out, hiking, writing fiction and cooking elaborate gluten-free dishes.