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.
As EC's COO, Nate works to build a team of digital marketers who provide smart, measurable, performance-driven solutions for national clients. He began his career as a media planner in NYC during an exciting time for digital. Later, as a integrated marketing manager at Complex Media, Nate produced campaigns with an emphasis on custom co-branded video content for clients such as Converse, Coca-Cola, Green Label, Norelco, etc.
After 6 years in New York, Nate made the transition back to his home state of Maine. Prior to joining the Energy Circle team, he spent 2 years working as a senior account manager for a web design shop, where he lead projects for a wide range of local clients.
Nate is a novice gardener, full-time husband/dad, and part-time rock climber. He also enjoys consuming too much coffee and curating Spotify playlists (simultaneously).
Tim Brooks has been in the web strategy business for 23 years, providing consulting services regarding Internet and web strategies, website and information architecture, user interface design, usability analysis, and product development. As Energy Circle’s Director of Development, Tim is responsible for client strategic planning and overseeing all website design and development.
Tim started his professional career as a lawyer, practicing law for three years in Washington, D.C., and three years in Portland, Maine. In 1995, Tim co-founded New England Internet Services, one of the first full-service Internet Service Providers in Maine. In 1999, Tim joined Portland-based VIA Inc. as Principal of Web Strategy, and in 2000 he became Vice President of Product Development for Gofish.com (now Seafax), a company providing business-to-business services to the seafood industry. Tim joined Energy Circle in October 2017, having run his own web strategy and development business for 15 years.
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.
Chris Williams is responsible for leading Energy Circle's new solar team. He's responsible for working with residential solar contractors to figure out how to generate high quality, low cost leads using the best digital marketing strategies on the planet.
Chris is an advisor of Ground Energy Support, was previously a co-founder of Faze1 and the Chief Marketing Officer at HeatSpring. In 2014, Chris worked with an industry coalition to successfully lobby the Massachusetts legislature to pass S.2214 that created the first performance based renewable thermal incentives in the United States.
Chris joined Energy Circle LLC as a Client Solutions Specialist in 2018. Prior to EC, he worked as a commercial video producer and a sales consultant in the Work and Travel industry. He has always had a passion for advertising/marketing and currently serves on the Board of the Ad Club of Maine, where he enjoys connecting with the many creative talents of Maine. Chris graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in theater, a hobby he still pursues in his spare time.
Chris has always been a real estate enthusiast and enjoys moving houses with his family every couple of years. His experience living in numerous apartments and homes, 14 to be exact, has given him much appreciation for the comforts of the Building Performance Industry.
Chris enjoys landscaping, running, boot camp and adventuring with his family throughout Maine and the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After nearly ten years living and working in upstate New York, Emily returned to Maine to spend more time with her family and to contribute to the stewardship of her beloved, adopted home state. Graduating from Cornell University with her Master’s degree in 2016, Emily had the good fortune of learning from some of the finest minds in marketing research and development. WIth experience in a variety of marketing roles, she is fascinated by the intersections of data and communication in digital marketing, especially in regard to compelling content and social media. She is passionate about facilitating dynamic and collaborative client relationships, and attributes her fondness to anticipation of needs to her early background in hospitality.
Emily loves exploring the restaurant and food scene near and far. She enjoys reading and writing, taking advantage of the great live music scene in Portland, and paying homage to her farm girl roots by collecting as many pets as possible.
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.
Chelsea brings over six years of experience in SEO, content creation, and digital strategy to her role at Energy Circle. A New York native, Chelsea's focus on mission-oriented work has led her to wear many hats, including social worker, playwright, and freelance journalist. She is thrilled to now apply her marketing skills and enthusiasm to supporting energy-efficient businesses.
After five years in Portland, Oregon, Chelsea, her husband, and their two daughters took a chance on "this Portland" to be closer to family, and haven't looked back. In addition to her work with Energy Circle, Chelsea is a regular contributor to Maine Women Magazine and ghost writes autobiographies for Story Terrace. She also enjoys choral singing and driving down random streets in new towns.
Maurine is a Virginia native and attended school at the University of Virginia. As a student with many interests, she ultimately received a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and American studies, with a minor in French language and literature. After her time at U.Va., she went on to complete a program in graphic design with concentrations in web design and photography.
After completing her education, Maurine headed out to the ‘Silicon Slopes’ of Utah to start her career. She found her niche working as a content writer at an online marketing firm, where she created online content for companies in just about every industry you can name. Now, after a cross-country move, she puts her writing and content strategy skills to the test as a Digital Content Manager here at Energy Circle.
When she’s not busy at work, Maurine spends her time developing creative cake recipes, practicing her hand at photography, and running her baking-turned-lifestyle blog. She lives in southern Maine with her husband, Nate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt joined the ranks of Energy Circle's PPC Strategists in 2017. He spent the previous 4+ years managing digital marketing campaigns for clients in multiple industries for another Maine agency. Demystifying getting found online for his clients, most specifically PPC, is something he's always found rewarding. As a dedicated PPC he gets to focus on making data based decisions that will positively impact his clients bottom line. And use lots of spreadsheets... which he seems to genuinely enjoy.
After years biking and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains, Matt received his marketing degree from the University of Southern Maine, graduating summa cum laude in 2010. He currently lives in Bath with his wife in a tiny circa 1870 house near the banks of the mighty Kennebec River. In his time away from pouring over spreadsheets to find the next magic keyword you'll find Matt riding his bike in the woods, playing hockey (way too early in the morning), or working with his hands on a myriad of projects.
Tripti joined Energy Circle LLC team as a Paid Search Strategist, working remotely from San Diego, CA. She has a Bachelor's in Engineering and MBA (Marketing) degree. After her grad school, she worked on multiple projects based on Digital Marketing (PPC, SEO and Google Analytics). She developed her keen interest for building and optimizing Pay Per Click campaigns and showing improved performance metrics.
She has experience working with vast range of businesses, be it E-Commerce or Marketing Agencies. She is a hard worker, quick learner and has always maintained a positive attitude towards her work.
When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her 4 year old daughter and likes to work out or go hiking with her friends.
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 marketing production, leading our online support center (support circle) and assisting in in-house marketing team projects. When he’s not working, Shane is an avid sports fan (football, baseball, basketball and hockey), writer (creative works) and movie geek.
Born in Florida, Priscilla always knew she was a Northeaster at heart. She moved to Upstate New York in 2012 where she went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned her B.S. in Cognitive Science and Psychology, minoring in Marketing and her M.S. in Management, Marketing - New Product Development. In 2017, she moved to Maine.
Having parents who immigrated from Cuba and having lived in Florida for most her life, she has first hand experience on how climate change can strengthen natural disasters and the effect it has on the community. Priscilla is dedicated in educating the public by empowering businesses that provide services to foster a greener world.
When Priscilla isn’t working, she enjoys trying new foods and craft beers. She spends most of her time cuddling her cat Addie, playing video games, or singing with her ukulele.