Erik Daugherty
Erik Daugherty
Founder/Owner

Responsibilities:

Oversee company operations, strategizing, marketing and production. Sales and project management.

Why Interested in Energy Efficiency:

Growing up with a love of science, the outdoors, building things, and researching cool new automobiles (Erik bought one of the first VW TDIs in Tennessee back in 1996), Erik’s interest in energy efficiency was a natural combination of all of these. His desire to help foster a healthy, sustainable planet came to fruition with his founding of E3 INNOVATE.

Fun Fact:

Erik and his wife, Kajsa, once traveled the European continent in a 1978 Mercedes 240D diesel. Determined to make the trip using 100% biodiesel, they often found themselves running on empty in remote areas, finding fuel just in the nick of time. Kajsa is quick to point out, however, that although the European trip was a success, Erik’s biodiesel luck didn’t quite make it back to the states with him, where more than once he has found himself filling up on canola oil at convenience stores.

Stefan Peter-Contesse
Stefan Peter-Contesse
Building Scientist/ Project Manager

Responsibilities:

Project Management. Sales. Hers rating. ENERGYSTAR Certification.

Why Interested in Energy Efficiency:

While working in the construction industry, Stefan was astonished by both the poor building practices and the amount of waste created by the building process. A longtime advocate of sustainability (he ran his college’s recycling program), Stefan decided to dedicate his professional career to improving construction and renovation practices.

Fun Fact:

Stefan lived in his brother’s Honda Accord for 3 months while traveling to all corners of the U.S. To sleep, he would fold the back seats down and tuck his legs into the trunk (not an easy feat for a 6’5” man). An avid trail runner, Stefan’s longest run to date was the 50k “Stump Jump” in Chattanooga.

Nathan Terry
Nathan Terry
HERS Rater

Responsibilities:

Home certification work, including LEED and HERS ratings. Streamlining the home certification process. Developing home-improvement case studies.

Why Interested in Energy Efficiency:

With his background studying the human body, Nathan became interested in energy efficiency when he realized how energy production affects the environment which, in turn, affects our health.

Fun Fact:

Nathan spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in Paraguay, where he worked in the rural health and sanitation sector. Bilingual, Nathan also provides translation services to Spanish-speaking residents of Tennessee.

Chris Carpenter
Chris Carpenter
Project Manager

Responsibilities:

Oversee E3 Ecoworks team, including home performance installations such as mechanical systems, insulation, and thermal envelope sealing.

Why Interested in Energy Efficiency:

Embracing the saying “Take only pictures, leave only footprints,” Chris believes that we bear the responsibility of ensuring that the Earth is well cared for. A father of four, he wants his children and their children to enjoy the beauty that a healthy planet provides.

Fun Fact:

Chris has spent a considerable amount of time in Central America building schools for children. His travels have taken him to Belize, Hondorus, Costa Rica and Panama.

Cara Beasley
Cara Beasley
Office Manager

Responsibilities:

Organize operations and procedures by maintaining office systems. Design and implement office policies, including sustainability efforts. Manage company correspondence and reporting.

Why Interested in Energy Efficiency:

After studying International Relations with an emphasis on Environmental Policy from Boston University and learning about the effects of today’s decisions on future generations, Cara spent time working with the non-profit group Kilowatt Ours, which engages youth in the sustainability movement through various media including film and participatory lecture.

Fun Fact:

Well-educated by Western standards, Cara also holds a passion for Eastern and celestial healing practices. A certified Reiki master, Cara uses her drum skills (she’s also a proficient rock drummer) along with other methods to help heal those in need.

Chris Myers
Chris Myers
Home Performance Adviser

Responsibilities:

Home certification work, including site visits and proposal creation. Energy modeling. Home performance testing and advising.

Why Interested in Energy Efficiency:

A trained climate scientist (Chris attended graduate school at Vanderbilt for Earth and Environmental Science), Chris realized that at the heart of the climate issue is energy usage and sourcing.

Fun Fact:

As part of his climate research, Chris explored caves in India, California, Kentucky, and Tennessee. While in India, he discovered a new cave and had the honor of naming it, which he named “Krem Mustoh,” after the nearest town.

Adam Trapani
Adam Trapani
Home Performance Adviser

Responsibilities:

Home performance testing and advising. Home certification work, including site visits and proposal creation. Energy modeling.

Why Interested in Energy Efficiency:

Having grown up hiking and cycling in the hills of Boulder, Colorado, Adam is a life-long environmentalist. A constant tinkerer, he hopes to put his engineering education and communication skills to use creating and promoting things that make the world a little better.

Fun Fact:

At the age of 19, Adam announced that he was leaving to travel the world and wouldn’t return for many years. After purchasing a one-way ticket to Rome, he lasted three weeks before running out of money and returning home. He is still hoping to make good on his original plan.