To Mike Watson, innovation only matters if it’s meaningful, and it requires equal parts ingenuity and action. His unique ability to balance technology development with consumer needs has been instrumental in driving Cree’s climbing position as the world’s fastest growing lighting company, and Most Innovative Company in Energy (Fast Company, 2015). Technology disruption is embedded in his DNA. Built on a foundation of engineering, strategic innovation and commercializing new technologies – as VP of product strategy at Cree, Mike blends relentless problem-solving with market-driven insight to advance customer experiences and drive Cree’s mission of 100 percent LED adoption.
Mark Callaway has managed “SRI/ESG/ Impact Investing style” discretionary strategy within the Morgan Stanley Portfolio Management platform since 2000. Over the past decade, He has seen the growth of Impact Investing in other areas of the world and now, finally, in mainstream America. Mark was recognized by Smith Barney, prior to the merger, as a “Green” financial advisory professional. The more involved he became in SRI/ESG the more interested he became in the actions of the corporations headquartered in his own backyard. So in 2009, he co-founded the Southeast Corporate Sustainability Ranking. It ranks publicly traded companies according to standardized environmental, social and governance scores. Recently, Mark was asked to serve on the Morgan Stanley Advisory Board to champion the Investing with Impact platform at Morgan Stanley.
Southeast Green interviewed Jill Johnson Government Affairs Director for the Atlanta Beltline dubbed the most exciting transportation development in the country by Christopher Leinberger of the Brookings Institutue.
Join Southeast Green as we talk to Bob Hawkinson of Weed Recede. Weed Recede solves a common problem of mulching bag waste and allows you to reduce your consumption of materials in your garden. Does this sound too good to be true? Something that eliminates waste, reduces consumption of products, protects streams, rivers and oceans, and helps the environment? Listen in to hear how this one simple idea makes everyone's gardening life easier.
Mat Franken, CEO and Founder of Aunt Fannie, Inc.
Mat is founder and CEO of Aunt Fannie’s, maker of FlyPunch!, a product that positively impacts the global food supply chain by eradicating the devastating and E.Coli-transmitting fruit fly. He is a leader in natural and non-toxic products that increase food safety, decrease spoil in food, minimize produce contamination, bolster profits for food manufacturers, and improve both commercial and home kitchen experiences. Prior to Aunt Fannie’s, Mat’s career was in private finance with a Swiss-based global financial institution. There he served 60 families, advising c-level corporate executives and entrepreneurs in overarching estate, tax, financial, and investment planning. In addition to his professional roles, Mat has been the Founder and Chair of multiple grass-roots level non-profits and currently serves on the board of NEXT, a non-profit organization focused on fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem for high-impact companies in the Carolinas. Mat also serves as a Mentor for multiple accelerator organizations, such as The Iron Yard, a high tech accelerator and national code school as well as the incoming Founder Institute headquartering in the Carolinas. Mat is a founding member of OpenWorks, a ‘self-sustaining’ co-work facility that helps foster Carolinas-based start-ups. And, these efforts have recently garnered Mat a nomination for the 2017 Liberty Fellowship (Aspen Institute).
In 2006, Marilyn Brown joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor in the School of Public Policy. Marilyn Brown is a Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems. During her prior career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, she held various leadership positions managing annual research budgets of $100+ million, focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, the electric grid. At ORNL, Dr. Brown co-authored the report, Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future, which remains a cornerstone of engineering-economic analysis of low-carbon energy options.