Sustainable Town Planning 2021

Roof tops in Seaside, Florida overlooking ocean

Sustainable Town Planning will bring together planners, architects, builders, developers, engineers, and other professionals to discuss the latest trends in construction, architecture, and town planning. Please join us for an informative agenda. Come early for our walking tour of Seaside followed by a networking social (March 24th). Space is limited and this event will sell out.

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March 24, 2021

3:45 Join us for a walking tour of Seaside led by Mr. Larry Davis followed by a networking reception with our exhibitors and workshop attendees.

March 25, 2021

8:45 – 9:30
Welcome Remarks by Gulf Coast Energy Network
Ms. Sara Gutterman, CEO, Green Builder Media
Opening Keynote: Commissioner Tim G. Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission

9:30 – 10:00
Building the Installation of the Future: A More Resilient, Sustainable, Integrated, and Healthy Tyndall Air Force Base
Ms. Traycee Verdun Chapman, Community Planner, U.S. Air Force, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida
Ms. Hollie Schmidt, Principal, Advance Planning Group, Jacobs

10:00 – 10:30
More than Just a Road: 21st Century Infrastructure Implementation + Complete Streets = Sense of Place
Mr. Charlie Johnson, PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Kimley-Horn

10:30 – 10:45
Networking Break

10:45 – 11:00
Construction Market Outlook
Mr. Alan Baggett, Executive Vice President, Building Industry Association of Okaloosa-Walton Counties

11:00 – 11:45 
From Vision to Implementation: Developing a Sense of Place
Ms. Marina Khoury, RA, CNU, LEED AP, Partner
Mr. Andrew Rothfeder, President, Rothfeder Real Estate

11:45 – 12:30
Lunch Keynote Address: Building Resilient Communities
Commissioner Robert Carroll, Board of County Commissioners, Bay County, Florida 
Innovative Technologies for Fortified Construction
Mr. Nicolas Fernandez, International Developer, Concrewall USA

12:45 – 2:00
Panel I: Case Studies in Sustainable Town Planning Roundtable
Moderator: Mr. C.J. Davila, Executive Director, Florida Green Building Coalition
Dr. Jennifer Languell, Founder and President of Trifecta Construction Solution
Ms. Laura Cole, Senior Vice President, Lakewood Ranch
Ms. Pattie Glenn, President/CEO, Green$mart® Companies

2:00 – 2:45
Sustainability Planning for Local Governments
Mr. Shanti Pless, LEED AP, Senior Research Engineer, U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado
Mr. Michael Ohlsen, CEM, CPM, Electric System Integrated Planning, City of Tallahassee, Florida

2:45 – 3:00
Networking Break

3:00 – 3:30
The Local Impact of Opportunity Zones
Mr. Grey Dodge, Principal, Madison Street Strategies
Mr. Reynolds Henderson, Principal, Continental Pacific

3:30 – 4:30
Panel II: Innovation & Technology Roundtable
Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Energy Network
Mr. Alan Grey, AICP, Outside Sales, SESCO Lighting
Mr. Mark Jackson, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Pensacola, Florida
Speaker TBD, Net-Zero Energy Schools


Sarah Gutterman

Sara Gutterman

CEO, Green Builder Media

Green Builder® Media, LLC is the leading media company in the North American residential building industry focused exclusively on green building and responsible growth. With a comprehensive suite of in-print, online, and in-person offerings, Green Builder Media is helping building professionals prepare themselves for the new green economy by providing them with the educational tools they need to increase their knowledge about sustainable development.

Mr. Tim Echols

Tim Echols: Opening Keynote Speaker

Georgia Public Service Commission

Mr. Tim Echols has been called the solar architect of Georgia. He is the father of Georgia’s net metering policy. Echols ran for and was elected to statewide office in 2010 serving as Public Service Commissioner. The PSC’s primary job is energy regulation. When Echols took office, Georgia was 34th in solar power. Now, 9 years later the state is 10th in the nation in approved solar. In 2020, Conservatives for Clean Energy dubbed Echols the “Solar Architect of Georgia.”
At Sustainable Town Planning, Echols will discuss the importance of leadership and like minded teams when building or re-building a sustainable town. He will talk about ways to get buy-on from residents, business owners, utilities and elected officials–both red and blue– and creative ways to promote EV’s, solar, water conservation, recycling and more.
Tracee Chapman

Traycee Verdun Chapman,

MURP, EDFP, Community Planner & Partner Liaison, U.S. Air Force, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida

Mrs. Chapman was critical to aiding in the development of Tyndall’s new Installation Master Plan following the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. She worked diligently with the Engineering firms hired to develop the plan as well as other key stake holders ranging from Wing leadership to the community. This effort would have been a daunting task for any large community management department, Mrs. Verdun-Chapman did all of this by herself, she is the only community manager at Tyndall AFB. Ms. Chapman was pivotal in the organization and creation of Tyndall’s new specific wind speed, design flood elevation criteria, as well as the newly adopted Installation Facility Standards (IFS). She is the face of Tyndall when the installation needs to interact with the community and is the sole facilitator of the Air Force Community Partnership Program. Mrs. Verdun-Chapman established Tyndall AFB first-ever Community partnership office and significantly elevated Tyndall’s relationships with local, city, county, state and federal entities including several defense alliances over the past few years. The implementation of this strategic planning program led to a Bay County Association of Defense Communities’ 2019 Great American Defense Communities Award.  Ms. Chapman also coordinates the AICUZ, REPI and EUL programs at Tyndall AFB. Ms. Chapman’s federal experience includes senior-level plan formulation for large, complex civil works projects under the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Directorate. Prior to joining federal service nine years ago Ms. Chapman was an active urban planner in community development lending, housing, and mixed-use real estate development primarily in the metro Atlanta area for 12 years. Early in her career Ms. Chapman was the first-ever Junior Development Officer in the Bank of America Community Development Corporation (CDC) franchise where she progressed from Intern to Vice President, leading urban revitalization and new in-fill housing construction in neighborhoods where there had been none in over three decades. Ms. Chapman holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional.

Hollie Schmidt

Hollie Schmidt

Principal, Jacobs Engineering, Advance Planning Group

Hollie Schmidt is the Global Community of Practice Leader for Master Planning and a Principal with Jacobs Advance Planning Group with 25 years experience. Her capabilities are rooted in landscape architecture but my career is focused on master planning, site selection, site design and strategic planning. Her expertise are towards front-end strategizing, visioning, consensus building, decision facilitation, project coordination and management of multi-disciplinary teams with complex deliverables.
Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson

PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Kimley-Horn

Mr. Charlie Johnson, PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Kimley-Horn, is a professional landscape architect with 18 years of experience specializing in urban & streetscape design, park planning and design, permitting, and site construction observation in north Florida and south Georgia. He has coordinated with numerous municipalities as well as state DOTs. He is a native of southwest Georgia and lives and works in Tallahassee. His presentation will open with a brief overview of the principles of Complete Streets, Smart Growth and Sense of Place, and then discuss FAMU Way & Capital Cascades Trail as a case study incorporating these principles.

Alan Baggett

Alan Baggett

Executive Vice President, Building Industry Association of Okaloosa-Walton Counties

As Executive Vice President Alan has been put in the lead management position of the BIA, his duties include the coordination with his staff of one, programs and activates that ensure the associations goals and objectives are met.

In 2013 Executive Officer Alan Baggett, CEO, of the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa-Walton Counties was honored for earning the “Certified Executive Officer” designation from the Florida Home Builders Association. To achieve the designation, Baggett met the educational and community service requirements and passed a written exam. He is one of four CEOs among local builder association executives in Florida to reach that goal. Baggett, a former Membership Director at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and Florida Home Builders Association, has taken his Fort Walton Beach-based BIA to new heights during his 12-year tenure, including a high-profile presence in community involvement and numerous strategic partnerships.

In addition to his CEO AWARD for association management, his efforts earned him the Florida Home Builders Association’s coveted “EAGLE AWARD”.  Eagle Awards have honored 70 individuals over the past 15 years. Alan was honored for being a “model of professionalism” for local builder’s association executive officers around the state.

Marina Khoury

Marina Khoury

RA, CNU, LEED AP, Partner/Director of Town Planning, DPZ Co-Design

Marina Khoury is an expert in traditional neighborhood development and form-based codes and speaks on issues related to creating affordable, sustainable, walkable communities. A licensed architect, she is the director of town planning at the firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ) and leads the Washington D.C. office. Khoury manages new town plans and urban redevelopment plans in the United States, Canada and Europe. She is also the DPZ project director for Miami 21, an initiative which is rewriting the City of Miami’s current zoning code into the largest-known application of a form-based code. DPZ is widely recognized as a leader in the international movement called New Urbanism, which advocates urbanism that is economically sustainable, socially responsible, and environmentally sensitive. The firm has designed more than 300 communities around the world, including downtown revitalizations, greenfield new towns, brownfield redevelopments, and urban infill sites.

Andrew Rothfeder

Andrew Rothfeder

President, Rothfeder Real Estate 

Andrew Rothfeder is a real estate developer, consultant, and licensed real estate salesperson in Pensacola, Florida. Andrew has been in commercial real estate for 33 years, including 13 years with an Atlanta-based Real Estate Investment Trust. He is currently developing Red Feather, an 11-townhome neighborhood in downtown Pensacola. Andrew is currently working with the City of Pensacola and Studer Properties to manage development of 28 acres along Pensacola’s downtown waterfront.  Andrew also provides development consulting and brokerage services as an agent of Kuhn Realty, LLC. From 2011 to 2020, he was president of Studer Properties, where he managed a $100mm real estate portfolio, new development projects, and community redevelopment initiatives. 

Robert Carroll

Robert Carroll

Board of County Commissioners, Bay County, Florida 

Robert Carroll, Board of County Commissioners, Bay County, Florida, is a licensed Civil Engineer in Florida, Alabama and South Carolina. He specializes in land development, stormwater management, water and wastewater design and has an extensive background in school designs and commercial development.

Nicholas Fernandez

Nicolas Fernandez

International Developer, Concrewall

Nicolas Fernandez, received a Civil Engineer Degree and an MBA at INTEC. He is Senior Director of Esfera Verde Corp. located in the Dominican Republic. Fernandez has more than 15 years of experience in the design, fabrication and construction with EPS (Expanded Polystyrene Systems) and more than 20 in the construction industry. He served as a consultant to construction projects in the Caribbean and in several countries around the world using EPS Systems. For years Fernandez has taught classes to students of Architecture, Civil Engineers and professionals of this area in different seminars, courses and workshops about alternative and lightweight construction. He has been featured in articles of construction and Science magazines, newspapers and academic writings about Green and Sustainable Construction. His experience goes into the construction of Low Income Housing, Commercial and Residential Projects using several construction systems.

CJ Davila

C.J. Davila

Executive Director, Florida Green Building Coalition

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Our mission is “to provide a statewide green building program that defines, promotes, and encourages sustainable efforts with environmental and economic benefits.”

Jennifer Languell

Dr. Jennifer Languell

Founder and President of Trifecta Construction Solution

For more than 15 years, Dr. Jennifer Languell has championed the integration of green building principles and sustainable design within the construction industry. Today, as Founder and President of Trifecta Construction Solutions, she remains an outspoken advocate and valued consultant to a wide range of industries that are incorporating sustainable business practices into their daily operations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, a Master’s in Civil Engineering and Construction Management, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Construction.

Laura Cole

Laura Cole

Senior Vice President, Lakewood Ranch

Laura leads the residential and lifestyle arm of Lakewood Ranch, a 31,000-acre master-planned community located in west Florida, developed by Schroeder Manatee Ranch (SMR).  Currently, 21 actively selling villages with 16,000+ entitled lots under 20 builders fall within Laura’s portfolio.  Lakewood Ranch has been ranked the #1 best-selling multigenerational community in the nation by RCLCO and John Burns for three consecutive years (2018, 2019, and 2020). Laura also serves as chief marketing officer for various SMR divisions including LWR Communities (2,000+ annual home sales), LWR Commercial (14.4M square feet of commercial and retail), and the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club (2 clubhouses, 54 holes of golf, 22 tennis courts and fitness center).  Prior to Lakewood Ranch, Laura was vice president of marketing for Willowsford, a 4,000-acre “agri-hood” community in Northern Virginia, awarded “National Community of the Year” by NAHB in 2014.  From 2002 to 2007 Laura served as vice president of corporate development for RCLCO in Washington, DC, and before that, held positions with the Urban Land Institute, Greater Houston Partnership, and IBM/CB Commercial.  She was a founding member of the Houston Technology Center, named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Ten Technology Incubators Changing the World,” and has contributed to ULI publications on workforce housing and downtown revitalization.  Laura serves as program co-chair for ULI’s Community Development Council (Gold) and is a member of ULI Tampa Bay’s Executive Committee.  She is a native of Madrid, Spain, and received a B.S. in Urban Development from the University of Arizona.  Laura and her family reside in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Pattie Glenn

Pattie Glenn

President/CEO, Green$mart® Companies

It’s all about V-A-L-U-E. How we perceive it, define it, and create it in our lives. Glenn, President/CEO, Green$mart® Companies, offers a systems approach to empower, facilitate, and realize your goals, while she helps green your bottom line and mitigate risk. Her method to real estate offers value-creation, whether new construction integrated with energy and environmental features that deliver benefits over the lifetime of ownership for residential, commercial, and investment properties; or revitalizing obsolescent properties to transform the market through green renovations.

Shanti Pless

Shanti Pless

LEED AP, Senior Research Engineer, U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 

Shanti joined the Commercial Building Research Group at NREL in 1999 with a focus on applied research and design processes for commercial building energy efficiency and building integrated renewable energy. This work has included facilitating numerous integrated design processes and energy modeling teams needed to realize cost-effective zero-energy commercial buildings. He is leading the development of the next round of Advanced Energy Design Guides and managing the Whole Buildings Systems Integration section of the group.

Shanti has written more than 50 journal articles, industry publications, guidebooks, and technical reports related to energy efficiency and zero-energy buildings, with frequent national keynote speaking experience at industry conferences such as Greenbuild, AIA, and ASHRAE. He was awarded an ASHRAE Technology Award in 2013 for NREL’s large-scale zero-energy Research Support Facility.

Michael Ohlsen

CEM, CPM, Electric System Integrated Planning, City of Tallahassee, Florida

Michael Ohlsen serves as the City of Tallahassee’s Clean Energy PlanManager, coordinating efforts related to achieving a 100% clean renewable energy future for the community. This involves overseeing energy efficiency and demand reduction activities for the City’s electric and gas utility.

Prior to joining the City, Michael served in the Florida Governor’s EnergyOffice, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Solid WasteAssociation of North America, and as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Michael is a certified energy manager (CEM) and public manager (CPM)with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS inIndustrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Florida State University.

Grey Dodge

Grey Dodge

Principal, Madison Street Strategies

Grey joined Madison Street Strategies in early 2019, bringing nearly a decade of public service experience to the team. Most recently, he served as the Policy Director for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, where he advised senior leadership on workforce, community and economic development policies. He was instrumental in launching Florida’s private sector recovery efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Michael and worked closely with communities all over the state to nominate Florida’s 427 Opportunity Zones. Grey has extensive policy experience, having previously served as the Governor’s Fellow for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, in the Florida House of Representatives, as a policy fellow to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, and as a legislative assistant in the Florida Senate. Grey earned his MBA and his JD from the Florida State University. 

Reynolds Henderson

Reynolds Henderson

Principal, Continental Pacific LLC

Reynolds Henderson is a principal owner of Continental Pacific LLC (“CP”), a real estate investment and development company with a broad geographic scope and a current concentration on the development of property in southern Chile and residential properties in Hawaii.  Reynolds also spearheads the activities of two of CP’s affiliate companies:  Chiloe Island Spirits, SpA which produces and markets an award-winning craft vodka in Chile and SRB Servicing, LLC which has acquired loans secured by real estate in 38 states across the U.S. Reynolds founded two other real estate investment companies, Henderson Barrett, LLC and FRH Holdings, LLC, which primarily own commercial and residential real estate with a focus on retail holdings in Rosemary Beach and historic Baldwin Avenue in DeFuniak Springs, FL.

Reynolds is passionate about making Walton County a better place to live by expanding economic opportunities in the central and northern parts of the county.  In 2016 Reynolds created an initiative called One Walton, Inc. whose mission is to explore and present policy recommendations to Walton County’s elected officials and staff in order to promote better governance for economic development.  One Walton, Inc.’s current focus is redeveloping and revitalizing the commercial center in the historic area around Lake DeFuniak Springs. 

Reynolds co-founded the Florida Opportunity Fund that recently acquired properties in the North Walton County Opportunity Zone in order to build affordable housing and develop additional commercial opportunities.

In addition to his work with these companies, Reynolds serves on the Board of Trustees for Northwest Florida State College, the Board of Directors for the Lofts West Condomium, the Lofts West Condominium and Savannah Condominium in Rosemary Beach, FL and chairs the Main Street DeFuniak Springs Board of Directors.

Reynolds previously served on the Board of Directors for the Seaside Neighborhood Schools, the Seaside REP Theater, The University of Alabama A&S Leadership Board, The Rosemary Beach Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute Enterprise Club and Children’s Volunteer Health Network. 

Reynolds is an Alabama native and graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor degree in Business.  He resides in South Walton County with his wife, Stacey, and two sons:  Parke and Fox.

Dave Robau

Dave Robau

Executive Director, Gulf Coast Energy Network

Dave Robau is one of the sustainability movement’s most sought-after thought leaders. As an advocate for resource conservation and sustainable design solutions, Dave has extensive experience at all levels of business and government. In 2011, he was honored at a White House ceremony as one of President Obama’s “Champions of Change” for his work and dedication to sustainability.

Alen Gray

Alan Gray

AICP, Outside Sales, SESCO Lighting 

Alan Gray is an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Urban Planner. Alan Gray has been working in the Florida Panhandle since 2006 in the following specialties: Public Sector Projects, Economic Development, Urban Infill Housing, Disaster Planning, Emergency Preparedness, Growth Management, Public Transportation, Brownfields Development, and Affordable Housing Assistance. He formerly worked with the Emerald Coast Regional Council (ECRC) since earning his B.S. & M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Alabama. He was also the Project Manager for several Economic Development Administration (EDA) Projects including the Pensacola Tech Park and the GCSC expansion of the Health Sciences Building which directed $3.5 Million in federal dollars specifically from EDA into our local economy.

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

Sustainability Coordinator, City of Pensacola, Florida

Experienced Consultant that has worked with clients on Reducing Waste, Life Cycle Analysis, Develop Business Growth, Human Capital Investment, and GRI Reports. With 3 years of experience in Resource Management, successfully reducing project waste and leading efforts in energy use reduction. I am now a Graduate student at the University of Miami Herbert Business School pursuing a degree in Sustainable Business, I hope to use my skills to Consult Market Leaders in Sustainable Business Solutions.

Larry Davis

Larry Davis

Broker/President at Davis Properties of NWFL

Originally licensed in 1987, Larry began his real estate career in 1990 after serving as Group Sales Director for SEASIDE®. Licensed as a Broker in 1993, he established Davis Properties of Northwest FL Inc., with the vision of “…not becoming the largest real estate company, but with the goal of being involved in the newest, most innovative and interesting projects.” Following this ideal, Larry was instrumental in planning and sales of Rosemary Beach, participated in early Alys Beach charrettes and has consulted on numerous Traditional Neighborhood Developments.


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