Green Festival Speakers
Matt Freeman Gleason
FreemanGleason founded Environmental Home Center in 1991 and served as CEO until June 2000. He opened the business (originally called EnviResource) in Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1991, and moved it to Seattle three years later when it outgrew its tiny quarters. While building the core of business that has grown to become ecohaus, FreemanGleason had responsibility for every aspect of the operation, including planning, retailstore management, purchasing, logistics, merchandising, personal, customer service, and financial control. In 2000 FreemanGleason took the company thru its first round of outside investment and recruited an expanded management team to grow the company forward.As founder, FreemanGleason continues to provide vision his expansive background and industry experience as part of ecohaus senior management team and on its board . As Chief Knowledge Officer of ecohaus, he works to develop the companys knowledge base and context, other areas of focus include training, product development, and identification and monitoring of sustainability issues related to ecohaus. With his extensive knowledge of the industry, he keeps the company focused on its core mission of providing topquality, truly green products along with candid, credible information.Prior to founding the company, FreemanGleason worked professionally as a carpenter and builder on both houses and wooden boats. His lifelong avocation has been the natural environmentFreemanGleason is a frequent speaker at architectural and design seminars and conferences, as well as government and educational forums, where he shares his vision passion and expertise on green building, and sustainabilityHe has also been active on various nonprofit boards. He is past president of Northwest Natural Resource Group, and a cofounder and past board member of Northwest Eco Building Guild. He currently serves as an advisor for the Northwest Natural Resource Group and as a steering committee member for FSCs regional initiative. FreemanGleason earned his BS in geography from State University of New York at Buffalo.