Lloyd Lee | President
About Lloyd…Lloyd was born and raised in Texas and has lived in the Central Texas area since 1992. Lloyd worked in construction during college, which spurred his interest in building. After graduating with a degree in Industrial Technology from Southwest Texas University, Lloyd worked in the high tech industry and gained an appreciation for using new technologies to solve old problems. His passion for building and interests in technology led him to pursue an active role in sustainable construction and renewable energy system integrations. At Native, Lloyd cultivates a culture of empowering team members to excel within their individual talents. Lloyd is very proud of his team and considers Native’s long term viability to be a direct result of the passion and hard work each person brings on a daily basis.
Things that baffle me: People who focus on obstacles when solutions are there if you look for them.
During the weekend: I enjoy spending time on nearby lakes, rivers, and creeks with my family.
My best vacation: My wife and I rented a private island in Bora Bora for our honeymoon.
I am inspired by: My father who never considered inexperience or lack of formal training to be a reason to avoid trying something new.
My favorite place on earth is in a hammock under a couple of oak trees (or palm trees).
Jason Duvall | VP of Construction
About Jason…Jason earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology at Texas State University. He holds many certifications including: NAHB Certifications: Graduate Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, ARCSA Certified Rainwater Systems Installer and a Safety Certification: OSHA 30HR. Jason has over 13 years experience in the industry and has worked in every aspect of residential construction. At Native, Jason is the director of construction, Jason leads and supports his team, ensuring that construction operations run smoothly and efficiently.
Favorite Quotes To Live By or Life Slogans: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” and “Remember, happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.”
Most Serendipitous Moment: 20 years ago I met my beautiful wife Lauren on a blind date and the rest is history.
Thing most people wouldn’t believe about me: My middle name is Gandalf.
My favorite place on earth: Easy, Austin, TX and the beautiful Hill Country, of course.
Nick Ryza | VP of Finance
About Nick…Nick was born in Austin and raised in Corpus Christi. He went to college at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi and spent many days surfing when he should have been in class. After graduating with a degree in Chemistry, he moved back to Austin and started his professional career in the Semiconductors Industry. He began in engineering and ended up in sales and on the side he found himself dabbling in construction. During this time, Nick met his future business partners, and helped to found Native in 2007. At Native, Nick is in charge of the company’s financial operations.
Thing that baffles me: How difficult my kids’ bedtime still is every night.
Best vacation: My best vacation was traveling to the Czech Republic with my family and meeting our distant relatives in the small town of Lidechko. It’s probably the largest collection of Ryza’s in the world!
Random fact: Native’s conception can be tied back to a few pints of Guinness at a pub in Dublin, Ireland.
Thing that inspired me to do what I do: Helping my parents build their home as a teenager. My parents then returned the favor when I wanted to build my home. One thing led to another…
David Dixon | VP of Renewable Operations
About David…David has been with Native since 2008 and is responsible for evaluating and implementing the technologies that enable zero energy home building. It is a dynamic and exciting environment and he continuously looks to improve the capabilities, comfort and sustainability of our homes. David earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science degree from the University of Connecticut in 1994. After five years in the HVAC industry, he returned to the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus in environmental science and solar design in 2000. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and two daughters. The days of ultimate frisbee and mountain biking have been supplanted with coaching his daughters’ sports teams and watching them grow too quickly.
Book that moved me: There have been several books that have shaped by world view. The first that comes to mind is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. This is a great read about the importance of quality.
Thing that inspired me to do what I do: My awakening to the potential of a clean energy future began with a seventh grade science fair project I did on the subject. This was in the early 80’s – when there was less than 10MW of PV installed in the entire US…and now we are over 10GW!
Thing most people wouldn’t believe about me: I was athletic enough to have played in the 1997 World Ultimate Frisbee Championship games.
Most serendipitous moment: Serendipitous moments happen all the time. They occur when you reach out to others. That simple act often results in unexpected opportunities.
Amie Diehl | Administrative/HR Manager
About Amie…Amie is an Administrative/HR Manager at Native. She oversees customer paperwork and accounts receivables while managing the human resource needs of the company. She has an Economics degree from Texas Tech University and has 12 years of sales and administrative experience in the shipping industry.
Guilty Pleasures: Zumba. Body Pump. 80′s Rock Bands. 90′s Grunge. Nickelback. Rock Concerts. Sonic Sweet Tea (cut-in-half). Naps.
Random Fact About Me: I love to travel. Some of the exotic places I have visited are Russia, Sweden, Finland, England, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Shanghai. My favorite “go to” places are Laguna Beach and San Francisco.
I am inspired by: God. My family. My friends. Random people doing great things for others.
Why I do what I do: The need to protect the environment. The want to teach my kids how to be productive citizens. The hope that their world will be a healthy and safe.
Dan Byers | Project Manager
About Dan…I recently moved to Texas from Las Vegas, Nevada. I spend my spare time with my family enjoying the outdoors, fishing and hunting. I’ve been in Texas for almost 6 months and appreciate it’s beauty and find that Texans are the most welcoming people I’ve ever met. I’m glad to be here. At Native, Dan manages residential construction projects.
Random fact: It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
I’m inspired by: John Denver, because I’m pretty sure I can sing like him.
My hero is: John Denver, because I’m pretty sure I can sing like him.
Party trick: Sing like John Denver
Rusty Smith | Project Manager
About Rusty…Rusty is an on-site superintendent specializing in building science and mechanical systems.
During the weekend: I spend as much time outside as possible.
I’m inspired by: The possibility of learning new things.
Best Vacation: Backpacking around Europe while in college.
Brandon Gibbs | Residential Solar Operations Manager
About Brandon…Brandon manages your residential solar installation.
Superpower: I make pancakes that’ll make you want to slap your grandma. Seriously.
Thing that baffles me: Why doesn’t every home have solar?
Best advice: Own it. Whatever you’ve done, own it. Also, embrace being uncomfortable. This is what makes us great.
Most serendipitous moment: Applying for a bartender position and getting hired as a solar installer by the manager’s brother.
Lisa Reed | Finance Administrator
About Lisa…Lisa holds a masters degree in social work and handles accounts receivable at Native.
My favorite book: The Art of Racing in the Rain was especially moving for me. It somehow makes sense that these giving creatures who love without prejudice would be more evolved than we humans often give them credit for. I am an avid animal lover and have 2 dogs of my own that I treasure. I am inspired and fascinated by those living creatures that seem to have some innate sense of the order of things and the inner peace that comes along with it.
Thing most people wouldn’t believe: I love music, all kinds of music.
If I could go back in time: I would go see The Doors live in Los Angeles!!
If there is a superpower worth having: Learning the arts of acceptance, forgiveness, humility and patience.
Joe Godin | Project Manager
About Joe…As a Project Manager for Native, Joe orchestrates new construction projects and maintains customer satisfaction through communication.
During the weekend: I like to drive my Model T roadster around town with my son (when it’s warm enough).
Random Fact: There are 206 bones in an adult human.
All time dream: Road Trip to Alaska with my dad and son.
My favorite place on earth: In the Riviera with a drink, but I never drink if I’m driving it.
Jonathan Clow | Project Manager
About Jonathan…Jonathan oversees all facets of construction operations for his assigned projects striving to exceed clients’ expectations for quality, communication, timeliness and value.
I am inspired by: My dad he taught me the value of hard work, taking chances, dreaming big, and being passionate about what I do.
During the weekend: I do home maintenance, repair cheap toys, bandage wounds, referee fights, and generally have a lot of fun with my family.
Favorite Place on Earth: Telluride, Colorado in a white-out blizzard with a snowboard strapped to my feet.
Best Vacation: It’s a toss up between Heli-skiing in British Columbia and chartering a catamaran for a week in the BVI – both were equally epic.
Chris Renner | Solar Operations Manager
About Chris…Chris runs Native’s solar installation department, specializing in Native’s commercial installations. He is a hard working powerhouse and he manages to have fun while he’s at it. He graduated from Bridgewater State College with a degree in Mathematics/Aviation Management. He carries a variety of certifications:
FAA- Multi Engine IFR rated Pilot
USCG- 100 Ton Masters License
MCA- 200 Ton Offshore Yachtmaster
NABCEP-Solar PV Installer
OSHA-40hr Safety Certificate
Guilty pleasure: Hot sauce in my coffee
Best advice: Plan your work, work your plan.
Thing that inspired me to do what I do: My Grandfather.
Most serendipitous moment: Being broken down on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, and having a random guy pull up with the exact thing I needed. Only car I saw that day.
Terri Serafine | Sales Administrator
About Terri…Terri graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration specializing in Marketing with a minor in Computer Science from East Texas State University. Terri prepares and manages all rebate and interconnection utility paperwork as well as uploads and inputs all sales leads into NATiVE’s lead distribution system.
Best Vacation: On our 10 year wedding anniversary we took our family
to Maui to renew our wedding vows.
During the weekend : When I am not attending events with my children I
am usually riding on the back of my husband’s Harley Davidson street
Likes: Attending both Dripping Springs Middle and High School Football
games to watch my son play football and my daughter cheer.
Thing most people wouldn’t believe about me: I can tie a cherry stem
into a knot in my mouth.
Leif Dove | Project Manager
About Leif…As a native Central Texan, I’ve seen the area grow and change. In my position, I’m part of creating some smart and beautiful construction projects. I go to work every day to support my incredible family. My wife and 2 young daughters keep me energized and their creativity keeps me busy with farm and ranch projects at home. Mountain biking and trail building have been life-long passions. When I’m not at work, I’m usually still working, but that’s okay.
At Native, I get the opportunity to build thoughtful homes for thoughtful people.
I’m inspired by my children and helping to shape their future.
I think my super power is my ability to read people, both by first impression and then later, by their behavior.
My hero is my wife. She has super powers beyond belief.
In my spare time I build trails in the woods. I believe that getting people into nature will increase their appreciation for it. It’s a humble honor to help shape the outdoor experience of others.
Amy Olsen | Marketing Manager
About Amy…Amy educates people about Native and our services, goals and projects. Amy graduated from the University of Northern Arizona with a degree in Elementary Education, art and Spanish. She owns an organic farm with her family outside of Austin.
Best Advice: Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.
Most serendipitous moment: They happen all the time, just pay attention!
Thing most people wouldn’t believe about me: I am a mixed bag. I love milking a cow just as much as I love going to a broadway show. I secretly long to be Amish as much as I want to live in an uber modern highrise. I love Bruce Springsteen as much as I love Garrison Kellior. I am ¼ peruvian and look like I’m Swedish!
I am inspired by: My husband. He is the most driven person I have ever met in my life and he is a wonderful father to our little girl.
Elijah Johnson | Designer
About Elijah…Elijah’s interest in building design started at a very young age. He got the opportunity to apprentice with a team of architects at the age of 14, and spent his teen years working on a variety of residential construction and historical restoration projects. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where he studied history, anthropology and cinematography, and spent a number of years after college working on film productions, commercial photography and residential construction jobs. It was during this time that his interest in sustainable design and renewable energy took off, and he reentered the construction field full time and began working for design build firms that specialized in both residential and commercial construction, but the motives and projects of the companies he worked for did not align with his own vision for the role of sustainability in construction until he relocated to Austin and found Native. Elijah designs Photovoltaic installations. He holds his NABCEP solar certification.
Book that moved me: Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley. It was written 20 years after Brave New World in the 1950s, wherein he describes how the world is moving towards what he envisioned in the 1930s novel faster than he could ever have anticipated. He predicts the collusion of media, government and corporate power that we have been watching develop over the last 50 years and suggests that the only way to battle this inevitability is through autonomy and self-sufficiency.
Thing that baffles me: I am baffled by the fact that despite all science has taught us and despite all that technology has made us capable of achieving, we still allow our fellow humans to destroy our planet and deplete our natural resources at an unsustainable pace.
Best advice: The best advice I can offer is to question everything and to learn something new every day.
My hero is: My maternal grandfather, a veteran of the first US ski troopers in WWII who went to Harvard on the GI bill when that was still possible and spent his life as a teacher, always willing to share his knowledge and understanding with anyone willing to learn. He taught me more about life and respecting my fellow humans than anyone else I’ve ever known.
Patrick Sullivan | Electrician
Trey Crawford | Electrician
Kalden Swinson | Designer
About Kalden…I design residential solar systems for Native. I also have obtained an understanding of installing and estimating PV system sizes from past experiences over the years.
A book that moved me: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, what I learned from it baffled me about how people treated nature in the past and present.
In my spare time: I try to build useful things out of recycled everyday items and I also tend to a garden.
My guilty pleasures: Watching Nascar, NHRA top fuel, and dirt track racing, because I respect the engineering and driving skills required.
My all time dream: Is owning a farm that processes every aspect of sustainability known to man, and growing old with my wife on it. Also a kangaroo on the farm would be cool.
Robert Perez | HVAC Installer
About Robert…Robert installs, maintains and services geothermal heat pump systems.
During the weekend: I enjoy being with my daughters.
Things that baffle me: Not many things baffle me because we’re all human, but we are some very wasteful creatures.
Best advice: Stay frosty.
My favorite place on earth: Being at home with my family.
Stuart Priour | Service Tech
About Stuart…Stuart is a Systems Technician. If you’ve got a problem, he’ll fix it!
Book that moved me – The Adventures of Huck Finn. Mark Twain is hilarious and I’ve always wanted to sleep in a wigwam.
Guilty pleasure – Dancing to Katy Perry’s “Firework”
Best advice – “Just make something.” -My dad, an artist
During the weekend I practice my licks on the guitar
Nathan Cox | Renewable Energy Project Manager
About Nathan…Nate has been a Certified Universal HVACR technician since 1995 and he has been with Native since 2010. At Native, Nate is our Geothermal Operations Manager.
Random fact about me: I never go bowling but I am a certified Brunswick vintage Model A/A2 pinsetter mechanic.
If I won a million dollars: I would have Native build my net zero my home then retire.
Best holiday destination ever: Casa Verde. The southern most point on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica to get away from it all.
Favorite movie: Cast Away
Carl Gayhart | Renewable Energy Consultant
About Carl…Graduate of Texas A&M University 2006, BS in Political Science
Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP)
As a solar professional, Carl provides solutions to high energy bills and a means of achieving energy independence from the large electrical companies.
Book that moved me: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Best Vacation: Anywhere in the mountains. I enjoy Red River, NM and try to get there once a year.
During the weekend: I enjoy working on “projects” with my friends, riding 4 wheelers, grilling, and watching football.
Random Fact: I thoroughly enjoy learning about a myriad of different things – renewable energy, green building, health, business, real estate, etc.
Jason Guthrie | Renewable Energy Consultant
About Jason…Jason Guthrie graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Environmental Health. He was a member of the U.S. Navy, Electrician’s Mate Petty Officer Third Class (EM3). He served from 1996-2000. At Native, Jason is an installation consultant with the goal of going net zero for your home or business. Jason has worked in the renewable energy industry since October 2008 starting as a solar energy installer for just over a year.
During the weekend: I shop for Native American based art and rugs, canoe in Townlake and collect vinyl records.
All time dream: Fly through space and the universe.
I’d love to meet this person: Nicola Tesla, because he was so far ahead of his time.
My favorite place on earth: Cuzco, Peru
Eddie Thomas | Green Building Consultant
About Eddie…Eddie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History. He is a LEED for Homes Accredited Professional as well as a REALTOR®. At Native he helps our customers make their dream project a reality by combining his intimate knowledge of sustainable design, project management, green construction and real estate.
On the weekends: I can usually be found on two wheels of some sort.
My superpower: Is knowing how to fly.
My favorite book: Atlas Shrugged
I find inspiration: In sharing big adventures with good friends.
Gary Royal | Renewable Energy Consultant
About Gary…Gary earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at University of Florida
Environmental Engineering and Sciences Department. He graduated high school from Greengates in Mexico City, Mexico. Gary is a renewable sales design consultant. He has always been a dreamer, fortunately, he learned that dreaming is much sweeter when followed up with doing.
Book that moved me: The Fountain Head, by Ayn Rand
Things that baffle me: Indecision, when choosing to do nothing is noticeably a bad choice.
Things that inspire me: People who recognize and conquer their fears.
Best advice: Read the book ‘The Richest Man in Babylon.”