Board of Directors
CalStar’s board of directors includes experienced entrepreneurs and venture capital investors, including Foundation Capital and EnerTech Capital.
Chairman of the Board
As one of the early advocates of green building materials in Silicon Valley, Paul Holland invested in the CalStar Products, Inc. Series A round in late 2006 and has served on the board since that time. In addition to coordinating the clean-tech practice at Foundation Capital, Paul and his wife are building what will be perhaps the highest-rated LEED Platinum residence in the U.S. At Foundation, Paul’s primary focus is on helping early-stage start-ups go from zero to $100 million in revenue. He helped take public two venture-funded software start-ups, Kana Communications (KANA) and Pure Software (RATL). Paul currently serves on the board of directors for Bella Pictures, CalStar Products, Inc., Coverity, Edge Dynamics (acquired by iMany), Ketera, Serious Materials and TuVox; and previously for Talking Blocks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard) and RouteScience (acquired by Avaya).
Prior to joining Foundation Capital, Paul was senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications, a leading supplier of Enterprise Relationship Management solutions to strategic e-businesses. Paul went on to build a team of over 350 people that secured more than 900 customers worldwide, helping Kana become one of the top 10 IPOs of 1999. Before Kana, Paul was a vice president and general manager for another highly successful start-up, Pure Software, helping raise their market value from $2 million to over $1 billion in his five-year tenure there. He began his professional career at SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute).
Paul enjoys spending time with his wife, Linda Yates, and their three daughters, Kylie, Devon and Piper. In his spare time he enjoys golf, volleyball, poker and traveling (he has visited over 50 countries to date). Paul has been guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business, Harvard Business School, James Madison University and the Stanford Graduate School of Engineering. He is an active advisor and supporter of Project BUILD in East Palo Alto, the Bing School at Stanford and Sustainable Silicon Valley.
Paul received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley; an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia; and a BS from James Madison University.
EnerTech Capital led CalStar’s Series B round in fall 2008 and Bill joined the board at that time. In addition to promoting green building materials at EnerTech, Bill is a key architect of EnerTech’s smart grid, demand response, energy storage, water and solar investment strategies.
Prior to joining EnerTech and focusing on clean technology venture investing, Bill worked in the high-growth segments of the communications industry. While with Comcast Corporation, Bill was a key member of the team responsible for the IPO and eventual sale of Teleport; he was part of the founding team of Sprint PCS and led the company’s efforts to provide services to the electric utility industry. Earlier in his career, Bill was with GTE Mobile Communications as a director of new business development. He started his career at Contel Corporation serving in a variety of engineering, marketing, financial and management positions.
Bill currently sits on the boards of INVIDI Technologies, IOSIL Energy, PCN Technology and Schema, and is an observer to the boards of Atraverda and CURRENT Group. Previously he was a director of Arbinet (ARBX) and Advent Solar. He is a member of the IBF Clean Technology Investor Summit Advisory Board.
Bill received a BS in Business Administration from Lynchburg College and an MA in Telecommunications from George Washington University.
Bryant J. Tong
Bryant Tong joined Nth Power in 2001 as a Managing Director. Bryant leads Nth Power’s investments in Accelergy, Arxx and Calstar and serves on the board of these companies. He also led Nth Power’s investment in NanoGram Devices (NYSE:GB).
Previously, Bryant was founder, President and CEO of Pacific Venture Capital, LLC (PVC), the venture capital arm of the PG&E Corporation. At PVC, Bryant led investments in the energy and telecommunications sectors.
Prior to joining PVC, Bryant co-founded ReSourcePhoenix, Inc. (RPC) and successfully took the company public. RPC pioneered the use of the Internet to help businesses outsource their IT and accounting operations. As President and COO, he planned business strategy, sales and marketing and was responsible for all day-to-day operations.
Previous to ReSourcePhoenix, Bryant also served as part of the senior management group at Phoenix American, Inc. While at Phoenix American, Bryant worked with Phoenix Growth Capital (PGC). PGC invested in over 200 venture capital-backed companies by providing venture lease financing. PGC was one of the most profitable divisions within Phoenix American.
A native of San Francisco, California, Bryant received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Bryant is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and also serves as a member of several industry advisory boards including the Energy Venture Fair and the Golden Capital Network. Bryant founded and chairs the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance. Bryant also serves on the University of San Francisco Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Board.
Oliver Guinness is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Clearpoint Ventures, a clean economy investment fund focused on innovative lower-tech, service and IT-enabled service companies operating in alternative energy, energy efficiency and green building. Oliver manages the investment and portfolio activities for Clearpoint Ventures and serves on the firm’s investment committee. Prior to Clearpoint, Oliver advised companies on energy technologies, policies, and risks, both independently and as a consultant for various companies including The Economist and Economist Intelligence Unit. Projects ranged from assessing the economics and environmental and security risks of different energy technologies for Chevron to advising companies on renewable energy markets in Germany, Spain and the US. Prior to that, Oliver developed a for-profit telecom company and related training program in South America with funding from the World Bank and USAID and directed business development for a Silicon Valley startup backed by Credit Suisse. Oliver started his career working in corporate finance at Merrill Lynch and Greyrock Capital where he focused on growth stage companies. He completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, has a Masters in International Affairs (Emerging Markets Business) from Columbia University and a degree in Economics and International Relations from Cornell University. Oliver is also a Special Advisor to YouthActionNet, a signature entrepreneurship program of the International Youth Foundation. Oliver is based in New York City but gets to the mountains to telemark ski, mountain bike, or fly fish whenever he can.
E. David Coolidge, III, Vice Chairman of William Blair & Company, joined the firm in 1969. Mr. Coolidge, who was CEO from 1995 until January 2004 and also manager of the firm’s Corporate Finance department from 1977-1994, formerly was a director of the Securities Industry Association and served as governor of the National Association of Securities Dealers. After earning a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate Business School of Administration, he served in the Peace Corps in Columbia, South America, from 1967-1969. He serves on the boards of Shields Meneley Partners and Duluth Trading Co. Mr. Coolidge is a trustee of the University of Chicago, and Rush University Medical Center; and a Trustee Emeritus of Williams College, the Better Government Association and Youth Guidance. Mr. Coolidge has given several speeches around the country and is featured in three recently published business books, “Investment Leadership,” by James Ware, “This Isn’t the Company I Joined,” by Carol Kinsey Goman and “Kellogg on Branding,” edited by Alice M. Tybout and Tim Calkins.
Marc Porat, Ph.D.
Marc has founded and led technology companies since 1983. Since 2002, he has created three companies focused on the built environment, concentrating on sustainable construction materials and methods to help reduce climate change. In addition to CalStar Products, Inc., where he served as CEO since its founding in early 2007 until April 2009, Marc founded Serious Materials and Zeta Communities. Prior to focusing his energies on the built environment, Marc initiated and led several notable ventures in information technology including Perfect Commerce (1998), General Magic (1991), and Private Satellite Network (1983). Previously, Marc was a Senior Economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Director of the Program on Communication and Society for the Aspen Institute. Marc graduated from Columbia College and earned a double Masters and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Chief Executive Officer
Joel is a 15-year veteran of the building products and materials industry. His broad experience in the construction products business includes senior executive P&L responsibility with industry leaders in product categories including gypsum wallboard, insulation and fiber-cement. Positions include General Manager for CertainTeed Canada, General Manager of the Southern U.S. Division at James Hardie Corporation and earlier assignments with Hilti, MTS Systems Corporation and Schlumberger in the U.S. and internationally. Joel brings proven skills developing and executing product leadership and organizational competitive advantage strategies. He will focus on scaling CalStar’s delivery of sustainable, innovative products to serve the green building market. Joel holds a bachelor’s of science in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, a masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas and an masters degree in Management from Stanford University.