Kris D. Kimble, LEED AP
Kris D. Kimble has been a business professional for 26 years. Starting a profitable business with social benefit has been a long term dream. Growing up in Michigan, Mr. Kimble is the son of parents who recycled, bought health food by the pallet and sought sustainable alternatives “before it was cool”.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Kimble has developed his sales, marketing, management and leadership skills with firms such as IBM, Motorola, and Pagenet. The environmental and energy conservation interest manifested itself in positions with Waste Management, Lighting Technology Services, and Sun Energy Solutions.
The entrepreneurial aspect of Mr. Kimble’s professional development has been the formation of DDK & Associates, a real estate LLC completing 13 real estate projects and most recently The Green Hive.
Mr. Kimble is a member o the CA Green Workforce Coalition and participated in the Leadership Manhattan Beach program resulting in his appointment as Commissioner with Parks & Recreation Commission for the City of Manhattan Beach.
Mr. Kimble has been married since 1990 and has two sons.
Kimberly Robinson, LEED AP
Kimberly Robinson brings a broad range of creative talent, goal driven vision, project management, sales and marketing experience to The Green Hive. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and holds a professional certification in Architecture from El Camino College, where she also studied Construction Technologies.
Kim developed skills in leadership, team building, sales and inventory performance analysis, and a working knowledge of retail-financial metrics working with Banana Republic/GAP Inc. In City Sports Magazine, Kim had responsibility for advertising strategies, developing new business, and maintaining existing accounts. After Kim’s mother was diagnosed with ALS, in 2000 Kim returned to the family home in the Washington DC area, to assist in her care. Through this life changing experience, Kim and her sisters founded The Rupertus Foundation to Cure ALS, a non-profit foundation to raise money for research, awareness, and patient support. Additionally, Kim became acutely aware of the need to make of our built environment accessible to the disabled. Spending the summers of her childhood with her family in a remote area of upstate New York influenced her passion for sustainable building design and green living. Living ‘off the grid’ with nature and observing the declining health of a precious environment, has made Kim both conscious of and dedicated to conservation and stewardship.
For the last 10 years Kim has been involved in building design, construction, and project management either on her own projects or for others. She is committed to sustainable alternatives within the industry, locally and globally. Her mission is to facilitate mainstreaming environmentally sustainable approaches to modern living. As a business woman who is also dedicated to public service and community advocacy, Kim serves on the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, as an Executive Board Member and treasurer of the Manhattan Beach Youth Basketball Program. She is part of the Cool Cities Initiative as a representative of The Green Schools Committee, and serves as a member of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District’s Bond Oversight Committee.
James R. Meyer, AIA
Partner, Creative Director
James Meyer founded the Architectural Design/Build practice of LEAN ARCH. As Principal he has overseen the design and execution of residential and commercial tenant improvement projects throughout the Los Angeles area. James was featured in the March 2005 issue of LA Architect Magazine and recipient of the 2005 Meliora Award for Best Renovation presented by the Los Feliz Improvement Association. He is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board and the American Institute of Architects.
Prior to founding LEAN ARCH, James worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (1995-1997) in New York, Johnson Fain Partners (1997-1999) and Lubowicki Lanier Architects (1999-2000) in Los Angeles. During his tenure with SOM, James served as an influential member of the design teams for well-known projects including The John F. Kennedy International Arrivals Terminal in New York, Logan International Airport in Boston, and The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. SOM was awarded Firm of the Year (1996), by The American Institute of Architects, and all of the above-mentioned projects were featured as part of the firm portfolio deserving of the honor. At Johnson Fain Partners in Los Angeles, he served as Senior Designer for The Department of Education and General Services East End Complex in Sacramento, the new MGM Tower at Constellation Place in Century City, as well as for several design proposals for the Robert Mondavi Wineries. The East End Complex was certified by LEED, The Leadership in Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.
He is an active educator, spending time with students at Cal Poly SLO, USC, and Santa Monica City College, and has taught Interior Design at Brooks College in Long Beach. James has participated in urban and architectural study programs abroad. In 1991, he attended CVUT in Prague, Czech Republic, and in 1994, the Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1994, James received the scholarship for Professional Degree Candidates from the American Institute of Architects. He has interned with Holt Hinshaw Jones Architects in San Francisco (1993), and STUDIOS Architecture in Washington DC (1994). James graduated in 1995 from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Michela O'Connor Abrams
President & Publisher, DWELL
Michela O’Connor Abrams is the President and Publisher of Dwell, the award-winning design and lifestyle media company. In 2006, Dwell hit the coveted Adweek HotList as well as the Advertising Age A-List, and was a Cappell’s Circulation Top Ten Performer for the second consecutive year.
In 2005, Ms. O’Connor Abrams helped see Dwell to its first major award when the magazine won General Excellence at the National Magazine Awards. She was also honored in 2005 by Media Industry News (min) as Sales Leader of the Year.
Prior to Dwell, Ms. O’Connor Abrams was the President of Imagine Medias Business Division, including the flagship publication Business 2.0. She has over 20 years of experience in publishing, trade show management, online branding strategies and strategic business development. She has held executive positions at IDG, Ziff-Davis and McGraw-Hill.
Ms. O’Connor Abrams serves on the Board of Magazine Publishers of Americas Independent Magazine Advisory Group (MPA-IMAG, is an Operating Partner at Meriturn Partners, and holds advisory roles at GOOD Magazine, AdPerk and Enclave Rising.
Rose Tourje, CID
President, Procurement Strategies Consulting, Inc. (PSC)
Rose Tourje is a proven, talented professional , possessing clear leadership and expertise as a certified commercial interior designer, manager and strategist. Dedicating over 30 years to the field of commercial interior design, Rose committed herself to such noted firms as EPR, Sussman Prejza, ISD, IA and DMJM. Rose’s career also included several years at Warner Bros. - Worldwide Corporate Real Estate division, where as Vice President she lead a team of professionals who managed the design and tenant improvement needs for various domestic and international WB divisions; including parent company Time Warner.
Taking into consideration this body of work, Rose then acted on a need to fulfill a higher purpose and founded the non-profit organization ANEW, in the spring of 2005. ANEW shapes social behavior for the real estate, architectural and design industries by offering alternatives that challenge traditional practices of asset liquidation and disposal to landfill. As founder, Rose is a sought after advocate for community organizations it serves across the nation and for the environment. Rose educates and advises corporations on the importance of introducing or furthering their commitment toward social and environmental causes; a practice at ANEW so titled “social sustainability®”.
Founder Moon Tide Media, LLC
Todd Klawin is a proven entrepreneur and executive with 15 years of experience in traditional and online media and marketing. During his career he has provided senior-level marketing, media and customer relationship management consulting to scores of companies from startup to Fortune 500.
Currently, he is CEO of Moon Tide Media, a profitable and fast growing start-up company and publisher of the Luxury Life & Style family of print and online magazines which he founded in 2006.
Prior to Moon Tide Media, Todd was a pioneer and thought leader in the online Customer Relationship Management (CRM) category. In 1999, he was part of the founding team at Radical Communication, one of the first email marketing companies, where he co-authored the business plan and participated in every facet of the company’s capitalization which included $3 million in angel financing and a $15 million Series A private placement led by Lehman Brothers. As Vice President of Sales, he was responsible for the direction and execution of all the company's sales, new business development and consulting activities, teams and strategies. When the company was successfully sold to Avalon Digital, a publicly traded company, in 2001 he assumed the same role there where he managed global sales and business development.
Later, Todd was Vice President of Business Development at Silverpop, Inc., where as part of the executive management team he directed all channel sales and strategic partnerships globally and helped grow the company into the #1 ranked (Jupiter Research, Forrester Research) player in the multi-billion dollar email marketing services industry.
Jack E. Williams III
President, Ceres Management Group
Jack E. Williams has been a managing partner of Ceres Management Group, LLC, a property acquisition and management company for the past 10 years.
Jack has more than twenty years in senior technical, strategic, and operational roles in the environmental management and sustainability industries including environmental impact analysis, air pollution control, and geographical information systems (GIS), bioremediation, and waste-to-energy for start-ups and Fortune 500 technology and environmental management companies including TRW, URS, and International Technology.
He has extensive experience working with private equity firms, venture capitalists, and start-ups developing and commercializing sustainable technologies. From 2005 to 2006 Mr. Williams served as VP Operations and Business Development for CyberCity LLC, GIS/visualization software and digital modeling provider for infrastructure, planning, and architecture clients.
Jack holds a BS in environmental science from University of California, Riverside, an MS in environmental engineering from University of Southern California, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Sandra Dino, LEED AP
Director of Sustainable Interiors, Environetics
Sandra Dino began her career as a concept designer for fast food restaurants. She spent a few years in Boston, Massachusetts as a Commercial/Retail Designer and Project Manager. Projects included Thomas Weisel Partners, Siebel, and Au Bon Pain.
Designing a concept was fun, but she yearned to detail, construct and build the supportive documents that would make a concept come to life. She began an internal search to bring more purpose to her work. It was then she would attend a lecture that would change the course of her life. The speaker was the famous green architect William McDonough. That night, he invited the community to join a revolution to save the world from destruction. From that point on she made it her purpose to advocate and create healthy interiors.
Sustainable Design became her passion and she began learning in any possible way. She would share with and educate her clients and peers.
Sandra Dino is now a LEED Accredited Professional and she developed a green building initiative at Environetics. That initiative has grown into a Sustainable Interiors Department. She is a member and is actively involved with the U.S Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter and the Green Building Initiative. At Environetics, her client portfolio includes Fremont Investment and Loan, Fox Entertainment Group, Countrywide Capital Markets, and Gemstar TV Guide International, Inc.
Her objective includes demystifying the myths that surround sustainable building. Her specialty lies in no/low cost approaches to green building. Every project, regardless of budget has the fundamental duty to protect and contribute to its occupants. It is her philosophy that every person can choose to make a difference in the world regardless of scale.
Professional Registration and Organizations: LEED Accredited Professional, U.S Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter. Green Building Initiative.
President, Accordian Brands
Tania Konishi has twenty years experience in positioning and strategic design in corporate, retail, and service industries national and internationally. She had lived in Europe, the Middle East, and the USA with extensive additional experience in Pan Asia. Sensing the change that technology would bring to the branding process and understanding the role of design in marketing, Tania founded Accordion in 1997 utilizing many of the international relationships within the design industry that she has made in the last two decades. She is a strategic thinker, with vision.
Prior to starting accordion, she was managing director with Bright Strategic Design in Los Angeles. With Bright, Tania managed and developed business relationships with many large corporations. Past and present clients have included Western Digital (USA), Marauchi Furniture and Nihon Architects in Japan. Allergan (global), Monsanto, Kirin Brewing Company, and Miller Brewing Company, NATPE, Ceiva Logic , Latin e Ventures and IBM.