Kelly Giard, founder and CEO of Clean Air Lawn Care, Inc was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Giard attended Boston University and earned a BA in Environmental Analysis and Policy, a BA in Economics, and a Masters in Economics (1996). At BU, Giard was a Trustee Scholar and led the men’s varsity crew team to a 6th place finish nationally.
In 1997, Giard began a 7 year career with A.G. Edwards as a retail stockbroker. In 2005 he opened his own LPL brokerage franchise in Fort Collins, CO and successfully sold the business in 2008.
In 2006, Clean Air Lawn Care, Inc. began service in Fort Collins out of Giard’s garage. Twenty months after franchising the business, Clean Air had 27 territories owned by 18 franchisees. Giard was voted Northern Colorado Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year and on a national level was named Entrepreneur Magazine’s Emerging Entrepreneur of 2009.
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Gerry Keane is an Angel investor of Clean Air and played a critical executive role in the early years, building the company from a small start-up to the national leader of sustainable lawn care. As an avid outdoorsman, his love for a healthy planet and a healthy business expands daily. He realizes that the balance of both allow for a great quality of life for his family, community and his planet. Originally in the software industry, his experience spreads internationally in sales, marketing, strategy, and business development, driving deals in excess of 25 million dollars during his career. As a pioneering member and #1 sales contributor for two software start ups, he was fortunate enough to be part of two acquisitions in the mid and late 90’s. His knowledge spans Strategic Portfolio Management, Operation Planning, Product Lifecycle Management and Supply Chain Optimization. Gerry recognized in Clean Air an opportunity to blend a big business mindset with small business culture to create an environmentally and financially sustainable business. Gerry has a BA from Boston University. He currently serves on Clean Air’s Board of Directors.
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Formerly the Chief Branding Officer of New Belgium Brewing:
After 15 years at the Brand and Marketing hub for New Belgium Brewing, in July 2011, Greg Owsley opened his own enterprise, The Storied Brand. Based on the brand strategy he developed and proofed during his tenure at the fast-growing craft brewery, The Storied Brand invokes storytelling to build brands that have gripping relevancy for their customers. Owsley’s clients, which of course includes Clean Air Lawn Care, are a short list of brands truly willing create cultural reverb.
With his decade and a half at New Belgium, Owsley was principally the steward of the branding, marketing, portfolio, and new product initiatives that propelled double digit growth year after year. He was hired as the first Marketing Director for the brewery in 1996 when it was producing just 30,000 annual barrels of microbrew and distributed in two states. In 2011, New Belgium is on pace for $140M in annual revenue and 705,000 beer barrels for coast to coast distribution in 29 states. Owsley also played an instrumental role in the formation of New Belgium’s nationally recognized company culture and sustainable business role model. From staging highly successful events like the traveling bicycle carnival, Tour de Fat, to the Redefining Folly advertising/advocacy campaign, Owsley and the New Belgium team created a storied style of branding that is nationally recognized for its intriguing blend of sincerity and whimsy. The unique culture of the New Belgium brand has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Brand Week, Advertising Age, Deliver, Beverage Industry, Communication Arts, Kellogg School of Management, and is a case study in numerous academic publications. Owsley has been a conference keynote speaker at Sustainable Brands and Opportunity Green.
Greg’s best friend/wife, Bink Owsley, is an architectural designer focusing on sustainable solutions and whose client list includes New Belgium. They live with their two teenage daughters in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Jon Wayne is Vice President of Distribution and National Accounts for Hewlett Packard’s Printing Division in which he leads and manages all aspects of sales and marketing for HP’s strategic channel partners. He is responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies across hardware, supplies and services and for managing partner executive relationships across Hewlett Packard. Jon joined HP 17 years ago starting his career in Bristol England and took the plunge across the pond to work with Hewlett Packard in Colorado and then New Hampshire. Jon now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his family and has taken on a key role with Clean Air helping to develop and execute a corporate account strategy. His experience in developing business plans and building out sales teams is critical to Clean Air’s expansion.
Drew Bledsoe is an ex NFL quarterback and current businessman living in Bend Oregon. Drew attended Washington State University before embarking on a 14 year NFL career with the Patriots, Bills and Cowboys. While playing football he set in motion a business career focused on two arenas. The first is Doubleback Winery based in Drew’s hometown of Walla Walla, WA. Doubleback has received critical acclaim for the first two vintages released in 2010 and 2011. The second arena is in Private Equity focused on Clean Energy and emerging Clean Technology. The first major endeavor is a partnership with Ecosphere Technologies Inc (ESPH) called Ecosphere Energy Services (EES). EES is focused on non-chemical remediation of industrial waste water for the natural gas industry. Drew resides in Bend, OR with his wife Maura and four children.