TimberHP is North America’s first manufacturer of dry-process wood fiber insulation with three products—TimberFill, TimberBatt and TimberBoard. At TimberHP, we think critically, lead with creativity, solve problems, share credit with one another and care about the well-being of our co-workers and the planet. Our growing team is made up of colleagues with diverse professional experiences and skillsets.
We are architects and chemists, engineers and builders, storytellers and manufacturers, envelope experts and tradespeople, musicians and graphic designers. We are entrepreneurs and innovators. We believe in community, family, stewardship, and leaving the world better than we found it. And each day, by meeting the needs of our customers with passion and commitment, we aspire to our TimberHP mission—to foster high performance, healthy people, and a healthy planet through the development and delivery of industry-leading wood fiber insulation solutions.
Amy Noble comes to TimberHP with over 20+ years of experience as an executive assistant. Amy serves as the primary point of contact on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President, as the assistant secretary to the board of directors, and as a liaison to senior management. Born in Maine, Amy is proud to don TimberHP’s green and yellow, and has been known to sneak a hat or two to her friends to also wear around Maine.
Ben is a Maine Maritime Academy graduate with a degree in Marine Engineering. He had worked in marine engineering as well as in renewable energy before joining the TimberHP team as a Project/Mechanical Engineer. A central Maine native, Ben is passionate about the revitalizing potential that TimberHP offers Madison and the surrounding communities.
Bill Ginn is working with GO Lab as a strategic financial advisor through the company’s startup phase. Ginn is the former chief conservation officer at the Nature Conservancy (TNC). During his time in that role, he worked extensively with NatureVest, TNC’s impact investing arm for the private sector. In an 18-year stint at the conservancy, he also ran the organization’s Global Forest Partnership, helping to protect more than three million acres of forestland through many innovative equity deals. Prior to his time at the TNC, Ginn developed a multi-million-dollar, organic waste recycling company—one of the first in the U.S. A graduate of College of the Atlantic, Ginn is the author of Investing in Nature, a book about engaging the private sector in conservation policy.
Catherine is currently the Business Manager in charge of Accounts Receivable, Human Resources, and Insurances and the President of Robbins Lumber East Baldwin. She has been with the company full time since 1996. She is the President of the Forest Products Trust Group and serves on the Executive Committee of the Forest Society of Maine, a statewide land trust protecting working timberland. In 2021, she was appointed by Governor Mills to the Land for Maine’s Future Board.
David has a wealth of experience in private equity transactions, business operations, and business development and strategy and organization development consulting.
As the co-founder of Gorge Holdings since 2003, David and his partner acquired, operated, grew and exited a number of US based manufacturing companies including a number of businesses who’s products are used in residential and commercial construction.
Before co-founding Gorge Holdings, David co-founded Pacific Northwest Capital, LLC (PNC) which focused on acquiring small light manufacturing companies and real estate transactions. PNC successfully acquired and exited Taylor Metal Products, Inc., a building products manufacturer.
Prior to PNC, David was a managing director with the Delta Source Group, LLC, a private equity group based in Scottsdale, Arizona. He managed a number of deals in a variety of industries focusing on deal sourcing, analysis and deal structure. Prior to DSG, David was the COO of a leadership-consulting firm, Results-Based Leadership (RBL) where he was a member of the leadership team that led the incubation and future spin-off of the organization from its public parent company.
David has worked on and led a number of business strategy consulting projects as an employee for the Novations Group and DiamondCluster and as an independent consultant. His early career focused on large-scale technology projects in the intelligence community.
David earned an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a BS in Systems Engineering focusing on operations research and management science.
Deborah Fasciana is the Director of Regulatory Compliance and Government Affairs. She comes to GO Lab with fifteen years of experience in Government Relations for a manufacturing company, and another 10 years of experience administrating grant funded projects in the non-profit sector. She has a BA from Hartwick College and an MA from the State University of New York at Albany.
Native to Central Maine, Edith grew up in the trades in the family sheet metal roofing and custom fabrication business, and later pursued a Bachelor of Architecture at Syracuse University. A commitment to addressing climate change through better design drew her to work at GO Logic and OPAL Architecture in Belfast, ME, where she deepened her understanding around PassivHaus Design and the importance of lowering operational and embodied carbon in the built environment. She lent her skills in graphic design and branding to the TimberHP team in the early days of the company’s inception, and before too long transitioned to full time work as the Marketing Manager.
Heather Breznyak is a native of central Maine, she has over 20 years of experience working in Human Resources. She began her career in HR, recruiting and hiring temporary employees for various organizations in the southern Maine area. Heather has spent the last 15 years working as the Director of Human Resources at two different non-profit organizations in Augusta and Waterville. Heather has an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Thomas College. She also maintains a SHRM-CP certification. Heather is excited about what TimberHP brings to the local communities.
Jason LaCrosse, TimberHP’s Safety Manager has an extensive safety background in construction, general industry, aviation, and manufacturing. Jason is a Columbia Southern University graduate with a Master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health. Jason also served 21 years in the U.S. Army as a Blackhawk helicopter Instructor Pilot and Aviation Safety Officer. After retiring in 2013 Jason worked for Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) as a pilot and base safety manager in New Hampshire. After being offered an opportunity to be closer to home, Jason took a job with Life Flight of Maine in 2014 as a pilot and hospital helipad safety manager. In 2016 Jason moved overseas to start up an Aviation Safety program in Saudi Arabia. In 2019 Jason moved back to Maine where he worked for Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) as a Safety Management Consultant for over 80 different businesses before coming to TimberHP in December 2022 where he is excited to start a safety program with a new company. Jason is originally from Waldoboro Maine and currently resides in Augusta.
Jason Todd comes to TimberHP with over 20 years of experience in the built environment. His passion around building science, energy efficiency and sustainability evolved early on in his career as a contractor, then energy auditor and insulation installer. Recently he has worked as a Project Manager for OPAL Architecture, Market Development with Greenfiber, and has held various roles supporting energy efficiency programs, educating contractors, installers, and HVAC professionals with a focus on building science and building envelope best practices. He has a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts.
Jay oversees GO Lab’s internal and external communications and works on the company’s content and marketing strategies. In a twenty-year, award-winning career in public radio journalism, Field worked at NPR member stations in San Francisco, Chicago and Maine and contributed to NPR’s flagship national shows Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Field graduated from Colby College in 1994, earning a B.A. in English.
Jim Cavellier is the Information Technology Manager for TimberHP. He has over 30 years’ experience in the IT field. He has worked various positions in Banking, Manufacturing, Engineering, and HealthCare. Excited to join the TimberHP team, looking forward to seeing the company’s success/growth. Earned his A.A.S. in Computer Programming. Originally from Central NY, moved to Maine in 2013, currently residing in Madison.
Joshua A. Henry
Dr. Joshua Henry is a materials chemist. He received his BA in chemistry from Carleton College in 2000 and his PhD in physical chemistry from Cornell University in 2005. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s International Research Fellowship and, prior to cofounding GO Lab, was a faculty member in the chemistry departments of Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, and the University of Maine, in Orono, Maine.
Kenneth J. Friedli
In 2018, as Josh Henry and Matt O’Malia began initial planning to bring wood fiber insulation manufacturing to North America, the business partners knew they needed a seasoned financial manager to help guide GO Lab’s early fundraising efforts.
They found just the right fit in Kenneth Friedli.
Introduced to Matt O’Malia via family friend and GO Lab investor Antony Maderal, Ken quickly saw the merits of wood fiber insulation and how manufacturing it in North America held the potential to move our built environment to a more sustainable future.
At the time of his passing in June of 2022, Ken was a senior-level executive with extensive experience in finance and administration in operations with over $100 million in revenues (both public and private). Before joining GO Lab, he was the CFO of Direct Holdings Americas, Inc. (Fairfax, VA) for almost 10 years. He has also provided consulting for numerous small companies. Ken earned a BA in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from George Washington University.
Ken’s years of experience and expertise in finance and accounting guided GO Lab through its early-stage seed and Series A equity fundraising and helped the company navigate the financial challenges posed by the pandemic. Then, after GO Lab decided to pursue municipal bond financing with Citigroup to complete the capital stack for our plant buildout in Madison, Maine, Ken skillfully managed the financial modeling that was a key part of the due diligence ahead of our successful bond sale.
Kris is a partner in the Portland, Maine, office of Pierce Atwood LLP. As co-chair of Pierce Atwood’s energy infrastructure group, and a member of Pierce Atwood’s tax and business practice groups, Kris has a unique blend of technical expertise and real-world business experience. Kris focuses on complex business transactions, with a particular emphasis on highly structured transactions utilizing economic development programs and incentives, as well as federal and state tax credits.
Lyndsey comes to TimberHP with over 15 years of accounting experience, specializing in manufacturing environments. She has extensive experience with ERP systems and multiple implementations. Lyndseyhas a BS in Accounting & Financial Analysis from the University of Maine. She is also an Accredited Business Accountant (ABA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Martin (Marty) Troy
Prior to joining the company, Marty spent 28 years at Madison Paper Industries, a pulp and paper mill in Madison Maine, as the Electrical/Instrument and Hydro Manager. Before that he graduated from the University of Maine at Orono Maine with BS in Electrical Engineering. During college, Marty did a co-op electrical engineering internship at St Regis Paper Mill in Bucksport. He then spent 13 Years at S.D Warren, a 2000 person pulp and paper mill in Westbrook Maine, starting as a Project Electrical Engineer and ending as fill-in maintenance manager for a department that consisted of 350 craftsmen. He is also a State of Maine Licensed Master Electrician. He has spent his entire career in the Maine Pulp and Paper business, and is looking forward to seeing the Madison Mill site come back to life as a wood based insulation manufacturing mill.
Matt is a partner with the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund. He also represents Open Prairie on the board of Green Dot Bioplastics. In addition, Matt is an adjunct professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, where directs the Rural Opportunity Initiative. Matt has over 40 years of experience in working with companies and developing strategies to enhance shareholder value/ Prior to joining Open Prairie, Matt served as a Senior Advisor to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsck and was responsible for launching a variety of public private partnerships focused on bringing capital to rural America. In conjunction with his work at the Department of Agriculture he was named by President Obama as a Presidential Executive Fellow. During his 15 year career with PepsiCo, Matt held several executive rules including Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Senior Vice President, Finance. Matt has served on the boards of several public and private companies including Foot Locker (NYSE: FL), where he was chairman of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committee and the designated financial expert for the audit committee. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Keep America Beautiful, working with affiliates and over 2 million volunteers to build and sustain vibrant communities across America. He received his law degrees from Georgetown University and his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
GO Lab founder and partner Matthew O’Malia is principal architect and co-founder of GO Logic and OPAL, an award-winning architecture firm with a nationwide reputation for innovation and expertise in the design of high performance residential and institutional buildings. A leader in Passive House design in the U.S., and named to Architect magazine’s Architect 50 list in 2018, Matthew is a frequent speaker at sustainable design conferences in the U.S. and abroad.
Michael (Mike) Wallace, TimberHP’s Chief Financial Officer, joined the company in November 2022, after nearly a decade as CFO at Schlotterbeck & Foss, a manufacturer of premium clean label sauces, condiments, and dressings.
At TimberHP, Mike uses his expertise in financial analysis, administration, operations, organizational development and mergers and acquisitions to manage and guide all aspects of the company’s day-to-day financial operations and future financing and growth.
Mike also has experience in the retail building products industry. For a little over five years, he served as the CFO of The Emery Waterhouse Company, a Portland, Maine-based wholesale hardware and building materials distributor. Founded in 1842, the company was sold to an affiliate of Ace Hardware in 2014.
Oakley joined Diversified in 2013 and oversees M&A and equity investments across its portfolio of companies. Prior to Diversified, Oakley was in corporate development at IDEXX Laboratories and worked for late-stage venture capital firm North Atlantic Capital. Oakley began his career at Ernst & Young and graduated from Colgate University and earned his MBA from Babson College.
Born and raised in Hudson Valley, NY, Paige Molloy is TimberHP’s Territory Sales Manager for New York and Connecticut. Paige is responsible for supporting our retailer and distributor partners, as well as their customers, in both states. She is also responsible for elevating brand awareness, driving product specification, and helping create and carry out marketing campaigns and events in those regions. Representing the 3rd generation of her family in the Lumber & Building Materials Industry, she brings with her an extensive background as Territory Manager of Southern New England for Rockwool and most recently as Territory Sales Manager and Residential Building Envelope Manager for the The Henry Company. With a strong commitment to providing the construction industry with better performing products, Paige is excited to introduce her market to TimberHP’s wood fiber thermal and acoustic insulation solutions.
email::paige.molloy [at] timberhp.com
Ralph Tranten is the Facilities Supervisor for TimberHP. He is a lifelong native of Madison and worked here at the former paper mill for over 34 years. After the mill closed he attended Beal College and graduated with a degree in Welding Technology.
Rick Veinotte, TimberHP’s Chief Operating Officer, has over 25 years’ experience developing, managing construction of, and operating complex wood processing equipment. Rick is a registered mechanical engineer. For most of his career, he was employed by UPM-Kymmene Oyj, a Finnish forest products conglomerate, where he supervised all major renovations and new equipment installations at their super-calendared paper mill in Madison, Maine, which is now TimberHP’s first manufacturing facility.
Sarah King, the Director of Human Resources, has over 20 years of management and HR experience. She is a native of central Maine who graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a BS in Health Education. She began her career with MBNA/Bank of America and has since worked in HR management at a boat yard, lumber yard, in construction, and most recently in healthcare. Sarah and the GO Lab Madison team are committed to making the company an employer of choice.
Prior to joining the company, Scott Dionne spent thirteen years as an executive manager at S.W. Collins Company, a multi-store lumber and building material retailer and custom millwork manufacturer in Maine. Before that, Dionne worked in millwork and building product sales for Northeast regional distributor Brockway-Smith Company. He grew up in Maine and in the LBM industry, starting as a delivery driver and salesperson at the local lumberyard in his hometown and continuing to work through high school and college in this role. Dionne leverages his deep experience in the LBM industry and passion to support Maine’s working forests in his approach to marketing, branding, sales, and market adoption strategies for GO Lab, while mapping out distribution channels ahead of production.
Steve Thibert, TimberHP’s Plant Manager, is a chemical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the forest products industry and over two decades of proven performance leading manufacturing teams in Maine and Alabama. Thibert worked for Madison Paper Industries from 2003 till its closure in 2016, producing supercalendered paper in the same facility where he now leads the production of TimberHP wood fiber insulation. Thibert joined the company in 2022 during final engineering and initial buildout and has gained a deep knowledge of wood fiber insulation manufacturing and operational best practices associated with wood composites.
Susan has 20+ years of experience working in various tax, accounting and financial roles. Prior to joining GO Lab, Susan worked as controller at custom boat builder French & Webb in Belfast, and as a senior accountant at the Maine firms Nickerson, P.A. in Belfast and Baker, Newman and Noyes in Portland. Susan began her career in Seattle as the assistant controller at Safeco Asset Management. She also started her own small business in Belfast in 2013. Susan has a BS in Finance from Bryant University.
Tony Grassi is working with GO Lab as a strategic financial advisor through the company’s startup phase. Grassi chairs the board of directors of the Butler Conservation Fund, is a past-chairman of the national board of the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and is a former managing director of Crédit Suisse First Boston. He has served on the boards of TNC’s Connecticut and Maine chapters and is a former chairman of the board of American Rivers and past-president of the Wilton (Connecticut) Land Conservation Trust. Mr. Grassi is also a founder and former board member of Horizons National Student Enrichment Program. He has a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
As Vice President of Investments, Victor manages and advises all non-real estate investments at KIC. Prior to joining Kensington Investment Company, Victor managed his own investment consulting company, Stronghold LLC, for 3 years, overseeing projects for a multitude of family offices and small to mid-sized financial institutions. Earlier in his career, Victor founded a data-analytics start-up in the real-estate and personal security space, and worked in investment banking in Houston for 2 years out of college. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Victor attended boarding schools in New England and received his B.A. early, cum laude in Political Science and History from George Washington University in December 2012.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Sir Winston S. Churchill
I remember thinking, “Imagine the impact of being able to provide the mainstream construction market an affordable, high-performance insulation product line not derived from or highly dependent on fossil fuels. Imagine the potential for carbon sequestration in the U.S. housing market alone.”
— Matt O’Malia
Our journey of laying the groundwork to bring wood fiber insulation production to Maine has given us the privilege of meeting so many dynamic people from the forest products industry, many of whom are running third-, fourth-, and fifth-generation companies carrying on a heritage born from the State’s immense wood basket. We’ve found support among them all. This support is born from a common interest to see greater stability in the industry by increasing the diversity and long-term profitability of the products we manufacture. Wood composites, like wood fiber insulation, are a scalable, high-value offering that can help breathe new life into manufacturing in our State. We hope to serve as an example to other entrepreneurs and growing manufacturers, showing them how Maine, its forest resources, and the expertise of its people can support innovation across the wood products industry.
— Joshua Henry
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