Meet the NATiVE Team

Meet the NATiVE Team 2017-04-13T13:45:02+00:00

NATiVE Team of Green Builders & Renewable Energy Experts Dedicated to Greening Texas

Established in 2007, the NATiVE team has been at the forefront in providing green products and services to help make Texas the leader in renewable energy and sustainability. Comprised of a group of intelligent, forward-thinking, versatile, and compassionate Texans, the NATiVE team understands the inherent requirement for something to be sustainable.

Meet the NATiVE Team

Lloyd Lee
Chief Executive Officer

NATiVE Team - Lloyd Lee CEO

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.

Thing that baffles me: People who focus on obstacles when solutions are there if you look for them.

Best vacation: My wife and I rented a private island in Bora Bora for our honeymoon.

During the weekend: I enjoy spending time on nearby lakes, rivers, and creeks with my family.

My favorite place on earth: In a hammock under a couple of oak trees (or palm trees).

I’m inspired by: My father who never considered inexperience or lack of formal training to be a reason to avoid trying something new.

Nick Ryza
Chief Operating Officer

NATiVE Team - Nick Ryza COO

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…

Jason Duvall
VP of Construction

NATiVE Team - Jason Duvall VP of Construction

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.

David Dixon
Business Development

NATiVE Team - David Dixon Business Development Manger

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.

Maverick Brown
Renewable Energy Operations Manager

NATiVE Team - Maverick Brown Solar Operations Manager

Maverick spent almost 20 years as an engineer in the semiconductor equipment industry, gaining expertise in Design, Applications, Product Marketing, and Sales. He has experience bringing together the many groups involved for a product: Manufacturing, Engineering, Sales, Marketing and of course, the Customer! Maverick is the Solar Operations Manager for NATiVE, bridging the gaps between site assessment, sales, and installation, making the process a simple, seamless, pleasurable experience for customers.

Cathy Redson
Senior Commercial Consultant

NATiVE Team - Cathy Redson Senior Commercial Consultant

Cathy Redson has been in the solar industry since 2008. She is an IREC Accredited Solar Instructor and has taught solar classes at several community colleges, for the IBEW, and for countless solar professionals. In addition, Cathy holds both NABCEP PV Installation Professional snd Tecnical Sales Professional Certifications. Cathy joined NATiVE in 2014 as Director of Sales, and is now the Senior Commercial Consultant handling all of our commercial and industrial projects. Cathy is recognized as a leader in the Texas solar industry. When she is not working, Cathy enjoys working out and live music. has a MS in Education from Florida International University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Les Wilcox
Project Manager

NATiVE Team - Les Wilcox Commercial PV Project Manager

At NATiVE I project manage commercial and Lennar home solar installations. I also perform residential sight assessments.

During the weekend I: Spend most of the time outdoors with the family. We do a lot of hikes, long runs, or bike rides around the Hill Country. Also we like to take the kayaks out to the local water holes.

My favorite place on earth: MacRea’s Peak, grandfather mountain, NC. At the peak there is a 360 degree vue of the blue ridge mountains.

Jay Thomas
Lead Renewable Energy Consultant

NATiVE Team - Jay Thomas Renewable Energy Sales Manager
Phone: 855-253-6284 Ext 1002
Email: jay@buildnative.com

What I do at Native: I am rewarded every day by helping people “go green” and invest in renewable energy and energy efficient systems. My area of expertise is solar, however I am interested in and ready to tackle any project that has a positive impact for my clients and this good green home we call Earth.

I am inspired by: the potential that renewable energy has to make our world a healthier, cleaner and happier place.

My favorite place on Earth: the forests of New Zealand, and I hope to return someday to walk among the ferns and trees (and tree ferns!)

My all time dream is to hike the entire length of the 2,663 mile long Pacific Crest Trail, South to North, in one season.

I would love to meet: Neil deGrasse Tyson and pick his brain about the future of space travel. He is my personal hero, and a fellow UT alumnus to boot.

Valerie Paxton
Renewable Energy Consultant

NATiVE Team - Valerie Paxton Lead Renewable Energy Consultant
Phone: 512.865.0758 (m)
Email: valerie@buildnative.com

Valerie will put her decade of solar experience to use to find the right solar solution for your home.

Guilty pleasure: Rocking out to the car stereo (at neighborhood friendly volumes)

Best vacation: Backpacking in the French and Swiss Alps

Random fact: I’ve done green building construction in Finland

All time dream: To visit the ERCOT control center

Ryan Riddle
Renewable Energy Consultant

NATiVE Team Ryan Riddle

I work as a renewable energy consultant to help our clients find find a solar solution that’s tailored to them. Solar is a technology with tremendous benefits to the environment but it is also a great investment for anyone who wants to save money while saving the planet. I started installing solar on houses and commercial buildings back in 2008 and now I get the chance to work with our clients throughout the whole process. From design of the systems to monitoring the electricity produced by their solar array, I know that every client’s solar system is a custom job. I’m proud to be a part of changing the way we use and generate power.

In my spare time: I am trying to grow a vegetable garden. I looks simple but there’s actually allot to it. It makes me value what it takes to get from a seed to the dinner plate.

My best vacation ever: My honeymoon was on Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. Its an amazing island, with beaches, jungles, a volcano, everything really. Seems Americans are just starting to find out about it. It should be noted that I don’t speak French but we had a great guide and that helped enormously. Lots of solar on the island too which was neat.

Likes: I love craft beer and Texas BBQ. Who doesn’t? I think Austin is such an amazing place for food and drinks. I like to try new places.

Thing most people wont believe about me: I grew up in South America for eight years, in Argentina and Peru. It was great to experience those different cultures and it really makes me appreciate what we have here as well as everything that’s out there waiting to be explored.

John Scoggins
Renewable Energy Consultant

NATiVE Team - John Scoggins Renewable Energy Consultant

Book that moved me … I have been moved by many books but the most powerful book to date is The Secret. It helped me to take the knowledge that I gained from all the other books and turn it into wisdom through application. It is not so much a book as it is a manual now since I reference it and read from it to maintain the spiritual, emotional and mental growth momentum that it promotes.

Best vacation … In 2007, while courting my wife Joselyn, we went to Thailand for a month and hung out on the island of Phuket and in the Khao Lak area. We cruised around on a motor scooter and hit all the best beaches, dive sites, restaurants, resorts, temples and scenic hikes that we could find while enjoying excellent Thai massage on a daily basis. This is also my favorite place on Earth.

In my spare time … When I am not working or seeing to the needs of my family I like to play with my three year old son Conner, play disc golf, play my guitar, meditate in the steam room, write lyrics for songs and treatments for full length feature films as well as work on solutions for global threat issues.

Thing that inspired me to do what I do … While in California attending a men’s weekend event I was introduced to a Lakota Sioux medicine man at a traditional purification ceremony. We connected in a way that inspired him to journey to Maui, where I lived at the time, to conduct a series of lectures and healing sweat lodges. During this experience I realized that I was being called to serve God and Mother Earth by helping to promote natural resource conservation, environmental health awareness and solutions to the cause and effect of climate change and global warming.

Rushabh Desai
Renewable Energy Consultant

NATiVE Team - Rushabh Desai Renewable Energy Consultant

Best advice – Wisdom is looking within yourself and seeing nothing…Love is looking beyond and seeing yourself in everything.

Thing that inspired me to do what I do – Partaking in outdoor activities and feeling one with nature made me understand the concept of balance and how we interact with the environment.

Most serendipitous moment – Whenever I go hiking and Camping I have a serendipitous moments, but my favorite would have to be staring at the Pir Panjal Range of Mountains (mid-Himalayan range) and feeling a sense of absolute nothiness and oneness at the same time.

My favorite place on earth – Porto Praia do Futuro, Fortaleza Brazil.. probably the best beach I’ve ever been too.

Zubin Segal
Renewable Energy Consultant

NATiVE Team -Zubin Segal Renewable Energy Consultant
Phone: 512.579.1936 (m)
Email: zubin@buildnative.com
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Zubin brings his 15 years of community engagement and advocacy experience to empowering Texans to go solar for their home, business, or nonprofit. He has worked with several nonprofit organizations throughout Texas, and is passionate about preserving the Lonestar State. Zubin has a Bachelors of Neuroscience from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Health from UT Houston.

Book that moved me: Mountains Beyond Mountains – the biography of Dr. Paul Farmer, a physician and public health professional. This book was an inspiration for me to pursue a career in public health and advocacy, and is an integral reference in my role as an ambassador for solar and renewable technology.

In my spare time: I enjoy the Texas outdoors as much as possible – From hiking with my dog, camping, or playing a round of disc golf. I am an avid fan of live music, play the tablas (Indian hand drums), and enjoy a good round of poker.

I am inspired by: Big thinkers, innovators, and disruptors like social entrepreneur Manoj Bhargava. He has committed 99% of his fortune to saving our planet through technology, innovation, and collaboration.

Best advice: Think globally, act locally.

Lydia Miller
Renewable Energy Consultant

NATiVE Team - Lydia Miller - Renewable Energy Consultant

A native of Hays, Kansas, Lydia came to the DFW area in 1991 to complete her Master’s degree at UT Dallas, and has been a resident ever since. She has worked in education and the environment for most of her career. Before coming to Native, she was the event sales manager for Green Mountain Energy for north and central Texas.

Likes: I love building things, and doing home improvement. I once started with three sheets of sanded plywood, and ended up with a wood floor inlaid in a quilting pattern.

In my spare time: My wife and I both sing with the Women’s Chorus of Dallas, and have foster kittens. So far we’ve managed not to end up keeping any of them!

Best advice: Anything worth doing is worth doing badly! It’s always worth it to muddle through something even if you don’t know what you’re doing or aren’t sure.

Amie Diehl
Human Resources Manager

NATiVE Team - Amie Diehl Administrative/HR Manager

Amie is the Human Resources Manager at Native. She partners with business leaders to determine and implement HR programs that align with organizational needs and business objectives. She has an Economics degree from Texas Tech University, a SHRM-CP Certification and 15 years of business experience in Sales, Administration and Human Resources.

Guilty Pleasures: Zumba. Live Music. Broadway Musicals. Movie Nights. Horses. Iced Tea. Tex-Mex. 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” place is Laguna Beach.

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 healthy and safe.

Terri Serafine
Utility Administrator

NATiVE Team - Terri Serafine Utility Administrator

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 glide.

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.

Elizabeth Cazares
Finance Administrator

NATiVE Team - Elizabeth Cazares Finance Administrator

Elizabeth has her Bachelors degree in Communication with a minor in Business Administration from Texas State University. She handles accounts receivable at Native.

Superpower: Time Travel

During the weekend: I enjoy being with my family.

Best Advice: Have no regrets

My  hero is: my mom

Ryan Doty
Marketing/Design/Media

NATiVE Team - Ryan Doty Marketing

Born and raised in the midwest, Ryan went to school for art, film, & theatre, attending Purdue University, Oxford, and the University of Central Florida. He has a varied background, with experience working in graphic design, film, computer-aided drafting, website design & optimization, marketing, education, construction, carpentry, and solar PV. Ryan manages the NATiVE website, produces videos, graphics, and maintains NATiVE’s digital and printed presence.

During the weekend: I like to spend time on the greenbelt hiking and swimming with my dogs and family.

Thing most people wouldn’t believe about me: Although pretty laid back and mellow, I am an adrenaline/sports junkie. I like skydiving, scuba diving, bungee jumping, flying (piloting), sailing, snowboarding, skateboarding, hiking, climbing mountains, and long to base jump, hang glide, pilot a helicopter, and fly bigger planes. Oh, and I’d like to travel through space.

Favorite quote: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus

Best advice: Do not walk upstream after taking a drink from a river.

Tonya Young
Controller

NATiVE Team - Tonya Young Construction Coordinator

As Construction Coordinator, Tonya supports the construction team to help facilitate efficient operations while your home is built. She transitions your project from Sales & Estimating to Construction and remains involved throughout the entire process and after move in. You will work with Tonya to approve selections and change orders, for homeowner portal assistance, and to submit warranty claims. She’s excited you’ve chosen NATiVE to build your new, sustainable home and strives for positive homeowner experiences during and after construction.

Best advice: Let Go. Let God.

In my spare time I enjoy watching documentaries.

I am inspired by people who are genuine, selfless, and driven to find solutions for daunting issues, for the benefit of the world we all live in and are responsible for together.

My favorite place on earth is in a good dream.

Nathan Cox
Project Manager

NATiVE Team - Nathan Cox Site Superintendent

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

Eric Jacobus
Project Manager

NATiVE Team - Eric Jacobus Project Manager
I am a project manager of new home construction at Native

Super power: Invincibility, I have never died once my whole life. Not even once!

Best Vacation: When I was younger I went to Montana for the summer with a friend of mine, it was the best summer ever. I was in a parade, went to Yellowstone, learned to heard sheep, rode 4 wheelers, drove a car for the first time, and fell in love with the outdoors.

Favorite quote: “All experience has shown that mankind is more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed”. – American Declaration of Independence
And it’s so true, even though sustainability and renewable energy is clearly a better way to go most people won’t make the change only because it’s not what we have always done before.

Jason Miskolczi
Holistic Project Manager

NATiVE Team - Jason Miskolczi Holistic Project Manager

I am a project manager for new custom home construction, aiding in the development of exciting future business potentials to expand the goals of Native’s forward thinking in green innovation at the consumer level.

I’d love to meet the late Robert Heinlein because he grew as a person to think beyond himself from his beginnings to his death. He wrote with such profound insight and thought that he was the most influential science fiction writers to ever delve into the subjects of the 20th Century.

Likes all Mel Brooks movies. Such a comedic genius.

In my spare time I enjoy disc golf, playing washers, and stimulating conversation over a good beer.

Sawyer Flanakin
Solar Site Assessor/PV Service Tech

NATiVE Team - Sawyer Flanakin Solar Site Assessor/PV Service Tech

I assist all areas of our renewables team by gathering and verifying site data to ensure system to home compatibility from start to finish. I am also involved in customer service and system monitoring, giving client’s a first hand view into how their system performs and functions.

SuperPower: Super sticky shoes

Favorite Book:Frank Hebert’s Dune – Since reading this classic sci-fi series, I have found a new appreciation and respect for the precious and limited natural resources that we often take for granted.

On the weekend: I can be found doing anything from building backyard salvaged materials projects to riding mountain bikes with friends at local parks or trails. I take advantage of the long Texas summer’s by swimming or paddling as often as possible in the many rivers and waterholes the area has to offer.

Things most people wouldn’t know about me: My dog and I live in a 1970’s Airstream travel trailer that I have been renovating for over two years and I love it!

Elijah Johnson-Heck
Lead Designer

NATiVE Team - Elijah Johnson-Heck Lead Designer

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.

Kalden Swinson
Designer

NATiVE Team - KALDEN SWINSON Designer

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.

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