Aaron Smith | EEBA Chief Executive Officer
Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith is the CEO of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) which represents a community of over 50,000 builders and their stakeholders across North America that are truly the early adopters and innovators in driving sustainable transformation of the homebuilding industry.

Aaron has over 25 years of experience in home construction, building products, sustainability and non-profit board leadership. He has worked for companies including Kohler, Uponor and ASSA ABLOY as well as startups in Silicon Valley and his own building and remodeling company. Aaron previously served on non-profit Boards for Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC), CT Sustainable Business Council, and co-founded the CT Collaborative - Living Building Challenge.

Aaron completed his undergraduate studies at West Point and St. Cloud State University and is a 2016 graduate of the Yale University MBA program with a focus on Sustainability. He loves green building and sustainability as well as hockey, hiking, skiing, gardening and spending time with his wife, Jennifer, 3 boys and 4 cats and chickens at their home in Minneapolis.

Nancy Bakeman | EEBA Executive Vice President
Nancy Bakeman

Nancy Bakeman is the Executive Vice President of EEBA, the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, a community of over 70,000 members whose goal is to help high performance builders thrive and drive the transformation of sustainable building across North America.

She has been with the organization for over 17 years and has played several different roles and adapted to lots of changes in the industry over those years. In her past life, she spent many years in the legal profession and made the leap to the non-profit world in 2005 and never looked back.

Nancy lives in the Minneapolis area and likes to travel and spend time outside in all seasons, but mostly loves spending time with friends and family, especially all of her grandkids.

Elizabeth Johnson | Big Red M VP of Sponsorship
Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth H. Johnson, a member of Big Red M team since its inception in 2010, has led highly successful membership and sponsorship campaigns throughout her tenure for some of the top associations in the country.

She specializes in conducting a comprehensive review of existing sponsorship programs and developing fresh opportunities for increased revenue. Her association expertise also includes her ability to articulate government relations as a key membership benefit and to deliver presentations to leadership and boards across industries.

to Big Red M, Elizabeth worked within the association segment of Marriott’s prestigious global sales team. She is a graduate of James Madison University. More about Elizabeth: She and her husband have two young children – a boy and a girl. Outside of work, Elizabeth volunteers with her daughter’s school as a board member. She enjoys baking, swimming, and going to the beach with her family.

Gabrielle McLaughlin | EEBA Director of Marketing
Gabrielle McLaughlin

Gabrielle McLaughlin is a strategic marketing professional and multidisciplinary designer with BA in Communications from Moody Institute in Chicago, IL. 

She is experienced in developing branding and optimizing digital content for the users' experience while implementing multimedia marketing initiatives and business goals. She has previously worked as a communications manager at an education-based nonprofit and has design experience across a wide range of industries. Gabrielle spends her free time being outdoors, biking, and creating abstract art.



Merielle McLaughlin | EEBA Digital Designer & Marketing Coordinator
Merielle McLaughlin

Merielle McLaughlin is pursuing UI and Graphic Design and previously attended Normandale Community College for Psychology.

She believes in leaning into new experiences to enhance her perspective and skill set. Her approach is guided by research psychology and user experience which influences her design discipline. Merielle has previously worked as an interior design assistant and freelanced in graphic design and illustration which opened collaboration opportunities with APP developers, top online retailers, and various musical artists.


Randy Martin
Randy Martin
Randy Martin
Jon Martin
VP of Programming