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Published on Dec 2, 2011
Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC (www.livinghomes.net), a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours. It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Home Platinum rating and was the only home to win the AIA's top sustainability award in 2007. Nine LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum. Before LivingHomes, Glenn worked as with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of their first $220 million program in Mozambique. He is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions, which raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures and others, and was also a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that raised $1 billion and that founded or invested in a number of successful companies. Glenn worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio. Glenn co-founded Clearview Software, which was sold to Apple Computer where Glenn later served as a marketing specialist. He holds a bachelor's degree with honors from Brown University, and was a Coro Fellow. Glenn is a co-founder of the Sustainable Business Council, www.sustainablebc.org (and chair), the Kaia Parker Dance Fund, www.kaiaparker.org, and a co-founder and former board member of Hope Street Group, www.hopestreetgroup.org. He is a member of the board of directors of the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum, www.brownep.org, and Watts House Project, www.wattshouseproject.org. Glenn lectures regularly and has taught courses at Pepperdine Business School and California State University, Long Beach. He was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year in 2008 by Clean Tech Week, Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 by LA City Council/Faith2Green, and was recently named "Greatest Person of the Day," by the Huffington Post.
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