Landenberg, PA. – (April 4, 2017) – Skyland USA today announced that Cynthia Villalba has joined the company as Project Leader and that Brian Fifield, Growth Media Sales, has received his Green Roof Professional accreditation. With the addition of Villalba and the new accreditation for Fifield, Skyland USA is well-positioned to continue to grow in 2017.
Cynthia Villalba brings an accomplished background to Skyland USA. With experience in the financial services industry, Villalba spearheaded the effort to build the first corporate green roof in Latin America at HSBC Tower in Mexico City. From this experience, she dedicated herself to learning more about green roofs, and eventually, she founded her own green roof design & installation company in Mexico. With an impressive client list, including the Mexican Federal Government, the Coca-Cola Company, and California Pizza Kitchen, she handled many green roof projects and trained industry professionals on this emerging industry.
According to Joe DiNorscia, President of Skyland USA, Villalba is a great fit for many reasons. “Cynthia has a great entrepreneurial set of skills, which is a real positive in our growing green roof industry, and with her background designing and installing green roofs in Mexico, she understands the industry and its challenges and the potential for immense growth. We are excited to have her on board.”
In her role as Project Leader at Skyland USA, Villalba is responsible for working with the rooflite blender network, the group of regional companies that mix and deliver rooflite green roof media products nationally and internationally. She ensures that the network is up to date on technical, sales and company information to accomplish goals for growing and expanding the rooflite business across the country. She will also act as a liaison with the Landscape Architecture community through educational initiatives on green roofs, dealing with topics such as media specifications, media characteristics, and other information critical for successful green roof projects.
Villalba is looking forward to launching the educational initiatives for Landscape Architects and helping Skyland USA continue to green cities. “I’m so happy to be part of the Skyland USA team because it has the best green roof media offering in rooflite, and we have so many common values, including a commitment to greening urban areas, which makes healthier cities and citizens,” said Villalba. “It’s a very exciting time for me, and I’m ready to help rooflite take their business to the next level.”
Brian Fifield joined Skyland USA in 2015 as a key addition to the sales team, where he handles growth media sales. In this role, he works with green roof customers through the various stages of the sales process, including green roof planning, rooflite soil selection, and logistics coordination for soil delivery at job sites. He also acts as an essential resource for IT and technical issues for the Skyland USA team, and he develops software tools for the sales team to use to streamline their work.
With a background in maintenance and reliability and with critical technology skills, Fifield has proven to be a valuable addition to the growing rooflite team. The Green Roof Professional (GRP) accreditation was a natural next step for Fifield as he sought to get a fuller understanding of the entire green roof production process, including the perspective of the various decision makers involved in a green roof installation.
The GRP is a three-course accreditation in green roof design and installation, green roof waterproofing and drainage, and green roof plants and growing media. The coursework represents a full set of knowledge on how to handle the different stages of green roof projects, including marketing, budgeting, design, installation, and maintenance. Through the online course and written exam, Fifield achieved his GRP accreditation.
“Brian has quickly become one of our most trusted and dependable team members,” said DiNorscia. “With a critical role in our sales department, his knowledge of technical issues, and his dedication to our industry, he has helped us not only increase sales but also streamline our internal processes. And while he didn’t have a background in green roofs when he started working with us, he’s learned about the industry quickly, and we were happy to support him in getting his GRP accreditation.”
For Fifield, the GRP accreditation has helped him gain a deep understanding of green roof projects and all the challenges and opportunities they entail. “The accreditation is great because it helps me have a better view of the overall green roof process, and I better understand the perspective of an architect or installer, which is a big help when I discuss projects with clients who work in those areas,” said Fifield. “I’m excited because now I can be a better resource to help our clients, and I look forward to gaining more experience in the industry.”
The future looks bright for Skyland USA. With the addition of Villalba as Project Leader and with the GRP accreditation for Fifield, the company has two reliable, knowledgeable, committed team members to help it grow and expand in 2017 and beyond.