Chairman & Director
Albert LaValley is the President and co-founder of Sustainable Comfort. He has more than 15 years experience in construction and real estate, having provided consulting services for developers, construction managers, and building operations and maintenance professionals in ten US states. Albert began his career in the trades as an electrician before achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He joined Comfort Systems USA where he started a consulting practice focused on the development and operation of energy efficient, healthy, and environmentally friendly multifamily housing. Sustainable Comfort was founded in 2014.
Vice Chairman & Director
James Moriarty is the Vice President and co-founder of Sustainable Comfort. James has been a practicing Energy Engineer and green building consultant for 9+ years. James consults with architects and developers on energy efficient design strategies and performs verification of energy performance for new construction and renovations for programs such as, Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), Enterprise Green Communities, ENERGY STAR™ and LEED® for Homes. James leads the quality assurance and oversight efforts of all verification programs. He has experience in whole building energy simulations for commercial buildings, nursing home facilities, multifamily residential buildings, and single-family homes.
Taylor Bearden is the founder and former CEO of WalkerThomas, a real estate management, consulting, and brokerage firm located in Worcester. Bearden specializes in providing property management, asset management, and development consulting services for real estate investors and owners in central Massachusetts. Taylor has extensive experience in small-scale multifamily development and management, having worked for Worcester’s premier student housing developer after graduating from Clark University, where he studied geography and community development and planning. Taylor’s expertise is in site selection, acquisition, zoning and entitlement, operations, and management.
Bryan Kaanta has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship in addition to a Technology and Innovation MBA, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). As an active duty Captain in the United States Air Force, Bryan held positions both as an Acquisitions officer and an Assistant Professor or Aerospace Studies for the Air Force ROTC program. Making the switch to civilian life Bryan worked as a Sales Engineer with Comfort Systems USA Energy Services focused high tech solutions for energy efficiency retrofits in affordable multifamily housing. Subsequently Bryan made the switch to the software industry leading the development of the Sales Engineering capabilities at Luminoso Technologies Inc. Currently Bryan is the APAC Technical Sales Director responsible for building out Luminoso’s business is the APAC territory. Throughout Bryan has been involved in development, renovation, and rehabilitation of both single and multifamily homes as both a owner and partner in several different residential housing projects. Bryan lives in Sydney Australia with his wife Erin.
Jean Poteete is currently the Senior Campus Planner at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She has been involved in developing Grafton Science Park, a commercial science park adjacent to the Cummings School; and in programming and developing selected academic facilities, both on and off campus. Her responsibilities have included infrastructure grant-writing; leading a strategic hospital space planning initiative; updating the Tufts Grafton campus master plan; coordinating engineering, traffic and legal consultants in the local permitting process; leasing and marketing activities at the Cummings School’s incubator facility to attract small research and development companies; and performing financial modeling. She also served as Treasurer for Tufts Veterinary & Emergency Specialties, the school’s satellite hospital located in Walpole, MA during its construction and start-up period.