Meet the Team
Mike Kolody – Founder
I started GreenerDealz to help promote small businesses that are doing good things for their community and environment. As someone who has started several businesses over the last 10 years, I understand the importance of building a loyal customer base by offering products and services that people want. My hope is to help play a role in introducing local businesses to our customers who want to make healthy choices for themselves, others and the environment. Everyone loves saving money, but I want to encourage relationships that last longer than a single deal.
Nate Jungheim – Account Executive
As the first hire at GreenerDealz, I have great satisfaction in knowing that I am making a difference in the environment by promoting and growing green businesses! As a University of Illinois graduate and candidate for the Illinois Army National Guard, I also have a lot of passion for the Fighting Illini and my country. My goal is to make as much of an impact in my world as I possibly can.
Michelle Black – Customer Service
As a dedicated specialist, I love working directly with our merchants to help them become as successful as possible. As a mom, I am an advocate for activities that strengthen the mind and body—and products that help the planet! The companies I help are doing just that.
Gabe Arnold – Technology
Business and gadgets are my passions. Since my start at 16 inBurton,OH I have been in business management in multiple companies. I am also an entrepreneur who loves to be a part in building businesses from the ground up. I would say perseverance, tenaciousness and a strange curiosity to do things differently have helped me with my success. Gabe leads the engineering team at Greenerdealz and ZigZap.
Dr. George P. Nassos – Advisor to GreenerDealz
Professor Nassos helps research and vet companies to make sure the criteria of the green deal is met. George P. Nassos was an Industry Associate Professor and Director of the M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability program at the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology from 1997 through 2011. He was also Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, a center founded at Stuart to be a resource for projects directed toward achieving sustainability in Chicago’s economic community. His 14 years at Stuart included teaching courses on sustainability for the past 12 years which gives him the experience to screen our green deals.
Maija Renko – Advisor to GreenerDealz
Maija Renko holds an Assistant Professorship in Entrepreneurship at University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her D.Sc. in International Business from the Turku School of Economics, Finland (2006), and a Ph.D. in Management at Florida International University (2008). Through her teaching she inspires and advices budding entrepreneurs on starting up successful new businesses and social ventures, with a specific focus on market research and business planning. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the management of technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, and marketing. She believes the triple bottom line is becoming increasingly important as people focus more on responsible purchasing. Maija is honored and excited to be an advisor to Greenerdealz, where commitment to sustainability has a central role in every aspect of the business.
Diamond and Dyanna
Diamond, daughter of Michelle and older cousin to Dyanna volunteers at our trade shows behind the booth. During the summer she traveled to Pennsylvania for a family reunion and enjoyed going on roller coaster rides. Diamond loves all types of sports and is regularly on the Principals honor roll. Diamond will be a 6th grader in the fall.
Dyanna enjoys helping with data entry and is capable of typing 15-20 words every couple of minutes with very few mistakes. Over the summer she spent time with her grandparents and traveled. Oh yea, she likes sports also and is on the Principals honor roll too. Dyanna will be a 3rd grader in the fall.