Our Team

David Carolan, Founder

David has 30 years of experience in executive level management positions involving public and private businesses. With 12 years’ experience in construction and real estate development, his interest in green building led to the creation SmartHome Hero, encouraging builders, manufacturers and the energy community to partner for better homes.  David founded and served as CEO of the Solid Green Companies, a manufacturer and builder of net zero energy housing. Most of his career has been spent in high-tech and financial software including ecommerce, accounting software and digital marketing.  He is a board member of the Net Zero Energy Coalition and has served on the board of two non-profits focusing of children’s education and familial support issues.  David received a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982.

Maria Isbell, CEO, President

Maria has more than 25 years’ experience with PRIMEDIA working with real estate publishing, marketing and sales management. She was responsible for creating one of the largest brands nationally in the New Home space by combining 25 separate publications and 250+ URL’s to create a cohesive brand and all-encompassing consumer experience. Additional experience includes negotiating placement and merchandising opportunities with the nation’s largest retail chains, working with direct marketing companies to promote their products through retail ad placements and working in SMB marketing helping local businesses with an integrated approach to marketing including social and mobile platforms. Maria received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas with an emphasis on Marketing and Advertising.

Charles Albanese, CFO

Charles has more than 25 years of financial and operations experience in both public and private companies.  He cultivated his senior management experience as part of the business team at AT&T Wireless Services for over 16 years.  His leadership skills coupled with his knowledge of finance, audit, tax, security and real estate helped enable this start-up to become the premier wireless telecommunications carrier in the nation.  Among his most significant contributions was the development and implementation of “bucket plans” which changed the way the industry billed customers for talk-time across the nation.

Board of Directors

Sudhir Nair, Board Member

Sudhir is a Technology & Operations Leader with more than 27 years in technology & operations leadership roles. He is currently CIO at Academic Partnerships, a global leader in higher education Online Program Management serving North, South and Central America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Sudhir previously served as EVP & CIO of Solutionstar/Xome. Sudhir was instrumental in turning Solutionstar to a technology driven company disrupting the industry with the first real estate marketplace “Homesearch.com” aka Xome.com. Sudhir lead the transformation and implementation of Solutionstar technology stack entirely on Cloud, Mobile and big data analytics, the first of its kind in the banking and financial services industry. Prior experience includes EVP & Technology Executive at Bank of America for 11 years leading Bank of America’s consumer real estate technology teams. Sudhir led the largest merger integration and transformation of mortgage technology in the industry managing a global team supporting 15.6 million mortgages, the largest mortgage portfolio in the United States. Additional experience include Executive roles in Operations & Technology at CitiGroup and Washington Mutual

Vinay Shukla, Board Member

Vinay Shukla is an entrepreneur, leader and investor in the enterprise mobility and digital space. Vinay co-founded Endeavour, an enterprise digital transformation company focused on mobility space that was acquired by Genpact (NYSE: G) in 2015. Vinay also co-founded KiCube Inc. which was acquired by Brandificant. Vinay has 18+ years of experience of building, running and advising successful start ups in Hi-Tech and Financial Technology space. Prior to Endeavour, Vinay worked at UBS Investment Bank, Barclays Capital at key technology leadership positions. Vinay is a strategic thinker and likes creating technology driven disruptive businesses that intersect people, process, technology and things. Vinay is passionate about technologies such as Mobile, Voice, Data and Internet of Things (IoT). Vinay earned his B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, India

David Carolan, Founder

David has 30 years of experience in executive level management positions involving public and private businesses. With 12 years’ experience in construction and real estate development, his interest in green building led to the creation SmartHome Hero, encouraging builders, manufacturers and the energy community to partner for better homes.  David founded and served as CEO of the Solid Green Companies, a manufacturer and builder of net zero energy housing. Most of his career has been spent in high-tech and financial software including ecommerce, accounting software and digital marketing.  He is a board member of the Net Zero Energy Coalition and has served on the board of two non-profits focusing of children’s education and familial support issues.  David received a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982.

Maria Isbell, CEO, President

Maria has more than 25 years’ experience with PRIMEDIA working with real estate publishing, marketing and sales management. She was responsible for creating one of the largest brands nationally in the New Home space by combining 25 separate publications and 250+ URL’s to create a cohesive brand and all-encompassing consumer experience. Additional experience includes negotiating placement and merchandising opportunities with the nation’s largest retail chains, working with direct marketing companies to promote their products through retail ad placements and working in SMB marketing helping local businesses with an integrated approach to marketing including social and mobile platforms. Maria received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas with an emphasis on Marketing and Advertising.

Charles Albanese, CFO

Charles has more than 25 years of financial and operations experience in both public and private companies.  He cultivated his senior management experience as part of the business team at AT&T Wireless Services for over 16 years.  His leadership skills coupled with his knowledge of finance, audit, tax, security and real estate helped enable this start-up to become the premier wireless telecommunications carrier in the nation.  Among his most significant contributions was the development and implementation of “bucket plans” which changed the way the industry billed customers for talk-time across the nation.

Avinash Misra, Board of Directors

Avinash is a technology entrepreneur with a track record of taking businesses from founding to liquidity.  His last venture Endeavour - a specialist mobile solutions company -  where he served as CEO and Cofounder 2004 onwards, was acquired in 2016 by Nasdaq listed Genpact Inc. Under his stewardship Endeavour grew from 3-person team to over 400 with offices and customers in the United States, United Kingdom, India and Singapore. Avinash shuttles between Dallas TX and Palo Alto CA and currently manages Genpact's Digital core   - Mobility and Artificial Intelligence. Avinash is also an active investor in early stage technology companies. By training Avinash is a technologist and attained an engineering degree in 1999 from IIT Kanpur in India. In his spare time Avinash is a wilderness aficionado, traveler, avid reader and considers himself an amateur philosopher.

Advisory Team

Scott Elliott, Sales/New Builder Channel

For more than 20 years Scott has been working with National and Regional home builders, both as a VP of Sales and Marketing and as a Consultant. Scott’s focus is to help home builders realize higher profits by maximizing the customer experience while reducing costs.

Melody Appleton, Advisor

Results-driven and innovative sales and marketing executive with more than fifteen years of experience in bringing products to market and driving revenue growth for software, Internet services and SaaS/Cloud companies such as Adobe, Concentric/XO Communications,  and Improvenet.

Industry Experience

The SmartHome Hero team corporate experience.