Senior Officers
Bill Kachman, President

Bill Kachman is a retired Army Major of Field Artillery. He worked for 12 years in the education field as a teacher, served as a registered lobbyist for Correctional Education, and as a distance education developer for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In 2004 he joined Environmental Construction & Consulting in Deland and got involved with green building. For the next nine years, he helped manage the construction and consulting side of the company, working with builders, local governments and communities to further green building practices in Volusia and Lake counties. Bill says that in his retirement years, he is working to help FGBC grow in Florida and become the preeminent green organization in Florida.

 Ralph Locke, President Elect

Ralph Locke is president of Environmental Construction and Consulting Inc. He is a Florida Native and Military Combat Veteran. Ralph has over 30+ years of experience as a building professional and is one of the early pioneers in the green building field. Ralph has been a member of FGBC since 2003, Vice President in 2013, He is an FGBC Certifying Agent working with multiple Florida Builders & Developers and a Regional Liaison for FGBC. He also is the chair of the education committee and actively participates on many of the other FGBC committees. In his everyday interactions, Ralph encourages change to sustainable building practices through verbal & hands on education. He works with many organizations, including home building associations, contractors, developers, local governments, homeowners, and even high school students to promote green building practices. Ralph also volunteers as a subject matter expert for state contractor testing. Ralph holds The following licences,State Certified building, Certified roofing, Certified solar contractor, and Certified Home inspector licenses and is a Florida Water Star Commercial and Residential certifier. Ralph is an active leader and facilitator in the green building field and continues to further encourage sustainable building and to represent these interests for the FGBC.

Barry Faske, Immeditate Past President

Barry Faske has played an active role in seeking to create a better environment for future generations here in Florida for many years. He has been an active member of FGBC- (the Florida Green Building Coalition) for 10 years, on the Board of Directors since 2016, elected FGBC President for 2019 and again in 2020, and has been instrumental in revitalizing our FGBC Legislative Committee to work on issues of importance to this organization.

In addition to his work with the FGBC he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Hollywood (FL) Chamber of Commerce, elected to the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, has chaired Leadership Hollywood’s Environmental Day for the past 8 years, and received the 2019 Leadership Hollywood Award for his dedication to the Community.

He was asked to join the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber’s Coastal Coalition and currently is a member of the Greater Ft, Lauderdale Chamber’s Economic Resilience Committee which is focused on involving the business community as we address the issues of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise.

In 2015 Mr. Faske was appointed by the Broward County Commission to it’s Climate Change Task Force where he served until 2019. Barry was one of the 26 members to author the 2015 update to the Broward Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) under Climate Task Force Chair Broward County Mayor Beam Furr, which is still in use today.

In 2018 & 2019 Mr. Faske, along with Ralph Locke served as our FGBC Florida Representatives to the Annual Meeting of the Sustainable States Network in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, PA. .The Sustainable States Network is an initiative where 13 Programs from 12 States (representing 54 Million residents) share resources and best practices to collaborate on initiatives and shared Goals to address the issues of Green House Gas emissions, Climate Change, Racial & Social Equity, Health, Affordable Housing, Sustainability and Resilience. In 2019 the FGBC applied for and was awarded a Grant from the Sustainable States Network for Consulting Services to review our current Standards through a Racial and Social Equity Lens. Many of these recommendations will be incorporated into our Green Local Government Standards update for 2020.   

Barry Faske wishes to encourage everyone to be creative, share your ideas, & take action for a better tomorrow.
Remember… Together we can make the biggest difference!

Mary Tappouni, Treasurer

Mary Tappouni is the President of Breaking Ground Contracting, where she serves as Senior Estimator,   Project Manager and Sustainability Consultant.  Over her 25 years in the construction industry, she has managed projects ranging from small park projects to multimillion-dollar facilities that include medical and professional office buildings, historic preservation, retail, schools, university, health & fitness facilities, recreational, military projects and custom green homes.     

Mary is passionate about sustainability and green building.  She was honored to speak at the Greenbuild conference in Chicago in 2010.  She served on the National Green Building Committee for Associated  Builders and Contractors and is the past Sustainability Committee Co-chair for ULI North Florida.  She actively represents the construction industry, including in her current role as Associated Builders and  Contractors (ABC) of Florida Board Chair. She has also served as past Chair of the Board of her local   ABC Chapter and past Chair of its Women’s Council.