Ei Leadership is comprised of environmental icons and astute business executives who work in unison to create programs and platforms that make solid economic sense while benefiting the environment.
Holly D. Elmore, Ei Founder & CEO
Passionate and driven, Holly Elmore is founder & CEO of Elemental Impact, a national non-profit committed to bringing sustainable operating practices to the corporate community. Beginning her career as an auditor and CPA with Arthur Andersen, she worked almost seven years in the corporate arena. Holly’s entrepreneurial spirit emerged when she created Executive Catering & Events, a prominent corporate catering company. Over the next fifteen years, Holly operated Executive Catering along with two successful restaurants in the Atlanta market.
Following her restaurant and catering years, Holly served as Director of Marketing for Wine South, the premier consumer wine festival in the Southeast; and later as the Advertising Director for Restaurant Forum, the Official Magazine of the Georgia Restaurant Association. During her tenure as founder & executive director of the Green Foodservice Alliance, an affiliate of the Georgia Restaurant Association, Holly created the Zero Waste Zones program, acquired in 2012 by the National Restaurant Association.
Holly utilizes the extensive business skills developed during her professional path to make a difference through Elemental Impact, now in its 7th year of Sustainability in Action. She is author of two Ei Blogs: Zero Waste in Action and The IMPACT, which document the organizations journey and successes. Holly channels her energy and enthusiasm into Ei, spearheading initiatives that benefit the community, the environment, and the bottom-line.
Scott O. Seydel, Ei Chair
An accomplished international business executive, Scott O. Seydel, Chief Executive Officer of The Seydel Companies, built successful enterprises committed to economic and environmental sustainability. Over the years The Seydel Companies earned national and international recognition for their recycling and resource conservations from many textile and plastic associations, including The Society of Plastic Engineers, the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the International Council. The Company was the first national winner of the EPA’s Climate Change Champion Award and for four years was selected the top EPA WasteWise small business in the nation.
Scott devotes tremendous time to national and international organizations with environmental missions where he uses his excellent business skills to develop long-term strategic plans filled with current projects. As past Global Green Chairman, the U.S. National Chapter of former Soviet President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International, Scott used his national and global influence to direct action impacting climate change initiatives. Scott serves as Chairman Emeritus for the GreenBlue Institute, Board Vice Chairman for the Container Recycling Institute, and Board Director for Green Cross International. Additionally, Scott founded the Recyclable Transfer Packaging Coalition and the Manhattan Project and is a Founding Executive Committee Member of ATLANTA RECYCLES.
When not traveling the world with his many initiatives, Scott enjoys living in Manhattan and spending time with family in his hometown, Atlanta.
Laura Turner Seydel, Environmental Advisor
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is Board Chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on the boards of her family’s foundations: the Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and board of directors of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.
Laura is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and environmental awards, including the National Society of High School Scholars World Betterment Award, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Drum Major for Justice Award, the Healthy Child Healthy World’s Mom on a Mission Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Legacy Award, the National Garden Club’s Award of Excellence, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Legacy Honoree and an inductee of the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.
Laura lives with her husband and three children in Atlanta. Their home, EcoManor, is the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the southeastern United States.
Gregory D. Chafee, Ei General Counsel
An experienced corporate and commercial attorney, Gregory D. Chafee is a Partner in the Energy and Corporate & Securities practices at the Thompson Hine law firm. Greg focuses on energy production projects and provides guidance to clients on matters related to energy efficiency, sustainable construction, environmentally sensitive building practices, and the utilization of green technologies. In 2012, Greg advised on the development of the first utility scale (20MW) solar project in the State of Georgia.
Before entering private practice, Greg served as the first Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of DS Waters of America, representing many leading bottled water brands. Greg also served as Associate General Counsel of Georgia Pacific Corporation. With his combined private practice and corporate background, Greg has extensive experience with a broad range of commercial transactions worldwide.
Committed to professional activities and community involvement, Greg is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee and a Director of the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association and Livable Buckhead. Greg is a graduate of Brown University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Boston University School of Law. Greg brings his energy perspective to Ei initiatives, as well as providing invaluable legal and business advice.
Pauline Reynolds, Ei Treasurer
As a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor, Pauline brings a solid business perspective to Ei’s important work. A Cum Laude graduate of Georgia State University, Pauline earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance and a Masters of Taxation.
Joining HLB Gross Collins in 1987, Pauline is a Stakeholder who specializes in taxation and personal financial planning with a particular emphasis on estate planning. Pauline works with a wide range of closely held businesses to incorporate the financial planning process for business owners and their business entities.
Working with Ei founder Holly Elmore, Pauline was the guiding force to Ei securing the IRS 501(c)3 non-profit status within nine months of incorporation. Pauline’s tax expertise is imperative to building solid foundations for wasted food programs in the development phase.
Sylvia Gort, Ei Business Advisor
With her thirty plus years in the financial services industry, Sylvia brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the Ei team. After earning a BBA from the University of Georgia and a MBA from Georgia State University, Sylvia's banking career began at C&S Bank in commercial lending, with an expertise in construction lending. Through the numerous bank mergers, Sylvia thrived and was promoted to senior vice-president overseeing the Georgia unit of NationsBank.
In 1997, Sylvia transitioned from lending to wealth management where she is a Director at Barclays Wealth. Many of Sylvia's clients stem from relationships spanning her thirty years active in the financial arena. Trust, respect and savvy investment acumen are evident in Sylvia's close, long-standing client relationships.
With her keen business lens, Sylvia’s pertinent questions and stellar advice ensure Ei creates programs that make good business sense for the entire value chain.
Doug Kunnemann, SFCI Co-Chair
Doug is the Global Segment Leader for NatureWorks LLC Food Service segment. He has over 20 years experience in sales, marketing, business development and business management for such companies as The Dow Chemical Company, Ashland Chemical Company, UCB, Innovia Films and has been with NatureWorks for eight years.
Prior to becoming a Global Segment Leader, Doug served as the North America Commercial Manager and the North America Market Development Manager for Film and Sheet market segments. He assumed the role of North America Business Manager for both Food Service and Fresh Food Packaging in 2008. His current responsibilities include management of NatureWorks Global Food Service business segments and respective global commercial and technical teams. Doug and his family reside in Marietta, GA.