Meet Our Team

Our Steamboat Springs, Colorado-based team of experienced professionals is ready to roll up the sleeves and work with you from early project development to installation, final adjustments and fine-tuning.  We pride ourselves on offering windows and doors of exceptional quality, and service to match.  Our office team looks forward to working closely with you to determine how we can best satisfy your project’s performance and aesthetic needs within your budget.  Our expert service technicians are available for technical advice, including installation and adjustment guidance.

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Jessica Pfohl, President & Head of Business Development

Jessica grew up on a ranch in rural Southern Oregon where she lived until moving to New York City for college.  She is passionate about promoting sustainable building practices, including the use of energy efficient construction methods and natural materials.  She has been active in development the company’s strategies since 2011, when she left her career as a corporate attorney and co-founded Zola with Florian.  Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and the belief that business can be a means for positive social change, Jessica is also involved in managing the natural finish company, Unearthed Paints.  She enjoys skiing, biking, traveling, and hiking and is grateful to be living in the beautiful mountain town of Steamboat Springs. 

Contact: jessica@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A., Columbia University
  • MSc, London School of Economics
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley Law
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Florian Speier, Vice President & Head of Product Development 

Florian consults clients on a variety of technical aspects of their projects and oversees product development.

Florian was born and raised in Dusseldorf, Germany and received his architectural training at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland and Columbia University in New York City. Florian brings a wealth of technical knowledge and experience to window design. Before founding Zola Windows, Florian had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of architectural projects, both large scale commercial buildings such as the Seattle Public Library and custom homes. His experience includes work at Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, SHoP Architects in New York, and Zeitgeist Design in San Francisco, a company that he founded. Florian is a LEED AP, a Certified Passive House Consultant, and a Certified Passive House Builder.

Contact: florian@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • MSc Project & Enterprise Management University College London
  • M.Arch ETH Zurich (+GSAPP Columbia University)
  • Certified Passive House Consultant
  • Certified Passive House Builder
  • LEED AP
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Evan Anderson, Senior Project Manager & Head of Pacific Northwest Division

Evan assists our clients from the earliest design phases of their windows to final completion – always willing to address questions along the way.  Evan heads Zola’s downtown Seattle office.

Born in Kearney, Nebraska, Evan was originally trained in fine furniture design, making, and restoration in Scotland, at the Thomas Chippendale School of Fine Furniture. As pressing energy issues began to become more apparent, Evan made an unlikely career change and graduated head of his class in energy efficiency engineering – desiring to make a positive impact on the way the built environment uses energy. Evan is excited and honored to be part of Zola Windows, where energy efficiency is key. Evan is currently studying for the LEED exam, after which he is aiming to become a Certified Passive House Consultant.

Evan has a great passion for strawbale, earthship, and passive house construction. If he’s not at work, or have his nose in a book, you can usually find him enjoying the outdoors with his wife and dog.

Contact: evan@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • A.A.S., Energy Efficiency Engineering, Ecotech Denver
  • Certification: BPI Building Science Analyst
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April Lassiter, Logistics Manager

April manages post-order logistics and is also responsible for modeling the energy efficiency of our windows.

April grew up in Little Rock, AR and obtained her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in History from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Throughout her time in school, she participated in programs in Jackson Hole, WY, northern New Zealand, and Far North Queensland, Australia, where her passion for the environment constantly grew. While in Memphis, April was involved with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability, where she assisted with compiling energy consumption data for city and county buildings. She is very happy to be working at Zola, where sustainability and energy efficiency are key.

Outside of the office, April enjoys hiking, fly fishing, and the all around beauty that the Rockies have to offer.

Contact: april@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A., Rhodes College – Memphis
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Amelia Chizwala Peterson, Director of Business Development

Amelia brings a combination of engineering, business, and climate change/energy law to her position at Zola as Director of Business Development. Amelia has worked in the building construction field, leading large complex projects from the civil, structural engineering consulting end. Prior to joining Zola, Amelia directed the training and network development aspects of an international climate change policy project designed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions coming from tropical deforestation in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Indonesia, India and the West/Central African region.

Amelia is passionate about changing the energy systems that contribute to climate change, including the ways that we think about buildings, aesthetics, cost and spaces.

Originally from Zimbabwe and Swaziland, Amelia has lived in Colorado for ten years, drawn to the rich outdoors experience the state offers.

Contact: amelia@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management (Engineering Council, UK)
  • B.S. International Business (Johnson & Wales University)
  • J.D., Valparaiso University
  • LL.M (Natural Resources, Energy & the Environment), University of Colorado Boulder Law School
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Luisa Lombera, In-House Technical Expert and Post-Order Optimizer

Luisa is from Mexico City, but also lived in England for six years growing up.  As an undergraduate, she studied Earth Systems at Stanford University and stayed on for a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Subsequently, Luisa worked at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) for four years doing research and consulting to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Luisa left RMI for Barcelona where she embarked on an MBA focused on social enterprise at ESADE Business School.  After her MBA, Luisa co-founded Pixán, which sought to work with coffee farmers to find new value in the much-overlooked fruit of the coffee plant.  Luisa loves efficiency, sunlight and warmth and is excited to work with Zola to optimize all of those in beautiful, comfortable and responsible buildings.

Among other recreation, Luisa enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, biking and back-country skiing – and is always excited for opportunities to build bridges between Mexico and Colorado.

Contact: luisa@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.S. Stanford University
  • M.Sc. Stanford University
  • M.B.A. ESADE Business School
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Carol Anderson, Office Manager

Carol moved from central Nebraska to Steamboat Springs to join the Zola team. She appreciates the natural beauty and the abundance of trails available in the area. When the hiking is over, you can find her reading a book, sewing, and enjoying her family.

Carol brings her education and professional services experience and her enthusiasm for great customer service to Zola Windows. Her goal is to provide superior service and attention to detail to all of Zola’s customers and staff.

Contact: carol@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A. in Education for English, Special Education
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Grant Bursek, Project Manager and Head of New York City Division 

Grant grew up in the northern suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and completed his undergraduate work at the George Washington University in psychology. Grant also was a member of GW’s varsity crew team. After graduation, Grant worked as a teacher in Kathmandu, Nepal and Seoul, South Korea before returning to the George Washington University for law school.

Grant moved to Steamboat Springs to work as a public defender and had his own law practice prior to joining the Zola team. He was also the President of the Board of Directors for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling.

Contact: grant@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A., cum laude, The George Washington University
  • J.D., The George Washington University
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Diana Suhanyi, Project Manager

Diana was born and raised in Holyoke, Colorado. She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon Iowa and received a bachelors degree in fine arts with an emphasis on painting and a minor in geology. She returned to Colorado and eventually pursued her passion in architecture receiving a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver. During graduate school, she traveled to Italy, Brazil, and Paraguay.

Beginning in college, Diana worked in Historic Preservation and has a love for good craftsmanship and well-detailed buildings. Following grad school, she worked in an architecture firm with a focus on construction administration.

She is excited to be a Zola and looks forward to learning more about window detailing especially installation details. Diana is happy to be in a position to contribute to the success of projects ranging from ultra-modern to the historic renovations.

Diana and her husband recently moved to Steamboat. She loves to ride her bicycle and walk the dog while taking in the beautiful Steamboat scenery.

Contact: diana@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A., Cornell College – Mt. Vernon, Iowa
  • M. Arch, University of Colorado – Denver
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Josh Madsen, Project Manager

Josh assists our clients on project quotes and various architectural aspects of ordering and specifying custom window and door packages.

Josh is born and raised in the midwest and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Upon completing his B.S. in landscape architecture in 2012, he ventured to the front range for the active lifestyle offered by the mountains. Josh likes to apply his knowledge and passion of sustainable design in every facet of his work, indoors and out. After multiple trips abroad throughout Europe, he looks forward to enhancing home designs through the application of Zola European Windows in the American market. .

Contact: josh@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison
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Matt Newman, Project Manager

Matt assists our clients on project quotes and specifying custom window and door packages.

Matt grew up in Northern Iowa and began working at his father’s mechanical contracting company at an early age. As early as 12 years old you would find him working alongside his grandfather in the sheetmetal shop building ductwork or installing equipment out in the field. After high school Matt continued to work in the HVAC industry in various roles such as sales, marketing and project management with expertise in indoor air quality and energy efficiency. After nearly two decades in HVAC Matt decided it was time for a change and moved to Vail, Colorado to start his own contracting company. His focus being commercial interior finish and cabinetry successfully completing some of the largest projects along the I-70 corridor.

When he’s not working Matt is with his family somewhere in the mountains rafting, fishing, hunting or hiking.

Contact: matt@zolawindows.com

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Joshua McMahon, Field Technician

Joshua has roots originating in New Mexico and spreading across the west to Seattle.  Now residing in Portland, OR, Joshua can enjoy his time within a culture of like-minded artisanal types. Fueled by his passion for sustainable living, Joshua has years of hands-on experience with alternative building and low-tech DIY techniques, including cob construction, earthen floors, passive solar design, eco-roofs, and Earthship techniques. His diverse background from an avionics technician to a licensed general contractor makes him a valuable asset to any team that needs a mix of creative problem solving and technical know-how.

A natural appreciation for wanderlust makes Joshua a great fit as a Zola Field Technician.  Traveling allows him to gain new perspectives on sustainable homes and the people who create them.

Contact: joshua@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • B.A. Architecture, Portland State University
  • Licensed General Contractor, Oregon CCB# 193165
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Zach Whitt, Field Technician

Zach grew up building just about anything you can imagine out of wood: airplanes, decks, houses, instruments, and, most recently, surfboards.  After studying Hydrology at Colorado State University, he worked in the field maintaining off-grid weather stations to monitor snowpack, but missed the head-on-hands-on problem solving that woodworking always seemed to offer.  He has since transitioned back to construction, most recently obtaining his Passive House Builder’s Certification and working on incredible projects in the Colorado area.  When not tinkering with your windows and doors for optimum performance and operation, you can find him making sawdust in the woodshop, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, chasing trout, or building his tiny house.

Contact: zach@zolawindows.com

Qualifications:

  • Certified Passive House Builder
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