Managing Partner and Founder
Joyce Ferris is a Managing Partner of Blue Hill. She founded Blue Hill in 2000 with the goal of building companies in the energy technology sector by providing capital and management support. Joyce leads strategy, financial structuring and operations, strategic relationships, and supports all project development activities. She is responsible for corporate vision and strategic direction; Joyce is the keeper of the crystal ball.
Joyce has been an entrepreneur in the energy technology industry for 30+ years and she is passionate about building businesses and projects in the sector. She has been an operating executive, investor, and active board member in eleven entrepreneurial companies with technologies and services related to improving efficiency and performance of lighting, air conditioning, ventilation, monitoring and controls and providing cost-effective solutions for on-site power generation. Prior to founding Blue Hill, Joyce was a senior founding executive and principal shareholder with Reading Energy, an early independent power company founded in 1985. At Reading Energy she managed energy project and corporate financial transactions totaling over $500 million. After Reading Energy, Joyce led the acquisition of Energy Products of Idaho (“EPI”), a combustion technology firm specializing in the efficient conversion of solid waste material to energy. After purchasing EPI she became a major shareholder and led business development and strategic partnerships for the company. Her energy project experience includes energy efficiency and on-site generation projects, biomass and agricultural waste fired energy projects, industrial waste disposal facilities, waste-coal fired power plants, geothermal, and hydroelectric projects.
Joyce has held numerous board positions and is currently on the board of Aircuity, Skyline Innovations, Performance Systems Development, and Good Company Group. A recognized thought leader, Joyce is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and was recently named one of the Top Twenty Women Cleantech Investors. She holds a B.A. from Reed College in History and Philosophy (1981) and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in Energy Management and Policy (1985) with a concentration in finance at the Wharton School. She is a lifelong sailor and spends as much time on salt water as her work allows.
Emily Bockian Landsburg is a Managing Partner of Blue Hill. After four and a half years of working with Blue Hill as an unofficial advisor, Emily joined the team in 2013. She was recruited to lead our transition from an investment company to an operating company. Emily leads business and project development and operations. She is responsible for mojo – in particular, for making our clients thrilled.
Emily views business as the most efficient pathway to lasting and scalable environmental and civic sustainability and has spent her career reducing waste and using resources more efficiently. Prior to joining Blue Hill, Emily was Founder and CEO of BlackGold Biofuels, which treated wastewater from the hospitality industry and extracted a biofuel. She stewarded the company’s chemical process technology through R&D, patent, beta, and commercial phases and oversaw design, development, permitting, and construction of 4 facilities in Pennsylvania, California, and North Carolina. Under Emily’s direction, BlackGold shaped its business model and facility design around its customers’ needs and built a customer-centric culture. Previously, at The Energy Cooperative, Emily built southeastern Pennsylvania’s largest biodiesel fuel distribution business by focusing on municipal, school district, and utility customers transitioning their mission-critical fleets to the new sustainable fuel. She has secured close to $3MM in grants and has extensive experience with bids and sole-source contracts. Earlier, Emily worked in renewable electricity and also successfully founded, built, and exited a service and maintenance business in the marine industry. Her passion for customer service was forged in her early years in the hospitality and service industry.
Emily has a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University, where she was captain of the sailing team. She was selected by the National Biodiesel Governing Board to chair the US trade association’s sustainability task force.
In ancient times, when she had a life outside of her work and young family, Emily loved snowboarding, sailboat racing, soccer, cooking, gardening, and most things related to the ocean. She aspires to be a kite surfer and to sleep through the night.
Karen is the Business Manager for Blue Hill and has been with the company since 2010. Karen loves to Get Things Done and is awesome at it. Karen manages all financial and business operations for Blue Hill. She is also the property and energy manager for Blue Hill’s 14,000 square foot office building, Forty West Evergreen.
Prior to joining Blue Hill, Karen was an Assistant Vice President in the Trust Banking and Securities Lending divisions at CoreStates Bank and later at First Union Bank. Karen has also held a position in sales and marketing with Williamson Hospitality and has managed daily operations for Getz Printing. Karen’s industrious nature and concern for customer satisfaction derives from growing up in a family in the hospitality industry, where she started helping out younger than Child Labor Laws would approve of us documenting here.
Karen graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Finance and holds an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University. In her free time, Karen spoils her one year old granddaughter and is a Committee Member volunteer at Face to Face in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood.