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coasts, something they could not easily do living in California. A native of Boston, Kevin is a huge sports fan and is excited to be living in another big sports city. Another plus to living in Kansas City is how easy it is to get around despite that it is a large city with a densely populated downtown. “We were pleasantly surprised to discover how quickly we can drive from one area in the city to another,” said Kevin. “We can drive from our home in Overland Park to work in downtown Kansas City in about 12 minutes. That’s unheard of in California.” The couple considers themselves to be big “foodies” and were pleasantly surprised to discover that Kansas City restaurants are as good as they are in San Francisco. Their favorite restaurants so

far are Le Fou Frog, a French bistro, and Rye, a restaurant that specializes in Midwestern cooking and traditions. Kevin and Rosalee are also big barbeque fans – they served barbeque at their wedding – and are excited to try out Kansas City’s world-renowned barbeque restaurants. Their advice for anyone considering a move to Kansas City? “Just come visit!” said Rosalee. “It is obvious once you get here how wonderful Kansas City is. We’ve traveled all over the world and Kansas City is different than any other city we’ve visited.” Kevin and Rosalee’s enthusiasm mirrors that of Sungevity. Upon walking into the company’s Kansas City office, you immediately feel the energy among employees and their passion for what they do.

With orange walls and large green leaf umbrellas hanging over several of the cubicles, the office space is bright, open and welcoming. HR Site Specialist Derrick Miller explained the idea for the leaf umbrellas originated from the Oakland office where they are used to prevent cold air from the air conditioner blowing on employees. The umbrellas were a huge hit, so they were incorporated in the Kansas City office simply because employees like how they complement the company’s personality. When a customer “goes solar” – or signs up for Sungevity services – employees rattle orange maracas as a way of celebrating the new sale. The sound of maracas throughout the day adds to the fun, creative buzz surrounding the office. New customers receive a gift box containing sunglasses and a T-shirt, both in the company’s signature orange, of course. Sungevity’s CEO Andrew Birch, who is affectionately called “Birchy,” is often heard wishing people a “cold beer and warm shower.” The phrase caught on among employees and is boldly written in large white letters on an orange wall, complete with a drawing of a frosty beer mug and a shower head. And, yes, the company has cold beer and showers on hand for employees who want to clean up after riding their bikes or walking to work. The company promotes healthy lifestyles and stocks its kitchen with snacks and beverages for employees to enjoy. Sungevity selected Kansas City for its new sales and service center because of the centralized location, making it easier for the company to serve its growing base of customers across several time zones. Sungevity also liked the fact that the Kansas City area has a large pool of college graduates and professional talent. Sungevity expects to have more than 200 employees in its Kansas City office by the end of 2015. The employees are a diverse group comprised primarily of young professionals from Kansas City and those, like Kevin and Rosalee, who are from other states. Many have sales backgrounds and must keep up with the ever-changing regulations and tax credits that impact the solar industry. Sungevity uses proprietary remote solar design technology to deliver a quote instantly to the customer without a home visit. Design engineers create the solar panels online so customers can readily see what the solar panels will look like on their roofs. The company currently serves customers in 12 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, The Netherlands and Germany, and has a joint venture with Australia. Sungevity has an exclusive residential solar partnership with Lowe’s in the United States, and was recognized by B Corp as one of the “Best in the World” companies for using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. n Tenth Annual 2015 | 2016

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KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...