Team Bios

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  • Nicole Tai

    President

    Nicole Tai, our President, is a third generation general contractor with a lifelong passion for reuse. Nicole’s environmental career ranges from green building to home composting and deconstruction over the past 24 years. Nicole has managed over 50 deconstruction and reuse logistics projects around the Bay Area and New York, totaling more than 1.2 million square feet of commercial, institutional and residential property. Nicole was Assistant Director of NY WasteMatch, an industrial materials exchange, and founded and managed a non-profit building materials reuse center, which was the precursor to Build It Green NYC. She is an organizer and advocate within the Reuse Industry. At GreenLynx, Nicole works to increase the market for reusable materials, improve deconstruction methodology and management, on client development, and performs green point rating and sustainability consulting. She is a Green Point Rater for New Homes, and a Building Analyst (BPI). Nicole has a BS in Conservation Resource Studies from UC Berkeley, an MS in Community Development from UC Davis.

  • Barbara Egger

    Chairman of the Board

    Barbara Egger, Chair of the Board, started running Nielsen/Aire Corp. in 1995 and grew it into a substantial commercial tenant improvement contractor.  Barbara’s career spans a broad spectrum from business administration and finance to social service. Together with her daughter, Nicole Tai [hyperlink], Barbara saw the potential to move a third generation general contractor towards sustainable environmental practices through deconstruction and reuse. She manages our finances, contracts, and corporate responsibilities. Barbara has a BS in Psychology from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from JFK University.

  • Brandon Bugge

    Managing Director of Deconstruction

    Brandon Bugge, our Director of Deconstruction, got his start in the timber industry where he managed crews and learned how to operate heavy equipment in one of the country’s most dangerous industries. Brandon has extensive experience in job site deconstruction operations, coordination, and materials-handling logistics. His respect for trees, and the enormous amount of energy that goes into planting, growing, cutting, hauling, and milling them, sparked his desire to use our natural resources as efficiently as possible. Brandon was a road builder, a demolition manager, and later founder of a company in Montana reclaiming, recycling and selling materials from construction sites. He is EPA Lead-Safe Certified and WasteCap Certified.