About Us

Green Business Networking was formed in 2005 when a small group of business leaders began meeting informally to discuss ways to work together to advance green, sustainability and wellness ideas and businesses. The group grew quickly, and now boasts participation from over 3,500 business leaders, entrepreneurs, consultants and evangelists in the Los Angeles area. Yet despite this growth, it strives to remain a place where doers can go to meet like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere.

Green Business Networking, a Localist Member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, operates as a non-profit under the umbrella of the Earthways Foundation, and is currently lead by Greg Wendt, Robin Shank, Ferris Kawar, and Benjamin Shakin.

Greg Wendt
As a veteran financial advisor, economist and Certified Financial Planner, Greg is considered a thought leader in his field of sustainable and responsible investing. Read more.
Ferris Kawar
Armed with a degree in Marketing and experience from a previous career in advertising in San Francisco, Ferris has found his home in Los Angeles where he is an active leader in the green business movement.Read more.
Robin Shank
Operations Director
Robin Shank is an experienced operations manager with a passion for getting work done by being mindful of people and planet. Read more.
Benjamin Shakin
Founder and president of Sprout Business Consulting, a consulting and virtual incubation for startup and growth companies and non-profit organizations making a positive impact in the world. Read more.
Jeff Hayes
Jeff’s clients call him “the make-it-happen guy”, and his professional focus is on boosting the bottom line performance of socially-conscious businesses. He excels in strategic planning, execution, leadership coaching, and business development. Read more.