Next Step Living CEO Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 in New England

Geoff Chapin Now Eligible for National Award

June 11, 2014 — 
Boston — 

Next Step Living® founder and CEO Geoff Chapin last night received a New England EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 award. Chapin, who founded the leading home energy solutions company, joins the distinguished roster of previous regional award winners that includes Aron Ain of Kronos, George Sakellaris of Ameresco and Sheila Lirio Marcelo of

EY recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, financial performance and a personal commitment to their businesses and communities. 

“I am incredibly gratified and surprised by this honor,” said Chapin. “On behalf of my 800 colleagues at Next Step Living, our more than 400 partners and many, many thousands of customers, I am very humbled that together we’ve been able to call attention to the importance of home energy efficiency and its impact in fighting the effects of climate change.”

Chapin, now eligible for consideration as a national EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, was among 35 regional finalists selected earlier this spring by the EY judging panel. National awards will be announced in November. In its 28th year, the EY program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. 

“This is much-deserved recognition for Geoff as one of our region’s top entrepreneurs,” said Ian Bowles, former Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and an early investor in Next Step Living through WindSail Capital. “He had the forethought and fortitude to tackle the tough challenge of residential energy consumption. Geoff and Next Step Living are making a real difference, and we are all better off for it.”

Next Step Living has served more than 85,000 households with energy-efficiency services ranging from home energy evaluations and weatherization to the latest in heating and cooling solutions. Most recently, it expanded its solar-power offerings with community solar, a new approach to renewable energy that makes solar power available to apartment dwellers, renters and homeowners whose roofs aren’t suitable for rooftop systems. 

Earlier this spring, the company was named to the TiE Silicon Valley’s prestigious TiE50 “2014 Global Hot Technology Start-Up Watch List” and ranked first as the fastest-growing private company in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal.

About Next Step Living

Next Step Living is a leading provider of energy solutions in the Northeast. With its cornerstone top-to-bottom home energy assessment to identify ways to save money and energy, Next Step Living and its expanding portfolio of energy-saving solutions make it easy to take immediate action towards living more sustainably, affordably and comfortably. Headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District, the award-winning Next Step Living team is at the forefront of a more sustainable future. Please visit for more information.  

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Jean Sexton