A note from our co-founder
Why did I start Green Demolitions and then Renovation Angel? Because I wanted to “give back” after my life was given back to me. Here’s my story – I am a recovered addict whose life was saved 27 years ago through an addiction recovery program. I was a teenage drug and alcohol abuser raised in Poughkeepsie, New York and suffered two bouts of serious suicidal depression before I got my recovery.
after my life was given back to me.
I was in the radio business for 18 years, winding up as the Senior Marketing Manager for two Clear Channel Providence, RI radio stations (WWRX-FM and B101). My recovery happened in the middle of my radio career – five years later WWRX-FM became America’s first independent “Imus in the Morning” syndicated station. My radio sales flourished and I earned enough money in the next four years to start giving back.
I left radio in 1998 to pursue fund-raising for the outreach projects that saved my life. In my first year I had meetings with foundations and philanthropists in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, San Antonio, West Palm Beach, Golden, CO, etc., etc. The results – travel expenses $20,000 – funds raised $7,500.
and earn the money rather than ask for it?
Shortly after the crash, I saw a “Demolition in Progress” sign at the former residence of Farah Pahlavi, the Last Empress of Iran, who had lived in a 10,000 square foot Rockefeller Mansion. The gates were open, so I drove up. The house was gone . . . so I had an idea . . . why not start a demolition donation program and earn the money rather than ask for it? The idea turned into a pilot project resulting in a Greenwich Time feature article in the October 2001 real estate section. 36 people responded. Over the next four years – under the radar screen – the program grew through word-of-mouth from high-end architects (Alex Kaali-Nagy), builders (Scott Hobbs) and kitchen designers (Jim Bilotta).
In 2005, I decided to start Green Demolitions with a little “seed money”. It was just myself and a part-time administrator. In nine years we have become America’ leading recycler of luxury pre-owned kitchens and showrooms displays. Our benchmarks include 1) creating $14 million of jobs, 2) distributing over $2 million for outreach projects, and 3) selling 4,500 kitchens results in diverting over 25 million pounds from landfills.
In 2012, we spread our wings to become Renovation Angel, the official donation program of Green Demolitions. Edie Falco of the Sopranos and Amani Toomer of the New York Giants were our first “Celebrity Angels.” Since 2012 we have supported dozens of non-profits and the number of programs we support continues to grow.
In 2014, Renovation Angel partnered with legendary industry leader Sub Zero and Wolf to begin an awareness campaign for luxury recycling throughout North America.
Once again, we thank all of our donors, customers, and design/build partners for helping us expand. Thanks for your support and continued help in spreading the luxury recycling message!
Keep it Green,
Steve Feldman, President and Co-Founder
Renovation Angel / Green Demolitions