Fred Cortright recently joined the MAHO Board. Fred has extensive experience in education, marketing and sustainable home construction. He founded Bluefin Publishing Services in 1985. Bluefin Publishing Services created and implemented communications programs for nonprofit and for-profit organizations and was at the forefront of electronic marketing. When Fred and his wife moved to the Greater Cleveland area, he became engaged in the tight-knit community of Cleveland.
In 2004, Fred joined Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity as a Construction Manager. He was part of a team that developed and incorporated sustainability practices into new Habitat home construction, achieving Enterprise Green Communities certification and Five-Star ENERGY STAR ratings on all projects (including rehab). Fred, along with fellow MAHO Board member Thomas Meyer, implemented universal design into Habitat home construction in order to make the homes more accessible and reduce the number of future modifications.
Fred is currently engaged with developing a new company, oneloom. The mission of oneloom is to provide owners of older homes with vetted, contextualized, actionable information that will empower them to make their homes and neighborhoods more healthy, comfortable, durable and resource-efficient. Fred is developing educational materials and programming around sustainable building practices, as well as developing a website with additional resources.
Fred has a long history of volunteer engagement, including the social enterprise program at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (LMM), and Housemender University programs at Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC). He is currently actively involved with LMM, Lakewood Alive and HRRC. Fred is very excited to be working with MAHO and wants to help promote MAHO’s track record of building and managing accessible housing. Fred is very enthusiastic to bring his unique skills and experience to help develop the Anderson Center. He wants to be involved with providing best practices to homeowners on how to make their homes accessible, sustainable, and healthy and to improve the housing stock for the next generation.