The company was founded in my Pasadena, California garage in 2012. I came up with the name “verdical” from “verd,” the Latin root for “green,” and played on the word “vertical,” to describe the positive impact we make on our projects. I had a vision for the team of experts I’d build, but it still felt like I was going out on a limb naming the company a “Group” when it was literally just me on my laptop. My wife Elizabeth and I had a one-year-old baby girl at home, and I couldn’t afford office space right off the bat, so I was relegated to the garage, with no heating or cooling. This was the first Verdical Group world headquarters.