lyleLyle Estill is the President of the Board of Trustees and founder of Piedmont Biofuels. He is the publisher of Energy Blog. Lyle is also the author of Biodiesel Power; the passion, people, and politics of the next renewable fuel. And he has written a bunch of columns and essays and such that you can check out here. His latest book is Small is Possible; Life in a Local Economy.

Here is his actual resume.

Lyle is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Biofuels Coop, a member of Chatham County’s Green Building Task Force, and an owner and invester in Chatham Marketplace, where he likes to go for lunch.

If you need a speaker, or a writer, Lyle is a good choice. Except he is no longer free. He runs on a sliding scale fee schedule which ranges from 500.00 plus expenses for non-profits and community groups, to 2500.00 plus expenses for those who are intent on becoming the next Rockefellers of fuel.

Before assuming he would be a great speaker for your group, delve into some of his speeches, which are published here. He sort of falls into the “Be Careful What You Wish For” category of speaker.

Lyle Estill was an early adopter of the original PLENTY. He began by accepting them at par at his metal working studio, and took the PLENTY with him when he moved to BLAST Internet Services. There he accepted them for both access and custom programming, and he used the PLENTY to pay employees. From there he took the PLENTY into Piedmont Biofuels, which still accepts PLENTYs for fuel purchases, and which offers PLENTYs as pay to employees. Along the way he worked on gaining PLENTY acceptance at the General Store Cafe, at French Connections, and at Chatham Marketplace.

His chronicle of the PLENTY in Small is Possible, Life in a Local Economy caught the attention of BJ Lawson, and of Capital Bank, which helped revitalize the PLENTY as a project.

Jaime Chandra

Jaime Chandra Kozlowski is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees and developed website with the help of her partner, Ian Thomas.  She is a computer geek and has been developing web sites since 1994. She was the business manager, graphic designer, PR and technical guru for a group of musicians starting an indie record label. After falling in love with yoga, she decided to attend yoga teacher training in pursuit of a more embodied career. That lead her to attending massage school in Siler City and opening a private massage and yoga therapy practice in Downtown Pittsboro. She spends her free time outside, playing with fire, or in the kitchen culturing vegetables, dabbling in wheat-free and sugar-free baking, and cooking locally grown fare.

Soon after arriving to the Piedmont area in 2006, Jaime received her first introduction to the PLENTY. After teaching a donation-based yoga class in Carrboro, one of the students asked “do you take PLENTYs?” Never having heard of such a thing, she gave the obvious answer of “sure” and then gazed her eyes on a work of art that was also a currency. Like many, she took this PLENTY home to save like a rare coin.

Quite some time later, she found herself surrounded by PLENTYs. She started working with the Abundance Foundation, her partner was elected to the Board of Directors for Piedmont Biofuels coop, and her clients were using them as forms of payment. Since she does most of her shopping at Chatham Marketplace, this was a really sweet deal. When she heard the PLENTY was being revived on a large scale, she jumped at the chance to help the process.

camille-armantrout-may-08Camille Armantrout, the PLENTY’s Secretary/Treasurer, was born in the United States and has lived all over the world with her husband, soul mate and co-conspirator, Bob. In a lot of ways, they feel more at home in third world countries than they do in the over-developed country of their birth. This is partly because of the solid sense of community in the third world and partly because the people in those countries are forced to live within the constraints of their local economies.

The Armantrouts moved to Chatham County in November of 2007 with the intention of joining the local food movement in this area. Camille works part time for Piedmont Biofuels and the Abundance Foundation. She believes that sustainability can be achieved by the community she’s thrown in with and is actively working to help make it happen.

Moya Hallenstein – a.k.a Piedmont Biofuels “Grease Goddess” collects used cooking oil to be turned into biodiesel.

Phil Lyons  – can be found at  Chatham Marketplace where he happily receives and gives PLENTYs in exchange for local and organic products.


Jennifer Benefield is the Chief Administration Officer for Capital Bank. Capital Bank, headquartered in downtown Raleigh has 32 branch locations with 400 employees. In her current role, Jennifer leads retail banking support services, oversees facilities, security, and fraud prevention. Jennifer has had a very successful career in banking dating back to 1990. Prior to joining Capital Bank, Jennifer worked for SouthTrust Bank. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University. Jennifer and her husband, Scott, live in Raleigh.

5 Responses to “The PLENTY Currency Cooperative Board of Trustees”

  1. Pearlis Ballentine says:

    This is my first introduction to Plenty and I find it stimulating. I am studying the website. Where is BJ speaking on April 15th at noon? I am thinking about the End the Fed rallies and in Winston Salem in particular. If BJ is not available, is there anyone else who would educate the crowd on Plenty?

    Thank you for a reply.

  2. BJ Lawson says:

    Pearlis – I am going to be speaking in Raleigh on 4/15, but feel free to contact me directly via email. I may know someone in Winston Salem who can help.


  3. David Brock says:

    Dear Camille,I got your letter today.I am mainly interested in getting un-mounted bills at face value-is this OK?I may get more than one of each if my friend wants them.Also,I was interested in the 27c stmp(from used-can I purchase some un-used-cost?

  4. Sandra Earles says:

    I have read Estill’s book and have studied the Phoenix Bux. I am left with one burning question. Because of the li8mited output of theses currncies paired with aesthetic properties of these currencies, wouldn’t it be valuable to collectors of currencies and art outside Pittsboro? Has this beenan issue in keeping the currency inside the community?

  5. Camille says:

    Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for your insightful question. The only currency we ship to collectors are framed, uncirculated proofs. http://theabundancefoundation......roofs.html If a collector is willing to drive to our local bank and exchange Federal Reserve notes for PLENTYs, they are welcome to do this. In this way we both satisfy the collectors and keep our currency local.

    Sorry for the lagged response – will reset my comment settings to notify me by email when I get a new comment. :)

    Camille Armantrout
    The Abundance Foundation