(Ret.) Senior Chief Thom Shea is the chief executive officer of Adamantine Alliance, a unique leadership and demanding human performance training organization. Shea works exclusively with “one person at a time” throughout the nation, to ensure transformational performance results. He has trained hundreds of individuals to date to master the Five Pyramids of Human Performance® and led each through the intense training of Performance in the Margin®, the space where all performance occurs. Before founding Adamantine Alliance, Shea served 23 years with distinguished Valor as a Navy SEAL. During his military career he served in three wars, ultimately leading a team of Navy SEALs into Afghanistan in 2009 where he earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action Medal. He was hand-selected to serve as Officer In Charge of the famed SEAL Sniper course from 2009 – 2011. During his two year tenure, he transformed the sniper curriculum while successfully increasing both graduation numbers and shooting performance test scores. He is the author of the national best-selling book, “UNBREAKABLE: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life”. Shea is the executive partner at Primal Quest LLC, the toughest multi-sport endurance event in the United States. He also serves as director of business development for BarberWind Turbines which represents an entirely new design for wind turbines that is efficient, economical and available to produce energy worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ball State University and a Master Training Specialist certification from the Naval Special Warfare Center.
Michael Backstrom is the managing director, energy & environmental policy for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, he is responsible for leading the analysis of proposed energy and environmental regulations; developing regulatory engagement strategies; overseeing advocacy at state and federal environmental agencies; and ensuring effective case management of key energy policy proceedings. Backstrom joined SCE in 2005 as an attorney in the legal department, responsible for regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. He subsequently held positions in both regulatory and legislative affairs, developing policy positions and advocating for the company in Washington D.C. and California. In 2013, he became director, Chairman’s Office, where he served as chief of staff to Ted Craver, chairman and chief executive officer of Edison International. In 2015, Backstrom moved to the position of director, customer experience at SCE. He was responsible for customer satisfaction improvement strategies, website development, and the marketing of customer programs and services. In 2017, he assumed his current position. Prior to joining SCE, Mr. Backstrom was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Howrey, LLP, where his practice focused on commercial litigation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Pepperdine University in 1997, and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California in 2000.
Sandra Berg is a proven leader with experience serving on private, public policy, and nonprofit boards. As president & chief executive officer of the Berg Family of Companies, chairman of the board of American Coatings Association, and a member of the California Air Resources Board, Berg’s leadership has successfully combined two worlds that are often seen as oil and water – the chemical industry and air quality public policy. In 2004, Berg was appointed to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The ARB is California's lead air quality agency, responsible for protecting public health by reducing air pollution. The ARB is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in policy, innovative technology, and driving business in California to develop clean air solutions. Combining her business acumen and community involvement, Berg brings a practical perspective to the Board. In her capacity as a Board Member, she has chaired several committees overseeing a billion dollars of public incentive funding and facilitated key policy implementation groups, while always emphasizing the need to protect public health and the environment while also keeping business strong. In addition to her service with ARB and the American Coatings Association, Berg has a passion for our youth and education. She is a past board member of the Hollenbeck Police Activity League and has served eight years on the 34th Congressional District Student Art Competition board. She is a member the World Presidents’ Organization City of Angels Chapter, and C-200, a leading philanthropic organization of businesswomen.
Michael G Britt Sr. is director of maintenance and engineering for International Operations at UPS. In his 29 years at UPS, he has worked in different capacities, spending time in operations, industrial engineering, and automotive engineering. For 10 years he worked in California as the regional automotive engineering manager and has a clear understanding of the environmental concerns in that state. Britt has led efforts in alternative fuel projects and technology development for the domestic fleet and recently for the international fleet. These projects include compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, electric technology, hydrogen fuel cells, and hybrid vehicle development, including both hybrid electric and hydraulic hybrid technologies. Presently, Britt manages maintenance and engineering for all international operations and continues to manage fleet sustainability issues globally for UPS. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Technical Advisory Group to the America Trucking Association, Calstart Board chair, Clean Cites board member, and served with The United Way as a member of the board of directors in several locations. Britt holds a B.S. in automotive technology and an MBA in management.
Mike Casteel has been with UPS for 38 years. His experience spans a variety of managerial positions in operations, supply management, risk management, energy and automotive related procurement roles. Currently, Casteel is responsible for all fleet related procurement activities for UPS in the US and Canada, and has a leading role in developing the financial strategies involved in the deployment of the UPS alternative fuel fleet, including the large scale natural gas fleet projects currently underway. Casteel holds a bachelor’s degree in business and multiple certifications in negotiations, supply chain management and is a certified procurement manager.
Steven Center is the vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office and the Product Regulatory Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., where he is responsible for the company's advanced technology vehicle programs, the development of new energy-related business opportunities, green dealer recognition programs, and U.S. regulatory compliance activities. Center joined American Honda in 1993 in Automobile Sales, with an early assignment being the development of a customer marketing database. In the late 1990s, Center led the development of an eBusiness Division to develop a comprehensive strategy regarding the company's approach to the Internet and digital marketing. In 2004, he became head of Acura Sales, leading the luxury car division to all-time record sales. In 2008, he was appointed vice president of Marketing Operations, responsible for marketing of both the Honda and Acura automobile brands. In 2011 Center became the vice president of the newly established Environmental Business Development Office, adding responsibility for the Product Regulatory Office in 2015. Prior to joining American Honda, Center served in numerous sales and marketing roles with other automotive brands. Center is a New York City native. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business administration-finance from the State University of New York at Albany, and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Randy Frye was elected to serve Indiana’s House District (HD) 67 in November 2010. HD 67 includes Ohio and Switzerland counties as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties in southeastern Indiana. Rep. Frye attended Cincinnati Christian College, graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree. In December of 2010, Rep. Frye retired from the Indianapolis Fire Department after 26 years of service as a professional firefighter. That same year he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives where he serves as Chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. He also serves on the Roads and Transportation Committee and the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee. Representative Frye envisions government as a tool to help the citizens of Indiana. His vision is to see that government provides the leadership to help citizens be successful while keeping government small and taxes to a minimum.
Kathryn Garcia was appointed commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation in March 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio. She leads the world’s largest municipal sanitation department and its 9,700 uniformed and civilian employees. Under her direction, the department keeps New York City healthy, safe, and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. After her appointment as the Department’s 43rd commissioner, Commissioner Garcia set an ambitious long-term goal for New York City: contribute zero waste to landfills. To achieve this goal, the New York Department of Sanitation has developed the nation’s largest curbside organic waste collection program, collected and properly recycled more than 10 million pounds of electronic waste, and launched DonateNYC to help New York City residents and businesses give goods, find goods, and do good. A lifelong New Yorker, the commissioner launched her career as an intern at the Department of Sanitation. Before returning to the Department as commissioner, she served as chief operating officer at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where she was responsible for the operation of the City’s water supply, water and sewer system, and wastewater treatment plants. Commissioner Garcia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
David Meisel is senior director of transportation and aviation services for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In his role, Meisel leads PG&E’s Transportation Services organization and its more than 420 employees where he manages a fleet of nearly 15,000 vehicles. His responsibilities include garage operations at 68 locations, fleet acquisition and disposition, fleet engineering, aircraft and helicopter operations, DOT regulatory compliance, and the fleet information technology organization. PG&E currently operates the largest alternative fuel fleet in the utility industry and one of the largest in the country. Meisel has more than 35 years of fleet and logistics experience and has held a variety of fleet management roles, including positions with regional, divisional, and national responsibilities. In addition to being a certified diesel mechanic, Meisel holds a BS in business administration from Central Michigan University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Meisel is a member of several industry organizations including the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA), the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He routinely provides expert witness testimony to political bodies and is currently a member of several industry, governmental, and educational advisory committees at both the state and national levels. He has utilized his technical skills to provide fleet-related training to emergency response organizations in his home state of Michigan. In addition, he has utilized his knowledge of Department of Transportation regulations to train hundreds of people over the years in the proper handling and transportation of hazardous materials. At PG&E, he is an active supporter of military veterans and has worked to develop a mechanic and fleet supervisor recruitment and training program designed specifically for returning soldiers.
Peter Melin, the director of Zero-Emissions Fleet Technologies, leads King County Metro’s efforts to transition the fleet from fossil fuel to zero-emissions propulsion systems. In particular he leads evaluation of required operating and maintenance infrastructure for uniquely new fleet types, as the agency continues to identify challenges and facilitate a successful fleet transition. Previously, Melin worked at Amazon as North American facilities maintenance director, at NATO as crisis response infrastructure program director supporting infrastructure in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans, and for 24 years in the US Navy leading new construction, facilities development, infrastructure planning and design, maintenance, and repair.
G. Mustafa Mohatarem is an expert on trade issues and heads the company’s Trade Team. He interacts regularly with officials from the United States and other countries on trade- related issues. He was the lead contact for GM with the United States and other governments during Uruguay Round General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) negotiations, as well as the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement, and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Mohatarem joined General Motors in 1982 as an economist on the economics staff in Detroit. In 1985, he became senior staff assistant on the industry-government relations staff. The following year he returned to the economics staff as senior staff economist specializing in competitive-analysis issues. He was promoted to director of trade and competitive analysis in 1987, and general director of economic analysis in 1990.
Bob Myers is division chief of equipment for CalTrans. Zero-emission vehicles, such as hydrogen fuel cell cars (HFCVs), are a cornerstone of California's long-term energy strategy to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and Caltrans is doing its part by adding 20 new HFCVs to its light-duty fleet. Bob Myer’s biography will be posted soon.
Rob Neitzke has served as president of Cummins Westport Inc. since January 1, 2015. In the last five years, Neitzke’s leadership and strategic initiatives have contributed to the success of the Cummins Construction Segment, increasing its revenue, profit, and market share globally. He started with Cummins in 1994 and worked in a number of roles in High Horsepower fuel systems; industrial applications engineering; Six Sigma black belt; emerging market strategy in India, Russia and Africa; and Distribution Business Unit channel management in Europe, Middle East and Africa and CIS. Prior to joining Cummins, Neitzke was a management consultant at Deloitte and a controls engineer at Allison Gas Turbine. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from Tri-State and Purdue Universities and an MBA from Kelly School of Business.
Jonathan Randall was named senior vice president of sales for Mack Trucks North America in April 2016. In this role, he is responsible for all sales, customer order fulfillment and commercial administration functions related to the brand’s activities in the North American heavy-duty market. He also acts as a key voice in the company’s future product development and branding strategy. Randall has 23 years of commercial vehicle experience with OEM leadership positions in truck sales, product marketing, leasing and aftermarket parts and service. Randall earned his B.A. degree from Colorado State University.
Kary Schaefer is the general manager of marketing and strategy for Freightliner and Detroit Brands, as well as overall vehicle platform strategy, at Daimler Trucks North America. She joined Daimler Trucks North America in 1995 from Boeing. Previously at Daimler Trucks, she has filled the roles of design engineer, project planning engineer, engineering project planning manager, director of engineering services, and chief engineer. As a result of Schaefer’s incredible experience and knowledge base, she assumed her current role where she is responsible for market analysis, product planning, brand management, and marketing operations. She leads the organization in the creation and execution of product roadmaps from evaluation of customer needs and market trends to early business case development to new product launch and on-going product management. Schaefer earned her Associate of Arts & Engineering Science degree from Bellevue College before going on to advance her education at Washington State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Michael Silva is a project manager and civil engineer for CR&R. He has more than thirty years of senior-level solid waste management experience with responsibility for increasing revenues, efficiencies, and profits while maximizing customer service, safety, and employee morale. His expertise is in technology development and construction management. His team developed the three-cart fully automated collection system for the City of Temecula, which has since become the “gold standard.” He also helped design and construct the first solid waste processing facility in the country in 1992, and has since built several transfer stations and material recovery facilities. Currently in charge of CR&R’s anaerobic digestion projects, he is overseeing the building of the largest anaerobic digestion plant in the country, which will handle some 335,000 tons per year and generate in excess of 4 million gallons of renewable carbon-negative fuel. He earned BS degrees (cum laude) in both civil engineering and engineering management from the University of the Pacific, and earned an MS in civil engineering (construction management / geotechnical) from Stanford University.
Roy Willis is the president and chief executive officer of the Propane Education & Research Council. He has led the organization since it began operations in 1998, producing award winning public education campaigns, world-class safety and training programs, and a research and development portfolio that has helped incubate and commercialize a wide array of clean, efficient propane-powered vehicles, appliances and equipment. Willis’ career in the energy sector began in his teenage years working as a laborer in the oil and gas fields of Louisiana, Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. He was actively involved in energy policy for more than two decades, serving in staff roles in the Louisiana legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. He was senior vice president and acting president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and chairman of the National Energy Resources Organization. He is the founding chairman of the Global Technology Network within the World LP Gas Association and is a long-standing member of the WLPGA Industry Council. A U.S. Navy veteran, Willis holds degrees in communications and law.
Neil Abt joined Fleet Owner Magazine, a publication of Penton Media, as senior editor in April 2017. He has more than 20 years of reporting experience, including 15 years covering the trucking industry, and a leadership role as editorial director of transport topics. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., he began his career covering sports for The Washington Post, followed by a position in the newsroom of America Online. He is based in Portland, Oregon.
Joy Alafia is the president and chief executive officer of the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA), an organization dedicated to the advancement and safe use of propane. WPGA values propane as part of California’s clean energy economy. Under her direction, the association is investing in renewable propane as well as seeking other innovative propane engine developments. Prior to joining WPGA, Alafia was the Director of Business Products for Real Estate Business Services, a subsidiary of the California Association of REALTORS®. In that capacity, Alafia developed creative partnerships to provide highly valued products and services to REALTORS®. Her employment history includes CVI Melles Griot, Intel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI). Alafia also currently serves on the Board for the non-profit Building Diversity in Science, an organization committed to increasing the role of underrepresented groups in STEM careers.
Lisa Alexander is vice president, customer solutions and communications for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for developing new markets; driving clean technologies for commercial, industrial and residential customers; and delivering the information, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs and support state environmental and social policy objectives. Alexander’s portfolio includes renewable natural gas, near zero emissions transportation, emerging technologies and energy efficiency, conservation and low income assistance programs. Previously at the company, she held increasingly responsible management roles in the areas of commercial and industrial services, customer strategy and new products and services. Prior to joining SoCalGas, Alexander was a partner at a boutique consulting firm that advised energy companies on smart grid technologies and conservation behavior change. She has also held strategic marketing positions at E*TRADE, Ticketmaster and Omnicom companies, and as a consultant, she has advised Fortune 500 companies on growth strategies. She began her career as a management consultant with Accenture. Alexander serves as vice-chairman of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and is on the advisory board of Mobility 21 and the board of directors of TreePeople and NGVAmerica. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science cum laude from the University of California, San Diego.
Charlie Allcock is the director of business development at Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest electric utility. Allcock works with local, regional and state economic development organizations to enhance growth of existing businesses and attract new companies to the State of Oregon. Allcock also leads regional and corporate initiatives on clean technologies including electric vehicles, energy storage and smart cities. He is currently on the board of directors of Drive Oregon and the 7x24 Exchange Oregon Chapter, and serves on Edison Electric Institute’s Transportation Electrification Strategy Committee. His leadership on transportation issues dates back to 2008 at both the statewide and regional levels, and served as vice-chair of the Oregon Transportation Electrification Executive Council. In 2011, Allcock was recognized by Automotive News in the electrifying 100 listing as a global leader in transportation electrification. A native of Kobe, Japan, Allcock was past chair of the board of directors of the Japan-America Society of Oregon and is an active member of the US-Japan Council.
Joe Annotti manages GNA’s Funding 360 Program, which offers a comprehensive suite of grant tracking, writing, and management services to our clients. He provides project management, data analysis, and strategy development expertise for GNA’s broad client base. Building on his experience in the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, he also provides market analysis and strategic recommendations for the adoption of natural gas fueling technology throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, Annotti’s former leadership experience at the US Environmental Protection Agency supports clients seeking public affairs and policy guidance in the environmental arena.
Jeremy Baines is vice president of sales, North America for Neste. He has a B.S. in economics from City University, London UK and has over 15 years of commercial and leadership experience with Neste in Geneva, Switzerland, London, UK and Brussels, Belgium.Baines is passionate about renewable fuels and the opportunities they bring to lower greenhouse gas emissions. He is excited to supply low-carbon drop-in Neste MY Renewable Diesel to the Californian market with Neste’s distributor partners and customers.
Linda Bluestein is co-director of Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities since May 2008 and has worked for DOE for 16 years where she manages projects at national laboratories and with industry and works with 100 Clean Cities coalitions throughout the United States. She was the regulatory manager for the Alternative Fuel Transportation Program fleet requirements at the U.S. DOE from 2001-2008. She also has worked with the national energy laboratories to evaluate fuels on the basis of their environmental and energy security benefits. Bluestein has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois in Economics and Communications and is certified in Regulatory Management from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
John Boodhansingh, senior director of product management for Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM), is responsible for leading the product management efforts for Qualcomm Halo™ Technology. Boodhansingh, who has more than 20 years of experience in technology marketing and product management, joined Qualcomm in 2009 as a member of the wireless charging team. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he held various marketing and product management roles in multiple high technology companies. Earlier in his career he held design and manufacturing engineering positions for companies making products ranging from submarines to military vehicles to industrial vehicles.
Dan Bowerson is the director of technology and development at NGVAmerica. His roles include leading NGVAmerica programs related to industry technology, research priorities, best practices, and codes and standards development for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and fueling infrastructure. Bowerson leads the NGVAmerica Technology & Development Committee, which is focused on removing technical barriers to advance natural gas as a transportation fuel. Prior to joining NGVAmerica, he was the technical specialist for CNG Fuel Systems at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and held a variety of alternative fuel engineering positions at Roush Industries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University and a Master’s of Science in engineering management from the University of Michigan.
Steve Boyd has built and managed organizations and initiatives in the private and public sectors for more than 20 years. He has served as an assistant press secretary in the White House, a producer at the PBS NewsHour, and in a range of roles in the technology sector, national political campaigns, and federal agencies. For the last decade, he has worked with innovative energy and transportation companies and has driven public policy change to accelerate progress in these arenas. Boyd was a co-founder of the Clean Economy Network (now merged with the Advanced Energy Economy association) and is an active member of the Transportation Research Board, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Trucking Association, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. In his community work, he co-founded a scholarship and mentoring program for urban youth and serves on the advisory boards of several organizations promoting entrepreneurial ecosystems and entrepreneurship for at-risk youth. Boyd holds a biology/environmental science degree from Pennsylvania State University with minors in economics and political science and studied international business and finance at the University of Manchester (UK)
Tony Brasil has 25 years of professional experience with the State of California with 20 years at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and more than 13 years of that experience in a management capacity developing heavy duty vehicle programs. Brasil currently oversees regulatory effort s and policies to accelerate commercialization of zero emission heavy duty trucks and buses and other innovative technologies that will reduce criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Brasil also oversees implementation of several existing regulations that reduce emissions from existing in-use heavy-duty vehicles. Brasil has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and is a registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.
Matthew Brown is the Associate Director of Operations for Parking & Transportation Services at Stanford University. As the associate director Brown oversees retail, parking and transit operations. Brown has over 13 years of transportation operations and management experience. Before working at Stanford, he served as the associate director of transportation for the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), where he took on leadership roles as the chair of Penn’s Bike Planning and Transit Advisory Committees. Brown has served as the General Manager for transit systems at Princeton University and the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition, Brown has also managed paratransit operations for New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (NYMTA) and New Jersey Transit. Brown is a veteran, having served the nation honorably in the United States Air Force, and has a degree in computer information systems.
Tim Burrie is the manager of fleet and facility maintenance for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS). Burrie is part of the MTS Bus maintenance team that manages a mix fleet of 792 buses, with over 540 buses powered by compressed natural gas. During Burrie’s 36 year tenure at MTS bus he has held multiple progressive positions in the maintenance profession and has witnessed first-hand the renovation of fuels in California, specifically in clean fuels. Burrie has been heavily involved with the integration of MTS’ CNG fueled buses since 1994, when MTS received their first batch of CNG powered buses. While, Burrie is primarily responsible for MTS’ directly operated fleet, in which all but 12 of those buses are CNG, Burrie provides assistance and oversight for the entire MTS fleet including contracted divisions consisting of over 200 buses and the majority being CNG powered buses. Most recently, Burrie is involved in the procurement of up to 400 CNG fueled buses equipped with the Cummins ISLG NZ engines
Jose Castaneda, as the business development director for Cummins Westport, Castaneda is responsible for interfacing with the various stakeholders and customers, primarily in the California market, to further advance the mission of providing the cleanest energy solution for the markets transportation needs. In addition to working with the various organizations and members of the natural gas supply chain, Castaneda also has responsibility for North America sales as well as North America market communications. Prior to joining the Cummins Westport team, Castaneda served as the business development and sales director for the Cummins Rocky Mountain region where he lead an aftermarket sales force covering 10 states supporting customers in the trucking, transit, government and municipal business as well as oil & gas and mining segments. In 2013 Castaneda was based in the Cummins Global Headquarters in Columbus, Indiana as the marketing lead for the new 95 liter diesel engine designed for the power generation, rail, marine, mining, and oil & gas markets. Castaneda has also led sales and marketing for the Power Generation aftermarket parts business responsible for North America and South America. He began his Cummins career as a strategy and special projects manager reporting to the president of the Power Generation Business, a $3.5B unit based in Minneapolis. In addition to being a member of the executive leadership team, Castaneda led various strategic projects and supported the president as chief of staff. Castaneda graduated from Southern Methodist University where he majored in political science, Latin American studies, and Spanish and obtained his MBA in global management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.
Caroline Choi is senior vice president of regulatory affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for regulatory policy and affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs. Choi previously served as vice president of energy and environmental policy, responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of environmental services & strategy at progress energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, energy policy & strategy, and manager, federal public affairs. Choi has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC), the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.
Harrison Clay is currently the vice president, strategic development, Global Environmental Products at BP. He was previously the president of Clean Energy Renewables, and was responsible for leading Clean Energy’s efforts to produce and sell renewable natural gas (or biomethane) that is derived from the anaerobic decomposition of organic waste. Prior to joining Clean Energy in 2008, Mr. Clay worked at the San Francisco investment bank WR Hambrecht + Co. Mr. Clay has extensive experience in structuring and trading environmental commodities, venture capital, corporate and project finance and the clean tech and energy industries. Mr. Clay has a JD from the University of Virginia and a dual AB in anthropology and English from the University of Georgia.
Mike Cline is the board vice president of the Muncie Indiana Board of Sanitary District Commissioners. He is a professional engineer and has been designated as the Muncie City Engineer. Cline graduated from Ohio State in 1976 with a B.S. degree in civil engineering and has over 40 years of experience in water, wastewater, and stormwater engineering. He has developed particular expertise in the area of public sector financing during that timeframe. Cline has been active with Engineers without Borders, served as a mentor for faith-based programs for troubled youth, and is a referee for small college and high school rugby games in central Indiana. Cline received the 2013 Indiana Consulting Engineer of the Year Award from the ACEC. He is in his fourth year as an MSD commissioner.
Jon Coleman is director of city solutions at Ford Smart Mobility. In this position, Coleman works with Ford's fleet customers to develop sustainable solutions to their specific needs through the use of technology, fleet optimization, and understanding driver behavior. Coleman has been involved with sustainability at Ford for more than 15 years and has represented Ford at venues ranging from the United Nations to the Academy of Management to the Clinton Global Initiative. His passion for sustainability is evident in his research focusing on how large organizations engage in sustainable behavior and how that decision-making process can be embedded in the organization's day-to-day operations. Coleman’s view of sustainability goes far beyond "green" to include human rights, urban mobility, and societal well-being, embracing the ideal that true sustainability involves "doing more good, not doing less bad." He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Ohio State, his master’s degree in finance from Xavier, and his doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University.
Kirt Conrad has been the chief executive officer of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Canton, Ohio since 2009. SARTA operates 100 buses with 220 employees. Nearly 2.8 million passenger trips are transported by 30 fixed routes or demand response service throughout Stark County. Currently, 40 vehicles are powered by CNG. SARTA also operates electric hybrids, biodiesel, and dual fuel GNC/DIESIL vehicles. They are deploying 11 fuel cell buses, which will be the largest fleet in the country outside of CA. Together with Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research, SARTA lunched the Midwest Fuel Cell Center of Excellence. Conrad is on the board of Clean Fuels Ohio and Vice Chair of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition. He serves on Calstart’s fuel cell infrastructure advisory board. He also served on the Center for Transportation and the Environment/FTA Procurement Risk Reduction for Zero Emission Vehicles committee and a member of American Public Transportation Association’s Zero Emission Bus Specification committee. He received a Bachelor in political science from Kent State and a Master of public administration from the University of Akron. He completed a graduate certificate in finance from the Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble France.
Patrick Couch, project director for Gladstein Neandross & Associates (GNA), leads and collaborates on a wide range of projects and market development initiatives for GNA’s clients. He brings extensive experience in research, development, and demonstration of a broad range of advanced mobile and stationary power technologies to the firm. From leading fleets through the evaluation of alternative fuel technologies to assisting policy makers with the development of practical and successful strategies for clean transportation, Couch’s work includes a mix of technical, business, and policy expertise. Prior to joining GNA, he worked as an associate principal at TIAX LLC where he managed demonstration efforts for some of the most innovative heavy duty vehicle technologies in the U.S. He was also selected to lead the company’s technical work for some of the world’s largest fleet modernization programs for heavy duty trucks. Couch holds both a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Irvine
Luke Cruff is a vice president at EControls, a global leader in providing total engine control and emissions solutions with the fastest time to market in the industry. Cruff joined EControls in 2015 and is responsible for product road mapping, market expansion, and financial performance. He has more than 17 years of experience in engine development and application. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1999, and his previous experience includes positions at Chrysler, Ricardo Inc. and Mahle. As the largest natural gas engine control system provider in the world, EControls has put more than 300,000 trucks and bus engine controls systems on the road and more than 1.1 million systems across all markets. These proven systems are optimized to meet EURO III through EURO VI and all current and future US Emissions Regulations.
Andrew Cullen is senior vice president of fuels and facility services for Penske Truck Leasing. In this position, he has oversight of facilities, real estate, fuel, telecommunications, and environmental affairs. Previously, he was vice president of fuels and environmental affairs. His areas of responsibility included fuel and energy purchasing and management, alternative fuels, utility management, environmental compliance, waste disposal, and telecommunications for over 1,000 North American locations. Cullen also held the title of vice president of environmental and telecommunication services for Penske. Upon joining the company in 1995, he has served in a variety of capacities for Penske Truck Leasing, which includes: manager of facility compliance engineering, director of environmental services, and director of environmental and telecommunication services. Before joining Penske, Cullen was employed by a leading civil and environmental engineering consulting firm, working on the evaluation, design, and construction of water, sewer, storm water and remediation systems. A registered professional engineer in California and Massachusetts, Cullen earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from The Pennsylvania State University.
William Davis is the director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC). He has been with the NAFTC for 17 years. He oversees daily operations of the NAFTC and its member educational institutions. He has managed funding of more than $37 million and was instrumental in the establishment of a new national headquarters operation and training facility; the growth of the NAFTC headquarters from four personnel to 20; and the expansion of the national training center membership from 18 to its current size of nearly 50. Davis served with the U.S. Army for 16 years, attaining the rank of major, serving as company commander, support operations officer and U.S. Army Armor School branch chief. Prior to returning to WVU, he worked as an advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard as a curriculum development specialist and worked in sales and customer service for five years. Davis earned a BA in secondary education from West Virginia University in 1978. He has completed more than 15 hours of graduate course work in curriculum development and education theory and applications. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Staff and Service School and numerous maintenance and staff development courses with the U.S. Army. Davis has been selected to speak at numerous alternative fuels and advanced technology conferences including the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Conference, Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo, Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, and as keynote speaker at the Ford/AAA Student Automotive banquets for the states of Ohio and West Virginia. And he never passes up the opportunity to have impromptu training/awareness sessions on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
Jordan Davis is the director of Smart Cities at the Columbus Partnership. Instrumental in the City of Columbus’ winning U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities Challenge Grant, Davis serves on the leadership team spearheading the strategy and collaboration for the joint venture of Smart Columbus. During her time at the Partnership she has led the member and community affairs portfolio, curating educational leadership programs for the Region’s top business leaders. Additionally, she helped to reinvent the town-gown relationship with The Ohio State University, incepting Columbus’ student engagement strategy, a first of its kind initiative focused on retaining students post-graduation. Outside of the partnership, Jordan is three-term chair of the Create Columbus Commission; co-founder and director of the Central Ohio Leadership Academy; and member of the board for the Columbus Crew SC Foundation and Columbus School for Girls.
Christine Derenick-Lopez is the chief administrative officer for the City of Philadelphia. This office was created by the Kenney Administration, and works to modernize city government and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. The chief administrative officer oversees the enabling departments and offices, supporting their operations to evaluate, plan, and continually improve service delivery. Prior to joining the Kenney Administration, Derenick-Lopez worked as a senior human relations business partner with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. In this role, Derenick-Lopez provided strategic human relations leadership for over 2,200 Diabetes Primary Care and Endocrinology Specialty employees and leaders. Derenick-Lopez also served as chief of staff and human resources director for the Philadelphia International Airport. She served on the Airport’s Advisory Board and spearheaded several Airport-wide projects, including the launch of new air service for Qatar, Virgin America and Spirit Airlines. Derenick-Lopez has more than 20 years of progressive public sector experience in human resources and served as president of the Society of Human Resource Management’s Philadelphia Chapter. Derenick-Lopez has been recognized by the Women Transportation Seminar’s Philadelphia Chapter with the Women of the Year Award (2011) and by SmartCEO receiving their Executive Management Award (2014).
Pete Devlin as market transformation and intergovernmental coordination manager for DOE FCTO, Devlin directs activities for fostering fuel cell technology adoption by government and industry. Devlin is also responsible for managing pre-commercial technology development projects and providing the input to R & D Programs. Prior to his current work of which he has been responsible for the past nine years, Devlin was responsible for R & D in other alternative fuel technologies including advanced combustion engine and fuels for eight years at DOE. Also at DOE for seven prior years, he worked on developing advanced energy technologies. Devlin spent the first 12 years of his career in private industry engineering advanced propulsion and power generation systems from alternative fuel sources. Trained and educated as an industrial engineer, Devlin received a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1979.
Tim Echols, after building a national non-profit organization, ran for and was elected to statewide office in 2010, serving as public service commissioner. His primary job is energy regulation. When Echols took office, Georgia was 34th in solar power. Now, six years later the state is fourth in the nation in approved solar. Echols' commitment to promoting clean energy has resulted in not only millions of solar panels being installed in Georgia, but has resulted in more electric vehicles as well. The state is second in the nation in electric vehicles--only behind California. Echols created the Clean Energy Roadshow that has traveled the state every summer for the last six years. This educational event travels to cities around the state helping commuters, businesses and municipal governments evaluate alternative fuel for their transportation and residential use. Echols has tried to lead by example. He added solar hot water heating to his Athens home just before being sworn-in. He bought a natural gas car, a propane van and owns two electric cars. He also led the effort to provide the Salvation Army and two other agencies with $5 million to help low income seniors in Atlanta with heating assistance. Recognizing that ultimately his job is about helping plan Georgia's energy future, Echols has supported and approved new carbon-free nuclear energy sources for Georgia that will provide baseload power for generations. He supports recycling the nuclear waste and using the remaining energy resident in those fuel rods as the most sustainable course of action for the state and nation. Echols has represented the United States at the World Nuclear Exhibition for the last four years.
Steve Ellis is manager of fuel cell vehicle sales and marketing at American Honda. His career at Honda began over 20 years ago. He is responsible for fuel cell electric vehicle business planning and FCX Clarity deployment to retail consumers. Ellis co-developed the Alternative Fuel Vehicle department at Honda 17 years ago when Honda brought the EV PLUS Electric car and Civic GX Natural Gas Vehicle to market. He is well known for his pioneering work on vehicle-related environmental and energy projects, has done hundreds of media interviews and is often sought as an expert on alternative fuels and refueling infrastructure. Since deploying the first five FCX fuel cell cars to the City of Los Angeles in 2002, he has maintained a focus on success for hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicles. Ellis served on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Hydrogen Highway advisory team and recently was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute.
Johannes Escudero is the founder and chief executive officer of the Coalition For Renewable Natural Gas, Inc. (RNG Coalition). The RNG Coalition is an international 501(c)(6) organization providing public policy advocacy and education on behalf of the renewable natural gas industry. The RNG Coalition was formed in 2011 around a mission to advocate for the advanced application of renewable natural gas from cellulosic waste streams so that present and future generations have access to clean, domestic, renewable fuel and energy supply. Escudero has more than 15 years of organizational leadership experience, with a diverse background in non-profit management, business development, higher education, politics, governmental, legislative, and regulatory affairs. Prior to founding the RNG Coalition, Escudero served as legislative director in the California State Assembly, serving ranking members of the Transportation, Utilities and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials committees.
Elizabeth Fretheim is the senior director of sustainability for Walmart’s Logistics division where she develops and manages the sustainability strategy for both transportation and distribution centers. In 2016, she was one of Fleet Owner magazine’s dozen outstanding women in trucking and one of three finalists for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Women in Logistics award. Before joining Walmart, Fretheim lived in Calgary, Canada, where she worked in business development for technology, facility management, and power generation companies. Fretheim has a bachelor of commerce from the University of Calgary and gained an interest and appreciation for sustainability through her work in the remote northern regions of Canada with the Aboriginal people.
Linda Gaines is a transportation systems analyst at Argonne National Laboratory. She holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia. Her primary interest is problem solving, applied to efficient use of resources. Her most recent work has involved studying ways to reduce petroleum use and other impacts from transport by recycling of batteries and also by reducing vehicle idling. She is an editor of the new journal Sustainable Materials and Technologies.
Erin Galiger is product manager for ABB's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure business in North America. ABB specializes in DC fast charging solutions, providing hardware, software, and connected services to network operators, EVSE partners, site hosts and utilities. Galiger has been with ABB since 2014, having worked in Microgrids and Energy Storage prior to joining EV Infrastructure. Her primary responsibilities include driving the North American product roadmap as well as overseeing major charger deployments and optimal project implementation. Galiger is a graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in electrical engineering.
Steve Gilligan serves as vice president of product and vocational marketing for the North American Truck Operations of International Truck and Engine Corporation, the operating company of Navistar International Corporation which is one of the world’s leading truck and diesel engine manufacturers. Gilligan was originally hired in 1983 as an employee of International Harvester Corporation. He spent the next 12 years at Navistar, where he served in a variety of sales, pricing, and marketing positions, including director of medium truck marketing. From 1995 to 1996, Gilligan was an employee of AlliedSignal where he acted as the director of engine enterprise and was responsible for the air compressor business unit at Bendix Truck Brake Systems. In 1997, he left Bendix to become general marketing manager at Paccar's Kenworth division, where he was responsible for the product management, pricing, marketing communications, and sales administration. In 2005, Gilligan rejoined International Truck and Engine Corporation and served as assistant general manager for heavy trucks. He assumed responsibility for both vocational and on-highway product marketing in 2009. Gilligan holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Loras College, an MBA from the University of Washington, and a marketing management certificate from Stanford University.
Matthew Godlewski is the president of NGVAmerica, the national trade association dedicated to the development of a growing and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas. Godlewski has more than 20 years of experience developing and executing strategic plans, building effective teams and interacting with government officials to shape policy at all levels of government. Before joining NGVAmerica, Godlewski served as vice president of state affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a national trade association representing 12 automakers including BMW Group, FCA US, LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Cars North America. Prior to joining the Alliance, Godlewski served as director of state and federal policy at Pernod Ricard USA, a division of the Paris-based Pernod Ricard spirits and wine company. In that role he led successful efforts to expand consumer access to company products and coordinated state policy channels within the corporation. From 1998 to 2002, Godlewski served in the global external affairs office of Seagram/Universal Studios, where he managed complex state and federal regulatory matters related to beverage alcohol, intellectual property and freedom of speech. Godlewski is a veteran of several political campaigns, and dedicated eight years to public service through various positions in the Michigan legislature, beginning in 1988. From 1996 to 1998, he worked on various financial services, entertainment and beverage alcohol franchise issues at Michigan’s leading public affairs firm. A graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, Godlewski holds a bachelor's degree in American Public Affairs.
Dr. Gordon Abas Goodarzi is the founder and president of US Hybrid and US FuelCell Corporation and president of Magmotor Technologies. With over thirty years of EV and HEV experience, he currently directs Technology and Product Development at US Hybrid with a focus on electric and hybrid powertrain design and manufacturing for medium and heavy duty commercial and military vehicles and fuel cell engine systems and at US FuelCell for the development and production of the integrated and freeze capable Fuel Cell engines system for Medium duty and heavy duty vehicles. Formerly professor at Cal State San Francisco, project engineer at US Windpower, technical director of General Motor’s EV1 program and senior scientist at Hughes Aircraft Company. Goodarzi has directed the development of various high density and efficiency power converters for GM, Ford, Wrightbus, Singapore LTA, Mack, Air Force, GEP, Sikorsky, Scomi Monorail, Hydrogenics, Textron, Rolls Royce and UTC Power’s respective fuel cell programs and various other projects and customers. Goodarzi’ key areas of experience and expertise are Electric Powertrain including power Converters, Motors and Controllers, Energy Management Systems and Vehicle System Controls. He holds Doctoral and Master’s Degrees from University of Missouri, Columbia in Power Electronics and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Sacramento in Power Systems. He has been a registered professional engineer since 1985. Goodarzi has published noted articles, patents and has received various professional awards.
Jonathan Hart works at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) as a specialist in the Technology Integration department. Currently, Hart provides regulatory and technical subject matter expertise to the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) program administrators and to research and development projects regarding wholesale market participation of aggregated distributed resources. Over the past two years, Hart has presented at numerous conferences regarding energy storage and distributed energy resources, including ACEEE Summer Studies 2016, Energy Storage North America 2016, CA DER Summit 2016, International Renewable Energy Storage 2017, and Energy Storage Association 2017.
Zach Henkin is a program director for Drive Oregon, a non-profit public-private partnership founded to promote and support Oregon’s electric vehicle industry and to increase the adoption of alternative transportation options in the Pacific Northwest. Henkin leads Drive Oregon’s mobility programs, bringing together collaborators and stakeholders to design and lead clean transportation projects. He has an MBA from Marylhurst University and volunteers his time on the board of Solar Oregon, the Oregon City Planning Commission, and the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission.
Jerry Hirsch is a veteran business journalist who is editor and vice president of content of Trucks.com, a trucking news and analysis website. Prior to joining Trucks.com in January 2015, Hirsch was nationally known as the automotive writer for the Los Angeles Times. Before his 15-year tenure at the L.A. Times, Hirsch was the deputy business editor at the Orange County Register. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and was awarded both the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT in 2009 and the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Journalism Fellowship in 2005.
Duane Hughes is a senior-level executive with more than 20 years’ experience including direct business relationships in the automotive, advertising, and technology segments. Prior to joining Workhorse/AMP Electric Vehicles, Hughes served as chief operating officer for Cumulus Interactive Technologies Group. As COO, Hughes was responsible for managing the company’s day-to-day sales and operations. He was responsible for all operations of the business unit. Prior to Cumulus ITG, Hughes spent nearly 15 years in senior management positions with Gannett Co., Inc., including his duties as vice president of sales and operations for Gannett Media Technologies International.
Bill Kahn is a principal engineer at Peterbilt Motors and is the manager of advanced concepts. An engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, he has over 30 years of experience in the trucking and aerospace industry. His last 17 years while at Peterbilt have been dedicated to evaluating emerging technologies and developing timelines for their viability within the Peterbilt product. His Group’s work includes innovation in the areas of autonomous operation, next generation combustion engines, hybrid powertrains, advanced aerodynamics, HMI, connectivity alternative fuels, and lightweight materials. Kahn’s Group at Peterbilt has been responsible for fielding the first fleet trials for projects such as medium- and heavy-duty electrical hybrids, heavy-duty hydraulic hybrids, and CNG/LNG dual-fuel and dedicated engine platforms. Kahn is a member of the 21st Century Truck Partnership, University of North Texas Faculty Advisory Board, and the Society of Automotive Engineers among other groups
Alex Keros is a manager at General Motors (GM) working on advanced vehicle and infrastructure policy. He is responsible for a broad range of policy considerations and technical support for GM’s advanced vehicle portfolio and their associated alternative fuel infrastructure, such as Chevrolet Volt & Spark EV, Cadillac ELR, Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Trucks, and Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana CNG Vans. He has led technical reviews of various fueling technologies and engages regulatory agencies on the benefits and challenges of new vehicle commercialization. He has led the design, permitting, installation and operation of hydrogen and electric charging stations in multiple regions. Most recently, Keros has been working closely with key stakeholders, including automakers, utilities, suppliers, regulators, local officials, and advocates, to accelerate the adoption of alternative-fueled vehicles. He works with forums such as the California Fuel Cell Partnership and Drive Oregon to create sustainable market strategies. Keros began his career in environmental consulting where he managed the assessment and remediation of hazardous waste sites. He has extensive experience in environmental policy design and implementation. Keros earned a BS in natural resource management and MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Alia Khouri attended college in St Louis, Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration before moving to Atlanta, Georgia. There she worked as a project manager for the largest mixed use multifamily real estate developer in the southeast region. After several years in Atlanta, she found her way back home to San Diego in 2008. After a brief period as a realty specialist with the Federal Government overseeing minor construction projects in Federal courthouses and land ports of entry in the western states, she made a career move back to the City of San Diego. She first worked in the Financial Management Department as an analyst and eventually led the Budget Monitoring Team responsible for quarterly reporting on City’s average annual budget of over $2.7 billion. Khouri’s career then took a different path within the City of San Diego when she was temporarily assigned to assist in managing the City’s fleet operations. In 2016, the temporary assignment became permanent when she became the director of the newly formed Fleet Operations Department. Khouri is just another example of the trend towards recognizing the necessity of financial management expertise within fleet operations. Since moving to Fleet Operations, she has been the pioneer behind the Fleet Operations Transformation Project which includes a significant upgrade in leveraging technology, training, long term planning; and pushing towards becoming a data driven organization. She is looking at innovative ways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, striving to meet the sustainability goals outlined in the City’s first Climate Action Plan. She continuously seeks process improvements to enhance the City’s fleet program to meet service-level needs which support critical public safety, health, and environmental goals.
Tad Kledzik is an 11-year school transportation professional working at Pasco County Schools where he manages the transportation of 37,000 students daily. He previously served as the district’s supervisor of transportation maintenance and led Pasco through the diversifying their fleet in 2012 with the introduction of the Blue Bird Propane Vision school bus. Pasco currently operates 48 units and two propane fueling centers serving the students in eastern Pasco County. Current projects include the construction of Florida’s first CNG fast-fill station owned and operated by a public school district and the further expansion of their propane bus fleet and fueling operations. Kledzik lives in Port Richey, Florida where he enjoys boating, maintaining his 1962 M151 military jeep and participating in the preservation of our military vehicle history.
Phillip Kobernick runs the sustainable transportation program in Alameda County, focusing on “greening” the county’s internal vehicle fleet and developing a commuter program for employees to reduce drive-alone commutes. For the county’s fleet, Kobernick is currently overseeing the collaborative procurement of nearly 100 EVs for 10 public agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, the transition to all-electric vehicle and better management of EV energy use, and other pilot projects to reduce gasoline consumption.
Steve Kosowski is manager, long range strategy & planning at Kia Motors America (KMA). Kosowski responsibilities are focused on eco-car strategies and planning, and particularly pre-sale regulatory compliance, mainly for ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicles). Kosowski joined KMA in November of 2005, and brings 27 years of automotive experience to KMA. He joined Kia from Nissan North America, but also worked for Honda and Mitsubishi Motors in product planning and market research departments. Kosowski has worked on dozens of vehicle programs at Kia, and most recently defined and implemented Kia’s U.S. electric vehicle strategy and related peripheral strategies. Kosowski is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He earned his bachelor of business administration at Northwood University in Midland, MI, and a master of business administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Vic LaRosa is the chief executive officer, president, and founder of TTSI. He is an innovative and solutions-focused senior executive with the ability to employ the right people and empower them to succeed. LaRosa has a comprehensive professional background spanning the industries of transportation (freight forwarding, warehousing, trucking, LTL, airfreight, logistics, distribution, roll-on / roll-off, 3PL, international shipping), and clean tech. From 1976 to 1985 LaRosa was employed as regional vice president with WTC Airfreight. He was responsible for the management of freight operations and projects across the country. A major accomplishment was his participation in the construction of the Alaska pipeline, transferring to the West Coast from 1976 to 1985 to manage the procurement of goods and the assembly of products for dispatch to assist in the building of pumping stations. After graduating college, LaRosa participated in the intern program at REA Express on the East Coast (1972-1976). The company was the precursor of Federal Express and nationwide trucking, and the role enabled him to build a solid foundation in the freight industry
Robert Langford has been involved with the automotive business virtually all of his adult life, including the last 32 years with American Honda. He has held a variety of positions with Honda in both Sales and Parts and Service, applying all of that experience to delivering Honda’s plug in vehicles such as the Accord Plug-In Hybrid and Fit EV to market. In addition to working on the launch of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, Electric, and Plug in Hybrid vehicles, a large part of Langford’s activities involve interacting with Honda dealers, customers, and industry organizations to promote adoption of electric vehicles.
Steve Larsen is director of procurement and fuel for Ruan Transportation Management Systems, a transportation company based in Des Moines, Iowa. Rated by Transport Topics as the #6 Dedicated Contract Carrier, #41 For-Hire Carrier, and #20 Logistics company, Ruan operates a fleet of 3,700 Class 8 tractors. Mr. Larson is responsible for approximately 50 million gallons of fuel purchases per year—including supplier relationships and price negotiation as well as fuel optimization and consumption. He also leads other non-fuel procurement initiatives (representing over $100 million in spend) as well as properties functions. Mr. Larson is leading a compressed natural gas fuel initiative for Ruan, representing a strategically important development impacting transportation fuel, and he oversees sustainability projects including Ruan participation in Smartway, CDP, and National Clean Fleets.
Thomas Lawson has been engaged in politics and public policy in and around the Capitol for 10 years. Prior to becoming president of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, Lawson was the director of the Office of Legislative Affairs for California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. He served as a high-level policy advisor to the Attorney General and senior staff, successfully navigating over 60 sponsored and supported bills through the legislative process. He honed his policy skills while working in the State Capitol, for both the Assembly and the Senate. In the Assembly, while serving three Speakers (Nuñez, Bass, and Pérez), he developed and implemented public affairs strategies for members of the Democratic Caucus. Also on behalf of the Speaker’s office he would analyze, track, and counsel Caucus members on committee and floor legislation. In his spare time, he sharpened his political campaign skills on several Assembly races, where he was an integral part in campaigns’ successes. Serving as the lead staff on Public Safety, Healthcare and Agriculture, he was influential in crafting a bill package that reflected the needs of the Central Valley. Lawson has also served as the outreach officer for the California Medical Association (CMA), a professional organization representing the physicians of the state of California.
Jon Leonard is senior vice president at Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). He has more than 30 years of experience developing, demonstrating, and testing advanced-technology vehicles and alternative fuels that provide low or zero emissions. Before joining GNA, Leonard spent 15 years as the director of TIAX’s Transportation and Energy Group, where he managed many programs to reduce mobile source emissions. He also spent nearly 10 years in the Technology Advancement Office of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, serving as AQMD’s lead technical staff for RD&D projects involving battery-electric and fuel cell technologies. Leonard began his career as manager of American Suzuki Motor Corporation’s US emissions testing laboratory. He holds a master of science in environmental studies from California State University, Fullerton.
Brian Lindgren serves as manager of research and development for Kenworth Truck Company. He assumed responsibility for the R&D team and Kenworth’s two R&D facilities in May, 2011. Lindgren began his career with PACCAR in 1977 as an engineer, and has held engineering positions at Peterbilt, Kenworth, and PACCAR International. He served as market segment manager and then as director of fleet sales, positions in which he served the North American vocational truck market. In his current role, Lindgren’s team conducts aerodynamic research, and studies ways to reduce fuel consumption through advanced driver assistance systems, reduced idling, alternative fuels and power plants, hybrids, and electric power. Lindgren holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington State.
Sandra Loi is a project leader for the Clean Cities program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Loi focuses on coordination, education and outreach activities for the program, such as supporting coordinators, preparing new program initiatives, and organizing webinars and trainings for coordinators (i.e. Coordinator 101 training) and stakeholders. There is a network of approximately 100 local Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the U.S. and Loi is the main NREL point of contact for the coordinators. She also develops and strengthens partnerships with community organizations, industry partners, media, and other stakeholders. Loi leads and manages the program’s Technical Response Service (TRS), success stories featured on the MotorWeek TV program as well as the Clean Cities Mentoring program. Before joining NREL, Loi worked for the Propane Education & Research Council in Washington, D.C. as a project manager, focusing on product commercialization and marketing for on- and off-road vehicles, forklifts, and agricultural engines. Loi also conducted education and outreach for propane technology. Loi holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in international business and marketing from The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. and a Master’s of Science in management and organizations, with a specialization in global management, from the University of Colorado.
Gary Maresca is the senior director of fleet services for Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU). He has over 31 years of experience in the baking business that encompasses the management of engineering, manufacturing, and transportation operations, along with his current role for the last five years being responsible for one of the largest in-house bakery fleets in the US. The fleet is comprised of over 10,000 vehicles that include store delivery route trucks, tractors, and trailers. Maresca has established an annual life cycle replacement strategy that includes the acquisition of approximately 800 vehicles per year at a value of $40 million dollars. One of his initiatives over the past couple of years was the analysis of fueling infrastructure, engineering design specifications, available grant opportunities, and operating and maintenance costs to determine which alternative fuel model is the best fit for various vehicle classes operated across the US.
Mark Matheson serves as the chief executive officer and president of Matheson Trucking, Inc,. From 1973 through 1978, Matheson studied business administration at Menlo College. In 1974, he began working for R.B. Matheson Trucking in the Low-Bed Division as a field operations manager. Two years later, he transferred to a new Forklift Sales and Service Division in San Jose, as an assistant to the manager. In 1978, he was promoted to operations manager for R.B. Matheson Postal Services. Shortly afterward, he transferred to Denver and held the position of branch manager. In 1980, he became branch manager of the Los Angeles office. A year later, he returned to Concord as operations manager. In 1987, he was named president of R.B. Matheson Postal Services. He later became president of Matheson Fast Freight in 1993. In the year of 2001, he was named president of Matheson Mail Transportation and Matheson Flight Extenders. With hard work and dedication, he advanced to vice president of Matheson Trucking. In January 2008, Matheson was named chief executive officer and president of Matheson Trucking, a position he continues to hold.
Jim Mele is editor-in-chief for Fleet Owner Magazine, a publication of Penton Media. A nationally recognized journalist, author, and editor, Mele joined Fleet Owner in 1986 with over a dozen years’ experience covering transportation as a newspaper reporter and magazine staff writer. Fleet Owner Magazine has won over 45 national editorial awards since his appointment as editor-in-chief in 1999. He spearheaded the magazine’s move to online media in 1995, and continues to expand its digital footprint with an evolving web presence, mobile applications, webinars, online commerce, virtual events, and other new media projects. In 2009, he was responsible for the successful redesign and re-launch of American Trucker as a full-featured editorial product. Mele holds a master’s degree in creative writing from City College of New York and has authored four collections of poetry and a book on the science fiction of Isaac Asimov, as well a numerous essays, reviews, and critical studies for national magazines and anthologies.
Rick Mihelic is president of Mihelic Vehicle Consulting LLC. He has 35 years of experience in engineering and project management, including 20 years in commercial vehicle development for Peterbilt developing aerodynamic vehicles and groundbreaking systems. These include the Peterbilt/Cummins Department of Energy SuperTruck and development and implementation of aerodynamic systems for compliance with the EPA Phase I Green House Gas Standards. Mihelic is an active SAE member and participant on aerodynamic SAE task forces and committees. He is also co-organizer for the SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (COMVEC) Aerodynamics tracks annually 2013-2017. In addition, he is program manager on aerodynamics, co-authoring confidence reports on determining efficiency, tractor aerodynamics, trailer aerodynamics, and two-truck platooning at North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE). Mihelic is also an active ATA TMC member who has presented on future truck technologies. His product development experiences include full-scale drag and fuel consumption vehicle testing, scale wind tunnel testing, and computational fluid dynamics. Prior to Peterbilt, he had 12 years in advanced technology research and development programs for Lockheed with DOD, NASA, and DOE, including work on the NASA Space Shuttle Life Sciences program, the DOE SuperConducting Super Collider National Laboratory, and DOD Trident Missile Program.
George Minter is regional vice president for external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas, the nation’s largest gas utility. He is responsible for public affairs, community relations, communications, public policy, and energy and environmental affairs functions. Minter is a long-time public policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, policy development, communications, and political advocacy. Prior to his career at SoCalGas, Minter was a political consultant handling local, state, and national political campaigns, responsible for strategy development, campaign management, and television and radio production. Minter has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations. He was one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association; and of the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization. He currently serves as co-chair of the Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; is a member of the Land Use (GLUE) Council for So Cal Association of Governments (SCAG); and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the California Alternative Fuel Vehicle Coalition of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL). Minter has been the recipient of several awards and honors, and has been a regular speaker at state and national conferences on energy and environmental policy. He recently was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the US Council on Service and Civic Participation. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Marty Mitchell has 36 years of experience in maintenance, truck and equipment specification, design, purchasing, projects and construction experience. Managing both on and off highway, plant equipment and facility maintenance. Working with industry providers to develop better maintenance practices, products and solutions for the waste industry. Mitchell began his career in the waste industry working as a maintenance supervisor in 1981, progressing to a Director in 1988. Mitchell is especially proud of being a part of the early implementation in California of automated collection and MRF processing in which Mitchell had a part in design, development, construction and maintenance of one of the largest MRF’s in North America at that time in 1992.
Todd Mouw as vice president of sales and marketing, drives ROUSH CleanTech’s national business development team and marketing department. He travels the country speaking about domestic alternative fuel technologies and their impact on the economy and environment. A key member of ROUSH CleanTech’s 2010 launch, Mouw has brokered thousands of product sales with Fortune 500 fleets and government organizations to help them reduce their operating costs and carbon footprint fueling with propane autogas. Mouw, a recipient of the 2011 Green Fleet Sustainability All-Star Award, also served as the 2011-2012 president of the Green Truck Association, which is part of the National Truck Equipment Association.
Christopher Mueller serves as program coordinator at Virginia Clean Cities, where he manages regional clean fuel projects. Mueller is a member of the project team that created and manages the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Nexus website, HFCNexus.com, a business-to-business supply chain directory connecting hydrogen industry suppliers with potential buyers. He also leads the Mid-Atlantic region’s market-shifting Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership program, installing biofuels at fueling stations across Maryland and Virginia. Mueller has specialized in environmental planning and project management for local governments, consulting firms, and nonprofits alike. His passion for renewable energy and the environment led him to Virginia Clean Cities in 2015. Mueller has served on several environmental committees, including the Virginia Municipal League Environmental Quality Policy Committee. He is currently pursuing a master of public administration at James Madison University.
AJ Naddell is the business development lead for electric trucks for BYD Motors, the largest producer of electric vehicles in the world. Naddell focusses on the fast-growing portfolio of BYD’s all-electric trucks, creating strategic partnerships for new product development, and pursuing sales leads on an international scale to drive company revenues. Naddell made the natural transition from the semiconductor industry to the electric vehicle space. With a past focus on the internet of things, Naddell pushes for smart, effective, efficient, and data driven electric transportation solutions. Naddell conducted oncology and stem cell biology research at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, while earning his bachelor of science in business administration from the Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School.
Erik Neandross is the chief executive officer of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), North America's leading consulting firm specializing in the market development of alternative fuel technologies in the on-road transportation and rapidly developing off-road high horsepower sectors. Neandross oversees GNA’s day-to-day business operations, client work, and strategic growth initiatives. He works with GNA’s technical, public affairs, grant, market analysis, and events & marketing teams to deliver an array of strategic planning, financial modeling, market intelligence, marketing and expert technical assistance to the firm’s clients. For more than 20 years, GNA has been at the forefront of some of the nation's largest and most innovative alternative fuel vehicle projects, working with P&G, Owens Corning, Anheuser-Busch, Ryder, Frito-Lay/PepsiCo, Waste Management, UPS, Penske, Sysco Food Services, California Cartage Company, City of Los Angeles, NYC Transit, Nestle Waters, Aramark, and many others, including several leading projects in the off-road sector. Neandross frequently speaks at leading alternative fuel conferences around the world. He also directs GNA's production of two of the nation's leading alternative fuel conferences: the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America's largest alternative fuels and clean vehicle technologies show, and the Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit.
William “Bill” Nowicke is currently chief operating officer and president at Agility Fuel Solutions. Nowicke is originally from Detroit, MI and started his 20 + year career leading operations at Chrysler where he quickly moved through various senior leadership roles in manufacturing operations throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Canada. After almost a 12 year career at Chrysler, he joined AlixPartners, one of the premier global corporate turn-around consulting firms in the US as Vice President in the Performance Improvement Practice. During his tenure at AlixPartners Nowicke continued to focus on his passion for turning around underperforming assets and leading companies back to profitability. Nowicke was engaged by leaders of companies and PE firms in the auto, retail, consumer products, and food industry to improve bottom line results by leading improvement programs focused on operational excellence. Prior to joining Agility Fuel Solutions, Nowicke was a Vice President with Platinum Equity, a California based private equity firm. At Platinum Equity, Nowicke led M&A diligence for over 35 public and private companies ranging in size from $150M to $3B in sales and advised the investment committee on strength of assets and operational improvement opportunities. Nowicke has an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and also holds a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
David Peterson leads ChargePoint’s fleet solutions team focused on developing market-leading products and services for managers and operators of light, medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets, including buses. Peterson joined ChargePoint from Nissan where he led electric vehicle market development and charging infrastructure strategy. Prior to Nissan, Peterson was an analyst at ING Bank Shanghai working on Benelux-China joint ventures, as well as a project finance consultant to government and private clients across Asia and the Middle East for real estate and energy ventures.
Matt Piotrowski is senior report/deputy editor of The Fuse, a news and commentary platform supported by SAFE. He reports on oil markets, U.S. energy security and geopolitics and helps manage content on the site. Before working at SAFE, Piotrowski was DC bureau chief for Energy Intelligence and a market reporter for McGraw-Hill/Platts. He has a Master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in history from Salisbury University.
Cassie Powers is a senior program director at the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), where she leads NASEO’s transportation and state energy planning programs. In this role, Powers provides research, analysis, and facilitation support for state energy offices on transportation and clean energy issues, and also acts as a resource on federal transportation policy for the states. Prior to joining NASEO, Powers was an electric vehicle program coordinator with Georgetown Climate Center, where she worked with state governments to support the development of EV policies and programs. She holds a master's degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor of arts from the College of William and Mary.
Andrea Pratt is the green fleet program manager for the City of Seattle, working in the Fleet Management Division of the City since 2011. In 2014, she authored and published the City’s updated Green Fleet Action Plan and in 2015 managed a successful transition to biodiesel (B20) for over 1,000 fleet vehicles. She was a lead developer of Mayor Ed Murray’s Drive Clean Seattle initiative which calls for a 50% reduction in fleet emissions by 2025. To that end, Pratt is expanding alternative fuel use including biodiesel and renewable diesel blends, deploying green technology fleet-wide and electrifying light-duty vehicles. As part of this effort, she manages electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure expansion for the city, aiming to install over 400 charging stations at dozens of fleet locations over the next four years. Beyond infrastructure, technology deployment, and alt fuel expansion, she also spearheads green fleet policy and procurement efforts on a regional, state, and national level. Prior to working in local government, Pratt worked in the private sector as an environmental chemist and project manager for ten years and graduated with a BS in oceanography from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Ben Prochazka joined Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) in October 2012 as the director of strategic initiatives to help lead the Outside the Beltway initiatives. Prochazka has spent more than a decade working on environmental, human rights, and voter engagement efforts. His experience includes leadership roles as the legislative director for the Colorado Environmental Coalition, the Colorado State director for the New Voters Project, and numerous public interest campaign efforts as the Western States Field Organizer for U.S.PIRG. For the past two years, Prochazka has been serving in the role of vice president at FieldWorks, a national political consulting firm. While at FieldWorks, he led projects for a diverse group of corporate, non-profit, academic, and political clients. This included programs with SolarCity, the Environmental Defense Action Fund, and a recent joint pilot with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California at Berkeley – Hass School of Business to test encouragement models for federally funded low income weatherization. Before joining FieldWorks, Prochazka served as the lobbyist for the Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC) a statewide group representing more than 100 environmental, public health, and religious organizations and was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the conservation community agenda at the legislature. During his two years with CEC, the conservation community passed over 100 “pro-conservation” bills including several first-in-the-nation efforts. Prochazka also directed successful field and fundraising programs for national campaigns on behalf of The Save Darfur Coalition, The Genocide Prevention Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Dream for Darfur, and many other national organizations. He also led numerous large-scale rallies, grassroots advocacy campaigns, volunteer activities, and visibility events involving as many as 100,000 people.
Tina Quigley, as general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada knows what it means to think big. In a city of 2.1 million residents and 42 million annual visitors, Quigley is at the forefront of visionary thinking and planning for the future. She recognizes that an enhanced multi-modal and technologically advanced transportation infrastructure will help ensure that Southern Nevada can continue to attract tourists, residents and new business. She has embraced and pushed for sweeping technological advances; she has advocated for future planning; and she has built critical partnerships to well position the region for ongoing and sustained economic vibrancy.
Tim Reeser is chief executive officer and co-founder of Lightning Hybrids. Lightning Hybrids manufactures energy recover systems (ERS) for heavy duty vehicles, including fleet trucks, buses, and off-highway vehicles; reducing emissions by over 50% while providing a fast ROI through fuel savings, with a market opportunity of more than 45 million vehicles worldwide. Lightning Hybrids investors include Castrol Innoventures and Aravaipa, and customers to date include UPS, DHL, National Express and NREL. Reeser has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from CSU, and has been involved with alternative transportation technology since 1990, when he helped design the first dedicated CNG truck for GM while at Colorado State University. Prior to co-founding Lightning Hybrids, Reeser served as vice president of Colorado State University Ventures, where he spun out clean-tech companies and built the framework to support accelerated growth of spin-outs and spin-ins at CSU.
Laura Renger is the principal manager of air & climate in the regulatory affairs organization at Southern California Edison (SCE). In this position, Renger leads a team responsible for the utility’s regulatory and legislative policy concerning air quality, climate change and transportation electrification. As the regulatory lead for transportation electrification programs, Renger routinely speaks to a wide-variety of audiences, including conferences and industry events domestically and internationally. She has testified twice before California Public Utilities Commission concerning the implementation of the transportation electrification provisions of SB 350 and serves as SCE’s lead for the transportation electrification proposal that was filed at the CPUC on January 20, 2017. Prior to this position, Renger was a senior attorney in the SCE law department, primarily focusing on air quality, climate, safety, and transmission project licensing. She is the immediate past chair of the environmental section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the current treasurer of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles. Renger also serves as the secretary of CalSTART (an organization dedicated to the growth of the clean transportation industry) and as the treasurer of the California Electric Transportation Coalition (a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of economic growth, clean air, fuel diversity and energy independence through the use of electric transportation). Renger holds a B.A. from Occidental College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Seleta Reynolds is general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelinos and the region. Reynolds has over 18 years of transportation experience throughout the United States. She has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as an Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board Member, mentored young professionals through Women’s Transportation Seminar, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. Reynolds serves as the president of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.
Joel Rinebold is associated with the development of energy projects and energy planning initiatives in the Northeast. At the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), Rinebold is Director of Energy Initiatives with a focus on energy and infrastructure planning, the development of renewable and advanced energy technology, and economic development associated with energy management. Rinebold was instrumental in establishing the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition and the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster. Rinebold is also engaged in several development initiatives for energy facility siting, advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, “microgrid” infrastructure, and the establishment of renewable energy facilities using agricultural biomass and wind. Direct activities include administration of the State of Connecticut Office of Energy Efficient Businesses, State of Connecticut Hydrogen Economy Program, USDA Rural Connecticut Microgrid Project, US DOE-supported H2 USA Roadmap planning, and the US Small Business Administration-supported Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster.
William Robertson is the California Air Resources Board’s vehicle program specialist for heavy-duty programs. His experience includes diverse projects quantifying criteria and toxic emissions, fuel efficiency, evaluating alternative fuels and aftertreatment technologies, and developing vehicle laboratories for heavy-duty applications. Robertson has been with CARB for 12 years. Prior to joining CARB, he earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Yale University and studied aerosol chemistry as a post doctorate at UC Irvine.
Greg Roche is vice president of sustainable trucking for Clean Energy. He performs market development for low NOx heavy duty trucks powered by renewable natural gas. He is currently focused on opportunities in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles under the Clean Air Action Plan and in California under the State Implementation Plan. Prior to this role he was vice president of national accounts and infrastructure, managing infrastructure development, real estate, and major fleet relationships. He led the team that built America’s Natural Gas Highway, a network of truck fueling stations from coast-to-coast and border-to-border. He started his tenure with Clean Energy as director of business development for trucking and has also been involved with LNG as fuel for marine, rail, mining, commercial and industrial applications. He is a UCLA Bruin with an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an Iowa State Cyclone with a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering.
Mike Roeth has worked in the commercial vehicle industry for nearly 30 years, is the executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and leads the Trucking Efficiency Operations for the Carbon War Room. Roeth’s specialty is brokering green truck collaborative technologies into the real world at scale. He has a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the Ohio State University and a master’s in organizational leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology. Roeth served as chairman of the board for the Truck Manufacturers Association and is a board member of the Automotive Industry Action Group. He currently serves on the second National Academy of Sciences Committee on technologies and approaches for reducing the fuel consumption of medium- and heavy-Duty Vehicles and is a department of energy merit reviewer for the SuperTruck programs. He understands the customers, operations and intricacies of the commercial vehicle industry having held various positions in product development, engineering, reliability, quality, sales, materials and plant management with Navistar and Behr/Cummins.
Russ Scaramastra is vice president, strategic initiatives for Penske Truck Leasing. He has oversight of sales and operations for the utility, transit and on-site maintenance product lines. During his time at Penske spanning nearly 40 years, Scaramastra worked as a rental representative, rental manager, service manager and district manager. He also served as director of energy and telecom services. For five years Scaramastra was area vice president for the New England region, which included Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. He is a multiple recipient of the company’s President’s award. Scaramastra is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and is active with the local Boys Scouts of America Council.
Otto Schmid is the director, product management, at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (FUSO). He was promoted to his current position after serving eight years in Germany and Japan with Daimler AG in various corporate and engineering functions. Immediately before his move to FUSO in North America, Schmid held the position of NAFTA Project Lead at Customer Services for Daimler Trucks Asia, FUSO’s parent company, working on several projects that involved FUSO and its North American operations. For three years before taking on the duties at Mitsubishi Fuso, Schmid served as Lead Field Auditor at Corporate Audit for Daimler AG at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, reviewing and analyzing worldwide research and development projects. He started his career at Mercedes-Benz in the Passenger Cars division in Stuttgart, Germany and was in charge of designing diesel engine software and sensor technology. As a result of the breadth of his background, Schmid has proven expertise in powertrain engineering, project management, and vast experience in the automotive technology. Schmid studied Automobile Technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany. He finished with an Engineering degree in 2006. Since 2012, he holds the professional designation of Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Clay Siegert is responsible for leading sales, supply chain, and production at XL Hybrids. Prior to co-founding XL Hybrids, Siegert was in strategic roles at Hudson Capital Group, an energy commodity trading firm; Smart Energy, a deregulated electricity and gas supplier; and Start Space, a consumer products company. Siegert earned a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College. While at MIT, Siegert conducted his thesis on strategies for grid-scale energy storage applications. He also co-authored an MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics research study on vehicle-to-grid opportunities for corporate fleets.
Michael Simon has been at the forefront of energy and transportation technology for nearly 40 years. As president & chief executive officer of TransPower since 2010, Simon has helped organize and lead a dynamic team of innovators who are working to transform the way the world powers large vehicles and manages electrical energy in the 21st Century. TransPower is one of the first companies to develop and manufacture electric vehicle systems that can reliably power the largest class 8 on-road trucks and off-road tractors, and has also adapted these technologies to school buses. Before founding TransPower, from 2006 to 2010, Simon was director of commercial business development for the electromagnetic systems division of General Atomics. From 1995 until 2005, Simon was chairman of the board and co-chief executive officer of ISE Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced hybrid-electric and fuel cell systems for large transit buses. From 1982 to 1993, Simon was an engineer and project manager at General Dynamics (GD) space systems division, and before this he worked for two years as a research fellow for NASA headquarters in Washington, DC. He received his M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems (now the department of management science and engineering) from Stanford University in 1981.
Lauren Skiver has served the transit industry for almost 20 years. Starting as a maintenance clerk at HART in Tampa, Florida, she has progressed her career by serving as director of paratransit services at HART, deputy chief operating officer at MTA Maryland, and chief executive officer at Delaware Transit Corporation. She made the move to her home state of California in November 2013 and remains excited to lead the delivery of transit services to the Coachella Valley and continue the efforts of SunLine’s Zero Emission Bus program as chief executive officer for SunLine Transit Agency. SunLine has long been a pioneer of hydrogen fuel cell and zero emission technology and remains a leader in innovative approaches to clean transit service delivery. Skiver served in the US Army specializing in military intelligence as an imagery analyst and served during operations desert shield and desert storm.
Todd Sloan, senior vice president, innovation and global business development, is a heavy truck and bus natural gas and hydrogen system industry innovator credited with developing the first CNG refuse truck systems in North America. One of the founders of Agility Fuel Solutions, Sloan has 20+ years of industry experience and holds multiple patents.
Tim Smith is the general manager of Business Strategy and Planning for Navistar International Corporation, a major manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses and defense vehicle. He joined the firm in July of 2007. With 34 years of industry experience, Smith recently took on the corporate planning role leading the portfolio development of products and services for the company. In this capacity he is responsible for combining customer requirements and segment trends with the resources necessary to execute worldwide integrated cycle plans. He also manages the company’s PMO and alliance product planning activities. Prior to this assignment he served as chief of staff and executive Advisor to the chief executive officer driving cross-functional teams in efficiency and growth initiatives. Before joining Navistar, Smith worked at Freightliner/Daimler Trucks delivering engineering, planning, and efficiency improvements programs while engaging global cross-functional teams driving scale, quality improvements and complexity reduction programs across its business units worldwide. He also has held a variety of engineering and management roles at Dana Corporation. Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo.
Arcady Sosinov is a co-founder of FreeWire Technologies and serves as the chief executive officer. He has led the company from ideation, formation, incubation, and now customer acquisition and revenue growth. Prior to FreeWire, he spent seven years in the finance industry, most recently the investment firm, GMO. He focused heavily on emerging markets, creating a best-of-breed financial database analytics suite that is now used throughout the firm to trade over $130B worth of assets. Arcady holds two bachelor’s degrees from Boston University, as well as an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Hass School of Business.
Sam Spofforth has served as executive director of Columbus-based Clean Fuels Ohio since the organization’s founding in 2002. Under Spofforth’s leadership, Clean Fuels Ohio has become Ohio’s go-to resource for cleaner fuels, vehicles, and energy-saving transportation technologies, as well as a national leader and model among the 87 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions based on its capacity, strength and innovative approaches to petroleum reduction and transportation sustainability. Spofforth was named the U.S. Department of Energy’s national Clean Cities coordinator of the year in 2007 and Midwest Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2004. He was an original inductee to the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011. Spofforth serves as president of transportation energy partners, a national non-profit that serves as an umbrella organization for many of the nation’s non-profit based Clean Cities coalitions and presents the annual Energy Independence Days in Washington, DC. Spofforth earned a master’s in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Dean Stapleton is senior manager, alternative fuels, for Penske Truck Leasing. Based at the company’s headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania, he heads the corporation’s alternative fuels program, which provides natural gas, propane, hybrid and electric-powered vehicles for Penske’s rental, lease, and logistics customers. Stapleton leads its development and management, alternative fuel equipment implementations, government grant management, analytics and reporting. Upon joining the company in 2005, he served in a variety of capacities for Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics which included: six sigma black belt, logistics project manager, driver sourcing leader and manager of organizational development. Before becoming a Penske associate, Stapleton was a career United States Naval engineering officer, serving for 26 years before retiring with the rank of Lt. Commander. During his time with the Navy, he served tours in nuclear submarines and diesel and steam powered surface ships. In addition, Stapleton was a naval special warfare engineering officer, director of the naval firefighting school and a chief auxiliary’s inspector. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, technology management from Saint Leo University in Florida
Francie Stefan is the mobility division manager for the City of Santa Monica. She leads the city’s integrated mobility strategy that integrates roadway design, operations and transportation demand management. Stefan spearheaded access improvements for the expo light rail line stations and launch of the successful Breeze Bike Share program, and the roadway reconstruction to create the Colorado Esplanade - an iconic redesign that connects the Expo Station and Santa Monica Pier. She led the creation of major mobility policy changes through the city’s first Pedestrian Action Plan and Vision Zero target, as well as a forward-looking downtown community plan and Bike Action Plan. Her team championed a citywide reboot of the decades-old TDM program, with increased citywide targets and new strategies for residential projects, along with a GoSaMo mobility campaign and creation of the GoSaMo Transportation Management Organization. Her work has focused on visioning and implementing compact walkable public spaces supported by transit and housing to reduce emissions while increasing access and quality of life. Previously she initiated West Hollywood’s Green Building Program and General Plan update. She has a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA, and a B.S. in geography.
Joe Stergios has 27 years of professional experience in the fleet industry, with experience in the realms of rental, leasing, and vehicle OEM. He has experience in sales, management, and administration. In 2015 Stergios accepted a position at Enterprise Holding’s Corporate Headquarters with a wide range of responsibilities including: Field sales and industry training, national associations, sustainability, product development, marketing, and special initiatives.
Andy Swanton is the vice president of sales for BYD, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles. BYD is a vertically integrated original equipment manufacturer and makes all of the critical components for their electric vehicles, including the batteries, high voltage control components, and motors. Swanton is BYD’s vice president of sales for their electric truck business in North America, including delivery, freight, and refuse trucks. BYD currently has trucks in operation or is in the process of building trucks for UPS, Goodwill Industries, the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, and Oakland, BNSF Railway, Los Angeles Sanitation, and many other customers. Swanton also manages strategic all-electric transit bus customers such as Los Angeles Metro. He is responsible for sales, marketing, project management, engineering, and manufacturing for all projects that he manages. Swanton has engineering degrees from Tufts and MIT, and an MBA from Harvard.
Darryl Syler has been involved with the fleet industry (military and public) for over 30 years. He serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Clean Fuels Ohio and currently chairs the Policy Committee helping to lead the charge in policy development for alternative fuels in Ohio. He also serves on the City of Dublin’s sustainability committee and a member of the APWA Fleet Services Committee. Syler was recently elected to the Board of Governors for the Green Truck Association and is currently working with a group within Dublin to foster the use of Hydrogen fuel and build a Hydrogen fueling station. Another ongoing project is the use of Smart transportation that is moving quite rapidly in the area. Syler has led the City of Dublin Fleet team to numerous awards since arriving in 2011. Dublin Fleet is a 3-Star Ohio Green Fleet as well as a Master Certified Fleet Operation and Certified Clean Fleet through Government Fleet and Fleet Counselor Services. Dublin has been ranked both in the Top 100 Best Fleets and Top 50 Leading Fleets in America. His involvement in his local NAFA Tri-State chapter has led him to be elected as Chapter Chair for 2017. Syler has overseen the expansion of the City of Dublin’s fleet, including the development of its CNG station which sells to the general public through IGS Energy and fuels the City’s own 63 CNG vehicles. In 2016 the City switched to a Bio-Diesel blend and pumped 334,893 gallons of Diesel fuel which is used by the City of Dublin’s Fleet, City of Dublin Public Schools, and The Washington Township Fire Department.
Michael Taylor is the director of autogas business development at the Propane Education & Research Council. He is the chief architect of the over-the-road market portfolio and is responsible for maximizing propane autogas gallon sales in the on-highway light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle markets. He works with the CBDO on establishing business plans, including strategies and tactics. Taylor focuses on new product research and development, product launches, maintenance and growth in existing market segments, and potential new market development opportunities.
Sean Turner, chief operating officer and partner at Gladstein Neandross & Associates (GNA), provides technical oversight on alternative fuel initiatives, air quality improvement, and vehicular technology for several of GNA’s largest clients. He has worked in international engineering consulting and government affairs on automotive emissions, alternative fuels, and air quality issues for over 20 years. Turner previously served as president of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition. His work established a new regulatory and legislative presence in California through an intensive lobbying campaign, an acclaimed industry newsletter, a website, a natural gas fuel station directory, and a web-based fuel station mapping system. Turner spent two years working in Cairo, Egypt, as a CNG specialist on the Cairo Air Improvement Project designing CNG fuel systems and national safety standards for natural gas transit buses and fueling stations in Egypt. From 1995 until 1998, Mr. Turner was director of technology for Natural Gas Vehicles for America, where he managed technology-related issues, as well as the development of national safety standards for NGVs and fueling infrastructure. Turner earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles.
Eileen Tutt, prior to becoming the executive director of the California Electric Transportation Coalition, Tutt worked in California State government for over 15 years. Most recently, Tutt served as Deputy Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Prior to her time at Cal/EPA, Tutt worked for the California Air Resources Board, an agency within Cal/EPA. In her 10 years at the Air Resources Board, Tutt helped develop regulations and programs that have placed the State of California at the forefront of environmental protection. Throughout her career, Tutt has worked closely with members of the legislature and their staff to represent the position of the administration and present the technical findings and stakeholder positions responsibly. She has a long history of working collaboratively with the governor’s office, members and staff of the legislature, representatives from various state agencies and members of the business and environmental community to find solutions to tough policy challenges. Recognition of Tutt’s service has come in the form of letters from Governor Schwarzenegger, a senate resolution, plaques from the various organizations on whose boards she has served, and achievement awards from the Air Resources Board. A long-time supporter of electric transportation, Tutt has logged over 250,000 all electric miles. Active in civic duties, Tutt serves as a trustee for the Climate Action Reserve, on the External Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Transportation Center at UC Davis, and as a board member for the Yolo County SPCA.
Joanna Wadsworth serves as a program manager at the City of Las Vegas, having nearly two decades’ experience practicing civil and transportation engineering. She has worked in both the private and public sectors on a variety of projects including intelligent transportation systems and transportation planning and design. Her focus at the City includes pedestrian safety, traffic calming, complete street projects, and Smart City technology planning and design. Most recently, she was a team member to develop the City’s Smart City Proposal for the USDOT’s Smart City Challenge. She is currently working with the City team to develop and implement the Smart City projects identified within their Smart City Challenge Proposal including planning for connected and autonomous vehicles. Earlier this year, she was involved in the launch of the first completely autonomous and fully electric shuttle to be deployed on a public roadway. A native of Las Vegas, Wadsworth earned her Bachelor and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a certified Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Nevada. She is a member of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Women in Transportation (WTS), and American Public Works Association (APWA).
Kellie Walsh has been the executive director for the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition since 2002. In that time, she has assisted coalition stakeholders in securing over $25 million in federal and state funds to implement alternative fuel projects in both the public and private sectors. The coalition was instrumental in the development and passage of the State Natural Gas Class 8 vehicle tax credit, working closely with State Representative Randy Frye, to create the language and ensure its unanimous passage in both the house and the senate in the 2013 legislative session. Most recently, she was instrumental in the development of Indiana’s Office of Energy Development Propane School Bus Grant Program and Indianapolis Public Schools order of 100 International Propane School Buses. Walsh received an outstanding propane supporter award from the Propane Education and Research Council in April 2014. She has also been recognized by Senator Richard G. Lugar and Indiana's Lt. Governor Becky Skillman for her work in alternative fuels, especially biofuels. She is a 2007 Clean Cities Peer Award Recipient and was named the US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2006 and Mentor of the Year in 2009. Annually, the Greater Indiana Clean Cities members displace over 14 million gallons of foreign oil.
Byron Washom has served as director of strategic energy initiatives at the University of California San Diego since 2008. Previously he served as the chief executive officer of a technical due diligence firm in CleanTech while concurrently serving as senior international advisor to The World bank and being a four-time Rockefeller Foundation Grantee in renewable energy development. In 1984, Washom received an R&D100 for one of the 100 most outstanding innovations in the world based upon his entrepreneurial leadership that set eight technical world records for the conversion efficiency of sunlight- to-grid connection that remained unsurpassed for 24 years. Fast Company magazine named him to their June 2010 cover story “100 Most Innovative Persons in Business”. In 2013, he was retained to help design the microgrid for the Hawaiian Island of Lana`i which is 98% owned by Larry Ellison. Washom’s responsibilities at UCSD are to bring quantum innovations in zero and low carbon technologies to its 47 MW microgrid that self-generates 85% of its annual electrical load at a GHG emissions rate approximately 25% below that of the CA energy mix and a cost approximately half that of being direct access electricity customer. UCSD has recently deployed 3 MW of PV, 2.5 MW/5 MWH of energy storage, 2.8 MW of a directed biogas fuel cell with the world’s first fuel cell-absorption chiller, 2.5 million gallons of thermal energy storage, and 70 Level II and 7 DC Fast EV charging stations. UCSD’s microgrid is the world’s largest, most diversified portfolio of distributed energy resources.
Michelle Wiseman is the director of waste diversion & outreach for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Wiseman’s emphasis is educating and engaging communities regarding waste reduction and easing contamination in residential & commercial recycling within the city. Wiseman has been in the recycling industry for almost 10 years. She is on the board of the Georgia Recycling Coalition, Atlanta Recycles and is on the advisory board for EarthShare of Georgia.
William (Bill) Zobel is vice president of market development and strategy for Trillium CNG. Trillium designs, builds and operates a network of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations across the US. Zobel has almost 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities. Prior to Trillium, Zobel managed the Sempra natural gas and electric vehicle clean transportation program, and managed environmental and climate change policy for Sempra Energy. Zobel served as director of strategy and business analysis for BP North America where he helped develop BP’s national presence following the merger of BP and ARCO. In 15 years with ARCO, Zobel successfully served in a variety of management positions where he was instrumental in developing and promoting landmark regulatory programs including RECLAIM, the nation’s first multi-pollutant emissions trading program. Zobel serves on the board of Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVA), and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC), which he chaired from 2007 to 2009. Zobel holds a BS in chemical engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and is a graduate of Columbia University’s executive business program.