Be at the forefront of  the mega trends driving the future of the industry—connected technologies, efficiency, electrification, alternative fuels, sustainability, and more.

 

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9:00am - 12:00pm

Workshops & Forums

Battery Technology Workshop

104A

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement

With the ever-increasing proliferation of electric vehicles, increases in battery production, capacity, and performance has surged. This rapid shift has led to a plethora of questions about source materials, recycling, and second-life capabilities. This workshop will provide an overview of some of the basic battery chemistries being used by OEMs today. In addition to performance, weight, and affordability, learn more about important beginning and end-of-life issues. Other key topics will include expected advancements in battery technologies, national and global market trends. It will also explore the feasibility and effectiveness of second life applications and the regulatory frameworks that could be applied to ensure best use.

9:00am - 9:10am: Overview on Battery Technologies

  • Patrick Couch, Vice President, Technical Services , Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
    Battery Technology 101

9:10am - 10:30am: Panel 1: The State of Battery Technology Advancements Across all Weight Classes

Battery technology is rapidly evolving to meet the current and anticipated requirements of an increasingly diverse mix of electric vehicles at various weight classifications. As the technology evolves and as more fleets deploy electric vehicles, important real-world data has been gathered on battery usage and performance that is helping to shape future product development. This panel will explore the following:
• The impacts of battery design on performance
• The evolution of product offerings across weight classes
• The distinction and advantages of different materials in batteries
• Real world fleet experiences and data on battery usage

MODERATOR: Patrick Couch, Vice President, Technical Services , Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Alan Mace, Heavy Duty Market Manager, Ballard Power Systems
    The Role of Fuel Cells in an Electrified Future
  • Heesoo Lee, General Manager, Energy Systems, Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing

    Extending the Range for Transit
  • Michael Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Transpower
    The Continuing Evolution of Battery Technology
  • Porter Harris, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Romeo Power
    Manufacturing Energy Dense Lithium Ion EV Dedicated Batteries

10:30am - 12:00pm: Panel 2: Re-approaching End of Useful Life for EV Batteries

With the growing demand for electric vehicles, finding responsible and financially rewarding ways to recycle or reuse the vehicle batteries will be essential to reducing our environmental footprint. This panel will explore the following:
• How can fleets take ownership of second life and redeploy battery assets for their own energy needs?
• What role can vehicle manufacturers play in battery recycling or second life applications?
• What kind of a policy framework is needed to responsibly address this issue?

MODERATOR: Patrick Couch, Vice President, Technical Services , Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • George Miller, Senior Sales Manager - National Fleets, Electric Trucks, BYD Motors
    The Role of Battery Recycling in an Electrified Future
  • Blake Fonnesbeck, Transit and Public Works Director, Park City Municipal Corporation
    Energy Storage for Transit Through Second-Life Battery Operations: A Case Study
  • David Almeida, Program Manager Electric Vehicles, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
    Electric Vehicles as an Effective Grid Resource
  • Ethan Elkind, Director, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UC Berkeley / UCLA Schools of Law
    Establishing a Policy Framework for Responsible Disposal or Reuse of EV Batteries
Details

9:00am - 5:00pm

Workshops & Forums

Partner Events

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Connected Fleet
  • Trucking Efficiency

10:00am - 12:00pm

Workshops & Forums

NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter Executive Strategy Session (Invite Only)

Presented by

Tracks

  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet

NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter Meeting

Invite Only. Contact JoAnne Golden-Stewart for more information.
310.573.8551 | joanne.golden@gladstein.org | https://www.nafa.org/

Details

10:00am - 5:00pm

Workshops & Forums

NGV Global Technical Forum and General Assembly

201A

Presented by

Tracks

  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Goods Movement

10:00am - 2:00pm: Guaranteeing Safety in CNG Vehicles: Inspections, Improvements and Innovations: An NGV Global Technical Forum

Safety has always been a principle concern of the NGV industry. Standards, regulations and ‘best practices’ have evolved to ensure safety across the full NGV supply chain. With an expanding global population that now exceeds 25 million vehicles, it is the right moment to re-examine the process of regular, routine inspections of CNG cylinders and fuel systems in the light of new technologies that are leading the industry into the future. As such, there is a growing need to improve, harmonize and implement the periodic inspection of high pressure cylinders and the complete vehicle fuel system. The Industry recognizes that periodic inspections affect the user satisfaction and perception of NGVs.

This workshop will explore the range of regulatory and practical issues associated with the inspection process to further improve NGV safety while also enhancing user convenience.

2:30pm - 4:30pm: NGV Global Board Meeting**

**By invitation only

4:30pm - 5:00pm: NGV Global Members General Assembly **

**By invitation only

Details

12:30pm - 4:30pm

Workshops & Forums

BSR’s Future of Fuels’ Buyer Supplier Roundtable

204

Presented by

BSR

Tracks

  • Goods Movement

Commercial freight transportation is at the cusp of a transition. Sustainable fuels and related technologies are increasingly critical to business success. But which sustainable fuels can be delivered by suppliers today and how will they be scaled over the next few years? The Future of Fuels team will lead an action-oriented discussion on the current availability of low-carbon fuels for commercial freight, and barriers to speeding adoption of sustainable fuels and technologies within the next 3 to 5 years. Opportunities will also be provided for networking and one on one engagement between buyers and suppliers to address specific challenges.

**The goal for this workshop is to facilitate an open dialogue between buyers and suppliers. Advanced registration is required. To ensure the most productive session possible, the final attendee list will be reviewed and confirmed by the BSR – Future of Fuels team.

Details

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Workshops & Forums

NGVAmerica Executive Committee Meeting (Invite Only)

Presented by

NGVAmerica - Natural Gas Vehicles for America

Tracks

  • Gaseous Fuels

Board meeting from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

* Invite only. Contact Dan Gage for more information:
202-824-7397 / dgage@ngvamerica.org / www.ngvamerica.org

Details

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Technical Tours

Tours

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshops & Forums

CHBC Hydrogen and Fuel Cell On-Road Freight Workshop

102C

Presented by

California Hydrogren Business Council

Tracks

  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Goods Movement

The California Hydrogen Business Council is hosting a half-day workshop in conjunction with the ACT Expo in Long Beach on April 30th as a follow up to the workshop by the same name held a year prior. The purpose of the workshop is to continue to build awareness and hear from a diverse group of panelists on the ability of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to enable commercial customers to meet sustainability and regulatory compliance objectives, address the technical and non-technical challenges with transitioning hydrogen and fuel cells into fleets, and understand the key drivers of substantive economic and operational benefits. At the workshop, fleet operators and medium/heavy duty OEMs will present, followed by discussion and presentations from hydrogen technology providers on the status of freight demonstrations, future visions, and the current funding options available for heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell projects from the California Air Resources Board.

1:00pm - 1:05pm: Welcome and Overview

  • Emanuel Wagner, Assistant Director, California Hydrogen Business Council

1:05pm - 1:30pm: Dual Keynote – Impacts and Implications of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Freight

MODERATOR: Cory Shumaker, Development Specialist, California Hydrogen Business Council

  • Dr. Michael Mac Kinnon*, Senior Scientist, National Fuel Cell Research Center at University of California, Irvine
    Assessment of the Air Quality and Health Impacts in the South Coast Air Basin
  • John Mikulin, Environmental Protection Specialist and Public Fleet & Trucking Sector Lead, Technology & Partnerships Office - Air Division, U.S EPA
    Mapping Out and Forecasting the West Coast HD Hydrogen Infrastructure

1:30pm - 2:05pm: User and Operator Perspectives

Fleet operators and trucking companies provide their insights, identifying their concerns and needs:

  • Michael McDonald, Sr., Director of Maintenance and Engineering , UPS
  • Vic La Rosa, Chief Executive Officer , Total Transportation Services, Inc.

2:05pm - 2:50pm: Truck OEM Perspectives

Heavy & medium duty truck OEMs provide their value proposition, drivers, share their challenges of developing new truck technology and outline the development process.

MODERATOR: Nico Bouwkamp, Technical Program Manager, California Fuel Cell Partnership

  • Brian Lindgren, ‎Manager - Research & Development, Kenworth
  • Bill Kahn, Principal Engineer, Peterbilt
  • Kohei Masaki, Hydrogen Strategy Consultant, Toyota North America

2:50pm - 3:15pm: Networking Break

3:15pm - 4:05pm: Technology Developer Perspectives

Different technology providers give their value proposition, give updates on their technology and demonstration projects with their perception of the path to commercialization.

MODERATOR: Alan Mace, Heavy Duty Market Manager, Ballard Power Systems

  • Abas Goodarzi, President and Chief Executive Officer , US Hybrid
  • Joshua Goldman, Vice President, Business Development, Transpower
  • Tim Reeser, Chief Executive Office and Co-Founder, Lightning Systems

4:05pm - 4:55pm: Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Refueling

Discussion of challenges and solutions for fueling various hydrogen applications at the ports.

MODERATOR: Naveen Berry, Technology Demonstration Manager, South Coast Air Quality Management District

  • Paul Fukumoto, Director, Business Development Advanced Technologies, Fuel Cell Energy
  • Michael Sloth, Vice President, Business Development, Nel Hydrogen
  • Ryan Erickson, Senior Manager Business Development, Trillium CNG
  • Rob Del Core, Director, Business Development, Fuel Cell Power Systems, Hydrogenics

4:55pm - 5:15pm: Closing Keynote – CARB Funding Opportunities for Hydrogen Freight

An update on the various mechanisms of funding for hydrogen and fuel cell projects from the California Air Resources Board.

  • Leslie Goodbody, Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board

5:15pm - 5:30pm: Open Discussion, Outcomes and Action Items

  • Jeff Serfass, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council
Details

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshops & Forums

Connected Vehicle Technology Workshop

102AB

Presented by

Tracks

  • Connected Fleet

As connected vehicle technologies have begun to emerge they have brought with them opportunities for improved operational, economic and environmental performance. From route optimization and vehicle maintenance to driver productivity and fuel savings, fleets of all types—big or small, diesel or alt-fuel—can leverage advanced technologies and vehicle data to inform decisions. Learn about the connected vehicle technologies that are on the market today; how they can be leveraged to reduce costs, maximize uptime and performance, and improve safety and compliance; and gain insight into what is in store for the future of this revolutionary trend.

1:00pm - 1:10pm: Introductory Remarks

  • Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

1:10pm - 2:40pm: Connected Fleet 101

This opening session will provide an introduction and overview to some of the basic concepts and technologies that make up the work of connected vehicle technology. It will help set the stage for this important workshop and three full days of connected tech programming, case studies and displays at ACT Expo. This session will:
• Define the concept of “connected fleet vehicles”
• Review the options and technologies that typically come standard with today’s commercial fleet vehicles
• Explain what upgrades, aftermarket hardware and telematic options are available to fleet customers
• Review best practices for buying and using connected vehicle technologies

MODERATOR: Neil Abt, Editorial Director, Fleet Owner

  • Jason Krajewski, Director- Truck Connectivity, Daimler Trucks North America
    DTNA’s Industry-Leading Connectivity Solutions
  • Terry Kline, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Navistar
    Providing Power and Productivity to Customers via Navistar's OnCommand Connection Telematics
  • Frank Schneck, Engineering Section Manager, Peterbilt
    Driving the Future of Trucking with Connected Technologies
  • Spencer Nicol, Manager, National Accounts Vocational, Hino Motors

2:45pm - 3:00pm: Keynote

  • Bill Combs, Director of Connected Fleet, Penske Truck Leasing
    The Role of Connected Trucks in Improving Fleet Performance

3:00pm - 3:15pm: Break

3:15pm - 5:00pm: Connected Tech: Gaining Insight into a Fleet’s Performance

Once equipped with today’s latest gear and gadgetry, fleet operators can begin to gain valuable insight into the performance of their equipment and personnel. Critical to gaining such insight is the ability to properly utilize this array of technology, and process and analyze this incoming information to make informed procurement and operational decisions. This session will:
• Recommend the best applications and approaches for using connected fleet technology today
• Explain how predictive analytics can diagnose fleet outages before they happen, including on even basic – yet troublesome issues – such as aftertreatment technology
• Describe how to leverage data to improve driver productivity and efficiency
• Review how fleet emissions can be improved via connected technology
• Provide case studies on increasing fleet MPG
• Preview exciting future technologies that lie ahead in this dynamic environment

MODERATOR: Bill Combs, Director of Connected Fleet, Penske Truck Leasing

  • Sandeep Kar, Chief Strategy Officer, Fleet Complete
    Reducing Fleet Cost While Maximizing Productivity, Safety and Efficiency
  • Alex Castillo, Commercial Leader, Lytx
    Unlocking the Full Potential of Connected Fleet Management
  • Gary Schmidt, Vice President, Business Solutions, Zonar Systems
    Leveraging Your Data for Smarter Fleet Management
  • Carl Robinson, Vice President, PeopleNet
    Fleet Control at Your Finger Tips
  • Adam Cook, Director of Partnerships, Samsara
    Meet Samsara: Mission Control for Your Fleet Operations
Details

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Workshops & Forums

Applying Innovative Procurement Strategies to Fleets

101AB

Presented by

Electrification Coalition

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility

Learn about procurement for alternative fuel vehicles for fleets from the expert team working on the Department of Energy-funded Fleets for the Future project, leading fleet managers, and regional procurement organizers. The project works towards lowering up-front costs and barriers to entry to increase adoption of alternative fuel vehicles. Attendees will also learn how to participate in the project and transition their fleet to alternative fuel vehicles, saving them the effort of having to go through their own time-consuming and costly procurement process.

MODERATOR: Natalia Swalnick, Director of Electric Vehicle Programs, Electrification Coalition

  • Philip Kreycik, Associate, Meister Consultants Group: A Cadmus Company
  • Megan Aki, Clean Energy Analyst, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Barry Carr, Coordinator, Clean Communities of Central New York
Details

7:30am - 9:15am

Workshops & Forums

NACFE Run on Less Breakfast Workshop

204

Presented by

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Goods Movement

This workshop will provide an intimate forum to explore the North American Council on Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) recent Run on Less demonstration and dig into the results, including a discussion around the “10 Actions to 10 MPG.” We will also explore a new report to be released at ACT Expo - Guidance Report: Electric Trucks, Where They Make Sense. In addition, small group roundtable discussions led by industry experts will uncover the benefits and challenges of adopting technologies used by the Run on Less participants and on the findings of the electric truck report.

7:30am - 7:45am: Welcome and What’s happening at NACFE?

Overview of the technologies that achieved 10+ MPG with Run on Less and the release of our first ever Guidance Report one on Electric Trucks.

  • Mike Roeth, Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

7:45am - 8:30am: Expert Panel discussing Efficiency

  • Steve Slesinski, Director - Global Product Planning, Dana Incorporated
  • Scott Sutarik, Associate Vice President, Commercial Vehicle Solutions, GEOTAB
  • Keshav Sondhi, Director, Fleet Engineering and Sustainability, PepsiCo

8:30am - 9:30am: Small Group Discussions

Each Table Lead will facilitate discussions using key findings from NACFE’s work on the topic and by asking provocative questions of the participants. Two 25-minute rounds will occur with attendees self-selecting the topic tables they wish. A short wrap-up will conclude the workshop.

  • Andrew Halonen, Lightweighting Expert, NACFE
    Electric Trucks - Weight
  • Mike Roeth, Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency
    Electric Trucks - Technology
  • Kevin Otto, Solar and Electric Truck Engineering, NACFE
    Electric Trucks - Cost
  • Rick Mihelic, Director of Future Technology, NACFE
    Electric Trucks - Infrastructure
  • Mark Moore, NACFE Aerodynamics Advisor, ARC Indy
    Run on Less - Aerodynamics
  • Yunsu Park, Director of Engineering, NACFE
    Run on Less - Powertrain
  • Beth Richmond, Manager, BSR
    Run on Less - Other (tires, idle reduction, etc.)
  • Nate Springer, Manager, Advisory Services, BSR
    Run On Less - Practices (maintenance, drivers, etc.)
  • Jessie Lund, Program Coordinator, Heavy Transport & Carbon-Intensive Industries Practice, Carbon War Room
    Solar for Tractors & Trailers
Details

8:00am - 9:30am

Workshops & Forums

Los Angeles World Airport Clean Fuel Policy Workshop (Invite Only)

Presented by

This workshop will cover LAX's alternative fuel policy, LAX operators who have successfully converted their fleet, and manufacturers with a wide range of vehicle technologies and sustainable strategies.

*Invite Only.
For more information contact Amylou Canonizado
(424) 646-6483 / ACanonizado@lawa.org

Details

8:00am - 9:30am

Workshops & Forums

Removing Barriers to School Bus Replacement: A Roundtable Discussion

103BC

Presented by

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Gaseous Fuels

School buses represent a unique challenge in the advanced, clean technology sector. With a rapidly-expanding array of zero and near-zero emission bus options now on the market, and the typical fixed-route operation of a K-12 school bus, there is great opportunity to replace old and inefficient school buses with this exciting clean fuel technology. However, the high cost of these ultra-low emission school bus options is often a barrier for entry, especially for capital-constrained K-12 school districts. Fortunately, several school bus fleet operators have been able to leverage partnerships and creativity to overcome such barriers in order to successfully deploy these ultra-low emission technologies in their operations, which has helped to both improve the bottom line and provide tremendous benefits to the passengers on the bus and the residential neighborhoods within which their vehicles operate. Join a group of school bus fleet operators, technology providers, and funding program administrators for a roundtable discussion on removing barriers to school bus replacement and the opportunity for alternative fuel vehicles.

MODERATOR: Ryan Gray, Editor-in-Chief, School Transportation News

  • Brianna Lawrence, Senior Associate, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
    Accessing Funding for School Bus Replacements
  • Russ Federico, Executive Director of Operational Support, Marana Unified School District
    Building a CNG School Bus Fleet
  • Kelly Rhodunda, Transportation Manager, Upper Mooreland School District
    How to Persuade Your School Board Members to Get On Board with Implementing a Propane School Bus Fleet
  • Tim Shannon, Director of Transportation, Twin Rivers Unified School District
    Securing and Stacking Funding from Multiple Sources
  • Pamela Caro, Alternative Fuels Regional Manager, Blue Bird Corporation
    Choosing and Deploying Alt Fuel School Buses
  • Jessica Johnson, Manager, Compliance, Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resources Board
    The Role of State Agencies in Over Coming Barriers to School Bus Replacement
  • Marc Bédard, Chief Executive Officer, Lion Electric
Details

8:00am - 9:30am

Workshops & Forums

Women In ACT: Dynamic Leaders Driving Innovation in Transportation

102AB

Presented by

Ford

Tracks

  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement

In an era of rapidly shifting technology, demographics, and policy trends, it is critical that the advanced clean transportation industry have effective leadership to successfully navigate this changing transportation paradigm. While many industries are struggling to attract the necessary talent and react to this dynamism, the female workforce presents an underutilized, high-potential talent pool from which to draw. Research has shown that diversity within companies, from entry level to c-suite, to boards of directors, leads to higher performance, higher returns, and higher employee satisfaction. Hear from women leaders in the public and private transportation sectors who have made meaningful impacts and transformed the advanced clean transportation market. Learn how they got their start, what motivates them to continue, and how businesses and organizations can attract more women; increasing the diversity of perspectives, improving the bottom line, and cleaning up the roads.

8:00am - 8:10am: Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Ginger Kasanic, Fleet Sustainability and Advanced Technology Manager, Ford Motor Company

8:10am - 9:30am: Women In ACT: Dynamic Leaders Driving Innovation in Transportation

MODERATOR: Ellen Voie, President & Chief Executive Officer , Women in Trucking Association Inc.

  • Lauren Skiver, Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, SunLine Transit
  • Lisa Alexander, Vice President, Customer Solutions and Communications, SoCalGas
  • Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach
  • Stella Li, President & Chief Executive Officer, BYD Motors
Details

10:00am - 10:15am

General Session

Conference Welcome

Grand Ballroom

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement
  • Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Details

10:15am - 10:30am

General Session

Opening Remarks

Grand Ballroom

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement
  • Dr. Joseph Lyou, Governor’s Appointee/ President and CEO, South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board/ Coalition for Clean Air
Details

10:35am - 10:50am

General Session

Keynote Address

Grand Ballroom

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement
  • Jay Craig, Chief Executive Officer and President, Meritor
    Transportation’s Next Big Step
Details

10:55am - 12:15pm

General Session

Global Trends Accelerating Advanced Transportation Innovation

Grand Ballroom

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

Never before have we witnessed such an acceleration in the investment and development of advanced clean transportation technologies as we have in the past 12 months. Not a week has passed without several big new announcements about new electric-drive vehicle products in the light, medium and/or heavy-duty sectors. Simultaneously, combustion technologies powered by a range of fuels are being certified to almost nondetectable emission levels, while traditional powertrains are becoming increasingly efficient via an array of solutions, including autonomous and connected vehicle technologies. In addition to customer-demand for these advanced powertrains and technologies, strong market signals are being sent by a range of leading nations around the globe – China, UK, France, Norway and others – announcing plans to ban vehicles powered by fossil fuels within the next two to three decades. Meanwhile, billions of dollars are being invested by the public and private sector to develop the vehicle platforms and propulsion technologies of tomorrow. Where will this all take us in the coming year and beyond? Join us for a scintillating discussion among global fleet leaders, OEMs and policy makers as we discuss these mega-trends and what they mean for the future of transportation.

MODERATOR: Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resource Control Board
    Charting Our Own Path: Moving Forward on Clean Transportation
  • Steve Gilligan, Vice President, Product and Vocational Marketing, North American Business Unit, Navistar
    Clean Transportation Trends for the Commercial Truck & Bus Markets
  • Tamara Barker, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environmental Affairs, UPS
    Leadership in Global Freight Sustainability
  • Julie Furber, Executive Director of Electrification, Cummins
    Picking the Right Power Platform for Today’s Commercial Fleet Needs
  • James Burrell, Assistant Vice President, Advanced Powertrain Group, American Honda Motor Company, Inc
    A Strategic Choice: Continuing Honda’s Investment in Clean Transportation
Details

12:15pm - 12:30pm

General Session

Fleet Owner Green Fleet of the Year Award

Grand Ballroom

Presented by

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Goods Movement
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Commercial EVs

Fleet Owner will present the Green Fleet of the Year Award, an annual tradition since 2009 that recognizes an exemplary "green" fleet. These organizations, whose operations promote environmental sustainability by reducing fuel consumption and emissions, champion the use of alternative fuels and related fueling infrastructure. Past honorees include Saddle Creek, Anheuser-Busch, and New York City, among others making notable strides in the alternative fuel and clean technology space.

Details

12:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking

Lunch in the Expo Hall

Expo Hall

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

12:30pm - 7:15pm

Networking

Expo Hall Open

Expo Hall

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

The Expo Hall will remain open during afternoon sessions

Details

3:00pm - 4:30pm

General Session

Funding and Financing the Transportation Future

Grand Ballroom

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

Research and development funding, vehicle and infrastructure deployment grants, rebate voucher programs, carbon markets, venture capital, and good old fashion private investment have all been employed to drive growth in the advanced clean transportation market. This multi-faceted approach to funding and financing advanced vehicle technologies and alternative fuel infrastructure has shown significant success in many areas, but which investment strategies have had the greatest effect? Have we achieved sustainability and true commercialization in any of these markets? If so, where and how? If not, why not? Beyond funding programs, what should be the role of public policy and/or corporate and fleet sustainability programs building these markets? And when certainty and stability are required for market investment, how best is that achieved in our dynamic political system? As we head into 2018, where the pace of investment across all of these platforms will increase dramatically, hear from leading policy makers, regulatory and funding agencies, market leaders, and venture capitalists as we discuss the role of public and private funding in growing the clean transportation market.

MODERATOR: Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Janea Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
    California’s National Leadership on Advanced Clean Transportation
  • Sam Gabbita, Chairman, Agility Fuel Solutions
    The Role of Venture Capital Investment in Advancing Clean Transportation
  • Madhav Acharya, Technology to Market Advisor, ARPA-E, Department of Energy
    Moonshot Funding for Research and Development of Advanced Energy and Transportation Technologies
  • Bill Zobel, Vice-President – Business Development, Marketing and Customer Care, Trillium
    Using Public and Private Investment to Create Sustainable Markets
  • Wayne Nastri, Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District
    Co-Benefits: Achieving Urgent Regional Air Quality Attainment Goals and Long Term Climate Change Mitigation
Details

5:00pm - 7:15pm

Networking

Expo Hall Grand Opening Reception

Expo Hall

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

7:00am - 8:30am

Workshops & Forums

Southern California Edison Executive Customer Briefing (Invite Only)

Presented by

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs

Southern California Edison president R.O. Nichols and SCE leadership will host a meeting with local business leaders to provide an update on SCE’s investments in a cleaner, smarter, more reliable grid, share their emerging electric fleet transportation strategy, and hear from the business community on how to better partner to transform the transportation sector together.

Invite Only. SCE Customers interested in attending can contact Patty Flores to request an invite. 626-862-6796 / Pascualita.Flores@sce.com

Details

8:30am - 10:00am

Breakout Session Urban Mobility

1.1 Clearing the Last Mile Hurdle

102C

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement
  • Gaseous Fuels

With significant changes in consumer and supply chain behavior, as well as continued pressures to reduce vehicular pollution in urban areas, getting goods delivered as efficiently as possible is a never-ending goal for fleets in this very competitive business. From drones to autonomous pods to electric bikes, traditional trucking operations are facing an onslaught of innovation and new competition with the last mile mattering more than ever. Join us in hearing from a diverse range of stakeholders working to transform the last goods movement mile.

MODERATOR: Tony Brasil, Chief, Transportation and Clean Technology Branch, California Air Resources Board

  • Austin Hausmann, Vice President Product Development and R&D, Chanje
    Chanjing the Landscape for Sustainable Transportation
  • Duane Hughes, President, Workhorse Group Inc.
    The Future of Delivery is Here
  • Chris Nordh, Senior Director – Advanced Vehicle Technologies & Energy Products, Ryder System, Inc.
  • Tom Madrecki, Director of Urban Innovation and Mobility, UPS
    Innovating Last Mile Delivery with Electric Bicycles
Details

8:30am - 10:00am

Breakout Session Urban Mobility

1.2 Implementing Innovative Transit Trends

101AB

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Gaseous Fuels

The role of the transit agency as a first mover when it comes to advanced technologies and alternative fuel solutions remains as important as ever. Transit fleets are being increasingly called upon to innovate and integrate a range of new drivetrain technologies, fuels and service offerings. Whether integrating cutting-edge electric-drive technologies or new micro-transit services, operators are being presented with a host of policy, capital, personnel, training, and technology integration challenges while maintaining existing operations and levels of service. The pressure to make the right choices is high and the risks are real. Hear from this leading panel of experts on how to pick the right vehicle platforms, technologies and fuels for your operation while maximizing utility, minimizing risk and continuing to stay ahead of the curve on the next innovative trends.

MODERATOR: Barry Carr, Coordinator, Clean Communities of Central New York

  • Brendan Riley, President , GreenPower Motor Company, Inc.
    Deploying Battery Electric Buses in a Rural Transit Agency
  • Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Extraordinary Innovation, LA Metro
    Innovation and Leadership on Advanced Technologies for Transit Operations
  • Kenneth Williams, Fleet Maintenance Superintendent, Kansas City International Airport
    Meeting the Needs of a Growing Airport with Battery Electric Buses
  • Jim Castelaz, Chief Executive Officer, Motiv Power Systems
    Technology Considerations for Innovative Transit Projects
Details

8:30am - 10:00am

Breakout Session Urban Mobility

1.3 Maximizing Return on Connected Electric Vehicle Investments

102AB

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Connected Fleet

Electric vehicles equipped with today’s latest connected fleet technologies offer commercial fleet operators an unprecedented opportunity for reduced costs and environmental impacts, particularly in high mileage applications. With the right approach, capital investments in connected electric vehicles can present a very compelling return on investment. However, in order to maximize the ROI, fleets must first have a full understanding of the value proposition offered by electric drive technology as well as the various factors that make up a total cost of ownership analysis. Increased capital costs, residual costs, variations on tire and brake wear, vehicle and fueling infrastructure maintenance issues, battery maintenance and replacement considerations, improved efficiency and reduced fuel costs, other productivity benefits, and much more must be considered. Join this panel of leading fleets, OEMs and other industry stakeholders as they provide valuable insight and information on how fleets – even those without previous EV experience – can begin to better understand these important TCO considerations in order to prepare robust capital procurement plans for new electric vehicles.

MODERATOR: Joe Stergios, Strategy and Business Development Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management

  • Samveg Saxena, Creator, MyGreenCar
    Using Technology to Match Fleet Operational Needs with the Right EV
  • Jamie Hall, Manager, Public Policy, General Motors
    Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Successful Fleet EV Deployment
  • Clay Siegert, Chief Operating Officer , XL
    Making the Right Choice Between BEV’s and PHEV’s
  • John Bautista, Chief Executive Officer, Tropos Technologies Inc.
    New Ideas and Innovation for Urban EV Technology and Sustainability
Details

8:30am - 10:15am

General Session Heavy Duty

ACT 5x5x5: Major Tech Trends Driving the Heavy-Duty Sector

Grand Ballroom

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement
  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Connected Fleet
  • Gaseous Fuels

Five speakers, five slides, and five minutes; the 5X5X5 talks are fast paced presentations from industry leaders driving innovation in electric-drive technologies, autonomous and connected fleets, trucking efficiency, and gaseous fuels. Speakers will highlight specific cutting-edge advanced vehicle technologies and/or fuels, discuss their use in real-world applications, and provide insight into how these platforms will play an increasing role in the future of the transportation industry. At the end of the 5x5x5 talks, each speaker will return to the stage for a moderated dialogue on the trends shaping the heavy-duty commercial vehicle sector.

MODERATOR: Bob Carrick, Natural Gas Sales Manager, Daimler Trucks North America

  • Michael O'Connell, Vice President Supply Chain, Fleet Sustainability, Frito Lay
    What's Different with HD Electric This Time?
  • Andrew Cullen, Senior Vice President, Fuels & Facility Services, Penske Truck Leasing
    Full Service Leasing Facilitating Advanced Technology Vehicle Deployment
  • Kathleen Ligocki, Chief Executive Officer, Agility Fuel Solutions
    Fleets Juggle Technology Choices in a Rapidly Changing World
  • Takehito Yokoo, Advanced Fuel Cell Senior Executive Engineer, Toyota Motor North America
    Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck for Heavy-duty Operations
  • Darren Gosbee, Vice President Engineering, Navistar
    Advanced Truck Technologies: An OEM’s Perspective
Details

10:00am - 6:00pm

Networking

Expo Hall Open

Expo Hall

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

The Expo Hall will remain open during morning and afternoon sessions.

Details

10:30am - 12:15pm

General Session Urban Mobility

ACT 5x5x5: Major Tech Trends Driving the Light and Medium-Duty Sector

Grand Ballroom

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Gaseous Fuels

Five speakers, five slides, and five minutes; the 5X5X5 talks are fast-paced presentations that shine a light on key leaders driving innovation in electric-drive technologies, autonomous and connected fleets, and cutting-edge alternative fuels. Speakers will highlight specific advanced vehicle technologies and fuels, discuss their use in real-world applications, and provide insight into how these platforms will play an increasing role in the future of the transportation industry. At the end of the 5x5x5 talks, each speaker will join us back onstage for a moderated dialogue on the trends shaping our urban mobility future.

MODERATOR: Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Rob Barrosa, Director of Utility Strategy & Operations, Electrify America
    Investing in the Foundation of Electrification
  • Bill Lyons, Vice President Sales Operations, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America
    The Intersection of Shared Ownership, Connectivity, Electrification, and the Future of Urban Mobility
  • Dietmar Fahrun, Manager, Sales and Marketing, Advanced Powertrains Group, American Honda Motor Company, Inc
    Getting to Zero: a Multiple Powertrain Pathway Approach
  • Marc Sears, Head of Strategic Accounts, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
    Connected, Electric and Efficient: Innovations in Last Mile Delivery
  • Tucker Perkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education & Research Council
    Propane’s Role in Resiliency
Details

10:45am - 12:15pm

Breakout Session Heavy Duty

2.1 What's Next for Heavy-Duty Natural Gas?

103BC

Tracks

  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement
  • Gaseous Fuels

The last decade has seen huge advances in heavy-duty natural gas vehicle technology. Fleets ranging from small regional players to multi-national corporations have embraced heavy-duty natural gas vehicles as an effective means to reduce fuel costs and environmental impact. Today’s near-zero emission technology and significant use of ultra-low-carbon renewable natural gas now provides operators with zero-emission equivalent operations, while continuing to rely upon existing fueling assets, personnel, training programs and more. However, heavy-duty natural gas trucks are increasingly being challenged by ever-more efficient traditional powertrains and the near-term prospect of fully electric trucks. Are these real threats, or will natural gas continue to maintain its dominant position as the leading alternative fuel for heavy-duty trucks? Hear from leading fleet end-users and industry experts as we explore what this all means for the maturing heavy-duty natural gas sector.

MODERATOR: Bill Nowicke, Chief Operating Officer and President, Agility Fuel Solutions

  • Jerry Johnson, Western Regional Manager, Cummins Westport Inc.
    Near Zero Emission Natural Gas Technology
  • Jeff Stevens, Fleet Sales Manager, Kenworth
    Current and Future Sales Trends for HD NGVs
  • Chip Wertz, National Director, Fleet Facility Infrastructure, Waste Management
    Building on the Nation’s Largest Fleet Commitment to Heavy-Duty NGVs
  • Michelle Sim, Clean Transportation Manager, Southern California Gas Company
    How the Port Can Be a Catalyst for Market Growth
  • Andy Ellison, Vice President Operations, Coldstar Solutions Inc.
    Natural Gas Trucks Driving Fleet Sustainability
Details

10:45am - 12:15pm

Breakout Session Heavy Duty

2.2 MD & HD Charging 101: Costs and Considerations for Developing Charging Infrastructure

102AB

Presented by

Tracks

  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement

The electrification of the medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicle sector – in both on and off-road applications – has drawn wide appeal from policy makers, fleet executives, electric utilities, and the communities that host these operations. Accordingly, the latest product offerings, fleet commitment, or vehicle deliveries have dominated the press headlines in the last year. However, a less covered topic has been the infrastructure that is required to “fuel” these electrified vehicles, especially in applications that go beyond a pilot demonstration of a couple of vehicles. There is a lack of comprehensive information in the market about: how much a large-scale charging station will really cost a fleet to install; what are the challenges, issues and processes required to secure such power from the local utility; available rebates from the utility or other public agencies; anticipated demand charges and electrical rates at different times of the day; and an array of similar issues. Facing the challenges of upgrading or installing new charging infrastructure can open the door to long-term cost savings if done right. Come and hear from fleet managers, EVSEPs, leading electric utilities, and other industry experts on how to approach the dynamic decision making and navigate the best charging infrastructure technologies for an electrified fleet of vehicles in both the on and off-road sectors.

MODERATOR: Andrew Papson, Electric Bus Program Manager, Foothill Transit

  • Patrick Couch, Vice President, Technical Services , Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
    Dealing with Demand Charges and How They can Make or Break Your Project
  • Erin Galiger, Product Manager, EV Infrastructure, ABB Inc.
    A Complete Portfolio for EV Charging Infrastructure
  • Eric Seilo, Senior Advisor, Environmental Strategy and Analytics, Southern California Edison Company
    Addressing the Needs of EV Infrastructure for Commercial Vehicles
  • Paul Stith, Director, Strategy & Innovation, Black & Veatch
    Engineering and Permitting Considerations for EVSE Installation
Details

10:45am - 12:15pm

Breakout Session Heavy Duty

2.3 Gaining Efficiencies through Connected and Automated Technologies

102C

Presented by

Tracks

  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement
  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Connected Fleet

Current connected and autonomous technologies are only a fraction of what is now under development. As more advanced options become available, the traditional heavy-duty transportation landscape is poised to transform. But how and to what end? Learn how communication among vehicles, infrastructure, and the cloud can assist with crash elimination, manage traffic flow, reduce the need for new infrastructure, predict travel time, reduce driver tasks, and aid in the convergence of technologies that will inevitably realign the commercial trucking industry.

MODERATOR: Neil Abt, Editorial Director, Fleet Owner

  • Naveen Berry, Technology Demonstration Manager, South Coast Air Quality Management District
    Final Report on Heavy-Duty Catenary Truck Project
  • Amitai Bin-Nun, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Innovation, Securing America's Future Energy
    Heavy-Duty Innovation: Energy, Automation, and Technology
  • Rod McLane, Vice President, Marketing, Peloton
    V2V, Platooning, and Efficiency Gains On-The-Way to Full Automation
  • Aravind Kailas, Research and Innovation Manager, Volvo Group
    Connected and Automated Driving Technologies to Improve HD Operations
Details

12:15pm - 2:15pm

Networking

Lunch in the Expo Hall

Expo Hall

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Urban Mobility
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

2:15pm - 3:45pm

Breakout Session

3.1 Facilitating Vehicle Automation in an Urban Environment

101AB

Tracks

  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet

Vehicle automation is one of the hottest trends within the transportation industry right now with every major vehicle manufacturer and a range of other innovative stakeholders working on automated vehicle technology in some form. The technology for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity is developing at a pace faster than most can imagine. While many of these technologies offer important immediate safety benefits in today’s world, this technology will yield significant additional benefits to society in the near and long term. In parallel with a host of pilot programs and other technology demonstration efforts happening across North America, the “rules of the road” are also being developed at the local, state and federal levels to enable the commercial scaling of this technology. Join this panel of leading technology developers, auto manufacturers, policy experts and other industry stakeholders to explore this brave new world, get caught up on the latest activities in this exciting space, and understand how, when and where these connected vehicle technologies will have application for commercial and municipal fleets.

MODERATOR: JoAnne Golden-Stewart, Vice President, Programs , Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Joshua Sperling, Urban Futures and Energy-X Nexus’ Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Using Connectivity and Automation to Optimize Mobility and Reduce Energy Consumption
  • Marco Anderson, Program Manager, Southern California Association of Governments
  • Ali Kashani, Head of Postmates X, Postmates
    An Alternative to Roads: “Paving” the Path Toward AV Deployment
  • Brian Soublet, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, California Department of Motor Vehicles
    Key Policy Considerations for Facilitating Automation
Details

2:15pm - 3:45pm

Breakout Session

3.2 Key Considerations for Commercial EV Deployment and Market Development

104A

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement

The deployment of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles in North America is expected to see significant growth in the next several years. To ensure the successful development of this market, fleet operators need to understand a lot more than simply the range, weight and purchase costs of the vehicle. Training for maintenance technicians, drivers, management, and even sales personnel will be critical. New nomenclature, measurement units and how to effectively calculate the total cost of ownership must be understood. And standardization of charging infrastructure to accommodate a range of OEM products in a typical fleet is a must. This panel of experts will provide this "must have" information for those fleets looking to move to electric drive technology in the near term.

MODERATOR: Jerry Hirsch, Vice President of Content, Trucks.com

  • Mike Roeth, Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency
    NACFE’s Guidance Report on MD and HD Electric Trucks
  • Duane Lippincott, Director Learning & Development, Corporate Automotive Engineering, UPS
    Key Considerations for Personnel Training for Successful EV Deployment and Operations
  • Oleg Logvinov, President and Chief Executive Officer, IoTecha
    Standardizing Charging for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles
  • Brendan Riley, President , GreenPower Motor Company, Inc.
    Choosing the Right Customers From a Manufacturers Perspective
Details

2:15pm - 3:45pm

Breakout Session

3.3 A National Landscape for Renewable Fuel Deployment

102AB

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement
  • Gaseous Fuels

From renewable gasoline and diesel, to natural gas, hydrogen, propane and electricity, the path to zero and near zero emissions is becoming a cost-competitive reality across the nation, with an increasing number of opportunities available to transition existing operations to low-carbon fuel sources. Technology and fuel providers are rapidly developing systems to capture the energy from renewable sources and turn it into the cleanest fuels on the market, paving the way towards a true zero emission future. However, things are not always equal from one fuel source to the next, with huge variation in the cost and market availability of these low-carbon fuels. This session will highlight companies across the US and North America that are making the leap to these next generation fuels and what has allowed them to pursue these opportunities.

MODERATOR: Jon Leonard, Senior Vice President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • John Mikulin, Environmental Protection Specialist and Public Fleet & Trucking Sector Lead, Technology & Partnerships Office - Air Division, U.S EPA
    Corridors to Support West Coast Renewable Fuel Deployment
  • Scott Hedderich, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs , Renewable Energy Group
    Market Drivers for Renewable Fuel Development and Deployment
  • Richard Battersby, Assistant Director, Oakland Public Works, City of Oakland
    Oakland’s Renewable Diesel Project: A Case Study
  • Preston Roper, Chief Marketing and Operating Officer , eMotorWerks
    Managing Charging to Maximize Use of Renewables
Details

2:15pm - 3:45pm

Breakout Session

3.4 Dealing with Data to Maximize Efficiency and Productivity

103BC

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Connected Fleet

As the commercial transportation sector becomes increasingly connected, the volume of data being made available to fleet operations teams, management personnel and decision-makers is enormous – and potentially overwhelming. Through effective management and use of this information, significant improvements to a fleet’s operations, efficiency and overall performance can be achieved. To maximize the return on connected vehicle technologies, telematics systems and other fleet management tools, organizations must have the right systems and personnel in place to sort through and process this incoming data. Learn how leading fleet operators manage big data in their operations in order to maximize asset utilization and productivity, improve driver performance, and in turn, reduce energy consumption, maintenance costs and emissions.

MODERATOR: Andrew Scott, Executive Fellow, Port of Los Angeles

  • Brendan Wiggins, Global Fleet Analytics Manager, PepsiCo
    Levering Big Data to Transform PepsiCo’s Fleet Operations
  • Jordan Guter, Manager of Solutions Engineering, Geotab
     Utilizing Tracking and Analytics to Improve Operations
  • Charlie Guthro, Vice President of North American Fleet Management, ARI
    Rethinking Data: How Can Fleet Management Improve Your ROI
  • John Sheehy, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sheehy Mail Contractors
    How a Small Fleet is Using Big Data and AI to Improve Productivity and Predict When and Why Drivers Quit
Details

2:15pm - 3:45pm

Breakout Session

3.5 Zero Emissions for Refrigerated Trailers

102C

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

Zero emission TRUs can offer important reductions in a fleet’s diesel fuel consumption, emissions profile, and perhaps most importantly, maintenance and repair costs. The growing array of zero emission TRU technology in today’s marketplace offers reefer fleets the opportunity for improved economic and environmental performance. Join a panel of regulatory and technology experts as they discuss the impending future landscape for zero emission TRUs. Learn about California’s regulatory push toward zero emission reefer units as well as strategies to meet these requirements. Gain insight from manufacturers on current available zero and near zero emission technologies as well as future product offerings. Panelists will dive into the critical considerations for navigating this new landscape, providing fleet managers with the information necessary to strategically position themselves for future regulation and technology without handicapping current operations.

MODERATOR: Don Francis, Coordinator; Executive Director, Clean Cities-Georgia; Partnership for Clean Transportation, Inc.

  • Jeffrey Flath, President & Chief Executive Officer, eNow
    100% Solar Based Truck and Trailer Refrigeration Systems
  • Robert Koelsch, President, Advanced Energy Machines
    Powering Zero Emission TRUs with the Sun
  • Scott Mac Meekin, Chief Executive Officer, Dearman
    Achieving Zero-Emissions in Refrigerated Transport
  • Jack Symington, Regional Sales Manager, BYD Motors
    A Full Battery Electric Zero Emission Solution
  • Kris Malek, Chief Executive Officer, Volta Air
    A Full Battery Electric Zero Emission Solution
Details

3:45pm - 6:00pm

Networking

Reception in the Expo Hall

Expo Hall

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Networking

Fleet Awards Cocktail Reception

Promenade Foyer

Presented by

Propane Education & Research Council

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

Join us in recognizing fleet operators who show true leadership in sustainable transportation. Awardees will be recognized during the ACT Expo Fleet Awards Cocktail Reception Wednesday, May 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

*Pre-registration is required and business casual attire is requested.

Past winners include:
Saddle Creek
Waste Management
Frito Lay
City of Los Angeles
Central Freight Lines
UPS
Ruan Transport
City of Seattle
Unilever
Lowes/NFI
Super Shuttle
PG&E
AmeriPride

Details

8:00am - 12:00pm

Workshops & Forums

Propane Autogas Answers Fleet Needs!

101AB

Presented by

Propane Education & Research Council

With near-zero emission engine technology now available and renewable propane autogas starting to hit the market, 2018 promises to be a breakout year for the propane autogas industry. Hear from propane industry experts about today’s latest vehicle technology and propane autogas fuel options, as well as from leading North American corporations about their aggressive investment in this sustainable and cost-effective fleet solution.

8:30am - 9:00am: Introductions to Propane Products

  • Tucker Perkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education & Research Council

9:00am - 9:30am: Renewable Propane

  • Dave Slade, Executive Director , Renewable Energy Group
  • Joy Alafia*, President and Chief Executive Officer , Western Propane Gas Association

9:30am - 10:00am: VW Settlement Funding

  • Joe Annotti, Senior Program Manager, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

10:00am - 10:30am: Why Propane Vehicles Work Great

  • Mike Ross*, Senior Program Manager, Southwest Research Institute

10:30am - 10:45am: Propane Autogas Infrastructure

  • Tucker Perkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education & Research Council

10:45am - 11:00am: Wrap Up

  • Tucker Perkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education & Research Council
Details

8:30am - 3:30pm

Workshops & Forums

CalETC Annual Member Meeting (Invite Only)*

Presented by

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs

Board meeting from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm,; full member meeting from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Invite only. Contact Hannah Goldsmith for more information:
916-551-1943 / hannah@caletc.com / www.caletc.com

* Meeting is off-site

Details

9:00am - 12:00pm

Networking

Ride & Drive

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement
  • Urban Mobility

Get behind the wheel and test drive dozens of advanced clean vehicles spanning all alternative fuels and vehicle applications!

Details

9:00am - 12:30pm

Workshops & Forums

PMSA Ultra-Clean Cargo Handling Equipment Summit

Presented by

Tracks

  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

This session will run concurrently with the Ultra Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Summit.

Unquestionably, 2017 was an exciting year for new zero and near-zero emission product announcements; from trucks, buses, yard hostlers, and other off-road equipment. The forthcoming year will be no different with several new product announcements already made in early 2018. Join this three-part workshop to get an update on the latest regulatory projections, technologies and infrastructure challenges in the ultra-clean cargo handling equipment arena, including in-depth discussions on what truly defines commercially available product, and how terminal operators are navigating the ever-increasing portfolio of product available to them from small technology start-ups to large traditional OEMs.

9:00am - 9:30am: Part I: The Policy Push for Ultra Clean Equipment & Vehicles(104A)

Kick off this three-part workshop with an overview of the key regulatory and policy activities driving the forward path for zero and near-zero emission heavy-duty technology. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is promulgating regulations in three relevant areas: 1) a rule that will soon require heavy-duty engines sold in the state to meet NOx emission levels which are 90% lower than the US EPA 2010 standards; 2) a rule to require transit fleets to begin aggressively phasing in zero emission transit buses, and 3) new Heavy-Duty Advanced Technology Vehicle Certification Requirements for battery electric and fuel cell vehicles greater than 8,500 lbs. Beyond CARB’s aggressive rulemaking activities, the updated Clean Truck Program in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will drive the deployment of thousands of near-zero and zero emission port drayage trucks in the near-term. Join this opening session for a comprehensive download on these relevant and timely policy activities.

  • Bill Robertson, Vehicle Program Specialist, Mobile Source Control Division , California Air Resources Board
    CARB's Low NOx HD Engine Regulation and Zero Emission Certification Process
  • Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach
    San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan

9:30am - 11:00am: Part II: Dueling Technologies for Cleaner Cargo-Handling Equipment(102C)

Two different technologies have emerged as top competitors to advance emission reductions from cargo-handling equipment used at ports, rail yard and logistic warehouses. Natural gas and electrification promise reduced emissions, and difference in emissions benefit is less than one percent. Both technologies have ardent supporters and detractors with different operational and lifecycle costs. This panel will feature perspectives from technology providers, terminal operators and port staff who will discuss the challenges and benefits to both technology options.

MODERATOR: Michele Grubbs, Vice President , PMSA

  • Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach
  • David Gully, Regional/Intermodal Sales Manager-Western Region, Taylor Machine Works
  • Vincent Illia, Regional Sales Manager-West, Capacity
  • John Gerra, ‎Director of Business Development, BYD
  • Eric Bayani, Director, Marketing & Contracts, International Transportation Service, Inc.

11:00am - 12:30pm: Part III: Challenges of Near Zero and Zero Emission Infrastructure at Ports, Rail Yards and Logistic Warehouses(102C)

If natural gas and electricity remain the only pathways to achieve near-zero and zero emission performance from equipment at ports, an entirely new supporting infrastructure will need to be developed. Currently, no natural gas fueling infrastructure exists on marine terminals, nor do marine terminals or ports currently have the necessary electrical infrastructure to support equipment electrification. What steps are necessary to provide this infrastructure, how long will it take, how much will it cost, can operations be continued during construction and can the work be done in the next 8 years to meet the California emissions reductions deadlines?

MODERATOR: Thomas Jelenic, Vice President, PMSA

  • Chris Cannon, Director Environmental Management Division, Port of Los Angeles
  • Greg Roche, Vice President, Sustainable Tracking , Clean Energy
  • Damon Hannaman, Senior Account Manager, Southern California Edison
  • Kevin Maggay, Program Manager, Energy and Environmental Affairs , Southern California Gas Company
  • Larry Nye, Senior Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol
Details

9:00am - 12:30pm

Workshops & Forums

Ultra-Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Summit

104A

Tracks

  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement
  • Gaseous Fuels

Unquestionably, 2017 was an exciting year for new zero and near-zero emission product announcements. From full battery electric trucks, buses, yard hostlers, and other off-road equipment; ultra-low emission heavy-duty natural gas and propane autogas engines; to all kinds of hybridized systems and hydrogen fuel cell trucks, there is now a broad array of new on- and off-road technology coming online. The forthcoming year will be no different, with several new product announcements already being made in early 2018. Join this three-part workshop to get an update on the latest regulatory projections, trends, and technologies in the ultra-clean heavy-duty vehicle arena, including in-depth discussions on what truly defines commercially available product, and how fleet end-users are navigating the ever-increasing portfolio of product available to them from small technology start-ups to large traditional OEMs.

9:00am - 9:30am: Part I: The Policy Push for Ultra Clean Commercial Vehicles

Kick off this three-part workshop with an overview of the key regulatory and policy activities driving the forward path for zero and near-zero emission heavy-duty technology. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is promulgating regulations in three relevant areas: 1) a rule that will soon require heavy-duty engines sold in the state to meet NOx emission levels which are 90% lower than the US EPA 2010 standards; 2) a rule to require transit fleets to begin aggressively phasing in zero emission transit buses, and 3) new Heavy-Duty Advanced Technology Vehicle Certification Requirements for battery electric and fuel cell vehicles greater than 8,500 lbs. Beyond CARB’s aggressive rulemaking activities, the updated Clean Truck Program in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will drive the deployment of thousands of near-zero and zero emission port drayage trucks in the near-term. Join this opening session for a comprehensive download on these relevant and timely policy activities.

MODERATOR: Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Bill Robertson, Vehicle Program Specialist, Mobile Source Control Division , California Air Resources Board
    A Summary Overview of CARB’s Zero and Near Zero Emission Truck Programs and Regulations
  • Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach
    San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan: An Aggressive Approach for Zero and Near Zero Emission Trucks

9:30am - 11:00am: Part II: A Discussion on Technology Readiness and the Path towards Commercialization

The typical process utilized by traditional manufacturers to determine when a new product or technology is considered ready for commercial sale is time and resource intensive. Many defined steps are required before reaching pre-commercial and full-commercial offerings. As the process proceeds, so too does the scale of technology demonstration and, importantly, the level of investment required by the manufacturer. However, these usual models are being challenged by a host of new technology providers and industry players, new business models and innovative partnerships – particularly given the rise of electric vehicles. While there is tremendous excitement in today’s ultra-clean heavy-duty vehicle sector, manufacturers and fleets alike know that building one unit is the easy part; but building 10,000 units every year and supporting them with a factory-backed warranty, a comprehensive parts distribution network, service centers, and dealerships on a national scale is an entirely different ballgame. Hear from a range of heavy-duty OEMs as this session explores these critical factors and help to prepare the market for the continued growth and deployment of ultra clean heavy-duty vehicles.

MODERATOR: Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Pascal Amar, Principal Investigator, Volvo
    How a Major OEM Approaches Technology Development, Commercialization, and Market Readiness
  • Brian Lindgren, ‎Manager - Research & Development, Kenworth
    The Commercialization Pathway for Advanced Technology Trucks
  • Bill Kahn, Principal Engineer, Peterbilt
    Advanced Technology Development Within a Major Truck OEM
  • Scott Zeppenfeldt, Vice President, Service and Parts , Velocity Vehicle Group
    Dealership Support: Key Considerations for Advanced Technology Success

11:00am - 12:30pm: Part III: Critical Considerations When Navigating an Increasingly Diverse Product Portfolio

Part Three of this workshop will explore how fleets can best to navigate the increasing diverse portfolio of advanced ultra-clean heavy-duty products available in today’s marketplace. With so many new technologies, fuels and options in the market from a host of well-established OEMs and new technology start-ups, how does one begin to sort through the options to make the best purchasing and deployment decisions for their fleet operations? What are the critical factors a fleet should consider when making decisions about future technology procurement, decisions that will have significant upfront capital and long-term operational implications? Leading fleet operators will discuss how they have made initial investments in this rapidly development market, and how they are balancing aggressive early-state technology investments with both their current operations and a longer-term view of the future. Beyond the initial investment, key considerations such as multiple fueling infrastructures, personnel training, infrastructure upgrades and facility modifications, and other such factors will also be explored during this panel.

MODERATOR: Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Elizabeth Fretheim, Senior Director, Supply Chain Sustainability , Walmart
    Accelerating Advanced Clean Technology Innovation and Commercialization for Goods Movement Sustainability
  • Todd Sloan, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Global Business Development, Agility
    Calculated Decisions: Selecting the Right Fuel for the Operation
  • Bill Bliem, Senior Vice President Fleet Services, NFI Industries
    Picking the Right Partners for Fleet Sustainability
  • Alison Bird, Manager, Environmental Engineering, FedEx Express
    Navigating a Multi-Fuel Future to Zero-In on the Best Solutions
Details

11:00am - 2:30pm

Workshops & Forums

MEMA Southern California May Chapter Meeting

204

Presented by

Tracks

  • Urban Mobility
  • Gaseous Fuels

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association’s (MEMA) goal is to improve the quality of service in the public sector by providing a forum for the free exchange of experience, technical knowledge, ideas and opinions that enhance the delivery of public services and promote the personal and professional growth of their members. MEMA is hosting their Southern California chapter meeting in partnership with ACT Expo. This workshop will include remarks from MEMA president Paul Condran, and panel discussions on vehicle safety equipment and renewable natural gas.

* This session is for municipal fleets only. Advanced registration is required. To ensure the most productive session possible, the final attendee list will be reviewed and confirmed by the MEMA team.
** Lunch will be provided.

Details

12:30pm - 3:30pm

Workshops & Forums

Funding Workshop**

103BC

Tracks

  • Trucking Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Urban Mobility
  • Connected Fleet
  • Commercial EVs
  • Goods Movement

There has never been a more lucrative opportunity for the advanced clean transportation industry. Billions of dollars in public grants and incentives will begin to flow in mid-2018. Critical information on how the $4.7 billion in Volkswagen Consent Decree settlement funds will become available right at the time of this critical ACT Expo workshop. Perhaps most mind-boggling is that the $4.7 billion coming from the VW settlement pales in comparison to the funding programs currently available across North America. From carbon credits to utility incentives, to diesel displacement and air quality improvement grants, funding is accessible for every kind of alternative fuel project on the market. A shining example of this is the $663 million in low-carbon transportation funds that was just authorized by the California Air Resources Board in mid-December 2017. Along with the VW funds, and an array of traditional grant and incentive programs, these significant California dollars will be offered to the market beginning in 2018 for investment in the cleaner cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses and on- and off-road freight equipment.

With billions of dollars up for grabs, you are not going to want to miss this important Funding Workshop. Public and private entities alike are working aggressively to seek funding for their clean transportation technology, fueling infrastructure, and market acceleration activities. Attend this important session to learn how all of these incredible funding programs are expected to take shape in 2018 and how you can get in on the action. Funding experts from around the country will be on hand to provide guidance and answer your questions about how to leverage these multiple lucrative opportunities.

**Lunch will be provided. Additional registration is required

1:00pm - 1:15pm: Introduction: Understanding the Basic Parameters Around Accessing Funding

There is a considerable amount of funding available at the local, state, and federal levels across the U.S. and Canada. But understanding where and how funds are deployed and what is needed to compete for those funds can be a challenge. Kick off the funding workshop with a breakdown of the basics of applying for funding and an overview of the types of programs that exist throughout North America.

  • Joe Annotti, Senior Program Manager, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
    Finding Funding: Grants & Incentives 101

1:15pm - 2:15pm: Part 1: New Approaches to Traditional Funding Sources

With new vehicle technology, stricter air quality and sustainability goals and regulations, many funding agencies are rethinking the way they expend their resources to achieve greater fleet penetration of clean vehicles. Learn from a panel of experts:
• How the two largest state programs are redeploying their funding to accelerate innovation within clean transportation while also ensuring significant market penetration
• How carbon credits and monetizing those credits has evolved with electrification and what that can mean for your fleet
• What the federal funding landscape looks like as well as what other states are doing to advance the industry

MODERATOR: Joe Annotti, Senior Program Manager, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Brett Aristegui, Project Manager, US Department of Energy
    The National Funding Landscape
  • Michelle Buffington, Manager, Off-Road Agricultural Strategies and Incentives Section, California Air Resources Board
    CARB’s Three-Year Investment Strategy
  • Sean Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
    Monetizing LCFS Credits to Reduce EV Project Costs
  • Brian Fauble, Energy Commission Specialist I, California Energy Commission
    Investing in the Future of Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technologies

2:15pm - 3:30pm: Part 2: VW Funding: What Fleets Need to Know

The roll out of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding across the U.S. has provided an unmatched opportunity for fleets to accelerate clean vehicle replacements. Understanding how to go after this funding and tracking its deployment can be difficult for even the most well-staffed fleets. This panel will provide insight on
• The distribution of the Volkswagen funding, where it currently stands, and what the next steps are in the allocation process
• How can you determine if your fleet or technology project is competitive
• How are states distributing funds
• How can you be prepared to compete for these funds
• How can you be involved in the process to accelerate your likelihood of receiving funding

MODERATOR: Joe Annotti, Senior Program Manager, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Steve McCannon, Mobile Sources Program Director, Regional Air Quality Council Colorado
    What Colorado Can Teach Other States
  • Dean Stapleton, Senior Manager, Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing
    How Penske has Integrated VW into their Management Strategy
  • Jeff Clarke, General Counsel & Director, Regulatory Affairs, NGVAmerica
    Using Data to Drive VW Funding Advocacy
  • Chelsea Jenkins, Executive Director of Government Affairs, Roush
    Cash for a Cause: A Technology Providers Approach to VW Settlement Funds
Details

9:00am - 3:30pm

Workshops & Forums

CEC: Bringing Zero-Emission Infrastructure Technology Manufacturing to California

Hyatt Regency Long Beach Seaview Ballroom

Presented by

With California’s ambitious target of deploying 5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030, the state faces the challenge of building—and in many cases, financing—the infrastructure to support the increased demand. As California transitions to clean transportation to help achieve its climate goals, the state remains focused on fostering economic growth and the development of in-state jobs.

Lunch will be provided. Advanced registration is required.

Learn more: https://www.actexpo.com/cec-roundtable-discussion

9:00am - 9:15am: Opening Remarks

  • Janea Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

9:15am - 10:45am: Roundtable #1: Assessing the Full Potential

This panel will quantify opportunities for California ZEV infrastructure manufacturing growth, including potential facility locations, job creation estimates, and implementation timelines.

Roundtable Participants Include:

• Eileen Tutt, Executive Director, CalETC
• Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power
• Cris Liban, Executive Officer, Environment and Sustainability, LA Metro
• Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach
• Randal Kaufman, Regional Sales Manager, ABB
• Preston Roper, Chief Marketing & Operating Officer, eMotorWerks
• Anthony Harrison, Director of Public Policy, ChargePoint
• Jim Burns, Co-founder & Senior Vice President, TransPower
• Kyle Field, Senior Editor, CleanTechnica
• Jordan Ramer, Chief Executive Officer, EV Connect
• Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
• Lan Trinh, Commercial Fleet Senior Manager, KiaUSA
• J.R. Deshazo, Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, University of California, Los Angeles

10:50am - 12:30pm: Roundtable #2: Identifying Barriers and Challenges

This panel will capture expert insight on where roadblocks might exist, as well as key lessons learned from companies with experience manufacturing ZEV technology in California.

Roundtable Participants Include:

• Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
• Terry O'Day, Vice President, Product Strategy & Market Development, EVgo
• Shane Stephens, Chief Development Officer and Principal, FirstElement Fuel
• Tom McCalmont, Chief Executive Officer, Paired Power
• James Byrne, Director of Sales and Business Development, Envision Solar
• Tim Olson, Energy and Fuels Program Manager, California Energy Commission
• David Sawaya, Clean Transportation Strategy Director, Pacific Gas & Electric
• Kent Leacock, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, Proterra
• Charlie Botsford, Business Development, AeroVironment
• Ron Silorio, Chief Technology Officer, Cyber Switching Solutions
• Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County
• Dana Friez, Work Force Development Training Manager, Long Beach Community College District
• Abdellah Cherkaoui, Senior Vice President - Government, Automotive & Utilities, Volta
• Michael Boehm, Vice President of Business, MOEV

12:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch Presentation: Access & Opportunity for ZEV Growth

2:00pm - 3:15pm: Roundtable #3: Setting Goals & Action Plans

This panel will identify tangible actions to accelerate ZEV technology development, including strategies to attract private investment, ideal infrastructure locations (residential and commercial) and incentive funding pathways.

Roundtable Participants Include:

• Patrick Couch, Vice President, Technical Services, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
• Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
• Bryan Cope, Program Development Mgr, Southern California Public Power Authority
• Bill Loper, Alternative Fuels Manager, SunLine Transit Agency
• Tim Sasseen, Business Development Manager, Ballard Power Systems
• Brett Hauser, Chief Executive Officer, Greenlots
• Joshua Kiewic, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EVoCharge
• Ryan Harty, Manager of Environmental Business Development, American Honda
• Enid Joffe, Co-Founder & President, Clean Fuel Connection
• Kitty Adams, Executive Director, Adopt A Charger
• Chris Cannon, Director of Environmental Management, Port of Los Angeles
• Frank Gangi, Chief Technology Officer, LiquidSky Technologies

3:15pm - 3:30pm: Concluding Remarks

  • Janea Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
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Patrick Couch, vice president, technical services, for Gladstein Neandross & Associates (GNA), leads and collaborates on a wide range of projects and market development initiatives for GNA’s clients. Couch 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, Couch worked as an associate principal at TIAX LLC managing demonstration efforts for some of the most innovative heavy-duty vehicle technologies in the United States. Couch 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.

Alan Mace has over 18 years of experience within the fuel cell industry in engineering, serviceand product management roles. In his current position as market manager, Mace is responsible for market development activities for the FCveloCity® Heavy Duty power modules including definition of customer requirements and value analysis, along with market analysis. Mace has held a broad range of roles in engineering, customer relationship management and marketing during his years of service at Ballard and IdaTech. Mace’s experience includes a strong technical background on fuel cell products and applications. Mace holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering from Washington State University. Prior to his current fuel cell activities, Mace has designed high‐speed machine vision systems for food processing, along with design of machinery for pulp, paper and web processing.

Heesoo Lee is a general manager of Energy Systems at Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing, Inc., an EV Shuttle startup and portfolio company at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. Lee has more than 20 years of technology leadership and production background. Previously, Lee worked at Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Company, and Silicon Graphics. Lee received a Bachelor of Science in computer science and computer engineering at University of Southern California

Michael Simon has been at the forefront of energy and transportation technology for nearly 40 years. As president and 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 Simon worked for two years as a research fellow for NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. He received his Master of Science in engineering-economic systems (now the Department of Management Science and Engineering) from Stanford University in 1981.

Porter Harris is chief technical officer and co-founder of Romeo Power, a leading battery pack designer in the United States. Harris was the first energy storage engineer at SpaceX, where Harris was part of the team that designed and launched the packs that power the Falcon 9 rocket lineup and Dragon Spacecraft. Following SpaceX, Harries joined Faraday Future as chief battery architect, responsible for battery engineering including module and pack design and cell selection. Harris began at Lawrence Livermore National Security in the Energy Manipulation Technologies Group and Field Systems Instrumentation Group.

George Miller is senior sales manager for national fleets at BYD. Miller’s work includes
customer engagement, financial analysis and proposal development, ongoing project
management and general product marketing. Prior to joining BYD, Miller worked at
BlueWave Solar as Director of Business Development, sourcing sites and marketing
power with public and private customers and helping to establish BlueWave’s Community
Solar partner program. Earlier in his career, Miller worked at the Kauffman Foundation in
Kansas City, promoting entrepreneurship through research, policy, education and
programs. Miller also worked at Dynabond Powertech in Beijing, supporting entry into the
Chinese nuclear market. Miller received his Master’s in business administration from MIT’s
Sloan School of Management, focusing on energy entrepreneurship. While at MIT, Miller
directed the Clean Energy Prize, Content for Energy Night, and Marketing for the Energy
Finance Forum. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College.

Blake Fonnesbeck is the transit and public works director for Park City, Utah. Currently, Fonnesbeck is responsible for transit, parking, fleet maintenance, building maintenance, and parks and golf maintenance. Fonnesbeck has 25 years of experience working in Municipal Government in five different cities in the West and Mid-west. Fonnesbeck is known among his colleagues as a creative problem solver who enjoys pushing the limits and working outside of the proverbial box. Fonnesbeck’s two most recent outside of the box projects include implementing the first all battery electric express route in the United States in June of 2017 and formation of paid parking in Old Town Park City in December of 2017.

David Almeida is a manager at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) in their Clean Transportation Strategy Group focusing on electric vehicles (EV). In this role, Almeida oversees the development of programs that are designed to meet the state of California’s ambitious EV adoption goals as well as a special focus on increasing access to EVs in disadvantaged communities. While at PG&E, Almeida was responsible for the strategy and launch of PG&E’s EV Charge Network, a $130M program which will install 7,500 EV charging stations throughout Northern and Central California and the implementation of PG&E’s Clean Fuel Rebate funded through the sale of Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits. Prior to this role, Almeida focused on customer engagement strategies and vehicle grid integration demonstration pilots. Before joining PG&E, Almeida worked at the Center for Sustainable Energy managing the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project as well as leading the organization’s role in clean transportation policy. Almeida brings a unique combination of experiences in strategic planning for bringing technology to disadvantaged communities and for implementing electric vehicle charging. Almeida is pleased to support this proposal because of the strong alignment between the proposed work and his current job description and experience in developing programs focused on vehicle grid integration. Almeida will serve on the Advisory Board, using expertise to guide both the creation of the surveys and in using the survey results to identify workable business models and proposed implementation strategies.

Ethan Elkind is the director of the Climate Program at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, with a joint appointment at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. He researches and writes on policies that boost business solutions to combat climate change. He previously taught at the UCLA law school’s Frank Wells Environmental Law Clinic and served as an environmental law research fellow. His book Railtown on the history of the modern Los Angeles Metro Rail system was published by University of California Press in January 2014. He is also a regular host of the weekly call-in radio show “City Visions” on the San Francisco National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate KALW 91.7 FM, airing Monday nights at 7pm. He received his B.A. with honors from Brown University and graduated Order of the Coif from the UCLA School of Law.

John Mikulin is an environmental protection specialist in the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Region 9 Technology and Partnerships Office located in San Francisco, California working on efforts to reduce emissions from mobile sources of air pollution in the western US. Mikulin’s current assignments include: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) implementation, West Coast Collaborative stakeholder outreach and DERA grant project oversight, Clean Air Technology Initiative coordination, coordination of regional electric vehicle deployment, coordination of mobile source technology demonstration, assistance with national vehicle fuel economy standards development, assistance with regional biomethane deployment, diesel emissions reduction technology benefit-cost assessment, and National Environmental Policy Act review. Prior to joining US EPA, Mikulin worked for the California Council for Environmental & Economic Balance as project manager of the California Environmental Dialogue, an environmental policy collaborative comprised of California businesses, environmental non-governmental organizations and government agencies. Mikulin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and public service from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of public policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brian Lindgren is director of research & development for Kenworth Truck Company. Lindgren is responsible for guiding the technology roadmap for Kenworth’s commercial vehicle product line, identifying and developing concepts to improve vehicle aerodynamics, freight efficiency and sustainability, and providing technology to assist drivers in improving on-road safety. In nearly 40 years at the company, Lindgren has held positions in Engineering, Marketing and Sales, and has now headed the Research & Development team for seven years. Lindgren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Bill Kahn is a principal engineer at Peterbilt Motors and is the manager of advanced concepts. An engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, Kahn has over 30 years of experience in the trucking and aerospace industry. Kahn’s last 17 years while at Peterbilt, have been dedicated to evaluating emerging technologies and developing timelines for their viability within the Peterbilt product. Kahn’s group 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.

Naveen Berry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside, with Masters’ Degree in environmental science and toxicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Berry has over 25 years of experience in air pollution control and public policy development. In this current post as the Technology Demonstration Manager, Berry manages a team of professional staff in implementing the Clean Fuels Fund used to develop Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment projects for the Technology Advancement Office, focusing on near-zero and zero-emission light-duty through heavy-duty on-road vehicles, including fueling/charging infrastructure. These projects include vehicles and equipment supporting local port operations, transit authorities, refuse trucks and numerous other fleets, leveraging a portfolio of low-emission engines using RNG/CNG/diesel, battery electric, plug-in range extended hybrids, and fuel cells. This entails close coordination with other funding agencies, including California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Federal Transit Administration, as well as private companies including OEMs, technology providers, transit agencies, municipal fleets, utilities and local ports to leverage funds. Berry also works on techno-economic assessments in implementing technologies to support the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan, the Gateway Ports’ Clean Air Action Plan, and the Sustainable Freight Strategies Plan.

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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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.

Neil Abt is editorial director of Fleet Owner Magazine, a publication of Informa plc. Abt joined Fleet Owner in April 2017 and 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., Abt began his career covering sports for The Washington Post, followed by a position in the newsroom of America Online.

Jason Krajewski is the director of connectivity, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Krajewski is responsible for development and execution of vehicle connectivity strategy along with service development as the head of Detroit Connect, DTNA’s connected vehicle platform. Krajewski has an extensive background in commercial truck engineering and management, having served as lead engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency emissions programs of 2007 and 2010, then moving to managing DTNA’s Fuel Consumption Test & Analysis Department. Between 2013 and 2016 he relocated to Stuttgart, Germany to manage Daimler’s global Heavy and Medium Duty Truck Engine platforms. Krajewski returned to DTNA, following his passion for data, to lead the development of DTNA’s Connectivity Insight Team, delivering applications and use cases for the connected vehicle, before this current role as director of connectivity. Krajewski holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Terry Kline joined Navistar in September 2013 as senior vice president and chief information officer. Kline is responsible for all information and technology requirements globally. In addition, Klein is responsible for Navistar’s Connected Vehicle strategy, including OnCommand® Connection (OCC) and Over-the-Air programming, and for growing adoption of OCC. Kline holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Toledo and a Masters of business administration from Indiana University. Kline is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. and the Association of Computing Machinery.

Frank Schneck is the engineering section manager in the advance design, vehicle performance and connected truck department at Peterbilt. Schneck has a total of 33 years of experience in trucks including work on: advance concepts, medium duty hydraulic brake program, special projects, cab structures, naturalgas vehicles, new markets product development, medium duty development, cost management, CAD systems, hoods / outerbody / sleeper (interior & structure) development. Schneck received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lamar University and a Master’s in business administration from University of North Texas.

Spencer Nicol is the manager, national accounts-vocational for Hino Trucks, Nicol will play a key role in the launch of the new XL Series products and will be responsible for the new XL demo truck program later this year. Nicol will be focused on identifying vocational prospects and educating them on the Hino ultimate ownership experience. Nicol’s three decades in the commercial truck business have been defined by his passion for meeting the needs of customers. Nicol started in design and fabrication of custom bodies, and then moved to multi-line dealer sales and sales management. That background and Nicol’s nearly 15 years of diverse experience at Hino across product planning, marketing, and dealer support give him a broad and unique perspective on the industry.

Bill Combs is director of connected fleet for Penske Truck Leasing. In this role, combs has oversight on many of the company’s connected fleet go-to-market strategies and forward-looking technology programs. This includes telematics service provider relationship management, new vehicle technology testing, and marketing campaign strategies for taking new technology solutions to market. Before being named to the newly created position in 2014, Combs served as marketing growth manager where Combs worked on the marketing strategy and execution for the company’s truck rental product line. Combs joined Penske in 2011 after spending several years as producer and marketing director of Launch Dynamic Media. Combs was previously Regional Sales Manager for Prysmian Cables, a global manufacturer of electrical and data products. He began his career in the culinary industry. Combs is a member of the board of directors for the Reading Public Museum. Combs’ earned a Dachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Alvernia University in Pennsylvania and an Associate’s degree in culinary arts from Baltimore International College.

Sandeep Kar is a global thought leader in commercial vehicle industry. Kar leads corporate strategy at Fleet Complete with a mission of developing the company as a leading global provider of connected vehicle IoT solutions for the widest array of commercial vehicle industry eco-system partners. Kar is creating growth opportunities in a flat-world eco-system and implementing growth strategies powering Fleet Complete’s pivotal role as a synergistic partner to all connected vehicle stake holding groups.
Kar works closely with global OEMs and suppliers in developing strategic partnerships that enables companies to grow faster through effective leveraging of advanced technologies and globalized operating conditions. Kar brings mission critical corporate strategy analytics and insights to senior leadership of global commercial vehicle market participants, and opens doors to accelerated revenue growth leveraging both technologies and markets. Kar routinely speaks in many industry events and is regularly quoted by media on issues of strategic importance to commercial vehicle industry. Kar also serves in advisory boards of innovative companies, helping them find economies of scope and scale.

As commercial leader at Lytx, Alex Castillo leads a sales team of regional account managers across the western United States. Castillo’s team is responsible for DriveCam® sales to medium and large, private sector fleets across multiple market segments. These fleets range from dedicated line-haul fleets to services and construction trades. With more than two decades experience in the telecom and telematics industry, Castillo has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of commercial fleets using the DriveCam® Program, vehicle telematics, and other machine to machine solutions designed increase safety, manage assets and improve operational efficiencies.

Gary Schmidt is a senior business executive with 20 years of experience in technology and mobile, and extensive experience in operations, marketing, developing and selling complex global solutions, developing new markets and revenue growth through all stages. Schmidt joined Zonar in July 2017 as vice president of business services heading up the OEM business, strategic deals and business initiatives. Prior to joining Zonar, Schmidt was the senior vice president of Omni having built an IoT software solution stack for enterprise customer looking to bring workflow and best practices through a SaaS based offering. Schmidt began his career at Sprint and quickly moved through the ranks as a thought leader and top sales executive. Schmidt earned a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Washington State University.

Carl Robinson developed his deep understanding of the needs of today’s fleets over 15 years of experience in the transportation technology industry. Robinson leads PeopleNet’s VUSION analytics division which helps fleets to fully harness the power of their data by delivering the insights needed to run a more efficient and profitable business.

Adam Cook is the director of partnerships for Samsara; a complete data platform for transportation operations that combines real-time GPS tracking, wireless sensors, video and mobile applications. Cook is responsible for developing new markets and partnerships spanning OEM integrations, insurance programs and technology integrations. Cook has spent the past decade in the transportation technology space, bringing industry leading clean technologies to market developing sales, distribution and OEM infrastructures.

Natalia Swalnick has a decade of experience and knowledge in public policy issues related to transportation and energy. Swalnick manages the planning and execution of projects that support the accelerated adoption of plug in electric vehicles (EVs) and smart mobility for the Electrification Coalition. This work includes EV accelerator communities in northern Colorado, Orlando and Rochester as well as supporting the Smart Columbus program in Ohio. Swalnick has expertise in consumer adoption tactics and workplace charging in the EV market. Swalnick has worked as a private sector consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), spent 6 years as a DOE Clean Cities Coordinator, and served on the policy team in the office of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. Under Swalnick’s leadership with Clean Cities, the coalition displaced more than 22 million gallons of petroleum. Furthermore, Swalnick has been appointed to several State of Colorado steering committees, such as the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Technical Advisory Committee for DC Fast Charging, to share expertise of the EV market.

Philip Kreycik, an associate at The Cadmus Group, provides technical assistance to a wide variety of cities, towns, and regional councils on clean transportation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Kreycik leads Meister Consultant Group’s sustainable transportation practice. Kreycik is currently leading the technical team for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fleets for the Future project, which is accelerating the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles through innovative cooperative procurement models. Additional projects include assessing strategic opportunities for electrification of the transport sector and the heating sector, creating state electric vehicle policy roadmaps, delivering trainings on solar and electric vehicles, and working on solar soft cost reduction efforts. While completing graduate studies, Kreycik held a rappaport fellowship at the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, implementing studies and initiatives designed to enable more Bostonians to use sustainable transportation modes. Prior to graduate school, Kreycik spent seven years founding and leading programs that resulted in significant emissions reductions at Harvard University. Kreycik holds an undergraduate degree in earth and planetary sciences from Harvard University and graduate degrees in transportation and city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Megan Aki is a clean energy analyst at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, MA. Aki manages the Green Mobility Group Purchasing program, which aggregates public fleet purchases and provides access to clean vehicle technology at a lower cost. Aki also coordinates research and advocacy for state and local clean energy policies and develops communication strategies to spotlight clean energy innovation in cities and towns across the MAPC region. Prior to MAPC, Aki worked as an analyst for Naomi Mermin Consulting, LLC, where Aki supported the Principal in evaluating state, utility, and local climate programs. Aki holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Northeastern University, focusing on public policy and urban studies.

Barry Carr is the regional manager for Westport Fuel Systems; working with OEMs, installation partners, and end users to deploy alternative fueled vehicles. Westport, based in Vancouver, BC is a leading automotive supplier of alternative fueled vehicle systems. Involved in the alternative-fuel vehicle industry since 1988, Carr works closely with state and federal governments in support of funding and development programs. Carr volunteers as the Coordinator for Clean Communities of Central New York, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities Coalition hosted by Syracuse University. Carr serves on Natural Gas Vehicle America’s (NGVAmerica) Federal and State Legislative Committee, and is vice chair of the Northeast Gas Association. Carr was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award from the NGVAmerica; and has been named to the US DOE Clean Cities Hall of Fame.

Mike Roeth has worked in the commercial vehicle industry for over 30 years, is the executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and leads the Trucking Efficiency Operations for the Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room. Roeth’s specialty is brokering green truck collaborative technologies into the real world at scale. Roeth 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 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, is a Department of Energy Merit Reviewer for the SuperTruck programs and served as Chairman of the Board for the Truck Manufacturers Association. Roeth understands the customers, operations and intricacies of the commercial vehicle industry having held various positions in product development, engineering, reliability and quality, sales, materials and plant management with Navistar and Behr/Cummins.

Ryan Gray has reported on the school bus industry for School Transportation News since 2001 and has served as editor in chief of the B2B magazine and website since 2007. He also organizes the annual North American School Bus EXPO and the Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers national conferences as well as onsite seminars focusing on leadership, technology and adoption of alternative fuels, and online webinars. Gray began his journalism career twenty four years ago at as a sports reporter for a daily newspaper in Arizona and has since written news, entertainment and features for a variety of print and online outlets.

Brianna Lawrence’s role at Gladstein Neandross, and Associates (GNA) combines her background in philanthropy and nonprofit management with her degree in environmental science. Lawrence is involved in several facets of the Programs Department at GNA; Lawrence’s responsibilities include completing compliance reporting for fleet operators, researching and preparing grant applications for alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and assisting the marketing and events team with content development and outreach.

Russ Federico has served as the executive director of operational support for Marana Schools since 2012. Since the 1990’s his K-12 roles include teacher, instructional coach and school principal. Prior to his call to education, Russ was a custom home builder and served as an NCO in the U.S. Army. Currently Russ leads all the support departments in the district while pushing the limits of service and ingenuity to create opportunities for the district to be more operationally sustainable and increase district resources serving student learning and achievement. His transportation team strives to safely and effectively deliver over 12,000 students to and from the district’s 18 schools. These routes are throughout the district’s 550 square mile area and cover, rural, suburban and urban areas. Marana School’s bus fleet travels over 11,000 miles per day in its 100 routes. Each day there are over 400 runs, not counting athletics, field trips and extra-curricular events. Of these runs 120 of them are special needs “door to door” type runs. The Marana community has been supportive of the district’s transportation needs during recent bond elections.

Kelly Rhodunda is the transportation manager for Upper Moreland School District in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She is responsible for the daily operations of the state’s first district owned and operated propane school bus fleet.

Tim Shannon serves as the director of transportation for the Twin Rivers Unified School District and is forging ahead with innovative technology and clean vehicles to transform the transportation department to advanced levels of safety and efficiencies. At this time, Shannon deploys the largest quantity of electric buses in the nation for a school district. Shannon collaborates and participates in programs with local, state and federal agencies to promote improved air quality and expand the knowledge of others school districts as well as the public. Shannon is the recipient of the 2017 Clean Air Champion Public Fleet Award, from the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition. Shannon’s 20 years of experience with operations and management as the vice president of profitable business in a photography lab, assisted in building the foundation for knowledge in advanced technology.

Pamela Caro is the alternative fuels regional manager with Blue Bird Corporation. Prior to this appointment, Caro worked in the solar industry helping schools, new home developments and businesses transition to alternative green energy in the United States and Mexico. In this current role, Caro educates and assists school operators on the benefits of incorporating alternative fueled vehicles (i.e. Gas, Propane, CNG and Electric) into their operation. Caro’s passion is to help end users see the benefits not only on their bottom line but see the health benefit for their students and environment at large.

Jessica Johnson currently serves as a manager at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), implementing millions of dollars of school bus incentives throughout the state. Johnson draws on nearly two decades of experience at CARB, in diesel vehicle incentives, stationary source regulation, and business outreach to promote clean transportation. Johnson’s strong stakeholder partnerships have yielded practical, effective policies and programs that benefit Californians, their schools, businesses, and environment. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry at Sacramento State University, and Masters Degree in materials science and engineering at the University of California, Davis.

Ginger Kasanic has worked at Ford for over 27 years. Kasanic’s career has included various positions spanning from product engineering, parts and service, sales & marketing, and fleet operations. In this current role, Kasanic is working with internal and external business partners to strategically integrate new technologies, advanced fuel options, and electrification in our products to continue to meet the ever evolving requirements of our fleet customers.

Ellen Voie is the president, chief executive officer, and founder of the Women In Trucking Association, formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, address obstacles and to celebrate the successes of its members. Voie’s prior role was manager of retention and recruiting programs at Schneider after serving as the executive director of Trucker Buddy International. Voie is a Certified Association Executive and holds a Class A CDL and a private pilot’s license. Voie has been honored by the White House as a Transportation Innovator Champion of Change. Voie received the 2015 “Distinguished Alumna of the Year” award the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Division of Communication. Voie was also named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executives magazine’s “2016 Pros to Know.” In May, 2016, Voie was chosen as one of Fleet Owner’s Dozen Outstanding Women In Trucking. In 2017, Voie was named to Insight Success Magazine’s “The 30 Most Inspirational Leaders in Business” and “The 30 Most Innovative CEOs to Watch.” Voie was appointed to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee. Voie serves on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association and is a member of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Advisory Committee.

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.

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. 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.

Heather Tomley is the director of environmental planning for the Port of Long Beach. Tomley joined in 2005 as an environmental planning associate and was named to this current post as director in February 2014. In this position, Tomley leads the division most directly responsible for the Port’s signature environmental programs; the Green Port Policy and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). As assistant director, Tomley managed the Port’s air quality and water quality improvement programs and co-wrote the 2006 CAAP and its 2010 update. Tomley implemented a variety of CAAP programs including developing and implementing the Technology Advancement Program, developing the Vessel Main Engine Fuel Incentive Program, and designing the Port’s Air Quality Monitoring Program. In addition, Tomley assisted with development of the Clean Trucks Program and the annual Port-wide Emissions Inventory. Tomley also provided oversight and development of the Water Resources Action Plan. Tomley is actively involved with public outreach about the Port’s environmental programs including developing messaging, participating in media interviews, public forums and website development.
Before coming to Long Beach, Tomley served as a project scientist with SCS Engineers following five years as an air quality specialist for the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, receiving staff recognition awards for her work. Tomley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a minor degree in psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Stella Li is senior vice president of BYD Company Limited and president of BYD Motor Inc., a global green technology company based in Los Angeles, California that produces cutting edge battery-electric vehicles, battery-energy storage solutions, solar farms, and energy efficient LED lighting systems. Li is responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning. Li is also the architect of BYD’s thriving expansions in the Americas – including its North America headquarters in Los Angeles, California in 2011 and its electric bus, truck, and energy module factories in Lancaster, California in 2013. Li began her career at BYD in September 1996 and helped establish the partnership between BYD and Motorola, providing the latter with mobile phone batteries and a wide range of components and parts. Thanks to Li’s efforts, BYD Electronics (International) Company Limited was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2007. Li also served as BYD’s senior vice president and is responsible for expanding the company’s operations around the world. Under Li’s leadership, BYD achieved exponential market growth, developed invaluable partnerships, and became a dominant global force across multiple industries.

Dr. Joseph K. Lyou serves as president and chief executive officer of the Coalition for Clean Air, a state-wide nonprofit organization committed to restoring clean and healthful air to all of California. The Coalition for Clean Air strives to strengthen the environmental movement by promoting broad-based community involvement, advocating responsible public policy, and providing technical expertise. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Lyou to serve on Air Quality Management District’s Governing Board in June 2007. Dr. Lyou founded the California Environmental Rights Alliance in 2003 and served as executive director through August 2010. Dr. Lyou previously held management positions with the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and the Committee to Bridge the Gap. Dr. Lyou has spent more than 20 years helping community groups and concerned individuals with environmental protection issues, including air and water pollution, the clean-up of contaminated sites, radioactive waste, toxic materials, and environmental justice. Dr. Lyou received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in 1990.

Jeffrey “Jay” Craig is chief executive officer and president of Meritor, Inc. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer, with oversight of Meritor’s business segments – Commercial Truck & Industrial and Aftermarket & Trailer. He has been a member of the Meritor Board of Directors since April 2015. Prior to taking on the role of president and chief operating officer, Craig was senior vice president and president of Meritor’s Commercial Truck & Industrial segment. He served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Meritor from 2009 to 2013 and has held various leadership positions at the company since 2006. Before joining Meritor, Craig served as president and chief executive officer of General Motors Acceptance Corp.’s (GMAC) Commercial Finance organization from 2001 to 2006. Prior to that, Craig was president and chief executive officer of GMAC’s Business Credit division from 1999 until 2001. He joined GMAC as a general auditor in 1997 from Deloitte & Touche, where he served as an audit partner. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Cliff Gladstein is the founder and president of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). For over 22 years, he has been a leader at the local, state, and national levels in the effort to develop cost-effective policies, programs, and products to reduce pollution from transportation, relieve the nation’s dependence on petroleum, and create innovative public-private partnerships to pursue market-based solutions for environmental problems. Mr. Gladstein is the founder of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC), the nation’s first and most successful public-private partnership to accelerate the commercialization of clean alternative fuel vehicles in the interstate movement of goods, and he continues to develop and implement other clean transportation and power generation technology deployment programs and incentive programs. Mr. Gladstein teaches air quality policy at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability and is an advisor to the University of Southern California’s Sustainable Cities Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a graduate of Duke University and holds three graduate degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mary D. Nichols is chair of the California Air Resources Board, a post Nicols has held since 2007. Nickols also served as chair of the Air Resources Board from 1979-1983. Nichols entire career is devoted in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to the work at the Air Board, Nichols has served as assistant administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, secretary for California’s Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles. Nichols’ priorities as chair include moving ahead on the state’s landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. Nichols values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state’s air issues. The Board is supported by a professional staff of scientists, engineers, economists, lawyers and policy experts, with an annual operating budget of more than $860 million.

Steve Gilligan serves as vice president of product marketing for the North American Truck Operations, of International Truck and Engine Corporation, the operating company of Warrenville, Illinois-based Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV), one of the world’s leading truck and diesel engine manufacturers. Gilligan was originally hired in 1983 as an employee of Navistar (formerly International Harvester Corporation) where serving in a variety of sales, pricing, and marketing positions including director, Medium Truck Marketing. From 1995 to 1996, Gilligan joined Allied Signal as Engine Enterprise Director for the Bendix Truck Brake Systems air compressor business unit at in Elyria, Ohio. In 1997, Gilligan was recruited as general marketing manager at Paccar’s Kenworth Division where Gilligan responsible for product management, pricing, and marketing communications for Kenworth Truck Company. In November 2005, Gilligan rejoined International Truck and Engine Corporation serving as assistant general manager, heavy trucks. Gilligan currently operates as vice president, product marketing and Information for International’s product lines. Gilligan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from Loras College, a Master’s in business administration from the University of Washington, and a marketing management certificate from Stanford University.

Tamara Barker was appointed the company’s chief sustainability officer (CSO) and vice president of environmental affairs in April 2016. In June 2017, Barker assumed additional responsibilities as vice president of domestic plant engineering.
As CSO, Barker leads an engineering team dedicated to managing global sustainability data for reporting. Barker’s team oversees a cross-functional Sustainability Leadership Council that establishes key performance indicators and goals for the company. Barker also is a member of the Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee, which includes four executives from UPS‘s Management Committee, the top tier of the company’s management structure.
As vice president of environmental affairs, Barker has responsibility for UPS’s Environmental Compliance programs, overseeing hazardous waste management and the transportation of hazardous materials. As vice president of domestic plant engineering, Barker oversees UPS’s Plant Engineering function and is responsible for all US small package and freight facilities. Barker, a 30-year UPS veteran, joined the company in 1988 as a UPS package delivery driver in Ohio. Before this current role, Barker served as the west region director of plant engineering. Barker also is active in external sustainability initiatives including Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Georgia Nature Conservancy Trustee, The Nature Conservancy and the Atlanta Sustainability Network.

Julie Furber is the executive director of the electrification business at Cummins. She is responsible for overseeing the development and acceleration of Cummins knowledge and capability in electrification, positioning the company to be the leading provider of electrified power in commercial markets. A disruptor at heart, Furber has been at the forefront of identifying the products and solutions critical to the success of Cummins customers. Furberjoined Cummins in 2005 as a finance director for Cummins Generator Solutions in the United Kingdom. Prior to her current role, Furber led product planning and product management across the company’s $8-billion Engine Business.

James Burrell is the assistant vice president of American Honda’s Advanced Powertrain Group, overseeing the sales and marketing of the brand new Clarity model line, which includes the Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. Burrell joined American Honda in 1989 and, prior to his assignment with the Advanced Powertrain Group, served as the Assistant Vice President of Honda’s Export Sales Division, Zone Manager in the Northeast, and Southwest Zones and was a founding member of the Sales and Production Planning Department. Burrell is a world traveler and has visited over 35 countries. Burrell is pleased to be a speaker at ACT Expo 2017 and to discuss the evolution of mobility.

Janea A. Scott is one of five commissioners on the California Energy Commission. The Energy Commission is the State’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission’s public member. Scott is the lead commissioner on transportation, implementing recommendations from the Commission’s Senate Bill 350 study on the barriers to low income community participation in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and in 2014 Scott led the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update. Scott serves as the chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and is on the public policy board of Veloz, a nonprofit founded by public and private sector industry veterans working together to advance the electric car movement. Scott is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the United States Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund in both the New York and Los Angeles offices as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Scott was also an AmeriCorps member working at the San Francisco Urban Service Project from 1996-1997. Scott earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Sam Gabbita is operating partner at Element Partners and chairman of Agility Fuel Solutions. Element manages approximately $850 million in funds focused on the nexus of technology and sustainability. Gabbita joined Element in 2006 and completed transactions in a number of private technology-driven growth companies spanning transportation, energy, and industrial end markets. Prior to joining Element, Gabbita was an associate at Lazard Freres focused on financial restructuring of companies in the transportation, energy and telecommunications industries. Gabbita also spent three years as an associate with Nautic Partners, a private equity firm, focusing on growth, buyout and venture investments in the telecommunications and information technology sectors. Gabbita also worked as a financial analyst in investment banking for Salomon Brothers (now part of Citigroup). Gabbita earned his Bachelors of Art in economics, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Madhav Acharya currently serves as a technology-to-market advisor at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). Acharya’s focus at ARPA-E includes conversion of renewable energy into carbon neutral liquid fuels through catalytic and electrochemical pathways. After graduate work in the field of nanoporous carbon membranes for gas separation at the University of Delaware, Acharya began his career at ExxonMobil in 1998 and progressed through a number of technical and managerial roles of increasing responsibility. His initial work was in the area of zeolite catalysis, where he worked on development, scale-up and licensing of catalysts for low sulfur fuels and advanced lubricants. After a stint as operations supervisor at a catalyst manufacturing plant, Acharya worked as process engineering section head leading a group of technical experts supporting ExxonMobil’s global refining footprint. Directly prior to joining ARPA-E, Acharya was manager of research guidance and valuation. In this role, he guided new research and development assessments in ExxonMobil’s downstream portfolio, including techno-economic analysis, funding decisions and long term portfolio management.

William (Bill) Zobel is vice president of market development and strategy for Trillium. Trillium designs, builds and operates a network of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations across the United States. Zobel has almost thirty 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 fifteen years with ARCO, Zobel successfully served in a variety of management positions where he was instrumental in developing and promoting landmark regulatory programs including the Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (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 Bachelor’s in Science in chemical engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and is a graduate of Columbia University’s executive business program.

Wayne Nastri is currently the executive officer for South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Prior to being appointed as executive officer, Nastri was co-president of E4 Strategic Solutions. Previously, Nastri worked in the Government Relations field with firms including mCapitol Management and Dutko Worldwide. Nastri also served for nearly eight years (2001-2009) as the region 9 administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has jurisdiction over California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Before the appointment as Regional Administrator, Nastri served on the Governing Board of California’s SCAQMD. Nastri served on Cal/EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Site Mitigation External Advisory Committee. Also, Nastri served as the legislative director for the California Environmental Business Council (CEBC), and was editor-in-chief for the National Association of Environmental Professionals’ Environmental News. Nastri has also served in various advisory committees to Cal EPA including the California Air Resources Board (CARB) zero emission vehicle (ZEV) implementation advisory committee, DTSC’s Site Mitigation Program Advisory committee (co-chairing the Brownfields Sub-Committee) and Office of Environmental Health Hazards and Assessments (OEHHA)’s Private Site Manager’s Advisory Committee.
As EPA Region 9 regional administrator from 2001 through January 2009, Nastri was responsible for policy development and operations in EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. Nastri had management oversight of nearly 1000 people and an annual budget exceeding $700 million. Nastri worked closely with the public, industry and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts, including development of diesel emission reduction efforts through development of the West Coast Diesel Collaborative. Nastri also focused the agency on developing strategies to address marine emissions associated with ocean-going vessels and ports.

Tony Brasil has 25 years of professional experience with the State of California with 19 years at the California Air Resources Board, and more than 12 years of that experience in a management capacity developing heavy duty vehicle programs. Brasil oversees implementation of several existing regulations that reduce emissions from existing in-use heavy-duty vehicles, and development of new regulations and policies to accelerate commercialization of zero emission heavy duty trucks, buses, and other innovative transportation technologies that will reduce criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. 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.

Austin Hausmann is vice president of research and product development at Chanje. Hausmann coordinates the technical development, refinement, and execution of the company’s strategic planning. Hausmann also leads the product development and engineering teams and helps develop Chanje’s vehicle technology portfolios. Prior to Chanje, Hausmann served in several management positions at Smith Electric Vehicles. There Hausmann built the commercial engineering group, which worked closely with the business development and technology divisions to develop various software and application strategies. Hausmann has published numerous papers in world-renowned journals covering electric vehicle design, battery thermal modeling, distracted driving, and fuel after treatment solutions. Hausmann has a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering
from the University of Kansas.

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. 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 Technologies International.

Chris Nordh is senior director of advanced vehicle technology and energy products for the Fleet Management Solutions business segment of Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. In this position, Nordh is responsible for developing and executing Ryder’s role in providing the broadest range of transportation solutions and the enablement of new and innovative solutions to come to market and reach customers that have needs that match these products, especially as it relates to the developing last mile delivery market. Nordh also manages Ryder’s fuel & energy solutions team with the goal of broadening Ryder’s offering and lowering overall customer total cost of consumption. Nordh received his Masters of business administration in management science and Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami.

Tom Madrecki, as director of urban innovation and mobility, leads United Postal Service’s (UPS) efforts to partner with cities on ways to reduce congestion, increase quality of life and drive mutually beneficial policy decisions through pilot projects, academic research and best-practice sharing. Previously, Madrecki was a strategic communications manager specializing in federal policy issues including transportation infrastructure and sustainability. A past legislative assistant at UPS from 2010-2011, Madrecki rejoined UPS in 2013 after serving as the chief spokesperson for Smart Growth America, a non-profit organization focused on sustainable urban planning

Brendan Riley comes to GreenPower with over 23 years of experience in the area of business development, sales strategy and perations. Previously, Riley was North American vice-president of fleet sales for BYD Motors, running multiple electric vehicle business units including the material handling, truck and the bus groups. It was here that Riley secured the largest privately funded electric bus contract in North America two years in a row. Riley was also instrumental in negotiating the purchase and setup of two manufacturing facilities for BYD (an electric bus assembly plant and an EV battery assembly plant in California). Riley served two terms as the president of the Southern California Chapter of the AVS for Science and Technology, and is currently serving as an advisor on the EPRI Bus and Truck Charging Interface Group.

Dr. Joshua Schank is the chief innovation officer at Los Angeles Metro, joining from the Eno Center for Transportation, a transportation policy think-tank in Washington, DC. There, Dr. Schank, served as the president and chief executive officer. During this time, Dr. Schank successfully sought innovative solutions to pressing national transportation concerns through consensus and coalition building among industry leaders, elected officials and academics. In this role, Dr. Schank also directed Eno’s highly visible working groups on public-private partnerships (P3s), freight, aviation and transportation finance. Dr. Schank started his career at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a transportation planner and went on to work as a congressional transportation fellow and legislative assistant in the United States Senate. Dr. Schank also worked as a senior associate for two major international transportation consulting firms, specializing in public transit and federal transportation policy. Dr. Schank also served as director of transportation research for the Bipartisan Policy Center based in Washington, D.C., directing a large panel of former elected officials, policy experts, business executives and civic leaders overseeing a national study of federal transportation policy that resulted in recommendations for accountable, performance-based transportation programs.

Kenneth Williams is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, Missouri. Williams has worked in the construction and fleet industries his entire adult life, gathering knowledge and adapting to changes that promote Kansas City’s growing transportation needs. Passionate about his hometown airport, Kenny found himself in a unique position to introduce electric bus service to Kansas City International Airport’s fleet. It was a perfect match. After 24 years with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Williams is able to come and go from his hometown, and enjoy the electric bus service that benefits his airport.

Jim Castelaz is a leading electric vehicle entrepreneur, trained as an electrical engineer with expertise in power and embedded systems. As founder and chief executive officer, Castelaz holds Motiv’s vision to free fleets from fossil fuels and he drives the strategic and technical direction at Motiv. Castelaz has expertise in capital-efficient company and technology formation and growth, fundraising, winning and executing government grants, development of complex IP portfolios, and building A+ teams. Castelaz holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University and Bachelor of Science in engineering and economics from Harvey-Mudd College.

Joe Stergios has twenty seven years of professional experience in the fleet industry, with experience in the realms of rental, leasing, and vehicle original engine manufacturing. Stergios also has experience in sales, management, and dministration. 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.

Dr. Samveg Saxena is a research scientist and principal investigator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the founder of MyGreenCar. At Berkeley Lab, Saxena leads a team that conducts research and deploys tools to overcome technology and consumer perception barriers facing sustainable transportation. Saxena’s team has developed MyGreenCar, a virtual test drive for car buyers and fleet managers. MyGreenCar compares personalized fuel costs and electric vehicle range for any driver in any car, to take much of the uncertainty out of buying clean cars. Also, the team also developed the Vehicle-to-Grid Simulator (V2G-Sim), which earned the 2015 R&D100 Award. Saxena leads Department of Energy funded and California Energy Commission funded research on the integration of hydrogen, vehicle, and grid systems. Saxena earned a Ph.D in mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, researching the development of advanced internal combustion engines. Saxena has served as a reviewer, organizer, and editorial board member for several prestigious conferences and journals in vehicle powertrain systems. Also, Saxena founded a team that built a solar powered car that received Berkeley Lab’s prestigious Director’s Award recognizing success in launching impactful technologies into the marketplace, and was recognized in the Canadian House of Commons for his leadership excellence.

Jamie Hall is a manager on the public policy team at General Motors (GM), focusing on policies and programs to support commercialization of GM’s advanced vehicle portfolio. Hall is responsible for policy considerations affecting the development and deployment of advanced technology vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, as well as fuel cell and natural gas vehicles and associated infrastructure. Hall works closely with GM technical teams, policymakers, and industry stakeholders and is active in multiple collaborative efforts in this area, including the California Electric Transportation Coalition and the California Fuel Cell Partnership. Hall has more than ten years of environmental and energy policy experience. Most recently, Hall served as policy director at CALSTART, leading legislative and regulatory initiatives on related to advanced vehicle and fuel technologies, infrastructure, and commercialization challenges. Hall received degrees from Princeton University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley.

Clay Siegert is chief operating officer and co-founder of XL. In this position, Siegert is responsible for leading sales, supply chain, and production at XL Hybrids. Previously, 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. Siegert also co-authored an MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics research study on vehicle-to-grid opportunities for corporate fleets.

John R. Bautista III is the chief executive officer and founder for Tropos Technologies Inc. Bautista served as former vice president of technical operations of First Priority GreenFleet, an electric and hybrid medium and heavy-duty truck manufacturer; former director of technical operations of KLD Energy Technologies, Inc., an electric vehicle and electric drive system design and manufacturer; and former director of mechanical engineering of Zero Motorcycles, manufacturer of the world’s top high performance electric motorcycle. Bautista designed built one of the first modern electric road race cars and the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle. Bautista’s diverse background coupled with his successful business start-up experience and entrepreneurial drive has consistently led to clean transportation companies seeking participation and consultation over the last 15 years. Bautista is now the visionary leading Tropos Technologies, Inc. which recently launched Tropos Motors by introducing the versatile and diversely capable ABLE electric commercial utility vehicle (eCUV).

Robert Carrick is the vocational sales manager, natural gas for Daimler Trucks North America. Carrick has been with Freightliner for 33 years in a wide variety of management positions. Previously, Carrick has been a national account service manager, regional service manager for the northeast region, director of parts sales and marketing, and region general manager for Sterling and Western Star in the northeast and western regions. Since 2008, Carrick has been directly involved in the rollout of the Natural Gas Program for Freightliner. Prior to joining Freightliner, Carrick enjoyed 13 years of fleet management in the transit and refrigerated carrier transportation segments.

Michael O’Connell, senior director of fleet operations for Frito-Lay North America (FLNA), oversees one of the largest privately owned fleets in the United States. In this role, O’Connell is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s sustainability strategy for fleet. This transformation encompasses upgrading existing assets, as well as the identification and integration of innovative “green” technologies and vehicles. The ultimate goal for the company is to become the “most fuel efficient fleet in the US.” Under O’Connell’s guidance, the company has been implementing initiatives such as route and asset optimization, operator training, aerodynamics, geographical positioning systems, electric vehicles, compressed natural gas, and developing partnerships with organizations like the Department of Transportation and its SmartWay program. O’Connell started with FLNA in 1991 at its Wooster, Ohio facility. In 23 years with the company, O’Connell has worked in a number of field positions in service and distribution, finance, and supply chain at various FLNA sites including Frankfort, Indiana one of the company’s largest manufacturing facilities. O’Connell received his Master’s in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a combined Bachelor of Science in business administration (finance and operations management) from The Ohio State University.

Andrew Cullen is senior vice president – fuels and facility services for Penske Truck Leasing. In this position, Cullen has oversight of facilities, real estate, fuel, alternative fuels, and environmental affairs. Upon joining the company in 1995, Cullen has served in a variety of capacities for Penske Truck Leasing, which includes: manager of facility compliance engineering, director of environmental services, director of environmental and telecommunication services, vice president – environmental and telecommunication and vice president – fuels and environmental affairs. 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.

Kathleen Ligocki is the chief executive officer at Agility Fuel Solutions since 2015. Prior to joining Agility, Ligocki served as the chief executive officer of Harvest Power, a leading organics management solutions company. Previously, Ligocki was an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital providers, collaborating with the firm’s green tech ventures on strategic challenges, scaling operations and commercialization. Ligocki has also served as chief executive officer at Tower Automotive, a Fortune 1000 global automotive supplier, Next Autoworks, an auto company with a unique low-cost business model, and GS Motors, a Mexico City-based auto retailer owned by Grupo Salinas, a large Mexican conglomerate. Ligocki has also held executive positions at Ford and United Technologies leading operations in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Russia. Ligocki’s industrial career began at General Motors. Currently, Ligocki serves as a director on the board of Lear Corporation, a Fortune 200 automotive supplier, and formerly has served on numerous public, private and academic boards. Also, Ligocki is a fiduciary board member at the Indiana University Foundation. Ligocki earned a Bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in liberal studies from Indiana University Kokomo and holds a Master in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ligocki has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Indiana University Kokomo and Central Michigan University.

Takehito Yokoo is the advanced fuel cell senior executive engineer with Toyota’s Product Development Office (PDO) in Toyota’s North American Research and Development organization. Yokoo’s background includes managing suitability testing of advanced powertrain configurations in North America, coordinating development of new or improved alternate powertrain system controls for Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (FCHV), Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV); including strategic planning focusing on technologies that enable sustainable transportation systems. Currently, Yokoo’s responsibilities have been extended to large scale Fuel Cell powertrain feasibility in North America. Yokoo earned a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Hosei University, Japan. Yokoo then joined Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in 1988, moving to TTC in 1990 to begin a new career in the United States, responsible for managing suitability testing and development of gasoline powertrain control systems in North America.

Darren Gosbee is vice president of powertrain and advanced technology for commercial vehicles manufactured by Navistar Corporation. At Navistar’s World Headquarters in Lisle, Chicago, Gosbee is responsible for Advanced Vehicle Technology development as well as overseeing the design, development and installation of all Navistar and vendor engines used in International Trucks and IC Buses. In this role, Gosbee, is also responsible for the development of Navistar’s Department of Energy SuperTruck2 program. The engine and vehicle Certification and Compliance activities for Navistar products complete Gosbee’s portfolio of responsibilities.
Gosbee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical and electronic engineering from City University, London and a Master’s Degree in advanced automotive engineering from Loughborough University. Gosbee is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology, a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council and is a member of Society of Automotive Engineers.

Robert Barrosa is the director of utility strategy and operations for Electrify America. In this role, Barrosa is responsible for strategy and business development with a special focus on the California region. Barrosa has over 10 years of experience in the EV infrastructure industry. Previously, Barrosa served as vice president of OEM strategy and business development for EVgo and as an executive with AeroVironment Inc. in product development, engineering and business development.

Bill Lyons is the vice president of sales operation at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) since November 2014. Lyons is responsible for sales operations in the U.S. and Canada, including dealer and fleet sales, distribution and traffic operations, and product applications. MFTA is headquartered in Logan Township, NJ, and is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Kawasaki, Japan, an integral part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG. With a heritage of more than 30 years in North America, MFTA is focused on delivering trucks with the lowest cost-of-ownership in their class. Its Class 3-5 diesel-powered, medium-duty cabover trucks are available through more than 200 dealer locations throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam. More than 100,000 Mitsubishi Fuso standard, 4-wheel-drive and crew cab trucks have been sold in North America to fulfill the transportation needs of a wide variety of businesses and industries. Lyons received a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Penn State University.

Dietmar Fahrun is the manager of sales and marketing for American Honda’s Advanced Powertrains Group in the Connected Environmental Business Division. Fahrun oversaw the launch of the Clarity Series which includes a Fuel Cell, Electric and Plug-in Hybrid vehicle. Fahrun has over 30 years of experience in the auto industry in various field and management positions with VW/Audi, some retail dealerships and 21 years with American Honda.

Marc Sears is the head of strategic accounts at Mercedes Benz USA (MBUSA) and has the overall responsibility for developing and implementing the comprehensive fleet strategy for MBUSA’s van division. Sears has been with Daimler AG in various capacities of increasing responsibility since 2003, having worked with DaimlerChrysler Vans, DaimlerChrysler, Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, and Thomas Built Buses prior to assuming this current role. Sears earned a Bachelor of Arts in finance from Morehouse College and a Master of public administration from Wilmington University, and actively serves as a mentor within the Daimler organization and in the Charlotte, North Carolina community.

Tucker Perkins is the president and chief executive officer of the Propane Education and Research Council.Perkins has worked in the propane industry for 26 years, having served as the director of business development for Inergy, chief executive officer of Premier Propane, and the chief operating officer of Columbia Propane, a unit of the Columbia Energy Group. Tucker is also the former chairman of a PERC advisory committee on engine fuel matters and is active with the National Propane Gas Association and the Virginia Propane Gas Association.

William “Bill” Nowicke is currently the chief operating officer and president of Agility Fuel Solutions. Nowicke started his career leading operations at Chrysler where he quickly moved through various senior leadership roles in manufacturing operations. After almost a 12 year career at Chrysler, which focused primarily on launching new operations and turning around under-performing assets, Nowicke joined AlixPartners, one of the premier global corporate turn-around consulting firms in the United States (U.S.) 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 concluded his tenure with AlixPartners working on the storied General Motors bankruptcy case where he worked with the federal government and businesses across the U.S. to maximize residual value for stakeholders and community leaders. In 2010, Nowicke joined Think, a Norwegian electric car company where he served as vice president of global operations and started up a U.S. manufacturing operation in Elkhart, Indiana. Prior to joining Agility Fuel Solutions, Nowicke was a vice president with Platinum Equity, a California based Private Equity firm. There, Nowicke led merger and acquisition diligence for over 35 public and private companies ranging in size from 150 million dollars to 3 billion dollars in sales. Nowicke has a Master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and holds a Master’s degree in solutions engineering as well as a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Jerry Johnson has held many different roles in 20 years with Cummins Inc. Johnson started in the warranty department and then moved to quality review engineering. After that, Johnson took a role in the vehicle integration group, performing prototype builds and testing. Johnson was asked to take an applications role working with two key OEM’s on the installation of the first heavy duty EGR Cummins product. After this work, Johnson moved to a territory manager position in the western division. Johnson was a territory manger for five years with the key role of calling on large fleets within the territory. Johnson’s current role is western regional manager for Cummins West Port Inc. and with a territory consisting of 18 western states which encompass four Cummins Distributors. Johnson is responsible for the growth and exposure of CWI products within these states. Johnson also is responsible for some key customers within this territory. Johnson graduated from the University of Southern Colorado (Colorado State University-Pueblo) with a Bachelor’s Degree in automotive engineering and industry management with a minor in business.


Jeff Stevens
leads Kenworth’s sales initiatives for vocational trucks including construction, refuse, municipality, off-highway as well as heavy haul tractors. Stevens also leads sales initiatives for alternative fuel vehicles and works closely with research and development and product engineering for development of next generation technology. Stevens works closely with customers, body builders and Kenworth’s nationwide dealer network to define and deliver the World’s Best Trucks. Stevens has 20 years of experience in the automotive industry including 15 years in commercial vehicles. Stevens has held leadership roles in various capacities including engineering, program management, procurement and sales. Stevens holds an industry technology degree from Ohio University and a Masters of business administration from the University of Washington.

Chip Wertz is Waste Management’s (WM) national director of fleet facility infrastructure and leads WM’s program for developing on-site natural gas fueling infrastructure and upgrades to vehicle maintenance facilities to support the company’s transition from diesel to clean burning natural gas. WM currently operates over 6,500 NG collection vehicles (CNG & LNG), owns and operates 110 natural gas fueling facilities (CNG, LNG & LCNG) in 34 states and 3 Canadian Providences. Twenty-five of these locations include public access CNG retail fueling. With over 33 years in the solid waste industry, Wertz has extensive experience with WM’s renewable energy program including landfill gas to electrical power production as well as the company’s efforts in pioneering the use of renewable natural gas in WM’s fleet of CNG and LNG vehicles. Wertz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University.

Michelle Sim is currently the clean transportation manager at SoCalGas, leading advancement and growth of natural gas vehicles in SoCalGas and SDG&E service territories. Sim joined SoCalGas in 2013 and has served in various business development roles in the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors. Sim’s career began in energy at the Los Angeles Unified School District, managing over an $86 million utility budget. Appointed by the then-U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Sim currently serves on the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. Sim is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers; and a SoCalGas representative with the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, San Joaquin Valley Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, California Trucking Association, Harbor Trucking Association, and Natural Gas Vehicles for America. Sim received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and has also earned certifications as Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, and Certified Demand Side Management certificates from the Association of Energy Engineers.

Andy Ellison has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of logistics, specializing in refrigerated less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation and distribution on and off Vancouver Island. Ellison’s extensive background includes the current role as vice president of operations at ColdStar Solutions Inc. In 13 years with ColdStar Solutions Inc. has given Ellison experience operations from the ground up and has actively participated as the fleet converted to the CNG program. Coldstar began working closely with Fortis BC in 2012 on a plan that has seen ColdStar implement CNG vehicles. ColdStar is the first trucking company in Canada to purchase and put into service 10 Class 8 tractors and 3 5-ton trucks with the 8.9L engine that operate 100% on compressed natural gas. ColdStar, in partnership with Fortis BC, built the first natural gas third party fueling station on Vancouver Island. Ellison is recognized for expertize in LTL, refrigerated transport, and distribution on and off Vancouver Island.

Andrew Papson is the electric bus program manager at Foothill Transit, overseeing one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the nation. Papson is responsible for tackling and overcoming many of the barriers to growing to 100% electric, including charging and grid issues, regulatory and legislative actions, and funding opportunities. Outside of Foothill Transit, Papson has participated in the nationwide conversation within the transit industry on how to build successful electric bus programs. Papson works with industry partners, environmental nonprofits, and other stakeholders to advance electric bus goals. Papson has participated in and shared lessons learned at industry forums domestically and abroad. Also, Papson has deep experience in electric transit, heavy duty vehicles and the environmental impacts of transportation. Papson’s career has included environmental consulting and clean transportation nonprofits. Papson holds a Master’s Degree in transportation engineering and energy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s Degree in materials science engineering from Stanford University.

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, electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) partners, site hosts and utilities. Galiger has been with ABB since 2014, having worked in Microgrids and Energy Storage prior to joining Electric Vehicle 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.

Eric Seilo joined Southern California Edison (SCE) in 2011 and is currently a senior advisor for environmental strategy and analytics focused on transportation electrification policy and utility investment strategy. Seilo’s role is centered on advancing the utility’s role in accelerating transportation electrification (TE) through developing charging infrastructure deployment strategies, facilitating programs to incentivize greater electric vehicle (EV) adoption, and influencing emerging state regulatory policies related to TE.
Most recently, Seilo led SCE’s half-billion dollar proposal to electrify medium-duty, heavy-duty and non-road goods movement vehicles across Southern California. Seilo began working on transportation-related issues in 2013 analyzing EV market potential that eventually lead to helping develop the Charge Ready Program Pilot – a proposal to install up to 30,000 charging stations at long-dwell locations throughout SCE territory. Seilo also helped design and develop SCE’s Clean Fuel Reward, a program which redistributes revenue from the sale of Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits to owners of electric vehicles.
Seilo holds a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California

Paul Stith is director of strategy and innovation for Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction firm. Stith specializes in sustainable transportation and distributed clean energy solutions. Stith works with vehicle OEMs, utilities, transit agencies, cities and emerging transportation service providers to plan and build infrastructure for high power electrification and automation of light, medium and heavy-duty vehicle fleets. Prior to Black & Veatch, Stith was director, business development and regulatory affairs for EV Grid where he led policy initiatives with the California Public Utilities Commission, California roadmaps for VGI and Energy Storage, V2G school buses and 2nd life battery system interconnection with BMW’s Pacific Gas & Electric VGI pilot.

Amitai Bin-Nun is vice president, autonomous vehicles and mobility innovation at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), which seeks to accelerate the deployment of vehicle automation and maximize the energy security and social benefits of the technology. Bin-Nun came to SAFE from the innovation team at KPMG Strategy where Bin-Nun advised corporate and government leadership on the implications of emerging vehicle technologies and partnered with IBM Watson to explore potential financial services applications for cognitive computing. Bin-Nun also a former associate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. Previously, Bin-Nun served in the office of Senator Chris Coons and was an AAAS Fellow at the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Bin-Nun earned a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics at the University of Pennsylvania, exploring the using black holes as a window into extra dimensions.

Rod McLane has over 20 years in high tech marketing across both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. His background and expertise spans across various marketing disciplines including marketing strategy, product launch, corporate communications, demand generation and channel marketing. Prior to joining Peloton, McLane led product marketing as senior director of marketing at Ayla Networks, a leading IoT platform start up in the smart home space. Prior to Ayla, he also held a marketing leadership positions at Echopass Corporation, a cloud-based enterprise software company that had a successful exit in 2013 being acquired by Genesys. McLane has also held key marketing positions at Amdocs and BMC software. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in advertising form California State University-San Jose.

Dr. Aravind Kailas manages innovation and research and development initiatives to create and commercialize sustainable transport solutions for the Volvo Group. By promoting the company’s creative assets and key technology positions in various fora, Dr. Kailas has been instrumental in establishing the Volvo Group as a trusted thought leader in California. Dr. Kailas has spearheaded Volvo’s policy and outreach efforts in the connected and autonomous vehicles spaces, and also spearheaded all truck platooning activities in North America to shape the legislative and market landscapes. Dr. Kailas is also an Instructor at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Kailas has previously held positions at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, QUALCOMM, Inc., DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and General Electric. Dr. Kailas is an award-winning and internationally-published subject-matter expert, and has earned degrees in applied mathematics and electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology.

JoAnne Golden-Stewart came to Gladstein, Neandross, & Associates (GNA) in 2015 and brings 10 years of experience in a broad cross section of advanced transportation-related economic development, public policy, policy analysis, and project development and management. Golden-Stewart has served a wide spectrum of industries and audiences from both established as well as emerging technologies within advanced transportation, including battery electric vehicles, automated vehicles, and renewable fuels—working with an array of nonprofit, business, and government organizations. Golden-Stewart leads the agenda management for ACT Expo and serves as a member of GNA’s Funding 360 program.

Dr. Joshua Sperling is an ‘Urban Futures and Energy-X Nexus’ engineer and multi-disciplinary researcher at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado. Sperling is a former Fulbright Scholar, holds a PhD from the interdisciplinary sustainable urban infrastructure program at University of Colorado, Denver, and co-leads the Urban Science research thrust of the Department of Energy SMART Mobility lab consortium.

Marco Anderson is a program manager at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and a contributor to The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future. Anderson currently works in the Sustainability Department integrating land use and transportation policy. Anderson is the program manager for the Sustainability Planning Grant Program, Mobility Innovations Strategies, Electric Vehicle Planning, and the SoCal Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator. Anderson earned his Master’s Degree in urban and regional planning from the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Ali Kashani is the head of Postmates X, the advanced research & development division of Postmates, overseeing a team of machinists, data scientists, Artificial Intelligence experts, and engineers to evaluate, build, and test new tools to power logistics solutions in urban environments through advanced technologies. Kashani joined Postmates in 2017 to create the X division and has been central to the company’s evaluation of automated tools, including robotic delivery pilots launched in Florida, DC, Virginia, and in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Postmates, Kashani founded several startups in clean tech, Internet of Things, and consumer applications, and starting the most recent one after joining the venture capital fund, Pear VC, as the Entrepreneur in Residence in 2016. Kashani received his Ph.D. in computer vision from the University of British Columbia, and has been awarded six patents. Kashani is the recipient of NSERC Graham Bell fellowship, Canada’s premier engineering fellowship.

Brian G. Soublet, appointed deputy director, chief counsel at the California Department of Motor Vehicles by Governor Brown in 2015. Soublet has 25 years of service with the state of California, including assistant chief counsel and chief counsel at the California Department of Insurance. Soublet’s responsibilities include working on regulatory projects for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles on public roads in California, as well as the issuance of driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, and the issuance of driver’s licenses that comply with the federal REAL Id Act.

Jerry Hirsch is vice president of content and the founding editor of Trucks.com, a news site that covers the intersection of technology and transportation in the trucking logistics and automotive sectors. In this role, Hirsch oversees the daily operations of the site, supervising a small staff of editors, writers and contributors. Hirsch also frequently writes for the site on topics such as electrification, self-driving trucks and economic news. Hirsh provides the vision for the Trucks.com brand and is responsible for all published content. Hirsch is also charged with developing growth strategies for the site and maintaining search authority. Hirsch won the Motor Press Guild 2017 automotive journalism news article of the year. Hirsch is also periodic guest on Road Dog Trucking, a truckers’ talk radio channel on the Sirius XM Radio service and regional NPR stations. Prior to joining Trucks.com in 2016, Hirsch covered automotive news for the Los Angeles Times writing about different facets of the industry, including autonomous technology and alternative fuel vehicles. Hirsh closely followed growth of electric vehicle maker Tesla and the California Air Resources Board zero-emission vehicle program. Hirsch also covered the California energy crisis and the business of food, wine and agriculture. Hirsch earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science from University of California, Davis, and a Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Hirsch was awarded the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT in 2009 and the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Journalism Fellowship in 2005.

Duane Lippincott is the corporate automotive director of learning and development for maintenance and engineering at United Postal Service. Lippincott responsible for overseeing numerous automotive, maintenance, and engineering projects for United Postal Service (UPS) across the nation. Additionally, as a director of learning and development, Lippincott is also responsible for learning, development, and training for the automotive personnel in North America. His major focus over the last several years has been developing and deploying the UPS-specific training for the new alternative fuel vehicles that have been added to the company’s rolling laboratory. Previously, Lippincott has spent 28 years at UPS in the automotive department, overseeing both fleet maintenance and engineering. He started at UPS in 1989 as a fleet mechanic, and, after two years, began advancing through various levels of management. These included positions in three UPS districts, where he was responsible for all shop operations, including vehicle maintenance. Lippincott is a certified Automated Service Excellence Master Technician in medium- and heavy-duty trucks and holds a second Master Certification in automobiles. Lippincott has a degree from Thomas Edison State University in mechanics and maintenance. Lippincott is an active member of Technical Advisory Group to the America Trucking Association, a board member of the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC)and board liaison for the S-11 Sustainability & Environmental Technology Committee and Future Truck Committee, as well as a recipient of TMC’s prestigious Silver Sparkplug award.

Oleg Logvinov joined IoTecha corporation as a co-founder, president, and chief executive officer in March 2016. Prior to joining IoTecha, Logvinov was a director of special assignments in STMicroelectronics’ Industrial & Power Conversion Division where he was deeply engaged in market and technology development activities for the Idustrial Internet of Things (IoT). During the last 25 years, Logvinov has held various senior technical and executive management positions in the telecommunications and semiconductor industry. After graduating from the Technical University of Ukraine (KPI) with the equivalent of a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, Logvinov began his carrier as a senior researcher at the Research and Development Laboratory of the Ukraine Department of Energy at the KPI. In January of 2015, Logvinov was appointed as the chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative. He is also a past member of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Advisory Group and the IEEE-SA Standards Board. He chairs the Industry Engagement track of the IEEE IoT Initiative and created a series of worldwide IoT Startup Competition events. Logvinov actively participates in several IEEE standards development working groups with the focus on the IoT and Communications Technologies. Logvinov helped found the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and is the past president and chief technology officer of the Alliance.

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, Mr. 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. Mr. 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.

Scott Hedderich has worked in the political arena bringing together policies and programs advancing the agricultural, bioindustrial, and renewable fuels industries for nearly 30 years. Currently, Hedderich serves as the executive director, corporate affairs at Renewable Energy Group, Inc(REG). Hedderich helps oversee a multi-faceted corporate affairs program designed to build and strengthen the organization’s role and reputation as a leader and influential voice in its field. Hedderich also engages in direct lobbying as well as overseeing a diverse set of contractors and consultants. Hedderich is responsible for developing internal and external policies and guidelines and oversees the implementation of a variety of programs designed to enhance the company’s reputation. Hedderich provides added leadership for the company’s communications group and grass roots activities. In years of experience, Hedderich has served in a variety of roles in the public and private sector from congressional staffer to national trade association lobbyist. Prior to joining REG, Heddrich served as industry relations manager for DuPont Pioneer. Hedderich holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with an emphasis in canadian studies from St. Lawrence University. Heddrich is also a graduate of the Public Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C.

Richard Battersby is an assistant director of public works for the City of Oakland, California and is the director of the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition. Battersby joined the Coalition in 1998 and has served as coordinator since 2003. Battersby has over 25 years in the fleet industry managing private sector, federal, state, county, and city fleets. Battersby has been working with alternative fuels and vehicles since 1997 and has received numerous awards within the fleet industry. Most recently, Battersby was named Employee of the Year for the Oakland Public Works, Bureau of Infrastructure and received Public Fleet Manager of the Year awards from Government Fleet Magazine and the American Public Works Association. Battersby has also inducted into the Department of Energy Clean Cities and Government Fleet Manager Halls of Fame. Battersby is a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager and Certified Public Fleet Professional, has been designated as a World Class Technician, and currently holds over 40 Automotive Service Excellence certifications. Battersby has a Bachelor of Science degree from the California State University, Sacramento and serves on the Board of Directors of the NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Preston Roper has more than two decades of experience leading innovative marketing and operations teams at high-growth technology companies, including Honeywell, NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems/Oracle) and Synopsys (IPO). Roper has helped advanced energy companies such as Stem and energyOrbit set product strategy, launch sales, and ramp marketing and public relations. Previously, Roper served as chief marketing officer and vice president of corporate development and executive vice president of operations & marketing at energy companies Cogenra and Tioga Energy, respectively. Currently, Roper is the chief marketing and operating officer for eMotorwerks. Roper holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, Masters of Science in hardware-software co-design, and a Master of business administration from Stanford University.

Andrew Scott has 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive across five continents in the logistics and technology sectors. As the former COO of two multi-national logistics companies, Scott has helped create and manage supply chain solutions for customers such as Amazon, Dupont, and Black & Decker. Scott has founded and built a number of successful freight forwarding and logistics-tech firms. Recently, Scott has been advising the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest port, on the introduction of new technology and how innovation can help global supply chain. Scott has become a leading advocate on the creation of digitally based public private partnerships (P3’s) and building private LTE networks.

Brendan Wiggins is the fleet analytics manager in the PepsiCo Fleet Center of Excellence, responsible for all powered assets for Pepsi and FritoLay in North America. Wiggins got his start in motorsport, working with a low volume performance tuning shop to compete in Rally America and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. After completing Masters of business administration in business analytics at Wake Forest University, Wiggins joined the FritoLay Fleet Headquarters team as the finance manager, handling forecasting, financial compliance, and sustainability reporting. Wiggins then took on the role of national parts manager, standardizing inventory and parts purchasing practices across the FritoLay organization. Wiggins now serves as fleet analytics manager, responsible for data integrity, reporting, and capital strategy for the North American Fleet. Wiggins has an LSS Black Belt through issued by the American Society for Quality and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.

Jordan Guter holds a Bachelor in Engineering (electrical and management), professional engineer, is the manager of the Solutions Engineering team at Geotab. Since joining the company in 2011, Jordan has focused on optimizing the technical capabilities and business applications of the Geotab telematics solution. He works closely with major enterprise fleets, original engine manufacturers, Tier 1 parts providers on a global scale. Guter is a member of many engineering groups, including the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the International Organization for Standardization, and is also a member of a number of committees such as the Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems and American Trucking Associations.

Charlie Guthro is vice president of strategic services at ARI. Guthro is responsible for ARI’s North American Strategic Services team, which includes the customer centric team of Strategic Account Managers and the Business Intelligence team, which centralizes ARI’s analytic and consulting experts. In a previous ARI role, Guthro led the North American fleet management team and was a key contributor to the creation and execution of the ARI Fleet Health Card. Prior to joining ARI in 2012, Guthro spent a decade working for Hydro One, Ontario’s largest transmission and distribution electricity provider. Guthro’s responsibilities included director for operations, fleet services, helicopter services, central maintenance and workforce management. Before that, Guthro was with the City of Hamilton, Ontario for 20 years, including serving as commissioner of public works.

John Sheehy is president and chief executive officer of Sheehy Enterprises, Inc., of Waterloo, Wisconsin. The trucking company was founded in 1968 to service multiple contracts with the United States Postal Service dedicated to the over-the-road transport of mail between cities throughout the Midwest. Under Sheehy’s management, the firm has since expanded into general freight contracting and has grown to become a premier regional carrier with well over 200 employees.

Don Francis is the executive director of the Partnership for Clean Transportation, the Clean Cities coalition in Georgia. Prior to being elected as executive director in April 2009, Francis served on the coalition’s board of directors and as treasurer. The US Department of Energy Clean Cities program is a government-industry partnership sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program. Clean Cities advances the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. Francis has 45 years of experience in automotive engineering, sales and marketing activities. Francis was employed by Georgia Power for 31 years. For 13 years, Francis was assigned to the company’s electric transportation program, primarily responsible for managing Southern EV, an unregulated business unit established for the sale, installation and service of electric vehicle charging equipment. Prior to the Electric Transportation program, Francis worked for 15 years in fleet services at Georgia Power and 10 years with General Motors. Francis is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and has a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute.

Jeff Flath has more than 30 years of executive management, sales and marketing experience in the industrial technology space – and track record of outstanding achievement and award-winning innovation. Most recently, as president of Cooley Group, a global leader in high-performance, flexible composites, he grew revenue to one hundred million dollars using a market expansion and diversification strategy. A longtime advocate for renewable energy, Flath played a key role in the development of the first one hundred percent solar-powered outdoor billboard in Times Square, and spearheads eNow’s leadership role in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) “Run-on-less” program. Also an ISO-9001 proponent, Flath is a Philip Crosby Quality College graduate and has a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Robert Koelsch transitioned from the semiconductor manufacturing industry to semi-trailers. Koelsch spent 25 years in leading edge technology developments including Light Emitting Diode Technology, and developing manufacturing processes for companies like Intel and Motorola using plasma physics to analyze efficient manufacturing techniques for products like the Pentium Chip. This has resulted in involvement in several patents. These years of education and experience in engineering, science, marketing and business management has allowed Koelsch to develop patented technology, market innovative products, and succeed at business in a competitive market to provide customers with products that are reliable, cost-effective, and commercially viable. After watching manufacturing jobs move overseas, Koelsch analyzed the market for products at the heart of industry and the U.S. job market. Koelsch assessed electric refrigerated trailers and recognized an opportunity to revitalize a product that has been central to the U.S. economy. The result was an all-new product that is revolutionizing semi-trailer reefers. Koelsch’s current efforts have demonstrated over 300,000 run hours on zero and near zero emission transportation refrigerated units over the past 4 years with 99.9% reliability. Koelsch was the president and chief operating officer of Sputtered Films Inc., a company which invented the sputtering gun which allowed metal interconnects to be microscopically placed on silicon wafers to form circuitry in modern electronics. Before that, Koelsch was the president of Wafer Standards where inventions were used in developing silicon sensors looking for everything from neutrinos to gaseous impurities. Koelsch’s first venture capital funded startup was formed in 1984 when the semiconductor industry was in it’s infancy.

Scott Mac Meekin has over 30 years of senior global experience in the development and commercialization of emerging technologies and joins Dearman from Singapore-based Navis Capital Partners, South East Asia’s largest private equity fund. Prior to this, Mac Meekin’s recent roles include chief operating officer at Tes-Envirocorp, transforming the business from a regional electronics waste management company into a global electronics services firm. Mac Meekin also holds the role of non-executive director at TR Fastenings (LON:TRI), which supplies assembly solutions to market leaders in the automotive, electronic design and manufacturing sectors across 50 countries.

Jack Symington has been with BYD since September 2017, managing both key technology demonstrations, involving cargo handling equipment and delivery vehicles, and product partnership opportunities. After graduating the University of Michigan with degrees in business administration and economics, Symington worked in public policy research and consulting in Washington, DC before moving to Los Angeles to work for BYD. With a keen interest in the new energy and clean transportation sectors, Symington is passionate about contributing to the transformation the industries will undergo in the coming years.

Dr. Kris Malek has more than 20 years extensive experience in industry R&D and business management in advanced materials, fabrication & manufacturing, and clean energy technologies. Primarily focused on clean technologies, he has managed development and marketed several software and hardware products from R&D stage to demonstration and early commercialization. He was a program technical lead for the Energy Storage Program at the National Research Council in Vancouver, Canada, leading activities around techno-economic assessment and market evaluation for energy storage technologies, including managing a major project to monitor and assess more than seven publicly funded large-scale grid-storage demonstration projects across Canada. He has served as program manager for a major, multiparty collaborative effort to develop next generation bus fuel cells in partnership with Ballard Power Systems and several academic partners. With an extensive technical background in hydrogen fuel cells and batteries, he has proven track record of planning and leading a fast-paced business growth with multichannel sales, and strategic positioning, while managing risk and market opportunity for the early adoption and scalability of emerging clean energy technologies. He holds an MBA, specialized in the management of technology, and a Ph.D. & post-doctorate in chemical engineering.

Joe Annotti, a senior program manager with Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), manages GNA’s Funding 360° program which offers a comprehensive suite of grant tracking, writing, and management services to our clients. Annotti provides project management, data analysis, and strategy development expertise for GNA’s broad client base. Building on experience in the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, Annotti 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.

Bill Robertson is California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) vehicle program specialist for heavy duty programs. In this capacity, Robertson works with new standards development for nitrous oxides (NOx) and greenhouse gases (GHGs), technology demonstration and advancement programs, and evaluation of incentive projects. Robertson’s background includes technology assessments and vehicle emissions measurement in CARB’s heavy duty emissions lab. Robertson has been with CARB for 13 years. Prior to joining CARB, Robertson received a PH.D. in physical chemistry from Yale University.

David Gully is the regional sales manager for the West Coast. Early in his career, Gully studied electrical componentry of industrial equipment. Gully has 23 years of expertise and knowledge of material handling equipment with Taylor Machine Works, Inc. and with Taylor’s sister company, Sudden Service, Inc. Prior to his position in sales, Gully worked with Sudden Service, Inc., the aftermarket parts and service company, as general service manager. His knowledge helped chart the course for electrical componentry in gantry cranes and steering involving electronic communication. Since 2005 Gully has been directly responsible for working with Taylor Authorized dealers in providing material handling equipment based on the specific customer needs and in offering fleet management solutions in port and terminal management systems.

Vince Illia graduated with a B.A in Speech Communications form the University of Nevada-Reno. He has worked as in truck sales & sales management for Freightliner, Kenworth & Peterbilt for the past 15 years. He took 1st place for Kenworth’s International Walk Around Competition in 2007 and was named as Peterbilt’s Top 100 Salesman in 2012. He has been the western regional sales manager at Capacity since 2017.

John Gerra is responsible for the development of class 8 electric truck opportunities in the western region of the United States. Gerra’s focus is on terminal equipment, drayage operations, carting and other specialty class 8 applications. By working closely with end-users, Gerra helps identify the economic benefits of deploying BYD’s proprietary battery, charging, and motor technologies to large fleets in heavy duty-cycle operations.

Eric Bayani has been with ITS for 12 years and works in the Marketing and Terminal Planning Department where he is Director of Marketing & Contracts. Although Bayani’s primary responsibility is managing commercial contracts, he has the unique responsibility of overseeing Air and Water compliance where he’s been involved with various projects with the Air Resources Board, Port of Long Beach and numerous vendors/stakeholders. He has been in the transportation/supply chain industry for 22 years spending his first 10 years with Kodak Polychrome Graphics. He has his undergrad from Cal State Fullerton and his MBA from Cal Poly Pomona.

Christopher Cannon is the director of environmental management for the Port of Los Angeles, a position he has held since October 2010. Cannon has worked at the Port of Los Angeles as a consultant since 2004, most recently helping to manage the implementation and daily operation of the highly successful Clean Truck Program. In his new role, Cannon will be responsible for balancing commerce and growth with ecological sustainability at the nation’s busiest container port. The division assesses environmental impacts of development projects and determines appropriate mitigation measures. Before his work on the Clean Truck Program, Cannon worked with the Port Environmental Management Division’s Air Quality and CEQA groups, supporting the development of key air projects such as the Clean Air Action Plan and its efforts to complete critical environmental impact reports for Port-related projects. Cannon has 21 years of experience in the environmental services industry, working on a range of projects while employed by ENVIRON International Corporation and TRC Environmental Solutions. Cannon received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Dartmouth College and a law degree from University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Greg Roche is vice president of sustainable trucking for Clean Energy. Roche performs market development for low NOx heavy duty trucks powered by renewable natural gas. Roche 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, Roche was vice president of national accounts and infrastructure, managing infrastructure development, real estate, and major fleet relationships. Roche led the team that built America’s Natural Gas Highway, a network of truck fueling stations from coast-to-coast and border-to-border. Roche’s tenure began 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. Roche received a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering.

Damon Hannaman a senior advisor with Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Business Customer Division in the Government Institution Agriculture Water organization. He has over 15 years’ experiences working with various energy intensive industries in SCE’s 50,000 sq. mile territory. Most recently he has been working to assist municipal government customers in the Westside, South Bay, and Greater Long Beach areas with their efforts surrounding energy efficiency, energy resiliency and emission reductions. As part of his role he has been working with the Port of Long Beach and their terminal operators, leading SCE’s efforts in electrification of terminal operations. He received his B.A. from California State University, Long Beach and received the Business Energy Professional certification from the Association of Energy Engineers.

Kevin Maggay is in the environmental affairs group of SocalGas. In this role, Maggay works with agencies and stakeholders to develop sound environmental policies. Maggay has extensive experience in goods movement and logistics with over 15 years of experience with BNSF Railway, the Port of Los Angeles, and the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority. Maggay also is an instructor in the Global Logistics Specialist Program at California State University, Long Beach.

Larry Nye is a senior vice president at Moffatt & Nichol. He has over 45 years of experience in planning, analysis and design of ports, marine and intermodal container terminals. His experience includes projects in North and South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Nye is also a California licensed Civil Engineer

Pascal Amar is Volvo’s principal investigator for advanced technology & research projects in the United States. Over the last fifteen, years he has led research and development projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of heavy duty vehicles, both in Europe and in North America.

Scott Zeppenfelt’s career began hitting the ground fresh out of high school, as a parts delivery runner that was a springboard into the world of Truck Dealership Operations. Zeppenfeldt became a service manager before the age of 22 and gained tremendous experience. Zeppenfeldt’s next endeavor was to run multiple service departments which led into becoming vice president of service. After successfully running seven service locations, Zeppenfeldt became the senior vice president of operations managing 19 locations in three states for Velocity Vehicle Group. Zeppenfeldt is an active member of the Truck Maintenance Council and sits on several Daimler Trucks of North America committees driving customer first initiatives.

Elizabeth Fretheim is the senior director of sustainability for Walmart’s supply chain division developing and managing the sustainability strategy both transportation and distribution centers. In 2016, Fretheim 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, working 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 while working in the remote northern regions of Canada with the Aboriginal people.

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 compressed natural gas 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.

Bill Bliem, senior vice president of fleet services at NFI, oversees the end-to-end management and maintenance of the company’s truck fleet and material handling equipment. Additionally, Bliem and his team manage NFI’s purchasing, licensing and tolls, and fuel departments. Today, NFI operates more than 4,000 tractors and 8,900 trailers. Bliem joined NFI in 2009 as Vice President of Maintenance, bringing more than 30 years of fleet and maintenance experience to NFI.
The team also leads the company’s sustainability initiatives by identifying and implementing new technology to improve aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, and emissions. Across its dedicated and drayage fleets, NFI leverages sustainable technology including natural gas, clean energy, electric tractors, low-rolling-resistance wide-based tires, and shore power. With social responsibility being a core company principle, NFI continuously explores new methods to improve fuel and asset utilization and reduce waste. These ongoing tests focus on key performance indicators like MPG and the eight SmartWay emissions metrics. NFI has also been recognized as a three-time award-winning EPA SmartWay partner and SmartWay High Performer. Bliem joined NFI in 2009 as Vice President of Maintenance, bringing more than 30 years of fleet and maintenance experience to NFI.

Brett Aristegui is a project manager in the National Energy Technology Laboratory Vehicle Technologies Division. Aristegui serves as the Clean Cities regional manager for the California region and is the point of contact for Clean Cities coalitions in California.

Michelle Buffington joined the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in 2007 At CARB, Buffington utilizes expertise to help shape state policy for both fuels and vehicles. In this current role, Buffington oversees the development of several incentive programs aimed at reducing emissions from heavy-duty and off-road equipment. This includes programs intended to turn-over legacy fleets to the cleanest available technologies, as well as programs designed to propel California to its zero-emission future by developing innovative strategies to bring advanced technologies to the commercial marketplace.

Sean Turner, chief operating officer, expertly guides the business strategy and operational protocols needed to effectively manage Gladstein, Neandross & Associates’ (GNA) growing client roster and project assignments. Turner draws upon two decades of operational experience with top tier firms to provide a foundation for GNA’s project teams that allows them to stay focused on results for our clients, knowing that administrative, legal, financial, and technical resources are all in place to allow them to successfully do their jobs. In addition to providing a backbone for the firm’s operations, Turner oversees GNA’s technical team and personally works directly on a host of engineering and advanced technology projects. He provides senior technical oversight to GNA’s clients on alternative fuel initiatives, air quality improvement, fleet planning, and vehicular technology. For the past 21 years, he has worked in international engineering consulting and government affairs on automotive emissions, alternative fuels, and air-quality issues.

Brian Fauble is the project manager for the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) at the California Energy Commission (CEC). CALeVIP works with local partners to design and implement electric vehicle charger incentive projects aimed to support the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout California to meet the goals of the Governor’s Executive Orders. Since joining the CEC in 2013, Fauble has been involved in the development of DC fast charging corridors in California, overseeing the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing Program, and managing multiple electric vehicle charging deployment projects.

Steven McCannon is the mobile sources program director for the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC). McCannon joined the RAQC in August of 2002, focusing on strategies to reduce mobile source air pollution through policy development and incentivizing the purchase of alternatively fueled vehicles (i.e., natural gas, electric and propane), retrofitting the legacy diesel and gasoline fleet and repairing/salvaging high-emitting and smoking vehicles. Currently, McCannon manages Charge Ahead Colorado, ALT Fuels Colorado, Repair Your Air Campaign and Clean Air Fleets. McCannon graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1992 and completed his Master of public administration at the University of Colorado – Denver in 1997. This is McCannon’s second tour at the RAQC. From 1992 – 1995, McCannon worked with the RAQC in an administrative and program coordination role. McCannon’s prior work experience includes project coordination and program management with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Land Use Resource Center (LURC), The Office of the State Auditor (OSA), and Policy Studies, Inc. (PSI).

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 auxiliaries inspector. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, technology management from Saint Leo University in Florida.

Jeffrey Clarke serves as the general counsel and director of regulatory Affairs for Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVA). NGVAmerica is the national trade association dedicated to promoting natural gas as a transportation motor fuel. Clarke has extensive experience in energy policy and regulatory affairs, having previously worked in government relations for the American Gas Association and in a previous role for NGVAmerica. Prior to rejoining NGVAmerica in August of 2006, he worked for New West Technologies, serving as a senior project manager, providing regulatory and legislative support for government agencies. He also previously worked for several years in the Washington Office of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), serving as a policy analyst, supporting transportation programs for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Clarke has a Juris Doctor in law from the University of Baltimore and an undergraduate degree from James Madison University.

Chelsea Jenkins currently serves as executive director of government affairs for ROUSH CleanTech, the alternative fuels division of ROUSH Enterprises. Prior to this recent role change, Jenkins primarily managed school bus activities for the southeast region of the United States since joining Roush in 2011. Before transitioning to Roush, Jenkins served as the Virginia Clean Cities executive director and as program coordinator for seven years. Jenkins helped grow the Virginia Clean Cities project portfolio from over $1 million in total petroleum displacement projects primarily focused in Virginia to over $20 million in total alternative fuel and vehicle projects covering the southeast and mid-atlantic regions. Jenkins, a recipient of the 2009 Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year award, was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011. Jenkins’ career began after a biodiesel project in Malta that later lead to helping establish Valley AIRNow, the air quality outreach program for Winchester and Frederick counties in Virginia. Jenkins has also worked in several nondestructive evaluation laboratories, including NASA’s Langley Research Center. Jenkins graduated from James Madison University and received her degree in integrated science and technology with a triple concentration in energy, environment, and transportation.