Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, at the Long Beach Convention Center

PMSA has partnered with ACT Expo to provide a forum for terminal operators and other port stakeholders to learn about the future of clean port equipment, including the latest regulatory projections, technological advancements, and infrastructure challenges.

ACT Expo is the meeting place for the transportation industry, and this year will feature more speakers, sessions, and technologies related to ports than ever before. PMSA and ACT Expo have developed a two-day agenda that provides access to panels, keynotes, a ride & drive, the show floor, networking opportunities, and includes a dedicated forum on the advancements of clean cargo handling equipment technologies.



PMSA Members and stakeholders are eligible to receive discounted registration to attend ACT Expo on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26. Use the links below to sign up today!

PMSA One-Day Access
Friday, April 26

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(valid through 4/19/2019)

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Expo Hall
Networking Events
Post-Event Resources
PMSA One-Day Access
Friday, April 26

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Networking Events
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PMSA Two-Day Access
Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26

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Expo Hall
Networking Events
Post-Event Resources


ACT Expo Full Conference
Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, April 26
$50 discount*


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Use code PMSA50


Expo Hall
Networking Events
Post-Event Resources

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Print Agenda

8:00am - 9:30am

Workshops & Forums

EV Charging Infrastructure Workshop I: Planning for EV Charging Solutions in Fleet Operations

Grand Ballroom

Presented by


  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement

While much of the industry has given us increasing technology options for fleet electrification, perhaps the harder problem to solve for is how we build out new fueling infrastructure to support these vehicles: along corridors, in fleet depots, and in other critical locations. Given the vastly different nature of electricity from any other kind of fuel, there are a number of different considerations that go into charging solutions that are foreign concepts to fleets. From the utility side to construction to network providers, this session will cover all you need to know about designing your fleet’s charging plan. The following topics will be discussed:
• Power grid and delivery system
• Key terms and terminology
• Service equipment 101
• Real estate requirements
• MD & HD EVSE providers
• Charging methods and options
• Energy storage
• Cost of fuel
• LCFS credits
• Costs
• Development timelines
• Permitting process

MODERATOR: Paul Stith, Director, Strategy & Innovation, Black & Veatch

  • Sean Yentsch, Director of Facilities , Penske Truck Leasing
    Our Approach to EV Charging for Fleet Operations
  • Michael Hughes, Chief Commercial and Revenue Officer, ChargePoint, Inc.
    EV Charging Tips from the World's Largest  EV Network Provider
  • Katie Sloan, Director of eMobility, Southern California Edison
    Energy for What's Ahead: Our Transportation Electrification Pathway
  • Byron Washom, Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives, University of California, San Diego

8:30am - 10:00am

Breakout Session

BO 1.1 Biofuels Bonanza: What Fleets Need to Know



  • Gaseous Fuels

Technology and fuel solution providers are rapidly developing systems to capture the energy from organic systems, creating the cleanest, domestically produced fuels on the market, and paving the way for an efficient and more secure energy future. This session will highlight companies, end users, and projects that are making the seemingly futuristic leap to these next generation biofuels fuels, including a discussion on the implementation challenges, the regulations and policies encouraging this revolution (especially outside of California), and the economic environment that will be required for this trend to take hold.

MODERATOR: Julia Levin, Executive Director , Bioenergy Association of California

  • Joy Alafia, President and Chief Executive Officer , Western Propane Gas Association
  • Jerrod Mounce, Director of Fuel Management, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
    Incorporating Biodiesel into Trucking Operations
  • Jon Scharingson, Executive Director of Sales & Marketing, Renewable Energy Group
    Making Renewable Diesel Work for Your Fleet
  • William Zobel, Vice-President, Business Development and Marketing, Trillium

10:00am - 11:00am

Workshops & Forums

EV Charging Infrastructure Workshop II: Tackling Cost

Grand Ballroom

From the installation process to daily fueling, the cost of on-site electrification can creep up. Fleet managers have to consider costs associated with everything from the power needs of their site, the local utility’s capability to support their fueling needs, whether or not electrical upgrades will be needed, station installation, network subscription, demand charges, and many others. So how can a fleet best plan for these costs and mitigate them? Join a panel of experts as they tackle the big questions surrounding EV charging costs and the plethora of strategies to manage it.

MODERATOR: Mike Roeth, Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

  • Kim Okafor, Electric Vehicle Manager, Trillium
    Leveraging Decades in Fueling to Create Predictability and Reliability to “PowerUp” Your EV Fleet
  • Chris Nelder, Manager, Mobility Transformation, Rocky Mountain Institute
    Avoiding Unpleasant Cost Surprises
  • Vic Shao, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AMPLY
    Zero Emissions - Zero Worries

10:30am - 12:00pm

Breakout Session

BO 2.1 Zero and Near Zero Emission Freight Facilities Projects



  • Goods Movement
  • Gaseous Fuels

Across California and the nation, the freight landscape is shifting. Bold, transformative projects are being deployed, incorporating revolutionary, advanced transportation technologies to ultimately eliminate tailpipe emissions from what has traditionally been the largest source of regional criteria and greenhouse gas emissions: goods movement. From full battery electric trucks, locomotives, forklifts, and class 8 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to ultra-low emission heavy-duty natural gas engines, the technology of the future is here and leading fleets are putting these into practice. This session will showcase daring, transformative projects from freight facilities nationwide that are modeling the future of goods movement.

MODERATOR: Naveen Berry, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District

  • Tony Williamson, Director, Compliance & Sustainability, Total Transportation Services, Inc.
    Cleaning Up Cargo Handling: Deploying Zero- and Near-Zero Emission Vehicles in Port Operations
  • Emily Conway, Fleet Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo North America
    Transforming Distribution – Creating a Freight Facility of the Future
  • Keith Brandis, Vice President, Product Planning, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
    Effectively Deploying and Incorporating EV Operator Training in Fleets
  • Troy Musgrave, Director of Process Improvement, Dependable Supply Chain Services
    Learning from Doing: Accelerating EV Adoption Through LIGHTS
  • Mitchell McMahon, Senior Manager, Fleet and Facilities, Anheuser-Busch InBev
    Electric Vehicles and Beers Last Mile

11:00am - 12:00pm

Workshops & Forums

EV Charging Infrastructure Workshop III: The Network

Grand Ballroom

Well developed EV charging solutions are critical to a successful EV fleet operation. Networked charging infrastructure can provide an array of helpful information to today’s data-driven fleet operator, in addition to providing easy reporting capabilities for grants and incentives. Finding the right solution to meet a fleet’s near-term needs and long-term EV growth goals is critical to ensure the efficiency of the initial capital investment. Join a panel of experts discuss—and maybe even debate!—the value proposition of software services on top of the charging equipment. This panel will discuss:

• Is it appropriate to get a network solution and what are the hardware capabilities without a network?
• What is the added cost and value-add of a software service?
• What are the general capabilities that are offered with networks, such as user groups, different pricing, and management functionality?
• What is the good, the bad, and the ugly of Open Charge Point Protocol integration?
• What other capabilities can the software provide, such as load balancing, mitigation of demand charges, renewable and energy storage integration and vehicle to grid?

MODERATOR: Matthew Stephens-Rich, Electric Vehicle Specialist Project Manager , Electrification Coalition

  • Will Barrett, Director of Sales, ClipperCreek, Inc,
    Quality Hardware Solutions for Your EV Fleet
  • Muffi Ghadiali, Chief Executive Officer and Founder , Electriphi Inc.
    Strategies for Transitioning to Electric Vehicle Fleets
  • Jordan Ramer, Chief Executive Officer and Founder , EV Connect
    The Value Add for Network Applications in Fleets
  • Warren Williams, Director of EV Business Development , FuelForce- Multiforce Systems
    Approaching a Diversified Fleet: Integrating Electric as Another Fuel

12:00pm - 2:00pm


Lunch in the Expo Hall

Expo Hall A

Join ACT Expo and our exhibitors for lunch in the exhibit hall.

ACT Expo 2019 Press Conference Schedule

1:00pm Capacity Trucks Booth #1359
1:30pm North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) Booth #1963


2:00pm - 3:30pm

Workshops & Forums

EV Charging Infrastructure Workshop IV: Mobile, Wireless & Automated Charging

Grand Ballroom

Presented by


  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Goods Movement

Throughout the EV Charging Infrastructure Workshop, fleets have been given the opportunity to learn the basics of charging, the cost considerations, and the advantages and disadvantages of a network solution, but there are many other aspects fleets can consider when choosing to electrify. Options for fleet EV charging extend far beyond mounted and complex installations for DC fast chargers and Level 2 stations. There are an array of wireless and automated chargers as well as mobile and temporary options to give fleets who may face constrained electrical infrastructure even more flexibility. Attend this session to find out:
• Wireless: What are the benefits and considerations surrounding wireless charging from efficiency of the station to cost and ease? What have been some of the early experiences surrounding the deployments of wireless charging solutions?
• Automated: What is ISO 15118 and what does it mean for fleets? Where do the vehicle OEMs stand on developing compatibility for plug and charge to enable seamless experience and billing and what role can fleets play in adoption?
• Mobile & Temporary: What are the use cases for early and continued use of mobile and temporary charging solutions? How are mobile charging stations being integrated as part of a more comprehensive fleet-wide charging infrastructure? What are the capabilities of mobile charging solutions in terms of charging standards supported, necessary voltage, and variety offered?

MODERATOR: Andrew Cullen, Senior Vice President, Fuels & Facility Services, Penske Truck Leasing

  • Arcady Sosinov, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FreeWire Technologies Inc.
    How Infrastructure-Light & Mobile Charging Fits into a Fleet's Charging Strategy
  • Desmond Wheatley, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Envision Solar
    Resilient, Renewable and Rewarding: the Value of an Integrated Charging Experience
  • Michael Masquelier, Chief Executive Officer, WAVE
    Approaching Commercialization: Planning for Wireless Charging for Your Fleet
  • Andrew Daga, President and Chief Executive Officer, Momentum Dynamics
    Lessons Learned from Early Inductive Fleet Deployments
  • Barton Sidles, Director of Corporate and Business Development, Hubject Inc.
    Plug&Charge and Smart Charging for Fleet Operators

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Breakout Session

BO 3.3 School, Transit, and Shuttle Bus Technology Showcase



  • Commercial EVs
  • Urban Mobility
  • Vehicle Efficiency
  • Gaseous Fuels

Transit operations have been at the forefront of alternative fuel and technology innovation and have become a proven testing ground for these trends. But how do fleet managers know what is substantive, and what isn’t yet fully commercial? Join the one-stop-shop showcase where a variety of school, transit, and shuttle bus manufacturers provide a close look at the available technologies to help you find those that best fit your fleet’s unique needs.

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Advanced Clean School Bus Showcase

MODERATOR: Tim Shannon, Director of Transportation, Twin Rivers Unified School District

  • Mark Childers, Powertrain and Technology Sales Manager, Thomas Built Buses
    Bringing the Electric School Bus to Market
  • Ed Dumire, Business Development Manager - Western Region, Roush Clean Tech
    Powering your School Fleet with Economical and Clean Propane
  • Matt Essex, Director of School Bus Sales, Adomani

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Advanced Clean Transit and Shuttle Bus Showcase

MODERATOR: Marc Manning, Senior Director, Vehicle Engineering & Acquisition , LA Metro

  • Jim Castelaz, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Motiv Power Systems
    Technology Evolution for Electric Shuttles
  • Ryne Shetterly, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, GreenPower Motor Company Inc.
    Innovations Driving Electric Transit Applications
  • Vincent Pellecchia, Strategic Account Manager, BYD North America

8:00am - 3:00pm

Workshops & Forums

The Future of Clean Cargo Handling Equipment


Presented by


  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Commercial EVs

PMSA has partnered with ACT Expo to provide a forum for terminal operators and other port stakeholders to learn about the future of clean port equipment, including the latest regulatory projections, technological advancements, and infrastructure challenges.

8:00am - 8:30am: Opening Remarks

PMSA welcome and overview of the current regulatory landscape and state of advanced clean cargo handling equipment technology.

  • Thomas Jelenić, Vice President, PMSA

8:30am - 9:45am: Advanced Clean CHE: End-User Case Studies

Significant progress has been made in the last 12 to 24 months as demonstrations and deployments have launched of new low- and zero-emission cargo handling equipment (CHE) technologies, including yard trucks, forklifts, top picks and everything in between. Hear from pioneering end-users about their project efforts, experiences, successes, key learnings, and challenges in deploying and operating advanced CHE technologies.

MODERATOR: Diane Heinze, Environmental Supervisor, Port of Oakland

  • Mike Pagel, Manager of Industry Projects and Measures, BNSF Railway
    Demonstrating Electric Hostlers in a Real World Environment
  • Paul Gagnon, Vice President, SSA Terminals
  • Greg Owen, Head Coach, Ability Tri-Modal Transportation Services

9:45am - 10:45am: Advanced Clean Yard Hostler Showcase

A wide array of zero and near-zero emission yard trucks being developed, tested, and deployed throughout with West Coast. With a range of options including ultra-low NOx gaseous renewable fuels to battery electric, it can often be difficult to tell which technologies are the best fit for an operation, reliable, cost-effective, and ready for “prime time” Listen in as suppliers provide a closer look the range of commercially available technology solutions for yard trucks in this technology showcase session.

MODERATOR: Tim DeMoss, Air Quality Supervisor, Port of Los Angeles

  • Mike Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer, Orange EV
    Early Mover Advantage: Orange EV's Leadership in Yard Trucks
  • Patrick Seeberg, Senior Product Manager, Advanced Technologies , Meritor
    Terminating Diesel with Electric Terminal Tractors
  • Jack Symington, Business Development Associate, BYD Motors
    Electric Yard Hostlers: Hard at Work
  • Mallery Pindar, Manager of Dealer Development and Network, TICO

11:00am - 12:00pm: Zero Emission Material Handling Equipment(101AB)

From pallet jacks to forklifts, warehouse equipment is getting a clean tech overhaul. Not only are the range and capabilities of electric material handling equipment (MHE) options increasing, but so too is the ability to improve operational efficiency and the bottom line. Learn about the latest technology, commercial availability, and performance of today’s zero emission MHE.

MODERATOR: Trina Martynowicz, Distributed Generation, Clean Fuels & Electric Vehicle Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

11:00am - 12:00pm: Zero Emission Intermodal Equipment

Like its lighter-duty cousins in the MHE space, the array of heavy-duty cargo handling equipment (CHE) used in rail yards, marine container terminals, and other intermodal facilities is also getting a clean tech overhaul. Electric motors and batteries are beginning to replace the off-road diesel engines that have traditionally dominated this market. In addition to electric yard tractors, fully electric top handlers and reach stackers are now starting to make it to market, thus providing operators with the ability to reduce emissions as well as operating, fuel and maintenance costs. Is it enough to provide an overall lower total cost of ownership? Listen to suppliers and end users provide a closer look their results to date, costs and performance, and the technology solutions available in the marketplace today and in the near-term.

MODERATOR: Thomas Jelenić, Vice President, PMSA

  • Larry Schmitz, Principal Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Terminalift LLC
    Electric Reach Stackers: A Case Study
  • Joshua Goldman, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, TransPower
  • David Gully, Regional/Intermodal Sales Manager-Western Region, Taylor Machine Works

12:00pm - 1:30pm: Ride & Drive and Lunch(Arena Parking Lot)

Take a spin in the advanced clean yard trucks and CHE options you’ve heard so much about and grab a quick bite to recharge before the final afternoon session.

1:30pm - 3:00pm: Funding & Total Cost of Ownership Workshop(102BC)

Delivering operational performance, reliability, lower emissions and an equivalent or lower total cost of ownership is the name of the game when it comes to the success of new clean technology options for moving freight. To drive towards a better TCO, hear from a range of experts on how operators can identify and apply for a range of funding opportunities and other innovative financing opportunities to offset both CapEx and OpEx capital costs. Traditional grants and incentives, new utility programs to support infrastructure upgrades, and low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) and renewable identification numbers (RIN) credits will all be covered.

MODERATOR: Eleanor Johnstone, Senior Associate , Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Heather Tomley, Acting Managing Director, Port of Long Beach
  • Nathan Dean, Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
  • Vicki White, Technology, Implementation Manager, South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Eleanor Johnstone, Senior Associate , Gladstein, Neandross & Associates


As director of strategy and innovation for Black & Veatch, Paul Stith specializes planning and building sustainable transportation and distributed clean energy infrastructure. Stith’s projects span North America, Europe and Asia supporting OEMs, utilities, fleets and transportation service providers to electrify and automate light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles on the ground, aloft and afloat. 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 and Electric VGI pilot.

Sean Yentsch is director of facilities for Penske Truck Leasing. In this role, he is responsible for the capital planning, engineering, site selection and construction for the company’s Northeast, Western and North Central regions, which includes Canada. His duties also entail design, contract negotiation, project implementation and facility management. Yentsch served as Facility Project Manager and Senior Regional Facility Manager for 13 years before his promotion in 2013. Prior to joining Penske, Yentsch’s portfolio for a leading civil engineering consulting firm included several Fortune 500 companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering and construction management from Penn State University.

Michael Hughes is an accomplished sales leader with 25 years of experience in strategic planning, sales, services, marketing, business and organizational development, product leadership, operations and market-making in early-stage and established technology companies. At ChargePoint, Hughes leads global sales, mobility ecosystem relationships and business development functions. Prior to joining ChargePoint, Hughes spent nine years at Barracuda Networks, serving as senior vice president of worldwide sales and services and scaling the company to $500 million in revenue and an initial public offering. Hughes was previously vice president of sales for Asempra Technologies and a sales and business development leader at McDATA Corporation, Invio Software and Marimba. Hughes advises technology and venture capital firms. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Katie Sloan is director of eMobility at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Sloan is responsible for SCE’s vehicle electrification programs and services, with a planned budget of over $1 Billion. The team’s mission is to help California get 7 million EVs on the road by 2030.
Previously, Sloan held roles of increasing responsibility at SCE and Edison International focusing on clean energy policy, strategy, and analysis. Sloan has also worked at First Solar, a large solar panel manufacturer, developing global public policy.
Sloan was named one of “40 under 40” people to watch by Pasadena Magazine and a Woman of Achievement by the San Gabriel Valley YWCA for her work at SCE and non-profits.
Sloan holds a Master’s degree in regulatory economics and Bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.

Julia Levin is an attorney and policy expert with more than 25 years’ experience in energy, climate change and environmental policy. Levin currently serves as the executive director of the Bioenergy Association of California (BAC), which represents more than 70 public agencies, local governments, private companies and utilities working to promote sustainable bioenergy development. BAC focuses on state policies to promote low carbon fuels, renewable energy, pipeline biogas, reduction of climate pollution and beneficial uses of organic waste.
Prior to BAC, Levin served as the deputy secretary for climate change and energy at the California Natural Resources Agency where she chaired the Governor’s Inter-Agency Bioenergy Working Group and led development of California’s 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan. Levin has also served as a commissioner on the California Energy Commission, where she was the presiding commissioner on renewable energy and associate commissioner on energy efficiency. As a commissioner, she presided over the adoption of biofuels, energy efficiency and renewable power regulations, as well as permitting utility scale power plants in California. Levin also served as a special assistant attorney general under California Attorney General Jerry Brown.
Levin has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law. Levin is an active member of the California State Bar Association and was previously a member of the Alaska Bar Association.

Joy Alafia is the president and chief executive officer of the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA), an organization dedicated to the advancement and safe use of propane. WPGA values propane as part of California’s clean energy economy. Under Alafia’s direction, the association is investing in renewable propane as well as seeking other innovative propane engine developments. Prior to joining WPGA, Alafia was the director of business products for Real Estate Business Services, a subsidiary of the California Association of REALTORS®. In that capacity, Alafia developed creative partnerships to provide highly valued products and services to REALTORS®. Alafia’s employment history includes CVI Melles Griot, Intel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI). Alafia also currently serves on the Board for the non-profit Building Diversity in Science, an organization committed to increasing the role of underrepresented groups in STEM careers.

Jerrod Mounce is the director of fuel management at J.B. Hunt Transport, a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America. In this position, Mounce is responsible for all facets of the company’s fuel operations and strategies. This includes the procurement of $400 million in diesel fuel annually, as well as the optimization, operations, systems, administration, and financial management of the company’s fuel expense. With fifteen years of experience in this field for Hunt, Mounce also oversees much of the company’s fuel efficiency and alternative fuel efforts including biodiesel, natural gas, and the emerging electric vehicle initiative.

Jon Scharingson is the executive director of sales and marketing for Renewable Energy Group (REG), a promotion from his prior position of director which he has held since 2007. REG is the nation’s leading producer and marketer of biodiesel. In his current position, Scharingson oversees the company’s marketing activities and the Northeast and Southern sales regions. Prior to joining REG, Scharingson spent 17 years in the seeds, crop protection, and agriculture biotechnology industries, having worked for Imperial Chemical Industries, AstraZeneca and Syngenta. Scharingson held several senior management roles in business strategy, business development and marketing. Scharingson has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in management and a Master’s of Business Administration in marketing from Iowa State University.

William (Will) Zobel is vice president of business development and marketing for Trillium. Trillium designs, builds, owns and operates a network of alternative refueling stations across the US serving the CNG/RNG, EV and the Hydrogen vehicle markets. Zobel has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities. Before Trillium joined the Love’s family of companies in 2016, Zobel managed market development and strategy for Trillium as part of the Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WEC) and the Integrys Energy Group. Zobel currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC), and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership. Previously, Zobel served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors for CalStart, and has served on the Board of Directors for Natural Gas Vehicles America (NGVA), the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC), the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA), the Conservation Corps of Long Beach, and the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. Zobel is a graduate of Columbia University’s executive business program and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from California State University Long Beach.

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. 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.

Kim Okafor is the electric vehicle manager for Trillium and Love’s Travel Stop. Okafor has been with Trillium since Love’s Travel Stop acquired the company 3 years ago. Before taking on the EV Manager role, Okafor was the sales engineer for Trillium where she led the preliminary design and estimating for EV, Hydrogen and CNG stations. Before Trillium, Okafor worked at ExxonMobil as a subsea engineer and instrumentation and controls engineer for oil and gas projects overseas. Okafor has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Houston. Okafor’s goal as the EV manager is to be a resource for transits and other fleet customers that are interested in fleet electrification.

Chris Nelder is a manager in the mobility practice at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where he heads the EV-grid Integration team. Nelder has written about energy and investing for more than a decade. Nelder is the author two books on energy and investing, as well as more than 200 articles on energy in publications such as Nature, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Quartz, Financial Times, Greentech Media, SmartPlanet, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Vic Shao is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of AMPLY Power, a Charging-as-a-Service provider de-risking and accelerating the adoption of electric buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles by commercial and public fleets through its price-per-mile-driven model. Shao founded AMPLY Power in 2018 and previously served as the founder & CEO of Green Charge Networks (GCN), an energy storage company that manages electric demand and renewable deployment for customers. After GCN was acquired by the international energy provider ENGIE in 2016, Shao oversaw global project development for ENGIE Energy Storage. Prior to founding GCN, Shao served as chief operating officer (COO) and vice president of product development at MobileAria, which provides security and productivity telematics applications for the transportation industry and private fleets. Shao received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Naveen Berry is the assistant deputy executive officer in the Technology Advancement Office. Berry oversees implementation of the Clean Fuels Fund, which is used to develop Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment projects, as well as numerous grants that provide cleaner vehicles and infrastructure, Berry also works on techno-economic assessments in implementing technologies to support the Air Quality Management Plan, the Gateway Ports’ Clean Air Action Plan, and the Sustainable Freight Strategies Plan. Berry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master’s degrees in environmental science and toxicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Berry has over 28 years of experience in air pollution control and public policy development.

Tony A. Williamson is the director of compliance and sustainability at TTSI. Prior to joining TTSI, Williamson was the western regional vice president with Quality Distribution, Inc. managing bottom line results of six West Coast Facilities that provides tanker cleaning services to bulk carriers nationwide. Williamson oversaw all aspects of the operations including staffing, sales, environmental compliance, health and safety, procurement, and other operational and administrative duties.
Williamson has an undergraduate degree in marketing with minors in accounting and management. Williamson earned a Masters of Global Arts in global logistics from California State University at Long Beach. In 1997, Williamson received a professional designation of Global Logistics Specialist from California State University at Long Beach, University College, and Extension Services along with a transportation/logistics management certification. Williamson also has received a construction management certificate from the Turner Construction School of Construction.

Emily Conway is the fleet sustainability manager for PepsiCo North America, and has a background in sustainable transportation strategy, grant writing and management, emissions inventories, and project management. In her current role, Conway focuses on sustainable fleet strategies, including GHG management and fleet electrification. Conway holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in environmental management and sustainable development from St. Edward’s University and Université Catholique de L’ouest. Before joining PepsiCo, Conway was the sustainability project manager for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, supporting business case development and initiatives in energy efficiency, electrification, carbon neutrality, community engagement and alternative fuels.

Keith Brandis is a 30-plus year veteran of the trucking industry with a diverse background in heavy truck manufacturing, sales and marketing.

Troy Musgrave has 40 years of experience in trucking transportation. Musgrove specializes in planning, performing and implementing improvement initiatives.

Mitch McMahon is the senior manager, fleet and facilities at Anheuser-Busch InBev. Currently, McMahon manages over 1,000 delivery vehicles across the US and Canada. The fleet that McMahon manages includes sales cars all the way up to class 8 delivery vehicles that are primarily used for delivery from the wholesaler to retail accounts.

Matt Stephens-Rich joined the Electrification Coalition as EV specialist in 2017 to support various technical electrification projects. This work includes the Smart Columbus initiative, and supporting national fleet electrification efforts such as the American Cities Climate Challenge and the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative. Through this work, Stephens-Rich supports work across consumer adoption, fleet electrification, and EV charger deployment.

Before joining the Electrification Coalition, Stephens-Rich worked as a project manager for Clean Fuels Ohio, the nation’s largest US. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, where he worked with a variety of stakeholders and fleets to deploy hundreds of alternative fuel fleet vehicles throughout the Midwest. Stephens-Rich also helped write on a variety of grant opportunities reaching over $60M in total award, including the City of Columbus application to the US Department of Transportation Smart Cities Challenge. Stephens-Rich graduated from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University with a Master’s in Public Administration in energy policy.

Will Barrett is the director of sales for ClipperCreek, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) world-wide. Barrett has been with ClipperCreek and involved in electric vehicle charging infrastructure since 2010. Barrett was the project manager for the Reconnect California Grant program from 2011- 2014. The Reconnect program installed over 750 EVSEs at more than 300 sites throughout California. As an expert on EV charging infrastructure and the EV market, Barrett’s primary focus is on customer education and application-specific EV charging infrastructure deployments.

Muffi Ghadiali is founder and chief executive officer of Electriphi, Inc, a developer of EV fleet and energy management solutions. In his prior role, Ghadiali was senior director at ChargePoint and led product management for hardware and software for DC Fast Charging Solutions, focusing on high-speed DC charging infrastructure design and deployment. Ghadiali is an experienced product management leader, with previous roles at Amazon, OUYA, HP, and Synaptics. Ghadiali is an adjunct lecturer at Stanford CSU and has received an MPhil in computer engineering.

Jordan Ramer is the founder and chief executive officer of EV Connect and provides overall leadership and strategic direction for the company. An accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur, Ramer has helped raise tens of millions of dollars in financing for growth companies in the clean tech sector. Before joining EV Connect, Ramer led corporate development for NanoH2O, a venture-backed developer of energy efficient water purification technology. Previously, Ramer held executive positions in business development, product management, and marketing at AeroVironment—an electric vehicle infrastructure developer, where he spent seven years elevating the company into the industry leader, spearheading the company’s international expansion, and launching its fleet management software solution. Earlier in his career, Ramer held roles in business development, finance, and strategy for several venture-backed technology start-ups, as well as Arthur Andersen. Ramer holds a Masters of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College.

Warren Williamsis a seasoned business development executive with a passion for clean energy. Williams is the director of business development for the EV Charging initiative for Multiforce Systems Corp., a leading fuel management systems company. In that role, Williams leads the effort to assist fleets in managing electric vehicle charging as part of the total fuel management strategy. Williams joined Multiforce to launch FuelForce/EV, an integrated fuel management platform for EV Charging. Prior to joining Multiforce, Williams was a management consultant providing business analysis and strategy as well as marketing assistance to Cyber Switching, a Silicon Valley-based leader in the power management industry. Williams has an extensive background in technical marketing, product development, and business development.

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.

Arcady Sosinov is the founder and chief executive officer of FreeWire Technologies, a San Francisco Bay Area startup that develops power solutions for the grid edge, with a focus on infrastructure-light EV ultrafast charging. He has led the company from ideation, formation, incubation, and now customer acquisition and revenue growth. Sosinov also serves as a venture advisor to Forge Ventures and mentors entrepreneurial teams from various universities including UC Berkeley, San Jose State, and Cal Poly. Prior to FreeWire, Sosinov spent seven years in the finance industry, most recently with a $130 billion investment firm called GMO. His responsibilities included quantitative analysis and application development, with a focus on emerging markets. Sosinov holds two bachelor’s degrees from Boston University in economics and business administration as well as an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Desmond Wheatley is president, chief executive officer (CEO), and chairman for Envision Solar. Wheatley joined Envision Solar as a consultant in 2010 and has served as the company’s CEO since 2011 and as chairman of the Board since 2016. He has two decades of senior international management experience in technology systems integration, energy management, communications and renewable energy. He was a founding partner in the international consulting practice Crichton Hill LLC. Prior to Crichton Hill, Wheatley was CEO of iAxis FZ LLC, a Dubai-based alternative energy and technology systems integration company. From 2000 to 2007, he held a variety of senior management positions at San Diego-based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, formerly known as Wireless Facilities with the last five years as president of ENS, the largest independent security and energy management systems integrator in the USA. Prior to ENS, Wheatley held senior management positions in the cellular and broadband wireless industries, deploying infrastructure and lobbying in Washington DC on behalf of major wireless service providers. Wheatley has founded, funded and operated four profitable start-up companies and was previously engaged in mergers and acquisitions activities. Wheatley evaluated acquisition opportunities, conducted due diligence and raised commitments of $500 million in debt and equity.

Michael Masquelier is the chief executive officer of WAVE, where his team developed a Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) solution scalable to a MegaWatt that delivers hands-free, vehicle and grid-integrated wireless power to Electric Vehicles that is compatible with Autonomous Vehicles.

Masquelier is a serial entrepreneur and new product evangelist with expertise in power electronics, microelectronics, wireless power transfer, Internet of Things, and wireless communications. Masquelier is the co-chair of the SAE J2954 Heavy Duty standards committee on wireless charging of electric vehicles.

Andrew Daga is the founder and serves as the president and chief executive officer of Momentum Dynamics, the global leader in fast, efficient high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles. Daga holds degrees in structural and civil engineering, architecture and space science and technology. Daga’s primary responsibilities include formulating the company’s business strategy, working with the Board of Directors and implementing strategy through the coordination of technology development, market analysis and partnership building. Daga is also responsible for promoting the company as a recognized thought leader through his presentations in public media and at key industry conferences where he speaks on a regular basis.
Prior to founding Momentum Dynamics, Daga was a leading consultant to the aerospace industry and contributed to the design of the International Space Station solar power array system, the Mars Pathfinder program, and future mission planning studies with NASA and the US Department of Defense. Through this varied experience over 25 years, Daga has developed a strong capacity to identify engineering talent and manage multidisciplinary engineering and business teams. Daga is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) where he serves on a number of standards committees.

Barton Sidles is the director of corporate and business development at Hubject Inc.’s North American subsidiary. Sidles has more than 25 years of experience in international business development, disruptive mobility operations, clean energy, transportation, sales/marketing, mergers and acquisitions and PR. Prior to joining Hubject, he helped to launch Green Commuter, an EV vanpool/car share service. In addition to his management role at Hubject Inc., Sidles is leading the advising and consulting efforts surrounding ISO 15118 Plug&Charge. With the only market-ready compliant PKI Ecosystem and certificate management, Sidles is working with automakers, charging networks and utilities on preparing for the implementation of ISO 15118. Sidles is guiding Hubject and playing a key role in industry advocacy as an active member of CharIN and participant at ISO testing symposiums around the world.

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.

Mark Childers is the manager of powertrain and technology sales for Thomas Built Buses. Childers is responsible for strategic growth of Detroit and Cummins powertrain solutions across product lines. Additionally, Childers leads market development of new emerging technologies which advance the safety and efficiency of Thomas Built Buses. Prior to this current role, Childers was the customer support manager at Thomas for six years leading activities to support customers in the aftermarket. Childers has also held key roles in business development, sales and operational management with Volvo and Mack Commercial Finance. Childers has an undergraduate finance degree from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Elon University.

Ed Dumire is the business development manager – western region for Roush Clean Tech. Dumire serves as an educator and support team member for Blue Bird Bus Sales in his region. Dumire has 30 years of experience in the diesel fuel injection industry and has recently joined the Roush team. His range of experience includes OEM and after-market sales and service. Dumire is an industry leader in technical education and currently resides in Houston,Texas

Matt Essex has been in school bus sales since 2005, eventually being named the director of new school bus sales at A-Z Bus Sales, Inc., the Blue Bird dealer in California and Hawaii. After transitioning to Adomani, Inc., a manufacturer of electric drive trains, as a director of sales, Essex has traveled across the country working with many of the forty six Blue Bird dealers to introduce the Powered by Adomani Blue Bird Type C and D electric school buses. Essex has also been on many panels nationwide discussing the benefits of all ZEV vehicles. Essex continues to work with school districts as Adomani expands its presence from school buses into the Class 3 to 6 truck and van markets. Essex also served on the Board of Directors of the California Association of School Transportation Officials for four years. Essex holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Marc Manning is the senior director, vehicle engineering and acquisition at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro). He is responsible for engineering support and acquisition for Metro’s ~2400 bus fleet. Additionally, his team is tasked with developing the roadmap for 100% ZEB (Zero Emission Buses) by 2030. Prior to Metro, Manning worked at CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) for four years where he managed the electric bus program, acquisition of new buses, and engineering support for over 1800 Buses. Before his public transit experience, he worked in product development for Cummins Inc. Manning has a BSME from Georgia Tech and a MSME from North Carolina State University.

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 champions Motiv’s vision to Free Fleets from Fossil Fuels – a vision that summarizes his professional and personal passion. Castelaz has led Motiv from an idea in his living room to becoming the US market leader in common-platform electric truck and bus chassis. Having raised over $70 million for Motiv to date, Castelaz’s experience includes capital formation, government grants, developing IP portfolios and building a world-class team aligned around a shared purpose. Castelaz holds a Master of Science in electric engineering from Stanford University and Bachelor of Science in engineering and economics from Harvey Mudd College.

Ryne Shetterly, vice president of sales and marketing, leads GreenPowers Motor Company’s sales and marketing team that focuses on shaping green policies and building brand awareness. With almost a decade of experience in the transportation industry, Shetterly formerly lead a project in the zero emissions sector where he was responsible for coordinating all sales activity, policy related issues, and served as the point man for public relations matters. Shetterly holds a degree in business economics, a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in management, and recently completed a program through University of California, Los Angeles for public relations and brand management.

Diane Heinze is the Port of Oakland’s environmental supervisor supporting the Maritime Division. Heinze has worked for the Port of Oakland for 23 years. Heinze manages a staff covering a range of environmental issues including air quality, water quality, cultural resources, CEQA, and legacy contamination. Prior to the Port, Heinze worked in environmental consulting and as a regulator with the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Mike Pagel has been manager, industry projects and measures in the Business Unit Operations group at BNSF Railway since July 2015. In this role, Pagel primarily serves as an industry advocate on environmental, regulatory and political issues relating to BNSF’s intermodal operations. Pagel recently played a key leadership role in the Multi-Source Demonstration project, which was funded by a $9M grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The project features a demonstration of 20 zero-emission, battery-electric yard hostlers and three service trucks at BNSF’s Hobart and San Bernardino intermodal facilities. Pagel successfully provided project management and leadership through all aspects of the project including coordinating the installation of the charging units, facilitating implementation of the electric hostlers into the active fleet at each hub, and developing a plan for the capture, delivery and analysis of operations data. More recently, Pagel helped earn a $22 million CARB grant as part of its Zero And Near-Zero Emission Freight Facility (ZANZEFF) program to demonstrate a battery-electric locomotive, zero-emission drayage truck, hybrid RTG cranes and a battery-electric side loader at BNSF’s intermodal rail yards in Stockton and San Bernardino. Pagel earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and completed the Marketing Communications Executive Education program at the University of Wisconsin.

Paul Gagnon, vice president of SSA Terminals, began his waterfront career by joining Matson Terminals, Hawaii, in October 1981. While working for Matson, Gagnon held the management positions in Hawaii, Seattle and Los Angeles.

In July of 1999, Paul transferred to SSA Terminals, Long Beach as general manager at Berth 206-209 and later at Pier A.

In 2012, Paul was promoted to vice president SSA Terminals, with the responsibility over “ship to shore” automation and other freight technology advances, including “zero-emissions”.

Gregory Owen is Head Coach at Ability-Trimodal and has been with the company for over 35 years, serving as president from 1982-2008. Owen has worked in most areas of the trucking and transportation industry including warehousing, maintenance, security, advocacy and regulatory affairs. He is involved in many industry organizations and has held several leadership positions within both the American and California Trucking Associations. Owen is a Board Member of the American Transportation Research Institute and has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Long Beach since 1978. Owen has built his career from the ground up to become an industry expert and his management approach is to be a Coach, Opportunist and Future Vision Planner.

Tim DeMoss is a marine environmental supervisor for the Air Quality Section in the Port of Los Angeles’ Environmental Management Division. Currently, DeMoss leads a team of four dedicated and hardworking environmental specialists in managing projects which involve reducing air emissions from the five major Port sources (ships, trucks, trains, cargo handling equipment and harbor craft) that move freight into and out of the Ports. The Air Quality Section’s latest and greatest efforts have been focused on preparing and now implementing the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update, and procuring large grant funding awards to demonstrate and deploy zero and near-zero emission cargo handling equipment and on-road trucks at the Port and throughout the region.
While DeMoss has been a Port of Los Angeles employee for over eleven years, he has managed environmental projects and efforts involving hazardous waste, solid waste, water quality, and air quality for the City of Los Angeles throughout the last 28 years. DeMoss received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Loyola Marymount University, as well as a Master of Science degree in environmental science from Loyola Marymount University

Mike Saxton is the chief commercial officer for Orange EV, the leading manufacturer of heavy duty electric vehicles. Saxton is responsible for all market-facing functions, from market development and initial customer contact through sales, delivery, training, and into routine operations upon delivery of a site’s first pure electric terminal trucks. These roles leverage Saxton’s experience as a nuclear power engineer and officer in the US Navy leading shipboard warfare and operational teams, as well as commercial experience launching products, developing organizations, and growing successful companies. Under Saxton’s leadership, from a prototype in a garage Orange EV became the first OEM to commercially deploy Class 8, 100% electric trucks that now work daily, from California to New York across manufacturing, distribution, LTL freight / break bulk, municipal waste transfer, rail intermodal sites and other container handling operations. Saxton trained originally in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) and nuclear engineering via the US Department of Energy and US Navy, completing his formal education via an MBA from Duke University.

Patrick Seeberg is senior product manager at Meritor, Inc., a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Seeburg coordinates all efforts at Meritor to more deeply understand the electric truck market, including volume projections, winning technologies in the electric truck space, OEM and fleet strategies and vehicle spec’ing objectives. Seeberg is product owner of Meritor’s electrified axle (eAxle) for the Class 6-8 commercial vehicle market with a focus on key vehicle applications, including package and delivery, school bus, refuse, terminal tractor and drayage. Seeburg has extensive vehicle systems experience in the light and commercial vehicle markets. Before Meritor, Seeburg spent 25 years at General Motors in vehicle product management, digital marketing and customer service roles and 6 years at Motor Information Systems as a software Product Director. Seeberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Automotive and Heavy Machinery Technology from Ferris State University and Master of Science in Business from Central Michigan University.

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.

Mallery Pindar is the dealer network manager – North America at TICO Manufacturing where he leads the growth and development of the dealer network of TICO Manufacturing, including dealer sales, aftermarket support capabilities, and overall strategic and developmental initiatives for TICO in North America.
Pindar has worked with TICO’s sales team and dealer network to reach record dealer sales volumes, and continues to strive to position TICO to have the highest quality dealer network in the industry with innovative products and product support functions.
Before assuming the role of dealer network manager, Pindar previously served as a regional sales manager for TICO, and prior to that as the dealer development manager.
Pindar joined TICO in 2014 after graduating from Wofford College Wofford with a Bachelor of Arts in business economics.

Robert Cruess is a founding director and the chief operating officer of ZeroNox. Cruess is also the current director of the ZeroNox Port-Electric Initiative, with a focus on the electrification of Port Operations in the United States and especially California. Cruess is an entrepreneur and businessman, having obtained a Business degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2009, along with owning his own businesses for the past 10 years. Cruess’ experience and expertise include battery technology, starting and running multiple businesses, sales and marketing, business consulting, real estate, loans, and community outreach and development.

Fernando Corral represents Plug Power as vice president of sales specifically for the Western Region of the United States and Canada. Corral’s responsibilities include strategic oversight and leadership to support sales-related activities of the company’s GenKey hydrogen and fuel cell solution.
Corral has more than 30 years of experience in material handling, where he has served in leadership and management roles. Prior to joining Plug Power, Corral was vice president and general manager at Advanced Charging Technologies. There, Corral expanded the market throughout the United States and grew annual revenues from $3.2 million to $7.6 million in two years. Prior to his role at Advanced Charging Technologies, Corral held several positions with lift truck OEMs, including general manager at Komatsu Forklift Retail Operations and sales manager at Raymond Handling Solutions. Corral focused on developing and executing market penetration sales strategy to drive growth and profitability.
Corral holds multiple certificates in marketing management from the University of Western Ontario School of Business Administration and McGill University. Additionally, Corral holds a certificate in pure and applied sciences from John Abbot College.

Brian Rippie, sales director of BYD (Build Your Dreams) Forklift/Material Handling Equipment (MHE), has nearly two decades of business development and sales experience. Committed to building long-term client relationships, Rippie oversees sales and business development BYD North America Forklift & GSE Products, based in its North American headquarters in Los Angeles.
The BYD North American Forklift/MHE practice began operations in 2015, delivering pilot forklifts to the Port of Los Angeles. Operations have now grown to 22+ material handling equipment (MHE) and ground support equipment (GSE) dealers covering 42 North American markets with deliveries to more than 200 customers, which include prominent fleets of multinational companies.
Prior to joining BYD, Rippie was the business development manager for Clean Energy Fuels, located in Newport Beach, Calif. Rippie was responsible for alternative fuel promotion, conducting feasibility studies and finalizing fueling service contracts in the public transit, refuse collection, and ready-mix transportation markets.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish from Arizona State University, Rippie is active in industry organizations including the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), the premier trade association serving the material handling business community; and MHI, the nation’s largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association.

Larry Schmitz is the principal founder and chief executive officer of Terminalift, headquartered in Santee, California and operating within the greater Southern California region. Founded in 2004 and originally dedicated to cargo handling at the Port of San Diego’s 10th Avenue Terminal site, Terminalift quickly expanded its capabilities in the safe handling of specialized cargos ranging from wind power equipment, electric trolley cars, air frames, diesel-powered turbines, transformers, imported steel for ship building, Department of Defense, Americas Cup sailboats, large scale power generation equipment and various bulk freight items. Schmitz has positioned Terminalift in an ever-evolving business climate by working closely with multiple entities including Port of San Diego authorities, international logistics planners, corporate project supervisors, and various transport operators.

Schmitz obtained his Business Associates Degree prior to serving four years with the United States Air Force as an Electronics Technician specializing in crypto-graphics. For the past five years, Schmitz has applied his leadership and entrepreneurial skills with targeted manufacturers and State of California officials in the pursuit of zero-carbon emission drayage tractors and reach stackers at port facilities. His contributions are mission-critical in proof of concept emerging engine technologies through real-world application and benchmark testing through Terminalift and Discount Heavy Haul jobs. With significant proof of reduction in soot, local street noise, continuous equipment idling and monitoring actual in-use economics, Terminalift and Discount Heavy Haul directed by the stewardship of Mr. Schmitz is instrumental in driving corporate and government partnership in achieving carbon footprint reductions in the transport industries.

Joshua Goldman joined TransPower in July 2013. With 13 years of professional experience, Goldman is one of the leading electric vehicle technology experts in the transit industry. In the current position, Goldman is charged with assisting in the development and execution of new business opportunities. Goldman’s unique blend of technical and business development expertise, along with his lifelong focus on transportation and energy technologies, give him the ideal capability to lead TransPower’s efforts on many important projects, particularly in areas relating to passenger and pupil transportation and Zero Emission drayage operation.

Before joining TransPower, Goldman was director of business development at Proterra Inc., where he utilized his experience in the areas of engine/vehicle certification, technology validation and hybrid drive train development as well as participating in various marketing and trade related development programs. Goldman also helped create state and nationwide partnerships among public, private and governmental agencies to develop, test and commercialize zero-emissions fast charge battery and charging technology for heavy duty transportation. His accomplishments include developing a world class electric bus pilot project with Foothill Transit in Pomona, CA., demonstrating an all battery electric bus with 30 mile range and faster than 10 minute automatic charge capabilities.
Goldman studied mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland.

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.

Eleanor Johnstone is a senior associate at Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. Johnstone brings more than seven years of experience in project management, communications, energy and urban systems to her work across GNA’s core service areas. Having previously worked as a journalist and USAID contractor in some of the world’s most dramatically developing regions, she approaches client needs with a unique attention to detail and context, and a drive to provide durable, scalable solutions. At GNA, she supports clean technology and alternative fuels programs for a variety of clients, operating in both technical and management capacities. Johnstone received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Middlebury College and a Masters in Energy Management from Duke University.

Heather Tomley is the acting manager of the Planning and Environmental Affairs Bureau for the Port of Long Beach. Tomley joined the Port in 2005 and progressively moved into positions of greater responsibility. Tomley was named to her current post as acting managing director in September of 2018 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Port’s five-member governing body. Tomley oversees the Divisions of Master Planning, Transportation Planning, and Environmental Planning.
In her previous role as director of environmental planning, Tomley led the Division most directly responsible for the Port’s signature environmental programs, such as the 2005 Green Port Policy, and coordinated programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices. Tomley co-wrote, implemented, and assisted with updates to the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which serves as a guideline for programs focused on cleaning Port related air emissions. Tomley is also responsible for developing the Port’s Energy Initiative.
Tomley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nathan Dean is the staff lead responsible for identifying the off-road funding priorities set forth in the California Air Resources Board’s annual Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives and Three-Year Investment Strategy for Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Off-Road Equipment. The goal of the Funding Plan and Three-Year Investment Strategy is to accelerate development and deployment of clean mobile source technologies critical to achieving the state’s near-term and long-term climate and air quality goals. Dean also oversees several on-going advanced technology demonstration projects and was a key contributor to the development of the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), which will provide up to $40 million in voucher funding for zero-emission off-road freight equipment.

Vicki White is the technology implementation manager in the South Coast Air Quality Management District Technology Advancement Office. White has over 25 years’ experience in the air quality field working for both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the SCAQMD, White worked for an environmental engineering consulting firm providing air quality services to a variety of clients including industrial, commercial, government, and military. White has managed large air quality programs involving air quality planning and research studies, emission estimation and reporting, compliance assistance, and air quality modeling and health risk assessments. For the past 18 years, White has been involved in implementing incentive funding programs at SCAQMD designed to achieve emission reductions through the use of cleaner fuels and vehicle technologies. White is currently the manager for the Technology Implementation group. White’s group is responsible for implementing federal and state grant and incentive programs, including but not limited to: U.S. EPA’s Clean Diesel Program and Targeted Air Shed Grants, the Carl Moyer Program, Lower Emission School Bus Program, the Proposition 1B – Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program, AB 617 Community Air Protection incentive funding projects and, most recently, the Volkswagen Mitigation Program. White’s staff are directly involved in releasing program announcements for SCAQMD’s incentive funding programs, conducting project evaluations, reporting, auditing, and contract management. White has a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science degree from California State University, Fullerton.

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