Director of Fleet Procurement,
Senior Vice President, Fuels & Facility Services,
Penske Truck Leasing
Director of Sustainability,
New York City Department of Sanitation
Director of Procurement & Fuel,
Ruan Transport Corporation
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager,
Chief Executive Officer,
Managing Director of Energy & Environmental Policy,
Southern California Edison
San Diego Metropolitan Transit
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer,
Transportation Operations Supervisor,
Pasco County Florida Schools
Sustainability Project Manager,
County of Alameda, GSA
Senior Director of Fleet Services,
Bimbo Bakeries USA
Team Lead of Fleet Design,
Sempra Utilities (SDG&E)
Chief Executive Officer & President,
Director of Zero Emission Technology,
Metro Transit of King County
Division Chief of Equipment,
California Department of Transportation
City of Seattle
Civil Engineer & Project Manager,
City of Las Vegas
Director of Waste Diversion,
City of Atlanta
Logistics Procurement Manager, North America,
Program Manager, Sustainability,
President of Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering ,
Climate & Transportation Policy Advisor,
City of Seattle
Energy Program Manager,
San Francisco Department of the Environment
Senior Vice President, Fuels & Facility Services,
Penske Truck Leasing
Chief of Freight Transportation Branch,
California Air Resources Board
Chief Executive Officer,
Southern California Gas Company
Assistant Secretary for Rail & Ports,
California State Transportation Agency
Director of Sustainability,
Public Information & Sustainability Officer,
City of Houston
Deputy Director, Fuels and Transportation Division,
California Energy Commission
Renewable Energy Policy Advisor,
New York City
Chief Sustainability Officer,
City of Los Angeles
Director of Transportation Engineering,
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain,
Frito-Lay North America
Chairman of the Board, President, & CEO,
President & Chief Executive Officer,
City of Indianapolis
Saddle Creek Transportation
Vice President of Supply Management & Global Fuel Products,
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer,
Senior Vice President, Fuels & Facility Services,
Penske Truck Leasing
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs,
Director of Sustainability,
Railroad Commission of Texas
Vice President, Sales Support & Internal Operations,
President & Executive Director,
Vice President, Global Energy & Procurement,
Michael Backstrom is the managing director, energy & environmental policy for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, he is responsible for leading the analysis of proposed energy and environmental regulations; developing regulatory engagement strategies; overseeing advocacy at state and federal environmental agencies; and ensuring effective case management of key energy policy proceedings. Backstrom joined SCE in 2005 as an attorney in the legal department, responsible for regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. He subsequently held positions in both regulatory and legislative affairs, developing policy positions and advocating for the company in Washington D.C. and California. In 2013, he became director, Chairman’s Office, where he served as chief of staff to Ted Craver, chairman and chief executive officer of Edison International. In 2015, Backstrom moved to the position of director, customer experience at SCE. He was responsible for customer satisfaction improvement strategies, website development, and the marketing of customer programs and services. In 2017, he assumed his current position. Prior to joining SCE, Mr. Backstrom was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Howrey, LLP, where his practice focused on commercial litigation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Pepperdine University in 1997, and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California in 2000.
Matthew Brown is the Associate Director of Operations for Parking & Transportation Services at Stanford University. As the associate director Brown oversees retail, parking and transit operations. Brown has over 13 years of transportation operations and management experience. Before working at Stanford, he served as the associate director of transportation for the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), where he took on leadership roles as the chair of Penn’s Bike Planning and Transit Advisory Committees. Brown has served as the General Manager for transit systems at Princeton University and the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition, Brown has also managed paratransit operations for New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (NYMTA) and New Jersey Transit. Brown is a veteran, having served the nation honorably in the United States Air Force, and has a degree in computer information systems.
Tim Burrie is the manager of fleet and facility maintenance for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS). Burrie is part of the MTS Bus maintenance team that manages a mix fleet of 792 buses, with over 540 buses powered by compressed natural gas. During Burrie’s 36 year tenure at MTS bus he has held multiple progressive positions in the maintenance profession and has witnessed first-hand the renovation of fuels in California, specifically in clean fuels. Burrie has been heavily involved with the integration of MTS’ CNG fueled buses since 1994, when MTS received their first batch of CNG powered buses. While, Burrie is primarily responsible for MTS’ directly operated fleet, in which all but 12 of those buses are CNG, Burrie provides assistance and oversight for the entire MTS fleet including contracted divisions consisting of over 200 buses and the majority being CNG powered buses. Most recently, Burrie is involved in the procurement of up to 400 CNG fueled buses equipped with the Cummins ISLG NZ engines.
Mike Casteel has been with UPS for 38 years. His experience spans a variety of managerial positions in operations, supply management, risk management, energy and automotive related procurement roles. Currently, Casteel is responsible for all fleet related procurement activities for UPS in the US and Canada, and has a leading role in developing the financial strategies involved in the deployment of the UPS alternative fuel fleet, including the large scale natural gas fleet projects currently underway. Casteel holds a bachelor’s degree in business and multiple certifications in negotiations, supply chain management and is a certified procurement manager.
Kirt Conrad has been the chief executive officer of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Canton, Ohio since 2009. SARTA operates 100 buses with 220 employees. Nearly 2.8 million passenger trips are transported by 30 fixed routes or demand response service throughout Stark County. Currently, 40 vehicles are powered by CNG. SARTA also operates electric hybrids, biodiesel, and dual fuel GNC/DIESIL vehicles. They are deploying 11 fuel cell buses, which will be the largest fleet in the country outside of CA. Together with Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research, SARTA lunched the Midwest Fuel Cell Center of Excellence. Conrad is on the board of Clean Fuels Ohio and Vice Chair of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition. He serves on Calstart’s fuel cell infrastructure advisory board. He also served on the Center for Transportation and the Environment/FTA Procurement Risk Reduction for Zero Emission Vehicles committee and a member of American Public Transportation Association’s Zero Emission Bus Specification committee. He received a Bachelor in political science from Kent State and a Master of public administration from the University of Akron. He completed a graduate certificate in finance from the Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble France.
Andrew Cullen is senior vice president of fuels and facility services for Penske Truck Leasing. In this position, he has oversight of facilities, real estate, fuel, telecommunications, and environmental affairs. Previously, he was vice president of fuels and environmental affairs. His areas of responsibility included fuel and energy purchasing and management, alternative fuels, utility management, environmental compliance, waste disposal, and telecommunications for over 1,000 North American locations. Cullen also held the title of vice president of environmental and telecommunication services for Penske. Upon joining the company in 1995, he has served in a variety of capacities for Penske Truck Leasing, which includes: manager of facility compliance engineering, director of environmental services, and director of environmental and telecommunication services. Before joining Penske, Cullen was employed by a leading civil and environmental engineering consulting firm, working on the evaluation, design, and construction of water, sewer, storm water and remediation systems. A registered professional engineer in California and Massachusetts, Cullen earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from The Pennsylvania State University.
Elizabeth Fretheim is the senior director of sustainability for Walmart’s Logistics division where she develops and manages the sustainability strategy for both transportation and distribution centers. In 2016, she was one of Fleet Owner magazine’s dozen outstanding women in trucking and one of three finalists for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Women in Logistics award. Before joining Walmart, Fretheim lived in Calgary, Canada, where she worked in business development for technology, facility management, and power generation companies. Fretheim has a bachelor of commerce from the University of Calgary and gained an interest and appreciation for sustainability through her work in the remote northern regions of Canada with the Aboriginal people.
Kathryn Garcia was appointed commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation in March 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio. She leads the world’s largest municipal sanitation department and its 9,700 uniformed and civilian employees. Under her direction, the department keeps New York City healthy, safe, and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. After her appointment as the Department’s 43rd commissioner, Commissioner Garcia set an ambitious long-term goal for New York City: contribute zero waste to landfills. To achieve this goal, the New York Department of Sanitation has developed the nation’s largest curbside organic waste collection program, collected and properly recycled more than 10 million pounds of electronic waste, and launched DonateNYC to help New York City residents and businesses give goods, find goods, and do good. A lifelong New Yorker, the commissioner launched her career as an intern at the Department of Sanitation. Before returning to the Department as commissioner, she served as chief operating officer at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where she was responsible for the operation of the City’s water supply, water and sewer system, and wastewater treatment plants. Commissioner Garcia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tad Kledzik is an 11-year school transportation professional working at Pasco County Schools where he manages the transportation of 37,000 students daily. He previously served as the district’s supervisor of transportation maintenance and led Pasco through the diversifying their fleet in 2012 with the introduction of the Blue Bird Propane Vision school bus. Pasco currently operates 48 units and two propane fueling centers serving the students in eastern Pasco County. Current projects include the construction of Florida’s first CNG fast-fill station owned and operated by a public school district and the further expansion of their propane bus fleet and fueling operations. Kledzik lives in Port Richey, Florida where he enjoys boating, maintaining his 1962 M151 military jeep and participating in the preservation of our military vehicle history.
Phillip Kobernick runs the sustainable transportation program in Alameda County, focusing on “greening” the county’s internal vehicle fleet and developing a commuter program for employees to reduce drive-alone commutes. For the county’s fleet, Kobernick is currently overseeing the collaborative procurement of nearly 100 EVs for 10 public agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, the transition to all-electric vehicle and better management of EV energy use, and other pilot projects to reduce gasoline consumption.
Steve Larsen is director of procurement and fuel for Ruan Transportation Management Systems, a transportation company based in Des Moines, Iowa. Rated by Transport Topics as the #6 Dedicated Contract Carrier, #41 For-Hire Carrier, and #20 Logistics company, Ruan operates a fleet of 3,700 Class 8 tractors. Mr. Larson is responsible for approximately 50 million gallons of fuel purchases per year—including supplier relationships and price negotiation as well as fuel optimization and consumption. He also leads other non-fuel procurement initiatives (representing over $100 million in spend) as well as properties functions. Mr. Larson is leading a compressed natural gas fuel initiative for Ruan, representing a strategically important development impacting transportation fuel, and he oversees sustainability projects including Ruan participation in Smartway, CDP, and National Clean Fleets.
Gary Maresca is the senior director of fleet services for Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU). He has over 31 years of experience in the baking business that encompasses the management of engineering, manufacturing, and transportation operations, along with his current role for the last five years being responsible for one of the largest in-house bakery fleets in the US. The fleet is comprised of over 10,000 vehicles that include store delivery route trucks, tractors, and trailers. Maresca has established an annual life cycle replacement strategy that includes the acquisition of approximately 800 vehicles per year at a value of $40 million dollars. One of his initiatives over the past couple of years was the analysis of fueling infrastructure, engineering design specifications, available grant opportunities, and operating and maintenance costs to determine which alternative fuel model is the best fit for various vehicle classes operated across the US.
Clint Marsh began his career in truck equipment and design in 1999 at Altec Industries, working with municipal and utility accounts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Subsequently, he worked as a utility equipment specialist for Scelzi Enterprises in Fresno, CA and as vice president of sales for American Truck & Trailer Body Co., Inc. in Tracy California. Mr. Marsh joined Sempra Energy Utilities in May of 2016 as the team lead for the Fleet Design Team. His team is responsible for the qualification and design of vehicles and mobile equipment for utility work applications at SDG&E and SoCalGas. He is an active member of the NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter and an NTEA member since 2001.
Mark Matheson serves as the chief executive officer and president of Matheson Trucking, Inc,. From 1973 through 1978, Matheson studied business administration at Menlo College. In 1974, he began working for R.B. Matheson Trucking in the Low-Bed Division as a field operations manager. Two years later, he transferred to a new Forklift Sales and Service Division in San Jose, as an assistant to the manager. In 1978, he was promoted to operations manager for R.B. Matheson Postal Services. Shortly afterward, he transferred to Denver and held the position of branch manager. In 1980, he became branch manager of the Los Angeles office. A year later, he returned to Concord as operations manager. In 1987, he was named president of R.B. Matheson Postal Services. He later became president of Matheson Fast Freight in 1993. In the year of 2001, he was named president of Matheson Mail Transportation and Matheson Flight Extenders. With hard work and dedication, he advanced to vice president of Matheson Trucking. In January 2008, Matheson was named chief executive officer and president of Matheson Trucking, a position he continues to hold.
Peter Melin, the director of Zero-Emissions Fleet Technologies, leads King County Metro’s efforts to transition the fleet from fossil fuel to zero-emissions propulsion systems. In particular he leads evaluation of required operating and maintenance infrastructure for uniquely new fleet types, as the agency continues to identify challenges and facilitate a successful fleet transition. Previously, Melin worked at Amazon as North American facilities maintenance director, at NATO as crisis response infrastructure program director supporting infrastructure in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans, and for 24 years in the US Navy leading new construction, facilities development, infrastructure planning and design, maintenance, and repair.
Marty Mitchell has 36 years of experience in maintenance, truck and equipment specification, design, purchasing, projects and construction experience. Managing both on and off highway, plant equipment and facility maintenance. Working with industry providers to develop better maintenance practices, products and solutions for the waste industry. Mitchell began his career in the waste industry working as a maintenance supervisor in 1981, progressing to a Director in 1988. Mitchell is especially proud of being a part of the early implementation in California of automated collection and MRF processing in which Mitchell had a part in design, development, construction and maintenance of one of the largest MRF’s in North America at that time in 1992.
Bob Myers is division chief of equipment for CalTrans. Zero-emission vehicles, such as hydrogen fuel cell cars (HFCVs), are a cornerstone of California’s long-term energy strategy to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and Caltrans is doing its part by adding 20 new HFCVs to its light-duty fleet.
Andrea Pratt is the green fleet program manager for the City of Seattle, working in the Fleet Management Division of the City since 2011. In 2014, she authored and published the City’s updated Green Fleet Action Plan and in 2015 managed a successful transition to biodiesel (B20) for over 1,000 fleet vehicles. She was a lead developer of Mayor Ed Murray’s Drive Clean Seattle initiative which calls for a 50% reduction in fleet emissions by 2025. To that end, Pratt is expanding alternative fuel use including biodiesel and renewable diesel blends, deploying green technology fleet-wide and electrifying light-duty vehicles. As part of this effort, she manages electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure expansion for the city, aiming to install over 400 charging stations at dozens of fleet locations over the next four years. Beyond infrastructure, technology deployment, and alt fuel expansion, she also spearheads green fleet policy and procurement efforts on a regional, state, and national level. Prior to working in local government, Pratt worked in the private sector as an environmental chemist and project manager for ten years and graduated with a BS in oceanography from the University of Washington in Seattle.
(Ret.) Senior Chief Thom Shea is the chief executive officer of Adamantine Alliance, a unique leadership and demanding human performance training organization. Shea works exclusively with “one person at a time” throughout the nation, to ensure transformational performance results. He has trained hundreds of individuals to date to master the Five Pyramids of Human Performance® and led each through the intense training of Performance in the Margin®, the space where all performance occurs. Before founding Adamantine Alliance, Shea served 23 years with distinguished Valor as a Navy SEAL. During his military career he served in three wars, ultimately leading a team of Navy SEALs into Afghanistan in 2009 where he earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action Medal. He was hand-selected to serve as Officer In Charge of the famed SEAL Sniper course from 2009 – 2011. During his two year tenure, he transformed the sniper curriculum while successfully increasing both graduation numbers and shooting performance test scores. He is the author of the national best-selling book, “UNBREAKABLE: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life”. Shea is the executive partner at Primal Quest LLC, the toughest multi-sport endurance event in the United States. He also serves as director of business development for BarberWind Turbines which represents an entirely new design for wind turbines that is efficient, economical and available to produce energy worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ball State University and a Master Training Specialist certification from the Naval Special Warfare Center.
Michael Silva is a project manager and civil engineer for CR&R. He has more than thirty years of senior-level solid waste management experience with responsibility for increasing revenues, efficiencies, and profits while maximizing customer service, safety, and employee morale. His expertise is in technology development and construction management. His team developed the three-cart fully automated collection system for the City of Temecula, which has since become the “gold standard.” He also helped design and construct the first solid waste processing facility in the country in 1992, and has since built several transfer stations and material recovery facilities. Currently in charge of CR&R’s anaerobic digestion projects, he is overseeing the building of the largest anaerobic digestion plant in the country, which will handle some 335,000 tons per year and generate in excess of 4 million gallons of renewable carbon-negative fuel. He earned BS degrees (cum laude) in both civil engineering and engineering management from the University of the Pacific, and earned an MS in civil engineering (construction management / geotechnical) from Stanford University.
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.
Joanna Wadsworth serves as a program manager at the City of Las Vegas, having nearly two decades’ experience practicing civil and transportation engineering. She has worked in both the private and public sectors on a variety of projects including intelligent transportation systems and transportation planning and design. Her focus at the City includes pedestrian safety, traffic calming, complete street projects, and Smart City technology planning and design. Most recently, she was a team member to develop the City’s Smart City Proposal for the USDOT’s Smart City Challenge. She is currently working with the City team to develop and implement the Smart City projects identified within their Smart City Challenge Proposal including planning for connected and autonomous vehicles. Earlier this year, she was involved in the launch of the first completely autonomous and fully electric shuttle to be deployed on a public roadway. A native of Las Vegas, Wadsworth earned her Bachelor and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a certified Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Nevada. She is a member of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Women in Transportation (WTS), and American Public Works Association (APWA).
Michelle Wiseman is the director of waste diversion & outreach for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Wiseman’s emphasis is educating and engaging communities regarding waste reduction and easing contamination in residential & commercial recycling within the city. Wiseman has been in the recycling industry for almost 10 years. She is on the board of the Georgia Recycling Coalition, Atlanta Recycles and is on the advisory board for EarthShare of Georgia.
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