Gain firsthand insight on the business case for innovative technologies, advanced powertrains, and new energy sources from North America’s leading fleet operators and top industry executives.
Keynote & Featured Speakers
ACT Expo speakers represent the who’s who of the transportation sector! Gain insight from the most influential and progressive leaders in the industry.
2019 Speaker Biographies
Joy Alafia – President and Chief Executive Officer , Western Propane Gas 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.
Megan Allen – EV Solutions Engineering Manager, GEOTAB
Megan Allen is a published author in transportation and fleet publications. Allen leads the electric vehicle solutions engineering team at Geotab, where they support over 30,000 customers to help navigate the transition to fleet electrification in the industry. Allen has a chemical engineering degree from University of Waterloo.
Joe Annotti – Vice President, Programs, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Joe Annotti, a Vice President of Programs has aggregated over 10 years of industry experience across multiple sectors. He manages GNA’s Funding 360 Program, which offers a comprehensive suite of grant tracking, writing, and management services to our clients and provides project management, data analysis, and strategy development expertise for GNA’s broad client base. Building on his experience in the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, he also provides market analysis and strategic recommendations for the adoption of natural gas fueling technology throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, Joe’s former leadership experience at the US Environmental Protection Agency supports clients seeking public affairs and policy guidance in the environmental arena.
Lisa Arellanes – Senior Manager, Business Development & Partnerships , Southern California Edison
Lisa Arellanes is a senior manager of e-Mobility business development and partnerships at Southern California Edison (SCE). For over ten years, Arellanes has focused on helping customers achieve their energy management and sustainability goals by looking across their entire portfolios to develop solutions. Most recently, she has been focused on supporting transportation electrification infrastructure programs and projects for SCE’s major, large, and strategic business customers for the past two years. Arellanes earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Claremont Graduate University. She also serves as the board chair of META (Making Education the Answer), a non-profit dedicated to providing scholarships and mentoring to Hispanic college-bound students in Southern California.
Marcela Arizpuro – Director of Transportation and Food Services, Amphitheater Public Schools
Marcela Arizpuro is the director of food service and transportation at Amphitheater Public Schools in Tucson, Arizona. Arizpuro is passionate about providing equitable, efficient, and environmentally friendly transportation for all students. As an administrator, Arizpuro seeks to educate school communities about the advantages of alternative fuel as the future of school transportation.
Arizpuro holds a Bachelor’s of Science in finance from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Administration and Public Administration from Northern Arizona University. In 2017, Arizpuro was recognized as a top ten Director of Transportation by School Transportation Magazine.
Nate Baguio – Vice President of Sales, The Lion Electric Co.
Nate Baguio has over 29 years of experience in the transportation industry. In 1990, Baguio started in the student transportation industry managing operations for Ryder Student Transportation Services. In this position he had overall responsibility for the startup and deployment of school bus operations across the State of California. Baguio’s time in operations was highlighted by the project management of over 330 employees and the management of over 300 school bus routes for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Baguio spent time managing transit projects with Metro in Los Angeles County. Baguio was part of the team that opened the redline subway to 500,000 riders on opening weekend and worked to build a 14-mile segment of light rail from Los Angeles to Pasadena
Will Barrett – Director of Sales, ClipperCreek, Inc,
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.
Gordon Bauer – NSF Graduate Student Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Gordon Bauer is an National Science Foundation graduate student research fellow in the Energy and Resources Group at University of California, Berkeley. Bauer is interested in the intersection between sustainable transportation and human behavior, and is exploring ways to catalyze the shift to a shared and electrified mobility system. Before coming to Berkeley, Gordon received a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors in chemistry from Williams College. Bauer has also conducted research on solar ovens in Latin America and electric vehicle usage in Norway.
Matthew Belasco – Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation, Pittsburg Unified School District
Matthew Belasco is the director of maintenance, operations, and transportation for the Pittsburg Unified School District. Belasco is currently leading a diverse team, overseeing the daily management of maintenance, safety and custodial services of school buildings and grounds, as well as the bussing and transportation needs for the 13,000 student District. Belasco is working collaboratively with colleagues to institute a Net Zero Energy operation. Belasco has initiated strategic energy management policies and procedures that have saved monies, as well as reduced consumption of natural resources. Belasco also has procured a new school bus fleet consisting of propane and zero emission, full electric buses.
Naveen Berry – Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District
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.
Alison Bird – Manager, Environmental Engineering, FedEx
Timothy Blubaugh – Executive Vice President, Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association
Timothy A. Blubaugh is an executive vice president at the Engine Manufacturers Association. Blubaugh is responsible for regulatory and legislative programs, concentrating on greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency strategies. Blubaugh joined EMA in April 2008, after twenty years in the commercial vehicle manufacturing industry, spending the last ten years focusing on regulatory, legislative and public policy matters.
Blubaugh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University. In 1998, he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Akron School of Law. Blubaugh is a member of the Oregon State Bar.
Tammie Bostick – Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities
Tammie Bostick leads Utah Clean Cities (UCC) as executive director with a passion for clean fuels, clean air and clean strategies. Bostick was appointed in 2017 by Governor Herbert to the Motor Vehicle Review Board. In 2019, Bostick was elected as vice president of operations on a federally-focused board known as Transportation Energy Partners which is dedicated to the Clean Cities mission. Bostick is also the current Northwest Clean Cities Regional Council member 2019-2021 serving her sister state coalitions in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.
Bostick is one of the principal partners on the Live Electric program with Rocky Mountain Power, where she is developing the Live and Work Electric workplace charging and electric fleet program to demonstrate electrified transportation and advanced vehicle adoption for cities. Bostick is the originator of the Think Tank~ Advanced Fuels for the Future and currently supports and guides development team tasked with the design and deployment of emergency and first response advanced technology fleets using advanced fuels. Bostick is actively engaged with several Renewable Natural Gas projects with the goal of demonstrating Net Zero and Carbon-Benefiting technologies in collaboration with the UCC Green Fleet program and Utah Stakeholders.
Bostick presents locally and nationally on the future of transportation and climate communication focusing on actionable steps for fleets that include advanced fuels, vehicles and visionary thinking.
Bostick is a graduate from the University of Utah with a degree in organizational communications.
Nico Bouwkamp – Technical Program Manager, California Fuel Cell Partnership
Keith Brandis – Vice President, Product Planning, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Keith Brandis is a 30-plus year veteran of the trucking industry with a diverse background in heavy truck manufacturing, sales and marketing.
Tony Brasil – Branch Chief, Transportation and Clean Technology Branch, California Air Resources Board
Tony Brasil has 26 years of professional experience with the State of California with 20 years at the California Air Resources Board. More than a decade of that experience has been in developing and overseeing off-road and on-road heavy duty vehicle regulations. Brasil’s team implements existing regulations to clean up existing diesel trucks and buses, and is in the process of developing new regulations to accelerate commercialization of zero emission heavy duty trucks, buses, and other innovative transportation technologies to reduce criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in California. Brasil has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis and is a registered mechanical engineer in the State of California.
Dr. Jack Brouwer – Professor, National Fuel Cell Research Center, University of California, Irvine
Eric Brown – Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Eric Brown has been with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for over ten years and is currently working in the Innovative Strategies Branch on the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Brown is the CARB grant liaison responsible for overseeing the administration of $80 million in the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust for Zero-Emission Freight and Marine and Light-Duty Zero-Emission Infrastructure. Before joining the Innovative Strategies Branch, Brown worked in CARB’s Enforcement section and an inspector responsible for enforcing the Truck and Bus Regulation and the Consumer Products Regulation. Brown has 20 years of state service and possesses a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology from Sacramento State University.
Ike Brown – Vice-Chairman, President and Co-Owner, NFI Industries
Ike Brown is vice chairman, president, and co-owner of NFI, a premier integrated supply chain solutions provider. Founded in 1932, NFI provides global supply chain solutions and has locations across North America. Its suite of solutions consist of asset-based dedicated transportation and drayage, warehousing and distribution, real estate, and non-asset based transportation services including brokerage, transportation management, global logistics, and intermodal. Today, NFI employs more than 10,000 people across the globe and operates more than 4,000 trucks and 41.5 million square feet of warehouse space. Revenues are on track to reach nearly $2 billion and the company is well positioned to continue its explosive growth. Brown has had numerous responsibilities since his start with the company in 1977. In addition to his duties at NFI, Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Truckload Carriers Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University in 1976.
Jim Cade – Vice President, Fleet Services, Ruan
James Cade joined Ruan Transportation Management Systems in 2015 and currently serves as vice president of fleet services. Cade strategically manages Ruan’s fleet of approximately 4,000 trucks and 8,200 trailers operating from more than two hundred and eighty sites throughout the USA. Responsibilities include asset acquisition and management, procurement, fuel purchasing and management, alternative fuel programs, maintenance management and asset disposal.
Cade has over thirty years managing fleet operations. Most of Cade’s experience is with Ryder Systems where during his twenty-five years he rose from a technician to the vice president of maintenance with direct responsibilities for North America and oversight of European maintenance operations. After leaving Ryder, Cade managed fleets as executive vice president of maintenance and purchasing for Arrow Trucking, owner and executive vice president of fleet services with USA Dry Van Logistics, vice president of maintenance and purchasing with National Express and vice president of maintenance and purchasing with USA Truck. During Cade’s career he has developed and managed various alternative fuel projects including; CNG, LNG, Propane and electric powered vehicles
Cade holds a business administration degree from Nova/Southeastern University and an Associate of Science degree in diesel technology from the Des Moines Area Community College. Cade currently is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Technology and Maintenance Council and the Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Cade actively participates in the development of industry recommendations and practices through these organizations.
Lorenzo Caprilli – Senior Vice President, Sales Marketing, Electra Meccanica
Lorenzo Caprilli is a Vancouver, British Columbia-based senior sales, marketing and general management executive with over 25 years of consumer goods industry experience both as a corporate executive and as an entrepreneur. Caprilli rose quickly through the ranks of top-tier consumer goods companies such as E&J Gallo, Best Foods Canada, Vincor International Inc., and Constellation Brands. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Caprilli currently serves as senior vice president-sales and marketing for ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. which is celebrating its 60th anniversary as automotive designer and manufacturer of iconic sports cars and advanced electric vehicles.
Kane Carpenter – Environmental Manager, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Sue Carpenter – Associate Editor, Take Two, KPCC
Sue Carpenter is an editor, producer and reporter at the Los Angeles NPR affiliate, KPCC-FM, where she frequently covers transportation. Carpenter is also a regular contributor to the web site Trucks.com. The former auto and motorcycle columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register has test driven hundreds of vehicles from experimental prototypes such as the E-Tracer to exclusive production models like the Lamborghini Urus.
Barry Carr – Eastern Regional Manager, Trillium
Barry Carr is the eastern regional manager for Trillium; working with major utilities and fleets to provide natural gas and renewable natural gas infrastructure as well as DC Fast Charge systems. Carr has worked as a contractor for major OEMs in the light, medium, and heavy duty vehicle market developing alternative fueled vehicle platforms. For the last 15 years, Carr has volunteered as the Coordinator for Clean Communities of Central New York, the US DOE’s Clean Cities Coalition hosted by Syracuse University. Carr serves on NGV America’s Federal and State Legislative Committees, is vice chair of the Northeast Gas Association, was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award from NGV America; and has been named to the US DOE Clean Cities Hall of Fame. Carr is a graduate of Clarkson University.
Jim Castelaz – Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Motiv Power Systems
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.
Dan Chien – Vice President of Business Development, AxleTech
Dan Chien is responsible for leading all OE business development activities for AxleTech’s electric, commercial, and defense programs. Chien is an executive leader with extensive global experience in product development, operational management, and business development for technically driven specialty markets.
Chien is recognized for utilizing disciplined, cost effective processes that produce successful and innovative products serving competitive markets. Chien brings a unique vision, blending the latest business practices, technology, and traditional core engineering and manufacturing processes.
Prior to joining AxleTech, Chien led product development and systems engineering at AM General. Chien also led the engine and transmission engineering teams. Chien previously held roles of increasing responsibility at General Dynamics and ArvinMeritor.
Chien holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa, a Master degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University.
Mark Childers – Powertrain and Technology Sales Manager, Thomas Built Buses
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.
Al Cioffi – Business Development, Plug Power
Clay Collier – Vice President, Energy Solutions, ChargePoint
Clay Collier is the vice president of energy solutions at ChargePoint, where he leads the Energy Solutions team, focused on vehicle-to-grid-integration. Previously, Collier served as a co-founder and chief executive officer of Kisensum, which merged with ChargePoint in June of 2018. Kisensum (now Energy Solutions at ChargePoint) was the first company to develop a suite of software that enabled vehicle to grid operations in a live market at scale. Prior to Kisensum, Collier was a co-founder and chief executive officer of Akuacom, a software company that created and deployed OpenADR. Akuacom merged with Honeywell in 2010. Collier holds a Bachelor of Arts in physics from UC, Berkeley.
Mark Conolly – Program Manager, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Mark Conolly is a program manager at Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. Conolly combines a background in economics and environmental sciences with expertise in public policy as a member of GNA’s grants and programs department. Conolly creates strategies designed to facilitate the advancement of the alternative fuels industry and provides solutions to agencies seeking to deploy effective policies. Conolly also performs market analysis activities to identify trends and important regional developments to assist companies with navigating the best pathway toward sustainability.
Conolly received a Master’s degree in public policy with dual emphases in international policy and environmental policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. As an undergraduate at the University of California Berkeley, he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a double major in environmental sciences and environmental economics.
Emily Conway – Fleet Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo North America
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.
Rob Del Core – Director, Business Development, Fuel Cell Power Systems, Hydrogenics
Fernando Corral – Vice President of Sales, Plug Power
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.
Patrick Couch – Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Patrick Couch brings extensive experience in the research, development, and demonstration of a broad range of advanced mobile and stationary power technologies to GNA. From leading fleets through the evaluation of alternative fuel technologies to assisting policy makers with the development of practical and successful strategies for clean transportation, Patrick’s work includes a mix of technical, business, and policy expertise. His technical work experience includes both in-field data collection and technical studies. Mr. Couch has co-authored several papers assessing emissions from diesel and alternative fueled vehicles, and their role in transportation and air quality policy and led the technical development of some of the world’s largest diesel fleet modernization programs.
George Crabtree – Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage , Argonne National Laboratory
George Crabtree is director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory and professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). Crabtree’s professional interests include next-generation battery technology and its applications in transportation and the electricity grid, as well as integration of energy science, technology, policy and societal decision-making. Crabtree has led several workshops for the Department of Energy on energy science and technology, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy, on meeting sustainable energy challenges, and on the prospects for next generation electrical energy storage.
Jay Craig – Chief Executive Officer and President, Meritor
Jeffrey “Jay” Craig is chief executive officer and president of Meritor, Inc.
Previously, he was president and chief operating officer (COO), with oversight of Meritor’s business segments – Commercial Truck & Industrial and Aftermarket & Trailer. He has been a member of the Meritor Board of Directors since April 2015.
Prior to taking on the role of president and COO, Craig was senior vice president and president of Meritor’s Commercial Truck & Industrial segment. He served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Meritor from 2009 to 2013 and has held various leadership positions at the company since 2006.
Before joining Meritor, Craig served as president and CEO of General Motors Acceptance Corp.’s (GMAC) Commercial Finance organization from 2001 to 2006. Prior to that, Craig was president and CEO of GMAC’s Business Credit division from 1999 until 2001. He joined GMAC as a general auditor in 1997 from Deloitte & Touche, where he served as an audit partner.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
He is chairman of the Board of Directors, Focus: HOPE; a member of the Board of Directors, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association; a member of the Board of Directors, Arcosa Corp.; and a member of the Dean’s Advisory
Board at Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business.
Robert Cruess – Chief Operating Officer , ZeroNox
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.
Andrew Cullen – Senior Vice President, Fuels & Facility Services, Penske Truck Leasing
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.
Andrew Daga – President and Chief Executive Officer, Momentum Dynamics
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.
Beto Dantas – Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Innovation, ConMet
Beto Dantas is the vice President of marketing, strategy, and innovation at ConMet, a leading global supplier of components to the commercial vehicle market. Dantas is the driving force behind ConMet’s commitment to create products and services that are on the forefront of the trends shaping the industry and align with critical customer needs. Prior to joining ConMet, Dantas spent ten years at Flextronics International where he held several positions most recently including vice president of innovation and new ventures. Dantas attended Oregon State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and graduated cum laude, with honors. In 2016, the university presented Dantas with the prestigious “Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers” award, which is given to distinguished graduates who have been identified as future leaders.
Tim DeMoss – Air Quality Supervisor, Port of Los Angeles
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
Nathan Dean – Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
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.
Terry Dell – Director of Channel Management, Zonar Systems
Terry Dell has more than 25 years of experience in mobile technologies, including cellular connectivity, telematics, IoT and autonomous vehicles. Working in early stage startups, enterprise giants and everything in between, Dell brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership expertise to help operationalize and scale Zonar’s growing partner ecosystem. As director of channel management, Dell and his team aim to expand on Zonar’s history of technological innovation by building a curated network of diversified, value-added solutions with customer-centric, innovative strategic technology partners. Dell’s team focuses on identifying market trends and securing the necessary partnerships to leverage alternative fuel, autonomous and advanced cellular network technology, as Zonar continues to develop best-in-class telematics solutions for today’s industry demands.
Haldane Dodd – Head of Communications, Air Transport Action Group
Haldane Dodd is head of communications at the Geneva-based Air Transport Action Group. This organization, the only global grouping of players from across the aviation industry, brings together airports, airlines, air navigation service providers and aircraft and engine manufacturers to agree common goals. Its current mission is to promote dialogue on aviation’s sustainable future, including coordinating the industry’s climate change policy efforts at a global level.
Dodd coordinates the cross aviation industry communications initiative enviro.aero, working with ACI, IATA, CANSO, Airbus, Boeing, GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and CFM to increase dialogue between the industry and the flying public on aviation’s environmental commitments. Dodd has also done extensive work to demonstrate the aviation industry’s economic and social benefits through the www.aviationbenefits.org web resource and the report Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders. Dodd has coordinated industry participation in a number of United Nations processes, including at ICAO, the UNFCCC, Green Climate Fund and at the Rio+20 conference.
Dodd has a background in broadcast media and holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications studies.
Mike Domin – Contract Administrator, Sourcewell
Curtis Dorwart – Refuse Product Manager, Mack Trucks, Inc.
Curtis Dorwart is the refuse product manager for Mack Trucks, Inc. and serves as the product spokesperson to the trade industry and media for Mack refuse trucks. Dorwart received his engineering degree from Lafayette College, and he is a member of SAE, a certified project management professional (PMP), and holds and ASE Master Truck Technician certification. Dorwart has been in the trucking industry for over 39 years and has been active in many aspects of the business including service, warranty, customer support, dealer technical support, engineering, project management, and marketing. Dorwart has been in a senior staff position as an electrical engineer at Mack and an engineering manager where he filled the role of lead engineer for major chassis projects that implemented new technology platforms including the Mack MP7 series diesel engine, V-MAC IV electronic architecture, and new cab and interior projects for Mack Granite and Pinnacle truck models. In recent years, Dorwart has been a product manager in product planning for the Mack low cab forward models with key focus on the refuse industry and the emerging areas surrounding alternative fuel.
Spencer Doyle – Chief Business Development Officer, Noodle.ai
James Duffy – Alternative Fuel Availability Manager, California Air Resources Board
Jim Duffy manages the transportation fuels branch at the Air Resources Board and oversees the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Dr. Duffy holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University and a PhD in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Between his undergraduate and graduate schooling, Dr. Duffy served for six years as a nuclear engineering officer onboard the USS Georgia submarine and as a nuclear power plant instructor at the Naval Nuclear Prototype Training Facility in Idaho. After earning his PhD, Dr. Duffy taught for eight years in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Montana State University.
Ed Dumire – Business Development Manager – Western Region, Roush Clean Tech
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
David Dunn – Division Manager- Fleet & Facilities Management Division, City of Orlando
Dave Edwards – Director and Advocate for Hydrogen Energy , Air Liquide
Stephen Ellis – Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Company
Steve Ellis is manager of fuel cell vehicle sales and marketing at American Honda. Ellis’ career at Honda began over 20 years ago, he is responsible for fuel cell electric vehicle business planning and FCX Clarity deployment to retail consumers. Ellis co-developed the Alternative Fuel Vehicle department at Honda 17 years ago when Honda brought the EV PLUS Electric car and Civic GX Natural Gas Vehicle to market. Ellis is well known for his pioneering work on vehicle-related environmental and energy projects, has done hundreds of media interviews and is often sought as an expert on alternative fuels and refueling infrastructure. Since deploying the first five FCX fuel cell cars to the City of Los Angeles in 2002, he has maintained a focus on success for hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicles. Ellis served on Governor Schwarzenegger’s Hydrogen Highway advisory team and recently was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute.
Matt Essex – Director of School Bus Sales, Adomani
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.
Lea Farnier – Associate, BSR
David Finn – Chief Executive Officer and Founder , Tritium
As Tritium’s chief executive officer, David Finn aligns the company’s products and technology development with emerging market needs and manages the company’s growth. Finn is one of Tritium’s co-founders and a former member of the Sunshark solar racing team, whose technology sparked the company’s formation. Finn led Tritium’s expansion from 10 employees to more than 150 in the four years from 2014 to 2018—a time when the electric vehicle market was still nascent. Finn regularly communicates with EV charging customers to understand their needs and maintains an on-the-ground connection with the electric vehicle market. Internally, Finn is focused on building a culture of delivering on promises and a foundation of great people who can help the company scale while remaining true to its vision: enabling everyone to enjoy clean, healthy and convenient cities. An engineer by trade, Finn was a key architect of Tritium’s DC fast charging technology. Finn holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Bill Fisher – Director of Service, TEC Equipment
Bill Fisher is director of service for TEC Equipment. He has been in the automotive and diesel industry for over 25 years. Fisher has worked as an automotive technician, service manager and most recently with TEC Equipment (11 years) as director of service where he oversees service policies and initiatives, warranty, technical training, technician recruiting and customer service training.
Rudy Le Flore – Chief Project Consultant , SunLine Transit Agency
Rudy Le Flore is the chief project consultant for SunLine Transit Agency, which is recognized as a leader in alternative fuel technologies in the public transportation industry. Le Flore has been involved with zero emissions projects for SunLine since 2009. As the chief project Consultant, he provides Project Management, Procurement, and Transit expertise to SunLine. Building on his experience with the Department of Defense and Aerospace firms, he understands what is necessary to deliver new technology systems and the importance of in-service management. Le Flore teaches courses for the University of the Pacific in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) procurement and is overseeing the development of the West Coast Center of Excellence in Zero Emissions Technologies for SunLine Transit Agency. Utilizing funding from the FTA, the West Coast Center of Excellence is focused on developing workforce oriented tools to facilitate the commercialization of zero emissions technologies.
Eric Foellmer – Director of Marketing, XL Fleet
Eric Foellmer is XL Fleet’s Director of Marketing and is responsible for leading the marketing strategy and driving awareness for the company and its products to fleets throughout North America. Eric is an evangelist for fleet electrification who speaks at industry events around the country and has been featured in technology segments in TIME magazine, Automotive Fleet, NBC, FOX and Sirius XM.
Dallas Fox – Engineer, Toyota Motor North America
Dallas Fox is an engineer at Toyota Motors North America (TMNA), responsible for hydrogen-vehicle-to-station interface and refueling at TMNA Research and Development in Gardena. As both a lifelong enthusiast of both nature and automobiles, Fox has been fortunate enough to focus his energy in an industry that caters to both: clean transportation! At work, Fox has the opportunity to leverage his background in chemical engineering to solve the complicated task of getting 10,000 psi of Hydrogen at -40C into a carbon-composite tank in less than 5 minutes. The aspect he loves most about being on the leading edge of automotive technology is that he can see how his hard work directly contributes to the development of vehicles that are 5, 10, and even 15 years into the future.
John Frala – Professor of Alternative Fuels Technology, Rio Hondo College
John Frala has over 40 years of experience in the clean transportation industry working on a wide variety of projects. Frala has been a professor for the Alternative Fuel Technology Department at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California since 1998. At Rio Hondo College, Frala has done ongoing curricular reform and implementation consistent with Automotive Technology Department at Rio Hondo College. He has developed the Associate of Science degrees and Certificates of Achievement in Advanced Transportation Technology; Alternative Fuels and Electric Vehicles/Fuel Cell Technician Technology. Additionally, Frala has been appointed to a variety of projects including: the TESLA START PROGRAM, the California Governor Brown GREEN TEAM, Hydrogen Highway, Clean Cities Management Training – National Base Instructor for Electric Vehicles. Due to his outstanding work, Frala recently received the 2018 American Association of Community Colleges, Outstanding Educator award, the 2019 California Community Colleges Board of Governor’s Award for Exemplary Alternative Fuels program and the 2019 Rio Hondo College Distinguished Faculty Award
Timothy French – General Counsel, Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA)
Timothy A. French is a founding member of Chicago Law Partners, LLC. French has earned a national reputation for his experience and expertise in matters arising under the Clean Air Act and related state and local air quality statutes and regulations. On behalf of leading trade associations and other clients, French has represented the interests of major stakeholders in rulemakings before the U.S. EPA and the California Air Resources Board. French has litigated Clean Air Act and related state law issues before the U.S. Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and numerous other federal and state courts, and has successfully advocated a number of significant preemption claims. French also serves as General Counsel to the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association.
French earned his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1985. In 1982, he graduated with an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University. French was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1985. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar), the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, D.C. Circuit, Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit.
Mark Freymueller – Vice President Commercial Vehicle Eco friendly Business Development, Hyundai Motor Company
Dr. Peter Frischmann – Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Sepion Technologies
Dr. Peter Frischmann has followed a lifelong passion to power vehicles with solar energy, devoting the past 15 years to advanced materials development for breakthrough energy storage technologies. He co-founded Sepion Technologies in 2015 to commercialize must-have membrane components that boost the energy density, safety, and lifetime of lithium and beyond lithium batteries. His background in organic chemistry and self-assembly provides a unique vantage point to leverage innovative polymer materials to solve long-standing battery problems. Frischmann is an alumnus of the prestigious Cyclotron Road Energy Technology Incubator, formerly a Project Scientist at Berkeley Lab and an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Würzburg in Germany, and he holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in chemistry from Idaho State University.
Paul Gagnon – Vice President, SSA Terminals
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”.
Sarah Gallagher – Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Sarah Gallagher has more than 15 years of experience developing communications and brand strategy campaigns for both small businesses and globally-recognized brands spanning the transportation, energy, and financial sectors. She manages a team of marketing specialists and graphic designers with extensive experience developing strategic communications and outreach plans to further clean air and transportation initiatives. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Capital University and a master’s degree in communications management from the University of Southern California. In 2014, Sarah started the annual “Women in Advanced Clean Tech” summit, which showcases the accomplishments of female executives shaping the future of the transportation sector. Sarah serves on the Communications Committee for NGVAmerica, is a member of the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, and Young Professionals in Energy, and is a volunteer for the Center for Justice and Social Compassion.
Pedro Garcia – Director, Advanced Technologies, Product Management, Meritor
Pedro Garcia joined Meritor in 2008 as a product engineer and has held several engineering leadership roles with increasing responsibilities; Garcia led the design and development of several Meritor On-Highway and Off-Highway products including MT-14X and MS-13X axles for heavy and medium duty trucks. Pedro led the engineering team that started the Meritor 14Xe Electric Axle design unveiled at NACV-2017; most recently he transitioned to a business role pioneering Meritor Electrification business unit to develop and execute the commercialization strategy of Meritor eMobility product portfolio.
Garcia holds an Executive MBA from Michigan State University, Master’s of Science degree in manufacturing systems from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico and an mechanical engineering from Universidad del Norte, Colombia.
John Gerra – Director of Business Development, BYD Motors North America
John Gerra is the director of business development for BYD Motors North America Truck practice. With more than 17 years in transportation, operations, and business development, Gerra brings a depth of knowledge to BYD. Gerra’s experience developing new markets for advanced power and propulsion systems will help BYD transform the heavy-duty trucking industry to zero-emission electric technology.
Gerra leads all business development efforts in the United States and Canada markets. Gerra is also focused on BYD Electric Truck applications for markets including Ports, Terminals, Drayage, Local and Regional Delivery, Refuse Hauling, Mining and other heavy trucking operations. Gerra works with large commercial fleet operators to identify how BYD can best support their zero-emission initiatives, while maximizing operational efficiency.
Roger Gerson – Engineering Director & Product Line Architect, Battery Systems, Cummins
Roger Gerson is engineering director, and product line architect, battery systems, at Cummins Inc. Gerson has over 2 decades of experience in product development of battery powered vehicle systems, and has been working with lithium-ion batteries since their emergence in mobility applications in the mid-2000’s. Gerson’s journey with EV’s began with small AGV’s, and progressed through light EV’s and ultimately to heavy industrial vehicle applications, just prior to joining Cummins in 2017. Gerson’s foundation legacy as an electrical engineer, and player-coach technical manager, also includes work in the avionics and robotics industries. Gerson holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, and a Master of Science in manufacturing engineering from Boston University.
Muffi Ghadiali – Chief Executive Officer and Founder , Electriphi Inc.
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 Gildersleeve – Senior Associate, Business Development, Jump Uber
Jordan Gildersleeve is a senior associate of business development at JUMP. Prior to joining JUMP, Gildersleeve was a senior operations manager at Uber overseeing all of Southern California. Before joining the Uber family, Gildersleeve was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.
Cliff Gladstein – President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Clifford E. Gladstein is the founder and President of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), a Santa Monica, CA based environmental affairs consulting firm that specializes in air quality, energy and transportation policy and market development for alternative fuel vehicles, emission reduction and advanced energy generation technology. For over twenty-two years, Mr. Gladstein has been a leader at the local, state and national levels in the effort to develop cost-effective policies, programs and products to reduce pollution from transportation, relieve the nation’s dependence on petroleum, and create innovative public-private partnerships to pursue market-based solutions for environmental problems. Mr. Gladstein is the founder of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC), the nation’s first and most successful public-private partnership to accelerate the commercialization of clean, alternative fuel vehicles in the interstate movement of goods. Mr. Gladstein has used his knowledge and experience to develop and implement clean transportation and power generation technology deployment programs and incentive programs.
Joshua Goldman – Vice President, Sales and Marketing, TransPower
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.
Abas Goodarzi – President and Chief Executive Officer , US Hybrid
Dr. Abas Goodarzi is president and chief executive officer of US Hybrid and chairman of Magmotor Technologies. With over 39 year of EV and HEV experience, Goodarzi currently directs Technology and Product Development at US Hybrid with a focus on fuel cell electric and hybrid powertrain design and manufacturing for medium and heavy duty commercial and military vehicles and development and production of the integrated Fuel Cell engines system for Medium-duty and Heavy-duty vehicles after US Hybrid acquired the UTC Power, PEM Transportation division.
After his experience as professor at Cal State San Francisco, project engineer at US Windpower, technical director of General Motor’s EV1 program, senior scientist at Hughes Aircraft Company, Goodarzi founded US Hybrid in 19999 and directed the development of various high-power density and efficiency electric powertrain and auxiliary components.
Goodarzi’s key areas of experience and expertise are Electric Powertrain including, Motors and Controllers, power converters, Energy Management Systems and Vehicle System Controls. Goodarzi holds Doctoral and Master’s Degrees from University of Missouri, Columbia in power electronics and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Sacramento in power systems. Goodarzi has been a registered Professional Engineer since 1985. Goodarzi has published noted articles, patents and has received various professional awards.
David Gully – Regional/Intermodal Sales Manager-Western Region, Taylor Machine Works
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.
Jordan Guter – Associate Vice President, Solutions Engineering, Geotab
Jordan Guter holds a Bachelor in Engineering (electrical and management), professional engineer, is the associate vice president of the Solutions Engineering team at Geotab. Since joining the company in 2011, Jordan has focused on optimizing the technical capabilities and business applications of the Geotab telematics solution. He works closely with major enterprise fleets, original engine manufacturers, Tier 1 parts providers on a global scale. Guter is a member of many engineering groups, including the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the International Organization for Standardization, and is also a member of a number of committees such as the Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems and American Trucking Associations.
Janice Hahn – Board Member, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Los Angeles Board of Supervisor Janice Hahn was appointed to the SCAQMD Governing Board in December 2018. Supervisor Hahn was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November 2016 to represent the 4th district which stretches from Marina del Rey through the beach cities, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Harbor Area, Long Beach, through the Gateway Cities and east to Diamond Bar.
In her short time on the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Hahn has already established herself as a leader in the struggle to end the current homelessness crisis, a champion for communities plagued by pollution and health problems, and a dynamic new voice on the Metro Board of Directors.
Supervisor Janice Hahn inherited a passion for public service from her late father, Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, who held public office in Los Angeles County for fifty years and who left behind an incredible legacy of service. Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Janice Hahn served for ten years on the Los Angeles City Council and for five and a half years in Congress.
While in Washington, Supervisor Hahn served on the House Homeland Security Committee, Committee on Small Business, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Supervisor Hahn earned nationwide recognition for founding the PORTS Caucus and recruited over 100 of her fellow House colleagues to advocate for ports issues and infrastructure. Hahn has been a leader on efforts to rebuild our national freight infrastructure system, level the playing field for small business owners, and reducing gang violence in our communities.
Denielle Harrison – Manager, BSR
Mike Hasinec – Vice President – Maintenance, Penske Truck Leasing
Mike Hasinec is vice president – maintenance for Penske Truck Leasing. In this capacity, his areas of responsibility include technical training for a maintenance workforce that totals nearly 9,000, video production, vehicle applications, new product testing, policies, parts policies, tools, OEM engineering, DPF centers, supplier management, procedures and regulatory compliance.
Prior to working from the company’s global headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania, Hasinec was vice president of field maintenance operations for the West region, based in St. Louis. Hasinec was also an area maintenance manager and district service manager, based in Florida and North Carolina. Hasinec served as a maintenance supervisor in Lexington, Ky. Hasinec started his Penske career as a customer service representative, ascending to a lead technician position. He is a certified six sigma black belt. Hasinec is a graduate of Greenville Technical College.
Doug Hausladen – Director of Transportation, Traffic & Parking, City of New Haven, CT
Doug Hausladen serves as the director of the transportation, Traffic and Parking (TT&P) Department for the City of New Haven and the acting executive director of the New Haven Parking Authority (PNH). Hausladen was appointed to his position by Mayor Toni Harp for a four-year term beginning on February 1st, 2014. Prior to that time, Hausladen was twice-elected to the Board of Alders in New Haven representing the 7th Ward in Downtown. As director of TT&P, Hausladen is charged with the maintenance and safe operation of the City’s traffic signals and signs, on-street parking meters, parking enforcement, fair adjudication of parking ticket appeals, and school crossing guards in addition to transportation planning. As acting executive director of PNH, Hausladen manages over $24Million in revenues earned by over 8,500 off-street parking spaces including 18 surface lots and 6 parking structures, including New Haven’s historic Union Station. Hausladen comes to the public sector from a transportation advocacy and activism background with professional experiences in real estate management, entrepreneurship, and public health. Hausladen graduated from Yale University with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.
Diane Heinze – Environmental Supervisor, Port of Oakland
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.
Kim Heroy-Rogalski – Mobile Source Regulatory Development Branch Chief, California Air Resources Board
Kim Heroy-Rogalski is chief of the Mobile Source Regulatory Development Branch at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Heroy-Rogalski’s branch has current projects that include lower oxides of nitrogen emission standards for heavy-duty trucks, amendments to California’s heavy-duty warranty regulations, California’s Phase 2 greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty engines and trucks, revisions to CARB’s periodic smoke inspection and heavy-duty vehicle inspection program, and development of a comprehensive heavy-duty inspection maintenance program. At CARB for 21 years, Heroy-Rogalski has worked on planning, emissions inventory, and smog check, and led CARB’s in-use off-road diesel vehicle program for a decade. Prior to joining CARB, Heroy-Rogalski worked for Radian Corporation as an air quality consultant. Heroy-Rogalski holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered Professional Engineer in California.
Nathan Hill – Senior Engineer II, E-Mobility Team, Daimler Trucks North America
Nathan A. Hill was a former senior engineer for high voltage battery systems at Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Hill was responsible for working with HV Battery suppliers and partners to select and integrate the best HV battery solution to support the 20 eCascadias (class 8 tractors) currently being deployed in Southern California as part of the Freightliner Electric Truck Innovation Fleet (a SCAQMD funded program). Additionally, Hill was also responsible for the charging infrastructure to support the Innovation Fleet. As of February, 2019, Hill leads the DTNA Charging Infrastructure team and looks forward to assisting DTNA customers with optimizing their depots to support electric commercial vehicles.
Hill has been with DTNA for 10 years with a variety of engineering design responsibilities, including vehicle aerodynamics, cab design, chassis optimization, and others. Hill has always had a passion for alternative power systems and for trucks. Hill received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University before studying alternative-power systems as a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego.
Michael Hughes – Chief Commercial and Revenue Officer, ChargePoint, Inc.
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.
Thomas Jelenić – Vice President, PMSA
Eleanor Johnstone – Senior Associate , Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
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.
Dr. Andreas Juretzka – Senior Lead, e-Mobility, Daimler Trucks North America
Dr. Andreas Juretzka is the electric mobility group product owner for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Juretzka is responsible for product development, business strategy and infrastructure role out of DTNA’s commercial electric vehicle program. Upon entering this role in October of 2017, Juretzka is responsible for a team of highly motivated and innovative thinkers, called the Electric Mobility Group (EMG).
Most people at Daimler know Juretzka from the Powertrain side. With a Doctorate in thermodynamics, Juretzka spent the past 20 years living and breathing combustion engines and handled everything from thermodynamics to engineering mechanics. In his previous role, Juretzka served as director, engineering mechatronics powertrain, responsible for development and launch of the HDEP/MDEG transmission and clutch.
Juretzka received his Doctorate in thermodynamics from Karlsruhe Institute for Technology. In addition, Juretzka holds 12 patents and has earned the DaimlerChrysler AG research award.
Bill Kahn – Principal Engineer, Peterbilt
Bill Kahn is a principal engineer at Peterbilt Motors and is the manager of advanced concepts. An engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, Kahn has over 30 years of experience in the trucking and aerospace industry. Kahn’s last 17 years while at Peterbilt, have been dedicated to evaluating emerging technologies and developing timelines for their viability within the Peterbilt product. Kahn’s group work includes innovation in the areas of autonomous operation, next generation combustion engines, hybrid powertrains, advanced aerodynamics, HMI, connectivity alternative fuels, and lightweight materials. Kahn’s group at Peterbilt has been responsible for fielding the first fleet trials for projects such as medium- and heavy-duty electrical hybrids, heavy-duty hydraulic hybrids, and CNG/LNG dual-fuel and dedicated engine platforms. Kahn is a member of the 21st Century Truck Partnership, University of North Texas Faculty Advisory Board, and the Society of Automotive Engineers among other groups.
Dr. Aravind Kailas – Research and Innovation Manager, Volvo Group
Dr. Aravind Kailas manages innovation and R&D initiatives to create and commercialize sustainable transport solutions for the Volvo Group. By promoting the company’s creative assets and key technology positions in various fora, he has been instrumental in establishing the Volvo Group as a trusted thought leader in California. Dr. Kailas has led Volvo’s engagement with the public and private sectors, and other outreach efforts in the connected and autonomous vehicles spaces. Dr. Kailas created a unique regional partnership to assess air quality improvements along freight corridors near the ports, and also spearheaded local partner development for the Volvo electric truck roll-out in the US. He has initiated many activities with startups and customers to address critically needed technologies and explore new business opportunities for the Volvo Group.
Dr. Kailas is also a part-time Instructor at California State University Long Beach, and has previously held positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, QUALCOMM, Inc., DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and General Electric. Author of over 100 publications and quoted in many media outlets, Dr. Kailas has delivered more than 50 invited talks globally, and served on numerous international jury panels on research and technology, advisory boards of non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. His scholarly work has been recognized by numerous accolades, including the Patricia F. Waller and Deborah Freund Awards from the Transportation Research Board. He has earned degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Greg Kleen – Fuel Cell Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Joe Korn – Project Lead, Business Intelligence & Analytics, ARI
Joseph Korn is project lead for business intelligence & analytics at ARI. Korn has a passion for creating solutions that help others overcome their challenges. To support this calling, he has more than 33 years of automotive and heavy-duty truck repair experience. For the past ten years, his predominant focus has been in leading complex vocational truck engineering evaluations and sustainable alternative fuel projects for fleet customers. Korn has been with ARI for 26 years and holds a degree in automotive technology, a master certification in car and heavy-duty truck applications and is a certified yellow belt in Six Sigma strategies.
Jason Krajewski – Director – Truck Connectivity, Daimler Trucks North America
Jason Krajewski is the director of truck connectivity at Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Krajewski is responsible for development and execution of vehicle connectivity strategy along with service development as the head of Detroit Connect, DTNA’s connected vehicle platform. Krajewski has an extensive background in commercial truck engineering and management, having served as lead engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency emissions programs of 2007 and 2010, then moving to managing DTNA’s Fuel Consumption Test & Analysis Department. Between 2013 and 2016 he relocated to Stuttgart, Germany to manage Daimler’s global Heavy and Medium Duty Truck Engine platforms. Krajewski returned to DTNA, following his passion for data, to lead the development of DTNA’s Connectivity Insight Team, delivering applications and use cases for the connected vehicle, before this current role as director of truck connectivity. Krajewski holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Steve Lake – Director of Transportation, Southwest Allen County Schools
Steve Lake is the director of transportation for Southwest Allen County Schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A school district serving 7,425 students. Lake was a high school teaching for 18 years and a building administrator for 12 years, before taking his current position as transportation director for his district. While Lake was teaching, he was also the faculty advisor for a team of students that designed and built a high mileage vehicle that for two consecutive years won the Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage Challenge with a recorded best run of 1,539 MPG. Lake has done two summer internships at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where he was given the opportunity to work on the X-38 project, which was an experimental spacecraft designed to be an emergency return vehicle for the International Space Station. Lake did his undergraduate work at Ball State University and has two Master’s Degrees from Indiana University.
Alexandre Lalonde – Product Specialist- EV Charging Infrastructure, ABB Inc.
Alexandre Lalonde is part of ABB’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure team in Canada and is based out of Montréal, Québec. Lalonde joined ABB in 2017, his role includes local product management, technical sales support and business development for electric vehicle high power charging solutions. Lalonde holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Université de Sherbrooke with a concentration in Power Engineering from Institut en Génie de l’Énergie Électrique – Polytechnique Montréal.
Reggie Lawrence – Managing Director, FleetOwner
Brianna Lawrence – Senior Associate, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Brianna Lawrence is a senior associate at Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. Lawrence’s role combines her background in philanthropy and nonprofit management with her degree in environmental science. Lawrence is involved in several facets of the Programs Department at GNA; her responsibilities include completing compliance reporting for fleet operators, researching and preparing grant applications for alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and assisting the marketing and events team with content development and outreach. Lawrence received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jon Leonard – Senior Vice President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Jon Leonard is senior vice president at Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). He has more than 30 years of experience developing, demonstrating, and testing advanced-technology vehicles and alternative fuels that provide low or zero emissions. Before joining GNA, Mr. Leonard spent 15 years as the director of TIAX’s Transportation and Energy Group, where he managed many programs to reduce mobile source emissions. He also spent nearly 10 years in the Technology Advancement Office of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, serving as AQMD’s lead technical staff for RD&D projects involving battery-electric and fuel cell technologies. Mr. Leonard began his career as manager of American Suzuki Motor Corporation’s US emissions testing laboratory. He holds a Master of Science in environmental studies from California State University, Fullerton.
Julia Levin – Executive Director , Bioenergy Association of California
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.
Brian Lindgren – Director of Research & Development, Kenworth
Brian Lindgren is director of research & development for Kenworth Truck Company. Lindgren is responsible for guiding the technology roadmap for Kenworth’s commercial vehicle product line, identifying and developing concepts to improve vehicle aerodynamics, freight efficiency and sustainability, and providing technology to assist drivers in improving on-road safety. In his 40 years at the company, Lindgren has held positions in Engineering, Marketing and Sales, and has now headed the Research & Development team for seven years. Lindgren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Alan Mace – Heavy Duty Market Manager, Ballard Power Systems
Alan Mace has over 18 years of experience within the fuel cell industry in engineering, serviceand product management roles. In his current position as market manager, Mace is responsible for market development activities for the FCveloCity® Heavy Duty power modules including definition of customer requirements and value analysis, along with market analysis. Mace has held a broad range of roles in engineering, customer relationship management and marketing during his years of service at Ballard and IdaTech. Mace’s experience includes a strong technical background on fuel cell products and applications. Mace holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering from Washington State University. Prior to his current fuel cell activities, Mace has designed high‐speed machine vision systems for food processing, along with design of machinery for pulp, paper and web processing.
Ben Machol – Professional Engineer Manager, Technology & Partnerships Office , Environmental Protection Agency
Ben Machol manages the Technology and Partnerships Office for the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9. Machol’s office oversees regional work on clean diesel programs, advanced technology and clean energy. Prior to this position, Machol was the region’s senior energy advisor. In over 25 years at the agency, Machol served in several capacities, including Guam Program Manager, where he oversaw EPA programs on the island and development of innovative infrastructure finance opportunities for U.S. island territories. Machol also spent many years in EPA’s water programs, working with U.S. and Mexican officials to develop water and wastewater infrastructure along our border region. Machol is a licensed Professional Engineer, with a Master’s degree in environmental engineering, and a Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, both from University of California, Berkeley.
Karen El Mann – Senior Vice President, Programs, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Karen Mann heads Gladstein, Neandross & Associate’s Programs and Policies department. Mann’s team aggressively pursues incentives that accelerate the market for low-emission technologies. Mann’s work focuses implementing cost-effective and technically viable projects that reduce environmental impacts. Mann’s responsibilities include analyzing feasibility of low-emission technologies based on current operations, tracking regulations and funding opportunities, market studies, developing and disseminating market-tailored messages, leading research for and writing of grant applications, and facilitating successful implementation of low-emission strategies.
Marc Manning – Senior Director, Vehicle Engineering & Acquisition , LA Metro
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.
Jesse Marquez – Executive Director, Coalition for a Safe Environment
Sarah Marsh – Terminal Manager, Dole Fresh Fruit International
Anthony Marshall – Director of Maintenance and Engineering, Transportation Fleet, UPS
Anthony Marshall is a director of maintenance and engineering for UPS. Marshall is responsible designing non-power equipment, which includes trailers and dollies totaling over 110,000 pieces of equipment, and support systems to maintain UPS’s fleet. Marshall advises manufacturers in the development of specified equipment and recommends equipment modifications that affect long-term organizational growth and public image. Marshall analyzes circumstances that affect the maintenance, performance, and cost effectiveness of the fleet and implements resolutions.
Marshall began his UPS career in 2006 as a part-time automotive supervisor.
In 2008, Marshall was promoted to a full-time automotive fleet supervisor, and then, in 2011, was promoted to automotive fleet manager. Marshall held various fleet manager assignments as well as region automotive training manager. Marshall was promoted to director of maintenance and engineering for the Transportation Fleet Non Power in 2017.
Marshall holds a Master’s of Science and Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI.
Marshall is an active member of the American Trucking Associations, Technology and Maintenance Council. Marshall holds the chairman position for the Future Truck Committee of TMC.
Lana Van Marter – Commercial Development Manager, Aviation Solutions Renewable Products , Neste
Lana Van Marter is an accredited airport executive and international airport professional with two Master’s degrees, one in development studies and the other in business management from the Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Asian Institute of Management respectively. Van Marter has extensive experience in the airport industry, having been in the management team of both George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P Hobby Airport. Van Marter held the position of director of transportation, commercial development, assistant general manager for international operations, and operations lead for the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT). Van Marter was a director at the Board of the American Association of Airport Executives and vice-chairperson of the Operations, Safety, Planning and Emergency Management Committee. Van Marter is also a seasoned diplomat with extensive experience in bilateral and multilateral fields with assignments in both North America (New York, Ottawa, Mexico City) and Europe (Geneva, Moscow, Croatia). Van Marter has been a representative to the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly and have participated in the discussions on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Van Marter joined Neste, US Inc. in May of 2017 as commercial development manager.
Trina Martynowicz – Distributed Generation, Clean Fuels & Electric Vehicle Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Michael Masquelier – Chief Executive Officer, WAVE
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.
Steve McCannon – Deputy Director , Regional Air Quality Council, Colorado
Steven McCannon is the deputy director for the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC). McCannon joined the RAQC in August of 2002, focusing on strategies to reduce mobile source air pollution through policy development and incentivizing the purchase of alternatively fueled vehicles (i.e., natural gas, electric and propane), retrofitting the legacy diesel and gasoline fleet and repairing/salvaging high-emitting and smoking vehicles. Currently, McCannon manages Charge Ahead Colorado, ALT Fuels Colorado, Repair Your Air Campaign and Clean Air Fleets. McCannon graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1992 and completed his Master of public administration at the University of Colorado – Denver in 1997.
Tamara McCrossen-Orr – Chief Planning Officer, Office of Sustainability, Los Angeles World Airports
Mike McHorse – Director of Channel Marketing, Freightliner Trucks , Daimler Trucks North America
Matt McLelland – Innovation Strategist, Covenant Transport Services
Matt McLelland is the Innovation Strategist for Covenant Transportation Services, a premium service provider of transportation services with focus on temperature controlled products, regional, and long haul delivery. Matt’s sole focus is to research current industry trends, emerging technologies, and meet with new startups in the logistics industry and evaluate their applicability to Covenant’s strategy of providing more affordable, safer delivery of products to our customers. Matt regularly speaks at different national and regional events on supply chain trends and innovation. His co-workers call him “Future-Man”.
Mitchell McMahon – Senior Manager, Fleet and Facilities, Anheuser-Busch InBev
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.
Susan McSherry – Director of Alternative Fuel Programs, New York City Department of Transportation
Susan McSherry is director of alternative fuel programs at the New York City Department of Transportation, focusing on alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicle program deployments. McSherry is responsible for grant program development and project management, including assisting NYC agencies in advancing their 80 x 50 Green Fleet initiatives to lower CO2 and criteria pollutant emissions from the City’s vehicle fleet. McSherry works closely with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the DOT Office of Freight Mobility, and is the Project Manager for the DOT Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program, which offers incentive rebates to privately owned truck fleets in the Hunts Point/Port Morris area of the South Bronx. McSherry and her office support the local NYC/Empire Clean Cities Coalition on petroleum reduction policy and implementation, and conduct relevant public outreach and education to community and technical groups on the subject of clean vehicles. McSherry holds a Masters in urban planning from Hunter College. McSherry is currently Co-Chair on the Strategic Planning Committee for the USEPA Northeast Diesel Collaborative, and it’s Clean Corridor Committee.
Hans Eric Melin – Founder, Circular Energy Storage
Hans Eric Melin is the founder of the London-based Circular Energy Storage, a consultancy focused on lifecycle management of lithium-ion batteries. Melin is the author of “The lithium-ion battery end-of-life market” which is an annual report covering recycling and reuse of lithium-ion batteries and its impact on the raw material market. Prior to starting Circular Energy Storage Melin served as vice president market development at the largest battery collector in the US, Battery Solutions. Before that Melin was the chief executive officer of Refind Technologies in Sweden which is a leading company in intelligent sorting of batteries and electronics. Melin has a long experience in collection of waste but also in eco design and renewable energy. Melin holds a BSc in communication studies and business administration from Gothenburg University in Sweden.
Liza Milagro – Resilience & Sustainability Manager , Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Trevor Milton – Chief Executive Officer, Nikola Motor Company
Trevor Milton is the chief executive officer of Nikola Motor Company which designs and manufactures electric components, drivetrains and vehicles including the Nikola One and Nikola Two electric semi-trucks. With its most recent round of funding, Nikola has reached unicorn status with a valuation of over $3 Billion and over $14 Billion in presales. Milton is a serial entrepreneur who before Nikola, was the chief executive officer of dHybrid Systems, LLC a natural gas storage technology company that was acquired by one of America’s largest steel providers, Worthington Industries, Inc. Milton has an eye for innovation, market needs and product perfection. Milton also the author of several patents and has helped advance green technologies through his years of industry experience. A self-proclaimed lover of electric vehicles and powertrains, Milton and his team have created the most fuel efficient electric semi-truck ever built.
Lisa Mirisola – Program Supervisor, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Dr. Matt Miyasato – Deputy Executive Officer, Science and Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Dr. Matt Miyasato is the deputy executive officer for science and technology advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Dr. Miyasato is responsible for the SCAQMD’s Technology Advancement Office, Mobile Source Division, and Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Division. Miyasato’s principal charges are to identify, evaluate and stimulate development and commercialization of clean air technologies, develop and coordinate mobile source regulations, and to conduct ambient monitoring, source testing and laboratory analysis.
Dr. Miyasato received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, and his Masters and Ph.D. in engineering, specializing in combustion technologies and air pollution control – all from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Miyasato has worked at Southern California Edison in the Nuclear Engineering Department and at General Electric, where he designed burners and combustion modifications for utility boilers. Dr. Miyasato was also a research scientist at University of California, Irvine where he managed the industrial burner research program and has publications on combustion phenomena, active control, and laser diagnostics. Dr. Miyasato has also been a lecturer at UCI for the undergraduate air pollution control course.
Lilia Montoya – Deputy Director of Transportation, Los Angeles Unified School District
Lilia Montoya-Herrera is an innovative executive dedicated to servant leadership, organizational stewardship as well as organizational citizenship. Montoya-Herrera is a highly accomplished strategist with proven success driving best practices in organizational effectiveness for transportation agencies. Montoya-Herrera has held influential positions in both the private and the public sector. Montoya-Herrera is a dedicated professional with unwavering integrity, keen business acumen and a commitment to quality, safety and improving the customer experience.
Among her previous responsibilities, Montoya-Herrera has held significant leadership positions at the Union Pacific, Tri-Met Public Transit Agency of Portland, Oregon, and most recently at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) where the Chief Executive Officer on two separate occasions acknowledged her accomplishments by awarding her the annual “CEO’s Excellence in Service and Support Award”. Currently, Montoya-Herrera holds the position of deputy director of transportation with the Los Angeles Unified School District
Peter Moulton – Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington State Department of Commerce
Peter Moulton is a senior energy policy specialist for the State Energy Office at the Washington Department of Commerce. Moulton coordinates interagency support for bioenergy through public policy, research and incentive programs, and developed the rules for public sector procurement of alternative fuels and vehicles. Recently, Moulton co-authored a report on “Promoting Renewable Natural Gas in Washington State,” and is currently leading a multi-state conversation on quality standards for pipeline injection of RNG. Prior to joining Commerce, Moulton developed and coordinated Climate Solutions’ Harvesting Clean Energy Program promoting rural economic development in the Northwest region through clean energy production. Moulton’s diverse background includes careers in watershed management, environmental education, nonprofit management, and media production.
Jerrod Mounce – Director of Fuel Management, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
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.
Michelle Mowery – Mobility and Healthy Living Programs Officer, Public Works, City of Long Beach
Michelle Mowery is a transportation planner with an expertise in active transportation. Mowery established the bicycle program with the City of Los Angeles and has been planning and implementing active transportation projects for over 25 years. As the manager of the Mobility Group in the City of Long Beach’s Department of Public Works, Mowery works on programs and projects that support bicycling and walking and interacts with the engineering staff on the development and design of bikeways in Long Beach. In 2018, Long Beach launched a pilot e-Scooter share program and Mowery, and her amazing staff, have managed the pilot and are working towards the expansion of the mode in the City of Long Beach.
Mowery holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees in kinesiology. Mowery is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the State of California’s Walk Bike Technical Advisory Committee. In addition, Mowery is a founding Board Member of the California Bicycle Coalition and is a former United States of America Cycling licensed bicycle racer.
Troy Musgrave – Director of Process Improvement, Dependable Supply Chain Services
Troy Musgrave has 40 years of experience in trucking transportation. Musgrove specializes in planning, performing and implementing improvement initiatives.
Erik Neandross – Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Erik Neandross is the chief executive officer of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), North America’s leading consulting firm specializing in the market development of alternative fuel technologies in the on-road transportation and rapidly developing off-road high horsepower sectors. Mr. Neandross oversees GNA’s day-to-day business operations, client work, and strategic growth initiatives. He works with GNA’s technical, public affairs, grant, market analysis, and events & marketing teams to deliver an array of strategic planning, financial modeling, market intelligence, marketing and expert technical assistance to the firm’s clients. For more than 20 years, GNA has been at the forefront of some of the nation’s largest and most innovative alternative fuel vehicle projects, working with P&G, Owens Corning, Anheuser-Busch, Ryder, Frito-Lay/PepsiCo, Waste Management, UPS, Penske, Sysco Food Services, California Cartage Company, City of Los Angeles, NYC Transit, Nestle Waters, Aramark, and many others, including several leading projects in the off-road sector. Mr. Neandross frequently speaks at leading alternative fuel conferences around the world. He also directs GNA’s production of two of the nation’s leading alternative fuel conferences: the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s largest alternative fuels and clean vehicle technologies show, and the Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit.
Chris Nelder – Manager, Mobility Transformation, Rocky Mountain Institute
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.
Dave Newton – Commercial Director, Americas and EMEA, Ingevity
Lorenzo Caprilli is a Vancouver, British Columbia-based senior sales, marketing and general management executive with over 25 years of consumer goods industry experience both as a corporate executive and as an entrepreneur. Caprilli rose quickly through the ranks of top-tier consumer goods companies such as E&J Gallo, Best Foods Canada, Vincor International Inc., and Constellation Brands. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Caprilli currently serves as senior vice president-sales and marketing for ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. which is celebrating its 60th anniversary as automotive designer and manufacturer of iconic sports cars and advanced electric vehicles.
Mary Nichols – Chair, California Air Resources Board
Mary Nichols is the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, where she occupies the attorney seat. She has served on the Board under Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (1975–82 and 2010–18), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007–2010) and Governor Gavin Newsom (2019–present). She also served as California’s Secretary for Natural Resources (1999–2003), appointed by Gov. Gray Davis.
When not working for the State of California, Mary was a senior staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Assistant Administrator for US EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, in the administration of President William Jefferson Clinton; and headed the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.
Over a career as an environmental lawyer spanning over 45 years, Mary Nichols has played a key role in California and the nation’s progress toward healthy air. She has also led the Board in crafting California’s internationally recognized climate action plan.
Roger Nielsen – President and Chief Executive Officer, Daimler Trucks North America
Roger M. Nielsen has been the chief executive officer and president of Daimler Trucks North America LLC since April 6, 2017. Nielsen is responsible for Daimler Trucks North America LLC’s entire North American truck manufacturing network, as well as all levels of operations in manufacturing engineering, information technology, purchasing, logistics, customer application engineering and truck order administration. Nielsen joined Daimler Trucks North America LLC in 1986 as an industrial engineer. He has held positions of increasing responsibility, including industrial engineering manager; plant manager, Gastonia Parts Manufacturing Plant, North Carolina; general manager, materials; and general manager, manufacturing operations. Nielsen transferred to DaimlerChrysler in Germany in 1998 where he served as director of production network planning and technical clearing, within DaimlerChrysler’s Commercial Vehicles Division before assuming the position of general manager of operations at Western Star Trucks in 2000. In January 2001, Nielsen served as the president of Freightliner Specialty Vehicles Group, responsible for Daimler Trucks North America LLC’s American LaFrance, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and Thomas Built Buses business units. Nielsen has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Alliance for Competitive Technologies, the Gaston North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Oregon State University’s Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Nielsen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Oregon State University and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Chris Nordh – Senior Director, Advanced Vehicle Technologies & Energy Products, Ryder System, Inc.
Chris Nordh is senior director of advanced vehicle technology and energy products for the Fleet Management Solutions business segment of Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. In this position, Nordh is responsible for developing Ryder’s strategy for Advanced Technology Vehicles, new OEM partnerships and customer solutions around such vehicles, including charging infrastructure, its installation and management tools. Nordh also manages Ryder’s fuel and energy solutions team with the goal of expanding Ryder’s traditional fuel offering and lowering the customers total cost of fuel consumption. Nordh received his Master of Business Administration in management science and Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami.
Terry O’Day – Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, innogy eMobility US
Terry O’Day is responsible for innogy e-Mobility US LLC’s US strategy and market development. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of innogy SE, Germany’s second largest utility company, providing only renewable energy to the European market and a leading technology provider for the electric vehicle (EV) charging.
Prior to joining innogy, O’Day led product strategy and market development for EVgo, the nation’s largest public fast charging company for electric vehicles (EVs), taking that company from its first public fast charging installation to more than 1,000 and overseeing an investment program of over $140 million, acquiring partnerships with major automakers, energy companies and state governments.
O’Day was previously executive director of environment Now foundation, a strategic, entrepreneurial, activist leader in California. The organization founded dozens of activist environmental organizations protecting air, land and water quality in California and Mexico. In 2007, O’Day cofounded Move LA and developed LA County’s Measure R, which over 67% of voters approved in 2008 and is contributing over $40 billion to transit investment countywide.
O’Day holds a Master of Business Administration from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and completed the Coro Public Affairs Fellows Program in Los Angeles. O’Day earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in public policy at Stanford University, with a thesis addressing public finance and demand management of electricity.
Timothy Obitts – Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel , National Air Transportation Association
Timothy R. Obitts serves as the chief operating officer, general counsel, for the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). In this role Obitts oversees the day-to-day operation of NATA and also serves as its general counsel.
Prior to joining NATA in November 2014, Obitts served as the managing partner of Gammon & Grange, P.C., a national practice law firm specializing in nonprofit and communications law, and also co-chaired its litigation practice. During Obitts’ 18 years at Gammon & Grange, he served as corporate counsel and general counsel for many nonprofits and trade associations, handling a wide array of issues that affect their day-to-day activities and also lobbied Capitol Hill and federal agencies.
Obitts earned a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from California Western School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree, double major philosophy and history, from Gordon College, where he also was named All-New England in Tennis, NAIA. Obitts is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia and Virginia, as well as numerous federal and appellate courts, and the U.S Supreme Court. Obitts co-founded several nonprofit organizations and serves on several nonprofit boards.
Gene Oh – President and Head of Strategy, BikeHub
As president and head of strategy, Gene Oh directly leads strategy, marketing, and business development. Oh has drafted strategic and operations plans, project managed new constructions, and created brand identities for agencies such as: BART Bike Station, Metro Bike Hub, Caltrain BikeHub. Oh founded BikeHub in 2004 to design and operate bike parking programs; BikeHub is now the go-to operator for California’s largest transit agencies, parking over a thousand bikes daily. In 2016 BikeHub helped launch LA Metro Bike Share, operating a diverse fleet of over 2000 bikes consisting of docked, dockless, and now electric bikes for the nation’s third-largest municipal bike share fleet.
In 2019 BikeHub is now Tranzito, which will specialize in multimodal infrastructure and operations projects. It was recently tapped by the City of Los Angeles to design and operate the first of 97 mobility hubs set to launch in Downtown LA, Hollywood, and Long Beach. Tranzito is working with the City of San Francisco to convert the Caltrain
BikeHub into the nation’s first microtransit mobility hub.
Aric Ohana – Co-Founder, Envoy
Aric Ohana drives strategy for product and technology at Envoy, ensuring that the company continues to scale and innovate its mobility-driven services around the world. As both a motor enthusiast and real estate investment expert, Ohana has a unique understanding of how mobility as a service can be effectively implemented as an amenity. Ohana began his career in institutional investments, overseeing the acquisition, operations and disposition of over $250 million in commercial real estate transactions. Ohana later founded Osher Real Estate, spearheading the acquisition and aggregation of several acres located on and around campus, leading to the development of a $50 million student housing opportunity.
Kim Okafor – Electric Vehicle Manager, Trillium
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.
Eric Olson – Senior Vice President of Advisory Services, BSR
Eric Olson is senior vice president, advisory services for Business for Social Responsibility. With more than 20 years in the consulting field, he leads BSR’s global Advisory Services practice to deliver successful sustainability strategies that boost the bottom line for companies while benefiting the world. In addition to advising the chief executive officers and senior teams of several global companies, he directs BSR’s work on the Future of Energy, as well as the Center for Sustainable Procurement. Prior to joining BSR, Mr. Olson worked with the Natural Step in San Francisco, accelerating sustainability through strategic counsel on a broad range of corporate responsibility matters that included supply chain management and sustainable development. He also has served as vice president at the Boston Consulting Group and was a partner and founding member of the global consultancy Mitchell Madison Group. Eric was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned an MS in Russian and East European Studies. He also holds a BA in Chemistry from Macalester College.
Tomas Ortiz – Air Resources Engineer, California Energy Commission
Tomas Ortiz is an air resources engineer who works for the California Energy Commission in the Fuels and Transportation Division, helping to decarbonize transportation fuels. Ortiz began working for the Energy Commission in 2017 as an energy analyst for the Biofuels Unit. In 2018, Ortiz joined the School Bus Replacement Program and constructed the Energy Commission’s model to analyze the cost effectiveness of replacing diesel school buses with new battery electric school buses. Ortiz holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering from the California State University of Sacramento.
Greg Owen – Head Coach, Ability Tri-Modal Transportation Services
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.
Mike Pagel – Manager of Industry Projects and Measures, BNSF Railway
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.
Marc-André Pagé – Business Development Director, The Lion Electric Co.
Marc-André Page joined Lion in 2011 to develop the brand and product launch strategy. Since then, Page has led various departments such as sales, marketing, and customer service. Page now sits as the business development director and manages multiple pilot projects and deployment of electric buses all over North America – he is an active participant of the electric bus promotion and facilitates the transition of this new technology to the electric school bus, transit, paratransit bus industry and now the electric truck industry.
Jonathan Palacios-Avila – Chief Executive Officer, StratosFuel, Inc.
Jonathan Palacios-Avila is the chief executive officer (CEO) of StratosFuel, Inc. StratosFuel, Inc is a renewable hydrogen production company that owns and operates refueling stations, production plants, and the fuel cell car-sharing company StratosShare.
Prior to co-founding StratosFuel, Palacios-Avila studied chemistry and public administration at California State University Los Angeles, and received his Bachelor’s degree in 2012. While at CSULA, Palacios-Avila learned hands on about the functionality of hydrogen stations, and fuel cells. During his undergrad, Palacios-Avila conducted a research project on hydrogen infrastructure, and developed an algorithm to plot stations.
After college, Palacios-Avila began to work in local government. While working in Southern California Cities, he learned firsthand about permitting alternate fuel stations and infrastructure upgrades.
The municipal permitting process set a foundation for Palacios-Avila to co-found StratosFuel. He and two other team members founded StratosFuel with a purpose to create a vertically integrated renewable hydrogen infrastructure. In 2014, StratosFuel was awarded funds to build and operate a hydrogen fueling station in Southern California. Since then, Palacios-Avila has lead grant initiatives within StratosFuel that have yielded over $7M in public funds to develop hydrogen production facilities, stations, and car-share services. Palacios-Avila has also been instrumental in raising the needed funds to further increase the proliferation of hydrogen infrastructure and transportation at StratosFuel.
As CEO at StratosFuel, Palacios-Avila leads the overall corporate strategy and assists in the development process for the company’s production facility and off-take agreements. Palacios-Avila also oversees the car-share company StratosShare, as it is a huge part of the company’s strategy of offering an all-inclusive hydrogen infrastructure.
Vincent Pellecchia – Strategic Account Manager, BYD North America
Tucker Perkins – President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education & Research Council
Tucker Perkins is the president and chief executive officer for the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Perkins brings 30 years of experience to the energy industry having served in leadership roles with public and private multi-state marketers and regional companies. Perkins travels the world speaking on innovation, research and new ways to reduce emissions and improve economic health. Perkins is active with the World LP Gas Association, National Propane Gas Association, and serves as chairman of the Innovation Working Group for the World LP Gas Association. Perkins brings thought leadership to the industry and allied trade groups such as the Industrial Truck Association and Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. Perkins holds a civil engineering degree from Virginia Tech and Masters of Business Administration from University of Richmond. Perkins brings the unique combination of experience and forward thinking with the ability to shift perspectives, engage audiences and provides a vision of what Propane Can Do.
Amanda Phillips – General Manager, OEM Sales, Meritor
Mallery Pindar – Manager of Dealer Development and Network, TICO
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.
Jordan Ramer – Chief Executive Officer and Founder , EV Connect
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.
Sarah Rees – Assistant Deputy Executive Officer – Planning, Rule Development & Area Resources, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Sarah Rees is the assistant deputy executive officer in the Planning, Rule Development, and Area Sources Division at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. In her role, she focuses on the implementation of transportation and mobile source programs, as well as development of the Air Quality Management Plan and other planning activities. Rees has over twenty years of experience in air quality and climate change matters at the state and federal level. Prior to joining the District, Sarah directed the Office of Regulatory Policy and Management within EPA’s Office of Policy where she oversaw the Agency’s regulatory agenda and advised senior Agency management on the development of high-profile regulations. Previously, she served several roles within Washington State’s Department of Ecology, including directing Ecology’s programs to address climate change, and leading the planning and rules section within Ecology’s Air Quality Program. Trained as a chemical engineer, Rees practiced environmental law for several years before obtaining a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Brian Rippie – Director of Material Handling, BYD
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.
Mari Roberts – Senior Director of Transportation, Frito-Lay
Mari Roberts, CTP is the senior director of transportation for Frito-Lay. In this role, she leads a team of 2,900 employees in both the field and headquarters organization responsible for the safety, cost, and service performance of the 28 Traffic Centers in the US. Roberts has held numerous field operations and corporate positions in Transportation and Logistics in her 19-year career with Frito-Lay. She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Supply Chain Management. Roberts received her Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) certification in 2009 and currently serves as Chairman of the National Private Truck Council Institute Board of Governors.
Mike Roeth – Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency
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.
Paul Rosa – Senior Vice President of Procurement and Fleet Planning, Penske Truck Leasing
Paul Rosa is senior vice president of vehicle supply and planning for Penske Truck Leasing, where his areas of responsibility center around asset management, supplier relations, vehicle purchasing, residuals management and fleet planning activities. Rosa also has oversight of non-vehicle procurement.
Prior to being named to his current role in 2014, Rosa was the company’s vice president of vehicle supply and planning. Rosa joined the company as district rental manager in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1993. Rosa then progressed through the roles of area rental manager in New England, manager of consumer rental, quality black belt, quality master black belt, manager of commercial rental and director of vehicle planning. Rosa received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico.
Stephen Russell – Coordinator, Massachusetts Clean Cities
Stephen Russell serves as the alternative transportation program coordinator and clean cities co-coordinator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Russell is responsible for coordinating and promoting the use of alternative vehicles and fuel, and for reducing petroleum usage in the transportation sector. Some of his more recent projects include developing an electric vehicle infrastructure plan and policy, coordinating the installation of charging stations throughout the Commonwealth, and managing the electric vehicle rebate program (MOR-EV.org) that offers rebates for consumers who purchase battery electric vehicles. Most recently, Russell launched an electric school bus vehicle-to-grid pilot. Russell has been managing fleets for over 20 years including Keene NH’s Municipal Fleet where he pioneered the use of B-20 biodiesel, and a corporate fleet with over 2,000 vehicles located at all ends of the United States. Russell is on the Board of Directors of the New England Chapter of NAFA Fleet Management Association. Russell is a graduate of Springfield College with a degree in community leadership and development.
Amit Saini – Vice President – Enterprise AI Service, Noodle.ai
Michael Samulon – Senior Policy Analyst, Sustainability – Budget & Innovation Team, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Michael Samulon manages transportation electrification in the Sustainability Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Samulon’s focus is on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution through electrification, as well as reducing energy and water consumption in municipal facilities. Samulon has overseen the deployment of over 800 electric vehicles in the City fleet, charging infrastructure for employees and the public, and runs the City’s monthly EV Task Force. Samulon is working on long term infrastructure planning with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles Metro and the Port of Los Angeles in anticipation of a fully electrified bus fleet and goods movement sector.
Sherry Sanger – Executive Vice President of Marketing, Penske Transportation Solutions
Sherry Sanger is Executive Vice President of Marketing for Penske Transportation Solutions, an $8.4 billion leader in transportation and logistics, whose businesses include Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Logistics, Epes Transport Systems, and Penske Vehicle Services. She leads Penske Transportation Solutions’ global strategic marketing function including its efforts around connected, autonomous, shared, and electric vehicles; market intelligence; and customer experience.
Keith Sawyer – Manager of Alternative Fuels, AV Fuel Corporation
Keith Sawyer, manager of alternative fuels for Avfuel Corporation, has worked in the aviation industry since 1977. After a 40-year career with Chevron, Sawyer joined Avfuel—a leading independent global supplier of aviation fuel and services with 650+ branded FBOs and 3,000+ fueling locations worldwide—in 2016 as its regional business development/supply chain manager where he was responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with fueling locations throughout the Western U.S., Canada and Alaska. To further capitalize on his expertise in the fuel market, Sawyer became Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels in 2017, leading all aspects of evaluating the sustainable alternative jet fuel market and its suppliers while representing Avfuel within the environmental and fuel supply chain groups associated with General Aviation Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, National Air Transportation Association and International Business Aviation Council.
During Sawyer’s tenure at Chevron, he oversaw petroleum and natural gas product supply chain management, cargo operations, general aviation business, branded programs, aviation investments, and marketing in various markets, operating out of Perth, Western Australia; Houston, Texas; San Ramon, California; Almaty, Kazakhstan; San Francisco, California; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Sawyer received a Bachelor’s degree in economic geography from the University of British Columbia, as well as completed the university’s executive development program, and Alberta’s Banff School of Management business and marketing development program.
Mike Saxton – Chief Commercial Officer, Orange EV
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.
Jon Scharingson – Executive Director of Sales & Marketing, Renewable Energy Group
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.
Kellen Schefter – Senior Manager of Sustainable Technology, Edison Electric Institute
Kellen Schefter is senior manager of sustainable technology at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association for US investor-owned electric companies. At EEI, Schefter focuses on technologies that enable clean energy, grid modernization, and new customer solutions. He leads EEI’s transportation electrification efforts, including policy advocacy, business model development, and cross-industry coordination. Schefter previously worked at plug-in electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive, and prior to that, the Vehicle Technologies Office at the US Department of Energy.
Craig Schiller – Manager, Sustainable Aviation, Rocky Mountain Institute
Craig Schiller is a manager for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) who has worked on diverse number of projects focused on de-carbonizing the aviation industry including the scalable implementation of sustainable aviation fuels and carbon offsets. In addition, Schiller has over six years of experience in energy efficiency, project management, energy efficiency, and net zero energy buildings. Since joining RMI in 2012, Schiller has had a unique cross-sectorial experience in managing and delivering innovative projects in sustainable buildings, higher education, sub-national, and aviation industries. He was a core design team member for RMI’s new net-zero-energy headquarters, developed toolkits for college and university campuses to improve their energy efficiency, co-hosted deep energy retrofit conferences with the General Service Administration, and managed the creation of philanthropic campaigns to accelerate sub-national climate action for America’s Pledge. Since joining the RMI’s Sustainable Aviation program in 2016, Schiller has helped support the advancement of sustainable energy solutions for both domestic and international airports. In 2017, Schiller has been the Chief Operating Officer of and airport-based carbon offset program The Good Traveler (managed by RMI) which focuses on scaling emission reductions projects within the aviation industry.
Larry Schmitz – Principal Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Terminalift LLC
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.
Jesse Schneider – Executive Vice President, Technology, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, Nikola Motor Company
Patrick Seeberg – Senior Product Manager, Advanced Technologies , Meritor
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.
Jeff Serfass – Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council
Tim Shannon – Director of Transportation, Twin Rivers Unified School District
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.
Vic Shao – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AMPLY Power, Inc.
Vic Shao is the Founder & CEO of AMPLY Power and previously served as the Founder & CEO of Green Charge Networks (GCN), an energy storage company that manages electric demand and renewable deployment for commercial / industrial customers. After GCN became the largest distributed energy storage provider in the country, it was acquired by ENGIE in 2016. Vic went on to oversee global energy storage project development for ENGIE. Vic received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Rebecca Shelby – Senior Social Sustainability Manager , Ford Motor Company
Rebecca Shelby is the manager of the Electrification Policy and Standards team within Ford Motor Company’s Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering (SE&SE) department. During her 19 years at Ford, Shelby has held a number of positions within SE&SE related to emissions certification, in-use emissions testing, conformity of production compliance, emissions regulatory development like LEV3, and automotive safety investigations. Shelby’s latest role was to align EV charging standards globally, assist in developing Ford’s electrification charging strategy and lead development of policies for EV adoption. This renewed her passion for EVs and highlighted the need for policies and education that support electric vehicle growth. Shelby will be moving to a new role as Ford’s Social Sustainability Manager in April.
Shelby holds Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, Masters in engineering and a Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan.
Ryne Shetterly – Vice President of Sales and Marketing, GreenPower Motor Company Inc.
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.
Chris Shimoda – Vice President of Government Affairs , California Trucking Association
Chris Shimoda is the vice president of government affairs for the California Trucking Association. Shimoda has been with CTA since 2007 and previously served as the Association’s policy director. Throughout his career, Shimoda has worked with California agencies including the California Air Resources Board and California Highway Patrol on the development and implementation of major programs and regulations impacting the trucking industry. Shimoda is a member of several advisory boards and committees, including the California Freight Advisory Committee, the AB118 Advisory Group and the South Coast AQMD Air Quality Management Plan Advisory Group. Shimoda is a graduate of UC Davis.
Barton Sidles – Director of Corporate and Business Development, Hubject Inc.
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.
Craig Sieber – Manager of New Products, Penske Truck Leasing
Craig Sieber is manager of new products for Penske Truck Leasing, working in the company’s corporate truck fleet planning department. He is entrusted with identifying new components, technology, and vehicles that will enhance Penske’s industry leading fleet. Sieber also works to enhance existing fleet applications. Sieber’s career at Penske spans three-plus decades. Prior to assuming his current role in 2017, he was manager of the vehicle applications team. He has worked as a vehicle application specialist and truck specification system specialist. Sieber began his Penske career in the 24/7 department as a Road Service Coordinator. Before his employment with the company, he was a truck maintenance technician for a private service center. Sieber earned a certificate in diesel technology from Pennsylvania’s Williamsport Area Community College.
Wesley Slavin – Marketing Manager, Peterbilt
Wesley Slavin is a marketing manager responsible for on-highway products for Peterbilt Motor Company. As the on-highway marketing manager, Slavin drives responsible for executing strategic marketing initiatives, effectively launching new product and creating short-term product development plans. As a Licensed Professional Engineering and practitioner of Design Thinking, Slavin recognizes and values diverse experiences, creativity and a strong T-shaped personality. Slavin’s twenty plus year career at Peterbilt has included experiences within manufacturing, engineering, quality, and now marketing and innovation. Slavin has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of North Texas.
Steve Slesinski – Director of Global Product Planning, Dana Incorporated
Steve Slesinski is a long-term truck industry veteran who has served in various engineering positions developing axles, brakes, transmissions, tire management systems and implementing and managing CAD/CAE systems and networks. While at Dana, Slesinski has held various positions responsible for steer axles, drive axles, drive-shafts, brakes, trailer air-ride suspensions, tire management systems and electrified propulsion system solutions. Slesinski is also an active participant in the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management.
Todd Sloan – Senior Vice President, Innovation and Global Business Development, Agility Fuel Solutions
Todd Sloan, senior vice president, innovation and global business development, is a heavy truck and bus natural gas and hydrogen system industry innovator credited with developing the first compressed natural gas refuse truck systems in North America. One of the founders of Agility Fuel Solutions, Sloan has 20+ years of industry experience and holds multiple patents.
Katie Sloan – Director of eMobility, Southern California Edison
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.
Micheal Smyth – Interim Director, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium
Micheal Smyth is the interim director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), a program of West Virginia University established in 1992. Smyth oversees daily operations of the NAFTC and its member educational institutions around the world. Smyth directs the development of curricula and training programs for the NAFTC and training coordination and collaboration with the NAFTC’s Training Centers, industry trade organizations and other business partners.
Smyth has more than 20 years of experience in program and project management centered on adult education, information technology, and curricula development. In his position with the NAFTC, Smyth has been principal investigator on over 40 successful solicitations and managed multiple projects associated with the USDOE Curriculum Development & Outreach Initiative, USDOE Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program and USDOE Clean Cities Learning Program. Smyth has hosted over 150 training sessions on alternative fuel vehicles and contributed to the installation and operation of the USDOE Hydrogen Fuel Dispensing Station at West Virginia University.
During his tenure at West Virginia University, Smyth has developed multiple textbooks, workbooks and other publications regarding alternative fuel and alternative fuel vehicles in addition to authoring numerous alternative fuel vehicle articles and other electronic publications. Smyth has also given presentations and participated in roundtable discussion at alternative fuel vehicle conferences nationwide.
Keshav Sondhi – Director, Fleet Engineering and Sustainability, PepsiCo
Hitesh Soneji – Senior Engineer, Olivine Inc.
Hitesh Soneji is a senior engineer at Olivine, Inc, where he leads development of systems for vehicle to grid integration, EV fleet planning, and energy needs assessment, and bill management. Soneji is leading Olivine’s contribution to the California Energy Commission funded California E-Bus-to-Grid Integration Project applying Olivine’s tools to the Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s electrification efforts. Olivine provides infrastructure and services that enable distributed and aggregated resources—such as solar, demand response, electric vehicles and battery storage. Olivine has been a trailblazer in California electricity markets, designing first-of-a-kind projects that integrate demand-side and renewable resources into wholesale markets. Soneji holds a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science in sustainability science from the University of Lund, Sweden.
Arcady Sosinov – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FreeWire Technologies Inc.
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.
Evan Speer – Chief, Office of Fleet and Asset Management, California Department of General Services
Evan Speer serves as the chief of the California Department of General Services (DGS) Office of Fleet and Asset Management (OFAM). In addition to managing its own fleet of approximately 4,500 vehicles, OFAM also functions as the policy and control agency for all 50,000 of the State of California’s fleet assets. One of OFAM’s top responsibilities and priorities is to further the Governor’s environmental sustainability initiatives by establishing policy for, and ensuring compliance with, statewide sustainable fleet initiatives such as petroleum fuel consumption reduction and zero emission vehicle adoption. Prior to stepping into his current role, Speer worked for DGS’ Interagency Support Division on special projects such as the state fleet’s renewable diesel purchasing mandate and a multi-agency effort to establish a nationwide aggregated zero-emission vehicle purchasing program. Speer holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Dirk Spiers – President, Spiers New Technologies
Dirk Spiers is the founder and CEO of Spiers New Technologies. He is a pioneer and leader in the repair, remanufacturing and refurbishment of advanced battery packs as well as the manufacturing of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with new or second life battery modules and cells. His experience in reman, battery, solar and wind technologies puts him at the forefront of developing programs to manage the life cycle battery packs and using battery storage systems with renewable energy sources. He has developed and established Advanced Battery Pack programs with some of the leading EV OEM’s. Spiers New Technologies specializes in the manufacturing, refurbishment and repair of high voltage powertrain systems and Energy Storage Systems. The Oklahoma City based company opened up their first facilities in Europe last year and expect to open up additional facilities in China and the west coast in 2020.
Kevin Staples – Environmental and Sustainability Coordinator , Salt Lake City Department of Airports
Kevin Staples has over 15 years of experience directing and managing sustainability and environmental projects involving state and federal government, private, and large national clients. Staples currently serves as the environmental and sustainability coordinator at the Salt Lake City Department of Airports (SLCDA) where he manages initiatives designed to improve the airports environmental performance. Staples has a diverse professional background focused on environmental policy and compliance, data analysis, energy management, and sustainability planning. Staples holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering from Brigham Young University.
Aaron Stash – Senior Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines
Aaron Stash is the manager of environmental strategy and sustainability for United Airlines. Stash leads United’s award-winning Eco-Skies sustainability program including partnerships with Conservation International, Audubon International and Clean the World, as well as United’s industry-leading biofuel program, sustainable supply chain, waste management and recycling. His team is committed to making United the most environmentally conscious airline in the world.
Matthew Stephens-Rich – Electric Vehicle Specialist Project Manager , Electrification Coalition
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.
Paul Stith – Director, Strategy & Innovation, Black & Veatch
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.
David Stumpo – Executive Director, Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium
David Stumpo has 42 years in the public transit industry. He is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Public Transit Exams Institute (APTREX), and Executive Director for the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC). Stumpo began his transit career in maintenance washing buses. He is a certified diesel/automotive technician and electrical/electronic troubleshooter on rail cars. He has worked extensively for public transit agencies throughout the United States and Canada in senior and executive roles, including SEPTA, DART, San Francisco MUNI and CEO of Coast Mountain Bus Company (formally BC Transit in Vancouver.) He has lectured on transit and has published numerous papers. The APTREX Institute is known for pioneering in the field of transit workforce development specifically for Professional Transit Certification of managerial staff from front line supervisors to senior and executive management. Stumpo holds a Masters Degree from LaSalle University, Bachelors in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and is certified as a CTEM® – Certified Transit Executive Manager. Stumpo has been instrumental in developing the SCRTTC since 2004 as well as overseeing the SCRTTC toward the advancement of the “Learning Model” for transit technicians, supervisors and overall workforce development.
Rachel Suttle – Connected Vehicle Program Manager, Hino Trucks
Rachel Suttle is the connected vehicle program manager at Hino Trucks, since 2012, working to implement the Insight platform and managing their suite of mobility apps for dealers and fleets. Suttle leads implementation of Hino’s Insight connected vehicle platform as a standard feature in 2016; which includes Telematics, Remote Diagnostics and Case Management, allowing customers to maximize their fleet utilization. Prior to Hino, Suttle worked in launching dealer parts and service selling solutions with Infomedia Lmtd. Suttle received a Bachelors in Business in automotive studies from Northwood University and a Master in Business Administration from Walsh College.
Natalia Swalnick – Director of Electric Vehicle Programs, Electrification Coalition
Natalia Swalnick has a decade of experience and knowledge in public policy issues related to transportation and energy. Swalnick manages the planning and execution of projects that support the accelerated adoption of plug in electric vehicles (EVs) and smart mobility for the Electrification Coalition. This work includes EV accelerator communities in northern Colorado, Orlando and Rochester as well as supporting the Smart Columbus program in Ohio. Swalnick has expertise in consumer adoption tactics and workplace charging in the EV market. Swalnick has worked as a private sector consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), spent 6 years as a DOE Clean Cities Coordinator, and served on the policy team in the office of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. Under Swalnick’s leadership with Clean Cities, the coalition displaced more than 22 million gallons of petroleum. Furthermore, Swalnick has been appointed to several State of Colorado steering committees, such as the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Technical Advisory Committee for DC Fast Charging, to share expertise of the EV market.
Debbie Swartz – Fuel Transformation Program Specialist, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division
Debra Swartz is the fuel transformation program specialist for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Swartz has been working for the State of Michigan for over 26 years providing educational, technical, and financial assistance to communities, businesses and organizations in support of their sustainability goals. Swartz’s most recent work has focused on reducing diesel emissions from mobile sources and is managing Michigan’s allocation of Volkswagen settlement funds. Swartz also oversees the Michigan Clean Diesel Program that is supported with state and U.S. EPA Diesel Emission Reduction Act dollars. As lead for the Volkswagen settlement, Swartz has been actively engaged in local, state and regional collaboration to coordinate and accelerate the switch to zero emission and alternate fuel vehicles and equipment.
Swartz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and has dedicated her career to helping public and private sectors advance sustainability.
Darryl Syler – Director of Fleet Management, City of Dublin, Ohio
Darryl Syler has been involved with the fleet industry (military and public) for over 35 years. Syler serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Clean Fuels Ohio and on the City of Dublin’s sustainability committee, where he helped staff to secure Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Sustainable2050 Certification – Platinum Level for the City of Dublin! Syler has his “Certified Public Fleet Professional” certification and chairs the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Fleet Services Committee. Syler is working with staff on an ongoing project that is the use of Smart transportation that is moving quite rapidly in the area. Syler has led the City of Dublin Fleet team to numerous awards since arriving in 2011. The City of Dublin is an Ohio Green Fleet as well as a Master Certified Fleet. The City of Dublin was awarded the Leading Public Fleet for Green Sustainably in 2018 from the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) organization for their continued efforts in greening their fleet. The City of Dublin was also awarded the ranking of #1 Small Fleet by the Government Fleet Magazine and APWA in 2018. Syler has lead Dublin to adopt Zero Emissions vehicles within the Fleet as well as Hybrid vehicles. Syler is currently working on V2V and V2Grid applications within Dublin.
Steve Symanski – Director of Business Development, Projects and Government, Nel Hydrogen
Jack Symington – Business Development Associate, BYD Motors
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.
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Facundo Tassara – Director of Fleet Business Development, Fermata Energy
Facundo Tassara joined Fermata Energy in May 2017 as the director of fleet business development. With 19 years in the automotive sector, he has spent time in small business, government, and automotive technology startups. Tassara served as fleet manager for City of Norfolk, Virginia and the City of Ormond Beach, Florida. He was recognized as a “Top 20 Under 40” by Government Fleet and nominated for “Fleet Manager of the Year”. Tassara has served on various committees including NAFA’s Government Affairs Committee as vice chair, Advisory Board of the Government Fleet’s Expo, and Board of Directors for Virginia Clean Cities.
Kylie Taylor – Senior Associate, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Kylie Taylor is a clean energy and alternative fuels consultant, managing some of the nation’s most innovative alternative fuel vehicle projects. Taylor also works hand-in-hand with the agenda planning committee to develop programming for several of the industry’s most prominent trade shows. She manages speaker recruitment and tracks industry trends in order to create relevant and timely sessions of interest to an end-use audience. Taylor was first drawn to the alternative energy field through her interest in waste diversion, composting, digestion, and renewable methane. She has had a lifelong passion for air quality improvement, sustainability, and the great outdoors which was cultivated during her childhood spent all over California, in regions with some of the nation’s worst air quality and most beautiful landscapes. Taylor holds a bachelors degree in environmental studies with an emphasis in human evolution and waste management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Annalloyd Thomason – Vice President and General Manager, Natural Gas Vehicle Institute
Annalloyd Thomason is co-founder and general manager of Natural Gas Vehicle Institute. With more than 30 years’ experience in the natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry, Thomason is a seasoned trainer, facilitator, curriculum developer and consultant. Thomason oversees the daily operation of NGVi, North America’s leading provider of training and consulting on natural gas vehicles and fueling. Since its inception in 1989, NGVi has trained more than 22,000 technical professionals in the U.S. and worldwide.
Daniel Thompson – Vice President of Operations and Co-Founder, eIQ Mobility Inc.
Daniel Thompson is the vice president of operations and co-founder of eIQ Mobility. Thompson is a long-time Californian and 19 year veteran of the power and control equipment industry. Thompson is also a former global strategic account manager, program manager, project manager, sales engineer, and sales executive, during a 19 year career with Schneider Electric.
Thompson began his career in project design and custom equipment applications for the Square D brand. Thompson’s charging program design successfully implemented 1200+ charging locations for various customers, most notably the Tesla SuperCharger network. Thompson built multiple data center projects for DLR, Equinix, Apple, NTTA and created the business relationship between Schneider Electric and Google. Thompson has built 100+ DER projects with Bloom Energy, Tesla Energy, SunPower, SolarCity and AMS, among others. Thompson has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
John Tiquet – Natural Gas Fleet Manager, Waste Management
John Tiquet is Waste Management’s natural gas fleet manager. Tiquet began his career with Waste Management in 1997 as a truck technician then moving up as a fleet manager that supported the natural gas operations. In total, Tiquet has 19 years of experience with LNG and CNG powered refuse vehicles. From the beginning, Tiquet has managed the roll out of new NGV technology to nearly every site in the US and Canada and was with WM since its first large-scale NGC operations in El Cajon, California. Tiquet has developed all of WM’s CNG and LNG training materials and training courses since the program’s inception and has delivered a significant portion of that training across the US and Canada. WM now has 8,006 CNG/LNG trucks and 133 fueling stations and Tiquet has handled the training at nearly every one of those sites!
Tiquet leads all of WM’s NGV failure analyses to make sure any problems that do arise are dealt with quickly and cost-effectively and are always focused on improving driver and public safety. Tiquet also leads WM’s technology process improvement programs to ensure the WM’s fleet is always leading the way in Going Green. None of this would have been possible without Tiquet’s constant diligence to make the program run and excel throughout nearly two decades of new technology development and implementation.
Heather Tomley – Acting Managing Director, Port of Long Beach
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.
Joel Torr – Managing Director, North America , ViriCiti
Joel Torr is the managing director, North America at ViriCiti LLC. Torr spends his time and energy working with transit agencies and operators across North America to effectively scale EV fleets. Torr is actively applying the latest technology in big data and IoT to empower fleets to do more with their vehicles and charging infrastructure through data analytics.
Torr began his automotive career in college designing a 400hp AWD Diesel-electric Hybrid for the General Motors ChallengeX program. Post-graduation he joined ISE, a heavy-duty EV powertrain and energy storage integration company. Torr’s skills were once again put to the test when he was recruited by Proterra to help design and launch the world’s first fast-charge buses in 2009. Torr spent the next 8 years helping the company expand to multiple facilities across the country, delivering buses from coast-to-coast. Torr holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University.
Marty Tufte – Corporate Fleet Director, Waste Management
Marty Tufte is a corporate fleet director for Waste Management, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Tufte has served for over 33 years in progressively responsible positions within the company and presently oversees the Natural Gas and Equipment Performance programs at the enterprise level. Waste Management, Inc. is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management and environmental services in North America. Tufte and his team have pioneered Waste Management’s use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles and fueling infrastructure. Tufte’s team currently operates over 6,500 CNG & LNG trucks and owns and operates 110 fueling stations. Tufte and Waste Management have also pioneered the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) in their CNG and LNG vehicles. Tufte has a technical degree from Austin Technical College and has a strong technical and fabrication background.
Sean Turner – Chief Operating Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Sean Turner is the Chief Operating Officer for Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). He provides senior technical oversight to several of GNA’s clients on alternative fuel initiatives, air quality improvement, and vehicular technology. He has worked in international engineering consulting and government affairs on automotive emissions, alternative fuels, and air-quality issues for the past 20 years. He previously served as the President of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and prior to that he spent two years working in Cairo, Egypt as a Compressed Natural Gas Specialist on the Cairo Air Improvement Project (CAIP).
Rob Ulsh – Vice President, Dealer and International Sales, Great Dane Trailers
Jake VandeLoo – Vice President of Equipment Engineering , Schneider
Jake VandeLoo is vice president of equipment engineering at Schneider. He joined Schneider in 2004 as a maintenance team leader. In 2006, he moved into the role of engineering manager, providing purchasing support for several divisions, before progressing to roles as director of refrigerated maintenance (2011) and regional maintenance director (2014) and finally his current role (2016). Prior to joining Schneider, VandeLoo worked as an ASE Master Technician in a dealership setting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.
Megan Vidal – Business Development, Energy Systems & eMobility, UL
Megan Vidal has been with UL since 2012 and has worked as a sales executive and in business development for Energy Systems & e-Mobility. Vidal’s role includes developing new programs and services for Energy Storage Systems, Batteries, EV and Industrial Chargers, Drones, e-Motorcycles and Automated Guided Vehicles. Vidal is responsible for engaging with stakeholders across the value chain including manufacturers, system integrators, utilities and Authorities Having Jurisdiction. Vidal is part of the team that launched UL safety standards such as UL 1973 – Stationary Batteries, UL 9540 – Energy Storage Systems (ESS) and UL 9540A – ESS Fire Propagation as well as e-mobility safety standards such as UL 3030 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems, UL 3100 – Automated Guided Vehicles and UL 2202 – Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment. Vidal has been working in the Certification, Inspection and Testing Service industry for global Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories since 2008.
Peter Voorhoeve – President, Volvo Trucks North America
Peter Voorhoeve is president of Volvo Trucks North America, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. Previously, Voorhoeve led Volvo Group Australia from 2013 until 2018, prior to which he held several senior management positions in the areas of aftermarket support, supply chain management, and parts logistics during his nearly 20 years with the Volvo Group.
Voorhoeve is a dynamic leader with an intense focus on customer satisfaction as the leading driver to build on the success of the exciting new products and services Volvo has introduced to the market. Originally from the Netherlands, Voorhoeve holds a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering and management science from the University of Technology in Eindhoven.
Billy Wang – Senior Vice President and General Manager, MaxGen Energy Services
Billy Wang is the senior vice president and general manager at MaxGen Energy Services. Previously, Wang served as vice president of US Service Operations at Schneider Electric, Director of Equipment Service at Coca-Cola, and other senior-level service leadership roles at FedEx. He works to scale organizations to ensure long-term sustainable performance. At MaxGen, Wang focuses on turning around operational challenges towards success and enhancing long term profitability through operational excellence through leadership, systems and technology deployment, new business development, revenue growth, and excellent customer service. Wang holds an MBA with an emphasis in finance and marketing from Cal State University, Long Beach.
Dinero Washington – President and Chief Executive Officer, SporTran
Dinero Washington serves as the president and chief executive officer for Shreveport Transit Management (SporTran) and Metro Management Inc. SporTran serves as the public transit system for the Shreveport and Bossier urbanized area. Washington earned two degrees from Northwestern State University and later earned his Masters of Business Administration from Strayer University. Washington believes in the power of hard work, and under his leadership, SporTran has designed, built, and opened the doors to three new transit passenger terminals and introduced the first new bus routing and scheduling network in the Shreveport-Bossier area in more than 25 years. Washington also recently lead the efforts to introduce the first all battery electric buses and bus electric charging stations in Louisiana. Washington currently serves as president for Louisiana Public Transportation Association and as a board member for South West Transit Association and Louisiana Clean Fuels. Washington has received numerous awards during his tenure at SporTran.
Byron Washom – Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives, University of California, San Diego
Tony Watkins – Vice President of Sales, The Lion Electric Co.
Tony Watkins, vice president of trucks for The Lion Electric CO., has more than 17 years of sales and operations experience in the B2B field and has always exceeded projections and budget. Watkins strives to eliminate greenhouse gases to decrease carbon footprint while building a leadership team in the emerging market of heavy-duty electric vehicles. Watkins has been key to develop the electric truck market at Lion.
Desmond Wheatley – President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Envision Solar
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.
Jennifer Wheeler – Senior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, Walmart
Jennifer Wheeler serves as the senior manager of supply chain sustainability at Walmart, Inc. In her current role, Wheeler leads Walmart’s transportation sustainability efforts with a primary focus on alternative fuels, electrification and fuel economy for Walmart’s private fleet of heavy duty vehicles. During her 16-year tenure with the retailer, Wheeler has held a variety of operational and analytical roles on Walmart’s transportation team where she has led initiatives to streamline operations, enhance business strategies and improve fleet efficiency. Wheeler earned a Bachelor of Science in public relations from Southeast Missouri State University, as well as a Master of Science in operational management from the University of Arkansas.
Vicki White – Technology, Implementation Manager, South Coast Air Quality Management District
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.
Warren Williams – Director of EV Business Development , FuelForce- Multiforce Systems
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.
Tony Williamson – Director, Compliance & Sustainability, Total Transportation Services, Inc.
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.
Sean Yentsch – Director of Facilities , Penske Truck Leasing
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.
Larry Yermack – Strategic Advisor, Cubic Transportation Systems
Larry Yermack currently serves as a strategic advisor to Cubic Transportation Systems. Prior to his time with Cubic, Yermack held a number of positions with Iteris, Inc., Transcore, and most notably the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority where he conceived of and created the E-ZPass Interagency Group which became the world’s largest electronic tolling system. Yermack received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from the City University of New York City and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Takehito Yokoo – Senior Executive Engineer, Advanced Fuel Cell group, Toyota Motor North America R&D
Takehito Yokoo is the advanced fuel cell senior executive engineer with Toyota’s Product Development Office (PDO) in Toyota’s North American Research and Development organization. Yokoo’s background includes managing suitability testing of advanced powertrain configurations in North America, coordinating development of new or improved alternate powertrain system controls for Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (FCHV), Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV); including strategic planning focusing on technologies that enable sustainable transportation systems. Currently, Yokoo’s responsibilities have been extended to large scale Fuel Cell powertrain feasibility in North America. Yokoo earned a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Hosei University, Japan. Yokoo then joined Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in 1988, moving to TTC in 1990 to begin a new career in the United States, responsible for managing suitability testing and development of gasoline powertrain control systems in North America.
William Zobel – Vice-President, Business Development and Marketing, Trillium
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.