Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo


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Below are bios for some of the many speakers that will be at the conference. Get to know them!

Plenary Session: Wednesday Afternoon
Policy and Trends: SE State Leaders Discuss Transportation, Air Quality, Energy and Economic Development

Tim Echols: Georgia Public Service Commissioner
Tim Echols was elected to the Georgia Public Service Commission in November 2010 after spending 15 years in the non-profit sector. Echols founded "TeenPact" and grew the mock legislative youth program to 38 states in his tenure. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors. As a GPS commissioner Tim focuses on consumer protection, clean energy, and accountability. Tim created the Georgia Alternative Fueled Vehicle Road show which annually visits eight cities across Georgia and has expanded into 7 other regions around the country. He is a strong advocate of alternative fuels, and has owned or driven three alternative fuel vehicles: an E85 compatible flex fuel vehicle, a natural gas Honda Civic and an all-electric Nissan LEAF.

John Lyons: Kentucky Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy
John Lyons has served in various capacities for the Energy and Environment Cabinet during his 25+ year public service career in Kentucky, including twelve years as the head of the Division of Air Quality. In September of 2013, he was appointed by the Governor to be the state's new Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy to tackle the complex world of air quality regulations and their impact on energy and climate issues. Mr. Lyons is currently serving as a board member of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition and has served on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern States Air Manager's Association, the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

Danny Marshall: Virginia House of Delegate, 14th District
Danny Marshall is VA House of Delegates representative for the 14th district, encompassing the City of Danville and parts of Pittsylvania and Henrico Counties. In 2011 Representative Marshall submitted a bold proposal for a transition to alternative fuels that was adopted by the Governor as an executive order in 2011. Danny was the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business run business as well as a former professional racecar driver who finished 3rd at the 24 Hours of Daytona race in both 1999 and 2000. He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.

Tony Tata: Secretary NC Dept. of Transportation
Tony Tata was appointed Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation by Governor Pat McCrory in January 2013. Tata, who retired from the U.S. Army as a brigadier general, brings to his position more than three decades of public service. He has a long history of successfully leading and transforming large, complex organizations with vast responsibilities. He has led the development and implementation of infrastructure projects including roads, bridges and airports in countries such as Afghanistan, Macedonia, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia and the Philippines. After retiring from the Army, Tata continued his public service in education management. Secretary Tata's extensive leadership and problem-solving experience are critical skills as he leads NCDOT in intensifying its efforts to deliver the highest quality transportation system to the people of North Carolina.

Moderator- Larry Shirley: Director of Operations & Planning, Nicholas Institute for the Environment, Duke University
Larry Shirley serves as the Director of Operations and Planning for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. The Nicholas Institute works with decision makers in designing solutions to some of the most critical environmental challenges of our time. Previously, he served as North Carolina's first Green Economy Director and as the Director of the NC State Energy Office. He also founded the NC Solar Center at NC State and served as its Executive Director for 13 years. He has a long history of involvement with alternative fuels, including co-founding the NC Plug-In Electric Vehicle Task Force and strongly supporting the development of the state's three Clean Cities Programs.

Session 2- Alternative Fuels: An Introduction to Biodiesel, Electricity, Ethanol, Natural Gas and Propane

  1. Rachel Burton: Diesel Technician Trainer, National Biodiesel Board
  2. Genevieve Cullen: Vice President, Electric Drive Transportation of America
  3. Mick Henderson: General Manager, Commonwealth Agri Energy
  4. Tucker Perkins: Chief Business Development Officer, Propane Education Research Council
  5. Moderator- Melissa Howell: Executive Director, Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition

Session 3- Operational Efficiency: Telematics, Idle Reduction, Eco-driving, Fleet Success Stories

  1. Emily Barrett: Sustainability Manager, Town of Cary
  2. Marcy Bauer: Engineering Extension Specialist, NC Clean Energy Technology Center- NC State University
  3. Brian Hurd: Strategic Account Manager, Verizon Networkfleet
  4. Matthew Weatherell: Business System Analyst, Town of Cary
  5. Patricia Weikersheimer: Writer, National Idling Reduction Network News- Argonne National Laboratory
  6. Moderator- Jennifer Taraskiewicz: Clean Cities Coordinator, Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition

Session 4- Trends & Programs: NGOs, Regional and Federal Program Overviews

  1. Ben Prochazka: Director of Strategic Initiatives, Electrification Coalition
  2. More speakers to be announced soon!
  3. Moderator- Sean Flaherty: Senoir Planner/Co-Coordinator, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition/Centralina Council of Governments

Keynote Speaker: Thursday Breakfast
Reuben Sarkar - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, United States Department of Energy

Reuben Sarkar is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation. He oversees EERE's Sustainable Transportation area, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. Sarkar is responsible for an annual investment of more than $600 million that is focused on reducing U.S. oil dependence, avoiding pollution and creating jobs by designing and manufacturing petroleum alternatives and more energy efficient cars and trucks. Before joining EERE, he worked at Proterra Inc., a leading manufacturer of electric buses and fast charging stations. Most recently he was responsible for business development and strategy. During his time at Proterra, Reuben directed electric vehicle market analysis, competitive intelligence, product planning, technology road mapping, intellectual property management, utility rate and grid integration activities and other strategic initiatives.

Plenary Session: Thursday Morning
Driving Change: National Industry Leaders Discuss Alternative Fuels

Susan Alt: Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America
Susan Alt is the Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for Volvo Group North America - responsible for advocating to governmental and non-governmental organizations paths to commercially introduce sustainable transportation solutions. In her 26 years with the Volvo Group companies she's held senior roles for Volvo and Mack Trucks in Marketing, Strategy & Business Development. She was the President of Volvo Logistics of the Americas, and as such, the first woman to manage a division for Volvo Group in North America. She is especially proud to maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). This allows her to drive the "big rigs" and her kids to tell their friends their mom is a truck driver.

Joe Jobe: Chief Executive Officer, National Biodiesel Board
Joe Jobe is the CEO for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). The NBB is the national trade association for the biodiesel industry in the US and includes research, public policy development, communications, education and international trade efforts for the biodiesel industry. With headquarters in Jefferson City, Missouri and an office in Washington DC the NBB expanded its membership in 2013 to include Renewable Diesel companies to represent the entire biomass-based diesel category of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Joe has been with NBB since 1997, and has been CEO since January 1999. He has helped lead the industry to grow from approximately 200,000 gallons 1999 to almost 2 billion gallons in 2013 from over 200 plants nationwide.

Brendan Jones: Electric Vehicle Deployment and Infrastructure Director, Nissan North America
Brendan Jones, Nissan's director of EV Sales & Infrastructure Development, is responsible for developing and implementing the EV Sales & Infrastructure plan for Nissan LEAF and other EV related products. Since joining Nissan in 1994, Jones has held positions of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing. He joined the EV team in 2009 and has served as the senior manager of the Nissan LEAF Customer Platform, director of Nissan and Infiniti EV Marketing and Sales Strategy and most recently the director of EV Infrastructure Strategy. In the summer of 2013 Jones was appointed to the Board of Directors for the GoElectricDrive Foundation a charitable arm of Electric Drive Transportation Association.

Adam Monroe: President, Novozymes NA
Adam Monroe is President of the Americas for Novozymes, based at the company's North American headquarters in Franklinton, North Carolina. Since joining Novozymes in 1991 , Monroe has held positions of increasing responsibility including Director of Supply Chain Operations for the Americas. Monroe serves on the board of the Advanced Ethanol Council and chairs the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO) Industrial & Environmental Board, leading advocacy efforts for the development and commercialization of advanced biofuels and biochemicals. A world leader in bioinnovation, Novozymes researches and manufactures industrial enzymes, microorganisms and biopharmaceutical ingredients for over 30 industries including agriculture, biofuels, feed and food. Novozymes is the world leader in enzymes for biofuels and a member of Fuels America, a coalition dedicated to protecting America's Renewable Fuel Standard.

Joe Thompson: President, ROUSH Clean Tech
Joe Thompson has served as president of ROUSH CleanTech since the company's inception in 2010. He's grown the company from six employees to 100 in its first four years, deploying more than 6,000 vehicles fueled by clean-burning and economical propane autogas. Under Thompson's leadership, ROUSH CleanTech has won numerous quality control and environmental awards, including Supplier of the Year from Blue Bird and a Michigan Green Leader honorable mention. He is a recipient of the 2013 Green Fleet Sustainability All-Star award and posts monthly on his alternative fuels blog, "Fuel for Thought". Previously Joe led ROUSH Performance to become one of the premier brands in the automotive aftermarket segment with a sales increase of more than 500 percent.

Moderator- Don Francis, Director, Georgia Clean Cities
Don Francis was elected Executive Director of the Partnership for Clean Transportation, home to Clean Cities- Georgia, in April 2009. He has forty five years of experience in automotive engineering, sales and marketing activities and was employed by Georgia Power for 31 years. For 13 years he was assigned to the company's electric transportation program where he was responsible for the sale, installation and service of electric vehicle chargers to internal and external customers. Prior to the Electric Transportation program, Don worked for 15 years in Fleet Services at Georgia Power and ten years with General Motors.

Session 6- Electric: Workplace Charging, Electric Vehicle Charging, Fleet Success Stories

  1. Dick Cupka: Product Development Sustainability Manager, Ford
  2. Zane Lichtneger: Sustainability Analyst, SAS
  3. Phil Ovitt: Manager of National Business Development and Policy, NRG eVgo
  4. Moderator- Brennan Bouma: Regional Planner II, Triangle J Council of Governments

Session 7- Keeping Track: Green Fleet Programs, Assessments and Fleet Success Stories

  1. Andrea Bachrach: Clean Transportation Specialist, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
  2. Nathan Isaacs: Sales and Marketing Manager, OpConnect
  3. Caley Johnson: Transportation Market Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  4. Moderator- Alleyn Harned: Clean Cities Coordinator, Virginia Clean Cities

Session 8- Heavy-Duty Tech and Trends: Transit and Over-the-Road, OEM and Fleet Perspectives

  1. Bill Boyce: Eastern Regional Manager, Cummins Westport
  2. Joseph Erves: Senior Director of Operations, MARTA
  3. Don Hayden: President, M & M Cartage
  4. Eric McCarthy: VP Government Relations, Proterra
  5. Moderator- Dale Asby: Environmental Scientist US EPA, Region 4, Air Quality Modeling and Transportation Section

Keynote Speaker: Thursday Luncheon
Jim Motavalli, Transportation Author

Jim Motavalli writes on transportation and environmental related topics for a variety of media including The New York Times, National Public Radio’s Car Talk and He is author or editor of seven books, including "Forward Drive: The Race to Build Clean Cars for the Future" and "Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Climate Change." His book, "High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug in the Auto Industry," was published by Rodale in 2012. He is also a contributor to the Audubon, and Success magazines, Environmental Defense Fund publications, and to the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. In addition to Motavalli hosts a radio program on WPKN-FM in Connecticut, and lectures widely.

Session 9- Propane: Fleet Manager Perspectives, Performance Contracting, OEM & Vehicle Conversions

  1. Ed Swaim: Product Manager, Thomas Built Buses, Inc.
  2. Stuart Weidie: President, Blossman Gas/Alliance Autogas
  3. More speakers to be announced soon!
  4. Moderator- Bill Eaker: Coordinator, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition

Session 10- Trends and Innovation: Transit, Telecommuting and Car/Ridesharing

  1. Shelly Parker: Sustainable Travel Services Manager, GoTriangle
  2. Nicholas Ramfos: Director, Alternative Commute Programs, National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
  3. More speakers to be announced soon!
  4. Moderator- Debbie Collins, Public Transportation Division Director, NC Department of Transportation

Session 11- Public-Private Partnerships: How to Make Them Work and Success Stories

  1. Kathy Boyer: Energy & Environment Program Manager, Triangle J Council of Governments
  2. Mike Casteel: Director of Fleet Procurement, UPS
  3. Matt Johnson: Co-founder, Brightfield Trans. Solutions
  4. Albert Venezio: Chairman, Icom NA
  5. Moderator- Jonathan Overly: Coordinator, East TN Clean Fuels Coalition

Keynote Speaker: Friday Breakfast
General Duncan McNabb - Former Commander, United States Transportation Command

Gen. Duncan J. McNabb is the former commander, United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense (DOD). In his most recent assignments, General McNabb served as Director for Logistics on the Joint Staff and was responsible for operational logistics and strategic mobility support to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. He then commanded the USAF Air Mobility Command and led 134,000 airmen in providing rapid global mobility, aerial refueling, special airlift and aeromedical evacuation for America's armed forces. Before his final command at USTRANSCOM, Gen. McNabb served as the 33rd Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Session 12- Natural Gas: How to Build a Station, Maintenance, Fleet Implementation

  1. Graham Barker: East Coast Regional Sales Manager, ANGI Energy Systems
  2. Amanda Fairley: Sustainability Manager, Waste Management
  3. Corey Miller: Alternative Fuels Application Specialist, Sierra Monitor Corporation
  4. Moderator- Lacey Jane Wolfe: Coordinator, Triangle Clean Cities Coalition

Session 13- Fleet Focus: Managers Talk Alt Fuels

  1. Mike Allison: Fleet Design & Technical, Support Duke Energy
  2. Marty Burr: Performance Manager, City of Rock Hill, South Carolina
  3. Thomas Griffin: Chief Engineer Global Vehicles, FedEx Express
  4. More speakers to be announced soon!
  5. Moderator- Jason Wager: Coordinator, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition

Session 14- Return on Investment: Alternative Fuels Cost Benefit Cases

  1. Jeffrey Esfeld: Director National Fleet Sales and Buisiness Development, VIA Motors
  2. Joey Kline: Director of Business Development,American Fueling Systems
  3. Joshua Thompson: Purchasing Manager, Waste Industries
  4. Steve Whaley: Director of Business Development, Roush CleanTech
  5. Moderator- Rick Sapienza: Clean Transportation Specialist, NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Session 15- Biofuels Innovations & Applications: Cellulosic Ethanol, Biodiesel Benefits, Renewable Natural Gas, Fleet Success Stories

  1. Dr. Chris Frey: Distinguished University Professor, NC State University
  2. Sam Jackson: VP of Business Development,Genera Energy
  3. Billy Malone: Director of Sanitation, DeKalb County Public Works
  4. Bruce Thompson: Fleet Procurement Manager, NC Department of Transportation
  5. Moderator- Linda Giltz: Senior Regional Planner, Land of Sky Regional Council

Session 16- What's Next? Dimethyl Ether, Smart Grid, Vehicle Automation & Advances

  1. Corey Clothier: Founder, Comet Robotics
  2. Sam Yenne: CEO, Maverick Synfuels
  3. More speakers to be announced soon!
  4. Moderator- Ward Lenz: Director of Government Relations and Emerging Markets, Advanced Energy

Session 17- Policy: Current and Future Policies Affecting Clean Transportation

  1. Chris Bender: Head of Public Affairs & Communications, Novozymes North America
  2. Rich Cregar: Instructor and Department Head Advanced Transportation Technologies, Wilson Community College
  3. Scott Curran: Ph. D. Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center, Oak Ridge National Lab
  4. Don Francis: Executive Director, Partnership for Clean Transportation, Inc
  5. Hayes Framme: Advisor for Infrastructure and Development, Virginia Secretary of Commerce & Trade
  6. Moderator- Patrick Cushing: Attorney, Williams Mullen

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