2017 Keynote Speakers
Alexander Barton, Director of Accreditation Development, NAFA
Alexander Barton returned to NAFA in 2015 to focus on the Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program. Before that, he was the President of Green Transportation Solutions, a green fleet consulting agency committed to the use of environmentally safe and fuel-efficient transportation options. In his past roles at NAFA he worked in business development and helped NAFA launch the Green Zone pavilion, Green Fleet Ride & Drive and the Green Fleet Manager of the year award. He graduated from UW-Madison, where he was on the Dean’s List, played football and completed two years of Reserve Officer Training Corps. Mr. Barton is an internationally published writer with Harley- Davidson’s Enthusiast and CSANews magazine and he is also a member of the Sierra Club, Ecological Society of America and Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Jon Ells, Director of Fleet SustainabilitY, City of New York
Jonathan Ells is the Director of Fleet Sustainability at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Jonathan works to implement Mayor de Blasio’s Clean Fleet Plan, announced in December 2015, to reduce emissions from the municipal fleet 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2035. Jonathan has piloted higher blends of biodiesel, increased the number of electric vehicles and improved the vehicle charging network, including introducing solar charging. NYC operates 1,030 EVs and 400 chargers, the largest network in the state. Jonathan also oversees the city’s car share efforts, supervises the auction of 3,500 city vehicles annually, and serves as Fleet’s liaison to NYC Emergency Management.
Alycia Gilde, Northeast Regional Director, CALSTART
Alycia Gilde is the Northeast Regional Director at CALSTART and is responsible for managing the organization’s role on the development and expansion of clean transportation programs and policies in the northeast. Ms. Gilde currently oversees the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP), a $19 million incentive program to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and emission control technologies in the state of New York. Ms. Gilde is also the Chair of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative Strategic Planning Committee, a program led by U.S. EPA Regions 1 and 2 and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM). In this capacity, Ms. Gilde is responsible for identifying critical regional air quality and transportation priorities, engaging multi-sector stakeholders, and promoting program opportunities to improve regional air quality in collaboration with the maritime, rail, construction and trucking industries.
Trev Hall, Southeast Regional Manager, U.S. DOE Clean Cities Program
Trev Hall is the point of contact for Clean Cities’ coalitions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina,South Carolina, and Tennessee. His responsibilities include facilitating the efforts of the Clean Cities coalitions to increase the use of alternative fuels and vehicles through the development of public-private partnerships.
Along with traditional project management duties, Hall facilitates technology deployment strategies, evaluates proper alternative fuel technologies, determines resource availability, provides technical assistance, contributes areas of expertise, and supports transportation market transformation activities.
Tom Johnson, 100 Best Fleets
Tom C. Johnson was employed by the largest fleet management company in the world for 17 years. His job is to analyze fleets- 3500 of them in the past 30 years. His first book on team-building has sold over 25,000 copies and was customized by Sears-Roebuck for their Corporate University. His second book is on the 7 Qualities of the 100 Best Fleets in North America. His articles on best business practices are seen monthly in different Fleet publications.
Tom started the Government Fleet Manager of the Year and the 100 Best Fleets in North America awards. In addition to the Government Green Fleet award, he facilitates fleet roundtable discussions monthly around the country to find solutions to common problems.
Keith Leech Sr., Chief, Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise, County of Sacramento
Keith Leech Sr. currently leads Sacramento County’s Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise after retiring in January, 2015 as the City of Sacramento’s Fleet Manager. Both the City and County of Sacramento fleets are recognized as trailblazers in public fleet sustainability primarily because of their migration to renewable natural gas and renewable diesel that achieved dramatic reductions in fossil petroleum consumption and carbon emissions.
The City of Sacramento’s fleet was recognized as both the #1 Fleet and #1 Green Fleet by 100 Best Fleets and Sacramento County’s fleet was recognized as the #7 Leading Fleet in 2017 by Government Fleet Magazine and the #7 Green Fleet in 2016 by 100 Best Fleets. Keith was inducted into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame in 2017 by Government Fleet Magazine and APWA and received NAFA’s 2014 Fleet Excellence Awards for Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability and Excellence in Fleet Leadership.
Keith currently serves as Chairman of Northern California Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association and NAFA’s Government Affairs Committee. He also serves as President of the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition.
Dr Eric. Warren, VP of Competition, Richard Childress Racing
Dr. Eric Warren earned his Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University with help from NASA. In 1997, Dr. Warren’s career in motorsports began when he accepted an engineering role with NASCAR’s Kranefuss-Haas Racing. In 2002, he became the technical director at Evernham Motorsports, winning 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races. He advanced to vice president of the organization and then accepted a similar role at Michael Waltrip Racing.
Dr. Warren then served as the chief aerodynamicist of USF1 and focusing his engineering efforts on designing a Formula 1 car for competition. Warren joined Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) in 2010 as technical director, overseeing all technical and race engineering activities. While at RPM, he also served as the primary liaison with Roush Fenway Racing and Ford assisting in the advancement of vehicle dynamic simulation, aerodynamic development, and race engineering for the combined technical partnership of Ford, Roush Fenway Racing and RPM.
Dr. Warren joined Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in 2012 as director of competition and was named Vice President of Competition in 2016. During his first full season with RCR, he was instrumental in the team winning an overall total of nine races, the No. 29 Chevrolet team made the Chase for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and the No. 3 Camaro team earned the 2013 XFINITY Series championship. In 2014, Dr. Warren helped guide the No. 31 Chevrolet program to a berth in the Cup Series playoff system, where Ryan Newman ultimately finished second in the point standings during his first season at RCR. In total, his efforts have helped RCR visit Victory Lane a total of 23 times, including Newman’s MENCS win on March 19th at Phoenix Raceway.
PANELIST SPEAKER BIOS
PHILLP AIELLO, UPS
Philip Aiello is the Director Maintenance & Engineering for UPS Corporate Automotive Engineering. He is responsible for automotive product testing and evaluations and for UPS global fleet telematics. His responsibilities also include special projects involving: global deployment, development, advanced analytics for the worldwide UPS Automotive Fleet. He is accountable for strategic development of telematics systems relating to advanced automotive maintenance conditions and prognostic processes. Philip has held multiple positions in the Automotive Fleet Maintenance arena within UPS for the past 25 years in the states of: New York, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. He holds a B.S degree in Automotive as well as a B.S. degree in Business from Indiana State University.
BASIL AL-MASRI, GRIP IDLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Basil AL-Masri is Product Sales Manager with Canadian Extreme Climate Systems. Basil has over eight years of experience in the Automotive Industry and more than three years of working with public and private fleets focusing on implementation of green technologies. Hes is experienced with Idle Reduction technologies and the benefits that come with implementing such technologies. Basil has been a key speaker in several webinars hosted by Clean Cities organizations.
JEFF BARGHOUT, CEO, ROBOCIST, INC.
As CEO of Robocist, Jeff Barghout delivers strategic, market based solutions for the development, evaluation and adoption of mobility and robotic technologies. Government agencies, universities, and businesses engage us to help them understand, plan for, and integrate connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, robotic systems - and the supporting infrastructure –solving problems efficiently and cost-effectively. Over the past 20 years, Jeff has been a successful entrepreneur, an engineer at Chrysler, assessed technologies for NASA, and served as vice president of Transportation Initiatives at a cutting-edge research and consulting firm. His work has placed him in high exposure environments where he has been continuously challenged to navigate the complex intersection of technology, market forces, regulation and the vast array of stakeholder opinions, perception and needs.
GRAHAM BARKER, ANGI ENERGY SYSTEMS
Graham Barker is ANGI’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager responsible for CNG equipment sales east of the Mississippi river. He has 30 years experience in the worldwide automotive gaseous alternate fuels marketplace. Graham obtained a City & Guilds Full Technological Certificate in Automotive Studies (equivalent to a US degree) from the University of Leeds in England. He has worked on CNG projects in around the world. Duties included prototyping and installing vehicle and engine conversions; design and application of CNG compressors and fueling systems; project management of station installations and sales and marketing of CNG equipment.
MATT BERBLINGER, RIDESHARE BY ENTERPRISE
Matt Berblinger is a Regional Sales Manager with Enterprise Fleet Management. He has been with Enterprise for 19 years with ten years in Daily Rental operations and nine in the Fleet Management division. Enterprise is ranked #13 in Forbes’ ranking of America’s largest privately held companies.
WILLIAM (BILL) BOYCE, CUMMINS WESTPORT INC
Bill joined Cummins Westport in November 2006 with responsibility for the sales and marketing of Cummins Westport's natural gas engines in the Eastern United States. Prior to joining Cummins Westport, Bill worked at Cummins Power Generation where he served as the Regional Manager for Cummins Power Rent. Previous to his career at Cummins, Bill held various roles in the power generation and compressed air and gas industries. Bill comes to Cummins Westport with many years of experience in both natural gas and diesel engine drive systems. Bill attended Hiram College majoring in Business Management and resides in Hubbard, Ohio.
ANGELA CONROY, VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Angela Conroy is an Air Quality Planner for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Ms. Conroy leads the greenhouse gas planning efforts and manages the Volkswagen environmental mitigation trust for DEQ. Ms. Conroy has 20 years’ of experience in environmental program and project management for federal government agencies including but not limited to the U.S EPA, DOE, DOD, Department of Interior, and the Veterans Administration. She has co-authored technical guidance such as Best Practices for Siting Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, and published articles for the Global Association of Risk Professionals and other non-profit organizations. Ms. Conroy has a B.S. in Environmental from Ferrum College, an M.B.A. and M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland, graduate studies in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech, and is a Certified Sustainable Development Professional by the Association of Energy Engineers.
STACY COOK, CAMBRIDGE SYSTEMATICS
Stacy Cook is a Senior Associate for Cambridge Systematics, with more than 9 years of experience in multimodal transportation and land use planning and coordination. Ms. Cook graduated with a M.S., Urban and Regional Planning, and a Certificate in Transportation Management and Policy, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2009. Ms. Cook supports agency coordination to navigate change, assisting agencies adapt to new technologies, and manage growth, land use, and transportation investments to create vibrant, walkable communities and improve regional mobility. Ms. Cook is supporting the development of the Virginia Automated 20XX Strategic Plan. She also supported the Virginia Long Range Plan (VTrans2040) needs assessment, and Virginia project prioritization (SMART SCALE).
JOHN CRANE, ASSETWORKS
MISSY CUMMINGS, HUMANS & AUTONOMY LABORATORY, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings is the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at Duke University. She received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is currently a Professor in the Duke University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and the Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the co-chair for the World Economic Forum’s Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s advisory committee on autonomous transportation. Her research interests include human supervisory control, explainable artificial intelligence, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.
AL CURTIS, COBB COUNTY (GEORGIA)
Al Curtis, Fleet Services Director for Cobb County, has over 25 years of experience in the fleet service industry and has served in both the public and private sectors. Al manages over 2300 assets for Cobb County’s diverse fleet of vehicles. Al has made significant sustainability improvements within the Fleet. Under his leadership the County has added 29 electric vehicles, 40 charging stations, implemented an employee charging program, added 32 electric hybrids, 22 Bi-fueled propane trucks and 2 propane fueling locations. This aggressive deployment of alternative fuel technology has displaced over 75tons of C02 emissions. These smart vehicles choices and strategic partnerships has saved the County over $500,000 and has aided in our sustainability efforts to reduce the negative impact of greenhouse gas emissions in our County.
HAPPY FOX, ALLIANCE AUTOGAS
J. Price “Happy” Fox is an Alliance AutoGas Alternative Fuel Consultant. Happy joined the AAG team in 2016 and covers the Southeast region as a customer service consultant. As a former small business owner himself, Happy understands the unique needs and hurdles that companies face when making decisions about their fleet.
The responsibilities Happy enjoys the most are; helping customers to reduce their fuel cost, lower emissions, and using an American-made product. Happy enjoys meeting new customer and working with the team at Alliance AutoGas.
LINDA GAINES, ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY
Linda Gaines is a Transportation Systems Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory. She holds a BA in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia. Her primary interest is efficient use of resources. She began her career by writing a series of handbooks of energy and material flows in energy-intensive industries. These provided background for studies of the costs and impacts of production, use, and recycling of advanced-design automobiles, trucks, and trains, and batteries. Her recent work involves recycling of lithium-ion batteries and also reducing vehicle idling. She is an editor of Sustainable Materials and Technologies.
RUSS GYUERK, CISCO
BRIAN HAGEMAN, TRANSLOC
Brian Hageman is the business development manager for the Microtransit Team at TransLoc, a Chapel Hill based provider of agency-owned Microtransit solutions. Mr. Hageman has 20+ years of startup and software business development experience with the last several years focused on geospatial solutions and big data for fleet and transit management. At TransLoc, the Microtransit team is responsible for bringing this new multi-modal mobility solution to transit agencies and passengers nationwide. Because of its Microtransit work, TransLoc was named one of 2017’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. Mr. Hageman also serves on the City of Chapel Hill Transit and Connectivity Advisory Board.
JOHN HALLIWELL, EPRI
John Halliwell is a Senior Project Manager in the Electric Transportation Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Halliwell's primary focus is smart charging development for plug-in electric vehicles. His other research activities focus on improving efficiency of power supply systems, solid state lighting and seeking new ways to deliver power to products and systems that optimize energy use. He has broad experience in design and application of electronic circuits and electronic systems in instrumentation, controls, embedded systems and power supplies. Before joining EPRI in 2007, he worked at AGT where he was responsible for design of high voltage power supplies for atmospheric plasma systems, instrumentation of experimental systems and project oversight. His previous employers include Vacuum Technology, Incorporated; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and E G & G Energy Measurements. Halliwell received a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
JIM HINESON, JR, PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ
Jim Hineson is a Maintenance Group Supervisor with The Port Authority of NY & NJ. He works in the Central Automotive Division (CAD) and is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at multiple locations, equipment dispositions and piloting green initiatives. Additionally, Jim manages an outreach program for CAD to inform vehicle users on alternative fuel vehicles and best practices. The Port Authority placed in the top 3 for two NAFA awards along with #1 in The 100 best Government Green Fleet Award for 2016.
CHRISTINE HOEFLER, COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Christine Hoefler is a Coordinator for the Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), Air Pollution Control Division, at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Christine holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Christine has over 16 years of diverse experience in environmental health and public health issues including air quality, indoor air quality, and hazardous waste. In the Small Business Assistance Program, Christine provides multi/cross-media technical assistance, guidance and outreach to small businesses throughout Colorado on how to achieve environmental compliance. Christine is currently part of a team that has been tasked to help develop a mitigation plan to distribute funds from the Volkswagen Settlement to achieve the maximum air quality benefits for the people of Colorado.
ED HOFFMAN, ALLIANCE AUTOGAS & BLOSSMAN SERVICES
Ed Hoffman brings over 25 years of automotive and fleet experience to Alliance AutoGas. Ed began his career as a member of the startup team for CarMax Auto Superstore chain. Progressing from there, Ed spent over a decade working in both sales and operations in the commercial truck leasing industry. Before joining Alliance AutoGas, Ed served as an innovative fleet manager for Keystone Aftermarket/LKQ Corporation. While optimizing their highly utilized fleet, Ed developed a passion for alternative fuels and propane autogas. As President of Blossman Services, Ed devotes his time to identifying the ideal vehicle platforms for autogas conversion and the development and support of the appropriate technology solutions. Providing insight, support, and the right technology to customers is his top priority.
Ed lives in Asheville, North Carolina and is a participating member of NTEA (National Truck Equipment Association), NAFTC (National Alternative Fuel Training Consortium), NAFA (National Fleet Management Association), and SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association).
CHELSEA JENKINS, ROUSH CLEANTECH
Chelsea Jenkins currently serves as executive director of government affairs for ROUSH CleanTech, the alternative fuels division of ROUSH Enterprises. Prior to this recent role change, Chelsea primarily managed school bus activities for the Southeast region of the US.
Before her transition to ROUSH, Chelsea served as the Virginia Clean Cities executive director and as program coordinator for seven years. She helped grow the Virginia Clean Cities project portfolio from over $1 million in total petroleum displacement projects primarily focused in Virginia to over $20 million in total alternative fuel and vehicle projects covering the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Jenkins, a recipient of the 2009 Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year award, was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011.
Jenkins also helped establish Valley AIRNow, the air quality outreach program for Winchester and Frederick counties in Virginia after a biodiesel project in Malta started her career in alternative fuels. Chelsea has also worked in several nondestructive evaluation laboratories, including NASA's Langley Research Center. Chelsea graduated from James Madison University and received her degree in Integrated Science and Technology with a triple concentration in Energy, Environment and Transportation.
ALLIE KELLY, THE RAY
Allie Kelly is Executive Director of The Ray. A Georgia native, Allie Kelly earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Georgia. She has worked in public policy for over 15 years, first as a lobbyist for UPS in Washington, D.C., then returning to Atlanta and founding Georgia Watch in 2002, which is the state’s only consumer watchdog organization. In 2009, she left Georgia Watch to join former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard at the Georgia Conservancy as its senior vice president.
Working with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, in 2015 Allie helped found and now directs an affiliated foundation called The Ray, which is the world’s first regenerative highway project. The Ray is a global proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will shape the transportation infrastructure of the future, paving the way to zero-impact roadways for all. Visit TheRay.org to join the movement.
EJ KLOCK-MCCOOK, ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE
E.J. Klock-McCook is part of RMI's Mobility team leading the autonomous vehicle and scaling components of their Mobility Transformation initiative. This initiative, in collaboration with Austin, TX aims to significantly reduce the number of single-occupant, gas-power trips in the city and will be achieved through providing better, less expensive alternatives making use of innovative technology and business models. E.J. has also worked closely with the cities of Denver and Boulder, Colorado on innovative first-last-mile pilots. Prior to joining RMI, E.J. worked in aerospace for Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Materials Research & Design.
RYAN LAMBERG, CALIFORNIA BIODIESEL INITIATIVE
Ryan Lamberg serves as Executive Director of the California Biodiesel Initiative. Along with Don Scott, the Director of Sustainability for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Ryan works on behalf of the NBB to promote biodiesel’s environmental benefits, and boost production and consumption of biodiesel. Lamberg co-founded and served as Communications Director for Community Fuels, now one of California’s largest biodiesel production facilities. While at Community Fuels, he helped found the California Biodiesel Alliance, a regional network to help biodiesel producers advance their legislative and political goals. As states on the West Coast successfully implement Low Carbon Fuel Standards, Lamberg is helping to share the success stories of lowering carbon while increasing renewable content in transportation fuels with organizations across the country.
DR. EDWARD LOVELACE, XL HYBRIDS
Dr. Edward Lovelace is CTO & VP Engineering for EX Hybrids. He leads technology strategy and product development for XL Hybrids' fleet electrification and connectivity solutions. His engineering career has focussed in electric power conversion and mechatronics technology for advanced transportation and renewable power generation for 29 years in both technology startups and for General Electric. His academic degrees are in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from MIT where he was a U.S. DOT Eisenhower Doctoral Fellow conducting research for the MIT Automotive Consortium on future electric powertrains and power distribution architectures.
CHARLIE MAHONEY, DERIVE SYSTEMS
Charlie Mahoney is the Business Development Manager for Derive Efficiency (formally SCT Fleet Solutions) with two decades of ECU experience in providing logical, pragmatic recommendations to increase efficiency while promoting safety and environmental responsibility. He holds an AS in Business Administration and has been serving the Fleet Industry exclusively since 2007 promoting "right sizing" calibration parameters for Government and Private fleets.
MICHELLE MALLETE, CITY OF RALEIGH
Ms. Mallette is the Quality Assurance Manager for the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, where she is responsible for a variety of strategic vision development and continuous improvement projects with a specialty focus on the department’s operational optimization. She performs statistical analyses to determine trends, estimates and significant changes. She participates in several cross-departmental teams to promoting a clean, engaged community environment and implementing climate energy action plan projects. Ms. Mallette has a BS in Earth and Environmental Science from North Carolina A&T State University and a MS in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University. She is a certified Environmental Safety and Health Professional and is also certified in Waste Management and holds a Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
GED MOODY, BRIGHTFIELD TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
Ged Moody is Brightfield Transportation Solutions' VP for Strategic Partnerships and Infomatics. He is an ardent entrepreneur with a history of innovation in information technology, healthcare, energy, higher education, and sustainability-oriented businesses. Ged leads Brightfield’s ongoing patent and IT development and forges strategic partnerships that drive sales, increase market position and add company value. As technologist, Ged has hands-on experience in software development, systems architecture, and a management role in a large software firm. As a business leader, he has envisioned and brokered numerous strategic partnerships, creating value for customers and business partners alike. Ged’s authentic focus on broad-based sustainability is grounded in and evidenced by his leadership of the Office of Sustainability at Appalachian State, where he helped guide the university to positions of national prominence and continues to serve as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Sustainability. Ged is also a member of he Plug-in North Carolina steering committee.
BRIAN PHILLIPS, NC DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Brian Phillips is the Technical Services Section, Mobile Sources Compliance Branch Supervisor for the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. The Mobile Sources Compliance Branch is responsible for creating, maintaining and ensuring the programs required in this state regarding vehicle emissions are complying with state and federal rules and regulations. His Branch programs include: Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grants, Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program, Smoking Vehicle Complaints, Transportation Conformity, and Vapor Recovery. Brian has devoted 21 years of public service to the Division of Air Quality. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Engineer in Training Certification and is a North Carolina Certified Public Manager.
EWAN PRITCHARD, NCSU FREEDM SYSTEMS CENTER
Ewan is the Associate Director of the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center as the Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC), at NC State University.
As Associate Director, he helps manage the portfolio of research from approximately 200 researchers working on updating the electric utility grid to be more welcoming for renewable energy, integrate new technologies (like electric vehicles), more reliable, and less expensive. He also works to manage the long term vision of the center and manages key relationships to ensure the sustainability of the center. With ATEC, he works with the automotive industry to learn the hurdles to the adoption of vehicle electrification and how NC State can overcome those hurdles.
Ewan is best known for his work to bring plug-in hybrid school buses to the market. More recently Ewan was one of the writers of the proposal for a $146M Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Institute announced by President Obama to be housed at NC State University. Ewan holds PhD, MS and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from NC State University.
LANG REYNOLDS, DUKE ENERGY
Lang Reynolds is the Electric Transportation Manager for Duke Energy, with responsibility for developing and implementing strategy for transportation electrification throughout all six of Duke Energy’s electric service territory states. Lang has worked across several groups within Duke Energy including Distributed Energy Technology and Duke Energy Renewables. Prior to Duke Energy, Lang worked in finance with Morgan Stanley and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado and a BA from Swarthmore College.
KEVIN ROGERS, FORSYTH COUNTY
Kevin Rogers is the Fleet Manager for Forsyth County. Forsyth County is the 4th largest County in North Carolina and has a population of approximately 400,000 residents. Kevin manages all functions of a Fleet of six hundred plus vehicles and equipment. Daily operations include managing the purchasing, maintenance, utilization, and disposal of all assets within the County. Other responsibilities include the acquisition of vehicles for several local municipalities and agencies within the County. He also briefs the board of County Commissioners, monitors safety issues, government policies, staffing issues, technical issues with vendors, and parts management.
BARRY ROWTON, CENERGY SOLUTIONS
ALEX SAUCEDO, PLUG POWER
Alex Saucedo is the Director of Sales for Plug Power. He has over 20 years’ experience in industrial technology sales. He is currently the Director of Sales for Plug Power who is an industry leader in the hydrogen fuel cell industry. This technology is designed to minimize or eliminate many of the tasks associated with the energy acquisition process that escalate the cost of operations. Mr. Saucedo supports retail and distribution but has also worked & managed projects related to Ground Support Equipment (GSE) applications.
MICHAEL SCARPINO, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Mike Scarpino is a Transportation Project Engineer at the US Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA. Mike’s primary focus is to provide support for inter-agency initiatives supporting fleets and end-users transition to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, as well as the development of the supporting fueling infrastructure. His current responsibilities involve providing technical and programmatic support for various alternative fuel initiatives and activities for the US Department of Energy and the Federal Highway Administration.
Prior to working at the US DOT, Mr. Scarpino worked for 16+ years at the US Department of Energy supporting the Clean Cities Program by facilitating the efforts of the national Clean Cities coalition network to increase the use of alternative fuels and vehicles through the development of public-private partnerships.
JON SCHARINGSON, RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP
For the last 20 years Jon Scharingson has held roles within business development, sales and marketing and business strategy in agribusiness and the renewable fuels industry. Currently, Mr. Scharingson serves as Executive Director of Sales & Marketing at Renewable Energy Group.
REG is the nations largest producer and marketer of biodiesel, with approximately 25% of the US market. Mr. Scharingson joined REG in 2007. Prior to joining REG, he spent 17 years in the seeds, crop protection and agriculture biotechnology industry working for Imperial Chemical Industries, AstraZeneca and Syngenta.
Mr. Scharingson has a BBA in Management and an MBA in Marketing from Iowa State University.
DAVE SCHATZ, CHARGEPOINT
Dave Schatz is an energy, clean technology, and environmental policy expert with over 10 years of experience in public and private sector roles. He currently serves as Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint, the leading global provider of smart, networked electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with over 39,000 charging stations in network, nationwide. In that role he covers Federal and State affairs, managing both legislative and regulatory engagement on electric vehicle policy. Prior to ChargePoint, Dave was Deputy Director for Policy and Electricity Markets for SolarCity, where he ran a portfolio of states for policy and regulatory advocacy on issues related to solar energy. Dave was a senior consultant in the energy practice of the Booz Allen Hamilton consultancy firm. As a consultant and a former Federal employee at the US Air Force, he worked across the U.S. Department of Defense to develop renewable energy and storage projects on public lands and military installations. Dave is based in Washington, DC.
WHITNEY SCHMIDT, CHARGEPOINT
Whitney Schmidt is the Director of EV Charging for ChargePoint in the Carolinas and Tennessee, specializing in fleet electrification, electrical infrastructure, and EV charging analytics. A Georgia Tech graduate, she has a background in heavy underground construction and residential solar energy.
SHANNON SENTELL, STEALTH POWER
Shannon Sentell is the Chief Operations Officer for Stealth Power – the global leader in mobile power and idle-reduction technology. Prior to joining Stealth Power, Sentell was Director of the Physics Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he retired after 24 years of service as an Army officer. Sentell holds a Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from the University of South Carolina and has graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institution of Technology and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
GUS SIMMONS, CAVANAUGH & ASSOCIATES
Gus Simmons, Director of Bioenergy at Cavanaugh, is a passionate advocate for the development of our planet’s bioenergy resources, particularly the utilization of organic wastes as feedstock for the development of biofuels, such as anaerobic digester biogas. Gus’s efforts to promote and place into operation systems that harvest the carbon from organic wastes and use it to displace our dependency on fossil fuels are a prime example of Cavanaugh’s commitment to cultivating the stewardship of our natural resources through innovation. Gus leads innovation around the globe to marry advanced waste treatment and utilization processes that produce infinitely renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and sustain agriculture to feed and power a growing planet.
Gus joined Cavanaugh in 2001 as Agricultural Services Director, serving as Project Manager for the firm’s efforts to assist the State of North Carolina with projects to evaluate innovative approaches to managing agricultural wastes. Gus graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Biological & Agricultural Engineering, with concentration in biological waste treatment. Upon graduation, Gus worked in agri-industry, holding positions responsible for the design, permitting, and environmental compliance of a number of agricultural and food processing facilities in North America and Europe.
ED SMITH, AGILE FLEET
Ed Smith is a subject matter expert in fleet management and fleet right-sizing, with extensive program management and systems engineering experience in the fleet industry. Having led the implementation of many fleet and motor pool automation projects, he specializes in the analysis of vehicle utilization data for accurate planning and execution of car sharing and right-sizing initiatives. Mr. Smith has been a featured speaker at numerous fleet industry events, and is frequently quoted in Government Fleet Magazine and FleetSolutions Magazine on right-sizing and other fleet-related topics. He is president and CEO of Agile Fleet, creator of the FleetCommander fleet management information system currently in place in many government, university, utility, and non-profit fleets across the U.S and abroad.
MATT SOLOMON, NESCAUM
Matt Solomon is Transportation Program Manager for the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), where he has been working for over 11 years to promote cleaner air through deployment of advanced vehicles, fuels, and emission control technologies. Before coming to NESCAUM he was a Project Manager for Ford Motor Company at the California Fuel Cell Partnership. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California, Davis.
KATHERINE STAINKEN, PLUG-IN AMERICA
Katherine is focused on promoting policies and programs that will transform the transportation sector and encourage more EVs on the road! She is a passionate advocate for EVs and technologies that can reduce reliance on fossil fuels and assist in achieving state and national climate goals. Prior to her work at Plug In America, Katherine was a Director of Government Affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), focused on policies to promote solar on the federal level as well as southeast and northeast regions, along with regulatory work at the DOE, EPA, CFTC, OMB, FHFA and other federal agencies. Katherine was also the lead staff on the Clean Power Plan and chief liaison to the solar heating and cooling and EH&S groups at SEIA. She received her Masters from American University in Global Environmental Policy and Bachelors in Chemistry and German from Boston College.
GEORGE SURVANT, NTEA
George Survant has served in a variety of positions including 25 years as a telecom fleet leader, 17 years as a power company fleet leader and for 4 years as an executive in the fleet safety certification and inspection industry. He has managed operations in every state in the country excluding Alaska and had employees in several countries across the Pacific rim.
George has earned a numerous industry awards including: the “Fleet Owner Magazine” award for Vocational Fleet of the Year, the “Blue Sky” award for leadership for his role in developing and commercializing medium duty hybrid trucks, and was Professional Fleet Manager of the Year in 2016.
He has been a speaker for at American Trucking Association Maintenance Council (ATA TMC), the National Fleet Administrators Association (NAFA ) Fleet Management Institute, the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) annual conference, and many others. And George has published/contributed to several articles on fleet management, alternative fuel vehicles and crane safety.
He has been or is active member / board member in several industry organizations, including as past Chair of the Florida NAFA Chapter, As a past Chairman of the CALSTART Board of Directors, on the Technical Advisory Committee for CALSTART, on the Board of the Florida Trucking Association, as a NAFA Board member.
George has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky.
DEBRA SWARTZ, MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Debra Swartz is an Environmental Quality Analyst for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. She has been working for the State of Michigan for over 25 years in a nonregulatory capacity, providing pollution prevention and sustainability assistance to businesses and organizations. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1988 with a degree in geology and has since focused her efforts on reducing environmental risks, improving compliance with environmental laws, and increasing sustainability. Over the years her work has supported the Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program and the development of two voluntary statewide initiatives: The Michigan Wellhead Protection Program and the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program. For the past two years Debra has been the lead on Michigan’s Clean Diesel Program which involves DERA grants and now the Volkswagen Settlement. She has been coordinating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Michigan Agency for Energy, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and industry stakeholders to reduce toxic air emissions in Michigan.
FACUNDO TASSARA, FERMATA ENERGY
Facundo Tassara joined Fermata Energy in May 2017 as the Director of Fleet Business Development. With 17 years of experience in the automotive sector, Facundo served as fleet manager for City of Norfolk, VA and the City of Ormond Beach, FL. Recognized as a “Top 20 Under 40” by Government Fleet and nominated for “Fleet Manager of the Year.” Facundo is a current Advisory Board member for Government Fleet Expo and has served on NAFA’s Government Affairs Committee as Vice Chair, NAFA’s Law Enforcement Committee, and the Board of Directors for Virginia Clean Cities.
MIKE TERRERI, CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
Michael Terreri is the Fleet Program Manager at Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) where he directs a portfolio of federal, state and regional fleet incentive, technical assistance and continuing education projects. Terreri helps fleets successfully deploy advanced vehicle technologies and infrastructure to support emissions and cost reduction goals. Prior to working at CSE, Terreri worked across the Southeast United States, primarily in Tennessee and North Carolina; and New York. He is best known for his work on alternative fuel vehicle utilization benchmarking.
BONNIE TROWBRIDGE, LIGHTNING SYSTEMS
Bonnie has been with Lightning Systems since the beginning of the company, providing branding and marketing for all stages, from a 100 MPG sports car concept through a global vehicle efficiency company. In addition to directing the global Lightning Systems brands, she manages all marketing efforts worldwide, handles international media relations, government relations, and is responsible for managing grants and incentives for both customers and the company.
Prior to joining Lightning, she raised over $20 million for environmental and human services non-profits/NGOs through public awareness, major gifts, and grants, and has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience in a variety of fields. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Colorado State University.
Bonnie will be discussing Lightning’s newest product, called LightningAnalytics, a comprehensive fleet management program based on AI and predictive analytics. She has conducted an annual fleet survey for the past three years and will be sharing perspectives about telematics as well as some recent case studies for the Lightning product.
STUART WEIDIE, BLOSSMAN GAS
Stuart Weidie is the president of the nationwide autogas fueling and vehicle network, Alliance AutoGas, the president and chief executive officer of Blossman Gas, Inc., the largest independent propane company in the nation, and founder of the propane autogas industry coalition AutoGas for America. Alliance AutoGas provides propane autogas for vehicles and lawn care companies in 48 U.S. states and all of Canada. Blossman Gas, Inc. is the managing member. In 2015 alone, Alliance AutoGas displaced 45 million gallons of gasoline and produced $54 million in fuel cost savings for the 460 eets it serviced.
Through his work with Alliance AutoGas and Autogas for America, Weidie leads the movement to power America's fleets on propane autogas, the world’s most widely used alternative fuel. He holds a B.A. from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree from the College of William and Mary. He will also be inducted as Chairman of the NPGA this May.
KATHY WELLIK, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Kathy Wellik, CAFM is a fleet professional with over 20 years of management experience, 12 years of which are directly related to fleet. Kathy is the Fleet Director for Iowa State University. The fleet she manages includes 600 cars, trucks, vans, and emergency equipment. Kathy is an active promoter of NAFA and NCSFA. She is the current Chair of the Midwest NAFA Chapter, serves on the National NAFA Board of Directors, and is a Member at Large on the NCSFA Executive Committee. She has held many previous positions with NAFA nationally and locally. Her background includes degrees in Accounting, Sales and Marketing, Business Management and in 2014 earned her CAFM. Cost savings, efficiencies, teamwork, and leadership are her main focuses.
BILL WILLIAMS, PROTERRA, INC
Bill Williams is the Commercial Sales Director for Proterra, Inc. For the last six years, has been a leader in the EV infrastructure, working on segments such as airports, corporate and university campus electric transportation solutions. Bill is a founding member and Chairman of the San Joaquin Valley Electric Vehicle Partnership, as well as on the board of Project Clean Air. Since 1995, Bill has been helping to propel the electric transportation movement in the United States, as an EV Industry Marketing and Sales Executive. He was responsible for introducing the airport parking industry to electric shuttle buses. Bill has presented at the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, as well as the Pentagon, National Parking and Airport events and several other national EV conferences. He has been involved with the Smart Cities programs and recently worked on a project with SpaceX. Bill continues to be an active spokesperson for the EV movement.
WARREN WILLIAMS, MULTIFORCE SYSTEMS
Warren Williams is responsible for National EV Business Development for Multiforce Systems Corp., a leading fuel management systems company. In that role, Warren leads the effort to assist fleets in managing electric vehicle charging as part of the total fuel strategy. He joined Multiforce this year with the charge to launch FuelForce® EV, an integrated fuel management platform for EV Charging. Prior to joining Multiforce, Warren 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. Warren has an extensive background in technical marketing, product development, and business development. Warren has an MBA from San Francisco State University and is committed to giving back by volunteering his time in his local community.
CORNELIUS WILLINGHAM, NISSAN USA
As point person for Nissan's Workplace Charging Initiative, Cornelius Willingham works with municipalities, utilities and large employers to integrate zero emission EV's and charging into their day to day operation. Combining this with over 25 years of auto industry experience and Clean Cites stakeholder experience provides the opportunity for a unique perspective from this dynamic speaker.
As EV Fleet Business Development Manager, Cornelius is responsible for expanding the market for electric vehicles and their public adoption. He has more than 25 years of experience in the auto industry, in both corporate management and as a dealership owner. Cornelius has won many corporate awards for customer satisfaction and dealership operations and, for more than a decade, was recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine, as one of "Americas' 100 Largest African-American Auto Dealers." He was the owner, President, and General Manager of Town Square Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, in suburban Charlotte, N.C. During his tenure he was a Five-Time recipient of Ford's Blue Oval, Mercury's Advantage, and Lincoln's Premier Awards for Customer Satisfaction & Dealership Image. Cornelius is an alumnus of Eastern Michigan University.
STEPHE YBORRA, YBORRA & ASSOCIATES
Stephe leads Yborra & Associates, a natural gas energy technologies commercialization and market development consultancy. Y&A’s core areas of expertise and experience are alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) - with particular focus on natural gas vehicle (NGV) applications and related fueling and maintenance facilities technologies and codes and standards issues. Y&A's clientele includes fleet operators, manufacturers, energy service providers and government policy makers.
Before founding Y&A in April 2015, for 13 years, Stephe played a pivotal role in the NGV industry serving concurrently as a Director at NGVAmerica (NGVA) and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation (CVEF), where his work earned him worldwide recognition as a top NGV expert. Prior to working on NGV issues, from 1996-2002, Stephe was president of Energystics, an energy technologies consulting practice, and from 1986-1996, he held various communications and marketing positions at American Gas Association.
Stephe attended Rutgers, Drexel and Temple Universities, earning Bachelor's degrees in Communications and Marketing. Stephe and Lee, his wife of 32 years, have two children and four grandchildren.