Keynotes/Plenary Panel Speakers
Phil Bisesi has been an energy efficiency advocate since 1980, when he began his career as energy conservation officer for the City of Wilson, NC. Since then, he has worked on energy efficiency programs for homes, commercial buildings, chicken and swine housing, geothermal heat pumps and transportation. He drove one of the first hybrids to hit the market, a 2000 Honda Insight, and has driven a Chevy Volt for the last three years. His hobbies include photography and taking his black lab Owen on walks.
Michael McDonald is Director of Sustainability and Government Affairs at UPS’s global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Alongside UPS’s Corporate Maintenance and Engineering Department, McDonald works to identify viable alternative fuel platforms to continually advance one of the industry’s largest private alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets, a “rolling laboratory” of more than 10,000 vehicles that drive more than one million cleaner miles each business day.
McDonald joined UPS in 1992 as a technician, and after two years of service, joined the management team, where he has held various assignments over the last 27 years. McDonald’s practical knowledge of UPS’s ground fleet, combined with his formal business training, has helped him to advance UPS’s unique role as an alternative fuel innovator with governments and stakeholders in the United States and internationally.
McDonald holds a Bachelor’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Leo University.
Geoff Morrison serves as the technical lead for Cadmus’s Sustainable Transportation Practice, where he directs work on energy and transportation, with several current projects involving alternative transportation fuels, fleets, and EV charging infrastructure. He also brings deep experience in energy modeling for long-term planning (e.g, the year 2050). Morrison has led efforts to create new lines of business with emerging transportation technologies, such as ridesharing, connected vehicles, and autonomous vehicles. He holds a PhD in transportation from UC Davis. Previously, Morrison was a naval officer in the U.S. Navy’s surface nuclear power program.
Cassie Powers is the Managing Director for Programs at the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), where she leads program staff covering regional coordination, state energy planning, transportation policy, and other initiatives. In addition, she provides research, analysis, and facilitation support for state energy offices on transportation and clean energy issues, and acts as a resource on state, local and federal transportation policies. Before joining NASEO, Powers was an Electric Vehicle Program Coordinator with Georgetown Climate Center, and worked with state governments to support the development of electric vehicle policies and programs. She has a Master's Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary.
U.S. Department of Energy - Vehicle Technologies Office
Mark Smith is the Technology Integration Program Manager within the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office. In this role, he oversees a broad technology portfolio, which is focused on accelerating the development and widespread use of advanced vehicle technologies to help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and to provide reliable, and affordable transportation choices. The Technology Integration Program portfolio includes Alternative Fuels, Fuel Economy, Electrification, Energy Efficient Mobility Systems, and the Alternative Fuels Regulatory Program.
Before joining DOE in 2010, Smith was an alternative fuel vehicle consultant to American Honda. In this position, he promoted the use of Honda’s advanced technology vehicles to public and private fleet managers and implemented programs to increase adoption of these vehicles. Smith also understands that alternative fuel vehicle use hinges upon the development of refueling/re-charging infrastructure. From his previous positions with FuelMaker and Clean Energy, he has provided alternative refueling solutions ranging from home refueling of a single vehicle to some of the largest commercial, airport, and transit fueling stations in the United States.
Daimler Trucks North America
As Advanced Technology Marketing Manager for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), Greg Treinen is responsible for directing development and execution of communications, customer and dealer education activities, and market leadership strategies for DTNA’s advanced vehicle technology efforts, which include electrification, automated driving and connectivity. Appointed to this role in early 2018, Treinen is responsible for educating the market regarding how DTNA’s efforts in product innovation and new technology development can help deliver customer value and improve driver & highway safety.
Prior to his current role, Treinen worked as Sales and Marketing Manager in DTNA’s connectivity organization. Prior to that, he spent five years in Freightliner Trucks marketing, serving as the product marketing segment manager for vocational, medium duty & alternate fuels. Treinen has also served as lead market planning analyst for DTNA, where he was responsible for developing the company market and internal sales volume forecasts, plus market analysis and market research.
Treinen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Oregon and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma.
Diane Turchetta is a Transportation Specialist in FHWA’s Office of Natural Environment (HEPN), and primarily works on transportation and sustainability issues. Turchetta has been with FHWA for 19 years in various positions working on a variety of transportation-related air quality matters including energy use, alternative fuels and freight emissions.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining the U.S. DOT, Turchetta worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on fuel-related issues.
Stuart Weidie is the President and CEO of Blossman Gas, Inc., the largest independent propane company in the nation; President of the nationwide autogas fueling network, Alliance AutoGas; and founder of the propane autogas industry coalition, AutoGas for America. Through his work with Alliance AutoGas and Autogas for America, Weidie leads the movement to power America’s fleets with propane autogas. He holds a B.A. from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s Degree from the College of William and Mary. Weidie started his career with Blossman Gas, Inc. in 1991. He is the third generation of the Blossman family to lead the Blossman Companies.
Weidie is committed to promoting the propane industry worldwide, and has served in many leadership roles with national associations, most notably the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA). He served as the 2016 Chair of NPGA, as well as the Chair of the Research and Development Advisory Committee at PERC for more than 10 years. During this time, many of the new technologies now used industry-wide were tested and developed. He is currently a Councilor for the Propane Education and Research Council’s Advisory Committee. Weidie is a widely-acclaimed speaker on the benefits of propane for home and business use, and particularly autogas.
As the Director of Technical Services at NCDOT, Chris Werner oversees project development and delivery, including project management, photogrammetry and mapping, surveys, environmental analysis and NEPA/SEPA conformity, roadway design, hydraulics, utilities, geotechnical, design standards development, and professional services contracting.
Werner has nearly 20 years of diverse experience in transportation engineering and planning. He began his career at H.W. Lochner, Incorporated working in roadway design, transportation planning, hydraulic analysis, traffic operations analysis and safety analysis. He then joined URS Corporation (now AECOM) where he continued in development of complex transportation engineering and planning projects.
Since joining NCDOT, Werner has initiated Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) to improve overall project delivery. Werner is a graduate of West Virginia University and is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina.
Breakout Session Speakers
Control Dynamix Founder and CEO Andy Abrams has a 30-year background in commercial engineering, design and construction for real estate, healthcare and education. Abrams specializes in using off-the-shelf technology to develop and maintain innovative energy management and control IT solutions that provide energy systems that run better, faster and cheaper. EVauto® fleet charging control system is the result of his experience, now applied to the need of owners of commercial electric vehicle (EV) fleets to manage their vehicle charging costs and fleet performance.
Alex Alfonso was appointed as Division Director of Miami-Dade County’s Internal Services Department’s Fleet Management Division in 2015. He has purview over a staff of over 260 civilian employees who provide repair and maintenance services to over 8,500 motorized vehicular assets and provides fuels services to over 12,000 vehicles. His division also oversees the purchase of vehicles, fuel, various parts, and administrative responsibilities, which support the County’s mission to provide services to the visitors and citizens of Miami-Dade County. He currently serves as a Reserve Officer for the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Sergeant-at-Arms Unit, where he aids in providing specialized security services to the Board of County Commissioners during public meetings and through various initiatives.
Alfonso was a 20-year veteran of the Miami-Dade (Florida) Police Department (MDPD), where he honorably served as a Police Lieutenant. Alfonso holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lynn University’s School of Criminology and an Associate degree from the New World School of the Arts College. He recently attained his Lean 6 Sigma Green Belt Business Process Improvement and Agile Project Management certification. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's 60th Command Officer Development Course in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
SmartWay / SE Diesel Collaborative
Dale Aspy has been employed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) since 1986, and has focused on mobile source emissions since 1988. Beyond regulatory programs, he has been involved with innovative strategies to reduce mobile source emissions since 1991. Aspy received a Master’s of Environmental Engineering from Florida International University. He has been interested in automotive technology for years in many forms, including building and driving race cars.
Aspy is interested in building partnerships and establishing cooperation between people in order to solve problems and reduce emissions. He is also interested in the emerging technologies in many different fields that are converging to reduce diesel emissions and improve our energy situation, while helping the public.
U-Haul International Propane Program Manager John Barnett is one of the nation’s LPGas Magazines rising leaders in the growing propane market. Barnett embraces his influence in the propane industry by serving as a member of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA). He is also on the Safety and Technical Training Working Group for the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), the leading body in the oversight of propane safety. Barnett has 13 years in the propane industry, having begun his dispenser training in 2006 in San Clemente, Calif., as a U-Haul moonlighter. He was promoted to general manager at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Costa Mesa, where he excelled at propane sales and was always brainstorming how to assist the company in promoting the clean energy source that is both green and inexpensive.
In 2015, Barnett was promoted to his current role at the U-Haul corporate towers in Phoenix. He now directs the largest U.S. retailer of propane with nearly 1,200 locations while dedicating his time to selling, teaching and promoting propane and accompanying products that can effectively and safely serve the consumer.
Adsorbed Natural Gas Products (ANGP)
Robert A. Bonelli is Co-Founder and President of Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. (ANGP), which was incorporated in August of 2012 and has since commercialized low-pressure adsorbed natural gas (ANG) technology for automotive applications. Bonelli achieved a successful track record as a C-suite executive; innovator; entrepreneur; author; trustee; board director; and advisor with four decades of experience in business creation; strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions; finance; engineering; sales and operations.
From 2016 through 2019, Bonelli was awarded two U.S. patents (US 9,541,032 B2 and US 10,113,696 B1); and two Canadian patents (C 2,985,492 and C 3,010,292) for his innovative work in ANG technology with ANGP. An All-American Masters Marathoner, Bonelli is an acknowledged multi-industry expert who has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, Talk Radio, CNBC, Bloomberg Television and in numerous trade publications.
Bill Boyce joined Cummins Westport in 2006 with responsibility for the sales and marketing of Cummins Westport's natural gas engines. Prior to joining Cummins Westport, Boyce worked at Cummins Power Generation where he served as Sales Manager for Cummins Power Rent. Previous to his career at Cummins, Boyce held various roles in the power generation and compressed air and gas industries. He has 35 years of experience in both natural gas and diesel engine drive systems. Boyce attended Hiram College majoring in Business Management and resides in Hubbard, Ohio.
Jim Bunsey has spent his 25-year career in mechanical building and design. As Director of Operations for Superior Energy Systems, Bunsey oversees all product design, development and in-field installations. He has been with SES for 13 years and has directed thousands of autogas and midstream installations. Bunsey holds licenses as a mechanical and plumbing contractor and in liquid propane gas, fire protection and refrigeration. He is an ASME Section IX certified pipe welder and maintains OSHA general industry and construction certification. He currently serves on the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) Research and Technology Advisory Council and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) Technical Safety and Standards Committee.
Barry Carr is the Eastern Regional Manager for Trillium, working with major utilities and fleets to develop alternative fuel infrastructure including: natural gas, renewable natural gas, hydrogen, and DC Fast Charge systems. For the last 15 years, Carr has volunteered as the Coordinator for Clean Communities of CNY, the US DOE’s Clean Cities Coalition hosted by Syracuse University.
Patrick Campbell is a Regional Sales Manager for the Cummins Westport JV, with sales responsibility for the Cummins South and Gulf Regions. Campbell has over 20 years of experience in the heavy-duty truck and diesel engine business. His current responsibilities include creating preference for CWI natural gas engines with on-highway truck and transit bus customers. Campbell’s most recent role is Sales Manager for the East Region, managing a team of (4) Account Executives selling Cummins on-highway diesel and natural gas engines to 200 regional accounts.
Mark Childers is the Manager of Powertrain and Technology Sales for Thomas Built Buses. He is responsible for strategic growth of Detroit and Cummins powertrain solutions across product lines. Additionally, Thomas Built leads market development of new emerging technologies, which advance the safety and efficiency of Thomas Built Buses. Prior to his current role, Childers was the Customer Support Manager at Thomas Built 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 MBA from Elon University.
Neeraj Chirmulary completed his Master’s Degree at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. He briefly worked in Michigan on Diesel Engine Emission Controls, Aftertreatment and On-board diagnostics, before moving back to South Carolina and working with electric buses, focusing on thermal systems like powertrain and battery cooling, HVAC and automatic fire suppression. From there, he went on to lead the development of an electric/ hybrid mobile power and energy delivery platform that can support wide-ranging configurations of work vehicles from electric forklift/ scissor-lift combinations to high energy storage remote-controlled power stations. During this time, he also consulted for Washington DC Metro on its bus fleet, helping improve reliability by improving procurement and preventive maintenance based on real data. Chirmulary then co-founded Viatec with an original idea to make trucks more efficient, resulting in a patent for an electro-hydraulic hybrid system. This system gave birth to Viatec’s flagship product – SmartPTO – which now is a low-cost/ high-returns, retrofittable option to make bucket trucks safer, cheaper and cleaner.
Chirmulary’s engineering interest is “systems engineering” – where different disciplines of engineering (mechanical, electrical, software etc.) meet to create a final product, where, he believes, most product reliability and performance battles are won or lost.
Ray Collett is in his third year working in the solar industry with a focus on the fleet truck industry, simultaneously completing his business degree in December 2019 at Camosun School of Business. Collett has worked closely with some of the pioneers that introduced solar to the work truck space gaining industry insights and following trends. Since then, he has helped in the development of the Dual Source Charging Kit, which gained Go Power the 2019 Green Initiative award after a press release that he delivered at the NTEA work truck show in February of this year. He enjoys developing solutions that he can bring to the fleet truck market based off real-world data collection.
Eco Vehicles Systems
Brad Couch is VP of Sales & Marketing at Eco Vehicles Systems. Couch leads sales and marketing efforts for the Eco Vehicle System (EVS) brand of CNG and LPG gaseous fuel technology, and helps develop and launch their hydrogen and rail divisions. Couch has a decade of alternative fuels experience. He started in the DOE’s Clean Cities program, where he quadrupled the size of his local organization in a few short years. He left to lead CNG development efforts for Ariel Corporation, where he tripled the annual average of CNG business as well as spearheaded efforts to develop their new KB100 CNG compressor. He also played an instrumental part in getting CNG legislation and law created at both the state and federal level. Over his tenure, he was directly responsible for over $100 million in CNG specific revenue. Couch finished his tenure at Ariel as Global CNG Business Development Manager.
At age 15, Rich Cregar and his best friend converted an old Vespa Motor Scooter to electric drive.
By age 22, Cregar was Service Manager of a Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Mazda and International Truck dealership in Clinton, Iowa. Eventually he started his own repair shop, which he ran successfully for 22 years.
Cregar began a second career in education. He helped create the Mercedes-Benz Elite Technician Training Program in association with Mercedes-Benz and Universal Technical Institute, leading instructional teams in Houston, TX and Allentown, PA. In 2004, he began a two-year stint as the National Instructor for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University. At WVU he developed curriculum in Biodiesel Production and Hybrid Vehicle Service and delivered a paper on Technician Training issues for Hydrogen. He then moved on from WVU to Wake Tech as an automotive instructor. Cregar was instrumental in creating an alternative transportation technician training program, both at Wake Tech and across the entire NC Community College System, as co-director of the “Code Green” Curriculum review project.
In 2010 Rich was named to a Glaxo-Smith-Kline Fellowship at NCSU’s Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI). In 2011, Cregar delivered a paper dealing with Biodiesel’s impact on Tier 4 emissions at the 1 st Annual Low Carbon Emission Summit in Dalian, China. That same year he was also named a “White House Champion of Change” and was selected as a Raleigh N&O “Tarheel Of The Week”
Member of the NCPEV Taskforce and chair of the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition, in 2013 he received the North Carolina Mobile Care Award. In 2014, Cregar earned the SAE Credential in HEV Technology as a HEV instructor and diagnostician.
The Cregar’s now live near Rock Island, Illinois. Cregar is employed as an Engineer at John Deere Power Systems, where he is part of an international team that provides technical support and problem resolution to John Deere Dealers and Distributors across the Globe.
Rich and Virginia have three daughters and six grandchildren.
Mike Albert Fleet Solutions
Bob Crowe has been leasing vehicles to government agencies at the federal, state and local levels since 1995. During that time, he has been instrumental in establishing GSA Schedule contracts, State and Local contracts and cooperative contracts throughout the United States. He is a 2004 graduate of the National Vehicle Leasing Association's prestigious CVLE program. In 2010, he partnered with Joanne Cornier and since then, they have helped hundreds of government agencies throughout the US lower their acquisition costs, increase their functionality, lower their fuel and maintenance cost and rearrange their fleet to meet mission requirements. They work closely with law enforcement, public works, fire departments and administrations to assist with the procurement process in order to finance and/or lease vehicles and equipment, based on the budget and acquisition needs of the agency. Together, they have approximately 57 years of government lease experience.
In May, 2019, Crowe and Cornier accepted positions as Director, Government Fleet with Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, one of the largest fleet management companies in the United States. Throughout the years, they have developed a network of fleet dealers in most states and work closely with the government teams at the OEM level. In addition to assisting agencies with vehicle leasing, they now have the ability to assist with equipment, maintenance, telematics and state of the art fleet planning.
GRIP Idle Management
Duncan Curd is VP of Sales and Marketing for GRIP Idle Management Systems in Ancaster, Ontario. GRIP specializes in reducing emissions on gas and diesel powered vehicles. Curd’s career has been focused in the Automotive, HVAC and Industrial Automation space. He has held a variety of National and International roles serving these industries. As General Manager of Nortec in Ottawa, he was responsible for greatly expanding the company’s local and global sales by introducing innovative HVAC technologies that not only reduced energy costs, but improved building occupant health. During his time at Siemens Canada, he managed a number of key business units that included large projects, discrete and process automation as well as Industrial communications technologies. Curd also worked with Siemens USA as the Global Account Manager to the Ford Motor company in Detroit. He holds an honors degree from the University of Toronto as well as an Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of business. He is as passionate about deploying innovative technologies to help benefit companies as he is about his service as a 15 year veteran of his local volunteer fire department.
Cobb County, GA
Al Curtis, Fleet Services Director for Cobb County, has over 27 years of experience in the fleet service industry and has served in both the public and private sectors. Curtis manages over 2,300 assets for Cobb County’s diverse fleet of vehicles. He 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 two propane fueling locations. This aggressive deployment of alternative fuel technology has displaced over 750 tons of C02 emissions. These smart vehicles choices and many strategic partnerships have also saved the County over $500,000 and have aided in sustainability efforts to reduce the negative impact of greenhouse gas emissions in the County.
Frank Dean leads Altec’s Green Fleet Business Development and has 15 years of global market leadership with emerging technology and innovative technology. Dean is passionate about alternative fuel technology, fleet telematics, and partnering with fleet executives to deliver Altec JEMS ePTO technology that allows these companies to achieve their fleet objectives for fleet savings, reduced emissions, and reliability.
Prior to Altec, Dean was the VP of Emerging Technology for BioHorizons, where he led the digital transformation, managed global product development, and marketing. Dean obtained his BS in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Auburn University and his MBA from UAB, and has completed executive education at UCLA. His ability to quickly grasp EV industry trends and complex customer challenges allows him to translate into innovative, efficient product solutions for Altec’s fleet customers. You can reach him at Frank.Dean@altec.com.
Environmental Defense Fund
Dionne Delli-Gatti, a veteran of the US Air Force, has been with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) since 2017. In her role as the Southeast Director of Clean Energy, Delli-Gatti manages a team dedicated to maintaining North Carolina’s clean energy leadership position and promoting advanced energy solutions that create jobs, attract investments, cut pollution and power the Southeast’s economy reliably and affordably. Some highlights of her team’s work include the NC Cities Initiative, engagement in the Executive Order 80 Clean Energy Plan, and on-bill financing and other equity focused work specifically with NC utility co-ops. Her team also balances partnership work on vehicle electrification and other issues with Duke Energy, while at the same time, managing selected engagement in North Carolina Utility Commission dockets.
Throughout her career, Delli-Gatti’s work has focused on identifying strategies and solutions for both energy and environmental issues, ranging from partnerships and advocacy to compliance management and policy/legislative strategy in the public and private sectors. She held key positions with the City of Dallas, where she helped outline strategy and messaging for Mayor Laura Miller and the Texas Mayor’s Coalition in their effort to prevent the new construction of eleven coal fired energy generating units. She also helped lead the development of a citywide environmental management system that became nationally recognized in just over two years. She also served as a Regional Regulatory Manager and subject matter expert, for a national company that provides manufactured stormwater management and rain water harvesting systems.
Mike Domin is a current Sourcewell Contract Administrator. His portfolio of contracts includes electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and many other fleet-related solutions. Domin has spent the last five years in both the membership and contract purchasing departments at Sourcewell. He has also worked closely with the Climate Mayor Collaborative. Sourcewell is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to offer cooperative purchasing solutions throughout North America.
University of Virginia
Michael Duffy serves as the University of Virginia Facilities Management Transportation Operations and Fleet Manager. He has served as a fleet manager for over 25 years. Duffy’s recent work focuses on implementing sustainable fleet practices with an emphasis on being accredited as a Sustainable Fleet through the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA), and Calstart. Continuous sustainable improvements are an initiative across the University of Virginia.
Chuck Ebbets started his career working with his father in a family-run Ford dealership and went on to earn an MBA from Georgia Tech. Ebbets has a passion for problem-solving and delivering value leveraging technology. Today, with over two decades of experience working with software as a service and big data, he gets to put his passion into practice every day working for ViriCiti as Senior Account Representative.
Jeffrey Esfeld has over 35 years of experience in Business & Technology Development and has been involved in the light and medium duty commercial electric truck industry since 2003. He has a detailed knowledge of electric powertrain technology and the EV market in North America. He has also developed one of the most detailed EV Total Cost of Ownership software programs available today.
Esfeld is currently Director of Sales & Business Development for Tropos Technologies, a Silicon Valley firm which is a leader in electric compact utility vehicles. Esfeld is currently building out a North American dealer network for Tropos and also works with many of the largest public and private fleets in the US on their electrification strategy.
Previously, he was with The Workhorse Group where he secured over $250 million in pre-orders for their proposed W-15 Electric Pickup. Prior to that, Esfeld was Director of National Fleet Sales for VIA Motors, a Bob Lutz company, which converted Chevy Silverado pickups and Express vans into plug-in series hybrid electric vehicles.
William J. Evans, PE is currently working in the Facilities Engineering Department of Princeton University, a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation’s service and in service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.
Evans is a 1994 graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology and has been in the electrical engineering field for 22 years. Nearly half of his career has been with chemical, pharmaceutical and engineering consulting companies. Evans has designed lighting, power, plant automation, building automation, and fire alarm systems for acetylene, high-impact polystyrene, and antibiotics manufacturing plants. He has also worked in numerous office, gymnasium, pilot plant, and data center projects.
Evans is interested in finding and promoting functional solutions to electrical and lighting projects that balance the first cost needs of a project with the long term needs of the maintenance department and end users. He has also enjoyed sharing some of these solutions at several small Solid State Lighting and Fleet seminars and conferences in recent years. In addition to his technical interests, Evans has also been an active member of the Princeton University Facilities Culture of Inclusion Committee. He currently resides in NJ with his wife and three boys.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Chris Facente, a North Carolina native, has developed an impressive career in the automotive industry. Beginning at a Texaco gas station in 1987, his passion for automobiles has led him to become the “guru” of anything with wheels in his position as Automotive Supervisor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His early career expanded from working at car dealerships, to earning an MBA from Montreat College, to teaching at the NASCAR Technical Institute, where he was named “Teacher-of-the-Year” in 2004. In his five years at UNC Charlotte, he often provides assistance to students, faculty, staff, and visitors who run into car trouble.
Central Piedmont Community College|
David Favre currently serves as division director of transportation at the Merancas Campus for Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), located in Huntersville, North Carolina. He provides academic and administrative leadership for CPCC’s Transport Technologies programs. His responsibilities include planning and implementing a comprehensive enrollment management plan focused on student success and educational completion. During his tenure, technician enrollment and graduation rates have increased over 100 percent. He has also secured more than $3.5 million in external grants to assist the transportation division in its continued growth, student retention efforts and developing learning pathways for career programs.
Favre has created national partnerships and programs with manufacturers including Cummins TAP, the first national diesel apprenticeship program, and TESLA Start, the first Tesla training technician program. Favre also oversees multiple dealer programs including Caterpillar, GM, BMW, Subaru, Honda and Lift One.
Favre comes to CPCC from the Nash Community College, where he started the automotive technology program for both the college and Rocky Mount Senior High School. Before coming to the North Carolina Community College system, Favre served over 24 years in multiple roles in the US Army, including active duty, reserve, National Guard and a military technician. Favre has completed an EDD ABD at Walden University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Coker College. Favre currently serves as a board member for the Charlotte area I-Car council and CMS’s North Student.
Anthony Flynn is Eastern Region Sales Director for TruStar Energy. He has 20 years of experience in the alternative energy, logistics, and supply chain operations industries. Flynn has been with TruStar Energy CNG for the past six years leading up business development efforts for the Eastern Region. During that time, TruStar Energy has completed more than 200 CNG station projects. Flynn was also instrumental in developing the framework for TruStar Energy’s new Renewable Natural Gas program. Prior to joining TruStar Energy, Flynn held several director-level roles at Cardinal Logistics Management and is a graduate of Home Depot Corporation’s Business Leadership Program. Flynn has a BBA from The University of Georgia in Management Information Systems and an MBA from Emory University.
Ronald Gitelman is the Senior Fleet Administrator for Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Since April 2011, he has worked with the Fleet Director to build a world-class fleet operation to match Yale’s status as a world-class university.
He has served as NAFA Fleet Management Association New York Intercounty Chapter Chair and currently serves as Chapter Treasurer. Gitelman has also served on several NAFA Fleet Management Association national committees.
Gitelman has worked with the university administration and Yale’s Fleet Director to bring fleet sustainability to the forefront of Yale’s fleet operations. Under the fleet direction, Yale was a charter member of the NAFA Fleet Management Association Sustainable Standard, which is now operating under the auspices of CalStart. Gitelman also worked on the development of NAFA Fleet Management Association’s Sustainability certification. Over the past eight years, Yale has implemented different sustainability standards, including introducing CNG and propane and electric vehicles into the Yale fleet mix. Yale’s fleet now has a mandate to purchase alternative fuel or sustainable vehicles when available and prudent.
NC Department of Commerce
John Hardin is the Executive Director of the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation. He was appointed acting director in 2008 and executive director in 2009. From 2003 to 2008, he served as the office’s Deputy Director and Chief Policy Analyst.
In Hardin’s current role, he conducts strategic planning and makes recommendations for technology-based economic development, implements technology-related economic development policy and resource allocations, supervises the staff of the N.C. Board of Science, Technology & Innovation, directs and oversees the administration of grant programs to support technology development and commercialization, and oversees strategic initiatives.
From 1998 to 2003, Hardin served as Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs in the UNC General Administration. From 1998 to 2005, he held an Adjunct Assistant Professor position in the Dept. of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. He currently holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position in the Dept. of Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he teaches courses on American politics, public policy, and policy analysis.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., he holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in Economics from Baylor University.
NC Department of Transportation
Upon graduation from NC State University, Heather Hildebrandt joined the North Carolina Division of Air Quality in the Mobile Source Compliance Branch where she helped administer their grant program, acted as the lead transportation conformity engineer, assisted in mobile source compliance issues, and was the point of contact for alternative fuels and emission reduction strategies. In 2013, Hildebrandt left the Division of Air Quality to become an Air Quality Specialist for the NC Department of Transportation. As the Air Quality Specialist, she was responsible for being the lead point of contact for the department on all air quality related issues including clean transportation, CMAQ benefits quantification, and Transportation Conformity coordination. She currently acts as the supervisor of the Statewide Initiatives Group. Hildebrandt has been the lead on NCDOT’s submissions to FHWA for Alternative Fuel Corridors and is currently acting as one of the technical leads for Executive Order 80 on development of the Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Plan.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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, Hineson 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.
Ed Hoffman is the President of Blossman Services, the dedicated technology and hardware supplier to Alliance Autogas. Alliance Autogas is North America's only complete program to shift fleets to propane AutoGas. Prior to leading Blossman Services, Hoffamn has had a very diverse fleet background spanning over two decades of experience. He has held leadership roles in both sales and operational responsibilities with Penske, Ryder, XTRA Lease, and Carmax Auto Superstores. Prior to joining Blossman, Hoffman oversaw a diverse fleet with Keystone Automotive/LKQ Corporation. Hoffman is an undergrad of Wilkes University and earned his MBA from the University of Scranton. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina and is married to his wife Sandy and has two children, Lauren and Ed.
Gil Johnson is VP of Capital Project Consulting Inc., providing construction project management services in Raleigh. Johnson is a retired City of Raleigh Project Engineer and has managed or assisted on a number of public and private projects.
Johnson served as project manager for the City of Raleigh’s LEED Platinum Transit Operations Facility, GoRaleigh Station Renovation, the Downtown Bus Facilities Master Plan, and Downtown Parking Decks. He has been involved in public Capital Improvement Projects since 1985 as an owner’s representative, involving various delivery methods incorporating Local, State, and Federal funding requirements. Gil has successfully integrated energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in his projects, which have been recognized locally and nationally.
Johnson’s firm is assisting GoRaleigh with its programs to replace the diesel bus fleet with compressed natural gas and electric buses, implementation of the Wake Transit Plan, and construction of a new 225 space Park & Ride Lot.
David Kaiyalethe’s responsibilities include strategic development and execution of the company’s marketing and education efforts with retailers, a focus on developing fleet emergency fueling and emissions solutions, and the introduction of new performance fuels. Prior to joining Protec, he spent a dozen years strategically integrating marketing, investor, media, and crisis communications for hedge funds. During this period he ran the asset management practice of a New York City firm recognized by PR Week as a Top Five Boutique Agency, finalist for Agency of the Year, and the Fastest Growing PR Firm in the Top 100. He holds a B.S. in Economics with a Concentration in Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
National Biodiesel Board
Ryan Lamberg works on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) to promote biodiesel’s environmental benefits, and boost production and consumption of biodiesel. Lamberg cofounded Community Fuels, one of California's largest biodiesel production facilities, and helped found the California Advanced Biofuels 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. He currently resides in New York.
Mike MacComiskey is a well-known and respected advocate in the government procurement process and understands the explicit needs of municipalities and government fleets. MacComiskey has been with GPS Insight for four years with over 10 years of governmental sales experience. Since joining the GPS Insight, MacComiskey has helped develop the company into an industry leader in this market.
New York City Police Department
Robert S. Martinez joined the New York City Police Department in June 1986, where he rose through the supervisory ranks until being appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Support Services Bureau. Martinez currently commands a bureau that provides logistical and technical support to all commands within the New York City Police Department and services the public through the operations of Fleet Services Division, Property Clerk Division, Central Records Division and Printing Section.
He oversees approximately 800 members of the service and over $179 million in combination of safekeeping and annual budget. Martinez earned a Bachelor’s of Technology Degree from New York City Technical College, where he majored in Electro-Mechanical Engineering; and earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Executive Management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He also attended the Harvard School of Government in 2011.
Sherrie Merrow, Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) State Government Affairs Director, leads a team of 175 people from more than 75 member companies located throughout the nation, who focus on state advocacy for natural gas vehicle and infrastructure policy, regulatory requirements and the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust planning and projects to grow the natural gas vehicle industry. In addition to her work for NGVAmerica, Merrow works in the oil and gas (geologic and renewable) industry as an advisor for natural gas vehicle programs. She holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Literature.
Clemson Area Transit
Keith Moody is the General Manager of Clemson Area Transit (CATbus). CATbus began as a fare-free bus service on January 10, 1996. The company now serves three counties, five municipalities and four universities. CATbus manages/operates the only 100% all-battery electric bus fleet in the US (in the City of Seneca), which has been in full operation for 4+ years. CATbus’ office building is state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly, which includes 210 solar panels to generate electricity and hot water. The company has received numerous distinguished awards including the Green Building Award and Green Fleet Award for its services. As of today, half of CATbus’ fleet is comprised of 100% battery electric buses, and is currently changing the remainder of the fleet and routes to all electric.
Born and raised in Elizabeth City, NC, Herb Mullen graduated from Barton College in 1998 with a B.S. in Management and Business Administration with a minor in Economics. In 1999 he went to work with Albemarle Regional Health Services (Parent Agency of ICPTA) and became the Director of Transportation in 2001. Inter-County Public Transportation Authority is a five-county regional transportation authority located in Northeastern North Carolina that operates seamlessly across their 1000 sqm region. They employ around 40 people and operate a fleet of 32 vehicles performing over 500 trips per day. In his tenure there, Mullen has received the Governor’s award for pursuing and changing legislation to streamline North Carolina operating funds for regional transportation systems. He and his staff have implemented new technology such as geographic based scheduling, tablets, video surveillance, and propane conversion kits.
Michael L. Noble is General Manager of World Energy’s biodiesel plant in Estill, South Carolina. Noble has over 15 years in the biodiesel industry and more than 30 years in the oil seed processing industry. He has worked on a total of 11 biodiesel projects throughout the United States, consulting or working for companies such as Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, Cargill, Lurgi, Perdue Farms and World Energy. As President at Hero BX, Noble and his team constructed a brown field biodiesel plant and have grown the company into one of the most profitable biodiesel companies in the country. World Energy is one of America’s largest suppliers of biodiesel, with six biodiesel plants and one biofuels plant, offering over 200 million gallons of annual production.
Lisa Poger joined Duke Energy in 2018 as Electric Transportation Manager for North Carolina to assist electric vehicle program implementation and outreach and education efforts for the advancement of transportation electrification across Duke Energy’s North Carolina service territories.
Poger formerly worked at Advanced Energy North Carolina, where she managed electric transportation projects and led the North Carolina statewide electric vehicle collaborative, Plug-in NC, which brought together industry supporters and stakeholders to identify and address barriers affecting electric transportation market-transformation. In her role at Advanced Energy she worked closely with electric utilities and other industry stakeholders to support electric vehicle growth, deployment of electric vehicle fueling infrastructure, and the creation of utility programs to manage new EV charging loads.
Prior to joining Advanced Energy, Poger worked at Pacific Gas & Electric Company in Northern California, where she managed emergency demand-side curtailment programs and enrollment for large commercial and industrial accounts.
Poger and her family currently reside in Raleigh, NC.
Ben Prochazka joined the Electrification Coalition (EC) as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, developing all EC programs outside of the beltway. Since 2013, Prochazka has continued to lead these efforts, now as the organization’s Vice President. He has spent more than a decade working on environmental, human rights, and voter engagement efforts. His experience includes leadership roles as the Campaign Director for the Save Darfur Coalition, the Legislative Director for the Colorado Environmental Coalition, the Colorado State Director for the New Voters Project, and numerous public interest campaign efforts as the Western States Field Organizer for U.S. PIRG.
Prior to his experience at SAFE and the Electrification Coalition, Prochazka served in the role of Vice President at FieldWorks, a national political consulting firm. While at FieldWorks he led projects for a diverse group of corporate, non-profit, academic, and political clients. This included programs with SolarCity, the Environmental Defense Action Fund, and a recent joint pilot with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California at Berkeley – Haas School of Business – to test encouragement models for federally funded low income weatherization. Before joining FieldWorks, Prochazka served as the lobbyist for the Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC) a statewide group representing more than 100 environmental, public health, and religious organizations. As a lobbyist, Prochazka was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the conservation community agenda at the legislature. During his two years with CEC, the conservation community passed over 100 “pro-conservation” bills including several first-in-the-nation efforts.
Jibonananda (Jibo) Sanyal, Ph.D.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Recently named one of Knoxville’s 40 under 40, Jibonananda (Jibo) Sanyal serves as the Group Leader for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computational Urban Sciences research group. Sanyal’s core expertise is at the intersection of high-performance computing, visualization, extreme scale data and analytics, modeling & simulation, AI, with applications in urban dynamics, energy, smart-grid, situational awareness, weather and flood impacts, emergency response and resiliency, building energy modeling, transportation, signals and predictive controls. Besides directing the activities of the group, Sanyal leads a DOE funded Regional Mobility Project for Smart Cities, which provides situational awareness, simulation, and data-driven control for regional scale mobility and energy improvements for Chattanooga, TN. He also leads ORNL efforts in the Exascale Computing Initiative’s Urban Environment Simulation project, which couples multi-physics and multi-scale models of weather, CFD, transportation, buildings, and socio-economics. Previously, he has served as the lead in transforming the EAGLE-I capability, which is DOE’s operational energy sector situational awareness tool for the nation, to be the key enabler of real-time energy sector information. He has a keen interest in science delivery, technology leadership, and sustainability.
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.
NTEA - The Association for the Work Truck Industry
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 four 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 has had employees in several countries across the Pacific rim.
Survant has earned 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 named Professional Fleet Manager of the Year in 2016. He has been a speaker 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. Survant 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, and as a NAFA Board member. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Kentucky.
Church Transportation & Logistics
Gene Sweeney is the Vice President of Operations for Church Transportation & Logistics. Sweeney joined the company in 2005, first as Director of Safety, and then moved into operations in 2007.
Sweeney has worked in transportation and logistics throughout his career. While in school at Memphis State University, he worked part-time at the central sorting facility for Federal Express, where he was then offered a supervisory position with FedEx. He continued to work for FedEx in a variety of management positions in locations throughout the country. In 1997, Sweeney was hired to lead a distribution company in Alabama. During his tenure he was responsible for the establishment and management of a nationwide distribution network servicing the nation’s largest Big Box retailer. This network included four warehouses in the US and warehouses in Canada and Mexico.
In 2003, Sweeney moved back into transportation as General Manager of USA Motor Express, where he worked until moving onto his current position. He is active in the American Trucking Association, the Alabama Trucking Association, the Safety and Maintenance Management Council of the ATA, and the Birmingham Traffic Club. He has been married to Leigh for the past 35 years and has three children.
City of Henderson, NC
Clark Thomas worked at the City of Henderson for five years and has been instrumental in the City’s work order system, new wastewater treatment plant and upcoming new water treatment plant. Thomas works closely with all city departments on their capital improvement planning and is housed in the Public Works building, which has a critical connection between Engineering and Public Works. Thomas attended a technical college to become an Automotive Technician, and he became an ASE Master Technician and worked on Honda automobiles from 1986 to 1989. Thomas’ love of white water kayaking and the dams that fed the rivers sparked his interest in large civil works projects. He attended NC State University and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Thomas then entered into the municipal consulting world, where he designed roads, water lines, sewer lines, water and sewer pump stations; as well as water and sewer treatment processes.
Aleksey Toporkov is founding investor and, since 2013, President of ARDA Power. Prior to joining ARDA, Toporkov was co-owner and CEO of a Schindler Elevators and Escalators’ JV in Russia. Upon completion of an exit for JV founders he joined Schindler USA, managing their Cost Leadership and Industrialization Programs. Toporkov provides strategic direction for the company, leads the equity financing effort, co-leads the business development effort, and promotes DC microgrid technology as a regular speaker at microgrid conferences throughout North America.
Dr. Khoi Vu received his B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and PhD degrees from the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Vu is the consulting director for the grid analytics, modeling and simulation of power systems and components practice area with ABB, Inc. Prior to ABB, Dr. Vu was with KEMA (now DNV GL) for 10 years where he developed advanced analytics applications for the power industry. Prior to KEMA, Dr. Vu spent 12 years with ABB in research and development related to protection, control, and modeling. Prior to joining the industry, Dr. Vu was on the faculty at Clemson University, teaching electric power machinery and power-systems stability. Dr. Vu holds 6 patents and has authored several technical papers in the utility industry.
Iowa State University
Kathy Wellik, CAFM and Director of Iowa State University Transportation Services, has 30 years of management experience – of which 14 years are fleet related. Wellik manages a fleet of 600 vehicles including law enforcement vehicles, sedans, vans, trucks, and unique vehicles that support specific research for departments. Outstanding customer service and cost savings are the fundamental principles that she and her team focus on each day. Wellik serves on the National NAFA Board of Directors as the Secretary/Treasurer, Chair of the Virtual NAFA Chapter, Past Chair of the Mid-West NAFA Chapter, and is passionate about helping other fleet managers improve their fleets.
Propane Education and Research Council (PERC)
Steve Whaley has over 25 years of experience developing, marketing and implementing transportation technologies, services and training solutions. He provides comprehensive, independent cost and ownership analysis for alternative energy fleet transportation projects. He has technology experience developing and implementing autogas bi-fuel systems as well as OEM mono fuel vehicle solutions in a variety of applications such as law enforcement, para-transit, municipal/utility and delivery fleets. Whaley has specified and built all sizes of fleet fueling infrastructure from small 1K gallon to 18K gallon onsite dispensing. He also has years of experience specifying and implementing CNG for heavy duty vehicle applications such as refuse collection fleets, regional and long haul class eight tractor fleets. Whaley is enthusiastic and adept at presenting complex ideas and solutions in a manner easily understood by diverse audiences. He is currently an Autogas Advisor in the area of VW settlement funding for the Propane Education & Research Council.
Bill Williams is the Director of Commercial Sales at Proterra, Inc. – with a focus on Commuter Shuttle/Transportation Solutions at all airports, universities and corporations. He also works with National Parks and Military fleets. For the last six years, Williams worked on electric vehicle infrastructure for airports and universities, as well as smart city projects and a unique workplace charging project at SpaceX. Williams has presented at the Pentagon, Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Energy. For the past 20 years he has held executive positions such as Regional Vice President of EVI and Vice President of Sales in North America for ZENN Motor Company. He continues to be a passionate and knowledgeable spokesperson for the EV Industry.