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SPEAKER

Michael Hancock

Mayor, City & County of Denver

Michael B. Hancock became Denver’s 45th mayor in July 2011 and immediately launched Peak Performance efforts that will save the city $10 million a year annually. His strategy for making government more efficient, effective and customer-service oriented laid the ground work for his plan to transform Denver into a “Smart City” that is innovative and intentional, particularly with regard to jobs, kids and safety.

Recognizing the opportunity that exists at Denver International Airport, the fifth-largest airport in the United States, Hancock envisions a bustling “aerotropolis” that will drive job growth and become a regional economic powerhouse.

To support businesses, Mayor Hancock and his team created the JumpStart 2012 and JumpStart 2013 economic development plans, which are making strategic investments in Denver’s local businesses and neighborhoods.  Hancock hosted Denver’s first Venture Capital Roundtable in 2012 and launched a business plan competition to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed. Despite the lingering economic challenges of the great recession, Hancock has balanced the city’s budget while restoring reserves and maintaining essential services and Denver’s AAA credit rating. Understanding the role that a good education can play in shaping a young person’s future, Hancock has made serving the children of our great city a priority in his administration. He founded the Denver Education Compact to bring together city department and partner agency leadership to align city programs, services and investments to best serve Denver’s children and youth. The compact will rally these resources toward getting 90 percent of Denver third-graders reading at grade level by 2020.

Michael Hancock was born in Fort Hood, Texas, the youngest of 10 children from an Army family that moved to Denver when he was just 10 months old. A graduate of Denver’s Manual High School, Hancock attended Hastings College in Nebraska, working summers in Denver as an intern for then-Mayor Federico Peña’s office before graduating in 1991 with a B.A. in political science and minor in communications. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado-Denver in 1995.

Hancock started his career while pursuing his master’s degree, working at both the Denver Housing Authority and National Civic League, where he designed, implemented and oversaw the first-ever athletic, cultural and leadership-training programs in public housing and helped groups all over the country craft and enact strategic plans to solve economic and budget challenges, increase civic participation and improve governance. He joined Metro Denver’s Urban League affiliate in 1995 as program director before becoming president in 1999, becoming the youngest President of an Urban League chapter in America. At the Urban League, Hancock created a nationally recognized and award-winning job-training program and developed long lasting private-sector partnerships.  In 2003, Hancock was elected to represent Denver City Council’s District 11. He served two terms as council president, from 2006-08. He presided over the creation of the Denver Preschool Program; spearheaded efforts to expand economic opportunities; fought to end the foreclosure crisis and mortgage fraud; helped initiate innovative-schools legislation and helped guide the Better Denver Bond program.

Mayor Hancock is the proud father of three children — Alayna, Jordan and Janae — and he and his wife, Mary, have been married for 20 years after first meeting in middle school.

SPEAKER

Richard Adams

Manager Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, National Renewable Energy Lab

Richard is the Manager of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In this role he oversees the teams accountable for the Engineered Innovation Initiative, the Industry Growth Forum, the Venture Capital Advisory Board, Investor Networking Initiatives, Regional and National Incubator Programs, and the NREL Commercialization Assistance Program. He also coordinates IEC’s work with the Mentor-Protégé program, the Small Business Subcontracting program, and the development of the Center for Renewable Energy and Economic Development (CREED).

Richard draws on his 20 plus years of international experience with small, medium and large corporations across a broad range of industry sectors. He is recognized as a strategic thinker, skilled operational leader, and outstanding communicator able to influence all levels of an organization; and as a proven driver of organizational performance. He is the author of “Results Ladder” – a model for successful strategic planning and execution.

Prior to joining NREL, Richard was the CEO/President of Warralong Group, a management consulting firm focused on organizational performance with a specific emphasis on how to grow successfully. Warralong Group’s services included strategic planning and execution, growth strategies, executive talent selection, executive coaching, capital raising and operational efficiency.
His background also includes executive positions with Novations Group, a leading training and organizational development company.

Before moving to the United States, Richard lived and worked in Australia where he founded and ran Arts Capital, an investment bank. Prior to this he held a variety of senior positions in financial services institutions including Rothschild and Westpac Banking Corporation. He also served as a Director and Shareholder of Virtuosity, a sales training consultancy. He is a graduate of the University of New England (Australia), with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, and holds a Graduate Diploma of Business from the Phillip Institute of Technology (Australia).

SPEAKER

Dennis Anderson

Senior Project Manager, The Kroger Co

Dennis Anderson is a Senior Manager with The Kroger Company. He specializes in engineering, energy, capital management, maintenance, construction project management, oversight and governance and property loss control prevention, supporting Kroger’s Logistics and Manufacturing enterprise consisting of 80+ sites across the United States.

Mr. Anderson’s experience includes over twenty (20) years of service in both the public and private sector, where he has gained expertise in the areas of commercial construction, utilities, water, sewer, drainage, treatment facilities, fiber optics, and logistics automation. He is frequently requested to address challenged project initiatives and successfully manage them to completion.

Mr. Anderson joined Kroger in 2003 where he has held several engineering-related leadership positions prior to becoming a department head.

Recently, Mr. Anderson has spearheaded the implementation of hydrogen fuel cells in the Logistics material handling fleet. Kroger has 34 distribution centers, of which five (5) have been approved for hydrogen fuel cells and several additional sites are under consideration.

Mr. Anderson graduated with honors from J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He also earned a Master’s in Engineering Management and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

SPEAKER

Micheal Austin

Vice President, BYD Automotive

Micheal Austin is vice president at BYD America and afounding board member of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative. He received his degree in design engineering as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University. He worked for Motorola for 15 years in functions including ODM director for the Mobile Devices Business and global energy commodity manager. He was selected as Motorola’s Distinguished Innovator (with 22 U.S. patents) in 1999.

SPEAKER

Steve Barwick

City Manager, City of Aspen

The City of Aspen operates under a City Manager form of government. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. It is the responsibility of the City Manager’s Office to ensure the public receives excellent customer service by providing guidance and support to all City departments, and by assisting City Council in defining and meeting their collective goals.

Steve Barwick was hired as the City Manager of Aspen in October 1999, having served as Assistant City Manager since 1993. In his position as Assistant City Manager, Steve was responsible for Finance, Personnel, Information Technology, City Clerk’s Office and Risk Management functions. He also led the City’s “reinventing” government efforts.

Prior to coming to Aspen, Steve was Director of Finance and Administrative Services for the Town of Vail for eight years. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

SPEAKER

Cindy Bosco

Environmental Scientist, City and County of Denver

Cindy Bosco is an Environmental Scientist with the City and County of Denver/ Department of Environmental Health and is responsible for program administration of low carbon transportation systems, policies and projects to advance Denver’s Climate Action Plan and 2020 Sustainability goals. Cindy chairs Denver’s Green Fleet Committee to ensure fleet procurement and operations minimize environmental impact, enhance domestic energy security and maximize fuel efficiency.

Cindy served as an Urban Fellow to the Denver Mayor’s Office of Sustainability from 2005-2013, focused on development and implementation of triple bottom line governmental policies. Before joining the Office of Sustainability, she managed environmental programs including recycling, household hazardous waste, Superfund, Brownfields and other stewardship initiatives. Cindy serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Environmental Partnership, is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a LEED Green Associate, and received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Biology from the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

SPEAKER

Harrison Clay

President , Clean Energy Renewable Fuels

Harrison is President of Clean Energy Fuels’ subsidiary Clean Energy Renewable Fuels. He also serves on the Board of Managers for Dallas Clean Energy McCommas Bluff and Canton Renewables, Clean Energy’s landfill gas processing companies. Mr. Clay is responsible for leading Clean Energy’s efforts to produce and sell renewable natural gas (or biomethane) that is derived from the anaerobic decomposition of organic waste. Prior to joining Clean Energy, Mr. Clay served as Director of Corporate Development and General Counsel at the San Francisco investment bank WR Hambrecht + Co. Mr. Clay has extensive experience in corporate and project finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate development, venture capital and the clean tech and energy industries. Mr. Clay has a JD from the University of Virginia and a dual AB in Anthropology and English from the University of Georgia.

SPEAKER

David Cohen

Chief Strategy Officer, CarCharging Blink Network

David is currently Chief Strategy Officer of Car Charging Group which is now the largest owner operator of electric vehicle charging services including the Blink Network. David has 24 years of management, product development, and business development experience for emerging renewable energy technology companies. He has specialized in the areas of distributed energy, intelligent buildings, distribution automation, software, and renewable power system development. David founded four start-up companies and has a track record in building, scaling, and selling innovative ventures. He has completed numerous R&D joint ventures, and partnerships in the US, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Australia, and Asia-Pac. He has developed and commercialized over 20 energy-related software products, and is nationally renowned for his pioneering work in distributed energy and SmartGrid software applications. David was named as one of the top 100 movers and shakers in the SmartGrid in 2012 by Greentech Media. David wrote The Electrinet: A Communications Architecture for a Competitive Electric Power Industry. He is an expert on SmartGrid software and analytics.

David was a VP of Silicon Energy, now (NASDAQ: ITRI) a leading provider of Building Energy Management software and solutions. He managed the development and market launch of Silicon Energy’s industry leading Distributed Energy Manager™ (DEM) product, a software platform for networking, managing, and controlling renewable and distributed energy resources, part of Silicon Energy’s EEM Suite™. While at Silicon Energy, David’s division deployed the DEM and EEM Suite at major utilities and companies worldwide including DTE Energy, ABB, GPU, ConEdison, First Energy, Pan Canadian, Wal-Mart and others directly contributing to sales over a 3 year period exceeding $15 million and was responsible for the first multi-million dollar sale with the company. He was pioneer and co-developer of the Virtual Utility project with ABB and designed the software for one of the first PowerParks designed by Real Energy, and DTE Energy. David was instrumental in helping to grow the European, Asia-PAC, and Latin American markets working with clients such as Vattenfall, Enel, E.On, EDF, Provincial Electric Power Authority (PEA) of Thailand, SP Ausnet, and EletroPaulo. David helped to grow the organization to over 250 employees, was involved in raising over $40 million in venture capital, filing for IPO, and assisting in the sale and acquisition of Silicon Energy to Itron for $71 million.

David received his Masters (MSc) in Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, 1992, and his BA in Environmental Conservation, University of Colorado, 1985 with a focus on Computer Science and Energy. His Master Thesis explored novel AI-based energy control and prediction methods titled Three Case Studies using an Artificial Neural Network Approach to Energy and Load Prediction.

David lives with his wife and two children in Boulder, Colorado. When he is not working on his vision for a highly distributed energy system, he spends his time skiing, hiking, mountain biking, adventure traveling, and attending music and film festivals.

SPEAKER

Mike Gallagher

Senior Adviser; Fmr President, COO & Director, Westport Innovations

Dr. J. Michael Gallagher is Senior Adviser, and Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Westport Innovations, where he is working to encourage the global adoption of natural gas in clean transportation systems. Dr. Gallagher was, until recently, Chairman of the 60-organization Natural Gas Group of the two-year US national energy study, the DOE NPC Study of Future Transportation Fuels. He also serves as Chairman of the Boards of Agility Fuel Systems, a leading natural gas fuel systems company, and the Southern California Air Quality Management District’s Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, and is Former Chairman of the Board of Cummins Westport Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Opera Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy of Canada-British Columbia.

SPEAKER

Chris Gearhart

Director, Transportation & Hydrogen Systems Center, NREL

Chris Gearhart was appointed director of the Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center after joining NREL as director of the Hydrogen Technologies and Systems Center (HTSC) in late 2012. In more than 16 years with Ford Motor Company, Gearhart led research and development teams in that company’s Fuel Cell System, Stack, and Hydrogen Storage division as well as playing pivotal roles in product development, safety research, and quality assurance programs. Gearhart has also served on the faculty of Michigan State University and the School for Renewable Energy Science in Akureyri, Iceland. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a bachelor’s degree in physics and math from Drake University.

SPEAKER

Ronald Grasman

Sr Mgr Fuel Cell Operations, Mercedes-Benz Research & Devel USA

Ronald Grassman transferred from MBRDNA’s mother company Daimler AG in January 2013 to head North American fuel cell operations. Before his assignment at MBRDNA, Ronald was responsible for managing fuel cell demonstration projects and market development in Europe from 2007 to 2012. Ronald began his career with Daimler in 1996 as a development engineer. He graduated from Karlsruhe University in electrical engineering and holds an MBA from the European School of Business at Reutlingen University.

SPEAKER

Sven Hackmann

Director, Veremonte

Sven Hackmann has an extensive background in corporate leadership, business incubation and complex transactional negotiations. He believes that the context of diverse cultures and our fast growing economies create a unique business environment that demands new forms of innovation; ones that will set new benchmarks in the global economy.

As Executive Vice President, Hackmann leads global strategy and development initiatives for Veremonte, an international investment and holding company comprised of private and institutional investors. Hackmann is responsible for analyzing and developing plans to drive Veremonte’s growth and nurture new businesses. In this capacity, he coordinates the company’s development function, with responsibility for acquisitions, equity investments, joint ventures and partnerships.

Veremonte is the primary investor in Formula E, a new global race series featuring electric cars. With an anticipated TV audience of 250 million viewers, the championship centers around three core values of Energy, Environment and Entertainment and is a fusion of engineering, technology, sport, science, design, music and entertainment – all combining to drive the change towards an electric future.

Prior to joining Veremonte in April of 2014, Hackman spent twelve years with Siemens. In his last role, he led Siemens’ North American microgrid market development and innovation strategy for the government and private critical infrastructure market. Before that, Hackmann served as Vice President of the Siemens US Cities Program. In that capacity, he was responsible for the organizational development, roll out and ongoing success of Siemens’ strategic initiatives related to cities. Earlier, Hackmann was Regional Vice President of Siemens Healthcare where he was responsible for the development and execution of strategic business plans.

Sven lives in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and their son and daughter.

SPEAKER

Brett Hauser

President, Greenlots

Brett Hauser, President of Greenlots and founding member of the Open Charge Alliance (OCA) is a ten-year veteran of the transportation and electric vehicle sectors. Brett has spent the last several years leveraging his decade of experience at EV Connect, Greenlots, and the OCA to advocate at state, federal and international levels for an open standards approach to EV infrastructure. He’s tackled topics ranging from the perils of proprietary networks to the competitive and pricing benefits inherent in open standards with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Hauser has spent more than eighteen years in strategic and financial planning, product management and business development roles. At private equity firm, Columbus Nova, Hauser was responsible for restructuring various multi-million dollar corporations in telematics, mobile resource management, telecommunications and natural resources. He has also served on a number of boards for companies including: Vericom Technologies, sentitO Networks, Virginia Diamond Fields, and Clareos.

SPEAKER

James Hurrell

Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research

James (Jim) Hurrell is currently the Director of NCAR. and is a Senior Scientist in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD). Jim formerly held positions as the director of the NCAR Earth System Laboratory, Chief Scientist of Community Climate Projects in CGD, and the Director of CGD. Jim’s research has centered on empirical and modeling studies and diagnostic analyses to better understand climate, climate variability and climate change. He has authored more than 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has given more than 130 professional invited and keynote talks. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson-ISI), a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS). Jim is the recipient of the AMS’s prestigious Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award. Jim currently serves on the AMS Council as well as numerous other national and international scientific committees.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University, 1990, Thesis: “Maintenance of short-term subtropical wind maxima in the Southern Hemisphere: Observational and modeling study”
M.S., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University, 1986, Thesis: “Eddy energy budgets in the tropical Southern Hemisphere during FGGE, 10-27”
B.S., Mathematics and Earth/Space Sciences, University of Indianapolis, 1984.

SPEAKER

Tim Jackson

President – CEO, Colorado Auto Dealers Association

Tim Jackson serves as President/CEO of the Colorado Auto Dealers Association, the trade association for 260 state new car and truck dealers. As the chief staff officer of CADA, Tim advocates for issues of importance to franchise auto dealers, business and employment issues and fights for entrepreneurial freedom in the legislative process.

CADA provides training and education, legislative and regulatory advocacy, member services and legal compliance support for Colorado’s auto dealer community. Tim also oversees the operation of the annual Denver Auto Show, Colorado’s largest consumer show. For the prior seven years, Tim served as the Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), small business advocacy organization, with had over 12,000 members in Colorado and 600,000 nationally.

As president of CADA, Tim serves as a tireless advocate in the state capitol during the 120-day session of the state legislature. He also organizes meetings and events, guides communications, marketing and public relations and represents Colorado dealers before public, governmental and community forums. Tim’s presentation is one of the most popular general business and economic presentations in the state.

Tim and his wife, Beverly, reside in Denver. They have two grown children – a daughter, who is a private practice attorney, and a son, who has relocated to Japan for five years to teach German and English to Japanese students.

Tim is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

SPEAKER

Jerry Johnson

Regional Manager, Cummins Westport Inc.

Jerry has held many different roles in his 19 years with Cummins Inc. He started in the Warranty Department and then moved to Quality Review Engineering. After that he took a role in the Vehicle Integration group, where he performed prototype builds and testing. He was asked to take an Applications role where he worked with two key OEM’s on the installation of the first heavy duty EGR Cummins product. After this work he moved to a Territory Manager position in the western division. He was a Territory Manger for 5 years and his key role was calling on large fleets within the territory. His current role is Western Regional Manager for Cummins West Port Inc. and his territory consists of 18 western states which encompass 4 Cummins Distributors. He is responsible for the growth and exposure of CWI products within these states. He also is responsible for some key customers within his territory.

Jerry graduated from the University of Southern Colorado (Colorado State University-Pueblo) with a Bachelors Degree in Automotive Engineering and Industry Management with a Minor in Business. Jerry lives in Denver with his wife and their two children. His interests include motorcycle riding, playing golf, skiing and camping with his family.

SPEAKER

Michael Koonce

CEO, IGX Group – H2 Fueling Services

Michael Koonce is the president and founder of both IGX Group, Inc., a distributor of industrial and specialty gases, and Luxfer-GTM Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer of composite cylinder based gas transports. In addition to the distribution of a line of high purity semiconductor gases, IGX has become a rapidly growing distributor of hydrogen to strategic fuel cell installations for the nation’s cellular network. Luxfer-GTM has supported IGX’s expansion of its hydrogen business through its patented line of lightweight, high capacity hydrogen refuelers. GTM’s line of transports are providing markets alternatives to improving the economics for delivering green energy gases. Mr. Koonce has over 20 years in the industrial and specialty gas industry and over 10 years in the manufacturing of gas transports. Mr. Koonce holds an MBA from University of California Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in finance and economics.

SPEAKER

Alisyn Malek

Investment Manager, GM Ventures LLC

Alisyn Malek was named Investment Manager, General Motors Ventures LLC effective February 1, 2014. Prior to this assignment, Alisyn was an engineering business manager supporting strategy development in GM’s Electrification Group and was the lead engineer supporting technology adoption in GM’s Infotainment Group. She joined General Motors in 2008, working primarily in the electrification area, focusing on the advancement of charging technologies and leading the early development of the DC charging system for the Chevy Spark.

Alisyn holds bachelor degrees in mechanical engineering and German. She has a master degree in energy systems engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her master of business administration through the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Alisyn is patented and published in electrification technology.

SPEAKER

Tony Markel

Senior Engineer Electric Vehicle Grid Integration, National Renewable Energy Lab

Tony Markel is a Senior Engineer and has worked on systems analysis of advanced vehicles for the past 16 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Tony is currently focused on Electric Vehicle Grid Integration technology development. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University in 1995 and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Tony’s expertise spans advanced vehicle technologies including hybrid electric, fuel cell, plug in hybrid, and electric vehicles and was instrumental in the development of the ADVISOR™ software tool for vehicle systems simulation. He leads a team researching grid integration challenges facing plug?in vehicles with a mission to highlight opportunities for electrified transportation to reduce our nation’s petroleum consumption and enable a smart, renewable, future electricity grid.

SPEAKER

Erik Neandross

CEO, Gladstein, Neandross

Based in the Santa Monica office, Erik oversees GNA’s day-to-day business operations, client work, and strategic growth initiatives. With tremendous hands-on experience spearheading the development of many of the nation’s largest and most recognized alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure projects in both the on-road and off-road sectors, Erik is widely recognized as an industry leader for developing and implementing big ideas.

Erik has been at the forefront of some of some of the nation’s largest and most innovative alternative fuel vehicle projects – working with Ryder, Frito Lay/PepsiCo, Waste Management, UPS, Sysco Food Services, California Cartage Company, City of Los Angeles, Nestle Waters, Aramark, and many others to design and implement large scale alternative fuel and refueling station projects within their operations. He has also led the development of several of the nation’s most successful planned natural gas corridors for heavy-duty trucks in the western United States, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

Beyond the on-road applications, Erik is at the forefront of GNA’s efforts to bring the same level of success to the company’s rapidly expanding project list in the off-road high horsepower space where GNA is providing technical and economic analysis and project development expertise to many of North America’s largest and most cutting edge projects to use natural gas in commercial marine, locomotive, mine haul, and oil and gas exploration and production applications.

A constant throughout his work is Erik’s keen oversight the “macro to micro” strategic planning, financial and environmental modeling, and expert technical assistance GNA provides to these companies in the areas of engine technology and fuel system evaluation; fuel station sizing, design, layout and specifications; maintenance facility modification requirements; personnel training, and overall project costing. He has been able to combine these technical consulting services with GNA’s incredible grant writing capabilities, helping to secure more than $230 million in grants and other resources to assist in the implementation of client projects involving thousands of alternative fuel vehicles and dozens of fueling stations now in daily operation.

Given his tremendous hands-on expertise and experience guiding some of North America’s most progressive and important alternative fuel project efforts, Erik plays an instrumental role in guiding the GNA’s industry-leading conference and events business as well as its market research and analysis activities. The hands-on project work provides Erik with unparalleled working knowledge of the industry’s latest trends, challenges and needs, information and knowledge that is then directed into the company’s conference and strategic market analysis activities.

As one of the alternative fuel industry’s most knowledgeable, engaged, and trusted professionals, Erik regularly advises boards of directors and executive leadership teams for some of the largest companies in the alternative fuel industry, as well as to a variety of public sector representatives including governors, mayors, senate committees, and appointed committees. Outside of the board room, Erik also regularly provides hands-on training sessions to strategic operations teams on the subject of alternative fuels safety and handling, sessions more often than not also attended by executive management and board representatives. He is a featured speaker at alternative fuel vehicle conferences and events across the globe where he presents on key market trends, GNA success stories and case studies, and project future market development activities, and is also a guest lecturer at universities and colleges on the topics of alternative fuels, transportation, and air quality.

SPEAKER

Chad Nickell

Technical Director, Air Liquide Advanced Business and Technology, Americas Zone, Air Liquide

Chad Nickell is based at Air Liquide’s zone headquarters in Houston, Texas and is responsible for the technology development for new business in the Americas Zone (North and South America). The scope of his current role includes technologies for Hydrogen, Cryogenic Transport, Biogas, Membranes, and Advanced Cryogenics. Chad’s 18 years of prior experience with Air Liquide include managing the operation and maintenance of the on-site business in the United States as well as acting as the design authority customer installations in Europe.

Chad has a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, is a Professional Engineer in the state of Arizona and is an International Expert for Air Liquide in Engineering of Customer Installations.

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Michael Scarpati

E-Mobility Industry Manager, BASF The Chemical Company

Mike currently leads a cross business unit team that is charged with cultivating new business development opportunities for BASF in the emerging e-mobility segment of the automotive industry. He has been with BASF for > 27 year in a variety of sales, marketing and business management roles that includes a 4 1/2 year stint in Singapore. Prior to joining BASF, Mike worked for Air Products & Chemicals Inc as well as General Foam Corporation. He has 10 patents in various polyurethane technologies.

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013.

SPEAKER

Christine Shapard

Executive Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

Christine (Chris) Shapard is the Founding Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association. In addition to her role with CCIA, Christine is also an ex-officio member of Governor John Hickenlooper’s Venture Capital Investment Advisory Committee and she chairs the Colorado Department of Labor’s Green Jobs Colorado Advisory Council (GJCAC).

Prior to her role with the CCIA, Christine was Deputy Director of the Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA). Before joining the bioscience association, Shapard was director of emerging technologies for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). Prior to this role within OEDIT, Shapard was the Deputy Director for international inward investment as part of the state’s International Trade Office. In that capacity, she promoted Colorado for foreign investment and helped to organize overseas trade missions and trade shows. She successfully helped arrange former Governor Owens’ trade missions to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Mexico and Germany. Ms. Shapard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and political science from Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania.

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Tyler Svitak

Clean Cities Manager, American Lung Association in Colorado

Tyler came to Colorado on a full-ride academic scholarship to the University of Colorado Denver, where he earned CU Denver’s Student Leader of the Year Award and the University Leadership Program’s Outstanding Graduate award before graduating with a BA in Geography and minors in political science and leadership studies in 2012. Tyler first started with DMCCC as paid intern in 2011 while finishing school, and during that time he was responsible for a variety of projects including research for Colorado’s EV Readiness Plan, social media, marketing, report writing, and program support. Following the internship, Tyler was hired on full time as the Clean Cities Energy Coordinator to manage DMCCC’s role in Refuel Colorado. In this role he worked directly with fleet managers and local leadership to deploy alternative fueled vehicles and infrastructure through a comprehensive fleet auditing and consultation process, and he also authored the content for the Refuel Colorado website. In November of 2013, Tyler was promoted to Clean Cities Manager where he serves as the official DMCCC Coordinator and continues his work with Refuel Colorado. Outside of the office Tyler is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast who grew up whitewater rafting, ski racing, and playing soccer in Medford, Oregon. Tyler now lives in Denver with his wife, Sarah, and dog, Konah.

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Martha Symko-Davies

Business Development Manager, National Renewable Energy Lab

Dr. Martha Symko-Davies is the Solar Business Manager-PDIL at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, which is a unique collaborative facility where industry and universities can work closely with NREL scientists on integrated equipment to answer pressing questions related to photovoltaics (PV) development towards manufacturing scale-up. Previous to this role she was the architect for the PV Technology Incubator resulting in over $1.4 billion in private investments. Recently she was selected by DOE as one of the top Innovators in the area of photovoltaic’s. In addition to numerous publications/presentations in this area she has also recently received three R&D 100 Awards. She recently spoke at TEDXDU, 2011.

SPEAKER

Erik Terjesen

Director, Technology Licensing, Qualcomm

Erik Terjesen is a Director of Qualcomm’s Technology Licensing program with a focus on wireless power technology and applications. He has been active in the operations of the Qualcomm Halo program since its inception, and served as the acquisition and integration lead for the recent purchase of HaloIPT by Qualcomm. His prior experience at Qualcomm included strategy and M&A projects with the company’s corporate development arm, the Strategic Finance group. Before Qualcomm, Erik worked in the venture capital and investment banking sectors with HarbourVest Partners and Robertson Stephens. Erik received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BA from Harvard University.

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Robert Tschupp

VP & General Manager, Colorado Mountain Express / Vail Resorts

Mr. Tschupp provides overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization. As General Manager, he is responsible for the revenue, profitability and growth of Colorado Mountain Express (CME) and includes oversight of company operations to ensure logistics efficiency, safety, exceptional guest service, regulatory compliance, and cost-effective management of resources. As a corporate Vice President, Mr. Tschupp has high level exposure and frequent interaction with the primary business divisions of Vail Resorts – Mountain, Lodging, Retail, and Real Estate Development as well as corporate functions including Marketing, Sales, Finance, Human Resources and IT.

Since 1996, he has held leadership positions with Veolia Transportation on Demand Colorado, including his most recent role as the Area Vice President of Business Development for their well-known brands of SuperShuttle, Yellow Cab, and ExecuCar. He previously was Vice President, Business Development for Yellow Transportation Denver and was GM of SuperShuttle in Denver/Boulder prior to that.

Mr. Tschupp began his career in the hospitality industry with Hyatt Hotels in New York City and progressed into management roles in hotel operations with top tier hospitality companies across the U.S. He has a BSBA with a major in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the University of Denver.

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Eric Van Orden

Strategic Leader in Energy Innovation, Xcel Energy

Eric Van Orden is part of the Emerging Customer Programs group at Xcel Energy. One of his responsibilities includes the coordination of the Repowering Transportation initiatives for electric vehicles. Prior to working at Xcel Energy, Eric was involved in building multiple retail energy businesses from the ground up. Three of Eric’s past five companies were acquired by the nation’s leading home performance, energy management and solar providers. He is widely considered an expert and a leader in the emerging renewable energy and energy efficiency industry. Eric earned his Masters degree in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts.

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Norman Vickers

Entrepreneur in Residence, Infield Capital

Norman is an experienced clean energy executive. He is currently Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Infield Capital, a venture capital firm focused clean technologies for transportation. He was CEO at Precision Wind, a weather forecasting company providing power forecasting services to the wind industry. Previously Norman was the CEO of Nilar Battery Power Systems, where he ran battery manufacturing operations and led product commercialization efforts of battery pack systems. Norman has 18 years of management experience with Electronic Data Systems, where he has held numerous IT leadership positions and managed integrated delivery teams in North and South America and Europe. While at EDS, Norman developed manufacturing systems for General Motors. Norman spent several years with EDS in Sweden, working closely with SKF and Saab Automobile. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University.

SPEAKER

Daryl Wilson

President and CEO, Hydrogenics Corporation

Daryl Wilson was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2006, bringing a varied 25-year background in technology and industrial management to the company, including operations, manufacturing, human resources, research, product development, organizational change and turn-around experience.

Prior to joining Hydrogenics, Daryl held senior leadership positions at Royal Group Technologies, Zenon Environmental, Toyota and Dofasco. He began his career with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. In 1990, Daryl also earned an MBA from McMaster University in Operations Management/Management Science.

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Andrew Bermingham

CEO, Montreux Energy LLC

Andrew joined Montreux Energy at its outset in Switzerland in 1990. He started the Aspen Clean Energy Roundtable in 1994, and from 1997 to 2001 Andrew opened and managed the London office for Montreux Energy. He founded the Global New Energies Roundtable series at Cambridge University in 1998 and the California and Washington Clean Energy Roundtables in 2004 and 2005. Andrew is aware of society’s need to understand the many connections between energy and resource supply and the built environment. In 2008, Andrew organized Montreux Energy’s inaugural London CityDesign Roundtable, “Secure Energy for Megacities,” focusing on the urban demands for energy and services. Also that year he launched Montreux Energy’s Advanced Energy Storage Roundtable: AES08 in La Jolla: “Advanced Energy Storage: Enabling Distributed Generation, the Smart Grid, and Renewables.”

Andrew received a BA in Economics from Middlebury College, in Vermont, in 1985, and an MS in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines in 1992. He gained his initial interest in energy working for a summer in college with Denver-based Hamilton Brothers Oil & Gas Company on an off-shore production platform in the North Sea.

Andrew began his career at Merrill Lynch in New York from 1985-1988. He then worked for a year with the International Energy Agency / OECD in Paris, before joining Montreux Energy. Andrew recently served on the Board of Trustees of the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Alumni Board of Governors of the Hotchkiss School. A fifth-generation Colorado native, Andrew and his wife Wendy live in Denver with their three sons; they enjoy tennis, hiking, skiing, hockey, and cycling.

Andrew is a life-long advocate of hydrogen, and drives a hydrogen fuel-cell Mercedes-Benz B Class F-Cell.