Speakers

David Johnson, President and CEO, Achates Power
Johnson is leveraging his more than 25 years of industry experience to accelerate development of revolutionary internal combustion engines that provide superior fuel efficiency at lower cost and, ultimately, further the company’s goal of enabling a more sustainable future. Johnson was previously vice president of product operations for military and export markets at Navistar. As program manager for the MaxxProTM line of Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles, he delivered the vehicles in record time and record quantities for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan to better protect U.S. soldiers. Prior to Navistar, Johnson worked for General Motors and Ford Motor Company. At GM he was program manager and chief engineer for multiple clean-diesel engine programs for Opel, Saab and Renault passenger vehicles. At Ford Motor Company Johnson led the development and launch of the SuperDuty, equipped with an all-new diesel engine.

 

Jason Gies, Director of Business Development for Electric Vehicle Systems, AxleTech
Jason Gies is the Director of Business Development for Electric Vehicle Systems at AxleTech. He is responsible for aligning strategic partnerships, setting the direction for the development of new electric powertrain systems for heavy-duty vehicles, account management with current customers and growing sales in this segment. He has been cited in many industry publications, including Frost & Sullivan, on electric vehicle market trends and optimal powertrain system configurations. Leading up to his career at AxleTech, Jason spent 9 years in engineering, program management, and business development at Hendrickson, supporting new product launches from concept to production for defense and commercial vehicles.

 

Anthony Tarabini, Renewable CNG Account Manager, BioRem Energy
Prior to coming to BioRem he spent 15 years at Intel Corporation where his roles ranged from complex mother board design to technical sales. Anthony managed Hewlett Packard’s Storage, Networking, Consumer All-In-One Desktops, Tablet and Phone designs for Intel. He has extensive knowledge of computer systems and complex electronics which he has developed through industry experience and a degree in Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Anthony started his electronics career in the USAF as an F-16 avionic technician maintaining the radar, communication and flight control systems on thirty F-16 Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters. Anthony also has a comprehensive dairy and farming background; growing up working on the family dairy and eventually managing the Tarabini Veteran Dairy.

 

Macy Neshati, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, BYD Heavy Industries
Macy Neshati is BYD Heavy Industries Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He joined the company in 2014. Prior to joining BYD, Mr. Neshati had been involved in the heavy equipment and transit industry for 35 years. He is charged with overseeing BYD North America. BYD battery-electric bus fleets have completed more than 350 million miles of revenue service and have been used in over 200 cities in 50 countries and regions around the world. To date, BYD has built over 39,000 electric buses globally and remains the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and rechargeable batteries. Mr. Neshati is a graduate of Berkeley High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from St. Mary’s College in Orinda CA.

 

Zach Kahn, Director of Government Relations, BYD Heavy Industries
Zach Kahn is the Director of Government Relations for BYD Heavy Industries, a subsidiary of BYD – the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer – where he oversees the company’s North American government and public affairs efforts. In addition, Zach manages BYD’s business development efforts for the New York City Metro Area focusing on electric buses, trucks and forklifts, as well as BYD’s energy storage systems. Zach joined BYD in 2015 as a Regional Sales Manager at BYD Coach & Bus, working to bring zero emission battery electric buses to transit agencies, universities, and private operators in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West regions. Before joining BYD, Zach was the Vice President of Business Development at WAVE, a wireless charging technology provider based in Salt Lake City where he worked in a variety of commercial and operational roles. Zach has served in various roles at the intersection of government and business with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Mayor of New York City, and Goldman Sachs.

 

Jack P. Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Under Mr. Broadbent’s direction, the Air District strives to provide a healthy breathing environment for every resident in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area region. Mr. Broadbent joined the Air District after serving as Air Division Director at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Region IX. In that position, Mr. Broadbent was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Clean Air Act as well as indoor air quality and radiation programs for the Pacific Southwest region of the United States. Before serving at the U.S. EPA, Mr. Broadbent served as the Deputy Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District as well as the Director of Planning and other senior management positions. While at the South Coast Air District, Mr. Broadbent directed the development of a number of landmark programs that contributed to significant improvements in air quality in the Los Angeles region.

 

Tess Sicat, Chief of Heavy-Duty Off-Road Strategies Branch, California Air Resources Board
Tess Sicat oversees the development and implementation of programs from a wide variety of off-road equipment. This includes implementing several existing in-use off-road regulations, like the Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation and Large Spark-Ignition Engine Fleet Requirements Regulation. As well as developing new strategies that expand and support the use of zero emission vehicles and equipment such as the Zero-Emission Off-Road Freight Voucher Incentive Project, Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects, and Zero Emission Powertrain Certification Regulation.

 

Peter Christensen, Manager of Heavy-Duty Clean Transportation Strategies, California Air Resources Board
Peter Christensen is the manager of the Heavy-Duty Clean Transportation Strategies section at the California Air Resources Board. His experience includes over 25 years developing mobile source strategies at CARB and at the local level. He oversees a portfolio of advanced technology incentives including the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust as well as California Climate Investments from Cap and Trade proceeds.

 

Craig Duehring, Manager in the Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resource Board.
Mr. Duehring is involved with the implementation of several on-road diesel emission control regulations including the Transit Fleet rule, the Solid Waste Collection Vehicle rule, the Public Agency and Utility rule, and the Truck and Bus rule. The implementation of these regulations is intended to achieve an 85% emissions reduction of diesel particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen, and other criteria pollutants from about one million in-use diesel powered trucks and buses that operate in California. More recently, Mr. Duehring was assigned to manage the development of a regulatory strategy called Advanced Clean Trucks to deploy zero emission trucks in California. Mr. Duehring is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of California, is certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute, and holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

 

Tim Grayson, California Assembly representative of the 14th Assembly District
Assemblymember Grayson was elected to serve in the California Assembly in November 2016 as the representative of the 14th Assembly District, which encompasses portions of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. He is the son of a Teamster father and his mother was a public transit worker. He is the first in his family to earn a college degree. In 2010, Grayson was elected to serve on the Concord City Council, winning reelection in 2014 and serving on the Council until his election to the Assembly. He also served as Concord’s Mayor from 2014 – 2015.

 

Dave Snyder, Executive Director, California Bicycle Coalition
Dave has served since 2010 as the Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition where he works with state and local agencies and nonprofits to create more equitable, inclusive and prosperous communities where bicycling enables more people to live joyful and healthy lives. Since 1990, he has worked to change land use and transportation policies as a policy advocate, appointed official, and nonprofit executive, with a penchant for starting organizations. He was the founding Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco’s Livable City, and the San Francisco Transit Riders.

 

Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
The State’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission’s public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation. Ms. Scott serves as the Chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and is on the public policy board of Veloz, a nonprofit founded by the public and private sector to advance the electric car movement. She is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund as a senior attorney in the climate and air program.

 

Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection, California Environmental Protection Agency
Matthew Rodriquez was appointed California Secretary for Environmental Protection by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in July 2011. As Secretary, Matt oversees the activities of the six boards, departments and offices within the Agency, including the California Air Resources Board and the State Water Resources Control Board. Matt comes to CalEPA with over 24 years of environmental experience with the California Department of Justice. Matt formerly served as a Deputy Attorney General, specializing in land use and environmental law. Attorney General Brown promoted Matt to the position of Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Public Rights Division in 2009, where he supervised the environmental, civil rights and consumer law sections of the Office. Prior to his selection as Secretary, he served as Acting Chief Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Matt graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in History, and received his JD from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1980.

 

Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission
Michael Picker was named President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on December 23, 2014, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who first appointed President Picker as a Commissioner on January 29, 2014. Prior to his appointment, President Picker was Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor from 2009 to 2014. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, Deputy Treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999, Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999, and Deputy Assistant for toxic substance control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 2012-2014. President Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.

 

David Peterson, Director of Fleet Solutions, ChargePoint
David leads ChargePoint’s Fleet Solutions team focused on developing market-leading products and services for managing and operating light, medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets. David joined ChargePoint from Nissan where he led electric vehicle market development and charging infrastructure strategy. Prior to Nissan, David was an investment analyst based in Shanghai providing M&A advisory for Benelux-China joint ventures, as well as a project finance consultant to governments and private clients across Asia and the Middle East.

 

Tom Swenson, P.E., General Sales Manager, Pacific Region South, Cummins
Tom has been involved with various aspects of air quality, alternative fuels and heavy-duty trucking throughout his career. Tom spent 10 years with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District where he was responsible for the development and implementation of incentive programs, including what eventually became the Carl Moyer Incentive Program. In 2003, he joined Cummins West (the northern California Cummins distributor) supporting retrofit diesel particulate filters under Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls. In this role, he was responsible for regulatory affairs and North America sales. Tom returned to a more tradition role within Cummins in 2013 as the Sacramento location General Manager for Service Operations and most recently the General Sales Manager covering California and Hawaii. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and is a California Professional Mechanical Engineer.

 

Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO and Chairman, Envision Solar
Wheatley joined Envision Solar as a consultant in 2010 and has served as the Company’s CEO since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since 2016. He has two decades of senior international management experience in technology systems integration, energy management, communications and renewable energy. He was a founding partner in the international consulting practice Crichton Hill LLC. Prior to Crichton Hill, Wheatley was CEO of iAxis FZ LLC, a Dubai based alternative energy and technology systems integration company. From 2000 to 2007, he held a variety of senior management positions at San Diego based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, fka Wireless Facilities with the last five years as President of ENS, the largest independent security and energy management systems integrator in the USA. Prior to ENS, Wheatley held senior management positions in the cellular and broadband wireless industries, deploying infrastructure and lobbying in Washington DC on behalf of major wireless service providers. Wheatley has founded, funded and operated four profitable start-up companies and was previously engaged in M&A activities. Wheatley evaluated acquisition opportunities, conducted due diligence and raised commitments of $500M in debt and equity.

 

Andre Champagne, CEO, Hollywood Trucks
Hollywood Trucks is the world’s first environmentally friendly entertainment fleet. The company began in 2008 with 7 vehicles and has grown domestically to over 6 offices with 300 vehicles and an international expansion currently underway in the U. K. Most recently, Champagne designed and engineered its environmentally friendly, off grid Ecoluxe Trailer line, which achieved U. S. patent status. This patent is currently being incorporated into vehicles for military, commercial, and private applications. Andre graduated with a B. S. from Louisiana State University where he was asked to give its commencement address in 2012.

 

Tim Reeser, CEO and Co-Founder, Lightning Systems.
Lightning Systems manufactures and sells a connected suite of zero-emissions, efficiency and emissions reduction solutions for fleet trucks and buses, including all-electric conversion systems, zero-emissions fuel cell range extenders, zero-emissions trucks and buses, hybrid conversion systems, and analytics systems. Lightning Systems investors include BP Ventures, Aravaipa Ventures, and CoorsTek, and its customer list includes UPS, DHL, Peapod, National Express and NREL. Tim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from CSU, and has been involved with alternative transportation technology since 1990, when he helped design the first dedicated CNG truck for General Motors while at Colorado State University. Prior to co-founding Lightning Systems, Tim served as Vice President of Colorado State University Ventures, where he spun out clean-tech companies and built the framework to support accelerated growth of spin-outs and spin-ins at CSU. Prior to CSU, Tim founded and ran computer software and hardware integration companies.

 

Karen Magliano, Director, Office of Community Air Protection (OCAP) at the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
OCAP was established to implement Assembly Bill (AB) 617 enacted by the Legislature and the Governor in August 2017. AB 617 provides important new tools to prioritize actions to reduce air pollution in communities with the greatest burdens. OCAP will be working closely with local air districts, community groups, environmental organizations, and regulated industries to reduce harmful air emissions and create a new framework for community protection. Prior to her current position Ms. Magliano was Chief of the Air Quality Planning and Science Division at CARB. Ms. Magliano received her bachelors and masters degrees in Atmospheric Science from the University of California at Davis.

 

Colin Murphy, Transportation Policy Manager, NexGen Policy Center
Currently the Transportation Policy Manager for the NextGen Policy Center, I work to help bridge the worlds of science and governance in order to promote sustainable transportation and energy systems. I work with legislative, community, business and advocacy stakeholders to develop, evaluate and implement sustainable transportation and energy policy. I’ve worked on carbon markets and low carbon fuel standards up and down the Pacific Coast of North America and in Canada. I hold a Ph. D in Transportation Technology and Policy from the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, where my graduate work focused on life cycle analysis of advanced biofuel systems and I’ve been engaged in alternative fuels research and policy development ever since. I was a California Council on Science and Technology Science Policy Fellow in the California Legislature and I hold a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from UC Davis and an M.S. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology. I am committed to building a portfolio of solutions which address the critical need to decarbonize our transportation and energy systems while also supporting environmental, economic and social justice.

 

Kent Leacock, Director of Government Relations & Public Policy, Proterra
In this role he has full responsibility for government/regulatory affairs, public policy, advocacy, grant oversight and strategic relationship building. Prior to Proterra, Leacock was responsible for external affairs at Acorn Energy, Inc., a holding company whose portfolio companies manufacture utility grid and energy security related products. He also worked as a consultant designing comprehensive external affairs programs encompassing government relations, public affairs, industry awareness, communications and strategic relationship building. Prior to consulting, he spent a decade as a senior executive with AT&T and Comcast in the East, Midwest and West. During his last four years he concentrated on policy strategy, municipal contract negotiations and government relations.

 

Alberto Ayala, Executive Director, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality
Dr. Alberto Ayala began his tenure as the new Air Pollution Control Officer/Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (District) this past July. In this capacity and under the guidance of the District Board of Directors, Alberto leads a team of dedicated professionals charting a course towards clean air and a low-carbon future for the capital region. Alberto came to the District after 17 years with the California Air Resources Board, serving most recently as Deputy Executive Officer. Prior to CARB, Alberto was a member of the engineering faculty at West Virginia University, where he still holds an Adjunct Professor appointment and a Design Engineer for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. He has published extensively in various scientific journals and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally. He also lectures in English or Spanish as a Visiting Professor in California and abroad. Alberto holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

 

Donna DeMartino, General Manager and CEO, San Joaquin Regional
Donna DeMartino was appointed RTD’s CEO in 2001. Prior to joining RTD, she spent over 14 years at Sacramento Regional Transit (RT), where she was a member of the light rail start-up team and also worked in rail operations, contracts administration, engineering and construction, and facilities and capital program management. Ms. DeMartino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Transportation Management, and a certificate in Construction Management from UC Davis. Under her leadership, RTD made environmentally important fleet changes, testing some of the first diesel-electric hybrid and all-electric buses in the state, ultimately converting the entire Stockton Metropolitan Area (SMA) fleet to all hybrid and electric buses. The California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT) named Ms. DeMartino the 2009 Transportation Manager of the Year. In 2006, Metro Magazine highlighted her achievements in an article on five “Women in Transportation” who “play a major role in the transportation industry.” In 2013, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce honored her with the Business Manager of the Year Award. In 2015, Ms. DeMartino was selected as the WTS “Woman of the Year.”

 

Katie Sloan, principal manager of Innovation, Development, & Controls in Customer Service, SCE.
Katie leads a team that develops and implements new products and services for customers. Her team focuses in areas of transportation electrification, customer energy solutions (including energy efficiency & demand response) and building electrification. Katie previously worked in Strategic Planning at Edison International where she developed innovative business opportunities for the company in areas including microgrids and transportation electrification. Prior to that, Katie led a regulatory and legislative policy team at SCE that worked on procurement of renewable, alternative, and conventional generation issues. Her team’s work resulted in approval of 1,000s of megawatts of solar and wind projects. She also worked to pass legislation that helps SCE’s customers save 100s of millions of dollars on clean energy. Katie was also a Public Affairs manager at First Solar responsible for developing global policy positions for the company. In her early career, Katie took on increasing responsibilities at SCE, focusing on policy, strategic, and analytical issues relating to clean energy. Katie was in the 2016 class of Leadership California, a program with the mission of “Moving Women from Success to Significance.” Katie was named one of “40 under 40” young people to watch in Pasadena by Pasadena Magazine and a Woman of Achievement by the San Gabriel Valley YWCA for both her work at SCE and philanthropic activities. Katie holds a master’s degree in regulatory economics and bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.

 

Yuri Freedman, Senior Director, Business Development, Southern California Gas Company
Yuri has broad experience as a developer and investor in gas infrastructure and power generation assets. In his current role of Senior Director, Business Development, he manages the portfolio of growth initiatives and R&D activities of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). Prior to his current role he held the position of Director, Commercial Development for Sempra LNG and Midstream, and previously held the positions of Director, Infrastructure Investments for Sempra US Gas and Power, and Director, Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions for Sempra Energy.  Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Yuri was a Managing Director on the energy team of Fortress Investment Group and a Vice President in General Electric’s energy investment arm, GE Energy Financial Services. He began his career as a geologist working in Arctic regions of Western Siberia on the development and construction of oil and gas pipelines.  Yuri holds a MS in Engineering Geology from Moscow University (Russia), a PhD in Environmental Science and Energy Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), and a MBA from the Yale School of Management.

 

Dr. Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer, Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
He is responsible for the SCAQMD’s Technology Advancement Office, Mobile Source Division, and Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Division. Dr. Miyasato’s principal charges are to identify, evaluate and stimulate development and commercialization of clean air technologies, develop and coordinate mobile source regulations, and to conduct ambient monitoring, source testing and laboratory analysis. Dr. Miyasato received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his Masters and Ph.D. in Engineering, specializing in combustion technologies and air pollution control – all from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Miyasato has worked at Southern California Edison in the Nuclear Engineering Department and at General Electric, where he designed burners and combustion modifications for utility boilers. He was also a research scientist at UCI, where he managed the industrial burner research program and has publications on combustion phenomena, active control, and laser diagnostics. Dr. Miyasato has also been a lecturer at UCI for the undergraduate air pollution control course.

 

Caroline Choi, Senior VP, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
Caroline Choi is senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). In this role, she is responsible for the Company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs. Ms. Choi previously served as vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, she was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy; she served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Ms. Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves as Chairman of the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also serves as a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Forest Foundation. Ms. Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

 

George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas
George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He is responsible for the company’s public affairs, community relations, public policy and energy and environmental affairs functions. Minter is a long-time policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, strategic planning, program development, communications and political advocacy. He currently serves as co-chair of the Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability Council of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is a Board member at the Coalition for Clean Air, and is a member of the Land Use (GLUE) Council for SCAG, and the Advisory Boards of the Clean Tech Initiative of the LAEDC and Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL). Minter has been the recipient of several awards and honors and has been a regular speaker at state and national conferences on energy and environmental policy. He recently was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the U.S. Council on Service and Civic Participation. He is a Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Sanjay Ranchod, Director & Counsel for Business Development & Policy, Tesla
Sanjay serves as Director and Counsel for Business Development and Policy at Tesla. Before joining the company, he was Vice President of Policy & Electricity Markets and Regulatory Counsel at SolarCity. Previously, Sanjay represented renewable energy companies and other businesses on regulatory matters as an attorney at the Paul Hastings law firm. Sanjay serves on the board of directors of the California Solar and Storage Association and as a Commissioner of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, a state agency. He received a BA from Brown University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

 

Craig Scott, Director of Advanced Technologies, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Toyota Motor North America
Mr. Scott is Director of Advanced Technologies, Corporate Strategy & Planning at Toyota Motor North America. Within his role in the Advanced Technologies Group, Craig is responsible for product planning and program development for alternative fuel vehicle programs including the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle and Project Portal, the world’s first OEM-produced Class 8 heavy duty fuel cell truck. Previously he also managed vehicle programs including Prius, Scion iQ EV and the Toyota i-Road urban mobility vehicle. In addition to vehicle development, Craig also oversees all US hydrogen infrastructure planning and implementation activities. He is responsible for the development of proprietary research work related to global energy issues and sustainable transportation systems. Prior to Toyota, Craig was an assistant portfolio manager with Pacific Investment Management Company in Newport Beach, CA. Mr. Scott has a BS in Finance and Japanese Studies and a MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Southern California.

 

Bill Zobel, Vice President, Trillium CNG
Trillium designs, builds and operates a network of alternative refueling stations across the US. Known as the “best–in-class” provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling solutions, Trillium has expanded its offering to include Hydrogen and Electric Vehicle refueling, distributed generation, and commercial solar. As the alternative fuels brand for the Love’s family of companies, Trillium is well financed and positioned to support alternative fuel conversions and facility operations for commercial fleets, public transit agencies, refuse operators, municipal government, and the general public with cost-effective, end-to-end alternative refueling solutions. Bill has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities. Before Trillium became a member of the Love’s family of companies, Bill managed Market Development and Strategy for Trillium as part of the Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WEC) and the Integrys Energy Group. During this period the company realized considerable growth, becoming the second largest CNG provider it the US. Prior to coming on board with Trillium in 2009, Bill managed the Sempra Utilities Natural Gas and Electric Vehicle Clean Transportation program, served as the Director of Environmental and Climate Change Policy for Sempra Energy, and as Director of Strategy and Business Analysis for BP North America. Bill holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from California State University Long Beach, and is a graduate of Columbia University’s executive business program.

 

 

Jesse Torres, California’s principal small business advocate and deputy director of small business and innovation, Governor Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).
His portfolio of programs include administration of the California Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, the California Cybersecurity IT Health Advisory Board, CA Cyber Innovation Challenge, the CASCADE defense supplier diversification and cyber resiliency program in partnership with U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, the state’s Capital Infusion Program for small businesses, the CA Made state labelling program and general support for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the state. He joined the GO-Biz team in May 2015. Previously, Jesse had served as regional director of the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center Network from 2011 to 2015. Prior to his work with SBDC, Jesse served in advancement positions in higher education and the arts, most notably for Pepperdine University where he served as director of Alumni Relations for the Graziadio School of Business and Management from 2005 to 2011.

 

 

Nathan Crum, Executive Vice President, Valley Pacific Petroleum Services, Inc.
Nathan Crum is Executive Vice President of Valley Pacific Petroleum Services, Inc.. Although Valley Pacific is Chevron’s largest fuel retailer in California, Nathan has led the company’s drive into alternative fuels. Valley Pacific sold approximately 20 million gallons of Biodiesel B20 last year, and another 15 million gallons of renewable diesel. Nathan is currently serving as the President of CIOMA, the California Independent Oil Marketers Association.

 

Kent Meyers, Director, Special Initiatives in the Advanced Engineering & Core Technology department, Volvo Construction Equipment
Kent is based in Shippensburg, PA. In this role Kent is overseeing a global PLM development and implementation within VCE, and supporting North American public funding opportunities. Prior to this, Kent spent 9 years managing the advanced engineering global project portfolio. He joined Volvo CE through the acquisition of Ingersoll-Rand Road Machinery in 2007 and has been with the company for 20 years, holding various product development positions throughout that time. Prior to his time with Volvo CE, he worked as an engineer at Grove Worldwide (now Manitowoc). Kent recently shared his expertise at the 2017 SAE COMVEC Off-highway Technology Trends and was the 2014 Keynote speaker at Shippensburg University’s Student Research Conference. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University.

 

 

Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director, Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Tyson Eckerle serves as the Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go Biz). In this role, he focuses on streamlining the development and success of the hydrogen and plug-in electric vehicle station ecosystem. Prior to joining Go Biz, Tyson served as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now, a non-profit dedicated to action oriented solutions to petroleum dependence and climate change. Tyson holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.