Explore the conference agenda below for times on the various training workshops,

plenaries, breakout sessions, and receptions that MWGT 2019 will offer.

Click on LEARN MORE in the boxes to jump to different days on the full agenda.

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Explore the full agenda below for descriptions of all the activities

we have planned and the speakers & explanations for each breakout session.





4:30 pm

Pre-Conference Training #1: Real-Time Data for Management Results (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm) in Franklin Ballroom 

From real-time telematics on vehicles, to next generation platforms and tools for streamlining administrative, maintenance, and management processes, this session will feature experts detailing the latest tech and tools for next level fleet management results.

a)  Moderator: Andrew Conley, Clean Fuels Ohio, Fleet Services Director

b)  Operational Data: Megan Allen, Geotab, EV Solutions Engineering Manager

c)  Maintenance Data: Dan Bigham, NAPA, IBS Operations Manager

Pre-Conference Training #2: Platforms to Streamline Purchasing: Eliminate RFPs, Paperwork, and More (2:15 pm – 3:15 pm) in Franklin Ballroom 

Spec’ing, bidding, buying, maintaining, and selling assets are constants for fleet management. This session will feature expert presenters detailing the new technologies, resources, and trends available to streamline your processes, eliminate paperwork, and take asset acquisitions to the next level.

a) Moderator: Andrew Conley, Clean Fuels Ohio, Fleet Services Director

b) Vehicle Spec’ing & Purchasing Options: Nate Shadoin, Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, Business Development Manager

c) Vehicle Acquisition & Replacement: Luis MacDonald, Autoflex Inc., President

Pre-Conference Training #3: Data-Driven Decision Making: Next Level Fleet Analysis & Planning Tools (3:30 - 4:30 pm) in Franklin Ballroom 

Capital budgets are limited, and assets always need to be replaced. Join this session to learn about the tools and technologies available to make data-driven decisions that will ensure your fleet acquires the options to maximize operational performance and minimize total cost of ownership.

a) Moderator: Andrew Conley, Clean Fuels Ohio, Fleet Services Director

b) Datalogging Options: Mary Till, Sawatch Labs, Director of Business Development

c) Modeling Options: Lauren Lynch, NREL, Mechanical Engineer, Vehicle Technology Integration

Smart Mobility Charrette For Local & State Policy Makers, Planners & Key Stakeholders (3 hr 30 min)

Mobility today is changing fundamentally. Data, connectivity, instant mobile communications, advancing vehicle technologies and the logic of the sharing economy are all driving change. We see many positive impacts: Some people who had been isolated can now get where they need to go. Technologies promise to improve safety and efficiency of the system. New services offer opportunities for employment. Yet, questions and concerns are increasing: If we aren’t proactive, the mobility revolution may cause unacceptable congestion, pollution and a spike in energy and climate impacts. Traditional transportation services could lose riders. Some new modes of transportation may lead to dangerous conflicts and traffic deaths. Workers for new service providers may struggle earning enough income to support a family. Some neighborhoods might still be left out. How do we make sense of this mixture of benefits and challenges? What, if any, strategies can local and state policymakers and planners adopt to gain the benefits from these disruptions while mitigating the potential negative impacts? LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHARRETTE HERE.

Part 1: Speaker Panel (1 hr 15 min) in Scioto A Room

This workshop will be organized as a “charrette.” Expert panelists will discuss, provide perspective, and offer solutions focused on specific smart mobility challenges and opportunities by addressing four key issues: 1) Safety, 2) Environmental Sustainability, 3) Mobility Access, and 4) Impact on Traditional Providers. The moderator will facilitate a brief Q &A where attendees will ask questions to better understand the issues.

Moderator:  Thea Walsh, Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Creighton Randall, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Consultant, Mobility Development Partners

Andrew Duvall, Transportation Behavior Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Jennifer Fening, Marketing and Communications Director, Smart Columbus, Columbus Partnership

Shruti Vaidyanathan, Senior Advisor for Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Rich Granger, Managing Director, Workforce Development, DriveOhio

Morgan Kauffman, CEO & Owner, Columbus Yellow Cab

Matthew Allison, Chief of Transit Operations, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

Part 2: Assigning Issues & Charrette Small Group Discussions (1 hr) in Franklin Ballroom C

Following the panel, charrette participants will be divided into four small groups assigned with one of the four smart mobility issues. Each group will be tasked with generating solutions for their issue by having discussions, addressing agreements/disagreements on these issues, and incorporating factors like technology, policy, cost/funding, collaboration/partnerships, and execution/implementation. There will be a facilitator for each group to lead the small group discussions.

Part 3: Large Group Reporting & Consensus/Wrap-Up (45 min) in Franklin Ballroom C

After small group discussions, each group will reconvene to a large group setting and present their solutions. Participants will vote which solution to move forward with in order to reach consensus on best solutions and action items for these issues. A report will be generated with these results and shared with participants.

1:00 - 4:30 PM

1:00 - 2:15 PM

2:30 - 3:30 PM

3:45 - 4:30 PM

5:00 - 7:00 PM        OPENING CONFERENCE RECEPTION (2 hrs) in Franklin Ballroom

Join us for the Midwest Green Transportation Forum and Expo opening reception in the Franklin Ballroom. Take advantage of the opportunity to network with our sponsors, exhibitors and speakers over refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres in the expo area and main ballroom.

5:30 - 5:45 PM        LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD (15 min)

Clean Fuels Ohio (Sam Spofforth, Executive Director and Jason Phillips, Policy Director) will present the 2019 Legislator of the Year Award. Join us during the Wednesday Evening reception to see who will be awarded while enjoying refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres.


7:00 AM - 5:00 PM      REGISTRATION & EXPO

7:00 - 8:00 AM            CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (1 hr)

                                         Grab a bite to eat and explore the exhibitor hall while awaiting the Opening Remarks.

8:00 - 8:15 AM             WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS (15 min)

                                         Join us at the Franklin Ballroom for the kick-off of an action-packed Day 2 filled with plenaries, breakout sessions, lunch, and expo.

                                               Sam Spofforth, Executive Director for Clean Fuels Ohio will welcome attendees and make opening remarks.

8:15 - 9:30 AM             OPENING PLENARY (1 hr 15 min)

Four Big Themes in Transportation Today: We’ve never seen anything in the transportation industry quite like the pace of change right now. Change is being driven by advancements in technology, environmental concerns, cost-conscious management, and disruptive new mobility options.

Four big trends are driving the industry: 1) Shared, 2) Electrified, 3) Data-Driven, and 4) Sustainable.

We’ve lined up national experts to provide perspectives on each of these big picture trends.


1) Shared: Creighton Randall, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Consultant, Mobility Development Partners

2) Electrified: Nick Nigro, Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Public Policy

3) Data-Driven: Megan Allen, EV Solutions Engineering Manager, Geotab

4) Sustainable: George Survant, Senior Director of Fleet Relations, National Truck Equipment Association


9:30 - 10:00 AM              NETWORKING BREAK/EXPO/VEHICLE DISPLAY (30 min)

Meet like-minded individuals and industry experts to discuss how you can make changes at your company. The perfect chance to explore the interesting booths at the exhibit hall and vehicle display at the hotel parking lot.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM      MID-MORNING PLENARY (2 hrs)

Thought Leadership: From big picture, we turn to some big ideas and initiatives happening in the Midwest and nationally. You’ll hear an eclectic mix of thought leaders share what they are working on and implications for transportation today and tomorrow. Following each speaker’s remarks or presentation, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.


Todd Mouw, President, ROUSH CleanTech

Michael McDonald, Sr. Director of Maintenance & Engineering, Sustainability and Government Affairs, UPS

Andy Burnham, Principal Environmental Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Dan Lipschultz, Vice-Chair & Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Shruti Vaidyanathan, Senior Advisor for Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Justin Robbins, Automated and Connected Vehicle Transportation Planner, HDR

Arnab Nandi, Founder & CEO, Mobikit

12:00 - 12:30 PM           NETWORKING BREAK & LUNCH SET-UP (30 min)

12:30 - 2:00 PM             LUNCH, GREEN FLEETS AWARDS & EXPO (1 hr 30 min)

1:00 - 1:30 pm Ohio Green Fleets Class of 2019 Awards (30 min)

Presenter: Andrew Conley, Fleet Services Director, Clean Fuels Ohio

The Ohio Green Fleets program launched in the fall of 2008. These certified fleets will be our 11th class to earn the honor of designation as certified Ohio Green Fleets. While lunch is served in the ballroom, watch a brief video and presentation to recognize our 2019 class and hear about their accomplishments. Be sure to network with exhibitors in the expo concourse following the Ohio Green Fleets program before the afternoon breakout sessions begin.

2:00 - 3:15 PM             BREAKOUT SESSION #1 (1 hr 15 min)


Funding Programs for Electric Vehicle Charging (Franklin Ballroom)

Electric utilities in the Midwest, with the support of public utilities and public service commissions, are rolling out programs to invest in EV charging facilities and other transportation electrification efforts. Learn what’s going on today and the near future in the Midwest and beyond. Understand emerging lessons learned and best practices from programs thus far. Hear about state funding being made available through the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust and even programs based in local governments. 

Moderator: Joe Halso, Associate Attorney, Sierra Club

Justin Wilson, Director, Public Policy, ChargePoint

Sean Gouda, Electrification Manager, DTE Energy

Dan Lipschultz, Commissioner & Vice-Chair, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Alauddin Alauddin, Assistant Chief - Office of Environmental Education, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Gaseous Fuel Vehicles Industry Showcase (Scioto A Room)

The natural gas vehicle (NGV) and propane vehicle industries have reached a high level of maturity, characterized by vehicles that are reliable and capable. Yet the industries continue to innovate and expand to serve new fleet segments and use cases. This session will feature a broad overview of the industries, available vehicles by category and how fleets can specify and order what they need. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from several large and smaller manufacturers and vehicle upfitters to provide a solid lay of the land. We’re including NGV and propane autogas providers on the same panel to make it easier for fleet administrators to compare where and how each fuel fits best, based on vehicle sizes, specific applications and infrastructure needs and availability.

Moderator: Andrew Conley, Fleet Services Director, Clean Fuels Ohio

Todd Mouw, President, ROUSH CleanTech

Brad Couch, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, ECO Vehicle Systems

Bill Boyce, Eastern Regional Sales & Marketing Manager, Cummins Westport

Rob Underhill, President & Chief Executive Officer, Simple-Fill

Billy-Paul Holbrook, ANG Technical Manager, Ingevity

Municipal & Vocational: Peer Fleet Experiences (Ohio AB Room)

Municipal and vocational fleets have much in common. In both cases, vehicles are specified based on unique service requirements. Whether advanced or conventional, vehicles and the fuels they use must perform with 100% reliability in their required service function. Often, these applications are well-suited to advanced fuels and vehicle technologies, but in order to be successful, fleets must understand unique drive and duty cycles, maintenance requirements, and plan carefully for the refueling or recharging infrastructure needed. Like other types of fleets, costs must be contained, and management must respond to increasing demands for environmental sustainability. In this session, you will hear from fleet leaders about how they rose to these challenges in order to successfully implement a variety of advanced fuels and vehicle choices.

Moderator: Nate Shadoin, Business Development Manager, Mike Albert Fleet Solutions

Kelly Reagan, Fleet Administrator, City of Columbus
Richard Battersby, Assistant Director, City of Oakland, CA Public Works Department

Tracy Murnane, Director of Purchasing & Warehouse Operation, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Matthew Lutz, Sheriff, Muskingum County Sheriff's Office


3:15 -  3:45 PM         NETWORKING BREAK (30 min)


3:45 - 5:00 PM           BREAKOUT SESSION #2 (1 hr 15 min)

Light, Medium & Heavy-Duty EV Showcase (Franklin Ballroom)

Electric vehicle technologies are advancing rapidly. As this happens, we are seeing not only more passenger cars but light, medium and heavy-duty trucks, vans and buses. These vehicles are creating opportunities for fleet electrification that didn’t exist even a year or two ago. Hear from selected vehicle manufacturers about a variety of electric vehicles available for fleets today. These will include sedans, small vans and trucks, medium-duty vehicles for vocational, passenger transportation and last-mile delivery, and heavy-duty EVs for yard handling, passenger transportation and more. Learn about the technologies underlying these vehicles, their performance capabilities, driving ranges, payloads, and options for charging. Understand where the industry is now, and new developments anticipated over the next few years.

Moderator: Mark Nabong, Senior Attorney, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Cynthia Maves, Electric Vehicle Fleet Business Development Manager, Nissan USA

Mike Lambregtse, Fleet Account Executive, GM

Brad Couch, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, ECO Vehicle Systems

Todd Mouw, President, ROUSH CleanTech

Mike Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer, Orange EV

John Hatch, Regional Sales Manager, BYD Motors

Richard Lee, Director of Sales, School Bus – Eastern USA, The Lion Electric Co.

Brent O'Daniel, Project Manager - Transformative Technologies, Black & Veatch

Smart Mobility: Challenges & Opportunities in a Changing Landscape (Scioto A Room)

“Smart Mobility” has achieved the status of jargon. It’s meaning seems to depend on who you are and your interest and role in transportation. One key pillar of the concept is sharing vehicle assets, rather than tying use of one vehicle to one person. Others include safety, system and individual vehicle efficiency, advanced vehicle technologies, increased environmental sustainability, reduced costs, and increased access to mobility by those who have struggled with isolation. Tying everything together and helping to enable these results is technology, especially real-time mobile communications and data. It’s a powerful vision. Yet, as smart mobility takes form, we see potential challenges and pitfalls, including increased congestion, the potential for greatly increased energy consumption, adverse environmental impacts, safety concerns from new modes, and uncertainties about how new transportation services can be integrated into existing ones. In this session, you will learn where we are today, what’s on the horizon, and possible solutions that are truly smart.

Moderator: Luke Stedke, Managing Director of Communications, DriveOhio

Patrick Harris, Director of Government Affairs & Special Projects, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) 

Marie-France Laurin, Project Director, Netlift

Kevin Schwain, Electric Vehicle Program Lead, Xcel Energy

Maureen Marshall, Midwest Regional Director, Calstart

Creighton Randall, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Consultant, Mobility Development Partners

Data Analytics & Connectivity: Technologies & Peer Fleet Experiences (Ohio AB Room)

Advancements in technologies for data capture and connectivity have impacted the fleet industry along with so many other parts of our economy and society. Managers and operators have never seen access to information and the potential for game-changing insights. But for many, it’s information overload. Administrators need strategies designed around the unique needs of their fleet so they can pinpoint specific data points, gather useful information, and work with their teams on the kinds of analyses that will enable them to achieve their goals – including greater vehicle efficiency, pinpointing maintenance needs, identifying training needs, downsizing fleet size if possible, achieving sustainability goals, or others. This session will include a combination of industry expert in the growing field of fleet analytics as well as peer fleets who have been able to apply tools and information strategically to achieve powerful results.

Moderator: George Survant, Senior Director of Fleet Relations, National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA)

Lauren Lynch, Mechanical Engineer, Vehicle Technology Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Kelly Reagan, Fleet Administrator, City of Columbus

Richard Callis, Sr. Manager of Fleet, Pepsico


5:30 - 7:30 PM           THURSDAY EVENING RECEPTION hosted by Smart Columbus featuring Columbus Yellow Cab

Join us for a reception at the Smart Columbus Experience Center hosted by Columbus Yellow Cab featuring complimentary beer, wine, cocktails and hors devours. Spend time networking with speakers, industry sponsors, and exhibitors.

Where: Smart Columbus Experience Center

Address: 170 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215


Important to note: Parking is limited, we are working to have shuttle bus transporting attendees to the reception and back to the hotel

friday, SEPTEMBER 20TH

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM   REGISTRATION & EXPO

8:00 - 9:00 AM          CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (1 hr)

Grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat while you network and visit with our exhibitors and sponsors.


9:00 - 10:15 AM         BREAKOUT SESSION #3 (1 hr 15 min)

EV Charging Showcase: Options for Site Hosts (Franklin Ballroom)

Whether you are an apartment or condo building owner, employer, retailer, local planning department or fleet, you may be considering installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for EV charging. Today, we see a dizzying array of equipment options and one size and type does not fit all. Available features, options and costs vary widely, and the terminology can be very confusing. It’s easy to obtain and pay for more or different features than you need, or order and install equipment only to realize you needed something with greater capabilities. Finally, how do you pick a qualified installer and someone to maintain your equipment? This session will include representatives of several EVSE makers that offer products with a wide range of specifications, capabilities and prices. You’ll also hear a general overview of where the industry is today, receive some guidance on how to determine needs, then install equipment and implement your projects successfully.

Moderator: Kelly Waters, Director, Power Connect

Christina Ficicchia, Business Development Manager, FLO

Stuart Irwin, Midwest Sales Representative, ClipperCreek Inc.

Kimberly Okafor, Zero Emission Solutions Manager, Trillium

Michael Smucker, Regional Sales Manager - Midwest, Greenlots

Jimmy Smith, EV Charging Station Sales Executive, ChargePoint

Michael Mazur, Chief Operating Officer, Greenspot Smart Mobility

Ted Manser, Vice President of Business Development, Blink Charging

Growing Variety of Renewable Fuel Options (Scioto A Room)

Established renewable fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol continue to thrive and offer benefits of displacing petroleum to stabilize prices, increase sustainability and energy diversity. Over the past few years, technology and policy advancements have helped newer renewable options gain footholds in the market. These newer options include renewable forms of natural gas, diesel and propane autogas. Learn about advancements in the increasing variety of renewable fuel options and understand economic factors that make traditional renewables like biodiesel increasingly attractive. Hear how any CNG fleet can make an immediate, seamless switch to 100% renewable natural gas based on contracting. Hear plans that might enable you to use renewable forms of conventional diesel and propane Autogas.

Moderator: Alleyn Harned, Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities

Page Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Benchmark Biodiesel

Bryan Nudelbacher, Director of Business Development, U.S. Gain

Steve McCoy, Business Development Manager, Alliance Autogas

Richard Battersby, Assistant Director, City of Oakland, CA Public Works Department

Local & Regional Freight & Last-Mile Delivery: Peer Fleet Experiences (Ohio AB Room)

The logistics industry is undergoing tremendous evolution driven by changes in vehicle technologies, data and connectivity, and fuel choice. These changes are impacting every segment of the industry, but especially yard handling equipment, local and regional freight and last mile delivery. New technologies are presenting opportunities for third-party logistics providers and managers to gain competitive advantage based on how technologies can drive down costs, and the growing imperative to drive environmental sustainability into the logistics chain for shippers. Come and hear how innovative carriers, yard handlers and last mile delivery providers are leveraging new technologies to gain market advantage and drive sustainability benefits.

Moderator: Adrian Burns, Director of Columbus Region Logistics Council, Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Michael McDonald, Sr. Director of Maintenance & Engineering, Sustainability and Government Affairs, UPS

Josh Mehl, Principal Partner, Compass Supply Chain Solutions & Firefly Transportation Services


10:15 - 10:30 AM         NETWORKING BREAK/EXPO/VEHICLE DISPLAY (30 min)

Meet like-minded individuals and industry experts to discuss how you can make changes at  your company. The perfect chance to explore the interesting exhibit booths around the venue and the vehicle display at the hotel parking lot.


10:30 AM - 11:45 AM    BREAKOUT SESSION #4 (1 hr 15 min)

Electric Vehicle Public Charging: What we need, where we need it, how to get there? (Franklin Ballroom)

The availability of more longer-range EVs points to the strong need for public fast and level 2 charging stations to serve urban areas and travel corridors. But how much charging infrastructure do we need, what types, and where do we need it? Should we continue to develop fast-charging sites at 50 kWh today or aim for a higher standard? Should we “future proof” today’s facilities so they can be more easily updated in the future? Many states are conducting needs assessments and developing plans to address these questions and quicken the pace of charging investments to help grow EV adoption. What are Midwestern states doing to assess and plan? What should be done? What are the roles of state agencies, utilities, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the EVSE industry and other stakeholders? This session addresses these questions and more.

Moderator: Mike Betts, Chief Executive Officer, Evelocity

Bryan Roy, Sustainable Transportation Solutions Program Manager, Energetics

Keith Dickerson, Sales Director - Transformative Technologies, Black & Veatch

Michael Smucker, Regional Sales Manager - Midwest, Greenlots

Debra Swartz, Environmental Quality Specialist, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Shared Solutions to Decarbonize Employer/Employee Transportation Needs (Scioto A Room)

With all the focus on shared mobility, most employees in Midwestern states still commute to and from work in single-occupancy vehicles. With drivers providing services through transportation network companies (TNCs) adding to the mix, our roads are becoming more congested, not less. How can we reverse this trend? Can solutions be found in traditional transportation service providers, new shared services, both or options that are still new and untested? What will help employers concerned about losing employees over the time and expense of commuting? Can shared platforms offer value to fleets by serving transportation needs that some employees have in performing day-to-day job functions? Come to this session to learn and discuss what some solution providers are offering, the impacts on commuters, employers and potentially on fleet operators.

Moderator: Allegra Wiesler, Senior Sustainability Consultant, OhioHealth

Joe McDonald, Manager of Environmental Planning, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)

Audra Willing, Account Executive, Luum

Aslyne Rodriguez, CEO & Co-Founder, EmpowerBus

Mary Till, Director of Business Development, Sawatch Labs

Passenger Transportation: Peer Fleet Experiences (Ohio AB Room)

For decades, how people got where they needed to go didn’t change much. Today, everything is changing. We see so many technologies and fuel choices for yellow school buses, traditional transit buses, and a variety of passenger shuttle operations. New types of services, such as transportation network companies, car sharing, bikes and other modes are gaining traction. How are innovators behind these new options approaching overall issues of sustainability and technology and fuel choices? What options fit best with various types of services and how will these scenarios change in the future. This session will give you an opportunity to hear from a range of service providers about choices they’ve made, why they made them, how they implemented various solutions and what they’ve learned in the process.

Moderator: Katie Ott Zehnder, Vice President, HNTB

Morgan Kauffman, Chief Executive Officer & Owner, Columbus Yellow Cab Company

Marcus Elliott, Manager of Parking & Ground Transportation, Columbus Regional Airport Authority

Tony Cademarti, Fleet Program Manager – Motor Vehicle Division Transportation Services, City of Everett, WA

Kirt Conrad, Executive Director/CEO, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA)


11:45 AM - 12:15 PM       NETWORKING BREAK & LUNCH SET-UP (30 min)

12:15 - 1:45 PM               LUNCH & CLOSING PLENARY (1 hr 30 min)

                                        Dana McDaniel, City Manager, City of Dublin, Ohio

1:45 - 2:00 PM                 END OF CONFERENCE & EXPO

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