Big Picture Sessions

PLEASE NOTE: The Midwest Green Transportation Forum & Expo took place on September 14-25, 2020, and the agenda has officially concluded.

HOWEVER, you can still register as an attendee through the registration link and gain access to recordings of all the sessions and to the networking features for up to 6 months.

Energy Markets: A New Normal & Beyond


September 15, 2020

10:30a-12:00p ET

Transportation energy and vehicle markets were undergoing major changes even before the pandemic. Now the situation seems like sheer chaos. Will we settle into a “new normal?” What will that look like for petroleum and the wide range of advanced and cleaner fuels and technologies? Will the focus on climate concerns fade, or does the national and global cooperation required to address climate concerns challenge us to apply a similar effort and approach to successfully solve a much longer-term crisis? This session will feature a lively discussion among leading experts on petroleum plus electric vehicles, natural gas, propane, biofuels, and hydrogen. 


Sam Spofforth, Executive Director, Clean Fuels Ohio


Jason Miles, Managing Director, VFS Innovation Ventures/VFS iLabX Fund, Volvo Financial Services

Nick Nigro, Founder, Atlas Public Policy

Tucker Perkins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education & Research Council

Dan Gage, President, NGV America

Kaleb Little, Director of Communications, National Biodiesel Board

Future of People Movement & The Transportation System

Sponsored by: Yellow Cab of Columbus


September 16, 2020

10:30a-12:00p ET

The COVID-19 crisis threatens to devastate all types of shared mobility services. It is especially threatening to public transit, but new services also are impacted. Will we see a new normal or will we return to pre-pandemic patterns and trends as the crisis subsides? Will new and traditional service providers find ways to work together for mutual benefit and to improve mobility for everyone. Some are embracing electrification and lower carbon alternatives. Our panel include a wide range of perspectives that include traditional and new services, including one that has made a bold commitment for 100% electrification in ten years. Join and contribute to the conversation. 


Aslyne Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs, Central Ohio Transit Authority


Sam Arons, Director of Sustainability, Lyft

Chris Atkinson, Director of Smart Mobility, The Ohio State University

Dominic Mathew, Urban & Regional Planner, Mobility Innovations

Pete Metz, Manager, Transportation Initiatives, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Future of Freight Movement & Work Vehicles


September 17, 2020

10:30a-12:00p ET

What impacts from the pandemic have we seen, and what will we continue to see in freight movement? Will logistics and shipping continue to grow? If so, what will that look like? Will this industry continue to move toward advanced vehicle technologies, or will ongoing economic impacts lead to a reversal on these alternatives? What will be winners and losers for freight and work vehicles?  Our panel includes experts on freight efficiency, electrification and other alternatives, a senior logistics professional for a large corporation, a thought leader for a regional carrier and respected veteran of the work truck industry. Join our discussion as we seek to understand how these issues will play out. 


Steve DeNunzio, Director of Master of Business Logistics Engineering (MBLE) Program, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University


Debbie Ryan, Senior Manager North American Transportation, Abbott Nutrition

Taki Darakos, Vice President of Vehicle Maintenance & Fleet Services, Pitt Ohio

Doyle Sumrall, Managing Director, NTEA

Dave Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

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phone - (614) 884-7336

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Columbus, OH 43220-2300