SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

 

SPEAKERS

 

Michael Stevens, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Columbus

 

In 2017, Mr. Stevens was appointed as the first chief innovation officer for the City of Columbus by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. In this role, he is responsible for the Smart Columbus initiative, which includes oversight of the $50 million Smart City grant awarded to the City and long-term plans and partnerships, which are needed to ensure Columbus is positioned for the future of smart technology and mobility.

 

From 2007 to 2012, he served as the deputy development director for the City of Columbus and was responsible for the City’s economic development and planning activities. He led the City’s business attraction and retention programs, strategic land utilization, international initiatives, and promotion of public sector tools and programs to help companies expand. He has also held positions at Cardinal Health, Inc. in its Corporate Real Estate Group, the City of Dublin as the director  of economic development, and for the City of Huron, Ohio as assistant service director. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he received degrees from the Fisher College of Business and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

 

Asim Z. Haque, Chairman & CEO, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)

 

Chairman Haque was appointed to PUCO by Governor John R. Kasich in 2013 and reappointed to serve a second term in 2016. He has represented Ohio’s interests in energy and utility matters on a state, national and international.  Chairman Haque has testified before members of the Ohio General Assembly, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and has educated regulators abroad through formal partnerships with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

 

He serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and was elected to serve on the Member Representative Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation where he represents state government interests in maintaining reliability of the electric grid. Passionate about public service, he is heavily involved in his local community and currently serves on the board of trustees of The Columbus Academy. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University and political science and juris doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he received the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from Moritz in 2015.

 

Doug McCollough, Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin, Ohio

 

As chief information officer for the City of Dublin, Ohio, Mr. McCollough has embraced the rich community of innovation in Central Ohio. Through collaborations and partnerships, he has worked to connect people to opportunities, remove barriers and promote change in initiatives ranging from Smart and Connected Cities, IT Workforce Development, expanding broadband access, and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. He tweets about smart mobility, IoT, Blockchain, artificial intelligence, automation, Bots, and their social implications at (@dougITpro).

 

Prior to joining the Dublin team, he held positions in the State of Ohio Departments of Public Safety, Commerce, Industrial Commission, and Medicaid.  In addition, he has held positions with the City of Richmond, Virginia, Nationwide Insurance and Alcatel-Lucent. He earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems and operations management from the University of Toledo and an M.B.A from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Mark Smith, Technology Integration Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

 

As the technology integration program manager for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office, Mr. Smith oversees a broad technology portfolio.  The portfolio is focused on accelerating the development and widespread use of advanced vehicle technologies to help reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and to provide reliable, and affordable, transportation choices. The Technology Integration Program portfolio includes Alternative Fuels, Fuel Economy, Electrification, Energy Efficient Mobility Systems, and the Alternative Fuels Regulatory programs.

 

Before joining DOE in 2010, he was an alternative fuel vehicle consultant to American Honda. In his previous positions with American Honda, FuelMaker and Clean Energy, he has promoted the use of advanced technology vehicles to public and private fleet managers and provided alternative refueling solutions ranging from home refueling of a single vehicle to some of the largest commercial, airport, and transit fueling stations in the United States. 

 

Maureen Marshall, PMP, Midwest Regional Director, CALSTART Inc.

 

Maureen Marshall joined CALSTART in 2018 as their Midwest Regional Director. Ms. Marshall is a veteran in the automotive industry and brings to CALSTART a wealth of experience and knowledge in key technology sectors and with organizations that focused on clean transportation, including with vehicle OEMs, tier suppliers and consulting work. She has held engineering positions with both Ford and Chrysler, where she played a leading role in the Chrysler electric vehicle program in the 1990’s and she has also worked on advanced global powertrains and electrical systems. She has worked at Siemens and Harman International, including work on connected car technology. She worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led work with the U.S. Army at TARDEC that helped them shape their ground vehicle and connected vehicle strategies, as well as supported the Department of Transportation on DSRC standard development and V2V and V2I infrastructure development.

 

Ms. Marshall holds a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, as well as a certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT.

Joe Lombardi, Director, Department of Finance and Management, City of Columbus

 

In February 2016, Joe Lombardi was appointed to lead the Department of Finance and Management for the City of Columbus by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.  Mr. Lombardi leads a staff of 300 employees responsible for the administration of the City’s operating and capital budgets, fleet, facilities maintenance, procurement, real estate, and construction management.

 

He has been with the City of Columbus for 25 years.and prior to joining the Department of Finance and Management, he worked for the Department of Public Utilities from 2002-2015 serving in various leadership roles including the Division of Sewerage and Drainage Fiscal Officer, Division of Power Administrator and was assistant director for fiscal operations. Mr. Lombardi received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Capital University in 1988.

 

Page Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Benchmark Biodiesel

 

Page Thorson co-founded Benchmark Biodiesel, Inc. in 2007 as she and her husband, Wade Thorson, saw the need for biodiesel blending and infrastructure in Ohio. The business has grown from a start-up to a thriving business that provides reliable biodiesel blends to fleets all over the state. Mrs. Thorson is responsible for managing relationships with public and private customers and developing strategies to advance the business and promote the use of biodiesel around the state.

 

Mrs. Thorson has been involved with the advocacy work of Clean Fuels Ohio for several years and serves on the policy and marketing committees. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from The Ohio State University.

 

Steve McCoy, Regional Vice President, Alliance Autogas of Ohio

 

Mr. McCoy serves as a Regional Vice President of Operations for Blossman Gas, Inc. and their alternative fuels division, Alliance AutoGas.  Mr. McCoy has served on several industry boards, including the Virginia Clean Cities where he was instrumental in the implementation of the Southeast Propane Corridor Project which facilitated the conversion, operation, and refueling infrastructure to support approximately 1200 propane autogas vehicles.  He has also written proposals and received Pennsylvania AFIG grant funds as well as worked with Clean Fuels Ohio on autogas funding projects. Since inception in 2009, Alliance AutoGas’ fleets have displaced over 50,000,000 gallons of gasoline with cleaner, less expensive, domestically produced, propane autogas. 

 

With over 34 years’ experience in all facets of the propane industry including ownership, operations, marketing, and sales, Steve brings a versatile working knowledge of propane autogas for fleet operations and logistics.  Steve attended Averett University and Virginia Tech where he earned his bachelors of business administration.

Dan Hackett, Account Manager, IGS CNG Services

Dan Hackett is an Account Manager for IGS CNG Services.  The parent company, IGS Energy, is a natural gas and electricity provider to residential, commercial and industrial markets.  IGS Energy, along with IGS CNG Services, operates out of a 105,000 square foot LEED Platinum-certified facility in Dublin, OH.  IGS CNG Services uses its own capital to design, build, own and maintain CNG fueling stations.  Dan is responsible for scouting, evaluating and securing strategic new sites for CNG fueling stations whether it is with existing fueling station companies, trucking companies or on green space.  IGS CNG Services enjoys public CNG fueling station partnerships with the likes of Speedway and Englefield Oil (Duke-Duchess BP) as well as private CNG fueling station partnerships with Rumpke and Local Waste Services.  While scouting new station sites, he also simultaneously works with fleets in the target area to promote their conversion to CNG vehicles.  He supports the CNG fleet prospect with financial modeling, CNG station and product education as well as incremental cost support.  A graduate of St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN; Dan resides in Dublin, OH with his wife and four children.

 

Daljit Bawa, Dipl. Ing, Manager of Business Development, Ballard Power Systems Inc.

 

Mr. Bawa joined Ballard in August 1999 as a Senior Field Service Engineer, managing field trials of both stationary and transportation fuel cell systems. Following that, Mr. Bawa was the bus operations manager for the CUTE and other Phase 5 fuel cell buses operating in USA, Australia, and China. Mr. Bawa was the program manager for development of Ballard’s FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell module. Furthermore, since 2008, Mr. Bawa has been responsible for business development in Europe where he played an active role in bringing about FCH:JU funded fuel cell bus programs like High VLO City (14 buses), HyTransit (6 buses), 3Emotion (21 buses) and JIVE (144 buses).

 

Mr. Bawa is a Graduate Engineer from the Institution of Engineers, India and has a Master of Diesel Propulsion Plants from Naval War Academy, Russia.

 

Joe Halso, Associate Attorney, Sierra Club

 

An attorney at Denver-based Sierra Club, Mr. Halso works to electrify our nation's transportation sector. He leads Sierra Club’s work on issues at the intersection of transportation electrification and electric utility regulation and has expertise in the design of utility programs to deploy EV charging infrastructure and related legal and policy issues.  This includes regulatory models for the emerging area of utility investment. Joe has addressed and litigated these matters before state utility commissions across the country and has spoken at numerous conferences, most recently at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioner’s winter policy summit. He also works to advance and protect clean transportation policies at the state and federal level.

 

Mr. Halso has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

 

Ryan Houk, Manager of Smart City Program Management, AEP Ohio

 

Mr. Houk is responsible for the overall management, coordination, and execution of Smart City initiatives at AEP Ohio.  AEP is working with Smart Columbus to invest in electrification and the future workforce of Ohio.

 

He earned dual bachelor’s degree in information systems auditing and control, and management information systems from Bowling Green State University and received an M.B.A. from The Ohio State University with an emphasis in corporate strategy and finance.

 

Stephanie Seki, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst, Atlas Policy

 

Ms. Seki is involved in all aspects of projects including research, analysis, and project management in the electrification and shared mobility space. She combines 10 years of experience from academia, consulting, and nonprofit/NGO to provide expert analysis at the intersection of technical and policy related projects. Her expertise includes analyzing the economic, environmental, and social impacts of new and emerging alternative fuels and technologies for the transportation sector.

 

She holds a Ph.D., a Master of Science in Engineering and Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Brendan McEwen, Principal Consultant, McEwen Climate & Energy

 

A sustainability consultant residing in British Columbia, Canada, Mr. McEwen was the former sustainability manager for the City of Richmond, British Columbia. He joined the City of Richmond in 2013 and implemented the City's Community Energy and Emissions Plan, which included a range of strategies to reduce emissions from the built environment and transportation systems. Prior to his work with the City,  he was associate director of the MIT CoLab Green Economic Development Initiative. He also represents the Union of British Columbus Municipalities on the Energy Step Code Council which supports the market transition to net-zero energy buildings.

 

Mr. McEwen has a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which focused on energy policy.

 

Creighton Randall, Principal Consultant, Mobility Development Partners

 

At Mobility Development Partners, Mr. Randall develops pilot programs and funding for shared mobility so that these systems can work for everyone. His firm supports community-controlled shared mobility programs throughout the United States that focus on service to disadvantaged communities, such as the BlueLA program in Los Angeles, the Green Raiteros program in Fresno and Hourcar in the Twin Cities.

 

Mr. Randall was formerly executive director of Buffalo CarShare, a non-profit organization providing car and bike sharing to over 1000 members. The company, which was acquired by Zipcar in 2015, served low-income households and was the first in North America to launch and maintain a dockless bikeshare network (now Reddy Bikeshare) in 2012. Mr. Randall received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University at Buffalo.

 

Gustavo Occhiuzzo, Chief Executive Officer, Green Commuter

 

Mr. Occhiuzzo is the founder & chief executive officer of Green Commuter, an all-electric vanpool provider which he founded in 2014.  His firm combines vanpooling, car sharing and fleet replacement with locations in Los Angeles and Chattanooga. He is committed to making a greater environmental impact by maximizing the use of a zero-emission fleet and using the latest technology to reduce the cost of commuting and best serve transportation needs through partnerships with various counties, municipalities, and organizations.

 

Mr. Occhiuzoo has 23 years of experience leading multiple companies, mostly in the service industry and possesses in-depth skills in management and strategic planning.
 

Michael Peters, Chief Executive Officer, Sway Mobility/REV Cleveland

 

Mr. Peters serves as the chief executive officer and co-founder of Sway Mobility and its affiliate REV Community Carshare, an EV carshare pilot in Cleveland targeting a spring 2019 launch. Sway Mobility partners with cities, community development corporations, and non-profits to design and implement public shared mobility networks and with real estate developers for companion private networks.

 

Prior to founding Sway, he was an investment banker in Chicago, New York, and London.  He received an undergraduate degree in public policy studies from The University of Chicago and a graduate degree in real estate finance from New York University.  He is also a LEED AP, EcoDistricts AP, and Certified Passive House Consultant

 

Alex Slaymaker, Smart Mobility/EV Adoption Team Coordinator, Smart Columbus & Columbus Partnership

 

Ms. Slaymaker is passionate about co-creating more sustainable Central Ohio communities where people want to live, work, and play. Her entrepreneurial spirit and ability to build bridges between people and ideas to create positive change helps her in her role where she coaches large employers in Central Ohio on creating and executing action plans to decrease solo driver commuters by 10% and increase associate electric vehicle adoption by over 400% by 2020. She also partners with team members, stakeholders, service providers, and corporate leaders to execute a comprehensive EV adoption and smart mobility campaign.

 

Prior to joining the Columbus Partnership team, Ms. Slaymaker worked for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) where she created an outreach program focused on helping Franklin County organizations, residents, events, and businesses make strides towards zero waste. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and her Master of Sustainable Solutions from Arizona State University.

 

John King, Fleet Management Division Assistant Administrator, City of Columbus Division of Fleet Services

 

Mr. King started his career with the City of Columbus as a heavy automotive mechanic 22 years ago and has been instrumental in a number of projects and awards for the City. He has more than 30 years experience and has held positions at Carquest, NAPA and Penske Truck Leasing.  In addition, he served as a special purpose vehicle mechanic and supervisor in the United States Air Force during Desert Storm.

 

Mr. King earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Christian University.

 

Mark Gerko, Chairperson of Engineering & Transportation Technologies Department, Columbus State Community College

 

Mr. Gerko oversees strategy and operations for four key academic areas at Columbus State: Automotive, Aviation, Engineering Technology and Supply Chain.  The department has over of 1500 students pursuing degrees and certificates.  Previously a Department Chair at Zane State College, Mr. Gerko has been with Columbus State since August 2016.  Before entering academia, Mr. Gerko worked in private-industry manufacturing, where developed expertise in all things related to machinery and manufacturing processes. 

 

Marked earned an MBA from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Akron.

 

Sophie Shulman, Manager of Partnerships & Business Development, Electrify America

 

Before joining Electrify America, Ms. Shulman served as the acting assistant secretary for Research and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation where she focused on energy, environment, and innovative transportation technologies, including the $40 million Smart City Challenge grant.

 

She has also served as the deputy chief of staff for the White House Domestic Policy Council and worked at the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Energy. She received Bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Michael Arbuckle, Senior Manager of EV Sales & Fleet Operations, Nissan North America

 

Mr. Arbuckle is the Senior Manager of Nissan’s EV Sales and Fleet Operations. He is responsible for managing Nissan’s EV field team along with all Nissan EV activities associated with vehicle sales, service and B2B development.

 

He has 12 years of experience in the automotive industry, overseeing multiple new vehicle launches and most recently was responsible for launching the all-new Nissan LEAF. Michael has also held several national and regional-level positions in Sales, Marketing and Dealer Network Development.

 

Natalia Swalnick, Director of Electric Vehicle and Smart Mobility Programs, Electrification Coalition

 

Ms. Swalnick is responsible for managing the planning and execution of projects that support the accelerated adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), smart mobility, and Smart Cities work. She has a decade of experience and knowledge in public policy issues related to energy, transportation, and the environment. As a thought leader in the EV and smart mobility space, she facilitates public information campaigns, workplace charging programs, fleet electrification initiatives and EV driver experiences to grow the EV market.

 

As a previous private sector consultant, she managed energy-related policy analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Colorado Department of Transportation, and the City of Denver. Ms. Swalnick earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

 

Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities

 

In addition to serving as the executive director of Wisconsin Clean Cities since 2011, Ms. Lisek is the president and co-owner of Legacy Environmental Services, Inc., a woman-owned, Indiana- Certified Women's Business Enterprise.

 

Under her leadership, Wisconsin Clean Cities has been named a U.S. EPA SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Honoree six consecutive times for the coalition’s role in reducing freight emissions. Ms. Lisek has been instrumental in securing over $20 million in funding for coalition and member alternative fuel/technology projects. In 2015, she was inducted into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Hall of Fame and received the Northwest Indiana One Region Outstanding Achievement Award. 

 

Mike Lammert, Senior Commercial Vehicle Technologies Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

Mr. Lammert is a senior commercial vehicle technologies engineer in the Advanced Vehicles & Fueling Infrastructure Group within the Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He investigates a variety of topics related to current and future technologies to reduce energy consumption in medium and heavy-duty vehicles. He worked in the truck and automotive industry for a decade at Cummins Inc, Sturman Industries and PACCAR Inc before joining NREL in 2007.

 

He has authored and co-authored over a dozen journal articles and technical papers on the results of advanced vehicle technology studies. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Dayton.

 

Kevin Vincent, VP of Government, Regulatory & Safety Affairs, Workhorse

 

Mr. Vincent serves as the Vice President of Government, Regulatory & Safety Affairs for Workhorse Group, Inc. In his role that he began in February 2018, Mr. Vincent oversees Regulatory Compliance, including the areas of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) compliance, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Regulations and ZEV Mandate, NHTSA Guidance, and State and Local Regulations, among others.

 

Prior to Workhorse, Mr. Vincent worked at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. as Chief Counsel. He provided legal advice to the NHTSA Administrator and other DOT officials, including the General Counsel and Secretary of Transportation, on transportation safety and fuel economy issues. While at NHTSA, Mr. Vincent accelerated adoption by the automobile industry of "green" technologies, having managed the drafting of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) greenhouse gas reduction regulations jointly issued by NHTSA and the EPA, leading to adoption of new technologies to improve fuel efficiency. Mr. Vincent's efforts helped result in the historic CAFE/CHG standards for Model Years 2017-2025 light duty vehicles that will double the fuel efficiency of our nation's vehicles. Mr. Vincent received his J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law.

 

Christopher Andrews, Director of Mobility and Innovation, Pratt & Miller Engineering

 

As Director of Mobility and Innovation, Mr. Andrews’ responsibilities include developing strategic growth plans for automotive, powersports, commercial truck, and new mobility customers in the areas of autonomy, vehicle dynamics, electrification, lightweighting, aerodynamics, active smart systems, and software solutions, in addition to all the other PME services and solutions. This includes identification of Innovative companies, solutions, emerging technologies and multi-discipline engineered solutions.

 

Mr. Andrews has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive/mobility, electronics, and media industries as well as being an entrepreneur. Before joining Pratt & Miller, he spent 17 years with Visteon Corporation, at increasing roles of responsibility ending up as Leader of Emerging Technologies where he identified and developed the next generation of connected vehicles, advanced electronics, and mobility cockpit solutions. Prior to his tenure at Visteon he was owner and Director of Stages Multimedia, designing AV facilities, and producing for major media, music and film companies, advertising agencies, and Fortune 500 businesses.

 

Mr. Andrews has a master’s degree from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

 

Andres Carlos, National Account Manager, Clean Energy Fuels

 

In his role as National Account Manager for Clean Energy Fuels, Mr. Carlos brings a valuable perspective to the alternative fuels discussion, with an insider’s background on both sides of the equation. In 2012, Mr. Carlos joined Clean Energy Fuels, the nation’s largest provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel that fuels over 35,000 vehicles each day at approximately 500 fueling stations. Clean Energy Fuels In his current role, Andres is tasked with increasing natural gas adoption within the transportation industry, focusing on supply chain, renewable natural gas and corporate sustainability.

 

He began his alternative fuels career at Waste Management as a business development manager where he brought zero waste, recycling and food waste best practices to new markets while increasing margin in traditional waste streams. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.

 

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

 

Mr. Underhill is the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Simple-Fill, Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based start-up commercializing a high-pressure natural gas compression technology. For nearly 20 years, he has worked commercializing technologies in the energy sector including Battelle spin-off Velocys and solid oxide fuel cell manufacturer Nexceris.

 

He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in accounting and holds certificates of international business and finance from the University of Michigan and Stanford.

 

Marc Rowe, Senior Manager of Business Development, Trillium CNG

 

Mr. Rowe has been the senior manager of business development with Trillium since 2014. He is responsible for developing and executing the overall market development strategy for Trillium’s business lines in the Midwest. His responsibilities include fuel sales to Trillium’s national fuel network as well as custom fueling solutions and complimentary products/services for the company's clients across the alternative fuels spectrum.

 

Prior to joining Trillium, he served in business development roles at a natural gas utility and national retail banking and consumer finance companies. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and holds a BEP certification from AEE.

 

Joseph Massey, Project Manager of Capital Projects, Central Ohio Transit Authority

 

Mr. Massey is the Project Manager of Capital Projects at COTA. In his role since 2017, he works to manage implementation of capital and special projects in which his responsibilities include managing architects and engineers, developing engineering procedures and document controls for the project team, tracking project budgets, and agency coordinating for Capital Project Initiatives. He has 10+ years of experience in managing construction and development projects in central Ohio for companies like Turner Construction and Wagenbrenner Development.

 

He is a graduate from The Ohio State University with bachelor's of science in construction management. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran, an avid golfer, married for 14 years, and is a father of four children.

 

Eric Wood, Vehicle Systems Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

Mr. Wood is a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, U.S.A. and works in NREL’s Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center. He focuses on integrating real-world travel data into the analysis of vehicle, infrastructure and energy storage systems. Interfacing closely with NREL’s Transportation Secure Data Center (TSDC), he routinely works with large geographic-enabled databases linking time series measurements to underlying road network and elevation/grade layers in a variety of database and geographic information system (GIS) programs.

 

He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University.

 

Jeffrey Lehman, P.E., Customer Energy Solutions Lead, American Electric Power (AEP)

 

Mr. Lehman is the lead for the electrification (energy conversion) program and technical lead for electrical transportation, charging infrastructure, and customer programs at AEP’s Customer and Distribution Services.  He is also responsible for identifying and evaluating new and emerging technologies that align with corporate strategy and create an impact to current and future business.  In addition, he serves as a Smart Columbus liaison and resource for electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and load optimization.

 

Mr. Lehman has been involved in various aspects of the electric utility industry since 2001, including transmission line, SCADA, telecommunications, central and distributed generation technologies, research and development, transportation electrification, and electric vehicle charging.  He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan in June 2005, and became a licensed Professional Engineer in April 2010.  He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

 

Brandi Braun, Deputy Innovation Officer, City of Columbus, Ohio

 

As the deputy innovation officer for the City of Columbus, Ms. Braun helps lead and oversee Smart Columbus, an initiative born from the Smart City Challenge Grant, through which Columbus beat out 77 other US cities to become the model for connected cities of the future. She also oversees enterprise-wide innovation strategies aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness throughout the City.

 

Ms. Braun previously served as chief of community relations for Columbus Recreation and Parks, director of strategic initiatives at the Ohio Department of Commerce, and assistant city administrator for Gahanna, Ohio. She holds bachelor's and master’s degree in public administration.

 

Michael Andrako, P.E., Director of Public Service, City of Marysville, Ohio

 

Mr. Andrako oversees the City of Marysville, Ohio’s Public Service Department, which includes the divisions of Streets, Planning & Zoning, Engineering, Water, Wastewater, Parks & Grounds and Facilities. Prior to joining the City of Marysville, he held various positions at the City of Gahanna for 10 years in its Public Service Department and was deputy director of public service for two years.

 

He currently co-chair's MORPC's Sustaining Scioto Implementation Committee and is a member of the North Central Ohio Solid Waste Authority Policy Committee and the Union County Council of Governments Technical Advisory Committee. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is a professionally licensed engineer in the State of Ohio.

 

Jason Stanford, Development Services Manager, Union County-Marysville Economic Development Partnership

 

An economic development practitioner, Mr. Stanford joined the Union County-Marysville Economic Development Partnership in 2008. He is responsible for the daily coordination and management of Union County’s economic development services and programs, including lead generation and response, workforce development initiatives, entrepreneurial development, and the preparation of economic, market, and informational materials. He previously served as the assistant director of the Belmont County, Ohio Department of Development.

 

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs/Economic Development from Wright State University and a Certificate of Nonprofit Administration from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance of Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Megan O'Callaghan, P.E., Public Works Director, City of Dublin, Ohio

 

Ms. O’Callaghan has been the City of Dublin’s director of public works since January 2014. The Department of Public Works includes the Divisions of Engineering, Street & Utilities Operations, Fleet Management and Facilities Management. Prior to joining the Dublin team, she worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) as a deputy director responsible for delivering a nearly $2 billion annual construction program. She also served as the deputy director for the City of Columbus Department of Public Service where she managed 700 employees and oversaw the five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

 

Ms. O’Callaghan graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and graduated magna cum laude from Capital University Law School where she earned a juris doctorate while working full time as an engineer.

 

Beth Snoke, Director of Transportation & Traffic Management, The Ohio State University

 

Ms. Snoke oversees transit-related operations at The Ohio State University, which includes the Campus Area Bus Service, on-demand paratransit service, charter bus service, university fleet services, traffic management for events and construction impacts, and university management of the parking lease.

 

She also serves as chair of the university’s Parking Advisory Committee and is a national board member for the Association for Commuter Transportation. She holds bachelors' degrees in marketing and in transportation & logistics from The Ohio State University.

 

Rebecca Richardson, Fuel Quality & Compliance Manager, National Biodiesel Board, Regulatory & Education Specialist for MARC-IV Consulting, Inc.

 

Ms. Richardson is a regulatory and education specialist for MARC-IV, a consulting company that specializes in the development of industrial products from agricultural resources. Prior to joining MARC-IV, she worked for the Illinois Soybean Association for more than eleven years. She has nearly twenty years’ experience with agricultural commodity and research organizations that began when she was education manager for the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

 

In 2004, she was recognized by the National Biodiesel Board for leading the efforts of the Illinois Soybean Association to establish a sales tax exemption for biodiesel mid-blends (above 10%) in Illinois. She received bachelor's and master’s degrees in education and higher learning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Bill Burns, Fleet & Facilities Maintenance Manager, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)

 

Mr. Burns is a fleet professional with over 34 years of experience in the fleet industry and was an early adopter of alternative fuels and alternative fuel technology. Before joining SWACO, he served as fleet operations manager for the City of Columbus where he oversaw the work of 120 fleet employees and the operations of over 6,200 vehicles.

 

His career accomplishments include developing and implementing the adoption of biodiesel fueling, CNG vehicles and CNG public access fuel stations, fueling infrastructure, CNG station professional maintenance services, and fleet sustainability programs. In 2008, he received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Job Performance for his oversight of the city’s $27 million fleet facility that encompasses many green energy concepts. 

 

Robert McGuire, Vice President & Director of Logistics, Alpha Baking Company

 

Mr. McGuire is the vice president and director of logistics for the Alpha Baking Company, which operates six Midwest commercial bakeries, 20 distribution centers, and several privately-operated freezers.  The company serves approximately 14,000 customers with fresh bread and buns in 13 states and distributes frozen bakery products to all 48 states.

 

Mr. McGuire has been testing the usage of alternative energy options for 16 years and Alpha Baking Company’s propane-powered fleet was featured on the television show, Motorweek, in 2013. In 2015, McGuire began running a fleet of all-electric powered vehicles which have since been featured in several publications and videos.  He is the current chairman of the American Bakers Logistics Committee in Washington and holds a bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College and an M.B.A. from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.

 

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

 

Mr. Kauffman is the third-generation leader of Yellow Cab of Columbus, a family-owned business which was established by his grandfather in 1928 using proceeds from his produce sales at the North Market in the City.  Mr. Kauffman is committed to serving the Central Ohio community and recently received $30,000 in Smart Columbus rebates to replace 10 vehicles in the company's fleet with new electric taxis. Prior to joining Yellow Cab, he managed the logistics pf the family’s CPS Delivery System business.

 

Mr. Kauffman is an active member of the North Market Development Authority Board and has served on the boards of The Wexner Center, Ohio Art League and supports the Columbus Museum of Art. He attended the University of Arizona.

 

Kelly Reagan, Fleet Administrator, City of Columbus

 

Mr. Reagan oversees a fleet of 6,400 units and a budget of $38 million.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the fleet industry and was the 2016 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year and #1 Leading Fleet in the nation the same year. He was also inducted into the Public Sector Fleet Managers Hall of Fame in 2015. He has worked tirelessly to pioneer alternative fuels, including CNG and  EV in the Midwest building infrastructure throughout the City.  His efforts have resulted in two CNG stations that are currently in operation and two more which are under construction.

 

Mr. Reagan has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hiram College.

 

Geoffrey Hobin, Capital Program Administrator, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville

 

Mr. Hobin has been with TARC since 1996.  For the past 15 years, he has been responsible for administering its Federal and State grants, managing its Capital Improvement Program and other programs, including providing bike racks on all TARC buses, constructing a LEED Gold certified maintenance facility, and acquiring fast-charge battery-electric buses.

 

IMr. Hobin is currently working on strategies to transition TARC’s fleet to electric and to move TARC toward becoming a more data-driven organization with modernized ITS systems.  He also oversees a  program of six energy efficiency projects, that when complete, will reduce energy consumption in the 124-year-old train station that serves as TARC’s headquarters by 70%. 

 

Peter Voderberg, Managing Director for Regulations & Policy, DriveOhio

 

DriveOhio, a statewide center for all things smart mobility, was established by Governor John Kasich in January 2018.  As managing director for regulations and policy, Mr. Voderberg provides leadership and insight on complex questions of how policies at all levels of government are and will be affected by the development of advanced mobility technologies.  He has spent his entire career navigating legal and policy issues and prior to his appointment with DriveOhio, he served as an assistant policy director and associate counsel in the office of Governor Kasich. He also previously worked as a clerk for the Third District Court of Appeals, as a legislative liaison for the Ohio Department of Taxation and as a legislative aide in the Ohio General Assembly. 

 

Mr. Voderberg earned a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2012 and has a bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University.

 

Joshua Every, Ph.D., Manager of Applied Research, Transportation Research Center, Inc.

 

Dr. Every leads TRC Inc.’s Applied Research Division, which includes the development of a dedicated Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) test facility (SMARTCenter) and the refinement of comprehensive resources for CAV testing, validation and development. Dr. Every received his PhD from The Ohio State University with research, supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC), in prototyping and assessment of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) utilizing Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) simulation.

 

Upon Graduation, Josh joined TRC Inc. to lead NHTSA’s Functional Testing of Automated Vehicles Task Order at VRTC. This program led to the creation of test procedures and advanced performance metrics for Automated Driving Systems (ADS). His current work is focused on creating testing methods for vehicle automation systems, and developing procedures to ensure the safety of controlled environment testing and on-road deployments.  

 

J. Sam Lott, P.E., Principal, Automated Mobility Services, LLC

 

Mr. Lott formed Advanced Mobility Services, LLC, a consulting firm, to continue his work in the field of transportation and transport systems. Throughout his 40+ year career, he has become internationally known in the field of transit systems, applying advanced automation technology, and has managed numerous ground transportation, transit and passenger terminal projects spanning many transportation technologies, systems and facilities. In recent years, he has become known in the field of autonomous vehicles, specifically on how the paradigm shift in automation technology will impact the transit industry. 

 

Mr. Lott was a founding member of ASCE-21 Automated People Mover Standards Committee and has served on the committee for more than 20 years. He has also been affiliated with Texas Southern University (TSU) Center for Transportation Training and Research since his retirement from Kimley-Horn and Associates in 2015.  He earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston in 1980 and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

 

Greg Zilberfarb, CEO & President, TSN Communications

 

In his role as president and CEO of TSN Communications, a provider of commercialization and outreach services specializing in alternative fuels, Mr. Zilberfarb is currently working with the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) to provide commercialization and outreach support for new products utilizing propane powered engines. His alternative fuels background is extensive and diverse. In addition to his work with PERC, he has worked with the National Biodiesel Board on OEM outreach and education. He was Executive Director of National Clean Cities Inc., a National Account Manager of AFVs with Ford Motor Company and Director of Marketing for NGVAmerica, formerly called the NGV Coalition.

 

Mr. Zilberfarb earned his bachelor’s degree in human resources development from Averett University.

 

Andy Farquhar, Ph.D., President, SCOT Sustainable Energy Solutions

 

Dr. Farquhar is the president and owner of SCOT Sustainable Energy Solutions which works with correctional departments in several states to identify energy conservation opportunities and implement prison industry programs.  This entails the assembly and manufacture of energy-efficient products such as solid-state lighting. 

 

He retired from the Alabama Department of Corrections in June of 2016 after 30 years of service, including serving as director of the Correctional Industries Division, Land Management, and as departmental energy officer. Dr. Farquhar holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

 

Jason Sherman, Director of Facilities & Transportation, Delaware City Schools, Delaware, Ohio

 

Mr. Sherman is the Director of Facilities & Transportation at Delaware City Schools in Delaware, Ohio. In his role since 2013, he oversees providing service to all students, staff, parents, and the Delaware City Schools community. He was previously the Director of Transportation & Custodial Services at Upper Arlington City Schools since 2008. He has been a school transportation director for 20 years and has worked on pupil transportation-related projects in 8 different states. Jason's district is one of three Central Ohio-area school districts that have switched from diesel school buses to propane school buses over the last five years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

 

 

BREAKOUT SESSION MODERATORS

 

Phil Jones, Executive Director, Alliance for Transportation Electrification

 

In addition to serving as the executive director for the Alliance for Transportation Electrification, Mr. Jones is the president of Phil Jones Consulting LLC which is based in Seattle, Washington. In both roles, he provides expert advice and consulting services for organizations in the fields of energy and utility regulation in assessing the future viability of utility regulation given the changing dynamics in the regulated electricity and natural gas industries, communications regulation, and cybersecurity compliance and regulation.

 

Mr. Jones is also  a director of the Western Grid Group, a board advisor to Energy Impact Partners (EIP) and is on the non-profit boards of directors of Carbon WA and Climate Solutions. He graduated from Harvard College with honors in 1977 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies.

 

Mark Smith, Technology Integration Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

 

As the technology integration program manager for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office, Mr. Smith oversees a broad technology portfolio.  The portfolio is focused on accelerating the development and widespread use of advanced vehicle technologies to help reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and to provide reliable, and affordable, transportation choices. The Technology Integration Program portfolio includes Alternative Fuels, Fuel Economy, Electrification, Energy Efficient Mobility Systems, and the Alternative Fuels Regulatory programs.

 

Before joining DOE in 2010, he was an alternative fuel vehicle consultant to American Honda. In his previous positions with American Honda, FuelMaker and Clean Energy, he has promoted the use of advanced technology vehicles to public and private fleet managers and provided alternative refueling solutions ranging from home refueling of a single vehicle to some of the largest commercial, airport, and transit fueling stations in the United States. 

 

Erin Gilchrist, Director of Fleet Operations, Safelite Autoglass

 

Ms. Gilchrist is responsible for national fleet operations for more than 8,000 vehicles at Safelite Autoglass and manages an annual budget of more than $80 million as well as many fleet department responsibilities.  This ranges from associate management to maintenance to procurement and more. Prior to her current position, she held roles in internal audit as a process analyst. Her experience includes retail operations management and supply chain and logistics. 

 

Ms. Gilchrist attended The Ohio State University.

 

Brendan Kelley, Director of Drive Electric Ohio, Clean Fuels Ohio

 

Mr. Kelley is responsible for developing the Drive Electric Ohio program, including supporting and strengthening locally-based electric vehicle (EV) education and advocacy groups throughout the state, and leading statewide policy efforts.

 

He has served as legislative advisory to the Columbus City Council, monitoring policy issues and advocating for the council with legislators and state leaders. He also has served as data director for the Ohio Democratic Party and was a legislative aide for Representative John Patrick Carney and has worked on several campaigns where he gained deep experience in developing and working with local leaders. 

 

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

 

Mr. Burns serves as director of the Columbus Region Logistics Council, an initiative of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. The council’s mission is “to serve as Central Ohio's logistics industry resource center, advancing our members through connections, advocacy and information.”

 

Prior to joining the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, he operated a small business and spent 10 years as a business reporter in several markets throughout the United States, most recently with Columbus Business First

 

Stephe Yborra, Managing Director, Yborra & Associates, LLC (Y&A)

 

Mr. Yborra leads Yborra & Associates, an energy technologies commercialization and market development consultancy. Y&A’s expertise and experience spans alternative fuel vehicles, focusing on NGV applications, related fueling and maintenance facilities technologies, and codes and standards issues.

 

Before founding Y&A in April 2015, Mr. Yborra played a pivotal role in the NGV industry for 13 years, serving concurrently as a director at NGVAmerica (NGVA) and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation (CVEF), where his work earned him worldwide recognition as a top NGV expert. He attended Rutgers, Drexel and Temple Universities and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing.

 

John Gartner, Director of Energy, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

 

Mr. Gartner directs the Energy Practice for Navigant's transportation research and consulting efforts. His key areas of expertise include electric vehicles, EV charging infrastructure and integration into the grid, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, advanced batteries, shared mobility services and automated vehicles.

 

He has overseen dozens of projects focused on electric vehicles, their local and national impact of on utilities, business models for EV charging services, e-mobility, and the expected utilization of EV charging equipment for both U.S. and international clients. He has more than 30 years of experience evaluating technology, market research and consulting and has been involved in assessing alternative drive transportation for over a decade.

 

James Barna, P.E., Executive Director, DriveOhio

 

As the executive director for DriveOhio, Mr. Barna oversees the state’s strategic plans for the implementation of smart mobility technologies. This includes advancing smart mobility in Ohio by developing partnerships and creating a one-stop shopping environment for those looking to develop, test and deploy advanced mobility solutions.

 

Prior to joining DriveOhio, Mr. Barna served as assistant director and chief Engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for seven years and oversaw all highway divisions including Planning, Engineering, Construction, Legislative Affairs, and Innovative Delivery, including Public Private Partnership Procurement.  He also oversaw ODOT’s policy, research, and deployment of connected vehicle technologies. Mr. Barna received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1990.

 

Tom Fontana, Director of Research & Education, Ohio Soybean Council

 

Mr. Fontana joined The Ohio Soybean Council in 2005 as director, new use development and was responsible for project management of production research, new use research and development, bioproducts outreach, and educational initiatives. He is currently director of research and education and is responsible for managing and growing OSC’s plant and environmental research projects, as well as its biodiesel and education programs.

 

Mr. Fontana also serves as director, programs and development for the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation. He received a bachelor of arts degree from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Xavier University.

 

Matt Stephens-Rich, Electric Vehicle Specialist, Electrification Coalition

 

Mr. Stephens-Rich was hired by the Electrification Coalition as a local electric vehicle expert and liaison and was placed in the Smart Columbus office to assist with the program’s overall implementation. In this role, he focuses on assisting fleets and organizations to rapidly adopt electric vehicles and charging, providing meaningful benefit to Central Ohio's emissions and economic bottom line.  He was previously a project manager at Clean Fuels Ohio where he worked to secure $25+ million in grant funding and deployed hundreds of alternative fuel fleet vehicles.  He also helped write a variety of grant opportunities reaching over $60M in total award, including the City of Columbus application to the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart Cities Challenge, subsequently known as Smart Columbus.

 

He graduated from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University in 2012 with an MPA in Energy Policy.

 

Maryn Weimer, Senior Associate Director, The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

 

As the senior associate director for The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, Ms. Weimer is responsible for planning, directing, and developing the center’s programs and managing and providing oversight of all administrative, operational, fiscal, and human resources functions. This includes collaborating and connecting researchers, faculty, and staff at The Ohio State University together around Smart Mobility solutions and leading strategic development to ensure that strategies are aligned between Smart Mobility-related faculty, Smart City initiatives and overall mobility initiatives at the university.

 

CAR is the largest center in the College of Engineering with annual research expenditures reaching over $10M and is a leader in advanced propulsion systems; fuel economy; vehicle safety, connectivity, and autonomy; and advanced driver assistance systems.  

 

Frank Edwards, President, Ohio Propane Gas Association/General Manager, Linden's Propane

 

Mr. Edwards is the general manager at Linden’s Propane and serves as the president of the Ohio Propane Gas Association. He has been in the propane industry for 15 years and has held regional-level positions in operations, sales, and marketing for the industry’s largest companies.

 

Mr. Edward’s experience includes acquisition integration, start-up locations and data analysis for expense reducing operations.  He has worked throughout the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States. 

 

 

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