2020 Speakers

Speaker by last name: A-D, E-H, I-L, M-P, Q-T, U-W, X-Z

Eric Bayani

Richard Battersby

Tyler Bennett

Rex Brown

In recognition of his dedicated service, Rex received the 2019 Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) Leadership Award. The award recognizes a significant contribution to the advancement of state government, vision, personal integrity, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Rex earned a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in Massachusetts in 2007, and worked in the legal field before choosing a career in state government. Upon completion of his service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Rex received a citation from the governor recognizing his dedicated service and his reputation for effectiveness and achievement at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Sarah Budriunas

Scott Brown

Tony Cademarti

Sheri Call

Morgan Caswell

Michael Coates


Wendy Dafoe

Wendy Dafoe | Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Wendy Dafoe serves as the Technology Integration project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Wendy works closely with the NREL team and the U.S. Department of Energy program staff to identify information needs and execute projects that advance the Technology Integration mission. In 2009, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for 15 years of outstanding service to Clean Cities.

Gary Dannar | Founder & CEO, DD Dannar, LLC
Starting with early patents for rough terrain forklifts in the 1970's, Gary Dannar's career has continuously centered on innovation and new product development. His corporate responsibilities spanned North America and across Europe and Asia, in leadership roles for several corporations, including Ford Motor Co., The General, New Holland, and Alamo Group. Today, Gary is an established leader and industry innovator thru his two privately held heavy equipment companies, Little Roadside Management, LLC, and DD DANNAR, LLC. With DANNAR, Gary has looked to the future and clearly identified the need for a new product category in the heavy-duty non-road and off-road equipment sector, a product that meets strict new ZEV emissions standards with increased productivity and utilization. Highly configurable for everyday use in multiple applications, DANNAR's Mobile Power Station® is a strong departure from our diesel fueled past, and benchmarks a new category of clean, electric work vehicles.

Rich DeMary

Todd Ellis | Executive Director of Sales, Western Region & Canada, Renewable Energy Group
Todd Ellis Executive Director Sales- Western Region and Canada for Renewable Energy Group (REG). Mr. Ellis oversees all strategic planning and sale responsibilities for the US West and Canada including downstream integration and infrastructure developments. For more than fourteen years, Mr. Ellis has been a leader in sustainable business and economic development for leading biofuels companies. He has worked with federal, state and provincial government policy makers on a range of issues affecting biofuels policies and market incentives that have created strong market demand for biomass based diesel. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Advanced Biofuels Canada.

Bruce Emerson

Jeff Esfeld

Dawn Fenton

Bill Fisher

Dustin Fitzpatrick

John Frala

Zach Henkin

Kelly Hoell

Simon Horton

Eric Huang

James Jacobs

He was also a member of the Community College Advisory Panel to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, and on the board of the Global Corporate College, which provided consistent, just-in-time employee development to support business priorities across multiple time zones, locations and languages through a network of U.S. community colleges and universities.Jacobs serves on several local boards, including the Center for Automotive Research, Metropolitan Affairs Council, Detroit Institute of Arts, United Way for Southeastern Michigan and Advancing Macomb. He is widely known for the Macomb County Economic Forecast, which he has presented annually for more than 30 years for the coalition of county's chambers of commerce. Currently Dr. Jacobs is a senior advisor to the Ralph Wilson Foundation, and lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Education.

James Kast

Randal Kaufman

Jennifer Kube-Njenga

She has also been responsible for every electric vehicle and equipment purchase for the City. Jennifer started at the City in the Finance department and is familiar with accounting, auditing, financial budget reporting and the drafting of bylaws. Jennifer is also is a member of the Smart Cities Challenge team for Resilient Energy Power Sources for Emergency Assets and she also works with and coaches other members of her team that are involved EV Charging and Electrification of the Trade Corridor.

Gary Lentsch

Ruth Liddell

Marc Lurie

Alan Mace

Jannet Malig

Michael Masquelier

Ken Mays

She also developed U.S. EPA's Cleanup - Clean Air program, establishing green remediation policies and practices in U.S. EPA Regions throughout the nation. She started her career at the EPA as a Superfund Project Manager. Penny has been with the EPA for 21 years, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science, and a Masters of Science in Environmental Management.

Paul Menig

Always approaching development from a holistic business sense, and with the total system in mind, his teams introduced numerous products, including automated mechanical transmissions, electronic braking, radar collision warning, electronic engine controls, telematics, driver instrumentation, vehicle power management, multiplexed electronic controls and diesel-electric hybrids. In addition, those team learned to continuously improve engineering processes, decrease product and assembly costs, and improve the reliability of systems in the field. His experience includes 15 years with Eaton developing new products and growing business for industrial automation, military systems and trucking. Paul's career started at General Electric in military products and medical systems after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Steve Nicholas

Jonathan Norris

Young Park

Fred Patricio

Karl Pepple

Chris Quarto

Mark Quarto

Sarah Reed

Paola Santana

She has also collaborated with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the OECD, developing striking public infrastructure projects and strategic partnerships integrating exponential technologies. She's best known for her ability to create things from scratch at the intersection of the public, private and regulatory domains, and for her track record introducing cutting-edge technologies into highly-regulated markets. Her most recent experience includes co-drafting the public-private partnership enabling the first multi-state Hyperloop system in the United States. A Fulbright scholar and graduate from George Washington, Georgetown and Singularity University, she's been featured as CNET Top 20 Latin in Tech, Forbes Top 50 Women of Power in Central America and the Dominican Republic, LinkedIn Top 10 Professionals Under 35 in Enterprise Tech, and served as Lead of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Group and appointed member of the first FAA Drone Advisory Committee. She's currently Faculty at Singularity University, and Mentor for the Social Entrepreneurship Labs Incubator at Stanford University and Google AI.

Philip Saunders

Philip is a retired military warrant officer with 20 years as an Army logistician and contracting officer where he managed an array of contracts in logistical related services. Philip holds a bachelor's in Business Administration and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Demonstrated Senior Logistician, and Master Certified Food Executive. He also currently serves as an appointed mentorship committee member for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

Kurt Shadbolt

Lauren Skiver

Alex Spataru

Rose Szoke

John Thornton

Previously John spent 11 years with Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Group, Inc., producer of Hyster® and Yale® forklift trucks, where he played key roles in the launch of industrial electric vehicles and related technologies. John earned a B.S. degree in Business / Operations Management from Oregon State University, and an M.B.A. from Portland State University.

Diane Turchetta

Mike Usen

Lucita Valiere

Lucita Valiere

Olen Vanderleeden

Nate Veeh

Rick Wallace

Sean Waters

Nate Veeh

Jennifer Wong

View the 2019 speaker line-up here >>