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The Judges

 

Adam Brennan
| C&A

Adam is the Unit Leader – Sustainable Chemical Management at C&A, based in Hong Kong, he specialises in environmental protection, chemical management and resource efficiency. He graduated out of Reading University in the UK with an MSc in Renewable Energy and Sustainability. Adam has worked in a consultancy, a brand and a manufacturer giving him a holistic understanding of environmental issues in the Asian supply chain. Adam spent 5 years at sporting goods brand PUMA based in Vietnam, where he was a key part of the PUMA.Safe Environmental Affairs team. He was primarily responsible for project managing PUMA’s unique and world’s first Environmental Profit & Loss (E P&L) account. He also managed a number of capacity building and technical assistance programs across the Asian supply chain, notably – SAVE – a cleaner production and resource efficiency program. Following this Adam joined Saitex as Sustainability Director of their Vietnam denim operations which included a cut and sew facility and laundry. Traditionally polluting activities became a pastime as new technology was introduced to create one of the world’s first closed loop laundry systems, along with being the first laundry to achieve BlueSign certification. At C&A, Adam is responsible for the Sustainable Chemical Management team whom works to eliminate hazardous chemicals from the global supply chain. He represents C&A at the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Brand Council and is an active member of both the Wastewater and Auditing focus areas along with Asian stakeholder activities.

Carol Baroudi
| Arrow Electronics

In her role in Global Sustainability and Compliance for Arrow Electronics, Carol Baroudi leads Arrow’s Sustainability Working Group, working to define and drive sustainability initiatives across Arrow. Carol also works with Arrow Value Recovery customers in support of their sustainability initiatives, including education, advocating for and reporting on sustainability choices, metrics and goals. Carol is the lead author of Green IT For Dummies, which gives organizations basic principles and guidance in moving toward sustainable IT, including basics of power management and what to consider in greening your data center. She co-leads the Boston Area Sustainability Group www.basg.org, producing monthly programs aimed at furthering sustainability education, building collaborative networks, and driving sustainability forward. She is a member of the Greater Boston Sustainability Leadership Forum.

Prior to joining Arrow, Carol worked as an industry analyst for more than 12 years. She was Research Director of Sustainability and Green IT at Aberdeen Group, CEO of Baroudi Bloor International, and Vice President at Hurwitz Group. A best-selling author, Carol’s other books include the first 11 editions of The Internet For Dummies, Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies, Mastering COBOL, Internet Secrets, and Email For Dummies. There are more than 7 million copies of her books in print in more than 30 languages. Ms. Baroudi holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a post baccalaureate certificate in Sustainable Development from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Arrow Electronics is a fortune 150 company that supports the entire lifecycle of electronics from sourcing through end-of-life disposition. Operating in 55 countries, Arrow serves over 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers though a global network of more than 470 locations.

Charles Rechtsteiner
| Autodesk Inc.

Charles Rechtsteiner is Autodesk’s Business Integration Manager for Corporate Real Estate and Facilities. Leveraging key facilities within Autodesk’s portfolio, Charles collaborates with internal divisions and strategic business partners to create living lab opportunities to trial and develop new technologies that impact building efficiency and optimization. Charles has managed several LEED CI and EBOM projects at Autodesk, including New England’s first IPD project for Autodesk’s AEC headquarters building in Waltham, MA and has over 20 years of experience managing real estate, projects and facilities.

Chris Davis
| Citigroup Inc.

Chris Davis is vice president of program management for Citigroup Inc. He currently leads Citi’s Supplier Relationship Management Program, an initiative within Citi Procurement Services.

Before joining the Supplier Relationship Management Program, he led Citi’s Supply Chain Sustainability Initiative. Prior to joining Citi, Chris founded PULSE, a management consultancy headquartered in New York City, addressing process improvement and corporate responsibility programs for the energy and non-profit sectors. He has worked in or consulted to a number of industries and sectors including financial services, architecture/engineering and development, non-profit and education.

Daniel Gilbert
| ISS Facility Services

As North American Program Manager for Solid Waste & Recycling, Daniel Gilbert has over 20 years of experience in managing material recovery, processing, disposal, recycling and reuse programs for all types of commodities and waste streams. Daniel’s primary responsibility is supporting ISS Integrated Facilities Services (IFS) Team in developing programs to minimize solid waste streams by developing and implementing recycling and reuse Best Practices throughout North America. His recent highlights include leading the ISS team that helped Hewlett-Packard achieve 90% landfill diversion in FY 12 surpassing its 87.1% goal, establishing US collection and processing network for Pepsico Dream Machine beverage container recycling initiative (PET & aluminum), serving on Waste Management’s Organic Waste Team that developed a “Go-to-Market” strategy to maximize the value of food and green waste streams, and developing and implementing plant-level Zero Waste programs for industrial clients in the automotive and chemical segments

Before joining ISS, Daniel worked for Waste Management developing proposals and business plans for client relationships that required innovative waste minimization, recycling and reuse initiatives to reduce costs and limit customer liability.

Dave Meyer
| BSI EHS Services & Solutions

Dave Meyer is a Senior Consultant with BSI EHS Services and Solutions, a full service environmental, health, safety (EHS) and sustainability consulting firm. Dave’s principal focus is to help organizations achieve environmental sustainability program excellence, leverage regulatory compliance risks, and optimize organizational effectiveness. Dave has over 35 years of progressive experience in environmental sustainability, environmental performance and metrics, responsible sourcing and green supply chain management, corporate responsibility EHS management systems planning and implementation (ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001), permitting and multi- media compliance and environmental liability auditing. Dave’s expertise extends across many industry sectors: renewable energy, clean tech, food & beverage, semiconductor, consumer electronics, chemicals/plastics, pharma/biotech, mining, oil/ gas, aerospace, forest products, transportation, public works, transportation, financial, legal and government. Dave is presently an advisory board member for the Sustainable Business Forum and 2Degrees Network Sustainable Supply Chain Working Group and is a co-editor for Sustainable Brands Supply Chain Issues Focus Series. BSI EHS Services and Solutions provides a comprehensive range of strategic, management and technical consulting solutions – assessment, compliance, risk management, reporting, training, communication and more – partnering with clients to achieve their environmental, health, safety and sustainability short-term needs and long-term goals.

David Dornfeld
| University of California, Berkeley

David Dornfeld received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976 in the area of Production Engineering. He joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1977 and is presently Professor of Manufacturing Engineering. He holds the Will C. Hall Family Chair in Engineering and serves as the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department. He leads the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability – LMAS (lmas.berkeley.edu) with research activities in several fields of manufacturing engineering – green and sustainable manufacturing; monitoring and analysis of manufacturing processes; precision manufacturing; and intelligent sensors and machine interoperability for process monitoring and optimization. He has published over 400 papers in these fields, authored three research monographs, contributed chapters to several books and has seven patents based on his research work. He is a consultant on green and sustainable manufacturing, mechanical design, manufacturing productivity, sensors, automation and process modeling and the associated intellectual property issues. He writes a blog on green manufacturing at http://green-manufacturing.blogspot.com/. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and past Technical Editor, Trans. ASME, Journal of Engineering for Industry. He was the recipient of the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award in 1986 and 2010 ASME William T. Ennor Award. He received the AMT Charles F. Carter Advancing Manufacturing Award in 2012. He is a Fellow and past-Director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and a recipient of the 2004 SME Fredrick W. Taylor Research Medal and 2013 NAMRI/SME Outstanding Lifetime Service Award; member of Japan Society of Precision Engineering (JSPE) and recipient of the 2005 JSPE Takagi Prize; Fellow, School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, Japan, member of American Society of Precision Engineering (ASPE), He is past-President of the Board of Directors, North American Manufacturing Research Institute (NAMRI/SME). He is a Fellow of the CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering) and Chair of the Working Group on Energy Efficiency and Resource Effectiveness.

Dennis J. Hu
| Ball Aerospace & Technology

As Director of EHS and SSE, Dennis is responsible for all environmental, health, safety matters for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. This includes regulatory compliance, occupational safety, permitting, emergency response, systems safety engineering, EHS management systems and program development, sustainability, and external relationships. Since joining Ball Aerospace in 2015, Dennis has used his previous experiences to help continue to drive program and process efficiency improvements in the aerospace industry. This includes an approach to risk-based management of issues with a focus on increasing EHS compliance and improving EHS culture while reducing operational costs. He has a proven track record of building and leading diverse, multi-functional teams to success. With over 23 years of experience, he has worked in both industry and consulting helping companies solve complex EHS and regulatory problems. Prior to joining Ball Aerospace, Dennis served as Director of EHS for Newalta Corporation responsible for all U.S. oil and gas operations. Prior to Newalta, he served as the Northeast Regional EHS Team Leader for BASF Corporation, supporting multiple chemical manufacturing and research and development facilities. In addition, Dennis has extensive consulting experience working for Environmental Resources Management (ERM) serving varied industry clients as a project manager and consultant. Dennis has an MBA, with distinction, from New York University’s Stern School of Business with specializations in Finance, Change Management and Social Impact and Innovation and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Public Policy from Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science in St. Louis, Missouri. Dennis has been active in numerous EHS professional organizations including the Aerospace Industries Association, Air & Waste Management Association, National Association of Environmental Professionals, National Association for Environmental Management, Colorado Environmental Management Society and the Rocky Mountain EHS Peer Group. Additionally, Dennis has been involved in community organizations and charities such as Big Brothers and Sisters, Junior Achievement, St. Louis Science Center and is currently serves as a Board Member of the Denver Ronald McDonald House Charities and sits on the Executive External Advisory Panel of the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center for Health, Work and Environment with the Colorado School of Publich Health. He has been a guest speaker at numerous professional and charitable events speaking on topics including technical EHS issues, managing organizational change, EHS culture, strategic planning and charitable giving.

Dennis Salazar

Dennis and his company provide custom eco friendly packaging solutions through Salazar Packaging and stock green packaging products via GlobeGuardProducts, which is the first internet store featuring all eco-friendly packaging supplies. Dennis also launched GreenPackagingGroup, which is a B2B packaging blog and directory for eco-minded buyers. He is president and co-founder of Salazar Packaging.

Salazar Packaging helps customers make informed decisions about their primary and secondary packaging. Whether it is a retail paperboard container, a custom printed shipping box, or a custom printed bag designed for rack display, it has the expertise to help customers accomplish their objective at the lowest possible cost.

Drew Campbell
| US Department of Energy

Drew Campbell is the Deputy Director of the Sustainability Performance Office at the United States Department of Energy (DOE). His work focuses on coordinating, reporting and analyzing DOE’s sustainability efforts to reduce energy use, water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy use, recycling and sustainable buildings across the DOE complex. His work has helped DOE become a top 5 sustainable federal agency and has secured DOE’s spot as a leader in the federal sustainability arena. Prior to his time with the Sustainability Performance Office, Drew worked in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) as a senior policy adviser and oversaw a budget of over $100 million in funding for resources that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. In 2009, during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Drew served as a member of the Department’s Recovery Act team that provided approximately $3.2 billion in block grants to cities, communities, states, U.S territories, and Indian tribes to develop, promote, implement, and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects. Prior to joining EERE, Drew was a policy adviser for the Chief Information Officer on Cyber Security legislation issues. He has been with the Department since 2005. Drew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Public Relations from George Mason University.

Ellen Edwards
| University of Colorado

Ellen Edwards is Energy Manager in Facilities Management at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. After growing up in the Kansas City area, she attended the University of Kansas receiving a degree in Architectural Engineering. During college she interned for a consulting engineering firm where she accepted a mechanical engineering position after graduation. During her time as a consulting engineer, she performed plug load studies for a local real estate management firm which provided her first exposure to Energy Management. After starting a family, she took a position within Facilities Management at a local KC University as a Utilities Analyst. After the addition of her second child, she accepted a position with Trane as a sales engineer where she was exposed to energy modelling and construction contracting. During her time with Trane, she was offered a partnership in a mechanical contracting company which she accepted. Projects included major office renovations and partnerships with General Contractors on new construction. Feeling a need to get back into engineering and energy, she accepted a position as an Energy Engineer with a national energy services company. Ellen developed energy conservation projects for clients such as K-12 school districts, city and county governments, and higher education that led to a position with Sprint Real Estate as Energy Program Manager. Desiring a move to Colorado, she accepted her current position at CU Boulder. Ellen’s personal time is spent with her two sons and the family pets, enjoying the Colorado outdoors.

Ephi Banaynal dela Cruz
| Microsoft

Ephi Banaynal dela Cruz is currently responsible for Microsoft’s hardware and packaging supply chain sustainability and audit program. As Director of Social and Environmental Accountability (SEA) & Audit at Microsoft she manages a team of professionals focused on effecting change by assessing and monitoring supplier performance, building supplier capabilities and continuously identifying opportunities for improvement. She also manages key internal and external stakeholders by providing strategic direction and business insight into strengthening the company’s supply chain social, environmental and ethical responsibilities.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Ephi was the Global Director, Sustainability Management & Strategy, at SAP responsible for developing SAP’s sustainability strategy and oversees execution of the strategy across the organization. Ephi joined SAP from Palm, Inc., where she pioneered the company’s Environmental Stewardship Program, overseeing Design for the Environment, Extended Producer Responsibility, and managing the product regulatory and compliance organization.

Frank O’Brien-Bernini
| Owens Corning

Frank O’Brien-Bernini is vice president, chief sustainability officer of Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite solutions. His role encompasses global accountability for Owens Corning’s sustainability strategy development and implementation, including Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S). In 30 years with Owens Corning, he has held various leadership positions, including most recently, vice president, chief R&D officer. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Mr. O’Brien-Bernini ran a solar design/build firm.

Mr. O’Brien-Bernini is a frequent speaker on topics related to sustainability and has addressed multiple conferences, has been quoted in many industry reports/publications and currently serves on several Boards.

An alumnus of one of the nation’s first interdisciplinary sustainability programs, “The Center for Resourceful Living” at North Adams State College, Mr. O’Brien-Bernini also earned a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, where his research focus was solar energy.

Owens Corning develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2014 sales of $5.3 billion and employs about 14,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a Fortune 500 company for 60 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.

Gary Lawrence
| AECOM Technology Corp.

Gary Lawrence is chief sustainability officer and vice president of AECOM Technology Corp. Gary manages AECOM’s multidisciplinary resources and skills in sustainability for projects across the enterprise. He is also a spokesperson and thought leader on global sustainability issues.

His 20 years of global sustainability experience also include serving as advisor to U.S. President Clinton’s Administration Council on Sustainable Development, the U.S. government at the United Nation’s Habitat II, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Brazilian President’s Office, the British Prime Minister’s Office, the European Academy for the Urban Environment in Berlin and the Organization for Economic and Community Development in Paris on matters of sustainable development, economics and environmental policy. His writing and lectures have helped shape sustainability theory, policy and practice throughout the world.

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.

Graham Russell
| TruPointAdvisors

Graham Russell is a sustainable business professional and sustainability consultant. He brings 25 years of CEO experience in small to mid-sized companies in the environmental services and transportation industries to the task of helping organizations understand how a strategy based on the principles of sustainability drives innovation, competitive advantage, job creation and improved financial performance.

Through TrupointAdvisors he provides consulting services to companies wishing to develop and implement a sustainability-based strategy as well as strategic marketing and planning services to companies in the environmental services and cleantech industries with a focus on waste elimination and water-related services.

Russell currently directs an MBA course in sustainable business at the University of Colorado, Denver, Business School, and chairs the School’s Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the subject of the benefits of sustainability-based strategies and co-author of “A Simple Path to Sustainability – Green Business Strategies for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.” He is a Board Member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals.

Harun Asad
| ConEdison Solutions

Harun Asad is currently employed with ConEdison Solutions, a leading energy services company based in New York, where he steers a new products/markets team and serves on the board of the company’s corporate innovation team. Previously, he was an Adjunct Professor at NYU-Poly, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for Lodestar, a b2b consulting firm, and held a number of other corporate positions in strategy, marketing, and innovation. He holds an MBA, a BS in Marketing and has completed graduate studies towards an MS in Information Management.

ConEdison Solutions is a leading energy services company that provides competitive power supply, renewable energy, sustainability services, and cost-effective energy solutions for commercial, industrial, residential, and government customers. Through its innovative and comprehensive 360 Energy Integration approach, ConEdison Solutions offers programs, services and solutions designed to achieve the energy objectives of its clients.

Hugh M. Share (Bert)
| Anheuser-Busch InBev

Bert Share is global director, Beer & Better World for Anheuser-Busch InBev. He is responsible for developing and executing the company’s global environmental sustainability strategy. Bert collaborates with most business functions, including Manufacturing, Communications, Investor Relations, Innovations and Procurement, to help deliver the company’s dream of becoming the Best Beer Company in a Better World. He also works to build global partnerships with a variety of external stakeholders that support the company’s environmental and business objectives. Bert began his career in 1982 at Anheuser-Busch’s Baldwinsville, New York, brewery as a wastewater lab technician and has held a variety of plant and corporate positions, including leading many of company’s environmental integration and outreach efforts.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is the leading global brewer and one of the world’s top five consumer companies with a portfolio of over 200 beer brands. The company has been recognized as first in the beverage industry on FORTUNE Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired” companies list and has more than 150,000 employees based in 24 countries worldwide.

Jami Lamontagne
| Sam’s Club

Jami Lamontagne is senior director of sustainability and internal communications for Sam’s Club. She leads Sam’s Club’s overall sustainability strategies and drives and implements corporate initiatives. She also oversees communication to the company’s more than 100,000 employees, builds corporate communication strategies and tools to drive organizational objectives, and establishes vision and strategy for measuring communication and channel effectiveness and outcomes.

In this role, Jami has overseen the development of new and innovative communication ideas for a $47 billion business, shaped the future of communications across the business to further organizational performance, associate engagement, and advocacy, and communicated Sam’s Club’s overall sustainability progress to internal and external shareholders. She has also focused on driving executive engagement to demonstrate sustainability leadership through various internal and external forums. She holds an MA in Communication from
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a BA from Oklahoma State University.

John Hazlett
| Williams Creek Consulting

Mr. John Hazlett, LEED AP O+M, is a Manager-Water Footprinting Services for Williams Creek Consulting with 15 years of experience working in energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and stormwater management. Prior to joining Williams Creek, John was the Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Indianapolis, where he led the implementation of the Mayor’s SustainIndy initiative and secured over $18 million in federal grant funds for various sustainability projects. John also developed and managed the City’s Sustainable Facilities Initiative, an energy and water conservation retrofit of 61 City facilities highlighted by a deep energy retrofit of the 50 year old City County Building that earned the EPA ENERGY STAR label. John’s work on the initiative earned him the Mayor’s Performance Award in 2010 and the project was the winner of the 2013 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Currently, John assists corporate, higher education and healthcare clients develop strategies to reduce their water footprint. John holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University with a specialization in Environmental Planning. He currently serves as a Supervisor on the Board of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Williams Creek Consulting is an ecological engineering firm specializing in integration of Infrastructure, science, and technology to deliver long term sustainable solutions to clients across the country. Williams Creek is comprised of highly trained professionals from engineering, hydrology, biology, botany, ecology, landscape architecture, urban planning, public relations, and finance.

Josh Prigge
| Fetzer Vineyards

At Fetzer Vineyards, Josh Prigge guides the vision and execution of game-changing regenerative measures at the world’s first Zero Waste-certified wine company. Prior to joining Fetzer Vineyards, Prigge was the Sustainability Coordinator at Hawai’i Pacific University, and also served as President of the Sustainability Association of Hawai’i.

Justin Grau
| Zee Company

Justin Grau has a background in nuclear power, both in the US Navy and commercial nuclear power plants. After leaving the nuclear industry, Justin has progressed through his career in engineering in the plant utilities space and managing water treatment programs at Google, Inc and then supporting all of the manufacturing plants at ConAgra Foods, Inc.

Justin currently works for Zee Water and Energy Management in Omaha, NE as the Area Manager responsible for managing the boiler, cooling, process, and waste water treatment for a number of client companies. As part of this role, the main focus is on asset preservation and utilities energy efficiency improvements while reducing chemical and water use where possible.

Zee Water and Energy Management is a member company of the Vincit Group. The Vincit Group is a unique organization of member companies that provides chemical services, contract management, and automation and engineering solutions throughout the U.S., Canada, and South America. Whether it’s equipment, customized chemical support, specialized logistics and delivery, or outsourced services, The Vincit Group is here to do one thing: improve your business.

Mark Buckley
| Staples, Inc.

Mark Buckley directs Staples’ global environmental and sustainable business practices. He is responsible for driving the company’s sustainability efforts in these areas: the development of more sustainable products, packaging and services; customer recycling solutions; internal waste reduction; the development of global carbon reduction and renewable energy strategies; as well as environmental education for customers and associates focused on sustainable business solutions. A 26-year Staples veteran, Buckley has been in this role for 14 years and was previously vice president of facilities management and purchasing at Staples where he directed company- wide recycling and energy conservation programs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Anselm’s College. He is an active member of several environmental and non-profit organizations. These include; the Boreal Business Forum, the Forest Legality Alliance, the Carbon Canopy, Advisory Council for the Product Stewardship Institute, Advisory Board Belantara Foundation, Board of Earth Force a US based environmental education organization and Board member of the John Andrew Mazie Foundation.

Mark Rhodes
| GlaxoSmithKline plc

Mark Rhodes is VP of Sustainability, CH & Pharma for GlaxoSmithKline plc. He joined GSK in 1990 and has had a range of responsibilities as part of the corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) team including public EHS reporting, auditing and strategy development. He is currently supporting the sustainability strategy and policy development/implementation within GSK’s global sales and marketing organizations. These include Pharmaceuticals, Biologicals (Vaccines), Consumer Healthcare (brands like Sensodyne, Aquafresh and Panadol) and Nutritional Healthcare (Ribena, Lucozade and Horlicks).

Mark works with GSK’s sales and marketing companies and brands to adopt sound environmental approaches such as carbon and water footprinting, product and packaging design, waste minimization/management, energy conservation, environmental marketing/claims, post-patient and post-consumer recycling and sustainable procurement. GlaxoSmithKline’s mission is to help people do more, feel better, and live longer. The company has three primary areas of business in pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare, creating innovative new products and making these accessible to as many people who need them as possible.

Matthew Littlefield
| LNS Research

Matthew Littlefield is President and Principal Analyst for LNS Research. Matthew’s personal coverage areas include the topics of Quality Management, Manufacturing Operations, and Sustainability. As President and Principal Analyst for LNS Research, Matthew is a recognized industry expert and contributes to the LNS Research blog as well as many other industry publications. Matthew is also a sought after public speaker and continually advises manufacturing executives on how to best leverage technology in their operations.
Before founding LNS Research, Matthew spent the previous five years as a Senior Analyst for the Aberdeen Group and led the Global Manufacturing Research practice. Prior to joining the Aberdeen Group, Matthew spent the previous five years working for multi-billion dollar manufacturers (Unilever, HP Hood) in both engineering and shop-floor management roles. He graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Economics and MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations

Namita Vikas
| YES BANK

Namita Vikas is Senior President & Country Head, Responsible Banking at YES BANK. As the Chief Sustainability Officer of the Bank, she spearheads Sustainable Development and CSR, driving sustainability principles within its core operations and its value chain towards creating stakeholder value. Her work involves overall Sustainability Management, Research, Triple Bottom-line measurement and accounting, Sustainable and Socially Responsible Finance/Investing and Strategic CSR. Building innovative models to engage with external and internal stakeholders and nurturing these relationships to create innovative, scalable and financially viable approaches towards Development and Public Policies for YES BANK is her key focus. Besides this she also oversees the overall functioning and management of “YES FOUNDATION”.

Namita’s 22 years of well rounded experience lies in Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation, Public Policy, Advocacy and Communication. She has held leadership positions with Marico, Microsoft Corporation and Confederation of Indian Industry. Prior to joining YES BANK, she was heading the Marico Innovation Foundation and driving its Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social development agenda.

YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector bank, is the outcome of the professional & entrepreneurial commitment of its founder Rana Kapoor and his top management team, to establish a high quality, customer centric, service driven, private Indian bank catering to the future businesses of India. YES BANK has adopted international best practices, the highest standards of service quality and operational excellence, and offers comprehensive banking and financial solutions to all its valued customers.

Ned Ertel
| RegScan

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Dartmouth College, Mr. Ertel joined RegScan in 1999. He has been President and CEO since 2004. Prior to that, he was a Litigation Associate with the Philadelphia-based law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel. He also was an Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and interned in the Office of General Counsel. In 1993, Secretary Pe?a gave him an exceptional service award.

Mr. Ertel is also active politically, having been involved in both the 2008 and 2004 Presidential campaigns. He was also a South Dakota State Director/Deputy Director of Operations during the 1996-97 presidential campaign. Ned currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Jennifer Squires, and their three children.

Founded in 1987, RegScan, Inc. provides regulatory compliance solutions to companies worldwide. Unique online tools enable easy access to, and interpretations of, global regulatory information. Do your research and get your alerts through the RegScan One system, or have your content exported via web services to any online management system.

Nick Smith
| Bayer MaterialScience

Educated in chemistry at the University of East Anglia and having acquired an MBA in Oxford, Nick has worked at Bayer since 1997. Having served a number of different industrial coatings markets in his native United Kingdom, Nick moved to Bayer MaterialScience headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany in 1997 to assume Europe-wide responsibility for those same markets. Nick transferred to a country management responsibility in Spain in 2008 before relocating to India in 2010 with the responsibility to develop Bayer’s coatings and adhesives business in this key emerging market. In 2012, Nick relocated again, this time to China, to assume his current role as the global leader of BMS Textile Coatings business.

Nick Smith is married with four children and his hobbies include cooking, photography and long distance running.

Nuris Ismail

Nuris Ismail is an energy consulting manager for Power Advocate. In this position she develops sourcing strategies and cost modeling for large capital projects, including electrical transmission and distribution. Nuris advises clients on best practices for supply chain performance improvement, strategic sourcing, cost prudency work, and identification of best investment scenarios. This includes developing contracting strategies and providing should-cost analysis.

Prior to joining PowerAdvocate, Nuris worked as a Research Analyst at the Aberdeen Group. In this position, she studied how manufacturing enterprises manage processes, people, and technologies to address continually changing market pressures. Her research helped assist industrial organizations to more effectively manage energy, environment, and safety in their operations. Prior to Aberdeen, she was an application engineer for Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), a leading PLM software vendor. Nuris earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and her Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University.

In an environment in which companies are increasingly focused on cost structure and the efficient use of capital, PowerAdvocate delivers data-driven technology solutions that provide insight into real-time supply market conditions and enable customers to make better and more informed operational decisions. We deliver intelligence from our $1 Trillion Energy FactBase through our SaaS Energy Intelligence Platform®, giving the energy professional ready access to actionable and digestible information. In addition to our Energy Intelligence Platform, our client services team of technical and seasoned professionals plays an integral role in capital projects and O&M at a number of Fortune 500 energy companies.

Paul Campbell
| Sears Holdings Corporation

Paul Campbell is currently Director, Sustainability and Green Leadership, for Sears Holdings Corporation. Paul began his career with SHC in 2004 as a Senior Manager, Home Services Business Development. In 2007 he was named Director, Home Appliances Operations, and led the team responsible for executing the federal appliance stimulus programs. He transitioned to overseeing strategic relationships with energy industry partners including the EPA in 2011, and assumed ownership of corporate sustainability in 2012. Prior to joining Sears Holdings, Paul worked for GE Plastics where he held roles in operations management and Six Sigma quality. He began his career in project management and maintenance reliability as part of Amoco Oil Company’s Refining Division. Paul has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois where he remains an active member of its Alumni Association.

Paul Leavoy
| | LNS Research

Paul joined LNS Research in early 2014 with a key focus on expanding the firm’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and sustainability practice. In this role, he is responsible for creating thought leadership and benchmark research to help industrial executives address operational, environmental and quality management related challenges.

He is a writer, researcher, and content specialist with more than 10 years of experience in writing, reporting, editing, and research with a particular subject matter expertise in EHS, sustainability, and technology.

LNS Research provides advisory and benchmarking services to help Line-of-Business and IT executives make critical decisions. Our research focuses on providing insights into the metrics, leadership, business processes, and technology capabilities needed for achieving Operational Excellence.

Peter Bussey
| LNS Research

Peter Bussey is lead Research Analyst for Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and sustainability management at LNS Research. He analyzes industry trends and best practices, and advises EHS business leaders and technology providers in applying those insights in their organizations. Pete brings over 30 years of experience focused on EHS management in manufacturing, consulting and information technology organizations. Before LNS, he headed EHS and sustainability go-to- market initiatives at SAP, the global enterprise software company. Pete’s prior industry experience includes corporate and facility EHS practitioner positions at Alcoa, and EHS management consulting to Fortune 500 industrial clients while at Michael Baker Corporation and Arthur D. Little.

Rob Threlkeld

Rob Threlkeld is Global Manager, Renewable Energy for General Motors. In this role he manages the more than 100 megawatts of renewable energy that make up GM’s global renewable energy portfolio and assesses the feasibility of future projects as they pertain to GM’s overall sustainability strategy. Threlkeld is responsible for negotiating long-term power purchase agreements with projects underway at various facilities across the globe, including opportunities associated with battery storage, behind- the-meter applications and EV integration. Threlkeld is actively involved in the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. His certifications include Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM), Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Business Energy Professional (BEP). Threlkeld began his career at General Motors in 2000 as manager of the powerhouse and wastewater treatment plant operations at GM’s Lordstown (Ohio) Assembly Complex. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Robert B. Pojasek, PhD
| Verdantix

Robert Pojasek is principal analyst with Verdantix. Prior to that he was Practice Leader – Sustainability and Risk Management for Reputation Limited. During 40 years of management consulting, Dr. Pojasek has advised industrial, legal, and government clients in the assessment and improvement of their activities, products and services. He is a leading practitioner and internationally-recognized expert in the fields of risk management, sustainability, pollution prevention, and process improvement. He has consulted with more than 500 facilities in 20 countries. Dr. Pojasek has served on the Science Advisory Boards of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Air Force and served on panels for the National Research Council, the World Health Organization, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has published more than 100 journal articles and seven books. He has held leadership positions in a large number of professional associations. Dr. Pojasek was recognized for his teaching excellence at the Harvard University Extension School with the Petra T. Shattuck teaching award.

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Stephen Illes
| | ERM

Stephen Illes is a Partner at ERM, the world’s leading EHS and Sustainability consultancy with 5000 employees in over 140 offices in 40 countries. Mr. Illes leads the SAP Information Solutions practice in North America that is focused on helping clients achieve EHS&S excellence with the power of SAP solutions. ERM’s client engagements bring expertise in technology, EHS&S expertise, and business best practices to deliver a holistic solution for our clients. Prior to joining ERM, Mr. Illes had a 19 year career with SAP and SAP partner, TechniData in leadership roles in the area of EHS and Sustainability. His most recent role as Vice President in the SAP Extended Supply Chain Line of Business solution management team globally responsible for business development in the areas of Product Safety and Stewardship; Environment, Health and Safety; and Sustainability solutions. A specific focus over the past 4 years was to grow the Product Safety and Stewardship software and subscription business and bring to market content, managed service, and cloud supply chain network solutions. Prior to SAP Stephen was the CEO of TechniData America, an SAP EHS service and development partner, with specific responsibility for strategic business development and client relations in North America. Prior to joining TechniData America, Stephen was SAP’s first EH&S solution manager in North America responsible for launching the initial SAP EHS release and developing the solution strategy with customers and the development team. Stephen’s over 30 years of EH&S experience includes EHS positions at a major chemical company and he ran EHS consulting practices with Shaw and Michael Baker.