2020 Speakers

Eric Bayani

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

Morgan Caswell

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

John Frala

He serves on advisory committees at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Warren Tech, Southern Crescent Tech, Whitfield County Career Academy, and Atlanta Metropolitan College. He is also an active member in many organizations including 100 Best Fleet, Green Fleet, NAFA, Georgia Motor Trucking Association, American Public Works Association, Georgia Municipal Association, Clean Cities Georgia, Southeast Diesel Collaborative, and Southeast Governmental Fleet Managers Association.

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.

Marc Lurie

Alan Mace

Michael Masquelier

Ken Mays

Jonathan Norris

Young Park

Karl Pepple

Chris Quarto

Mark Quarto

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.

Lauren Skiver

Natalia Swalnick

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

Lucita Valiere

Lucita Valiere

Olen Vanderleeden

Nate Veeh

Rick Wallace

Sean Waters

Nate Veeh

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