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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was raised in West Phoenix, by a family committed to giving back to their community. His dad, Fred, rode the city bus to his job as a shoe salesman and his mom, Mary Ann, was a devoted educator. The Stantons instilled in their children the importance of giving to others, and in that spirit they founded the Christian Needs Network, a group of multi-faith volunteers who collected clothes, food and diapers for members of their community in need. Read more..
After earning his law degree from the University of Michigan, Greg returned to Phoenix where he practiced education law at Jennings Strouss & Salmon and later Quarles & Brady LLP. In 2001, he left private law practice to serve on the Phoenix City Council, where he represented the sixth district for nine years. This district includes the Biltmore, Ahwatukee Foothills, Arcadia and North Central neighborhoods. With a staunch commitment to creating high-wage jobs in Phoenix, Greg was the lead councilman bringing the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), the ASU downtown campus and the U of A medical school to the city.
After developing the finest fan experience in all of sports and an employee culture that has been recognized annually while striving to place a competitive team on the field on a yearly basis as the Arizona Diamondbacks' President & CEO, Derrick Hall's vision to further establish the organization as a sports industry leader while also spurring economic development and impact throughout the Valley has come to fruition in 2011. Read more..
The unveiling of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the D-backs new 140-acre Spring Training facility shared with the Colorado Rockies on Salt River Indian Community land near Scottsdale, Ariz., will greatly add to the already $350 million of economic impact for the Valley associated with Spring Training each year. Not only will Salt River Fields continue to be an economic driver for parts of the Valley, but approximately $67 million in economic impact is expected in downtown Phoenix when the MLB All-Star Game will be played at Chase Field on July 12, 2011.
Nick Barham started his advertising career in London in the mid 90s, working at BBH and then Karmarama, on brands like Levi's, IKEA and Amnesty International. After ten years he decided he needed a change of scenery and moved to Shanghai to join Wieden+Kennedy as Planning Director. During his time in China, Nick touched every piece of the business, eventually becoming Executive Creative Director, a first for a WK planner. Read more..
Highlights of his tenure include Nike's campaign for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a 6-month program that included a TV series, and a light show on Rem Koolhaas' CCTV building; the Converse Love Noise tour, China's firstrock road trip; an interactive installation at Shanghai's eArts festival; as well as a strange project for the Shanghai Watch Company that ended with a limited edition run in Colette's Paris store. Nick moved to Portland as Global Director of W+K Tomorrow in 2010. Working across the network to help W+K innovate beyond its core advertising business, he is currently exploring how emerging tech, sustainability, open data, and a bunch of stuff he doesn't know about yet are changing how a communications company could behave and what it makes.
Sandra Watson brings more than 20 years of economic development experience to Arizona. She and her teams have successfully attracted to Arizona hundreds of companies that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 60,000 quality jobs. In her 15 years with the Arizona Department of Commerce, Ms. Watson served in multiple positions with increasing responsibilities and results. She has managed Business Development, Business Attraction, Workforce and Marketing. She has also served as Director of Innovation and Technology, and she continues to be a leading participant in these sectors. Read more..
Ms. Watson began her career in Canada, and brings not only a wealth of knowledge on the regional, state and national levels but can execute effectively on an international scale. Ms. Watson is a collaborative leader who excels in strategic thinking and relationship building. Most recently, she has worked tirelessly as a leader to implement the exciting new vision for the Arizona Commerce Authority, providing invaluable energy and stability during the transition from the Department of Commerce. Her leadership and Legislature involvement have resulted in consensus and the specific strategies currently being implemented. Sandra Watson earned an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree, and she has completed the Global Leadership Certification Program at the Thunderbird School of Management. In addition to sitting on numerous regional and statewide Boards of Directors, Ms. Watson serves on the National State Science and Technology Institute Board. In 2004, the Phoenix Business Journal recognized Ms. Watson as an up-and-coming Arizona leader, with its "Forty Under 40" designation. She is also a two-time recipient of the Arizona Technology Council Chairman's Award, 2004 and 2010.
Bob Moran joined PetSmart in July 1999, as president of North American stores. In December of 2001, he was appointed president and chief operating officer. In June of 2009, he was appointed president and chief executive officer. In January of 2012, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive officer. Moran has more than 25 years of experience in international retail. Prior to PetSmart, he was president, Toys 'R Us Canada, where he led a successful turn-around, doubling the division's sales revenue over a two-year period. Read more..
From 1996 to 1998, Moran was president and chief executive officer of Sears de Mexico. He served as the division's executive vice president and chief financial officer in 1995 and, from 1993 to 1995, was finance manager for Sears Home Group. Prior to that, he held senior finance and operating management positions with Sears divisions in Europe, Latin America and the United States, and was chief financial officer and executive vice president of Galerias Preciados, one of Spain's leading department store chains.
Avein Saaty-Tafoya has served as the CEO of Adelante Healthcare since 2006. She has worked with Community Health Centers, Primary Care Associations, Hospitals, and Health Plans in various capacities since 1996. She provided Clinical Programs Leadership for both the Ohio and Arizona Primary Care Associations and currently serves as the Arizona Association of Community Health Centers Vice Chair/President Elect on the Board of Directors. Read more..
She has also been elected by her peers as the Region IX representative on the National Association of Community Health Centers Board of Directors and on the Farmworker Health, Health Policy, and Clinical Practice Committees. She serves on the Steering Committee for the AT Still University Southwest College of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona and established a Community Campus at Adelante Healthcare for the medical students in 2008. She was named a Trustee on the Board of Directors for the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2011. She is also an ex-officio member of the Region IX Western Clinicians Network Board of Directors advocating for health care equality and access for all as part of the health center movement. She has an MBA in Healthcare Management, an MD with a focus on public and community health, and a BA in Fine Art and BioChemistry.
Robert Isom serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer for US Airways Group, Inc. and US Airways, its principal subsidiary company. Isom joined the airline in 2007 from GMAC, LLC where he last served as chief restructuring officer. Prior to GMAC, he was senior vice president, ground operations and airport customer service for Northwest Airlines. Isom also served as vice president, international for Northwest Airlines. Read more..
Between 1995 and 2000, Isom was with the former America West Airlines and held executive roles in revenue management, operations and finance. Isom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.
Courtney Klein Johnson is an Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University's Barrett Honors College where she received her undergraduate and Masters degrees in nonprofit management. Previously, Courtney served as the Co-Founder & CEO of New Global Citizens, the result of a nonprofit organization she launched in her senior year of college on a $1,000 seed grant with a mission to educate, empower, and invest in young people to change the world. Read more..
New Global Citizens now serves youth in 14 states across the country, works with grassroots partners in over 30 countries around the world, and holds a $1M endowment at the Arizona Community Foundation. Courtney also served as the Director of Strategic Planning & Development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
As a first-time political candidate, Scott Smith was elected Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in May of 2008. The Mayor's private sector experience as a business consultant and homebuilder allowed him to usher in a new era of decisive leadership and civic engagement. Within weeks of taking office, Mesa found itself in an unprecedented budget crisis. Smith restructured city departments and operations and cut more than $65 million from Mesa's operating budget. While these cuts were deep, swift action enabled Mesa to handle the fiscal downturn early with fewer disruptions than many neighboring cities. Read more..
After stabilizing the City's financial situation, Smith lead a successful effort to keep Chicago Cubs spring training in Mesa — securing the future of a 50-year baseball tradition in the Cactus League and a powerful tourism driver in the region. Most recently, Mayor Smith helped bring Benedictine University, Westminster College and Albright College to downtown Mesa. The Mayor's H.E.A.T. (healthcare, education, aerospace, tourism/technology) Initiative has been the driver in many of the success Mesa has enjoyed over the past few years. These new options for higher education in Mesa are delivering on the "E" in H.E.A.T. During his 2012 state-of-the-city breakfast, Mayor Smith announced StartUpMesa, a new initiative to make Mesa the most business-friendly city in America. StartUpMesa will expand collaboration between business and government, empower and strengthen small business, expand access to capital, provide entrepreneurship education and remove barriers to success. In January 2011, Mayor Smith unveiled iMesa, an exciting initiative designed to invigorate Mesa through transformative community projects. Leveraging technology for civic engagement, iMesa is a grassroots improvement effort where residents submit, vote and comment on ideas that will transform the community. As a strong proponent of regional solutions, Mayor Smith serves in key roles on many local, state and national boards and committees. Smith is currently Vice President of the United States Conference of Mayors. He will become the organization's president in 2013 and the first Arizona mayor to serve as president.
Susanna earned her bachelor's and master's in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University with focuses on systems engineering and social entrepreneurship. Susanna's goals in pursuing engineering were to tackle challenges and to help people. Through her education at ASU, experience with shipping container projects and working in developing countries (Morocco, Kenya, and Malawi), Susanna brings a critical social entrepreneurship mindset to G3Box. Read more..
Her responsibilities include but are not limited to: networking, initiating partnerships, tracking activity so that it meets overall company vision, and managing team development and morale.
Mark Mitchell, a third-generation Arizonan, was elected Mayor May 2012. Before becoming Mayor, Mark was elected to the City Council in March of 2000 and since then was elected to three four-year terms. Mitchell served as Vice Mayor July 2004 to June 2006. Mitchell is a native of Tempe where he is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Tempe Diablos, Tempe Leadership Class XV, Tempe Sister Cities, Tempe Impact Education Foundation, Tempe YMCA and a Board member of East Valley Partnership. Read more..
Mitchell is currently on the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities (NLC), is the past Chair of the NLC City Futures Community and Regional Development Panel and a Board member for the NLC University Community Council. Mitchell is the past Chair of the University Community Council. Mitchell serves as the Treasurer for the Executive Committee for the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. Mark is also chair of the Sports, Tourism, Recreation, Arts and Cultural Development Committee and serves on the Mill and Lake Committee. Mitchell attended McClintock High School and Arizona State University. He is married to Debra Mitchell and has two daughters, Allyson and Sophia. Mitchell is continuing his family's legacy in Arizona politics. His father, Harry Mitchell, was Mayor of Tempe from 1978 to 1994 and served on the City Council for more than 24 years. Harry Mitchell also served as a Congressman representing Congressional District 5. Mitchell's uncle, Bob Mitchell, served as Mayor of Casa Grande from 1993 to 2001 and as Councilmember from 2001 to February 2004 and his great-grandfather, W.W. Mitchell, was an Arizona State legislator.
Miguel Jardine is the CEO of VermiSoks. Spurred by a desire to see balance in society, the environment, and business, Miguel conceived and developed the VermiSoks Virtuous Cycle™, the foundation of the company’s products and services. He complements a 14-year career in technology and finance with a MBA focused on Social Entrepreneurship from Thunderbird School of Global Management. While at Thunderbird, Miguel developed his Strategy Models for Sustainability that describe how commercial and non-profit organizations can work together to improve the human condition on the planet.
John Trujillo has 19 years of local government experience and is currently the Assistant Director for the City of Phoenix Public Works Department. As the Assistant Public Works Director, John has managed all major programs and operations for Public Works, including facilities maintenance, energy, administration, fleet maintenance and solid waste. Currently, he is managing the Solid Waste Services program, which includes over 600 employees, collection of 400,000 residences for garbage and recycling, management of 6 closed and 1 open landfill, 2 transfer stations, 2 municipal recycling facilities, and a $148 million dollar budget. John currently serves as President for the Arizona Chapter of APWA.
As the citywide Sustainability Officer, Ms. Bristo leads the interdepartmental team responsible for coordinating the city’s sustainability efforts for its 25 departments and over 14,000 employees. As the Acting Public Works Director she manages solid waste enterprise and support services functions including facilities, energy, fleet, solid waste collection, disposal and residential recycling, the citywide Security and Access Review Team, the citywide vehicle replacement program, and the Design and Construction Management General Fund Capital Improvement Program for over 151 projects valued at $2.3B. She manages a gross operating budget of $234M and over 1,100 employees. She is also responsible for managing over $40M in federal energy funds.
Rick Buss has concentrated for the past three years on reinventing Gila Bend into a community focused on sustainability, raising the quality of life, and professional and progressive management. With 315 megawatts of solar plant either completed or under construction, the community is on its way to becoming the nation's solar capital. Buss was a founding city manager of Maricopa, where he led an unprecedented cycle of hypergrowth. Read more..
He was a research analyst for ASU's Research and Economic Affairs, where his team initiated an innovative biotech strategy for Arizona. He has 19 years of senior and executive level management experience, co-founded Envirosafe Technical, was vice president of Regional Operations of Pentagon Technologies/MPW Industrial Services, and was Development Director for Scitec.
Sandra Keil develops and maintains relationships on behalf of Earth911 with entities including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, state recycling coordinators and industry associations. She serves on the Board of Directors for AMERIPEN and the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association. Sandra speaks at conferences and events as a representative of Earth911. She previously worked as a policy adviser to the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources in the House of Representatives. Read more..
During her time on Capitol Hill, Sandra developed and negotiated numerous environmental and energy policies that were signed into law and are in effect today. Previously, she spent four seasons fighting forest fires for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service and one summer doing ecological research for The Nature Conservancy which involved studying raccoons. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from Utah State University.
Todd Sanders is currently President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Arizona's largest and most established Chamber of Commerce. Prior to assuming his current role, he represented the interests of the business community at the State Legislature as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Phoenix Chamber. Prior to joining the Chamber, Todd served as a Policy Analyst for the Arizona House of Representatives in the areas of taxation, environment, political subdivisions and international trade. Read more..
He is a native of Bogotá, Colombia and a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Previous work experience also includes contract work for British Petroleum, South America. Todd serves on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Friends of Public Radio, Esperanca, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and CALA. Todd is married and a proud stepfather. He enjoys travel, politics, and participating in scouting with his son.
Amanda Acheson has 15 years of integrated professional and educational experience focusing on sustainability as it relates to the built, natural and social systems including a Masters Degree in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. For the last five years, Amanda has been serving as the Sustainable Building Program Manager for Coconino County and is extremely passionate about providing sustainable development consultation, resources and support for local governments including planners, code and policy developers, as well as community members and building professionals. Read more..
Her work includes aiding in the adoption of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff, assisting with the development of policies and land use plans to include energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development practices, including Flagstaff's Regional Area Plan and Coconino County's Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Amanda has provided sustainable building consultation for over 100 building projects comprising of homes, schools, governments and businesses and she serves on many boards and committees including the US Green Building Council-AZ Chapter as a Board Director and the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council as the Chair of Public Outreach.
Nick Brown grew up in Helena, Arkansas and currently lives in Tempe. He holds degrees in philosophy, environmental sciences and ecology from Hendrix College, the University of Texas at Dallas and Cornell University respectively. He is Director of University Sustainability Practices at ASU, where he manages the Sustainability Practices Network and oversees ASU's Climate Neutrality Commitment and Zero Waste Initiative. Read more..
Over a thirty year career in environmental conservation, he has worked in over twenty countries on many aspects of conservation science and sustainable development, including renewable energy, environmental remediation, environmental ethics, sustainable agriculture, forest ecology, biodiversity conservation, endangered species conservation, watershed conservation, greenhouse gas emissions management and sustainability practices. Dr. Brown likes to hike, bike and roller blade throughout the State of Arizona with his two sons and friends. Despite working at a desk most of the time, Nick claims that he can out skate his 14-year-old son both on ice skates and roller blades.
Kimberlie McCue joined the staff of the Desert Botanical Garden in 2009 after working for eight years as Conservation Biologist for the Missouri Botanical Garden, in St. Louis, and three years as Instructor and Faculty Chair in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Missouri Western State College and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, with emphasis in Ecology and Evolution, and Plant Conservation, from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Read more..
Kimberlie oversaw development of the Garden's 2012-2017 strategic plan for conservation which includes implementation of significant sustainability initiatives within the Garden campus. She also spearheaded coordination of the Conservation Alliance, a coalition of stakeholders organized to "foster community engagement to study, restore and promote the mountain park preserves of metro Phoenix." The Conservation Alliance was selected as a winner in the inaugural 5 Communities Project, sponsored by The Arizona We Want Institute, and has since been awarded a 3-year grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in support of the project.
Jim Hollister has over 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry. In his current role as General Manager, Hotel Palomar Phoenix, A Kimpton Hotel, Phoenix, Jim has led a host of corporate responsibility initiatives. Previous to this, Jim was the General Manager of FireSky Resort and Spa A Kimpton Hotel, Scottsdale for seven years. Under his leadership, FireSky Resort was the first Green Seal certified resort in the state of Arizona, was named the recipient of Scottsdale Convention and Visitor's Bureau's "Greener Award," July 2010, and was named the recipient of the Governor's Tourism Award for "Best Green Tourism", July 2010. Leading hotels to adopt comprehensive greening initiatives, Jim's hotels have been leaders in the community and continue to raise the bar across the industry.
Patricia Reiter directs the Walton Sustainability Initiatives team to harness the knowledge within the university to deliver solutions for the complex challenges of sustainability. Patricia's most recent work was focused on impact investing, social enterprise models, and performance measurement for mission-driven enterprises. As an entrepreneur and former architect, she employs design thinking and business acumen to direct a team of professionals to move solution sets into practice. In her former role as Development Director for the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), Patricia Reiter was an integral part of the team that refined concepts and negotiated the deliverables for the $27.5M investment in the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Read more..
Prior to joining ASU, Reiter led teams of staff and consultants delivering complex projects and specialized in optimizing business operations for creative enterprises. She drove the successful completion of numerous multi-million dollar projects including two World's Fairs, three national heritage parks, 13 theaters, 300 units of multi-family housing, 4 galleries and several residences. She holds bachelor's degrees in fine arts and architecture from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Business in Boston.
Gary Pierce was twice elected to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors and served in the Arizona House of Representatives from District 19 (North/East Mesa) from 2001 thru 2006. In 2005 and 2006 he served as Majority Whip. He served on a number of legislative committees including Environment; Natural Resources and Agriculture; and as Chairman of Transportation. Commissioner Pierce previously served on the Arizona Housing Commission, the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation Advisory Board. Read more..
In January of 2004, Representative Pierce sponsored HB2456, which authorized Maricopa County to call an election for a twenty year extension of the half-cent sales tax to fund transportation. The Regional Transportation Plan was placed on the November ballot, as Proposition 400. That measure passed, ensuring the resources to continue construction of our freeways with the goal to build a complete transportation system in Maricopa County. Commissioner Pierce has been married to Sherry, a Mesa native, for 37 years and they have four sons, four daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren. The Commissioner served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with his son's Boy Scouts of America troop and all four of his sons are Eagle Scouts.
The environment and healthy living have always been important to Julie King. Her passion for exercise and nutrition were sparked while working at a well-known weight management center during college. King earned a dual degree in chemistry and microbiology from Northern Arizona University, which she eventually parlayed into a career in the alternative energy industry. Following college graduation, King worked for seven years in environmental sciences for Bolin Laboratories, which later became Legend Technical Services. She began as a microbiologist/chemist and lab technician, and in less than a year she was managing the wet chemistry lab. Read more..
Within a short time, King was appointed to oversee the microbiology lab as well. In this capacity, she supervised the laboratory staff and coordinated field testing of drinking water, waste water, and soil for cities, towns and municipalities. Legend Technical Services eventually branched out to include building assessments for mold and asbestos issues, plus food testing for restaurants and grocery stores. As a lab manager, King was responsible for ensuring tests were administered in a timely manner and results disseminated to the appropriate individuals.
Ed Fox is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. He oversees the company’s strategic efforts to incorporate sustainable principles into core operations, as well as the company’s environmental, health and safety programs. He is also responsible for the Technology Development Group that identifies and helps integrate emerging technologies into company operations. Read more..
Under Fox’s leadership, APS has been recognized for addressing environmental, social and governance issues, For a fifth consecutive year, Pinnacle West was named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World by Corporate Knights, Inc., which evaluates a company’s performance on social, environmental and strategic governance issues. Also for a fifth straight year, Pinnacle West was selected for the 2007 U.S. Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the premier index recognizing sustainable business practices for publicly held corporations. Pinnacle West earned “best-in-class” status for environmental and social performance, and qualified for investment in Storebrand’s Social Responsibility Index.
Talonya Adams is an Arizona native and graduate of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU. She is the Principal at Axis Law, where she practices real estate and business law in downtown Seattle and an Adjunct Professor at the Phoenix School of Law located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Currently, she serves as the Co-Chair of Mayor Greg Stanton's Sustainability Advisory Committee. Read more..
A Committee is designed to inform and advise the Mayor of sustainable, smarter, innovative initiatives, opportunities and best practices for the City of Phoenix. She is passionate about smart cities, public policy, meditation and food.
Bill began his career in the corporate world with: GE, GM and Imperial Oil, where he became Director of Global Marketing. He was recruited by a major bank to head turn-around programs for troubled companies. Bill's current volunteer work is as Executive Director Valley of the Sun Clean Cities, Environmental Advisory Board, City of Scottsdale, and the Governor's Electric Vehicle Council, EVAZ. Earlier he served with South Coast Air Quality Management, National Electronics Association, and National Biodiesel Board. Read more..
He is in demand as a speaker for organizations such as ours, ASU, UCLA, USC & Thunderbird Graduate Schools as well as TV and radio, and keynoted at the National Conference of Women in Business.
Pete He is a Senior Research Fellow at Henkel Consumer Goods. Pete's work at Henkel focuses on sustainability, open innovation and external partnership development, covering some of America's most trusted consumer products, including Dial® soaps, body washes and lotions, Right Guard® antiperspirant/deodorants, Purex® laundry detergent, Renuzit® air fresheners, and insects control products under Combat®. Prior to his current responsibilities, Pete served in R&D manager positions in product and technology developments in the company's Home Care / Renuzit groups. Read more..
In 1999, Pete joined Henkel/Dial from Unilever, where he served 6 years in the R&D areas of Personal Care formulations and engineering processes. Pete holds more than 50 US patents on consumer product formulations, devices, and engineering processing methods. Many of his inventions became successful new products in the market. He is a company representative for academic-industrial collaborative programs and a community volunteer. Pete holds a B.S degree from Peking University, M.S. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Joe Giudice is currently the Deputy Public Works Director with the City of Phoenix, responsible for the Fleet Services Division, which manages approximately 8,000 equipment units and was recently recognized as one of the top five greenest fleets in North America, by Government Fleet Magazine. Mr. Giudice is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition (VSCCC). In 2012 the VSCCC received several national awards for greatest displacement of petroleum fuel. Read more..
Mr. Giudice has a Master's in Public Administration from Arizona State University. Prior to his employment with the City, he worked at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for 5 years in varying roles in the Waste Program Division.
Houston Peschl is the Director of Operations & Sustainability for DIRTT Environmental Solutions, where he oversees day-to-day activities in the company's three factories (Calgary AB, Savannah GA and Phoenix AZ). As an accomplished sustainability professional, Houston leads the CSR initiatives and internationally the blended value business model for the rapidly expanding organization that manufactures a green solution for building interiors. Read more..
His passion is evident both in his work and in his volunteer efforts as a mentor with the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, co-founder of the social enterprise The Collective, and sitting on the Calgary Economic Development Sustainability Roundtable. Houston played a significant role in leading many of DIRTT's sustainability projects, including working toward zero landfill waste manufacturing, various alternative energy projects, achieving B Corporation certification for DIRTT (a first for Calgary) and SCS Indoor Advantage Gold certification for the DIRTT wall assembly. Houston's current projects include developing Key Performance Indicators and a dashboard for triple bottom line monitoring, and preparation of a quarterly board report to highlight initiatives and increase shareholder value. When he isn't patrolling the factory floor or acting in a voluntary capacity to promote a sustainable agenda, Houston enjoys competing at an elite level in endurance mountain biking around the world.
Mark Sholin is CEO of Arbsource, the wastewater treatment biotech company he founded in 2011 licensing technology from Arizona State University. Mark also serves as the Principal Investigator for Arbsource's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the U.S. Department of Energy, with other SBIR proposals pending approval from the EPA, NSF, and USDA. Technical papers featuring Mark as an author are published in Bioresource Technology and Water Science & Technology. Read more..
He is formerly a PhD student and Graduate Research Associate at ASU, serving an integral role developing precursors to the latest Arbcell scalable design concept. Past work experience includes multiple water treatment projects at Arcadis US and Infilco-Degremont (subsidiary of Suez Environment), process control debugging with Honeywell, and precious metals recovery from industrial waste recycling at World Resources Company. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2010. As an entrepreneur in the water technology sector, he is passionate about applying his business savvy and technical expertise to make a tangible, positive impact on the environment and economy.
Adam Goodman, president of Goodmans Interior Structures, is the third generation to lead the family business. Following the tradition of innovation established by his father and grandfather, Adam has used his leadership roles to help Goodmans adapt to changing markets and anticipate opportunities for growth. Goodmans is now challenging customers to understand the purpose of office space and to rethink traditional office planning paradigms. Read more..
Under Adam's leadership, Goodmans has developed many innovative programs to give back to the community. These programs include Office Chair Hockey, Goodmans Eye for the Good Guy, AIM to Make a Difference, Rooted in Good, GoodART, GoodTHREADS and more. In 2009, Goodmans won the first-ever ACE Award for Community Impact and in 2011 Goodmans became the third certified B Corporation in Arizona. In 2012, Goodmans won the overall Impact Company of the Year Award from the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Adam has held leadership positions with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Phoenix, Young Presidents Organization, Phoenix Country Day School, the WP Carey School of Business Economic Club of Phoenix, CEO's Against Cancer, University of Arizona Cancer Center, the Jewish Community Association and the Herman Miller Certified Dealer Network. Adam has a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Paradise Valley with his wife Stephanie and their three young children.
Alan Gildersleeve graduated in 1987 with a BA in History from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He moved to Colorado after college and spent 12 years in management with Sheraton serving as Director of Catering & Convention Services and Director of Revenue Management and received several distinguished service and hospitality awards. In 2001, he moved with his wife and 2 children to Arizona and began a career with SuperShutte. Read more..
He has served as General Manager of Premiere Transportation, a luxury limousine and minibus company staged at the Phoenician Resort, Assistant General Manager of SuperShuttle Arizona and General Manager of SuperShuttle Arizona since April of 2011. He has been active in several industry organizations such as the Arizona Chapter of Meeting Planners International, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association, the Fiesta Bowl Committee and Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition. Alan has been involved in several clean fleet fuel initiatives involving both compressed natural gas and most recently, propane autogas.
Rick Johnson is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eco-Aluminum Pallets. Rick has a long history of entrepreneurship and business leadership, ranging from construction, development and custom interior design. Now in his role at Eco-Aluminum Pallets, Rick's reinvention of the shipping pallet is already changing the way supply chains intercept with shipping. Read more..
Rick has served as the Vice President of Board of Trustees for the non-profit Medical Mission in the Western Pacific for fifteen years and is an active member of the Arizona Businesses Advancing Sustainability.
Dan O'Neill is General Manager for the Sustainability Solutions Extension Service for the Global Institute of Sustainability. In this role, he connects the sustainability needs of local and global stakeholders to the knowledge and delivery capabilities of ASU and its global network of partners through the delivery of real, practical, effective sustainability solutions. Prior to this role, he was a lecturer and program director for the Technology Entrepreneurship and Management program in the College of Technology and Innovation (TEM/CT). Read more..
Dan worked for ASU in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) as the Director of Venture Acceleration where he helped faculty, student, alumni and community entrepreneurs create and grow their ventures. For OKED, Dan helped create and grow the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative. Prior to ASU, Dan co-founded and ran Hologix, an enterprise software company backed by $25 million of venture capital. Dan is Past President of the Board of Trustees of Childsplay, Arizona's professional theater for young audiences, and is a member of the boards of Arizona MultiBank and Navajo FlexCrete Building Systems. Dan has 25 years experience as an entrepreneur and community developer.
Stephen R. Banta is the Chief Executive Officer of Valley Metro responsible for the operation, design and construction of an expanding regional transit system in metro Phoenix, Arizona. He has served in the public transit industry for 26 years, starting his career repairing rail cars in San Diego. Banta has worked in progressively important positions for several other public transit agencies, including in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Portland. Read more..
Banta provides Valley Metro with a customer focus and a commitment to keeping the system in a state of good repair. These principles serve the agency and region well as transit service is enhanced and a multi-modal, total transit network is built in the Valley of the Sun.
Mark Wilhelm is a founding principal of Green Ideas, Inc. and is responsible for project management, sustainability and market transformation consulting. He and his team have managed over 100 sustainable development, green building and LEED projects representing over 38 million square feet of building space. Over 60 of these projects have earned LEED certification, with two-thirds at the Gold or Platinum level. Read more..
Mark has devoted over three decades to energy efficient and sustainable building design and planning. He has trained over 7,000 professionals in sustainable design and construction. He delivers courses to help professionals earn LEED-AP, Certified Energy Manager, and Sustainable Building Advisor accreditation. He has served as a guest lecturer and visiting professor at universities worldwide. Mark is a dynamic and motivational speaker who is sought-after internationally to speak on sustainability, green building, and the energy enterprise. Mark served as the appointed Chairman of the State of Arizona's Solar Energy Advisory Council and the Climate Change Subcommittee. He is a founding member and past Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Arizona Chapter. He Chaired the USGBC Greenbuild 2009 Host Committee and is a past Director and founding Co-Chairman of the USGBC West Region Council. He is past President and Chairman of the Phoenix Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. He has served as a member and leader of many other organizations, including the EPA's Technical Advisory Group for Building Healthy Hospitals and the GPEC Techonomy Leadership Council.
Senior Vice President of International Business Development Rudy Vetter has extensive experience in managing and developing leading consumer brands. Vetter joined GPEC in 2010 and is instrumental in developing Greater Phoenix's renewable energy industry by attracting investors from around the globe. Vetter was most recently Vice President of Marketing & Sustainability at the Dial Corporation following several executive roles in brand management throughout Europe with the German Henkel Group. Read more..
A true global player, he served as the Regional Marketing Director-Asia Pacific covering China, India and Japan before his assignment to the United States. Vetter's innovative strategies for the solar industry have assisted many companies in relocating operations to Arizona from Spain, Germany, Italy and China. He has remodeled GPEC's international leadership council into a powerful group of regional leaders, increasing Greater Phoenix's international competitiveness. A revered public speaker, Vetter has presented at national and international events, public conferences and guest lectures at Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of International Management and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Marty Tufte is Corporate Fleet Director for Waste Management located in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Tufte has served for over 27 years in progressively responsible positions within the company and presently oversees the Southern fleet maintenance and natural gas operations for Waste Management in North America. Waste Management, Inc. is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management and environmental services in North America. Read more..
Mr. Tufte and his team have pioneered Waste Management's use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles and fueling infrastructure. Waste Management currently operates over 2,000 CNG & LNG trucks and 50 fueling stations. Mr. Tufte manages $500 million in annual spending including capital truck and equipment purchases, as well as coordinating 15 direct reports.
CEO Som Shahapurkar secured $1.5 million in funding for R&D efforts in 2010 as Decision Engineering Manager for Intel. He holds a patent for AI optimization of microprocessor speed and introduced it in Intel factories for $33 million ROI. Som is a Lean Six Sigma Black belt and has held positions as a Product Engineer Database Architect and Statistician. He is also working his PhD in computer science at ASU. Read more..
SmrtEn is a technology startup that applies advances in cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address the energy challenge by offering Decision as a Service (DaaS). Our debut service remotely programs home thermostats on a continual basis to save customers 20~50% of their heating/cooling costs. We leverage the aggregate data to smooth peak-demand thus reducing peaking plant costs for utilities with potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 27%.
Patrick O’Grady has been a reporter in Phoenix for nearly 15 years, covering an array of topics ranging from development and growth to city and school issues. He now works covering technology, sustainability and manufacturing for the Phoenix Business Journal. His beats include green building and businesses and solar and renewable energy technologies, as well as the semiconductor, aerospace and manufacturing industries in the state.
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