Speaker Bios

Russ Agrusa
President and CEO

Russ Agrusa is the Founder, President and CEO of ICONICS, Inc. (www.iconics.com), a world-leading software developer of open-connectivity and standards-based visualization software, HMI/SCADA and MES solutions for manufacturing and building automation. With more than 300,000 installations worldwide, ICONICS counts 70 percent of Fortune 1,000 companies as its customers.

Russ has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University. Agrusa's career began in Pittsburgh, PA, at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where he developed real-time software for fossil and nuclear power plants. He next joined the Foxboro Company in Massachusetts; leading the human machine interface (HMI) product development for the Foxboro Intelligent Architecture series distributed control system before Agrusa started ICONICS in 1986.

Wanting to take advantage of the emerging PC-based automation market and to create off-the-shelf HMI and SCADA software for factory automation, Agrusa recognized that OPC was central to the future of automation and he led ICONICS to produce the first commercially available HMI/SCADA, "OPC-to-the-Core" based product. ICONICS has greatly contributed to the success of the OPC Foundation (www.opcfoundation.org). Agrusa himself is a member of the OPC foundation’s Board of Directors, as well as its marketing chairman.

ICONICS is an award-winning independent software solution provider, offering real-time visualization, HMI/SCADA, energy, fault detection, building & manufacturing intelligence, MES and a suite of analytics solutions for operational excellence and efficiency. ICONICS is also a longtime Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a winner of the Microsoft Sustainability Partner of the Year award and the Application Development 2013 Partner of the Year finalist.
John Baekelmans
Chief Technology Officer, Internet of Everything (IoE) Solutions Group

John Baekelmans is Chief Technology Officer for Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) Solutions group. His organization delivers solutions in a number of vertical areas like Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Utilities, Retail, etc.

He and his team drive next generation innovations and drive thought leadership globally. He not only ensures the right foundational products get created and prioritized but also ensures relevant business outcomes.

John has spent 19 years at Cisco where he held various leadership positions within Engineering, Services and the M&A departments. He led Cisco's initial autonomic computing and self-healing (Smart Services) efforts and has authored numerous US and European patents. John was also the co-founder of a Belgian residential solutions startup called Fifthplay. Before joining Cisco, John designed, implemented and operated large PBX- networks at Siemens.

John obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and is a former Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). In his spare time, he is engaged in Belgium’s National fast response rescue team to assist in global disasters and also leads Cisco’s Disaster Response team for EMEAR. He loves to ski, is an advanced scuba diver and currently lives in London.
Michael Bendewald
Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute

Mike Bendewald is a Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a globally prominent not-for-profit focused on business-led solutions for resource efficiency. He leads the RMI Deep Retrofit Value Initiative to support real estate decision makers in their quest to value energy management investments. This initiative is one piece of RMI’s overall work to replace global energy use with energy efficiency and renewable energy, focusing on the U.S. and China. Mike’s recent work includes: co-authored CoreNet Global’s Next Generation Energy Management Solutions, the RMI practice guide How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value, and multiple DOE Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides; advised a major telecom provider on driving deeper energy savings in its office portfolio through a more integrated and value-based approach; and currently developing buildings strategy for RMI’s Reinventing Fire: China initiative.

Mike has written articles for journals and magazines, including CoreNet Global Leader and the Corporate Real Estate Journal. He has also presented on various topics on efficiency and buildings at such venues as Urban Land Institute, AEE Energy Management Congress, and The Weatherhead School of Management. He is a frequent guest lecturer for the CU Real Estate Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has degrees in philosophy and engineering from Saint John’s University (MN) and University of Colorado at Boulder, respectively.
Kevin Binnie
Director, Product Management
CopperTree Analytics Inc.

Kevin Binnie is the Director of Product Management at CopperTree Analytics and where he leverages his 20+ years of experience in product management, SaaS, M&A and new market development to develop and deliver energy management software solutions for companies seeking to create operational efficiencies, reduce building and portfolio energy consumption, and enhance their bottom lines.
Sam Brooks
Founder and Managing Director

Sam Brooks is a national clean tech leader with a track record of reducing energy risks and costs at scale. Sam was the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2014 Individual Climate Leadership Award Winner, and his work has been featured as "leading in energy efficiency" (Greentech Media) and a "climate powerhouse" (Association of Climate Change Officers).

Sam is the managing director of ClearRock, a DC-based firm dedicated to cutting utility costs for businesses and institutions. The company is working with clients on projects ranging from an historic utility-scale solar deployment to innovative investments in stormwater-related infrastructure. Prior to ClearRock, Sam served as Director of the Energy & Sustainability Division for DC's Department of General Services (DGS). There, he led a team that delivered notable highlights: landmark efficiency initiative — including unprecedented, near real-time smart meter data acquisition and analysis — to drive $100M in savings over the next decade; one of world’s most transparent and dynamic views of building energy performance (BuildSmartDC.com); utility-scale wind and solar for the government’s electricity supply. Before the DC Government, Sam was an entrepreneur in the energy efficiency space, helping start one of the leading efficiency contracting firms in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has also been leader and advocate of green jobs training and economic development initiatives.
Shelby Buso
Director of Sustainability
Central Atlanta Progress

Shelby Buso is the Director of Sustainability for Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. She implements sustainability initiatives for Downtown Atlanta within the organization’s main impact areas – Sustainable Transportation, Building Energy Efficiency, Waste Diversion, Local/Sustainable Food Sourcing, Water Conservation, and Green Space. Prior to CAP, Shelby worked for Midtown Alliance where she has assisted in the creation of the Midtown EcoDistrict via Greenprint Midtown. She has also worked on the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, Midtown EcoDistrict Luminaries, and public space recycling programs. Additionally, Shelby also worked for The Clean Air Campaign in Atlanta and the U.S. District Court in San Juan, Puerto Rico after receiving her law degree and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Anthropology and minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish.

Shelby has been working on the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) project since 2012. The goal of the ABBC is to reduce energy and water consumption portfolio-wide 20% by the year 2020 (as measured against a baseline of 2009). Currently, the Atlanta market has over 200 buildings amounting to over 70 million square feet committed to the Challenge. The ABBC has received recognition both locally and nationally for its successful implementation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative, which can be largely attributed to the public-private partnerships in the region.
Mike Cain
Account Executive

With a strong background in property operation, personnel, and financial management in various industries, Mike has been with Boland as a trusted advisor to property owners and managers for six years. Mike teams with these professionals to gain a thorough understanding of the asset strategy for their properties and partners with them to analyze, understand, and take action on their buildings' operation and energy use. Mike and the Boland team of more than 300 local professionals, advise clients on multiple issues ranging from energy conservation and building automation to water technologies and commercial HVAC design and maintenance. Their expertise significantly reduces the operating burden and maximizes returns on capital investments allows their clients to do what they do best--focus on the core competencies of their business, not their buildings.
Rahul Chopra
Corporate Development for Energy Efficient Technologies Division
Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Rahul is a serial entrepreneur and a partner at Ventus Partners and advises leading Venture Capital Funds, technology incubators, and new startups in the fields of energy and telecom infrastructure, healthcare IT, and technology related business models and markets. At Lawrence Berkeley, Rahul is responsible for Corporate Development for Energy Technologies Area where he focuses on business development, new business ideas and models, and strategic alliances across the area. In addition to serving on the Boards of multiple technology start-ups, Rahul works closely with the leading venture and PE firms as an advisor on the west coast in diverse industries that span energy, wireless, and healthcare infrastructures creation and optimization. Having founded 2 high-tech startups and raised over $200M in capital, Rahul has over 20 years of financial, transactions, corporate development and strategy expertise in launching and growing disruptive, high-tech businesses. Prior to startups, Rahul ran multiple hundred million dollar businesses at 3COM and NORTEL. Rahul is a Graduate of Columbia University and the University of California Berkeley.
Renee S. Davlin
Assistant Director - Corporate Real Estate
Principal Financial Group

Ms. Davlin’s primary focus is to develop, deliver and report on the strategic energy and sustainability initiatives for the Principal Financial Group. Initiatives include developing long-term strategies in order to reduce the company’s energy and water use through operational improvements; capital planning and investments; and procurement alternatives. Ms Davlin is also responsible for developing goals and reporting results to the Board of Directors and external organizations such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, Climate Risk, World’s Most Ethical Companies, and others. In her position she also oversees an internal sustainability committee and works with JLL operations teams to develop internal programs for employees on recycling and energy management.

In addition to these activities, Ms. Davlin is President of the newly formed Iowa Sustainability Business Forum and is a committee member for the Building Energy Summit for the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency.
Alex Dews, LEED AP
Executive Director
Delaware Valley Green Building Council

Alex Dews has spent the past ten years working on green building and urban sustainability in Philadelphia. Alex worked in real estate development prior to leading program implementation and progress reporting for Greenworks Philadelphia, the city's comprehensive sustainability plan. Alex is a LEED AP and holds an MS in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University, where he is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture.

In addition to these activities, Ms. Davlin is President of the newly formed Iowa Sustainability Business Forum and is a committee member for the Building Energy Summit for the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency.
Robert J. Dixon
Vice President, Enterprise Sales and Industry Affairs, Building Performance & Sustainability
Siemens Building Technologies

Bob Dixon serves as the Vice President, Enterprise Sales and Industry Affairs, Building Performance & Sustainability, for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens. He is responsible for strategy, market positioning, enterprise sales and industry leadership on efficiency and sustainability in buildings in the Americas.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Efficiency Valuation Organization, the Energy Services Coalition, and recently the Alliance to Save Energy, and the National Association of Energy Service Companies.

In addition to these activities, Ms. Davlin is President of the newly formed Iowa Sustainability Business Forum and is a committee member for the Building Energy Summit for the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency.
Zach Dobelbower
Program Manager
DC Department of General Services

Zach Dobelbower is a program manager within the Energy & Sustainability Division for the DC Department of General Services. Zach is responsible for managing the resources and commodities used to operate and maintain the District’s 30 million square feet of public building space, in addition to managing the implementation of solutions that lower costs, reduce risk, conserve resources, and decarbonize the city’s energy supply and consumption. Before joining DGS, Zach owned and managed Carbon Cross Development, a contracting company that provided energy modeling and efficiency design services. From 2005 to 2009, Zach served as the Urban Sustainability Planner for the DC Office of Planning, managing projects ranging from economic and cultural development to urban design and sustainable neighborhoods. Zach is a LEED accredited professional with an MPA from American University and a BA from the University of Oklahoma. He is also the proud father of two, Henry and Mattie, both in diapers.
David Doll
Industry Principal, Facility and Energy Management

David C. Doll is the Industry Principal, Facility Analytics for OSIsoft, LLC. David has 25 years of experience across several high-tech industries. Having spent a decade in software development, David spent 12 years consulting before focusing on the use of real-time data in asset management and analytics. David now oversees business development for critical facilities and energy management for OSIsoft, the world’s leading provider of real-time and event infrastructure and maker of the PI System. In this role, David is accountable for setting the strategic direction for the use of advanced, real-time analytics for smarter facilities across OSIsoft’s customer portfolio.
Marshall D. Duer-Balkind
Program Manager, Energy Benchmarking
District of Columbia Department of the Environment

Marshall Duer-Balkind is the Program Manager for Energy Benchmarking for the District Department of the Environment, Government of the District of Columbia. In this role, he oversees implementation of the District of Columbia’s groundbreaking energy benchmarking and disclosure program for public and private buildings, and works on citywide energy efficiency and sustainability planning. Prior to joining the District Department of the Environment, Mr. Duer-Balkind worked for the Institute for Market Transformation, and for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He earned a Master's of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Computer Science, from Oberlin College.
Gail Fast
Carrollsburg, A Condominium

Gail Fast has been the President of Carrollsburg, A Condominium for the past five years. Built in the 1960’s and featuring a mid-century modern design, Carrollsburg is a community of high-rise condominiums and townhouses containing 425 units -- 384 of which are located in three reinforced concrete and brick 9-story buildings and 38 of which are located in three 2- and 3-story town home clusters. Faced with an aging infrastructure, Carrollsburg has been rebuilding itself from the inside-out; making it one of the premiere properties in Southwest DC. In her professional life, Gail has presented at a variety of industry conferences and was asked to research and identify emerging health and safety issues in the volunteer fire service which resulted in a 2008 published report by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Most recently, Gail presented at the 2014 BOMA Conference in Orlando, FL on tenant retention.
John T. Forester, P.E., LEED AP
Director of Energy & Sustainability
Reit Management & Research LLC

John Forester is the Director of Energy & Sustainability for Reit Management & Research LLC (RMR), a real estate management company headquartered in Newton, MA. John leads RMR’s Real Estate Services division in its development and execution of sustainability policies and programs, energy supply procurement, energy reduction strategies and planning, LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications, and communicating goals and achievements internally and externally. In this capacity, his efforts also carry over to Sonesta International Hotels Corporation which includes twenty-five full service and extended stay hotels. RMR’s managed public real estate portfolios include Government Properties Income Trust (GOV), Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH), Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) and Select Income REIT (SIR). As a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional, John’s experiences with energy audits and modeling, commissioning, systems design, utility incentive programs and performance-based financing bring an in-depth and full-circle management approach to commercial real estate sustainability. John received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine.
Ari Frankel, LEED AP O&M
Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

Ari Frankel is the Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management‘s Alternatives and Real Assets platform, based in New York City. Mr. Frankel works closely with senior managers around the globe to shape and coordinate comprehensive ESG and green building programming and related environmental and energy strategies, and participates in ESG initiatives across Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and Deutsche Bank Group.

Mr. Frankel is an active member of the UNEP-FI Property Working Group, ULI Sustainable Development Product Council, the Greenprint Performance Committee, the GRESB Benchmark Committee, and the UK Better Buildings Partnership. In prior roles, Mr. Frankel was a part of the Global Sustainability Group at GE Capital Real Estate, and a Senior Analyst at Economics Research Associates, a real estate economic and financial consulting firm.

Mr. Frankel holds a BA in Economics from UC San Diego, and an MBA with a Certificate in Real Estate from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is a LEED-AP O&M.
Randy Gaines
Vice President Engineering, Housekeeping, Laundry Operations - Americas
Hilton Worldwide

Randy Gaines currently serves as the Vice President of Engineering, Housekeeping and Laundry Operations for the Americas, bringing 20+ years of experience to the Operations team. In this capacity, he is responsible for operations in the engineering, housekeeping and laundry arenas. He also supports all corporate sustainability energy conservation efforts. Hilton’s brands are comprised of more than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 650,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

Previously, Randy served as Vice President, Engineering Technical Services, for Host Hotels and Resorts where he was responsible for maximizing the value derived from capital expenditures related to roofs, facades, MEP, building systems and energy conservation and procurement for the entire Host Hotels & Resorts portfolio. In addition, he served as the lead on all sustainability and green efforts for Host. The hotel portfolio consisted of approximately 130 domestic and international full-service hotels primarily operated under brands such as Marriott, Westin, Sheraton, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, W, Four Seasons, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Fairmont, Embassy Suites, Swissôtel and Hilton, concentrating on the four- and five-star quality of properties.

Prior to Host Hotels, Randy served as Corporate Director of Engineering for Yum Brands Inc., where he was responsible for capex and engineering operations. He also served as Vice President of Engineering/Housekeeping for White Lodging Services Corporation, where he oversaw capex, energy procurement, engineering and housekeeping operations for 81 limited and full-service hotels, and held positions with Marriott International in the Lodging and Senior Living Services divisions.
Joseph J. Galambos
Portfolio Energy Manager

As a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Mr. Galambos’ primary focus is to develop and deliver a strategic energy and sustainability program in order to reduce our client’s water and energy use through operational improvements, capital planning and investments, and procurement alternatives.

Mr. Galambos’ comprehensive knowledge and understanding of building electrical, mechanical and controls systems allows him to emphasize no-cost operational improvements that involve fine turning the Building Automation System (BAS). He works within the engineering operations and facility management teams to adjust setpoints, schedules and control sequences in the BAS.

Once he determines the facility is operating as efficiently as possible, Mr. Galambos works with facility managers and project managers to budget for, and implement, capital projects in order to improve the efficiency and operational of building electrical, mechanical and controls systems.

In addition to these activities, Mr. Galambos is responsible for drafting the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) responses for clients in both the financial and healthcare industries. His responsibilities include calculating the emissions, developing targets and initiatives, determining emissions reductions and providing guidance on the scoring methodology for the entire response.
Gary Graham, LEED AP, CEM
Director of Energy Management
Cushman & Wakefield

Gary Graham brings 30 years of experience helping clients assess, develop and implement energy and sustainability programs and realize savings. At C&W, he will direct and support the development and implementation of the energy management portion of our CIS platform.

Prior to joining C&W, Gary served as Midwest Region Marketing Manager for kW Engineering where he developed energy assessment and retro-commissioning projects with commercial, industrial and grocery clients and was the Vice President of Sales for SCIenergy, an energy efficiency technology company. Prior to joining SCIenergy, he spent 11 years with JLL as Senior Vice President in the Energy and Sustainability Services practice where he developed and built out the energy management practice. Accomplishments include leading JLL to 4 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards and being recognized for the development and implementation of the Portfolio Energy and Environmental Reporting System (PEERS).

Mr. Graham has also held sales, operations and management roles for Johnson Controls, Landis and Gyr Powers, as well as Southern California Edison, Edison Source, Northern States Power and PG&E Energy Services.
Eugenia Gregorio, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Corporate Responsibility
The Tower Companies

Eugenia Gregorio is the Director of Corporate Responsibility for the Tower Companies, a privately-owned Real Estate and Property Management company and green building leader. She is responsible for managing environmental responsibility initiatives, stakeholder engagement, and community partnerships for a portfolio of nearly 4-million SF including commercial office, a 27 acre residential campus, and retail shopping centers. She works on efforts that include achieving LEED Certifications for 90% and ENERGY STAR Certifications for 85% of the portfolio, leading an energy management program that has recognized 15% savings since 2012, water efficiency practices to yield 30% savings since 2008, receiving nearly $5,000,000 in green building tax and rebate incentives for the company, maintaining Tower’s Carbon Neutrality through REC and Carbon credit purchases, and developing green lease requirements for tenant construction projects.

She has worked in the construction industry for over 13 years and before joining Tower, she worked as a project manager for international construction consulting firms and general contractors on a wide range of public and private construction projects. Eugenia was awarded the USGBC NCR 2011 Award of Excellence for Member of the Year and was recently appointed to the District of Columbia’s Green Building Advisory Council. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received her MBA at The George Washington University.
Steve Harrison, BOMA Fellow, RPA, FMA, LEED Green Associate
Managing Director Facilities & Sustainability

Steve Harrison has been active in the commercial real estate business since 1974, and is currently Managing Director Facilities and Sustainability with Parmenter Realty Partners. During his career, Steve has been involved with every aspect of the business. He has extensive experience in energy management and facility operations. Steve joined The Parmenter Company in January 1996 as Property Manager of 230 Peachtree. In this capacity, he was responsible for on-site management of 230 Peachtree including a 15 million dollar renovation project.

Steve is responsible for sustainability as it relates to the day to day operations at Parmenter Realty Partners’ properties. In this capacity he evaluates the operation of the buildings from a high performance perspective. He assists and advises asset managers on matters related to capital expenditures and operations. As a result of his extensive experience in building operations, construction, and systems operation, he has acquired a great deal of knowledge in all areas of property management. This experience has been beneficial performing audits on owned properties and due diligence for properties under consideration by Parmenter Realty Partners. In 2013 Steve started the ParmenterGREEN division of Parmenter Realty Partners where he oversees the LEED certification process for Parmenter properties. To date, Mr. Harrison has completed LEED certification projects at eleven properties and is currently working on three others. Steve’s latest certification was the LEED Platinum project at Rambler Park, the first LEED Platinum EBOM in all of North Texas.

Steve has been a member of BOMA since 1988 and holds two BOMI designations as a Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Facility Management Administrator (FMA). He is active in Building Owners and Managers Association in Atlanta, serving as President in 2002, and has participated or chaired multiple committees. Steve served on the Executive Committee for BOMA International and currently is chair the International Awards Committee. He also served on the International Sustainability and Market Initiatives Task Force, and served on the BOMA National Advisory Committee (NAC). Recently Mr. Harrison was named a BOMA Fellow. Steve is a member of the USGBC both nationally and locally in Atlanta and is a LEED Green Associate.
Kevin Kampschroer
Federal Director
US General Services Administration

Kevin Kampschroer is the Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). He has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount f energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). He is GSA’s Senior Climate Adaptation Official, and leads the agency in planning for climate change risks.

Mr. Kampschroer was the Project Manager for the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (344 M2), and he has lectured at various universities such as MIT, Harvard, Georgia Tech, and Yale. His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. He has worked for GSA for over 39 years and is a graduate of Yale University.
Andrew P. Keller, M.S., DBA
Senior Principal Campus Site Planner
Genentech Inc.

Andrew Keller is the Campus Site Planner for Genentech and User Team Lead in the Client Role for Genentech and overseeing this new B35 office project since its planning phases 2012.

The project is over 255k SF large and will house about 1700-1800 people and includes a cafeteria, large conference room and business center.

Andrew started at Genentech in 2006. He is also involved on Genentech's all site-related and amenities projects including common spaces and site-infrastructure and campus master planning. He is a key member of the Real Estate Asset Management Group.

Andrew holds a Master in Science (M.Sc.) of Architecture and has studied at the University of Berlin, Germany and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and has been working in the bay area for over 18 years as an Architect and Planner.
Jim Landau, LEED AP
Associate Director

Jim Landau is the Head of Asset Management for MetLife Real Estate Investor’s Washington, DC region. MetLife is actively pursuing new equity investments for both its general account and an Investment Management platform on behalf of an ODCE fund and JV partners. The firm acquires core assets, ground-up development and renovation. Jim is a member of the firms Energy and Sustainability Committee. Prior to joining MetLife in 2014, Jim was a Vice President with Bentall Kennedy for 13 years. In this capacity, he was an Asset Manager for various property types in several East Coast markets. Jim is the co-chair of the NAIOP MD/DC Chapter’s Sustainable Development Committee.
Bertrand Lasternas
Carnegie Mellon University

Bertrand Lasternas holds a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Senior Researcher in the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Lasternas is a key investigator on the CBEI project. His efforts are central to the Intelligent Workplace and the Center for Building Performance research and academic agendas, supporting the creation of a platform that integrates energy consumption data, indoor environmental quality data, weather data, and mechanical systems control choices into high performance building solutions of significance in the US and beyond. Passionately engaged in energy saving designs and strategies, Lasternas is certified as a Passive House Consultant.
James M. Lee
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Lee is the founder of Cimetrics and has acted as its CEO since its formation. Mr. Lee has been a leader in the embedded control networking and building automation community for over 20 years. As founder and former President of the BACnet Manufacturers Association, the leading open systems networking consortium in the building automation industry, and Mr. Lee’s aggressive promotion of the BACnet open protocol standard has helped make Cimetrics a high-profile player in the arena. Mr. Lee has a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University.
Karen Lefkowitz
Vice President, Business Transformation & Chief Information Security Officer
Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Karen Lefkowitz is the Vice President, Business Transformation and Chief Information Security Officer for Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to more than 1.9 million customers. PHI is the parent company of Potomac Electric Power Company, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric.

In her current role, Ms. Lefkowitz is responsible for Smart Grid strategy, the mass deployment of AMI Smart Meters and enabling the Smart Grid throughout the PHI service territory, transforming internal business processes and empowering customers to manage their energy use more efficiently.

She has worked in a variety of jobs during a 30-year career at Pepco. Most recently, Ms. Lefkowitz served as Director of Customer Relations with responsibility for enhancing customer service and administering energy efficiency programs. She was previously the Director of System Operations, with responsibility for the daily operation of PHI’s electric system.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from George Washington University and a Master of Business Administration from Marymount University.

Ms. Lefkowitz is a member of the Board of Directors for the Gridwise Alliance, a national organization promoting the development of the Smart Grid, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC and Strathmore Performing Arts Center in Montgomery County, Maryland. She also served as the Executive Sponsor for the PHI United Way Campaign for two years.
Gary Levitan, CEM, CDSM
Senior Manager of Energy and Utilities
Hudson’s Bay Company

Gary Levitan currently serves as the Senior Manager for Energy and Utilities for Hudson’s Bay Company. His responsibilities include managing the entire energy and utility budget for all three retail banners of the organization including Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor in the US and The Bay in Canada. He is also responsible for managing and financing all Capital projects relating to energy and Utilities for the organization. Mr. Levitan started his career as a financial analyst for JP Morgan and moved into the energy industry as an analyst for Hess Corp. For the Past 8 years, Mr. Levitan has been managing and financing energy efficiency projects for the retail and multi-family real estate business sectors. He also has vast experience in energy and natural gas procurement in all deregulated markets in the US and Canada. He received his BA from University of Delaware and became a CEM and CDSM in 2012. Mr. Levitan has also delivered various key notes at EEI and other energy related conferences around the country and is currently the AEE Energy Manager of the Year Region 1.
Lisa Lin, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainability Manager
City of Houston

Lisa Lin is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Houston, overseeing and assisting with various environmental programs and initiatives for the City. Projects include the Houston Green Office Challenge, DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, launching the City’s bike share program, expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure, benchmarking energy performance for city buildings, updating municipal GHG inventory reports, climate action planning, forming City green teams, reporting to the STAR Communities Rating System and Carbon Disclosure Project, and creating behavior change programs. Before joining the Mayor’s staff, Lisa was a program associate for ICLEI USA's Climate Programs Division and also served as the South Central Regional Associate. She also has experience working for a commercial architecture firm. She has served on the USGBC Emerging Professionals National Committee and is a current board member of the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast chapter.
Jessica Long
Sustainability Manager
The JBG Companies

Jessica has been with The JBG Companies since 2006, starting out in the Commercial Property Management department focused on portfolio wide initiatives. In 2011, Jessica was a key player in the development and adoption of the JBG Commercial Sustainability Program which set the goals of achieving LEED EB:O&M and ENERGY STAR certification for all stabilized operating assets and integrating sustainable best practices into the day to day operations. As the Sustainability Manager, Jessica is taking a ground-up approach, working directly with property teams, as the Program Administrator for the USGBC LEED Volume program, in addition several other program initiatives that result in energy efficiency, resource conservation and waste reduction. Jessica is an active member of the Better Buildings Alliance, the USGBC-National Capital Region chapter, and NAIOP MD/DC - Sustainable Development Committee and is currently co-chairing the Greenbuild 2015 Host Committee. Jessica graduated from McDaniel College in 2003 with a dual major in Business and Communications and a minor in economics and has been a LEED-AP since 2009.
Jean Lupinacci
Branch Chief

Jean Lupinacci is the chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch in the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has been with EPA for more than 25 years with primary responsibilities for developing and managing voluntary climate protection programs.

Jean joined EPA in 1985 to conduct economic analysis on pesticide use and regulations. From 1987-1993 she lead some of EPA’s flagship voluntary partnerships to reduce or eliminate CFCs to protect stratospheric ozone. She was chair of a United Nations Environment Program multi-national committee that evaluated technical options to reduce CFC use in the foam insulation sector from 1989-1994. In 1993, she led EPA’s effort to include all greenhouse gases, such as potent HFC and PFC gases in U.S. Climate policy.

Since 1993, Jean has developed and directed the efforts of Energy Star in the commercial and industrial markets. She has overseen the successful integration of the Green Lights and Climate Wise programs into ENERGY STAR, the introduction of innovative energy performance metrics for commercial buildings and industrial plants, the extension of the Energy Star label to buildings and plants, as well as the rapid adoption of organization-wide energy management programs by US businesses and institutions.
Cliff Majersik
Executive Director
Institute for Market Transformation

Cliff Majersik is the executive director of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, that promotes energy efficiency in buildings. Under his leadership, IMT has expanded its work nationally and internationally, and become a recognized leader in the energy efficiency field.

Working with leaders in the public and private sectors, Majersik oversees IMT’s principal activities in the areas of building performance policy, energy codes, energy efficiency finance, and green leasing. He also leads IMT’s outreach to multiple stakeholder groups, including financial services, utilities, and real estate. His work on mortgage finance policy led to the introduction of federal legislation in 2011, and he was instrumental in crafting Washington, DC’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 and its Green Building Act of 2006. A LEED Accredited Professional, Majersik continues to advise private-sector leaders and provide expert assistance to government officials in developing energy and building policy.
Mark Manthy
Director of Business Development
Astrum Solar | A Direct Energy Company

Mark Manthy is the Director of Business Development for Astrum Solar, a Direct Energy company serving residential and commercial customers in over 15 states. Mark is one of Astrum’s original employees, and has been representing Astrum the solar markets of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC for over five years. During that time, Mark has been responsible for the installation of over 5 MW of solar generation, including projects such as The Tower Companies Millennium Building and the solarization of the National Housing Trust’s portfolio.

Mark earned his MBA from the University of Maryland and his BS from Boston College. Mark is also NABCEP certified. Mark was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Almaty, Kazakhstan from 1997-1999.

Mark lives in Baltimore County with his wife, two children and a 7.7 kW solar array on his house.
Brad A. Molotsky, LEED AP O+M
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Brandywine Realty Trust

Brad A. Molotsky (MBA/JD Villanova, 1989) (age 50) is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Brandywine Realty Trust and co-creator of Brandywine Environments, Brandywine's portfolio-wide sustainability initiative. Mr. Molotsky is a member of National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate Roundtable (formerly serving as Vice Chair of Sustainability Taskforce), National Association of Office Properties (formerly serving as Co-Chair of the NJ - Energy Committee), Urban Land Institute, and Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Greater Philadelphia Energy Efficiency in Buildings Innovation Cluster and on Keep America Beautiful. He is a board member of Committee of Seventy, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - Philadelphia Chapter (co-chair), the Jewish Federation of Southern NJ, the Greater Philadelphia JFRE Executive Committee, and serves as President of Jewish Community Properties, Inc. He is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, the Building Owners and Managers Association and NAIOP's Innovation and Sustainability Forum. He was selected as a Martin Luther King Medal Award winner for Camden County for his community service, as NJ General Counsel of the Year - 2013 by NJBIZ, First Chair Award - 2013 amongst in house Real Estate Counsel, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyer each year since 2004. Mr. Molotsky has testified before the US Senate Energy Committee on energy efficiency in 2012 and 2013 and co-founded the Tri-State Annual Sustainability Symposium which attracts over 850 attendees annually. He is a frequent lecturer for the American Law Institute, NAIOP, ULI, the American Bar Association, Greenbuild, the STri-State Sustainability Symposium and at both Villanova University and at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom Myers
Director, Commercial Real Estate Solutions
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Tom has spent 35 years in product and business development for energy efficiency products, applications and building designs in both the HVAC and lighting industry.

As Director, Commercial Real Estate Solutions at Lutron, Tom and his team support real estate developers and property management companies to implement integrated light management solutions on their commercial construction, renovation, or retrofit projects. These integrated solutions improve the quality of the building’s visual environment, enhancing occupant comfort and productivity while reducing lighting energy consumption and the life-cycle costs associated with reallocating existing space over the life of the building. Notable projects that Tom has managed for Lutron include the Genzyme Headquarters facility in Cambridge, MA (LEED Platinum), and the ongoing retrofit of the Empire State Building.

He is a 1979 graduate of the Architectural Engineering program at Penn State, a member of Urban Land Institute, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and the Commercial Specifications Institute (CSI). Tom received his LEED accreditation in 2001, and has developed light control solutions in many LEED certified and other sustainable design projects.
Sara Neff, MBA, LEED AP
Vice President, Sustainability
Kilroy Realty Corporation

Sara Neff oversees all sustainability initiatives at Kilroy Realty Corporation such as the implementation of energy and water efficiency projects throughout the 13 million square foot portfolio, the recycling and green cleaning program, all LEED certifications, electric vehicle charging station installations, and the greening of building and construction standards. In her four years at Kilroy, she took the company from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 real estate company across all asset classes on sustainability in North America by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark. Prior to joining Kilroy, Sara worked at Google and in solar at Idealab, participated in irrigation and soil erosion work in India, and led green consulting projects in Brazil and Argentina. Sara was awarded BOMA’s Generation BOMA Professional of the Year in 2011, USGBC-LA’s Greenspeak Award in 2012, was named a Northern California Woman of Influence Rising Star by the San Francisco Business Times in 2013, and won the USGBC Orange County Individual Leader in Sustainability Award in 2014. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Stanford University.
Marty Newhouse
Senior Manager, Accenture Sustainability Services

Marty serves as the Smart Buildings Lead for Accenture Digital. Marty has more than 13 years of experience assisting clients with issues ranging from energy management and shared value to technology and managing transformational change programs. Since 2009, Marty has been dedicated to utilizing advanced analytics to help clients reduce energy consumption in their buildings.
Tim O'Donald RPA, CPM®
Harbor East Management Group

As President of Harbor East Management Group, Tim O’Donald oversees approximately 5.5 million square feet of commercial office, retail, hotel and residential space in Baltimore’s burgeoning Harbor East development as well as several other real estate assets owned and managed by the firm, including numerous shopping centers in Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties, the nationally-ranked Bulle Rock Golf Course, and The Residences at Bulle Rock. Tim has over 20 years of real estate experience in Class A commercial office and urban/ mixed-use projects.

Prior to his role as President, Tim served as Vice President and Director of Property Management for Harbor East and was responsible for, supervising all of the operating property functions including leasing, property management, maintenance engineering and accounting, and was integral in the property’s growth and success from development through operation.

Tim began his real estate career with Childress Klein Properties in Atlanta, before moving to the Baltimore.

In addition to Tim’s experience in real estate, he was also a commissioned officer in the United States Army and served in combat tours both in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal for his service.
Leo O’Loughlin
Senior V.P., Energy & Sustainability

Based in San Diego, Leo’s priority is to expand energy services and optimization by developing and implementing energy programs for JLL clients internationally. He helps clients successfully incorporate energy and sustainability concepts into operations and project management, reducing energy consumption, utility expense and carbon emissions. He also manages business development, commercial structuring and implementation of JLL’s smart building technology, IntelliCommand. Leo has 23 years of energy and sustainability management experience.
Karen Penafiel
VP, Advocacy, Codes & Standards
BOMA International

Karen Penafiel joined the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International in December, 1989 and serves as vice president of the advocacy, codes and standards division of the association. In this capacity, Karen leads BOMA’s federal and state advocacy programs and oversees BOMA’s model building codes and voluntary standards efforts. As the association’s chief lobbyist, she works with Congress and the federal agencies on a wide range of issues affecting the commercial real estate industry. Karen has taken the lead on energy and sustainability issues for BOMA for the past decade and is the author of BOMA International’s two guidance documents on electricity deregulation. She is currently leading the association’s market transformation efforts and helped develop BOMA’s green lease guides. Karen is a graduate of Hamilton College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. She lives in Centreville, Virginia with her three children.
Chuck Piccirillo
Group Marketing Manager for ENCELIUM Energy Management Systems

Chuck Piccirillo is the Group Marketing Manager for ENCELIUM Energy Management Systems at OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc., based in Danvers, Mass. At OSRAM, he is responsible for innovative product and go-to-market strategies for intelligent lighting control solutions. His goal is to provide facility managers across the Americas with tools that maximize operational efficiency and occupant experience of their buildings. With more than 15 years’ experience across marketing, product development, and manufacturing, Mr. Piccirillo has worked at the forefront of cutting edge lighting technology and building efficiency. In addition to his passion for helping customers drive operational improvements and reduced energy consumption, Mr. Piccirillo brings a decade of experience in helping the building efficiency industry transition to intelligent lighting solutions for a more connected, productive world. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
CP Pitones
Director of Business Development

Though CP has a wide range of responsibilities at Enerliance, his primary role is to increase the company’s customer base through lead generation and follow-up. He is also responsible for market research data collection and analyzation, tracking the latest trends in technology in key geographic areas.

CP is no stranger to the building controls industry. He has over 18 years of experience, working for Siemens, EMCOR and as a Schneider Electric Partner before joining Enerliance.
Scott Pomeroy
Sustainability Manager
DowntownDC Business Improvement District

Scott Pomeroy is the Sustainability Manager for the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), where since 2008 he has helped the BID research, develop, implement and manage a wide variety of sustainability programs. His current responsibilities include managing the DowntownDC ecoDistrict participation in EcoDistricts Target Cities program, facilitating the production Building Energy Summit with CoR Advisors, and representing the DowntownDC BID on numerous taskforces and working groups such as:, the, Keep America Beautiful Recycling @Work Advisory Council, Smarter DC Challenge Advisory Group, Greenbuild 2015 Host Committee, the Building Energy Performance Standards Taskforce, and as the DOE Better Buildings Challenge private sector representative for Washington DC.

Scott has managed the DowntownDC ecoDistrict since its creation on Earth Day 2011 and recently served as the local Host Committee Co-Chair for the 2014 EcoDistricts Summit. Scott is a frequent presenter about the DowntownDC ecoDistrict, having spoken before the International Downtown Association, DOE Better Buildings Summit, Green America Conference, ULI Leadership Institute, Alliance to Save Energy, World Resource Institute, as well as universities such as American, Georgetown, George Washington and Howard. . Prior to joining the DowntownDC BID, Scott was the Executive Director of the 14th & U Main Street Initiative, in the historic U Street community. His leadership laid the foundation for its recognition in 2011 by American Planning Association, as one of their Great Places in America: Streets. Scott serves on several boards, most notably as Board Chair for Career Path DC, a first source job program, working with at risk youth and returning ex-offenders, to provide services to neighborhoods throughout Washington DC.
Darlene Pope
President & CEO
CoR Advisors

Darlene Pope is Founder and Principal of CoR Advisors®. Ms. Pope has more than 20 years experience in commercial real estate and technology, including intelligent building solutions, energy management, sustainable building operations, automated business solutions, and advanced telecommunications services. Ms. Pope founded CoR Advisors® in 2009 to serve as a leading educator and trusted advisor to the real estate industry for the integration of technology into real estate management and operations. Under Ms. Pope's leadership, CoR Advisors® has developed a market reach of over 30,000 real estate professionals.

Prior to launching CoR Advisors®, Ms. Pope served 4 years as Managing Partner at Realcomm, where she founded and managed the company's professional development division. She created the content and served as lead instructor for Realcomm's technology seminars and webinars, served as Editor of the Realcomm Advisory weekly e-newsletter, and was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of The RealcommEDGE magazine. Ms. Pope is a nationally recognized author and speaker on such topics as intelligent buildings, energy management, green buildings, sustainability, in-building wireless solutions, and other real estate technologies.

Ms. Pope began her commercial real estate career as a property manager for Charles E. Smith Co. in Washington, DC in 1992. Her professional experience includes Founder and President of CRE Partners, Vice President of Real Estate at On-Site Access, Director of Real Estate at Broadband Office, and National Director of the Internet Building program for Kivex/Allegiance Telecom. She is an active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Chairman of the Sustainability Committee for Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Northern Virginia, member of the USGBC, and is the President of the In-Building Wireless Alliance (IBWA).
Dan Probst
Chairman, Energy & Sustainability

As Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services globally, Dan Probst is responsible for developing and delivering products and services that help clients reduce energy costs and their real estate related environmental footprint through innovative portfolio and occupancy strategies, workplace standards, and operating practices.

Dan is a founding and current member of JLL’s Global Environmental Sustainability Board. He also oversees the firm’s Engineering & Operations team across the Americas region.

Dan is co-author of the book “Six Sigma for Sustainability” a pioneering corporate guide to use the power of Six Sigma to develop and implement enterprise-wide green initiatives.
Ramamoorthy Ramesh
Associate Laboratory Director
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Ramesh is the Associate Laboratory Director of Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Ramesh has laboratory-wide responsibility for accelerating the translation of basic and applied research results into real world energy applications. His mission at Berkeley Lab is to pursue a strategic vision for driving technology innovation from first discovery to first commercial use.

Prior to Berkeley Lab, Ramesh was the Deputy Director of Oakridge National Laboratory. He founded and led Department of Energy’s SUNSHOT initiative. Ramesh graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Materials Science. He joined Bellcore and initiated research in several key technology areas, including ferroelectric nonvolatile memories. He has extensive experience in the use of advanced characterization techniques to understand high technology materials and in the science and technology of complex materials. In addition to his Laboratory duties, Ramesh is a past Distinguished Professor at University of Maryland and currently holds Professorship at University of California, in the Materials Science and Engineering and Physics departments.
Jordan Ramer
EV Connect

An accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur, Mr. Ramer has helped raise tens of millions of dollars in financing for growth companies in the cleantech sector. Before joining EV Connect, Mr. Ramer led corporate development for NanoH2O, a venture-backed developer of energy efficient water purification technology. Previously, he held executive positions in business development, product management and marketing at AeroVironment, an electric vehicle infrastructure developer, where he spent seven years elevating the company into the industry leader, spearheading the company’s international expansion and launching its fleet management software solution. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ramer held roles in business development, finance and strategy for several venture-backed technology start-ups, as well as Arthur Andersen. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College.
Cindy Regnier, P.E.
FLEXLAB Executive Manager
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Cindy is the Group Leader for Commercial Building Systems and FLEXLAB Executive Manager. FLEXLAB (Facility for Low Energy experiments in Buildings) is a series of experimental testbeds focused on RD&D of integrated systems and grid enabled controls. She also manages the Commercial Buildings Partnerships, overseeing technical assistance for deep, low energy projects, and 2030 District scale solutions focused on small commercial, working with a number of U.S. cities. Prior to joining LBNL in 2009, she has 13+ years of design experience on innovative, integrated HVAC, including AIA COTE Top 10, LEED Platinum buildings, and a 200,000sf carbon neutral science museum. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.
Tommy Russo
Chief Technology Officer, Akridge
Strategic Advisor, CoR Advisors

Tommy Russo is a Strategic Advisor to CoR Advisors, providing invaluable direction and consulting services to the company and its clients. Mr. Russo serves as Chief Technology Office for Akridge, the leading commercial real estate owner and property management company in Washington, DC. Mr. Russo's experience in commercial development and construction, coupled with his extensive background in information technology (IT), provides a unique understanding of the value of technology in the built environment. Mr. Russo is a LEED AP and is in charge of Akridge's "green" initiatives to promote energy efficiency across their entire real estate portfolio. Mr. Russo has conducted research and deployment of energy conservation methods to reduce the utility costs up to 40% across the Akridge portfolio, including installation of advanced lighting solutions and automated energy management systems and controls. In addition, he championed and managed the deployment of the first neutral host in-building wireless system in the U.S., along with a wireless web-based camera network, which allows investors and project managers to observe their assets under construction.

Mr. Russo is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of intelligent building technologies and was recognized as one of the "Top 100 CIOs" by CIO Magazine in 2008. He serves on the Advisory Council for Realcomm, a leading resource for education and research on technology for real estate and is on the Board of Directors of the In-Building Wireless Alliance (IBWA). Mr. Russo has won numerous awards recognizing his achievements in technology in the real estate industry, including the Realcomm Digie Award for greatest personal impact on the advancement of technology in real estate.
Sara Schoen
Building Technologies Office Fellow
U.S. Department of Energy

Sara Schoen is the commercial real estate lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings programs. Prior to joining DOE, Sara established and led the first energy and sustainability department for First Potomac Realty Trust, a publicly-traded REIT in the Washington, DC region. During Sara’s tenure, First Potomac implemented Energy Star benchmarking across its portfolio, completed efficiency improvements at more than 100 properties, and increased the proportion of its multi-story office properties with LEED or Energy Star certification to 60%. She has also worked at the Corporate Executive Board and the U.S. Green Building Council, where she managed hospitality market outreach and LEED technical development. Sara earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and her Master of Science in energy policy and technology from Johns Hopkins University.
Anno Scholten
Connexx Energy

Anno Scholten, C.E.M, C.D.S.M, is President of Connexx Energy, a leading developer of applications and turnkey solutions that connect building and energy management systems.

Anno has spent the last 25 years driving innovation in building control systems and smart grid technologies. He has developed leading edge, smart grid energy products for the commercial building markets.

During the last decade Anno has been a major contributor and leader in a number of critical standards efforts that have transformed building automation systems including BACnet, LON, and oBIX. He is a widely recognized industry expert and sought after speaker at building automation and smart grid conferences and holds US Patents on Distributed-Architecture Building Controller, Automated Load Control and Dispatch System and System for Improved Energy Utilization of a Large Building or Facility.
John K Scott, BOMA Fellow, RPA
Senior Executive Managing Director
Colliers International Tampa Bay Florida, Central Florida, Southwest Florida

John K. Scott is the Senior Executive Managing Director for Colliers International in Florida. He oversees a portfolio of over 115 retail, office and industrial properties in excess of 10 million square feet. He leads a team of over 50 professional and support personnel specializing in property management, accounting, and facilities maintenance.

John joined Colliers in 2012 as the Vice President of Property Management and was quickly promoted in 2013 to Senior Executive Managing Director. As the SEMD, John not only oversees the property management and accounting departments but is also an integral part of the executive leadership team where he works closely with the CEO, President and Executives to strategize and guide the Colliers team. John is a 30+ year real estate asset management veteran. Before joining Colliers in 2012, John was the Director of Client Solutions for Florida at Cushman & Wakefield where he oversaw a portfolio of over 10 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial properties.

Prior to his years at C&W, he was President of Property Management at The Hogan Group. While at The Hogan Group, John oversaw management, accounting, and tenant construction.

John plays an integral role for his ownerships in identifying the highest and best use of projects. This is highlighted by his recent appointment as National Point of Contact for Colliers TIAA-CREF Internal Governance Team.
Daniel A. Seligman
Policy Development Manager
Maryland Energy Administration

As Policy Development Manager for the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), Dan Seligman is developing smart-meter driven, analytics-enabled programs to save energy in large commercial buildings through improved building operations. At MEA, he also designed a new $4 million “deep retrofit” incentive program that achieved 27 percent electricity savings across a portfolio of two dozen buildings. Dan’s mission is to make energy efficiency easy, cheap, and measurable so that deep savings become the norm, not the exception, across Maryland’s large building stock.

Before joining MEA, Dan worked in policy development and advocacy at the intersection of energy, environment, and economic development. Among other achievements, he designed the Green Supers Program which trained 2,000 high-rise apartment buildings superintendents in New York City in green O&M and wrote and lobbied through Congress the landmark Green Jobs Act of 2007. He has authored reports, united broad coalitions, testified before Congress, and been cited frequently in the national media as champion of a wide range of clean energy initiatives .
Harry Sim
Cypress Envirosystems

Mr. Sim is the founder and CEO of Cypress Envirosystems, and is actively involved in developing products to improve existing facilities. He has a passion for low cost non-invasive retrofit solutions, and strongly believes that “green” should be both sustainable and profitable.

Prior to Cypress Envirosystems, Mr. Sim was a Vice-President at Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, working in the Building Automation, Industrial Automation, and Wireless and Sensing businesses. During his 15 years with Honeywell, he has held executive positions in General Management, Strategy, Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Internet Startup founder. He has lived and worked extensively in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Prior to Honeywell, he was a Payload Director at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston for Space Shuttle mission STS-40.

Mr. Sim is Six-Sigma Black Belt certified, holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Insead in France.
Shannon Smith
Abundant Power

Shannon Smith is the founder of Abundant Power, headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Shannon founded Abundant Power in 2008 after over 20 years in the financial service and private equity industries. After years in the investment space, Shannon wanted to focus his life skills on something with longer term impact. Prior to Abundant Power, Shannon was Managing Partner and founder of Blue Point Capital Partners, a private equity company that has made over $1.0 billion in investments. Shannon invested across numerous industries in companies ranging from $25 million to $500 million in revenue. From 1990 to 1998, Shannon was a principal at Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co, a leading investment bank serving middle market companies in Charlotte, NC.
Emma Stewart, PhD
Head of Sustainability Solutions

Emma Stewart, Ph.D., is Head of Sustainability Solutions at Autodesk, where she leads the design software company’s efforts to make sustainable design easy, insightful, and cost-effective for its millions of engineering and design customers.

Emma is a member of the professional faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she teaches a self-created course on “Intrapreneurship for Sustainability”. She serves on the Board of Directors of SPUR and Impact Infrastructure, and the Advisory Boards of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and World Resources Institute’s “Science-Based Target-Setting Initiative.

In 2009, Emma founded Autodesk’s Sustainable Design Living Lab program, which uses Autodesk facilities as a testing ground for new software to rapidly green existing buildings. In 2008, she founded its Sustainable Operations program, which was named best-in-class by the Carbon Disclosure Project. She co-developed Autodesk’s C-FACT methodology (a Corporate Finance Approach to Climate-stabilizing Targets), an open-source, science-driven, business-friendly approach to greenhouse gas target-setting, which was named #1 of public company targets by Climate Counts.

Prior to Autodesk, she founded and directed the Environmental R&D Division at Business for Social Responsibility, where her team designed corporate initiatives to analyze and adapt to horizon issues such as payments for ecosystem services, water footprinting, carbon offsets and trading, voluntary supply chain standards, and sustainable product design.

Emma has been named an “urban pioneer” by FORTUNE Magazine and “sustainability insurgent” by MIT Sloan Management Review. Her work has been featured in the The Economist Insights, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Chicago Tribune, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, Inside Washington, Environmental Finance, Environmental Law Journal, Quartz, and GreenBiz, among others. She is a contributing author to "Corporate Responses to Climate Change" and "The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Business", and her work is featured in "Frugal Innovation" and "The Big Pivot".

Emma has been named a Next Generation Fellow by Columbia University (2007), a Cabinet Member of the World Economic Forum’s Low Carbon Taskforce (2008), a Judge for the Clean Tech Open (2009), and a First Mover Fellow by The Aspen Institute (2010). She has lectured at dozens of universities and Fortune1000 companies, and has been an invited speaker at the National Press Club in DC, the UN Conference of the Parties, the World Conservation Congress, Greenbuild, Ecobuild and The Economist.

She is accredited by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from Stanford University and a B.A. Honours degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University.
John Supp, C.E.M.
Director, Account Management

John began his energy career in 2001 working for a micro wind turbine manufacturer. In 2003, that led to a natural introduction to PV to balance seasonal energy production as he joined a national renewable energy distribution company. In 2006, he moved into utility program implementation as a Program Manager for the 10-year long California Solar Initiative. He relocated to DC six years ago with another solar company. In January, 2012, he joined the recently-launched DC SEU as a strategic account manager and now serves as their Director of Account Management. He received his Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification and is a graduate of UCLA.
Scott Tew
Executive Director, CEES
Ingersoll Rand

Scott Tew is the founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand (CEES) which supports all of the company’s strategic brands—Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Trane and Thermo King—and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives aimed at reducing resource demand of products and minimizing resource use within company facilities.

In addition, Scott serves as a featured speaker and thought leader in linking public policy, economic impacts and sustainability. His recent efforts have led to the development of world-class initiatives including the creation of a green product portfolio, personalized employee engagement, unique research on unmet needs in the green space, and sustainability-related solution concepts like building a $300 house. Prior to this role, Scott led high profile programs to advocate for energy efficiency, green buildings and global greenhouse gas emissions standards and policies.

Scott holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He plays key roles in several important groups including: the Alliance to Save Energy; the EDGE Center for Energy and the Global Environment at Duke University; the North Carolina New Schools Energy & Sustainability Council; and the US and India Green Building Councils. Scott contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.
Ted Trabue
Managing Director
District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)

As Managing Director, Ted Trabue is responsible for leading the DCSEU in meeting its economic, environmental, and job creation goals. Mr. Trabue has over 30 years of experience in public affairs, most recently as Executive Director of the Green Builders Council of DC. He also served two terms as the President of the District of Columbia State Board of Education. Mr. Trabue is a fourth generation Washingtonian, and like his mother and grandmother, he attended DC public schools. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Dartmouth College, and a law degree from Howard University School of Law. Mr. Trabue is a member of the DC Bar and has served on the board of directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce, DC Appleseed, and the DC Building Industry Association.
Maria Tikoff Vargas
Director, Better Buildings Challenge
US Department of Energy

Maria Vargas is the Director of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Department of Energy. The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American buildings 20 percent more efficient in the next decade. Thru this leadership initiative, more than 200 chief executive officers, University presidents and state and local leaders have committed to upgrading buildings across their portfolio and are providing their energy savings data and innovative strategies as models for others to follow. Ms. Vargas also serves as a Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy.

Prior to her work at DOE, Ms. Vargas was the Brand Manager for the ENERGY STAR program for more than 15 years while at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Vargas also served as the Co-Director of the ENERGY STAR Buildings and Green Lights Partnership. She has been involved in policy work on the issues of ozone depletion, global climate change, and related environmental and energy issues since 1985.

Ms. Vargas received a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning.
Michelle Vigen
Senior Energy Planner
Montgomery County

Michelle Vigen is the Senior Energy Planner with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. In this role, she leads the planning, development, and implementation of a wide variety of energy-related initiatives within the County, including the implementation of the county's energy benchmarking law, and advising the development of the county's Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing legislation and program.

Prior to joining Montgomery County, Michelle worked for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as a Research Analyst on behavior and human dimensions research, and for the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships as the Clean Energy Resource Team's Campaigns Coordinator where she led statewide energy efficiency campaigns supporting state utility energy savings goals. As a recipient of the Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship, Michelle has presented, conducted training, and counseled over 400 sustainability practitioners, utility representatives, local government officials, and non-profits community-based social marketing for sustainability. She has supported a number of conferences and workshops, including the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference and the ACEEE Summer Study as a speaker and moderator.

Michelle earned a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School specializing in energy policy and community development. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Seema Wadhwa
Assistant Vice President Sustainability and Wellness
Inova Health System

Ms. Seema Wadhwa is the Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Wellness for Inova Health System. Mrs. Wadhwa embraces health and wellness as core drivers for sustainability. Mrs. Wadhwa uses these values to oversee strategic planning and management of sustainability and wellness. Her efforts have demonstrated multi-million dollar savings and measurable impacts. Ms. Wadhwa influenced the national conversation on sustainability in healthcare while leading the Healthier Hospitals Initiative from launch to over 1300 hospitals enrolled across the nation. Mrs. Wadhwa began her career as a Civil Engineering working to build communities and now works to build healthier communities. Mrs. Wadhwa has a passion for sharing knowledge and co-authored the first book for leadership in the field of healthcare sustainability. Seema is most fulfilled when serving in the local and global community. Seema also enjoys serving on the board of the USGBC-National Capital Region. Connect with Seema @hcgogreen.
Tom Willie
Blue Pillar

Mr. Willie joined Blue Pillar in 2013. Tom brings a highly successful 15-plus year start-up, technology and smart grid history to Blue Pillar, including a proven executive management track record. Mr. Willie, a native of Indianapolis, was most recently CEO of Current Group and had also served as CURRENT’s Chief Product Officer and its Chief Operating Officer since December 2003. He also served as the Vice President/Vice Chairman of PRIME Alliance AISBL, a nonprofit industry trade group focused on the development of a new open, public and non-proprietary smart metering and smart grid communications solution. Prior to joining CURRENT, Mr. Willie served as Vice President and General Manager of Siemens/Efficient Networks. Tom has also held strategic worldwide marketing management positions at Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor. Tom Willie obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Harry Wingo
President & CEO
DC Chamber of Commerce

Harry Wingo is the President & CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Harry was the Managing Partner of West River Solutions, a DC-based technology consulting firm focused on cybersecurity. Before that, Harry spent five years in Google's DC office, where he was Senior Policy Counsel and managed a program to hire military veterans. Harry has also been Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for CURRENT Group, a Maryland-based technology startup, Counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, a Communications Law associate at the firm of Skadden Arps, and a Judicial Clerk to the Hon. James Robertson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Before his career in the technology industry, Harry served for over six years as a Navy SEAL officer and is a graduate of Yale Law School and the U.S. Naval Academy. Harry was born in Washington, DC, where he currently lives with his wife, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Wingo and three daughters. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Destination DC, DC Public Library Foundation and OnRamps to Careers, and also serves on the Service Academy Selection Board for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Danny Yu
Daintree Networks

Danny brings over 20 years of leadership and growth company experience in lighting, enterprise solutions, and communications to his role as CEO. Prior to Daintree, Danny was Vice President of Segment and Strategic Marketing at Philips Lumileds where he led global marketing, business development, and product strategy at the industry leader in high power LEDs. He originally joined Lumileds prior to its acquisition by Philips as Vice President of Global Major Account Sales and Business Development. During his tenure at Lumileds, Danny led multiple start-up businesses that each achieved $70–$100M+ in revenues and market-leading positions.

Earlier, Danny held senior roles in the venture capital industry including Managing Director at VantagePoint Venture Partners and Partner at DynaFund Ventures. He invested in and served as a board member for innovative growth companies spanning enterprise software and systems, data networking, telecommunications, and semiconductors. Danny began his career in technical sales management and engineering roles at Hewlett-Packard and Apple. Danny holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School.
Sarah Zaleski
Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Energy

Sarah currently serves as a Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office. In this role, she leads the local government work for the State and Local Policy and Technical Assistance team through efforts including the Better Buildings Challenge.

Sarah has over 10 years of experience in sustainability, energy, and climate policy. She helped create the first comprehensive sustainability initiative in Teton County, Wyoming, designed and marketed energy efficiency programs for government and utility sponsored initiatives in North Carolina, researched economic implications of expanding global biofuel markets while with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and developed comprehensive energy efficiency and sustainability programs for large commercial real estate portfolios.

Before joining the DOE in June of 2010, Sarah worked for the City of Baltimore where she helped establish their Office of Sustainability. In this role, she launched a range of efforts including the Baltimore Sustainability Plan, the City's original green building requirements, the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge, and multiple other initiatives.

Sarah received a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and both a Masters of Environmental Management and a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University.