SPEAKER BIOS

Russ Agrusa
President and CEO
ICONICS

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 building automation and manufacturing. With more than 300,000 installations worldwide, ICONICS counts 70 percent of Fortune 500 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 developer offering real-time visualization, HMI/SCADA, energy smart buildings, fault detection, manufacturing intelligence, MES and a suite of analytics solutions for operational excellence. ICONICS is a longtime Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and three-time Partner of the Year award winner, including the CityNext Partner of the Year and Sustainability Partner of the Year.
Gina Anselmo, CEM
Energy Program Engineer
Forest City Realty Trust

Gina Anselmo is the Energy Program Engineer within the Integrative Design Services Group at Forest City Enterprises. Gina provides technical guidance to improve energy and water efficiency of both existing operations and new construction to support the aggressive energy and sustainability goals of Forest City. Gina previously worked for URS Corporation where she served as an Energy Engineer in company’s Energy Management Center of Excellence. During college she interned with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Gina holds a B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Engineering Leadership Development, and is pursuing her M.B.A in Sustainability from Baldwin Wallace University. She is a Certified Energy Manager and is a board member, Treasurer, and President-elect for the Cleveland Chapter of ASHRAE.
Ellen K. Bell
Manager, Clean Energy
Environmental Defense Fund

Ellen Bell manages the EDF’s Redefining Energy Efficiency Project which works with commercial office buildings and other vendor and non-profit partners in Chicago to develop new approaches that value efficiency, advanced energy management and existing and emerging technologies as a source of revenue and helps to build new markets where efficiency measures will be readily adopted. Previous work has also focused on accelerating energy efficiency project identification and implementation in commercial real estate through the EDF Climate Corps Building Energy Initiative in Chicago. Through year-round outreach and support from EDF Climate Corps fellows during the summer, Ellen worked to help properties achieve target energy reductions and educate building owners and operators about energy efficiency opportunities specific to Chicago by plugging them into local resources and incentives. Before her time with EDF Ellen was the Global Sustainability Manager for the Chicago-based East Balt Inc. baking company, as well as a legislative aide for Chicago Alderman Ed Burke for five years. At East Balt, Ellen led initiatives across the company’s global footprint and worked to implement a strategy to benchmark, set goals for and execute a global sustainability and corporate social responsibility mission statement that refined and streamlined the company’s direction. She also actively participated on the sustainability sub-committee of an industry council comprised of 16 independent North American baking companies.
Evan Berger
Director of Energy Solutions
Calmac Corp.

Evan Berger is Director of Energy Solutions at CALMAC Corp., the world leader in the product design and manufacturing of thermal energy storage technology. His role is to help position IceBank® energy storage, CALMAC’s flagship product with over 4,000 installations and 500 MW installed in 60 countries, as a key component of the smart grid. Prior to CALMAC, Evan worked at various energy and education technology companies in finance and sales. He has also served stints as an investment banker, specializing in private placements and venture capital raises, and as a public interest energy analyst/lobbyist for energy and water issues in Washington, DC. Evan graduated from college at Stanford and received his MBA from Columbia University.
Joe Berman, LEED AP BD&C, GGP
Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility
Price Chopper/Market 32

Joseph Berman joined Price Chopper Supermarkets in 2009 as the Environmental Certification Specialist. Since 2009 Mr. Berman’s position has evolved significantly to encompass or interface with all areas of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. In 2012 He was promoted to Manager of Sustainability and then to Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility in early 2013. As such, he is currently the primary architect, advocate and driver for the advancement of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility programming for the Golub Corporation – Price Chopper Supermarkets. Mr. Berman spearheads the development of strategic sustainable business solutions and innovative programs to maximize the benefits of being an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible company. He directs the day to day environmental sustainability and CSR initiatives for the company. He provides administrative framework development and implementation, due diligence and financial analysis for all sustainability initiatives; including project budgeting, incentive funding acquisition, grant writing and scope writing. Mr. Berman oversees sustainable brand development and internal/external environmental sustainability and CSR related communications/media including the CSR digital Microsite.
Vatsal Bhatt, PhD
Director - Cities and Neighborhood Developments
U.S. Green Building Council

Vatsal Bhatt has recently started consulting with the U.S. Green Building Council as the Director of Cities and Neighborhood Developments. He has been working as a Senior Energy Policy Analyst at the Brookhaven National Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy. On various national and international assignments, he helps the US Department of Energy (USDOE), the US Department of State (USDOS), the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, Universities, Foundations and international Governments. Dr. Bhatt has established the USDOE’s US-India-China Cities Partnership for sharing best practices and technologies in 2007 and provides technical assistance to the governments of India and China and state and local governments on low-carbon urban growth strategies and EcoCity planning and implementation. He serves as a senior policy advisor to USDOS managed US-China EcoPartnerships Secretariat. In August 2013, the Woodrow Wilson Center for Distinguished Scholars invited Dr. Bhatt to participate on a five-member panel to facilitate develop China’s Energy-Water Roadmap. He has developed energy-water-climate change systems analysis framework for cities, with New York City as a case study. Dr. Bhatt is a lead author of the US Global Change Research Program’s first-ever assessment of the “Effects of Climate Change on Energy Production and Use in the United States”, Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.5.
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, 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.
David Borchardt PE, LEED AP BD+C O
VP Development
Lerner

David Borchardt P.E., LEED AP, BD+C, is the Vice President of Development for Lerner Enterprises, a leading developer in the DC metro area, with over 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and over 7,000 apartment units. He has nearly 30 years of building design, construction, and operations experience. He gained recognition as a sustainability and high performance building expert and consultant who oversaw the transformation of a corporate sustainability program from initial concept to reality while ensuring that these initiatives increased profitability. Formerly as the Chief Sustainability Officer for a developer he was responsible for ensuring that the corporate goals for environmentally conscious & sustainable development were incorporated in new and existing developments. He has experience with portfolios that include office buildings, malls, residential communities, and hotels in the Washington DC metro area. He is a mechanical engineer by training and has been an invited speaker and author at Harvard Business School, Georgetown University, BOMA, NRDC, NAIOP, AIA, and Net Impact. He also teaches courses at the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies.
Nicole A Bulgarino, PE
Senior Vice President
Ameresco

Ms. Bulgarino is the Senior Vice President & General Manager, Federal Solutions of Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company. She is responsible for the overall management of Ameresco’s dedicated business unit serving federal government customers.

Ms. Bulgarino has nearly 20 years of experience in developing and executing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. Ms. Bulgarino has overseen the implementation of over $700 million in federal energy projects. She serves as the Company’s representative for federal energy savings performance contracts and federal agreements for renewable energy.

As the general manager for Ameresco’s federal group, Ms. Bulgarino oversees 180 professionals specializing in business development, engineering, project development, construction, operations and maintenance, and measurement and verification. Ms. Bulgarino also oversees the development and operation of energy efficiency projects and energy systems involving biomass, combined heat and power, digester gas, distributed generation, geothermal energy, landfill gas, microgrids and energy storage, solar and wind technologies.

Ms. Bulgarino is experienced in the design and development of demand side energy efficiency projects including deep energy retrofits. She led the project development for a 60 percent energy reduction deep energy retrofit for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Previously, she served as the lead engineer for the development, design and start-up of the U.S. DOE Savannah River Site Biomass Cogeneration Facility—the largest federal biomass facility constructed under the largest renewable energy savings performance contract.

Ms. Bulgarino is a licensed professional engineer and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and an Executive Management and Leadership Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jeffrey L. Cacioppo
President & CEO
RAM USA

Jeff Cacioppo is president and CEO of RAM USA, a provider of roof and building envelope consulting and engineering services. He has over 30 Years of Building Envelope and Building Systems experience in Consulting, Contracting and Manufacturing. Jeff has been in General Management for companies focusing on commercial, institutional and industrial buildings in the following key areas: Sealants, Waterproofing and Roof System Manufacturing, Consulting and Contracting as well as Building Energy and Automation. Mr. Cacioppo is a Certified Roof Consultant.
Sean C. Cahill
Senior Vice President Development
PGP Development

Sean C. Cahill a native Washingtonian, born and raised in the District of Columbia and, is the Senior Vice President of Development for PGP Development LLC , (formerly Louis Dreyfus Property Group). He oversees development activities in the Washington Metropolitan area. Before joining the company in 2003, he was the chief operating officer at Horning Brothers where he supervised daily operating aspects of large residential and mixed use development projects such as the Tivoli Theatre in Columbia Heights. Mr. Cahill started his career with the JBG Companies in 1984 and worked there for over 17 years. He is a trustee of the District of Columbia Preservation League, immediate past president of the DC Building Industry Association as well as a board member of Casey Trees, a community tree planting initiative.

Active in developing green standards in Washington, Mr. Cahill is a LEED AP, a past member of the Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council and a member of the USGBC. He successfully guided the recent construction of two PGP office buildings that qualified for the first LEED Gold and LEED Platinum certifications in the District. His current projects include the development of an air rights platform over a portion of I-395 in Northwest Washington. A project that will re-knit the City by reconnecting G & F Streets Northwest and creating three city blocks of mixed use, smart growth development.

Mr. Cahill is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Washington Real Estate Group, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Industrial & Office Properties and the International Development Research Council. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Catholic University of America.
John Casadonte
Product Marketing Manager
Cree

John Casadonte is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Cree, a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications. With more than 20 years of experience, John has held numerous marketing positions involving product management, business development, channel/vertical marketing and industry relations. His current role at Cree is to drive thought leadership, credibility and business opportunities across all vertical markets.
Terry Casey
CEO Europe
Intellastar

Terry has been driving innovation in building controls technologies for over 30 years. He was President of Tridium Europe, CEO and co-founder of the UK building controls company Trend, Chairman of Novar Controls, and co-founder and CEO of SeaChange.
Nancy S. Cleveland
Principal and Co-Founder
Sustrana LLC

Nancy Cleveland is a principal and co-founder of Sustrana. Nancy guides organizations through development and implementation of strategic sustainability programs. She leads content development for Sustrana's Sustainability Strategy Navigator, an online do-it-yourself software service that enables businesses to realize performance improvements through sustainability best practices. As a LEED® Accredited Professional and a Green Globes® Professional, Nancy also provides green building administration and consulting services for both existing buildings and new construction.

Prior to founding Sustrana, Nancy served as Senior Vice President and Director of Sustainability for Equus Capital Partners, Ltd., a national real estate investment and development company. Before redirecting her career to sustainability, Nancy was a successful real estate and telecommunications attorney with twenty six years of experience, including management positions as a partner with the Philadelphia-based regional law firm Saul Ewing LLP.
Brian K. Davis
Founding Partner
Urban Echo, LLC

Brian Davis is Managing Partner of Blue Devil™ Partners, L.L.C. A graduate of Duke University in 1992, Brian was co-captain with Christian Laettner of the two-time national champions Duke Blue Devils in 1991 and 1992. He is the only African American in NCAA history to play in four Final Four tournaments (1989-1992). Brian’s basketball career continued in 1993 and 1994, playing professionally in France and then in the NBA. He was a member of the Pan-American Games team in 1994. Brian has been involved in numerous community activities, including youth mentorship programs, voter registration drives, and managing summer basketball camps.

In 2005, Brian and Christian donated $2 million to Duke’s men’s basketball program to endow an athletic scholarship and support the construction of a planned athletics center and basketball practice facility. Their donation to the Duke Legacy Fund – which seeks to make the Duke Basketball program financially self-sufficient – represents the largest donation by former Duke Basketball players to the program since Grant Hill endowed a $1 million scholarship in 2000.

Davis is the founding partner of UrbanEcho, LLC, a firm specializing in the incorporation of green technologies into new construction development. He currently lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.
Renee Davlin
Assistant Director - Corporate Real Estate
Principal Financial Group

Current Responsibilities
Renee’s focuses are 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.

Experience
Ms. Davlin has been working with the Principal Financial Group for 16 years. The most recent 13 years have been within Corporate Real Estate in energy and sustainability, occupancy planning and lease management for non-corporate campus locations and the initial 3 years in Strategic Sourcing.

Prior to joining this team, Ms. Davlin worked more than 20 years in procurement of energy, equipment and contractors in manufacturing, along with teaching business at several regional Illinois downstate schools.

Education
Ms. Davlin earned her Masters of Business Administration from the Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, along with her Bachelor of Business degree in Logistics, graduating with honors.
Brian Dean, LEED AP, CFM
VP & GM, Facilities Management
T Rowe Price

A real estate, facilities and workplace professional with particular expertise in: Aligning business with real estate strategy; Creating and supporting high performance workplace environments; Creating and leading integrated teams; Designing, building and supporting sustainable work environments; and Creating technology tools that allow teams to collaborate and provide services regardless of place or time.

Brian Dean is a Vice President of T Rowe Price Group, a Baltimore, Maryland based investment management firm offering individuals and institutions around the world investment management guidance and expertise.

In his present role as Group Manager of Facilities Management, Brian leads a global team of professionals that provide strategic facilities planning, workplace solutions, workplace services, property management, and construction & project management services to a population of over 6,500 housed in 2MSF of space across 36 office locations worldwide.

Prior to joining T Rowe Price in 2006, Brian spent 10 years with AOL in Northern Virginia as Director of Facilities Planning & Design and 6 years with IBM Inc. in Real Estate and Operations Services.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Design & Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and a Masters of Science degree in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture.

Brian holds the LEED AP® credential from the Green Building Certification Institute as well as the CFM® designation through the International Facility Management Association.

Brian lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife of 16 years, daughter (15) and son (12). When not at work or with his family, Brian enjoys running, golfing and reading.
Mike DeNamur, LEED-AP
Director, Sales & Marketing - Americas
Building Solutions Group, United Technologies

Mike has more than 25 years’ experience in the commercial building industry, all with a strong focus on helping facility owners achieve the benefits of sustainable, profitable and high-performance buildings. In his role as Director of Sales & Marketing for United Technologies Americas Building Solutions organization, he leads a team applying the comprehensive portfolio of UTC products and services with the goal of making the future of innovative commercial buildings a reality.

Mike started his career modeling whole-building design alternates with a focus on energy efficiency in HVAC systems. He was deeply involved in the adoption and mainstream application of BACnet and LONWORKS communication protocols – the foundations for intelligent and integrated buildings. Through numerous product management, sales leadership and strategy roles in major commercial building manufacturing and contracting organizations, he’s continued to advocate for and shape the development of intelligent and integrated buildings. His experience includes building automation, HVAC, lighting control, life safety, access, security, digital video and energy services.

Mike has been active in many building performance initiatives and received his LEED-AP credentials in 2006. He has authored articles for industry publications and has been a speaker on building performance topics at the local, regional and national level. Most recently, he has assembled multi-disciplinary teams and technologies to create innovative new solutions that enhance occupant experience, increase situational awareness and operational efficiency, and ultimately set the standard for building performance and profitability.

When he is not addressing commercial building initiatives, Mike enjoys harnessing sustainable energy while racing sailboats on Long Island Sound.
Tom Di Liberto
Meteorologist
Innovim - NOAA/NWS/CPC

Tom Di Liberto is a meteorologist and science communicator. He works with Innovim at the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) inside the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As the consulting meteorologist for NOAA’s Climate.gov, he writes articles about weather and climate events, putting them into a climate perspective. He also is a member of CPC’s El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) team forecasting the strength of developing El Niños and La Niñas. Tom was named America’s first Scientist Idol in 2013 after winning a competition held at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has given well-received, humorous, informal science talks on weather and climate across the US. Recently, he served as emcee at the Department of State’s US Center at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP21 in Paris. As emcee, he led the U.S. government’s public outreach space, the US Center, during the negotiations introducing over 30 events with panelists including cabinet members, politicians, business leaders and scientists.
David Doll
Industry Principal, Facilities and Energy
OSIsoft

David Doll has 25 years of experience across several high-tech industries. Having spent a decade in software development, David spent 8 years consulting before focusing on the use of real-time data in asset management and analytics. David is currently the Industry Principal, 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 oversees business development for critical facilities and energy management for OSIsoft, setting the strategic direction for the use of advanced, real-time analytics for smarter facilities across OSIsoft’s customer and partner portfolio. He has presented at numerous events around the world including the Gartner Analytics Conference, Microsoft TechEd, and numerous smart facilities conferences.
Kevin Fossum, RPA
Senior Vice President
Piedmont Office Realty Trust

With over 24 years of experience in the industry, Kevin Fossum oversees all National property management activities for approximately 22 million square feet. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Fossum began his career with a small retail developer in 1988. Prior to managing Piedmont’s portfolio, he managed properties for Kraus-Anderson, Hines, Equity Office Properties and Wells Real Estate Funds. Fossum holds a Minnesota Real Estate Brokers License; has a Real Property Administrator designation; and has a Mini MBA in Asset Management from the University of St. Thomas.

He is currently a member of NAIOP, BOMA, and BOMA NAC, holding past positions as President and Board Member for BOMA’s Greater Minneapolis Chapter and Member of the Key Executive Forum for the Minneapolis Downtown Council. He is also a Board member of CornerHouse (a private, non-profit organization). Fossum resides in Burnsville, MN with his wife and their two daughters.
Greg Fox
Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Energy Solutions
Constellation Energy

As Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Energy Solutions, Greg is a well-respected leader both within the company and the community. During his more than 25 years at Constellation he has worked on developing utility conservation and load management programs, was instrumental in the development of a district cooling system that utilizes ice thermal storage, developed numerous energy conservation projects and approximately 20 MW of solar projects including the largest one at the time in Maryland (i.e., Maryland Clean Horizons – 16.1 MW at Mount Saint Mary’s University), was key in the effort to securing the largest direct wind energy purchase by a local government entity (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission) and was the lead developer in the first solar project for the State of Maryland Government utilizing a power purchase agreement. Currently, he focuses on Constellation’s partnership with the NHL, efficiency and strategic opportunities for Constellation’s national accounts and working with Constellation Technology Ventures group to commercialize product offerings. He received his mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and his MBA Fellows from Loyola College of Maryland’s Executive Program. Greg is a graduate of Leadership Howard County’s Class of 2006 and a 2009 Graduate of the University of Maryland’s Academy of Excellence in Local Governance.
Roger Frechette III PE, LEED AP
Managing Principal
Interface Engineering

With over 25 years of experience, Roger is well known in the world of architecture and infrastructure as a leader in sustainable design. Roger specializes in energy efficiency and conservation, using advanced energy modeling and energy analysis studies to provide clients with the most cost effective, sustainable solutions. He has extensive experience in designing mechanical, electrical and architectural systems that offer surprising payback timeframes. As a Principal, Project Manager and Team Leader, he is responsible for the design of mechanical systems and overall project management of a variety of projects in the region and world-wide.

Roger is a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council, a global network of design community professionals, and a frequent lecturer and author on high-performance design and green engineering. In 2004, the United States Congress recognized him for his work in sustainability.
Randy Gaines
VP, Operations & New Project Development, Americas
Hilton Worldwide

Randy Gaines currently serves as the Vice President of Operations and New Project Development for the Americas for Hilton Worldwide, bringing 25 plus years of experience to the Operations team supporting Joe Berger, the President. In this capacity, he is responsible for Property Operations, Leasing / Retail Operations and Operations for all New Hotel Development and Transitions in the Americas. Randy and his team also support all corporate sustainability energy conservation efforts across the Americas. Currently, Randy is an active chairperson for the American Hotel & Lodging Sustainability Committee. Prior to his current role, Randy served as Vice President Engineering, Housekeeping and Laundry Operations for the Hilton Americas Team.

He also 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.

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.
Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Delos

At Delos, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray is responsible for the oversight of health research and the development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.

Prior to joining Delos, Dr. Gray served as the Health Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, a global healthcare design firm, where she oversaw the company’s primary and secondary research, prototyping and innovation platforms. During her tenure with Cannon Design, she delivered transformative projects to clients and worked to develop and promote new ideas that increased the impact of health research and innovation on the design industry. She holds dual appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products that provide a safe and healing environment for patients and staff.

Dr. Gray’s efforts have been widely published, and she is an invited presenter at national and international conferences—often speaking on topics related to health centered design in healthcare environments. Dr. Gray co-founded the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, and supports health and design research through the AIA, ULI, and EDRA. She received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BA in Public Health Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, and was the first public health professional to become LEED AP.
James Gray-Donald
VP Sustainability
Bentall Kennedy

James is the Vice President, Sustainability at Bentall Kennedy. He helps develop and execute a North American framework for the integration of social and environmental considerations with long term decision making across the organization. This includes topics such as LEED certification, tenant engagement, energy efficiency campaigns, renewable energy, fair labour practices and community engagement. James is one of the conduits of sustainability thought leadership from other sectors such that the existing culture of responsible property investment within Bentall Kennedy continues to innovate and lead.

James brings a global perspective to the area of sustainability. He has worked in the Philippines at the International Rice Research Institute, conducted his master’s research on solid waste management in Vietnam, and completed his doctoral research in the inner city of Lima, Peru. He was the Research Coordinator at the Centre for Sustainable Futures (University of Plymouth, U.K.) from 2005-2007 where he provided guidance and project management to 25+ professors and operations staff. Most recently he crafted and executed on a sustainability strategy as the Associate Vice President and Sustainability Leader of Sears Canada where, from 2008 to 2012, he was instrumental in increasing sales of eco-products by $260MM (a compounded annual growth rate >30%) and reducing electricity consumption per square foot by 21.3%.
Billy Grayson
Director, Sustainability
Liberty Property Trust

Billy Grayson currently serves as the Director of Corporate Sustainability for Liberty Property Trust, an $8.6 billion real estate investment trust which owns 105 million square feet of industrial and office space throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Liberty is a recognized leader in energy efficiency and sustainable, high-performing development (ENERGY STAR partner of the year 2012-2015, 93 LEED-certified projects to-date).

Billy manages Liberty Property Trusts’ corporate sustainability program, which includes sustainable construction, energy efficient and environmentally responsible property management, and tenant engagement around sustainability.

Prior to Liberty, Billy was most recently Vice President, Social and Environmental Sustainability for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a group that supports the global electronics supply chain with a common code of conduct and shared tools and practices to address social, environmental, and corporate governance issues. As VP, Billy managed EICC’s global member compliance program, self-assessment tools, validated audit program, and strategic initiatives focused on transparency, human rights, and environmental sustainability.

Before joining EICC, Billy was the Director of Corporate Sustainability for WESCO, a Fortune 500 electrical distribution company. At WESCO Billy managed WESCO’s sustainable operations program (driving energy, water, waste, and greenhouse gas reductions across WESCO’s supply chain), and sustainability marketing efforts (helping customers choose energy efficient and environmentally responsible products from WESCO’s 1,000+ manufacturing partners.)

Prior to WESCO, Billy worked with both public and private sector clients on a range of corporate reporting, energy management, and environmental compliance projects ranging from federal agency sustainability plans to corporate greenhouse gas footprinting and mitigation programs. He is also was the founder and co-director of two nonprofits dedicated to youth voting and civic engagement. He is a LEED AP, and has a BA from Claremont McKenna College and a MBA and a Masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland.
Elizabeth J Heider, FAIA LEED BD+C
Chief Sustainability Officer
Skanska

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Beth translates Skanska’s commitment to sustainability into action while serving on Skanska USA’s Management Team. She supports Skanska's four US business units: Building, Civil and Commercial, Development and Infrastructure Development. Her career encompasses all phases of design and construction as architect, construction manager and sustainability leader. She has been invited to present at over 200 international conferences focusing on the nexus of design, sustainability and good business. Heider served for six years on USGBC’s national Board of Directors which she chaired in 2012. She is widely recognized for her leadership in building more sustainably, most recently by Green Building & Design as one of the Ten Most Powerful Women in Sustainability. In 2015, she was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects joining one of an elite few women to achieve this honor. She serves on the Envision Review Board and the Board of Trustees for Excel Academy, the first all-girl charter school in the District of Columbia.
Jaime Irick
VP & Chief Commercial Officer
Current, powered by GE

Jaime serves as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Current, powered by GE, and is a GE Company Officer.

Current, powered by GE, is a new company that integrates GE’s industry-leading solutions in LED, Solar, Energy storage, and Electric Vehicle into a one-stop shop for Commercial & Industrial, Municipal and Utility customers to manage their energy ecosystems.

Jaime has held a variety of business leadership roles across GE since joining the company in 2003, to include P&L leadership, strategy, and commercial roles at GE Energy, GE Lighting, GE Security, and GE Corporate. Before becoming CCO of Current, Jaime worked at GE Lighting for five years, during which time he served in roles as Vice President, North America Professional and President and CEO, GE Lighting Solutions.

Prior to joining GE, Jaime served five years as a Field Artillery officer in the U.S. Army and worked in business development for two startup technology companies.

Jaime is a graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering and played four years of Division I varsity basketball. Jaime is a qualified Airborne Ranger and graduate of the Army’s Scout Platoon Leader Course. After his U.S. Army service, Jaime attended The Harvard Business School where he earned his MBA.

Jaime has been a frequent guest lecturer on business and leadership at various academic institutions, such as The Harvard Business School and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and featured in: The Go Point, by Michael Useem; Harvard Business School Case Study, Jaime Irick, Life Story of a Recent MBA; and True North, by Bill George. Jaime serves as Board Chair for GE Lighting’s Friends of MC2STEM School, which is the only high school in the country to be located on a corporate campus – GE Lighting HQ.

Jaime lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, Myah, and their two children.
John G. Johnston, III CPM
Sr. Manager Corporate Real Estate
The Home Depot

Gip Johnston was hired as the Senior Manager of Corporate Facilities for The Home Depot in 2013 to oversee the company’s’ 40 plus regional and district offices, call centers and data centers around the country, as well as the 3 million square feet of corporates facilities in the Atlanta area. In his two (2) and half years, Gip has over seen the reconfiguration/relocation of offices in Dallas and Irving Texas, South Plainfield New Jersey, Tampa Florida, Wexford Pennsylvania plus the office addition and refresh of the Blinds.com office in Houston Texas. Currently he is working on a new THD Call Center in Tempe Arizona and office projects in Seattle Washington and Portland Oregon. Currently Gip’s major focus is on the relocation of over 1500 Home Depot IT associates to their new campus in Marietta off of Franklin Road. This 225,000 square foot campus expansion will allow The Home Depot to refresh and restack its 1.7 million square foot corporate campus which is scheduled for completion in the 4th quarter of 2016.

In 2009 Gip was hired as the Executive Director of the Chastain Park Conservancy in 2009 to oversee the non-profits’ thirty five (35) million dollar master plan initiative. In his four (4) years, Gip oversaw the construction of a million dollar new tennis center, the construction of a new two and a half acre athletic field. The development and extension of one half mile of sidewalks to access the north end of the park. In addition to the day to day operation of Atlanta’s largest city park, projects during his tenure include the development of a new signage package and security camera package throughout the park. Gip’s effort enabled the Conservancy to obtain a half million dollar sustainability grant which was used to make each building at Chastain Park more energy efficient, by replacing and installing new HVAC systems, energy efficient lighting improved insulation and roofing.

In 2000, Gip Johnston joined Barry Real Estate Companies (BREC) to manage office properties within the Property Management Services Division. He was the Senior Manager over Allen Plaza; BREC’s new signature complex in downtown Atlanta as well as other office buildings, facilities for third-party owners throughout the Southeast. Prior to joining BREC, Gip was Executive Vice President of Taz Anderson Real Estate Company and TazMedia Group LLC. Gip was responsible for the day to day operations of both companies which included sales and marketing, land acquisitions and overall company profitability. Gip oversaw the development and sale of major outdoor advertising structures for Tazmedia Group and maintained local government relationships.

Gip started his career in 1987 at Beers Construction Company. He was a project manager for new construction and worked with such owners as Piedmont Hospital, R.T. Jones Memorial Hospital, Trust Company Bank and National Services Industry. He moved on to Cousins Properties in 1990 where he assisted in the opening of 191 Peachtree Tower, a 1.1 million SF Class A office tower in downtown Atlanta. Over his eight years with Cousins, Gip successfully opened and managed over 1.6 million square feet of properties including office, retail and industrial space throughout metro Atlanta.

Gip is very active in the community and has served on numerous civic association boards and currently works on the Executive Board for Buckhead Baseball, Inc. He has been a successful community baseball and football coach for the past 25 years where he enjoys giving back his time... He graduated from Georgia Southern University where he earned his BS degree in Public Relations/Communications. While at Georgia Southern, he played both baseball and football from 1982 – 1985.

Gip Johnston has a proven record of successful management and operations of Class A office buildings throughout the Southeast as well as income-producing, sales marketing experience. He is married to his wife Gwendy, and they have two boys, Jake (19) and Josh (17) and a little girl Lela, (9). They attend Buckhead Church and have lived in the Buckhead community since they were married 23 years ago.
Kevin Kampschroer
Federal Director, GSA Chief Sustainability Officer
GSA

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 Chief Sustainability Officer and 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 40 years and is a graduate of Yale University.
Chris Maddern, CEM, CBCP, LEED AP
Regional Manager
Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services

Chris Maddern is a Regional Manager for Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services based in Manhattan. He has over 8 years of experience in supply and demand-side energy management for new and existing buildings on four continents. He has been an Accredited Professional under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design since 2007 and has also attained the designation of Certified Energy Manager and Certified Energy Auditor under the Association of Energy Engineers. He has completed over 200 energy projects in sites ranging from office buildings to hospitals to data centers to K12 schools and multi-family housing, and has most recently attained the designation of Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) from the Association of Energy Engineers. His passion centers on making the built environment a better environment, and he has dedicated his career to changing the way the world uses energy.
Cliff Majersik
Executive Director
Institute for Market Transformation

Cliff Majersik is the executive director of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, that promotes energy efficiency in buildings. 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 commercial real estate engagement. He also leads IMT’s outreach to multiple stakeholder groups, including policymakers, building owners, developers, designers, financial services, and utilities. You can follow Cliff on Twitter at @IMTCliff.
Mike Mason
President / CEO
Weathermatic

Mike Mason is constantly at the forefront of new industries. As President and CEO of Weathermatic, he is currently revolutionizing the green industry through cloud-based water management technology and services. Under Mason’s leadership, the 70 year old company has transitioned from a traditional irrigation manufacturer to the industry-leading sustainable, high-tech, socially conscious water management brand. Through their social initiative, Save Water | Give Life, Weathermatic has donated profits to fund clean water wells for hundreds of families in developing countries. Mason has a degree in Marketing from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Todd Megrath, LEED AP
Executive Director of Sustainable Development
MGM Resorts International

Todd Megrath is the Executive Director of Sustainable Development for MGM Resorts International. In this role, Todd is responsible for managing the incorporation of sustainability and other environmental best practices into MGM Development projects.

Todd has been with MGM Resorts since 2011 and most recently served as the Director of Sustainability Strategies. During his time in this position he developed and managed operational strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of the Company. Todd was responsible for conceptualizing programs and initiatives that supported and evolved the corporate strategic plan for environmental sustainability.

Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Todd served as a Project Manager and Sustainability Specialist for Environmental Health and Engineering, a consultancy in Needham, Mass.

Todd has a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
Dr. Igor Mezic
Co-Founder, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor
Ecorithm

Dr. Mezic is a world-renowned expert in the field of building energy efficiency. He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he serves as Director of the Center for Energy Efficient Design, and Head of the Building and Design Solutions Group at the Institute of Energy Efficiency. UCSB’s Institute for Energy Efficiency – where Prof. Mezic is a founding member – is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to the development of cutting-edge science and technologies that support an efficient and sustainable energy future.

Dr. Mezic is also an expert in complex dynamical systems, both a member of the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computations, and the California Nanosystems Institute. His major scientific contribution in this field has been the development of operator-theoretic methods for analysis of complex dynamical systems, that led to a massive number of applications in “Big Data Dynamics” – a term he coined.

After receiving his Ph.D. at Caltech in Applied and Theoretical Mechanics, Dr. Mezic became an Assistant Professor at UCSB, where he was promoted to a Full Professor in 2003. Dr. Mezic also served as an Associate Professor at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Dr. Rao Mulpuri
CEO
View

Dr. Mulpuri is the Chief Executive Officer of View®. View, Inc. manufactures a new generation of architectural dynamic glass that intelligently adjusts in response to external conditions and user preferences to control the sun’s energy, providing an enhanced occupant experience, improved energy efficiency, and optimum natural light and thermal comfort- to allow the best of the outside, in. He is responsible for the strategic direction and the financial and operational performance of the company.

Prior to View, Dr. Mulpuri held several executive positions at Novellus Systems, most recently as President of Novellus Systems Japan and Vice President and General Manager of the Integrated Metals Business Unit.

He holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India, MS in Manufacturing Engineering and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Boston University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Bobby Napiltonia
Executive Vice President, Sales & Strategic Partnerships
Enlighted

Bobby Napiltonia is an experienced leader with more than 27 years in information technology sales, marketing, business development and management. He is currently Enlighted’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Strategic Partnerships, and is passionate about bringing cutting-edge products to national and global markets by thinking outside of the box.

Prior to joining Enlighted, Bobby built and grew the Salesforce.com ecosystem from 30 to over 6,000 partnerships worldwide, increasing revenue to over one billion dollars. He also held sales leadership positions at eMeter, doubling the revenue year-over-year consecutively.
Sara Neff, MBA, LEED AP
Vice President, Sustainability
Kilroy Realty Corporation

Sara Neff (MBA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, EB: O&M, ND) is the Vice President of Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. In her first four years, she took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 real estate company across all asset classes on sustainability in North America by GRESB, and in 2015 they won that honor for the second year in a row. At Kilroy, she oversees all sustainability initiatives such as the implementation of energy and water efficiency projects throughout the portfolio, the recycling and green cleaning program, all LEED certifications, electric vehicle charging station installations, and the greening of building and construction standards. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of USGBC Los Angeles, Education Co-Chair of the USGBC-LA Westside Branch, Board of Directors of Young Professionals in Energy Los Angeles, and a member of the BOMA Los Angeles Sustainability Committee. 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. Her awards include: USGBC Orange County 2014 Individual Achievement Award; 2013 Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence Rising Star; USGBC-LA 2012 Exceptional Volunteer Award, Greenspeak category; and Generation BOMA 2011 Professional of the Year. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Stanford University.
Michael Nicholus
Global Environment Director
Accenture

Mike Nicholus is Accenture’s Global Environment Director. He is responsible for promoting programs to measure and manage the environment impact across Accenture’s operations in over 50 countries serving clients around the world. Collaborating with talented and passionate individuals selected from a 300,000+ global workforce, he drives Accenture’s global ISO 14001 strategy as well as broad operations programs designed to help Accenture deliver results for clients with progressively lower environmental impact.

Since joining Accenture in 1995, Mike has worked with clients across Communications, Financial Services and Resources industries. Before his current role, he led Accenture efforts, and advised clients toward, implementing telework programs to reduce environmental impact, drive employee engagement and improve financial results.

Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with a dual focus in Finance and Marketing and currently lives in Chicago. He has served on the Advisory Board for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the Corporate Advisory Council for Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. He drives a hybrid with “LO CO2” on the license plate, and cultivates a small Praying Mantis army around his house as an alternative to toxic pesticides.
Leo O'Loughlin
Senior Vice President, Energy & Sustainability Services
JLL

Mr. O’Loughlin is responsible for managing the national energy & sustainability services operations for JLL and for delivering one of their smart building solutions, IntelliCommand. He assists clients successfully incorporate energy and sustainability concepts into operations and project management, reducing energy consumption, utility expense and carbon emissions. He manages product development, sales and implementation of JLL’s smart building technology, IntelliCommand, which drives energy and operational efficiencies through monitoring-based commissioning. He also oversees JLL’s portfolio energy management platforms for national clients and is responsible for its alternative energy services business. Mr. O’Loughlin has 25 years of experience in energy retrofit projects, district energy, renewable energy and smart buildings.
Brendan Owens
Chief of Engineering
USGBC

Brendan oversees technical development and integration of rating systems at USGBC. In this role Brendan collaborates with teams developing LEED, PEER and other rating systems and led the team that established the over-arching system goals for LEED v4. He is currently working to integrate this thinking into the other programs USGBC collaborates with. Brendan is a member of the integration committee working to align Standard 189.1, the IgCC and LEED. He is a board member of the New Buildings Institute and is deputy director of the center for cycling technology at USGBC. Additionally, Brendan is a board member of the foundation USGBC is partnering with to build the William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Port au Prince, Haiti. Brendan was honored as a LEED Fellow in 2012 and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Mark Pacelle
Sr. Director, Open Innovation
Philips Lighting

Mark Pacelle is Senior Director, Open Innovation for North America at Philips Lighting. In this role, he leads systematic scouting for relevant innovation from academia, industry, and early stage ventures. Mark has held leadership roles in technology strategy, product management, marketing, and business development across a number of established and emerging high tech industries. He was on the founding team and successfully led strategy, product management and marketing at two early-stage M2M and Internet-of-Things (IoT) companies serving the industrial and building automation and energy management markets. In addition, he has provided business and product strategy consulting in a number of emerging IoT segments. Mark is a frequent speaker on the application of IoT and analytics to optimize energy management, operational efficiency and sustainability across a broad array of residential and commercial segments. Mark holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.
John Petze
Partner
SkyFoundry

John Petze, C.E.M., is a partner at SkyFoundry, the developers of SkySpark™, an analytics platform for building, energy and equipment data. John has over 30 years of experience in building automation, energy management and M2M, having served in senior level positions for manufacturers of hardware and software products including: President & CEO of Tridium, VP Product Development for Andover Controls, and Global Director of Sales for Cisco Systems Smart and Connected Buildings group. At SkyFoundry he helps owners take advantage of advanced operational analytics to create truly intelligent buildings.
Alfred B. Scaramelli, PhD, PE
Managing Director
Beacon Capital Partners

Mr. Scaramelli is based in Boston and oversees Beacon’s energy and sustainability initiatives, capital projects and building operations, and certain tenant marketing and leasing initiatives. Through his efforts, Beacon has been awarded the EPA’s Partner of the Year in Energy Management – Sustained Excellence, and has LEED Certified over 30 million sqft of commercial office buildings. As a member of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, City of Boston Energy Benchmarking Task Force and Real Estate Roundtable, Mr. Scaramelli brings a wide range of experience for better building performance through innovative capital projects and operational improvements.

Prior to joining Beacon Capital Partners, Mr. Scaramelli was President of H2O Applied Technologies, a company that designed, installed and financed a wide range of energy and water conservation solutions in healthcare, higher education, and government facilities throughout the U.S. Prior to joining H2O Applied Technologies, Mr. Scaramelli was a Vice President of Development at Old State Management Corp. and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. where he was responsible for development of $1 billion in privately owned and operated cogeneration facilities and other energy power plants that used solid waste, coal, natural gas, and wood waste as fuels. Mr. Scaramelli received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Anno Scholten
President and Founder
Connexx Energy Inc

Anno Scholten, C.E.M, C.D.S.M, is Founder and President of Connexx Energy Inc., a leading developer of applications and solutions that connect Smart Buildings with the Smart Grid.

Anno has spent the last 25 years driving innovation in smart building systems and smart grid technologies. He has developed leading edge, smart grid energy products for the commercial building markets that have included automated demand response systems and demand side energy solutions. As Founder of Connexx Energy, he has focused on ‘last-mile’ connectivity and big-data solutions for smart buildings.

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, oBIX and Haystack. 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.
Kelly Sennatt
Director of Product Marketing
EnerNOC

As the Director of Product Marketing, Kelly has been instrumental in helping to establish EnerNOC’s leadership in the energy intelligence software industry, pivoting the company from its roots as a demand response provider. By driving EnerNOC’s product marketing engine, Kelly is leading the charge to shape EnerNOC’s product vision and put energy intelligence software into the hands of energy managers and CFOs alike to better manage corporate energy usage and spend. Her team is responsible for commercializing new products, analyzing markets and competitors, creating demand through pricing, packaging, and positioning of software, and being both customer and product experts. Prior to joining EnerNOC, Kelly worked in marketing and business leadership for UBS, and lived in Europe for four years. Kelly received a BA in Environmental Science from Dartmouth College and received her MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business
Owen Smith
Director, Energy Policy & Strategy
Ingersoll Rand

Owen Smith is the director of energy policy and strategy in Ingersoll Rand’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES). In this role he works with Ingersoll Rand’s businesses to develop market-leading strategies that reflect significant trends in the energy sector. His efforts expand and accelerate market opportunities for energy efficiency solutions by engaging with leaders from business, non-profit, academic and government institutions. He also seeks to ensure the company’s strategic brands are well positioned to thrive as they address society’s pressing energy and environmental challenges.

Smith came to CEES from Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a thought leading environmental non-profit that engages with businesses, communities and institutions to advance market-based solutions to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future. As principal of RMI’s Electricity and Communities Practices, he was accountable for programmatic goals to accelerate the transformation of the electricity system and to enable communities to capture economic benefits by leading on climate and energy challenges.

Prior to RMI, Smith worked at Duke Energy where he scaled renewable energy and energy efficiency across Duke’s regulated utilities. He also held positions in corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, finance and marketing.

Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University.
Logan Soya
Founder and CEO
Aquicore

Logan Soya is the Founder and CEO of Aquicore, a technology leader in real estate’s emerging Internet of Things economy. An expert in data management and analysis, SaaS architecture, and energy management solutions, Soya founded Aquicore in 2013 to disrupt the commercial real estate industry. Current clients include Under Armour, MRP Realty, Arlington County, and Meredith College.

Prior to founding Aquicore, Soya designed, implemented, and sold numerous multi-million dollar operations management platforms in the IT and Telecom industries both domestically and internationally for high-profile operators.

Recognized by Bisnow Tech as one of the ‘30 under 40’ in 2013 and ‘40 under 40’ in 2015, Soya is advancing ways that technology can build smarter cities by developing a sensor network to form the backbone of intelligent building operations. Logan received his MBA at Georgetown University and London Business School, an MS in Systems Management, and a BS in Physics.
James Thompson, RPA
Property Manager
John Hancock / Manulife Financial

With over 15 years in the industry, James Thompson has worked for many premier real estate companies. As property manager of 1100 New York Avenue N.W., James has played an instrumental role in deploying energy efficiency, ENERGY STAR and LEED certification programs for this historic, one-of-a-kind property located in the heart of Washington, DC.
Anmol Vanamali
Financing Strategies Director
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Anmol Vanamali has a diverse professional and educational background spanning various geographies and sectors. Currently, as the Financing Strategies Director with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) he is responsible for designing and implementing financial mechanisms for facilitating investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across USA. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Climate and Energy program of the Worldwatch Institute, a leading global think tank that works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. In this role he has blogged on the issues of sustainable energy, waste management and the evolution of utilities. He is also a Fellow of the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP), a joint project of the Ecologic Institute and the Atlantic Council.

Prior to VEIC, he was the Director of Finance & Policy Analysis at the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and was a leading voice in areas of climate finance and clean energy. In this role he led multiple complex advisory assignments in Asia and South America, published many well-regarded papers and contributed to leading global affairs magazines and newspapers on similar topics. He brings with himself immense knowledge of public-private partnership (P3) projects and renewable energy investments based on his roles at Gammon Infrastructure Projects Limited in Mumbai and the Macquarie Group in New York, respectively.

He has a Bachelor of Sciences degree from PSG College of technology (Coimbatore), Masters in Business Administration from Sydenham Institute of Management (Mumbai) and Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (New York).