Advisory Board - Smart Energy Decisions

Advisory Board

 Smart Energy Decisions is honored to have the involvement and support of an advisory board made up of industry leaders from a wide array of commercial and industrial market sectors. Their collaboration and engagement will help shape and direct our content and programs. Their influence as board members will help advance industry best practices and ensure we remain true to our mission. Participation on the advisory board does not reflect an endorsement of Smart Energy Decisions by a member's employer.

 

Stephanie Armistead, Sustainability Program Lead, Chick-fil-A

A senior Sustainability executive with an extensive background in sustainability, project management, and expertise in business development, Stephanie Armistead has been a catalyst for sustainability in the southeast.

Fluent in sustainability-focused project management, Stephanie is well versed in utilizing market research data to design, develop and execute projects on time and within scope. She has the know-how to guide the development of all strategic planning, sustainable strategy, and production efforts surrounding sustainability initiatives to achieve sustainability goals. She has worked with clients ranging from non-profit to Fortune 500. With 25+ years of project management, program development, and business development experience and a great capacity for inspiring others, Stephanie has applied her leadership and vision to advance corporate sustainability. As a sustainability consultant to Fortune 500 companies and currently serves as the Sustainability Program Lead for Natural Resources at Chick-fil-A.


Scott Bargerstock, Director Manufacturing Productivity and Global Energy - Demand, Mohawk Industries

A widely diverse industrial manufacturing background as a senior engineer or manager, followed by almost 20 years in facility/maintenance management roles with several firms, Scott has served as managing lead engineer for new technology and capital projects in addition to successfully implementing his certified lean practitioner training at multiple firms. Industries include naval shipyard work, heavy fabrication, machining, heat treating, foundry, melting, printing, and publishing also spent several years at a nuclear power plant site followed by the direction of a profit center for two companies supplying nationwide technical services serving the nuclear power industry. This experience preceded almost twenty years of maintenance and facility management experience. Scott earned his BS in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, holding a PE for Metallurgical Engineering within the state of Tennessee.


Michael Barry, Bloomberg Global Sustainable Business & Finance, Head of Sustainable Business Operations

Michael Barry is the Head of Sustainable Business Operations in Bloomberg's Global Sustainable Business and Finance group. Reporting to the Chairman's Office, the team integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and co-develops products and services for the Bloomberg Terminal, enabling our clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities.

 Michael is responsible for all global sustainability efforts within Bloomberg’s facilities, leasing, and technology departments. He works closely with a cross-functional team to develop, manage and implement critical clean energy and energy efficiency projects throughout Bloomberg's global operations. 

 


Dr. Wolfgang Bauer, Michigan State University, University Distinguished Professor

Dr. Wolfgang Bauer received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Giessen, Germany, in 1987.  After a postdoctoral year at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1988. He was Chairperson of the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 2001 to 2013 and Founding Director of the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research from 2009 to 2013.  From 2013 to 2020 he served as Senior Consultant and Associate Vice President. He is co-owner of several businesses in the renewable energy sector and has consulted on renewable energy issues for diverse industry groups. He has published over 200 research articles, conference proceedings, and books, and has given over 400 invited presentations in 25 countries. He is currently University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, concentrating on vehicle electrification and automation, as well as implementation of the MSU Energy Transition Plan. 


Amy Bond, Sustainability Sourcing Manager, T-Mobile

Amy Bond is the former Energy and Sustainability Program Manager for Sprint and is now a Sustainability Sourcing Manager for T-Mobile, where she continues to drive innovation. Amy was named an Industry Leader in Smart Energy Decisions’ 2022 WISE (Women in Smart Energy) Awards and was selected as one of the top 100 energy professionals in the country by Environmental Leader. 

Amy’s expertise includes clean energy power and utilities procurement, waste diversion strategies, corporate goal positioning, growing green transportation access, and carbon disclosure leadership. She is also passionate about driving diversity and equity in the renewables value chain. Amy was a founding member of the Diversity in Clean Energy (DiCE) coalition, where she continues to serve on its advisory panel to amplify the voices of diverse suppliers in the clean energy sector.

Amy is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Psychology. She earned her MBA from Baker University and additionally is certified in Supply Chain Procurement, Logistics, and Negotiation. Prior to her sustainability career, Amy was an award-winning weekly newspaper publisher and columnist in Washington State. She has also served as a marketing professional and special events coordinator. 


Jeff Blankman, Sustainable Manufacturing Manager,  McCormick & Company

Jeff is the Sustainable Manufacturing Manager for McCormick & Company, the world’s leading producer of spices, seasonings, and flavorings. In this role, he establishes best practices for McCormick’s manufacturing and distribution facilities for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water, and waste reduction, and other sustainability initiatives. Prior to
his current role, he worked for over 10 years in Project Engineering at McCormick, installing packaging equipment and new packaging production lines. He has 25 years of project management experience in manufacturing. Jeff has both a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Maryland.


Chris Broome, Merck & Co. Inc., Associate Director, Global Energy and Sustainability Center of Excellence

Chris BroomeChris Broome is an associate director of the Global Energy and Sustainability Center of Excellence at Merck, where he assists more than 40 North and South American manufacturing, research and administrative facilities in reducing their energy usage to meet strategic energy and sustainability corporate goals. 

He is passionate about reducing energy consumption and costs and has extensive experience in energy conservation; corporate energy management and sustainability programs; HVAC; and water conservation. Chris uses Energy Star benchmarking tools on a regular basis and his efforts helped Merck win Energy Star's "Sustained Excellence Award" in 2016 for the 11th consecutive year. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and is a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Energy Auditor.

Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He joined Merck in 2009, as part of the merger with Schering-Plough. He started with Schering-Plough in 2006 as a contract administrator managing outsourced maintenance contracts for all the New Jersey sites. Previously, he worked as a plumbing project engineer, specializing in the design of pharmaceutical facilities. Chris has also worked as a project manager and design engineer for several equipment manufacturers of laboratory equipment, such as steam sterilizers, glassware washers, and environmental chambers. He is a Licensed Engineer in New Jersey and received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.  


Joby Carlson, 7-Eleven, Vice President, Chief ESG Officer

Joby provides corporate leadership for all environmental, social and governance programs at 7-Eleven. He was formerly responsible for the development and execution of Walmart’s enterprise-wide sustainability strategies for its operations including more than 11,000 facilities and trucking fleet worldwide where his work focused on the company’s approach to sustainable energy procurement and emissions reduction, eliminating solid and organic waste, increasing water stewardship, and conserving land and habitat.  He was also responsible for Walmart’s annual CDP response playing a central role in the development of its science-based emissions reduction target covering Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, making Walmart the first retailer to achieve this recognition.  Carlson is a LEED accredited professional and holds a Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.


Mike Colwell, Illinois Tool Works, Director, Strategic Sourcing

Mike Colwell is a director in the Strategic Sourcing department for Illinois Tool Works in Glenview, Ill., focused on cost reductions and risk management through energy supply and demand reduction opportunities in North America, Europe, and Australia.
Mike began his career in the 1990s, working in various procurement positions until 1999 when electric deregulation was set to spread across the country and United States Gypsum moved him into their energy team to help build out their capabilities. Hands-on learning of the new markets, supplier and regulatory interaction along with extensive utility tariff review helped him and the company engage with and successfully manage the new structure of the market. He moved on and took an energy manager position with Smurfit-Stone, a pulp and paper company focusing on electricity, fuel oil and natural gas. Mike then worked for Walgreens, where he managed energy procurement and sustainability activities such as rooftop solar at 200-plus stores and distributions centers, electric vehicle charging station installations, and their NetZero Energy pilot store in Evanston, Ill., that usedgeothermal, solar, and wind generation.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from Northern Illinois University and lives in La Grange, Ill., with his wife and two (semi-adult) children.

Susan Corry, University of Maryland, Director, Engineering and Energy

Susan Corry is the Director of Engineering and Energy at the University of Maryland College Park, and has spent her career in the energy industry. Susan received her mechanical engineering degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Manager and Certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional. She began her career in the energy sector working on energy and demand side management programs with public utilities. She then moved into higher education, working for George Mason University, leading the development of long-term conservation plans to meet energy and carbon reduction goals. She moved on to the University of Maryland where she is responsible for energy procurement, energy and carbon reduction plans, renewable energy strategies, building design standards, building performance, and management of the campus power plant. Susan leads the energy committee comprised of the University System of Maryland institutions and the Maryland Department of General Services that represents all other State agencies in energy-related matters. She has served on the advisory boards of the Maryland Clean Energy Center and Maryland Strategic Energy Investment Fund, and was past chair of DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance Higher Education Steering Committee.

Gerry DaRosa, Director, Energy Innovations, Arizona State University

Gerry serves as the Director of Energy Innovations for ASU. In this role he champions ASU’s efforts in (1) acquiring renewable energy for the university’s campuses, and (2) maximizing campus energy efficiency, to reach ASU’s climate neutrality goal.  In addition, his Energy Innovations department assists ASU’s operations by collaborating with utilities, vendors, researchers, and other departments to identify innovative solutions to more effectively and reliably manage ASU’s energy use.  Additionally, as part of his duties, Gerry works with university leadership to chart ASU’s climate neutrality strategy.

Gerry’s diverse career experience includes public policy, business, technical, and legal work. After graduating from ASU with a chemical engineering degree Gerry worked as a Process Research Engineer for the Dow Chemical Company. He returned to ASU, earned his law degree, and spent 16 years in the legal/policy arena in both private practice and the public sector. Among his positions, he has served as the Environmental Policy Advisor for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, an environmental law partner for the international firm Bryan Cave, and an Associate General Counsel for ASU. However, his passion for sustainability led him to take his current role within the university, allowing him to focus on sustainable energy-related solutions.  


Bill Hoenigmann, Becton, Dickinson and Co., Global Category Manager for Energy

Bill HoenigmannBill’s current responsibilities include developing the global procurement strategy and managing regional execution of the purchased electricity and natural gas for all of BD’s manufacturing, distribution and R&D sites around the world.  On the demand side,  Bill supports the BD manufacturing sites’ continuous improvement (Lean/Six Sigma) energy teams (known as ATLAS teams) as they manage their energy usage. This includes supporting initiatives in LED lighting, compressed air audits, energy audits, BMS software implementation, HVAC/chiller upgrades and on-site generation including fuel cell, solar, geothermal and cogeneration.  Bill also works with BD’s office of global sustainability for the purchase and retirement of renewable energy credits.

Bill has worked at BD for 15 years, all of them in global procurement, and hold a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University. 


Art Justice, Cinemark, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability 

Art Justice Art has led Cinemark's energy efforts since 1999 and was named vice president of energy and sustainability in January 2014. He has been with Cinemark for 25 years. Prior to starting the energy group at Cinemark, Art worked in operations as district manager and regional manager. Art has certifications for both energy management and energy procurement through the Association Of Energy Engineers. Under his leadership, Cinemark's sustainability initiatives have included energy efficiency projects such as lighting and HVAC retrofits as well as rooftop solar installations at a growing number of its theaters.

Cinemark is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, with nearly 500 theaters and 5,700 screens in the U.S. and Latin America as of April 2015. Cinemark has a solid operating performance as a result of its disciplined operating philosophy that centers on building high-quality theaters while maintaining favorable theatre-level economics, controlling operating costs (including energy) and effectively reacting to economic and market changes.


Christian D. Lenci, Linde Inc., Director of Capital, Productivity and Energy

Christian D. Lenci

Christian Lenci is the Director of Capital, Productivity and Energy at Linde, Inc. and a subject matter expert in the industrial gases industry, the most electricity-intensive manufacturing process.  In his 34 years Christian has worked in Maintenance, Operations, Project Management, Customer Service, Distribution, Control Systems, Energy Management departments, including serving as Facility Manager at Praxair’s largest liquid hydrogen facility in Niagara Falls NY for 4 years.  Christian led the rollout of Lean Six Sigma's data-driven methodology and associated culture change in Praxair's West Region and managed the group for over a decade, completing over 200 custom retrofit energy efficiency projects totaling over $50 million in Capex and supported by nearly $15 million in utility incentives.  He also directed the Region's Control Systems group for eight years, leading teams that designed, implemented, and measure in real time automated energy management strategies at nearly all of Praxair's West Region production facilities. 

Christian serves as Chairman of the California Large Electricity Consumers Association (CLECA), an organization representing 16 of the largest demand-responsive customers with the state's utilities, the California PUC and CA ISO.  He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Patrick Leonard, Amazon.com, Renewable Energy Procurement Manager

Patrick Leonard is renewable energy procurement manager at  Amazon.com. Prior to Amazon.com Patrick supported energy, water, and renewables strategy for 9,500 Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada. Patrick was responsible for deregulated energy procurement and sourcing renewable energy to meet Starbucks' aspirational Global Responsibility goals. Patrick's work included roles in sustainability, energy management, and renewables with T-Mobile, Paladino and Company, Enviros Consulting, and Shell. 


Cindy Quan, Goldman Sachs & Co., Global Chief of Staff and Head of ESG, Corporate and Workplace Solutions
Cindy Quan
Cindy is the global chief of staff and head of the environment, social and governance (ESG) team in the Corporate and Workplace Solutions division at Goldman Sachs & Co. Cindy oversees the firm's global sustainability and social initiatives including the green building portfolio, the firm's energy and carbon reduction strategy, and the local community engagement and vendor diversity program. She was responsible for the LEED Gold Certification of the World Headquarters building at 200 West Street in Battery Park City in New York City. Cindy is currently a board member of CoreNet NY and the chair of the external relations committee.
Cindy is also an active member of U.S. Green Building Council's National Market Advisory Committee. Cindy received her executive MBA at Columbia University and London Business Schools in 2014. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Cindy graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Facilities Management and Policy Analysis from Cornell University. 

David Reid, Celanese Corp., Global Energy and Productivity Leader 

David Reid is the Senior Manager, Global Energy and Productivity for Celanese. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering and is a certified energy manager (CEM).

David has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience in polymer and chemicals industries. He has held positions in Process Control, Manufacturing Operations Leadership as well as global Operational Excellence responsibilities including his current role leading the Energy and Productivity programs for Celanese manufacturing sites worldwide.

Celanese is a global technology and specialty materials company that engineers and manufactures a variety of products essential to everyday living.


Marty Sedler, Intel, Director of Global Utilities and Infrastructure

Jason ShulmanMarty Sedler is the director of global utilities & infrastructure and sr. PE for Intel Corporation. Marty has been with Intel for 22 years, integrating Energy Management and Energy Supply Policy responsibilities within a formal process.  He and his staff are responsible for all utility supply issues, ensuring the capacity, price, and reliability of Utility Supplies/Infrastructure to Intel facilities worldwide, as well as, supporting conservation programs. Marty is responsible for evaluating/incorporating alternative energy options w/in Intel and establishing sustainable energy positions/strategies for renewable energy policy within Intel’s energy portfolio. He leads the utility site selection component of a corporate team that identifies and recommends potential new locations for Intel Facility/Manufacturing growth worldwide.  Marty is Intel’s external energy representative in various private/public, State and Federal energy action groups and task forces. He is a member of various DOE Steering Committees and has sat on several state Governors’ energy committees. Previous to joining Intel, he spent 14 years in the electric utility industry in a variety of functions including; operations, rates, environmental, energy supply/engineering, power plant operation, and key account management. In 2015, Marty was honored to be the recipient of the “Green Power Leader of the Year” by the Center for Resource Solutions at the annual EPA/CSR REM event.


  Jason Shulman, Bloomberg LP, Global Sustainable Business & Finance,  Sustainability Manager

Jason ShulmanJason Shulman is a sustainability manager in Bloomberg's Global Sustainable Business and Finance group. Reporting to the Chairman's office, the department fully integrates sustainability considerations into all company operations and codevelops products and services for the Bloomberg Professional Service, enabling Bloomberg's clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities. Bloomberg Sustainability Operations department is focused on reducing the company's environmental impact, inside and outside of operational boundaries, including aggressively pursuing renewable energy projects both on and off-site. Bloomberg recently joined RE100 and committed to 100% renewable energy by 2025.

Jason is responsible for sustainable operations management, global data collection and emissions calculations, all facets of Bloomberg's sustainability analysis and both internal and external sustainability reporting.  

Prior to his current role, he worked in Bloomberg's management systems/reporting department and managed a department responsible for global systems privileging. Jason holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Colby College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

 


  Andy Smith, Cisco, Senior Manager, Global Energy Management and Sustainability

Andy has over 15 years of experience in the field of sustainability and currently leads Cisco’s Global Energy Management and Sustainability team. He started working at Cisco in 2009 and has helped develop Cisco’s sustainability program to what it is today by leading a number of initiatives including developing and achieving multiple sustainability goals, managing global energy efficiency programs, deploying a global energy and sustainability information system and creating Cisco’s annual greenhouse gas inventories and Corporate Social Responsibility reports. Through these efforts, Cisco has been recognized consistently over the years as a leader in sustainability by numerous organizations including Barron’s, EPA, Association of Energy Engineers, Newsweek, CDP, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and Sustainability Roundtable.

Prior to joining Cisco, Andy worked as a consultant at Rocky Mountain Institute and DOMANI Sustainability Consulting in Colorado and served as Energy Manager for Washtenaw County Government in Michigan. 

Andy has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a B.A. from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He is also a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Carbon Reduction Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers. Andy and his family live in Boulder, Colorado and enjoy just about all outdoor activities including rock climbing, hiking, biking, and skiing. They are also both musicians and love to travel.


Ryan Spies, Vice President of Sustainability, Clayco 

Ryan Spies leads ESG at Clayco as Vice President of Sustainability. His responsibilities include developing and implementing a holistic strategy to reduce Clayco’s overall carbon footprint, identifying sustainable business opportunities for leadership, and overseeing sustainability practices and training for the enterprise.  Ryan previously served as Director of Sustainability, Energy & Stewardship at Saint-Gobain where he was responsible for ESG and renewable energy strategy for over 130 facilities. Ryan holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.


 Reid Spolek, Google, Strategic Negotiator for Energy 

Reid Spolek works on the Energy & Location Strategy team for Google's global data centers. 

Previously Spolek led the global renewable strategy for Amazon Web Services (AWS) global data centers. He also ran business development for Berkeley Energy Sciences Corp., an energy storage company that successfully merged with Amber Kinetics in early 2013. Spolek previously worked in private equity investing, management consulting, and nonprofit strategy.

Spolek received his Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelors in economics and journalism from Northwestern University.

Rowena Striff, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Energy Manager

Rowena is Lockheed Martin’s lead energy manager for Aeronautics’ enterprise-wide directives in meeting carbon reduction, water and Renewable Energy (RE) goals.  She is also responsible for negotiating and hedging energy procurement of long-term power and natural gas contracts in deregulated U.S. markets as well as providing utility budget oversight for Aeronautics’ top major U.S. sites. Along with supporting Aeronautics team in executive approval of annual Go Green projects, Rowena had also personally championed final funding approvals of RE projects such as a 1MW and 20 MW solar behind-the-meter in CA, a 15 MW physical power purchase agreement (PPA) and a 30 MW PPA.

Rowena has over 28 years’ experience in energy management, program management and technical sales and have implemented worthy Go Green projects in both industrial, manufacturing and commercial spaces, implementing compressed air, air scrubbers, LEDs, HVAC, central plants and more. Rowena previously served as energy efficiency consultant for SCE’s large industrial customers and construction/project manager for Kroger. She also served as energy engineer for UCLA and design engineer for the SoCalGas Co.

Rowena has been recognized as Industry leader in Smart Energy Decisions’ 2022 Women in Smart Energy (WISE).  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Northridge.  She is registered Certified Energy Manager, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager, Certified Energy Procurement Professional and LEED Accredited Professional. 


Zephyr Taylor, Global Commercial Director and Category Lead for Renewable Energy, Mars

As the Global Commercial Director and Category lead for Renewable Energy, Zephyr oversees Mars’ renewable energy sourcing throughout the world – including market assessment, supplier engagement, deal structuring and negotiation, and key internal stakeholder management alongside team oversight.  

Zephyr has led the development and execution of strategic renewable energy initiatives for the public and private sectors globally.  His expertise includes policy and regulation, project development and transaction structuring, and thought leadership on energy market reform and stakeholder mobilization. 

Zephyr holds an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University.  He received his undergraduate degree with Highest Honors in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


David Templeman, Paramount, Vice President - Environmental, Health & Safety
 David Templeman is the Vice President of Environmental, Health, and Safety for Paramount, responsible for occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, EHS management systems, environmental programs (including sustainability reporting), DOT regulatory compliance, and aspects of fire protection and business continuity. 

Rob Threlkeld, General Motors Co., Global Manager – Sustainable Energy, Supply & Reliability

Rob Threlkeld is global manager of Sustainable Energy, Supply and Reliability for General Motors, leading the company’s energy procurement efforts including the commitment to meet the electricity needs of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Threlkeld is responsible for leading that team that supports GM energy procurement and regulatory efforts including negotiating power purchase agreements, natural gas, green tariffs, and engineering onsite renewable solutions for GM facilities across the globe, including opportunities associated with battery storage, behind-the-meter applications and EV integration.

As part of GM’s Sustainable Workplaces team, Threlkeld shares best practices for renewable energy procurement with internal and external audiences, offering solutions for large and small businesses alike to benefit from the use of renewables.  

Threlkeld is a board member of the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Association (REBA), involved in the American Wind Energy Association and Solar Energy Industries Association, two energy groups advancing the use of these renewable forms of energy. He also serves an industry advisor to the School of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Solar Power International Education Council. This year, Energy Manager Today recognized Threlkeld as one of 50 top energy managers for driving GM and the energy management industry forward. 

Threlkeld began his career at GM in 2000 as manager of the powerhouse and wastewater treatment plant operations at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio Assembly Complex. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered Certified Hazardous Material Manager, Certified Energy Manager and Business Energy Professional.


Victor Udo, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability, Bucknell University 

Dr. Victor Udo is the Director of Sustainability at Bucknell University, Lewisburg Pennsylvania where he Chairs the President’s Sustainability Council (PSC) consisting of the President, Provost, CFO, senior faculty, students, and staff. He provides leadership of the PSC to oversee a simultaneous planning and implementation process for the environmental sustainability objectives in the university strategic plan under four cross-disciplinary working groups: Zero Waste, Carbon Neutrality, Ecological Conservation/ Restoration, and Socially Responsible Investing. Victor works with students, faculty, and staff on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) impact investments for innovative sustainability results including budget-neutral carbon neutrality and circularity enabled waste minimization and ecological vitality.

Dr. Udo is a former CEO with international sustainability and utility processes leadership in academia, state and local governments and Fortune 500 corporate energy companies. He has significant experience in identifying, analyzing, and incorporating global energy, economic, environmental, and educational trends into both public and private sector governance and infrastructure management.  He is passionate about the convergence of renewable energy resources and storage, electrification of transportation, AI, IoT, and Blockchain in the decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization of business, academic, and public policy processes. Victor obtained his Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. He has a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania along with Masters and BSEE from Howard University. Dr. Udo is an Author with several publications including global, national, and local sustainable development. 


Bob Valair, Staples, Director of Energy and Environmental Management
Bob Valair is the Director of Energy and Environmental Management for Staples. He has over 30 years in energy strategy and management. He is responsible for Staples Global Energy with over 2,000 retail stores, 50 distribution centers, data centers, and corporate offices. Bob leads the Energy Management Group, which is a key component of the Staples Sustainability Program. Bob has been recognized for his passion and leadership in energy efficiency, adopting new technologies, team building, and his devotion in helping students learn about energy. The Staples Energy Program has been honored with awards from the DOE, Energy Star, Platts Global Awards and Lifetime Achievement awards. Bob is an active member of the Advisory Board for Edison Electric Institute, the US Green Building Council, Ecova, and Green Retail. 
Dave Zita, Citrix,  Global Indirect Procurement Manager

Dave ZitaDave is global indirect procurement manager at Citrix. He utilizes his subject matter expertise to innovate, architect and deliver programs aimed at achieving energy efficiency, cost savings, and operational sustainability. He previously had global functional responsibility for all energy and engineering support items for IHG. Prior to joining IHG, Dave served in various energy-related capacities, including tenures in energy consulting and energy procurement. Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Energy, Business, and Finance and a Minor in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Energy Procurement Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers.

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