2018 Summit Speakers

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2018 Keynote Speakers
Arthur M. Blank
Owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, Co-founder of The Home Depot
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Arthur M. Blank Interview

Perhaps best known as co-founder of The Home Depot, Arthur Blank is now widely recognized for his diverse businesses. Distinguished by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds 2017 and Sports Business Journal’s one of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports 2016, Blank’s Family of Businesses portfolio currently includes the Atlanta Falcons; Atlanta United; PGA TOUR Superstore; The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; Mountain Sky Guest Ranch; West Creek Ranch; and AMB Group, the parent company of his for-profit businesses. Blank and the Falcons, in partnership with the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, are the private funders of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium is operated by the Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company, a newly-created company also owned by AMB Group, and will be home to the Falcons and Atlanta United. ...READ MORE

Perhaps best known as co-founder of The Home Depot, Arthur Blank is now widely recognized for his diverse businesses. Distinguished by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds 2017 and Sports Business Journal’s one of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports 2016, Blank’s Family of Businesses portfolio currently includes the Atlanta Falcons; Atlanta United; PGA TOUR Superstore; The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; Mountain Sky Guest Ranch; West Creek Ranch; and AMB Group, the parent company of his for-profit businesses. Blank and the Falcons, in partnership with the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, are the private funders of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium is operated by the Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company, a newly-created company also owned by AMB Group, and will be home to the Falcons and Atlanta United.

While diverse in nature, all of Blank’s businesses are run based on a common set of core values, which focus on developing customer relationships, treating associates with respect, and supporting communities. Blank believes in the importance of making a difference – professionally and personally. In addition to the company’s financial success, during his 23 years with The Home Depot the company donated more than $113 million to communities, and Home Depot associates provided hundreds of thousands of hours of personal volunteer time. Blank is applying the same business acumen and values in building his competitive, successful and community-oriented businesses today.

Blank is dedicated to his own giving back. Through his generosity, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has granted more than $300 million to support early childhood development, education, the arts, and parks and greenspace. The foundation also leads giving programs for each of the for-profit businesses in Blank’s portfolio.

Blank serves on the Board of Trustees of The Carter Center, Inc.; the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Institute; and the Board of Trustees of The First Tee. In September 2001, Blank joined the faculty of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School as its first Distinguished Executive in Residence. He now serves as a Goizueta Executive Fellow. Blank also served as the 2003 Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

A native of Flushing, N.Y., Blank received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with Distinction from Babson College, where he was active in a wide variety of extracurricular activities.

A Babson College alum, Blank resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Angela Blank. Together, they have nine children and six grandchildren.

Consistent with the way he approaches work and life, his favorite T-shirt appropriately reads, “There is no finish line.”

John R. Seydel
Director of Sustainability, City of Atlanta
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Generations of Environmental Advocacy in Atlanta

John Rutherford Seydel III (John R.), an Atlanta native, is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience. Seydel works with department leads within the City of Atlanta, as well as with external community partners, organizations, and leaders to achieve Atlanta’s sustainability and resilience goals. ...READ MORE

John Rutherford Seydel III (John R.), an Atlanta native, is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience. Seydel works with department leads within the City of Atlanta, as well as with external community partners, organizations, and leaders to achieve Atlanta’s sustainability and resilience goals.

While in his role, Seydel has helped direct sustainability efforts including projects supporting waste diversion, urban agriculture, energy and water efficiency, alternative fuel vehicles, and renewables. When Atlanta was chosen to be in the Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient Cities Program, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience was tasked to create a resilience strategy, representing a means to address the shocks, stresses, and greatest vulnerabilities in Atlanta based on feedback from thousands of Atlanta stakeholders. Seydel shares the responsibility with the Mayor’s Office of Resilience team to implement the actions listed from the Resilient Atlanta Strategy released at the end of Mayor Kasim Reed’s term, and endorsed by Atlanta’s newest Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Rutherford Seydel
Sustainability Entrepreneur and Attorney, Limited Partner of the Atlanta Hawks, and former NHL franchise owner
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Generations of Environmental Advocacy in Atlanta

John Rutherford Seydel II is a partner in the firm of Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed, LLP with a corporate practice focusing on sports and entertainment, environmental and conservation law, commerce transactions, nonprofit organization structuring and operation, and general for-profit business matters.
Seydel is a limited partner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA Franchise with operating rights to Philips Arena and all associated parking. He is also a founding investor/co-owner and board member of Promove. Additionally, he is associated with and represents numerous downtown Atlanta business ventures and properties. Seydel most recently founded the Oxygen Project. ...READ MORE

John Rutherford Seydel II is a partner in the firm of Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed, LLP with a corporate practice focusing on sports and entertainment, environmental and conservation law, commerce transactions, nonprofit organization structuring and operation, and general for-profit business matters.
Seydel is a limited partner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA Franchise with operating rights to Philips Arena and all associated parking. He is also a founding investor/co-owner and board member of Promove. Additionally, he is associated with and represents numerous downtown Atlanta business ventures and properties. Seydel most recently founded the Oxygen Project.

Seydel is co-founder and chairman of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Inc.; former chairman of the board of the School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, and former chairman of The Conservation Fund. He is an officer and board member of Paul B. and Mildred Seydel Foundation; an officer of United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund, Inc. Seydel is a board member of Georgia Conservation Voters, Vasser Woolley Foundation, Turner Foundation, Turner Endangered Species Foundation, Ted’s Montana Grill, and Captain Planet Foundation. He is a former member of the advisory board of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. In addition, Seydel is a former board member for the Trust for the National Mall.

Seydel and his wife, Laura, live in northwest Atlanta, and have a long history of involvement in Atlanta business, charitable and foundation work. They have a son, John R., and two daughters, Florence Vasser and Laura Elizabeth.

Laura Turner Seydel
Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Generations of Environmental Advocacy in Atlanta

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which has worked worldwide for 25 years to activate generations of environmentally literate children empowered to protect and sustain the natural systems upon which all life depends. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is board chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. ...READ MORE

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which has worked worldwide for 25 years to activate generations of environmentally literate children empowered to protect and sustain the natural systems upon which all life depends. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is board chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Laura serves on the boards of her family’s foundations and business: the Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund and Ted’s Montana Grill. She serves on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and board of directors of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.

2018 Featured Speakers Include:
Will Allen
Managing Partner, Nascent Group Holdings; Former NFL Player, Pittsburgh Steelers
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Will Allen is a Managing Partner and co-founder at Nascent Group Holdings, LLC. In his role as Managing Partner, Allen co- manages the day-to-day operations and investment and acquisition strategy for NGH. Allen attended The Ohio State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications; he also received a certificate of completion in continuing education courses through the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Programs at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Business. Allen has also completed internships with utility company National Grid and also with Congressman Bobby Rush on the Energy and Power subcommittee. ...READ MORE

Will Allen is a Managing Partner and co-founder at Nascent Group Holdings, LLC. In his role as Managing Partner, Allen co- manages the day-to-day operations and investment and acquisition strategy for NGH. Allen attended The Ohio State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications; he also received a certificate of completion in continuing education courses through the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Programs at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Business. Allen has also completed internships with utility company National Grid and also with Congressman Bobby Rush on the Energy and Power subcommittee.

Prior to founding Nascent Group Holdings, Allen was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 and most recently played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2015 Allen finished his NFL career after 12 successful seasons. In his collegiate years Allen was a member of The Ohio State 2002 National Championship team that beat the University of Miami. Allen’s senior year he was named a consensus All- American.

Allen is involved in the community and in business. Currently, he serves on the advisory committee for Be A Middle School Mentor that serves middle school students in Allegheny County through the United Way of South Western PA. He also serves as a board member for the Shyne Awards Foundation. He serves on the Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh’s Partner4Work(WIB) Board of Directors. He also serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s Advisory Board for Entrepreneurship & Start-Ups. He serves as a board member for Avenu. In addition to serving those community programs Allen established the Will Allen Foundation. The foundation provides tools and resources to Educate + Influence + Empower people in his surrounding community. His business endeavors include investing in real estate, energy and technology companies.

Dusty Baker
Former MLB player and manager; President and Founder, Baker Energy Team
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Dusty was drafted by the Atlanta Braves right out of high school in 1967. He went on to continue his MLB playing career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. During these years Dusty played with a winning mindset which embodied his internal sense of team values. ...READ MORE

Dusty was drafted by the Atlanta Braves right out of high school in 1967. He went on to continue his MLB playing career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. During these years Dusty played with a winning mindset which embodied his internal sense of team values.

He began his managerial career with the San Francisco Giants in 1993, and then continued his pennant winning ways with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals. In addition to winning 1,863 MLB games at the helm as manager, Dusty is also the 14th winningest manager in MLB history. His ability to maintain discipline and cohesiveness while creating an enthusiastic and positive atmosphere amongst his players, coaches and staff is legendary.

His love and passion for the environment led him to establish BAKER ENERGY TEAM, LLC in 2014 where he is Owner and President. He started BAKER ENERGY TEAM as a solar company and has since evolved into a renewable energy company. Dusty’s team is at the forefront of technologies and providing Energy Service Agreements so facility owners no longer have to wrestle with the upfront capital required to make costly energy improvements. BET in its short time has already assisted colleges, property owners and sports stadiums to rethink the way they receive, use and pay for their energy.

Mark Davis
Former NBA Player; Founder WDC Solar
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Mark A. Davis is the founder and President of WDC Solar, Inc., and a minority-owned solar installation company located in Washington, D.C. Mr. Davis saw the potential role of solar power in mitigating the energy costs for low-income populations, the elderly and the disabled. He created WDC Solar, Inc. to ensure that low- income communities have a stakeholder interest in the solar industry.

Sam Gordon
Utah Girls Tackle Football League, Inaugural NFL Game Changer Award Winner
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Athletes Through The Generations

Sam Gordon made national news in 2012 when her football highlights against the boys went viral. Sam was the first female football player to make the cover of Wheaties and was featured in a Super Bowl commercial. Sam later helped start the first all girls tackle football league in the country. The league began play in 2015 with just 50 girls and has now grown to nearly 300 girls. In addition, Sam and other girls in the league filed a Title IX lawsuit against their school districts to force the schools to offer girls football teams. The NFL recognized Sam’s efforts to provide equal opportunities to girls to participate in the nation’s most popular sport by presenting her with the “Game Changer” award at the 2018 NFL Honors Award Show.

Jack Groh
Director, Environmental Program, NFL
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Creating a Legacy: The Road to a Zero Waste Super Bowl and Beyond

Jack Groh is Director of the National Football League’s Environmental Program and a principal in the consulting firm of US Green Sports. Mr. Groh has been a communications and environmental consultant for more than 25 years and has worked on Super Bowl since 1993. Under his leadership, Super Bowl has become recognized as the greenest professional sports championship in America. ...READ MORE

Jack Groh is Director of the National Football League’s Environmental Program and a principal in the consulting firm of US Green Sports. Mr. Groh has been a communications and environmental consultant for more than 25 years and has worked on Super Bowl since 1993. Under his leadership, Super Bowl has become recognized as the greenest professional sports championship in America.

Mr. Groh also serves as Sustainability Director for the new College Football Playoffs, debuting in January 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

He has coordinated environmental projects for the US Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the American Solar Energy Society, the State of Rhode Island, the National Clean Cities Coalition and the United States Consortium for Automotive Research (USCAR) – a joint initiative of GM, Ford and Chrysler.

His work has been recognized for its high level of community, government, and sponsor support and participation; its practical approach to environmental problem-solving; and the significant return on investment (ROI). He has helped event organizers develop environmental initiatives that cut costs and provide measurable community benefits.

Mr. Groh has delivered presentations to academic and corporate audiences across North America and Europe. He has been a featured speaker at conferences organized by the United Nations and by the International Olympic Committee and has shared his insights with military officers at the Pentagon. He has lectured at academic institutions including Harvard University and MIT.

Prior to working in the environmental and communications field, Mr. Groh was an award-winning journalist. Associated Press, UPI, and the Society for Professional Journalists presented awards for his investigative work.

Mr. Groh is a nationally licensed soccer coach and director of coach training in Warwick, RI. He serves as a leader for the Boy Scouts of America and has been an on-air fund raiser for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He is a past national BOD member of the Alliance for Community Trees and a member of the Advisory Board of the Trash On Your Back Project.

His wife Susan works as a project manager for the National Football League and other clients. They have three children.

Bernard King
NBA-Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, Former Founder of Bernard King and Thompson Energy Solutions, Emmy Award Winning Broadcaster and Memoir Author of Game Face
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Athletes Through The Generations

Bernard King was born on December 4, 1956, in Brooklyn, New York. King attended Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn before attending the University of Tennessee, where he was a three-time SEC player of the year and led his team to the 1977 SEC Championship. His number was retired at Tennessee in 2007, the first jersey number ever retired by the Volunteers.
King began his professional career when he was selected as the 7th overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft by the New York Nets, who months later relocated to New Jersey. In his rookie season, he set a franchise record for most points in a season with 1,909 (24.2 ppg). ...READ MORE

Bernard King was born on December 4, 1956, in Brooklyn, New York. King attended Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn before attending the University of Tennessee, where he was a three-time SEC player of the year and led his team to the 1977 SEC Championship. His number was retired at Tennessee in 2007, the first jersey number ever retired by the Volunteers.
King began his professional career when he was selected as the 7th overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft by the New York Nets, who months later relocated to New Jersey. In his rookie season, he set a franchise record for most points in a season with 1,909 (24.2 ppg). Following his second year with the Nets, King bounced around the league, playing for the Utah Jazz for one season and the Golden State Warriors for two before landing with the New York Knicks in 1982. While in New York, King flourished as a prolific scorer, becoming the first player in 20 years to score 50 points in consecutive games in 1984. The following season he became the 10th player in NBA history to score 60 or more points in a single game. He also captured the scoring title for the 1984-85 season, averaging 32.9 ppg. At the peak of his career in March 1985, King suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss all of the following season. The Knicks released him after the 1987 season and he joined the Washington Bullets to begin what would be a strong comeback for his career. King increased his scoring each year while with Washington and returned to the All-Star game in 1991. After a year-and-a-half hiatus, he rejoined the Nets at the end of the 1993 season, but his knee injuries forced him into retirement. At the time of his retirement, King ranked 16th on the all-time NBA scoring list.
In 2013, King was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Abraham Madkour
Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
An Interview with Arthur M. Blank

Abraham Madkour is Executive Editor of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, SportsBusiness Daily and SportsBusiness Daily Global. Mr. Madkour is responsible for determining the editorial content and shaping the editorial direction of the leading publications on the business of sports, while managing the entire editorial staff. In addition, he oversees all the editorial content for the various conferences produced by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Group, including the prestigious World Congress of Sports and Forty Under 40 awards dinner. Mr. Madkour serves as the lead moderator and editorial spokesman for all of the company’s events. ...READ MORE

Abraham Madkour is Executive Editor of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, SportsBusiness Daily and SportsBusiness Daily Global. Mr. Madkour is responsible for determining the editorial content and shaping the editorial direction of the leading publications on the business of sports, while managing the entire editorial staff. In addition, he oversees all the editorial content for the various conferences produced by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Group, including the prestigious World Congress of Sports and Forty Under 40 awards dinner. Mr. Madkour serves as the lead moderator and editorial spokesman for all of the company’s events. Mr. Madkour joined SportsBusiness Daily as a Senior Staff Writer when the publication launched in August 1994. He was named Editor-in-Chief in September 1996 and became Executive Editor of SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily in 2003. Prior to joining SportsBusiness Daily, Mr. Madkour was a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. In addition to working with Senator Leahy, Mr. Madkour had stints working for the Washington Bullets and the Baltimore Orioles in 1993 and 1994. He lives in Charlotte, N.C., and is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

Ovie Mughelli
Former All Pro Falcons Fullback; EcoAthlete
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Athletes Through The Generations

Ovie Mughelli, Founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation and former two-time All Pro Fullback for the National Football League demonstrates dedication and drive both on and off the field. He spends the majority of his time empowering our nations’ youth and educating the public on living an ecologically friendly lifestyle to increase environmental sustainability. He has established ongoing efforts to provide “green sports camps” most notably Recycle on the Run, which produce a synergy of athletic participation and foster environmental stewardship. ...READ MORE

Ovie Mughelli, Founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation and former two-time All Pro Fullback for the National Football League demonstrates dedication and drive both on and off the field. He spends the majority of his time empowering our nations’ youth and educating the public on living an ecologically friendly lifestyle to increase environmental sustainability. He has established ongoing efforts to provide “green sports camps” most notably Recycle on the Run, which produce a synergy of athletic participation and foster environmental stewardship. When he is not working to educate, enlighten, and engage people on the methods of living green, his dynamic personality and passion for sports has leant to his success serving as a Media Sports Correspondent. Working in television, radio and digital broadcasting for Fox Sports, Comcast Sports South, Raycom, CBS Sports Radio, 120 Sports and 680 The Fan.

Ryan Newman
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver, Daytona 500 Champion, Co-Founder, Rescue Ranch
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Athletes Through The Generations

Coming off an eighth appearance in the NASCAR Playoffs that includes a victory at Phoenix Raceway, Ryan Newman is embarking on his fifth season driving the No. 31 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s/Caterpillar/Grainger/Liberty National Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Debuting with RCR in 2014, Newman and crew chief Luke Lambert earned a career-best finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings, coming within one point of winning the coveted championship. Consistency remained a strong suit for Newman and the Lambert-led team. In their four seasons together, the 31 team has earned three NASCAR Playoffs berths, one victory, 19 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes. ...READ MORE

Coming off an eighth appearance in the NASCAR Playoffs that includes a victory at Phoenix Raceway, Ryan Newman is embarking on his fifth season driving the No. 31 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s/Caterpillar/Grainger/Liberty National Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Debuting with RCR in 2014, Newman and crew chief Luke Lambert earned a career-best finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings, coming within one point of winning the coveted championship. Consistency remained a strong suit for Newman and the Lambert-led team. In their four seasons together, the 31 team has earned three NASCAR Playoffs berths, one victory, 19 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes.

Ryan and his wife Krissie also own and operate Rescue Ranch, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit animal welfare organization in Statesville, North Carolina. Rescue Ranch promotes through its educational programs the need to respect all animals, agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation, and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership to enhance the human-animal bond.

In May 2017, Rescue Ranch unveiled its Earnhardt Family Playground, an inclusive playground spanning 10,000-sq. ft. The recreational area is housed behind the nonprofit animal welfare facility and plays a role in Rescue Ranch’s educational programs. The recreational area includes elements for children with all abilities, including eight wheelchair accessible activity centers, roller and sidewinder slides, sway fun, several climbing walls, one handicap-accessible zipline, custom play barn, swings equipped for children of all abilities and much more.

Newman is avid outdoorsman. His love for the outdoors essentially started the day he was born. His grandfather Jerry was a huge fisherman and started taking Newman with him as soon as the boy could hold a rod.

James Wilks
Mixed Martial Artist, Producer – The Game Changers
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
The Game Changers - Documentary Screening

James Wilks is a mixed martial artist best known for winning Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter. He also serves as an elite trainer for government agencies including the US Marines, US Marshals, and US Navy SEALs.
James is producer of a documentary about athletes and nutrition titled The Game Changers that is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by three-time Oscar-winner James Cameron.

2018 Scheduled Speakers Include:
Will Allen
Managing Partner, Nascent Group Holdings; Former NFL Player, Pittsburgh Steelers
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Will Allen is a Managing Partner and co-founder at Nascent Group Holdings, LLC. In his role as Managing Partner, Allen co- manages the day-to-day operations and investment and acquisition strategy for NGH. Allen attended The Ohio State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications; he also received a certificate of completion in continuing education courses through the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Programs at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Business. Allen has also completed internships with utility company National Grid and also with Congressman Bobby Rush on the Energy and Power subcommittee. ...READ MORE

Will Allen is a Managing Partner and co-founder at Nascent Group Holdings, LLC. In his role as Managing Partner, Allen co- manages the day-to-day operations and investment and acquisition strategy for NGH. Allen attended The Ohio State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications; he also received a certificate of completion in continuing education courses through the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Programs at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Business. Allen has also completed internships with utility company National Grid and also with Congressman Bobby Rush on the Energy and Power subcommittee.

Prior to founding Nascent Group Holdings, Allen was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 and most recently played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2015 Allen finished his NFL career after 12 successful seasons. In his collegiate years Allen was a member of The Ohio State 2002 National Championship team that beat the University of Miami. Allen’s senior year he was named a consensus All- American.

Allen is involved in the community and in business. Currently, he serves on the advisory committee for Be A Middle School Mentor that serves middle school students in Allegheny County through the United Way of South Western PA. He also serves as a board member for the Shyne Awards Foundation. He serves on the Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh’s Partner4Work(WIB) Board of Directors. He also serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s Advisory Board for Entrepreneurship & Start-Ups. He serves as a board member for Avenu. In addition to serving those community programs Allen established the Will Allen Foundation. The foundation provides tools and resources to Educate + Influence + Empower people in his surrounding community. His business endeavors include investing in real estate, energy and technology companies.

Richard Altice
CEO, NatureWorks
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Summit Welcome

NatureWorks’ board of directors named Richard Altice as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer in April of 2018.
Altice comes to NatureWorks from PolyOne Corporation where he was Senior Vice President and President – Designed Structures and Solutions. At PolyOne, he had global responsibility for the sheet, roll stock, and formed packaging business. Prior to PolyOne, Altice also served as Vice President of Hexion’s global specialty epoxy business focused on coatings and composites. Altice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Stephen Ashkin
President, The Ashkin Group; Board Member, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Health & Wellness

Stephen Ashkin is Executive Director of the Green Cleaning Network, a nonprofit educational organization working to accelerate the adoption of Green Cleaning among building owners and providers. He is often thought of as “The Father of Green Cleaning” having worked on the issue for over 20 years formulating greener cleaning products, developing standards and legislation, and implementing Green Cleaning programs that reduce impacts on worker and occupant/fan health, environment and the bottom-line. ...READ MORE

Stephen Ashkin is Executive Director of the Green Cleaning Network, a nonprofit educational organization working to accelerate the adoption of Green Cleaning among building owners and providers. He is often thought of as “The Father of Green Cleaning” having worked on the issue for over 20 years formulating greener cleaning products, developing standards and legislation, and implementing Green Cleaning programs that reduce impacts on worker and occupant/fan health, environment and the bottom-line.

Among his accomplishments are being a founding member of the US Green Building Council where he drafted the cleaning credits for their LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System, technical advisor to the Healthy Schools Campaign where he served as the lead author on their Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, author of 4 books including Green Cleaning for Dummies, recognized as the Green Building Advocate of the Year by the Leonardo Academy for “Bringing Green Cleaning to LEED-EB”, and an Excellence Award Winner from the US Environmental Protection Agency for his work to protect children from environmental threats.

Elaine Aye
Regional Manager / Associate, RWDI | Green Building Services
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sustainability in Older Buildings

Elaine is a widely respected green building consultant whose background in both interior design and architecture gives her unique insight into building operations and how occupants interact with built environments. Clients benefit from Elaine’s rich expertise in certification frameworks such as LEED, WELL and NetZero and from her over 30 years of industry experience, including 16 years in the green building industry. Whether contributing to the design and certification of an innovative new facility or increasing the efficiency and performance of an existing building, Elaine brings a deep commitment to sustainability and a wealth of pragmatic insight.

Dusty Baker
Former MLB player and manager; President and Founder, Baker Energy Team
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Dusty was drafted by the Atlanta Braves right out of high school in 1967. He went on to continue his MLB playing career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. During these years Dusty played with a winning mindset which embodied his internal sense of team values. ...READ MORE

Dusty was drafted by the Atlanta Braves right out of high school in 1967. He went on to continue his MLB playing career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. During these years Dusty played with a winning mindset which embodied his internal sense of team values.

He began his managerial career with the San Francisco Giants in 1993, and then continued his pennant winning ways with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals. In addition to winning 1,863 MLB games at the helm as manager, Dusty is also the 14th winningest manager in MLB history. His ability to maintain discipline and cohesiveness while creating an enthusiastic and positive atmosphere amongst his players, coaches and staff is legendary.

His love and passion for the environment led him to establish BAKER ENERGY TEAM, LLC in 2014 where he is Owner and President. He started BAKER ENERGY TEAM as a solar company and has since evolved into a renewable energy company. Dusty’s team is at the forefront of technologies and providing Energy Service Agreements so facility owners no longer have to wrestle with the upfront capital required to make costly energy improvements. BET in its short time has already assisted colleges, property owners and sports stadiums to rethink the way they receive, use and pay for their energy.

Arthur M. Blank
Owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, Co-founder of The Home Depot
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Arthur M. Blank Interview

Perhaps best known as co-founder of The Home Depot, Arthur Blank is now widely recognized for his diverse businesses. Distinguished by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds 2017 and Sports Business Journal’s one of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports 2016, Blank’s Family of Businesses portfolio currently includes the Atlanta Falcons; Atlanta United; PGA TOUR Superstore; The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; Mountain Sky Guest Ranch; West Creek Ranch; and AMB Group, the parent company of his for-profit businesses. Blank and the Falcons, in partnership with the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, are the private funders of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium is operated by the Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company, a newly-created company also owned by AMB Group, and will be home to the Falcons and Atlanta United. ...READ MORE

Perhaps best known as co-founder of The Home Depot, Arthur Blank is now widely recognized for his diverse businesses. Distinguished by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds 2017 and Sports Business Journal’s one of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports 2016, Blank’s Family of Businesses portfolio currently includes the Atlanta Falcons; Atlanta United; PGA TOUR Superstore; The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; Mountain Sky Guest Ranch; West Creek Ranch; and AMB Group, the parent company of his for-profit businesses. Blank and the Falcons, in partnership with the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, are the private funders of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium is operated by the Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company, a newly-created company also owned by AMB Group, and will be home to the Falcons and Atlanta United.

While diverse in nature, all of Blank’s businesses are run based on a common set of core values, which focus on developing customer relationships, treating associates with respect, and supporting communities. Blank believes in the importance of making a difference – professionally and personally. In addition to the company’s financial success, during his 23 years with The Home Depot the company donated more than $113 million to communities, and Home Depot associates provided hundreds of thousands of hours of personal volunteer time. Blank is applying the same business acumen and values in building his competitive, successful and community-oriented businesses today.

Blank is dedicated to his own giving back. Through his generosity, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has granted more than $300 million to support early childhood development, education, the arts, and parks and greenspace. The foundation also leads giving programs for each of the for-profit businesses in Blank’s portfolio.

Blank serves on the Board of Trustees of The Carter Center, Inc.; the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Institute; and the Board of Trustees of The First Tee. In September 2001, Blank joined the faculty of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School as its first Distinguished Executive in Residence. He now serves as a Goizueta Executive Fellow. Blank also served as the 2003 Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

A native of Flushing, N.Y., Blank received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with Distinction from Babson College, where he was active in a wide variety of extracurricular activities.

A Babson College alum, Blank resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Angela Blank. Together, they have nine children and six grandchildren.

Consistent with the way he approaches work and life, his favorite T-shirt appropriately reads, “There is no finish line.”

Brett Blumberg
Sales and Sustainability Manager, Kilowatt Events, Inc.
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Selling It: Valuation, Pitch and Delivery of Sustainable Programs to Partners

Brett Blumberg is the Sales and Sustainability Manager for Kilowatt Events, Inc., a U.S.-based event production company that designs and operates televised sporting events, music & lifestyle festivals, corporate events, and red carpets. Brett spearheaded brand development of “Kilowatt One”, Kilowatt Events’ internal sustainability branch, and now manages the division’s marketing and operations. Several notable sporting event sustainability initiatives Brett has led include the ESPY Awards Show, Shaun White’s Air + Style, and the Dew Tour. Through diligent research and relationship building, Brett ensures that Kilowatt’s productions are successful for clients, attendees, and event stakeholders while maximizing operational efficiencies and transforming business models around positive social and environmental impact. ...READ MORE

Brett Blumberg is the Sales and Sustainability Manager for Kilowatt Events, Inc., a U.S.-based event production company that designs and operates televised sporting events, music & lifestyle festivals, corporate events, and red carpets. Brett spearheaded brand development of “Kilowatt One”, Kilowatt Events’ internal sustainability branch, and now manages the division’s marketing and operations. Several notable sporting event sustainability initiatives Brett has led include the ESPY Awards Show, Shaun White’s Air + Style, and the Dew Tour. Through diligent research and relationship building, Brett ensures that Kilowatt’s productions are successful for clients, attendees, and event stakeholders while maximizing operational efficiencies and transforming business models around positive social and environmental impact.

Brett graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in environmental engineering and he recently obtained his MBA in Sustainable Business from Green Mountain College. His passion to help communities around the world transition to a more resilient future has led to a career in live entertainment, which he believes provides the high-profile platform needed to amplify the voices of community activists and inspire local engagement.“

Jana Brooks
Manager, Events and Tenant Services, Camden Yards Sports Complex, Maryland Stadium Authority
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Workshop: Engagement through Operations

Jana Brooks is the Manager of Events and Tenant Services for the Maryland Stadium Authority – owner/operators of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, the B&O Warehouse and Camden Station in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Brooks is responsible for planning and overseeing the execution of all parking lot events on the 85 acres of the Camden Yards Sports Complex, facilitating the operational and maintenance needs of the office tenants within the 500,000+ square feet of the Warehouse and Camden Station, overhauling the recycling and sustainability across the Complex, as well as maintaining responsibilities surrounding the Orioles and Ravens home games and special events. ...READ MORE

Jana Brooks is the Manager of Events and Tenant Services for the Maryland Stadium Authority – owner/operators of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, the B&O Warehouse and Camden Station in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Brooks is responsible for planning and overseeing the execution of all parking lot events on the 85 acres of the Camden Yards Sports Complex, facilitating the operational and maintenance needs of the office tenants within the 500,000+ square feet of the Warehouse and Camden Station, overhauling the recycling and sustainability across the Complex, as well as maintaining responsibilities surrounding the Orioles and Ravens home games and special events.

In addition to that, Jana is completing her Bachelors in Business and Marketing at the University of Baltimore. She just completed a Sports Management certification from Columbia University and is a recent graduate of The George Washington University Event Management Certificate program. Prior to joining MSA in 2013, she worked part-time with S.A.F.E. Management providing game-day event management support for the Baltimore Ravens and the US Naval Academy while working full-time as an Administrative Coordinator of the Nuclear Medicine department at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Ms. Brooks is active in the Baltimore Area Hospitality Association (BAHA), Green Sports Alliance, and the DC Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). She also acts as the State Representative of Maryland for Region 1 within the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

Carlie Bullock-Jones
Founder and Managing Principal, Ecoworks Studio
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Health & Wellness

Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, is the founder and managing Principal of Ecoworks Studio and has dedicated her entire career to bringing about a greener, healthier built environment. As a nationally known expert in sustainability, Carlie has facilitated on numerous award-winning projects. With a passion for green sports, Carlie has spearheaded LEED certification efforts for several stadiums, arenas, and training facilities for the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS and higher education projects. Most notably, Carlie was the LEED consultant for the new home of the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz stadium, which achieved the highest LEED Platinum score of any sports facility in the world. ...READ MORE

Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, is the founder and managing Principal of Ecoworks Studio and has dedicated her entire career to bringing about a greener, healthier built environment. As a nationally known expert in sustainability, Carlie has facilitated on numerous award-winning projects. With a passion for green sports, Carlie has spearheaded LEED certification efforts for several stadiums, arenas, and training facilities for the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS and higher education projects. Most notably, Carlie was the LEED consultant for the new home of the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz stadium, which achieved the highest LEED Platinum score of any sports facility in the world.

As a LEED Faculty mentor for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the first external WELL Faculty for the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), Carlie is a highly sought-after speaker and writer for national events and publications. She has been extensively involved in the development of LEED standards over the years, serving as a Subject Matter Expert for USGBC and GBCI, assisting in course curriculum, exam development and reference guide creation. In 2012, Carlie was inducted by USGBC as a LEED Fellow, one of 77 in the world at that time. Carlie is also one of the first WELL Accredited Professionals in the world, demonstrating expertise and extensive knowledge of human health and wellness in the built environment. As an early adopter of the WELL Building Standard, Carlie facilitated WELL certification efforts for the 37th and 47th WELL projects in the world.

Chef Natasha Capper
Chocolate Ambassador, Callebaut
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
The Business of Food

Natasha is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef through the American Culinary Federation. She holds a degree in Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University. Her career has included positions with Grove Park Inn, Renaissance Hotels and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. She is currently the executive pastry chef at Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta Georgia. ...READ MORE

Natasha is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef through the American Culinary Federation. She holds a degree in Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University. Her career has included positions with Grove Park Inn, Renaissance Hotels and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. She is currently the executive pastry chef at Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta Georgia.
An avid competitor, she has competed in a wide array of pastry competitions including two National Pastry Team Championships, “Best Bread Showpiece” at the 2006 Bread and Pastry Team Championship, “Best Sugar Showpiece” at Pastry Live and the 2007 ACF Southeastern Pastry Chef of the Year, among a variety of other accolades and awards.
Natasha sits on the advisory board for Chattahoochee Technical College and has been an adjunct pastry instructor for numerous secondary schools. One of her highlights of her career is being a member of the Callebaut Ambassadors Club, where she can travel and share her passion and knowledge of fine chocolate with others.

Alexandra Chalat
Managing Director, Beyond Sport
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
International Perspectives Plenary Panel

Alexandra (Lex) is the Managing Director of Beyond Sport, which convenes, funds and supports organizations using sport as a tool for social change. Lex helped Beyond Sport grow from the ground up and co-founded thinkBeyond, a sister company firm that advises government, companies and sports agencies on developing strategies that achieve social and business impact through sports. ...READ MORE

Alexandra (Lex) is the Managing Director of Beyond Sport, which convenes, funds and supports organizations using sport as a tool for social change. Lex helped Beyond Sport grow from the ground up and co-founded thinkBeyond, a sister company firm that advises government, companies and sports agencies on developing strategies that achieve social and business impact through sports.

She’s curated gatherings in cities around the world where experts speak, educate and debate on sport’s role in hard-hitting issues like the refugee crisis, youth gun crime and religious and ethnic divides.

She’s led on projects that have included developing ESPN’s international community engagement approach; creating Legal & General’s mental health and sport campaign; designing Bloomberg’s first-ever community-driven sports philanthropy strategy across 11 cities globally; implementing ways NGOs can engage young men at risk of being recruited into ISIS in conflict zones using soccer; activating the International Olympic Committee’s Sport for All policies; and finding new ways BT Sport can engage younger, socially conscious fans.

She’s developed global CSR strategies for brand giants like SAP and Virgin Sport, and helped advise influential entities from the Holy See to the World Economic Forum to the Mayor of London. She spearheaded partnerships with organizations like TIME Magazine, Barclays, Chevron, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, NASCAR, and the Premier League; and has worked with influencers like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, Tony Blair, Michael Johnson, Michelle Kwan and Julie Foudy.

A graduate of University of Pennsylvania and London School of Economics and former gymnast, Lex has delivered projects in over 35 cities on five continents. She has appeared on BBC and Sky News and published pieces in The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Art in London Magazine and Art Review Magazine.

James Connelly
Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth, International Living Future Institute
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
The Living Stadium: Designing a Regenerative Future for Sports

A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute. As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities to grow the Institute’s impact and capabilities globally. ...READ MORE

A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute. As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities to grow the Institute’s impact and capabilities globally.

As VP of Products, James provides strategic leadership for the Institute’s corporate and manufacturing initiatives including the Living Product Hub (a center of innovative manufacturing in southwestern Pennsylvania), Living Product Challenge (a program that re-imagines the design and manufacturing of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world), Just (a social justice and corporate responsibility label for leading progressive organizations), Declare (an innovative ingredients transparency label and database of non-toxic sustainably sourced products) and the Handprint Label (an elegant CSR framework for companies on the pathway to achieving Net Positive impact).

James leads the Institute’s strategic consulting for corporations and conducts technical consulting for high profile Living Building Challenge projects both in the US and internationally.

Prior to joining the Institute in 2012, James received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research on green building rating systems in China. James is frequent national and international speaker on regenerative design, sustainable business, ecological manufacturing and affordable housing. He is an avid writer and his research and commentary has been featured in news outlets such as China Dialogue, Trim Tab, BuildingGreen, GreenBiz and Engineering News Record.

Jerry Crabb
Senior Director, Ballpark Operations, Cleveland Indians
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sustainability in Existing Buildings

Jerry Crabb enters his 25th season with the Cleveland Indians. He joined the organization as the Manager of Florida Operations in Winter Haven, Florida in 1993. He moved to Cleveland in 2004 to join the Ballpark Operations team. He is currently serving in the role of Senior Director. ...READ MORE

Jerry Crabb enters his 25th season with the Cleveland Indians. He joined the organization as the Manager of Florida Operations in Winter Haven, Florida in 1993. He moved to Cleveland in 2004 to join the Ballpark Operations team. He is currently serving in the role of Senior Director.

As Senior Director of Ballpark Operations, Jerry is responsible for providing strategic management and direction of the teams Greening and Sustainability efforts. This includes research and development of projects, providing insight and overview of the clubs waste management program and working with local, state and federal agencies to identify best practices, grant opportunities and other initiatives. He is also responsible for all activities at Progressive Field including Ushering, Security and Police, Guest Services, Premium Seating, Parking. He is also responsible for the Arizona Operations in Goodyear, AZ which includes Spring Training, Extended Spring, Summer League and Fall Instructional League.

Jerry spent his early years in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Charles Crowe
Senior Account Manager, SourceAmerica
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Health, Wellness & Equity: A Holistic Approach to Facilities Operations

Charles (Mickey) Crowe has been involved in the custodial industry for over forty-four years. His experience runs the gamut from working for a large cleaning firm in the mid-west to operating his own successful cleaning business in central Florida. Mickey is a recognized speaker, writer, consultant and trainer assisting government customers, non-profit agencies and for-profit companies find efficiencies, develop proposals and negotiate contracts. Crowe maintains various certifications including the RBSM, CBSE, I.C.E. and the CMI Master Trainer designation. He has over 1,000 articles published on CleanLink Minute tips. He has produced Cleaning Smart custodial manuals and training Power Points on topics ranging from office/rest room cleaning, hard floor care, carpet care, workloading/schedule/estimating, supervision and quality control. He conducts the CMI (Cleaning Management Institute) Train the Trainer, Supervisor and Custodial Technician workshops annually. He has been employed by SourceAmerica since 1999 and works with service providers and customers to provide the best value for each dollar spent.

Mark Davis
Former NBA Player; Founder WDC Solar
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Mark A. Davis is the founder and President of WDC Solar, Inc., and a minority-owned solar installation company located in Washington, D.C. Mr. Davis saw the potential role of solar power in mitigating the energy costs for low-income populations, the elderly and the disabled. He created WDC Solar, Inc. to ensure that low- income communities have a stakeholder interest in the solar industry.

Chris DeVolder
Senior Vice President, Managing Principal, HOK
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
The Living Stadium: Designing a Regenerative Future for Sports

As a project leader and the sustainable design leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, Chris DeVolder has more than 20 years of experience designing environmentally responsible facilities for sports, civic, commercial and residential markets. Known for his thought leadership in the green sports movement, Chris has led sustainability initiatives and the LEED certification process for projects throughout the US and Canada. His creative and technical skills have advanced the way the design profession approaches sports venues, not just in the design and construction process, but with sustainable operations and programming as well. ...READ MORE

As a project leader and the sustainable design leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, Chris DeVolder has more than 20 years of experience designing environmentally responsible facilities for sports, civic, commercial and residential markets. Known for his thought leadership in the green sports movement, Chris has led sustainability initiatives and the LEED certification process for projects throughout the US and Canada. His creative and technical skills have advanced the way the design profession approaches sports venues, not just in the design and construction process, but with sustainable operations and programming as well.

Chris’ expertise and commitment to sustainable design has shaped notable facilities and districts including the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium Renovation, MetLife Stadium and Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum Renovation. Currently, he is the sustainability project director on Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, and Rogers Place, an arena for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, as well as the project leader for the sports-related components of Notre Dame’s $400 million Campus Crossroads project. Chris also serves as the co-leader of HOK’s soccer market, working with clients across North and South America.

As co-chair of the Green Sports Alliance Corporate Membership Network Steering Committee and the USGBC National LEED User Group for sports venue development, Chris is focused on redefining sustainability and best practices within the profession. In addition, he recently led the Council for Responsible Sport green certification of the WinforKC Triathlon in Kansas City for the third consecutive year.

Chris’ work in sustainable sports facility design has been recognized internationally by publications like The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, Sports Illustrated, Greenability, Sports Business Journal and Stadia. A frequent speaker, Chris has presented with organizations like the USGBC, The Canadian GBC, The Green Sports Alliance, and most recently, at COP21, the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. In addition, he is a fellow and lecturer at Presidio’s MBA Course on sports and sustainability and is a graduate of the Kansas City Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program.

Prior to joining HOK, Chris was a project leader with 360 Architecture and a project architect with Ellerbe Becket. He has a Bachelor of Architecture and graduate studies from the University of Kansas.

Diana Dehm
President, Climate & Sports Student Summits "CS3 Game Changers for the Planet"; Proud Youth Partner of the Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
June 26th and 27th
Alliance Welcome & "CS3 Game Changers for the Planet"

Sustainability & Sports Entrepreneur focused on collectively creating new innovative sustainable markets, and K-12 educational summits and media platforms, for our next generations, by harnessing the power of sports & sustainability to change the world. Diana is the President of “CS3 Game Changers for the Planet” under the Climate & Sports Student Summits umbrella, a 501c3 non-profit, and proud youth partner of Green Sports Alliance; she is the Founder of the zero waste world initiative, the “Trash On Your Back Challenge”; and Host, of Sustainability News & Entertainment Radio, “Finding one solution for the planet at a time at any age”; and presently the Executive Director of the International Surfing Museum, connecting the history, culture, and future of Surfing with ocean protection in Surf City USA, Huntington Beach, California.

Erik Distler
Director of Partnerships, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Thought Leadership Forum

Erik is the Director of Partnerships at the Green Sports Alliance with responsibility for leading and overseeing external strategic partnerships, sponsorships and membership, in addition to leading the Alliance’s collaboration with ESPN as an environmental and strategic corporate social responsibility advisor. Before joining the Alliance, Erik was a management consultant within the Sustainable Business Solutions practice at PwC, with prior professional experience predominantly within accounting and finance. Erik holds of Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University with Honors & High Distinction in Accounting and Finance.

Darren Draper
PE, CxA, Principal, Director of Commissioning, Epsten Group
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
New Approaches and Benefits in Energy Efficiency

Darren Draper, PE, CxA is Principal and Director of Commissioning of Epsten Group, a leader in sustainable design and consulting services. He is responsible for overseeing commissioning services for the firm, which includes Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing systems and building envelope for both new and existing buildings. Darren is a regular speaker at regional conferences in the Southeast and national conferences on building commissioning. He is also one of two instructors for AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), an internationally recognized commissioning authority certification body, Commissioning Authority Certification preparation workshop.

Ann Duffy
President, The Ann Duffy Group Inc.
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
International Perspectives

When cities, bidders and organizers for global sport events (Olympics & FIFA World Cup) create hosting plans that address the array of stakeholder interests, technical and strategic requirements – they feel both inspired and challenged.

Ann’s great passion is helping clients bring ideas and goals together with solid plans and smart solutions. Her approach helps clients understand heightened sustainability requirements, assess risks, identify opportunities, and ultimately create strategies and plans to meet sustainability targets through successful sustainable sport event roadmaps. Results include pathways for good governance, climate action, zero waste, supply chain management, ethical business conduct, human rights, social inclusion and broad engagement. Each plan begins and ends with a portfolio of legacies for hosts, partners and communities. ...READ MORE

When cities, bidders and organizers for global sport events (Olympics & FIFA World Cup) create hosting plans that address the array of stakeholder interests, technical and strategic requirements – they feel both inspired and challenged.

Ann’s great passion is helping clients bring ideas and goals together with solid plans and smart solutions. Her approach helps clients understand heightened sustainability requirements, assess risks, identify opportunities, and ultimately create strategies and plans to meet sustainability targets through successful sustainable sport event roadmaps. Results include pathways for good governance, climate action, zero waste, supply chain management, ethical business conduct, human rights, social inclusion and broad engagement. Each plan begins and ends with a portfolio of legacies for hosts, partners and communities.

Ann’s expertise is drawn from her C-suite roles for sustainability with the Vancouver2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and CH2M Canada and her advisory work with several Olympic and Paralympic Games hosts, Toronto2015 Pan Am Games, FIFA Canada2015, and bid teams like Istanbul2020, LosAngeles2028 and UnitedBid2026 for FIFA. Ann was a technical committee member for the ISO 20121 and GRI standards on sustainable event management and reporting. She calls Whistler, Canada home with her husband and four step children.

Matt Ellis
CEO & Founder, Measurabl
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Thought Leadership Forum

Matt is Founder and CEO of Measurabl, a software company that makes it possible for any company to collect, report and act upon sustainability data, powering the global market in non-financial information. Before Measurabl Matt spent five years with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services company, where he began his career as a real estate broker. Matt went on to lead CBRE’s Sustainability Practice Group in the Western US, implement its industry-first global carbon neutrality program, and serve as the company’s first Director of Sustainability Solutions and youngest member of its Global Sustainability Steering Committee. ...READ MORE

Matt is Founder and CEO of Measurabl, a software company that makes it possible for any company to collect, report and act upon sustainability data, powering the global market in non-financial information. Before Measurabl Matt spent five years with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services company, where he began his career as a real estate broker. Matt went on to lead CBRE’s Sustainability Practice Group in the Western US, implement its industry-first global carbon neutrality program, and serve as the company’s first Director of Sustainability Solutions and youngest member of its Global Sustainability Steering Committee.
Matt has expertise in sustainability reporting, corporate sustainability strategy, institutional and corporate real estate, carbon accounting, and green building. He is an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and New Leaders Council Fellow.

Fuyuki Enokido
Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan, Japan Cultural Envoy, Japanese traditional musical instrument player
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26 & Wednesday, June 27
Summit Welcome - Musical Performance

Ms. Fuyuki Enokido graduated from Tokyo National University with a graduate degree in Fine Arts degree and received the Acanthus Music Award, which is given by the university to the top performing students at the time of graduation. Ms. Enokido began playing the koto at the age of 3, and has now performed in 36 countries. Well-known examples of her recent performances include the London Olympic Games for the promotion of Tokyo Olympics 2020, as well as the Ise Shima Summit 2016 for President Obama, President Hollande, President Renzi, President Trudeau, President Merkel, Prime Minister Cameron, and Prime Minister Abe.

Angela Fannéy, P.E., LEED AP
Vice President, Kimley-Horn
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Women, Sports & Environment Symposium | Inclusive Culture: How to Create Safe and Empowered Workplaces and Fan Zones

Angela welcomes the Green Sports Alliance to Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where she served as the civil engineering project manager. She has led site civil consulting services for a variety of project types, including sports facilities and mixed-use developments. Angela’s energy comes from working within a multidisciplinary team to solve complex problems. Her practice is focused on the urban environment with specialization in redevelopment and infill projects including sports venues. ...READ MORE

Angela welcomes the Green Sports Alliance to Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where she served as the civil engineering project manager. She has led site civil consulting services for a variety of project types, including sports facilities and mixed-use developments. Angela’s energy comes from working within a multidisciplinary team to solve complex problems. Her practice is focused on the urban environment with specialization in redevelopment and infill projects including sports venues.
Recognized by ENR Southeast as one of the region’s 2017 Top Young Professionals, Angela graduated from the NAIOP Future Leaders program in 2013 and was selected as NAIOP’s Volunteer of the Year in 2012. She is active with NAIOP, Urban Land Institute, Council for Quality Growth and other professional activities. In addition, Angela is engaged with Kimley-Horn’s Lasting Impact for Tomorrow (LiFT) program, with a goal to grow and retain female professionals.
Angela received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and remains connected to Auburn as Vice Chair for the Civil Engineering Advisory Board as well as a member of 100 Women Strong for the College of Engineering. She is a Professional Engineer in Georgia and a LEED Accredited Professional.
In January, she and her husband welcomed a baby boy to their family, joining his toddler sister and three teenaged siblings.

Mark Feasel
Vice President, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
The Art of the Possible: New Business Models to Achieve Your Community’s Energy Goals

Mark Feasel is responsible for Schneider Electric’s Smart Grid activities in North America which are focused on optimizing energy efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability from the electric utility control center through a consumer’s loads. Mark’s experience with microgrid began in the 1980’s when he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the electrical systems associated with the nuclear reactor on a ballistic missile submarine, and have continued throughout his career while leading an energy management and distributed generation controls company, and leading commercial operations of the Power Management and Controls business for Schneider Electric North America.

Robert Flowers
VP of Culinary, East Region, Levy
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
The Business of Food

Flowers attended culinary school at the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and during this time completed internships at the Grand Floridian Hotel at Walt Disney World and the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. For the next six years, Chef Flowers continued to work for the Four Seasons hotel corporation. Following his tenure with the Four Seasons, he moved on to the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Three years later, he went on to open Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels in St. Louis from the ground up. After a small stint with West Paces Hotel Group he began his Sports and Entertainment career with the NY York Mets and Aramark at Citi Field, Overseeing culinary operations at the ballpark. During his 7 year tenure with Aramark he was promoted to Central Regional Chef.
Currently Chef Flowers works for Levy in the Sports and Entertainment Division as VP of Culinary for the East.

Frank Franciosi
Executive Director, US Composting Council
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Gridiron Gauntlet: How Mercedes Benz Stadium Will Elevate The Sustainability Bar

Frank has spent over 24 years working with residuals management and composting both in operations management as well as sales and marketing. In 1993, he started North Carolina’s first source separated organics composting facility. As past principal of Akkadia Consulting, Frank provided professional consulting services on projects of animal waste management, biosolids management, coal ash residuals, composting of industrial residuals, product development and marketing. He has facilitated the turnkey start-up of award winning composting facilities, taking them from concept to feasibility to operational, overseeing permitting, equipment selection, hiring and training of personnel, as well as the development and execution of the product marketing plan. Frank also managed the Novozymes’ Nature’s GREEN-RELEAF™ composting facility from 2003-2015. In 2014, Frank was the recipient of the Hi Kellogg Award for displaying outstanding service to the US composting industry over a period of many years. He has a BS in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University.

Doug Gatlin
CEO, Green Seal
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Health, Wellness & Equity: A Holistic Approach to Facilities Operations

For most of his 25-year career, Doug has worked in the fields of energy efficiency and sustainability, where he has developed deep experience in all aspects of the design, deployment and operations of voluntary market transformation programs. Doug joined Green Seal in January 2018 as CEO to lead a team of highly talented technical experts who have collectively developed more than 30 standards for healthy green products in all major sectors including: building materials, office equipment, commercial and residential cleaning and hygiene, household goods and personal care products. Doug was one of the founding team members of EPA’s ENERGY STAR program where he served for nearly 10 years before later going on help build and launch the LEED Green Building Standard at USGBC. At USGBC Doug initially built and oversaw the LEED for Existing Buildings Program and later headed all of GBCI Certification and Credentialing, overseeing a staff of more than 100 technical and educational experts. In total, Doug spent 12 exhilarating years helping to support and grow LEED. Doug is thrilled now to be leading Green Seal to extend the impact of eco labeling to products and services. Doug holds a B.S. in Political Science from Duke and a M.S. degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from Georgetown

Sam Gordon
Utah Girls Tackle Football League, Inaugural NFL Game Changer Award Winner
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Athletes Through The Generations

Sam Gordon made national news in 2012 when her football highlights against the boys went viral. Sam was the first female football player to make the cover of Wheaties and was featured in a Super Bowl commercial. Sam later helped start the first all girls tackle football league in the country. The league began play in 2015 with just 50 girls and has now grown to nearly 300 girls. In addition, Sam and other girls in the league filed a Title IX lawsuit against their school districts to force the schools to offer girls football teams. The NFL recognized Sam’s efforts to provide equal opportunities to girls to participate in the nation’s most popular sport by presenting her with the “Game Changer” award at the 2018 NFL Honors Award Show.

Jack Groh
Director, Environmental Program, NFL
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Creating a Legacy: The Road to a Zero Waste Super Bowl and Beyond

Jack Groh is Director of the National Football League’s Environmental Program and a principal in the consulting firm of US Green Sports. Mr. Groh has been a communications and environmental consultant for more than 25 years and has worked on Super Bowl since 1993. Under his leadership, Super Bowl has become recognized as the greenest professional sports championship in America. ...READ MORE

Jack Groh is Director of the National Football League’s Environmental Program and a principal in the consulting firm of US Green Sports. Mr. Groh has been a communications and environmental consultant for more than 25 years and has worked on Super Bowl since 1993. Under his leadership, Super Bowl has become recognized as the greenest professional sports championship in America.

Mr. Groh also serves as Sustainability Director for the new College Football Playoffs, debuting in January 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

He has coordinated environmental projects for the US Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the American Solar Energy Society, the State of Rhode Island, the National Clean Cities Coalition and the United States Consortium for Automotive Research (USCAR) – a joint initiative of GM, Ford and Chrysler.

His work has been recognized for its high level of community, government, and sponsor support and participation; its practical approach to environmental problem-solving; and the significant return on investment (ROI). He has helped event organizers develop environmental initiatives that cut costs and provide measurable community benefits.

Mr. Groh has delivered presentations to academic and corporate audiences across North America and Europe. He has been a featured speaker at conferences organized by the United Nations and by the International Olympic Committee and has shared his insights with military officers at the Pentagon. He has lectured at academic institutions including Harvard University and MIT.

Prior to working in the environmental and communications field, Mr. Groh was an award-winning journalist. Associated Press, UPI, and the Society for Professional Journalists presented awards for his investigative work.

Mr. Groh is a nationally licensed soccer coach and director of coach training in Warwick, RI. He serves as a leader for the Boy Scouts of America and has been an on-air fund raiser for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He is a past national BOD member of the Alliance for Community Trees and a member of the Advisory Board of the Trash On Your Back Project.

His wife Susan works as a project manager for the National Football League and other clients. They have three children.

Moira Hafer
Building Sustainability Performance Manager, Stanford University Office of Sustainability
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Engagement through Operations: Staff, Fans and Community

Moira serves as the Manager of the Building Sustainability Performance Program in the Department of Sustainability & Energy Management at Stanford University. Her work includes addressing energy, water, and waste issues in Stanford’s buildings to improve overall sustainability performance. As part of this effort, Moira also manages Stanford’s Cardinal Green Athletics program. Before joining Stanford, Moira served as the Program Manager for a residential energy efficiency program. Moira graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Environmental Science.

Jeff Haines
Corporate Executive Chef, Bonduelle Fresh Americas
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
The Business of Food

Jeff Haines is the Corporate Executive Chef at Bonduelle Fresh Americas, home of Ready Pac Foods, where he is responsible for giving consumers the best choices and the freedom to eat healthier. He works with Bonduelle Fresh Americas Research & Development (R&D) team to create new fresh vegetable, fruit and salad-based recipes for retail stores and foodservice businesses. As a Certified Executive Chef, Jeff brings more than 20 years of experience in every facet of the restaurant and nightclub industry, from concept development to operations, culinary leadership to education. ...READ MORE

Jeff Haines is the Corporate Executive Chef at Bonduelle Fresh Americas, home of Ready Pac Foods, where he is responsible for giving consumers the best choices and the freedom to eat healthier. He works with Bonduelle Fresh Americas Research & Development (R&D) team to create new fresh vegetable, fruit and salad-based recipes for retail stores and foodservice businesses. As a Certified Executive Chef, Jeff brings more than 20 years of experience in every facet of the restaurant and nightclub industry, from concept development to operations, culinary leadership to education.
As a chef, Jeff has operated in every level of the service scale, from high-end fine dining (with the likes of Chef Joachim Splichal of the Patina group and Chef John Sedlar, the father of Modern Southwest Cuisine), to large scale event catering and his family’s chain of fast/casual pizza restaurants. As the Corporate Chef of the Award-Winning World-Famous Keyclub on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, he was an integral member of the team who designed, opened and operated live music venues and Ultra Lounges with dancing and fine dining in both Southern California and Las Vegas. Keyclub, winner of The Los Angeles “Best of” awards many times over, was the place to go for A-List live music, dance club promotions and fine dining for more than a decade. The venues covered multiple styles of food and service as well as staging private events for up to 1,200 guests.
As a culinary educator, he has taught every culinary lab course offered by Le Cordon Bleu and The International School of Culinary Arts at The Art Institute and consulted and contributed to the national curriculum development for both culinary institutions.
Jeff has a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management, a B.O.S. in Culinary Arts, has earned the prestigious title of Certified Executive Chef from the American Culinary Federation and has received the title of Culinary A.C.E. He lives in Los Angeles county, Calif. with his wife Renee and their two children, Alivia and Jameson. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking in the Santa Susana Mountains, volunteering to mentor young culinarians seeking certification and is an avid fan of Formula 1 racing.

Ben Jarrett
North America Sustainability Leader, Kimberly-Clark
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Thought Leadership Forum

Ben Jarrett is the North American Sustainability Leader at Kimberly-Clark Professional, where he leads business development and innovation centered on Sustainability. Specifically, he focuses on dynamic supply chain improvement, post-consumer waste strategy and green energy projects. Prior to his current role, he developed the Sustainability Strategy for Kimberly-Clark Professional’s North American Industrial Business.

Ben holds a BA in Classical and Medieval Studies from Bates College and received his MBA from Goizueta Business School.

Scott Jenkins
GM, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, AMB Sports & Entertainment Group; Board Chair, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Atlanta Welcome

Scott Jenkins joined Mercedes-Benz Stadium as general manager February 24, 2014. In this role, Jenkins oversees current planning and construction as well as operations for the stadium.
Jenkins comes to Mercedes-Benz Stadium from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent seven years as vice president of ballpark operations. He was responsible for operations, capital budget planning and construction projects for Safeco Field.
Before his time with the Mariners, Jenkins served as vice president of stadium operations and facility management for the Philadelphia Eagles. While with the Eagles, Jenkins opened and managed stadium operations for Lincoln Financial Field and the Novacare Complex that houses all team offices and training facilities. He also previously served as vice president of stadium operations for the Milwaukee Brewers and GM of the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin.
Jenkins is a pioneer in the green building movement in sports and was an inaugural member of the Green Sports Alliance, an organization co-founded by the Natural Resources Defense Council dedicated to improving green building practices in sport. He now serves as the president and chairman of the Green Sports Alliance and was honored with the 2013 Natural Resources Defense Council Game Changer Award and the 2012 NW Energy Coalition Conservation Eagle Award.

Tony Johnson
Sr. Executive Director, Logistics and Support Services, The University of Alabama
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Trash to Treasure: New Approaches to Collegiate Revenue Generation

Tony Johnson has a BBA in management from Henderson State University and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy University. Tony brings 18 years of experience with Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club in five different states managing stores that have annual sales in excess of $100 million dollars. Tony has been with The University of Alabama for 13 years and currently serves as Sr. Executive Director of Logistics and Support Services. He oversees the following departments: Office of Sustainability, Recycling, Central Receiving, Warehouse, Logistical Support, Property and Inventory Management, Surplus Property, Automotive Services, Special Property Management (Liaison to all 47 Greek Houses), and Boone Cabin Property. Annually, UA Recycling demonstrates a revenue and cost savings that exceeds $250,000. In 2017, UA averaged a revenue/cost savings of $205 per ton for each recycling materials diverted from the local landfill.

Tom Jones
Director, Custodial, Recycling, Solid Waste & Special Events, Clemson University
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Engagement through Operations: Staff, Fans and Community

Tom has nearly 35 years of management experience in retail, the service industry, and university facilities and earned IBM’s warranty service technician certification. He rebuilt hundreds of corporate computers and donated them to schools for computer labs. He started the first Recycling program at Bob Jones University in 1994 and joined the Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission as a commissioner in 1996 where he served until “retiring” in 2011. G.G.S.C. is a leader in the Upstate of SC in community services providing curbside recycling, yard waste, MSW, commercial, and industrial waste disposal. As a Commissioner he looked for effective and efficient ways to collect, process, and market all the materials discarded by Carolinians. ...READ MORE

Tom has nearly 35 years of management experience in retail, the service industry, and university facilities and earned IBM’s warranty service technician certification. He rebuilt hundreds of corporate computers and donated them to schools for computer labs. He started the first Recycling program at Bob Jones University in 1994 and joined the Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission as a commissioner in 1996 where he served until “retiring” in 2011. G.G.S.C. is a leader in the Upstate of SC in community services providing curbside recycling, yard waste, MSW, commercial, and industrial waste disposal. As a Commissioner he looked for effective and efficient ways to collect, process, and market all the materials discarded by Carolinians.
Joining Clemson University in 2006, he has brought that same approach to an award-winning program increasing its landfill diversion rate to over 50%. He has served on the Board of the Carolina Recycling Association, Clemson’s Solid Green Committee, Clemson’s Commission on Sustainability, and other organizations. In addition to his fulltime duties in Facilities, he takes time to help students with their senior design projects in Bio Engineering (BE 4750).
He is an active member of his church, his neighborhood, and his community serving on the City’s Architectural Review Board. He lives in Seneca, SC with Melody his wife of 35 years and enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Keoki Kakigi
Sustainability Operations Manager, Rip City Management – Portland Trail Blazers
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sustainability in Existing Buildings

Once upon a time Keoki was an aspiring physicist working at his Alma Mata, University of San Francisco, but along the way he learned that his home island of Guam and other islands in the Pacific were destined to flood due to sea-level rises from climate change. From that point forward, he decided mitigating that scenario – to the best of his abilities – would be his new career path. This prompted him to earn his M.S. in Green Technologies from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, and then working for The Walt Disney Company’s Environmental Assessment team. At Disney, Keoki performed quarterly GHG, Water, and Waste carbon footprint analyses to track, measure, and perform QAQC on the company’s global sustainability goals. Similarly for the Trail Blazers, Keoki now manages the environmental tracking system he built for the Blazers that measures their Environmental Footprint and is also in charge of ensuring that the company is on track in meeting its 2025 Sustainability Goals relating to Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation, and Food. Keoki hopes to utilize the entertainment industry’s global influence to promote positive social change and to encourage everyone to #LiveGreener!

Anne Kelly
Senior Director, Policy and BICEP Network, Ceres
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Thought Leadership Forum & Workshop: The Art of the Possible: New Business Models to Achieve Your Community’s Energy Goals

Anne L. Kelly is Senior Director of the Policy Program at Ceres, a non-profit sustainability organization that seeks to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a more sustainable global economy. Anne also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of 49 leading companies including Mars, L’Oreal and VF Corporation seeking to advocate for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal and state levels. She is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies. ...READ MORE

Anne L. Kelly is Senior Director of the Policy Program at Ceres, a non-profit sustainability organization that seeks to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a more sustainable global economy. Anne also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of 49 leading companies including Mars, L’Oreal and VF Corporation seeking to advocate for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal and state levels. She is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies.

Anne is an environmental lawyer with twenty years of combined experience in the private and public sectors. Anne is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. She has worked as Special Assistant to EPA Region I Administrator John DeVillars and currently serves on the board of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. In addition to her JD, Anne holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Shane Keough
CEO, Global Ecosystem Solutions Inc.; Former Oakland A's Minor Leaguer
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Introduction: Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Shane Keough is an athlete turned CEO of the benefit corporation Global Ecosystem Solutions, Inc. GESS Inc. engineers ecological projects that not only benefit shareholders, but also positively impacts our global environmental health.
Shane’s roots in sports began long before he was born. His grandfather, a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, and his father, a pitcher for the Oakland A’s and Japan’s Hansin Tigers, created an opportunity for most of Shane’s childhood to be spent around the game of baseball. In 2006 Shane followed in his family’s footsteps and signed with the Oakland Athletics. He played four seasons in their minor-league system as an outfielder. ...READ MORE

Shane Keough is an athlete turned CEO of the benefit corporation Global Ecosystem Solutions, Inc. GESS Inc. engineers ecological projects that not only benefit shareholders, but also positively impacts our global environmental health.
Shane’s roots in sports began long before he was born. His grandfather, a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, and his father, a pitcher for the Oakland A’s and Japan’s Hansin Tigers, created an opportunity for most of Shane’s childhood to be spent around the game of baseball. In 2006 Shane followed in his family’s footsteps and signed with the Oakland Athletics. He played four seasons in their minor-league system as an outfielder.
During the 2010 season Shane was diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon; an injury that would require surgery. During his rehabilitation Shane created his first company, Doc Discover; a web-platform for patients to locate the best medical professionals for their condition. Shane wanted to create a search engine that highlighted the qualifications of a medical professional; not just their ability to market online. Through Doc Discover Shane’s passion for helping others was born.
In 2013 Shane signed with LA Model Management; an opportunity that led him to star in two independent films. Although Shane enjoyed acting, it was the collaborative, team effort of skilled individuals working together towards a singular goal that began to inspire his next business venture.
In 2016 Shane founded Solar Waste Reprocessing, LLC; a company aimed to maximize the potential energy of municipal waste. The company’s focus soon shifted to agricultural waste; specifically recovering vital resources currently uncultivated, including soil-nutrients and water.
Currently, Shane is working in the fields of fuel production, power generation, waste disposal, resource recovery, food production, and mobile technology. Shane’s mission is to show the world that what is good for business can also be great for the environment.

Bernard King
NBA-Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, Former Founder of Bernard King and Thompson Energy Solutions, Emmy Award Winning Broadcaster and Memoir Author of Game Face
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Athletes Through The Generations

Bernard King was born on December 4, 1956, in Brooklyn, New York. King attended Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn before attending the University of Tennessee, where he was a three-time SEC player of the year and led his team to the 1977 SEC Championship. His number was retired at Tennessee in 2007, the first jersey number ever retired by the Volunteers.
King began his professional career when he was selected as the 7th overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft by the New York Nets, who months later relocated to New Jersey. In his rookie season, he set a franchise record for most points in a season with 1,909 (24.2 ppg). ...READ MORE

Bernard King was born on December 4, 1956, in Brooklyn, New York. King attended Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn before attending the University of Tennessee, where he was a three-time SEC player of the year and led his team to the 1977 SEC Championship. His number was retired at Tennessee in 2007, the first jersey number ever retired by the Volunteers.
King began his professional career when he was selected as the 7th overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft by the New York Nets, who months later relocated to New Jersey. In his rookie season, he set a franchise record for most points in a season with 1,909 (24.2 ppg). Following his second year with the Nets, King bounced around the league, playing for the Utah Jazz for one season and the Golden State Warriors for two before landing with the New York Knicks in 1982. While in New York, King flourished as a prolific scorer, becoming the first player in 20 years to score 50 points in consecutive games in 1984. The following season he became the 10th player in NBA history to score 60 or more points in a single game. He also captured the scoring title for the 1984-85 season, averaging 32.9 ppg. At the peak of his career in March 1985, King suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss all of the following season. The Knicks released him after the 1987 season and he joined the Washington Bullets to begin what would be a strong comeback for his career. King increased his scoring each year while with Washington and returned to the All-Star game in 1991. After a year-and-a-half hiatus, he rejoined the Nets at the end of the 1993 season, but his knee injuries forced him into retirement. At the time of his retirement, King ranked 16th on the all-time NBA scoring list.
In 2013, King was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Wayne King
Owner/CEO, ERTH Products
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Gridiron Gauntlet: How Mercedes Benz Stadium Will Elevate The Sustainability Bar

Wayne and his two sons are the principal owners of ERTH (Environmental Resource and Technology for Humanity) Products, LLC. ERTH Products is one of the largest compost manufacturing facilities in the Southeastern United States. The family also owns and operates Exceptional Products Inc. a sales and marketing company.

Over the past 20 years Wayne has served the United States Composting Council (USCC) in many capacities including as its President. Wayne was the founding President of the Georgia Composting Association and served on the Board of the Georgia Recycling Council. He has served as Chairman of the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) and was a founding Board member of the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology. Wayne also serves on the Board of Advisors for companies, Turning Earth, Elemental Impact and Q2 Earth.

Larry Kopald
Co-Founder & President, The Carbon Underground
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Food, Fans and Farmers: Teaming Up for a Healthier Planet

Larry Kopald has been a communications and branding professional for over twenty-five years, working at some of the world’s top advertising agencies. He has overseen the advertising for brands ranging from McDonalds to American Express to Honda, and has helped launch multibillion brands like Acura, Oracle, and Huggies. Larry has also been a lifelong environmentalist serving on boards like Oceana, the National Marine Sanctuaries, 1% For The Planet and others. He has done the environmental communications for the UN and the Olympics, and his work for the Earth Communications Office was seen in over 100 countries by over a billion people.

Catherine Kummer
Senior Director, Green Innovation, NASCAR
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Introduction: Athletes Through The Generations

As Senior Director of Green Innovation at NASCAR, Catherine directs development, adoption, and implementation of sustainability strategies across the sport. She integrates ESG initiatives across the industry with a program that over the last decade has grown into one of the most visible sustainability programs in all of sports. Working with partners from the business sector, government and non-profit organizations, she also develops and coordinates programs with NASCAR sponsors and industry that advance sustainability objectives including food donation, recycling, clean water protection and the offsetting of carbon emissions for all of NASCAR’s national series racing and employee air travel. The Green Innovation platform provides both societal and business value, but also operates as a brand enhancing business. ...READ MORE

As Senior Director of Green Innovation at NASCAR, Catherine directs development, adoption, and implementation of sustainability strategies across the sport. She integrates ESG initiatives across the industry with a program that over the last decade has grown into one of the most visible sustainability programs in all of sports. Working with partners from the business sector, government and non-profit organizations, she also develops and coordinates programs with NASCAR sponsors and industry that advance sustainability objectives including food donation, recycling, clean water protection and the offsetting of carbon emissions for all of NASCAR’s national series racing and employee air travel. The Green Innovation platform provides both societal and business value, but also operates as a brand enhancing business.

She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently completing a Masters in Sustainability from Wake Forest University on academic scholarship. During the 2014-2015 academic term, she served as a Senior Fellow at the Presidio Graduate School, supporting Distinguished Visiting Professor Dr. Allen Hershkowitz teach an MBA level course titled “The Business of Sustainability in Sport.”

Having been named one of the top women in climate in 2017, Catherine also works passionately to ensure NASCAR is integrated across the board as it relates to the overall greening sports movement. A member of the Green Sports Alliance, Green Biz Executive Network, Sport and Sustainability International and others, she works to grow the impact of this program all doing well by doing good.

She also serves on the board of a local non-profit she co-founded in early 2017, Charlie’s Heart Foundation, which serves to bring sustainable solutions and support to children globally.
She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two young children.

Doug Kunnemann
Business Development Leader - Performance Packaging, NatureWorks
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Gridiron Gauntlet: How Mercedes Benz Stadium Will Elevate The Sustainability Bar

Doug is the Business Development Leader for NatureWorks LLC Performance Packaging business unit. He has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development and business management for such companies as The Dow Chemical Company, Ashland Chemical Company, UCB, Innovia Films and has been with NatureWorks for twelve (12) years. ...READ MORE

Doug is the Business Development Leader for NatureWorks LLC Performance Packaging business unit. He has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development and business management for such companies as The Dow Chemical Company, Ashland Chemical Company, UCB, Innovia Films and has been with NatureWorks for twelve (12) years.

Prior to becoming the Business Development Manager, Doug served as the Global Segment Leader for NatureWorks LLC Food Service segment. He has served NatureWorks in additional capacities as a North America Commercial Manager and the North America Market Development Manager for Film and Sheet market segments. He assumed the role of Business Development Manager in July of 2017. His current responsibilities include management of NatureWorks Performance Packaging business development activities working with global commercial and technical teams. Doug and his family reside in Marietta, GA.

John A. Lanier
Executive Director, Ray C. Anderson Foundation
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Thought Leadership Forum - INTRODUCTION

John A. Lanier is the Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a private family foundation carrying forward the legacy of its namesake by supporting environmental sustainability initiatives. In 1973, Ray founded Interface, which became the world’s largest carpet tile manufacturer. From 1994 until his passing in 2011, Ray worked tirelessly to advance sustainability at his company and in the business sector generally. John, one of Ray’s five grandchildren, shares his late grandfather’s passion for the Earth and its natural systems. He is an attorney by training and lives in Atlanta with his wife, Chantel, and two young children, J.R. and Cecilia.

Greg Lettieri
CEO and Co-Founder, Recycle Track Systems, Inc.
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Workshop: Engagement through Operations

Greg Lettieri is the CEO and Co-Founder of Recycle Track Systems, Inc. (RTS), an environmentally-focused waste and renewables management company that provides digital solutions to make disposal easier, smarter and more responsible.

Greg started his career in telecommunications at Sprint and advanced into technology product development with senior management roles at Pacnet and Bank of America. He and his Co-Founder, Adam Pasquale, recognized the impact technology could have in bringing more transparency to the waste industry and founded RTS in 2015. ...READ MORE

Greg Lettieri is the CEO and Co-Founder of Recycle Track Systems, Inc. (RTS), an environmentally-focused waste and renewables management company that provides digital solutions to make disposal easier, smarter and more responsible.

Greg started his career in telecommunications at Sprint and advanced into technology product development with senior management roles at Pacnet and Bank of America. He and his Co-Founder, Adam Pasquale, recognized the impact technology could have in bringing more transparency to the waste industry and founded RTS in 2015.

Today, RTS has grown from a New York-based startup to offices in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago. Under Greg’s leadership, he has positioned RTS as an innovator in sustainable practices, working with many businesses within these cities to move towards zero waste. RTS has also developed partnerships with major league stadiums across its geographic footprint, helping facilities to effectively monitor recycling efforts, reduce contamination in waste streams and increase landfill diversion.

RTS has been recognized in Forbes, Crain’s New York Business and TechCrunch as a disruptor in the waste industry seeking positive change. Greg is a recipient of Waste360’s 40 under 40 award and RTS has been named one of the top 10 most innovative apps in the waste industry.

Lauren Lichterman
Operations and Sustainability Coordinator, The University of Texas Athletics
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Trash to Treasure: New Approaches to Collegiate Revenue Generation

Lauren Lichterman began her career with Texas Athletics as an intern in the Marketing department in 2007 and was hired full-time in 2010. Now as an Operations and Sustainability Coordinator, she is responsible for the Fan Services, Stadium Tours, and Sustainability programs. Her work includes organizing sustainability efforts in all Athletics programs, specifically focusing on the campus zero waste goal of the 2020. Lauren graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Sport Management.

Abraham Madkour
Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
An Interview with Arthur M. Blank

Abraham Madkour is Executive Editor of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, SportsBusiness Daily and SportsBusiness Daily Global. Mr. Madkour is responsible for determining the editorial content and shaping the editorial direction of the leading publications on the business of sports, while managing the entire editorial staff. In addition, he oversees all the editorial content for the various conferences produced by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Group, including the prestigious World Congress of Sports and Forty Under 40 awards dinner. Mr. Madkour serves as the lead moderator and editorial spokesman for all of the company’s events. ...READ MORE

Abraham Madkour is Executive Editor of Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, SportsBusiness Daily and SportsBusiness Daily Global. Mr. Madkour is responsible for determining the editorial content and shaping the editorial direction of the leading publications on the business of sports, while managing the entire editorial staff. In addition, he oversees all the editorial content for the various conferences produced by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Group, including the prestigious World Congress of Sports and Forty Under 40 awards dinner. Mr. Madkour serves as the lead moderator and editorial spokesman for all of the company’s events. Mr. Madkour joined SportsBusiness Daily as a Senior Staff Writer when the publication launched in August 1994. He was named Editor-in-Chief in September 1996 and became Executive Editor of SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily in 2003. Prior to joining SportsBusiness Daily, Mr. Madkour was a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. In addition to working with Senator Leahy, Mr. Madkour had stints working for the Washington Bullets and the Baltimore Orioles in 1993 and 1994. He lives in Charlotte, N.C., and is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

Wilson Mallard
Director of Renewable Development, Georgia Power
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Plenary Panel: Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Wilson Mallard serves as the Director of Renewable Development for Georgia Power. In this role, Wilson leads the Renewable Development Department as they implement the Company’s industry leading renewable programs. Mallard began his career with Georgia Power in 1997 and has held various positions in Retail Sales and Service, Pricing and Rates, and Energy Efficiency. From 2013 – 2016, he helped create and lead the Renewable Development team as the Renewable Energy Planning Manager. Mallard had the primary responsibility for renewable energy strategy and program development for Georgia Power. He managed all aspects of analysis, compliance, reporting, and communication related to Georgia Power’s renewable energy initiatives. Most recently he served as the Assistant to the Sr. Vice President of Marketing for Georgia Power. A native of Monroe, Ga., Wilson holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Mercer University.

Andrew Marino
Co-Head, CGI Fund & Dynamic Energy Networks Board of Director
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
The Art of the Possible: New Business Models to Achieve Your Community’s Energy Goals

Andrew Marino is the Co-Head of The Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund (“CGI”) and is based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Mr. Marino was the Chief Operating Officer of the Energy and Natural Resources group, focusing on Carlyle’s investments and strategy in the Energy and Natural Resources sectors. Mr. Marino serves on the investment committees of Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunities Fund and Carlyle International Energy Partners. He has also served on the investment committees of Carlyle Power Partners II and NGP Natural Resources XI. From 2004 until 2012, Mr. Marino was a member of the U.S. Buyout team where he focused on investments in the Chemical, Metals and Energy sectors including Kinder Morgan, Axalta, PQ Corp and JMC Steel. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Marino was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and restructuring assignments in a variety of industries in both the US and in Europe. For several years prior to business school, Mr. Marino lived and worked in Hong Kong and China identifying private equity investments in China and Southeast Asia. Mr. Marino is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Zachary Mazzetta
Mazzetta Company
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
The Business of Food

Zachary Mazzetta has been around the seafood industry all his life. His involvement started during college internships with his father’s company the Boston Seafood Show. Starting in logistics, Zachary developed a great passion for the product and working with clients. He specializes in cost saving sales with custom spec products for commercial sales. Zachary has completed Lobster Academy, Shrimp School at the University of Florida, and is a graduate of NFI future leaders.

Aileen McManamon
Founder and Managing Partner, 5T Sports Group
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Selling It: Valuation, Pitch and Delivery of Sustainable Programs to Partners

Aileen McManamon is the Founder and Managing Partner of 5T Sports Group, a sports management consultancy focused on creating triple bottom line impact for the sports industry. Her start in the auto industry set the wheels in motion for a career crafting top-performing partnerships between brands and sports properties. Her field of play has included the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Nürburgring Classic, Winter Olympic Games, Minor League Baseball, the NFL, Major League Soccer and numerous skiing World Cups. On the sponsor side, she has worked with global brands including FIAT, Alfa Romeo, General Motors, Molson, EA Sports, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Hewlett Packard. ...READ MORE

Aileen McManamon is the Founder and Managing Partner of 5T Sports Group, a sports management consultancy focused on creating triple bottom line impact for the sports industry. Her start in the auto industry set the wheels in motion for a career crafting top-performing partnerships between brands and sports properties. Her field of play has included the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Nürburgring Classic, Winter Olympic Games, Minor League Baseball, the NFL, Major League Soccer and numerous skiing World Cups. On the sponsor side, she has worked with global brands including FIAT, Alfa Romeo, General Motors, Molson, EA Sports, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Hewlett Packard.
5T Sports Group operates internationally, with representation in Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Chicago and Vancouver. The company supports professional teams, leagues and sports partner brands with gameday operations audits, marketing campaign assessments, partnership valuation, and fan mobilization campaigns that address present-day fan and consumer expectations. 5T has also works with host cities to deliver economic legacy programs for major events.
Aileen is passionate about leveraging sports for sustainable development, and an ongoing advocate for diversity and inclusion in sports.
Aileen holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Kent State (Ohio) and a Master’s of International Business from the University of South Carolina that led her to work in Germany, Italy, the US and now Canada. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio; a diehard Indians, Browns and Cavs fan and lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and 2 sons.

Scott Mercer
CEO & Founder, Volta Charging
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Thought Leadership Forum

In 2009, Scott understood that the largest impediment to widespread electric vehicle adoption was a lack of visible, convenient charging infrastructure. While support has grown globally for electric cars, the distribution of public charging stations is emerging as a major impediment to mass adoption. In response, Mercer launched Volta with a mission to inspire change and energize communities to drive electric cars with free, convenient charging. ...READ MORE

In 2009, Scott understood that the largest impediment to widespread electric vehicle adoption was a lack of visible, convenient charging infrastructure. While support has grown globally for electric cars, the distribution of public charging stations is emerging as a major impediment to mass adoption. In response, Mercer launched Volta with a mission to inspire change and energize communities to drive electric cars with free, convenient charging.

Early in his career, Scott ran a vintage automotive restoration business and sold a restored 1967 Jaguar XKE to seed the beginnings of Volta in Hawai’i. Today, Volta is the largest free EV charging network, providing universal access to all EV drivers at over 400 stations in major markets across the US. Volta’s network attracts new visitors who visit more often and stay for longer at Volta’s site partners including shopping malls, event venues, grocery stores, and other local businesses.

To-date, drivers have benefitted from over 20 million free, electric miles and saved nearly 9 million pounds of climate-disrupting CO2 emissions. Scott has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Hawaii Venture Capital, Forty Under 40 by Pacific Business News, and Hawaii Business’ Twenty for the Next 20.

Kunal Merchant
Managing Director, Lotus Advisory
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Athletes Through The Generations

Kunal Merchant is Managing Director of Lotus Advisory, a consulting firm that provides strategic advisory, project management, and communications support to a select portfolio of clients in sports, entertainment, government, technology and philanthropy. ...READ MORE

Kunal Merchant is Managing Director of Lotus Advisory, a consulting firm that provides strategic advisory, project management, and communications support to a select portfolio of clients in sports, entertainment, government, technology and philanthropy.

Within Lotus’ sports practice, Kunal advises NBA, NFL, and MLS teams, as well as several sports consultancies, startups, and professional athletes. Recently, Kunal was instrumental to Nashville’s successful 2017 bid for an MLS expansion club and Sacramento’s ongoing bid for an MLS expansion club and downtown MLS stadium. Kunal previously served as a top executive for the Sacramento Kings, where he was central to the development of the Golden 1 Center, the first indoor sports venue to earn LEED Platinum designation.

Kunal previously served as Chief of Staff to former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, where he was instrumental to the historic community effort to save the team from relocation. Kunal is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches coursework on the intersection of sports and politics.

Kunal currently lives and works in San Francisco. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Economics, and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Jeffrey Mora
Owner & Executive Chef, Food Fleet
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Workshop: The Business of Food

Jeffrey Mora has been involved in all aspects of the food service industry, in more than 20 countries around the world. In his career, he set up and oversaw the food service at the Burbank Airport in Los Angeles, CA, and managed the Los Angeles Lakers food service, providing all meal periods for the team in season for 8 years. Currently, as Executive Chef and Owner of Food Fleet, he manages food truck operations nationally for corporate clients, as well as designing, developing and building trucks for clients. Specializing in working with Environmental Health on behalf of the owners and helping trucks with concept and menu development.

Karen Morgan
President & CEO, Dynamic Energy Networks
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
The Art of the Possible: New Business Models to Achieve Your Community’s Energy Goals

Ms. Morgan is the President and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks (“DEN”), an industrial platform established to own and operate microgrid and distributed energy networks. Ms. Morgan has more than 25 years of experience and leadership in the energy and industrial financing industry. Prior to founding DEN, Ms. Morgan was the CEO of Renewable Energy Trust, Inc. (“RET”), a private financial sponsor backed aggregator of utility scale solar and wind power generation assets in the U.S. and Canada. During her tenure at RET, Ms. Morgan and her team built the platform to over 420 MW of operating and development assets with an enterprise value of over $750M. Prior to RET, Ms. Morgan founded AC Solutions which advised and financed the development of over 500MW of distributed solar generation assets in the US. Earlier in her career, Ms. Morgan also served as a managing member of GlobalNet Partners, an international finance and advisory firm and as CEO of PetroChemNet where she operated one of the first commodity chemical trading platforms.

Ovie Mughelli
Former All Pro Falcons Fullback; EcoAthlete
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Athletes Through The Generations

Ovie Mughelli, Founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation and former two-time All Pro Fullback for the National Football League demonstrates dedication and drive both on and off the field. He spends the majority of his time empowering our nations’ youth and educating the public on living an ecologically friendly lifestyle to increase environmental sustainability. He has established ongoing efforts to provide “green sports camps” most notably Recycle on the Run, which produce a synergy of athletic participation and foster environmental stewardship. ...READ MORE

Ovie Mughelli, Founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation and former two-time All Pro Fullback for the National Football League demonstrates dedication and drive both on and off the field. He spends the majority of his time empowering our nations’ youth and educating the public on living an ecologically friendly lifestyle to increase environmental sustainability. He has established ongoing efforts to provide “green sports camps” most notably Recycle on the Run, which produce a synergy of athletic participation and foster environmental stewardship. When he is not working to educate, enlighten, and engage people on the methods of living green, his dynamic personality and passion for sports has leant to his success serving as a Media Sports Correspondent. Working in television, radio and digital broadcasting for Fox Sports, Comcast Sports South, Raycom, CBS Sports Radio, 120 Sports and 680 The Fan.

Ryan Newman
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver, Daytona 500 Champion, Co-Founder, Rescue Ranch
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Athletes Through The Generations

Coming off an eighth appearance in the NASCAR Playoffs that includes a victory at Phoenix Raceway, Ryan Newman is embarking on his fifth season driving the No. 31 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s/Caterpillar/Grainger/Liberty National Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Debuting with RCR in 2014, Newman and crew chief Luke Lambert earned a career-best finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings, coming within one point of winning the coveted championship. Consistency remained a strong suit for Newman and the Lambert-led team. In their four seasons together, the 31 team has earned three NASCAR Playoffs berths, one victory, 19 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes. ...READ MORE

Coming off an eighth appearance in the NASCAR Playoffs that includes a victory at Phoenix Raceway, Ryan Newman is embarking on his fifth season driving the No. 31 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s/Caterpillar/Grainger/Liberty National Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Debuting with RCR in 2014, Newman and crew chief Luke Lambert earned a career-best finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings, coming within one point of winning the coveted championship. Consistency remained a strong suit for Newman and the Lambert-led team. In their four seasons together, the 31 team has earned three NASCAR Playoffs berths, one victory, 19 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes.

Ryan and his wife Krissie also own and operate Rescue Ranch, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit animal welfare organization in Statesville, North Carolina. Rescue Ranch promotes through its educational programs the need to respect all animals, agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation, and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership to enhance the human-animal bond.

In May 2017, Rescue Ranch unveiled its Earnhardt Family Playground, an inclusive playground spanning 10,000-sq. ft. The recreational area is housed behind the nonprofit animal welfare facility and plays a role in Rescue Ranch’s educational programs. The recreational area includes elements for children with all abilities, including eight wheelchair accessible activity centers, roller and sidewinder slides, sway fun, several climbing walls, one handicap-accessible zipline, custom play barn, swings equipped for children of all abilities and much more.

Newman is avid outdoorsman. His love for the outdoors essentially started the day he was born. His grandfather Jerry was a huge fisherman and started taking Newman with him as soon as the boy could hold a rod.

Dave Newport
Director, Environmental Center, CU Boulder; Board Member, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Trash to Treasure: New Approaches to Collegiate Revenue Generation

Hired to launch the University of Florida’s sustainability program in 1999, Dave Newport, LEED AP, became the Gators’ first Sustainability Director. He worked in The Swamp to pilot zero-waste football and homecoming events in the early 2000s while founding a campus wide sustainability program and brand. While he worked for the Gators, Dave was elected Chairman of the Board of the Alachua County Commission where he advanced energy conservation, smart growth, and related sustainability efforts for a large county government. ...READ MORE

Hired to launch the University of Florida’s sustainability program in 1999, Dave Newport, LEED AP, became the Gators’ first Sustainability Director. He worked in The Swamp to pilot zero-waste football and homecoming events in the early 2000s while founding a campus wide sustainability program and brand. While he worked for the Gators, Dave was elected Chairman of the Board of the Alachua County Commission where he advanced energy conservation, smart growth, and related sustainability efforts for a large county government. After accepting the job as Director of the University of Colorado-Boulder Environmental Center, the Buffalos became the nation’s first NCAA Division 1 athletics program to create a comprehensive sustainability program, Ralphies Green Stampede. Today, Dave helps the Buffs expand the impact of sports sustainability to motivate college sports’ fans to practice sustainability in their homes, work and play. Dave has served as Secretary and Board member of AASHE and is one of the original co-creators of STARS, the sustainability assessment system for higher education. Dave also founded and led an award winning environmental publishing firm, Florida Environments Publishing, for nearly 15 years. A lifelong hockey fan, Dave started working for Brown University’s hockey team at age nine, worked practices and traveled with the team for years, played youth league hockey and became starting defenseman and three-sport letterman at Berwick Academy. He holds an AS from Santa Fe College and a BA from Syracuse University.

Charlee Nyquist
First Team All American Pop Warner Tackle Football Player
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Audience Address, prior to Athletes Through The Generations

Charlee Nyquist, 12, is a competitive tackle football and lacrosse player from Lake Mary, Florida. Charlee will be playing her 7th season in tackle football and is a member of national traveling girls 14U lacrosse team Orange Crush. Charlee’s determined approach to breaking barriers has been featured in Sports Illustrated, on NFL.com and on Lifetime Television. Charlee will be entering 7th grade this fall and enjoys surfing and spending time at the beach with her two little brothers and parents.

Graham Oberly
Sustainability Coordinator, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Trash to Treasure: New Approaches to Collegiate Revenue Generation

Graham serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for three departments at The Ohio State University: Athletics, Business Advancement, and Business and Finance. He began his role as a student volunteer at Ohio State in 2010 working with the campus zero waste initiative with a focus on Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management Graham came on staff full-time in 2015 to align his departments with the University wide sustainability goals. His work includes the first zero waste men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and synchronized swimming events at Ohio State, collecting data regarding sustainable food purchases, and overseeing the development of university wide sustainable product and service standards.

Jennifer Regan
Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, We Bring It On, Inc.
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Women, Sports & the Environment Symposium

Prior to joining We Bring It On in 2013 as Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, Regan founded and led AEG’s sustainability initiative, AEG 1EARTH, for 6 years. In her role as the Global Sustainability Director for AEG she advised company executives on environmental strategy and assisted division leaders with integrating sustainable practices into their operations to achieve the company’s AEG 1EARTH 2020 Environmental Goals which focus on energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, education and sustainable purchasing for all AEG operating entities including Facilities, Sports, Events, Live Entertainment, Touring, Festivals and Merchandising Divisions.

Abigail Ross Hopper
CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sports Industry Leaders in Renewable Energy

Abigail Ross Hopper is President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America’s solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA’s activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership.
Before joining SEIA, Abby was the Director of the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. At BOEM she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy.
She served formerly as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and concurrently as Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. At MEA, Abby was pivotal in the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013. ...READ MORE

Abigail Ross Hopper is President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America’s solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA’s activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership.
Before joining SEIA, Abby was the Director of the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. At BOEM she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy.
She served formerly as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and concurrently as Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. At MEA, Abby was pivotal in the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.
Abby previously served as Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission, advising commissioners on a range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators.
Before her career in public service, Abby spent nine years in private practice, specializing in merger and investment counseling and corporate law.
Abby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College.

Monica Rowand
Sustainability Coordinator, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Engagement through Operations: Staff, Fans and Community

Monica is a former program manager for Ralphie’s Green Stampede, the University of Colorado’s award-winning sports sustainability program, focusing on fan engagement campaigns made possible by corporate partnerships and designed to encourage behavior change in the university fan base. She acted as project manager for the Fan Engagement for Sustainability Playbook; a joint project of the University of Colorado, the Green Sports Alliance, and many other great partners; which will be released at this year’s Summit! She has recently started as the Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and looks forward to bringing green sports to Cajun Country. Monica has an MBA from CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business and a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA.

Robby Sansom
CFO/COO, Epic Provisions
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Food, Fans and Farmers: Teaming Up for a Healthier Planet

Robby was born and raised in the sacred motherland of Austin, TX and received both a BBA and an MPA from the University Of Texas. Following school he went to work in the semiconductor industry before working in accounting services. He then returned to industry work in the information products arena where, as a finance and operations executive, he crashed multiple Apple computers building complicated spreadsheets. As a result of his purebred bloodline and passion for betterment, he has also volunteered on several local non-profit boards. When he’s not making spreadsheets or giving back to the community he is found on a trail, mountain, rock wall, field, or body of water somewhere here on earth.

Haruki Sawada
Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance - Japan
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
International Perspectives

Haruki currently serves as the Executive Director for the Green Sports Alliance – Japan. Formerly, Haruki served many roles at Mitsubishi Corporation, most recently the Department Manager of the Olefins & Aromatics Department and the Fiber Intermediates & Raw Materials Department.

John R. Seydel
Director of Sustainability, City of Atlanta
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Generations of Environmental Advocacy in Atlanta

John Rutherford Seydel III (John R.), an Atlanta native, is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience. Seydel works with department leads within the City of Atlanta, as well as with external community partners, organizations, and leaders to achieve Atlanta’s sustainability and resilience goals. ...READ MORE

John Rutherford Seydel III (John R.), an Atlanta native, is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience. Seydel works with department leads within the City of Atlanta, as well as with external community partners, organizations, and leaders to achieve Atlanta’s sustainability and resilience goals.

While in his role, Seydel has helped direct sustainability efforts including projects supporting waste diversion, urban agriculture, energy and water efficiency, alternative fuel vehicles, and renewables. When Atlanta was chosen to be in the Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient Cities Program, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience was tasked to create a resilience strategy, representing a means to address the shocks, stresses, and greatest vulnerabilities in Atlanta based on feedback from thousands of Atlanta stakeholders. Seydel shares the responsibility with the Mayor’s Office of Resilience team to implement the actions listed from the Resilient Atlanta Strategy released at the end of Mayor Kasim Reed’s term, and endorsed by Atlanta’s newest Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Rutherford Seydel
Sustainability Entrepreneur and Attorney, Limited Partner of the Atlanta Hawks, and former NHL franchise owner
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Generations of Environmental Advocacy in Atlanta

John Rutherford Seydel II is a partner in the firm of Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed, LLP with a corporate practice focusing on sports and entertainment, environmental and conservation law, commerce transactions, nonprofit organization structuring and operation, and general for-profit business matters.
Seydel is a limited partner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA Franchise with operating rights to Philips Arena and all associated parking. He is also a founding investor/co-owner and board member of Promove. Additionally, he is associated with and represents numerous downtown Atlanta business ventures and properties. Seydel most recently founded the Oxygen Project. ...READ MORE

John Rutherford Seydel II is a partner in the firm of Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed, LLP with a corporate practice focusing on sports and entertainment, environmental and conservation law, commerce transactions, nonprofit organization structuring and operation, and general for-profit business matters.
Seydel is a limited partner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA Franchise with operating rights to Philips Arena and all associated parking. He is also a founding investor/co-owner and board member of Promove. Additionally, he is associated with and represents numerous downtown Atlanta business ventures and properties. Seydel most recently founded the Oxygen Project.

Seydel is co-founder and chairman of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Inc.; former chairman of the board of the School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, and former chairman of The Conservation Fund. He is an officer and board member of Paul B. and Mildred Seydel Foundation; an officer of United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund, Inc. Seydel is a board member of Georgia Conservation Voters, Vasser Woolley Foundation, Turner Foundation, Turner Endangered Species Foundation, Ted’s Montana Grill, and Captain Planet Foundation. He is a former member of the advisory board of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. In addition, Seydel is a former board member for the Trust for the National Mall.

Seydel and his wife, Laura, live in northwest Atlanta, and have a long history of involvement in Atlanta business, charitable and foundation work. They have a son, John R., and two daughters, Florence Vasser and Laura Elizabeth.

Stephanie Stuckey
Former Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Atlanta Welcome & The Living Stadium Workshop

Stephanie Stuckey received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992. After law school, she served as a public defender and then went into private practice before being elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1999. Stephanie served as a State Representative from the Decatur area for 14 years, during which time she was a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. She then went on to serve as Executive Director of GreenLaw, an Atlanta-based public interest law firm dedicated to giving Georgia’s environment its day in court. In May 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed to be Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta. In November 2016, Stephanie was named the Chief Resilience Officer for Atlanta, working in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities.” ...READ MORE

Stephanie Stuckey received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992. After law school, she served as a public defender and then went into private practice before being elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1999. Stephanie served as a State Representative from the Decatur area for 14 years, during which time she was a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. She then went on to serve as Executive Director of GreenLaw, an Atlanta-based public interest law firm dedicated to giving Georgia’s environment its day in court. In May 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed to be Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta. In November 2016, Stephanie was named the Chief Resilience Officer for Atlanta, working in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities.”

Stephanie’s legal expertise was recognized in 2011 when she was given the Outstanding Lawyer in Public Service Award by the Atlanta Bar Association. Stephanie serves on the Boards for the Green Chamber of the South, EarthShare of Georgia, and the Olmsted Linear Parks Association. She is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Class of 2013.

Rico Tesio
COO, Blue Strike Environmental
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Selling It: Valuation, Pitch and Delivery of Sustainable Programs to Partners

As Co-Founder and COO of Blue Strike Environmental, Rico Tesio divides his talents on sustainable events and management consulting.
By unifying the sponsor and civic sustainability message with the event, Rico offers brands new touch points and interface opportunities with their consumer. Through quantifiable data and stakeholder engagement, Rico and Blue Strike are helping events create additional revenue through environmental and social programming. His community first model spurs market development in areas where resources don’t typically exist and creates efficient operational procedures that support a triple bottom line. ...READ MORE

As Co-Founder and COO of Blue Strike Environmental, Rico Tesio divides his talents on sustainable events and management consulting.
By unifying the sponsor and civic sustainability message with the event, Rico offers brands new touch points and interface opportunities with their consumer. Through quantifiable data and stakeholder engagement, Rico and Blue Strike are helping events create additional revenue through environmental and social programming. His community first model spurs market development in areas where resources don’t typically exist and creates efficient operational procedures that support a triple bottom line.
Rico has over 15 years of experience working in event operations and has led sustainability programs at multiple PGA TOUR events and marathons. This experience provides an intimate knowledge of high level organizational commitment and budget restrictions placed on sustainability programs. Most recently, Rico has served as a Sustainability Consultant for the Sacramento Running Association and assisted them in being recognized by the Green Sports Alliance as a 2018 Innovator of the Year.
A native of Oklahoma, Rico holds a degree from Oklahoma State University.

Colin Tetreault
Senior Sustainability Scholar and Global Sports Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Thought Leadership Forum

Colin Tetreault is an accomplished sustainability business, policy, and senior scholar practitioner. Colin serves as Principal for S2 Consulting, LLC, an innovation-driven sustainability and management consulting firm. Colin drives revenue & sparks innovation, mitigates & manages risk, and advances brands & causes. Select clients include US Foods, PetSmart, Intel, Starbucks, Cox Enterprises, Competitor Group, and various government partners. ...READ MORE

Colin Tetreault is an accomplished sustainability business, policy, and senior scholar practitioner. Colin serves as Principal for S2 Consulting, LLC, an innovation-driven sustainability and management consulting firm. Colin drives revenue & sparks innovation, mitigates & manages risk, and advances brands & causes. Select clients include US Foods, PetSmart, Intel, Starbucks, Cox Enterprises, Competitor Group, and various government partners.

Colin is the Chair of the City of Phoenix’s Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission. As the ranking appointed citizen official in the state focused on sustainability, Colin serves an impactful board of senior executive leadership and community changemakers to advance the region in a nonpartisan and outcomes focused manner.

Colin currently serves Senior Sustainability Scholar & Global Sports Scholar – focusing on: business & sustainability strategy; national energy & environmental policy; entrepreneurship & smart cities; “resource” & circular economies – at ASU’s School of Sustainability.

Colin is recognized as a “40 under 40” by the Phoenix Business Journal, TED Speaker, and served as the Chairman of the Final Four 2017 Sustainability Committee.

Tim Trefzer
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Georgia World Congress Center Authority
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
Sustainability in Existing Buildings

Since 2010, Tim has led environmental and social responsibility for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. He oversees improved campus operations, reduced impacts of events, and works with stakeholders to improve the well-being of the community. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he administered the GWCC’s LEED Silver certification in 2014 and its LEED Gold recertification in 2017, making it the largest LEED certified convention center in the world. In 2017, he also guided the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center to LEED Gold certification and was influential in the LEED Platinum certification of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. ...READ MORE

Since 2010, Tim has led environmental and social responsibility for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. He oversees improved campus operations, reduced impacts of events, and works with stakeholders to improve the well-being of the community. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he administered the GWCC’s LEED Silver certification in 2014 and its LEED Gold recertification in 2017, making it the largest LEED certified convention center in the world. In 2017, he also guided the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center to LEED Gold certification and was influential in the LEED Platinum certification of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Tim is intimately involved in sports sustainability and chaired the NCAA Men’s Final Four sustainability committee in 2013. Since 2015, he has consulted for the College Football Playoff and Super Bowl, managing various sustainability projects around these mega sporting events. For the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and 2019 Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Tim is the sustainability chair for the Atlanta Football Host Committee.

Tim is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and an instructor at Georgia State University. He has degrees from both Florida State University and Arizona State University.

Martin Tull
President, Impacts Group
SPEAKING:
Wednesday, June 27
The Business of Food

Martin is a strategist and systems thinker advising companies, non-profit organizations and foundations on collaborative solutions to complex problems. Martin currently serves as a senior advisor supporting a wide range of environmental and social impact initiatives, and brings over a decade of sustainability thought leadership to the work. Focusing on the vital intersection between business objectives, market forces and impact strategies, Martin advises for-profit and non-profit partners on how to imagine, fund, pilot and scale innovative impact projects and campaigns. He currently serves as Director of Partnerships for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and was also the Founding Director of the Green Sports Alliance, leading the organization from the founding public launch through its’ international expansion.

Laura Turner Seydel
Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Generations of Environmental Advocacy in Atlanta

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which has worked worldwide for 25 years to activate generations of environmentally literate children empowered to protect and sustain the natural systems upon which all life depends. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is board chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. ...READ MORE

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which has worked worldwide for 25 years to activate generations of environmentally literate children empowered to protect and sustain the natural systems upon which all life depends. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is board chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Laura serves on the boards of her family’s foundations and business: the Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund and Ted’s Montana Grill. She serves on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and board of directors of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.

Jason Twill
Co-Founder & Past Chair, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
The Living Stadium: Designing a Regenerative Future for Sports

Jason is a co-founder and founding chair of the Green Sports Alliance. With a career spanning over 18 years in sustainable property development, Jason has been at the forefront of built environment transformation. Recently appointed an Innovation Fellow at the University Technology Sydney, Jason leads research in sustainable urbanism, housing affordability, and green building economics. Jason is also the Director of Urban Apostles Pty Ltd, a next generation real estate development and consulting services business specializing in alternative workplace and housing models for cities. Its work focuses on the intersection of the sharing economy and the art of city making. He is a co-founder of the International Living Future Institute and originator of the Economics of Change project. Jason was designated a LEED Fellow by the United States Green Building Council in 2014 and selected as a Next City Urban Vanguard in 2015.

Kat West
LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, Sustainability Manager, Southeast, Jones Lang LaSalle
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
11:15am - 12:15pm ET

Kat West is Sustainability Manager for JLL’s Southeast region. Ms. West has experience providing sustainability consulting for a broad range of projects including LEED and WELL certifications, energy retrofits, corporate sustainability reporting, and life-cycle assessments. Kat is focused on reducing building energy use and the impact of construction on the environment through the implementation of green certifications and sustainability focused real estate initiatives. Kat leverages internal and external team members to provide optimized sustainability solutions for clients. ...READ MORE

Kat West is Sustainability Manager for JLL’s Southeast region. Ms. West has experience providing sustainability consulting for a broad range of projects including LEED and WELL certifications, energy retrofits, corporate sustainability reporting, and life-cycle assessments. Kat is focused on reducing building energy use and the impact of construction on the environment through the implementation of green certifications and sustainability focused real estate initiatives. Kat leverages internal and external team members to provide optimized sustainability solutions for clients.

Kat managed LEED certification services for the Atlanta Braves new SunTrust Park. Kat is also leading sustainability efforts for three significant headquarters projects in Atlanta – NCR World Headquarters (LEED Platinum), Mercedes-Benz North America (LEED Silver), and Interface flooring (LEED Platinum and WELL Gold).

James Wilks
Mixed Martial Artist, Producer – The Game Changers
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
The Game Changers - Documentary Screening

James Wilks is a mixed martial artist best known for winning Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter. He also serves as an elite trainer for government agencies including the US Marines, US Marshals, and US Navy SEALs.
James is producer of a documentary about athletes and nutrition titled The Game Changers that is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by three-time Oscar-winner James Cameron.

Jay Wratten
Vice President, Sports, WSP
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Workshop: New Approaches and Benefits in Energy Efficiency

Jay is a lighting designer and smart building strategist, working for WSP and teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder. At WSP, Jay is the sport sector lead for WSP USA Buildings which includes developing and executing sports strategy, teams, and pursuits across multidisciplinary service offerings. Jay also heads WSP’s Boulder lighting studio and serves as a global sector specialist for major sport venues and entertainment complexes. Recent experience includes Mercedes Benz Stadium, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Levi’s Stadium, and Sports Authority Field Concourse Renovation. ...READ MORE

Jay is a lighting designer and smart building strategist, working for WSP and teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder. At WSP, Jay is the sport sector lead for WSP USA Buildings which includes developing and executing sports strategy, teams, and pursuits across multidisciplinary service offerings. Jay also heads WSP’s Boulder lighting studio and serves as a global sector specialist for major sport venues and entertainment complexes. Recent experience includes Mercedes Benz Stadium, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Levi’s Stadium, and Sports Authority Field Concourse Renovation.

As a smart building strategist, Jay spearheads WSP’s BOLD&R Innovation Center, focusing on the impact of the built environment on the humanistic experience. Specific duties include Smart Building Consulting to design and deliver occupant aware buildings, leveraging of emerging technologies such as IoT sensors and devices, data analytics, and mobile platforms.

Jay was named to Lighting Magazine’s 40-Under-40 in 2018, and to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 40-Under-40 in 2016.

Justin J. Zeulner
Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Summit Welcome

Justin J. Zeulner, Executive Director and founding Board Member of the Green Sports Alliance, is one of the principal leaders of the sports greening movement. Zeulner has helped guide the Green Sports Alliance in reaching critical mass and major influence within the global sports industry. Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Zeulner was a Senior Project Developer at Vulcan, Inc., the philanthropic and innovation company founded by Paul G. Allen. ...READ MORE

Justin J. Zeulner, Executive Director and founding Board Member of the Green Sports Alliance, is one of the principal leaders of the sports greening movement. Zeulner has helped guide the Green Sports Alliance in reaching critical mass and major influence within the global sports industry. Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Zeulner was a Senior Project Developer at Vulcan, Inc., the philanthropic and innovation company founded by Paul G. Allen. In this role, he was responsible for public engagement and campaign development around conservation and climate change. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director for Sustainability and Public Affairs for the Portland Trail Blazers. Among his accomplishments there, he was directly involved in environmental initiatives that led to the Trail Blazers assuming a leadership role in the greening of sports movement and the Moda Center achieving LEED Gold status, the first LEED Gold existing building in professional sports in the world. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Zeulner is a native of Portland, Oregon.

Nora Zimmett
Senior Vice President, Programming
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Setting the Stage: The State of the Environment and Climate Change

Nora Zimmett serves as senior vice president of programming for The Weather Channel television network.
Nora oversees all aspects of Weather’s live and original programming and its world-renowned storm coverage. She is responsible for the overall editorial direction of the network. In February 2015, the network posted its strongest February performance in four years.
Nora joined Weather in September 2014 from CNN where most recently she served as co-creator and executive producer of both New Day Weekend and Smerconish. Prior to joining CNN, she held senior producer and producer roles at Bloomberg Television and Fox News Channel. Nora is an award-winning journalist and her many honors include an Emmy Award for her work on election coverage in 2012.
Nora holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.