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.

Stephanie Stuckey
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Atlanta Welcome

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.

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.

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.

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
NASCAR Driver and 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.

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.

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.”

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).

Chris DeVolder
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Scott Jenkins joined AMB Sports & Entertainment Group in February 2014 to provide insight into the planning and construction of the new Atlanta Stadium leading up to its opening in 2017, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium. Jenkins comes to the Atlanta Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past seven-and-a-half years as vice president of ballpark operations and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of operating and managing Safeco Field.   ...READ MORE

Scott Jenkins joined AMB Sports & Entertainment Group in February 2014 to provide insight into the planning and construction of the new Atlanta Stadium leading up to its opening in 2017, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium. Jenkins comes to the Atlanta Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past seven-and-a-half years as vice president of ballpark operations and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of operating and managing Safeco Field.  

Prior to joining the Mariners, Jenkins spent three years with the Philadelphia Eagles where he opened and managed Lincoln Financial Field. Scott has served as V.P. of Stadium Operations for the Milwaukee Brewers and Director of Facilities and Events for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin.  A native of Kenosha, WI, Jenkins graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 with a degree in Construction Administration and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Washington Executive MBA program. While at Wisconsin, Scott was a five-time All-American in cross country and track and was a member of the 1982 and 1985 NCAA National Champion Cross Country teams.

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, NASCAR Green Innovation
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
NASCAR Driver and 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.

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.

Dave Shull
CEO, The Weather Channel television network
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
The State of the Environment and Climate Change

As chief executive officer of The Weather Channel television network (Weather), Dave Shull oversees all aspects of one of the most widely distributed cable networks, which encompasses programming, distribution, broadcast operations, video technology and addressable TV advertising platforms. He also works with Weather’s ad sales leadership to identify the best solutions for driving both the technology and selling efforts for the network’s advertising as it evolves, including addressable TV advertising solutions.

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
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta
SPEAKING:
Tuesday, June 26
Atlanta Welcome

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.

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.

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.