Vladi led Lucid’s early product and engineering teams and has driven the evolution of the company from its inception in 2004. A recipient of awards from U.S. EPA and Cleantech Open, Vladi has dozens of widely-cited publications in the field and has delivered many distinguished presentations, including at TEDx. Vladi helped pioneer groundbreaking research in commercial building monitoring systems and real-time feedback technology. Vladi holds a BA with high honors in Environmental Studies and Computer Science from Oberlin College.
Steve Ely is the CEO of eCredable, a credit bureau based in Alpharetta, Georgia. There are 45 million “credit invisibles” in the United States – people who cannot access affordable financial services due to a lack of a traditional credit score. eCredable works directly with these consumers to help them cross the credit chasm by scoring how they pay rent, utilities, mobile phone, and insurance. Mainstream lenders use this score in underwriting to provide the consumer access to credit cards, personal loans, auto loans, and home loans. The result – the consumer’s monthly payments are reported to the three major credit bureaus, which helps them build a traditional credit score. From late 2005 through 2009, Steve was President of Equifax Personal Information Solutions, which provides credit-related products to consumers that help them manage their credit health, protect themselves against identity theft, and improve their overall financial well-being. Prior to this role, Steve was responsible for global product development at Equifax. Prior to joining Equifax in 2004, Steve led worldwide marketing and software development at S1 Corporation, the first software company to provide Internet banking. Steve has held various roles in numerous technology companies since 1978, spanning software development, marketing, sales, and general management. Steve is a graduate of the Institute of Computing Management in Pittsburgh, PA. He also completed the Emory University Goizueta Executive Program.
Since co-founding EnergyPrint in 2008, Priscilla has amassed expert knowledge in the areas of energy data management, software development, and creating dynamic energy partnerships. Her particular passion: educating and equipping those in the building arena — building engineers, mechanical contractors, and real estate professionals — with simplified energy solutions. She has succeeded in aligning the company with other national providers in the building solutions market and promoting the use of macro level analytics to further efforts in sustainable building management. Over the past few years, Priscilla has become a recognized national speaker and educator on building energy analytics and high performing building trends.
Marilyn A. Brown is the Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Lab and a Presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Her current research focuses on the the design of public policy to promote clean energy systems, the integration of distributed resources into the electric grid, and the creation of jobs in the advanced energy economy. Previously she held leadership positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where she conducted several national climate change mitigation studies and became a leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States. She has authored more than 250 publications and five books including Green Savings: How Markets and Policies Drive Energy Efficiency (Praeger Press, 2015) and Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the report on Mitigation of Climate Change, she has served on eight committees of the National Academies of Sciences (currently on Geographical Sciences), and she is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.
Lee Ballin is the Head of Sustainable Business Programs at Bloomberg L.P. Reporting to the Chairman’s Office, the team aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and co-develops products and services for the Bloomberg Professional Service & Bloomberg Media, enabling our clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities. Lee works closely with media teams at Bloomberg to help forward-thinking brands showcase their sustainability efforts to the financial and business communities through a wide range of Bloomberg Media opportunities. Lee’s communications team develops best-in- class employee engagement programs, training curriculum for operating departments and Bloomberg’s GRI-based Sustainability Report, published annually. He is a frequent panelist at sustainability conferences and events speaking on topics ranging from sustainable supply chains, external reporting and employee engagement. Lee is a Fellow within the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Programs First Mover Fellowship and a graduate of CORO Leadership New York, a civic leadership program. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in business logistics from Pennsylvania State University Park and a MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a focus on finance and sustainability. He is an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute, focusing on the intersection of Operations Management and Sustainable Business Strategy. He also is a faculty member at the NYU School of Professional Studies teaching a course on Corporate Social Responsibility and an advisor for the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business.
As president and CEO of Ecova, Jana Schmidt is responsible for maintaining a clear vision for the company as the leader in total energy and sustainability management. Jana is recognized as a proven leader with a depth of experience in sales and client advocacy who can grow companies through driving results and enhanced customer loyalty to become leaders in their respective industries. Prior to becoming president and CEO, Jana was responsible for driving revenue growth as head of the sales and client management teams. She also led operations for Ecova’s foundational expense and data management service. Before joining Ecova, Jana was Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Harland Clarke Corp. In that role, she led a national sales, client management and marketing organization that served over 11,000 clients in the financial services industry with over $1 billion in revenue. Prior to this role, Jana led Marketing Services within Harland Clarke, responsible for sales and operational leadership, including call center management. Jana also served as Vice President of Business Development for Harland, leading the company’s organic growth strategies for its three business segments which included integrating acquisitions and developing cross sell methodologies across the organization. Jana holds a B.S. in psychology from Colorado State University. She sits on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Georgia and the National Diversity Council named Jana Schmidt one of 2010’s Most Powerful and Influential Women of Georgia. When she is not leading Ecova, Jana loves spending time with her family and is an avid tennis player and a beginner golfer.
David is the CEO and a co-founder of Verdantix. Since 2007 he has developed a global network of relationships with executives responsible for energy, EH&S and sustainability in some of the world’s largest firms. He advises clients on a wide-range of strategic issues with a focus on growth strategies in sustainability services, energy and environment software and environmental innovation. Prior to founding Verdantix David was a Senior Vice President at Forrester Research and Head of Analysis and Forecasting at BT Group, the UK’s largest fixed line telecoms operator. David is a frequent speaker at industry events including at the World Economic Forum, Green Corporate Energy, Sustainable Brands and Greenbiz Forum as well as Verdantix Summits in the UK and the US. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University which applied game theory to assess negotiations on the liberalization of European energy markets. He is a co-author of the award-winning book “Negotiation Analysis” published by Harvard University Press.
Mr. Happ has more than 15 years in enterprise software and management consulting experience including supply chain software implementation and process optimization for Fortune 50 companies including ExxonMobil, Disney, Southwest Airlines, Pfizer, and JPMorgan. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers management consulting and went on to Ariba where he led the technical strategy and architecture group. After Ariba, he co-founded blueSolutions, a supply chain optimization and software implementation consultancy which was acquired by SAP reseller, Hubwoo. Since 2009, Happ has been focused on enabling owners and managers to run better buildings through Goby’s cloud based energy management and best practices. He is an avid reader — currently reading Thinking, Fast and Slow — loves behavioral economics, enjoys the statistics of baseball and played in the Little League World Series. Happ still personally codes much of the Goby Cloud platform as a way to relax. @gobygreen
Steven is a partner in the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment and leads our Sustainable Enterprise service line, which pulls together McKinsey’s expertise across energy, water, clean technologies, operations and other disciplines to help clients develop and implement sustainability strategies that span the entire value chain. Steven provides pro bono assistance to several non-profit organizations promoting sustainability in consumer packaged goods and retail. Prior to joining McKinsey, he founded and ran a consulting firm that worked with industrial clients to integrate environmental strategies into their manufacturing processes.
Mike is the SVP of Alternative Data Strategy & Business Development for TransUnion’s $800 million+ Financial Services Division. In this role Mike coordinates the integration of L2C’s team and assets with TransUnion’s legacy data, analytic and technology assets. Beyond acquisition integration, Mike focuses on business and product development strategies for Financial Service clients leveraging incremental data to TransUnion’s traditional consumer credit file. Mike previously served as the CEO of L2C, Inc., which he co-founded in 2000. He led the Business and Product Development strategic functions for L2C, Inc. from the founding of the Company until its acquisition by TransUnion in 2015. L2C led the consumer credit industry by creating consumer credit scoring algorithms leveraging alternative credit bureau data. Alternative credit bureau data are defined as data incremental to the industry’s traditional three credit bureau files that can be compliantly used for consumer credit scoring. L2C was the first Credit Reporting Agency (CRA) to convert its database infrastructure to an open source Hadoop framework housing data for over 260 million US consumers. Mike and his team achieved broad adoption of L2C’s service offerings by 60% of the top US banks and Mike led the development of innovative Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliant Reseller Agreements with TransUnion & Equifax for distribution of L2C solutions to all connected lenders. Before co-founding L2C in March 2000, Mike worked for seven years in the securities business with Morgan Keegan Company as a First Vice President where he was advisor to several burgeoning technology companies. Mike graduated from The University of the South with a BA in Economics and received his MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. He is married with one son and enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and traveling.
Kevin King has nearly a decade of experience in credit risk and fraud analytics, having served in a variety of roles at ID Analytics since joining the company in 2007 including analytics, business analysis, product strategy and professional services. In each of these roles, King has focused on applying ground breaking analytic tools to the unique financial services challenges, and has directly supported projects at top 10 banks, several “Big 4” wireless carriers, the two leading U.S. satellite television companies, and multiple leading cable and internet providers. A driving force behind ID Analytics’ thought leadership program, he has authored several thought leadership whitepapers on a range of topics spanning fraud, credit and identity risk. King holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado.
Marlene Motyka is the US and Global Renewable Energy Leader for Deloitte and a principal in the Financial Advisory practice of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. In her role as Deloitte’s US Renewable Energy Leader she steers Deloitte’s overall delivery of a broad range of cross-spectrum professional services – from tax related issues, M&A and financing activities, business strategy, valuation, accounting to technology integration and operational consulting as well as human capital offerings – to renewable energy companies, and those who invest in alternative energy. Marlene is also a joint-leader of Deloitte’s Resources 2017 Study. This seventh nationwide study which will be released in early summer uncovers the actions that businesses, and consumers, are taking to manage their energy usage and to understand what motivates them to adopt new practices and technologies. The study also explores corporate commitment to energy management in terms of goals and capital investment. Marlene is a frequent speaker and author on topics such renewable energy, the power and utilities industry and valuation. She has an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Ed Rogers serves as the Senior Director of Global Sustainability for the logistics company UPS. Ed’s responsibilities include coordinating and communicating the company’s sustainability vision, objectives, goals, strategies, initiatives, and reporting activities. His 20+ years of UPS experience includes strategic planning, industrial engineering, program management, business process improvement and internal consulting. Prior to joining UPS he served as a U.S. Air Force officer in Dayton, Ohio, managing programs to modernize the defense manufacturing industry. He subsequently worked eight years as an engineering management consultant on a variety of manufacturing and logistics systems improvement projects for more than twenty clients, including UPS. He earned his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton, and an Executive Masters in International Logistics also from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and has served on various industry advisory boards.
Mike Fraser is the Vice President of Global Sustainability Services for Schneider Electric. Mike leads Schneider Electric’s growth initiatives in the area of sustainability consulting and services, including the company’s renewable energy and cleantech services, along with its online sustainability and energy management software, Resource Advisor®. Mike previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of San Diego-based Source Intelligence, a product and supply chain sustainability pioneer. Mike’s diverse 30-year career includes leadership roles within the environmental sustainability, systems integration and management consulting industries. Prior to Source Intelligence, Mike served as the Senior Vice President of Group Sales and International for environmental services firm Safety-Kleen Systems, the world’s largest re-refiner and recycler of petrochemical products. Mike holds a B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations and Marketing from Murray State University.
Robert is responsible for the development and execution of strategic objectives to manage the energy portfolio in the US and Canada, lower overall energy costs and increase free cash flow for Cox’s subsidiaries. He also has responsibility for the Cox Conserves’ Recycling and Waste Diversion initiative to move the company to zero waste to landfill by 2024. He is also Vice President of COX Enterprises newly formed entity, Seven Islands Environmental Solutions, that owns operates, and maintains various types of renewable projects and innovative alternate energy technologies. Robert joined Cox in 2005 as a Project Manager and has held a number of positions including Manager, Energy Procurement and Director, Energy Procurement. Actively involved in the community, Robert is a member of the Clean Air Campaign Board of Director’s and active in several regional recycling organizations. Robert is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s of Industrial Engineering degree. He is married with two sons, Jonathan 24 and Christopher 21.
John Spirtos, Executive Director, New Business Creation with GE Ventures. John has a strong entrepreneurial and operational background; he has spent nearly 18 years in the technology sectors as a senior executive of public and private venture-backed companies. Prior to beginning his work with GE, John was Executive Vice President of iconectiv, the interconnection communications division of LM Ericsson (NYSE – ERIC), responsible for global sales, marketing, corporate development and overall corporate strategy. Prior to joining Ericsson, John was CEO of GridPoint, Inc., a venture-backed provider of enterprise energy management solutions to Fortune 500 companies. GridPoint’s energy management systems have been deployed in nearly 15,000 locations in the US, Canada and the UK. Before joining GridPoint, John was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Comverse Technology (NASD – CMVT), a $2.2B provider of communications billing software and solutions, and NeuStar, Inc. (NYSE — NSR), a provider of database registry services to the telecom and Datacom industries.