Leilani C. Latimer
Senior Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Travelocity/Sabre Holdings
Leilani C. Latimer leads Global Sustainability Initiatives for Sabre Holdings, the world’s leading provider of high-performance technology solutions for the travel industry. She develops and directs the company’s sustainability strategy and initiatives in collaboration with business leaders across the corporation; Sabre Travel Network, Sabre Airline Solutions, Sabre Hospitality Solutions and Travelocity.
Ms. Latimer is a passionate business transformer with proven expertise in leading global, cross-enterprise strategies and operations for business innovation. Previously Ms. Latimer led worldwide Marketing Strategy and Planning for Sabre Travel Network and held positions in Customer & Product Marketing in North America. She also led Marketing and Business Development for Southern Europe, where she began her career with Sabre.
Ms. Latimer is an Executive Board Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, a member of the Icarus Global Advisory Board at the Global Business Travel Association and a graduate in Sustainable Management of the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco where she works and resides. She also is also on the Advisory Board of NoHold Inc. and is an active member of the Silicon Valley Italian Executive Council. She is fluent in Italian, and holds both US and EEC citizenship.
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Phil Acone, LC
Sales Manager, Cooper Lighting
Phil Acone, LC is the Eastern Area Specification Sales Manager for Cooper Lighting. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and holds the LC credential from NCQLP.
Phil has presented seminars on lighting for educational facilities, healthcare facilities, office lighting, retail lighting and lighting for exteriors. He has spoken to audiences at Lightfair International, various IES chapters, the Retail Design Institute, and numerous architectural and design firms.
President – LEED Accredited Professional Engineer, M&E Engineers
Bill is one of the first people certified as a Data Center Energy Professional by the US Department of Energy. He holds degrees from Rutgers in both Industrial Engineering and Economics, and has over 30 years of experience in energy systems. He has worked as a mechanical contractor, in manufacturing, and as a pharmaceutical plant engineer. He is an expert in both mechanical and electrical engineering. Bill recently served as the Chairman of the US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter for two years; and is also Chairman of the Somerset County Energy Council.
KATIE RIBSAM BARNETT
Principal Environmental Specialist for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Resources Program
Katie holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Public Policy from Rosemont College. Her professional career includes various positions within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, most recently focusing on community education and outreach with regards to water resource management. Ms. Barnett’s background also consists of experience developing and implementing education and outreach programs for the Division of Parks and Forestry and held positions as the Development Director and Project Manager for the New Jersey EnvironMentors Project where she managed over 120 volunteers in their quest to educate urban youth about our environment. Ms. Barnett is a contributing author of the Draft New Jersey Water Supply Plan and currently manages Water Resource Management’s Water Education programming.
JAMES “JEB” BATES
Commercial Regional Sales Manager
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
James Bates is a Commercial Regional Sales Manager in the Northeast Business Unit for Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. He has been with the company for eight years. His focus is educating the engineering community about Variable Refrigerant Flow Zoning technology throughout New England and New York. He has been in the HVAC industry over 27 years with companies such as Johnson Controls and York International. James has a degree in Nuclear Technology from the University of the State of New York and is a veteran of the United States Submarine Service Nuclear Power Program.
Region 2 EPA – Pollution Prevention & Climate Change Section
Joe Bergstein has worked at the EPA Region 2 office in New York City, since 1991. Over the years, he has served as a technical reviewer of environmental information documents, project manager in EPA’s performance partnership agreement with New Jersey, and has worked in the Region’s Data Analysis and Strategic Planning Teams, before his assignment to the Pollution Prevention and Climate Change Section. Joe is the EPA regional expert on pollution prevention in the hospitality (lodging & restaurants), marinas and electronics sectors. In this capacity he has managed a number of grants and projects and has participated in regional and national work groups that have developed information resources highlighting pollution prevention strategies for stakeholders in a number of sectors.
Area Public Sector Manager, Waste Management
Jeff has been with the Waste Management for 3.5 years, and is responsible for all Public Municipal and Government Contracts. He has been in the Environmental industry since 1985 starting out with BFI Waste Systems in Buffalo NY. He was with BFI for 13 years in various sales leadership positions in New Jersey, NYC and Atlanta Ga. Jeff briefly left the industry to be the Senior Marketing Manager for Hitachi Power Tools in Atlanta Ga. He relocated back to New Jersey where he worked for Republic Service as the Area Sales Manager in New Jersey from 2000 to 2007, He was recently was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Interstate Waste Services from 2007 to 2009 before joining Waste Management in August of 2009.
BRENDA BOCINA CURNIN
Vice President, Olde Mille Inn & Bocina Group
Brenda has over 20 years of various general business experience in several fields. Wall Street and financial markets, personal financial planning, marketing, real estate development, hospitality and property management are some of her areas of expertise. After graduating from business school in 1984, Brenda worked on Wall Street in institutional sales for Chemical Bank and money management for Marine Midland Bank. She became certified as a financial planner (CFP) and started a firm – Rustic Ridge Financial Planning and worked through the 80’s in New York City. Returning home to New Jersey in 1990 she was recruited to go into real estate development by Bocina Development, the family business. She focused on marketing and finance for the company as they completed several award-winning housing and condo projects through 1995. In 1995, she made a career change and entered the hospitality industry and was pivotal in reviving The Olde Mill Inn and Grain House Restaurant, which were purchased out of bankruptcy, gutted and recreated. Since 2000, Brenda is part owner in Stonehouse Real Estate Management Inc., a real estate management firm, and oversees eight properties including the Inn, 2 shopping centers and 5 residential projects in New Jersey. In 2012 Brenda opened Breezy Organic Snackery, a healthy retail Food Store in Bernardsville following green practices. As a health enthusiast, she makes finding healthy meals and snacks a lot easier for Somerset Hills residents. Brenda received her BA from Gettysburg College and her MBA from Duke University/Fuqua School of Business. She lives in Bernards Township with her husband Tom and their two children. She was instrumental in preserving 185 acres in Bernards Township recently. Brenda enjoys all sports, especially tennis and dressage riding on her horse, Tendre.
FAIRLIE FIRARI, PhD
NJ Commercial & Industrial Clean Energy Program
Ms. Firari, as an employee of TRC Energy Services, is working in Communications and Outreach for New Jersey’s Clean Energy Commercial and Industrial Program. She designed and manages a sector specific initiative for seven New Jersey commercial and industrial segments offering building energy performance benchmarking as the primary product. Fairlie implemented management processes of a $16 million dollar ARRA program to exceed completion goals. And is currently leading the outreach efforts for the distribution of equipment and lighting rebates and incentives, including new rebates for kitchen equipment, for New Jersey businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. Dr. Firari has twenty-five years of energy efficiency program, project, and people management experience that includes design, implementation, marketing, corporate communications, contract administration, client relations, recruiting, workforce development, and training. She understand energy programs from the perspectives of the utilities and their regulators, the ratepayers who fund the projects through SBC charges and other funders, the energy authorities such as the BPU and NYSERDA, the energy program service providers, ESCOs, and of course the end-users.
Senior Vice President Sustainability and Innovation – Wyndham Worldwide
Faith Taylor currently oversees Wyndham’s worldwide sustainability program which includes almost 50 brands, 30,000 employees and over 100,000 locations in 100 countries. She has overseen the development of the company’s corporate policies, strategies and branding initiatives since she started the program in 2006. She is Chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Environmental and Engineering Committee and an Executive Committee member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and International Tourism Partnership organizations where she has participated in setting industry standards like the Hotel Carbon Metric Initiative and policies. Wyndham is a corporate partner of the Obama Better Buildings Challenge and Clinton Global Initiative. She sits on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Chapter of the USGBC and heads the Hospitality Committee that is working in partnership with the DEP and NJ Travel Green to implement sustainability initiatives throughout the state. In 2011 and 2012, Newsweek recognized Wyndham as one of the top 100 Greenest companies in America in the Travel, Leisure and Media sector and number 1 in the hotel and restaurant sector. In 2011, Wyndham Worldwide reduced their carbon emissions by 5% globally and were named a Carbon Disclosure Leader as part of the S&P 500. She also launched innovative programs such as Clear Air by Pure, an allergy free room program, the hospitality industry’s first green uniforms made out of plastic bottles with Cintas as well as participated in the Silver LEED certification of Wyndham’s 250,000 square foot corporate facility. Ms. Taylor has experience in new business and product development as well as marketing and strategic planning. She worked at Wyndham Hotel and Resorts where she was responsible for repositioning the brand through innovation and new product development programs. She also oversaw the repositioning, and marketing for the Ramada brand. She has worked at Avon Inc., Apple Computer and International Home Foods. She has an MBA from Wharton business school and received a BA from Stanford University.
DEBBIE ALAIMO LAWLOR, PP/AICP
New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Chief of Sustainability
Deborah Alaimo Lawlor is the Chief of Sustainability for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC). Debbie has worked her way through the ranks at the Commission over the past 25 years holding other positions including Supervisor of Land Use Planning, Chief Planner, Chief of Sustainability and Economic Growth and Director of Administration for the NJMC Business Accelerator. Prior to that, Ms. Lawlor worked in the private sector as an Environmental Planner. Debbie has served as a planning expert testifying on projects and planning issues before local, state and federal agencies. She has been on numerous task forces dealing with land use, environmental planning, sustainability, green building, workforce improvement, and transportation issues in New Jersey including the Governor’s Smart Growth Task Force. In recent years she has managed the NJMC Sustainable Communities Planning Service, the NJMC Municipal Solar Program, the Meadowlands Challenge, NJMC’s Green Living Program and the Meadowlands Conservation Trust. Debbie received the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce 2010 Arline Simpson Leadership Award for her contributions to the community and the Chamber and 2011 Hudson County Peter B. Higgins III Award for Smart Growth Leadership. Ms. Lawlor is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA). She currently serves as an American Institute of Certified Planners Commissioner. She was formerly a Vice Chair of State Planning for the APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division, and 1st VP, 2nd VP and Northeast Area Representative for the New Jersey chapter. She was honored in 2009 with the APA-NJ Distinguished Service Award. In 2012 she was inducted into APA’s American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows. She has a BS in Environmental Planning and Design from Rutgers University/Cook College, New Jersey and a MA in Geography from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Ms. Lawlor is a licensed Professional Planner in the state of New Jersey.
President – Evergreen Partners, Inc.
Karen Kessler is a leader in the public relations industry and founding partner, with Mindy Cohen, of Evergreen Partners. Karen is recognized as the go-to reputation management consultant in NJ, and is widely quoted in national publications for her expertise. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Atlantic Health, NJ’s premier healthcare system employing over 17,000 healthcare professionals. For over 20 years, her counsel has been sought by private and public companies, high profile individuals, and public institutions facing sensitive matters. Her approach blends fierce advocacy with a personalized and thoughtful style. “Karen Kessler may be the most sought after woman in NJ when things go wrong. She has been involved with some of the State’s biggest political and criminal scandals, even though her name is rarely publicly connected to a case.” (Star-Ledger profile) Kessler’s expertise has guided matters including: legal inquiries, personnel misconduct, business practices, political corruption, professional integrity issues, financial industry practices, sports related controversy and large-scale public investigations. Evergreen Partners has been consistently recognized as a “Top Public Relations Firm in New Jersey’ by NJBIZ. Kessler’s work has received many awards including the Gold Key Award from the Public Relations Society of America, YWCA Achievers Award, and the Crisis Management Award from PR NEWS. She has been recognized as one of “50 Most Powerful Non-Profit Board Members” “50 Most Powerful Women” and Jewish Women International’s “10 Women to Watch in the USA”. Kessler was the first woman to serve as Commissioner of the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority; the governing body of MetLife Stadium, Izod Arena, Meadowlands and Monmouth Racetracks, and the Atlantic City Convention Center. She has served on the Boards of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Total –Tel, a Nasdaq corporation. Karen is a frequent speaker and author for business audiences. She has been featured in numerous local and national publications and her expertise led to her role as technical consultant to the CBS television show, “The Good Wife”.
Zach Gallagher, P.E., LEED AP
Vice President of Engineering & Construction, Natural Systems Utilities
Mr.Gallagher is a licensed Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited and BPI Certified Professional holding BS and MS degrees from Rutgers University in Bio-Resource and Civil/Environmental Engineering. He is currently Vice President for Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) and serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council, NJ Chapter. Mr. Gallagher’s current focus is on complete integrated infrastructure approaches that combine water and energy with a concentration on handling the systems integration aspects and overall functionality. Prior to this time he worked for Applied Water Management Group where he specialized in wastewater management planning and water reuse systems including The Solaire in Battery Park City, NY.
CYNTHIA BARBER GALE
CEO/Creative Director, BarberGale Group Inc.
Ms. Gale has employed over 25 years of thinking critically and working creatively on branding and graphic design, with an emphasis on the green built environment and sustainability issues for commercial and non-profit organizations that market sustainable products, services and corporate values. She is committed to designing and working sustainably – and to hitting or beating budgets and schedules. In November 2009, Ms. Gale’s business was officially named a Certified B Corporation. B Corporations (B stands for “benefit”) are a new type of corporation, which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. We stand humbled to keep company with over 425 other Certified B Corporations from over 50 industries. We meet comprehensive and transparent legal and performance standards, and are using the power of business to alleviate poverty, address climate changes, and build strong local communities and great places to work. Woman-owned BarberGale has had long-standing client relationships with global manufacturers of energy-savings solutions such as Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.; and the Victaulic Company. Ms. Gale has also worked extensively with the founders of e3bank (a bank committed to the triple bottom line); the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, and Liberty Property Trust; as well as the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Additionally, BarberGale is proud to be a corporate member of U.S. Green Building Council, and Cynthia has served as Co-Chair of the Metropolitan Marketing Committee and on the most recent Strategic Planning Committee of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC); and is currently serving on the 2013 Greenbuild Host Committee. Projects of interest include a report presented to the city of Philadelphia entitled “Building Green, Overcoming Barriers in Philadelphia”, which was a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Consilience, LLC.; and a series of reports for the Green Economy Task Force of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia; exploring Emerging Industries of the Green Economy for the City of Philadelphia. Education: Pennsylvania State University, B.A. in Graphic Design from the College of Arts & Architecture.
DR. JOEL HARMON
Professor of Management in the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a distinguished Faculty Fellow of its Center for Human Resource Management and Executive Director of its Institute for Sustainable Enterprise
During the 30 year academic career that followed his time in industry, he has consulted with many leading companies and served in numerous leadership positions for the University and for professional associations. Dr. Harmon earned his masters in environmental sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and his doctorate in organization strategy from the State University of New York at Albany. He specializes in corporate sustainability, focusing on linkages between people, learning practices and business performance. He has published extensively in a variety of leading academic and practitioner journals, receiving awards for his papers and case studies.
In-House Consultant, American Water
Ms. Hunter has more than 10 years experience at American Water in progressively responsible positions involving water resource and capital investment management. She serves as an in-house consultant for water system planning, demand forecasting and conservation, and provides Company-wide technical guidance in these subject areas. She has been instrumental in redefining the budgeting process for water sales forecasting for 18 state subsidiaries, impacting the forecasting of over 200 billion gallons of water. As the Water Conservation Committee lead, for American Water, her focus is on leveraging both the engineering and operating experience gained from all of American Water’s conservation related projects to guide American Water’s subsidiaries to plan water conservation projects cost-effectively. Margaret is also a member of the national American Water Works Association Water Conservation Committee. She has presented and published articles on the topics of water consumption trends and conservation at national and local water industry functions. Ms. Hunter has extensive experience in demand forecasting and the assessment of water resources and the condition, performance and adequacy of water treatment and distribution network facilities. Ms. Hunter received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Rowan University in 2002 and her master’s degree in Engineering Management from NJIT in 2009.
Principal Planner – North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Jeffery Perlman is a principal planner at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, managing the agency’s climate change research activities, including greenhouse gas inventory and mitigation planning. He has worked as a planning consultant for a number of New Jersey municipalities, where he conducted a variety of planning studies including master plans, redevelopment studies, and affordable housing plans. Jeffrey holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, and a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Jeffrey is a licensed planner in the State of New Jersey, a LEED-accredited professional from the US Green Building Council, and member of the TRB Special Task Force on Climate Change.
JACQUELINE C. MORALES
Director of Tourism, Somerset County Business Partnership
Jacqueline is responsible for carrying out a comprehensive destination marketing strategy for Somerset County, New Jersey. In her first year on the job, Jacqueline oversaw a 9% increase in tourism spending over the previous year. In 2011, she obtained the largest increase in state grant funding of any New Jersey destination marketing organization (DMO), and she made the business case for Tourism in Somerset County, with results of an unprecedented economic impact study indicating a $1.2 billion tourism industry that is leading both the state and nation in job creation, tax revenues and visitation. Prior to serving as Director of Tourism for Somerset County, Jacqueline was Marketing Manager for Morris Animal Inn, a luxury pet resort in Morristown, NJ, and Marketing Project Manager for the Bridgewater law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. Jacqueline received her B.A. in Communication from Rutgers University and her M.S. in Tourism & Travel Management from New York University. She is a member of Destination Marketing Association International, serves as Funding Advocacy Chair for the New Jersey Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, and sits on the Board of the New Jersey Travel Industry Association. In 2012, Jacqueline was named among Destination Marketing Association International’s top 30 Under 30 tourism industry professionals, and received the Central Jersey Women in Business Rising Star award from Greater Media New Jersey.
Assistant Secretary, New Jersey Department of Agriculture
Alfred is Assistant New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture and Director of the Division of Marketing and Development for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Murray, a 51-year-old resident of Audubon, Camden County, and a former mayor of that borough, regularly reaches out directly to the state’s 10,000-plus farmers on issues ranging from farm viability to food safety. Murray also works closely with the directors of the Department’s other divisions to create additional coordination of resources and efforts. Murray, a 1983 graduate of Susquehanna University with degrees in marketing and management, joined the Department in October 1983 as an agricultural marketing specialist. In that role, he helped develop the “Jersey Fresh” marketing campaign, which has become synonymous with New Jersey agriculture. In 1995, he was named Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Market Expansion and in 2000 promoted to Director of the Division of Marketing and Development.
PATTI W. PEIFFER
Principal, Quesited, LLC
Patti heads-up Quesited, LLC, a collaborative partnership providing marketing research and competitive intelligence. She and her team develop and implement marketing research projects for organizations in hospitality and tourism, life science, consumer goods, business services, retail, and manufacturing industries. Quesited provides organizations with market and consumer research for actionable insight leading to improved visitor and customer experience, market communication, and new product development. As an example, Quesited conducted market research for The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau strategic plan which resulted in a newly launched brand campaign. Patti serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia, PA Chapter of The MIT Enterprise Forum where she is Director of Marketing. She is a marketing research committee member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and is a member of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP). She is past Co-Chair of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council marketing committee. Patti holds a Master of Science in marketing management from the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an undergraduate degree in marketing management from The University of Connecticut.
DOW Building Solutions
Mr. Perling is a senior manager for Dow Building Solutions in the Metro NYC area region. His construction background includes over ten years as global project manager in the design, construction and start-up of computer controlled specialty chemical plants producing environmentally-friendly products. In his 25-year career he has held engineering and commercial roles with Rohm & Haas, Huntsman, Morton International and Dow Chemical. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with honors from NortheasternUniversity, an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a member of the USGBC & CSI.
ANDREA C. PINABELL
Director, Environmental Sustainability, Global Citizenship, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Andrea is based at the company’s Owner Relations office in Atlanta, GA., however, you can often find her in Starwood’s Corporate Headquarters located in Stamford, Connecticut. Andrea is responsible for sustainability efforts at Starwood, supporting the company’s nine brands including Westin, Sheraton, W, Le Méridien, St. Regis, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, Element and Luxury Collection, its four divisions and Starwood Vacation Ownership to develop, implement, track and measure strategic environmental and community-based goals, policies, reporting and programs. Currently, Starwood has set an aggressive goal of 30 percent reduction in energy consumption and 20 percent reduction in water consumption per built room by 2020 for all owned, managed and franchised hotels globally. Andrea joined Starwood in 2011 for this role bringing over 18 years of diverse sustainability, environmental experience and global perspective to the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Starwood, Andrea was most recently the Director of the Sustainable Cites Institute and managed the Sustainable Community Development program at The Home Depot Foundation. Earlier in her career, Andrea was a sustainability consultant and environmental program manager/design engineer. An Iowa native, Ms. Pinabell holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering with an environmental focus from Iowa State University and is a LEED accredited professional. Outside of the U.S., Andrea has worked and studied in multiple locations including the UK, Luxembourg and Eastern Europe. In her spare time, Ms. Pinabell enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking and spend time with family and friends.
RAJ V. RAJAN, PhD, PE
RD&E Vice President, Global Sustainability Technical Leader, Ecolab
Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets in over 170 countries. Dr. Raj Rajan came to Ecolab in 2008, through its acquisition of Ecovation, where he led process engineering focused on sustainable management of residues from the food and beverage industry, including the design, construction, financing and operations of waste to renewable energy projects. Raj’s current role is to help drive top line growth for Ecolab and its customers, by embedding sustainability thought leadership into the innovation process, internal operations and sector-level standardization of metrics. Raj has 28 years of experience in environmental process engineering and water cycle management for the paper, petroleum, chemical, utility, food, beverage, transportation, and energetics industries. His technical expertise covers design and implementation of water, wastewater and waste management systems and renewable energy generation systems. Raj received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and is active in industry groups focused on developing greenhouse gas mitigation and water stewardship guidance documents, context and impact based environmental KPIs, and sustainable growth benchmarks.
LEED Green Associate, Envirron
Sherry uses her knowledge, experience, and understanding to assist businesses with what they need most now — to reduce their costs without impacting service or the quality of their product. She uses high quality products and professional and reliable partners to accomplish this in unique and cost effective ways. Before entering this business, she was a mortgage broker for commercial and residential mortgages, leasing, and factoring. She was involved in RE and still has a license. Sherry is committed to playing as much of a role as possible in reducing our dependence on foreign oil and understanding how the way we live contributes to many of our health issues and current and future environmental challenges. She wants to be part of the solution.
Manager of the Environmental Science Department, Somerset County Park Commission
Catherine oversees the operation of the Environmental Education Center, located in Basking Ridge, NJ. She has been in the Manager position for fourteen years. Prior to this position, Catherine worked for the Bergen County Department of Parks. She has also employed as a corporate marketer and taught at the elementary level and at the Toledo Museum of Art. Catherine received her Masters in Environmental Management from Montclair State University and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toledo. In addition to the responsibilities associated with the Environmental Education Center, she is the Chairperson of the Park Commission’s Go Green Action Committee and serves on the Commission’s Safety committee. She is an advisory board member for the Employment Works! A program facilitated through the Richard Hall Mental Health Center, and the New Jersey state environmental education professional organization – The Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education. The Somerset County Business Partnership Sustainability committee is a natural-extension of the full-time work in which Catherine is engaged. She has worked with the committee for over six years; serving as the Vice-Chair for the past year and as the chair of the subcommittee that established the current mission statement and goals for the committee. Catherine resides in Basking Ridge and has three adult children who live in Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.
Director of Business Development, Advanced Solar Products
Scott has been involved with “green” causes since 1972, as a co-founder of Long Island’s “Save our Bays” (SOB). SOB was instrumental in building the first Tertiary Water Treatment Plant in NY State. Trained by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) in New York, Scott has been involved in the Solar Photovoltaics (PV) movement for many years. Working on Long Island, Scott designed and installed Solar PV Systems. He has been designing Solar PV Systems in New Jersey for the last nine years. Scott is an active member of the US Green Building Council, NJ Clean Energy Council, Office of Clean Energy’s (OCE’s) Renewable Energy Committee & Solar Technical Workgroup, New Jersey Chooses Solar, New Jersey Sustainable Energy Industry Association (NJSEIA), and is the former Policy Chair for the Mid Atlantic Solar Electric Association (MSEIA). Scott is a graduate of Long Island University, NY, and has attended Boston University, American Management Association, Hunter College, and The Center for Sustainable Energy. Scott also has been an Adjunct Lecturer for the City University of New York.
ROBERT “BOBBY” SEALS
Director of Sales and Marketing – Commercial Division, Aeroseal, LLC.
Bobby brings over 15 years of HVAC experience, knowledge and expertise in both the commercial and residential markets, as he has held various leadership positions with companies such as, The Trane Company, Carrier Corporation, Bryant and Siemens Industry Inc. Prior to his HVAC career, Mr. Seals was an Industrial Hygienist and an International Business Consultant. Mr. Seals holds a B.S in Pre-Med from Louisiana College, a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Louisiana State University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.
RISHI A. SHAH, CHA
General Manager, Wyndham Philadelphia-Mount Laurel
Rishi has over 15 years of hospitality and management consulting experience with a focus on new business development, hospitality management and sustainability. After graduating from business school in 2003, Rishi joined his family’s hospitality business, which was focused on the acquisition and management of hotels. He quickly became a certified General Manager for InterContinental Hotels Group and Wyndham Hotel Group and received his Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) in the process. While immersed in the hospitality industry, Rishi developed a passion for sustainability and has engaged his hotel in multiple sustainable efforts which has resulted in tremendous cost savings, significant reduction in the hotel’s carbon footprint and positively contributing to the local community. As a result, his work and passion has been recognized within the Wyndham Worldwide community, having earned 3 Green Keys for the Wyndham Philadelphia-Mount Laurel. In addition, Rishi serves as a member of the Wyndham Worldwide Franchise Green Advisory Board as well as on the Board of Directors of the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Rishi received his BA from Cornell University and his MBA from Babson College/F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.
Executive Director, HART Commuter Information Services
Tara Shepherd has served as Executive Director of HART Commuter Information Services, a non-profit transportation management association (TMA) dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in Hunterdon County, NJ, for the past 14 years. Working with commuters, employers, state, local and municipal officials, Ms. Shepherd develops and administers programs that promote carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking and public transit as viable transportation options. Ms. Shepherd has more than 20 years of experience in community development and facilitation. As Executive Director of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance, Ms. Shepherd was responsible for the revitalization of the business improvement district in Millburn Township, NJ. Prior to her work in Millburn, Ms. Shepherd served as Director of Community Relations for the City of Elizabeth (NJ) economic development agency. Ms. Shepherd is a past Vice President of Downtown New Jersey; a statewide organization dedicated to the revitalization of commercial districts in New Jersey, which included the impact of public transportation on revitalization. Ms. Shepherd has served on a wide variety of volunteer boards in both her personal and professional life. She currently serves as Vice President of the Transportation Management Association Council of New Jersey (TMAC-NJ). Ms. Shepherd holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from Rutgers University.
Vice President Operations, Bayshore Recycling Corporation
Mr. Sondermeyer serves as Vice President of Operations for the Bayshore Recycling Corp of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. Bayshore is one of New Jersey’s largest recyclers, managing seven separate, but related recycling operations on its 52 acre Eco-Complex and Energy Campus. Services include: recycling concrete, asphalt, brick, block and glass cullet into aggregate materials; remediation of non-hazardous petroleum contaminated soils; materials recovery of mixed construction and demolition debris into secondary products such as landscaping mulch and bio-fuel; full-service metals recycling; acceptance and processing of dredge material at an existing barge terminal, Class A recycling of curbside commodities and consumer electronics recycling. As Vice President of Operations, Mr. Sondermeyer assists in the management of facility-wide operations and in the full build-out of the Eco-Complex and Energy Campus. Mr. Sondermeyer joined Bayshore following retirement after 30 years of service at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He served as the agency’s Chief of Staff for 10 years under five different DEP Commissioners and six New Jersey Governors. Prior to this he served as Assistant Commissioner for the Department’s core permitting programs for three years and spent 17 years within the Solid Waste and Recycling Program where he also served as Director.
President/Managing Director, JS Consulting & Productions, LLC
Joe is a digital media enthusiast, specializing in marketing, communications, public relations, and news media. He works with clients in a variety of industries to utilize their traditional and digital resources to meet their revenue goals. Joe got his start developing websites for the Air Force Research Labs, more than 15 years ago, and has worked with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, CBS News, American Red Cross, Free Community Papers of New York, and other national and local organizations. He has worked across industries with organizations both large and small. Joe is a graduate from Utica College of Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a Master’s degree from Keuka College in Management.
Account Executive – Honeywell Energy Services
Sean holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering where he graduated with Highest Honors. Sean has 14 years of experience in the energy management field with specialties in energy savings performance contracting and direct digital building controls.
Sean is currently responsible for developing collaborative partnerships with clients to build facility improvement projects, which are rooted in financially guaranteed energy and operational cost savings with measurable performance. Project experience includes hundreds of energy conservation projects ranging from minor direct digital control retrofits to comprehensive facility-wide programs exceeding $10M
DANIEL SWAYZE, PE, CME
President, Energy & Sustainability Division, Birdsall Services Group
Mr. Swayze is responsible for operational oversight for all project and client delivery services. He is also responsible for the enhancement and development of BSG services related to energy procurement, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental resource compliance, permitting and sustainability. As a Professional Engineer, he has over 20 years of consulting and engineering experience in the planning, design, construction, and project management of a wide variety of civil capital improvement and infrastructure projects, including sanitary and storm sewers, pumping stations, water mains, sewage and water treatment facilities, roadway improvements and public works garages. Balancing public engineering with the private sector, Mr. Swayze has designed and managed several development projects including schools, office parks and warehouse facilities. His experience includes construction administration and management, public meeting attendance and presentation, municipal board representation, preparation of utility feasibility studies, wastewater management plans, stormwater design reports, grant applications, and development application reviews and reports. His experience also includes contract negotiations, capital budgeting and business case preparation. Since 2008, Mr. Swayze has helped develop BSG’s detailed energy services associated with the development and delivery of energy efficiency strategies for counties and municipalities to take advantage of both federal and state incentives as well as the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.
Principal, LIMN Architects
Ben founded LIMN ARCHITECTS with his business partner, Stephen Kowalski, in 2004. He has managed the design and construction of over $60 million in public school projects and over $20 million in residential and small commercial projects across the country. In the fall of 2009, he traveled to Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria to act as lead architect on an integrated design team executing the master plan for Prayers Farm Nigeria, a sustainable aquaponic farm and school. He is currently working on multiple local and international architectural, social and master planning projects involving agriculture and sustainable food production and distribution. These include a demonstration project for the Armenian Environmental Network’s Integrated Waste Management Project in Berd, Armenia; an integrated healthcare, wellness center and organic farm project in Long Valley, New Jersey; and an adaptive reuse project consisting of a microbrewery, performance space and rooftop farm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a registered architect, Benjamin leads as head chef curating the Highlands Dinner Club, a culinary and social laboratory utilizing farm-to-table dinners as a medium for creative interaction. Food and shelter are fundamental and by extension adhere to identifiable social and economic patterns. Designing purpose, and beauty into these patterns results in tangible benefits for end users and the wider community. With a background in agriculture and as a self-trained chef, Benjamin brings a unique perspective to his work as an architect. Positive manipulation of fundamental patterns is at the heart of creativity, and whether in the form of culinary, design or social collaboration, Ben and LIMN ARCHITECTS are deliberate in synthesizing ideas in order to elevate the experience and intended functionality end users. Ben was awarded the 2011 Young Architect of the Year Service Award by the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute Architects. He earned his B Arch from Lehigh University, is a USGBC LEED accredited professional since 2004 and is highly motivated to deliver the benefits of integrated design process and strategic sustainability to all of his projects.
Principle – CORIS ECS
Marc Josephson first got involved with computers and data communications as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, and has since worked on many projects that pushed the “State of the Art” in a number of areas, especially in very large computer networks. In 1985, he formed a technical consulting firm to design and operate very large data networks for telecommunication carriers and Fortune 50 companies, typically with over one hundred thousand devices.
Marc has been active in telecomm policy issues at both a national and regional level. He was on the board of directors of the North American Telecommunications Association, the Telecomm Industry Association, is a founding board member of the Enterprise Communications Association, was a telecomm policy advisor to the FCC, to the NY State PSC, to Mayor Giuliani, and to the New York City Council.
Marc co-founded CORIS ECS in 2006 to commercial technologies originally developed for the Department of Homeland Security, and the company now provides a suite of wireless energy saving and monitoring products that are controlled over the Internet, and are ideal for retrofitting older buildings.
Chief, Bureau of Recycling and Planning, NJDEP
A 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan, Guy is currently Chief of the Bureau of Recycling and Planning in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Program. This Bureau is responsible for the development and implementation of various aspects of the Statewide Solid Waste Management Plan, administration of the county solid waste and recycling planning process, county and municipal Recycling Enhancement Act grants, recycling tonnage and solid waste disposal data management, and implementation of the Electronic Waste Management Act. Guy is also the Department’s representative to the New Jersey Clean Communities Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Recycling Council. Prior to his position with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Mr. Watson was the recycling coordinator for Somerset County, New Jersey, and director of Middlebush Compost, Inc. During his four-year tenure with Somerset County, Guy helped establish Somerset’s state and national award winning curbside collection program serving over 200,000 residents. Guy has been a professional in the recycling field for over thirty years.
Hotel Manager at Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center
Amy Wickenheisser is the Hotel Manager at Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center in New Jersey; she has been with Hamilton Park for 24 years. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Certified Meeting Professional and a former member of the International Association of Conference Annual Conference Planning Committee; she was a panelist at IACC’s Third Annual Thought Leaders Summit in 2011, “Creating Compelling Meeting Experiences”. As a member of the Destination Hotels & Resorts Destination Earth Green Team Amy is involved in many new innovative programs that keeps Hamilton Park in the forefront of environmental initiatives. DH&R is dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen our footprint on, our changing environment, both on the corporate level and at each individual property.
JOSHUA ZINDER, AIA|LEEDAP|NCARB
Architect, Founder, and Principal, JZA+D
Mr. Zinder is a passionate architect with a career that spans more than 20 years. His firm is a full-service multidisciplinary architecture and design firm with a diverse portfolio in a wide variety of project types, including hospitality, residential, corporate, tenant fit-out, institutional, and municipal. Following a strong belief that good design should incorporate sustainable and green principles, over half their staff is LEED accredited.