The goal of the 2013 NASCAR Green Summit is to celebrate the 5th anniversary of NASCAR Green and to highlight the major factors and context that contributed to NASCAR Green becoming one of the most impactful green platforms in the history of the US. Featured discussions will focus on the strategy of the platform, national-reach multichannel communications, analytical and innovation backdrop, and major contributions of numerous brands in a 4-hour program that will include collaboration announcements.

Keynote Speakers

  • Al Gore

    45th Vice President of the United States

    Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."
  • Brian France

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NASCAR

    Brian Zachary France, actively involved in NASCAR for more than two decades, is a member of the NASCAR-founding France family and assumed the roles of NASCAR Chairman and CEO in September 2003. He is the grandson of NASCAR’s founder, the late William H.G. (“Big Bill”) France, and the son of the former President and Chairman/CEO of NASCAR, the late William C. (“Bill Jr.”) France. France has been heavily involved with many of NASCAR’s recent innovations, bolstering the sport’s digital presence with the re-acquisition of NASCAR’s digital rights, the re-launch of NASCAR.com in January 2013 and the unveiling of the Fan and Media Engagement Center in Charlotte, N.C. – all of which have been designed to bring NASCAR fans closer to the sport. On the global front, France has increased the sport’s level of concentration on the environment as part of NASCAR Green. With the largest recycling and environmental sustainability programs among all U.S. sports, NASCAR has not only become a leader in green initiatives across all sports, but a leader within the business community. Those efforts, among others, were the result of France’s recent implementation of an industry growth initiative, with a goal of better serving NASCAR’s core fans and growing new audiences throughout the sports landscape. The plan focuses on strengthening NASCAR’s foothold in such areas as youth, Generation Y, multicultural, driver star power, product relevance and digital and social media. On track, France has worked closely with NASCAR’s competition department. He was integral in the development of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which debuted in 1995, and was a key proponent of the NASCAR Research and Development Center, a facility opened in 2003 and dedicated to improving the safety and operational efficiency of the sport. France has been at the forefront of NASCAR’s dramatic sponsorship growth, including the ground-breaking announcement of Nextel Communications as the new sponsor of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series – now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – beginning in 2004. He has also led a host of marketing initiatives, including internalizing the sanctioning body’s licensing efforts and developing NASCAR’s consolidated television plans that have culminated with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events being broadcast on ABC, ESPN, FOX Sports, FX, NBC Sports and TNT. France also spearheaded the opening of NASCAR offices in Los Angeles, New York and Charlotte to address the sanctioning body’s growing business needs and partner base. France has an extensive background in NASCAR, ranging from his experience as a race track manager to helping develop and manage NASCAR weekly short track and touring competitive levels. As a track manager, he was involved in writing and enforcing rules, developing race procedures and all other aspects of competition. He successfully oversaw the transformation of Tucson Raceway Park from a dirt track into one of the premier paved short tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. In 1999, The Sports Business Daily named France its Sports Industrialist of the Year and Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) named him the SMEI Marketing Statesman of the Year. Previous awards include Advertising Age honoring France as one of the publication’s top 100 marketers of the year and Promo Magazine naming him as one of that publication’s top promoters of the year. In 2007, he was named to the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. He serves on many boards and is the founder and former Chairman of NASCAR’s Diversity Council, an organization comprised of motorsports executives focused on encouraging greater diversity within the industry.
  • General Wesley K. Clark

    Four-Star General US Army, Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO and Co-Chairman of Growth Energy

    Gen. Wesley K. Clark joined Growth Energy as co-chairman in January 2009. He graduated first in his class at West Point and retired as a four-star general after 38 years in the U.S. Army. General Clark commanded at the battalion, brigade and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions. He finished his career as NATO commander and Supreme Allied Commander Europe; during this time, he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing. General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark Associates, a strategic consulting firm, and participates in a number of international and domestic organizations and corporations.
  • Mike Helton

    President, NASCAR

    The sport’s most visible leader at the race track, NASCAR President Mike Helton assumed that role in November 2000 when he succeeded Bill France Jr., who had served as president since 1972. He serves as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors and is also a member of the company’s Executive Council.   In February 1999 he had become the first person outside the France family to take over the day-today operations of NASCAR, when he was named senior vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, Helton had served as NASCAR’s vice president for competition since January 1994.   Since taking the role of president, Helton has ushered in era of growth, and competitive innovation.   In the 13 years since becoming only the third president in the sport’s history, Helton cemented NASCAR’s presence in major markets both within the United States, as well as Mexico, Canada and Europe.   Under Helton’s leadership, NASCAR expanded into the Midwest with the addition of Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2001.   Helton bolstered NASCAR’s presence internationally, with the addition of series in Mexico and Canada in 2007 with the formation of Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. In 2013, history was made in the NASCAR Toyota Series, with its first race run in the United States at Phoenix International Raceway.   Those developments provided a stepping stone for NASCAR to sanction its first series in another continent, Europe. In January of 2012, NASCAR reached a licensing agreement to recognize Euro-Racecar as a NASCAR Touring Series. The series competes primarily on road courses throughout Europe and held NASCAR’s first oval points race in Tours, France, in July 2012.   Helton’s expertise in competition directly led to the formation of the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C. Dedicated to strengthening NASCAR’s competition and safety initiatives, it is the first R&D center owned and operated by a sanctioning body of a major motorsports series.   In addition to his role as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors, Helton maintains a similar role with The NASCAR Foundation, NASCAR’s charitable arm that seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation.   Born and raised in Bristol, Va., Helton’s motorsports experience is multi-faceted. In addition to working for a sanctioning body, during his career he has also been a track operator at both Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, and even raced a little himself.   Helton is well-known by NASCAR’s many fans as the man who presides in the “big hauler” on race weekends. He is the voice of authority – and reason. But he also is a portrait of popularity, evident whenever he appears in the garage area, as he takes the time to greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs.   Helton and his wife, Lynda, reside in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Panel Chairs

  • Dr. Allen Hershkowitz

    Senior Scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council

    Allen Hershkowitz is a senior scientist for NRDC, joined the organization in 1988 and has coordinated prominent institutional greening initiatives, including the Academy Awards telecast, the GRAMMY Awards, "Broadway Goes Green," and the greening of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and the United States Tennis Association. He serves on the DuPont Corporation's Bio-Based Fuels Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Board, and has served on the National Research Council Committee on the Health Effects of Waste Incineration and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory Board Subcommittee on Sludge Incineration, as well as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Peer Review Panel for its Report to Congress on the Health Implication of Medical Waste. He has also served as the chairman of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner's Advisory Board on Operating Requirements for Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators. He is the author of Bronx Ecology: A Blueprint for a New Environmentalism (Island Press, 2002). His other publications include Too Good To Throw Away: Recycling’s Proven Record (New York: NRDC, 1997), Garbage Management in Japan (New York: INFORM, 1987), Garbage Burning: Lessons from Europe (New York: INFORM, 1986), and Garbage: Practices, Problems and Remedies (New York: INFORM, 1988). He has also published many articles, and contributed essays to numerous books. His work has been the subject of numerous profiles and feature articles in The New Yorker and elsewhere.

  • Mike Richter

    CEO and Founding Partner at Healthy Planet Partners

    Mike enjoyed a successful 15 year professional athletic career for the New York Rangers where he was a three time NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup Champion. Mr. Richter represented the United States on numerous international competitions including three Olympic teams, earning Silver in 2002. After retiring from the NHL, Mr. Richter enrolled in Yale University and received his degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy. In 2007 he helped found Environmental Capital Partners, a $100M Private Equity Fund focusing on resource efficiency. Mike’s current venture, Healthy Planet Partners, finances and manages the deployment of renewable energy technologies and energy saving retrofits for commercial facilities of all sizes in order to reduce both their operating costs and ecological footprint.

Additional NASCAR Executives Participating

  • Mike Lynch

    Vice President of Green Innovation, NASCAR

    Dr. Mike Lynch is NASCAR’s Vice President of Green Innovation. Based in NASCAR’s corporate headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida, Lynch has championed the widespread adoption and implementation of sustainability practices across the sport. Since joining NASCAR in 2008, Dr. Lynch spearheaded the launch of NASCAR Green, which has since grown into the largest sustainability program in all of sports and one of the most powerful and impactful green programs in the public and private sectors. Once coined ‘the dirtiest sport in America,’ NASCAR now boasts the three largest green programs in sports: renewable energy, recycling and clean air. As a result, three out of four avid NASCAR fans are aware of “NASCAR Green” (72%) and recognize it as showing NASCAR cares about the environment (77%) according to the Official NASCAR Fan Council Weekly Post Race survey conducted in April 2013. One of Lynch’s key accomplishments was helping NASCAR develop and launch the world’s most visible biofuels program through the introduction of a 15 percent ethanol blended fuel, made from American-grown corn. In February 2011, Sunoco Green E15 made its competition debut and subsequently reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent while increasing race car horsepower. NASCAR has since put more than five million tough competition miles on the racing fuel. Under his leadership, NASCAR has recycled more than 20 million bottles and cans; 600,000 race tires; and enough oil to power the Empire State Building for one year. It has also planted enough trees (188,000) to completely offset carbon emissions for all NASCAR national series racing for the past five years of NASCAR Green, plus the next 18 years. Additionally, NASCAR’s Daytona Beach, Fla., headquarters is LEED Gold certified, while NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte, N.C., has its LEED Silver certification. These bold initiatives also inspired change throughout the industry. NASCAR has the largest renewable energy stadium project in the world – the solar farm at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway – that powers more than 250 homes in the region. The sport also features teams such as Roush Fenway Racing which recycle as much as 96 percent of each race car. These enhancements are among many that now make the sport a more attractive partner to companies in the green and technology sectors. Since 2010, the number of green companies investing in NASCAR has grown at a 90 percent rate year-over-year. To date more than 150 green brands have entered the sport as sponsors of our industry with race teams and venues. Prior to joining NASCAR, Lynch served as an executive at Tyco International and Boston Consulting Group. He was a tenured professor at Purdue University, with his lab funded by the National Institutes of Health. Lynch graduated the MBA program at the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago with honors in Finance and Strategic Management. Mike also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in studio music and jazz from the University of Miami, where he played tenor saxophone and worked extensively as a professional musician. He has several patents in green technology and has been published extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • Steve O’Donnell

    Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, NASCAR

    Steve O’Donnell was named NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Racing Operations in January 2010. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Council and holds positions on the NASCAR Hall of Fame nominating committee and voting panel.   O’Donnell oversees multiple departments within the company as they relate to Competition with an emphasis on positioning NASCAR and its state-of-the-art Research & Development Center as a leader in innovation, technology and product relevance. Industry Services, with its Driver Star Power initiative, along with NASCAR’s green, international, medical, security, membership and registration areas are all under his guidance. He has been instrumental in the growth of the annual NASCAR Summit, a pre-season gathering of more than 600 participants among track security, safety and medical personnel. The Summit features idea-sharing relating to enhancements, best practices, table topic exercises and top-line guest speakers specific to these vital areas. He also cultivates NASCAR’s relationship with race track operators and team owners.   O’Donnell has directed vital innovative planks of NASCAR’s Five-Year Industry Action Plan including the introduction this year of the Gen-6 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car and the Air Titan track-drying technology. He’s currently orchestrating work on digital dashboard technology and various other projects to position NASCAR for future growth.   A true example of rising through the ranks, O’Donnell has worked in various areas in the company since joining NASCAR in 1996 as a marketing services representative. After being promoted to manage that group – including work on NASCAR’s 50th Anniversary project – he was elevated to Director of Series Marketing. From there, he moved to Competition as Managing Director of Events and Operations to head the All-American Series and Touring Series before being promoted to Vice President of Racing Operations in charge of the national series. In 2008, he was named to SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” list.   A native of Flemington, N.J, he is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Prior to joining NASCAR he was a senior account executive with Florida Citrus Sports and later was Director of Sales and Marketing for the Daytona Cubs minor league baseball team.   O’Donnell is based at NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. He resides in Sanford, Fla., with his wife Erin and their two children, Ryan and Shannon.
  • Steve Phelps

    Senior Vice President / Chief Marketing Officer, NASCAR

    Steve Phelps is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). He is also a member of the company’s Executive Council.   Phelps oversees all NASCAR efforts in corporate marketing, brand/consumer marketing, Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC), licensing, automotive group, business development, digital and social media, broadcast, entertainment, NASCAR Productions, information technology, corporate events and human resources. Phelps is based at NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. and reports to Chairman / CEO Brian France.   Phelps joined NASCAR as Vice President of Corporate Marketing in July 2005. He was named CMO in February 2006 and promoted to Senior Vice President in January 2010.   Under Phelps’ leadership, NASCAR commissioned an independent study in 2010 which directly resulted in the formation of its current five-year Industry Action Plan. Created to ensure future growth, the IAP targets a number of areas including youth, generation Y, multicultural development, driver star power, product relevance and digital and social media.   Among the immediate developments resulting from the study – all of which were under Phelps’ oversight – were a restructured communications department (IMC), a rebranded and refocused NASCAR Productions team and the expansion of NASCAR’s digital presence.   To bolster NASCAR’s prominence in the digital realm, Phelps led the move to reacquire NASCAR’s digital rights, which led to the re-launched NASCAR.com in 2013. Also in 2013, NASCAR introduced its best-in-class Fan & Media Engagement Center, which allowed the sport to better interact with its millions of fans and more rapidly respond to the needs of the industry at large.   In 2012, Phelps led NASCAR’s search to secure advertising and marketing firm Ogilvy & Mather as its Agency of Record in order to expand the sport’s marketing efforts and provide an integrated solution to help the sport grow its audience in youth, Gen Y and Hispanic.   In recognition of the evolution in thought culture and the execution against the sanctioning body’s IAP, Phleps won Adweek’s prestigious Sports Marketing Executive of the Year, as well as being named its 2012 Brand Genius Award winner.   Prior to joining NASCAR he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Wasserman Media Group. From 1990 to 2004, Phelps was Vice President, Corporate Marketing with the National Football League, and brought many new sponsors to the league, managed key sponsor accounts, and instituted a philosophy focused on developing mutually beneficial partnerships.   A native of Vermont, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Boston College. He and his wife Dina have four children: daughters Katherine and Maddie; and sons Jack and Ryan.

Speakers

  • Mary Anne Biddiscombe

    Director of Customer Recycling Solutions and Consumer Education

    Mary Anne Biddiscombe has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing, sales, and management in the Coca-Cola bottling system.  Over the course of her career, Mary Anne managed the Coca-Cola sales and marketing organizations in Atlanta, New York and Chicago, working with national and regional customers, events and venues.  During her time in Atlanta, she led the company through one of the most visible events ever in Coca-Cola’s hometown, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. In 2008, Mary Anne took on the role of Director of Customer Solutions and Consumer Education for Coca-Cola Recycling, a division charged with leading the system’s package recovery efforts.  Mary Anne’s team is responsible for assessing customer recycling opportunities and implementing plans to create sustainable and measurable recycling programs. A native of New Jersey, Mary Anne lives in Atlanta with her two dogs, Maggie and Jiggs.  She is actively involved in the C5 Youth Foundation, the Atlanta Jimmy V Foundation, the University of Miami Alumni Association, and is an avid golfer.
  • Dr. Michael Knotek

    Deputy Undersecretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

    Dr. Michael Knotek is the Deputy Undersecretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and currently oversees the day-to-day operations of The Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy (US/S&E). For DOE to more closely integrate basic science, applied research, technology demonstration, and deployment, The Office of the US/S&E manages the programs and laboratories of the Office of Science (SC), and the programs and laboratories of DOE’s applied energy portfolio in the offices of Fossil Energy (FE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Nuclear Energy (NE), Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), Indian Energy (IE), and the Technology Transfer Coordinator. The US/S&E provides coordination among the DOE elements that facilitate the implementation of the President’s Climate Action Plan and all- of-the-above energy strategy.   Dr. Knotek, a physicist, brings more than 40 years of research and management experience to this position. From 2010 to 2013 he was Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado. He has extensive research, management or consulting experience with Sandia, Brookhaven, Pacific Northwest, Argonne, Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, Idaho, Lawrence Berkeley, and Ames National Laboratories and NREL. During this career he has led DOE wide program formulation activities in Synchrotron Science and Facilities, Environmental Science, Fusion Sciences, High Performance Computation, and post-genomic Biology. In addition to senior Lab Management positions he previously served as senior science and technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and was chief technology officer with the Battelle Memorial Institute. Dr. Knotek was a private consultant from 2001 through 2010, working with a wide range of Laboratories, DOE program offices, and other national Science and Technology concerns across a wide swath of renewable, fossil, and nuclear energy science and technology. He is widely published as a scientist and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.
  • John Wirtz

    Business Unit Manager, Electrical Transportation Infrastructure

    John Wirtz was appointed Business Unit Manager, Electrical Transportation Infrastructure, for Eaton in May 2011. Wirtz is responsible for leading Eaton’s global initiatives to develop electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and advance electric transportation infrastructure. Prior to this role, Wirtz was the plant manager, Electrical Assemblies Division, for Eaton’s Asheville, North Carolina facility. Wirtz has approximately 30 years of experience in the electrical industry. He joined Eaton in 2001 and, during his tenure, has held leadership positions in both operational and product line assignments. Prior to Eaton, Wirtz held various roles of increasing responsibility for General Electric, Schneider Electric, and Emerson Electric that included sales, marketing, operations, operational excellence, and channel and business development positions. Wirtz holds an MBA degree from Xavier University, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, Indiana.
  • Matt Bogoshian

    Senior Policy Counsel at US EPA

    Matt Bogoshian is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Senior Policy Counsel in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention where he leads EPA and Obama administration efforts to help manufacturers and their supply chains profit by adopting more sustainable practices.  Mr. Bogoshian works with senior leadership to combine the strengths of efforts such as the E3: Economy, Energy and the Environment framework, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, the Design for the Environment (DfE) program, the EnergyStar Industrial program and the SmartWay Partnership with other federal programs and the private market in order to optimize their collective benefit to American manufacturers and their communities.  Bogoshian was recently asked to serve as one of the principal deputies to the President’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative that is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create jobs in communities across the country.  In that capacity and others, he has spent the last two years traveling across the nation engaging in listening sessions with community leaders and stakeholders, working to understand their continuous improvement needs, and then connecting them where possible to existing tools and resources. Bogoshian began his service in the Obama Administration as EPA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Before joining the Administration, Mr. Bogoshian served as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement and Counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency.  He began his legal career as a trial attorney in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps where he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal before becoming a prosecutor in California specializing in environmental and consumer protection cases.  Mr. Bogoshian earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of California at Davis, a Masters of Public Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Social Change from San Jose State University.  In addition to his present duties, he is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Carrie Marjeske

    Manager, Product Sustainability at Ford Motor Company

    Carrie Majeske is Manager, Product Sustainability at Ford Motor Company and has been leading in this role since November 2007.  Ms. Majeske is responsible for developing global product sustainability plans, engaging functions and regions across the company.  Her work is presently focused on Sustainable Materials, Product CO2 Strategies and Life Cycle Assessment.  Prior to this appointment, she held a range of planning, engineering, and program management positions within Ford during her 29 year tenure with the Company.  Ms. Majeske earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
  • Jamie Allison

    Director - Ford Racing, North America

    Jamie Allison grew up loving cars and for the last 25 years working for Ford Motor Co. that feeling has only gotten stronger. Allison, who has worked for the company in engineering, product planning and marketing, became the new director of Ford Racing North America on Jan. 1, 2010.  Allison oversees Ford's current racing programs in NASCAR, NHRA drag racing, Grand-Am sports car racing, as well as new involvement in action motorsports - including Global Rallycross, X Games, Rally America Stage Rally, Formula D drifting and Lucas Oil Off-Road Trucks.  Under Allison’s leadership in Ford reached key milestones of 600th win in NASCAR and 200th win in NHRA along with 2011 Manufacturer Championships in NHRA, NASCAR Nationwide, Global RallyCross, and SCCA World Challenge. “I’m excited about the challenge of helping take Ford’s racing program forward,” said Allison, who has been part of the Ford Racing management team for just over seven years, most recently as Ford Racing Performance Group Manager.  “For a kid who wanted to work for Ford Motor Company, to help carry forward a tradition that Henry Ford himself started is something special." Allison joined Ford Motor Company in 1987, after graduating from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with an electrical engineering degree.  He later returned to earn a MBA in marketing from the same university.  He began his career at Ford in product engineering, and spent the first 10 years of his career working within engineering and product planning.  In 1997, Allison made the transition to product marketing, and held a series of marketing jobs within the company before joining Ford Racing Technology in 2003, where he has overseen the Ford Racing Performance Parts business, as well as North America Motorsports Marketing. Under Allison’s leadership of the Ford Racing Performance Parts business, it was transformed by offering ready-to-race vehicles for production-based racing, Performance Packs and new vehicle modifications for enthusiasts.  The team also partnered with Shelby Autos on the launch of exciting new Shelby performance vehicles, and created the Ford Performance Group as an outreach to Ford Clubs—all of which reinvigorated Ford's support of performance enthusiasts. This is the 111th season of Ford's racing program, started by Henry Ford himself, with a victory on October 10, 1901, in his first and only race.  That victory helped him attract the investors to start Ford Motor Company in June 1903.  “We have to remember what we are charged to do.  Motorsports is a marketing program, and, specifically, is part of our outreach to fans and enthusiasts who have really a rich, deep connection with us as a manufacturer,” said Allison.  “Ultimately, we are focused on supporting our fans and enthusiasts as well as our company by showcasing our great products, communicating our pillars and what we stand for, and helping sell cars and trucks.”  
  • Jim Campbell

    Vice President, Performance Vehicles & Motorsports

    Jim Campbell was named vice president, GM Performance Vehicles & Motorsports, in August 2010.  Campbell is responsible for integrating the engineering and marketing of performance versions of current production models, performance parts, as well as all motorsports activities. Prior to this, Campbell served as vice president, Chevrolet marketing.  Campbell has also led GM’s Fleet and Commercial Operations and held various positions in field sales, retail incentives, marketing and customer relationship management.  He has broad experience with performance vehicles like Corvette and Camaro. He also has worked extensively across a variety of race series, including NASCAR, American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Road Racing and IndyCar. He began his career in 1987 as a college intern working at Chevrolet in Warren, Michigan. Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from University of Notre Dame.
  • Pam Fletcher

    Executive Chief Engineer – Electrified Vehicles

    Pamela Fletcher leads the team responsible for engineering all of GM’s electric vehicles, including the award-winning Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet Spark EV.   Her teams include engineers located in the United States, Europe and Asia.  Pam earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the General Motors Institute, and completed her master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, from Wayne State University. She graduated from the Executive Development Program, at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is an active member on the Board of Advisors for the College of Engineering at the University of North Carolina.
  • Jeff Kendall

    Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Tire Recycling, LLC

    Mr. Kendall founded Liberty Tire Recycling in 2000 and has led its growth from one operation in North Carolina to 38 collection and processing operations in 20 states in the US and 3 provinces in Canada.  As CEO of Liberty and CEO in other companies owned by Mr. Kendall and his partners, he has managed the acquisition, permitting, development and operation of over 100 scrap tire recycling and solid waste operations of all types, including landfills, hauling companies, and transfer stations.  Mr. Kendall received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating magna cum laude.  He also received his master’s degree from Cornell University and his BA from Penn State University.
  • Drew Patey

    Director, Safety-Kleen Motorsports

    Drew Patey is Director of Safety-Kleen Motorsports and responsible for the coordination of the companies Environmental Services Program in racing. Since 1994, Drew has built a specialized recycling program that collects and recycles all of the automotive fluids that are produced by the race teams and race track vehicles that compete at the NASCAR tracks throughout North America. Safety-Kleen uses its' Motorsports Program as the cornerstone of the company's marketing efforts and at the same time provides a service that helps make the entire NASCAR environment - Green. As a founding partner of the NASCAR Green program, Safety-Kleen prides itself on providing the "best and state of the art" recycling services. Safety-Kleen is a leading North American used oil recycling and re-refining, parts cleaning and environmental solutions company, with approximately 4,200 employees serving more than 200,000 customer locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Safety-Kleen provides a broad set of environmentally-responsible products and services that keep North American businesses in balance with the environment. Safety-Kleen is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Harbors, North America's leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services. For more information about the company, please visit www.safety-kleen.com.
  • Darren Beck

    Director, Environmental Initiatives for Sprint

    Darren Beck serves as Director of Environmental Initiatives for Sprint. He is responsible for driving innovation at Sprint that helps reduces environmental impact while enhancing the company’s reputation and its bottom line. He achieves this by advising a range of operational working teams at Sprint focused on areas such as device recycling, sustainable packaging, waste reduction, water conservation, responsible procurement, and ‘winning with corporate responsibility’ in business sales. Darren has an MBA from the University of Kansas and brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, business development, strategy and corporate responsibility to his current role. Follow him on Twitter @DarrenBeck for the latest in green news from Sprint.
  • Helen Doherty

    Manager, Products & Environmental at Sunoco

    As Manager of Sunoco’s Product Quality and Environmental Compliance Group, Helen manages testing and roll-out of new fuel products and product changes at Sunoco service stations, monitors fuel product quality at retail and manages Sunoco’s systems-based approach for environmental performance and regulatory compliance.
  • Bob Wimmer

    Director, Energy & Environmental Research Group, Technical & Regulatory Affairs Toyota Motor North America

    Mr. Wimmer directs Toyota Motor North America’s (TMA) Energy and Environmental Research Group. He has been with Toyota ten years and currently leads a team of research engineers assessing how changes in energy and environmental technology, policy and regulation will affect the automotive industry.  Research areas include petroleum and alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies and power generation. Mr. Wimmer is also responsible for TMA’s hybrid, plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicle external affairs and technical activities.  He coordinates these with other Toyota divisions in the US and abroad. Additionally, he manages TMA’s energy colaborations with other corporations, the compay’s interaction with the US Department of Energy and a portion of TMA’s university reseach activities. Prior to joining Toyota, Mr. Wimmer was Technical Director of Fuel Cell Bus Programs at Georgetown University for twelve years.  He provided technical and program management oversight during the design, fabrication and testing of five fuel cell / battery hybrid transit buses. Mr. Wimmer has been an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1984.  This year he Chaired their Government and Industry Conference in Washington, DC and is the Chief Design Judge of the Formula Hybrid SAE intercollegiate competition.  He is also on the Board of directors of the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association, Bio-based Industry Center, and the Fuels Institute. A native of California, Mr. Wimmer has an MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Mechanical Engineering degree from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • Dave Wilson

    SVP, Toyota Racing Development

    David Wilson is [acting] president and general manager for TRD U.S.A., Inc. ​Wilson, who has been with TRD since 1989, is responsible for all of TRD’s day-to-day operations and activities.  These include engine engineering, chassis engineering, manufacturing, administration and operations.  Wilson oversees both of TRD’s facilities - their headquarters and engine operations in Costa Mesa, California and their chassis/team support operation in Salisbury, North Carolina. ​During his twenty-four years with TRD, Wilson has worked as a design engineer, track support engineer, assistant vice president of operations, vice president operations and engineering, vice president, production and strategic planning, group vice president, sales, operations and planning, group vice president, finance, operations and planning and most recently senior vice president. ​Highlights in his TRD career include helping Toyota to victories and championships that include the Daytona 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the Baja 500 and 1000, and the Indianapolis 500, in addition to championships in the Indy Racing League, Grand Am, CART, IMSA, SCORE, MTEG, CORR, USAC and NASCAR.  David was part of the Toyota team that helped launch the company into the most popular automotive sport in the United States – NASCAR. ​Prior to joining TRD, he was employed by Johnson & Johnson and was an officer in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist’s Badge and the Air Assault Badge. ​David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and resides in Newport Beach, California with his family. In his spare time, he enjoys watch collecting, fitness training and working on his ’69 Ford Mustang.
  • Betsy Wilson

    Director of Global Sponsorships
    and Sustainability Communications at UPS

    Betsy Wilson holds the position of Director of Global Sponsorships and Sustainability Communications at UPS.  Betsy manages UPS’s global sponsorship program, with responsibility for strategy and activation of platforms such as collegiate athletics (NCAA, IMG College), motorsports (Ferrari/F1 and NASCAR), and entertainment (Live Nation).   Betsy is also responsible for UPS’s corporate social responsibility communications including the development and publication of the UPS Sustainability Report. Betsy joined UPS in 2003 after an eight-year advertising agency career at companies including BBDO and JWT.  In her first 10 years at UPS, Betsy managed global advertising and relationship marketing programs for the company.  She assumed her current responsibilities in February 2013. Betsy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She loves classical music and playing golf.  She lives in Atlanta with her husband, daughter and golden retriever.