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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Global Sponsorships
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.
and Sustainability Communications at UPS