2019 Speakers

Conference Keynotes

Transportation Keynote

Julian Cowart

Director of Operational Client Experience, Cox Automotive

Julian Cowart serves as the Director of Operational Client Experience at Cox Automotive. He previously served as the Director of Call Center Vendor Management at Cox Communications. Prior to joining Cox he served as a Client Account Executive for Leapfrog and as Senior Manager of Executive Relations at Earthlink. Julian has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Emory University.

Utility Keynote

Kim Greene

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern Company Gas

Kim Greene is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Gas. In this role, she ensures the delivery of clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to more than 4.2 million utility customers in Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia. In addition, she oversees the nonutility businesses that deliver value through energy-related products and services, wholesale gas services and gas midstream operations, including gas pipeline investments and storage and fuels. Southern Company Gas is a subsidiary of Southern Company.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and mechanics from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in business administration from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Greene also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Diversity & Inclusion Keynote

Bentina Terry

Senior Vice President for Northwest Region, Georgia Power

Bentina C. Terry is Senior Vice President for Northwest Region for Georgia Power. In this role, Bentina is responsible for the company’s operations, sales, customer service, economic and community development, and external affairs activities for 1.4 million customers across metro Atlanta and the northwest corner of the state. Bentina is actively involved in the community and feels fortunate to work for a company that has a passion for the communities it serves. She serves on the board of directors for the Midtown Alliance, Posse Foundation, Atlanta Police Foundation, the Atlanta Beltline Partnership, and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. She is also on the advisory council for the BB&T Open. In 2017, she graduated from Atlanta Regional Commission’s Leadership Institute and has been named one of Atlanta Business League’s 100 Most Influential Women.

Conference Speakers

Cynthia Adams

CEO, Pearl National Home Certification

Bio coming soon. 

Kimberly Adams

Senior Director, Employee Experience and Culture, AECOM

Kim Adams is a polished woman of excellence, super model of inclusion, and inspirational leader with passion for celebrating common threads of diversity stitched throughout organizational cultures. Kim currently serves as Senior Director, Employee Experience and Culture at AECOM, the world’s largest multinational engineering and infrastructure firm. Kim leads through influence across the enterprise to make complex engineering possibilities a reality by leading performance management, inclusion and diversity, career development, employee engagement, and culture strategies for 30,000 employees who enable AECOM’s Design & Consulting Services and Construction Services businesses in the Americas. She and her team ensure the employee experience is differentiated, market-competitive, and aligns to both business goals and global talent strategies. Kim’s ultimate priority is to shape AECOM’s culture as one that attracts, grows, inspires, and retains high-performing professionals.

Prior to joining AECOM Kim served as Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion at Cox Automotive, Inc. where she provided strategic direction for developing an inclusive work environment for more than 34,000 team members by integrating successful practices throughout Cox Automotive’s global business. Kim also spent a decade at The Coca-Cola Company holding positions in Global Human Resources, Diversity Business Marketing, and Global Operational Excellence.

Latanza Adjei

Sales Vice President, Georgia Power Company

Latanza Adjei is vice president of sales & marketing for Georgia Power. In this role, she leads the implementation of the company’s top line revenue growth strategy. She is responsible for new product development, product distribution, e-commerce, sales management and energy efficiency. Adjei’s efforts deliver top quartile customer satisfaction while creating revenue-growing relationships. Adjei is known for crafting and executing business strategies, which both accelerate results and positively impact the organization’s culture. Adjei began her career with Georgia Power as a co-op student in 1994 and joined the company full time in 1998. Throughout her career, she has served in positions of increasing responsibility in pricing, marketing, sales and customer service, including key account manager, Business Call Center supervisor, lighting services sales manager and assistant to the executive vice president of Customer Service and Operations. Prior to her current role, Adjei served as director of Georgia Power’s Customer Care Center, where she was responsible for delivering a customer experience through the call center and its digital channels. During her leadership, the center handled about 11 million customer telephone calls annually with a team of nearly 500 agents, and customer transactions on georgiapower.com grew to 1 million monthly. A native of Atlanta, Adjei earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She graduated from Leadership Rockdale, Leadership DeKalb and most recently Leadership Atlanta. She served on the board of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the foundation board of Georgia Piedmont Technical College and was a loaned executive for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Adjei also serves as a board member for the American Cancer Society.

Gary Ambach

Director of Business Development, Slipstream

Gary is responsible for business development activities at Slipstream. He has more than 40 years of broad energy industry experience with both demand side and supply side planning. Gary has designed and delivered energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for three utilities spanning five states. Gary has also designed and delivered energy services not related to energy efficiency or renewable energy. In these positions, his responsibilities included all elements of program design and delivery including regulatory reporting, rate case testimony and financial performance. Gary’s experience spans energy efficiency for both electric and natural gas, water conservation, demand response, renewable energy, energy services such as microturbines, financing, and other related energy services. Gary is a member of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) Policy Committee and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Community Solar Committee.

Marge Anderson

Executive Vice President, Slipstream

Marge is the Executive Vice President of Slipstream, a non-profit that creates, tests, delivers and scales the next generation of solutions that move us farther, faster toward a clean energy economy. Marge’s career experience spans grassroots organizing, non-profit leadership and governance, program development and technical education. She has dedicated her career to championing a low-carbon built environment, energy efficiency, and the power of human innovation to create a greener, healthier and more just future.

Marge was the 2015 Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors. She chairs the buildings working group for Dane County, Wisconsin’s climate action plan team, and serves on USGBC-IL’s Carbon Drawdown Advisory and Marketing Committees. Marge also serves on the Board of Directors for the New Buildings Institute. She chaired the Corporate Social Responsibility Task Force for the global meeting and events industry when she served on the board of Meeting Professionals International. Marge inherited her love of nature from generations of outdoorswomen, and her commitment to social justice from her working-class childhood in an American Rust Belt city. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. Marge is a birder, an amateur naturalist, and a storyteller. Her personal mantra is Tony Juniper’s quote: “it’s too late for pessimism.”

Shan Arora

Director, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Institute of Technology

Shan Arora is the Director of The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, a high-performance building that serves as a model through which sustainability principles and practices will be explored, tested, and disseminated to inspire change on the Georgia Tech campus and across the Southeast building industry. Georgia Tech is constructing The Kendeda Building to Living Building Challenge 3.1 certification standards, the world’s most rigorous proven building performance standard. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in July 2018, Shan was with Southface Institute where he worked with local and regional partners to increase the amount of clean energy generated in Georgia, promote energy efficiency in the built environment, and expand the region’s clean energy workforce. Shan has an undergraduate and a law degree from Emory University.

Aaron Berndt

Utility Partnerships, Google

Aaron Berndt is Head of Central and Southeast Energy Partnerships at Google, where he works with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programs that leverage Google Nest products. Prior to joining Nest, Aaron was a leader in PG&E’s Customer Energy Solutions team, with responsibility for the delivery of key products and programs in PG&E’s portfolio. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A from U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Allison Bially

Director, Alternative Energy Systems Consulting (AESC)

As a Director at Alternative Energy Systems Consulting (AESC), Allison is responsible for company growth. With 23 years of program management, design, implementation, and consulting experience, Allison has been focusing on the energy industry since 2006, and with AESC since 2014. Allison’s expertise spans DSM subject matters, including energy efficiency implementation and technical administration, electric vehicles, and distributed energy resources (DERs). Allison has implemented third party utility energy efficiency programs, represented data analytics software firms and designed new market-transformation approaches to energy efficiency and job creation. At the energy engineering firm AESC, Allison directly supports State agencies and investor owned utilities to reach energy efficiency mandates and goals, works with engineers on complex technical issues and advocates for the proliferation of electric vehicles and leveraging behind-the-meter DERs as a grid resource. For four years Allison served as vice-president of AESP’s California Chapter and led the San Diego branch of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment (AWWEE). Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester and a Master of Arts from New York University.

Anne Blair

Director of Energy Efficient Transportation, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Anne serves as SEEA’s Director of Energy Efficient Transportation and oversees strategy, programming and outreach for all of SEEA’s transportation initiatives. She joined SEEA in 2018, having previously worked at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) as its Clean Fuels Director and Georgia State Affairs Liaison. Anne has worked on numerous other transportation initiatives over the past fifteen years and brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as result of her previous work with The Coca-Cola Company, The Fund for Public Interest Research, Americorps and the River Network. She serves on multiple boards including the EV Club of the South, Mothers & Others for Clean Air and EarthShare Georgia. Anne holds a dual Bachelor Degree in Biology and Economics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College as well as a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law and Policy from the Vermont Law School.

KC Bleile

Executive Director, Viridiant

Bio coming soon!

Jacob Bolin

Project Manager, Advanced Energy

Jacob Bolin has been a project manager at Advanced Energy since January of 2018. His work focuses on managing Plug-in NC, a statewide program that promotes electric vehicles through education and outreach throughout North Carolina. Plug-in NC partners with utilities, organizations, and passionate individuals to expand the availability of charging infrastructure, develop resources for current and future drivers, and increase understanding of how electric vehicles can support the grid. He also works with electric cooperatives to implement demand-side management projects. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Auburn University, with a concentration in sustainability and business. Prior to joining Advanced Energy, he served as a planner and sustainability coordinator in the Facilities Division at NC State University, where he developed an interest in fleet management and alternative fuels.

William Bryan

Built Environment Project Manager, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Will Bryan serves as the Built Environment Project Manager for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), where he does research and data analysis to support SEEA’s Built Environment portfolio. Prior to joining SEEA in 2018, Will taught at Georgia State University in Atlanta and conducted independent research as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. Will earned a B.A. from Furman University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Penn State University. He is the author of a book about conservation policy in the South, which is based on his award-winning Ph.D. dissertation, entitled The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South (University of Georgia Press, 2018).

Jan Cable

Supplier Diversity and Development, Tennessee Valley Authority

Jan Cable has been with TVA for more than 35 years. Proudly career TVA, the majority of her time has been spent serving in Supply Chain. She has extensive experience in purchasing, contracts, materials management, category management, and supplier diversity. She currently leads the Supplier Diversity team and is responsible for the execution of TVA’s commitment to maintaining a competitive, diverse supplier base that is reflective of the Tennessee Valley. Through its Supplier Diversity program, TVA actively builds relationships with local, small, and diverse businesses capable of providing quality products and services at competitive prices and provides them with equitable opportunities to compete. Prior to leading Supplier Diversity, Jan served as the manager of TVA’s Coal & Gas Purchasing and Contracts team; MRO Category Management team; John Sevier Fossil Plant Site Procurement Team; and as a senior contract manager.

Jan has a bachelor’s in organizational management, and a master’s in business administration. She is a 2019 graduate of Introduction Knoxville (an offshoot of Leadership Knoxville), member of Institute for Supply Management, and past president of the Knoxville Chapter of Executive Women International. She loves to enjoy nature, read, exercise, and is very involved with her church. Jan resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband, Frank, and daughter, Addison.

Steven Clarke

Senior Director, Willdan

Steve Clarke has been an active member of the automotive and energy communities for over 15 years with direct experience at major automotive OEMs as well as energy consulting on a national scale. As a Senior Director with Willdan, he is responsible for leading and managing the firm’s transportation electrification work assisting clients with planning, feasibility, procurement and engineering associated with their conversion to zero emissions transportation. Leveraging his background in energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, Steve is also an integral part of Willdan’s broader Smart Cities team, working with clients to plan out and integrate past, present and future efforts into a comprehensive Smart Cities plan to meet their various energy, transportation, resilience and public health goals.
Originally a native of the east coast, Mr. Clarke holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, PA. He is now located in Los Angeles, CA where he runs Willdan’s local office and is committed to helping the state achieve its ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. He is a Registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.

Josh Cohen

Director, Policy and Regulatory Engagement, Greenlots

LJosh Cohen leads policy and regulatory engagement for the eastern US and Canada for Greenlots. Before joining Greenlots, Josh worked in policy and communications roles at SemaConnect and the Business Network for Offshore Wind and hosted the clean energy podcasts More Power To You and Offshore Wind Insider. Josh’s background also includes serving in a variety of public sector positions, including as Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland and as Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) during the Obama Administration.

Sarah Colvin

Director, Ecobee

Sarah leads energy partnerships and strategy for North America at Ecobee. Based out of Toronto, Canada, Sarah spent ten years at a utility overseeing the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and time of use (TOU) rate roll-outs and then the energy efficiency and demand response portfolios before pursuing her fascination with the connected home. She provides leadership to countless committees in the energy sector including as a member of the AESP board of directors. Sarah has an Associate Degree in Construction Engineering and a Master Certificate in Energy Sector Leadership. Her passion is disrupting the status quo.

Sara Conzemius

Co-Founder, ILLUME

Sara Conzemius is the co-founder of ILLUME Advising LLC, a woman owned boutique market research firm recently named the number one consulting firm for overall leadership in a national ranking conducted by Ivy Executive. Ms. Conzemius is a 20-year veteran of the energy efficiency space spending the first half of her career leading the implementation of some of the largest residential programs in the country. She has spent the latter half of her career focused on research and policy work in support of both residential and commercial demand side markets. Ms. Conzemius is a past Board Chairwoman for the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) and is currently the head of the energy efficiency working group for the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate.

Jon Creyts

Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Bio coming soon.

Cynthia Curry

Director IoT / AI / Smart Cities Ecosystem Expansion, Metro Atlanta Chamber

As Director of IoT/AI/Smart Cities Ecosystem Expansion with Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), Cynthia Curry helps strengthen and expand Metro Atlanta’s IoT, AI, and Smart City ecosystems. As a member of the economic development team, she helps local companies grow while attracting new business and investment to the region by promoting and strengthening Metro Atlanta’s position as a technological powerhouse. Cynthia leads IoT.ATL, a consortium of Atlanta’s thought leaders dedicated to driving collaboration between the business, government, civic, and educational ecosystems to create resilient and sustainable communities leveraging technology. The IoT.ATL Living Labs program, launched in 2018, is an on-going initiative to leverage tech for good, and test and validate IoT/technology solutions that help ensure equity, inclusion, and sustainability in growing communities. Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Philosophy from Georgia State University and has called Atlanta home for over 30 years. Her passion for Atlanta, technology, and giving back to the community fuel her goal of helping the region do great things. #GrowAtlanta | #IoTATL

Christine Del Priore

Customer Experience & Content Product Manager, Agentis

Christine specializes in making energy efficiency programs work for small business owners. She focuses on designing programs that are both engaging and accessible to eliminate barriers for small businesses participation. She has worked across commercial portfolios, gaining experience in managing and marketing custom incentive, field assessment, direct install, prescriptive and behavioral programs. Christine works tirelessly to promote a collaborative environment and continuous improvement of each project. She also develops, builds, and manages all content surrounding energy efficiency and customer-specific content on the Agentis Platform.

John DuCongé

Senior Project Manager, Design & Construction, Georgia Tech

John DuCongé is a Senior Project Manager in the Design & Construction department at The Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”). Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2000, he served as a Project Architect in Gensler’s Washington D.C. and Atlanta offices for more than fifteen years. John is a Registered Architect with degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.

Since joining Georgia Tech’s Capital Projects staff, John has managed a variety of project types ranging from infrastructure and landscape initiatives to large capital projects. Some of his most notable achievements include oversight of the design and construction of Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, which was Georgia Tech’s first LEED Platinum Building, and the Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) which won an AIA COTE Top 10 award. John is accomplished in managing large, complex projects with a focus on sustainable design.
He is currently serving as Senior Project Manager on The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design (KBISD), a ‘living learning laboratory’ seeking Living Building Challenge v3.1 Living certification. He is also the Senior Project Manager for the Georgia Tech Campus Center Re(in)novation, a phased, 15-acre development which will add and update multiple buildings in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus.

Patty Durand

President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

Patty Durand is President & CEO of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC), a nonprofit whose mission is to serve as a trusted source of information for stakeholders seeking a broad understanding of consumers’ views and attitudes about energy technology and grid modernization. SECC also educates consumers and provides materials to support stakeholders in their outreach and educational efforts engaging consumers about smart energy topics. Before joining SECC, Durand worked for the Georgia Institute of Technology where she assisted in smart grid research projects. She has an MBA from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Marlon Ellis

Area 6 Maintenance Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology

In January 2019, Marlon Ellis became an Area Maintenance Manager for the Georgia Institute of Technology. His primary responsibility is to manage the operation and maintenance of the Southeast’s first Living Building Challenge (LBC) facility. This building will function at a net positive energy, by producing its own power through photovoltaic (PV) solar energy production. In addition, rainwater will be collected and used to produce all the water in the building including drinking and shower water. Finally, solid waste will be captured through composting toilets. Previously, Mr. Ellis served as Facilities Manager/Director for both the public and private sectors, as well as managed multiple projects, properties, and locations, including Facilities Director for Atlanta Technical College. In this capacity, he was responsible for the administrative and supervisory responsibility of the daily operations and long-term procedures of the College’s facilities, including buildings, grounds, fleet, and maintenance, as well as construction projects and major repairs and renovations for all College sites. For nearly 20 years, he owned and operated a general contracting company, in which he completed HVAC installation, maintenance, and repairs. In addition, he was a HVAC Instructor for Georgia Piedmont Technical College for more than 11 years, where he was named Instructor of the Year in 2004. Mr. Ellis is married (Jill), and they have a total of 4 adult children. He holds a Bachelors of Applied Science Degree from Clayton State University in Technology Management. Mr. Ellis currently holds an unrestricted conditioned air license with the state of GA.

Dr. Shelley A. Francis

Co-Founder, EVNoire Mobility Intelligence Group

Dr. Francis, a former Medical School Faculty member, is a public health executive and entrepreneur. Her vision led to the co-founding of the Nation’s largest network of diverse EV drivers and enthusiasts, EVHybridNoire, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit. EVHybridNoire, is the first national multicultural organization focused on increasing EV adoption and awareness in under-represented communities. Dr. Francis is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of EVNoire Mobility Intelligence Group (EVNoire). EVNoire, a national, award-winning, minority-owned and led organization, works at the intersection of environmental health, transportation, and energy equity. The EVNoire Team specializes in providing engagement to next-generation vehicles (electric vehicles) through equity mobility models, education and outreach, expanding the charging infrastructure, marketing/launches, workplace charging, and public policy advocacy. In addition, they are intentional about providing resources and access to underserved and diverse communities as well as frontline communities around affordable, clean and sustainable energy vehicles and platforms. Dr. Francis and Co-Founder Terry Travis are recognized as national thought leaders in the E-Mobility space. EVNoire works with utilities, non-profits, government agencies, public health organizations, and regional and national organizations to expand this market share. EVNoire also engages communities on workforce development opportunities in the alternative fuel/electric vehicle economy.

Pamela Fann

Director of Member Services, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Pamela Fann serves as the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Director of Member Services. SEEA’s mission is to drive market transformation in the Southeast’s energy efficiency sector through collaborative public policy, thought leadership, programs and technical advisory services, while ensuring energy efficiency is equitable for all communities that we serve. Previously, Pam enjoyed a successful 22-year career with The Coca-Cola Company, most recently working in Global Public Affairs and Communications.


Pam has a degree in Marketing, a certification in Human Resource Management, and is a Certified Diversity Profession and Certified Diversity Trainer. She served on the board of The Coca-Cola Company’s women’s LINC business resource diversity group for more than 7 years and on the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech Women’s Entrepreneurship Program. Pam worked closely with The Coca-Cola Company’s Office of Diversity, where she continued to grow her passion around organizational diversity needs.

Tony Giroti

Chairman, Energy Blockchain Consortium

Bio coming soon.

Nekabari Goka

Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Market Development, Oracle Utilities

Nekabari (Neka) works as a Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Market Development for Oracle Utilities, supporting state and federal regulatory engagements aimed at driving the advancement of software-enabled utility behavioral energy efficiency programs in North America. In addition to representing business unit regulatory priorities with public utility commissions and state energy officials, Nekabari also serves as a wholesale electricity market subject matter expert, leading Oracle’s engagement with federal regulators and independent system operators in the areas of demand side energy management strategy and energy and capacity market design. Prior to joining the regulatory affairs team at Oracle, Neka spent the last six years in the power and utilities industry, working most recently as a member of Deloitte Consulting’s Energy, Resources and Industrials practice in Washington DC.  A native of Atlanta GA, Neka received bachelor’s degrees in both Economics and International Affairs from The University of Georgia in 2012, as well as a master’s degree with focus in Information and Communication Technologies and Energy Policy from The Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) in 2014.

Nina Gupta

Founder, Greenlite Lighting Corporation

Nina established Greenlite Lighting Corporation in 1993 as the North American sales arm for Phoenix Lamps, India. Since then, Greenlite has grown into a leader of energy efficient residential products including LED Bulbs and Fixtures, Smart Thermostats, Water Saving Products, Weatherization Products, and more. Greenlite’s core go-to-market strategy leverages Utility Energy-Efficiency Incentives to service the Residential Market through a variety of Utility Program Channels such as Upstream and Mid-Stream Programs, Food Bank Programs, Direct Install Programs, Multi-Family Programs, Energy Efficiency Kit Programs, Emerging Technology Pilot Programs, etc. In 2019, we are currently under contract with 75+ utilities nationwide delivering ENERGY STAR products to Residential market. Greenlite specializes in projects that are close to Nina’s heart, most importantly, low-income programs that focus on delivering ENERGY STAR products to hard to reach markets that often cannot access these products.

David Haskins

Global Learning & Development Consultant, Kimberly Clark

Dave Haskins is a Learning & Development Consultant and Corporate trainer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation where he supports the design & delivery of some of Kimberly-Clark’s key signature development programs globally.

Before joining Kimberly Clark in 2015, Dave worked at other large companies like The Coca-Cola Company and Siemens in various procurement, customer care & human resources roles. Dave enjoys helping others connect the dots and has a passion for teaching and all things diversity related. Dave received his degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder in International Affairs and speaks both Spanish and German fluently. He also teaches English as a second language part time thru a company called Berlitz.

Carl Hill

East Region Multi-Cultural Community Relations Director, Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc.

In his role, Carl leads a diverse variety of community relations events in the East Region. Carl began his career with the Coke System in 2014 where he led Large Store Operations for South Metro, Macon, and Dublin areas. Soon thereafter Carl began to assume the additional Key Account Manager responsibilities of handing the largest Large Store Independent Grocers for the Atlanta Market Unit. In 2017, he assumed the role of Multi-Cultural and Community Relations Manager within the Marketing Operations department activating many retail programs. Carl is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in Sales and Marketing, a graduate of Georgia State University with a master’s degree in Business Administration and is certified as a Project Management Professional from the International Project Management Institute.

Wesley Holmes

Director of Strategy & Development, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Wesley Holmes serves as SEEA’s director of strategy and development, and has held this position since January 2016. Prior to this role, Wesley served as SEEA’s development manager from 2012-2015. Wesley received a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Management from Georgia Southern University and a Masters of Environmental Policy and Management from American Public University. Since 2014, he has served on the Generation Green Board with the Georgia Conservancy, holding numerous chair positions, and as the co-chair of the Georgia Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition.

Louis E. James

President & CEO, Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics (SEEL), LLC

A prolific entrepreneur, Louis James sets a high bar for building successful businesses. With more than 45 years of entrepreneurial experience, James is a master of parlaying joint ventures with majority companies into sole minority-owned, disabled veteran owned corporations. He builds sustainable companies that provide jobs in the community and opportunities for other minority-owned businesses. James’ flagship company, SEEL (Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics) is an energy program implementation contractor that currently manages 17 programs in five states. The company provides an array of energy efficiency services from in-home consultations to appliance recycling, direct install work to cutting edge pilot programs. SEEL has won numerous awards including the 2018 Supplier of the Year Award from MMSDC and the Andromeda Star of Energy Award during the company’s early years. A native of Mississippi, James is a dedicated community leader who volunteers in numerous philanthropic roles.

Stacey Key

President and Chief Executive Officer, GMSDC

Stacey Key is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC). Key has more than 20 years of corporate experience in sales, marketing, operations and customer service at global brands like IBM, AT&T, Schlumberger and Samsung Telecommunications. Prior to joining the GMSDC, she was responsible for leading nationwide marketing efforts at Samsung Telecommunications as its Marketing Director. She also served as Vice President – Public Sector for Schlumberger, the world’s leading supplier of products and services to the oil and gas industry. She is also an accomplished entrepreneur, with more than 15 years of experience at the helm of a successful family business.
Stacey has been recognized as a leader throughout the state for her career accomplishments and community service. Some of her awards and honors include: the 100 Influential Women to Know by Engineering Georgia, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle Women Who Mean Business Award, Who’s Who of Black Atlanta, Diversity Plus Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Apex Small Business Champion Award. Key earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Western Kentucky University, and an MBA from Kennesaw State University. She holds a certificate in Mergers and Acquisitions from Kennesaw State University, a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014 and Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2018. Key is actively involved in the community and serves on numerous boards of directors including the Georgia Department of Transportation, Midtown Alliance, College Football Hall of Fame and Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Vanessa Lane

Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Supply Chain Organization, Cox Enterprises Inc.

Vanessa is responsible for managing diverse suppliers, cross divisional support of diversity initiatives, analyzing vendor risk and managing external diverse supplier relationships with such organizations as the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), National LBGT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and their affiliate councils. Vanessa joined Cox Enterprises Inc. in 2006 as a Contract Administrator and has continued to grow and evolve into her role as Supplier Diversity Program Manager. Before joining Cox Enterprises Inc., her previous employers included Worldspan (Travelport) and Emory University School of Medicine.

She is actively involved in the community and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), local affiliate council of NMSDC, representing Cox. Vanessa also serves as a mentor for the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection and volunteers her time with Habitat for Humanity, the Foster Care Support Foundation, and a host of community outreach projects with Cox and her church. In 2014 Vanessa received the Power of Partnership Award for her mentorship with the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection. Vanessa is a graduate of the University of West Georgia and holds a B.B.A. degree with a concentration in Marketing.

Kate Lee

Policy Manager, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Kate Lee serves as SEEA’s policy manager, and has held this position since 2017. In this role, she engages with utilities, policymakers and other stakeholders to promote smart energy efficiency policies throughout the Southeast. Prior to joining SEEA, Kate served for two years as clinical fellow with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law School.
Kate holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To the delight of her colleagues, Kate spends her spare time as an avid home-brewer of fine energy-efficient beers.

Monica McCoy

Founder, Monica Motivates, LLC

Monica McCoy is a highly-sought after global speaker, business strategist, executive coach and consultant. As founder of Monica Motivates, LLC., Monica provides coaching, speaking and consulting services, that helps women transition from being mere spectators, to pursuing their dreams and becoming active participants in having fulfilling, successful personal and professional lives.

A former Acting Global Director of Strategy and Innovation for the McDonald’s Division for The Coca-Cola Company, McCoy left to pursue her own dreams in 2017, after 15 successful years. Now her business focus is helping individuals identify their purpose and passion, while showing them how to best leverage their newly found knowledge for the benefit of their companies and themselves.

Jimmy Mitchell

Director of Project Solutions, Skanska USA

Jimmy started with Skanska in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Georgia Tech. Sustainability is a career passion, one of Georgia’s first LEED managers, created the Atlanta Mission urban garden, and a founding board member of the construction material reuse nonprofit based in Atlanta, the Lifecycle Building Center. His current role with Skanska is the Systems Coordinator for The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at all design and construction phases. The Kendeda project is built to comply with the full certification of the Living Building Challenge which incorporates regenerative design including solar panels, battery storage, composting toilets, and potable from rainwater systems.

Peter O’Connor

Policy Specialist, Plug-In America

Peter is focused on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, promoting policies and programs that will transform the transportation sector and encourage more EVs on the road. Prior to his work at Plug-In America, Pete was a post-doctoral fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), researching how electric vehicles and renewable energy can work together on the grid. He has more than ten years of experience working on energy and environmental policy and technology issues. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Boston University, where he completed a dissertation on energy transitions in societies. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Harvard University.

Dr. Jyrki Penttinen

Technology Manager, North America, GSMA

Dr. Penttinen has worked on mobile telecommunications in Finland, Spain, Mexico, and the USA. His past employers include Telia Sonera, Nokia, and G+D Mobile Security Americas. He is experienced in research and operational activities such as planning, optimization, measurements, system architectures, and services. Since 2014, he focused on security solutions and developing industry trends. At present, he assists operator members with the adoption, design, development, and deployment of GSMA specifications and programmes. Dr. Penttinen has also authored various books on 5G and other telecommunication technologies.

Kline Petty

Power Delivery Manager, Georgia Power

Bio coming soon!

Lisa Poger

North Carolina Electric Transportation Manager, Duke Energy

Lisa Poger joined Duke Energy in 2018 as Electric Transportation Manager for North Carolina to assist electric vehicle program implementation and outreach and education efforts for the advancement of transportation electrification across Duke Energy’s North Carolina service territories. Lisa formerly worked at Advanced Energy North Carolina where she managed electric transportation projects and led the North Carolina statewide electric vehicle collaborative, Plug-in NC, which brought together industry supporters and stakeholders to identify and address barriers affecting electric transportation market transformation. In her role at Advanced Energy, Lisa worked closely with electric utilities and other industry stakeholders to support EV growth, deployment of EV charging infrastructure, and the creation of utility programs to manage new EV charging loads. Prior to joining Advanced Energy, Lisa worked at Pacific Gas & Electric Company in northern California, where she managed emergency demand-side curtailment programs and enrollment for large commercial and industrial accounts. Lisa and her family currently reside in Raleigh, NC.

Lauren Ross

Local Policy Program Manager, American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy

Lauren Ross manages the Local Policy Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) where she focuses on the local implementation of energy efficiency. Her research concentrates on the nexus of energy efficiency, equity, and cities. She is the lead on ACEEE’s work to expand policies and programs to improve energy use in underserved and under-resourced communities, with an emphasis on affordable housing. Through her work with cities, she continues to promote energy efficiency as a tool to make communities more economically vibrant, healthier, and adaptable in the face of climate change.

Prior to joining ACEEE, Lauren was a fellow in the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development where she worked on identifying best practices and policies to further sustainable housing and cities throughout the United States and internationally. Lauren has a PhD in Urban Sociology from Temple University. She earned an MA in Urban Sociology from the George Washington University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

Winston Sankey

Technical Director, Ecoer Inc.

Winston Sankey is in the unique position of serving dual roles as the Technical Director of Ecoer Inc., a manufacturer IoT centric Inverter HVAC systems with smart controls and as the founder and President of Nemas International LLC, a technical support and consulting company for multinational manufacturing and sales companies operating in the USA and Canada. Winston Graduated from New York University (Polytechnic Institute) in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 2000, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering at Syracuse University. 

Quazi Sayeed

Global Product Manager for Network and Communications, Honeywell 

Quazi Sayeed (Sayeed) is the Global Product Manager for Network and Communications at Honeywell Smart Energy. He is responsible for Smart Energy’s global communication strategies and support relevant communication projects for Electric, Gas and Water meters. He has 15+ years of experience in product management in cellular industry. Prior to joining Honeywell, he led product and portfolio management programs at Nokia (formerly Alcatel Lucent) for the wireless business division. In that role, he had managed products and services for Operations, Administration and Maintenance platforms, Service Measurements, Performance Management and Analytics. He has master’s and doctorate degrees in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University and Pennsylvania State University respectively.

Larry Simpson

Director of Growth, Enervee

Larry is Director of Growth at Enervee, and for the past 18 years has worked in a number of clean energy technologies including distributed energy resources (DERs) and alternative fuel vehicles, spanning software-as-a-service (SaaS) and energy services companies, and leading a NYSERDA-sponsored CleanTech incubator. He is a co-founder of 3 companies, including Blue Springs Energy, and venture capital-backed Connected Energy and the Web Product Realization Network. Larry has an MBA in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BS in Engineering and Management from Clarkson University.

Chris Singleton

Director, IT Americas Electricity and Smart Energy Solutions, Honeywell

For the past 20 years, Chris has been an Information Technology leader delivering core enterprise architectures and energy management solutions. Prior to joining Honeywell’s Customer Care team, Chris spent time internationally building large-scale IT support and security organizations across utility gas, water, electricity and SaaS-focused sectors. Chris’s primary focus is continuous improvement of Energy Management Support operations through enhanced processes and expansion of the service offering portfolio in support of Honeywell’s best-in-class offerings. Chris holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from North Carolina Wesleyan University, and the ITIL Foundation Certification in IT Services Management.

Greg Thompson

Senior Manager, Utility Digital Solutions, Schneider Electric

Greg Thompson, Senior Manager, Utility Digital Solutions, is Schneider’s business leader for a cloud-based (SaaS) software business delivering solutions to electric utilities and their customers. He has over 20 years of experience in the energy management domain specialized in the areas of utilities, enterprise energy management, cloud solutions, professional services and software. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Carla Walker-Miller

Founder and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services

As founder and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services (WMES), Carla Walker-Miller is a visionary leader determined to change lives through energy. Her 19-year old Detroit-based firm creates and manages customized energy waste reduction and energy efficiency programs that help electric and gas utilities, meet mandated energy savings goals. With decades of industry leadership, Carla is a sought after speaker on issues relating to entrepreneurship, diversity & inclusion, and energy efficiency. In recent years, her firm has experienced exponential revenue growth, increasing to over 100 team members and operating in three states. She has grown the business from a startup to one of the largest energy waste reduction companies in the country owned by an African-American woman.

John Wallace

Director of Innovation, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

John Wallace is the director of innovation at Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions. He has been active in the design and development of electronic control systems for more than 20 years and holds several patents related to the control of HVAC and refrigeration systems. John is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and has served on many industry committees, including the LonMark Refrigeration committee and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Building Alliance, and currently chairs the NAFEM (North American Food Equipment Manufacturers) Data Protocol standardization committee and the AHRI (Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) Electronics Controls section. He is a recognized expert in the field of smart buildings and has testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee on the impact of smart building technologies on the nation’s infrastructure. John earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri.

Lauren Wallace

Principal, Director of Certifications and Consulting, The Epsten Group

Lauren M. Wallace is a Principal and the Director of Certifications and Consulting at Epsten Group, Inc., where she has helped facilitate sustainability and wellness measures for thousands of projects around the globe. Ms. Wallace is a WELL Faculty member, WELL AP, WELL Performance Testing Agent, LFA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Project Reviewer, BREEAM USA In-Use Assessor, Fitwel Ambassador, TRUE Advisor, and Parksmart Advisor. With a background in Architecture, Ms. Wallace has more than ten years of experience in sustainability. She speaks regularly to audiences with varying expertise about implementing change in the built environment, focusing on technical information and application. She leads a team of experts who specialize in the application of multiple rating systems. The Epsten Group, Inc. headquarter office in Atlanta, Georgia is LEED, WELL, Fitwel, Petal Certification, and RESET Air certified.

Greg Wassel

Product Manager, Grid Optimization, Franklin Energy

Greg Wassel understands that grid optimization is key to our industry’s future. He is responsible for identifying new and innovative approaches to integrated demand side management programs, forging partnerships with industry-leading companies to enhance operations and developing new products and services for clients. Greg also leads the grid optimization product line and monitors demand response and other distributed resource program performance. Greg supports existing clients and business development teams by conducting regular best practice and innovation meetings to ensure that each client is kept up to date regarding the rapidly changing demand side management industry. He has a Master’s Degree in Geography from the University of Georgia and is a certified energy manager (CEM).

Pete Westlake

Manager of Strategic Customer Programs, Finance and Contracts, Orlando Utilities Commission

As the Manager of Strategic Customer Programs, Finance and Contracts, Pete launches new strategic programs and initiatives and manages the budget and contracts for Customer Operations at the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). OUC is a vertically integrated Municipality that serves Electricity and Water to Orlando, parts of Orange and Osceola counties. Pete is the Program Manager for Smart Cities initiatives, Beneficial Electrification including transportation and Low-Income programs. Pete has extensive experience in project management in all forms of project delivery. His experience covers a wide variety of industries and primarily in technology with project and program management. Pete is Black Belt trained and has experience with large complex process improvement and management. Pete holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Organizational Development.

Lincoln Wood

Electric Transportation Policy Manager, Southern Company

Lincoln focuses on electric transportation policy issues for Southern Company; working with industry stakeholders to accelerate electric vehicle adoption. Since 2006, Lincoln has worked in complimentary areas of marketing including marketing research, product development, policy development, and innovation. Some of his accomplishments include the planning, development, and rollout of an energy data usage presentment tool to over 3.5 million customers and playing a leadership role in the DOE’s to national energy usage data privacy project, DataGuard. Lincoln also works in Southern Company’s Energy Innovation Center, furthering industry advancement in electric transportation and home automation technologies. Lincoln holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Economics and Sociology from the University of Georgia, is a Certified Energy Manager, and a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society.