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2019 Keynotes

Paul Lauria | President, Mercury Associates, Inc.
Paul Lauria Paul Lauria is a co-founder of Mercury Associates and is the firm's President. His areas of expertise include alternative financing approaches, fleet management best practices, cost charge-back methodologies, and fleet rightsizing. Over his 30-year consulting career, Mr. Lauria has worked with a wide array of organizations in the public and private sectors touching on virtually every facet of fleet management and operation. He has conducted presentations and workshops on fleet management best practices for almost 50 organizations in 19 countries around the world; directed research studies for entities such as the RAND Corporation and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies; and served as an expert witness in several class-action lawsuits and arbitration cases. He also has authored articles for a large number of transportation and fleet industry journals.

Kurt Shadbolt | Faculty, BMW Program, Chabot College
Kurt Shadbolt Kurt Shadbolt has been in the automotive industry for over 35 years as a technician and educator. His experience as a technician was focused on European cars at both the dealer and independent levels, specializing in electrical, drivability and diagnostics. As an educator, Kurt has taught at the Technical school, High School Regional Occupational Program, California Community College, and BMW Manufacture Training levels. Professionally, he is an ASE Master Technician with L1, California Bureau of Automotive Repair Certified Instructor and licensed Inspector and Repair Technician, has a B.S. from Florida Metropolitan University in Higher Education Management, an A.A.S. Automotive Technology from Sequoia Institute, and manufacture training from multiple OEM's. Kurt has extensive experience in curriculum development and implementation having completed curriculum work for multiple manufactures, State of California, regional grant projects, and various levels of educational programs. Currently, Kurt is one of the automotive / BMW faculty at Chabot College in Hayward, CA.

Lauren Skiver | CEO, Sunline Transit Agency
Lauren Skiver Ms. Lauren Skiver began her transit career 17 years ago as a Maintenance Clerk at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit. She went on to executive positions at the Maryland Transit Administration and became CEO of Delaware Transit Corporation in 2012. In late 2013, she made the move to her home state of California as CEO of SunLine Transit Agency. SunLine has contributed 20 years to the research, development and execution of alternative fuel production and vehicle projects. SunLine also currently operates the second largest Hydrogen Fuel Cell transit fleet in the country and expects to become number one in the next two years. Prior to her transit career, Ms. Skiver served in the US Army specializing in Military Intelligence as an Imagery Analyst.

2019 Speakers

Joy Alafia | President & CEO, Western Propane Gas Association
Joy Alafia is the President and CEO of the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA), an organization dedicated to the advancement and safe use of propane. WPGA values propane as part of California's clean energy economy. Under her direction, the association is leading the way for the commercialization of renewable propane, as well as seeking other innovative propane engine developments. Her employment history includes CVI Melles Griot, Intel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI). Joy also currently serves on the Board for the non-profit Building Diversity in Science, an organization committed to increasing the role of underrepresented groups in STEM careers.

Bill Boyce | Energy Research and Development Group Supervisor, Electric Transportation, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Bill Boyce is currently responsible for Transportation Electrification Strategic Planning and Policy Development at SMUD and prior to that he managed SMUD's electric transportation research and development program for 16 years. He is on the Board of Directors of the California Electric Transportation Coalition and previously served as an advisor to the Electric Power Research Institute's Electric Transportation Program. Mr. Boyce has a broad technical background that includes aerospace, environmental, mechanical, and mining engineering along with his electric utility experience. Prior to working at SMUD, Bill spent 15 years working in the liquid rocket industry in business development, program management and project engineering.

Tarah Campi | HVIP Program Manager, CALSTART
Tarah Campi is the Program Manager for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), HVIP supports deployment of the advanced technologies needed to meet California's air quality goals. The program provides point-of-sale discounts to make clean trucks and buses more affordable for fleets, and has invested over $400 million in communities across the state since 2009. Tarah has a background in active-transportation policy implementation, bikeshare management, and regional planning. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.

Kristian Damkier | Associate Air Quality Engineer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Kristian Damkier is an Associate Air Quality Engineer with the Sac Metro Air District. He received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northern Arizona University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in California. For over 17 years, Kristian has worked as one of the lead grant engineers in the Transportation & Climate Change Division primarily focused on deploying zero emission technologies in the heavy duty on road vehicle segment. Past projects include deployment of clean diesel technology under the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air Transportation (SECAT) Program, working with local fleets to prepare for electric and hydrogen trucks, and coordinating efforts with regional entities to attract zero emission funding to the Sacramento region.

Gary Dannar | CEO, DD Dannar, LLC
Starting with early patents for rough terrain forklifts in the 1970's, Gary Dannar's career has continuously centered on innovation and new product development. His corporate responsibilities spanned North America and across Europe and Asia, in leadership roles for several corporations, including Ford Motor Co., The General, New Holland, and Alamo Group. Today, Gary is an established leader and industry innovator thru his two privately held heavy equipment companies, Little Roadside Management, LLC, and DD DANNAR, LLC. With DANNAR, Gary has looked to the future and clearly identified the need for a new product category in the heavy-duty non-road and off-road equipment sector, a product that meets strict new ZEV emissions standards with increased productivity and utilization. Highly configurable for everyday use in multiple applications, DANNAR's Mobile Power Station® is a strong departure from our diesel fueled past, and benchmarks a new category of clean, electric work vehicles.

Dahlia Garas | Research Program Director, Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, UC Davis
Mrs. Dahlia Garas is the research program director for the Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis. She came to UCD after working at Southern California Edison's Electric Vehicle Technical Center as an engineer specializing in hybrid vehicle design and testing. Dahlia holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. At the University, she worked under Dr. Andy Frank, conducting research on prototype hybrid and electric vehicles, including electric school buses, and acted as team leader for the award winning FutureTruck team.

Kyle Goff | Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Kyle Goff has worked for the California Air Resources Board since 2010, but began his career in heavy-duty diesel vehicle incentives in 2015 when he joined the team responsible for implementing the Carl Moyer Program. Kyle was a key team member in the effort to modernize the statutory framework that provides the basis for the Carl Moyer Program, as well as subsequent efforts to update the Carl Moyer Program Guidelines in 2017. More recently, Kyle has led the effort to implement incentives in support of the Community Air Protection Program. These community-guided incentives provide immediate benefits to disadvantaged communities that continue to suffer from disproportionate levels of air pollution.

Robert Gordon | Deputy Director, DeKalb County Fleet Management
Robert has 33 years of professional work experience in the Fleet Management industry with 19 years of government fleet experience and 14 years of experience with truck leasing organizations. Mr. Gordon earned an Associate's Degree in Business Management at the age of 49. Mr. Gordon has earned a Certificate of Public Works Management and an Advanced Certificate of Public Works Management through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. He graduated from DeKalb County Government's Bright Futures Emerging Executive Leaders Program. He is on the board of directors for Clean Cities Georgia. DeKalb County Fleet Management has placed in the Top 10 of the 100 Best Fleet for the last 5 years. Under his direction, DeKalb County Fleet Management achieved 1st place in the 100 Best Fleet Award in 2018. Mr. Gordon also received the 2018 FLEXY award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Fleet Management from NAFA Fleet Management Association. He serves on advisory committees at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Warren Tech, Southern Crescent Tech, Whitfield County Career Academy, and Atlanta Metropolitan College. He is also an active member in many organizations including 100 Best Fleet, Green Fleet, NAFA, Georgia Motor Trucking Association, American Public Works Association, Georgia Municipal Association, Clean Cities Georgia, Southeast Diesel Collaborative, and Southeast Governmental Fleet Managers Association.

Norma Havens | National Sales Manager, USA Fleet Solutions
Norma Havens has 38 years of experience helping fleets improve safety, operational efficiency, and reduce and control fuel costs. She and her team at USA Fleet Solutions have supported the telematics implementation for some of the largest fleets on the west coast. Norma has worked directly with The City of Houston, Texas, Health Department Air Quality project to help monitor hyper local air quality levels to the neighborhood level. Her team is part of the implementation of the State of California Geotab Telematics contract. She is working with fleets in California to adopt more electrification of their fleets. She has been recognized as one of the top 20 women in fleets across the US. Norma is active in No Cal NAFA, MEMA, PFSA, Fleet Pros (formerly RMFMA) and Clean Cities. During her 24 years in the fuel industry, she opened the first public Biodiesel station in the nation in May 2001 and has spoken at Alternative Fuel Symposiums. Norma and her business partner/husband, Bob Belknap, also do motivational speaking at association meetings.

Jim Hineson | Maintenance Group Supervisor, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Jim Hineson is a General Maintenance Supervisor with The Port Authority of NY & NJ that own, operates, & maintains over 2500 pieces of equipment. He operates out of the Central Automotive Division (CAD) and is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at multiple facilities. His work regularly includes equipment dispositions, rental equipment, maintenance operations, and piloting / implementing new technology along with green initiatives. Since 2015, Jim coordinates CAD's ongoing commitment to a greener automotive fleet. He manages an outreach program for (CAD) to inform vehicle users on alternative fuel vehicles and best practices. Thanks to his efforts, The Port Authority of NY & NJ placed in the top 3 for two NAFA awards along with #1 for The 100 Best Government Green Fleet Award for 2016 & 2019.

Tom Johnson | Author, 100 Best Fleets
Tom C Johnson was employed by the largest fleet management company in the world for 17 years. His job was to analyze fleets...3500 of them in the past 30 years. His first book on teambuilding has sold over 25,000 copies and was customized by Sears-Roebuck for their Corporate University. His second book is on the 7 Qualities of the 100 Best Fleets in North America. One fleet manager in the book invested $400.00 and got a return of $44,000. Tom started the Government Fleet Manager of the Year and the 100 Best Fleets in North America awards. In addition to the Government Green Fleet award. He facilitates fleet roundtable discussions monthly around the country to find solutions to common problems. His articles on best business practices are seen monthly in different Fleet publications. Most recently twice in the Wall Street Journal. Tom is a sought after fleet presenter, recently key noting an International Fleet Conference in Brazil that was streamed to the entire country.

Lisa Kunzman | Supervising Equipment Engineer, California Department of Transportation
Lisa has been with the Caltrans Division of Equipment for over 30 years and is an office chief leading of the work of four branches. Lisa hold a mechanical engineering degree from California State University, Fresno. She is active in several national and regional fleet organizations with a focus on DOT such as: Transportation Research Board- Maintenance Equipment Committee- committee research coordinator, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Maintenance Committee, vice chair of the Equipment Technical Working Group, AASHTO Equipment Management Technical Services Program- oversight panel member and Western States Highway Equipment Management Association-board member.

Keith C. Leech Sr. | Chief, Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise, County of Sacramento
Keith Leech Sr. currently leads Sacramento County's Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise. The County of Sacramento is recognized as a trailblazer in implementing renewable fuels and innovative fleet technology projects driven by strategic business planning processes and data driven decisions. Sacramento County's fleet was recognized as the #1 Green Fleet in 2018 and among Government Fleet's Leading Fleets and 100 Best Fleets for the last three consecutive years. Keith was inducted into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame in 2017 by Government Fleet Magazine and APWA and received NAFA's 2014 Fleet Excellence Awards for Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability and Excellence in Fleet Leadership. Keith currently serves as Chairman of the Northern California Chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association and NAFA's Government Affairs Committee. He also serves as President of the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition.

Matt Leuck | Renewable Diesel Fuel Technical Manager, Neste
Matt Leuck is the renewable diesel technical manager for Neste in North America. He brings 13 years of diesel engine and energy industry experience to Neste, and provides technical expertise to engine OEMs, fuel distributors, fleet consumers, and internal teams. He began his career as an Application Engineer and then Technical Sales Manager at Cummins before moving to a sales director role at an equipment manufacturer and getting his MS in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado. He now uses his engine, equipment, and fuel expertise to support Neste's position at the leading edge of cleaner, low carbon renewable fuel.

Sergio Lopez | Program Manager, Forth
Sergio leads the delivery of pilot projects that advance sustainable and socially equitable transportation. He also manages the Go Forth Electric Showcase in downtown Portland. He previously worked at BIKETOWN as a Customer Relations Specialist/Brand Ambassador and as an assistant researcher at Portland State University helping develop green spaces. Sergio was born in Southern California and spent his childhood summers in Mexico, where both of his parents are from. Growing up in a low-income household, Sergio is passionate about the work Forth delivers. He holds a B.S. in Cultural Anthropology from Portland State University.

Mike MacComiskey | Government Sales Manager, GPS Insight
Mike is a well-known and respected advocate in the government procurement process and understands the explicit needs of municipalities and Gov fleets. Mike has 10+ years of Gov sales experience and he takes no relationship for granted; he has an unmistakable passion to make sure the customers' needs are met throughout the life of the program. Since joining the GPS Insight, Mike has helped us develop into an industry leader in this market.

Dwight MacCurdy | Project Manager, Energy Strategy Research and Development, SMUD
Mr. MacCurdy is a Project Manager in SMUD's Energy Strategy Research and Development Department. He has worked on Electric Transportation for SMUD since 1989 when SMUD launched its Electric Vehicle Program. Mr. MacCurdy has managed technology projects in the areas of Lightweight Electric Vehicles, Electric Ground Support Equipment for Airports, Energy Storage for Light Rail, EV Smart Charging, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Charge Management for fleet and workplace EVs and EV Suitability Assessments. Before his career in EVs, Mr. MacCurdy worked in Energy Efficiency at SMUD and at the California Energy Commission, and as a Financial Analyst at the Alaska Public Utilities Commission. He has a B.A. in Economics from UC Davis.

Sean McGee | Director, Product Management, Samsara
Sean leads Samsara's Connected Driver Product Group. He has a proven track record of designing and deploying sophisticated technologies across global enterprises. Sean holds BS & MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

John Mikulin | Public Fleet & Trucking Sector Lead, West Coast Collaborative, EPA
John Mikulin is an Environmental Protection Specialist in the US EPA, Region 9 Air and Radiation Division's Technology and Partnerships Office located in San Francisco, California. There, John is responsible for reducing emissions from mobile sources of air pollution in the western US. John's current assignments include: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) implementation, West Coast Collaborative stakeholder outreach and DERA grant project technical oversight, Clean Air Technology Initiative coordination, coordination of regional electric vehicle deployment, coordination of mobile source technology demonstration, assistance with national vehicle emissions standards development, assistance with regional biomethane deployment, diesel emissions reduction technology benefit-cost assessment, and National Environmental Policy Act review. Prior to joining US EPA, John worked for the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance as Project Manager of the California Environmental Dialogue, an environmental policy collaborative comprised of businesses, environmental non-governmental organizations and government agencies. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Service from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ryan Murano | Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Ryan Murano is an Air Pollution Specialist with the California Air Resources Board. He focuses on implementing heavy-duty advanced technology vehicle incentives funded by California Climate Investments from Cap and Trade proceeds, and develops mobile source strategies to meet California's air quality and climate goals. For the past five years, Ryan has been the lead staff for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and more recently, oversees the $82.5 million Zero-Emission Freight "Shore to Store" Project with the Port of Los Angeles. His experience spans over 21 years at CARB and the local level implementing and managing clean vehicle grant programs.

Kevin Myose | Fleet Manager, San Joaquin County
Kevin has over has over 39 years in the automotive industry, with 26 years in government fleet, and holds a MBA from National University. Kevin has successfully integrated several technologies into the fleet including INVERS car sharing, Geotab GPS tracking, plug-in EVs, and renewable diesel fuel. These efforts have produced measurable results that have had a direct effect upon air quality, work environment, and cost control. Ninety percent of standard passenger cars are hybrid or plug-in technology, unleaded fuel consumption is down by 23%, 17% of the light equipment fleet is pooled, and over $1.7M in vehicle replacements have been avoided. Currently, solar technology for EV charging is under development. The fleet has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Government Fleets in the Americas, a top 50 Leading Fleet, and top 20 Green Fleet.

Matt O'Leary | Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chairman, Motiv Power Systems
Matt O'Leary is Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chairman of Motiv Power Systems, a position he was appointed to in February, 2019. Matt has been a member of the Motiv Board of Directors since November, 2016, and was elected Chairman of the Board in July, 2018. Prior to that, Matt had worked at Ford Motor Company for over 38 years. He has extensive global experience in product development, purchasing and finance. Matt retired as the Vehicle Line Director, North America Trucks, SUVs and Commercial Vehicles at the end of 2015. Prior to that he was the Product Development Director for Ford South America Operations and led the development of the all-new EcoSport and Ka global vehicles. Matt also served as the Director of Corporate Strategy, establishing a strategy process and plan for profitable growth in Asia. Prior to that he served as Chief Engineer, F150/Expedition/Navigator and was responsible for the highly successful, all-new 2009 F150, which won numerous awards including Motor Trend Truck of the Year, North American Truck of the Year, Truck of Texas, JD Power Initial Quality, and Consumer Reports Recommended Buy. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan - Dearborn in 1977, and a Master of Science in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995.

David Pope | Government Sales Manager, Western Region, GPS Insight, LLC
David has been with GPS Insight since 2006 and has successfully managed over 1,300 customer deployments in North America as well as multiple international deployments. David comes to GPS Insight as a highly successful entrepreneur having founded three international distribution & technology companies and has a 25+ year background in technology and telecommunications. David works out of the GPS Insight Corporate Headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. Education: Business Administration, Management, and Operations - University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Years of Industry Experience: 15+.

Dale Prows | Head of Hydrogen Supply Chain, Nikola Motor Company
Dale Prows is Head of Hydrogen Supply Chain for Nikola Motor Company who is building heavy duty hydrogen powered trucks and a hydrogen fueling station network in North America and in Europe. Dale has over 25 years of business leadership experience in petrochemicals, industrial metals, and in the service sectors. He started his career in industrial sales and earned positions of increasing responsibility in sales and supply chain management during his tenure with Huntsman Corporation, Nova Chemicals, Indalex and ServiceMaster. Serving as Vice President at several multi-national companies, Dale managed billion dollar budgets and drove stakeholder value by improving top and bottom line performance. Having lived and worked across the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America, Dale has built effective business relationships with people on nearly every continent. His mastery of win/win outcomes has won the confidence of both clients and colleagues. Dale earned a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management and completed MBA coursework at the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Business School. He prides himself on building and leading high performing teams.

Sarah Reed | Outreach and Engagement Organizer, Electrification Coalition
Sarah Reed is an outreach and engagement organizer at the Electrification Coalition. She is responsible for guiding public fleets through the transition to electric vehicles and specifically supports the EC's Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative. Sarah was previously a program coordinator for the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) in Washington, DC, where she managed NARC's largest federal grant, Fleets for the Future. Sarah coordinated the project which made alternative fuel vehicle procurement more affordable and streamlined for public fleets. She has a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis.

Ashley Reynolds | Air Quality Specialist, Transportation and Climate Change Division, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Ashley Reynolds is an Associate Air Quality Specialist with the Sac Metro Air District. She is currently working as one of the leads on the Community Air Protection Program in the Sacramento area and focuses on transportation incentives. She has worked in various fields of Environmental Health over 10+ years, but has been primarily focused on transportation incentives to improve air quality since starting with the Air District three years ago. She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis.

Joe Rudolph | Vice President, Commercial Sales - Trucks, ROUSH CleanTech
Joe Rudolph has always had an affinity for fixing things. From a two-year gasoline/diesel vocational program in high school to a two-year enrollment in both Chrysler and General Motors sponsored programs, Joe quickly became equipped with the necessary tools to begin his career. Six years of work as an auto and heavy equipment mechanic followed before eventually beginning his career at INDOT as an equipment mechanic. It was there he discovered he enjoyed solving problems and working with people as much as he did fixing equipment and earned an bachelor's degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University to help advance his career. These efforts were quickly recognized with a regional fleet management role and while in that position made a considerable impression with the implementation of more efficient fleet management methods which included the alternative fuels and advanced technologies initiative. Within two years Joe was offered the position of Statewide Fleet Manager and ultimately Statewide Technical Services Director. Recognition of these accomplishments followed with an opportunity to leverage those successes by educating other fleets on alternative fuels and advanced technologies. Joe now has nearly six years with Roush CleanTech where he is responsible for business development. Outside of Roush he enjoys spending time with his daughter, Madison who is a senior at Indiana University.

Dawn Saunders | Account Manager, Verizon Connect
Dawn Saunders has been with Verizon Connect for seven years serving government fleet & operations agencies in maximizing their Telematics data.

Philip Saunders | Green Fleet Program Manager, City of Seattle
Philip Saunders Philip Saunders serves as the Green Fleet Program Manager for the City of Seattle. In this role, he provides subject matter expertise in green technology, procurements, policy, and capital projects. Philip authored the 2018 City of Seattle Green Fleet Action Plan and continues to work with all City departments in reducing fleet emissions in support of Seattle's climate goals. For his leadership in electric vehicles and technology, he received the 2017 Governor Jay Inslee's Award for Leadership in Management. Philip is nationally recognized for his work with Washington State's first Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) contract and Electric Vehicle (EV) contract, both of which tout the widest range of available EVs with cost saving measures built into the contracts. As a vital part of the City's diversity team, Philip continually champions small businesses led by minorities, women and disadvantaged business enterprises through key outreach and unique contracting techniques. Philip is a retired military warrant officer with 20 years as an Army logistician and contracting officer where he managed an array of contracts in logistical related services. Philip holds a bachelor's in Business Administration and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Demonstrated Senior Logistician, and Master Certified Food Executive. He also currently serves as an appointed mentorship committee member for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

Kash Sethi | Director of Sales, Motiv Power Systems
Kash heads up sales and business development at Motiv Power Systems, a California based Ford eQVM approved electric chassis provider for commercial trucks and buses. Motiv has been at the forefront of medium and heavy duty electrification for over 10 years, deploying close to 100 all-electric school buses, shuttle buses, delivery trucks and specialty community outreach vehicles. Their list of partners include Ford, BMW, Winnebago, Spartan Motors, REV Group and Forest River. Kash and his team work closely with both small and large fleets in helping them evaluate and implement electric vehicles. Prior to joining Motiv, Kash held several technical sales, business development and sales management roles at Siemens Energy. He holds an MBA specializing in sales, marketing and general management; and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He is passionate about sustainability and green technologies, and wants to do his part to leave behind a safe and clean planet for our children.

Timothy Shannon | Director of Transportation, Twin Rivers School District
Tim Shannon was the first school Transportation Director to deploy the largest fleet of electric buses in the nation. Shannon is the recipient of several awards for promoting improved air quality through clean vehicles, collaborating with local, state agencies, a leader in adopting advanced technology, and expanding the knowledge of other school districts and the public. He serves as a Chair on the Leadership Committee for the National Association for Pupil Transportation, a member of the Electric Vehicle School Transportation Coalition and a member of the Student Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee overseen by the California Highway Patrol to advocate for Tim's 20 years as the President of profitable business in a photography lab assisted in building the foundation for his advanced technology knowledge.

Josh Simpson | Vice President Marketing, Kamps Propane
Josh Simpson grew up in Berkeley, CA and worked his way through California's college system before graduating from UC San Diego with a BA in Communications. His marketing experience started in telecommunications before pivoting to digital advertising. As the VP of Marketing for Kamps Companies, he oversees their efforts to communicate internally and externally about the best uses for propane in the 21st century energy marketplace. He lives with his family in Brentwood, CA.

Evan Speer | Chief, Office of Fleet & Asset Management, California Department of General Services
Evan Speer serves as the Chief of the California Department of General Services (DGS) Office of Fleet and Asset Management (OFAM). In addition to managing its own fleet of approximately 4,500 vehicles, OFAM also functions as the oversight agency for all 50,000 of the State of California's fleet assets. In his role, Evan works extensively on policy, outreach, technology, and education efforts to further the adoption of zero-emission vehicles in the state fleet. Prior to stepping into his current role, Evan worked for DGS as a Special Projects Managers on efforts such as the state fleet's renewable diesel purchasing mandate and a multi-agency effort to establish a nationwide aggregated zero-emission vehicle purchasing program. Evan holds a BA in International Relations and an MPA from the University of Southern California.

Mark Stevens | Fleet Manager, City of Sacramento
Graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. Began career with 10 years at Detroit Edison. Promoted to Heavy Equipment Engineer. Accepted the position of Fleet Manager for the City of Pompano Beach, FL for 20 years. Established a state-of-the-art Fleet Management operation comprising fleet management information and fuel management software. Accepted the position of Fleet Manager with the City of Asheville, NC. Established objectives to meet sustainability goals legislated by city council. Augmented the city's alternative fuel program to help reduce the city's overall carbon footprint. Accepted the position of Fleet Manager with the City of Sacramento, CA in July of 2015. Continue to augment the city's sustainability efforts.

Jeff Stewart | President, Blue Star Gas
Jeff Stewart is the President of Blue Star Gas, a retail marketer that operates in 7 Western states of the U.S. Blue Star Gas has 14 locations and is a family owned company, Jeff is the third generation in the business. Blue Star Gas is an active member of Alliance Autogas, supporting just shy of 1,000 vehicles fueling every day. Blue Star Gas has installed over 70 public access Autogas fueling locations in 4 primary metropolitan markets of the western states. Blue Star works hard in the continued diversification of its business in many off-road engine applications such as generators, agricultural pumps and lawnmowers. Blue Star Gas has the honor of being the first company in the United States to distribute renewable propane for the transportation sector. Jeff holds a BA from the University of the Pacific and received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

Dan Sunseri | Association Coordinator/Membership and Outreach Committee, Public Fleet Chairperson, MEMA
In 2019, Dan Sunseri retired from the position of Fleet Manager from the City of San Jose with over 29 years' experience in various capacities within the fleet organization and possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from San Jose State University. Dan recently returned to the City of San Jose as a Rehired Retiree providing support to the Fleet Management program. The City's fleet program is centrally managed utilizing seven fleet shops and is comprised of more than 2,700 diverse vehicles and equipment in which over 45% utilize some form of alternative fuel such as renewable diesel, CNG, hybrids and EV's. San Jose was recognized in 2018 as one Government Fleet Magazines' Leading Fleets. Dan has been active throughout his career in various organizations such as NAFA, APWA, PFSA (past President) and most recently a member of the MEMA NorCal chapter.

Heather Taylor | Associate Air Quality Engineer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Heather E. Taylor is an Associate Air Quality Engineer with the Sac Metro Air District. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Semiconductor Physics from University of California at Davis. Heather is the lead grant engineer for school bus projects in the Transportation & Climate Change Division. She has implemented projects from heavy-duty trucks, agricultural pumps, and school buses including the first deployment of 29 electric school buses and associated infrastructure under the California Climate Investment funds. She also develops regional projects to create partnerships for delivering zero emission projects and funding to the Greater Sacramento region.

Tim Taylor | Executive Director, Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition
Tim Taylor managed the Land Use, Communications and Mobile Source Division at the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) from 1996 to 2003 and again from 2007 to his retirement in August of 2018. Between 2003 and 2007, he was the Government Relations Manager for Cleaire, a Bay Area based manufacturer of diesel particulate filters. He continues to serve as the Vice President and Executive Director of the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition.

John Thornton | President, CleanFuture, Inc.
John A. Thornton is president of CleanFuture, Inc., a sustainable energy consulting practice assisting companies and industry to become more energy efficient while reducing costs. John developed CleanFuture's Pathway to Savings™ Rewards program to unlock dormant financial opportunities for fueling fleets with low carbon fuels. Working with fleet owners / operators, fueling station owners, and fuel providers, Pathway to Savings™ provides a quarterly revenue stream enabled by the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for use of clean fuels. CleanFuture provides comprehensive LCFS management services and complies with every aspect of LCFS registration, reporting and record-keeping requirements, participates in CARB rulemakings, and maximizes the LCFS revenues our customers and partners receive. John has over 30 years' experience in industry. Prior to founding CleanFuture, John was vice president for an electric vehicle technology company. Previously John spent 11 years Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Group, Inc., producer of Hyster® and Yale® lift trucks, where he played key roles in the launch of industrial electric vehicles and related technologies. John earned a B.S. degree in Business / Operations Management from Oregon State University, and an M.B.A. from Portland State University.

Sedale Turbovsky | Chief Executive Officer, Egeria
Sedale began his career as an independent business consultant and strategic business development expert, specializing in data analysis. He's well versed in working in different cultures and environments with over five years of experience working as a business consultant and private contractor in South America, specifically Argentina and Chile. Recently he served as CEO of carbonBLU a successful SaaS startup currently supporting California's fleet sustainability goals. Sedale brings with him a history of building successful teams and a passion for enterprises with a strong social mission. As then CEO, and co-founder, of Egeria he leads an ambitious effort to democratize public funding and successfully map and connect the entirety of the public funding ecosystem.

Jimm Vosburgh, CAFM | Vice President Corporate Assets, West Valley Construction
Jimm started his career in the Operating Engineers Local 3 Apprenticeship Program and continued to repair heavy equipment for 18 years, before moving into Fleet Management. He has been a Fleet Manager in the construction industry for the past 20 years, providing crews with safe, ergonomic and regulatory-compliant equipment for efficient construction operations. Jimm now acts as chairman of the local apprenticeship program where he got his start 38 years ago. He is a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) and the Chapter Chair for the NAFA NorCal-Northern Nevada Chapter. West Valley Construction's fleet is a leader in the construction industry, achieving Tier 2 Sustainable Fleet Accreditation from NAFA/CALSTART, as well as being named the #48 Green Fleet in North America at the 2019 Green Fleet Awards. West Valley Construction is also a partner and active participant in the CALSTART Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero Program..

Nate Veeh | Business Development Manager, Government, Geotab
Nate Veeh helps empower public agencies utilize telematics technology to better manage their fleet and plan for a more sustainable future. As Government Business Development Manager for Geotab, Nate has witnessed a massive adoption to their platform, which now supports over 1.7 million connected vehicles. Most recently, he was part of the State of California Telematics contract that was solely awarded to Geotab. Using technology to improve utilization, electrify fleets and boost overall productivity are some of the key factors that continue to breed his passion for the industry.

Mark Wilhelm | Power Engineering Manager, Roseville Electric Utility
Mark is an executive with 40 years of experience in the Electric Power Industry. He has held key leadership positions with the Electric Power Research Institute, Siemens, PG&E and GE. Currently, Mark is the Engineering Manager at Roseville Electric, where he has led the creation of the organization's transportation electrification strategy. In his various industry roles, Mark has been directly involved in the development and implementation of many of the newest technologies being employed in today's electric power system. Mark lives in Sacramento, California with his partner of 29 years.

Kevin Wood | Clean Transportation Specialist, Center for Sustainable Energy
Kevin Wood is a Clean Transportation Specialist at CSE, where he works with a diverse group of public and private stakeholders to expand infrastructure and increase the use of electric vehicles. Kevin also performs outreach and analysis to help fleet operators and consumers make informed decisions about vehicle and fuel options. He manages alternative fuel market development initiatives under California Energy Commission and U.S Department of Energy programs, executing barrier reduction initiatives, including market assessment, best practices development, training coordination and technical assistance. He also serves as Coordinator of the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition, a partnership of public, private, and non-profit organizations dedicated to increasing the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles in the San Diego region as part of the U.S DOE's Clean Cities Program. Kevin earned an M.A. in Urban Planning from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Drake Zwahlen | Business Development Manager, Government, Geotab
Drake Zwahlen brings over 18 years of solution selling and account management experience working with Government and Fortune 500 organizations to Geotab. He has a combined 15 years of telematics, Machine to Machine (M2M), mobile resource management (MRM), and the Internet of Things (IoT) experience. His current position as a Government Business Development Manager for Geotab has him focused on state and local Government agencies in California to streamline regulatory compliance and reporting, reduce total cost of ownership, improve citizen and employee safety, minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, electrify their fleets, and provide insight to smart city initiatives. Drake maintains an active role in the government industry and has been a member of the American Public Works Association (APWA), the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA), and Fleetpros. He is pleased to be part of a company that is leading and shaping the industry and is excited about Geotab's recent contract award from the State of California.

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