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2015 SPEAKERS

  • Katherine Alfredo, Ph.D.
    Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia Water Center, Columbia University

    Katherine Alfredo is a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Columbia Water Center. Her work at the Columbia Water Center focuses on international water quality issues and the center’s initiative called America’s Water. She has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where her studies concentrated on defluoridation treatment and chemistry.

  • Vincent Caprio
    Founder & Executive Director
    Water Innovations Alliance Foundation

    Mr. Caprio (www.vincentcaprio.org) is the Founder & Executive Director of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF). As the Executive Director of WIAF, Mr. Caprio writes a regular column for GE’s, Our Water Counts – Water Wise. Mr. Caprio is the Founder and Event Director of the Water 2.0 Conference series with the next event being held on April 22, 2015 in Washington, DC.
    Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before Congress and the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and he has been an invited speaker at over 100 conferences.
    Mr. Caprio is a 35-year financial and media executive with an impressive track record of launching events focusing on emerging technology markets. Mr. Caprio joined the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association as the Founder and Event Director in 2002, to steer the launch of the highly successful NanoBusiness event series. In 2003 & 2004, Mr. Caprio served as the Event Director in the launch of The Emerging Technologies Conference in association with MIT’s Technology Review Magazine. Mr. Caprio has served as a consultant to the leading emerging technology research and advisory firm Lux Research, for its Lux Executive Summit in 2005 & 2006. In 2002, Mr. Caprio served as the Event Director and Program Director of the Forbes/IBM Executive Summit. Prior to joining the NanoBCA, Mr. Caprio was Event Director for Red Herring Conferences, producing the company’s Venture Market conferences and Annual Summit reporting to Red Herring Magazine Founder and Publisher Tony Perkins, and Editor, Jason Pontin. His industry peers have formally recognized Mr. Caprio on several occasions for his talents in both tradeshow and conference management. Mr. Caprio was named Sales Executive of the Year in 1994, while with Reed Exhibitions. Mr. Caprio, while employed with Reed Exhibitions, was honored with three Pathfinder Awards in 1995 for launching The New York Restaurant Show, Buildings Chicago and Buildings LA.
    Prior to joining Reed Elsevier’s office of the Controller in 1989, Mr. Caprio was employed at Henry Charles Wainwright investment group as a Senior Tax Accountant. In the 1980’s as a tax accountant, Mr. Caprio specialized in the preparation of 1120, 1065 and 1040 tax forms. Mr. Caprio was employed with the Internal Revenue Service from 1979-1981.
    Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University in 1979 with a B.S in Accounting. Mr. Caprio is a member of Villanova University’s Financial Club and serves as an active member of the Villanova Alumni Recruitment Network. Mr. Caprio serves on the Board of Trustees for the Easton Community Center and the Easton Learning Foundation in Easton, CT. Mr. Caprio serves as a committee chairperson for The Augustinian Fund.

  • The Honorable Kelly H. Carnes
    President & Chief Executive Officer, TechVision21

    Kelly Carnes is an entrepreneur, and nationally recognized technology policy expert and thought leader. She has served the high tech industry for over 20 years, holding leadership positions in technology business, law and government.
    She is President and CEO of TechVision21, a Washington, DC-based technology strategy firm. TechVision21 leverages technology, business and government expertise to help companies: pinpoint and secure research and technology funding; forge critical alliances with business and government leaders; and promote and protect their interests in Washington. TechVision21 clients include global companies, leading U.S. research universities, government, and science and technology non-profit organizations.
    Before founding TechVision21, Ms. Carnes served eight years at the highest levels of the U.S. government, working first as an aide to then First Lady Hillary Clinton, and later, as a senior technology policy advisor to four Secretaries of Commerce. Most recently, Ms. Carnes served four years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy. As a Presidential appointee, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ms. Carnes represented the Administration before Congress, and was a liaison to, and advocate for, the technology business community. Ms. Carnes also represented the United States in negotiations with foreign governments, and in multi-lateral fora, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
    Ms. Carnes also provided strategic direction and management oversight for a large Federal agency; spearheaded sophisticated, highly-leveraged public-private partnerships to promote technological innovation; and led numerous Presidential and Cabinet-level technology initiatives. Private sector partners—including Warner Brothers, Scientific American, the National Association of Manufacturers, and DeVry University—invested $50+ for every Federal dollar invested in these ventures.
    Ms. Carnes served as a key point person on numerous high profile issues affecting technology businesses, including regulation of E-commerce, H-1(b) visas, the R&D tax credit, securities litigation reform, financial accounting standards, and the high tech work force shortage. She also helped lead the Administration’s efforts to increase the representation of women and minorities in the nation’s technology work force.
    Ms. Carnes directed several Presidential-level technology programs and initiatives, including the National Medal of Technology, America’s highest award for technological innovation. She also created GetTech, an award winning national public awareness and information campaign to encourage teens to pursue technology careers. GetTech features celebrity endorsements, radio and television public service announcements, and an interactive web site. GetTech ads have been broadcast more than 45,000 times, and have reached students in 14,000 public middle schools.
    Ms. Carnes is known as a dynamic speaker and forceful advocate for industry on technology and competitiveness issues. She is a frequent keynote speaker at technology and business conferences around the nation, and has been widely quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN.com, Business Week.com, Information Week, CIO Magazine and The National Journal. She has been a featured guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, and appeared on television and radio broadcasts nationwide.
    Ms. Carnes has served on numerous Boards and Commissions, including the Comptroller General’s Advisory Board (Government Accountability Office), the Senior Advisory Group for the Director of National Intelligence, a National Governors’ Association Commission on Technology and Adult Education, and the Steering Committee for the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology (the “Morella Commission”). Ms. Carnes also has served as an advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and BEST: Building Engineering and Science Talent. In 2000, Ms. Carnes was selected by the Center for the Study of the Presidency to join an elite group of experts making recommendations to President Bush on improving the federal government’s ability to develop technology and competitiveness policy.
    Ms. Carnes previously enjoyed a highly successful technology business career. As an attorney at a top national law firm, Ms. Carnes structured and negotiated more than $1 billion in technology business transactions. These included joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital transactions, technology development, licensing and marketing agreements, systems integration projects, and large-scale computer outsourcing transactions.
    Ms. Carnes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, where she served as Topics Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.

  • Michael Deane
    Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)


    Michael Deane has extensive experience and the unique perspective of having worked in both the public and private water sectors. Before joining the NAWC in 2009, he was Associate Assistant Administrator for Water in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he played a key role in developing and implementing national water policy. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Policy Advisor in Infrastructure Finance for the Agency’s Office of Water. Michael began his career in water at the EPA, working on the state revolving fund and public-private partnership programs. Before returning to the EPA in 2006, he served as an executive at several water management companies, including United Water – and its parent company, Suez – and the U.S. operations of Vivendi (now Veolia), where he focused on innovative financing and infrastructure policy.
    Under his leadership, the association has increased outreach efforts on the regulatory and legislative fronts. Michael has also made educating Americans about the value of water and the challenges facing our nation’s water infrastructure a key priority for the NAWC. With a focus on raising awareness of the benefits offered by NAWC member companies, he is frequently quoted in trade publications as well as national outlets including Bloomberg, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Michael is a sought-after speaker for conferences and events across the country and abroad.
    In addition to his role with the NAWC, Michael serves on the Pictet Water Fund Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the Executive Committee of AquaFed, the International Federation of Private Water Operators and he is Chair of the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure’s water subcommittee.
    Originally from Minnesota, Michael holds a master of environmental management degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s in biology and geography from Gustavus Adolphus College.

  • Ralph E. Exton
    Chief Marketing Officer, Business Program Manager, ECLP, Water & Process Technologies, GE Power & Water

    Ralph provides strategic leadership and program direction for the business’s marketing activities and sustainability efforts.
    He also serves as the business program manager for the GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP), which is designed to attract, retain, and grow a diverse and global population of future sales and marketing leaders for GE businesses.
    Ralph joined Water & Process Technologies in 2002 and has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility for commercial operations, business development, marketing, and sales management. Prior to assuming his current role in February 2012, Ralph served three years as the global sales leader for channel partner development for Engineered Systems.
    Ralph is an ambassador for ecomagination*, GE’s commitment to imagine and build innovative solutions for today’s environmental challenges while driving economic growth. He is also the leader of the Water for Humanity program for GE Water, a philanthropic initiative that helps provide safe drinking water to communities in need.
    The Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals, elected Ralph to their 2012-2013 Board of Trustees. Ralph is also the co-chair for the AIChE International Society for Water Solutions.
    Ralph earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and has over 26 years of advanced water treatment, purification, and reuse experience.

  • Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E.
    Manager - Innovation Development, American Water

    Paul Gagliardo is the Manager of Innovation Development for American Water. In this role, he leads the American Water’s Innovation Development Process, which tests and develops new technologies and processes for use in the company and the water industry.
    Gagliardo has extensive experience in project management, wastewater recycling, equipment technology research and development, membrane systems, water resources planning, strategic planning, federal and state grants, water policy, water treatment technology, seawater desalination and groundwater asset development.
    He came to American Water in 2009 from Natawa Corporation, a start-up company focused on utilities and technology within a public-private partnership framework, where he served as vice president. Prior to that, he was the Senior Program Director for Earth Tech Inc., leading a team of engineers, construction managers, and technicians in the winning and execution of water and wastewater-related projects.
    Gagliardo also spent twenty plus years at the city of San Diego, where he created and managed the Aqua2000 Research Center, a program focused on testing new technologies for use in the water and wastewater business.
    A registered engineer in California, Gagliardo holds a master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College.

  • Robert J. Gates, P.E.
    Global Marketing Director Manufacturing, GE Intelligent Platforms

  • Ed Hackney
    Technical Director, Revenue Management, United Water

    Ed Hackney is Technical Director of Revenue Management and has been with United Water for 13 years focusing on OT (operational technologies) including SCADA, GIS and Smart Metering. Ed has over 20 years of IT experience in finance, manufacturing, consulting and Internet startups. Prior to United Water, Ed founded a broadband Internet Service Provider, consulted for fortune 500 clients while at KPMG and Arthur Andersen and ran section of HP/Compaq’s e-commerce site. Ed earned a BA in Marketing from Rutgers University and an MBA with a concentration in IT from Fordham University.

  • Alan Hinchman
    Chief Operating Officer, The Water Initiative

    Hinchman’s career has focused on municipal water since working with CH2M Hill in 1995. He had numerous roles at GE including Water Commercialization Leader with GE Automation Services (where he was responsible for winning over $75mm for over 500 projects), Global Industry Manager (where he focused on solving key customer challenges and creating new partnerships), and Global Marketing Director – Infrastructure (where he lead the team for the strategic marketing of GE Intelligent Platforms’ Energy, Oil & Gas, and Water offerings). Hinchman founded a clean water movement called Our Water Counts (www.OurWaterCounts.com), which has won many awards around its use of social networking to inform and drive people to action. Hinchman is a frequent speaker at industry events and in 2012 was named the Executive Chair of the Water Innovations Alliance to lead the efforts to address America’s water infrastructure issues.

  • Jim Hurd
    Director, GreenScience Exchange

    Since 1999, Jim Hurd heads the GreenScience Exchange and the NanoScience Exchange. He has worked closely with disruptive start-ups in achieving their strategic goals, in fund raising and in building alliances.
    •  Jim is currently developing key strategic alliances for a leading Israeli-American energy management software company.
    •  Jim was VP for Strategic Alliances for GIVE Eco Energy - a leading biomass technology integrator based in Cape Cod, MA that developed projects for Brazil and Ghana, that take waste biomass crops and convert them to electricity. Jim works with the Chairman and Founder to set up and manage strategic relationships with finance institutions, government agencies and engineering firms.
    •  Jim was on the 2010 Energy Faculty of Singularity University, based in Mountain View, CA - a leading technology graduate school led by Peter Diamandis, Founder of the X-Prize and Ray Kurzweill, famous author and inventor.
    •  Jim consults for the Water Innovations Alliance, a leading water technology association based in New York City.
    •  Jim was on the Steering Committee for Silicon Valley for "Cleantech for Obama" during the 2008 U.S. Presidential campaign. He participates in the Washington, DC and U.S. activities of the Clean Economy Network, (CEN), the follow-up organization to Cleantech for Obama after the '08 election. In the past, Jim attended receptions at the 2008, 2004 and 2000 Democratic Conventions. He works with Senators, Congressmen and their staffers on Capitol Hill to develop technology and innovation initiatives.
    As an advisor to leading technology start-up companies, Jim consulted for the following start-ups:
    •  A leading nano lithium-ion battery company, based in Silicon Valley, assisting in strategic relationships and key hires as the company grew, and tracking industry developments that affect the company's technology leadership.
    •  For Apollo Diamond, the leader in producing flawless single-crystal diamond for gems and semiconductors - developing key strategic partnerships with leading corporations.
    •  For a breakthrough coal and biomass fuel cell company - putting together strategic alliances.
    •  For a roll-up of disruptive materials based in London and backed by Middle Eastern investors - with deal flow for investment and acquisition.
    •  For Natural Nano, a publicly traded nano-materials company using pleximers to develop breakthrough new solutions in industrial materials - putting together key strategic relationships, recruiting a Nobel Laureate as an advisor, and increasing the visibility of the company in major media.
    •  For Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation, a subsidiary of Viaspace, in establishing strategic alliances.
    •  For Optiva, a leading nano-materials company in 2002 - 2003, helping the company to close a substantial part of a $30 million venture investment.
    •  Jim consulted for NOST - Netherlands Office of Science and Technology in 2007 - for two Dutch companies developing markets in the U.S.
    •  Jim was a first and second round judge for 2007, 2008 and 2009 World Bank Development Gateway Awards in Washington, DC. He participated in the United Nations Tech Tuesday events on scale-up of technology for developing countries held in 2003 and 2004.
    •  Jim has spoken at numerous events and conferences on "Realities of Start-up Commercialization" around the world.

  • Chanley T. Howell
    Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

    Chanley T. Howell is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where his practice focuses on a broad range of technology law matters. He is a member of the firm's Technology Transactions & Outsourcing and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices and the Sports and Health Care Industry Teams.
    Mr. Howell represents companies in a variety of technology law areas, such as:
    •  Data Privacy and Security Compliance – Counsel and advise clients with respect to compliance with data privacy and security laws requirements and obligations, including federal privacy laws (Gramm-Leach-Bliley, HIPAA); consumer protection / marketing laws (TCPA, CAN-SPAM); FTC privacy requirements; state data privacy, security and breach notification laws; EU safe harbor compliance and certification; regulatory risk assessment and compliance audits; privacy and information security policies; records retention, destruction and management policies.
    •  Software Agreements – Software licensing, software support and maintenance; joint development, IT professional and consulting services; software license audits and disputes.
    •  Technology Agreements – IT outsourcing; EHR (electronic health record) system agreements; patent, copyright and trademark licenses; joint development and marketing agreements; telecommunications agreements; technology acquisition and distribution agreements; IT/IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.
    •  Internet – Online and electronic contracts and agreements, ESIGN issues, domain names, website terms and conditions, privacy policies, social media policies.
    In recognition of his experience, Mr. Howell has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and in 2011-2014, The Legal 500 recognized Mr. Howell for his work in technology: data protection and privacy. In 2014, he was named one of Jacksonville's "Top Lawyers" by 904 Magazine.
    Born in Jacksonville, Mr. Howell graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1988), and received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1985). Mr. Howell is immediate past chairman of the Alumni Board, and former member of the board of trustees for the Bolles School.
    Mr. Howell is a certified information privacy professional/US (CIPP/US), certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
    Mr. Howell is a founder and the former chairman of the Intellectual Property section of The Jacksonville Bar Association. Mr. Howell is a member of the Intellectual Property Law and Business Law sections of The Florida Bar; a member of the Business Law and Intellectual Property sections of the American Bar Association; and a member of the Intellectual Property section of The Jacksonville Bar Association. Mr. Howell has served on the Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, which investigates allegations of attorney misconduct. He is the professional responsibility partner for Foley’s Jacksonville office.
    Mr. Howell routinely speaks and writes regarding various information technology law issues.

  • Erik Hromadka
    CEO, Global Water Technologies, Inc.

    Erik Hromadka serves as CEO of Global Water Technologies. Hromadka, 48, has been a shareholder of Global Water Technologies since 2002. He joined the board and became CEO in 2009, was named chairman in 2010 and transitioned the company from its post-bankruptcy efforts. Hromadka has refocused the company with an emphasis on new "smart water" technologies to improve efficiency in distribution systems with sensors and software.
    Prior to joining the company, Hromadka worked with a wide range of entrepreneurs, providing business development and strategic communications. A 1988 graduate of Valparaiso University, Hromadka has a background in journalism and covered business, technology and law for numerous publications.

  • Richard E. Hyman
    Author of FROGMEN

    Richard Hyman is a business executive and also a professional SCUBA diver, photographer, navigator and a certified aquanaut.
    He wrote the book FROGMEN, his personal account of diving with Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau aboard the famed research vessel Calypso. Expeditions included travel to Belize, Canada, Martinique, Mexico and Venezuela. Richard also dove on the Civil War’s USS Monitor shipwreck 230 feet deep off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.
    Cousteau was one of the great explorers and visionaries of all time. He was passionate about our water planet.
    Cousteau’s alliance with NASA afforded Richard the opportunity to work for Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9’s lunar module pilot and backup commander of the first Skylab mission. Their focus was commercial applications of Landsat’s remote sensing data, which included hydrology and oceanography.
    Richard’s career has been in corporate and entrepreneurial businesses, primarily in telecommunicatons and technology. He led worldwide sales of GE Capital’s satellite communications company and was a private equity investment professional for GE Equity. Richard also co-founded a biotech venture, which he sold to Genzyme, and co-founded another venture that integrated Siemens sensors and probes into a system that monitored water quality.
    Richard is passionate about water, from both the commercial and the environmental perspective. He can be reached at richardehyman@gmail.com www.richardehyman.com.

  • Jonathan Litchman
    Co-Founder and CEO of The Providence Group

    Mr. Litchman is a national security veteran with experience as an intelligence officer and as a staff member on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was also a senior executive at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led efforts in software product development and consulted on information operations and strategic planning. He most recently led Edelman Public Relations’ Washington, D.C. cybersecurity policy and national security practice.
    Twitter: @jdlitchman

  • Scott B. Livingston
    Chairman & CEO, Livingston Securities LLC

    Mr. Livingston has been working on emerging technologies at Wall Street firms for 25 years and has specialized in nanotechnologies since 2002. Mr. Livingston has been called "sharp and highly connected" by the Forbes Wolfe Nanotechnology Report (July 1, 2005) and has been a keynote speaker on advanced technology investment trends in more than 30 states across America, including at MIT, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Brookhaven National Labs, Rice University Center for Nanotechnology, the Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Albany Nanotech, the President's National Economic Council, numerous US congressional committees. In addition, the "Livingston Nanotechnology Conference," is Wall Street's largest and longest running annual nanotechnology investor conference, now in its 10th year.
    Mr. Livingston has often been called "the King of Nanotechnology on Wall Street" and Livingston Securities was founded to change the way that innovation is financed on Wall Street and to connect people with their local innovation economy.
    From 2005 to 2009 Mr. Livingston was a Managing Director at Axiom Capital Management, Inc, and head of the Livingston Group, a division within Axiom focused on nanotechnology. From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Livingston was a Director in the Private Investment Management Division at Lehman Brothers. While at Lehman in 2002, Mr. Livingston began his focus on nanotechnology and started to cover the field for institutional and individual investors. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Livingston served as a Director in the Private Client Group at Cowen & Co (later renamed SG Cowen Securities), where he was a member of the Chairman's Club from 1998 to 2000 the firm's highest honor for private client management. While at Cowen, Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including genomics, Y2K preparedness and defense technologies. From 1993 to 1996 Mr. Livingston was a Senior Vice President in the Private Client Group at Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Livingston was named a Senior Vice President in 1993, at the age of 24, one of the youngest appointees for the firm at that time. While at Smith Barney Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including biotechnology, data networking and telecommunications services. From 1992 to 1993 Mr. Livingston was a Vice President at Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc. Smith Barney Inc. acquired Shearson Lehman Hutton in March of 1993. From 1989 to 1992 Mr. Livingston was an investment representative with Citigroup Global Markets.
    Mr. Livingston graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Economic Relations. Mr. Livingston is a Board Member of the Nanobusiness Alliance and a founding Board Member of the New York Nanobusiness Alliance. Mr. Livingston is also a founding member of the Water Innovations Alliance. Mr. Livingston's registrations include Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 53, 55, 63, 65, 79 and 87.

  • Mark McKoy
    Senior Director Corporate Revenue Management & NJ Customer Operations, United Water

    Mark McKoy serves as Senior Director Corporate Revenue Management and NJ Customer Operations since January 2014 for United Water, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT NORTH AMERICA. In this position, Mark is responsible for management and oversight of the company’s strategy to enhance the revenue stream and improve operational efficiency through technological advancements and lead customer operations to become best in class in the industry. Mark currently serves as a member of the company's Operating Committee.
    Mark has over 13 years of experience and a proven ability to successfully lead operational changes while motivating and developing teams in alignment with business strategy.
    Previously Mark was director of the company's Corporate Internal Audit Department. As director he reported directly to the CEO and Chairman of the Board and an indirect line of responsibility to the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mark led the planning and execution of financial audits, operational efficiency audits, audits of institutional risk, governance, legal and regulatory compliance and internal control processes in accordance with internal auditing standards across the company. He served as a member of the Ethics Committee where he at times participated in special investigations requiring a high degree of confidentiality, discretion, integrity and independence.
    Mark holds a Master of Business Administration in Business Management, and a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, both from Monroe College. Mark has a Certificate in Risk Management Assurance.

  • Kevin McGovern
    CEO, The Water Initiative

    Kevin McGovern, (AB ’70 Cornell University, JD St. Johns University School of Law) is the Chairman of The Water Initiative®. Mr. McGovern has founded over fifteen companies, seven (7) of which have become world/category leaders including SoBe Beverages and Tristrata (AHA Skincare technology). McGovern has also been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty-five (25) global joint ventures; As Chairman of McGovern Capital, a global investment, strategy and licensing provider to global businesses, he is also affiliated with McGovern & Associates, a corporate law firm specializing in both technology and intellectual property.

  • Maryanne McGowan, CPA, CEM
    Duke Energy, Strategy & Implementation Manager

    Mrs. McGowan has over 30 years of experience as an accountant and senior-level manager. The past 14 years of her experience have been in the energy industry. She currently is responsible for stimulating business markets in the fields of energy efficiency and energy conservation. She serves on the Consortium of Energy Efficiency, the Association of Energy Engineers, and the Council of Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership. Maryanne has recently completed service on the Steering Committee for an ERPI (Electric Power Research Institute) research project of “Electricity Use and Management in the Water Supply and Wastewater Sectors”. She is presently serving on the advisory board for the WERF (Water Environment Research Foundation) for the project of Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Recovery. She also serves on the Board for Raise the Floor, a program focused on workforce development of women in manufacturing careers. She has recently been named to the Board of Directors of Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation. Additionally, she has been active in the promotion of STEM career development and education in K-12 Schools as well as at the collegiate level. She is a sought after speaker on Energy Efficiency and Energy Management on the national and regional level. Maryanne is experienced in fiscal management, economic analysis, mergers & acquisitions, process design and improvements, resource planning and sustainable energy strategy. She holds a BS and BA from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University.

  • Gary Miller
    President & Chief Operating Officer, ClearCove Systems

    Gary has been President and COO of ClearCove for nearly 2 years. Gary’s career has included many years as a senior executive and corporate officer of a number of companies across technology, packaging, distribution, manufacturing and sustainable materials. He has developed sales, engineering and manufacturing operations on an international basis. Gary was formerly a President at Unisource Worldwide, UGS Division. Prior to being promoted to President, he was recruited to Unisource Worldwide shortly after being acquired by Bain Capital and as a Senior Vice President, ran several business units, including the National Accounts and Corrugated Packaging and Design organizations. Gary spent 20+ years in the semiconductor and computer systems industries as a Senior Vice President of Sales and Field Operations at Nu-Horizons, and as a Vice President of Sales and Operations at Pioneer Standard Electronics. He is a business owner, a board advisor to several business ventures within the Rochester community and a co-founder of Cedar Creek Product and Technologies. Gary is a graduate of the University of Rochester.

  • Chris Peacock
    Director Strategic Accounts, FATHOM

    Mr. Peacock joined FATHOM as the Director of Strategic Accounts where his is responsible for managing strategic client relationships. Chris has been active in the water sector since 2000 when he started a water rights consulting firm. Since then, he spent a decade managing core business operations for engineering firms focused on water. Prior to joining FATHOM, Chris founded The Water Innovation Project and H2.O, a collaboration platform focused on data and smart water grid technology. Chris recently edited and published the book Damned If We Don’t! Ideas for accelerating change around water – an anthology written with 29 authors who are taking action to build a more resilient water future. Chris is a graduate of WEF’s inaugural Water Leadership Institute, has completed doctoral coursework in organizational development, holds an MBA in international management and has an undergraduate degree in the humanities.

  • Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D.
    Author of Social Knowledge

  • David Schoenberger
    CIO, Secure Cloud Systems, LLC

    David Schoenberger is currently the CIO and director of Business Development of Secure Cloud Systems LLC. In his early 20s, David started a company called Net.Results, which at the early inception of the World Wide Web provided Web development for companies wishing to market their services on websites. This was also when he began development of some of the earliest Web-based payment portals, allowing consumers and businesses to buy and sell online.
    As a JD Edwards consultant, David developed a technical process that is still used today by every client utilizing JD Edwards software. This process was developed into a white paper authored by David for JDE tips in 2002. This white paper is still among the most downloaded white papers today. When David discontinued his consulting efforts with JD Edwards, he focused his efforts toward payment processing, check imaging, and data storage, security, and integration solutions.
    In 2004/2005, David was a minority owner and vice president of Business and Strategic Development for EComm, a small private payment processing company. He successfully negotiated a multi-year contract with Intuit, supplying payment processing for its Real Estate Software division. He also successfully negotiated a software partnership with Microsoft's Small Business Accounting group, which was Microsoft's new software designed to directly compete against QuickBooks in the small business accounting arena. He was directly instrumental in the integration of check imaging solutions into this software.
    David developed this solution along with Tim Reynolds, who was also employed at EComm at that time. David and Tim left EComm to build Guardian Payments, a payment processing company they built from the ground up. They developed the software, and David led the business development effort in his role as EVP and essentially CEO. Their "multi- platform integration adaptor" software proved to be unique and far superior to competitors', even in the commoditized, price-driven payment processing industry. David led the growth of Guardian Payments, rapidly winning business from small companies and Fortune 500 companies alike.
    Now in his late 30s, David is married with five children. He graduated from Sterling College with a bachelor's degree with specialties in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

  • Brad Schroeder
    Manager, Layne Hydro

    Brad Schroeder is the Manager of Layne Hydro, the geosciences unit of Layne Christensen Company, a water management, construction, and drilling company headquartered in The Woodlands, TX. Brad leads a team of project managers, hydrogeologists, and engineers that together with other Layne divisions provide innovative, turn-key services for development and optimization of water supplies for utilities and industries. He has over 25 years experience in engineering and management, and is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states. Brad received his M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University at Chico.

  • Becky Scott
    Social Knowledge Program Manager, Cisco

    Becky Scott is a Program Manager at Cisco. She works with the Intellectual Capital Transformation team to transform the way Cisco Services captures and reuses knowledge by leveraging social media tools and techniques. Using communities, collaboration, gamification and more to design custom social knowledge management environments / solutions for internal customers, Cisco has been able to launch new collaboration platforms / sites, redefine best practices and establish a new approach to Social Knowledge Management.
    Her experience includes creating organization and technology solutions (Social Knowledge, Communities, Contract Management, Vendor Engagements, Evaluating Technology Solutions) and working across myriad team structures and verticals.
    Becky is a true connector, bringing together people from a variety of areas and experiences to affect change in organizations. She is able to combine high level strategy with practical implementation to ensure the success of her team’s projects, working together toward a common goal.
    Prior to joining Cisco, Becky was a consultant for social media and community programs for enterprise and SMBs. She also worked in student programs at UC San Diego.
    Becky has a BA in English from San Diego State University. She serves on the marketing committee for TEDxSanDiego. Her current work is focused on Social Ideation and how innovation programs can help companies fundamentally transform their business. She lives in San Diego, CA.

  • Diana A. Stavreva, PhD
    Staff Scientist, LRBGE, NCI, NIH

    Diana A. Stavreva completed her doctoral work at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1998, focusing on environmental mutagenesis. In August 2001, she joined the Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression (LRBGE) at the NCI, National Institutes of Health as a postdoctoral fellow. At the LRBGE she investigated nuclear receptor dynamics in live cells and receptor-regulated transcription. In 2006 Diana became a research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Gordon Hager at NCI, NIH where she discovered gene pulsing, an oscillatory transcriptional response of GR-target genes to the pulsatile (ultradian) secretion of glucocorticoids that occurs naturally in mammalian systems. Diana became a staff scientist in 2011; while continuing her work on dynamic transcription regulation she initiated a study on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in water sources. She uses a novel high-throughput fluorescence-based cell assay for biological testing of EDCs in environmental samples. This assay is based on quantitative analyses of cytoplasm-to-nucleus translocation of fluorescent protein-tagged nuclear receptor constructs in the presence of hormone or EDCs. A US Patent covering this technology was awarded to the NCI in 2015 (“Kits for detecting and monitoring endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)”, US Patent Application 20150168416).

  • Roger Wagner
    Senior Advisor, P80 Group

    Roger is senior counsel to Dentons Corporate Group and is a member of Dentons' Energy, Transportation, and Infrastructure and PPP teams. He has acted as lead corporate and project finance counsel for private and government-related sponsors and owners of complex, first-of-kind energy projects; asset and corporate acquisitions, including all types of generation and related transmission projects and assets, such as independent power projects (IPPs); and related commercial, corporate and financing transactions, emphasizing the electric power sector.
    Internationally, Roger has advised on the reform of energy sector and investment laws and incentives to encourage private investment. He has worked in North America, Africa and Asia (including both South Asia and Southeast Asia), as well as Eastern Europe, Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. He has been recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers. In the US, he has principally represented sponsors, contractors and utilities; internationally, his practice has emphasized representation of governments, as well as representation of private parties.

  • Piers Wells
    CEO, Digital H2O

    Piers serves as the CEO of Digital H2O, a software and data analytics company focussed on digital oilfield water management. Piers has twenty years of experience in data analytics, software startups, and IT enabled corporate strategy. Prior to co-founding Digital H2O, Piers led corporate strategy at Tendril, a leading smart-grid data analytics and energy management software company. Prior to Tendril, Piers was a Principal in Booz & Company’s IT strategy practice where he helped Fortune 500 clients create IT and data enabled capabilities that provide sustainable competitive advantage. While at Booz, Piers also built the company’s IT performance measurement business, which provided clients robust data analytics and benchmarking services. Piers has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MA in Telecommunications from GW, and a BA in Government from Cornell University.










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