Keynote Speakers 2012

Pamela Hinckley | CEO, Tom Douglas Restaurants

Pamela Hinckley

Pamela joined Tom Douglas Restaurants as CEO in January 2009. The company was poised for growth, adding 4 new restaurants and a production bakery during a 12-month period over the winter of 2010/11. Tom has always been the marketing engine behind the restaurant company but with the addition of the new properties and new employees the executive team needed to expand beyond Tom, his wife Jackie and their partner Eric Tanaka. Pam’s management experience with two local growth companies, Redhook Brewery and Theo Chocolate honed her valuable skills in growing a brand and simultaneously nurturing internal company culture.

Jim Weber | President and CEO, Brooks Sports

Jim Weber

Jim Weber joined Brooks Sports as president and CEO in April 2001. His professional repertoire includes such positions as chairman and CEO of Sims Sports, president of O’Brien International, vice president of The Coleman Company, and various roles with The Pillsbury Company. Prior to joining Brooks, Weber was managing director of U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Seattle Investment Banking practice and also served on the Brooks Sports board of directors. Weber received a master’s of business administration degree with high distinction from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Sarah Patterson | Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Mason Health System

Sarah Patterson

Sarah Patterson has been a member of the leadership team at Virginia Mason Medical Center for more than 27 years and currently serves as the executive vice president and Chief operating officer. She has responsibility for all operations of the clinic and hospital along with the Kaizen Promotion Office, Human Resources, Quality and Compliance, Facilities and Pharmaceutical Services. Over the past five years she has received extensive training in the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS). VMPS is a management method based on manufacturing principles that seeks to continually improve how work is done. The training has included four study missions to Japan. As part of the executive leadership team, she has responsibility for leading the implementation of the Virginia Mason Production System throughout the VM system. She maintains certification in Lean methodology.

Jill Bamburg | Co-Founder, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Jill Bamburg

Jill Bamburg is Dean of Academic Affairs, a core faculty, and a member of the founding team at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), a pioneer in sustainable business education. Prior to BGI, Jill served as a member of the core faculty at Antioch University/Seattle; a senior marketing manager Aldus Corporation, creators of PageMaker software and architects of the desktop publishing revolution; and a community journalist in Wyoming. She holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and an MBA from Stanford.

Dr. David Korten | Founder, People-Centered Development Forum and Co-Founder YES! Magazine

David Korten

Dr. David Korten is the author of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (Second Edition, August 2010), The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2006), ThePost-Corporate World: Life after Capitalism (2000), and the international best-seller, When Corporations Rule the World (1995), among others. Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine; co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, founded in late 2008 with the Institute for Policy Studies and the publisher of two recent reports for which David was the primary author—"How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule," and, with co-chair, John Cavanagh, "Jobs: A Main Street Fix for Wall Street's Failure." He is a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE); founder and president of the People-Centered Development Forum (also known as the Living Economies Forum); a founding associate of the International Forum on Globalization; and a member of the Club of Rome. He holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School, has thirty years of experience as a development professional in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and has served as a Harvard Business School professor, a captain in the US Air Force, a Ford Foundation Project Specialist, and a regional adviser to the US Agency for International Development. He lives with his life partner, Fran (Executive Director and Publisher of YES! Magazine), on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, WA.

Emcees 2012

Leslie Helm | Editor, Seattle Business Magazine

Leslie Helm

Helm is a twenty-year veteran of business journalism. He spent seven years with Business Week, first as Tokyo correspondent, where he covered many environmental issues, and later as Boston bureau chief. He worked briefly for the Seattle Post Intelligencer before joining The Los Angeles Times, reporting at various times out of Japan, South Korea and the Pacific Northwest. In 2006, Helm was appointed editor of Washington CEO where he launched the Green Washington Awards program to recognize the state’s business leaders in sustainability. Helm was appointed editor of Seattle Business Magazine in 2009, soon after the publication acquired Washington CEO. Helm has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Dave Ross | Host, Seattle's KIRO-FM

Dave Ross

Dave has been a Seattle radio institution for more than three decades beginning his career in 1978 as a news anchor. Ross has spent the last 23 years hosting, "The Dave Ross Show." Dave leads the Eastlake Avenue Crusaders for Common Sense, speaking daily with the major newsmakers of the moment and taking listeners calls. Dave has been recognized with a Marconi nomination and the 2001, 2005 and 2008 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Commentary. Dave is also an accomplished actor, performing in more than 30 productions with the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Occasionally, Dave will subject his listeners to a singing commentary... such as "Dictator Boy" - an ode to Saddam - and "Ichiro, Ichiro, Ichiro," an operatic tribute to the Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, which is now on file at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dave took a leave of absence in 2004 to run for Congress in the 8th District, winning the Democratic primary, but losing the General Election. He was back on the air the next day. Dave has been recognized with a Marconi nomination and the 2001, 2005 and 2008 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Commentary.

Featured Speakers 2012

Rico Quirindongo, AIA | Principal, DKA Architecture

Rico Quirindongo

Driven by the desire to have a meaningful impact on both the urban and natural landscape, Rico works with community organizations to have a greater positive influence in their own neighborhoods through design. In 17 years of professional experience, thirteen of which have been at DKA, Rico has also developed a keen awareness of the special requirements for non-profit and public projects. His clients include King County Housing Authority, Department of Labor, and Seattle Public Schools. He has extensive experience and knowledge in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, and as project manager and architect for the Urban League Village at Colman School, he became well versed in the intricacies of historic renovation. Rico believes that existing buildings provide a rich context for our daily lives and that maintenance of this building stock, both in preservation and in adaptive reuse, is the ultimate expression of a sustainable architecture and a critical component of a new green economy.

Riggs Kubiak | Co-Founder and CEO, Honest Buildings, Inc.

Riggs Kubiak

Riggs is co-founder and CEO of New York City & Seattle based Honest Buildings, Inc. — an innovative web platform and mobile application utilizing transparency to make buildings better. It brings together building service providers, occupants, owners, and other stakeholders onto a single portal to exchange information, offerings and needs to catalyze transactions. Honest Buildings is currently in beta testing and is actively partnering with service providers and owners. The platform already has over 50,000 buildings representing over 10 billion square feet indexed globally, through which users can connect, showcase projects, and provide feedback.

Carol Sanford | Author, The Responsible Business

Carol Sanford

Carol Sanford has been leading major consulting change efforts in both Fortune 500 and new-economy businesses for more than 30 years. Her client list includes long-term relationships with Colgate Europe and Africa and DuPont Canada, US, Asia and Europe. She also works with new-economy companies like Intel, Agilent and leaders of corporate responsibility such as Seventh Generation. Carol has published dozens of works in 10 languages, including a series of articles in Executive Excellence, Stephen Covey's newsletter and At Work, a Berrett-Koehler Journal. She is the author of The Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability and Success (March 2011). Carol was shortlisted for Best Business Book of the Year (out of 11,000 Biz books) and she was named to Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior — 2012. Central to Carol's philosophy and approach is a fresh look at what makes an organization truly responsible. Carol believes that business can and will play a major role in creating a better world. She has worked with businesses for four decades who have successfully done so BY building great businesses.

John Bowser | CEO & President, NewWood

John Bowser

John Bowser is a visionary and entrepreneurial-spirited leader with more than 30 years of success building and growing successful companies. John has proven time and again his entrepreneurial skills marked by successes in starting and growing Trespa North America and Bowser Cabinet and Casework Corporation. Both companies relied on John's strong entrepreneurial leadership and experienced accelerated growth. As president and CEO of NewWood Manufacturing, John will establish a leadership team of highly successful individuals focused exclusively on the creation of a world class manufacturing company.

Jacqueline Gjurgevich | Founder & COO, Stockbox Grocers

Jacqueline Gjurgevich

As founder and COO of Stockbox Grocers, a miniature grocery tucked inside a reclaimed shipping container and placed into the parking lot of an existing business which focuses on fresh produce and grocery staples in food desert communities, Jacqueline is working to improve food access and create community through food. She has a background in the hospitality industry having spent nine years working for Marriott International in sales, event management and revenue strategy. Jacqueline has an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Jimmy Jia | Co-Founder and CEO, Distributed Energy Management

Jimmy Jia

Jimmy Jia, LEED® Green Associate, is an energy entrepreneur. As co-founder and CEO of Distributed Energy Management, he helps reduce energy consumption by "translating" energy data into operational costs. Formerly, he worked at Olympus as a Territory Manager, selling industrial-grade inspection equipment to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, he was at Panasonic as an Associate Engineer where he helped develop and patent new applications for femtosecond laser drilling technology. He holds a BS and MS in Material Science and Engineering from MIT where he was appointed lecturer for the Microelectronics Processing Technology Laboratory Course. He received his MBA from the University of Oxford and was an active participant in the Oxford Business Network and Oxford Entrepreneurs. He is a committee member with the MIT Enterprise Forum of Seattle, an MIT Energy Ambassador, and a cleantech advisor to TiE-Seattle. He also is on the faculty of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he is creating and co-instructing the new Energy Certificate program.

DeAnna Poling | Regional President for the Pacific Northwest, One PacificCoast Bank

DeAnna Poling

As a member of the bank's senior management team, DeAnna oversees all business development activities for Washington and Oregon and also plays a key role in the strategic development of the overall bank. More than 25 years of commercial banking background with both US Bank and Key Bank and working in a variety of industry areas has given DeAnna extensive experience with developing commercial loan portfolios. With high awareness of the need for positive social change, DeAnna is very active in the Puget Sound nonprofit community and has held a variety of leadership roles, including serving on the Habitat for Humanity Seattle/South King County Board of Directors for ten years. Currently, DeAnna serves on the board of directors for Lumana, an organization that utilizes microfinance to alleviate poverty in rural African communities and on the advisory board for the NBIS, the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability.

Brian Geller | Founder and Executive Director of the Seattle 2030 District

Brian Geller

Brian Geller is the Founder and Executive Director of the Seattle 2030 District, a public-private partnership of property owners, managers, design professionals, King County and The City of Seattle to create America's first High-Performance Building District. Brian previously worked for ZGF architects as a sustainability specialist, overseeing sustainable design of major projects at the Seattle office, including Seattle's King Street Station and Nintendo of America's new corporate headquarters in Redmond, WA. In 2008, Brian won the national Natural Talent Design Competition hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council. Brian has a Masters Degree in Architecture from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Skidmore College.

Kevin Wilhelm | CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting

Kevin Wilhelm

Kevin Wilhelm is the pre-eminent business consultant in the field of sustainability and climate change. He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a Seattle based consulting firm focused on practical solutions that deliver profit improvement through the use of sustainable business practices. Kevin brings over fourteen years of experience working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 multinationals to government agencies to renewable energy start-ups. Some of his clients include Nordstrom, REI, The North Face, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Brooks Sports. His firm works with companies to measure their sustainability and carbon impacts, develop successful implementation goals and strategies, engage employees through sustainability training, and help them communicate their CSR efforts both internally and externally. He has spent the last eight years demonstrating the business & bottom line benefits of sustainability locally, nationally, and internationally. He is the author of the acclaimed: Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy. He is an adjunct professor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he teaches Sustainable Business.

Stephanie Meyn | Clean Cities Program Manager, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Stephanie Meyn

Since joining the Coalition in November 2008, she has successfully secured $15 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to support a suite of alternative fuel and advanced technology projects. These projects include a pilot test of biomethane in tour buses; the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles and supporting infrastructure; and electrification of ground support equipment at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Stephanie also plays an integral role in administering and promoting the Evergreen Fleets program. Evergreen Fleets offers efficient and budget-friendly best practices to help fleets conserve fuel, reduce emissions and ultimately achieve certification as a 'green' fleet.

Ralph Allora | Principal, Marketing Director, Tray Creative

Ralph Allora

At TRAY Creative, a Seattle-based, full-service marketing, branding and digital design agency, Ralph Allora leads marketing and advertising campaigns, content development and management for client projects, and in-house business development and marketing programs. TRAY Creative has a wide range of consumer and B2B clients including Caffe Vita, Anodia Systems, Talent Technology, Mimic Technologies, and Hemispheres Research. Ralph and TRAY Creative partner Bridget Perez—both longtime supporters of causes such as sustainability, poverty relief, education and the arts—founded the company in 2009 with an imperative to make social responsibility an integral part of their business model.

Mickey Blake | Co-Founder and CEO, Mt. Baker Bio

Mickey Blake

Mickey Blake is the co-founder and CEO of Mt. Baker Bio, an Everett-based life science company and emerging leader in laboratory sustainability solutions. Mt. Baker Bio focuses exclusively on developing products, services and education necessary to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of our laboratory community. After more than 20 years of experience as a researcher and sales manager for the biotech industry, Mickey recognized the significant need to reduce the environmental impact of the scientific community. To effect change in this high-polluting industry, Mt. Baker Bio developed and commercialized 20 of most common plastic lab consumables designed to naturally degrade in landfill environments. Our commitment to sustainability dictates manufacturing high quality environmentally-friendly products, defining when products can be recycled and providing those services, bringing laboratories customized plastic waste education and accountability tools, and finally, accounting for end-of-life consequences of our products, most notably impact on the environment and human health. To truly close the lifecycle loop on lab products, Mt. Baker Bio is now engaging in the conversion of lab consumables into emissions-free, carbon-negative, renewable clean energy.

Lisa Picard | Executive Vice President, Skanska Commercial Development

Lisa Picard

Lisa has over 15 years of experience in the conceptualization, design, finance and management of large real estate projects, with a portfolio of office, retail, resort, residential and mixed—use developments totaling over $1.2 billion. She has a track record for delivering innovative, high quality projects that involve numerous stakeholders. Currently, Lisa is developing and executing Skanska USA's west coast investment strategy for commercial development, as well as its all equity investment and development platform. Prior to joining Skanska USA, Lisa founded Muse Development and previously developed several urban projects in Seattle with both Hines and Harbor Properties.

George Northcroft | Regional Administrator, Northwest/Arctic Region, GSA

George Northcroft

As the Northwest Arctic Regional Administrator, Mr. Northcroft oversees all of GSA's operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; including management of federal real estate and information technology. The Northwest Arctic Region has a federal inventory of 647 owned and leased buildings, more than 450 employees, and a total budget of more than $462.3 million annually. Mr. Northcroft previously served as Director of Business Relations & Economic Development for King County in the State of Washington. During his tenure, Mr. Northcroft was responsible for the retention, expansion, and recruitment of businesses in King County; developed strategies to promote economic revitalization; fostered healthy business relationships; and led county initiatives with a range of business clusters, including information technology, logistics/international trade, and environmental/alternative energy.

Mary Rose | Co-Director, NBIS

Mary Rose

Mary Rose and her partner Karl Ostrom founded the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS) over eight years ago with a mission of helping businesses and professionals maximize their triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) while becoming catalysts for sustainable business practices. NBIS provides strategic and relevant programs that address the needs of professionals, including sustainability training, networking, coaching and organizational assessments. NBIS’ strategic approaches address the core practices of businesses and help companies break through the barriers of traditional business models. As a non-profit organization, NBIS bridges industries and sectors to engage business leaders in addressing crucial regional and global issues through innovative business practices.

Chuck Collins | CEO, Cascade Power Group LLC

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is the CEO of Cascade Power Group and has worked as a consultant and strategic advisor in the energy efficiency and clean tech industry for over 17 years. He is a former program and project manager for the US Department of Energy's Western Regional Office where he led regional programs and activities for energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, and smart-grid technologies in the Western US. His expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy is well recognized by the industry and Chuck has received various local and regional awards for his accomplishments, including PSE's "Power Player Award", King County's "Earth Hero Award", and the 2011 AEE "Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year" award.

Sandy Stutey | Fleet Manager, Seattle Children's Hospital

Sandy Stutey

Sandy Stutey joined Seattle Children's Hospital nearly four years ago out of the public transit world, where she managed transit operations for one large an done small, rural public agency. She held senior management positions in two large contract transportation companies and the largest emergency response company in the Northwest. She holds a BA from the University of Kansas and am MLS from the University of Oregon. She has served on state and national committees and task forces focusing on the coordination of transit services with human services transportation systems, and the role of transit in emergency management.

Byron McCann | Co-Chairman, Northwest Energy Angels

Byron McCann

Byron is managing partner of Ascent Partners, an advisory firm to clean technology companies; venture partner at Prism Capital; a member of the Keiretsu Forum and Hawaii Angels, two angel investment networks; and NW Regional Co-chair of the Clean Tech Open. He was a founder of genSoft, which had the first Windows database and was acquired by Computer Associates; COO of a cable television advertising venture, acquired by TCI; and a senior consultant for Ernst & Young's national telecommunications consulting practice. He is on the board of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network; formerly vice chairman of the WTIA (Washington Technology Industry Association); on the board of the non-profit Broadway Bound Theatre and the NatureMapping Foundation. He is a cum laude graduate from Harvard and has an MBA from Stanford.

Robin Freedman | Senior Communications Director, Waste Management

Robin Freedman

Robin Freedman leads Waste Management's strategic communications initiatives in the Puget Sound area and is responsible for public affairs strategies, media planning and outreach. Ms. Freedman is a professional communicator with two decades of experience in public affairs and strategic communications planning and implementation. Ms. Freedman launched her career in Washington, DC where she worked on a number of issue, candidate campaigns and for the Clinton Administration. Prior to joining Waste Management, she led public affairs and strategic communications initiatives for the National Association of Letter Carriers, Casey Family Programs, Microsoft and Resource Media.

Derek Eisel | Global Environment Team Lead, Research and Development, Expeditors International

Derek Eisel

Derek Eisel founded and leads the environmental program for Expeditors, a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle with annual revenues exceeding six billion dollars. Expeditors completes an annual company-wide greenhouse gas footprint measurement with the help of 180 office green teams around the globe. Expeditors works with their customers to measure their transportation greenhouse gas footprint and to recommend logistics solutions for optimizing their supply chains. Derek has over ten years of software development experience and supports Expeditors' technology vision in the Research and Development team.

Susan Olmsted, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C | Senior Associate, Mithun

Susan Olmsted

Susan Olmsted is an architect and landscape architect with Mithun, a multi-disciplinary firm focused on integrated design leadership of a sustainable world. Her interdisciplinary insight enables her to keenly envision the dialogue between architectural and landscape elements, to leverage a site's quintessential assets in developing a placed-based environmental response, and to facilitate meaningful experiences. Her recent project experience includes the Mariposa Grove Restoration and the Tenaya Lake Area Plan in Yosemite National Park, the Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans, and the West Campus Historic Landscape Preservation Master Plan for the Washington State Capitol. In addition to her work at Mithun, Susan is an instructor for the University of Washington College of Built Environments, and she serves as a board member for Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks, an organization focused on advocacy and preservation of Seattle's interconnected system of historic parks and boulevards. She speaks regionally and nationally on topics including the Sustainable Sites rating system and the integration of sustainable practices within cultural landscapes.

Perry England | Vice President, Building Performance at MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

Perry England

Perry has been actively involved in making building systems work since 1985 as a building systems commissioning technician while in college at the University of Tennessee. His twenty-six year career has encompassed both industrial and commercial applications from a practicing engineer for the Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to managing the construction business in the Pacific Northwest for a leading building technology manufacturer. For the past decade Perry has been a crusader for alternative delivery methods that motivate the public and private industry to deliver buildings with a life cycle performance assurance guarantee.

Nancy Locke | City Purchasing Manager, City of Seattle

Nancy Locke

Nancy Locke is the City Purchasing Manager for the City of Seattle. Nancy has served in various executive and senior public procurement positions in Washington since 1993. Nancy provides leadership for the Seattle green procurement program and other socially responsible purchasing initiatives in Seattle. She sponsors the City-Wide Seattle Green Procurement Team, and is the lead for the Seattle Customer Service Socially Responsible Purchasing Initiative Project. Ms. Locke is on the Advisory Board for US Communities, is a member of the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP), and of the Pacific Northwest Public Purchasing Association. Nancy speaks at various conferences regarding various procurement issues for the region and around the country.

Robert Bunting | Chair, Sustainability Group, Moss Adams LLP

Robert Bunting

Robert Bunting, Seattle, Washington, is the Chair of Moss Adams' International Services Group which provides tax, accounting, and advisory services to the Firm's over 1,300 international clients. He also chairs the Sustainability Services Group. Bunting served as CEO of Moss Adams for 23 years before stepping down from that role in June 2004. Moss Adams is among the 11 largest accounting firms in the U.S. with 18 offices in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Bunting was President of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) from November 2008 until November 2010, after having served two years as IFAC's Deputy President. He also served on the IFAC Board and chaired the Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and the International Regulatory Liaison Committee.

Danielle Harder | Senior Program Manager, Supplier Social & Environmental Accountability, Microsoft Corporation

Danielle Harder

Danielle Harder serves as Senior Program Manager of Microsoft's Supplier Social & Environmental Accountability program she established at Microsoft. In this capacity she is responsible for establishing strategies and solutions to ensure suppliers share Microsoft's commitment to ethical and environmentally sustainable business practices for the fair treatment and safety of workers. She previously served as a founding board member for the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and started her career at Microsoft in 1998 in hardware product development and manufacturing. Danielle earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA).

Dave Low, LEED AP | Director, Sustainability Practices, Kidder Mathews

Dave Low

Dave Low joined Kidder Mathews' Sustainability Practices group after working as a sustainability consultant at Bluegreen Consulting. As Director of Sustainability Practices, his responsibilities include developing the sustainability strategy for Kidder Mathews and keeping the company on the forefront of sustainability efforts. He also handles sustainability projects for clients from LEED projects to Energy Star reporting issues. Dave is a LEED accredited professional and his responsibilities include LEED certification management and organizational sustainability analysis. He is instrumental in the LEED certification process for projects varying from single floor tenant improvements to high-rise apartment buildings. Dave's experience includes sustainability assessments and working extensively with clients, architects, consultants, general contractors and suppliers to ensure projects achieve the highest degree of sustainability possible. His current and past projects include over 3.5 million square feet of LEED certified space. He has been instrumental in helping clients achieve all levels of LEED certification.

Brian Howe | Co-Founder, The Hub Seattle

Brian Howe

Brian is Co-Founder of Hub Seattle, a gathering place for social entrepreneurs taking market-oriented approaches to social and environmental issues. Hub Seattle provides coworking and meeting spaces, trusted referrals, targeted events, and a vibrant community for sustainably-minded individuals and organizations. Brian is also a teacher, attorney and entrepreneur. He founded Vox Legal PLLC, Washington's only B Corp certified triple-bottom-line law firm. Working with clients as large as NASA and as small as you, the firm limits its practice to providing general counsel to hybrid nonprofit/for-profit businesses, B Corps, and global social ventures. As an adjunct professor at both Seattle University School of Law and Northwest Graduate University, Brian teaches graduate courses in Law and Social Entrepreneurship and Global Development and Social Justice.

Greg Hanscom | Senior Editor, Grist

Greg Hanscom

Greg Hanscom is a senior editor at Grist, specializing in coverage of cities, sustainable building and design, transportation, and urban culture. Before joining Grist, he was editor-in-chief of Urbanite, a monthly magazine based in Baltimore, and before that, he edited the regional environmental magazine High Country News. His work has appeared in publications across the country and the interwebs, and he has edited stories that have won numerous regional and national awards, including a coveted George Polk Award and the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Journalism Award.

James Holbery, Ph.D. | Founder/CEO of GridMobility

James Holbery

James Holbery is an engineer with a demonstrated ability to initiate, formulate and develop programs that includes team building, market development, and product delivery with a proven business track record in the energy, industrial, and advanced material market sectors. Dr. Holbery is the Founder/CEO of GridMobility, an energy efficiency smart grid company dedicated to bringing transparency to the grid allowing consumers to choose renewable energy. GridMobility, featured in Time and news outlets across North America, was the 2011 Global Clean Tech Open Smart Power award winner. Prior to GridMobility, Dr. Holbery served five years as a Group Leader/Staff Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developing projects in excess of $12M in renewable energy, energy harvesting, and hydrogen.

John Plaza | Founder and CEO, Imperium Renewables

John Plaza

As the founder of Imperium, Mr. Plaza started the company in February 2004 by building Seattle Biodiesel, the first commercial scale biodiesel production facility in the Western United States. The company's core focus was to develop and build advanced technology for biofuel production which differentiated itself in the market with fuel quality and scale. This innovative direction, which was led by Mr. Plaza, helped Imperium to grow significantly over short time period. During this period, Imperium developed, built and now currently operates one of the largest biodiesel production facilities in the world at 100 million gallons per year, Imperium Grays Harbor (IGH). From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Plaza as President co-led the company's fund raising efforts which led to $126 million in equity funding from Venture Capital, Hedge Funds and Private Equity around the world. Additionally, during this time Mr. Plaza co-led the company's management team in acquiring a $101 million dollar project finance and working capital structure with Société Générale for the construction and operation of IGH.

Roger Nyhus | President and CEO, Nyhus Communications

Roger Nyhus

Roger has advised numerous business and government leaders around the world since founding his firm in 1994. Roger's specialties include strategic counsel, branding and positioning, media relations, issues and crises management, executive communications, community and government relations, internal communications and special events. Roger's career spans senior leadership roles in both business and government. He was the longest—serving communications director for Washington Gov. Gary Locke, and over the years, Roger has served as a strategic counselor to many leading clients, including telecommunications pioneer Craig McCaw's private investment company Eagle River, the national wireless services provider Nextel, plus NEXTLINK (now XO Communications), XYPOINT, Frank Russell Company and the Free Willy Keiko Foundation. Prior to his public relations career, Roger was a general assignment and political reporter for The Associated Press in Seattle; Olympia, Wash.; and Juneau, Alaska

Thomas Redd | President, Reklaim, Inc.

Thomas Redd

Tom is the President of Reklaim, Inc., a breakthrough technology company dedicated to transforming the way we manage scrap tires. The company is launching a new sector of the Green Economy-one that promotes essential and substantive environmental and public health benefits and also delivers attractive economic returns to investors. The U.S. generates approximately 300 million scrap tires every year, and Reklaim's technology economically converts scrap tires into energy and the raw materials for rubber manufacturing. Currently approximately 65% of scrap tires are either placed in landfills or burned as tire derived fuel. Reklaim's Boardman Oregon facility has the capacity to process the equivalent of 800,000 scrap tires per year. Reklaim is working to build additional facility across North America, which will allow tire retailers and rubber manufactures to improve their environmental performance through the recycling and re-use of scrap tires. Prior to joining Reklaim, Tom spent 20 years in environmental consulting, helping industrial clients improve their environmental performance and bottom lines. Tom is a licensed Washington State engineer, has an MBA from the University of Washington, an MS in Environmental Engineering from Utah State University, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Stephen Gerritson | Vice President of Clean Energy and Technology Practice Manager, enterpriseSeattle

Stephen Gerritson

Stephen has worked with more than 400 clean-technology companies in the Puget Sound region, providing pro bono business consulting assistance and advice on fundraising, commercialization, organizational development, and other topics. He has organized and led international trade delegations, hosted visits from other countries, and advised foreign firms on the mechanics of setting up operations in Washington State. Mr. Gerritson serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance, the Northwest Environmental Business Council, and the Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals. He is a member of the Attorney General's Citizens Advisory Council on Energy and Telecommunications, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's Advisory Committee. In 2008, Mr. Gerritson received an Excellence in Economic Development award from the International Economic Development Council for the Clean Energy and Technology program. He is also the recipient of a Clean Air Excellence award from the USEPA. He is a contributing author to a textbook on environmental economics, and is a Fellow at the Center for Small Business and the Environment.

Gregg Small | Executive Director, Climate Solutions

Gregg Small

Gregg brings more than 16 years of experience working on environmental and public policy issues, including 13 as an Executive Director. At Climate Solutions, Gregg oversees a staff of twenty policy experts, campaigners, innovators, and researchers across four Northwest offices, providing strategic direction for one of the most effective regional climate and clean economy organizations in the nation. For the past seven years, he has been a leader in Priorities for a Healthy Washington, a collaborative of more than 25 of the leading environmental organizations in Washington working together to pass strong statewide environmental policies. He has extensive experience bringing together diverse constituencies working on local, state, and national issues.

BJ Duft | Founder, Herban Feast

BJ Duft

BJ Duft is the founder of Seattle's premier catering and events company, Herban Feast. Combining his passion for cooking, event planning, and herb gardening, BJ opened Herban Feast Catering in 1999. BJ brings more than 25 years of experience in the food service industry to Herban Feast, and leads the company's commitment to excellent customer service and delicious food, using locally grown, farm-fresh ingredients. His vibrant involvement in the community, reputation as a relationship-builder, and dedicated support for other area businesses make him an asset to the Northwest business community and culinary industry. A graduate of WSU's School of Hospitality Management, BJ is the founder and owner of Herban Feast Catering, its two event venues Sodo Park and The Oasis at Sodo Park, the event styling resource the Herban Design Studio, and co-owner of West Seattle restaurant, Fresh Bistro.

Charlie Cunniff | Green Business Development, Seattle Office of Economic Development

Charlie Cunniff

Since 1979 Charlie Cunniff has worked in the private sector as a designer and energy conservation consultant, the non-profit field as the Executive Director of ECOSS and now in the government arena . Mr. Cunniff started his career at the City of Seattle in the Office of Sustainability & Environment. He now is the Green Business development specialist at the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED). Through services such as site location assistance and creative business financing, OED programs support the entrepreneurs that create jobs in Seattle. OED partners with our colleagues at Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities to help businesses save energy, save money and lower their carbon footprints. Mr. Cunniff holds a BA from The Evergreen State College and an MA from Seattle University.

Stephen Grose | Director of Facilities and Production, Cedar Grove Composting and Emerald Services

Stephen Grose

Stephen Grose, director of facilities and production at Cedar Grove Composting and Emerald Services, is responsible for the operations and organization of all facility leadership and production responsibilities within both organizations. His 15-year career in facility engineering has been focused on creating and executing environmentally sustainable solutions in the physical environment. Currently, Grose is focused on the commercialization of organics and hazardous waste recycling. His focus is on regulatory compliance, production and product quality, and end user satisfaction. Prior to joining Cedar Grove and Emerald Services in 2011, Grose developed a strategic energy and waste management program for Virginia Mason Medical Center that has reduced the organization's energy footprint by 15 percent and its waste footprint by 28 percent since the program's inception in 2006. The program developed many first concepts and industry best practices associated with healthcare sustainability. In 2010, the program was awarded the Washington Green Award for the healthcare industry by Seattle Magazine and in 2011, Grose was awarded the Better Bricks Facility Manager of the Year award for this work.

John C. MacLean | President, Energy Efficiency Finance Corp.

John C. MacLean

John's background is investment banking in municipal and project finance for energy and environmental projects and he has been active doing energy efficiency project finance since 1982. John has 28 years commercial finance experience with a wide range of investment structures for senior debt, municipal bond, leasing, factoring, subordinated debt, mission-related investment, guarantees, project equity and corporate equity transactions and has worked on financing energy efficiency projects and companies throughout his career. His clients have included commercial and development financial institutions, energy efficiency equipment and services companies, mechanical contractors, utilities, public agencies and state and local governments on project development, procurement and finance assignments. From 1995-2008, John worked mainly internationally as a financial advisor with the International Finance Corp., World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Environment Program and others to develop, structure and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy investments and finance programs. The last three years his work has focused on EE development finance programs in the US, with State and local governments, US Department of Energy, the National Governors Association, utilities, ESCOs and financial institutions to set up EE finance programs, many using federal ARRA grant funds and several operating here in Seattle.

Greg Hale | Senior District Manager, Waste Management of Washington, Inc.

Greg Hale

Greg Hale provides direct oversight of Waste Management's Seattle-based collection operations which provides municipal solid waste, recycling and organics collection programs within King County. In total WM's Seattle operation services over 136,000 residential and commercial customers. Company-wide, Waste Management has more than 32,000 collection vehicles on the road throughout North America and has the world' largest fleet of heavy-duty natural gas refuse and recycling trucks. In 2007, the Company set a goal to spend up to $500 million a year over a 10-year period to reduce fleet emissions, company-wide by 15% by the year 2020. In 2009, WM converted its entire Seattle fleet to compressed natural gas, a $39 million dollar investment that included the construction of a public/private fueling station located in South Seattle.

Tom Albro | Commissioner, Port of Seattle

Tom Albro

Tom Albro joined the Seattle Port Commission in 2010. Since that time, he has served on and chaired the Audit Committee and chaired the Century Agenda committee, which is responsible for leading the Commission and staff through the process of finalizing the port's 25-year strategic plan. His areas of focus as a port commissioner include promoting regional job and business growth, maintaining the urban industrial base, reducing the port's environmental footprint, and setting the Port of Seattle on a course to be a leader in state economic development. Since moving to the northwest to attend the University of Washington, where he earned his civil engineering degree, Tom has emerged as a community-minded entrepreneur. In addition to founding and growing several successful businesses in construction, transportation, and health care administration, he served as Chair of the Municipal League for three years, led the Regional Governance Project, and served on numerous civic committees.

Darren Engle | Director of Marketing, Blue Star Gas

Darren Engle

Darren Engle is an expert in alternative motor fuels, most particularly Propane Autogas: an interest he developed while working with his father in the 1980s. Darren's Dad worked for Petrolane, one of the original pioneers of autogas vehicles in the United States and Darren helped to service and maintain those early systems. He went on to become Director of Marketing for Blue Star Gas and now heads up the company's autogas program. He has served on the Propane Education & Research Council's advisory committee since 2005 and has recently been selected the co-chairman of PERC's Research and Technology Development Advisory Committee.

Ryan Crosby | Corporate Sales Manager, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

Ryan Crosby

Ryan Crosby is currently the Corporate Sales Manager of Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle and co-chair of the properties CSR committee, known as PanEarth. Coming to the property as a first time hospitality industry employee in September 2008, he has gained valuable experience in operations as a reservations agent and also served as Sales and Catering Coordinator prior to taking on his new role in March of this year. Ryan is proud to be a founding member of PanEarth as well as Pan Pacific's accomplishments in the sustainability movement. He looks forward to continued success with the company's community and environmental initiatives in 2012.

Claudia Christensen | Purchasing Manager, University of Washington

Claudia Christensen, C.P.M., Procurement Manager at the University Washington has over 20 years purchasing and contracting experience. She currently manages Procurement activities related to federal subcontracting plans and reporting, supplier diversity, corporate social responsibility, including sustainability and the University's eProcurement contracts. She is co-chair of the NAEP (National Association of Educational Procurement) Sustainability Committee and one of the first recipients of the University's Husky Green Award for her dedication to environmental stewardship at the University.

Sam Besser | Fleet Manager, Coinstar/Redbox

Sam Besser has worked in field service operations for over 35 years, the past 16 of them with Coinstar. In part because he loves cars and in part because he loves saving money, Sam jumped at the opportunity to manage Coinstar's fleet of vehicles. Since 2009 Sam has been phasing in smaller, greener vehicle alternatives and today the Coin passenger fleet is more than half converted to Toyota Priuses. In 2011 Sam spearheaded a series of driver education and driver incentive programs that resulted in about a 3% reduction in fuel consumption fleet wide. Sam is always on the lookout for new ways to reduce Coinstar's fleet carbon footprint.

Steve Hayes | Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Watson

Steve Hayes is Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Watson. Watson designs and builds office furnishings for business, education, and institutional enterprises, and is headquartered in Poulsbo, WA. Watson was named the Top Green Manufacturer in Washington by Seattle Business magazine. Steve joined Watson in 2010 after a 23 year career with Steelcase, the market leader in the contract office furniture industry. Steve's final two years at Steelcase were as Global Alliances Sales Director, where he and his team were responsible for serving some of Steelcase's most strategic global customers around the world.

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