|1C : Monday, May 8 : 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm|
|No More Status Quo: Are Technologies Disrupting Conventional Models?|
|As technologies from lightbulbs to thermostats to energy management platforms maximize energy efficiency gains for consumers, the need for industry to develop new and creative business models grows. Are there business models that bring benefits to manufacturers and consumers alike? Is the shift from products to services a solution? What industries have launched innovative models? Do they work?
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President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. Ms. Jacobson has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She is a member of the Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency steering committee. Ms. Jacobson has testified before Congress and has represented clean energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Ms. Jacobson was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress. received a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
CEO, Zukunft ERDGAS
Since 2013 Dr. Timm Kehler has been CEO of Zukunft ERDGAS, the advocacy founded by major German gas companies in order to further establish the usage of natural gas and renewable methane for heating, power production and as a vehicle fuel. The initiative focuses in particular on developing innovative and efficient solutions with natural gas, such as LNG as fuel, fuel cells and power-to-gas. Dr. Timm Kehler studied mechanical engineering from Technical University in Berlin. He worked for BMW Group in different managerial capacities in R&D, Strategy & Marketing for 12 tears in Munich - among them Vice President Marketing Pre-Development and Innovation, responsible for the marketing innovation think-tank, telematics and online services as well as the hydrogen vehicle initiative "BMW Clean Energy." In 2007 he was nominated "Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2009 he assumed the position of CEO of erdgas mobil, the leading German company to develop the market for natural gas vehicles and to expand and operate the German network of natural gas filling stations. Under his lead, erdgas mobil was merged with Zukunft ERDGAS in 2015. Timm Kehler lives in Berlin and is married with two kids. In his spare time he enjoys sailing.
Technical Leader, Cisco Systems’ Industries Product Group
Luis Suau is a Technical Leader in Cisco Systems’ Industries Product Group. In this role, he influences IOT (Internet of Things) based solutions for commercial building systems that leverage the intelligence and power of the Cisco network and partner endpoints. This disruptive approach to commercial building systems lowers the Total Cost of Ownership of building construction and operation, reduces energy consumption, and enables new occupant experiences that are easily integrated with IT applications and other building systems. The Cisco Digital Building Infrastructure accelerates the digital transformation of Commercial Buildings and can be treated as a 4th utility.
Since 2008, Luis has been focused on IT Energy Management approaches for Corporate Sustainability including Cisco EnergyWise and working with partners to develop new applications with wired/powered network ports. He has contributed to Cisco's annual CSR report, Cisco’s Labs Energy Reduction initiatives, and Cisco's submissions to the Greenpeace Cool IT challenge.
A 23-year veteran of Cisco, Luis began his career in IT in 1980 and holds a BBA degree in Management Information System (MIS) from Florida International University. In his personal time, Luis is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for DTV America Inc, is a Board Member at CyberSwitching (a manufacturer of Power Management Systems), and enjoys Automobiles and Scuba Diving. Luis resides in Davie, FL, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale and home of the Miami Dolphins Training Camp.
Director, Energy Contracting Sales, Trane Commercial North America
Brad Trevillian is director of energy contracting sales for Trane Commercial North America. His responsibilities include performance contracting, turnkey energy contracting and renewable solutions. In his previous role as general manager for Trane’s commercial business in the Central Virginia region, he had Profit & Loss responsibility for the equipment, service and contracting businesses. As a leader, Brad has a record of empowering highly engaged teams to deliver top-tier results.
Brad is an active member in the industry and community. He has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Richmond Chamber. Additionally, he has held various positions within ASHRAE including president of the Richmond chapter.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University where he still serves on the alumni board. Brad resides with his family in Richmond, Virginia.
Global Sustainability Director, Whirlpool
Ron is responsible for developing and leading the cross category execution plans for energy and sustainability within Whirlpool’s corporate and branded portfolio by creating long term sustainable value. One area of focus is to develop new business opportunities and models to extract value from our existing and future energy and sustainability investments and collaborations. Additionally, Ron is driving change to switch Whirlpool’s external regulatory and competitive approach from being reactive to proactive, developing alternatives with more consumer relevance. Previously, Ron held a role in our global refrigeration team delivering on global project management for all space management, energy, and environmental programs. Ron’s career has led him to work in various aspects of advanced refrigeration technology, water products strategy, laundry development, air conditioning, and cooking manufacturing. Ron began his career at Whirlpool as part of Whirlpool's Technical Excellence Program. Ron is a green belt in Operational Excellence (6 Sigma), Certified Innovation Mentor, and recognized inventor and innovator. He is the holder of 15 US patents and has more than 20 currently pending at the Patent Office in various refrigeration, ice making, filtration, and water product technologies. Ron earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Director of Marketing, Smart Grid Solutions, Itron Inc.
Tim Wolf is the Director for Marketing for Smart Grid Solutions at Itron Inc. Mr. Wolf is responsible for developing strategy and overseeing Itron’s marketing communication programs for Itron’s global electricity and smart grid business line. Prior to “rejoining” Itron in 2010, Mr. Wolf spent nearly three years as a senior consultant at R.W. Beck and SAIC (now Leidos), focusing on Smart Grid consulting services for both investor-owned and municipal utilities in the U.S. Before that, he worked at Itron for 10 years, leading Itron’s corporate marketing communications team. He received his BA in journalism and political science from the University of Minnesota and spent five years as a newspaper reporter before transitioning to a career in marketing, PR and corporate communications. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at global energy and utility industry conferences, and writer in the industry trade press. He also serves on the DistribuTECH Conference Steering Committee, and is a member of the Boards of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and Cleantech San Diego.