Bernie Kotlier directs the development, promotion, and delivery of sustainable energy training for electricians, and business development programs for electrical contractors in California and Nevada including energy auditing, energy efficiency, photovoltaics, electric vehicles, energy storage and micro-grids. Bernie has been a member of the California Public Utilities Commission Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency Workforce Development, the PUC Working Group on Lighting, and the State of California Schools of the Future Initiative Advisory Committee.
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Zachary Kuznar works in the Renewable Generation Development Group at Duke Energy. In this role he focuses on business case development and regulatory initiatives for Distributed Generation in Duke Energy’s regulated service territory (CHP, Energy Storage, Micro-Grids). Zak holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University.
Stephen L. Vechy is the Senior Director, Global Product Portfolio Management at EnerSys, a founding member of NAATBatt. Vechy is also Chairman of the BCI Industrial Battery and Charger committee. Vechy holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA in Management from Lewis University.
Randy A. Moore is the former President of EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer of high-reliability batteries for aerospace, defense and medical applications. Mr. Moore previously served as Executive VP/GM of Kollsman, Inc. and Vice President and General Manager of Kaman Aerostructures & PlasticFab, Inc. Mr. Moore served in the United States Air retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Mr. Moore received an MBA from SIUE and a BA degree from TLU.
Troy Miller is the Director of Grid Solutions at the S&C Electric Company. He has over 25 years of experience in the Power Engineering industry. Mr. Miller has lengthy experience in the application and implementation of all aspects of power electronics and power quality. Mr. Miller is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Energy Storage Association (ESA), and a member of the board at NAATBatt International. He currently has global responsibility for the Grid Solutions market segment at S&C Electric, which includes Energy Storage, VAR compensation and Microgrids.
Mr. Rahimian is CEO of teamtechnik Corporation, North America division of teamtechnik group (www.teamtechnik.com), a world leader of Automation and Production Technology systems. Mr. Rahimian holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. He has attended and completed continuous education programs including University of Michigan – Ross School of Business Executive Education on Leadership. He has been honored by OSU’s Academy Of Distinguished Engineers for his sustained contributions.
David Ventola is Director of Business Development, EP at B&W MEGTEC. David holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton and dual M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Management from MIT. Prior to B&W MEGTEC, David worked at A123 Systems, Inc. and other roles in the Coating/Converting Industry
Mr. Burtt is President of Chester Burtt & Associates Ltd. (CBAL), a corporate and public affairs advisory firm that specializes in connecting private and public companies with domestic and international opportunities. He brings more than 30 years of sophisticated corporate and political communications-related experience to Grafoid Inc., as Director of Communications and sits on the Board of Directors of Focus Graphite Inc.
Pierre-Jean Arvers is the President of Digatron Power Electronics, an international leader in computer-controlled test and formation equipment for advanced batteries. Mr. Arvers previously held positions at Saft Batteries and ITT Corporation. He holds an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Catholic University of Paris.
Pablo Valencia is the Senior Manager for Battery Lifecycle Management, Battery Systems Engineering, Battery Cell and Algorithms at General Motors Company. He has more than 20 years of experience in Production Programs and Advanced Technology. Pablo has held various engineering positions at GM in Powertrain, Body, Thermal, and Advanced Technology Development including responsibility for Volt Battery Thermal, Mechanical, electrical, and electro-chemistry systems.
Neill Yang is the Senior Marketing Manager of ATL. He worked in Emerson and Tyco Electronics prior to ATL. He holds a master degree of Applied Phycology and a bachelor degree of Electronics Engineering.
David Klanecky is Vice President of Energy Solutions at Albemarle Corporation, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the direction and results of the global Energy Solutions business, which serves the energy storage and oil field/specialties industries.
Dirk Spiers is the CEO of Spiers New Technologies Inc. (SNT). He is a pioneer in the life cycle management of advanced battery packs and in the second life use of automotive lithium-ion packs and cells for non-automotive applications. SNT is based in Oklahoma City, OK, with a second facility scheduled to open soon in California. SNT is the leading supplier of advanced battery repair, remanufacturing and refurbishing services for OEM manufacturers of xEV’s.
B. Leo Kwak is a Sr. Director at Applied Materials, Inc. He leads an RD&E group in the Office of the Corporate CTO to develop future technologies, products and business in the Semiconductor, Cleantech and Energy Storage industries. He has authored over 40 publications and has over 70 granted and pending US patents. Leo holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Chem. E. from Columbia and Caltech, respectively, anda Ph.D. in Physics from Georgia Tech.
Bernie Kotlier, Executive Director IBEW-NECA California and Nevada
Carlos Helou is Director, S&M of the Electrolytic Division of Tronox LLC, a leader in Manganese products, with a portfolio including EMD’s and LMO’s for primary/secondary batteries. Carlos holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry/Plasma Physical-Chemistry from INSA Lyon, France and an MBA from Walter Heller School of Business, Chicago, IL.
Mr. Canada is CEO of EnerDel, a manufacturer of advanced lithium ion energy storage solutions serving the global markets. Prior to EnerDel, Michael worked at Altairnano. Mr. Canada earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has attended various executive management courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan (MIT).
Currently, Director Product Development – Crown Battery. Twenty-five plus years in battery industry. Held various positions in product development, testing, sales and marketing for Flooded, VRLA/AGM Pb-Acid batteries and Battery Separator products. B.A Chemistry @ Texas A&M. Masters International Mgmt @ UMUC.
Dr. Stephen R. Clarke is Aqua Metals’ Chairman of the Board and CEO. Steve has spent the last two decades developing, commercializing and monetizing disruptive technologies focused on advanced batteries and advanced materials. Prior to Aqua Metals Steve co-founded Applied Intellectual Capital, which he took public in 2007. Steve holds a Ph.D. in computer simulation and manufacturing management from The University of Aston, a BSc from Nottingham Trent University, and an MSc/MBA from The University of Warwick.
Dr. Brian Morin is President and co-Founder of Dreamweaver International, a growth company using disruptive nanofiber technology in a versatile manufacturing process to improve rechargeable battery performance. Brian has applied for more than 125 US & international patents on subjects ranging from molecular magnetic materials to polymer additives to advanced fibers.
Donald Baxter is the CEO of Alabama Graphite Corp. and one of the premier graphite experts in world, having helped define three graphite deposits and having built one of only two producing graphite mines in North America. A graphite industry veteran, Mr. Baxter has demonstrated graphite mining and processing experience. He has successfully led three battery-ready graphite campaigns that are widely regarded as some of the premier battery-ready graphite programs in the industry. Mr. Baxter holds a degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University.
Mike Sandoval is the Vice President – Business Development at Maccor, Inc. He is a twenty-year veteran of the automated battery-test industry. His experience includes technical business-to-business capital equipment development, marketing, and sales and has substantial skills in software programming, manufacturing, and product development.
Joe LoGrasso is a long time electrification industry leader and currently engineering manager in the global electrified powertrain team at FCA. He was formerly director of pack engineering at XALT Energy leading development for transit and marine markets. Joe retired after 30 years at GM and was a key contributor and leader in battery development for the Chevy Volt and other advanced propulsion based vehicle programs. Joe has an MS in Engineering Management from RPI and MSEE from Oakland University.
Ryan Harty is a mechanical engineer (University of Alberta, 2001) and is the Manager of American Honda’s Environmental Business Development Office (EBDO), where he is in charge of developing product proposals, business models, and policy proposals in support of Honda’s environmental initiatives. His passion is the confluence of renewable energy and transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ryan spent 10 years at Honda R&D, including pioneering work on hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles prior to his current assignment in EBDO.